Advisory Boards

Undergraduate Student Advisory Board

Undergraduate Advisory Board

The Undergraduate Student Advisory Board (USAB) was created by the Electrical & Computer Engineering department with the general purpose of working with the chair and faculty to initiate student support programs and speak at recruiting events to promote VCU Engineering around the area. Since September 2015, the USAB has promoted VCU academics at over 15 public events including the UCI Bike-Race, the Broad Street Mile Race, VCU Open House events, and high-school outreach events.

Members (pictured above):

From Left: Maxwell Shuell, Vardan Tuludhar, Jonathan Walsh, Jared Carey, Cameron O'Leary, Papa Beye, Elizabeth Walters, Nikhat Nusrat, Harini Mody, Lucas Craft

Graduate Student Advisory Board

Graduate Student Advisory Board

The Graduate Student Advisory Board (GSAB) was created by the Electrical & Computer Engineering department with the general purpose of striving to enhance the experience of graduate student life by working with the chair and faculty to increase exposure for the ECE graduate program, work to promote and increase research and entrepreneurship opportunities, and collaborate with the graduate student body to address concerns or new ideas within the department.

Members (pictured above):

From Left:Ryan Green, Ryan Assi, and Roja Eni

External Advisory Board

The external advisory board consists of members representing the key corporations and industries that are targets for our graduates. The general purpose of the board is to advise our programs on matters related to their mission and growth. It will work with the chair and faculty to examine the department’s chosen goals in support of its mission and provide opinion and direction with respect to proposed actions.


Mohamed Belkhayat, Ph.D
R&D Engineer, Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding

Reuben Burch V, Ph.D
Assistant Professor, Mississippi State University

Henry Dante, Ph.D
Associate Principal Scientist, Altria Client Services

Jeff Dowdell, P.E.
Manager, Facility Planning, Dominion Transmission, Inc.

Wendy Taylor Ellis, Ph.D.
Assistant Directory, Maggie L. Walker Governor's School

Sean Dunphy,
Product Yield Engineer, Micron Technology, Inc.

Laura Herbert, Ph.D
Principal, L.C. Bird High School

Georgios Karles, Ph.D
Director of Sensomics, Altria Client Services

Shellie Lundquist
Senior Associate Engineer, Altria Client Services

Tamika Murrell
Staff Engineer, Altria Client Services

Frank Peri, Ph.D
Deputy Director, NASA Langley Research Center

Steven Ortley, M.B.A.
Segment Leader, Residential HVAC Ingersoll Rand

CJ Reddy, Ph.D
VP Business Development, Altair Engineering

Skylar Roebuck
Director of Product Development, Mobiquity, Inc.

Scott L. Schein
President, United Equipment Corp

James Brian Starling, M.B.A.
Project Manager, System Protection Engineering, Dominion Power

John Volakis, Ph.D
Dean and Professor, Florida International University

Joseph Yoder, Ph.D
Senior Tech Staff Member, Microelectronics Division, IBM ASIC Applications