The ISE Department receives valuable guidance from its advisory board. The board helps keep the department at the forefront of the field as well as ahead of the needs of industry. They also help to strengthen relationships with students, faculty, community, and alumni. Board members help to connect the department with industry leaders.
Advisory Board Members
- BSIE, North Carolina State University 1989
- ISE Distinguished Alumni 2018
- Vice-President of Procurement at Apple
Tony J. Blevins oversees Apple Inc’s global supply chain as Vice-President of Procurement. Since 2000, he has supervised a large international and multi-disciplined staff that has enabled innovative Apple products that include the original and all later versions of the iPhone, iPad, and iPod. Before joining Apple, Blevins held positions at IBM in engineering, finance, production control, and procurement while doing many international assignments which culminated in a role as Program Director at IBM’s development lab in Greenock, Scotland. Blevins, a native of Ashe Country, NC was an undergrad engineering co-op at Burlington Industries and earned a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from NC State University in 1989.
Larry Bowman (Past-Chair)
- BSIE, North Carolina State University 1973
- ISE Distinguished Alumni 2008
- Principal with Bowman Investments, LLC
Larry A. Bowman is a Principal with Bowman Investments, LLC, a private investment business. He is a former president of Prodelin Corporation, a satellite communications equipment manufacturing company he co-founded in 1987. Prior to that time, he was Vice President of Operations for CommScope, Inc. Larry received his BSIE degree from NC State in 1973 and completed his MBA degree from the Babcock Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University in 1983. Recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as the North Carolina Small Business Person of the Year in 1995, Larry has served in many community activities including Director and Chairman of the Board of the Catawba Valley YMCA, Catawba Valley Chamber of Commerce, Western Carolina Industries and the Catawba Valley Industrial Development Corporation among many others. He serves on the Board of Directors of the NC State Engineering Foundation as well as the Board of Visitors for the University.
- BSIE, North Carolina State University 2002
- President of Triangle Blvd
- President of Intelligancity
Damon Butler has been the President of Triangle Blvd – one of the leading digital creative services organization in the South East – for the past 10 years. He’s been known to be an articulate and effective communicator leading hundreds of video production, web development, mobile applications, and major live events.
Prior to launching Triangle Blvd, Damon worked at Lenovo as a Business Transformation Lead focused on planning, forecasting and collaboration. Prior to that he was at IBM as a Business and Marketing Analyst.
- MSC, North Carolina State University 1986
- Vice President, Business Intelligence, Research & Development at SAS
Cheryl Doninger joined SAS in 1986 and is currently Senior Director of Enterprise Computing Management in the SAS Research and Development division. As director of a large product-development group, she plays a key role in setting the company’s technical direction in providing scalable compute capabilities, including grid and cloud, as well as ensuring that SAS products meet the enterprise-class requirements of IT.
Under Cheryl’s leadership, SAS works with strategic partners to incorporate technological advances with SAS software to improve the performance and scalability of all SAS products and solutions. As a leading advocate for distributed technologies, Cheryl is a frequent speaker on grid and cloud computing, has served on several conference program committees, and has authored several technical papers on this technology area. She holds two patents related to grid computing.
Cheryl earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in Computer Studies from North Carolina State University.
- BSIE, North Carolina State University 1987
- Director of Quality Engineering, Pfizer
Candance Gingles is the Director of Quality Engineering at Pfizer. She leads a team of managers and engineers overseeing quality aspects in validation and change management activities throughout one of Pfizer’s largest manufacturing and distribution facilities.
Before joining the Quality organization, Candance experienced many disciplines often being the first or one of few women to lead each area. Her other notable roles include Plant Manager for a small molding operation of approximately $35 million of annual production and Operational Excellence Manager.
Candance is passionate about her work and always eager to mentor others, dedicating multiple hours weekly to share experiences and provide career insight to mentees at internship through manager levels.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering in 1987 from NC State University.
- Ph.D., North Carolina State University 1995
- ISE Distinguished Alumni 2019
- College of Engineering Dean, Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico
Carlos J. Gonzalez-Miranda is the Dean of the College of Engineering at Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico. He received his M.E. in Integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering in 1990 from NC State University. In 1995, Dr. Gonzalez also received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from NC State University.
From 1994-99, Dr. Gonzalez was a tenure track faculty member of the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez. In 1999, he served as Dean of the College of Business at Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico. A year later in 2000, Dr. Gonzalez became the Dean of the College of Engineering.
His research and teaching interest are in the areas of facilities design, logistics, material handling automation, and computer simulation.
- Ph.D., North Carolina State University 1992
- ISE Distinguished Alumni 2016
- President, CEO and founder, FEi Systems
Jiao Gu is the President, CEO, and founder of FEi Systems. He founded FEi in 1999, with a focus on building behavioral health IT systems and supporting various clinical research initiatives. Prior to establishing FEi Systems, Dr. Gu served as a Senior System Specialist at Mcfadden & Associates. He was also the key system architect and designer of the FAA NASDAC project, a project focused on aviation safety. Dr. Gu also facilitated several NASDAC international collaborations concerning aviation safety. He later built a similar system for the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).Dr. Gu achieved an M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering from the Northwestern Polytechnic University in Xian, China, in 1981. He was an Exchange Scholar at UMUC from 1983-1984 and earned an M.S. in Industrial and Management Engineering from Montana State University in 1989. Finally, Dr. Gu earned a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering at NC State in 1992.
- MSIE, North Carolina State University 2002
- ISE Outstanding Young Alumni 2018
- Vice President of IBM Insurance Industry
Rashida Hodge is the Vice President of IBM Watson Embed and Strategic Partnerships. The IBM Watson Group is charged with accelerating a new class of “cognitive” software, services, and apps that fuel a diverse cloud-based ecosystem of enterprises.
Prior to her current role, Rashida held numerous leadership roles across IBM where she was core to establishing sustainable business operations and end to end client and partner success.
Rashida has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering, from North Carolina State University and holds an MBA from Duke University. She is the founder of the NC State College of Engineering Foundation Real Hope for Next-Gen Engineers Endowed Scholarship.
Rashida is originally from St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands and has a passion for mentoring and giving back to her community.
- BSIE, North Carolina State University 1978
- ISE Distinguished Alumni 2017
- Owner of JWJ Energy
Jeff Johnson is the owner of JWJ Energy, providing exclusive strategic and executive consultancy to EDF Trading Ltd and EDF Inc. He recently served as Interim President, EDF Trading North America in Houston and serves the EDF Group as a board member in its CENG nuclear generation joint venture with Exelon. Johnson was one of the founding members of EDF Trading Ltd in 1999 and has been involved in a number of business development activities for the EDF Group over the years in London, Paris, and Houston.
Prior to working with the EDF Group, Johnson worked in various engineering, finance and corporate capacities at Duke Energy and business development capacities at Louis Dreyfus Corp. Independent of EDF related activities, he served on the Board of Visitors of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University and he was active in developing the Energy and Environment program within the Nicholas School. Johnson earned his BS in Industrial Engineering in 1978 from NC State University.
Gayle Lanier (Chair)
- BSIE, North Carolina State University 1982
- ISE Distinguished Alumni 2007
- Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer at Duke Energy (Retired)
Gayle S. Lanier is the senior vice president and chief customer officer for Duke Energy. Previously, she served as vice president of corporate services for Progress Energy. Prior to that, she held leadership roles at both Nortel and EMC (previously Data General Corp.).Actively involved in the community, Lanier currently serves on the board of trustees for North Carolina State University (NCSU). She established the Dwain K. and Gayle S. Lanier NCSU Scholarship Endowment in 2003 to help benefit engineering students. She received the NCSU Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award in 2008 and served as N.C. State College of Engineering Keynote Address speaker in 2005. Lanier was also one of 2009 The Network Journal’s 25 Influential Black Women in Business Award recipients and the 2011 Business Leader Women Extraordinaire recipient. Gayle received her BSIE from North Carolina State University in 1982.
- Ph.D., North Carolina State University 1975
- ISE Distinguished Alumni 2006
- Professor Emeritus in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech
Dr. Leon McGinnis is Professor Emeritus in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his MSIE and Ph.D. degrees from NC State in 1973 and 1975, respectively. Dr. McGinnis is the author or editor of eight books and more than 110 technical publications. Before retiring from Georgia Tech, he held leadership positions in the Material Handling Research Center, the Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems Program, the Manufacturing Research Center, and the Model-Based Systems Engineering Center, as well as the Eugene C. Gwaltney Professor of Manufacturing Systems. He remains active as a teacher and research investigator and is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers.
F. Scott Moody
- BSIE, North Carolina State University 1980
- ISE Distinguished Alumni 2015
- Co-founder and CEO of K4Connect
F. Scott Moody is the co-founder and CEO of K4Connect, a technology integration company focused on the emerging IoT market across several end markets. Tim received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering in 1980 and an executive MBA from the University of Florida. In addition to K4Connect, Moody is also an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the Blackstone Network, an advisor to the National Science Foundation’s ASSIST program at North Carolina State University, and a regional board member for Hope International. Previously, Moody was the co-founder, chairman and CEO of AuthenTec, the company that developed the technologies now at the foundation of the Touch ID in the Apple iOS products. Moody began his career at Harris Semiconductor, now Intersil, in 1980 where he eventually became Division VP of a $200M division before co-founding AuthenTec.
- BSIE, North Carolina State University 1988
- Director, Global Consumer Sales Development, Intel Corporation (Retired)
Patrick Murray earned his BSIE from NC State in 1988. Including his time as a co-op, he spent 30 years at Intel Corporation working as an applications engineer, managing several strategy and product planning teams, creating and managing Intel’s Global ISV Alliances Team, and closed his career managing Intel’s WW Retail Sales Development Team.
As a retiree, Patrick started volunteering for the ISE Department as an alumni-student mentor and working on special projects for the department head and the Advisory Board. In the Spring of 2020, he began serving as an Industry/Executive coach supporting ISE undergraduate students in their senior design engineering class. In addition to volunteering with the ISE Department, he serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Raleigh Charter High School, is the Vice-Chair for the Town of Cary’s Information Services Advisory Board, and is a Coach for a Miracle League of the Triangle baseball team.
Stuart Nisbet (Chair-elect)
- BSCSC, North Carolina State University 1987
- Chief Data Scientist, Cadient Talent
Stuart Nisbet is a Chief Data Scientist at Cadient Talent. Prior to this position, Stuart was the Senior Vice President, Head of R&D, at SAS. As the head of R&D, he oversaw all aspects of product research and development, monitored and assessed new technologies, and determined how best to incorporate new technologies into our products and solutions. He led a global team dedicated to delivering the highest-quality products and fostered a culture of customer-driven innovation and excellence.
Stuart believes innovation can come from anywhere. Throughout his career, he has been inspired by the innovation around him -technology, people, culture, and business partners.
- MSM, North Carolina State University 1996
- Co-founder and CEO of Dexios
- Co-founder and CEO of ServeMore
David Parker is the Co-founder and CEO of Dexios, contract development and manufacturing partner with a deep expertise in product development, manufacturing and supply chain services across a breadth of product technologies, manufacturing processes, and regulatory environments.
David is also the president and CEO of Servemore, a charitable service organization dedicated to engaging individuals to serve more often and enabling organizations to serve more people. At the same time he is a principle of Dedicated Partners, a company that capitalizes on decades of world-class operational experience to drive sustainable value creation within their Clients’ organizations.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1993 and in 1996 earned his masters in management, both from NC State University.
- BSIEFMM, North Carolina State University 1982
- ISE Distinguished Alumni 2018
- Co-founder and President of Thomas-Bain Leather, Inc. (Retired)
Brad Sullivan is the co-founder and former president of Thomas-Bain Leather, Inc., which specializes in the manufacturing of custom upholstered and leather furniture. Sullivan received his BSIE degree with a Furniture Manufacturing and Management concentration from NC State in 1982 after having received a BS in Economics & Political Science from Western Carolina University in 1979. He is a member of the W.C. Riddick Lifetime Giving Society and the NC State Alumni Association.
In 2016, he and his wife established the Brad and Anna Sullivan Family Scholarship Endowment which provides need-based scholarships to students from counties in western NC pursuing a degree in the College of Engineering, Textiles, Management, or Agriculture & Life Sciences. He is a longtime member of the Wolfpack Club and an avid supporter of all NC State athletics. His wife, Anna, and their three children are all NC State alumni.
- BSIE, North Carolina State University 1997
- ISE Distinguished Alumni 2017
- Vice President, Global Business Partner Channel Sales
Juli Trexler is the Vice President for IBM Support as a Global Business Partner Channel Sales in IBM’s Global Technology Services Division. Trexler has been with IBM for 20 years and has worked in executive and leadership roles for over 15 of those years. Her experience spans across many areas from Global Supply Chain, Manufacturing, and Logistics Operations to Engineering Management, Process Innovation, and Business Transformation. Most recently she has moved to client-facing business development and business line management. At the core, Trexler is a dynamic leader who prides herself in leading with integrity and results-driven innovation.
Trexler has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University, is a Certified Project Management Professional, and a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.