ISyE Advisory Board Biographies
Suneel Bhasker is the Chief Executive Officer of Solution Zero LLC, a research-based company in La Jolla, California, whose goal is to find effective solutions to problems commonly faced by individuals and businesses. Prior to founding Solution Zero LLC in 2010, he worked for the counties of San Diego and Orange as CAO Project Manager for over 10 years, where he headed their research, evaluation, and business process reengineering efforts. After obtaining B.Sc. (Hons.) in Chemistry from Bangalore University, India and working for Hoechst Pharmaceuticals Ltd, India for 5 years, he obtained his MBA from University of New Haven, Connecticut, and completed doctoral studies in Operations Research at University of Maryland, College Park. His academic career spanning over a decade includes faculty positions at University of Southern California, Loyola Marymount University, University of Maryland, and University of New Haven, where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Operations Research, Management Science and Analytical Decision Models, Production and Operations Analysis, Computers in Business, and Marketing.
Glyn Davies is a Senior Principal Engineer at BAE Systems. His primary engineering development domain experience is in the areas of aircraft mission planning and air-traffic-control systems. He is an SEI-certified CMMI High Maturity Lead Appraiser and holds a Six Sigma Black Belt certification from UCSD Extension. He's also a Scrum Alliance-certified ScrumMaster and a PMI-certified Project Management Professional. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from SDSU.
Amy Kosifas is currently a Six Sigma Black Belt with Sharp HealthCare. She has 20 years of experience working with hospitals and health care systems in San Diego and the Midwest focused on quality and performance improvement, strategic planning, and marketing. Prior to her position at Sharp HealthCare, she spent five years with the San Diego Unified Port District, implementing performance excellence approaches in a government setting. Amy is an ASQ-Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, and a Senior Examiner/Team Leader for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Program. She has also served as a Judge, Trainer, and Senior Examiner for the California Awards for Performance Excellence. She is an adjunct faculty member with the University of Redlands, and guest lectures at the University of California at San Diego’s Master’s in Healthcare Leadership program. Amy holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Smith College and an MBA with a specialization in healthcare administration from the University of Chicago.
Karen Martin is Principal Consultant for Karen Martin & Associates, a business performance improvement consultancy based in San Diego. She is a recognized thought leader and skilled practitioner in applying Lean thinking in non-manufacturing sectors, such as healthcare, financial services, government, research, and energy. Her unique academic background, which includes a B.S. in microbiology and a M.A. in education (adult emphasis), provides the backdrop for her success in using scientific problem-solving and people development, the interconnected pillars of Toyota Business Practices, to improve business performance. Karen is author of the Outstanding Organization, co-author of The Kaizen Event Planner, and co-developer of Metrics-Based Process Mapping.
Todd Pawlicki is a Professor and Director of Medical Physics in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of California, San Diego. He is a board certified in therapeutic radiology with more than 18 years of experience in radiotherapy. Dr. Pawlicki’s primary research focus is on translating quality improvement techniques from industrial and systems engineering to radiation oncology with an emphasis on process control. He has published 11 peer-reviewed papers, 3 non-peer reviewed papers, and 3 book chapters on radiation oncology quality and safety. Dr. Pawlicki is also co-founder of AquSI LLC, an organization created to broaden the implementation of quality and safety improvement strategies in radiation oncology. He also has a certification in Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
Victor M Rojo
Victor Rojo is the Quality Manager for the Controls Manufacturing Division of the Rain Bird Corporation. The Controls Manufacturing Division is responsible for all the electronic based products sold by Rain Bird. He has a B.S. in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and an Executive MBA from San Diego State University. Victor has worked in a number of assignments, including operations, production, engineering, quality, new product development, and plant management. He has primarily worked in manufacturing facilities in Mexico, known as a Maquiladora. Prior to Rain Bird, he worked for Invensys Controls and Intel Corporation.
Gayle P Sandhu
Gayle Sandhu is the Corporate Senior Director of Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement at Scripps Health. She earned her Masters in Health Services Administration at the University of Detroit and is certified in Infection Control, Healthcare Quality and Lean Six Sigma. She is a Fellow of the Advisory Board Company, Washington, D.C., and serves as adjunct faculty for the Scripps Center for Learning and Innovation. Gayle specializes in working with interdisciplinary teams on systems improvement to achieve and sustain the highest level of clinical and operational performance in the inpatient and outpatient setting.
Jared A. Smith
Jared Smith is a Senior Systems Engineer at Northrop Grumman Information Systems in San Diego, CA. He is currently the SE Lead for the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Internal Communications Subsystem (ICS). As the SE Lead he is responsible for managing requirements analysis, functional allocation, design synthesis, system development, integration, and verification of the subsystem. From 2003 to 2009 he held a similar position at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems in San Diego, CA with a focus on Navy command and control (C2) systems. During the 2009 Spring semester, Jared taught ISyE 320: Introduction to Systems Engineering at USD as an adjunct professor. He received his B.S./B.A. in Industrial & Systems Engineering from the University of San Diego in 2003 and his M.S. in Systems Architecture & Engineering from the University of Southern California in 2007.
Rick Sunamoto is the Vice President of Manufacturing for HM Electronics, Inc. He received his Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University, and his Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering from Columbia University and a Master of Engineering from UCLA's Engineering Executive Program. He has 35 years experience in aerospace and a manufacturer of wireless headsets and cabled intercom systems. With a background in Industrial Engineering, Materials and Manufacturing Management, and Program Management - Rick is most passionate about Lean Manufacturing and Lean Enterprise Thinking. He is APICS certified in Production and Inventory Management, and active in the AME, Tech America, SCLN, and Toastmasters International.