Executive Advisory Board
The board of advisors for the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering is composed of executive-level industry, technology and community leaders as well as alumni, who come together for the purpose of supporting the school's vision, priorities and programs. The board works collaboratively with faculty and staff to help foster industry partnerships and assists with career placement and fundraising for scholarships and new learning spaces. Current board members include:
Bob Barry (John Barry & Associates)
Bio coming soon...
Rasheed Behrooznia (Cubic Transportation Systems, '02)
Rasheed is currently working as Vice President of Engineering at Cubic Transporatation Systems for both North and South America. He successfully manages the entire engineering team to meet company's goals and enhance growth. After graduating from USD in 2002, he worked at Nicom Networks as a Software Engineer, performing Linux based programming relating to pay-for-service Internet in hotel rooms. He then worked his way up through Lockheed Martin for almost 9 years, as Senior Software Engineer, Integrated Product Team Lead, and Engineering Product Line Program Manager.
From 2009-2011, he completed his master's degree in Systems Engineering at George Washington University. He then started working at Cubic Transportation Systems and spent two and a half years as Senior Principal Software Engineer for the company. He was promoted about two years ago as Vice President of Engineering and has held this position since then.
Tina Beranbaum, PhD (Centauric)
Tina is a behavioral scientist bringing over 25 years of experience in organizational development and executive coaching to her role as trusted advisor to senior executives and their teams.
Tina’s career journey has taken her from serving as a professor of industrial relations at McGill University in Montreal and operating as the senior manager heading the federal program evaluation practice at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Canada, to her current role as founding Principal of Centauric, headquartered in Southern California and serving clients globally. Along the way, Tina has worked with leaders in a range of businesses including Deloitte, Dimensional Fund Advisors, CBRE, Chubb Insurance, HP, and TD Bank.
Tina is passionate about giving back to the community. As leader of a women’s foundation, she oversaw the curation and funding of programs aimed at developing teenage girls’ self esteem and leadership skills. For the Patton Foundation, Tina designed and facilitated innovative inter-generational leadership dialogues, providing an opportunity for leaders of all ages to learn from each other. In addition to her role on the Board of Advisors for the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, she is also on the Board of Advisors for the Kroc School for Peace & Justice at the University of San Diego.
Tina earned her doctorate in Organizational Sociology and went on to complete post-graduate certifications in International Organization Systems Development and Coaching.
Katie Busch-Sorenson (Cubic Transportation Systems)
Katie Busch-Sorensen is global senior solutions architect for Cubic Transportation Systems in San Diego, where she works on innovative, customer-focused, technical solutions for transit agencies throughout the world. Katie also works with the Smart Boarder Coalition on solutions to improve regional border crossing times, and increase growth of the Mexican/US bi-national region.
Katie graduated from University of Western Australia (UWA), where she earned her dual bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and computer science. In 2015 she completed her master’s degree in wireless embedded systems at the University of California, San Diego.
Upon graduating from UWA, Katie worked for ERG in Perth, Australia, as an electronics engineer working on controller designs for transit applications. She then worked for Two Way TV, a start-up company, in London, England, designing remote control and video boards, while travelling to Hong Kong and China to support off-shore manufacturing. Two years later, she joined Cubic Transportation Systems, continuing her passion to work in an industry with strong ties to lowering the human environmental footprint and promoting cultural equity.
Katie is an active member of Lean In, an organization encouraging women to accomplish amazing things. She also supports Cubic’s STEM activities geared toward high school students.
Matthew Craig (Meijer Inc., ISyE '03)
Matt Craig lives in Rockford, MI with his wife and 3 daughters. Matt earned his undergraduate degree from USD in 2003 in Industrial and Systems Engineering. He began working as an hourly associate at Wal-Mart while enrolled at USD. His career with Wal-Mart included various roles in Store Operations including Assistant Manager, Developing Store Manager, and Corporate Inventory Flow Manager. After eight years at Wal-Mart, Matt decided to take an opportunity to lead Store Operations for Lotus Supercenters of Shanghai. After 3 years in China, Matt accepted a job in Northwest Michigan as the Director of Store Operations for Meijer and decided to go back to school to earn his MBA at Michigan State University.
Matt has now been with Meijer for 8 years and has held multiple positions including Market Director, Director of Meat and Seafood, Group Vice President Stores, and most recently Regional Vice President - Eastern Region in Detroit, MI. Outside of retail, Matt and his wife Jessica have started two businesses since 2009 - Craig Farms, LLC and Campfire Holdings, LLC. Matt and Jessica are focused on teaching their children about business and entrepreneurship through managing these businesses with them in the future.
David Cohn (Aaron Capital, Inc.)
David considers himself a generalist but has completed an extensive amount of transactions in aerospace and the manufacturing of engineered products. David's deep operational background includes being CEO of Dearborn Brass, which he sold to Beatrice Foods, Co., acquired from the Bankruptcy Court, and managed Humid Aire Corp. and Mystic Aire Corporation which later sold to a strategic buyer, EVP of City National Bank where he managed a Subsidiary called City National Financial Services, Co-Founder/Principal of Berman Cohn Partners, Co-Founder/Principal of Angeles Capital and Managing Director at Mosaic Capital.
David is on the Board of Director for Merchants National Bank, St. Luke's Methodist Hospital, National Board of the Association for Corporate Growth, Association of Merger and Acquisition Board of Advisors and the Board of Trustees for the CMAA.
He graduated from Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis, and holds a FINRA Series 7,79,63 and 24 licenses. This year he was inducted into the Founders Circle of the Association of Merger and Acquisition Advisors.
Khaled El-Maleh, PhD (Qualcomm)
Khaled El-Maleh is a Senior Director of Technology in the IP Department of Qualcomm leading the Multimedia Technology team and related Multimedia and User Experience IP Strategy areas. Dr. El-Maleh’s areas of expertise and interests include: design, implementation and quality evaluation of mobile multimedia systems, data mining/analytics, human-computer interfaces, computer vision applications, innovation and industry-university technology transfer. He is a technologist and strategist with focus on entrepreneurship & Innovation.
Khaled joined Qualcomm in 2000 as a Senior Engineer working on multimedia technology in Qualcomm Chip Business (QCT). Prior to joining IP Department in 2007, Khaled contributed to the early design of Qualcomm voice and video products. Khaled received Double Majors Bachelor degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering and in Applied Math from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals of Saudi Arabia, and M. Eng. and PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from McGill University, Canada. He is an accomplished inventor with more than 200 US and international patents.
David Furuno (General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.)
David is currently working as Director of Electrical Engineering for Mission Systems at GA-ASI, where he and his staff are responsible for support to a wide variety of projects spanning synthetic aperture radars, aircraft anti-collision radars, electro-optic sensor systems, high energy lasers, communication systems, novel rf antennas, and special purpose systems.
After graduating from MIT in 1982, and completing graduate studies at UCLA in 1987, he worked at TRW as a member of the technical staff, at Martin Marietta Advanced Development Operations as a Program Manager, and at Lockheed Martin Space and Strategic Missiles as a Chief Systems Engineer. He joined General Atomics in 2000, where he has held positions in Corporate Development, Advanced Wireless, Systems Engineering, and Program Management.
Emiliano Gallego (Pagasa Pasta, ISyE '00)
Emiliano Gallego owns PAGASA Pasta, which is located in Tijuana, Mexico. PAGASA is currently the only pasta company in Mexico to have FSSC certification, guaranteeing global standards in quality and hygiene. Under Gallego's leadership, the company has tripled its sales and production capacity. Mr. Gallego received his degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering in 2000, and his Master of Science in Executive Leadership in 2011, both from USD. He received USD's Author E. Hughes Career Achievement award in April of 2015.
David Geier (SDG&E)
David L. Geier is vice president of electric transmission & system engineering for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Sempra Energy's regulated California utility. He is responsible for all aspects of electric transmission and substation operations, enterprise engineering and major capital projects. Previously, Geier held several management positions at SDG&E, including director of electric grid and distribution services, manager of direct access implementation, and supervisor of several SDG&E operations and facilities. Before joining SDG&E in 1980, he worked for Wisconsin Electric Power Co. in Milwaukee.
He currently serves on the board and is treasurer of the San Diego and Imperial County Red Cross. He is on the Dean's advisory board at San Diego State University and the University of San Diego and is a member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and a past chairman of the IEEE power engineering society of San Diego. Geier holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and power engineering curriculum from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and a master's degree in electrical engineering and computer engineering curriculum from San Diego State University. He is also a registered professional engineer in California.
Minoo Gupta (Citrix)Minoo Gupta is senior director of engineering and customer experience at Citrix. She leads the customer experience for all NetScaler brand products for Cloud and Networking Division. NetScaler is one of leading brands for networking products in industry powering over 75% of the internet traffic for highly successful brand name customers. She is highly seasoned, tech savvy and customer focused executive working in the silicon valley since 1987.
Minoo is an advisory board member of USD Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering college to help shape the curriculum for future engineers, with a focus towards customer experience and design simplicity. She has been actively involved since 2014.
Claude Hashem (L3 Photonics)
Claude Hashem is president of L-3 PHOTONICS, a division of the Advanced Communications Sector for L-3 Communications. His 39 years of experience in the Aerospace & Defense industry and the Intelligence Community includes a variety of positions in Executive Leadership, P&L, Strategic Planning, Business Development, Program Management, Engineering, and Operations.
His career extends across multitudes of High Technology portfolios spanning from Satellites, Airborne, Terrestrial and Maritime Communications, The Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Systems, the Communication, Navigation and Identification (CNI) systems for the F-22 and F-35 advanced aircraft, IEW/IED products, Advanced Data Links, Software Defined Radios, Network Management products and services, The Battlefield Airborne Communication Node (BACN) Advanced Gateway weapon system, and Fiber Optic & Free Space Optical Systems.
Mr. Hashem is a graduate of Villanova University in Electrical Engineering and attended the Darden School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. Mr. Hashem is a member of several professional organizations, including serving on the Advisory Board of the University of San Diego, School of Engineering.
John Kelly (InsideView)
John Kelly has been a Silicon Valley executive leader with Fortune 500 companies, managing revenue, profit, and business growth for over 20 years. As the Chief Revenue Officer for InsideView, John leads the strategy and execution of all sales and revenue initiatives. John came to InsideView from Findly, where he was the CRO and head of global field operations for the on-demand talent startup. Previously, Kelly was senior vice president and COO for SAP’s Business User/Intelligence and On-Demand Solutions divisions where he led go-to-market activities that included revenue generation, sales, channels, consulting, and P&L management. He also held senior roles at Oracle where he was responsible for the worldwide customer services organization, advanced product services, and over two billion dollars in annual revenue. He has been involved in multiple early-stage startups/companies which resulted in IPOs, mergers, and acquisitions. He has helped raise over $240M in venture capital. John holds a BA in Computer Science from the University of San Diego with a minor in Mathematics.
Tom Lupfer (Clarity Design)
Tom Lupfer received his BSEE from Purdue and his MA in engineering and economics from Oxford University, where he studied on a Marshall Scholarship. Tom is the president of Clarity Design, which provides engineering design, prototyping, and manufacturing services for products in medical, industrial, and consumer markets. Clarity Design is providing free engineering services to the Himalayan Cataract Project (www.cureblindness.com), to design more rugged and portable equipment to eradicate blindness in the poorest parts of the world.
Tom is also the co-founder and CTO of Kinetek Sports, which is developing wireless sensor products to enhance an athlete's kinesthetic sense during practice and performance. Tom has been awarded five patents, with two more applied for. Tom's wife, Margaret, is from Sydney and they have three adult children. Tom enjoys playing indoor soccer twice a week and walking along and plunging into the Pacific Ocean on the weekends.
Howard Singer (Consultant)
Singer is a Medical Device Industry Expert with 40 years of industry experience. He founded and led the IBM Medical Device Industry Consulting Practice for 15 years. He previously spent 20 years with Grant Thornton, where he was the Managing Partner responsible for the firm’s Manufacturing and Distribution Industry Practice. He currently provides critical advice, strategy and consulting services to Medical Device Industry Companies. He has developed a unique perspective and expertise on the future of connected health care, technology, data analytics, social analytics and the need to alter business models to take advantage of the new market.
He has directed and advised Medical Device Companies to achieve major transformations. Howard holds a BA from The University of Miami as well as an MBA from the George Washington University. He is a CPA and CGMA and also is APICS certified as a CIRM.
G.B Singh (Solar Turbines)
G.B. is currently working as Director of Global Packaging and Systems Engineering at Solar Turbines. He joined Solar Turbines as Field Engineer in Dubai, following which he has held various positions of increasing responsibility globally. Recently he was deputed in Singapore where he was responsible for Solar’s Customer Services Business in Asia Pacific. Upon his return he was appointed Director of Business Management for Oil and Gas division and subsequently is now managing the engineering organization.
G.B. hold a BS Degree in Instrumentation & Control from Pune University, an MBA in Information Systems from South Gujarat University, a certificate from the Executive Leadership Program in the Thunderbird School of Management, Brand Management from Disney Institute and is currently pursuing his PhD in Control Systems Engineering from UCSD.
G.B. is also the Board Member of Corporate Affiliate Program at UCSD, he is an active member of the ASEAN business council. He lives in San Diego with his family. Meditation, golfing and listening to Classical music are a few of his hobbies.
Lee Young (Thermo Fisher Scientific - Biotech)
Lee is currently the Director of Supplier Quality at Thermo Fisher Scientific. For 20 years Lee has worked in supplier quality for companies like L-3 Communication, Intel Corporation, CareFusion and Life Technologies. Lee received his bachelors in chemical engineering from the University of Arizona and completed coursework for his masters at Arizona State University, also in chemical engineering. Lee currently sits on the industry advisory board at the University of San Diego for the industrial engineering department.
Former Board Members