Industry & Educational Partnerships




Day 2, Session 1- Industry & Educational Partnerships



Roundtable Presenters

Dr. Demetris Geddis
Assistant Dean and Department Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Hampton University

Demetris L. Geddis is the Assistant Dean of the School of Engineering and Technology and the Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Hampton University.  Dr. Geddis earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Hampton University and Master of Science and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has extensive research experience in the areas of Integrated optoelectronics, Optics, Microelectronics, and Electromagnetics. He has worked as a Research and Design Engineer at Motorola and Bell laboratories. Also, he worked at NASA Langley Research Center as a NASA faculty fellow for the Nondestructive Evaluation Sciences Branch where he performed research in the area of optical fiber sensing for real time health monitoring of aerospace vehicles. Current research interests and publications are in the areas of Photonics, Optoelectronics, Microelectronics, Heterogeneous thin film integration, single-fiber bi-directional communications, optical sensing, and ring lasers. In addition, Dr. Geddis was a Research Engineer at the Georgia Tech Research Institute where he fabricated scalable multiplexed ion traps for quantum computing applications. Prior to joining HU, Dr. Geddis was an associate professor at Norfolk State University where he served as a Graduate Program Coordinator, Department Advising Coordinator, and Director of the Micro- and Nano- Technology Center Cleanroom.  Dr. Geddis serves as the Vice-Chair of the Hampton Roads Section of IEEE and as the Chair of the Photonics Society of Hampton Roads


Dr. Mark C. Johnson
Sr. Lecturer
Purdue University

Dr. Mark C. Johnson is a Senior Lecturer and the Director of Instructional Laboratories for the Elmore Family School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. After being in industry from 1983-1994, Dr. Johnson earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1998, taught at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 1998-1999, and returned to Purdue in Fall 1999. Dr. Johnson’s interests include ASIC/SoC design, design automation, and engineering education. In the school of ECE at Purdue, Dr. Johnson has been involved in a wide range of curriculum development, lecturing, laboratory instruction, and supervision of student projects. In recent years, a major focus has been on the System on Chip Extension Technologies (SoCET) team, an undergraduate focused integrated circuit design team designed to give students a design experience that is as close to industrial practice as possible.


Patrick Kane
Director, University Alliances
Infineon Technologies

Patrick Kane has been the director of Cypress University Alliance (CUA) at Cypress Semiconductor Corporation, An Infineon Technologies Company since 2006. The University Alliance Program is dedicated to partnering with academia to ensure that professors and students have access to the latest Cypress and Infineon technology for use in education and research. Before joining Cypress, Kane spent over 13 years at Xilinx in a variety of technical and marketing roles including Applications Engineering, Aerospace and Defense, Automotive, Technical Training, and directed the Xilinx University Program (XUP). Prior to Xilinx, he spent several years at both Advanced Micro Devices and Lattice Semiconductor. Dr. Kane was an affiliate professor in the CEPS department at University Of New Hampshire, Durham 2013-2016.


Jeff Omelchuck
Executive Director
Infrastructure Masons

Jeff Omelchuck is an Executive Director of Infrastructure Masons, a non-profit, professional society of technology and business leaders who represent over $150Bn in infrastructure projects in over 130 countries. The organization is guided by an Advisory Council composed of global leaders who manage some of the largest digital infrastructure portfolios in the world. iMasons has four strategic priorities –  enhance Education opportunities, champion Diversity & Inclusion, inspire Sustainability and promote Innovation and Technical Excellence. In partnership with IEC, iMasons manages a Digital Infrastructure Capstone Project introducing bachelors degree seniors at IEC schools to the digital infrastructure industry, for which Jeff is the overall program manager and one of the industry mentors. Jeff received a BS in Industrial Engineering from Montana State, an MS in Management Systems Engineering from Stanford, and spent 40 years in the tech industry.

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