2017 ECE Alumni Career Panel

Thursday, October 26, 2017
5:30 - 7:00pm
Johnson Rooms, 3rd Floor
Lurie Engineering Center
Dinner available


karen fireman
Karen Fireman
BSE CE '80; MBA '85
Former Economic Analysis and Industrial Base Team Lead, Naval Sea Systems Command

Karen has spent 4 years with the Naval Sea Systems Command. Prior to this role, she was the Chief Technology Officer and Deputy to the Vice President for Training Division and Technology Manager at ManTech SMA. She has also been the chief compliance leader at Freddie Mac and Columbia Partners Investment Management. Karen has an extensive background in investment management, including 6 years at United States Fidelity & Guaranty.

Cyrus Hadavi
K. Cyrus Hadavi
PhD EE ‘83
CEO & Chairman, Adexa

Dr. Hadavi is currently CEO of Adexa, a leading global supply chain planning company, he founded in 1994. Prior to Adexa he was one of the original team members at i2 technologies, now part of JDA. Before joining i2, as a research scientist at Siemens R&D Labs in Princeton NJ, he was amongst the first pioneers of application of Artificial Intelligence to planning problems. His innovative research resulted in implementation of the first generation of planning solutions in a number of Siemens facilities in Europe. Cyrus has shared his expertise to improve the supply chain of many Fortune 1000 companies, including Black & Decker, Solectron, Northrop-Grumman, Philips, and Toshiba.

Dr. Hadavi has served as an Adjunct Professor of Operations Management at Columbia University, and performed joint research with a number of faculty members at Columbia University, Wharton School of Management, Clemson University and Max Planck institute in Germany. In addition to patents, he has numerous publications in the area of decision sciences and supply chain planning. Cyrus was the recipient of Deloitte and Touche Entrepreneur of the Year as well as D&T’s top 5 fastest growing companies in California. He has served on the board of a number of high tech companies in addition to the Board of Governors of Willows Community School and AYSO Region 69.

Katherine Herrick
BSE MSE PhD EE '93, '95, '00
Chief Engineer, Raytheon Company

Dr. Katherine J. Herrick is Senior Fellow and a Chief Engineer at Raytheon Company. Before joining Raytheon in 2001, she earned her BSEE, MSEE, and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Some of Dr. Herrick’s key awards include 2008 Outstanding Young Engineer Award of the IEEE MTT-S, 2008 National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering, and 2007 Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems President’s Award.

Dr. Herrick is a Senior Member of IEEE, has published over 50 technical papers, and holds several patents in the areas of antennas, RF MEMS packaging, and microwave circuits.

Jordi Ribas
MSE PhD EE '92, '96
Corporate VP, Microsoft

Dr. Jordi Ribas currently leads the AI Products team at Microsoft, which includes responsibility for Bing search and Cortana.

Previously at Microsoft, Ribas managed the user experience, maps, and local programs for Bing, including its relevance, speech and intent systems, which utilizes machine learning for generating relevant search results. He also managed Bing’s engagement, market share, and revenue, including launching Bing in several European markets.

He studied Telecommunications Engineering at Escola d’ Enginyeria La Salle in Barcelona, earned his MS in Electrical Engineering from UC Irvine, and his PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Michigan.

Mitchell Rohde
Mitchell Rohde
BSE MSE EE ’94 ’96; MSE PhD BME '97, '00
CEO & Co-Founder, Quantum Signal LLC

Dr. Rohde co-founded Quantum Signal following his graduation from the University of Michigan in 1999. Since that time, he has grown the company from a tiny startup into a powerful engineering research and development organization, building solutions that are in use across many fields and around the world.

Dr. Rohde has extensive expertise in integrating complex hardware and software systems, and has designed, built, and tested such diverse devices as biomedical instruments, autonomous vehicles, forensic appliances, surveillance systems, and more. Over the past twenty years he has spearheaded and directed dozens of advanced research and development projects and product development efforts for clients in the public and private sectors.

Dr. Rohde has specific expertise in signal and image processing, robotics, real-time instrumentation, neural interfaces, and measurement systems, and has a wide variety of patents and publications. He also is an avid collector and restorer of arcade games, with over 150 pieces in his unique collection.

Dr. Rohde is a member of Sigma Xi, NDIA, AUSA, IEEE, Eta Kappa Nu, and Tau Beta Pi.