Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science
Dean's Advisory Board
Board Members as of May 1, 2017
John D. Cameron, P.E.
100 Sunnyside Blvd
Woodbury, NY 11797
Castagna Realty Co.
2110 Northern Blvd.
Manhasset, NY 11030
Michael P. Delaney '85
Vice President Digital Transformation
Boeing Commercial Airlines
P.O. Box 3707
Seattle, Washington 98124
James K. Donaghy '89
9th Floor 770 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
Joseph Heaney III
16 Spring Street
Oyster Bay, NY 11771
Cyrus Izzo, P.E.
Syska Hennessy Group
1515 Broadway 15th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Bruce A. Lister '98
1976 Oakmere Dr.
Baldwin, NY 11510
James Nolan '06
Executive Vice President
Inter Digital Communications Corp.
2 Huntington Quad
4th Floor South Wing
Melville, NY 11747
Dr. Ronald Piervincenzi '93
12601 Twinbrook Pky
Rockville, MD 20852
Vice President on Information Technology
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
25 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036
President and Chief Executive Officer
67B Mountain Boulevard Extension
Warren, NJ 07059
Paul R. Saueracker '78
Chief Executive Officer
1728 Sycamore Ave
Merrick, NY 11566
Shila Shah-Gavnoudias, P.E.
Nassau County Department of Public Works
1194 Prospect Ave.
Westbury, NY 11590
Dr. Gerard Sleefe '82
Cybersecurity, Advanced Technologies
Casimir S. Skrypczak '70
Senior Vice President (Retired)
Managing Director, Real Estate Executive
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
237 Park Avenue - 12th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Chris Wacker '76
Chief Executive Officer
3545 Long Beach Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90807
Director of Mission Critical Engineering
CS TechnologiesArkwin Industries
Sr. Vice President
John D. Cameron, Jr., P.E.
John Cameron is the Founder and Managing Partner of Cameron Engineering & Associates, LLP. The firm is in its thirty-third year of business, specializing in consulting engineering and planning, serving the public and private sectors. An engineering graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, Mr. Cameron also holds a Master's Degree in Environmental Science from Long Island University and has an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Molloy College. Mr. Cameron serves on numerous boards including those of civic, professional and educational organizations, including the Long Island Regional Planning Council, where he serves as Chairman; the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, the Hofstra University and Stony Brook University Engineering Schools, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association and others. Throughout his career, Mr. Cameron has been recognized many times for his professional achievements and contributions to society. Mr. Cameron has diverse personal interests including sports, surfing, music, art, travel, reading, writing, and politics. He and his wife Loretta, reside in Rockville Centre as do their two married children, and grandsons, Jack and Will. His favorite time is spent anywhere with his family, but most especially at the beach.
Frank Castagna and his wife, Rita, are principals of Castagna Realty Company. After receiving his degree in civil engineering in 1950, Frank joined his father's successful construction company, Gerace and Castagna Inc., as an assistant field engineer. In 1955 the property now known as Americana Manhasset was purchased, and in 1965 the firm's name changed to Castagna and Son, Inc. Frank eventually took the reins, steering the company toward continued growth. He subsequently led the company's strategic shift in focus, beginning in the1980's, to the development and management of quality real estate properties under the banner of Castagna Realty Company.
Frank and Rita have always been and continue to be involved in many charitable endeavors. Frank is Chairman Emeritus of the Council of Overseers for Tilles Center for the Performing Arts and is currently Executive Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Nassau County Museum of Art. He is a member of the Board of The American Jewish Committee, New York, and North Shore Land Alliance. Long Island University awarded Frank an honorary doctorate degree in humane letters and he has received an honorary doctorate degree of law from Touro College. In 2013 Frank was presented with the Spirit Award by the New York Mets at Citifield on Korean Heritage Night and in 2014 he received the prestigious National Human Relations Award from the AJC.×
Mike Delaney was named the vice president of Digital Transformation in September 2017. In this newly defined role, Delaney leads the focus on enabling a digital thread across Commercial Airplanes’ development and production programs to drive a connected flow of engineering data through the production system and across the in-service fleet of Boeing airplanes. Delaney is driving a focus on enabling a digital thread through model-based engineering. Additionally, Delaney provides cross-functional business architecture leadership to improve data capture and data analytics insights that support “digital smart factory” workflow simplification and realignment as well as machine learning optimization to improve cost of quality and rework.
Delaney is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board. He earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Hofstra University in 1985 and a Master of Business Administration from the École Supérieure de Commerce de Toulouse in 2001.×
James K. Donaghy
James K. (Jim) Donaghy is Executive Chairman of the Structure Tone Organization, a $4 billion construction services firm headquartered in New York City. In 2015, the company was ranked no. 15 on Engineering News Record's (ENR's) Top 400 Contractors List. The Structure Tone Organization includes Structure Tone, Inc.; Structure Tone Southwest, Inc.; Structure Tone (UK), Inc.; Govan Brown; Pavarini Construction Co., Inc.; Pavarini McGovern, LLC; and L.F. Driscoll Company, LLC. These companies collectively employ over 1,800 professionals and have offices throughout the US, Canada, England, Ireland and Asia. Jim learned the business from the bottom up, holding various positions in operations, estimating, and management of the STI regional offices, and leadership of the executive team for the past 18 years. Jim spearheaded the creation of a new Board of Directors in 2014 to ensure the right governance, audit, compliance systems, and reporting were in place throughout the global organization. A dynamic and creative leader, Jim personifies the entrepreneurial spirit that is a hallmark of Structure Tone. He plays a key leadership role in setting the strategic direction of this international organization and spearheads innovation within the firm to both better serve his clients and provide an enhanced workplace for Structure Tone employees. When he is not taking on the role of Project Principal for some of our high profile pursuits, projects and accounts, he is typically working alongside the management teams and working on strategic plans to ensure a sustainable growth plan for STO. One of Jim's passions is developing future leaders. He has championed the implementation of development and training programs, and is also the driving force behind Structure Tone University (STU). STU is a dynamic internal education and development resource to help define STO career paths and hone both technical and soft skills. Jim is a graduate of Hofstra University with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, and has completed the Columbia Business School Senior Executive Program (CSEP). Jim resides in Old Tappan, NJ, with his wife and son.
Joseph M. Heaney III
Joe Heaney is the owner and principal of Walden Environmental Engineering, PLLC, a civil/environmental engineering consulting firm headquartered in Oyster Bay, New York, with regional offices in East Moriches, NY, Brewster, NY, and Burnt Hills, NY. Since forming Walden Environmental Engineering in 1995, Mr. Heaney has grown Walden with the primary goal to provide professional engineering, environmental compliance and hydrogeologic consulting services. He has skillfully used his 30 years' experience in the industry to continuously fulfill clients' needs based on the principles of integrity, professionalism, cost effective services, trust, social responsibility, and profitability. Mr. Heaney has designed soil and groundwater remediation systems and water and wastewater treatment systems. He has extensive background in the design of corrective action projects with failed storage tanks - both under and above ground - and has taught seminars on state and federal UST regulations. He has done six UST installation projects for the Town of Hempstead, NY. He has extensive experience managing NYCRR Part 360 Permit negotiations and Consent Order Terms and Conditions. Mr. Heaney is an expert in health and safety issues and has taught yearly, 8-hour refresher, 40-hour, Supervisors HASP, and confined space courses and conducted orientation training for project site workers. In addition, he has served as site safety officer for large-scale HAZWOPER applicable projects and serves as Walden's Corporate Health and Safety Officer. Mr. Heaney has a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Lafayette College and a Master's degree in Environmental Engineering from Manhattan College. He is a Professional Engineer licensed to practice in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, as well as Certified Safety Professional (CSP) with over 30 years of experience in the complex regulatory framework which governs facility operations. In addition to serving on Hofstra's Dean's Advisory Board, Mr. Heaney serves on Lafayette's Career Services Advisory Board and has sponsored over 75 externs for them since 1987. He is also a mentor for engineering students at Manhattan College. Mr. Heaney is an avid cyclist, hiker and skier.
Cyrus Izzo, PE
Cyrus Izzo, as Co-President of Syska Hennessy Group, leads one the world's leading engineering firms, with more than 500 professionals across 16 offices. He joined Syska in 1993 as an electrical engineer from Ammann & Whitney, became co-president in 2007. He has overseen the expansion of the firm's capabilities into consulting, information and communications technology; overseen geographic expansion into new offices in Dubai and Shanghai; codified best engineering practices; and established a collaborative and diverse management team to lead the firm's future growth. In 2005, he established Syska's first global practice, Critical Facilities, which has become a world class business unit, designing core systems for some of the world's most important data centers and trading floors. He continues to be a hands-on leader, overseeing several of the firm's key client relationships and projects with organizations such as JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft, The Mount Sinai Hospital and Morgan Stanley. Mr. Izzo holds a BSEE from Manhattan College, and is a licensed professional engineer in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Michigan, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. He is a member of Syska's board of directors, responsible for long-term growth and corporate governance of the privately held firm, which was founded in 1928. Additionally, he serves on the boards of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), New York Building Congress, 7×24 Exchange International and ACE Mentor Program of New York.
Bruce A. Lister
Bruce A. Lister was born in Brooklyn, NY, and was educated in the Baldwin public schools, where he and his wife, Doris, presently reside. He studied Chemical Engineering at both Lafayette College and Columbia University, earning B.S. and M.S. degrees from the latter. He also studied naval electronics at Bowdoin College and M.I.T. He served as an electronics officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II with duty in the United States, Western Pacific area, and Japan.
Dr. Lister was employed by General Foods (1943-1962) in various positions from research laboratory technician through Divisional Research Manager. He worked for Nestle Foods Corporation from 1962 through 1989, retiring as Vice President of Corporate Affairs. He continued serving as a Consultant to Nestle for several years. He had been responsible for external matters affecting Nestle, including Regulatory and Government Affairs, consumer, community and media contacts, as well as crises management, and product recall situations. Dr. Lister also served (1989-1993) as Executive Director of the Tea Association of the U.S. - a group of about 125 corporations in the U.S. and abroad who were involved in the production, shipping, packaging and marketing of tea. Dr. Lister worked with NASA on space feeding and provided food products for each of the early American-manned space flights, including Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Space-Lab and Space Shuttle flights. He assisted the United Nations in developing numerous worldwide food standards through its Codex Alimentarius Commission. He has authored technical papers, and is the holder of several patents in the food formulation and processing field.
In addition to his professional career, Dr. Lister was Chairman of the Nassau County Board of Health for over 30 years (1975-2005); Hofstra University bestowed an Honorary Doctorate Degree upon Bruce; Nassau County selected him as Senior Citizen of the Year for 2000; and Dr. Lister is listed in Who's Who in Science and Engineering; Who's Who in the East, Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World.×
James J. Nolan
James Nolan is InterDigital's Executive Vice President, InterDigital IoT Solutions. As head of InterDigital IoT Solutions, Mr. Nolan is responsible for all InterDigital Internet of Things initiatives, including; research and development, standardization, commercial development and deployment of cloud based IoT solutions.
Since joining InterDigital in 1996, Mr. Nolan has held a variety of engineering and executive management positions, including serving as the company's senior engineering officer from 2006 through 2013. Serving as InterDigital's Executive Vice President, Research and Development, from 2009 through 2012, and then as head of InterDigital Labs in 2013. In those roles, Mr. Nolan led InterDigital's research and development teams, overseeing the development of standards-based technology as well as next generation technology initiatives, including advanced wireless solutions, machine-to-machine – Internet of Things technologies, video and bandwidth management technologies for Wi-Fi®/cellular networks. Before assuming his current role, Mr. Nolan led InterDigital Solutions from 2014 through 2015 where he was responsible for advancing a broad suite of market-ready technologies towards commercialization, as well as establishing and developing strategic business relationships and identifying potential new business opportunities. Prior to leading the engineering, R&D, Labs, and Solutions organizations, he led technology and product development of modems, protocol software and radio designs for multiple wireless standards. Mr. Nolan is currently a board member of Convida Wireless a Sony – InterDigital joint venture for Internet of Things technology development. He served as a board member EvoNexus, a San Diego based member supported non-profit technology incubator from 2012 through 2016. Mr. Nolan also serves as co-chair of the Dean's advisory board for Hofstra University's School of Engineering and Applied Science. He is also a member of Energeia, a Long Island based regional stewardship program sponsored by Molloy College. Mr. Nolan earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from NYU Tandon School of Engineering - Polytechnic Institute, and an Executive Master of Business Administration from Hofstra University. Jim is lifelong Long Island resident who currently resides in Centerport with his wife Joanne and two children, Joseph and Shannon.×
Ronald T. Piervincenzi
Ronald Piervincenzi, Ph.D., was appointed Chief Executive Officer of United States Pharmacopeia on February 1, 2014. For 12 years Dr. Piervincenzi was a partner and leader in McKinsey & Company's Global Pharmaceutical and Medical Products Practice where, among other responsibilities, he launched McKinsey's global drug safety, medical and regulatory service line. Most recently, as a VP in Development Sciences with Biogen Idec, he launched a new group (Value-Based Medicine) focused on applying tools and technologies of personalized medicine to the multiple sclerosis disease area. Dr. Piervincenzi earned his M.S. and Ph.D. from Duke University in Biomedical Engineering, with research focused on protein engineering. He is the founder of multiple non-profits in the community service and scientific spaces including serving currently as Board Chair for the Newark Mentoring Movement.
Michael A. Petosa
Michael Petosa is vice president of information technology at the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Mr. Petosa provides leadership for the development of an innovative, robust, and secure information technology environment at ANSI. He is responsible for a broad range of strategic technology issues, IT governance and policy, resources and budget, delivery of IT services and infrastructure, information security, enterprise and cloud solutions, and end-user support. Mr. Petosa joined ANSI in 2004 as director of information technology, bringing with him twenty three years of experience in systems design, engineering, and business management, and in 2008 he was named vice president of information technology. Prior to his arrival at ANSI, Mr. Petosa was chief technical officer at Pencom Systems, Inc, and director of management information systems at Career Blazers. Earlier in his career, he was an electrical engineer at Bell laboratories where he designed microprocessor based communication terminals, a systems engineer at AT&T Information Systems where he designed large scale communication systems for commercial use, and a senior partner and vice president of a privately held wholesale distribution firm in New York City. He was an active member of the Information Technology Strategy Implementation Group (ITSIG), an advisory group to the ISO Council, is an active participant in the ISOurce Project representing the United States, and he sits on the Information Technology Strategic Advisory Group to the ISO Council, representing the United States. Mr. Petosa holds both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York.
John A. Sartor, P.E.
John Sartor is President and CEO of PS&S, a multi-discipline engineering and architectural firm providing services in six major market sectors: Real Estate, Science and Technology, Education, Energy Utilities, Health Care and Infrastructure. In each of these sectors, Mr. Sartor has played a key role in delivering some of the region's most successful large-scale mixed use development projects.
Mr. Sartor leads the PS&S Executive Management Committee, which is responsible for the overall growth and welfare of the organization. With its integrated planning and design services, PS&S is focused on becoming the region's single source for architectural and engineering excellence. He is proud to celebrate 55 years in business, with over 15 years of business on Long Island.×
Paul R. Saueracker
Paul Saueracker was born in New York City and is a graduate of the New York City public schools including Hunter College of the City University of New York where he received a BA in Geology. He received a MS in Geology from the University of Kansas. In addition he earned an MBA in Marketing from Hofstra University. Mr. Saueracker was also a Lieutenant in the US Navy where he served as a Naval Aviator during the Vietnam War including two deployments to Vietnam. After his military service, Mr. Saueracker joined Minerals Technologies Inc. and enjoyed a 36 year career of increasing responsibilities culminating as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer for the final six years of his tenure before retiring in 2007. Mr. Saueracker and his wife Nancy have three adult children and six grandchildren.
Shila Shah-Gavnoudias, P.E.
Shila Shah-Gavnoudias is a licensed professional engineer with twenty (20) years of experience in the Civil Engineering field. She earned her Master of Science degree in Engineering Management and Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Polytechnic University. She is a LEED Accredited professional. She began her career working as a Civil Engineer for Shah Associates, a business started by her father, which provided full service engineering and related services to the tri-state area for 22 years. She worked on projects in various disciplines of engineering including site/civil design, structural design, construction and bridge inspection, as well as land surveying. From 1999 through 2009, she was a Project Manager for a local engineering firm. She broadened her experience in the field of civil design for the various municipalities within Long Island, as well as New York City, its boroughs and Westchester. Projects primarily included roadway improvements, drainage design, intersection improvements, traffic calming, and various airport infrastructure improvements. As Commissioner of the Department of Public Works, Shila oversees a department consisting of the divisions of planning, engineering, construction, and real estate, including the oversight of the NICE bus operations within Nassau County. The Department of Public Works is responsible for maintenance and operations related to country roads, buildings, vehicles, and other facilities, and oversees five engineering units devoted to the major branches of civil engineering work.
Gerry Sleefe, Ph.D.
Gerry Sleefe is an independent technology consultant and president of Technology Vectors, LLC, where he specializes in best practices for technology management. He also serves as a Senior Advisor for the Chertoff Group, where he consults on cybersecurity and security-related technologies. Dr. Sleefe holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a Bachelor of Engineering Science degree from Hofstra University. Dr. Sleefe is a Fellow of the Hertz Foundation, is an inventor on seven U.S. patents, and has published over fifty technical papers. Dr. Sleefe most recently served as the National Security Executive Officer at Sandia National Laboratories. In his role as Executive Officer, he developed technology strategies for the 9000-person Laboratory and coordinated all executive-level exchanges between the Laboratory and its national security partners. Dr. Sleefe joined Sandia National Laboratories in 1987, and served in a variety of technical, managerial, and advisory roles. As a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, he designed, developed, patented, and licensed technology solutions for numerous national security applications. From 2012-2013, Dr. Sleefe served as a Congressional Fellow to the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Homeland Security. In this role, he served as a national security technical advisor to 32 Members of Congress and actively developed both oversight and legislative solutions relevant to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Of note, Dr. Sleefe led the development of new legislation for security-related technology acquisition and cyber-security research and development. In his congressional role, Gerry also provided technology policy outreach to industry, universities, and national laboratories. Dr. Sleefe started his career in the private defense sector. He held engineering and research positions at the Northrop Grumman Corporation, the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During his private-sector years, he developed innovative computer software and military hardware solutions for land, air, and sea defense applications. His technical expertise includes computer science, digital signal processing, and artificial intelligence.
Casimir S. Skrypczak
Casimir Skrzypczak is a retired telecommunications executive. He served as a Senior Vice President at Cisco Systems where he was responsible for the worldwide delivery and support of Cisco's Products and Solutions for the Telecom Service Provider Market. He also managed Cisco's worldwide Professional Services Group. Prior to joining Cisco, Mr. Skrzypczak served as a Group President at Telcordia Technologies, a telecommunications company, from 1985 to 1997, Mr. Skrzypczak was President of NYNEX Science & Technology, Inc., a subsidiary of NYNEX Corporation, a telecommunications company. At NYNEX. Mr. Skrzypczak was responsible for the formulation of NYNEX's technology plans and network architecture, including the management and direction of NYNEX's research and development programs. Mr. Skrzypczak was a widely regarded expert on telecommunications network planning and evolution. Mr. Skrzypczak has served as a director at a number of public companies including RF Microdevices, JDS Uniphase Corporation, RCN Corporation, ECI Telecom Ltd., WebEx Communications and Somera Communications], He is currently on the Boards of Telepath Networks and Halberd Technologies.
Raymond Quartararo is the Head of Global Panning, Design and Construction within Global Real Estate at JPMorgan Chase & Co., and is responsible for the firm's global capital project execution. Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Quartararo was a Vice Chairman and International Director at Jones Lang LaSalle's New York office. In that role, he managed the firm's sales strategy and business development efforts in the Tri-state region. He also served as the president of Jones Lang LaSalle's regional Project and Development Services group, one of New York's leading project management and development resources. In that capacity, he oversaw a team of almost 300 project management professionals responsible for more than 10 million square feet of project management assignments valued at approximately $4 billion in construction spend. Mr. Quartararo was directly involved in such iconic projects as the construction of Bank of America's new New York headquarters at One Bryant Park, the renovations of the Empire State Building and Madison Square Garden, and projects including Time Warner's headquarters at Columbus Circle and Ernst & Young's headquarters at 5 Times Square. Prior to joining Jones Lang LaSalle, Mr. Quartararo was the founder and president of Quartararo & Associates, Inc., New York's leading independent project and development management firm. Mr. Quartararo is a graduate of New York University School of Business and Tufts University. He resides in Rye, NY with his wife Lynn and their two sons. Mr. Quartararo takes an active role in a number of industry organizations including CoreNet and the New York Building Congress. He chairs the Board of the Greater New York Council of Boy Scouts. Mr. Quartararo is also a board member of the New York Building Foundation, the St. Dominick Home and the Westchester Children's Museum; and is a James E. West Fellow of the Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Quartararo is involved in the Special Olympics of New York, Tourette Syndrome Association, March of Dimes and United Way.
Chris Wacker is the CEO of Laserfiche, the leading global provider of enterprise content management software. With intuitive on-premises and Cloud solutions for document management and business process automation, Laserfiche products improve productivity, efficiency and strategic decision-making for clients across industries. Chris co-founded Compulink and Laserfiche in the 1980s with his late wife and partner Nien-Ling Wacker. They grew the organization from a small software consulting company to a more than $100 million software developer headquartered in Long Beach, CA, with offices across the United States as well as in Mexico, Canada, the United Kingdom Hong Kong and China. Earlier in his career, Chris worked in Saudi Arabia for Ralph M. Parsons, Construction Engineers, where he helped develop the municipal systems infrastructure for a new city with a population of 50,000 people. Before that, he spent several years with the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York. Chris has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and speaks several foreign languages. He holds a bachelor's degree in social science from Hofstra University in New York, class of 1976.