Industry Advisory Board

The ECE Industry Advisory Board brings together leaders in industry, government and academia with UH Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) faculty and students in order to enhance the overall academic and research experience of UH ECE students and to aid the ECE Department in achieving its mission to educate the next-generation of global, world-class engineers.


How to Get Involved

ECE students and student organizations are encouraged to connect with the ECE IAB for help with career counseling, course selection, technical advice, project consulting, mentoring and internship prospects, just to name a few.

If you are a student or a student organization that would like to connect with the ECE IAB, you may contact us here or you may reach out to individual ECE IAB members directly (please find the membership listing below).

If you are a faculty member who has a course that could benefit from added industry experience, contact us here.

Interested in Joining the ECE IAB?
Industry professionals with an expertise in electrical and computer engineering who are interested in joining the ECE IAB are encouraged to contact us.


Resources and Recommendations

  • Develop and track activities that directly support the ECE Department’s goals, strategic objectives and mission
  • Engage with key internal and external stakeholders to educate them on the value of graduating hundreds of trained electrical and computer engineers into the city of Houston and the state of Texas each year
  • Provide feedback on Department programs, strategies, accreditation and curriculum from the perspective of industry and government entities
  • Develop and expand financial sponsorship in support of teaching excellence, teaching relevance, research and outreach within the Department to the extent allowed by the ethics rules of the Board member’s employer
  • Assist the department in constructing and supporting a framework for increasing access to an affordable engineering education and fostering participation by underrepresented groups (based upon industry experience with diversity initiatives)
  • Connect ECE faculty and students to external networks in industry and government in order to enhance scholarships, internships, business partnerships and post undergraduate and graduate opportunities
  • Provide technical advice and consulting on student/teacher projects
  • Facilitate project-based learning among UH ECE students based on the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges


Message from the Chairman, Mike Dougherty

To students...
On behalf of the ECE Department Industry Advisory Board it is with pleasure that I cordially invite you make use of this website to establish contact with me and the other Board Members. You are the cornerstone of UH community life and are in the process of laying the foundation for both what you and the University will be in the decades to come. You clearly play a vital role, one which the Board values and wants to nurture. There are many ways Board Members can help, be it for career counseling, course selection, technical advice, project consulting, mentoring, prospects for internships and job openings to simply lending an ear and being your cheerleader. Lastly, we think that we can learn from you and look forward to a free and open sharing of ideas and to sharing experiences which we firmly believe will be of benefit to you, to us and to the University.

To faculty...
I also wish to extend an invitation to the faculty of the ECE Department to engage with Board Members in any way that you feel that industry experience can benefit your courses and the way students experience academic life through you. We are motivated to help you and we expect to benefit from our interactions with you as well. We believe that an open dialog along with an active partnership will be a boon to the University.

I encourage you to reach out to the members listed below. Each provides unique and valuable insight into the industry world.


ECE Industry Advisory Board Members

Vali Ali

HP Inc.

Igor Alvarado

National Instruments

Jeff Anderson

INEOS Olefins and Polymers

Vidya "Sagar" Asalapuram

Kalypso LP

Abu Baker
Dr. Abu Baker


Robb Black

Omron Automation, Americas

Roger Dale Brown
Roger Dale Brown

National Oilwell Varco

Jared K. Burks
Dr. Jared K. Burks

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Jeff Busby


Bala Chavali


Tommy G. Cooper, PE

Cooper Consulting Service

Paloma de Arizon
Dr. Paloma de Arizon

CenterPoint Energy

Michael Dougherty (Chair)

HP Inc., retired

Stephanie Duncan
Stephanie Duncan

Sparx Engineering

Cary Gallaway

Burns & McDonnell

Alan Goodrum (Emeritus)

Hewlett Packard (Retired)

David Hanson

Axon Energy Products

Michael Hanson

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Lloyd Irvin
Lloyd Irvin, P.E.

Dashiell Corporation

Aurora Kennedy


Mark Laber

Toshiba International Corporation

Casey Latham

Keysight Technologies

Brian Lee
Brian Lee

CenterPoint Energy

John D. Martin, P.E.

Martin Company

Mohamad Moussa
Dr. Mohamad Moussa


James Ortiz
Dr. James Ortiz


Bill Ramsey

Exxon Mobil

Kristen Roberts

Stryker Corporation

Gregory Rogers, PE, MBA

Enterprise Products

Sunny Sadana
Sunny Sadana

Micron Technology

Carol Scalf

HP Inc., retired

Tom Sofka

Macro Enterprises Ltd.

Douglas Verret
Dr. Douglas Verret

Texas Instruments, retired

Yan Xu
Dr. Yan Xu


Jeffrey T. Zudock