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The Dean's Advisory Committee

The expertise 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 offer insight and guidance on curricular initiatives, capital needs, trends in admissions and retention, career and internship services, and networking skills for students.

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:

bergman 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.

Aidymar Bigio's photo   Aidymar Bigio ’93,
senior director of engineering, Facebook Inc.

bradyDon 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.

bruningJohn 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.


deghettoScott 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.


elbyStuart 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.


fantoneStephen 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.


jeanineJeanine Hayes '92 (optics). Chief IP officer, NIKE Inc.  Previously VP and deputy general counsel of Yahoo! Inc. and general counsel and IP/litigation counsel at Overture Services Inc.(formerly known as, pioneer of Internet paid search.


Michael KahnMichael Kahn ‘BS81 ‘PA22 Mechanical Engineering
Chief Regulatory Officer, Cobham Advanced Electronics


karpCarol 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.


Mike Morris photo   Mike Morris, CEO, Apollo Optical Systems, Inc.

pomerantzScott 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.

Richard RashidRichard F. Rashid ‘77MS Optics, ‘80PhD Optics, ’15HNR (Doctor of Science), ‘PA24
Retired, Senior Vice President, Research, Microsoft Corporation


sabbahDaniel Sabbah '81 (PhD computer science). Former CTO and general manager, Next Generation Platform at IBM Corp. Previously IBM general manager of Tivoli Software and of Rational Software, and CTO for IBM Software Group.


Linda SmithLinda Ann Smith ’89 Optics
Chief Executive Officer, Ceres Technology Advisors, Inc.


wyantJim 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.