2013 EECS Alumni Career Panel

Thursday, October 3, 2013
5:00 - 6:30 PM
1500 EECS

RSVP to reserve your box dinner

Charlotte Decker Mitch Rohde Deb Black Jon Oberheide
Charlotte Decker
BSE CE '85,
MSE CSE '86, MBA '91
Mitchell Rohde
BSE MSE EE '94 '96,
MSE PHD BioMed '97 '2000
Deborah Black
BSE Comp + Info Science '81
MSE Ind. + Systems Eng. '87
Jon Oberheide
BS CS '06
SE CSE '08, PhD CSE '11

Charlotte Decker is the Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer for the Auto Club Group.  She has responsibility for strategy, standards, architecture design, engineering, implementation, and ITIL operations for the Auto Club Group infrastructure environment. Her organizational scope includes personal computing, servers, mainframes, storage, directories, data and voice networks, and telephony (remote sites, enterprise, and call centers), across two data centers. Strategic partners include AT&T, Avaya, Cisco, Dell, EMC, Microsoft, and Oracle.

While at Ford Motor, she was instrumental in leading efforts within IT around work-life balance and job sharing in management positions. While at Borders Group, Charlotte was on the Board of Directors for the Borders Foundation. In 2005 while at GM, Charlotte was awarded the Top Michigan Women in Computing leadership honor from the Association for Women in Computing. Charlotte has been the Vice-President for Michigan Council of Women in Technology (MCWT) Foundation since 2010.

Dr. Mitch Rohde is the CEO of Quantum Signal, a U-M CoE spinoff he co-founded in 1999.  Mitch was born in Detroit and grew up in Michigan. As a Master’s student, Mitch was known for creating a very low-cost, diagnostic quality Electrocardiogram based on a Nintendo Gameboy.  As a doctoral Whitaker Fellow, he worked to create direct brain interface technology for those with severe degenerative motor diseases. He says his most famous creation as a student was the IEEE Bagel Stand, which he co-founded in 1995 and is still in existence today as part of the dB Cafe. 

Since finishing school Mitch has led Quantum Signal, building it from a three person bedroom operation to a staff of forty. Mitch has spearheaded and directed dozens of projects and programs for customers like Raytheon, Ford, Sony, Harris, Department of Defense, US Secret Service, US State Department, and his products are in use worldwide. He has specific expertise in signal and image processing, robotics, forensics, and real-time simulation. Mitch is a member of Sigma Xi, NDIA, IEEE, Eta Kappa Nu, and Tau Beta Pi. His arcade game collection is once of the largest in the midwest.

Ms. Deborah Black worked for Microsoft from 1992 to 2004, holding a number of executive positions. Black 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, general manager Windows Client. Prior to Microsoft, Black worked for ten years as a researcher at Bell Northern Research, specializing in research and development of distributed computing systems.

Ms. Black now works as a volunteer in several community-based organizations.  She has served as the board president at The Overlake School in Redmond, Washington since 2005. 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. Black 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. Ms. Black received her bachelor's and master's degrees at U-M Dearborn.

Dr. Jon Oberheide is co-founder and CTO of Duo Security, a provider of two-factor authentication for mobile devices, and is a well-known security expert and researcher. While his research interests span across the security domain, he has deep expertise in mobile security, cloud security, and malware analysis.

Jon attended the University of Michigan for a BS, MSE, and PhD in Computer Science and Engineering, and has previously held positions at Merit Network and Arbor Networks.

Jon frequently speaks at leading security conferences, both in academia (USENIX Security, WOOT, HotSec) and in the industry (Black Hat, CanSecWest, SOURCE Boston, NANOG, Infiltrate). Jon was recently named one of Forbes' "30 under 30" for his work in Android security research.