Dean’s Advisory Council

When Dean Amy S. Fleischer is considering a strategy to increase diversity throughout the College of Engineering, implementing cutting-edge curriculum industry desires for the next generation of employees or looking for notable trends in the industry, she often looks to a group of leaders. The leaders in business, industry, government, research and engineering education communities are perfectly poised to assist—the Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council (DAC).

The expertise and leadership charting the future course of the College of Engineering consist of 17 members, led by current Chair Kim Vorrath—each member represents the college up to university leadership, California State University, and the State of California when there is a need for advocacy and lobbying. Members also interact with student groups and provide leadership on diversity programs and opportunities.

Kim Vorrath
Steve Beeks
Brent Fogg

Kim Vorrath, DAC Chair

Vice President, iOS Programs –
Computer Science, ’88

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Geoff Austin

Principal Consultant – Flywheel Consultants Clinical Instructor – University of Washington Medical Center / Northwest Hospital and Medical Center
Industrial Engineering, 92

Steve Beeks

Independent Consultant – 
NEXT Strategy Advisors

Brent Fogg

Vice President and Regional Manager, Coastal CA – Granite Construction
Civil Engineering, ’06

Peter Gillespie

SVP Strategy & Corporate Marketing – Advanced Energy
Mechanical Engineering, ’86

Teniel Jones

President & CEO -Base 11
Industrial Engineering, ’02

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Kevin Mickey

Senior Vice President,
Division GM Military Aircraft Systems –
Northrop Grumman

Wilbert Odisho

Vice President and General Manager –
Electrical Engineering, ’95

Sneha Parmar 

Director of Transmission and Substation Operations, San Diego Gas and Electric

John Sakamoto

President and COO, SkyWater Technology Foundry

Tim Seidel

General Manager, Los Angeles Refinery –
Phillips 66

Angie Simon

Chief Executive Officer –
Western Allied Mechanical
Environmental Engineering, ’86

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Bob Weiss

Bill Watkins

Director, Gas Turbine Products Engineering –
Solar Turbines
Mechanical Engineering, ’98

Bob Weiss

Director – 737 / 767 Boeing Converted Freighter Programs
Materials Engineering, ’05