Advisory Board

Edward Tunstel, Jr.
United Technologies Research Center
Associate Director, Robotics
Dr. Edward Tunstel is an Associate Director of Robotics in the Systems Department of UTRC. He joined UTRC in 2017 after 10 years at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory where he served as a senior roboticist in its research department and as space robotics & autonomous control lead in its space department. Prior to APL he was with NASA JPL for 18 years, where he was a senior robotics engineer and group leader of its Advanced Robotic Controls Group. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from Howard University and his PhD in electrical engineering from the University of New Mexico. Dr.Tunstel maintains expertise in robotics and intelligent systems with current research interests in mobile robot navigation, autonomous control, cooperative robotics, robotic systems engineering and soft computing applications to autonomous systems. He has authored over 140 technical publications and co-edited four books in these areas. He worked on the NASA Mars Exploration Rovers mission as both a flight systems engineer responsible for autonomous surface navigation and associated V&V, and as rover engineering team lead for the mobility and robotic arm subsystems. He was involved in the daily performance assessment, planning, and operations of the Spirit and Opportunity rovers during their first four years on Mars. At APL he was recently engaged in modular open systems development efforts supporting the Navy's Advanced EOD Robotic Systems program, as well as robotics and autonomy research for future national security and space applications. He is now additionally engaged in human-collaborative robotics enabling operations within businesses spanning the aerospace and building industries, including manufacturing.
Garry Roedler
Lockheed Martin Fellow
Engineering Outreach Program Manager
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Garry Roedler is a Fellow and the Engineering Outreach Program Manager for Lockheed Martin. His systems engineering experience spans the full life cycle and includes technical leadership roles in both programs and systems engineering business functions. Garry holds degrees in mathematics education, and mechanical engineering from Temple University and the Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP) certification from INCOSE. Garry is an INCOSE Fellow, author of numerous publications and presentations, and the recipient of many awards, including the INCOSE Founders Award, Best SE Journal Article, IEEE Golden Core, Lockheed Martin Technical Leadership Award and Lockheed Martin NOVA Award. His leadership roles across many technical organizations include Chair of the INCOSE Corporate Advisory Board, steering group member for the National Defense Industrial Association Systems Engineering Division, working group chair for the IEEE Joint Working Group for DoD Systems Engineering Standardization, editor of ISO/IEC/IEEE 15288, Systems Life Cycle Processes and several other standard. He also plays a key role in the development of the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK) and the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook. This unique set of roles has enabled Garry to influence the technical co-evolution and consistency of these key resources.
Roberto Horowitz
James Fife Endowed Chair,
Director, Partners for Advanced
Transportation Technology (PATH)
Professor of Mechanical Eng
University of California,Berkeley
Roberto Horowitz (SM’89) received the B.S. degree (Hons.) in 1978 and a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering in 1983 from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1982 he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, where he is currently a Professor and the James Fife Endowed Chair. His research interests include the areas of adaptive, learning, nonlinear and optimal control, with applications to microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), computer disk file systems, robotics, mechatronics, and intelligent vehicle and highway systems (IVHS). Dr. Horowitz is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is the recipient of the 2010 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division (DSCD) Henry M. Paynter Outstanding Investigator Award.
Paul C. Hershey
Raytheon Intelligence Information and Services
Senior Engineering Fellow
Paul C. Hershey is a Principal Engineering Fellow focusing on data analytics, autonomous systems, cloud computing, and cyber security with Raytheon IIS, Dulles, Virginia. He received a Ph.D. and M.S., both in electrical engineering, from the University of Maryland, College Park, and an A.B. in mathematics from the College of William and Mary. He has published 34 patents (issued) with 5 additional patents filed and pending, and over 50 peer-reviewed technical articles. Previously, he was an adjunct professor at George Washington University where he also served on the Curriculum Advisory Board. He is an active IEEE Senior Member and now serves on technical program committees for the IEEE International Systems Conference (also on the conference steering committee) and the IEEE International System of Systems Engineering Conference (also an industrial liaison). He is also a Distinguished Lecturer for IEEE Systems Council in the area of data analytics.
Russell L. (Rusty) Roberts
Director Aerospace, Transportation & Advanced Systems Lab
Georgia Tech Research Institute
Rusty Roberts is the Director of the Aerospace, Transportation and Advanced Systems (ATAS) Laboratory at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). ATAS develops advanced systems concepts, builds system prototypes, and performs research on technologies related to aerospace, transportation, power and energy, threat systems, and food processing. A nationally recognized expert in test and evaluation, Roberts is a Past President and Executive Committee Member of the International Test and Evaluation Association. He also started and presently leads a GTRI-wide test and evaluation initiative that brought together the resources to provide Science & Technology support to the Office of the Secretary of Defense Test Resource Management Center. Mr. Roberts has also worked with U.S. government officials to establish key requirements for the testing of U.S. electronic countermeasures against surface-to-air missile threats and has been able to provide solutions developed by GTRI. He also led the efforts that developed the Missile-on-a-Mountain program at the Electronic Combat Range in China Lake, California. This one-of-a-kind simulation facility has been called a key national asset in testing electronic countermeasures against surface-to-air missile systems. The ATAS Lab is currently developing state of the art threat radar simulators for testing of 5th Generation Air Force and Navy Fighters. Roberts holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from West Point, a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from Long Island University.
Sandra Begay-Campbell
Technical Assistance Program
Sandra Begay is a Principal Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories and is a former Regent (Trustee) for the University of New Mexico. Sandra leads Sandia’s technical efforts to assist Native American tribes with their renewable energy developments. Sandra received a Bachelor of Science - Civil Engineering degree from the University of New Mexico. She worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories before she earned a Master of Science - Structural Engineering degree from Stanford University. Sandra is recognized in a book profiling women engineers, “Changing Our World: True Stories of Women Engineers." Begay-Campbell is included in the chapter "Women in Power", which describes her effort to provide electricity through solar panels and other alternative energy solutions to hundreds of remote tribal members on the Navajo Reservation. Honored with awards for her work, Sandra is a recent recipient of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society’s Life-time Achievement Award; the University of New Mexico’s 2007 Zia Alumnus Award; the 2005 UNM School of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award and she received the Stanford University 2000 Multicultural Alumni of the Year Award. She was also selected as a recipient of the Governor's Award for Outstanding Women from the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women.
Alton S. Wallace
Senior Independent Research Consultant
Dr. Alton Wallace has a B.S. in engineering mathematics from North Carolina A&T State University, an M.S. in mathematics from Pennsylvania State University, and a Ph.D. in mathematics from University of Maryland (1974). He has over 40 years of operational test experience, working initially for System Planning Corporation (SPC), supporting Army, Navy, and Air Force programs, and later for the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), supporting Army programs. Dr. Wallace develops test concepts, design specific tests, and conducts the required data analyses to insure weapons are adequately tested to support acquisition decisions.  These tests explore all aspects of system performance when used by soldiers to include stressing the performance envelope, training, logistics, operating in jamming environments and cyber security. The range of systems tested include remotely piloted air vehicles, robotic ground vehicles, communications systems, military ground vehicles, and tactical and ballistic missiles.
Julius Yellowhair
Senior Member of the Technical Staff
Sandia National Laboratories
Dr.Julius Yellowhair (Navajo), PhD, graduated with his PhD from the University of Arizona in 2007. He is currently an optical engineer and a SeniorMember of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories.
Mark Noakes
Senior R&D Staff, Robotics and Remote Systems
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Mark W Noakes, BS/MS/PE Electrical Engineering, PhD Mechanical Engineering, is a senior R&D staff member in the Manufacturing Systems Research Group at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and also Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering, at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. His areas of interest and expertise include robotics & remote systems (force-reflecting tele operated and tele robotic manipulation), mechatronics, instrumentation and controls, additive manufacturing/3D printing, mentoring engineering students, and participating in local STEM activities to encourage grade school and high school students to pursue technical careers. Past research sponsors have included the Department of Energy’s Robotics Technology Development Program and Robotics Crosscutting Program (primarily decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) of contaminated nuclear facilities), DARPA (Trauma Pod remote surgery), and ONR (Bluefin manipulators). Noakes has also participated in International Atomic Energy Agency/US State Department training courses in robotics and remote systems for nuclear D&D. Noakes is a member of IEEE, SAE, ASME, and is a past chair of the American Nuclear Society Robotics and Remote Systems Division. Noakes has more than 60 publications consisting of conference papers, journal articles, and reports.
Dr. Alexander Eksir
Vice President of Quality & Mission Success
Dr. Alexander Eksir is a recognized industry leading change agent, who creates a new reality while achieving results through dynamic organizational leadership, maximizing human capital and process excellence. Eksir has a proven track record in developing long terms strategy and translation into implementation roadmap driving results in operational excellence and customer satisfaction. He cultivates personal accountability alignment from factory to boardroom, and leads with ethics, integrity, courage, conviction, and compassion. Eksir has more than 38 years industry experience including 30 years of executive leadership in the aerospace, telecommunications equipment manufacturing and biomedical industries. Currently, he is serving as Vice President of Quality & Mission Success for a top global aerospace defense contractor. Over his career, he has served as vice president and general manager for global fortune 500 companies in functional, operational and business management capacities. Dr. Eksir earned his bachelor’s degree in technical and creative design from Accademia Di Belle Arti Di Firenze, as part of the University of Florence systems, Italy, and his master’s degree in business administration from National University, San Diego, CA. He earned his Doctor of Management (D.M.) at Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Business. He holds a Black Belt and Master Black Belt in Six Sigma from the Juran Institute. In April 2004, the Juran Institute honored him with the title of Executive Master Black Belt for his continuous Six Sigma contributions, which have attained significant business results. Furthermore, he is a certified Program Manager from Defense Acquisition University and a graduate from a two-year executive development program by Mahler. A world traveler who speaks four languages, Dr. Eksir advocates cultural diversity, inclusive thinking, and mentorship.
Bijan Sayyarrodsari
Manager - Research & Development Center
Strategic Development
Rockwell Automation
Dr. Bijan Sayyarrodsari manages Rockwell’s research and development center that focuses on advanced model-based analytics in support of Rockwell Automation’s business units worldwide. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1999. He has been involved in design, development, and field testing of advanced performance monitoring, control, and optimization solutions in a wide-range of industrial applications for more than 15 years. His primary interests focus on data-driven, self-learning analytics engines with applications in diagnostics and integrated optimization and control for manufacturing industry.
Daniel DeLarentis
Department of Aerospace Engineering
Purdue University
Daniel DeLaurentis is a Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University, where he leads Purdue's Center for Integrated Systems in Aerospace (CISA) and the affiliated Systems of Systems Laboratory. In 2017, he was appointed Director of the new Institute for Global Security and Defense Innovation in Purdue's Discovery Park.
His primary research interests are in the areas of problem formulation, modeling and robust system design and control methods for aircraft systems and systems-of-systems (SoS). His research is conducted under grants from NASA, FAA, Navy, the DoD Systems Engineering Research Center UARC, and the Missile Defense Agency. Research results have been widely disseminated in the technical literature including the Journal of the Astronautical Sciences, AIAA Journal of Aircraft, several Transportation Research journals, Engineering Optimization, and in various archival publications of the IEEE. Dr. DeLaurentis is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and served as Chairman of the AIAA's Air Transportation Systems (ATS) Technical Committee from 2008-2010.
Since 2014, he has been serving as the Deputy Director of the Aircraft and Atmospheric Systems Group within AIAA's Technical Activities Committee. He also served as Co-Chair of the System of Systems Technical Committee in the IEEE System, Man, and Cybernetics Community and is Associated Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, Cybernetics-Systems Journal. Dr. DeLaurentis is a Fellow of CERIAS (Purdue's Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security), 2012. In 2011, he and his team received the Boeing Performance Excellence Award for funded research under DARPA META program and in 2012 he received the CT Sun School of Aeronautics and Astronautics Excellence in Research Award, the School's highest honor for research.