Dean's Advisory Council

COE Dean's advisory council
Collaboration at its finest: The Dean's Advisory Council making strides in Fall 2022.

The COE Dean’s Advisory Council (DAC) is comprised of executive leaders in the field from industries that hire graduates of the college. The COE DAC meets twice per year: in-person in the fall, and virtually in the spring. In addition, each department in the college has its own advisory board specific to their disciplines. The charter of the DAC is four-fold:

Members of the DAC:

  • Advise the college on updates and directions of their company and industry, and any implications for the COE
  • Serve as an ambassador for our programs in their professional circles
  • Collaborate with the COE on projects of mutual interest to advance the college
  • Support and advise us on fundraising and other resource development efforts 



In addition, the DAC is currently organized into three subcommittees, each working on special initiatives, meeting as needed outside of the plenary DAC meetings. The subcommittees are:

  • Diverse Pipeline – achieve gender, race, and ethnicity representation in student, staff, and faculty populations and an environment where all can thrive and reach potential
  • Internships – ensure all undergraduate students in the COE experience and learn from a paid internship experience in the field prior to graduation
  • Fundraising – enlist professional networks and contacts in support of fundraising mission of the college and its programs


Chair: Matt Petrime ’93, Vice President, Applied Medical
Jim Barry, Vice President Engineering Technology, Raytheon
Mike Baghramian ’66, Founder and President (retired), Bager Electronics
Susan Brennan, Chief Executive Officer, 5E Advanced Materials
Teresa Clement, Director of University & Small Business Outreach, Raytheon
Mario Cordero ’74, Executive Director, Port of Long Beach
Michael Crawford ’80, Chairman, Sukut Construction
Jennifer Didlo ’02, President (retired), AES Southland and AES Hawaii
Marwan Fawaz ’87, Former Executive Advisor, Google and Alphabet
Tom Foss, Chief Executive Officer, Griffith Company
Candance Givens ‘06, Sector Vice President Mission Assurance, Northrop Grumman
Patrick Goggin ’87, ’91, Vice President Defense Development Programs (retired), Boeing
Georgia Griffiths ’73, President and CEO, G2 Software Systems 
Mike Guidry, Director of Engineering, DENSO
Arnold Hackett ’01, Chief Financial Officer, Metrolink
Reginald I. Harrison, Director, City of Long Beach
Dan Hart, President and CEO, Virgin Orbit
Chris Hernandez ’81  Sector VP NG Next (retired), Northrop Grumman
Said Hilal, President & CEO, Applied Medical
Philip June, Vice President and Program Manager P-8 Poseidon, Boeing
Karl Kreutziger, President, C.W. Driver Companies
Ralph Larison, VP Construction Division Manager, Herzog Contracting Corporation
Borja Leon, President and Principal Engineer, D’Leon Consulting Engineers
Lynette McKinnon, Senior Director of Engineering, Boeing
Eric Nichol, President, Moffat & Nichol
Mike Niggli ’71, President and COO (retired), San Diego Gas & Electric
Kent Peterson ’86, Vice President and CO, P2S Inc
Rolando Saldañda ’92, Vice President (retired), Intel
Tom Soderstrom, Enterprise Strategist, Amazon Web Services
Erik Takayesu ’90, Senior VP Asset Strategy & Planning, Southern California Edison
Mike Tanzillo, GM Information Systems & Cybersecurity, The Aerospace Corporation
Mary Teichert, President, Teichert Construction
Mark Tokunaga, Vice President Digital Operations Technology, DreamWorks Animation
Cedric Williams ’00, Chief Safety Officer, SoCalGas

Diverse Pipeline: Jennifer Didlo, Dan Hart, Karl Kreutziger, Erik Nichol, Mark Tokunaga
Internships: Mike Crawford, Arnold Hackett, Borja Leon, Mark Tokunaga, Cedric Williams
Fundraising: Pat Goggin, Chris Hernandez