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The Advisory Board consists of individuals of stature from business, industry, government and academia who provide guidance and assistance to benefit current and future EECS students as well as the Department. Several board members are graduates of KU-EECS, while others serve because of a strong interest in the continued success of the EECS Department and our students. The Board convenes twice each year to review our programs and initiatives, and to make recommendations that help the Department maintain the quality and relevance of our education and research activities.

The mission of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department Advisory Board is to provide support, advice and service to the department chair and faculty, to department programs. It is the Board’s desire to work with the department to improve the academic and research programs that contribute to the stature of the School of Engineering and University. The Board shall have representatives from academia, local and regional firms, businesses and alumni employing graduates of the department. The Board’s expertise and knowledge can provide a valuable resource for the department in achieving its mission. The Board can also provide assistance in recruiting and retention of qualified students.

Advisory Board 2018

2018 Spring Advisory Board Meeting on Friday April 27th, 2017
Left: Steve Crowl, Phil Anderson, Brian McClendon, Shane Haas, Victor Frost Middle: Margaret Burd, Raj Ananthanpillai, Brian Anderson Right: Mitch Trope, Brian Ruf, Ted Batchman
(Picture taken by Cody Howard)




Brian Ruf, Chairman of the Advisory Board
Founder & CEO
Ruf Systems Group

Raj Ananthanpillai
Chairman and CEO

Brian Anderson
Co-Founder, CEO

Ted Batchman
Dean of Engineering, Retired
University of Nevada, Reno

Robert Chaney
Director of Engineering
Honeywell FM&T

Audrey Chritton
Lead Electrical Engineer
US Dept. of Energy, National Security Campus

Andrew Flower
Managing Director
Right Triangle Consulting, LLC

Shane Haas
Signition LP

Brian McClendon
Research Professor
University of Kansas

Keith Preston
Head of Software

Chris Raider
Dept. Mgr, Networks,
Integration & Automation
Transmission & Distribution Services
Burns & McDonnell

Tom Rudkin
Software Development Engineer, Retired

Bert Soto
RVP, Sales

Craig Sparks
Customer Solutions Engineering
DISH Networks

Mike Swink
Special Projects Scientist/Flight Software Lead
York Space Systems LLC

Mitch Trope
Software Engineering Team Leader
Garmin International

Ben Vos
President and Owner
i3 Consulting, LLC

Calvin Washington
Owner, Calvin’s Studio, LLC
Former Director of Marketing, Motorola

Micah Witacre
Principal Engineer

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