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Dean's Advisory Council


The Dean's Advisory Council is comprised of accomplished alumni and friends from industry, government, and academia who are dedicated to excellence in engineering education, research and innovation and share a commitment to building strategic academic-industry partnerships. Its members serve as ambassadors for UMass Engineering and provide invaluable insight, contacts, and support to help the Dean set priorities and garner the necessary resources to move the College forward. The council meets biannually, in the spring and fall.


Alaina Adams

Alaina Adams '05MS, '08PhD MIE
Principal Product Manager, Google
Years of service: 2022–

Kokui Adesokan

Kokui Adesokan ’09 ChE
Associate Director, CIPT Leader, GTF Program, Pratt & Whitney
Years of service: 2020–

John Armstrong ’03 Hon
Vice President for Science and Technology (retired), IBM
Years of service: 2018–

Rena Bizios ’68 ChE
Lutcher Brown Endowed Chair
Prof. of Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas at San Antonio
Years of service: 2020–

Ruth Bonsignore ’83 CEE
Founder, Flink Consulting, LLC
Years of service: 2018–

Stephen Gordon ’89MS ECE
Founder, CTO, Vice President of Engineering (retired), Immedia Semiconductor
Years of service: 2018–

Gillian Gregory ’82MS, ’86PhD CEE
Vice President, GEI Consultants, Inc.
Years of service: 2018–

Divi Gupta

Divi Gupta ’00, ’06MS ECE
Vice President & General Mgr.
Ultrasonic Fingerprint Business Unit, TDK USA Corporation
Years of service: 2020–

Marshall Jones ’72MS, ’74PhD ME
Principal Engineer (retired), GE Global Research
Years of service: 2018–

Raymond Laplante ’87 ChE
Council Vice Chair
Dir. of Polyolefin Technology, Westlake Chemical Corp.
Years of service: 2018–

Renee Harbers Liddell ’85 IE
Founder and CEO, Harbers Family Foundation
Years of service: 2018–

Kenneth Lloyd ’73 MIE
Vice President of Manufacturing (retired), Electro Switch Business Trust
Years of service: 2018–

Adam Miller ’93 CEE
Owner, Summit Design + Build, LLC
Years of service: 2020–

Ivette Perez-Franco

Ivette Perez-Franco ’91 IEOR
VP, Human Resources — Finance, Global Services & EMEA Enterprise Functions, Johnson & Johnson
Years of service: 2022–

Edward Price

Edward Price ’90 ChE
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, PCI Synthesis
Years of service: 2020–

Jonathan Roskill ’85 EE
CEO, Acumatica, Inc.
Years of service: 2018–

Akshaya Shanmugam ’12 MS, ’15 PhD ECE
Sr. Clinical Development Engineer, Intuitive
Years of service: 2021–

Tamara Sobers ’12MS, ’17PhD ECE
Wireless Communications Engineer and Group Leader, The MITRE Corporation
Years of service: 2018–

Edwin (Ned) Thomas ’69 ME
Council Chair
Erle Nye ’59 Chair II & Hagler Institute Fellow, College of Engineering, Texas A&M University
Years of service: 2018–


Emeritus Members

Julie DelVecchio Savage ’79, ’85MS, ’90PhD IE/OR
Director, National Security Engineering Center, The MITRE Corporation
Year of Service: 2018–2022

Robert Gorman ’63 ME
Co-founder & CEO (retired), Applied Physical Sciences, Inc.
Years of service: 2018–2021

Barun Kar ’95PhD ECE
Founder & CEO, Auradine Inc.
Former Senior VP of Engineering, Palo Alto Networks
Years of service: 2018–2022

Kelly Kennedy ’15 ECE*
Specialist, Aftermarket Strategy and Analytics, Collins Aerospace
Years of service: 2018–2021

  *= Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion subcommittee only