Spring 2020 Academic Associates

Judy Amanor-Boadu, PhD.

Judy Amanor-Boadu, PhD. is an electrical engineer with 10+ years experiences in the semiconductor, PC, and battery charging industries. She currently holds the position of senior analog engineer at Intel Corporation where she focuses on power delivery modeling and characterization of Intel data center products. She also provides implementation guidelines, performs feasibilities studies, design verification, and sign offs of current and future generations of Xeon processors and accelerators. 

She is strong believer in the power of mentorship and the overall career development of people. During her doctoral studies at Texas A&M University, she served as the mentor for the first all-female autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) team to participate in the AUVSI Robosub competition, where she helped team members develop their practical engineering, project management, and budgeting skills. She also served as an advisor for the SAE Supermileage and Vex-U teams and cofounded several student organizations, serving as a career resource for both undergraduates and graduate students during her time at Texas A&M University.

She served as the FY16 National Graduate Society of Women Engineers (SWE) webinar coordinator and Texas A&M University SWE mentorship coordinator from 2014 to 2016. During her tenure, she developed programs for both undergraduate and graduate students concerning career paths and job interviews. She also co-organized the first IEEE African workshop on Circuits and Systems in Ghana in 2017, and sits on the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology 2020 conference committee. Dr. Amanor-Boadu regularly serves as a reviewer for MDPI journals. She is currently piloting a robotics and entrepreneurship program for middles schoolers in Accra, Ghana.

Her current and past research activities include the development of lithium ion battery charging algorithms, energy harvesting, specifically solar energy harvesting systems, and wireless charging.

Judy Amanor-Boadu holds Bachelor and Masters of Science, and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering.

Paul Balch, PE

Paul Balch, PE, is a Project Manager at Dibble Engineering.  He is a registered professional civil engineer with over 20 years of experience in designing freeways, grade separated interchanges, and city street improvement projects. He has worked on over 150 transportation infrastructure projects, totaling 450 miles of roadway improvements.  For the past five years, Paul has served as an Academic Associate at ASU in the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program and as a Faculty Associate at ASU for Highway Geometric Design courses.

Paul Courville

Paul has earned RF Engineering certification from University of California, San Diego, a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Electronic Engineering at World College, and an Associate Degree of Science in Electronic Engineering Technology at DeVry University. Paul also served on active duty with the United States Marine Corps, United States Army and California Air National Guard. Paul Courville has 20 years of experience in wireless communications both in the military and private sector with a hybrid of design and design test skills. Paul was a Sr. Lead Lab Engineer for Iridium Satellites maintaining and upgrading lab capability.


Paul’s engineering career spans from an RF Engineer for Orbital ATK testing payload circuits and systems, RF Associate Engineer: Design verification of rf power amplifier designs, RF Support Engineer: Tested prototypes of cutting edge 4G LTE smartphones for Qualcomm Technologies Inc., RF Engineering Technician: Detailed testing of 4G LTE RF Transceivers and Power Amplifiers for Qualcomm Technologies Inc, RF Design Engineer: Designed 7 channel switch filter and RF Transceiver for front end of military project while at Lark Engineering. Paul;s career also consisted of RF Trainer: Created curriculum and trained over 100 new hires while at REMEC Defense & Space, SATCOM technician with 147th Combat Communications Squadron, Employee of the Month at COHU Electronics, and being twice entrusted with a Secret Security Clearance.

Katelyn Keberle

Katelyn Keberle is an Academic Associate, Design Engineer for W.L. Gore and Associates, and EPICS Alumn. Katelyn has experience in commercial medical device manufacturing, design for manufacturing, new product development, and project management. Katelyn received her Bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from ASU, and her MBA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. While at ASU, Katelyn co-founded FlashFood with several EPICS classmates, a social entrepreneurship venture which worked to reduce food waste and hunger in the Phoenix Area.  In her spare time, Katelyn loves volunteering, being outside, and making things. 

Kelsey Keberle

Kelsey Keberle is an Industrial Designer at Honeywell Aerospace, working specifically on User Experience Design of Cockpit Systems. She graduated with a BSD in Industrial Design and Minor in Sustainability from Arizona State in 2014. Kelsey is passionate about discovering user needs and applying those insights to innovative products and services. She feels privileged to be able to share that passion with students in the EPICS program. In her spare time Kelsey enjoys backpacking, woodworking, and flying. 

Cameron Keith

Cameron Keith is currently a Senior Software engineer at Garmin International. For the past 5 years Cameron has been a member of the aviation displays team where he serves as a component lead for an essential instrument on the Primary Flight Display. In 2014, Cameron earned his Bachelor’s degree from ASU where he studied Computer Systems Engineering. His area of specialization includes requirements based software development/verification and writing safety critical embedded code following strict FAA mandated (DO-178B) guidelines.  


Brett Kennedy

Brett has spent the last 10 years working with students, teaching class, and managing makerspaces in the for profit and education sector. He has a passion for hardware that combining digital manufacturing with old school craftsmanship. He graduated with his BFA in studio art and continues to make paintings and sculptures. Currently Brett works for a public art firm based in Phoenix as a Sculptor and owns his own furniture design business. His favorite color is clear.

Ben Lewis

Ben Lewis has a background in industrial design and product development and co-owns a leather accessories company with his wife in Phoenix, AZ. He has experience in design thinking, fabrication, electrical systems, and sourcing production locally in the Phoenix valley. He will turn 36 this fall. Find more of his work at www.badcraftstudio.com

Armando Licon

Armando Licon is a Product Development Engineer for Hunter Douglas Window Blinds. Previously he worked in the automotive industry as a test engineer for Volkswagen Automotive Group. He received his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from ASU, and was captain of the SAE Aero team. In his free time Armando likes swimming, backpacking, and smoking meat.

Dr. Nichola Lubold

Dr. Nichola Lubold is a research scientist with Honeywell Aerospace. Her research deals with challenges in developing natural human-computer interaction (HCI) with personalized adaptive technologies incorporating natural language processing and artificial intelligence. Nichola also serves as research faculty with the Electrical Engineering Department and the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from ASU and her undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering from Notre Dame. In addition to HCI and artificial intelligence, Nichola has extensive experience with grant writing, lean process improvement, project management, and communication. 

Susan Sajadi

Susan Sajadi is an engineer, educator and researcher. She has a BSE and MS in Biomedical Engineering, and is pursuing a PhD at ASU. 

Prior, Susan worked as an engineer in the medical device industry, at various companies including W.L. Gore and Associates. Susan has varied experience in the industry, including projects in software development, product design, manufacturing support, and image processing. 

Susan is also an Academic Associate for the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program where she mentors engineering student teams in applying the human-centered design process in their real-world, community-service focused projects. In addition, she serves as an Engineering Consultant for 33 Buckets, a non-profit that implements clean water projects in Peru. 

Rich Sartor

Rich Sartor is a semi-retired zoo biologist with 45 years’ experience, working in 10 different positions (paid and unpaid) at 9 different zoos around the country.  He recently finished 7½ years at Phoenix Zoo as Director of Living Collections.

While at Phoenix Zoo he served as primary liaison and Community Partner for the EPICS program for 3 years, and remains a great enthusiast for the program’s mission of directing budding engineers into collaborative problem solving roles with nonprofit organizations.

Matthew Schmidt

Matthew Schmidt is an Academic Adviser for EPICS representing industry.  Currently a Software Engineer with Garmin on the Aviation User Interface and Displays team.  Matt has experience with embedded, web, mobile-app, and game development. He has owned his own business, been involved in multiple start-ups, and is a veteran of the United States Air Force.  Matt is a summa cum laude graduate of ASU with a Computer Science degree from Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering. He is in his 4th semester as an AA mentor and enjoys helping teams stay organized and facilitate communication.  You can also catch Matt on the slopes skiing, in the woods camping, or in the air working towards his pilot’s licence. 

Paul Strong

Paul knows first-hand the potential of EPICS to change the world. From his own EPICS project as a student, he co-founded 33 Buckets, a nonprofit organization bringing clean water to communities in rural Peru. There, he learned what it takes to get a startup off the ground – meeting with community leaders over a traditional Inca meal, leading R&D projects, writing grants, marketing, and more – all while completing an MBA at ASU. From his past career as a mechanical engineer, Paul brings experience in FEA, mechanical testing, machining, solar thermal systems, CFD, and topological optimization. Outside of work, he is an avid rec league baseball player and has fun hiking, traveling, and trying food from around the world.

Doug Toy

Doug Toy has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from University of Arizona, Certified Public Manager from Arizona State University, and Master in BUsiness Administration from University of Phoenix. He has professional engineer registrations as a Civil Engineer in both California and Arizona. Doug has extensive experience in water consultant as he worked as he currently works as the Senior Water Consultant for Jacobs Engineering. Previously, Doug has worked as the Water Regulatory Affairs Manager for the City of Chandler, Principal for Goldman, Toy & Associates. Doug has also worked are a Special Assistant to the County Manager for Maricopa County, the Director of Engineering for Arizona Department of Water Resources, Engineering Manager for Franzoy COrey Engineers and Architects, and as a Civil Engineer for the United States Bureau of Reclamation.

Jordan Walker

Jordan Walker heads the engineering team at a leading vaporizer hardware company, spearheading all things innovation in inhalation technology. Hailing from Pennsylvania, he has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a 2013 graduate from ASU’s Honors program. His expertise includes process and design engineering including a broad understanding of manufacturing and quality standards related to medical device manufacturing from his work with Fiber Optics at Polymicro Technologies, a subsidiary of Molex. Jordan has a strong understanding of Solidworks modeling, mechanical design,  3D printing, project planning, and six sigma/lean manufacturing.

Tom Zender

Tom Zender is a Phoenix-based CEO Mentor, Business Coach, and Leadership Developer – working with the CEO’s and their staffs of large, medium and small businesses. He held leadership roles at General Electric, Honeywell, small-midsize companies, nonprofits, and startups. Tom has served on NASDAQ and Toronto Stock Exchange listed corporate boards. He is the author of six books about business leadership, and writes a column about leadership as a guest columnist for the Phoenix Business Journal. Tom mentors faculty and students with startup businesses and global community projects at Arizona State University, and at the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation. He conducts workshops on leadership in a variety of venues.