Contributing Engineering Leaders

Engineering Leader Carl Schlachte

Chairman, President and CEO, Ventiva

Carl Schlachte is the Chairman, President and CEO of Ventiva, a privately held company that designs and develops active thermal management technologies. His leadership in corporate turnarounds, acquisitions, IPOs and building successful companies has made him a national go to for media, analysts and industry leaders. Carl obtained his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.

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Engineering Leader Tony Mathis

Tony Mathis

CEO, GE Edison Works

Tony Mathis is the Chief Executive Officer with GE Edison Works and Military Systems Operation. Tony is an Air Force veteran officer and with his flight test engineering background and his 25 plus years with General Electric he has become the creator of the GE Edison Works business. Tony is an engineer.

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Virendra Vase

Angel Investor

Virendra Vase is an Angel Investor, Technology Advisor and Executive Coach. He has previously worked as an executive with Salesforce, Yahoo and Life 360. Virendra is Computer Engineer.

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Engineering Leader Nat Natarajan

Nat Natarajan

Executive VP,

Nat Natarajan is EVP and Chief Product and Technology Officer for, the World’s largest online family history resource. He strongly believes that love has a meaningful context in the leadership arena. Nat is an industrial engineer.

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Engineering Leader Bob Hambright

Bob Hambright

Former CEO, Balfour Beatty

Bob Hambright is a retired CEO of Balfour Beatty Construction, a leading international infrastructure and construction company. He is passionate about the topic of leadership, and has donated his time, influence and money to furthering leadership skills within Clemson University and beyond. Bob is a mechanical engineer.

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Engineering Leader Dan Davidenko

Dan Davidenko

CEO, Phoenix Lighting

Dan Davidenko is the CEO of Phoenix Lighting, an Atlanta-based company that designs and manufactures LED lighting fixtures for some of the world’s harshest environments. Dan is an electrical engineer.

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Engineering Leader Charlie Blackwell Thompson

Charlie Blackwell-Thompson

Launch Director, NASA

Charlie Blackwell-Thompson is the Launch Director for NASA’s Exploration Ground Systems Program. She is the first female launch director at NASA and is leading the launch for Artemis, the mission to get back to the moon. Charlie is a Computer Engineer.

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Engineering Leader Deb Conklin

Deb Conklin

CEO, Reddy Ice

Deb Conklin is the CEO of Reddy Ice, the largest manufacturer and distributor of packaged ice in the United States. She is passionate about continuous improvement and lean fundamentals and attributes them as a key to success for her company. Deb is an industrial engineer.

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Engineering Leader Karthick Iyer

Karthick Iyer

Vice President of Engineering, NVIDIA

Karthick Iyer is the Vice President of Engineering for NVIDIA, a global computer hardware company that has pioneered PC gaming market and is modernizing Artificial Intelligence for worldwide usages in healthcare, accelerated computing, robotics, game development, autonomous cars and more. Karthick obtained his masters degree in Computer Science.

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Engineering Leader Michael Posillico

Michael Posillico

Principal, Posillico

Michael Posillico is a Principal with Posillico, Inc., a third-generation family owned business that is one of the top engineering contracting firms in New York. His company has led major heavy construction and public works projects, like the Reconstruction of the Long Island Expressway. Michael is a Civil Engineer.

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Engineering Leader Brent Beason

Brent Beason

CEO and President, B&W Fiber Glass

Brent Beason is CEO and President of B&W Fiber Glass, a global producer of advanced solutions focused on high performance textiles and textile components. He is passionate about having engineers who ‘know how to dream.” Brent is a mechanical engineer.

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Engineering Leader Bill Malloy

Bill Malloy

President, Malloy and Company

Bill Malloy is President of Malloy and Company. This organization’s purpose is to foster innovation that directs positive change into communities, and created his venture capital firm that has core values and a strong culture at its center. Bill is an Engineer.

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Susan Hertzberg

CEO, Brainscope

Susan Hertzberg is CEO of BrainScope. BrainScope is a medical neurotechnology company that is pioneering the objective assessment of brain injury. She was named an Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014 by Ernst and Young. Susan’s undergraduate degree is in Psychology.


Engineering Leader Yamini Rangan

Yamini Rangan

Chief Customer Officer, Hubspot

Yamini Rangan is the Chief Customer Officer with HubSpot. HubSpot is a leading customer relationship management platform that provides software and support to help businesses grow better. She has led the marketing, sales and services teams throughout her career, all focused around the customer. She is a computer engineer.

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Engineering Leader Ed Rose

Ed Rose

CEO, Mason Industrial Technologies

Ed Rose is the CEO of Mason Industrial Technology, a mergers and acquisitions and growth company specializing in the advanced materials and specialty chemicals industries. He is passionate about turning customer’s complex challenges into possibilities. Ed is a Civil Engineer.

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Eric Martinez

CEO and Founder, Modjoul

Eric Martinez is the CEO of Modjoul, a national company that creates wearable technology to keep employees safe. His interest in workplace safety and productivity led him to start this innovative company. Eric is a mechanical engineer.

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Engineer Matt Needy

Matt Needy

Vice President of Navy Programs, Huntington Ingalls Industries

Matt Needy is Vice President of Navy Programs for Huntington Ingalls Industries, America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. Matt is a mechanical engineer.

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