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External Advisory Board (EAB)

MATE's External Advisory Board (EAB) is composed of representatives from industries, entrepreneurships, and education. The sectors our EAB members represent include aerospace, biomedical engineering, design, education, microelectronics, non-profits, and sustainable/renewable energy.  Many members are also MATE alumni.

EAB members help keep us up to date on current and future needs our students will face when they start their careers. They provide advice and counsel in such matters as curriculum and long-term planning for needs our graduates can be better prepared to address. EAB members also share their expertise with our students and offer informal mentoring when they come to campus twice a year for board meetings.

Please note that we are still building this table of information about our EAB members.

Board Members title Company sector
Aaron Guerrero Design Engineer


Alan Brown  Director Metallic Materials  Aerojet Rocketdyne Aerospace 
Alan Pelton  CTO  G Rau  
Bill Bellows  Associate Fellow and Lead Aerojet Rocketdyne  Aerospace
Brad Roberts  Senior Vice President Xinova  Investing
Darin Grandfield  Superintendent of Operations and Technical Services Phillips 66 Energy
David F. Taggart  VP Products Ironridge, Inc.  Solar
Drew Felker  CEO Trutech Energy Energy
Greg Vilioria Assistant Facility Director Nichols Research  
Joseph Wright Materials Engineer  US Government Aerospace
Juan Cepeda-Rizo Lead Thermal Engineer Jet Propulsion Laboratory - NASA Aerospace
Lisa Ballou Staff Engineer and Business Manager Nitinol Devices and Components  
Matthew Anderson Materials Engineer  Chevron Energy
Melody Golobic  Materials Engineer Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory  
Penny Iwanasa  Senior Staff Engineer Intel Corporation Semiconductors/Microelectronics
Ronnie Pierce  Manager of Facility and Inventory Planning USS-Posco Industries Manufacturing 
Scott Harmel Vice President, Operations AGIGA Tech   
Scott Miner Department Coordinator/Welding Technology Las Positas College Education
Steve Tunick  Senior Manager, Engineering  Raytheon Company  


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