IEEE Orange County Section

Helping members in Orange County


Volunteer Biography

Volunteers of the Orange County Section

Helen Alexander

HELEN ALEXANDER Helen Alexander has B.A.s in English Language and Literature and French, her Master’s of Education with a concentration in TESOL from Cal State Fullerton, and a Postsecondary Reading and Learning Certificate, which makes her a specialist in the reading and study skills needs of adults and college students. Helen specializes in critical thinking, though she has taught a variety of classes to both native and non-native speakers at the post-secondary level. She has also worked as an academic coach to graduate students, helping them build and refine reading, writing, and study skills, especially toward completing their final projects or theses.

Helen has also presented workshops on communication topics and at conferences, having presented on her ESL work at the statewide CATESOL conference held in Long Beach, California, as well as on her developmental skills work at the College Reading and Learning Association’s national conferences in San Diego and Houston. She is Editor of the IEEE Orange County Section Newsletter, Lynx, and a member of the IEEE Professional Communication Society.

Dmitry Altshuller

Dimitry Altshuller, IEEE volunteer DMITRY A. ALTSHULLER Dr. Altshuller received the B.Math. degree from the University of Minnesota in 1982, the Master of Control Engineering degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1995, and the Ph.D. (Kandidat Nauk) degree in physics and mathematics with specialty in theoretical cybernetics from St. Petersburg State University (Russia) in 2004. He was a Member of Technical Staff at Lucent Technologies, worked as a Control Systems Engineer for MH Systems, Inc., as a Staff Mathematician for Scientific Applications and Research Associates, Inc, and as a Systems Engineer for Crane Aerospace & Electronics and Parker Aerospace. He is currently employed as a Senior Systems Engineer by Rockwell Collins Electromechanical Systems in Tustin, California. His research (done mostly on his own time) involves various aspects of nonlinear control systems, including stability and optimal control. He is an author or a co-author of 29 published and/or presented papers, including a partial solution of one the problems described in the renowned book Unsolved Problems in Mathematical Systems and Control Theory by Blondel and Megretski. Dr. Altshuller is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and a member of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and of the International Physics and Control Society (IPACS). He served on program committees for several conferences.

Don V Black, Section Chair, GameSIG Chair, OCCS Past Chair

DON V. BLACK Dr. Black received his M.S. in Visualization and Computer Graphics from the University of California Irvine (UCI) School of Information and Computer Sciences, and received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with an emphasis in Computer Graphics & Visualization at the UCI School of Engineering, in 2005 and 2010 respectively. In July 1976, he founded Digital Choreographics, an Orange County software development firm providing research and application development solutions in diverse areas of technology including embedded systems, energy storage, medical instrumentation, targeting and navigation, video games, applied theoretical physics and education. In 2011, in addition to his position as Director of Research and Development for Digital ChoreoGraphics, Dr Black is Executive Director of the American Institute for Research into Science and Technology, serves on the Advisory Board for the Lifeboat Foundation, and is Director of the SoCal Science Cafe, a social site promoting local scientific events and member development. He has authored multiple technical papers, from “The Computer in the Schoolroom” (1978), through “Visualizing flat spacetime: Viewing optical versus relativistic effects” (2012). Dr. Black founded the IEEE GameSIG, a professional society for hardware and software design engineers in the computer game development industry. The Orange County IEEE GameSIG is responsible for the Annual IEEE GameSIG Intercollegiate Computer Game Showcase. He also serves as the Chairman of the IEEE Orange County Section, Past Chairman of the IEEE Computer Society of Orange County, and since 2001, he has served as the Volunteers Chair of the IEEE Orange County Section. He supports a number of blogs and websites, including NewSpaceNews, GravityWaves, HyperDimensia, and PilotAge, among others.

John Briones, PES/IES Chair

John Garcia BrionesJOHN G. BRIONES Mr. Briones, a native of California, received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University, Sacramento, California in 1986. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in California and has been a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Utah since 1999. Since 1987, he has been with Carollo Engineers, an environmental engineering firm specializing in the planning, design and construction of water and wastewater facilities. Currently a Senior Electrical Engineer with Carollo Engineers, he became an Associate in the firm in 2005. Mr. Briones is a Member of IEEE, the IEEE Power & Energy Society, and the IEEE Industry Applications Society. He currently serves as the 2011 Vice Chairman of the PES/IAS IEEE Orange County Chapter. Over the years he has served in the Orange County Chapter of the IEEE Industrial Applications Society and PES Society, and the National Fire Protection Association.

David Cheng, Pace Chair, Past Chair, CSUF Student Sponsor

DAVID CHENG Dr. Cheng received his B.S. from National Taiwan University, Taiwan and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Solid State Physics from the University of California, Irvine, in 1976 with the thesis”Some problems of lattice dynamics at crystal surfaces.” He is a tenured professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at California State University, Fullerton. He has been the President of the Asian Faculty and Staff Association CSUF since 1994. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of semiconductor devices, optic-electronics, electro-optics and lightwave technology, fiber-optic communications, modeling, simulation and system analysis. Dr. Cheng is also active in his professional societies. He has served as Chairman of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Orange County Section (4,000 members) and Coordinator of IEEE Greater Los Angeles Council (14,000 members). Dr. Cheng has been awarded a prestigious IEEE Millennium Medal for his outstanding professional achievements and services. He is also honored by Hunan University, China with a professorship for his outstanding contributions to his profession.

Pai Choi, UCI Student Chapter Chair

John Collins, Past Chair

JOHN COLLINS Dr. Collins received the M.S. degree in physics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1993 and the Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of Madras in 2000. From 2000 to 2006 he held the position of Postdoctoral Fellow in the Biomedical Engineering Department of the University of California at Irvine, in Dr. Abraham Lee’s lab. Currently serving as the Director of R&D with Biopico Systems, with a focus on diagnostic and therapeutic applications of single-cell picoreactors. Previously he held the position of Nanotechnology and Principal Scientist at Maxwell Sensors in Santa Fe Springs, focusing on the development of novel microfluidic devices, including digital barcode magnetic beads and picoliter droplets for biomedical diagnostics. Dr. Collins now serves as the chair of the Orange County Section of the IEEE. His previous service to the IEEE includes positions as Vice Chair and Student Chapter Chair. Dr. Collins is a recognized expert on the devopment of novel mico microfluidic devices including digital barcode magnetic bbeads and picoliter droplets for biomedical diagnostics, has published dozens of papers, and journal reviews, and is listed as an inventor on multiple patents and pending patent applications.

Lin Crampton, VTools Coordinator

LIN CRAMPTON Ms. Crampton received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from UCLA. While still a student she published her first paper, “Speech Recognition by Computer,” in the IEEE Aerospace applications conference. She is currently licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Immediately after graduating, she accepted a position designing radar environment simulator firmware for TSC. Her focus then shifted to international technical marketing, working in both Germany and France. Upon returning to The States she both started a consulting company and accepted a position as a Sr.Principal Engineer with Western Digital. She continues to consult, concentrating in the areas of computer architecture and signal processing, and on issues of patent law. Ms. Crampton is a member of the IEEE, and holds membership in the Computer Society as well in IEEE Women in Engineering. She holds memberships in the Orange County Patent Law Association, ISC2 and USENIX.

Bill Craig, CSUF Student Society Chair

Frank Forbath

FRANK FORBATH (SLM) Mr. Forbath received the B.A. degree in physics and math from the University of California, Los Angeles, and the masters degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University, Palo Also, California. During World War II, he served on the USS Puget Sound as a naval officer, Carrier Signal Officer. His first paper, “Communication Between Remotely Located Digital Computers,” was published in Datamation in 1958. Currently serving as president of FJFCo, he has also served as president of Harbor Scientific. Earlier in his engineering career he worked for Hughes Aircraft as a Senior Staff Engineer, where he progressed to a position as a Program Manager for advanced programs. At Northrop he was Product Manager for new computer and senior engineering advanced systems, at the Instrument Division of American Optical he was the Chief Electronics Engineer, and he served as an engineer with the RAND Corporation. He is an inventor on several US and international patents. He received his first patent in 1960 for a Computer Register, and has since received patents for a Correlation Evaluator and several patents for Medical Timing Systems. Mr. Forbath, a Senior Life Member, has served as an IEEE OC Volunteer for many years. His involvement with IEEE began at Stanford in 1946, as a student member of the Institute of Radio Engineers. A founder (and recent chair) of the IEEE OC Entrepreneur’s Network, he has been a member of the IEEE OC Executive Committee, and has chaired the LA Chaper of AESS. For more than 55 years he has been married to Jean Forbath, Treasurer and Retired Executive Director of Save Our Youth, Costa Mesa.

Glenn Fogarty, COMSIG Chair

Glenn FogartyGLENN FOGARTY Mr. Fogarty received the B.S. degree in Computer Engineering from California State University, Long Beach, California in 1985. He served with the U.S. Navy, as a Missile Fire Control Radar Technician, First Class Petty Officer (1974-1980). After his discharge, he attended Golden West College, in Huntington Beach, California, where he received the A.A. degree in 1982.

Since 1999, he has been employed as an Embedded Software Engineer with The Boeing Company, Huntington Beach, California, where his current technical focus is on Software Defined Radio (SDR) development. Prior to this, he worked with L-3 Communications Interstate Electronics Corporation, as a Principal Software Engineer (1985-1998), and the Burroughs Corporation, as a System Test Technician (1980-1985) while attending college. Mr. Fogarty is the Chair of the Communications and Signal Processing Joint Society (COMSIG) of the IEEE, Orange County Chapter. He is a Member of the IEEE and belongs to both the Computer Society and the Communications Society. He has co-authored various white papers on SCA topics, which have been presented at the SDR Forum, including the 2004 OMG Software Based Communications Workshop where he presented Standardizing on a Set of Radio Set APIs to Ensure Waveform Portability” and the 2005 OMG Software Based Communications Workshop, where he presented “An Example of a Network- Centric Radio.”

Diwaker Gan

Diwakar GanDIWAKAR (DG) GAN Mr. Gan was born in Nagpur, India in 1942. He received the B.E. degree in electrical engineering and the M.E. degree in electronics and servomechanisms from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India in 1966 and 1968 respectively. He received the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1971 and received the Communications Engineering Certificate from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. in 1997. His long and distinguished career in private companies includes satellite communications, computer communications and systems engineering. His work at LinQuest (Los Angeles, CA), Boeing (Anaheim, CA), Motorola (Scottsdale, AZ), and Computer Sciences Corporation (Falls Church, VA) mostly dealt with U.S. Department of Defense telecommunication systems and networks. His technical contributions were numerous and mostly classified. Several of his published papers include a DTIC document “Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) Network Control Study,” and “Optical Links for Communications in Local Distribution,” in the 1973 Proceedings of the ACM Second Symposium on Problems in the Optimizations of Data Communications Systems. Mr. Gan is an IEEE Life Member and currently serves as the Membership Chair of the IEEE Orange County Section. He is a member of the IEEE Communications Society, and the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society. He served as the Exhibits Chair of the 2011 International Games Innovation Conference. He is an avid gardener, PC game player, and is active in the local volunteer community, including Habitat for Humanity and the United Way organization. He is married with one adult daughter in fashion industry.

Bob Gauger, OCCS Chair

Thomas Ha

Thomas HaTHOMAS HA Mr. Ha received the in Electrical Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California and the M.B.A. degree from Anderson School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles, California. He has over twelve years of product safety and regulatory compliance experience, and is currently a partner with G&M Compliance in Orange, California, providing product safety, EMC, EMI, NEBS testing and consulting services. Previously, he was a partner and co-owner of World Technology Corporation, and held positions as Sales Engineer and Engineer with Intertek. Mr. Ha is currently the the Chair of the IEEE Product Safety Society, Orange County Chapter. He is an IEEE Member, and holds a membership in the IEEE Product Safety Society. He is also active with the Product Safety Society, the Society of Business Incubators and the International Association of Electrical Inspectors.

Brian Hagerty, Engineers-to-Educators

Russell Hunter, Awards/Recognition Chair; Past Section Chair

Alvin Joseph

Alvin JosephALVIN JOSEPH Mr. Joseph joined IEEE as a student member while in engineering school and served as Chairman of the Student Branch in 1992 /1993. He began volunteering for the IEEE Orange County Section in 2008, serving as Programs Chair. Since that time, he has served on the Executive Committee as Secretary, Vice Chairman and Chairman. He currently serves as the Vice-Chairman for the Section. Since 2007, he has also volunteered with the Orange County Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI-OC). The PMI-OC recognized him as Top Volunteer of 2007 and as Volunteer of the Year in 2008. For the last several years, he has served on the PMI-OC Board of Governors as Vice President of Administration and Vice President of Operations; currently he serves as the Vice President of Administration. Mr. Joseph brings over 18 years of engineering, information technology and project management experience. He holds a bachelors degree in electrical and electronics engineering from the University of Kerala, India and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Currently, he is employed as the Director of Corporate Business Systems for TowerJazz Semiconductor in Newport Beach, CA.

Hooman Kankashour, Newsletter Coordinator

Sam Karikalan, CPMT Chair

Sam KarikalanSAM KARIKALAN Mr. Karikalan received the B.E. Degree in electronics and communications from Bharathiar University, Coimbatore Institute of Technology, Tamil Nadu, India, in 1987. Since 2005, he has been employed by Broadcom in Irvine, California. Currently, as Senior Principal Engineer, he is part of a mobile phone chipset development project, responsible for SI/PI/EMC design plans, design guidelines and verification plans. He has held positions of increasing responsibility in semiconductor engineering, beginning as a Scientist with SAMEER Centre for Electromagnetics in India, as a Principal Engineer in Package Characterization for AMD, and as a MTS at STATS ChipPAC. He is listed as an inventor on multiple issued and pending U.S. Patents for his work with Primarion and with Broadcom Mr. Karikalan is a Senior Member of the IEEE and is the Chair of Orange County Chapter of the Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology Society (CPMT). Additionally, he holds memberships in the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society, and the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society. Previously he was the Program Chair for the Phoenix Chapter of CPMT, and was Publicity Chair for the Phoenix Section. He served on the Workshop Organizing Committee for the 2012 IEEE-CPMT / IMAPS Advanced Technology Workshop on OptoElectronic Packaging and Assembly, UNIDO Fellowship Training, Electromagnetic Interference /Electromagnetic Compatibility – Interference Control Technologies, Gainesville, Virginia; Technical Chair of 2011 IFTLE 83 Orange County IEEE CPMT 3DIC Workshop, and the Program Chair of the IEEE CPMT Society, Phoenix Chapter.

Raymond Koosha, Tutorials Chair

Jeff Klinger, Electromagnetic Compatibility Society Chair

Jeff KlingerJEFF KLINGER Mr. Klinger was with the U.S. Army Signal Center from 1989 through 1992, serving as communications chief for a transportation/logistics company. Under the 36th Engineer Group based out of Ft. Benning Georgia, he was responsible for all secure wire line and wireless communications for the unit, and while attached to 82nd Airborne during Operation Desert Storm and Operation Desert Shield. He participated in numerous deployments, served two combat tours, and earned several commendations, including the Army Commendation medal (ARCOM) for service. In 1994, he graduated from ITT Technical Institute with a degree in Electronics Engineering technology and is a iNARTE certified EMC ATL Engineer. He began his career in electromagnetic compatibility in 1994, joining Compatible Electronics, Inc.,the largest fully accredited EMIand EMC test lab in Southern California. Currently, as Director of EMC Engineering, he assists the Product Safety Division in domestic product safety approvals, as well as low voltage directive compliance, and is responsible for radio device approval and certification. A member of IEEE since 2000, Mr. Klinger is currently Treasurer of the IEEE Orange County EMC Society. From 2006 through 2012, he served as Chapter Chair of the IEEE Orange County EMC Society. He is a member of the American Council of Independent Laboratories (ACIL), Telecommunications Certification Body Council and is the principal blogger at

Josh Lubawy, GOLD Chair

Josh Lubawy Mr. Lubawy was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. He received his Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of of San Diego (USD) in 2011. After graduating he accepted a position at Western Digital (WD) as a Firmware Test Engineer where here he was responsible for coordinating daily firmware validation efforts to ultimately release a stable and reliable hard disk drive product to market. In the summer of 2012 he changed roles within WD and is now currently an Electronics Application Engineer where he is responsible for providing design guidance and failure analysis expertise for the whole of the hard disk electrical subsystem. Mr. Lubawy was the Vice-Chair of the USD Student Section of IEEE for two years, currently he is active as the Chair of the Orange County Section Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) affinity group. In his free time Mr. Lubawy likes to ride his bike, run, read on the beach and just have a good time.

Farhad Mafie, SSCS, Conference and OCEN Chair

Farhad MafieFARHAD MAFIE Mr. Mafie was born in Tehran, Iran, and came to the United States in 1977. He received the B.S. degree in Electronic Engineering from and received the M.S. degree in Electronic Engineering from California State University, Fullerton in 1993. Currently employed as president and CEO of Savant Company, Inc., a technology marketing company specializing in marketing and sales of semiconductor IC/IP products located in Irvine, California. Savant Company has a track record of success in large and start-up organizations, building and leading strong sales, marketing and engineering teams, and in improving traction and revenue with major international customers. He is the former vice president of marketing and engineering at Toshiba Semiconductor, and he has also worked at Lucent Technologies, Unisys, and MSI Data. Mr. Mafie has been a member of IEEE since college. He currently chairs the IEEE Orange County Solid-State Circuits Society, the Orange County Entrepreneurs Network and handles Conference responsibilities for the Section. He is a published author and a translator, and with articles published in a variety of journals and Web-based magazines in both the technological and political arenas. He is the Editor-in-Chief for the CRC Press SoC Design and Technologies Book Series, which includes (1) Low-Power NoC for High-Performance SoC Design and (2) Design of Cost-Efficient Interconnect Processing Units. In 2003, he published his first book in English, the biography of Iranian poet and Nobel nominee, Nader Naderpour (1929–2000), Iranian Poet, Thinker, Patriot.

Mario Manansala

Goran Matijasevic, Community Partnerships

Goran S MatijasevicGORAN MATIJASEVIC Dr. Matijasevic is the director of research development at The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine. In this capacity, he works on formation of new industry-university and academic collaborations, especially focusing on new interdisciplinary research initiatives. Prior to this, he was the research coordinator of the Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility at UC Irvine, where he worked closely with industry partners on making them aware of available university resources. Prior to UC Irvine, he worked as a senior engineer at QPlus, a telecommunications start-up company. From 1994 to 2001, he was at Ormet Technologies, where as director of research, he was working on the development of polymer and metal materials and structures for electrical interconnect of high density circuits, new metal alloys for use in conductive adhesives, materials for embedded passive components and heat sensors, and high thermal efficiency electronic substrates. He managed multiple SBIR projects that led to several industry consortia projects, as well as a license agreement with a Fortune 100 company. Dr. Matijasevic is an inventor on four patents, three book chapters, and more than 40 conference and journal publications, and has served on the NEMI Industry Roadmap committee. He served as NanoWorld Conference technical chair, the Electronic Components and Technology Conference (ECTC) interconnect chair and emerging technologies chair, the IEEE Sensors 2006 local chair, the ASME Frontiers in Biomedical Devices Co-chair, as well as on the LARTA Tech Transfer Conference Organizing Committee. He is currently on the OCTANe (Orange County Technology Action Network) Operations Committee and also vice-chair of OC Innovation. He is a member of the TriTech Advisory Board, Tech Coast Venture Network, Board of the Life Sciences Industry Council (LINC), IEEE, and ASME. he received his Ph.D. from UC Irvine in electrical and computer engineering and his M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.

Frank Northaft, OCCS Chair

Frank Austin NothaftFRANK AUSTIN NOTHAFT Mr. Nothaft was born in Virginia in 1989. He received the B.E. Degree with honors in electrical engineering and a minor in management science from Stanford University, Palo Alto California in 2011. His honors thesis was on the usage of compiler managed instruction stores to reduce instruction access energy in efficient processors. In 2011 he accepted a position as an IC Design Engineer with Broadcom Corporation in Irvine, where he is responsible for mixed signal verification and timing models for wireless ICs. While an undergraduate, he interned at SAIC, NVIDIA and AJ Engineers, and worked as a researcher in Dr. Meng’s Laboratory, concentrating on the implementation of a vectorized parser. As a Teaching Assistant in Stanford’s Digital Systems Design Lab, he received the Hildreth Skilling Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant in 2010-2011. Mr. Nothaft currently serves as Vice Chair and Webmaster of the IEEE Computer Society, Orange County Section. Previously, he served as the Chair of the Stanford Student Branch of IEEE (2009-2011), as the Undergraduate Liason (2008-2009), and as Freshman Intern (2007-2008). He is a member of ACM, and is a co-author on “Mobile Memory Architectures for High Performance Systems” to be presented at the 39th International Symposium on Computer Architecture.

Dr. Ciaran O'Donnell, Programs Chair

Anil Pattni, Center for Multidisciplinary Innovation Chair

Anil Pattni Mr. Anil Pattni is an entrepreneur with a strong background in International Business and Technology. He has held senior positions at the major retail, corporate and government levels for many firms. With a focus on Design, UI and UX, he is currently the Founder & CEO at WirelessAppz a smartphone technology startup based in Orange County, CA. He founded OCHackerz in 2010, one of the first startup focused technology communities in OC. Also one of the main drivers for OC MiniMakerFaire 2012 with over 1200 attendees.

Pierre Perra, Treasurer

PIERRE PERRA Mr. Pierre Perra earned his BSME from CSULA in 1966, founded his own electric controls company in 1971 which he ran for twenty years while raising four children. Mr. Pierre Perra has been an active volunteer since he joined the IEEE in 1992. He was elevated to Senior Member status in 1998, and awarded the IEEE Third Millennium Medal in 2000. Pierre’s first IEEE position was Treasurer of the IEEE OCCS, followed by service as Chair for two years. Immediately following, he was elected Vice Chair of the OC Section, and then served as OC Section Chair for two years.  During these early years, Mr Perra served as IEEE Southern Area Chair and MTAC Treasurer. He was re-elected Chair of the OC Section in 2003 and 2004 and simultaneously served as a member of the IEEE Transnational Committee and of the IEEE Membership Development Committee. in addition to being Chair of the IEEE Membership Development Committee Dues Parity sub-committee. Pierre served as founding Treasurer of the IEEE OC Communications Chapter, then Vice Chair for four years. Other international IEEE positions included serving as the North America representative on the GCCC 2001 Organizing Committee, serving as ComSoc North America Director from 2002-2004, and ComSoc Membership Programs Development Director for 2005-2006. Mr. Perra initiated the ComSoc Certification Program, and secured $275,000 in funding for the program while serving as Chair of the committee in 2004 through 2006. In 2008, Pierre was appointed Executive Chair for IEEE Globecom 2012, one of two annual flagship conferences of the IEEE Communications Society. The conference was staged successfully in early December 2012 at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California..

Dr. Ciaran O'Donnell, Programs Chair

Kumar Ramajayn, RAS Chair

Kumar RamajayamKUMAR RAMAJAYN Mr. Ramajayam received the B.A. degree in English from the University of Madras, India in 1986, the M.A. Degree in English from Pondicherry Central University, India, 1988, and the M.A. degree in English from Shri Krishnadevaraya University, India, 1993. Currently, as co-founder of Engineers4KidsUSA and CEO of Mathobotix , he focuses on linking K-12 education with the tools of the 21st century. He is actively involved in research, development and delivery of an integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum, including teaching methods, and materials. He has held various teaching positions at University of California Irvine, and California State University at Long Beach (CSULB); while teaching at CSULB he was involved in several e-learning, technology-aided teaching and learning, and Educational Technology projects. An Associate Member of the IEEE, Mr. Ramajayan currently chairs the IEEE Orange County Robotics and Automation Society. He serves on the Engineering and Technology advisory committees of Orange Coast College, and Santa Ana College, and director of the Orange County First Lego League Tournament.He is the Irvine-Orange County chapter founder and coordinator for the North South Foundation (, which conducts Spelling Bee, Math Bee, Vocabulary Bee, and Essay Writing Bee contests for children of Bhartiya (Indian) origin. He is fluent in English, French, Tamil, Hindi and Sanskrit.

Mathew Poole, EMBS Student Chapter Chair

Naveen Reddy, past CTO

Christine Ruther, Listserve and List Manager

CHRISTINE RUTHER Ms. Ruther received the B.S. degree in physics from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1985 and the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, in 1989. She has been a Registered Professional Engineer in California since 2008. Since 2001, she has been the President and Principal Engineer at C&R Engineering, Inc., assisting the medical device industry with compliance and regulatory issues, with a a client base ranging from start-ups through Fortune 500 companies and governmental agencies, such as NIST and ANSI. Earlier in her career, she held positions as the technical manager of the Medical Device Testing Group of TUV Product Service, Compliance Manager for Cardiac Science, Senior Compliance Engineer in the medical telemetry division of GE Medical Systems, and the Director of Product Development and Regulatory Affairs for AirBed Corporation. Ms. Ruther has been an active volunteer in the Orange County Chapter of IEEE since 2001, serving as List Manager. Additionally, she is active with the Orange County Regulatory Affairs Discussion Group and the Association for advancement of Medical Instrumentation. Ms. Ruther is an author of the Clinical Engineering Certification and Study Guide, has authored papers for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, the Journal of Healthcare Risk Management, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), and has testified before congress at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Hearing.

R Sampath, past Chair

R SampathR. SAMPATH Mr. Sampath is CEO of BeWo Technologies, a social enterprise with a mission to drive change in global Below-Poverty-Line markets using innovative technology and business models. He also serves as Director at Quanta Consulting, Inc., a Los Angeles based advisory firm helping U.S. companies with globalization strategy and execution across India. Apart from delivering keynotes at conferences, he has taught in the MBA program at the University of California, Irvine. He organizes the Annual India Trade Conference in Los Angeles, highlighting innovation and social impact. He was formerly Chairman of the IEEE Orange County Section, and has also received the IEEE-USA Award for California Public Policy Initiatives in Education & Engineering. Mr. Sampath holds a bachelors degree from the National Institute of Technology, Trichy, India, and an MBA from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He is an IEEE Senior Member.

Hector de los Santos, MTT/ED Chair

Dr. de los Santos HECTOR J. DE LOS SANTOS Dr. de los Santos was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 1957 and received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus, in 1979. In 1981 he received the M.S.E. Degree in electronic circuits and systems from the University of California Los Angeles, as a Hughes Fellow. He received the Ph.D. degree in 1989 from the School of Electrical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, where he was a Patricia Roberts Harris Fellow. From 2010 to 2011, he held the prestigious German Research Foundation Mercator Visiting Professorship with the Institute for High- Frequency Engineering and Electronics at the Karloff Institute of Technology University of Karlsruhe, Germany, where his activities included conducting research on his DFG-funded project “Nanoelectromechanical Interferometric Tuning with Non-Equilibrium Cooling for Microwave and mm-Wave Electronics,” developing and teaching the courses “Modern Radio Systems Engineering” and “NanoMEMS in High-Frequency Technology and Electronics.” For the past ten years, he has served as President and Chief Technical Officer of NanoMEMS Research, LLC of Irvine, a company engaged in nano-electro-mechanical quantum circuits and systems (NEMX) and RF MEMS (NanoMEMS) research, where he concentrates on fundamental research into new devices, circuits and design techniques to implement NanoMEMS Systems-on-Chip. Prior to founding NanoMEMS in 2002, he spent two years as Principal Scientist at Coventor, Inc., where he led Coventor’s intellectual property R&D effort, with activities including the conception, modeling, and design of novel RF MEMS devices. For eleven years, he served as Principal Investigator and Director of the Future Enabling Technologies IR&D Program at Hughes Space and Communications Company. Under this program he pursued research in the areas of RF MEMS, quantum functional devices and circuits, and photonic bandgap devices and circuits. He holds over twenty US and European patents, and is author of several bestselling textbooks, including Introduction to Microelectromechanical (MEM) Microwave Systems (1999), now in Artech House’s IPF® (In-Print-Forever®) series, and RF MEMS Circuit Design for Wireless Communications (2001). His most recent book, Principles and Applications of NanoMEMS Physics, was published by Springer in 2005. Dr. de los Santos is an IEEE Fellow and has been an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer of the Electron Devices Society since 2006. From 2001-2003, he lectured worldwide as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer of the Microwave Theory and Techniques Society. He is currently the Chair of the Orange County Section of the IEEE Microwave Theory Techniques / Electronic Devices Joint Society, and was the Editor of IEEE Orange County Section Newsletter in 2011. He is a member of Sigma Xi scientific research society, Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu engineering honor societies. His current research interests include nano-electron-fluidic logic, plasmonics, photonic crystals, RF MEMS, mechanical systems in the quantum regime and NEMX, for which he has received research funding from governmental agencies such as DARPA, the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the National Science Foundation, and from industry.

Scott Smith, PSES Chair

Bill Tang, past EMBS Chair

Bill TangWILLIAM C. TANG Dr. Tang received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California at Berkeley in 1980, 1982, and 1990, respectively. The concepts disclosed in his doctoral dissertation (“Electrostatic comb drive for resonant sensor and actuator applications”) are considered foundational for later micro-actuator and micro-sensor research. After obtaining his doctorate in 1990, he continued his work with MEMS technology, developing automotive applications such as crash sensors for air-bag deployment systems for Ford Motor Company. In 1996, he joined Caltech JPL as the Supervisor of the MEMS Technology Group, where he utilized MEMS technologies to enable several key functions for highly miniaturized spacecraft, including propulsion, navigation and environmental sensing. Several years later, in 1999, he accepted a position as Program Manager with DARPA, where he assumed responsibility for existing MEMS and micro-power generation programs and established new programs in nano-mechanical array signal processors and chip-scale atomic clock. In 2002, he accepted a professorship with the University of California, Irvine (UCI) with the Department of Biomedical Engineering and a joint appointment with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Currently he serves as the Associate Dean for Research in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UCI, a position he accepted in 2008. Prior to this, he served as Associate Chair for Undergraduate Education of the Biomedical Engineering Department (2003-2005, 2010), and as its Interim and Acting Chair (2005-2006, 2009-2010). He has been recognized several times for his work in advancing engineering education at UCI, first in 2006, with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, and again in 2010, with the Fariborz Maseeh Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award. Dr. Tang, a Senior Member of the IEEE, was the founding Chair of the Orange County (OC) Chapter of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) in 2006. He is a Fellow and Chartered Physicist with the Institute of Physics, a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society, and continues as Chair of the OC Chapter of IEEE EMBS. He has been awarded five U.S. patents, is an inventor on multiple published patent applications, has authored/co-authored over seventy conference articles, refereed journal papers and book chapters in the MEMS field. His research interests include wireless micro implants for neural prosthesis, platforms for micro- and nano-scale single-cell biomedical diagnosis, micro bio-mechanics on organisms, tissues, and cellular levels, with emphases on heart muscle cells.

Eric Tsai

MIN-YEN (ERIC) TSAI Mr. Tsai was born in Taipei, Taiwan. He received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Riverside in 2006, the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California in 2008, and is currently pursuing the M.S. degree in computer science from California State University, Fullerton. He is currently an Electrical Engineer with M&O Perry Industries in Corona, CA. Prior to this, he was an Assistant Engineer at the Center for Environmental Research and Technology at the University of California, Riverside. His main areas of research interest are wireless communications and multimedia. Mr. Tsai is a volunteer with the Orange County Section of the IEEE, and has been an active member in the IEEE Communication Society, the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society and the IEEE Computer Society. As a student, he was a charter member of the California Alpha Beta chapter of Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, and he holds the distinction of being a member of the winning team for the IEEE-UCR student competition. Since 2004, he has been a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of California.

Raman Unnikrishnan, Advisory Board

Dr. Raman M UnnikrishnanRAMAN MENON UNNIKRISHNAN Dr. Unnikrishnan was born in Ernakulam/Cochin in central Kerala, India. He received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the College of Engineering, Trivandrum of the University of Kerala, India. He received the M.S degree in electrical eingeering from South Dakota State University and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has been recognized for outstanding lifetime achievements by both these universities, named as “Distinguished Engineer” by South Dakota State University (2009), and was recognized by the University of Missouri with the Missouri Honor Award for outstanding alumnus (2006). He is the Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), where he is active in teaching, research and consulting in the areas of Control Systems, Power Electronics and Signal Processing. He has been honored by the CSUF Chicano / Latino Faculty and Staff Association for successful education outreach efforts at CSUF. Prior to joining CSUF, he was with the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), where as a faculty member he was honored with the Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching. He also served as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research for the College of Engineering from and as the Head of the Electrical Engineering Department at RIT. Dr. Unnikrishnan is an IEEE Fellow and serves on the Executive Advisory Committee of the Orange County Section. He has served on many IEEE governing committees, as well as serving as Chairman for the Rochester Section. In 2000, the IEEE honored him with the IEEE Third Millennium Award for Outstanding Achievements and Contributions.He is a member of the Board of ASEI as well as WIDF (World India Diabetes Foundation) as a non-medical and non-diabetic representative. He is a member of the Fullerton Chamber of Commerce. Since 2008 he has been a Commissioner of the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Phillip Wheeler, Past Chair

Phillip Wheeler PHILLIP WHEELER Mr. Wheeler received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering in 1963 from California State Polytechnic University, San Louis Obispo, California and the M.S. degree in electrical engineering in 1971 from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of California. Since 1990 he has owned and served as Principal Engineer for Power Engineering Consultants, providing engineering forensic services, equipment failure investigative studies and expert witness services as well as project planning and special studies for major electricity providers, including capacity, efficiency and feasibility studies and line loading evaluations. From 1963 through 1990, he was a Supervising Engineer of the Apparatus Group of the Southern California Edison Company. Mr. Wheeler is a Life Senior Member of the IEEE; has been the Chairman of Orange County Section in 2000 and the Chairman of the Orange County Power Engineering Society in 1998. He is an active member of several technical societies and standards bodies, including the California Conference of Arson Investigators, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) Electrical Systems and Equipment Committee from (1986-1990), the EEI Transmission and Distribution Committee (1970-1978), the IEEE Task Force on Switching and Overcurrent Protection (1970-1975), the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) C57.12.3 Subcommittee on Underground Secondary Network Transformers (1970-1977), and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Distribution Advisory Task Force (1976-1978).

Stan White, OCS History Chair

Stanley WhiteSTANLEY A. WHITE Dr. White was born in Rhode Island in 1931. He received the B.S. degree, the M.S. degree and the Ph.D. Degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana in 1957, 1959 and 1965, respectively. He served with the U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command during the Korean War and served two tours on the Atlantic Missile Range. He retired as staff Senior Scientist and program Chief Scientist after 31 years at Rockwell International, retired again as founding principal after 13 years at Signal Processing and Controls Engineering (SPACE) Corp., and retired a third time after 32 years of concurrent teaching of night courses at the University of California as Lecturer in Engineering (Aerospace Engineering at UCLA) and Adjunct Professor (ECE at UCI). He is an inventor on numerous patents, and has authored over one hundred unclassified conference papers, articles, research reports and has co-authored three textbooks. Dr. White was named an IEEE Life Member in 1982 for contributions to digital signal processing techniques and applications. He currently chairs the History Committee for the Orange County Section of the IEEE. He has previously served on the AES, CAS, CS, SP societies’ technical conference and administrative committees, has chaired multiple societies and has served multiple roles with the Orange County Section. 1981, he founded and served as the first chair of the Orange County Chapter of the Signal Processing Society. In 1990, he was awarded the Signal Processing Society’s Distinguished Lecturer Award; in 1996 he received the Circuits and Systems Society’s Technical Achievement Award; in 2000, he received the Third Millennium Award; and in 2005, he received the Vladimar Karapetoff Outstanding Technical Achievement Award. From 1980 through 1982, he chaired the NSF “Applications of VLSI to Communications and Signal Processing Systems and was a member of the Electronics Industries Association (EIA) working group on filtering standards. He founded and chaired the Orange County Chapter of Sigma Xi for a quarter of a century. He currently volunteers at Mission Viejo’s Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center and for the Veteran’s Administration.

Shireesh Verma, Section Secretary and EIT Chair

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