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Dr. Bill Cardoso (M.S., Ph.D. ECE '11)
Creative Electron
Bill received his Associate’s Degree at the age of 13 and went on to achieve a BS in Electrical Engineering. He received both his MS and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer from Illinois Tech. In 2011 he was awarded IIT’s prestigious Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. He has his MBA from the University of Chicago and sits on the technical committees of SMTAI, SMTA Counterfeit Conference, and SMTA LED Conference, Components for Military and Space Electronics Conference, SPIE Photonics, and the IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium. Dr. Cardoso has written two books and over 150 technical publications.

Guenter Conzelman
Center Director, Group Leader, and Prinipal Energy/Environmental Systems Engineer
The Center for Energy, Environmental, and Economic Systems Analysis,
Argonne National Labs

Guenter Conzelmann is the Director of the Center for Energy, Environmental, and Economic Systems Analysis at Argonne National Laboratory. He is a senior fellow with the EPIC Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago and an adjunct faculty member with the Stuart School of Business at the Illinois Institute of Technology. His research focuses on the development and application of modeling and simulation tools to study strategic energy and power sector issues, including renewable energy integration, smart grid and microgrid implementation, advanced grid modeling, and energy sector resilience. Mr. Conzelmann is the author or co-author of numerous publications, including journal articles, book contributions, conference papers, and sponsor reports in the energy and power systems field. He is frequently invited to speak on these subjects at conferences, workshops, and training courses around the world.

Dr. Piyush Desai (M.S. EE ’04, Ph.D. EE ’09)
PD Consulting Inc., Chicago, IL
Software Motor Company, Sunnyvale, CA
Piyush Desai is a passionate engineer in pursuit of impactful innovations with synergies with his technical and entrepreneurial expertise. Soon after graduating with his B. E. (1992) in India, he started his business of providing technical solutions to industries and OEMs. This included installation/commissioning and programming of variable speed drives in 1994, which turned in to a lifelong passion for motors and drives till the date. Piyush received M. S. (2004) and Ph.D. (2009) from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. He holds several granted and pending patents in USA & internationally. As an adjunct faculty at IIT - Chicago, he taught Electric Motor Drives and Adjustable Speed Drives classes for undergraduates and graduates. He has worked for multiple companies, founding his own consulting business, and is now at Software Motor Company as VP of motor design/co-founder. His research and experience focus on electric motors, drives, controls, and PV solar.

Kevin Donohue
Databeam Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Kentucky
Kevin D. Donohue received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1987. He is currently the Databeam Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Kentucky. His work has contributed to the general area of signal processing systems with applications in medical imaging, biomedical signal analysis, non-destructive evaluation, radar detection, and audio sensor networks with over $4 million of funding in these areas and over 100 technical publications. He has served the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Kentucky in an administrative capacity; 4 years as Interim Department Chair, and 8.5 years as Director of Undergraduate Studies. He co-founded Signal Solutions, LLC based on technology he developed to non-invasively and automatically track sleep and wake behaviors in rodents primarily for high-throughput behavioral studies. This equipment is currently used in animal research laboratories throughout the USA and around the world.

Dr. Jiang Hsieh (Ph.D. ECE '89)
Chief Scientist, GE Healthcare
Adjunct Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jiang Hsieh received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1989. He was a Principle Research Scientist in the Applied Research Department of Siemens Gammasonics Inc. from 1984 to 1989, and later joined the Applied Science Lab of GE Medical Systems. He is now a Chief Scientist of GE Healthcare and an Adjunct Professor in the Medical Physics Department of University of Wisconsin-Madison. He holds over 250 US patents, and has authored or co-authored more than 200 articles, book chapters, and textbooks. He taught short courses at annual meetings of Radiological Society of North American (RSNA), annual meetings of American Association of Physics in Medicine (AAPM), Medical Imaging Conferences of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE), and Medical Imaging Conferences of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). He is a fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), AAPM, IEEE, and SPIE.

Dr. Mahesh Iyer, (M.S. EE ’91, Ph.D EE ’95) Intel Fellow, Intel Corporation Mahesh A. Iyer is an Intel Fellow and the chief architect and technologist for electronic design automation (EDA) in the Programmable Solutions Group at Intel Corporation. He is responsible for defining and carrying out the technical vision and direction for the Quartus compiler organization and its products, a role that encompasses logic synthesis, placement, clock allocation, physical synthesis, clustering, routing, timing analysis, flow convergence and design verification. Iyer collaborates with global teams of software engineers and architects across Intel focused on architecture, integrated circuit design and design automation to advance design implementation tools and next-generation field- programmable gate array (FPGA) and other spatial architectures. A recognized EDA industry expert, Iyer joined Intel in 2015 with the acquisition of Altera Corp., where he had held similar responsibilities since 2013. Before joining Altera, Iyer accrued 17 years of experience at Synopsys Inc., a leader in the EDA industry. He served as the lead software architect for some of Synopsys’ most successful EDA products, including Design Compiler, IC Compiler and VCS. During his Synopsys career, Iyer invented and developed numerous algorithms for logic synthesis, physical synthesis, design implementation flows and test- bench automation. In 2010, he was named Synopsys’ Inventor of the Year. Iyer began his professional career in the early 1990s at AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he researched and invented seminal algorithms for hardware test automation. Iyer earned a bachelor’s degree in electronics from the University of Bombay in India and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, which honored him with a Distinguished Alumni Professional Achievement Award in 2010. He has published more than 30 papers on various EDA topics and has more than 80 issued or pending patents in related fields. He is a senior member of the IEEE, and has served on technical program committees of various conferences. He was named a Synopsys Fellow in 2006, an Altera Fellow in 2013 and an Intel Fellow in 2016

Dr. Bruno Lequesne
Bruno Lequesne received the Certified-Engineer degree from Centrale-Supélec, France, in 1978, and the PhD degree in electrical engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO, USA, in 1984. He worked for 30 years in the automotive industry on transportation electrification research and industrial drives before starting his own consultancy, E-Motors Consulting, LLC, in 2014. His automotive involvement includes working at General Motors Research Laboratories (1984-1999) and Delphi Research Laboratories (1999-2006). In September 2006, he moved to the Delphi Powertrain Division to manage a group within the Advanced Powertrain Engineering organization (2006-2009). After a year at the University of Alabama, he joined Eaton Corporate Research & Technology group to focus on the electrification of commercial vehicles and advanced industrial drives (2010-2014). Since starting his consultancy, he has contributed to the automotive, aerospace and renewable energy industries, working on motors, actuators, and systems. He is also an expert witness with courtroom experience. Dr. Lequesne holds 52 patents with 1 more pending, primarily on sensors, linear actuators, and automotive applications. He is the recipient of eleven Best Paper Awards, eight from the IEEE- Industry Applications Society (IAS), including two Transactions Paper Awards, and three from the Society of Automotive Engineers, including the Colwell (2000) and the Bendix (2007) awards. He was elected an IEEE Fellow in 1997, and received the Nikola Tesla Award in 2016. He is also past president (2011-2012) of the IEEE Industry Applications Society, and currently serves on the board of the IEEE Transportation Electrification Community where he chairs the Long Range Planning Committee.

Paul McCoy

McCoy Energy Consulting, LLC
Mr. McCoy is president of McCoy Energy Consulting, LLC, specializing in grid operations, maintenance practices and asset due-diligence. Mr. McCoy is also a principal of Atlantic Wind Connection. He was president of Trans-Elect Development Company, LLC from 1999 through late-2011. Prior to joining Trans-Elect, McCoy was Senior Vice President of Unicom, Senior Vice President of Commonwealth Edison (“ComEd”), and led ComEd’s Transmission Group. McCoy had direct responsibility for a wide variety of activities at ComEd, including the planning, design, construction, and operation functions for its transmission and distribution systems. McCoy was chairman of the Mid-America Interconnected Network, one of the NERC Reliability Councils, a board member of NERC, chairman of National Electric Energy Testing, Research & Applications Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a member of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Research Advisory Committee. McCoy a past-president of WIRES, a national organization that promotes the economic expansion of a strong and well-planned electric transmission network. He currently serves on New Brunswick Power’s Board of Directors.

Rohit Prasad (M.S. EE ’99) Head Scientist Amazon Alexa Rohit Prasad is vice president and head scientist at Amazon Alexa, the voice service that powers Amazon’s family of Echo products, Amazon Fire TV, and third-party offerings. Prasad leads Alexa research and development in artificial intelligence technologies aimed at making interaction with Alexa a magical experience for customers. Prior to Amazon, Prasad was deputy manager and senior director of the Speech, Language, and Multimedia Business unit at Raytheon BBN Technologies. In that role, he directed United States government-sponsored research and development initiatives in speech-to-speech translation, psychological health analytics, document image translation, and STEM learning. Prasad is a named author on more than 100 scientific articles and holds several patents. He earned his master’s degree in electrical engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communications engineering from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra (India). 

Wanda Reder
Member NAE, IEEE Fellow
Wanda Reder is the Chief Strategy Officer at S&C Electric Company. Prior to S&C, she held leadership positions at two major investor-owned utilities. Her pioneering work has led to smart grid deployments and wind, solar energy, and utility-scale battery storage integration into traditional utility systems. Inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2016 and an IEEE Fellow, Reder was recognized with the 2014 IEEE Richard M. Emerson Award for her leadership in the IEEE Smart Grid program and in the continued growth of the Power and Energy Society (PES), including the creation of its Scholarship Fund program. Reder was the first woman president of PES and is responsible for the launch of the IEEE Smart Grid, positioning IEEE as the leading source for information on smart-grid technology. She has served as an IEEE Board Member and is currently on the IEEE Foundation Board. Wanda is Vice Chair of the US Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee.

Dr. Kenneth Zdunek
Senior VP and CTO
Roberson and Associates, LLC
Kenneth Zdunek is CTO and Senior VP of Roberson and Associates, LLC, a technology and management consulting firm in Schaumburg, Illinois. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and has over 40 years of experience in research, analysis, and development of wireless communications systems. Concurrently, he is an Adjunct Professor in Electrical Engineering at IIT, where he conducts research in the area of dynamic spectrum access, spectrum sharing, and efficient spectrum utilization. He has taught graduate courses in wireless communication system design. Prior to Roberson and Associates, which he helped found in 2009, he was VP of Networks Research at Motorola, Inc. At Motorola, Dr. Zdunek was Vice President of Networks Research and was twice awarded Motorola’s Patent of the Year for inventions used in cellular voice-data integration and cellular system roaming. He holds 17 other patents, including patents used in public safety wireless networks. Dr. Zdunek was awarded the PhD.EE degree from IIT, and BSEE and MSEE degrees from Northwestern University. He is an advocate of K-12 STEM education and is on the Board of Directors, and is a past President, of the Chicago Public Schools Student Science Fair, Inc.