|Lawrence M. Gates, Chairman
DRC Engineering, Inc.
|Civil Engineering, ‘87
Distinguished Alumni 2006
Lawrence Gates graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 1987 with a B.S. in civil engineering and completed his M.B.A. from Pepperdine in 1994. He is the President of DRC Engineering which he founded with another Cal Poly Pomona alumni, Warren Williams Jr., in 1997.DRC Engineering has 35 employees and concentrates on providing civil engineering design services for the land development community with a majority of the work being large-scale shopping centers. Gates has had a long affiliation with Cal Poly Pomona since graduating and was the College of Engineering Distinguished Alumni in 2006 and has been on the National Development Council for the last few years.
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President & CEO
Unmanned Sys. International Corp.
|Sam has held high level sales and engineering positions with Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, SAIC and VPI. Within the past 15 years, Sam has focused on building three startups, two of which were eventually acquired by major DoD firms.
Both startups developed advanced technologies that found their way quickly into deployed U.S. DoD programs including; National Counter Terrorism installations, Special Operations Command, US Navy ForceNet, US Army Test & Evaluation Command and various ACTD and JCTD such as; CINC21, PAWS, JCRE, TISC, ABA, etc.
GeoViz in particular, was an innovation that was years ahead of its time, and 10 years later, remains just as innovative and without competition. GeoViz has been successfully deployed on every US Naval Carrier in the US fleet and remains operational to this day.
Founder & CEO
|Electrical Engineering, ‘83
Ahmed is the proud founder of SIGMAnet Inc. in 1989. SIGMAnet is a leading provider of technology products, solutions and services for businesses, government, education, and healthcare. SIGMAnet is also a Cisco Gold DVAR, an Intel Channel Partner Premier member, an HP Elite Partner, a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner, a VMware Premier Partner and holds certifications with various storage partners including EMC and NetApp. He is responsible for the strategic direction of the company and leading the senior management team.
Ahmed graduated with a B.S. in computer science at Cal Poly Pomona where he earned his M.B.A. and M.S.E.E. Shortly after he had graduated he wanted to share his admiration for Information Technology by teaching at Mount San Antonio Community College from 1985-1990 while starting SIGMAnet. Ahmed recognizes the importance of the foundation for education and hopes to continue his support of it through the NDC.
Sr. Partner & Co-Founder
Pentad Design Corporation
|Engineering Technology, ‘78
Lindon Baker is currently a Senior Partner and Co-Founder of Pentad Design Corporation, a Product Development and Engineering Consulting firm specializing in Embedded Systems.
In addition, Baker has worked as an independent Embedded Systems consultant working with numerous firms in and around Orange County. He has been central to the development of many highly successful products incorporating Embedded Systems. Many products were for the medical industry where there is extensive worldwide regulation of the products, including significant requirements for performance, safety, EMC, and development processes.
Lindon is a contributing author of one textbook (Neonatal and Pediatric Pulmonary Graphics) and is listed as an inventor on several patents.
Baker graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 1978, and then began his career at the Scientific Instruments Division of Beckman Instruments as a Microprocessor Systems Specialist, a field we now know as Embedded Systems.
|Joel H. Benkie
Executive VP & COO
|Joel Benkie is executive vice president and COO of Ducommun, Inc. Ducommun provides engineering and manufacturing services to the aerospace, defense, and other industries through a wide spectrum of electronic and structural applications for commercial aircraft and military and space vehicles as well as for the energy market, medical field, and industrial automation.
Before joining Ducommon, Benkie was vice president of operations for Parker Aerospace, based in Irvine, California.
Benkie has served on the board of the College of Engineering Advisory Council for more than 10 years. In addition, the president of the university appointed Joel to the school’s National Development Council. He and his wife personally fund special scholarships for disadvantaged youth.
He received a B.S. in general management from Purdue University and a M.B.A. from Indiana University. Joel has completed numerous post-graduate courses at Harvard and the University of Chicago.
|Martin J. Colombatto
|Engineering Technology, ‘82
Distinguished Alumni 2013
Martin Colombatto is a Semiconductor Industry Executive and former chairman and CEO of Staccato Communications, a leading supplier of Ultra Wideband (UWB) silicon and software solutions. With 25 years of experience in the semiconductor and electronics industry, it is no surprise that he’s held management positions with some of the nation’s top organizations. While at Staccato Communications, Colombatto provided his expertise in engineering, strategic marketing, product development and sales.
In 1982, Colombatto earned his Bachelor of Science degree in engineering technology from Cal Poly Pomona. As a member of the NDC, he is interested in contributing to renewable energy, resource conservation and other green initiatives.
VP, Engr. for Unmanned Systems
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Sys.
|Frank Flores is vice president, Engineering, for Unmanned Systems at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, a premier provider of manned and unmanned aircraft, space systems and advanced technologies critical to our nation’s security.
Flores holds a B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California. His graduate work focused on communications systems design. Flores is also a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, Executive Program for Scientists and Engineers.
President & Majority Owner
Tower General Contractors
|Mechanical Engineering, ‘79
President & majority owner of Tower General Contractors, the company specializes in projects in education, healthcare/biomedical, entertainment, retail, industrial, government and defense industries.
The company has been responsible for some of the most complex and high profile projects in the region such as the Columbia Space Shuttle Museum, Beverly Hills City Hall, Gibson Amphitheater and Huntington Hospital. The most recent example is the completion of the LAX Theme Building, which has been completely renovated and seismically resistant.
Founder & CEO
Fruth Custom Plastics
|In 1991, James Fruth began operations of its first extruder, allowing the company the opportunity to extrude their own film. Over 20 years later, Fruth Custom Plastics is now home to over 10 extruders, multiple class 100 clean rooms, and a plethora of hand and automatic machinery, all run and operated by a “family” of dedicated and hardworking employees.
Jim’s entrepreneurial spirit and engineering expertise is the backbone of the company, that which allows Fruth Custom Plastics a wide array of capabilities to service a multitude of industries and packaging needs. Jim's education involves a B.S. industrial engineering from the University of Toledo and a M.B.A. from Pepperdine.
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Parsons Env. & Infrastructure
|Civil Engineering, ‘86
Virginia Grebbien is the president of Parsons Environment & Infrastructure (PE&I), a primary business unit of Parsons Corporation, an international engineering, construction, technical, and management services firm with more than 11,500 employees and revenues of $2.7 billion in 2010. PE&I provides customers worldwide with full-service engineering, construction, and management services in environmental, water, and sustainable energy infrastructure development.
Virginia is a registered professional engineer in the state of California, and she holds a B.S. in civil engineering from Cal Poly Pomona.
Pres., CEO & Majority Owner
|Construction Engineering Technology, ‘87
Brian Jaramillo is President of Tilden-Coil Constructors. In his first 12 years with Tilden-Coil Constructors, Inc., he managed hundreds of millions of dollars in construction projects and was a leader in production growth and service. For the past fourteen years, he has overseen and guided all company operations.
Mr. Jaramillo received his B.S. in construction engineering from Cal Poly Pomona.
|Civil Engineering, ‘74
Distinguished Alumni 2012
CEO of RBF Consulting, a company of the Michael Baker Corporation, is a publicly-traded professional service firm providing civil engineering, land surveying, planning, construction management and related services in the natural and built environment.
Founded in 1944 and located in Irvine, California, RBF’s multi-disciplinary workforce has over 500 employees located in California, Arizona and Nevada. RBF supports public and private clients in a diverse range of engagements in the urban development and infrastructure markets at every stage, from initial concept and feasibility to project completion.
Bob graduated with a B.S. in civil engineering Degree from Cal Poly Pomona, and holds a M.S.C.E. from Stanford University.
|Jack H. Kulp
Traffix Devices, Inc.
|'63 Mechanical Engineering
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ExxonMobil Chemical Company
|Chemical Engineering, ‘80
Distinguished Alumni 2011
Lynne Lachenmyer is senior vice president of ExxonMobil Chemical, located in Houston, Texas. She manages Chemical’s global basic chemicals, intermediates and synthetics businesses.
Previously, she was the vice president of the Global Aromatics and Glycol business for Mobil Chemical Company and the vice president of Operations, ExxonMobil Lubricants and Specialties Company.
Ms. Lachenmyer joined Mobil Oil Corporation in 1980. She worked for 11 years in refining positions that provided experience in the technical, manufacturing operations, planning and environmental arenas.
Lynne has a B.S. in chemical engineering from Cal Poly Pomona. She served on the Petro Stopping Center Board in1997 and 1998, the Singapore Economic Development Board in 2006 and 2007, and is a member of the National Development Council for Cal Poly Pomona.
|Dr. William H. Luebke
Div. Technical Director (SES)
Nav. Sur. War. Ctr. Corona Div., NAVSEA
|Dr. Luebke began his civil service career through appointment as a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) on January 24, 2005. Since mid-2009, he has served as the Technical Director for the Naval Surface Warfare Center Corona Division. His responsibilities encompass leading a 1,000-person civilian team in all aspects of independent performance, readiness, engineering and training assessment of a wide array of Navy and Marine Corps combat and weapons systems.
Dr. Luebke graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a bachelor's degree and the Naval Postgraduate School with a M.S.M.E.
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|David L. Mead
Sr. VP - Transmission & Distribution
Southern California Edison
|David Mead is senior vice president of the Transmission and Distribution Business Unit (TDBU) of Southern California Edison (SCE), responsible for the operation and maintenance of SCE’s electrical grid across a 50,000 square-mile service area.
Mead earned a B.S.in business administration from Cal State Long Beach, and a M.M.G. from the University of Southern California.
|Renita M. Mollman
VP & General Manager
Burns & McDonnell
|Renita Mollman is vice president of Burns & McDonnell, a full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting solutions firm that plans, designs, permits, builds and manages facilities all over the world.
She manages the Orange County and San Diego offices for the employee-owned firm, which is among the top 20 employers on Fortune magazine’s 2013 list of “Best Companies to Work For.” Under her leadership, the offices have expanded work in renewable energy technologies, environmental studies and permitting, facilities design, environmental remediation and electrical transmission and distribution.
Mollman, PE, LEED AP, has 25 years of experience in design and construction of commercial, industrial, military and aviation projects. She is a licensed professional engineer in 10 states.
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|Richard M. Morrow
VP - Engr. & Operations Staff
Southern California Gas Company
|Chemical Engineering, ‘72
Richard Morrow is vice president of Engineering and Operations Staff for Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Sempra Energy's regulated California utilities. Sempra Energy is a San Diego-based Fortune 500 energy services holding company whose subsidiaries provide electricity, natural gas and value-added products and services.
Morrow holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Cal Poly Pomona and a M.Che.E. from the University of California at Davis.
Engineering Technology, '82
Joan Robinson-Berry is vice president of the Shared Services Group (SSG) Supplier Management organization. In this role, Robinson-Berry leads the overall strategy, contracting, daily management and development of the non-production goods and services supply chain for The Boeing Company. She reports to the SSG president and is a member of the SSG Leadership Team. In addition, she serves on the Boeing Enterprise Supplier Management Leadership Team.
Prior to her current position, Robinson-Berry served as Director of Phantom Works Supplier Management for the Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) division of The Boeing Company. In this role, Robinson-Berry was responsible for implementing supplier management strategy and execution throughout the Phantom Works business, in support of the development of advanced cross-cutting concepts and technologies.
Robinson-Berry holds an M.S. in Engineering Management & Business Administration and a B.S. in Engineering. Robinson-Berry is an AIAA – Associate Technical Fellow and an African Scientific Institute Fellow.
CEO & Chairman
|Bipin Shah is the CEO and Chairman of Kovair Software a startup based in Santa Clara, Calif. with offices in India and Australia. He has been involved as a founding general partner of INC3 Ventures, a seed venture fund that he raised and managed with a partner in Silicon Valley and invested in more than 15 technology startup companies.
His prior professional experience includes being vice president of Operations for Altera Corporation, a programmable logic chip company and as president of Altera Japan at the Company’s Tokyo office. Shah has served on the boards of several Silicon Valley technology star up companies
Shah holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Jadavpur University and a M.S.E.E. from the University of Wisconsin. He is also involved with several nonprofit organizations.
Sr. VP - Corporate Risk
|Mechanical Engineering ‘75
Distinguished Alumni 2005
Mark Stevens serves as a senior vice president of Fluor Corporation, responsible for Fluor’s project risk review processes and identifying opportunities to improve our commercial approaches.
Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) provides services on a global basis in the fields of engineering, procurement, construction, operations, maintenance and project management. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Fluor is a FORTUNE 500 company.
Stevens earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Cal Poly Pomona and a M.B.A. from Cal State Fullerton.
|Jonathan Yee is the founder of Heroes Beauty, a startup company in the high growth prestige/high performance cosmetics market. Prior to this, Mr. Yee was a consultant in the professional cosmetics market.
Mr. Yee graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a B.S. in electrical engineering. In 2001 he was awarded Distinguished Alumni of The College of Engineering. Aas part of his consulting efforts he was a key participant in creating a strategic program with the CSU System. The goal of the program is to incubate new businesses from research initiatives.
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