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Executive Advisory Board Committee 2017


Babek Beheshti  BABAK BEHESHTI
 Associate Dean and Professor
 New York Institute of Technology


Babak D. Beheshti is the Associate Dean and Professor of the School of Engineering, New York Institute of Technology; where he has served since 1987. Babak's areas of interest include wireless sensor networks, embedded real time systems, wireless and cellular systems, and digital signal processing. Babak has over 20 years of experience in R&D for embedded systems and wireless technology industry, where he has successfully managed joint R&D programs with many Asian, European and US companies including Siemens Mobile, Nokia, Samsung, KDDI and LG.
Babak has been an active member of IEEE since 1991 having held positions at section, region and major board levels. He is currently member of Publication Services & Products Board of IEEE, as well as Region 1 Student Activities Chair.
Babak is the recipient of the 2014 IEEE, MGA Leadership Award: For dedicated leadership in serving IEEE members at the Section, Region, USA, and global levels, and for contributing significantly towards achieving the goals of the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities Board; the IEEE Millennium Medal; the IEEE Long Island Section Athanasios Papoulis Outstanding Educator Award; and three IEEE Region 1 Awards, including 2008 IEEE Northeastern Region Technical Innovation Award "For Providing Technical Leadership in the Development of State-of-the Art Reconfigurable Wireless Technologies".


 Peter Gollon  PETER GOLLON
 Long Island Power Authority


Peter Gollon earned his Ph.D. in nuclear physics from Columbia University in 1969. He then started working at what was to become Fermilab, the world's largest high energy physics research laboratory outside of Chicago; first participating in the design of the laboratory and ultimately becoming responsible for radiation safety at the 2000 person, 10 square mile laboratory.

He moved to Long Island in 1979, and for some years split his time between Brookhaven National Laboratory and a family business before devoting himself to just the latter. After retiring in 2007 he decided to put his science and business background to use through activism focused on climate change and renewable energy, and was Energy Chair for the Long Island Sierra Club from 2009 through 2016. In April 2016, Dr. Gollon received the "Environmental Vision for Sustainable Development" award from the Long Island Progressive Coalition.

He resigned his Sierra Club position when he was appointed one of nine trustees of the Long Island Power Authority.


 Serpil Guran  SERPIL GURAN 
Rutgers EcoComplex "Clean Energy Innovation Center"


Serpil Guran is the Director of Rutgers EcoComplex "Clean Energy Innovation Center". She also manages the new RutgersX "EcoIgnite: Clean Energy Proof of Concept Center and Accelerator" program. Her responsibilities include management of the EcoComplex operations, programs, business incubator and facilities, as well as providing vision and leadership in establishing the EcoComplex as a center for the commercialization of environmental and clean energy technologies. Her teachings include "Sustainability Decision Tools" and "Introduction to Bioenergy technologies". She also teaches a Critical Thinking course that uses the Food- Energy- Water- nexus as an application study. She has a courtesy teaching affiliation with the Rutgers University Plant Biology Program.

Dr. Guran is a chemical engineer and further trained in thermochemical conversion (pyrolysis and gasification) of biomass and waste materials for production of fuels and chemicals. She specializes in research, development and assessment of sustainable biofuel and recycling technologies, and life cycle analysis of clean energy systems and clean fuel production systems. Currently, she is working on the synergy of the Food-Energy-Water Nexus and Waste by promoting integration of organic waste into the development of a closed-loop bio-economy model.


Corrinne Graham  CORRINNE GRAHAM
Graham International Consulting and Research, NYS MWBE



Dr. Graham, WE NYC Mentor, recipient of LIBN Diversity in Business Awards and MWBE, is a highly accomplished speaker, trainer and management consultant to small and start-up businesses. Dr. Graham of GRAHAM International Consulting and Research (GICaR), is a small business specialist with nearly two decades of experience across a diverse spectrum of businesses, with revenues ranging from $20m to $500m. Dr. Graham appearances and articles include, Huffington Post, WLIW 21, Newsday, LIBN, CBS 1010 Win, Fios1-Money, Main Street, and several other noteworthy news and media channels.

Dr. Graham has developed the CDP Model from her published research of 'Profitability and Cultural Diversity, 2012. Dr. Graham's portfolio includes over 15 Research, Development and Commercialization projects, including three (3) Workforce Development and Educational Programs. Dr. Graham has worked with and trained thousands of individuals ranging in ages 14-74; (Gamers, Millennials, XYers, Boomers).

Educational liaison: Farmingdale State College, Stony Brook University, and University of the West Indies-Institute for Sustainable Development.


John Schmidt  JOHN SCHMIDT
 VP of IT
 Support and Logistic at Eckoh



John Schmidt is the VP of IT, Support and Logistic at Eckoh, where he has been employed since 2003.

John began his technology career while in still in High School, assembling and troubleshooting computers at a local computer store. After graduating, John pursued a career as an Electronic Technician.

John attended Nassau Community College earning an A.A.S in Electronic Technology, Suma Cum Laude. John was then employed as an Engineering Technician at Sperry in Great Neck, where he worked in the Advance Research and Development Labs as a member of the R&D teams, working on proof of concept projects such as the North Warning Short Range Radar, Micropuff Passive Sonar.

While at Sperry he studied at Hofstra University at night where he earned his BSEE and was named as the Outstanding Senior Scholar.

John is a Senior Member of the IEEE and served as the 2014 Section Chairman. He has been the Assistant Webmaster for the last 7 years, and vTools Chair since 2012. He has served on the 2014-2017 CEWIT conference committee, and on the 2015-2017 LISAT conference committee. He has also been a member of the Awards Banquet committee since 2013, and of the Awards Committed since 2016.

John is also active in the Boy Scouts, having serving in a multitude of positions since 2000. He is currently an Assistant Scoutmaster for a Boy Scout Troop, an Associate Advisor to a Venture Crew, a Unit Commissioner, and a Counselor for technology related Merit Badges.


 Liaison Office for the UAS7


Britta Schumacher is Director of Liaison Office for the UAS7 (Seven German Universities of Applied Sciences) Alliance in New York. Before joining UAS7 from the New York Office in February 2014, Britta worked as Program Coordinator and Student Advisor for the CUNY Start Program at Hostos Community College (City University of New York) as well as an Academic Event Coordinator in Washington DC. Before moving to the U.S., Britta finished her PhD in Sociology at the Graduate School of North American Studies at the John F. Kennedy Institute (Freie Universität Berlin)


 Kamal Shahrabi  KAMAL SHAHRABI
 Electrical & Computer Engineering Technology
 Farmingdale State College


Dr. Kamal Shahrabi received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ, in 1983, the M.E. Degree in Electrical Engineering from City College in New York, New York, NY, in 1985 and M. Phil. and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from City University Of New York, New York, NY, in 1992. Kamal Shahrabi is a Dean of School of Engineering Technologies and Professor of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology. He has been a professor in the Technology Department at Kean University of New Jersey since 1986-2007 and has been a Chairperson of the department since September 1998-2007. Dr. Shahrabi has published several papers in various areas of Communication, Robot Tracking in Space, Wireless Communication, Impact of Globalization of Advanced Telecommunication Technologies in Developing Countries, and High Speed Optical Satellite Communication and Femtosecond Pulse Shaping. Dr. Shahrabi has several years of experience in the areas of digital signal processing, space tracking, communication and satellite control systems while doing research at City University of New York for NASA.

In addition, he has worked as a Visiting Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department with Institute Teknologi Tun Hussein Onn, Parit Raja, Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia and he developed an engineering curriculum with DSP specialization for the institute (ITHO) during his stay.

His research interests are in the fields of Digital Signal Processing Algorithms, Spread Spectrum, nanotechnology, and Wireless Communication Systems.


Jim Smith 


 Director, Advanced Energy Center
 Assistant Vice President, Economic Development
 Stony Brook University