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Department Advisory Board

The Advisory Board of the Computer Engineering Department meets twice each year to provide input on academics, research, administration, outreach, advocacy, and development. The Board reviews the graduate and undergraduate curriculum and degree programs, program educational objectives, and program outcomes, and offers suggestions for change to keep them current. The Board evaluates the quality and scope of our research, its relationship to our programs, its relevancy and helps guide future directions. The Board recommends ways to build new relationships with industry and to strengthen those we have. The current members of the Advisory Board are:


Gordon Stitt

Chair, Advisory Board

Gordon Stitt is President and Chief Executive Officer of Extreme Networks. One of the co-founders of Extreme Networks, Stitt has served as president and CEO since the company's inception in 1996, and was named Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year for 2001 for Technology and Communication, Northern California. Prior to Extreme Networks, Stitt co-founded Network Peripherals and served as vice president of marketing and vice president and general manager of the OEM Business Unit. He also held executive positions in corporate marketing at Sun Microsystems and was director of marketing and sales at Ven-Tel. Stitt holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business, U.C. Berkeley and a BSEECS degree from Santa Clara University.


Doug Terry

Member, Advisory Board

Doug Terry is a Principal Researcher in the Microsoft Research Silicon Valley lab. His research focuses on the design and implementation of novel distributed systems and addresses issues such as information management, fault-tolerance, and mobility. He is currently leading a research project on Community Information Management that is developing a platform for sharing data within weakly connected communities of people using cloud-based storage and mobile devices. He also serves as Chair of ACM's Special Interest Group on Operating Systems (SIGOPS). Prior to joining Microsoft, Doug was the co-founder and CTO of a start-up company named Cogenia, Chief Scientist of the Computer Science Laboratory at Xerox PARC, and an Adjunct Professor in the Computer Science Division at U. C. Berkeley, where he regularly teaches a graduate course on distributed systems. Doug has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from U. C. Berkeley and was recently named an ACM Fellow.


Victoria Coleman

Member, Advisory Board

Victoria Coleman has more than 25 years experience in advanced R&D. She is an accomplished researcher and experienced research executive with a broad background of university, defense and industrial R&D in the United States, Europe and Asia. She is a Vice President within the Corporate Technology Organization of Samsung Electronics, a 160,000 person company headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. Dr Coleman is in charge of disruptive innovation and advanced R&D for Samsung Electronics in North America. She is Samsung's first and only female and non-Korean technical executive.

In her current position as Vice President of Samsung Electronics, Dr Coleman has broad responsibilities for identifying, formulating and executing Samsung's innovation strategy in all markets, ranging from semiconductors, to software, to digital media and telecommunications. Her lab, Samsung's Computer Science Laboratory in San Jose, CA, is the flagship of the company's disruptive innovation efforts with a mission to identify emerging trends, conduct advanced R&D, build links and collaborations with local industry and academic partners, and role model these competencies for the Korea-based labs.


Phil Zimmermann

Member, Advisory Board

Phil Zimmermann is the creator of Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) which has become the most widely used email encryption software in the world. Zimmermann founded PGP Inc. He has received numerous technical and humanitarian awards for his pioneering work in cryptography. In 2001 Zimmermann was inducted into the CRN Industry Hall of Fame. In 2000 InfoWorld named him one of the Top 10 Innovators in E-business. In 1999 he received the Louis Brandeis Award from Privacy International, in 1998 a Lifetime Achievement Award from Secure Computing Magazine, and in 1996 the Norbert Wiener Award from Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility for promoting the responsible use of technology. He also received the 1995 Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design, the 1995 Pioneer Award from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the 1996 PC Week IT Excellence Award, and the 1996 Network Computing Well-Connected Award for "Best Security Product." Newsweek also named Zimmermann one of the "Net 50", the 50 most influential people on the Internet in 1995.


Wesley Higaki

Member, Advisory Board

As the director of the Software Assurance, Wes Higaki coordinated the efforts by Symantec Corporation to certify its products to provide customers additional assurance through independent third-party evaluations. He oversaw all of Symantec's Common Criteria and FIPS-140 certifications. He also managed ICSA and Checkmark testing.

Higaki has led a working group through the National Cyber Security Partnership to develop plans to improve the Common Criteria by working with industry and Government. He has been instrumental in assembling and leading the Common Criteria Vendors' Forum - an effort to bring commercial product vendors together to improve the Common Criteria standards and policies.

Higaki has over 25 years of technical and managerial experience in the software industry. He has been with Symantec since the December 2000 acquisition of Axent Technologies where he was an engineering director. Prior to Axent, Wes worked for over 20 years in R&D at Hewlett-Packard Company including 7 years at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories.

Higaki received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the University of California, Davis and a Master of Science degree in computer science from the University of Santa Clara.


Dan O'Neill

Member, Advisory Board

Dan O'Neill is the Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Trusonic, Inc. the leader in networked music and message delivery to business locations around the world. Prior to founding Trusonic, O'Neill was the CTO of VU Net USA, a division of Vivendi Universal responsible for the technical direction of,, Pressplay (now Roxio/Napster), and eMusic. From 1999 to 2003 O'Neill was the VP of Engineering at where he assisted in a $370m IPO and lead the engineering effort to design scaleable systems for media delivery and data management. The Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business named O'Neill to its IPO Hall of Fame in 2000. Previously O'Neill was a senior member of the consulting staff at Cadence Design Systems, Inc. O'Neill holds both a BSME and an MSCS degree from Santa Clara University.


Jeff Krenek

Member, Advisory Board

Jeff Krenek is a Senior Consultant at Hewlett-Packard. He has 16 years of experience in software engineering and engineering management, having held positions in manufacturing, customer support, software product development, and partner management. Krenek is currently responsible for managing the technical relationships with some of HP's key Unix partners, who develop software products for HP's server product line. Previously, Krenek was a senior technical contributor in HP's Unix operating system lab, where he managed the development of new products and features. He also volunteers as HP's recruiting manager at Santa Clara University, where his team has successfully mentored and hired a number of students and helped HP become a preferred industry partner. Krenek holds a BSCSE degree from Santa Clara University and an MSCS from California State University, Chico.


Patrick Mantey

Member, Advisory Board

Patrick Mantey is the Jack Baskin Professor of Computer Engineering, and was founding Dean of the Baskin School of Engineering, at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is one of the founders of CITRIS, and is director of CITRIS at UC Santa Cruz. His education is in electrical engineering, and he received his BS (magna cum laude) from the University of Notre Dame, was a Bacon fellow at the University of Wisconsin, where he received his MS, and an NSF fellow at Stanford University, where he received his Ph.D. Dr. Mantey has several patents and numerous publications in his areas of research. In addition, he has extensive experience in the applications of computers in advanced applications in space-craft instrumentation, medicine, transportation, government, utilities, education, and science. He received awards from IBM for his pioneering work on Geographic Information Systems, Computer Applications in Power System Control, Image Processing Workstations, and Image and Record Management.


Karim Mahrous

Member, Advisory Board

Karim graduated with a Ph.D. from the Department of Computer Science at the University of California, Davis in 2006. He was a member of the Institute of Data Analysis and Visualization working on vector field topology with an emphasis on identification of topological structures.

Karim worked for several years at Electronic Arts in Redwood City, CA. He recently left Electronic Arts to join the Systems Modeling group at Sandia National Laboratory.


Carol Reiley

Member, Advisory Board

Carol Reiley is currently at a robotics startup. Her research interests include designing/testing novel surgical robotics, surgical skill evaluation, and human-robot interfaces. Prior to Intuitive, Carol worked on space satellites at Lockheed Martin, people detection at GE Research, assisting with clinical trials for wireless patient monitoring systems at startup AID-Network, clinical development engineering consultant at Intuitive Surgical.

She also founded Tinkerbelle Labs focused on designing affordable healthcare, do it yourself robotics, and interactive projects. She has been featured in Make (first female engineer on cover), Boing Boing, and TedXBaltimore. Her focus is on engineering education.

Carol received her B.S. degree at Santa Clara University in Computer Engineering, her M.S. degree in Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University, and is completing her Ph.D. She has served on the IEEE Robotics and Automation board, JHU Engineering Diversity Council, and Santa Clara University’s Alumni Board.

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