Randal Pinkett (class of 1992)
2011 School of Engineering Medal of Excellence Award for Alumnus of the Year

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has a large alumni base of professionals who have had or are pursuing successful careers in academia, industry, or the government. We go to great lengths to ensure that our students are fully prepared for the career path they choose to embark upon.

In 2006, the ECE department created the School of Engineering Medal of Excellence to recognize the outstanding career accomplishments of some of the department’s outstanding alumni.

Here is a list ECE Alumni Medal of Excellence winners

Here is the list of Doctoral Dissertations

Here is the list of Alumni who pursued careers in academia

Alumni in Spotlight

Aylin Yener

Aylin Yener

Dr. Aylin Yener received both her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Rutgers University.   Her PhD advisor was Prof. Roy Yates.

Dr. Yener joined Penn State Electrical Engineering in January 2002 as an...

Pete Pupalaikis

Pete Pupalaikis

Congratulation to ECE Alumnus Pete Pupalaikis on his elevation to IEEE Fellow for contributions to high-speed waveform digitizing instruments.

Pete Pupalaikis was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1964 and received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1988.

P. B. Ram Ready

P. B. Ram Ready

Dr. P. B.Ram Reddy came to the Rutgers department of Electrical Engineering in 1969, and graduated in 1973 with his PhD. He did his research in the field of Optimal Control Systems under Professor Sannuti, who is currently the department’s undergraduate director. After leaving Rutgers, Dr. Reddy began work at a company in Boston area called Dynamics Research Corporation, which...

Cristina Comaniciu

Cristina Comaniciu

Cristina Comaniciu received the M.S. degree in electronics from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest in 1993, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Rutgers University in December 2001. From 1998 to 2001 she was with the Wireless Information Network Laboratory (WINLAB) at Rutgers University, working on integrated access control and...

Dorin Comaniciu

Dorin Comaniciu

Global Technology Head, Image Analytics and Informatics
Siemens Corporate Research

Dr. Comaniciu received Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest in 1995 and Rutgers University in 1999. He has since been with Siemens Corporate Research, serving both as a scientist and manager. Between 2004 and 2009 he was the head of the Integrated Data Systems Department....

Ave K. Kludze

Ave Kludze

Dr. Ave K. Kludze, Jr. is an engineering program manager at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters.    He manages various agency-wide multidisciplinary projects and studies that inform NASA’s strategic decision-making.

For his outstanding accomplishments in Space Science and Technology, he was recently profiled on ...

K. Venkatesh Prasad

K. Venkatesh Prasad

Dr. K. Venkatesh Prasad (class of 1990) is group and senior technical leader of Vehicle Design and Infotronics for Ford Research and Innovation. He is member of Ford’s 12-person global Technology Advisory Board, chaired by the CTO. Dr. Prasad is responsible for the research, architecture, standards, applications development and vehicle system integration of electrical, electronics and embedded software...

Thomas Kennedy

Thomas Kennedy

Chief Executive Officer of Raytheon, effective March 31, 2014. Raytheon Company, with 2013 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets.

Before serving as CEO, Dr. Kennedy was executive vice president and chief operating officer from April 2013 to March 2014. In this role, he led the consolidation of Raytheon’s six...

Dev Ittycheria

Dev Ittycheria

Dev Ittycheria most recently served as the President of the Enterprise Service Management division of BMC Software, where he was responsible for a business with $1.2 billion in annual revenue and approximately 4,100 employees. During his tenure Dev and his management team transformed BMC into a growth oriented business by radically restructuring its sales organization and sales methodology to...

Jeff Lowinger

Jeff Lowinger

Jeff Lowinger is Executive Vice President, Engineering & Xworx for Bell Helicopter, and is a member of Bell’s Executive Leadership Team. Mr. Lowinger is responsible for all aspects of the company’s new product development and sustaining engineering for all future, current production and legacy aircraft. He is also responsible for all innovation and technology through Bell Helicopter’s high-tech Xworx organization. Jeff joined...

Nicholas G. Paraskevopoulos

Nicholas  G. Paraskevopoulos

Northrop Grumman Corporation has named Nicholas G. Paraskevopoulos Vice-President of Engineering for the company's Electronic Systems sector.

In his new position, Dr. Paraskevopoulos will have executive responsibility for the sector's engineering organization, and will work to optimize program performance, customer satisfaction and shareholder value.


Robert Balog

Robert Balog

Robert Balog was awarded the 2011 Rutgers University Distinguished Engineer Award for his pioneering work in photovoltaic energy conversion.

Dr. Balog received his BSEE Degree from ECE Rutgers in 1996 and his MSEE and PhD Degrees from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2002 and 2006, respectively.

He is an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M. His research interests include Advanced Energy Systems, Distributed dc...

Peter D. Cherasia

Peter D. Cherasia

Head of Global Technology, Operations & Real Estate, J. P. Morgan Chase & Co.

Peter Cherasia is Head of Markets Strategies for the Investment Bank. His responsibilities include managing Markets Technology, Quantitative Research, Markets Structure Strategic Investments and the Advanced Strategies Group. 

Most recently, Pete was named Global Head of Technology, Operations and Real Estate for the...

Teri Hsiao

Teri Hsiao
CEO of Hook Mobile

Mr. T. Hsiao, BSEE (Honors, Tau Beta Pi) 1991, is currently CEO of Hook Mobile and a well-recognized entrepreneur in the mobile telecom industry. After an internship at AT&T Bell Labs, Mr. Hsiao began his career at Comcast and Nextel before earning a degree at MIT Sloan School of Management. Since 2000, Terry has founded/led three start-ups in mobile, most notably...

Lewis Von Thaer
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Lewis Von Thaer
Corporate Vice President, General Dynamics
President, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems

Lou Von Thaer is president of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, a position he has held since March 2005.

Mr. Von Thaer leads a diverse organization of over 7,000 professionals that provides end-to-end...