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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.


John Armstrong ’03 Hon
Vice President for Science and Technology (retired),

Julie DelVecchio Savage ’79, ’85MS, ’90PhD  IE/OR
Director, National Security Engineering Center,
The MITRE Corporation

Stephen Gordon ’89MS ECE
Founder, CTO, Vice President of Engineering (retired), Immedia Semiconductor

Robert Gorman ’63 ME
Co-founder & CEO (retired),
Applied Physical Sciences, Inc.

Gillian Gregory ’82MS, ’86PhD CEE
Vice President, GEI Consultants, Inc.

Marshall Jones ’72MS, ’74PhD ME
Principal Engineer (retired) GE Global Research

Barun Kar ’95PhD ECE
Senior Vice President of Engineering,
Palo Alto Networks

Kelly Kennedy ’15  ECE
Specialist, Aftermarket Strategy and Analytics
Collins Aerospace

Raymond Laplante ’87 ChE
Council Vice Chair

Dir. of Polyolefin Technology,
Westlake Chemical Corp.

Renee Harbers Liddell ’85 IE
Founder and CEO, Harbers Family Foundation

Kenneth Lloyd ’73  MIE
Vice President of Manufacturing,
Electro Switch Business Trust

Jonathan Roskill ’85 EE
CEO, Acumatica, Inc.

Tamara Sobers ’12MS, ’17PhD ECE
Wireless Communications Engineer,
The MITRE Corporation

Edwin (Ned) Thomas ’69 ME
Council Chair

Ernst Dell Butcher Professor of Engineering,
Rice University