The Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s (ECE) External Board of Advocates (EBA) was established in recognition of the department’s need to build strong ties with alumni, corporate, and public sector constituents. The EBA counsels the department regarding the priorities of industry and the engineering profession, and suggests courses of action to address concerns in the context of the department’s research and education goals. The purpose of the EBA is to support the ECE Department in its goal to produce superior, highly sought-after graduates and ensure the success of the department itself. The EAB holds an on-campus, one-day meeting in October each year and a teleconference in April each year.
Members of the EBA hold or have previously held high-level positions in corporate, industrial, research, government or educational institutions. Each EBA member, listed below, has indicated their willingness and availability to voluntarily assist the department and the board to execute the responsibilities of the EBA.
Dr. David Bell (Harris Corporation - Senior Scientist); Mr. Brian Brown (Aeronix - Vice President); Mr. Bruce Churchill, PE (Microsoft Corporation – Sales); Mr. Michael Budreau (Santee Cooper - Manager, Wholsale and Industrial Technical Services); Dr. Bill Clayton (Michelin - Senior Principal Research Engineer); Dr. Randall Cooper (Texas Instruments - Chief Technologist); Dr. Larry Druffel (S.C. Research Authority - Retired); Mr. Joe Guy (Xpanxion - President and CEO); Mr. Mark Hall (Freescale - Senior Member of Technical Staff); Mr. Scott Henry ( SERC Reliability Corporation – President & CEO); Mr. Milton Holcombe (Electrospace System Inc.- Co-Founder - Retired); Mr. Tycho Howle (nuBridges, Inc. – Founder and Chairman – Retired); Mr. Robert Keane (Spirit Communications - President & CEO); Dr. Todd Marek (Scientific Research Corporation - Senior Vice President); Mr. Harry Miller, Jr. (Comporium Group - Executive VP Planning & Development); Mr. Joey Simpson (Bellsouth Corporation - Retired); Mr. Noland Suddeth (Duke Energy Corporation - Director, Energy Management & Process Control Systems); and Mr. Bill Turner (S.C. Electric & Gas Company - General Manager, Electric Operations).
In fulfilling its important role for the ECE Department, the EBA
• Recommends programs and activities for electrical and computer engineering related education, and brings the industrial and public sector point of view to bear on curriculum and research projects;
• Counsels the department on matters pertaining to education, research, scholarship and service;
• Serves as a platform to analyze and discuss current educational affairs and their impact on the industral and public sectors;
• Serves as an ambassador for the department and the university by keeping other constituents informed about the progress and needs of the department;
• Aids in the recruiting of outstanding high school and community college graduates and encourages qualified bachelor's degree students to undertake graduate work through industrial fellowships and research contracts/grants; and• Leads and supports the fundraising and advancement campaigns of the department.