Industrial Affiliates

Industrial Affiliates

Our Industrial Affiliates Program

The Department of Computer Science (CS) Industrial Affiliates Program (IAP) invites and welcomes interaction and collaboration with our colleagues and friends from industry and national laboratories. Our goal is to promote a mutually profitable exchange between the computer industry, national laboratories and the department’s faculty and students. The IAP is an opportunity-filled channel for business organizations with an interest in computer technology to become involved in the many aspects of research and education at UC Davis’ Department of Computer Science.

The computer industry is characterized by dynamism and innovation. Much of this innovative energy arises from cross-fertilization between the best minds in industry, national laboratories and academia. Some of the most influential and defining ideas as well as software and hardware products have evolved from this creative interplay. From our side, we are interested in learning about the fast-moving challenges facing industry and your input as we continuously update our curricula; from your side, we provide you with access to our nationally-renowned faculty and researchers, as well as highly-trained, well-motivated students.

There are a number of benefits to becoming a member of IAP. We want to hear directly from you about your ideas and suggestions. As a member of our IAP, you will develop a long-term partnership with the Department of Computer Science that can lead to collaborative research, access to our students and alumni, continuing education opportunities, and input to a dynamic and growing department. Our current Advisory Board members are important in keeping these opportunities open, for both the department and business organizations.

To discuss the program in more detail, or for suggestions and questions, please contact

Industrial Affiliates Program Advisory Board Members

  • Susan Scheer Aoki, Vice President, Engineering, Network Software and Systems Technology Group, Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Susan Scheer is Vice President of Engineering for Cisco Systems Network Software and Systems Technology Group. (NSSTG). NSSTG develops common software for Cisco’s router and switch product line. A sixteen year Cisco veteran, Ms. Scheer has held leadership positions in Engineering, Marketing, and Business Development. Ms. Scheer currently leads NSSTG Service Provider Market Delivery and Network Services Engineering Technology Center organizations. Service Provider Market Delivery defines product requirements and sets architectural direction for industry leading technologies. Susan and her team partner with key Service Providers around the globe in the definition and then migration to new IP Next Generation Networks technologies. As the leader of Network Services Engineering Technology Center, Ms. Scheer oversees software development and test for innovative technologies deployed in hundreds of networks today, including MPLS, L2VPN, Subscriber Access and Policy, and Network Access. Ms. Scheer received a B.A. from the University of California, Davis, and an MBA from the University of California, Irvine.
  • Steve Birkel, Chief Technical Architect, Intel
  • Steve Birkel is the Chief Technical Architect for Intel’s Information Technology, where he leads development of technical infrastructure strategy and enterprise integration. He was instrumental in establishing Intel as a leader in Internet e-Business: his team established the technology backbone for Intel’s Web presence and e-Customer and e-Supplier capabilities. He has been with Intel for the past 13 years.
  • Jean Bolot, Sprint Advanced Research Labs
  • Jean-Chrysostome Bolot received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1988 and 1991, respectively. From 1991 until 1999, he was with INRIA, Sophia-Antipolis, France. His work there focused on understanding internet traffic, and on using this understanding to design adaptive applications, in particular interactive multicast applications such as internet telephony and gaming applications.
  • Tony DeRose, Pixar Animation Studios
  • Tony DeRose is currently a Senior Scientist and lead of the Research Group at Pixar Animation Studios. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1985. From 1985 to 1995 Dr. DeRose was a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. In 1998, he was a major contributor to the Oscar winning short film “Geri’s game”, and in 1999 he received the ACM SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award.
  • Rich Friedrich, Director, Internet Systems and Storage Laboratory, Internet Computing Platforms Research Center, HP Labs
  • Rich Friedrich leads the Internet Systems and Storage Lab in HP Labs. The ISSL research team focuses on next-generation Internet computing and storage systems, and on inventing distinctive utility computing mechanisms to provide IT infrastructure on demand. His sustained record of innovative accomplishments spans his 20-year career in HP research and product positions. He led the system performance team that optimized the first commercial PA-RISC based systems in the mid-1980s and the first multiprocessor, online transaction processing RISC systems in the late 1980s. He led the architecture and design of a large-scale, distributed measurement system for the OSF Distributed Computing Environment in the early 1990s. More recently, he led the teams that invented WebQoS, the novel technology for providing predictable and stable performance for Internet based applications, re-architected Linux for IA-64, and provided key technologies to HP’s Utility Data Center. He has participated on many scientific program committees, published extensively, and is a co-inventor on a dozen patents. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.
  • Brent Hailpern, Director, Programming Models and Tools, IBM Research
  • Brent Hailpern is the Director of Programming Models and Tools at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, in Hawthorne, New York. He has worked at IBM since 1980, with most of that time at IBM Research. His personal research interests are in programming languages, concurrent systems and object-oriented systems. He has managed projects and departments in programming languages, software engineering and environments, operating systems, multimedia systems, Internet and pervasive technologies, workflow, email, and K-12 education. He has also worked in IBM corporate headquarters and as a software product manager. Currently he is co-Chair of ACM SIGPLAN’s History of Programming Languages Conference (HOPL-III), an Associate Editor for ACM’s Transaction on Programming Languages and Systems (TOPLAS) and a Fellow of the ACM and the IEEE. He is a past Chair of ACM SIGPLAN, a past Steering Committee Chair of the OOPSLA conference, and a past Secretary of the ACM.
  • Prem Jain, Senior Vice President/General Manager, Cisco’s Routing Technology Group at Cisco Systems
  • Prem Jain is Senior Vice President/General Manager, Cisco’s Routing Technology Group at Cisco Systems. He joined Cisco in 1993 as Director of Engineering when Cisco acquired Crescendo Communications. Subsequently, his positions at Cisco have included: Vice President of New Business Ventures and Vice President and General Manager within Enterprise Line of Business. Prior to joining Cisco, Mr. Jain was at Crescendo Communications as Vice President of Systems Architecture, and was responsible for the design and development of Crescendo’s FDDI products as well as the first LAN switch, now known at the Cisco Catalyst 1200. As Director of Engineering for David Systems, Mr. Jain architected and developed third-generation integrated Data and Voice PABX equipment. Prem Jain is the recipient of two patents and is a member of the IEEE organization. He holds a B.E. degree with honors from BITS Pilani, India, and a Masters degree in EECS from UC Davis. Mr. Jain is actively involved in volunteer work for non-profit organizations, fundraising for the homeless and helping San Francisco Bay Area schools.
  • Horst Simon, Director, NERSC (National Energy Research Scientific Computing) Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Dr. Horst D. Simon is Director of the NERSC (National Energy Research Scientific Computing) Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, CA. NERSC is funded by the Department of Energy and is the principal supplier of production high-performance computing services to the nationwide energy research community. From 1994 – 1996 he was with the Advanced System Division of Silicon Graphics in Mountain View, CA where he managed SGI’s university and research laboratory programs. From 1987 – 1994 he was with Computer Sciences Corporation at the NAS Division at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA. Dr. Simon holds a Diploma in Mathematik from the TU Berlin, Germany (1978) and a Ph.D. in mathematics (1982) from the University of California, Berkeley, CA.
  • John Vicente, Sr. Principal Engineer, Intel Corporation
  • John Vicente, an Intel Sr. Principal Engineer, currently manages the Information Services and Technology Group Research group and chairs the ISTG Research Subcommittee under the IT R&D Council. John has 18 years of experience spanning research and development, architecture, and engineering in the field of information technology networks or network technology development. He joined Intel/IT in 1993 and led the architecture, development and formalization of capacity and performance management tools and methodologies. Prior to Intel, John worked at DEC, Mass for 8 years developing modeling tools and carrying out operational analyses/benchmarks on product designs. He began his career at IBM, NY in 1982.
  • Wai M. Wong, Executive Vice President, Products, BEA
  • Wai Wong is Executive Vice President, Products, responsible for overseeing the strategy, planning, integration, and delivery of BEA product solutions to the global market. As part of the BEA Executive Leadership Team, Mr. Wong manages a division of more than 1100 employees who are responsible for executing on the BEA product vision. Mr. Wong joined BEA from Computer Associates, where he spent 16 years in various management positions in research and development, quality assurance, and support. Most recently, Mr. Wong was senior vice president and general manager of Computer Associates’ Unicenter Solutions division. Prior to this position, Mr. Wong was responsible for CA’s services and education, working with customers to develop solutions to business problems through the combined use of CA’s consulting, technologies, and methodologies. Mr. Wong’s prior experience includes various development positions for Online Software International, Inc., IBM and Bell Communications Research. Mr. Wong received his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in computer science from Columbia University.