Electrical Engineering Advisory Board

The USD Electrical Engineering Advisory Board (EEAB) was formed to provide the electrical engineering (EE) program with input from its constituents -- San Diego industry and EE Program alumni who are senior electrical engineers active in the field. The EEAB assists the electrical engineering program by providing input regarding overall program objectives, evaluation of senior elective topics, and support for and evaluation of students' senior project activities. These are its members:

Charles N. Pateros (ViaSat, Inc.)

Dr. Pateros is the Chair of the EEAB and also a member of the EAB.

Dr. Charles N. Pateros is Corporate Patent Manager and Member of Technical Staff at ViaSat, Inc., in Carlsbad, CA. At ViaSat, Dr. Pateros has provided both technical and program management for commercial and military programs involving digital signal processing and modem development and production. He has developed multi-rate modem algorithms and has been issued a patent for an interference rejection algorithm. He is currently providing technical support at the corporate level, directing new concept and intellectual property development.

His PhD (1993, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY) involved the invention and development of a multiple access digital receiver that incorporates the multi-path combiner of a RAKE receiver with an interference rejecting filter into one adaptive correlator structure; he won the Charles Close Doctoral Prize in 1993 for this work. At ViaSat, Dr. Pateros has provided both technical and program management for commercial and military programs involving digital signal processing and modem development and production. He has developed multi-rate modem algorithms and has been issued a patent for an interference rejection algorithm. 

Rasheed Behrooznia (Cubic Transportation, EE '02)

Rasheed is currently working as Vice President of Engineering of Cubic Transportation Systems for both North and South America. He successfully manages the entire engineering team to meet company’s goals and enhance growth. After graduating from USD in 2002, he worked at Nicom Networks as a Software Engineer, performing Linux based programming relating to pay-for-service Internet in hotel rooms. He then worked his way up through Lockheed Martin for almost 9 years, as Senior Software Engineer, Integrated Product Team Lead, and Engineering Product Line Program Manager.

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.

Michael Borrello (Luminous Medical Systems)

Mike Borrello is the Manager of Systems and Controls at Luminous Medical Corporation in Carlsbad, CA pioneering new medical device technologies for the automatic and frequent monitoring of blood glucose in the ICU. He manages a team of engineers and technicians supporting product development and has designed and developed control methods for automated and conservative blood sampling. Prior to Luminous, Mr. Borrello served in technical and managerial roles for the design and development of control systems in both defense and medical industries including such applications as pointing, acquisition and controls for an air to air laser communications system, a shipboard inertial stabilization system for a rapid optical tracking telescope and breathing support controls for critical care ventilators.

His MSEE (1987, University of Southern California, Los Angeles) is in Control Systems and he is a leading expert and consultant on the simulation software, VisSim. His primary interests are in the modeling and simulation of dynamic systems and the practical application of VisSim for rapid hardware-in-the-loop controls for proof-of-concept and feasibility testing. Mr. Borrello is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and has served as the San Diego Chairman for the IEEE Control Systems Society and the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. He has authored 10 technical papers, mostly on ventilator control systems and was issued a patent on the adaptive control of pressure based ventilation.

Michael J. Colburn, P. E. (San Diego Gas & Electric Company)

Michael Colburn is Construction Operations Manager of Major Projects, for San Diego Gas and Electric Company. He has a BSEE from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and has been a registered Electrical Engineer in the state of California since 1987. Michael has worked in a number of assignments, including field engineering/operations, standards, electric operations (control center), R&D, and financial planning. 

Some of the projects he has worked on include distribution system automation, switchgear and other equipment specification/evaluation, emergency operations support, system reinforcement, incident investigation, advanced energy storage, and others. His personal interests include electric transportation/alternative fuel vehicles, aviation, and wireless communications. Michael also teaches apprentice lineman & electrician classes through San Diego City College, and has been an IEEE member since 1980.  

Scott Denton (Broadcom, EE '97)

Scott Denton is a Senior Design Engineer at Broadcom where he has been project and design team leader on several projects including broadband transceivers, receivers, and transmitters. He specializes in architectural specifications (EAS) creation, chip design and verification. He is project lead for "YUKON", the first single chip OC-48c SONET/SDH Framer/ Mapper with integrated clock recovery and clock synthesis. He has three patents currently in preparation. He received his BS/BA in Electrical Engineering from USD in 1997. 

Terry Hache (General Atomics)

Terry Hache is a Senior Software Engineer at General Atomics, Electromagnetic Systems Division, and is working on designing firmware for the next generation electromagnetic aircraft catapult. She has over 15 years of embedded software experience in designing and implementing software/firmware for various real-time embedded system applications. These applications include signal processing, communications, and control systems.  She is experienced in dealing with development of high speed DSP and control applications for the navy, local wireless/telecom firms. She received her BA in Math/Computer Science from UCSD in 1986. She has been an IEEE member for six years and has served in several positions in the San Diego IEEE Executive Committee including serving as Chair for 2005-2006. She was awarded the Outstanding Service Award by San Diego Engineering Council in 2003.

Arthur Loh (ViaSat, Inc.)

Arthur Loh is currently a Systems Engineer at ViaSat. He has worked at ViaSat since 1995 contributing to both government and commercial programs. His background includes high-speed PCB design, embedded software development for DSPs, programmable logic for FPGAs, and systems engineering both algorithm development and system architecture design. He holds Bachelor's and Master's of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.

Estrellina Pacis (SPAWAR, EE'02)

Estrellina Pacis is the Engineering Manager for the Joint Robotics Program's Technology Transfer Project at SPAWAR Systems Center, San Diego's Unmanned Systems Branch. She currently manages the integration and evaluation of robotic technologies developed in the R&D environment at other government labs, academia, and private industry, addressing the needs identified by the soldiers using the current remote controlled systems for the EOD missions. The most mature technologies are optimized for transition to man-portable robots, allowing for autonomous navigation, surveillance, and reconnaissance. She received her BS/BA in Electrical Engineering from USD in 2002, and is currently pursuing the Systems Engineering certificate at UCSD.

Jared Petersen (General Atomics, EE '04)

Jared Petersen has been a Design Engineer for General Atomics Aeronautical Systems located in Poway, CA since graduating from USD with a BS/BA in Electrical Engineering in 2004. He is the supervisor of a small team of design engineers and technicians responsible for the electrical power system and component level design on multiple Predator UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) platforms. 

Donald L. Reed (Leidos)

Donald L. Reed is currently employed by Leidos, Navigation, Systems, and Knowledge Engineering Division, as Director of Navigation and Communications Research responsible for research, development, test and evaluation, and exploitation of Navigation and Communications Concepts. Mr. Reed is responsible for a team of engineers and programmers developing communications systems, Global Navigation Signal Simulators, GPS signal/satellite verification assets and next generation GPS receivers. For the last 4 year he has been supporting the Navy and GPS Joint Program Office's GPS Modernization programs, as well as the development of Direct Digital Synthesizers and Digital Receivers utilizing FPGA technologies. Mr. Reed received his BS in Computer Engineering from Wright State University in 1985.  

Before joining, Leidos he was employed by CSC as a Senior Engineer, where he ran an Air Force communications, navigation, and identifications research laboratory. At CSC he was instrumental in the development of the GPS Antenna WaveFront Simulator (AWFS) and Avionics Wind Tunnel at Wright-Patterson AFB.

Dalia Tawy (Solar Turbines, EE '03)

Dalia Tawy received a BS/BA in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics from USD in August 2003. She started working at Solar Turbines as an intern in the Product Compliance and Certification Department in February 2003. After graduation, she was hired as a full-time Engineer in the same department and moved to different positions until she was promoted to Sr. Design Engineer responsible for North American, Russian and Brazilian Certification in 2007.

Currently, Ms. Tawy is a full time Six Sigma Black Belt responsible for process improvements impacting different areas and organizations of the business. She received her MBA with emphasis in Management from San Diego State University.

Jarvis Tou (Enevate)

Mr. Tou is also a member of the EAB.

Jarvis Tou is currently Executive Vice President at Enevate Corporation, an advanced Li-ion battery company in Irvine, CA and has over 26 years experience in the electronics, semiconductor, wireless, and Li-ion battery industry. Prior to working with Enevate in 2008, he was Vice President and Division General Manager at CalAmp Corporation. Jarvis has also held executive roles at several startups including President & COO at Apix Nanovations, Vice President at Staccato Communications, and Vice President at Silicon Wave (acquired by RFMD, and subsequently by Qualcomm), driving new Bluetooth and Ultra-Wideband solutions and working with consumer electronics and mobile handset OEMs. Previously at Intel, Jarvis co-founded the Wireless Products Operation and also held various management positions in microprocessor, personal connectivity, settop box, and mobile phone businesses. Jarvis started his career at Motorola as an IC design engineer.

Mr. Tou has authored several technical papers and holds three (3) patents and has served as Board Director of other technology companies. He holds an MBA from Arizona State University, an MS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and has also completed the Executive Development Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.