Spring 2023 Academic Associates
Abrahm Coury is an AI Engineer with nearly 5 years of experience researching and developing technology for the medical and aerospace industries. He currently works in the Applied and Advanced Technology division of Honeywell Aerospace. Abrahm has a B.S. in Computer Science and a M.Eng. in Engineering Management from Arizona State University. He has worked for the University Technology Office, the Luminosity Lab, and Mayo Clinic. He has also conducted research at various labs across ASU and the Phoenix Biomedical Campus. Abrahm’s interests are at the intersection of technology, anything ranging from app development to autonomous systems, and humans. As tech continues to advance, he aspires to make it even more accessible and beneficial for people to use. Outside of work Abrahm enjoys volunteering, golfing, and is currently pursuing his pilot’s license.
Amanda Minutello is a Graduate Traffic Engineer at AECOM. This is her second semester as an Academic Associate, but she is very knowledgeable of the EPICS program at ASU! She was a student in the program during all four years of her undergraduate experience, as well as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (UGTA) and a Program Assistant during her undergrad. She has worked on diverse projects as an EPICS student, providing her with a breadth of knowledge ranging from sustainable greenhouses to mechanical energy capture systems, to land development, and STEM education curriculum development. She has experience in construction management, traffic modeling, analysis, and design, and various years of mentoring. She obtained her BSE in Civil Engineering and a MS in Civil Engineering from Arizona State University. In her free time, she enjoys going to the gym (avid Crossfitter!), works on growing her math tutoring business, learning to cook new things, and becoming more proficient at Excel (yes, it is that important – learn it)!
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.
Carmen Alderton is a Project Engineer at Graycor Construction in Phoenix, AZ, Academic Associate, and EPICS Alumnus. She has experience in project management including fast track scheduling, budgeting, estimating, material procurement, risk management, and subcontractor coordination. Carmen specializes in the logistics and distribution construction sector, and is currently building a 1.2 million square-foot manufacturing facility in Glendale, AZ. During her time at ASU, she served as President of Advancing Women in Construction (AWIC) and Chi Epsilon, the Civil Engineering Honor Society. Carmen graduated with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with Concentrations in Construction Management and Business from ASU in 2019. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, wine tasting, and cooking.
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.
Joyce Weiner is a Principal AI Engineer with Intel Corporation. She has over 25 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, having worked in fabrication, assembly and test, and design. Her area of technical expertise is data science and using data to drive efficiency. Joyce is a black belt in Lean Six Sigma. Her book, “Why AI/Data Science Projects Fail: How to Avoid Project Pitfalls” was published in January 2021. She has a BS in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MS in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona.
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.
Kristy Dumlao is currently the Business Operations Manager for Global Supply Chain Quality and Reliability and Chief of Staff for Vice President Jeanne Yuen-Hum. She has 22 years of experience at Intel across multiple orgs and job functions. She spent 18 years in the Technology Manufacturing group including an expat assignment for the startup of Intel’s first fab in China, yield quality engineer for multiple factory startups, supply chain manager for equipment suppliers in the Supply Chain group, and factory equipment quality and reliability engineer in the Corporate Quality Network. She also spent time in Intel’s Internet of Things group as a program manager responsible for managing key emerging technologies for IOTG’s strategy. Kristy holds a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering from ASU (Arizona State University), an Executive MBA (Master of Business Administration) from ASU, and a Masters of Global Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management. In her spare time, Kristy enjoys spending time with her husband, Albrietch, and their four year old twins, Roman and Rose. She also enjoys mentoring engineering students, competing on Dragonboat teams, studying Mandarin, and serving on several nonprofit boards in the community.
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.
Michael King is a part of Cisco’s Corporate Affairs Environmental Sustainability team, with a focus on product design and life cycle analysis. Michael engages frequently with Cisco’s customers and partners to discuss the sustainability features of Cisco’s products and solutions, learn more about their initiatives and how Cisco can help them reach their sustainability goals. Previously, he was a Mechanical Engineer in Cisco’s Supply Chain Organization focused on developing cost effective and sustainable products.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Arizona State University and a Master of Engineering Management from Duke University.
Paul Balch, PE
Paul Balch, PE, is a Senior Project Manager at Dibble. He is a registered professional civil engineer with more than 23 years of experience in designing freeways, grade separated interchanges, and city street improvement projects. Paul has worked on more than 250 transportation infrastructure projects, totaling nearly 550 miles of roadway improvements. For the past seven 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. Outside of work, Paul enjoys golfing, hiking, working with scouts, and spending time with his family.
Dr. Rubayat Mahmud is a Regional Sales Director with HCL Technology. Rubayat has a 16+ years of professional experience. He is a motivational and approachable sales and business development leader with extensive track record of success in Hi-tech, Semiconductor and Emerging Technology areas. He is a business savvy person with a strong technical background who has the vision of relationships and partnerships required to scale in the Hi-tech, Semiconductor and Emerging Technology verticals. Rubayat has deep understanding of the overall technology value chain and has experiences in interacting with customers and partners across the Engineering and R&D value chain. Rubayat is a respected business strategist and change maker with sound judgment who creates and grows new revenue streams by combining deep technical knowledge and exceptional communications and relationship skills to meet the needs of internal and external customers.
Rubayat has extensive experience in multiple leadership roles in the Hi-Tech and Semiconductor verticals. Before joining HCL, he was serving as Director of Strategic Services at a Management Consulting Firm called MSS Business Transformation Advisory (MSSBTA). At MSSBTA, Rubayat was responsible for driving strategic growth in the Hi-Tech vertical. Before MSS, Rubayat worked as Director of Sales and Business Development at QuEST Global Services. At QuEST, Rubayat drove Sales and Business Development with marquee accounts like Intel, Dell, Infineon etc. Before QuEST Rubayat spent 11 years with Intel in multiple leadership roles. He started his journey at Intel as a Senior Process Engineer, Litho, PTD in Portland, OR. In subsequent years, he worked in CQN, ATTD, Technology Integration and IOTG groups in various technical and business-related roles.
Rubayat has an MBA from W P Carey School of Business at ASU. He has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M and a MSc. In Chemical Engineering from Texas Tech University.
Tom Zender is a Phoenix-based CEO Mentor, Business Coach, and Leadership Developer- working with the CEO’s 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 seven books about business leadership, and writes a column about leadership for the Phoenix Business Journal. Tom mentors startup businesses in the ASU Venture Devils program and global community projects in the ASU EPICS program. He conducts workshops on leadership and other topics in a variety of venues. Tom holds a BA in Business Administration from Ottawa University, with emphasis on leadership, marketing, and software engineering. He developed the design software for the nose section of the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird Mach 3 aircraft.
Justin works as a manufacturing engineer for Hanger Fabrication Network in Phoenix, Arizona. Justin Mieth is an industry mentor.
Joshua Loughman is the Director of Modeling and Technology at the climate policy think tank, Climate Interactive. This experience builds on his previous roles as a corporate strategist and futurist for Salt River Project (SRP) and on his 16 years of professional experience. Ten of those years were spent in the aerospace and defense sector as a systems engineer and project manager. Six of those years he directed the EPICS program at ASU. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering from ASU and a graduate certificate in system dynamics modeling from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is currently pursuing a PhD in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology where he is studying how energy organizations imagine the future using modeling and scenario analysis techniques.
He is an Affiliate Global Futures Scholar at the Global Futures Laboratory, an Expert on the Future of Energy at the World Economic Forum, a former Resilience Fellow at the Knowledge Exchange for Resilience at ASU, a former Socrates Fellow at the Aspen Institute, on the board of directors for the local non-profit Stardust Building Supplies, and is currently in Class 2 of the Valley Leadership Catalyze program. He is an alumnus of professional development programs at MIT, Stanford, Santa Fe Institute, Science Policy Research Unit at University of Sussex, University of New South Wales Sydney, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the International Council of Systems Engineers.
He has led or assisted science and engineering projects in Vietnam, Honduras, Nepal, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Czechia, and the Navajo Nation.
Edwin is an industry mentor for Spring 2023.
Fred Von Garf
Fred is an industry mentor for Spring 2023.
Dustin is an industry mentor for Spring 2023.
Peter is an industry mentor for Spring 2023.