CSC News

February 14, 2008

Department Welcomes Nine New SAB Members

Dr. Mladen Vouk, head of the NC State Department of Computer Science, is pleased to announce the addition of nine new members to the department’s Strategic Advisory Board (SAB):
  • Chris Benson – Director, Platform Engineering w/ Tekelec
  • Tsegereda Beyene – Advanced Services Technical Leader w/ Cisco Systems
  • Michael Chen* – VP, Corporate Marketing w/ Red Hat
  • Jim Faulkner* – Owner of Graphic Horizons, Inc.
  • Lyliana Newberry – VP of Engineering & Strategic Development w/ Harris Corporation
  • Dede Ramoneda – VP & Chief Information Officer w/ Progress Energy
  • Dr. Eugene Spafford – Professor of Computer Science w/ Purdue University
  • Dr. Matt Squire* – Sr. VP of Engineering & Chief Technology Officer w/ Hatteras Networks
  • Roger Stiles – Sr. VP, Development w/ Fidelity Investments
*Denotes Department of Computer Science and/or NC State alumni.

The SAB is a cornerstone of the computer science department's strategic planning efforts.  This dynamic group of industry executives and academic leaders provide input and guidance, which is critical to helping shape the department’s strategic focus.
The SAB meets each spring on campus and functions as a virtual working team throughout the year through conference calls and member involvement on subcommittees, executive panels, and other engagement opportunities.

Membership terms are for three years and may be renewed for a second term.

In addition to providing guidance and direction to the department chair and faculty, the SAB has taken an active role in addressing some of the department’s key challenges such as the launch of the Diversity in Computer Science Endowment, created to help improve the attraction and retention rates of females and minorities in the field of computer science.  In addition to providing the funds necessary to establish the endowment, the SAB provides guidance each year on how the proceeds might best be put to use by the department.

The SAB is currently chaired by Wayne Clark, CNS Architect with Cisco Systems. Alumnus, Jesse Fearrington, retired IT executive with Wachovia, is the current vice-chairperson.
The SAB will hold its 2008 meeting in Raleigh on April 17th.

Click here for more information on the department’s Strategic Advisory Board.

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