The Dean’s Executive Committee is composed of executive-level leaders, including venture capitalists and successful entrepreneurs. The Dean’s Executive Committee works closely with staff and faculty to assist the College of Engineering at UC Davis through advocacy, prospective donor identification and cultivation, and personal philanthropy.
Jennifer Sinclair Curtis
Dean, UC Davis College of Engineering
Curtis joined UC Davis in 2015 as dean of the College of Engineering. Prior to joining UC Davis, Curtis served as Associate Dean for Research at the University of Florida College of Engineering. She has served on the faculty at Lafayette College, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Arizona and Purdue University, in addition to visiting professorships at the University of Minnesota; and at Monash University and the University of New South Wales in Australia. Curtis earned her bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Purdue University (1983) and her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Princeton University (1989.)
Andy Botka, ’87 electrical engineering
Vice President, Strategic Planning, Keysight Technologies, Inc.
Andy Botka began his career in 1987 with Hewlett-Packard Corp. and has held a wide variety of positions at HP, Agilent and now Keysight Technologies over the past 30 years. Botka holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of California at Davis. He also has taken executive education coursework at Harvard Business School. In 2012, he completed the Stanford Executive Program.
Diane Bryant, ’85 electrical engineering
Executive Vice President and GM, Datacenter Group, Intel Corporation
During her rise to leadership positions at Intel, Bryant served in many key roles where she helped transform Intel into a platform-directed company. Bryant is also responsible for the architecture, design, and delivery of Intel’s Xeon and Itanium processor families.
Tim Bucher, ’86 electrical engineering
President and Founder, LyveMinds
Bucher helped develop innovative consumer products for tech giants Apple and Microsoft like the iMac, Mac mini, the iPod and WebTV. Bucher then founded ZING Systems, whose technology connects consumers with their favorite music and entertainment services; in 2007, Dell purchased ZING Systems where Bucher served as the chief product officer.
Alfred Chuang ’86 computer science
Founder and CEO, Magnet Systems
Alfred Chuang is one of the most well-known and well-respected innovators in platforms for e-commerce applications. His work on application containers has had a broad and pervasive impact on the way that web services for e-business are built. Chuang was the founder, chairman, CEO and president of BEA Systems until it was purchased by Oracle in April 2008. Chuang then founded Magnet, whose software platform WIN, for Workplace Interaction Network, helps workers better organize and exploit “unstructured information,” data that isn’t stored in the conventional databases.
Richard Chuang, ’79 electrical engineering
After beginning his career at Hewlett-Packard, Richard Chuang moved to Pacific Data Images (PDI), a pioneer in animated graphics. PDI merged with Dreamworks following the firms’ collabration on the film Antz. Chuang shared the 1998 Technical Achievement Academy Award.
Jeffrey Child, ’82 chemical engineering
Financial Advisor, Oshman Family Office
Child spent fourteen years at Bank of America Securities. Child has served as a director at Foxhollow Technologies Inc., since 2005; and as a director of ev3, Inc. since 2007.
Mike Child, ’76 electrical engineering
Senior Adviser, TA Associates Inc.
Child joined TA Associates, a Boston-based private equity firm in 1982, opening its West Coast office with Jeff Chambers that year. During his career, Child has served as a director of 16 public companies, including Sonic Solutions (which sold to Microsoft), AST Research (sold to Samsung), and Network General Corporation (sold to McAfee). Child is a lecturer in the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Pam Fair, ’80 chemical engineering
Vice President (RET), Environmental, Safety and Support Services and Chief Environmental Officer, San Diego Gas & Electric
Fair retired as vice president of environmental and operations support and chief environmental officer for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), one of Sempra Energy’s regulated California utilities. Pam oversaw all environmental services, real estate, facilities, fleet and supply chain operations, as well as emergency services. She also serves as Vice President of San Diego’s Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s Board of Trustees and serves on the Advisory Board of the Pacific South Coast Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Layton Han, ’88 mechanical engineering
CEO, Adara Media
Han co-founded online loyalty marketing company MyPoints.com, and was CFO during the company’s pre- and post-IPO periods and later helped guide the sale of MyPoints.com to United Airlines (NASDAQ: UAL) in 2001 and to United Online (NASDAQ: UNTD) in 2006. He is a graduate of the University of California’s Haas School of Business, where he earned an MBA.
Adam Hansel, ’00 mechanical and aerospace engineering
Chief Technology Officer, DMG Mori-Seiki, USA
Hansel began working for Digital Technology Laboratory (DTL) when it was a small exploratory subsidiary of the Mori Seiki group. Under Hansel’s leadership, DTL has expanded its engineering contributions and tripled its workforce. DTL Mori Seiki is now a world leader in progressive manufacturing technologies such as nanoscale machining, virtual prototype testing, automation solutions, and machine simulation.
Francis Lee, ’74 electrical engineering
Board Chairman, Synaptics
In 1999, Lee became CEO of Synaptics and developed pattern recognition and sensor technology that found a home in the touch pads used in most laptop computers and mobile devices. Under Lee’s leadership, Synaptics gained a commanding market share of the touch pads used in notebook computers and smartphones.
Steven Montoya, ’77 electrical engineering
Chief Technology Officer, Siembra Inc.
Startup enterprise Siembra empowers Latino students with a culturally relevant platform and set of applications to virtually connect counselors. Prior to joining Siembra, Montoya worked in multiple functional areas, including product development, operations, quality assurance, and marketing at several firms, including Topanga Technologies, HID Labs, and Cisco. Montoya earned an M.S. in electrical engineering from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business.
Cynthia Murphy-Ortega, ’91 chemical engineering
Portfolio Manager, University Affairs, Chevron Corporation
During her career with Chevron, Murphy-Ortega has overseen the functions of a team of 600 employees at Chevron Energy Technology Co (Richmond, CA), and also helped start and manage the overall operation of Chevron Technology University (CTU), a program designed to train new engineers.
Earl Rennison, ’88 electrical engineering
CTO and Founder, Trovix
Rennison began his career at IBM, where he designed avionics and flight control systems for the Army. He went on to co-found Perspecta Inc., which developed advanced search engines and visual user interface technology and products for organizing and publishing large information repositories for companies like Merrill Lynch, Sabre, Bell South and Infomix. In 2002, he teamed with Jeff Benrey to co-found Trovix, which was purchased by Monster in 2008.
Jerome J. Suran, Professor Emeritus, UC Davis
Vice President (RET), General Electric
Suran is a Senior Lecturer Emeritus in the Graduate School of Management and in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Prior to coming to UC Davis, Professor Suran had a 30-year career with the General Electric Company where he developed the implantable cardiac pacemaker.
Brian Underwood, ’91 materials science
President/CEO of California Gold Almonds LLC
Veteran entrepreneur Brian Underwood has held leadership positions in a number of new successful ventures, including co-founding Silicon Image and SideStep, and launching SignalWorks, Whaleback SBG, and California Gold Almonds LLC. California Gold Almonds LLC is a land development and almond processing company with several thousand acres under management.
John Wasson, ’84 chemical engineering
President and COO, ICF
John Wasson has been with ICF since 1987. From the company’s headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia, he provides day-to-day leadership of operating groups in the execution of strategies for client relationships, business growth, and development and recruiting. ICF (NASDAQ:ICFI) has more than 4,500 employees serving clients from over 60 offices worldwide and reported gross revenue of US $949 million in 2013. ICF partners with government and commercial clients to deliver professional services and technology solutions in the energy, environment, and infrastructure; health, social programs, and consumer/financial; and public safety and defense markets.
Bruce G. West, ’71 ’73 civil engineering
Principal, West Yost & Associates Inc.
A founding principal of West Yost & Associates in Davis, West has 41 years of civil and environmental engineering experience. West has served as either project manager or principal-in-charge on most of West Yost wastewater treatment plant expansion and upgrade projects throughout California and Oregon.