Engineering College Council (ECC)

The Engineering College Council was created as an advisory board to the dean in the 1940s, during the administration of Solomon Cady Hollister. It was one of the first - perhaps the very first - of the college advisory councils at Cornell.

For some years, the president of the university served as chairman of the council. Through 1948-49, this was Edmund Ezra Day. The acting president, Cornelius W. deKiewiet, served for two years, and then President Deane Malott was chairman through 1955-56. Since then, the membership of the council has included people from industry and academia, both alumni and non-alumni. Their function was and is to advise the college administration on long-range planning and development in all aspects of the program, notably instruction, research, and, increasingly, cooperative ventures with industry.

ECC Members

Dean Lynden A. Archer

Ex Officio Member of the Council

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Lisa L. Walker

Chair of the Council

(Cornell B.S. ChE ’86)

DHR International

Chicago, IL

Paul Hayre

Vice-Chair of the Council

(Cornell B.S.’91 EE)

Brixton Biosciences, Sano Diagnostics

Wellesley, MA

Amy Bunszel

(Cornell B.S. ’89 EE)


San Francisco, CA

Frank DeCosta

(Cornell B.S. ’85 EE, M.Eng. ’86 EE)

Finnegan, LLP

Washington, DC

Linda Schadler Feist

(Cornell B.S. ’85 MSE)

University of Vermont

Burlington, VT

Michele A. Fichtl-Kaliski

(Cornell B.S. ’85 ORIE)

Kaliski Fichtl Innovation Fund

New York, NY

Erin Fischell

(Cornell B.S. ’10 ME)

Acbotics Research, LLC

East Falmouth, MA

Frank Fu

(Cornell B.S. ’06 ORIE, M.Eng. '06 ORIE)

CaaS Capital Management

New York, NY

Ken Goldman

(Cornell B.S. ’71 EE)


Menlo Park, CA

Priscilla C. Hung

(Cornell M.Eng. ’89 ORIE)

Guidewire Software, Inc.

San Mateo, CA

Kevin P.B. Johnson

(Cornell B.S. ’88 EE)

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Redwood City, CA

Debra Kemper

(Cornell B.S. ’88 CEE)

Golden Seeds Venture Fund

Boston, MA

Yvonne Lee

(Cornell M.Eng. '94 ME)

Vega Management

New York, NY

Sudesh Mariappa

(Cornell B.S. ’82 ChE, MBA '86)


Newport Beach, CA

Douglas Merrill

(Cornell B.S. ’89 AEP, M.Eng. ’91 AEP, MBA ’91)


Shelburne, VT

Andreas Mustad

(Cornell B.S. ’94 CEE)

Nexwell Holdings

Coral Gables, FL

Christine Ortiz

(Cornell M.S. ’95, Ph.D. ’97 MSE)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Wakefield, MA

Raj Patel

(Cornell B.S. ORIE ’93)

Farallon Capital Management

San Francisco, CA

Marlene Quijano

(Cornell B.S. ’85 ChE)

Kraft Foods Group (Retired)

Harrington Park, NJ

Samuel Ramos

(Cornell B.S. ’82 EE)

Global Atlantic Financial Group

New York, NY

Neil Robertson

(Cornell BS ’82 ChE)

Western Digital

San Francisco, CA

Rebecca "Beckie" Robertson

(Cornell BS ’82 ChE)

Versant Ventures

San Francisco, CA

Robert W. Selander

(Cornell B.S. ’72 ORIE)

Mastercard (Retired)

Greenwich, CT

Dmitri Shklovsky

(Cornell B.S. ’98 CS, M.Eng. ’02 ORIE)

GPS Investment Partners

New York, NY

Keith Shoates

(Cornell ’86 ECE ’87 MEng ECE)

Vice President, Office of the CEO, Vista Equity Partners

Austin, TX

Rick Tsai

(Cornell Ph.D. ’81 MSE)

MediaTek, Inc.

Taipei, Taiwan

Molly Tschang

(Cornell ’85 BS,ChE)

Say It Skillfully, Inc.

New York, NY

Brett Wood

(Cornell B.S. ’85 ME)

Toyota Material Handling

Columbus, IN