Executive Advisory Board
The board of advisors for the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering is composed of executive-level industry,
Bob Barry (John Barry & Associates)
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Rasheed Behrooznia (Cubic Transportation Systems, '02)
Rasheed is currently working as Vice President of Engineering at Cubic
From 2009-2011, he completed his master's degree in Systems Engineering at George Washington University. He then started working at Cubic Transportation Systems and spent two and a half years as Senior Principal Software Engineer for the company. He was promoted about two years ago as Vice President of Engineering and has held this position since then.
Beranbaum, PhD ( Centauric)
Tina is a behavioral scientist bringing over 25 years of experience in organizational development and executive coaching to her role as trusted advisor to senior executives and their teams.
Tina’s career journey has taken her from serving as a professor of industrial relations at McGill University in Montreal and operating as the senior manager heading the federal program evaluation practice at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Canada, to her current role as founding Principal of
Tina is passionate about giving back to the community. As leader of a women’s foundation, she oversaw the curation and funding of programs aimed at developing teenage girls’
Tina earned her doctorate in Organizational Sociology and went on to complete post-graduate certifications in International Organization Systems Development and Coaching.
Katie Busch-Sorenson (Cubic Transportation Systems)
Katie Busch-Sorensen is global senior solutions architect for Cubic Transportation Systems in San Diego, where she works on innovative, customer-focused, technical solutions for transit agencies throughout the world. Katie also works with the Smart
Katie graduated from University of Western Australia (UWA), where she earned her dual bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and computer science. In 2015 she completed her master’s degree in wireless embedded systems at the University of California, San Diego.
Upon graduating from UWA, Katie worked for ERG in Perth, Australia, as an electronics engineer working on controller designs for transit applications. She then worked for Two Way TV, a start-up company, in London, England, designing remote control and video boards, while
Katie is an active member of Lean In, an organization encouraging women to accomplish amazing things. She also supports Cubic’s STEM activities geared toward high school students.
Matthew Craig (Meijer Inc., ISyE '03)
Matt Craig lives in Rockford, MI with his wife and 3 daughters. Matt earned his undergraduate degree from USD in 2003 in Industrial and Systems Engineering. He began working as an hourly associate at Wal-Mart while enrolled at USD. His career with Wal-Mart included various roles in Store Operations including Assistant Manager, Developing Store Manager, and Corporate Inventory Flow Manager. After eight years at Wal-Mart, Matt decided to take an opportunity to lead Store Operations for Lotus Supercenters of Shanghai. After 3 years in China, Matt accepted a job in Northwest Michigan as the Director of Store Operations for Meijer and decided to go back to school to earn his MBA at Michigan State University.
Matt has now been with Meijer for 8 years and has held multiple positions including Market Director, Director of Meat and Seafood, Group Vice President Stores, and most recently Regional Vice President - Eastern Region in Detroit, MI. Outside of retail, Matt and his wife Jessica have started two businesses since 2009 - Craig Farms, LLC and Campfire Holdings, LLC. Matt and Jessica are focused on teaching their children about business and entrepreneurship through managing these businesses with them in the future.
David Cohn (Aaron Capital, Inc.)
David considers himself a generalist but has completed an extensive amount of transactions in aerospace and the manufacturing of engineered products. David's deep operational background includes being CEO of Dearborn Brass, which he sold to Beatrice Foods, Co., acquired from the Bankruptcy Court, and managed
David is on the Board of Director for Merchants National Bank, St. Luke's Methodist Hospital, National Board of the Association for Corporate Growth, Association of Merger and Acquisition Board of Advisors and the Board of Trustees for the CMAA.
He graduated from Olin School of Business at Washington University in St.
Khaled El-Maleh is a Senior Director of Technology in the IP Department of Qualcomm leading the Multimedia Technology team and related Multimedia and User Experience IP Strategy areas. Dr. El-Maleh’s areas of expertise and interests
Khaled joined Qualcomm in 2000 as a Senior Engineer working on multimedia technology in Qualcomm Chip Business (QCT). Prior to joining IP Department in 2007, Khaled contributed to the early design of Qualcomm voice and video products. Khaled received Double Majors Bachelor degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering and in Applied Math from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals of Saudi Arabia, and M. Eng. and
David Furuno (General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.)
David is currently working as Director of Electrical Engineering for Mission Systems at GA-ASI, where he and his staff are responsible for support to a wide variety of projects spanning synthetic aperture radars, aircraft anti-collision radars, electro-optic sensor systems, high energy lasers, communication systems, novel rf antennas, and special purpose systems.
After graduating from MIT in 1982, and completing graduate studies at UCLA in 1987, he worked at TRW as a member of the technical staff, at Martin Marietta Advanced Development Operations as a Program Manager, and at Lockheed Martin Space and Strategic Missiles as a Chief Systems Engineer. He joined General Atomics in 2000, where he has held positions in Corporate Development, Advanced Wireless, Systems Engineering, and Program Management.
Emiliano Gallego (Pagasa Pasta, ISyE '00)
Emiliano Gallego owns PAGASA Pasta, which is located in Tijuana, Mexico. PAGASA is currently the only pasta company in Mexico to have FSSC certification, guaranteeing global standards in quality and hygiene. Under Gallego's leadership, the company has tripled its sales and production capacity. Mr. Gallego received his degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering in 2000, and his Master of Science in Executive Leadership in 2011, both from USD. He received USD's Author E. Hughes Career Achievement
David Geier (SDG&E)
David L. Geier is vice president of electric transmission & system engineering for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Sempra Energy's regulated California utility. He is responsible for all aspects of electric transmission and substation operations, enterprise engineering and major capital projects. Previously, Geier held several management positions at SDG&E, including director of electric grid and distribution services, manager of direct access implementation, and supervisor of several SDG&E operations and facilities. Before joining SDG&E in 1980, he worked for Wisconsin Electric Power Co. in Milwaukee.
He currently serves on the board and is treasurer of the San Diego and Imperial County Red Cross. He is on
Minoo Gupta (Citrix)Minoo Gupta is senior director of engineering and customer experience at Citrix. She leads the customer experience for all NetScaler brand products for Cloud and Networking Division. NetScaler is one of leading brands for networking products in industry powering over 75% of the internet traffic for highly successful brand name customers. She is highly seasoned, tech savvy and customer focused executive working in the silicon valley since 1987.
Minoo is an advisory board member of USD Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering
Claude Hashem (L3 Photonics)
Claude Hashem is president of L-3 PHOTONICS, a division of the Advanced Communications Sector for L-3 Communications. His 39 years of experience in the Aerospace & Defense industry and the Intelligence Community includes a variety of positions in Executive Leadership, P&L, Strategic Planning, Business Development, Program Management, Engineering, and Operations.
His career extends across multitudes of High Technology portfolios spanning from Satellites, Airborne, Terrestrial and Maritime Communications, The Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Systems, the Communication, Navigation and Identification (CNI) systems for the F-22 and F-35 advanced aircraft, IEW/IED products, Advanced Data Links, Software Defined Radios, Network Management products and services, The Battlefield Airborne Communication Node (BACN) Advanced Gateway weapon system, and Fiber Optic & Free Space Optical Systems.
Mr. Hashem is a graduate of Villanova University in Electrical Engineering and attended the Darden School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. Mr. Hashem is a member of several professional organizations, including serving on the Advisory Board of the University of San Diego, School of Engineering.
Tom Lupfer (Clarity Design)
Tom Lupfer received his BSEE from Purdue and his MA in engineering and economics from Oxford University, where he studied on a Marshall Scholarship. Tom is the president of Clarity Design, which provides engineering design, prototyping, and manufacturing services for products in medical, industrial, and consumer markets. Clarity Design is providing free engineering services to the Himalayan Cataract Project (www.cureblindness.com), to design more rugged and portable equipment to eradicate blindness in the poorest parts of the world.
Tom is also the co-founder and CTO of
Howard Singer (Consultant)
He has directed and advised Medical Device Companies to achieve major transformations. Howard holds a BA from The University of Miami as well as an MBA from the George Washington University. He is a CPA and CGMA and also is APICS certified as a CIRM.
G.B Singh (Solar Turbines)
G.B. is currently working as Director of Global Packaging and Systems Engineering at Solar Turbines. He joined Solar Turbines as Field Engineer in Dubai, following which he has held various positions of increasing responsibility globally. Recently he was deputed in Singapore where he was responsible for Solar’s Customer Services Business in Asia Pacific. Upon his
G.B. hold a BS Degree in Instrumentation & Control from Pune University, an MBA in Information Systems from South Gujarat University, a certificate from the Executive Leadership Program
G.B. is also the Board Member of Corporate Affiliate Program at UCSD, he
Lee Young (Thermo Fisher Scientific - Biotech)
Lee is currently the Director of Supplier Quality at Thermo Fisher Scientific. For 20 years Lee has worked in supplier quality for companies like L-3 Communication, Intel Corporation, CareFusion and Life Technologies. Lee received his
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