Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

2016 EECS Alumni Career Panel

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Box lunch dinner starts at 5pm

5:30 - 6:30pm
1500 EECS

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Mike Badalament
BSE EE '91; MSE EE '96

Mike Badalament has spent 25 years working in the automotive electronics industry.  As VP, Software & Systems Engineering, he currently is responsible for leading the global software and systems engineering organization in the E-Systems Division at Lear Corporation in Southfield, Michigan.  His global team develops a broad portfolio of embedded control systems and embedded communications systems that enable many of the advanced performance, safety, and telematics functions available in current and future passenger vehicles. 

Prior to joining Lear in June, 2016, Mike spent 10 years at Robert Bosch LLC., including the last four years living with his family in Stuttgart, Germany.  From 1996 to 2006, Mike worked for the Automotive Electronics division of Motorola, Inc. near Chicago, IL.  He obtained an MBA from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL in 2006.  Mike started his career at Ford Motor Company in 1992.  

Nancy Benovich Gilby
BSE CE '85
MSE CSE '87

Nancy Benovich Gilby is the Ehrenberg Director of Entrepreneurship, Clinical Faculty, University of Michigan, School of Information. Nancy brings over 20+ years of successful startup experience to the entrepreneurship program at UMSI. Nancy challenges, inspires and support all students to participate in at least one passion-led, self-directed innovation project (PLSDIP) during their university tenure to best demonstrate their capabilities to potential employers. In 2015- 16 she had 24% of UMSI students completing at least one PLSDIP. Nancy also leads the UX Design and Software Prototyping Clinics, which support students by offering free, professional-level consultation in the form of weekly help-desk and semester-long team projects, free for students and the local entrepreneurial community.

Nancy prevously led Asurion Mobile Applications as VP of Engineering, serving 100+ million users of her team’s mobile data cloud services. By the time she left, she led the team that supported Asurion mobile apps on every US carrier, every phone. Nancy has previously founded and/or led products for 10 successful startups with 8 exits, using a unique, integrated approach to company and market development, including raising 12 rounds of venture funding.

Nancy’s product development methodology has generated three case studies at the Harvard Business School. Her leadership in product strategy and development contributed to Firefly, the first online web community site, which was a spinout of the MIT Media Laboratory, purchased by Microsoft; Wildfire, first voice-based personal, mobile, voice-based assistant, purchased by Orange; Component Software, as co-founder, was folded into Sun to become what is Java today; and On Technology, developers of the first group scheduling application, Meeting Maker, as well as a successful public company, later purchased by Symantec.

Héctor García
PhD CSE '13

Héctor García is a Lecturer in computer science and engineering at the University of Michigan, where he teaches EECS 183, the introductory course in computer science for LSA students. He is also Software Development Manager for TD Ameritrade’s thinkorswim financial trading tools platform.

A 2013 alumnus of the CSE PhD program, Héctor's research has been centered on the design of tools to identify and analyze potential advantages and pitfalls in emergent computing technologies such as quantum computers. Prior to joining CSE, he worked as a software developer for Amazon. In 2014, he was inducted into the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society, which recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promote diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate.

Ken Laberteaux
BSE EE '92

Dr. Ken Laberteaux is a Senior Principal Scientist for the Toyota Research Institute-North America. Ken’s current research focus is sustainable mobility systems, including US urbanization and transportation patterns, ride-sharing, demographics, automated driving, grid-vehicle interactions, and vehicle electrification feasibility and optimization.Earlier in his time at Toyota, Ken worked on advanced safety systems, leveraging synergies in communication, sensing, and computation.

Ken completed his M.S. (1996) and Ph.D. (2000) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, focusing on adaptive control for communications. He has produced twenty-five scholarly publications and sixteen patents.