Illinois Tech Alumni Association

Alumni Association Board of Directors

The IIT Alumni Association Board of Directors believes that engagement with alumni is crucial to the growth of the university, and the board works to strengthen the university's ties to alumni by striving to reach and inspire everyone who calls IIT their alma mater. Numerous programs and initiatives exist in order to reach this goal.

Are you interested in joining the Alumni Association Board of Directors? Email alumni@iit.edu and share your background and interests. Read the official position description.

Board Committees

SCOPE STATEMENT

The goal is to build a dynamic alumni group across the country to assist in admission outreach by:

  • Referring prospective students to IIT
  • Attending admission events geared towards prospective students
  • Communicating with admitted students (by phone, mail, and email)
  • Representing IIT at college fairs or by visiting local high schools Pilot program is underway in Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and Seattle.

COMMITTEE GOALS

Short Term

  • Develop ties with Admissions staff leadership
  • Identify areas where Alumni Admissions team can support Initiatives
  • Organize according to regional coverage by Alumni Office
  • Refine messaging and communications channels through the committee
  • ID new board members to join the committee

Long Term

  • Establish a network of volunteers by regional coverage for recruitment
  • Build a menu of services for the volunteers
  • Speaking
  • High School Visits – key national outreach
  • Broader attendance of alumni events
  • Provide outside advisory services to IIT Admissions and Alumni Office.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Chair
Claudette Soto (ARCH '02, M.A.S. STE '05)

John Abramic (CHE ’97, JD LAW ’01)
Jamal Burki (EE '92, M.S. '94)
Elizabeth Corson (CHE ’11)
Fred Dew (CE ’70)
Harley Feldman (CHEM ’69)
Michael Hill (CS ’82)
Charles Lenzini (ME ’95)
Sherrie Littlejohn (MS CS ’82), Trustee
Justin Odom (ARCH ’06, M.A.S. PWR ’15)
Robert Samson (EE ’63)
Kristin Kipke, Staff

SCOPE STATEMENT

This committee shall promote alumni pride and awareness of highest-achieving alumni through the production, in conjunction with the University, of an annual alumni awards ceremony held during Homecoming each year.

Since 1946, Alumni Awards have been presented to Illinois Institute of Technology's most accomplished, innovative, and influential alumni. Alumni Award winners add to our university's rich history of visionaries who make the Illinois Tech community proud.

Each year Alumni Awards are presented in nine categories. The opportunity to honor alumni from around the world would not be possible without the assistance of the greater Illinois Tech community.

Committee members are expected to participate in the nomination process, whenever possible. All nominations must consist of a completed nomination form and may include up to two letters of recommendations and a brief biography, CV or resume.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Chair
Jason Resch (CS '06)

John Abramic (CE '97, J.D. LAW '01)
Hamid Arastoopour (M.S. GE ’75, Ph.D ’78)
Brian Ippolito (AE ’92)
Ellen Jordan, Trustee (PSYC ’79, MAS BA ’81)
Dawn Schuette (ARCH CRP ’92, MAS. CRP ’93)
Mark Sexton (ARCH ’80), Trustee
Scott Ternovits (DSGN ’92)
Kristin Kipke, Staff

SCOPE STATEMENT

The Alumni Board Career and Professional Development committee supports the career and professional development needs of both alumni and students. In conjunction with the University’s Office of Career Services, the committee shall:

  • Develop a series of workshops and programs for professional development for alumni and students, including alumni career panels for students
  • Recruit alumni to participate in existing programs as engagement opportunities for alumni and alumni-affiliated companies – Intro to the Profession, IPro, internships, externships, and professional societies
  • Identify and engage alumni-affiliated companies for placement, alumni programming, and IIT partnerships

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Chair
Brian Ippolito, Chair (AE ’92)

Irewole Akande (BS EMGT ’17)
Shanita Akintonde (MBA ’97)
Jamal Burki (EE '92, M.S. '94)
Yoetzin Diaz (ARCH ’14)
Harley Feldman (CHEM ’69)
Linda Goldstein (PTC ’10)
Zuly Gomez (ARCE ’14, M.A.S. CM ’14)
Bob Hoel, Trustee (BE ’70)
William Lam (ME ’82, M.A.S. BA ’88)
Sandro Mazzini (CHE ’94)
Fernando Mier Flores (ARCH ’13, M.S. MAC ’15)
Arun Prakash (AE ’99)
Josh Sainer (CE ’15)
Bob Samson (EE ’63)
Dawn Schuette (ARCH CRP ’92, MAS CRP ’93)
Crystal Trauner (ME ’11)
Price Vetter (ME ’11)
Manu Vora (M.S. CHE '70, Ph.D. '75)
Kristin Kipke, Staff

SCOPE STATEMENT

The International Alumni Committee has been working with the Alumni Relations (AR) Office and the Office of International Affairs (IA) to accomplish the following:

  • Reach out to international alumni in Asia and Europe to find out how the AR office can add value to what they do in their countries to form strong networks of IIT alumni. Raj participated in a video that was created for the International Alumni meeting in Beijing to be held in October 2012.
  • Making progress on the International Alumni conference in Fall 2014 on campus to enhance the momentum of such conferences being held by Office of IA over the last decade. Conference committee has been formed and the date of the conference has been set for September 19-21, 2014. It will be a highlight of Homecoming Weekend.
  • Work with the Volunteer Management Committee and International Student Center to engage international alumni in mentoring programs for international students. Raj addressed the International Students during Orientation Week in August 2012.
  • Assist the Nominating Committee in selecting suitable international alumni as candidates for the Alumni Board.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Chair
George Mui (CS ’76, M.S. ’80)

Olurotimi (Timi) Akindele (PS ’15)
Shanita Akintonde (MBA ’97)
Anthony Andaleon
Sunwoong Choi (ME ’81, METM ’81, Ph.D. METM ’92)
Michael (Yonshik) Choi (CERM ’09)
Yoetzin Diaz (ARCH ’14)
Abhishek Gundugurti (ME ’09, MAS ’11)
Joannas Joseph (CHEG ’14, MAS ‘14)
Tetsuyuki Hirano (ARCH ’79)
Paulo Kodaira (MSE ‘20)
William Lam (ME ’82, M.A.S. BA ’88)
Charlotte Leroy (L.L.M. ICLP ’11)
Adrien Lillo (EE ’14)
Lucy Lu (LLM ’04)
Xinji (Nick Mui) Mei (Ph.D. CHEM ’17)
Jennifer Meng Xia (MPA ’07)
Jongsub Moon (Ph.D. CS ’91)
Joseph Mulvey (EE ’91)
Pricha Pantumsinchai (MS ’75, Ph.D. ‘79)
Akshar Patel (CE ‘13)
Purvag Patel (ME ’10)
Santi Piyatat (LLM '08)
Raj Rajaram (LAW ’91)
Pongpat Riangkruar (LLM ’08)
Guillaume Saussay (MS CPE ’14)
Dawn Schuette (ARCH CRP ’92, MAS CRP ’93)
ChunJu (Jim) Shen (ME ’17)
Sharon Shi (LLM ’05, LAW ’19)
Martino Tangkar (Ph.D. ’95, MAS ’96)
Ann Trandai (EE ’89, MS ’93)
Akena Latigo (CHE ’18), Staff
Dea Marcano, Staff

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Chair
Zanette Sanders (EE ’89)

John Abramic (CE '97, J.D. LAW '01)
Olurotimi (Timi) Akindele (PS ’15)
Angela Ng (CE ’11)
Crystal Trauner (ME ’11)
Joseph Volin, Staff

Chair

 

Alumni Board - Sherrie Littlejohn

Sherrie Littlejohn (M.S. CS ’82)

Trustee
Retired Executive • Wells Fargo

Sherrie Littlejohn is a recognized expert in leading successful large-scale, technology-based transformation initiatives in regulated industries. She brings over 30 years of experience in strategy, architecture, development, and operations, enabling business opportunities in financial services and telecommunications industries with a keen eye to culture shifts and change management. She is a catalyst for designing and implementing innovative technology solutions with a customer and end-user focus. She is valued for her expertise in assessing overall IT technology programs for manageability and capability to improve customer service for the enterprise and its customers. 

Littlejohn joined Wells Fargo in July 2002 and currently leads the innovation labs, technology business development, and enterprise patent office teams within the innovation group. Her key responsibilities include driving enterprise technology idea generation as a catalyst for transformative change across the company as well as steering technology business development to grow and manage relationships with IT industry leaders, universities, venture capitalists, and private equity firms. Additionally, she leads the team that guides the company’s patent strategy, which includes developing, licensing, and buying patents. 

Littlejohn sits on the Illinois Institute of Technology Board of Trustees, Audit & Compliance Committee, Academic Affairs Committee, and Computer Science Advisory Council. She chairs the Alumni Association Board of Directors Admissions Committee. She received her B.S. in mathematics from Xavier University of Louisiana and her M.S. in computer science from Illinois Institute of Technology. She completed the Executive Business Program at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. and is a 2017 recipient of the Alumni Association’s Professional Achievement Award. 

Vice Chair

 

Alumni Board - Bob Hoel

Bob Hoel (BE ’70)

Trustee
Volunteer

Bob graduated from Illinois Tech in 1970 with a degree in accounting from the Stuart School of Business. During his time on campus he was very involved in student government, working his way to the top as president of what was then called the Illinois Tech Student Association. Bob continued to be involved on campus after graduation, mostly as a member of Triangle Fraternity. After spending 34 years in various capacities at RR Donnelley, he retired in 2004 to become a full time volunteer.

Bob has spent six years on the Alumni Association Board and serves on the Career and Professional Development Committee and the Executive Committee as Vice-Chair. Bob was elected a Trustee of the University in October of 2018.

Bob and his wife Nancy have two adult children with families on their own. In addition to his volunteer work, Bob does a lot of ornamental and vegetable gardening and is an avid cyclist. Additionally, Bob sits on the Board of Ride Illinois, the state-wide bicycle advocacy organization, and is president of the Board of the Active Transportation Alliance, which is one of the largest regional active transportation advocacy groups in the United States.

Directors

 

Alumni Board - John Abramic

John Abramic (CHE '97, JD LAW '01)

Partner • Steptoe & Johnson LLP

John L. Abramic, a partner in the Chicago office of Steptoe & Johnson, is an experienced patent litigator who represents clients in complex intellectual property disputes and serves as lead counsel in federal district courts and arbitrations in the United States. While John is often recognized for his experience with disputes in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, including Hatch-Waxman litigation, he has litigated matters across a variety of technical fields, including chemicals, electronics, semiconductors, telecommunications, machinery, and computer software. Clients and peers commend "his deep knowledge of the medical device and pharmaceutical industries, his confidence and reliability during trial, and his skill as a litigator, as well as his leadership qualities and innovative thinking." For several years, John has been recognized by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine in the yearly editions of the "IAM Patent 1000" for patent litigation, and he has been routinely selected to the Illinois Super Lawyers list.

Alumni Board - Timi Akindele

Olurotimi (Timi) Akindele (PS ’15)

Outreach Recruiting Manager • United States Department of Commerce

Olurotimi (Timi) Akindele is a resident of Chicago. He matriculated into Illinois Tech in the Fall of 2012 after earning an associate degree from the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC). During the pursuit of his Political Science degree at the Lewis College of Human Sciences a t IIT, Timi played varsity soccer for the school and was the recipient of both the Student-Athlete of the Year Award and Excellence in Sports Award. He held memberships at the Student Government Association (SGA), National Association of Black Engineers (NSBE), and at the African Student Association (ASO).

After graduating from Illinois Tech, Timi went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Communications and Management from Northwestern University. He currently works as an outreach recruiting manager for the United States Department of Commerce. Before that, he worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago—improving the Fed’s industry relations program.

Alumni Board - Shanita Akintonde

Shanita Baraka Akintonde (MBA ’97)

Professor • The School of Media Arts at Columbia College Chicago

Shanita Baraka Akintonde, MBA, M.Ed., DTM is a tenured professor in The School of Media Arts at Columbia College Chicago. For the past 20 years, this German-born, Chicago-raised academician has transitioned thousands of students from the classroom to the boardroom by sharing what she learned on her Great-Grandmother’s front porch. This knowledge led her to graduate from high school at age 16 and earn three college degrees: BA, Columbia College Chicago; MBA, Illinois Tech; and a M.Ed., Loyola University Chicago. Shanita built her expertise in marketing, advertising, and public relations, related to but not exclusively, through the lenses of diversity and leadership. She prides herself in using a combination of grit, grace and a whole lot of home-cooked GREENS fresh off Great Grand’s stove.

Shanita serves on several boards, including The Metropolitan Chicago, The American Marketing Association, and The National Speakers Association, Illinois Chapter. She is President, Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. Lincoln Park Chicago Chapter and the Immediate Past Chair of The Public Relations Society of America, Inc. (PRSA) National Diversity & Inclusion Committee, a 20,000+ member organization. Shanita is also an active 29-year member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and recently served as an Executive Board member of her local chapter as well.

Alumni Board - Jamal Burki

Jamal Burki (EE '92, M.S. '94)

Senior Vice President • IHI Energy Storage

Jamal Burki is the Senior Vice President at IHI Energy Storage, which is a part of IHI Corporation, a global Japanese company with businesses in energy, aerospace, social infrastructure and industrial systems. In his current role Jamal has P&L responsibility for the business and is driving the growth and operations of the business in North America with plans for global expansion. Jamal is also the founder of Renewance Inc., a software and services company serving fortune 500 companies in the renewable energy industry. Jamal founded Renewance in 2015 after realizing industry challenges to address intermittent and distributed nature of renewable forms of energy generation through battery-based storage. Since inception the company has established itself an innovative software and services provider of asset management, end of life and reverse logistics solutions for the industry.

Prior to joining IHI Corporation and founding Renewance, Jamal held leadership positions in engineering, product development and services with Motorola Inc., Nokia and GE.

In addition to a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering Illinois Tech, Jamal also completed a master’s degree from Northwestern University in Engineering Management.

Jamal has served on the Northwestern University's alumni board.

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Kenneth Burns (CHE ‘82)

Advisor • TransUnion

Kenneth Burns graduated from Illinois Tech in 1982 with a Bachelor's of Science in Chemical Engineering. During his time on campus, he served as Program Director and Station Manager at WOUI (now WIIT) campus radio station. Ten years later in 1992, he received a Master of Management degree from J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Ken’s participation in Illinois Tech’s co-operative education program allowed him to identify a career path early in life. After graduation, Ken worked in a variety of industries (power distribution, telecommunications, banking/finance and information technology) in product marketing, sales and channel development/management. Today, Ken serves as Advisor at TransUnion, supporting global and domestic data distribution partners. Ken is committed to a life of service. He brings that passion to his role on the Career and Professional Development Committee of Illinois Tech’s Alumni Board. Ken helps current and future Illinois Tech graduates recognize alternative career opportunities.

Ken and his wife Cynthia have lived in Colorado since 1992. They currently volunteer in organizations focused on creating opportunities for individuals to improve their ability to earn a living wage and improve stability in families.

Alumni Board - Fred Dew

Fred Dew (CE ’70)

Retired

Fred Dew is a retired corporate business leader, professional engineer, international volunteer, and avid water conserving gardener. He is originally from Alabama and studied at University of Maryland, Michigan, and the National War College in Washington, D.C., where he received advance degrees in engineering and business and studied the effectiveness of sanctions on South Africa. Fred is a retired U.S. Navy Captain. During his second career, he ran global engineering performance for Jacobs Engineering and eSolar, Inc., overseeing the planning, design, construction, and operation of the world's first small mirror 5 MW full-scale Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project that was named 2009 Project of the Year by Power Engineering Magazine. Fred is now retired in Pasadena, California, where he continues to promote renewable energy and waterwise planting as solutions to the effects of global climate change.

Dew is the chair of the Alumni Association's Board of Directors Admissions Committee.

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Harley Feldman (CHEM ’69)

Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer • Seeonic, Inc.

Harley Feldman graduated Illinois Tech in 1969 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry and a Computer Science Minor and later received his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota. He was a member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity for four years at Illinois Tech, including being Secretary, Vice President and President. Harley is the Cofounder and Chief Marketing Officer of Seeonic, LLC. His career has involved technology development, marketing, sales and business development in computing electronics from his early days in large scale computers to today’s Internet of Things applications.

Following graduation from Illinois Tech, Harley worked for Control Data Corporation for 28 years. Since then, Harley has been involved with several technology startup businesses including his current involvement in starting Seeonic in the RFID technology market in 2015.

Harley has been a member of the Christmas Lake Homeowners Association Board of Directors for 30 years, and he served a three-year stint as President. He has also served on the Board of Directors of ALARC, a running organization in the Twin Cities that provides running guidance and exercise programs and funding to non-profit organizations.

Currently, Harley serves on the Alumni Board Career and Professional Development Committee and the Admissions Committee.

Alumni Board - Eric Fullilove

Eric V. Fullilove (EE ’94)

Owner • KCI Realty & Consulting, LLC

Eric is a full time entrepreneur of multiple real estate businesses. For the first ten years of his engineering career, he worked at Underwriters Laboratories, ComEd and Gus Berthold Electric while simultaneously pursuing an entrepreneurial career.

After successfully investing in real estate, Eric left his engineering career and pursued his passion of entrepreneurship full time. He currently owns KCI Realty & Consulting, LLC, a real estate investment consulting and brokerage company and KCI Rehab & Remodeling, LLC, a residential and commercial general contracting company. He is also the author of “The Real Estate Investment Bible For Urban Communities”

For over two decades of running a real estate business, he has established himself as one of the top real estate investment minds in the Chicago area. As a result, his business has grown exponentially with the creation of the most unique Real Estate Investment Program in the Chicago land area attracting clients from all over the world.

Eric is often at various schools throughout Chicago mentoring and teaching young kids about life, engineering and entrepreneurship. As he is approaching his next phase in life, he is transitioning to pursue his fulltime passion and purpose in life in helping young children's dreams come true.

Alumni Board - Zuly Gomez

Zuly Gomez (ARCE ’14, M.A.S CM ’14)

Vice President of Business Development & Partner • myowndoctor

Zuly Gomez graduated from Illinois tech with dual degrees in 2014. She was an IIT Leadership Academy Scholar, Kern Innovation and Entrepreneurship Academy (KIEA) Scholar and a recipient of the Martin Cooper Endowed Scholarship. She was also an active meber of SHPE, LIFE|HACE, served on the Executive Board of the NSLS IIT Chapter, and played for the IIT tennis team ('08-'09) and IIT Women's Hawk Basketball team ('13-'14).

She applied her leadership skills as director of the Exelon Institute Program, program director and educator of the Motorola Summer Program, and founding team member of the IIT Idea Shop.

Since graduating, personal experience has guided Gomez' path toward the healthcare industry. She is a co-founder and serves as Executive Vice President of Customer Experience & Business Development at myowndoctor, where she drives business development, sales, customer implementations and experience, and product marketing strategies that aim to innovate on the way care is delivered to improve health. She brings a multitude of experiences and perspectives. During her free time, Zuly volunteers at Gilda's Club and speaks at high schools about the importance of STEM education.

Gomez remains connected to Illinois Tech via the Exelon Summer Institute Program, where she returned to speak about her experiences at the university, the program, and life after Illinois Tech.

Alumni Board - Brian Ippolito

Brian Ippolito (AE '92)

President and CEO • Orbis Technologies, Inc.

Brian Ippolito has served as president and chief executive officer of Orbis since 2006. Under his leadership, Orbis has established itself as a leader in delivering semantic applications and cloud analytics to the Department of Defense and select Fortune 50 companies. Prior to Orbis, he was director of advanced programs and products, C4ISR, and Networked Systems at Northrop Grumman, where he directed a number of advanced technology programs and business operations. A recipient of the 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, a 2013 Influential Marylander Award, and a host of other honors, Orbis is regarded as a respected leader in the IT industry.

Ippolito is chair of the Alumni Association Board of Directors Career and Professional Development Committee.

Alumni Board - Sandro Mazzini

Sandro Mazzini (CHE ’94)

Global Director of Business Development • KBR

Sandro Mazzini is the Global Director of Business Development with KBR, an aerospace, defense, and oil & gas engineering/technology services firm in Houston, Texas. Born in Lima, Peru, Sandro immigrated to the US in 1989, landing in Chicago to live with his Aunt and Uncle. He began his college studies with at the City Colleges of Chicago. Through an academic transfer scholarship program with Illinois Tech, Sandro transferred in 1991 to complete his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, with a minor in Polymer Science, all while balancing a full-time academic load and full-time work load. After 12 years with Honeywell UOP LLC in progressively influential roles in catalyst research, refinery and petrochemicals plants design, and global business development. Sandro accepted a role with Shell Oil Company in Houston, TX, where he enjoyed a diverse 13-year career expanding his global experience in technical sales, marketing, and new business development. Since mid-2019, an exciting new opportunity with KBR in Houston, TX presented new challenges to capitalize on leadership, complex sales, and relationship management while tapping into the extensive refining and petrochemical knowledge/experience garnered throughout his career.

Attributing the scholarship with Illinois Tech as the single game-changing event in his career, Sandro is passionate about giving back to Illinois Tech, through mentorship and promoting new opportunities to students needing financial assistance, as a member of the Gunsaulus Society.

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Si "Cindy" Miao (M.S. PHRD ‘11)

Technical Recruiter • TuSimple

Cindy Miao graduated from Illinois Tech in 2011 with a Masters in Personnel and Human Resource Development. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Capital Normal University, China in 2008. With ten years professional experience in human resources, Cindy engages and recruits international students and professionals who are working or studying in North America. She is also actively involved in coaching potential talent to navigate the job market in China & U.S.

In April, 2021, Cindy joined TuSimple’s Talent Acquisition Team as a technical recruiter, responsible for algorithm research and developmental recruitment. Cindy’s previous work experience includes four-year technical recruiting experiences from two consulting companies in the Bay area, Sr. Campus Recruiter at Walmart’s global headquarters, and talent acquisition team member for Schneider Electric.

Among Cindy’s achievements she has built long-term relationships with Asian students/MBA/professional/alumni and was recognized and recruited by Duke-Kunshan University as Asian Student’s Career Consultant in 2020. Working with Schneider Electric, she received the Schneider Electric Silver Global Trophy for Employer Branding Campaign in 2014 and Schneider Electric Bronze Connect Trophy for U.A-China Campus Recruitment project in 2012.

Cindy is a current member of the International Committee of the IIT Alumni Association and is leading the effort to engage the Regional Chapter in China.

Alumni Board - George Mui

George Mui (CS '76, M.S. '80)

Retired

George Mui is the market access team lead for the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) at the U.S. Department of Commerce. As a global strategist, he provides business consulting services for minority businesses in the area of international business development and strategy with a keen focus on domestic and international partnerships that provide access to global markets. Leveraging his extensive background, Mui also facilitates several industry-specific networking groups and serves as the Asian American business liaison. He is also currently serving on the White House Initiative for AAPI Inter-Agency Working Group and the President’s National Export Initiative Small Business Working Group. He serves on the advisory committee for the Office of New Americans for the City of Chicago and the Advisory Board for the Chicago Association for Corporate Growth (ACG Chicago). 

He is a community advocate with a special focus on Asian American business advocacy. He serves on the OCA-Chicago Board as vice president of programming. He recently completed two successful years as the OCA-Chicago chapter president. Under his leadership, he created the OCA-Scholarship Fund, OCA-Chicago Mentoring for Asian American Professionals, and the Asian American Business Expo. He also coordinates the Asian American Executive Network—a nationwide advocacy group for Asian American professionals and entrepreneurs. 

In addition to a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Illinois Tech, he also completed two executive education programs at Stanford University.

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Raymond C. Nelson (ME ‘78)

Director, Lean Operations and Global Strategy • Basal Solutions, LLC

Mr. Raymond C. Nelson graduated from Illinois Tech in 1978, earning a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a Management Minor. Upon graduation, Mr. Nelson joined the DuPont Corporation where he served over 37 years in Operations, Supply Chain, Project Management and Maintenance/Reliability Engineering. He became a Licensed Engineer in the State of Texas in September 1993, and retired in March 2016.

Since 2007, Mr. Nelson began to focus on Lean Six Sigma (LSS) based technologies as a Black Belt, becoming a Master Black Belt in 2013. He currently serves as Director, Lean Operations and Global Strategy for Basal Solutions, LLC providing Lean Six Sigma, Design of Manufacture, Minitab, FEMA, HAZAOP, Design Review, KPI Facilitation and Performance Management training and consulting.

Mr. Nelson has previously served as a Trustee for Prairie View A&M Foundation Board, DuPont Representative and Co-Chair on the Gulf Coast Alliance for Minorities in Engineering, DuPont Representative and Industry Co-Chair on the Prairie View A&M Cluster, Charter member of the PVAMU College of Business Advisory Board, and Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee for the Sickle Cell Association for the Texas Gulf Coast, where he was honored with a DuPont Volunteer of the Year award in 2001. Currently, he serves on the Career and Professional Development Committee for the IIT Alumni Association.

Alumni Board - Angela Ng

Angela Ng (CE ’11)

Senior Project Manager • Chicago Transit Authority

Angela Ng is a senior project manager at the Chicago Transit Authority. Formerly, she was a project designer at EFK Moen in Chicago where she worked on local tollway projects in northern Illinois. She volunteers for various organizations in the Chicago area throughout the year and is on the executive board for Transport Chicago.

Ng is the current chair of Illinois Tech's Young Alumni Council as well as acting liaison. She has helped plan various alumni events.

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Tanya Powell (MGT)

Chief Financial Officer • Total Safety Supplies & Solutions

Tanya Marietta Powell graduated from Illinois Tech with her Bachelor’s of Science in Management and went on to earn her Master’s of Science in Telecommunications and Master’s of Business Administration in Finance from Golden Gate University. She is a C level professional, Chief Financial Officer for Total Safety Supplies & Solutions, a distribution company servicing Fortune 500 Oil, Utility, Transportation and Construction companies.

Catholic by faith, Tanya has a strong commitment to God and to service. Since 2009, she has been the Sunday Bishop’s Mass Lay Minister Coordinator and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion for Mass and Homebound Lector at the Cathedral of Christ the Light.

Previously, Tanya served as an Advisory Board Member for the Golden Gate University, and Auxiliary President for the San Francisco Zoology Society Board. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano County, Order of Malta, and is a Sustaining Member of the San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary.

Tanya contributes to IIT through her service on the African American Alumni Association (4A) and the International Committee. Tanya is a proud member of IIT Alumni Association and hopes to successfully bring her skills to the mission.

Alumni Board - Jason Resch

Jason Resch (CS '06)

Lead Software Architect • Cleversafe, Inc.

As Lead Software Architect of Cleversafe, a startup that was incubated at University Tech Park on the Illinois Tech campus, Resch played a pivotal role in creating technology that has revolutionized data storage. Currently he is the most prolific inventor in Chicago, and in 2018 he matched Thomas Edison's lifetime patent count of 1,084. In 2015 his work helped Cleversafe make one of the largest statup exits in Chicago history, a $1.3 billion sale to IBM.

Resch became interested in technology at an early age, and as a freshman in high school, he founded Global Communications Network, LLC, a communications platform that improved upon America Online by offering features like video conferencing, audio chat, and gaming. Resch won the 2015 Illinois Tech Outstanding Young Alumnus Award and has been a member of the Illinois Tech Alumni Awards committee since 2015. He is also a member of the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity and credits his education and the connections he made at Illinois Tech for the path his life has taken. In his current role, he has had the pleasure of working alongside his best friends from college, all of whom are accomplished inventors.

Alumni Board - Robert Samson

Robert Samson (EE '63)

Consultant • Ironwood Associates

Robert is currently a consultant at Ironwood Associates, specializing in semiconductor and nanotechnology development, computer and peripheral products, audio and automotive systems and aftermarket products. Previously, he served as marketing manager at STMicroelectronics, a multinational electronics and semiconductor manufacturer and Europe's largest semiconductor chip maker based on revenue, from 1995 to 2006. Before joining STMicroelectronics, he worked as a senior engineer and manager at IBM Corp. for nearly 30 years.

In addition to his Illinois Tech degree, Robert earned an M.A. in Physics ('68) from DePaul University and an M.B.A. ('75) from the University of Kentucky.

During his attendance at Illinois Tech, Robert was the president, vice president, pledge trainer, and treasurer of Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity. In June 2012, he came back on campus for the first time in many years to participate in the TEP Fraternity reunion.

Alumni Board - Zanette Sanders

Zanette Sanders (EE '89)

Global Partner Training Program Manager • Amazon Web Services

Zanette Sanders is a global partner training program manager with Amazon Web Services. She oversees pre-sale cloud training for global partner communities. She has previously been in various roles at Motorola Solutions and its offshoots for 20+ years. She is an awarded leader in technology training and solutions consultancy, providing key business development and process optimization over her career. Ms. Sanders’ focus on innovation and voice of the customer has made her a valued asset to her team and carries over into her numerous volunteer roles.

Focusing on community and STEM, Ms. Sanders supports “Girls do Hack” and the Museum of Science and Industry Science Fair as well as her alma mater, Illinois Institute of Technology. She has participated in Interprofesional Projects Day as a judge, has served on the career panel as a guest speaker, encourages high school students as an admissions volunteer, and is active in the Africa-American Alumni Association (4A). This is only a small list of the ways she gives back.

Alumni Board - Claudette Soto

Claudette Soto (ARCH '02, M.A.S. STE '05)

President & CEO • baso, Ltd.

Claudette Soto is the President and CEO of baso, Ltd., a construction management/owner representative firm in the Chicagoland area, whose mission is to elevate equitable procurement and meaningful minority and woman owned business participation while delivering projects on time and on a budget. She has been working in the construction management, architectural, and engineering field for over 17 years.

In 2001, as an undergraduate, Soto founded a local student-led grassroots organization named VAMOS (Volunteer and Mentor One Summer). VAMOS promotes the importance of higher education and STEM careers to children of local middle schools, and provides year-round mentoring for college students and recent graduates.

She has been featured on WGN as Chicago's Very Own and Univision's Somos Orgullo, was the guest speaker during ComEd's Solar Spotlight Program, the guest speaker for BUILD's La Mesa Latina event, a TEDx speaker on the topic of "Change Architecture-Change Community" as well as a speaker at the Bishop John R. Gorman Institute for Leadership in Catholic Education on the topic of "Architecture and How it Inspires Learning and Change".

Soto is a graduate from the UNO Metropolitan Leadership Institute, and is a proud recipient of a HACIA scholarshipand the Joseph Claussen Award for Community Service. Soto has been named a SASDI (Student, Access, and Diversity Initiatives) Fellow by Illinois Tech.

Alumni Board - Ann Trandai

Ann Trandai (EE '89, M.S. '93)

Founder and Principal • Trandai Realty

After graduating from Illinois Tech, Ann worked at Motorola in the cellular division for 14 years, then founded Trandai Realty, a commercial real estate and investment brokerage in Chicago. Her practice includes sale and leasing transactions of office, retail, shopping center, hotel, and industrial warehouses for her domestic and international clientele. For her foreign investors, her service includes consultation in investing in U.S. real estate with guidance into residence with EB-5 & L1 visa programs.

She holds the Certified International Property Specialist designation and is among 15,000 professionals across North America and thirty countries to be designated a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM). With a Certified Minority Business Enterprise, she is also the first female business owner in the Chicago Asian American community to earn the CCIM designation. Ann is very involved in the Asian American and her local communities. She has spoken to local realtor boards to promote CCIM education and was a speaker in the panel discussion at IAR Multicultural Seminar on "Understanding Asian Real Estate Market in United States".

During her presidency at Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) Chicago Chapter in 2015, she coordinated the Global Summit of AREAA at Trump Tower with the highest number of attendees for Global Summit (800+) and over fifty international attendees.

Alumni Board - Crystal Trauner

Crystal Trauner (ME ’11)

Program Manager for Modernization • BAE Systems

Crystal Trauner is currently a Program Manager for Modernization at BAE Systems, Ordnance Systems Inc. operating out of Kingsport, Tennessee. She has been working at the Holston Army Ammunition Plant, a government-owned-contractor-operated facility as a Program and Proposal Manager since 2018 to update and modernize the aging facility built in 1941 to support WWII munition requirements.

Prior to BAE, Crystal began her career in the defense industry with Navistar in Lisle, IL in their Military Body group as a product development engineer. At Senior Flexonics in Bartlett, IL. In 2017, she became the director of project management at Bway, a packaging company located in Oak Brook, IL, where she developed an integrated project management process to ensure engineering, continuous improvement, and operational alignment in projects.

Crystal has served on the Young Alumni Council for three years. She served on the Young Professional Board for United Way Western Suburbs for 4.5 years before joining the Metro Chicago Young Professional Board. She has presented in HawkTalks and Panel Discussions and looks forward to continuing to support Illinois Tech as an alumna.

Alumni Board - Jorge Zepeda-Godinez

Jorge Zepeda-Godinez (EE ’87)

Chief Executive Officer • SOPRIS Technologies, Inc.

A global operations executive, with over thirty years of experience, Jorge has the ability to create and deliver transformative strategies and business process improvements across all aspects of tech product development and support. Jorge is recognized for his ability to create a vision, to build a strategic plan, and to build motivated, high performance teams to achieve break-through results. Jorge began his career with AT&T Bell Laboratories working in areas spanning research and development, product line business management, corporate strategy, professional services, supply chain operations, procurement, and other areas. He has led program turn-around efforts, as well as major business processes renovations, including the creation and revitalization of a global professional services delivery organization with over 35,000 employees.

In 2014 after a successful 29-year career and retirement from Alcatel-Lucent, Jorge founded SOPRIS TECHNOLOGIES, INC., a solutions and services company created to address end-to-end business challenges of technology-driven organizations across the Americas. SOPRIS offerings span consulting/transformation, solution design, and solution integration/delivery, including development centers for software and hardware. Jorge is a founding member of the Private Board Association.