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CSTEM Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is a volunteer board to the leadership of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics, offering guidance to help the college best serve the region and the state; providing contacts with business, government and the community to advance the mission of CSTEM; and acting as an advocate on behalf of CSTEM and CSUSM. The Council also provides leadership in fundraising and development in support of CSTEM’s mission and initiatives. Members of the Council include industry professionals representing life sciences, chemistry, aerospace, electronics and information systems, as well as CSUSM faculty, alumni and parents.

The Council meets four times annually to discuss workforce trends, opportunities and initiatives. By contributing their collective knowledge, vision, experience and resources, the Council serves as ambassadors on behalf of the College, while helping CSTEM to establish priorities and chart its successful course for the future.

CSTEM Advisory Council Members

David Allen
David A. Allen
Director, Systems Engineering
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
 

Julie Ames
Julie Ames
Vice President, Corporate Communications
Biocom
 
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Paul Baca
Vice  President, Engineering
Viasat
 

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Joe Bear
Retired, Engineer
Hughes - JVC Technology Corporation

 
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Maureen (Mo) Booth
Intellectual Property Paralegal
Women's Employee Group Lead
ThermoFisher Scientific

 

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Rashmi Char
Vice President, Engineering
Qualcomm, Inc.

 
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James Cruz
Blue Shield California
 

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Merrilyn Datta
Vice President of Business Operations
Illumina
 

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Rick Fierro (Ex Officio)
Associate Dean, College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
California State University San Marcos

 

Aaron Guy

Aaron Guy
Associate Dean of Programming, Extended Learning
California State University San Marcos

 

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Michael Helé
Director of Philathropy
California State University San Marcos

 
Natalie Hosea
Natalie Hosea
Takeda California and DMPK Site Head
Takeda
 

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Paul Jackson
Scientific Director of Global Public Health
Johnson and Johnson Pharmaceuticals

 
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Dr. Wm. Randy Jungman
Citracado Dental Group
 

Avinash Karnik

Avinash Karnik
Retired, Electrical Engineer, Research Manager

 

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Cait Kelly
Community Engagement Director
CONNECT
 

Mike Lafferty

Mike Lafferty
Vice PresidentResearch and Development
Thermo Fisher Scientific

 

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Chris Marion

Senior Director, Marketing & Applications Technology
Nordson ASYMTEK Products

 

Chad Nelley

Chad Nelley
Executive Vice President of Operations
ESET

 

 

Dr. Ajay Nirula

Ajay Nirula, MD, Ph.D.
Vice President, Immunology
Lilly Research Laboratories/Lilly Biotechnology Center

 

 

Brooks Reid

K. Brooks Reid
Professor Emeritus, Mathematics
California State University San Marcos

 

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Mark Rodriguez
Staff Engineer
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc
 

Paul Sangster

Paul Sangster
Co-Founder
Rip Current Brewing Company
Retired Software Engineer

 

Steve Schlesinger

Steve Schlesinger
Retired Software Engineer, Performance Analyst

 

Vanessa Small
Vanessa Small
Director of Biologics
Cue Health
 

Sandra Thompson
Sandra Thompson
Finlayson Toffer Roosevelt Lilly LLP
 
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Jackie Trischman
Interim Dean, College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Professor, Chemistry/Biochemistry
California State University San Marcos

 

Uphemeia Uhegbu

Euphemia Uhegbu
Manager, Clinical Prior Authorization
MedImpact

 

Alex Waters
Alex Waters
Director, CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center
CONNECT
 

David Webb

David Webb
CEO, Synbal, Inc.
Adjunct Professor
Department of Integrative Structural and Computational Biology
The Scripps Research Institute

 

Peter Woytowitz

Peter Woytowitz
Director of Electrical Engineering
Hunter Industries

 

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Rika Yoshii, Ph.D.
Governance and Planning Committee Chair
Professor, Computer Science and Information Systems
Calidornia State University San Marcos