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Industrial Advisory Board

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) has a board of industrial advisors who keep the Department informed of industry needs and trends.  The ECE Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) serves another critical function as advocates for the Department and its programs.

Board Members

  • Chris Byrne Profile Photo

    Chris Byrne

    Chris Byrne is the Department Manager for Boise SCADA and Analytical Services Group. His technical specialties include protective relaying, power system analysis, wide-area coordination studies, renewable energy studies, and electrical design studies for transmission lines.

    POWER Engineers

    Chris Byrne is the Department Manager for Boise SCADA and Analytical Services Group. His technical specialties include protective relaying, power system analysis, wide-area coordination studies, renewable energy studies, and electrical design studies for transmission lines.

  • John Cole Profile Photo

    Jon Cole

    Jon Cole earned his BS EE (2005) and MS EE (2007) from Boise State.  After spending a year at Micron Technology as an intern, Cole graduated and moved on to start his career as an embedded systems engineer at PRECO Electronics where he designed radar sensors for the trucking and off-road heavy vehicle industries.  Today, he serves as a senior engineering manager at Sensata Technologies.

    Sensata Technologies

    Jon Cole earned his BS EE (2005) and MS EE (2007) from Boise State.  After spending a year at Micron Technology as an intern, Cole graduated and moved on to start his career as an embedded systems engineer at PRECO Electronics where he designed radar sensors for the trucking and off-road heavy vehicle industries.  Today, he serves as a senior engineering manager at Sensata Technologies.

  • David Cutbirth

    David Cutbirth founded DC Engineering in 1998. Cutbirth fostered the company from a sole proprietorship to a consulting engineering/IT company with offices in 9 states. DC Engineering has grown to now provide consulting engineering in the disciplines of mechanical, electrical, structural, refrigeration, controls, and IT while helping both identify and solve business solutions in creative ways.

    DC Engineering

    David Cutbirth founded DC Engineering in 1998. Cutbirth fostered the company from a sole proprietorship to a consulting engineering/IT company with offices in 9 states. DC Engineering has grown to now provide consulting engineering in the disciplines of mechanical, electrical, structural, refrigeration, controls, and IT while helping both identify and solve business solutions in creative ways.

  • Mauro Ferrando

    Mauro Ferrando is also an alum of Boise State, earning his BS EE in 2011. Ferrando currently serves as senior engineering at Idaho Power where he’s a subject-matter expert in stations control design and instrumentation engineering support.

    Idaho Power

    Mauro Ferrando is also an alum of Boise State, earning his BS EE in 2011. Ferrando currently serves as senior engineering at Idaho Power where he’s a subject-matter expert in stations control design and instrumentation engineering support.

  • Corey Gates Profile Photo

    Corey Gates

    Corey Gates is a Boise State alum, earning a BS EE in 2003 and an MS CompE in 2006.  As a strong engineering leader with ~17 years in the semiconductor industry, Gates has led global teams across Technology Development and Manufacturing.  Most recently, he is leading the teams responsible for shepherding Micron’s next-generation D5 DRAM products from pre-silicon to high-volume success.

    Micron Technology

    Corey Gates is a Boise State alum, earning a BS EE in 2003 and an MS CompE in 2006.  As a strong engineering leader with ~17 years in the semiconductor industry, Gates has led global teams across Technology Development and Manufacturing.  Most recently, he is leading the teams responsible for shepherding Micron’s next-generation D5 DRAM products from pre-silicon to high-volume success.

  • Chris Gunning Profile Photo

    Chris Gunning

    Chris Gunning retired in October 2020 from HP, Inc. in Boise, Idaho, where he had worked since 1992 as a software architect and developer on MFP and printer products. He is an inventor on over twenty U.S. patents, primarily in hardcopy device technology and cyber-physical security. Gunning holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from MIT and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford.

    Retired

    Chris Gunning retired in October 2020 from HP, Inc. in Boise, Idaho, where he had worked since 1992 as a software architect and developer on MFP and printer products. He is an inventor on over twenty U.S. patents, primarily in hardcopy device technology and cyber-physical security. Gunning holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from MIT and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford.

  • Glen Hush

    Glen Hush received a BS in electrical engineering from Kansas State University in 1984. He is a senior DRAM design engineer at Micron Technology (SMTS) and during his 35-year career has served as a Senior Design Engineer, Design Manager, Business Unit Manager, and Senior Fellow. His research interests include emerging memory architectures, advanced DRAM architectures, and how these architectures facilitate processing in memory.  Hush is a Senior Member of IEEE and holds 146 U.S. Patents.

    Micron Technology

    Glen Hush received a BS in electrical engineering from Kansas State University in 1984. He is a senior DRAM design engineer at Micron Technology (SMTS) and during his 35-year career has served as a Senior Design Engineer, Design Manager, Business Unit Manager, and Senior Fellow. His research interests include emerging memory architectures, advanced DRAM architectures, and how these architectures facilitate processing in memory.  Hush is a Senior Member of IEEE and holds 146 U.S. Patents.

  • Mark Shaw Profile Photo

    Dr. Mark Shaw

    Mark Shaw has more than 20 years of experience in color and imaging research and development. He’s currently serving as a Distinguished Technologist and Strategist for the HP Worldwide Print Asset organization where he is responsible for directing imaging architecture roadmaps and customer-focused innovations. Dr. Shaw is also serving as the chair of the ECE IAB.

    Mark Shaw has more than 20 years of experience in color and imaging research and development. He’s currently serving as a Distinguished Technologist and Strategist for the HP Worldwide Print Asset organization where he is responsible for directing imaging architecture roadmaps and customer-focused innovations. Dr. Shaw is also serving as the chair of the ECE IAB.

Board Charter

Purpose

  • Act in an advisory capacity to the Chair of the ECE Department at Boise State University
  • Offer recommendations on outreach, student recruitment, and diversity
  • Identify and study the needs and trends regarding the employment of graduates
  • Offer recommendations for the improvement of education offerings
  • Serve as an avenue of communication between the ECE Department and employers
  • Assist in preparation of surveys and reports as required
  • Aid in the promotion of the ECE Department at Boise State as well as the field in general
  • Promote program funding including through legislature, the Idaho State Board of Education, and industry

Appointment

  • Appointment to the Board is for a term of three (3) years
  • The terms of membership are staggered to maintain continuity
  • Members may be reappointed
  • Members are appointed by the Department Chair upon majority consent of ECE faculty
  • Board Members and faculty may make recommendations of membership to the Department Chair