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Engineering Advisory Council

The FAMU-FSU Engineering Advisory Council consists of well-established engineers and business people who are affiliated with industry, government agencies and academia. The purpose of the Engineering Advisory Council is to promote and assist the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering in achieving and fulfilling its mission.

The Council is responsible for the following:

  • Assisting in enhancing the development/fundraising efforts of the College with strategies, contributions and time commitment.
  • Providing new and forward-looking ideas and initiatives that the College can undertake to raise the national and international stature of the College.
  • Advocating for the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering to the broader community.

Engineering Advisory Council Members

Anne Anderson

Ms. Anne Anderson
General Manager, Supply and Distribution U.S.
Shell Oil Products
1000 Main
Houston, Texas 77002
(713) 230-3199

Anne Anderson is the General Manager for Supply and Distribution U.S. at Shell Oil Products.  She has previously held positions with Honeywell, Solutia and Monsanto.  Anderson was named one of “Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women of 2012” by Houston Woman Magazine.  She received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Florida State University in 1992 and her MBA in Business and Marketing from Washington University in St. Louis – Olin Business School in 2002.

Dr. M. K. Badrinarayan

Dr. M. K. Badrinarayan
Vice President and Research Director
Corning Incorporated
Corning, New York 14831
(607) 974-1403

Madapusi K. Badrinarayan is Vice President and Research Director for Inorganic and Broad-based Technologies at Corning Incorporated.  In this role he is responsible for research in inorganic materials, modeling, process research and integration technologies.  He is also responsible for research in China, Taiwan and India.  Badrinarayan joined Corning in August 1997 and has held positions within Corning for process research, optical physics, and applied research for optical fiber.  He was named Vice President and Research Director of Inorganic and Broad-based Technologies in May 2009.  Badrinarayan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a M.S. in Physics and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. Prior to joining Corning, he held several management positions in Thomson CSF and Philips Display Components.  He is a member of Optical Society of America and American Ceramic Society.

Mr. James Clamons

Mr. James Clamons
Harris Corporation
MS R5/12A
Melbourne, Florida 32902-0037
(321) 727-5050

James (Jim) Clamons is Vice President of Engineering-Operations at Harris Corporation Government Communications Systems.  He serves as Secretary for SCEIC (Space Coast Early Intervention Center) and is a member of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), FSU’s International Advisory Board for the Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (FCR-STEM) and Purdue University’s Computer Science Corporate Partners Program.  Clamons also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, Hacienda Girls Ranch and Joe’s Club.  He is a United Way Silver Donor and is a member of the United Way Community Impact Group.  Clamons received both his B.S. in Mathematics and M.S. in Computer Science from Purdue University.

Mr. Doug Dunlap

Mr. Doug Dunlap
President and CEO
Syn-Tech Systems, Inc.
P.O. Box 5258
Tallahassee, Florida 32314
(800) 888-9136

Doug Dunlap is Syn-Tech's President and majority owner and has held this position since its inception in 1989. During this time, Syn-Tech has experienced unprecedented success in all phases of business operations, a success Dunlap attributes to a true company-wide dedication to the success of its customers. His background includes more than 35 years of experience in the Department of Defense Contracting arena, along with experience in computer technology development serving the fueling automation industry. His broad experience includes senior management positions in retailing, trucking, financial services and manufacturing, along with instruction at the university level in Business Management and Engineering Management.  Dunlap received his B.S. in Business Administration from Florida State University in 1973 and did graduate level coursework at Florida State University in 1981.  He successfully completed the CPA Examination in 1982. 

Mr. Chris Eldred

Mr. Chris Eldred
President and CEO
102 Technology Way
Havana, Florida 32333
(850) 539-2500

Chris Eldred, a native Floridian, is the President and Managing Partner of TeligentEMS LLC and has served in this capacity since 2002. From 1999 to 2002 he simultaneously held both the Divisional President and CTO posts for MercuryEMS LLC. From 1982 to1999 he was the founder and CEO of NRT Corporation. A serial Entrepreneur, Eldred currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Tallahassee Economic Development Council and Avocare Health LLC. He is the current Chairman of the Manufacturing Roundtable for the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce and completed two terms as Secretary Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Challenger Learning Center. He is a member of the IPC, Electronic Industry Association, SMTA, Surface Mount Technology Association and the Manufacturers Association of Florida. Eldred is a graduate of Florida State University and presently serves on the FSU Research Foundation GAP Committee as well as the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisory Board.

Ms. Judith Hayden

Ms. Judith Hayden
Founder and President
Environmental and Geotechnical Specialists (EGS) Inc.
104 North Magnolia
Tallahassee, Florida 32301

Judith Hayden is founder and President of EGS (Environmental & Geotechnical Specialists, Inc.).  She has over 25 years of environmental design and permitting experience, including natural features, wetland delineation, environmental impact, and environmental management.  She has worked in projects with local and state agencies, such as Leon County, City of Tallahassee, Wakulla County and the Florida Department of Transportation.  Hayden received her B.S. in Education from University of Dayton in 1971, B.S. in Civil Engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1977 and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Kansas State University in 1979.

Mr. Timothy Hogans

Mr. Timothy Hogans
Regional Manager
Florida Power & Light Company (FPL)
7201 Cypress Road
Plantation, FL 33317
(954) 327-3160

Timothy "Tim" Hogans, works with Florida Power & Light in their External Affairs department as the Area Manager for the Broward/Southwest team, with responsibility for fourteen municipalities in the North Broward area. Tim graduated with both Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from Florida State University and was recruited to Florida Power & Light as a Customer Project Manager. Previously, Tim served as Regional Manager for the Small and Medium Business Group in Customer Service, as well as Engineering Leader in the Gulfstream Service Center for Distribution. He has significant storm emergency experience through service in several storm roles for the company. Tim is both Green Belt Certified and Gold Service Standards Certified. He also serves as a Community Outreach Team Ambassador for FPL. Tim has been very engaged in professional and community organizations as a member and leader. He has served two successive and successful years as the Broward Chair for the I-Pledge Campaign, and the Broward United Way's Day of Service. Tim also participated in Leadership Broward – Class 33. He is a member of AAPEG, IEEE, AABE, and the NSBE.

Dr. Carl Holden
Dr. Carl Holden
Systems Engineering Manager
Lockheed Martin
5600 Sandlake Road
Orlando, Florida 32819
(407) 356-8747


Carl Holden is a Systems Engineering Manager at Lockheed Martin in Orlando, FL, and has over 27 years of experience developing advanced Electro-Optical sensor systems. He began his career at NASA in 1986 where he provided technical leadership for several remote sensing payloads. During his time with NASA, he was initially assigned to NASA- Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL, and later relocated to NASA - Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA. After a 15 year career with NASA, in 2001 he joined Northrop Grumman in Baltimore, MD. While with Northrop, Holden led several technical teams that focused on the development of advanced Electro-Optical sensor systems including serving as IPT Lead for MDA’s SBIR Low Sensor payload. In 2005 he joined Lockheed Martin in Orlando, FL, where he has served as Program Manager for several sensor development activities as well as Principal Investigator for several Applied Research efforts. He is currently the Systems Engineering Functional Lead for the Applied Research Special Programs group. Holden received his B.S. in Mathematics and Physics from Athens State University (1986) and his M.S. in Applied Physics and Ph.D. in Physics and Non-linear Optics from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (1991 and 1999).  

Tameika N. Hollis

Mrs. Tameika N. Hollis
Vice President, EM&L
AC&TD Division & Strategy
Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems

Tameika Hollis is the Vice President, Engineering, Manufacturing & Logistics (EM&L) for Advanced Concepts & Technologies Division and Strategic Services & Initiatives for Northrop Grumman Corporation. In this position, Ms. Hollis will be responsible for EM&L-related product design, development, test, production, process improvement, infrastructure and policy & procedure development that ensure effective support for the long range strategic focus. Tameika joined the company in 2003 and has held a number of leadership positions in engineering and programs. Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Tameika held leadership positions at Raytheon and Boeing Satellite Systems. In 2012, Tameika was awarded the Emerging Leader Award from the National Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Mrs. Hollis received a bachelor's degree from Florida A&M University and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan. She also has completed the General Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Mr. Patrick Lennon

Mr. Patrick Lennon
Director of Global Juice Center
The Coca-Cola Company
One Coca-Cola Plaza
Atlanta, Georgia 30313
(404) 852-4125

Patrick Lennon is the Director for the Juice Business Analytics at The Coca-Cola Company.  He provides global strategy and leadership for establishing analytical capabilities to drive profitable growth, leads the development and integration of analytically driven strategies and solutions to support key business decisions across the juice business and drives the use of advanced analytics across the company.  He has previously held positions at Revenue Analytics and Accenture.  Lennon received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Florida State University in 1999 and his M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rice University in 2005.

Mr. Jason Maxwell

Mr. Jason Maxwell
Vice President of Operations
P. O. Box 936
Bonaire, Georgia 31005
(478) 232-8544

Jason Maxwell is Vice President for Operations at KaMin LLC.  He joined KaMin LLC (formerly J.M. Huber Corporation) in 2003, and has held several positions within the company including Plant and Product Manager.  He has also previously held manufacturing management/engineering positions at Owens Corning Fiberglass, Alcatel and Transitions Optical.  Maxwell received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Florida State University in 1999 and his MBA from Georgia College and State University in 2009

Mr. Thomas E. McCormick

Mr. Thomas E. McCormick
President of Oil & Gas - Americas
Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (CB&I)
174 N Almondell Way
Magnolia, Texas 77354

Thomas (Tom) McCormick is President of Oil & Gas for the Americas at Chicago Bridge & Iron (CB&I). He has responsibility for project operations, as well as marketing and sales of its products and services. He has P&L responsibility for all projects, sales and operations in Canada, North America, as well as Central and South America. Tom has worked for CB&I for 8 years and has more than 28 years of experience in heavy industrial engineering design and construction projects in a wide range of gas processing, petro-chemical, chemical, LNG, refining, and manufacturing facilities. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Florida State University in 1987. Additional training includes the Advanced Management Program from INSEAD ("Institut Europeen d'Administration des Affaires") in 2011; Project Management Academy and Project Management - Construction Industry Institute (CII).

Mr. Stephen McSoley

Mr. Stephen McSoley
10560 Dr. MLK Jr. Street N
St. Petersburg, Florida 33716
(727) 803-5976

Stephen McSoley is the Design Engineering Manager at Jabil.  He has also previously worked with General Dynamics Land Systems.  McSoley received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Florida State University in 1998.

Dr. Mikel Miller

Dr. Mikel Miller
Chief Scientist, AFRL Munitions Directorate
Eglin AFB
101 West Eglin Blvd Suite 105
Eglin AFB, Florida 32542-6810

Mikel Miller is Chief Scientist, Munitions Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.  He is the Directorate's principal scientific and technical advisor and primary authority for the technical direction of a broad, multi-disciplinary research and development portfolio encompassing all aspects of munitions science and technology.  Miller served as an assistant professor of electrical engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology until his retirement from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel in 2003.  He is also an adjunct professor of Electrical Engineering at AFIT and Miami University of Ohio.  Miller received his B.S. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from North Dakota State University in 1982 and M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio (1987 and 1998).

Dr. Simon Ostrach

Dr. Simon Ostrach
Wilbert J. Austin Distinguished Professor of Engineering
Case Western Reserve
28176 Belcourt Road
Pepper Pike, Ohio 44124
(212) 464-6695

Simon Ostrach is the Wilbert J. Austin Distinguished Professor of Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, RET.  He joined the Case Institute of Technology (now the Case School of Engineering) in 1960 as professor of engineering and he was appointed head of the Division of Fluid, Thermal, and Aerospace Sciences.  Prior to that, he was an aeronautic and research scientist for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, a research associate at Brown University, and chief of the fluid Physics Branch at NASA Lewis Research Center. In 1970, Ostrach was named to the Austin Chair at CWRU, and in 1993, NASA awarded him Distinguished Public Service Medal. Ostrach is a double alumnus of the University of Rhode Island.  He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1944 and M.E. in 1949.  He received two degrees in applied mathematics from Brown University – the Sc.M. in 1949 and Ph.D. in 1950.  Ostrach also received an honorary D.Sc. Technion from Israel Institute of Technology and an honorary D.Eng. from Florida State University.

Dr. Theresa A. Shirey

Dr. Theresa A. Shirey
Branch Head
Naval Surface Warfare Center
Panama City, Florida 32407
(850) 234-4905

Theresa A. Shirey is Branch Head for the Deployed Systems Branch at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division.  She leads a research and development organization that provides highly specialized systems to the Navy for various mission applications.  Prior to her supervisory position, she was project manager for several diving and unmanned underwater systems development efforts.   Theresa graduated from Florida State University with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, with an emphasis in Robotics.  She attained her Professional Engineering license in Florida in 1999 and has maintained active status. 

Mr. Gordon Sprague

Mr. Gordon Sprague
Sprague Properties, LLC
1333 College Parkway #333
Gulf Breeze, Florida 32563
Cellphone: (850) 380-6233

Gordon Sprague was a member of the United States Air Force from 1957 to 1961.  He served as Division Chief of Recreation & Parks and Director of Recreation and Public Affairs for the City of Jacksonville and as Executive Director of Memphis Park Commission.  In 1983, he was the Assistant to the President for Fogelman Properties.  During this time, he was owner of Kansas City Royals Baseball Team and managed 16,000 luxury apartments.  From 1990 to 2002, Sprague was Senior Vice President Regional Wholesaler for AIM, a mutual fund money management firm in Houston, TX.  He serves as a board member on many philanthropic organizations and is the current Chairman of Florida State University National Alumni Association Board.  Sprague received his B.S. from Florida State University in 1965 and his M.S. in Allied Health Science from University of North Florida in 1975.

Dr. Lin Sun

Dr. Lin Sun
VP of Engineering and Product Development
Danfoss Turbocor
1769 East Paul Dirac Drive
Tallahassee, Florida 32310
(850) 504-4800

Lin Sun is the Vice President of Engineering and Product Development at Danfoss Turbocor.  He has 25 years of experience in mechanical and electronic engineering (mechatronics).  Sun has been actively involved in many areas of the Danfoss Turbocor business, from research and development and commercial engineering to manufacturing process, quality assurance, and product support.  He also has ten years of academic experience in research and teaching of electronic engineering and mechanical engineering in Tsinghua University in China and Melbourne University in Australia. Sun received his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics from Tsinghua University in China and Ph.D. in Engineering from Melbourne University in Australia.

Mr. Levasseur Tellis

Mr. Levasseur Tellis
Systems Engineer
Ford Motor Company
21600 Concord Court
Southfield, Michigan 48076
(313) 323-8465

Levasseur Tellis is the Technical Specialist in System Safety Engineering for the Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan. During his tenure at Ford, Tellis has helped develop several Active Safety and Driver Assistance features and enablers such as Forward Collision Warning, Collision Mitigation by Braking, Pedestrian Detection, and Vehicle to Vehicle / Vehicle to Infrastructure Communication.  Tellis’s primary focus on these technologies has been in the area of reliability and robustness to hardware, software, and systemic failures. 

He is a Functional Safety Certified Automotive Engineer (Certificate No. A031_0125/11), holds over a dozen patents in the area of Active Safety and Driver Assistance, is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, and a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Functional Safety Committee and the SAE Automated Vehicles committee..  Tellis received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) in 1996 and 1998.

Ms. Kimberly White

Ms. Kimberly White
Global People Capability Manager
The Coca-Cola Company
One Coca-Cola Plaza USA 444D
Atlanta, Georgia 30313
(404) 676-1021

Kimberly White is the Field Quality Consultant at The Coca-Cola Company.  She has over 15 years of experience in leading process and team management within the consumer goods manufacturing industry.  White is responsible for the overall development and execution of People Capability and Development Programs for the Quality, Safety and Environment Organization.  She is also the global lead for developing and delivering Technical Training Programs focused on Quality, Food Safety and Environment.  She has previously held the position of Engineer and Operations Manager at Procter and Gamble.  White received her B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in 2000, M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University in 2002.  She is also a Certified Lean Manager in Lean Operations by The Ohio State University since 2009.

Tonya M. Williams

Mrs. Tonya M. Williams
Mature Fields Asset Manager
Shell Exploration & Production Company
One Shell Square
P.O. Box 61933
New Orleans, LA 70161-1933
(504) 425-3468

Tonya joined Shell in 1991 as an Engineer, spending the first 10 years of her career in Operations leading and working on various shelf and Deepwater engineering projects and completing two offshore field assignments. In 1999, Tonya transitioned to Downstream working as a Territory Sales Manager for 2 years, followed by a 4 year Corporate Planning and Executive Support assignment. In 2003, Tonya returned to Deepwater.

Following Hurricane Katrina, Tonya was the Operations Manager for both Cognac and West Delta 143 offshore platforms. She travelled abroad on assignment in 2008 to Brunei Shell Petroleum with various roles in construction, operations, and strategy. She returned to the Gulf of Mexico as the Auger Development Lead in July 2013, with oversight of all development on the Auger Tension Leg Platform and 5 subsea tie-backs to the host facility. Tonya is currently an Asset Manager with oversight of 3 offshore platforms. Tonya is married with two sons aged 18 and 13. Tonya is very involved with supporting her family and extracurricular activities. She is passionate about encouraging and supporting career growth and development. Tonya graduated from The Florida State University with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1991.