The Dean's Advisory Committee
The expertise of the 15 members of the Hajim School Dean's Advisory Committee is broad and deep, ranging from precision optics to investment banking, from alternative energy to wireless communications, from aerospace engineering to intellectual property law, from medical imaging to advanced manufacturing.
Twice a year the members of this committee gather to advise and counsel the dean on key aspects of the school's management. They offering insight and guidance on curricular initiatives, capital needs, trends in admissions and retention, career and internship services, and networking skills for students. They also provide leadership in garnering financial support for the Hajim School, explains Eric Brandt, Hajim's senior director of development.
They also advise on the critical issues facing engineering, including a recent focus on communication and networking. Many participants from the DAC and other alums have volunteered their time to provide workshops for students outlining the importance of professional networking and communication.
All DAC members are also members ofthe George Eastman Circle, an influential group of University donors.
Current members are:
Jack Baron '83 (neuroscience). President, COO of SweetWater LLC, an alternative/sustainable energy start-up; previously vice president of marketing and division president, Paetec Holding, a Rochester-based telecommunications firm.
Nomi Bergman ’85 (economics). President of Bright House Networks cable television provider. Member of University’s Board of Trustees; recipient of the University’s John N. Wilder Award for philanthropy and service.
Don Brady '55 (mechanical engineering). Founder, chairman, and CEO of Brady Trane Services, offering commercial heating and cooling services and water treatment programs, Greensboro, N.C. Recipient, Distinguished Alumnus Award (2006). Previously a member of the Trustees' Alumni Council of the College; current member Arts, Sciences, and Engineering National Council.
John Bruning. Former president, CEO of Corning Tropel Corp., precision optical subsystems and advanced form metrology instrumentation for the semiconductor, data storage, automotive, and industrial markets. Serves as a Trustee for the University of Rochester.
Jack Carmola '77 (mechanical and aerospace engineering). Retired, Segment president, Actuation and Landing Systems, Goodrich Corp. aerospace company.
Eric Cooney ’88 (molecular biology). Former President and CEO of Internap, provider of Internet infrastructure services. Former President and CEO at Tandberg Television.
Scott DeGhetto '87 (electrical engineering). Managing director, Moelis & Company global investment bank. Former co-head, Power & Renewable Energy Group at Credit Suisse; managing director, Power and Pipeline Group at JP Morgan.
Stuart Elby '82 (optical engineering). VP and Chief Technologist, Verizon Labs, responsible for development of video platforms, and for developing network architecture in support of emerging products.
Stephen Fantone '79 (Ph.D. optics). President, CEO of Optikos Corporation, manufacturer of equipment to measure optical image quality. Recipient, Distinguished Alumnus Award (2009). Member of the Arts, Sciences and Engineering National Council.
Paul Horn '72 (M.S. physics), '74 (Ph.D. physics). Senior vice provost for research, New York University. Former senior vice president, director of research at IBM's TJ Watson Research Center. Recipient, University of Rochester Hutchison Medal (2002).
Carol Karp ’74 (biology). Regulatory advisor, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry, and to SPARK Translational Research Program, Stanford University School of Medicine. Member of University’s Board of Trustees.
Suedeen Kelly '73 (chemistry). Partner at Akin Gump international law firm. Former commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC); former law professor, University of New Mexico; former chairwoman, Public Service Commission of New Mexico. Member, Washington D.C. Metro Regional Cabinet.
Bob Klimasewski '66 (engineering), '67 (M.S.optics). Chairman, Virtualscopics Inc., medical imaging analysis tools that assist in accelerating drug development. Previously president, CEO of Transcat Inc., and cofounder, vice chairman, Burleigh Instruments, Inc. Recipient, Armstrong Alumni Service Award (2006) and Distinguished Alumni Award from SEAS (1993). Member, UR Athletic Hall of Fame (baseball, football). Served as a member of the Trustees Alumni Council of the College.
Michael Lax '75 (chemical and mechanical engineering). President, CEO of Autronic Plastics Inc. and subsidiaries, Westbury, N.Y., plastic product design, mold construction and manufacturing of industrial and precision components. Founder, Clear-Vu Media (entertainment-packaging), and (with son Daniel) Clear-Vu Lighting (high powered LED Luminaries and jobsite lighting for subways, construction industry). Member, New York City Regional Cabinet.
John Major (Chair) '67 (mechanical and aerospace engineering). Founder/president, MTSG (Technologies Solutions Group), Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., (investment, consulting, operations, and governance practice focused on the telecommunications industry). Considered a pioneer of the wireless industry. Recipient, Hajim School Distinguished Alumnus Award (2010). Served as a member of the Trustees Alumni Council of the College.
Rob Milne '86 (chemical engineering). Partner, White & Case LLP international law firm, New York City. Vice-chair of the Compliance & Ethics Committee, Antitrust Section, American Bar Association.
Scott Pomerantz '81, '83 (MBA). Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Wireless Connectivity Combo business unit of Broadcam Corp. Former cofounder, CEO, President and Chairman of the Board of Global Locate, a GPS semiconductor company, before its acquisition by Broadcom.
Howdy Pratt '60, '62 (M.S. geological sciences), '66 (Ph.D. geological sciences). Over 20 years experience with SAIC as senior vice president. Founder, first employee of Terra Tek; founder, director, Pioneer Oil and Gas Company. Member UR Athletic Hall of Fame (tennis). Member, San Diego Regional Cabinet; has also served as a member of the Trustees Alumni Council of the College.
Don Winter '69 (physics). Former Secretary of the U.S. Navy, currently consultant to the Navy and other organizations. Led NRC study and report on Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Blowout. Previously vice president, divisional president, Northrup Grumman. Recipient, Arts, Sciences, and Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award (2009). Member, Washington D.C. Metro Regional Cabinet.
Jim Wyant '67 (M.S. optics), '69 (Ph.D. optics). Professor of optical sciences, and of electrical and computer engineering, University of Arizona. Former dean of the College of Optical Sciences there. Visiting professor, The Institute of Optics. Helped launch and direct ventures such as Week Corp., 4DTechnology, and Dmitri. Recipient, Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award (1994). Established the Parker M. Givens Professorship in Optics (2001) and the James Wyant Professorship of Optics (2013), both at the University of Rochester. Serves as a Trustee for the University of Rochester.