Mentoring: Lessons Learned and Best Practices



Roundtable Commenters

Dr. Cynthia Furse
Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Utah

Dr. Cynthia Furse is Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Utah.  Dr. Furse is a Fellow of the IEEE and the National Academy of Inventors.  Her technological innovations and patents include development of a system to locate intermittent electrical faults on aging aircraft wiring, with which she founded a successful spin off company, LiveWire Innovation.  She is also a pioneering researcher in the development of telemetry antennas for medical implants, and fast methods for predicting the statistical variation in bioelectromagnetic applications. 

Dr. Furse teaches freshman circuit design, and has prevoiusly taught electromagnetics, wireless communication, computational electromagnetics, microwave engineering, and antenna design. She is a leader in the flipped classroom teaching method.  She has received numerous teaching and research awards including the 2009 IEEE Harriett B. Rigas Medal for Excellence in Teaching. She is a Fellow of the IEEE and the National Academy of Inventors. She was the Associate VP for Research at the University of Utah from 2009-2019.



Charles D. McCurry
Associate Professor
Tennessee State University

Charles D. McCurry is an Associate Professor at Tennessee State University (TSU) in the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department and joined in 2015. He obtained his B.S. (1995) in EE, M.E. (2005) in EE and Ph.D. (2011) degree in Computer Information and Systems Engineering from TSU. From 2011 - 2015, He worked as a system and control engineering consultant employed by Booz Allen Hamilton with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). His research interest include Human and Machine Teaming, Human System Integration, Decision-Making Architectures, Intelligent Control Systems, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Applications, and Cognitive Workload Assessment. He is certified as an Associated System Engineering Professional (ASEP) by the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and on the INCOSE Huntsville Regional Chapter, Board of Directors as the academic advisor. At TSU he is the advisor for the INCOSE student division, and Rho Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.


Umer Yousafzai
Senior Group Director Product Engineering
Cadence Design Systems

Passionate, value-driven senior product engineer/manager with 25+ years of experience leading, hiring and assembling cross-functional teams to plan, build, launch and manage ASIC verification products within the semiconductor industry.   Umer is an expert in constrained random, coverage and metric driven verification methodologies such as use of SystemVerilog/UVM dynamic testbenches, Metric-Driven Verification and Register-Transfer-level/Gate-level system-verification methodologies.  Umer currently leads Product Engineering team WW for all Cadence digital and system verification products focusing on customer engagement with simulation, formal, emulation, latest VIP protocols, and verification planning and management tools to deliver industry leading verification throughput solution for our customers.   Umer has a BSEE with concentration in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and MBA in Finance from Rutgers University.




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