ECE Industry Advisory Board
Alex Acero, Head of the Speech Team, Apple
Alex Acero received an M.S. degree from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain, in 1985, a M.S. degree from Rice University, Houston, TX, in 1987, and a Ph.D. degree from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, in 1990, all in Electrical Engineering. Dr. Acero worked in Apple Computer’s Advanced Technology Group in 1990-1991. In 1992, he joined Telefonica I+D, Madrid, Spain, as Manager of the speech technology group. In 1994 he joined Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA, and in 2013 he joined Apple where he leads the speech team. Dr. Acero is author of the books "Acoustical and Environmental Robustness in Automatic Speech Recognition" (Kluwer, 1993) and "Spoken Language Processing" (Prentice Hall, 2001), has written invited chapters in 4 edited books and 200 technical papers. He holds 78 US patents. Dr. Acero is a Fellow of IEEE. He has served the IEEE Signal Processing Society in many ways including as president of the Society.
Mickey Aleksic, VP of Engineering, Qualcomm
Mickey Aleksic is a VP of Engineering of Qualcomm. He has B.S, M.S,. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Belgrade. He is responsible for several strategic IPs including display audio, machine learning, and biometrics. Dr. Aleksic has initiated a deep neural network IP development which targets premium MSM. He has developed a display and audio IP that works in all Qualcomm MSMs sold in billions. He has created a low power Graphics IP acquired by Qualcomm and now leading the 3D IP in industry. He has also developed a video and imaging IP, first in the cell phone Motorola Razor sold over 100 million. He has founded the handheld division of ATI. Dr. Aleksic has 86 USA granted patents and has 30+ pending. Furthermore, he has published more than 30 papers. He has participated in different standard bodies including Khronos OpenCL, MIPI, and I3A.
Sharon Barkume, Barkume & Associates
Sharon Barkume is a registered patent attorney at Barkume & Associates and an adjunct professor at Stony Brook University’s business school. Sharon is also Director of Operations and IP Counsel for Millennial Materials and Devices, Inc., a startup company located in the Long Island High Technology Incubator in Stony Brook, NY. The company is commercializing materials and devices that use nanotechnology developed at Stony Brook University. Sharon’s previous positions include: co-founder and CEO of QB Sonic, a start-up medical device company located in the Long Island High Technology Incubator in Stony Brook, NY; Of Counsel at Campolo, Middleton & McCormick a general practice law firm located in Ronkonkoma, NY; IP Counsel at Canrock Ventures a venture capital firm that funds startup companies, located in Hicksville, NY; IP Counsel at Sound Interventions a startup medical device company located in the Long Island High Technology Incubator in Stony Brook, NY; and Electrical Engineer at Airborne Instruments Laboratory, a large defense contractor located in Deer Park, NY. Sharon has a J.D. from Touro Law Center, an M.B.A. from Stony Brook University, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Maryland.
Kathy Cooper, Google X
Kathy Cooper received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Stanford University, in Civil Engineering and Computer Science. After working on microhydropower systems in the Philippines, she joined Google in 2010. At X (Alphabet's "moonshot" division), she established and continues to run a close collaboration between X and climate scientists as part of Project Loon (stratospheric Internet balloons) to harness Loon's stratospheric wind measurements to improve global climate models. She was the Lead product manager for Project Foghorn (a seawater-to-fuel project) and currently she leads an undisclosed project at X.
Bill Forman, President and CEO, North Atlantic Industries (NAI)
William Forman is the President and CEO of North Atlantic Industries, Inc. (NAI), a leading independent designer and manufacturer of unique Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) and custom electronic subsystems for military, industrial, and commercial aerospace markets. Bill acquired the business in 1992 and broadened its focus through a series of acquisitions and significant engineering investments. Bill has been named "Long Island Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year" and won the "40 Under 40" award sponsored by Long Island Business News. Bill's philanthropic pursuits focus on the lives of disadvantaged children. He serves as a board member of Publicolor, a not-for-profit organization that engages at-risk youths. NAI supports FIRST, a high school robotics program meant to inspire young people's interest in science and technology.
Predrag Hadzibabic, General Electric Aviation
Predrag Hadzibabic has over 27 years of power conversion industry experience. In his current role as Principal Engineer with GE Aviation Systems, Predrag is responsible for technical consulting, leadership and direction to the power conversion design and development; guidance in identifying and implementing new technology; support changing technology and anticipation in solutions adaptation; contribution to multi-generational product and technology planning and definition of requirements for new development projects; direct interface with Business Development group to provide technical support and guidance during the Bid and Proposals process; participation in design reviews and safety inquiries as the technical expert in power conversion; support and mentoring to other engineering design teams; interface with customers to resolve technical issues. Prior to GE Aviation Systems, Predrag was with Phihong USA Corporation, Lambda Electronics, Inc., Kepco, Inc. etc. Predrag holds combined BS and MS degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from the University of Novi Sad and MS in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of NYU. Predrag is an IEEE Senior Member and has several US patents pending.
Richard Hines, CTO, Telephonics
Richard Hines is the Chief Technology Officer at Telephonics Corporation and has over 30 years of design and management experience in a number of electronic industries ranging from commercial communications to military avionics. He is directly responsible for establishing the company’s technical vision and leading all technology development in support of the company’s strategic direction, while overseeing the company’s 270 person engineering organization. Hines joined Telephonics in 1996 and has been responsible for successfully leading key technology development programs within the organization and has been instrumental in the development of numerous launch products that have resulted in early market penetration. Throughout his career, Mr. Hines has been recognized for driving innovation and creativity into product development, while executing an overall corporate strategic vision. He is also well versed in modern process models and has successfully led a number of organizations through process improvement initiatives, effectively striking a balance that fosters a culture of innovation, while maintaining a structure that ensures execution success. Prior to joining Telephonics, he held various engineering and management positions, primarily in the aerospace and defense industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from SUNY Stony Brook, as well as numerous professional development certificates.
Raymond Homburger, Manager of Customer Quality Assurance, PSEG
Mr. Homburger is a Utility Energy Professional committed to improving the company’s relationship with its customers on Long Island. He also dedicates much of his free time to local charitable organizations for the betterment of our community.
Mike Lantier, Senior Project Engineer, H2M
Michael Lantier, P.E., LEEP A.P., is a Senior Associate and Senior Discipline Engineer at H2M architects + engineers, a multi-discipline architectural and engineering firm headquartered in Melville, NY. He has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from N.Y.I.T., and an MBA in Finance from SUNY Stony Brook. Michael specializes in electrical construction design and construction management. He has over 10 years of experience in the construction field, working for local school districts, municipalities, and private businesses to consult with them during the conception stage of a project all the way through final completion. During his tenure at H2M, he has achieved his Professional Engineer certification in the state of NY, and has earned his LEED AP certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Michael also serves as a board member for Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk and Suffolk County Legislature’s Next Generation Advisory Council.
Hui Lei, Director and CTO, IBM
Hui Lei is Director and Chief Technology Officer of IBM Watson Health Cloud, an IBM Distinguished Engineer, an IBM Master Inventor, and a member of the IBM Academy of Technology. He provides leadership on the Watson Health Cloud technical strategy, and spearheads the design and development of the Watson Health Cloud platform. Previously, he was Senior Manager of the Cloud Platform Technologies Department at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, and led IBM's worldwide research strategies in Cloud Infrastructure Services and Cloud Managed Services. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Columbia University.
Zoran Mladenovic, General Manager, Texas Instruments
Zoran Mladenovic is the General Manager of SDO (software development organization), DSP Systems Group at Texas Instruments. In this role, he is responsible for large global development organization, providing software development tools and embedded software for Texas Instruments processors. He is focused on organization execution and operational efficiency, as well as strategic technology direction with the particular emphasis on the open source software. Zoran has over 20 years of experience in all phases of software and hardware product development for the embedded systems. His prior professional engagements were in the area of data modems, voice over packet networks, Media Gateways and Wireless Base Station products, spanning over system engineering, software development and silicon architecture definition. Throughout his career, he has been involved in both, product development and standardization efforts and holds multiple patents.
Nick Papadopoulos, Engineering Manager, BAE Systems
Nick Papadopolous is currently a Systems Engineering Manager for IFF Products. Group responsibilities include Business Development support for Program capture, Requirements development for new Systems, Requirements Capture and Management, Test Integration and Verification and Validation of systems, Performance analyses and Simulation.
Minh Tran, Vice President, VJ Technologies
Minh Tran is an electronic power conversion engineer. He studied in electrical engineering and has been working in the designs and developments of High Voltage and X-ray generators since 1987. He has been responsible for the development of numerous advanced Integrated X-ray sources used in Security, Medical, Aerospace, Oil and Gas, Automotive, electronics and food applications. He and his team received the 2006 Medical Design Excellent Award for the design of a compact X-ray generator used in a Mobile CT. Minh is one of the founders and the President of VJ X-ray Inc., an Engineering design and manufacturing company that creates the most compact and advanced X-ray sources in the market today. He is currently working on the development of X-ray sources used in Airport 3D X-ray Security inspection machines.
Steven Weinstein, Senior Vice President, Broadridge Financial Services
Steve Weinstein is currently a Senior Vice President in Broadridge Financial Solution’s Technology Services division. He is responsible for Infrastructure Service Delivery, DevOps, Architecture and Program Management. He has spent over 25 years working in the Financial Services industry in various leadership positions across Application Development, Quality Assurance, Infrastructure and Project Management. Steve graduated from Stony Brook University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics/Statistics. He received an MBA degree in Management from NYIT in 1995.