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CSE Advisory Board

The mission of the CSE Advisory Board is to help further elevate the stature of CSE at Michigan as one of the top computer science and engineering departments in the world. Comprised primarily of Michigan alumni, the Board provides guidance and help with key CSE priorities, including alumni engagement, industry engagement, development, diversity, entrepreneurship, education innovation, and future initiatives. The Board meets twice per year, converging to Ann Arbor each fall, and to a US location with a high concentration of CSE alumni each spring.

Mark Abel (BSE EE '79, MSE EE - Stanford) – Advisory Board Chair

Mark is the Intel Principal Investigator for the Intel Science and Technology Center in Pervasive Computing based at the University of Washington, where he is also an Affiliate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering. In his 20-year career at Intel, Mark's teams have won or shared Intel’s highest honor, the Intel Achievement Award, seven times, and have also twice won Argentina's highest technical award, the Sadosky Award. Prior to joining Intel, Mark held research and leadership positions with Bell Labs, Xerox PARC, US WEST Advanced Technologies, and Siemens. Mark has served as an early and ongoing member of the EECS Alumni Association board, as an advisor to successful U-M startup Arbor Networks, Inc., as a member of the School of Information Advisory Board, and as a member of the College of Engineering Advisory Committee.

Nancy Benovich Gilby (BSE Comp. E. '85, MSE CSE '87)

Nancy is the Ehrenberg Director of Entrepreneurship at the U-M School of Information. She is an entrepreneur with ten successful high-tech startups to her credit and is currently the CEO and co-founder of Starry Night Mosaics. She has played major leadership and co-founder roles at information technology companies since 1987, including Apollo Computer, Firefly Network, Component Software, Wildfire, ON Technology, Asurion Mobile Applications Division, A2O Mobile, and several others. The ten startup companies she has been a part of have resulted in eight exits, or outcomes that resulted in a return to the original investors and shareholders. In her free time, she coaches FIRST Robotics competitors (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) for 5-18 year olds, an organization founded by insulin pump and Segway inventor Dean Kamen.

Deborah Black (BS Computer & Information Science '81 - U-M Dearborn, MSE Industrial & Systems Engineering '87 - U-M Dearborn) 

Deborah retired from Microsoft in 2004, where she served as corporate vice president of the Windows 2000 Desktop Division, corporate vice president of the Management Business in the Windows Division, corporate vice president of the Education Division, and general manager Windows Client. Prior to joining Microsoft in 1992, Deborah worked for ten years as a researcher at Bell Northern Research, specializing in research and development of distributed computing systems. Deborah is the board president at The Overlake School in Redmond, Washington. She is a past board member at Islandwood, an outdoor learning center that provides children and families of all backgrounds with hands-on learning experiences that combine science, technology and the arts. Deborah also served on the board at Kindering Center, a not-for-profit neurodevelopment center that provides services for children, and as vice president of Seattle Children’s Hospital Mary M. Gates Guild.

Randal Bryant (BS Applied Math '73, PhD '81 – MIT) 

Randy served as Dean of the Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science from 2004 to 2014 and continues to serve on CMU's faculty. His research focuses on methods for formally verifying digital hardware, and more recently some forms of software. His 1986 paper on symbolic Boolean manipulation using Ordered Binary Decision Diagrams (BDDs) has the highest citation count of any publication in the Citeseer database of computer science literature. In addition, he has developed several techniques to verify circuits by symbolic simulation, with levels of abstraction ranging from transistors to very high-level representations.

Along with David R. O'Hallaron, Randy developed a novel approach to teaching about the hardware, networking, and system software that comprise a system from the perspective of an advanced programmer, rather than from those of the system designers. Their textbook, "Computer Systems: A Programmer’s Perspective" is now in use at over 240 universities worldwide and has been translated into Chinese, Russian, Korean, and Macedonian.

Randy has received widespread recognition for his work. He is a fellow of the IEEE and the ACM, as well as a member of the National Academy of Engineering. His awards include the 1997 ACM Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award (shared with Edmund M. Clarke, Ken McMillan, and Allen Emerson) for contributing to the development of symbolic model checking, as well as the 1989 IEEE W.R.G. Baker Prize for the best paper appearing in any IEEE publication during the preceding year.

Usama Fayyad (BSE EE & Comp. E '84, MSE CSE '86, MSE Math '89, PhD CSE '91)

Usama is Chief Data Officer at Barclays. His responsibilities, globally across Group, include the governance, performance, and management of operational and analytical data systems as well as delivering value by using data and analytics to create growth opportunities and cost savings for the business. He previously led OASIS-500, a tech startup investment fund, following his appointment as Executive Chairman in 2010 by King Abdullah II of Jordan.  He was also Chairman, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of ChoozOn Corporation / Blue Kangaroo, a mobile search engine service for offers based in Silicon Valley.

In 2008, Usama founded Open Insights, a US-based data strategy, technology, and consulting firm that helps enterprises deploy data-driven solutions that effectively and dramatically grow revenue and competitive advantage. Prior to this, he served as Yahoo's Chief Data Officer and Executive Vice President where he was responsible the company's global data strategy, architecting its data policies and systems, and managing its data analytics and data processing infrastructure. The data teams he built at Yahoo collected, managed, and processed over 25 terabytes of data per day, and drove a major part of ad targeting revenue and data insights businesses globally. In 2003 Usama co-founded and led the DMX Group, a data mining and data strategy consulting and technology company specializing in Big Data Analytics for Fortune 500 clients. DMX Group was acquired by Yahoo in 2004. Prior to 2003, he co-founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of Audience Science. He also has experience at Microsoft where led the data mining and exploration group at Microsoft Research and also headed the data mining products group for Microsoft’s server division.

From 1989 to 1996 Usama held a leadership role at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory where his work garnered him the Lew Allen Award for Excellence in Research from Caltech, as well as a US Government medal from NASA.

Krisztián Flautner (BSE Comp E '96, MSE CSE '98, PhD CSE '01)

Kris is the General Manager of the Internet of Things Division at ARM, the company that designs the processors and technologies that are at the heart of today's advanced digital products, with a goal of building a world of connected devices that sip nanowatts of power, with chips as small as specks of dust. Prior to that, Kris was ARM's Vice President of Research and Development and is the architect of ARM's Intelligent Energy Manager technology. His research has explored the relevance of multithreading for interactive desktop workloads, architectural and circuit techniques for low-power processors, and automatic power-management algorithms for controlling dynamic voltage and threshold scaling. ARM was recently named one of the "World's Most Innovative Companies" by Forbes magazine.  Kris is a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan was the recipient of the 2012 Michigan Computer Science Engineering Alumni Merit Award. He is a member of ACM and IEEE.

Thomas Frank (BA English '85 - University of Cincinnati)

Tom is the Executive Director for the Center for Entrepreneurship. He is an entrepreneurial executive with more than 25 years of leadership experience in building top tier companies in the advertising, entertainment, and technology sectors. Tom began his career with Proctor & Gamble and went on to senior roles at Dick Clark Productions and Real Networks. From his experience, Tom is considered one of a handful of true "digital media experts" due to his global accomplishments in content production, licensing, and marketing across all distribution platforms in both traditional and IP based broadcast channels. He has successfully developed and produced television programming for all of the major television networks and launched the first web-based content subscription service. In recent years Tom's career focus has been building revenue generating business models for emerging SAAS platforms and new technologies. He also advises a number of Silicon Valley start-ups on all aspects of IP development and commercialization, licensing, business strategy, and team-building. He is active on a number of corporate and philanthropic boards.

Georges Harik (BSE Comp. E. '90, MSE CSE '92, PhD CSE '97)

Georges is one of Google's first 10 employees, where he held the roles of director of Googlettes and distinguished engineer. As director of Googlettes, he led the team responsible for the product management and strategy efforts surrounding many nascent Google initiatives, including Gmail, Google Talk, Google Video, Picasa, Orkut, Google Groups, and Google Mobile. As a distinguished engineer, Georges was the co-developer of the targeting technology behind AdSense, the first engineering manager of the Google Search Appliance, and the co-author of the original product plan for the AdWords Online system. Georges has also contributed to numerous patents covering Google's search engine and advertising networks and as one of three members of Google's initial engineering hiring committee, which oversaw the hiring of the company's first few hundred engineers.
Georges is currently an angel investor and an advisor to startups focusing on the areas of Internet applications, machine learning, advertising technologies, and biotechnology. He is a founder of imo.im and a co-founder of www.hslabs.org, an open source artificial intelligence research lab.

David Leinweber (BA Economics & History '09 - Vanderbilt, MBA '14)

David is the Director of Marketing for New World Systems. New World makes public safety and local government software with customers in 48 states, Bermuda, and Guam. David's responsibilities include industry analysis, product strategy, and product marketing. Prior to New World, David worked for Accenture as an IT Consultant within their Federal Services division in Washington, D.C. In that role, David worked with the U.S. Department of Education to design and build large scale websites to provide $134B in student aid to over 14M borrowers.

In 2009, David received the Dr. Henry B. Tyler Academic Achievement award as a graduating senior from the Vanderbilt football team. David is an active participant in multiple Detroit organizations that focus on revitalizing the city, and he is proud to have been a volunteer coordinator for the Back On My Feet non-profit organization that organizes running groups for people living in homeless shelters.

Shaalu Mehra (BS Physics '92 - Notre Dame, MSE CSE '96, J.D. '98 - Columbia University)

Shaalu is a partner in the Palo Alto office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and a member of the firm's Corporate Department. His practice focuses on technology transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and venture finance. He has received numerous recognitions as a leading technology lawyer, including regular citations in the Chambers Guide and Legal 500. Shaalu was also recognized as one of California’s Top Twenty Attorneys under Forty by the Daily Journal in 2010, and amongst Silicon Valley’s Top Forty under Forty by the Silicon Valley Business Journal in 2008. He speaks frequently at international conferences regarding technology law, including featured presentations before the Association of Corporate Counsel, Open Source Business Conference, LinuxWorld, ITechLaw, Sourcing Interests Group, TiE, NASABA and the Silicon Valley Association of General Counsel. His work has been featured in industry publications such as ComputerWorld, Compliance Week, Financial Week, Bloomberg, Information Week, Inside Counsel, E-Commerce Times, CIO.com, NetworkWorld.com and InfoWorld.

Shirish Nadkarni (BSE EE '82, MBA '87 - Harvard)

Shirish is a serial entrepreneur with 20+ years of experience in creating and growing new businesses. He is the Co-founder and CEO of Zoomingo, a leading location-based mobile shopping application that helps shoppers discover the best items on sale at local retail stores and malls. In 2007, he co-founded Livemocha, the world's largest language learning site with over 15 million registered users. Livemocha was selected as Time Magazine Top 50 site in 2010 and won the prestigious English Speaking Union award in 2009. Livemocha was acquired by Rosetta Stone in 2013. Prior to Livemocha, Shirish was founder and CEO of TeamOn Systems, an innovative developer of wireless email technologies for mobile handsets. TeamOn was acquired by Research in Motion (RIM) in 2002. TeamOn technology is in use today as BlackBerry Internet E-mail with over 80 million users.

Shirish began his career at Microsoft, where he established MSN as an industry leading web portal and successfully lead the acquisition of Hotmail and the partnership with Inktomi, a leading search provider.

Michael Rhodin (BSE Comp. & Comm. Science '84)

Mike is Senior Vice President for Watson, one of IBM's most significant innovations in the company's 100-year history. Watson is charged with accelerating a new class of software, services, and apps that think, learn, and will fuel a diverse cloud-based ecosystem of enterprises, tech companies, and entrepreneurs. Before heading up Watson, Mike led IBM's Software Solutions Group delivering industry-specific solutions in high-growth areas such as Business Analytics, Smarter Commerce, Smarter Cities, and Social Business. In his 30-year career at IBM, Mike held a number of general management positions including the Software business where he led the introduction of IBM's social business platform, which IDC has deemed #1 for four years in a row. Mike joined IBM in 1984 after graduating from Michigan.

John W. Sanguinetti (BSE Applied Math '70, MSE Comp. & Comm. Science '71, PhD Comp. & Comm. Science '77)

John has been active in computer architecture, performance analysis, design verification, and electronic design automation for 35 years. After working as a design verification engineer at Ardent Computer and NeXT Computer, he founded Chronologic Simulation in 1991 and was the principal architect of VCS, the Verilog Compiled Simulator. VCS is still the market-leading logic simulator. Subsequently, he was a founder of Forte Design Systems, where he served as Chief Technical Officer until its acquisition by Cadence Design Systems. He founded Adapt-IP where he currently serves as Chairman of the Board. He was honored as a fellow of the ACM in 2012, has 15 publications, including the Verilog Online Training course, and one patent.

Richard Sheridan (BSE Comp. & Comm. Science '80, MSE Comp. & Comm. Science '82)

After only two years in business, Rich Sheridan, CEO of Menlo Innovations became the Forbes "Hire Yourself" cover story for all those choosing entrepreneurship over unemployment. The next year, it was a Wall Street Journal article on the unique office Menlo uses for software design and development. Within six years, Menlo had become one of Inc. 500's fastest growing privately held firms in the US. What makes this story truly remarkable is that it occurred against the backdrop of an IT industry that everyone assumed was leaving the US for offshore.  Richard Sheridan has won numerous awards including 2013 "Business Person of the Year" in Ann Arbor.

Erin Teague (BSE CE '04, MBA - Harvard '08)

Erin is a Director of Product Management at Yahoo, where she is responsible for the new user experience product development and management for Yahoo's products worldwide. Prior to Yahoo, Erin worked as a Product Manager at Path and Twitter where she focused on user growth, product strategy, and analytics. Erin began her career at Morgan Stanley, where she designed algorithms embedded in electronic trading applications as a Software Engineer and Product Manager in the firm's Algorithmic Trading Technology group.

In 2014, Erin was named one of Business Insider’s "Silicon Valley 100." She was also recognized as one of “19 Extraordinary Women in Silicon Valley Tech” and one of the “52 Hottest New Stars In Silicon Valley.”  Erin is honored to serve on the board of several Silicon Valley startups as well as the Wells Fargo Advisory Board and Code 2040, a non-profit organization.

Marc Weiser (BSE Aero '95, MBA '00)

Marc is Founder and Managing Director of RPM Ventures, a seed and early stage venture firm focused on information technology. For RPM, Marc is currently involved with the boards of Automatic, BountyJobs, Glyde, Mojo Motors, ShareThis, and Xtime.  Prior to forming RPM, Marc was an Internet and software entrepreneur. He co-founded QuantumShift, a provider of web-based business-to-business technology and services focused on corporate telecommunications needs.  He was also an early employee at MessageMedia (acquired by DoubleClick) where he pioneered some of the original methods for e-commerce and helped lead the company's IPO. Marc serves on the boards of McKinley, Inc. and Wolverine Venture Fund at the University of Michigan, where he is an adjunct professor. He recently completed his tenure on the board of the Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE).