Spring 2022 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 Traffic Engineer at AECOM. This is her first 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 and a Program Assistant during those years. She has worked on diverse projects as an EPICS student, providing her with a breadth of knowledge about Amanda has experience in construction management, traffic modeling and analysis, and 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!), reading, and 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.
Doug Toy has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering (University of Arizona), Certified Public Manager (Arizona State University), and Master in Business Administration (University of Phoenix) and is a registered professional civil engineer in California and Arizona.
Doug has over 45-years in both the public and private sector. He has experience in planning, design, permitting, and operations in water resource management, water infrastructure, ground water wells, wastewater systems and reclaimed water facilities. Doug has developed water policy at both the state and local levels. He has presented papers on canal operations, dam safety, reclaimed water recharge, and water resource management. Doug is currently employed by the Town of Queen Creek.
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.
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 Project Manager at Dibble. He is a registered professional civil engineer with over 22 years of experience in designing freeways, grade separated interchanges, and city street improvement projects. He has worked on over 200 transportation infrastructure projects, totaling 500 miles of roadway improvements. For the past six 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.
Pushkar is a technologist and an entrepreneur, presently working as a Technical Product Manager at VMware. He was previously a technology consultant at Deloitte Consulting, where he helped solve complex problems for clients across the public sector, healthcare, and telecom industries.
His areas of expertise include software programming and architecture, product management, project management, and the business aspects of launching a venture: market sizing, market entry strategy, and entrepreneurial leadership. He has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from ASU and an MBA from UCLA.
In his free time, Pushkar enjoys building things and spending time with his wife and golden retriever, Charlie.
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.
Shaun Wootten is the Director of Innovation and Design for Aesthetics Biomedical, Inc here in the Phoenix Valley and also serves as a Venture Scout with Sweater Ventures. Shaun also is a NAE Grand Challenge Scholar Alum from ASU majoring in Biomedical Engineering and Biochemistry with a minor in Business. Shaun has been published in numerous scientific publications and has been awarded 2 issued patents. Shaun specializes in startups, particularly biotech and medtech, and has an emphasis on product development and product overall. This will be Shaun’s first semester serving as an AA for EPICS.
Teja Sathi is a Mechanical Engineer with 3 years of industry experience in aerospace cables and medical device industries with most of that time spent in new product development. She is currently an Engineer at W. L. Gore and Associates and has experience with product design, manufacturing support, simulated clinical evaluations, and process improvements.
Teja graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and minors in Computer Science and Spanish. She was manufacturing subteam lead for Hyperloop at Virginia Tech and helped advance the team to the pod competition at SpaceX in 2019. Teja has an academic interest in acoustics and supported Rolls Royce acoustic, nonintrusive thrust measurement research at the Virginia Tech Advanced Power and Propulsion Lab.
Teja is passionate about mentoring and is currently a mentor at New Pathways for Youth here in the Valley. In her free time, you can find Teja caring for her houseplants, outdoors adventuring, and crewing for hot air balloon flights.
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.