Dean's Leadership Council

The School of Engineering Dean’s Leadership Council supports the School by

  • Advising the Dean on matters related to engineering education and practice, corporate research and global trends, and executive leadership
  • Serving as ambassadors to promote and enhance the global visibility and reputation of the School
  • Providing and developing resources through personal and corporate philanthropy, and
  • Creating, identifying, and cultivating experiential learning and career opportunities for our students and graduates.

The members of the School of Engineering council are successful alumni who are leading (or have led) small and large corporations and dynamic entrepreneurial firms in technology, finance, and other sectors. Through their time, talent, and philanthropy, the council members are helping the School deliver on its promise of a world-class engineering education while fostering and developing an intellectual culture conducive to learning and discovery that is second to none.

Council Members

Stu Benton ‘62

Stu has been an angel and venture capital investor in the internet software world for the last 20 years. He presently is Chairman of LARA AR (augmented reality systems), and additionally an investor and board member of Submitnet (search engine optimization) and TMRW Life (mobile applications for the hospitality market).

Ann N. Campbell, ‘79

Ann is currently the Director for Weapons Design & Assurance at Sandia National Laboratories. Sandia is a multi-program Federally Funded Research & Development Center for the National Nuclear Security Agency within the U. S. Department of Energy.

Michael D. Carroll, ‘79

Mike is currently the President and CEO of CHA Consulting Engineers, a 1,300-person engineering, architecture and program/construction management firm with offices throughout North America. 

Thomas G. Capek '86

Thomas G. Capek is senior vice president and Corning’s chief engineer. Capek is responsible for leading the corporate Manufacturing Technology and Engineering organization and for leading the engineering function globally for the company.

Mike Ciminera ‘59

Mike’s career with Grumman and Northrop Grumman spanned almost 51 years. His principal experience is in the front-end-of-the-business-advanced technology and advanced programs; program management; and total quality.

Dawn Fitzgerald ‘87

Ms. Fitzgerald, as head of Digital Transformation at Schneider-Electric Data Center Operations, is leading the integration of Enterprise Asset Management, Data Center Infrastructure Management, and AI technologies into a Digitization Value platform for Critical Facilities Environments.

John Fusek

John Fusek is a Managing Director and co-founder of Global Credit Advisers, a New York-based investment advisory firm.  John leads the firm's effort in investing in European securities.  He has spent more than 35 years focused on financial services both as an adviser and as an investor.  John worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Douglas Grose ‘72

Doug is currently President of Fuller Road and Fort Schuyler Management Corporations, which will become NY CREATES (New York Center for Research, Economic Advancement, Technology, Engineering and Science).

Naveed Hussain ’89

Naveed Hussain is the vice president and general manager of Boeing Research & Technology (BR&T), the advanced central research and development unit of The Boeing Company. As a trusted research, technology and technical leader, BR&T develops innovative technologies that break barriers, enabling the development of future aerospace solutions while improving the cycle time, cost, quality and performance of existing Boeing products and services.

Charlie Jablonski ‘77

Charlie serves as a industry consultant to various media, technology and investment funds. Charlie is founder and CEO of Susfugo a startup developing technology for remote visual computing. Most recently he was the Interim CEO (as well as its VP of Operations) of Onlive, a cloud based gaming company.

Ken Lochiatto ‘85

Ken Lochiatto has over 30 years of business experience having joined Convergint as President and Chief Operating Officer in January 2014. Ken’s background includes over 22 years of experience in the materials and systems integration businesses and 8 years in the gaming business. 

Walter G. Nollmann ‘77

Walt Nollman is the founder, managing director, and chief financial officer of Alumni Capital Network, a private equity firm based in New York City.

Charles A. Taylor ‘87

Charley pioneered the field of image-based modeling by performing the first computer simulations of blood flow in patient-specific models derived from medical imaging data.

Kurt Van Wagenen ‘85

Kurt is currently President and Chief Executive Officer and serves as Board Chair at FirstLight, a Northeast-based provider of fiber-based communications and data services to enterprise and carrier customers.

Carlos J. Vázquez, ‘80

Carlos J. Vazquez was named in 2013 as Chief Financial Officer of Popular Inc., a financial holding company composed of two principal subsidiaries: Puerto Rico’s largest bank, Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, and a US-mainland operation, Popular Bank.

David Walker ‘71

David’s career spans over 40 years with leadership roles in the United States and internationally.  Prior to David’s current role, he managed the operations of BSII’s portfolio of projects for the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Defense, Chemical Demilitarization and U.S. Threat Reduction in the Former Soviet Union.