Alumni Advisory Board Member List

AAB Asad-New JPEG PhotoMadni, Asad
Retired President, Chief Operating Officer and CTO, BEI Technologies Inc.

Dr. Asad M. Madni served as President, Chief Operating Officer & CTO of BEI Technologies Inc. headquartered in California, from 1992 until his retirement in 2006. He led the development and commercialization of intelligent sensors and systems for aerospace, military, commercial and transportation industries, including the Extremely Slow Motion Servo Control System for Hubble Space Telescope’s Star Selector System which provided the Hubble with unprecedented accuracy and stability, resulting in truly remarkable images that have enhanced our understanding of the universe; and the revolutionary MEMS GyroChip® technology which is used worldwide for Electronic Stability Control and Rollover Protection in passenger vehicles, thereby saving millions of lives every year.

Prior to joining BEI he was with Systron Donner Corporation for 18 years in senior technical & executive positions, eventually as Chairman, President & CEO. Here, he made seminal and pioneering contributions in the development of RF & Microwave Systems & Instrumentation which significantly enhanced the Combat Readiness of the US Navy (and its allies) and which provided the DOD the ability (not possible with prior art) to simulate more threat representative ECM environments for current and future advanced warfare training. Dr. Madni is currently an Independent Consultant; Distinguished Adjunct Professor and Distinguished Scientist of Electrical Engineering at UCLA; and Executive Managing Director & Chief Technical Officer of Crocker Capital, a San Francisco based private venture firm specializing in emerging technologies.

He received an A.A.S. from RCA Institutes Inc., B.S. & M.S. from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Ph.D. from California Coast University (CCU), S.E. from MIT Sloan School of Management, D.Sc. (honoris causa) from Ryerson University, D.Eng. (honoris causa) from Technical University of Crete, Sc.D. (honoris causa) from California State University and California State University Northridge (CSUN), and Ph.D. (honoris causa) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (The National University of Malaysia) and from National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. He is also a graduate of the Engineering Management Program at the California Institute of Technology, the Executive Institute and Director’s College at Stanford University, and the Program on Negotiation for Senior Executives at Harvard University. Dr. Madni is an internationally recognized authority with over 40 years of experience in “intelligent” sensors, system and instrumentation design and signal processing. He is credited with over 170 refereed publications in archival journals, conference proceedings and book chapters; over 100 research reports & internal publications; over 100 keynote addresses, invited lectures, chairs and panels; and 69 issued or pending patents resulting in numerous “industry firsts.”

Dr. Madni has served as a director on the board of 7 highly successful technology companies and on advisory boards of several professional and academic organizations. He is currently serving as Distinguished College Professor at TCI College of Technology (the first such appointment in the history of the Institute since its founding in 1909 by Nobel Laureate Guglielmo Marconi), Adjunct Professor in the Computer Science Department at Ryerson University; and on advisory boards at UCLA, USC, CSUN, UTSA, TCI, IEEE Systems Journal, AutoSoft Journal, and as Honorary Editor of the International Journal on Smart Sensing & Intelligent Systems.

Dr. Madni is also the recipient of numerous national and international awards and honors including, the 2016 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, 2016 Dean’s Faculty Award for Service from the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering, 2016 IEEE San Fernando Valley Section Award for Visionary Leadership and Innovations, 2015 IET J. J. Thomson Medal (IET Prestige Medal), 2015 IEEE HKN Eminent Member Recognition, 2014 Tau Beta Pi Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2014 World Automation Congress (WAC) Medal of Honor, 2014 NAE Einstein Society Award, 2013 (inaugural) UCLA Electrical Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2013 UCLA Electrical Engineering Distinguished Service Award, 2012 IEEE Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society’s Pioneer Award (the society’s highest honor), 2010 IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society’s Career Excellence Award (the society’s highest honor), 2010 UCLA Engineering Lifetime Contribution Award, TCI College of Technology’s Marconi Medal (the Institute’s highest honor) and Citation of Honor, 2008 IEEE Region 6 Outstanding Engineer Award, 2008 IEEE Region 6 South Outstanding Engineer and Outstanding Leadership & Professional Service Awards, 2008 UCLA Engineering Distinguished Service Award, 2006 WAC Lifetime Achievement Award, 2005 IEE Achievement Medal, 2004 UCLA Engineering Alumnus of the Year Award (highest honor granted by the school), 2004 Distinguished Engineering Achievement Award from the Engineers’ Council, 2003 George Washington Engineer of the Year Award from the Los Angeles Council of Engineers & Scientists, 2002 UCLA Professional Achievement Award Medal, 2002 Sensors Expo’s Silver Award, 2001 Product Design and Development’s Top 50 Innovations Award, IEEE Third Millennium Medal, Joseph F. Engelberger Best Paper Award at the 2000 World Automation Congress, CCU Distinguished Alumni Award (highest honor granted by the university), Association of Old Crows Gold Certificate of Merit, and is listed in all major Who’s Who publications including Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in Science & Engineering, Who’s Who in Technology, Who’s Who in Finance & Industry, International Who’s Who of Intellectuals, 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 20th & 21st Centuries, Outstanding People of the 21st Century, and Asia Men and Women of Achievement. He has also been a featured guest on numerous television shows including CNN with Casey Wyan and BizNews 1 (now CNBC) with Mike Russell. In 2011, he was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering “for contributions to development and commercialization of sensors and systems for aerospace and automotive safety.”

He is a Chartered Engineer, Life Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (UK), Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (UK), Life Fellow of the Institute for the Advancement of Engineering, Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers, Lifetime Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, and Life Fellow of the International Biographical Association. He is also an Eminent Engineer of Tau Beta Pi, The National Engineering Honor Society; Honorary Member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines; Honorary Member of Phi Kappa Phi, Interdisciplinary Honor Society; Member of Eta Kappa Nu, The Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society; Member of Tau Alpha Pi, The National Engineering Technology Honor Society; Member of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society; Member of Delta Epsilon Tau, International Honor Society; Life Member of the Association of Old Crows; Member of the Internet Society and Member of the Order of the Engineer. He has also been awarded Honorary Professorships at Technical University of Crete, University of Waikato and University of Texas San Antonio.

 

Heba ArmandHeba Armand
Avery Consumer Products
Heba Armand is Group Product Manager for Avery Consumer Products. She is responsible for top-line growth, profit, brand strategy and communication plans for $200MM portfolio of Avery’s flagship labels business. Prior to Avery, Heba started her career as transmission engineer at Verizon. After receiving her MBA, Ms. Armand went on to work at Procter and Gamble and Nestle USA, where she was able to leverage her engineering degree to problem solve complex business issues. Ms. Armand earned her Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering with Computer Engineering in August of 2001 at UCLA and a Master of Business Administration, Marketing and Corporate Strategy in May of 2006 at USC, Marshall School of Business.

 

 

Phil BangayanPhil Bangayan
NBC/Universal, Director of Marketing
Phil Bangayan earned his BS degree and MS degree in electrical engineering from UCLA in 1994 and 1996, respectively, and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Currently as Director at NBC Universal, he heads a marketing team that increased annual pass revenue by 20 percent. Previously doing finance at The Walt Disney Company, Phil wrote the business plan for Mickey’s Halloween Treat. As an engineer, he co-authored over a dozen publications and secured grant funding.

 

 

Sharon BlackSharon Black
Raytheon, Special Projects Program Director
Sharon Black is director of GPS & Navigation Systems within Raytheon Company’s Space and Airborne Systems. She has 29 years of design and program management experience implementing signal processing functions on military programs. Ms. Black has led teams in the design and development of application specific integrated circuits, embedded software, software development tools, field programmable gate arrays, circuit card assemblies, subsystem units and RADAR systems. Ms. Black earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and later completed UCLA’s Technical Management Program. She earned her MBA from Loyola Marymount University through the Executive MBA Program.

 

 

Leonard G. BonillaLeonard G. Bonilla
Raytheon, Retired
Len Bonilla earned his BS in Engineering from UCLA in 1970. He joined Raytheon (Formerly Hughes Aircraft) in 1971. He had several assignments in increasing responsibility during his career at Raytheon that included technical design, technical line management, and program management. From 1985-1987, he was assigned in Madrid, Spain on a F/A-18 Co-Production Program. Len was a Program Manager within the Engineering Development Center in El Segundo working on the Japanese F15 Radar Upgrade Program. Len also serves as the Raytheon Campus Recruiting Manager for UCLA. He is the focal point for Raytheon Technical recruiting on the UCLA campus. In this capacity he is on campus various times during the year for Interviews, Career Fairs and giving Information Sessions. Len also represents Raytheon Company on the Industry Advisory Board of the UCLA Center for Excellence in Engineering and Diversity (CEED). He serves on the UCLA Engineering Alumni Association Board. He is also a member of the Electrical Engineering Department Alumni Advisory Board.

 

 

David DoamiDavid Doami
Northrop Grumman, Director, Program Manager
David Doami is a Program Director for Northrop Grumman’s Advanced EHF Payload Program. He is responsible for leading program execution in the production, integration, test and delivery of the Advanced EHF Protected Satcom Payloads. His focus is on ensuring mission success through the delivery of robust and reliable high value high performance systems. David has held a variety of increasingly responsible roles since joining TRW / Northrop Grumman in 1987. This includes leadership roles in engineering, production, business development, program management and technology development. His most recent prior assignment was Director of Northrop Grumman’s Electronic Payloads and Integrating Technologies Directorate where he was responsible for all electronic payload technology development, program acquisition and execution, and resource management. David earned a BSEE from UCLA and a MSEE from USC. He supports a variety of activities such as IEEE, USO, many of Northrop Grumman’s Diversity organizations, Hackathons, and his local Education Foundation.

 

 

Ani Garabedian
Northrop Grumman Corporation, Section Manager, Communications Systems Engineering
Ani Garabedian worked the Northrop Grumman Digital Products Center in 1999 after graduating from UCLA with a BSEE degree. Her first role was on a commercial satellite venture working part-time as a digital designer for the Demod Emulator while taking classes at USC on the Northrop Grumman Space Technology Fellowship Program where she earned her MSEE degree. In 2006, Ani transferred to Communication Systems Engineering and has supported several space programs in various system engineering roles such as unit Responsible Systems Engineer and ground system architect for future systems. In addition to her project work, Ani is also currently a section manager to 11 employees.

 

Dan GoebelDan Goebel
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Senior Research Scientist

Dan Goebel is a Fellow of the IEEE, an Adjunct Professor in Electrical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering at UCLA, and an Adjunct Professor in Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California. He is a Senior Research Scientist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he develops Electric Propulsion systems for deep space probes and satellites. He is an expert in electric thrusters, satellite communications, microwave sources, high voltage power modulator technology, and the modification of materials by plasmas. At UCLA he teaches courses in Spacecraft Technology and Design, and at USC he teaches Wireless Communications and Electromagnetics courses. Dr. Goebel is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the AIAA, Fellow of the IEEE, and Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). He is the author of over 125 technical journal papers, 150 conference papers, one book entitled Fundamentals of Electric Propulsion: Ion and Hall Thrusters published by Wiley and Sons in 2008, and holds 53 patents. Dr. Goebel received his B.S. (Physics), University of California at Los Angeles, 1977, M.S. (Electrical Engineering), UCLA, 1978, and Ph.D. (Applied Plasma Physics, Electrical Engineering Department), UCLA, 1981.

 

 

Ray GomezRay (Ramon) Gomez
Broadcom, Retired
Ray Gomez, now retired, was the Senior Technical Director and Broadcom Fellow with Broadcom’s Mixed Signal ASIC Products Group. His team developed the first silicon CMOS integrated TV tuner and the first TV and satellite set-top box tuners embedded in CMOS SoC devices. Ray earned his PhD from UCLA Electrical Engineering in 1993.

 

 

William Goodin
UCLA Electrical Engineering, Alumni Relations Coordinator
Dr. Goodin is currently a member and advisor to HKN, member and advisor to IEEE, member and Chief Advisor to Tau Beta Pi (TBP), and senior member and Counselor to the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at UCLA.

He was previously responsible for building and maintaining relationships with alumni to increase their participation and involvement within the School. His responsibilities included organizing alumni networking events on campus and at company and regional locations, supporting technical forums, research reviews, and awards dinners, enhancing student support and mentoring opportunities, arranging company infosessions for hiring students, supporting sports and social events, departmental alumni relations activities and boards, and the Engineering Alumni Association Governing Board and committees. He was also responsible for recognizing alumni through the School’s engineering awards process, and celebrating their accomplishments in publications and on the website.

Dr. Goodin was previously Director of Short Course and Technical Management Programs at UCLA Extension where he was responsible for the development, marketing, and quality assurance of nearly 150 state-of-the-art, one-week short courses in computer and information systems, engineering, and technical management. These courses attract participants form across the US and abroad. His responsibilities also included the one-week Technical Management Program, which is held twice a year. Previously, he served in technical and management positions at Hughes Aircraft Company (defense software), Digital Productions (graphics software), and Dames & Moore (environmental software). He was also a Post Doctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology in Environmental Engineering Science.

He is past President of the UCLA Engineering Alumni Association, and a current member of the Governing Board. He has received the UCLA HSSEAS Service Award in 2004 for his volunteer activities in support of HSSEAS, the Rodney D. Chipp Memorial Award from SWE in 2010 for his support of advancing women in engineering, the McDonald Mentoring Award in 2011 from Tau Beta Pi, the Outstanding Branch Counselor Award in 2011 from IEEE, the Practitioner Advisor of the Year by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Region 9 in 2014, and the Outstanding Collegiate Section Mentor by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Sonora Region in 2014.

Dr. Goodin holds a BA in mathematics from San Jose State University, and MS in computer science, PhD in mechanical engineering, and MEngr in engineering management, all from UCLA.

 

 

Robert Green
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, LLP, Attorney
In over twenty years of practice as an intellectual property attorney, Mr. Green has procured, licensed, and enforced major patent portfolios in the fields of computer-controlled telecommunications, magnetic storage media and photovoltaics. He has also conducted in-depth studies to evaluate commercial products and processes from a patent standpoint, and his opinions has been relied on by clients of all sizes seeking to acquire business or assess the risks of marketing substantial new products. Mr. Green has broad experience and expertise in the fields of analog and digital electronics, computer-controlled systems, and semiconductor devices. Areas of special expertise include cellular communications, solid-state physics, laser optics, holography, laser-based inertial guidance and navigation systems, digital musical instruments, photovoltaic devices, telecommunications, high voltage power distribution, electromagnetics, complex mechanical and electromechanical systems and the plasma assisted deposition of semiconductor materials. Mr. Green received his BS degree in Solid State Electronics in 1972 from UCLA and his JD degree from the UCLA Law School in 1975.

 

Grace E. King
Squire Patton Boggs LLP, Attorney
Grace Evita King is a Data Privacy & Cybersecurity attorney with Squire Patton Boggs LLP, where she focuses on advising clients in various industries on privacy, cybersecurity and patent protection matters. She is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT). Grace graduated from UCLA in 2010 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and from USC Law in 2014. During law school, Ms. King received the Shattuck Award for Significant Contributions to the Law School that Demonstrate High Potential for Outstanding Service to the Legal Profession, based on peer nominations and final selection by the Faculty. Ms. King was also awarded the Peter D. Knecht Memorial Award for displaying excellence in contract law, copyright, and entertainment law by the Los Angeles Copyright Society and the USC Gould School of Law. Grace also worked as a software automation engineer prior to attending law school.

 

Erica Skoglund
Texas Instruments, World Wide Account Manager
Erica Skoglund is a World Wide Account Manager at Texas Instruments. She leads a global team responsible for providing engineering support, introducing new technology, and ultimately growing top line revenue at a top strategic customer. Erica graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2013. At UCLA she was president of the ECE & CS Honor Society Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) her senior year. After graduation Erica joined Texas Instruments’ Technical Sales Engineering program, which prepares new college graduates for a career in technical sales. Upon completion of the program, Erica moved to Orange County and acted as a Technical Sales Representative in Southern California until accepting her current role. Erica has also remained active at UCLA. She is the UCLA Campus Recruiting manager for Texas Instruments and guest lectures once per quarter for a freshman introductory electrical engineering course.

 

Leo Szeto
Founder, Codeate, Inc.
Leo Szeto is a recent graduate of UCLA in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and has been spending the last few years designing and building Shanghai Disney Resort as an Imagineer, specializing in Ride Engineering. A strong believer in the creative potential of everyone, Leo has given numerous talks in the US and China on the “Technical Creative”; People who can dream, design, and execute, with vision and passion. To that end, Leo had built his interests and hobbies around building and creating things; He has worked on and lead projects such as GPS guided bomb sniffing dogs, Skype based telepresence robots, a walk-in Christmas snow globe, and most recently, a card game about designing evil dungeons for unsuspecting heroes. Leo has since gone on to be the Founder/Software Engineer/Technical Creative of Codeate, Inc.