Board of Directors Listing

David P. Kelly, M.S., MBA, P.E.

ABET President

Chief Executive Officer, Chief Technology Officer
425 Ericksen Avenue, Suite 101
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

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    David Kelly is CEO & CTO of InnovaSea. He is responsible for setting InnovaSea’s overall strategy and leading the research and development efforts to create advanced open ocean aquaculture farming systems. InnovaSea is dedicated to supporting open-ocean aquaculture businesses by producing innovative, environmentally-focused, sustainable technologies and service solutions for the industry.

    Prior to InnovaSea, David was the President and CEO of Bluefin Robotics, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Battelle. He was responsible for the strategic direction and operational execution of the business. Bluefin Robotics is a full life-cycle provider of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) and related marine robotics technology to government, commercial and academic clients worldwide. Prior to Bluefin, David worked for 20 years at Raytheon and Texas Instruments as an engineering manager and engineer developing advanced defense electronics systems.

    David is a senior executive and technologist with over 30 years of comprehensive, hands-on experience in early-stage high tech companies and in Fortune 50 high tech firms. He has full life-cycle experience with robotics systems, information technology, and defense electronics.

    David holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Dallas, and an MBA from Southern Methodist University. He is a senior member of IEEE, and a member of ACM.

    David has been involved with accreditation since 1995. He has served as a Program Evaluator, Team Chair, Commissioner, at-large Executive Committee member, and in all the officer positions in the Computing Commission officer chain—serving as CAC Chair during the 2009-10 cycle. He has served on the ABET Board of Directors since 2011 and has acted as the Board Liaison to the Computing Accreditation Commission for three of those years. He has served on the Audit Committee from 2013 through 2017 and was on the Finance Committee in 2018. He was elected a CSAB Fellow in 2012, and an ABET Fellow in 2014. He was elected President-Elect of ABET in 2018.

Dianne Chong, Ph.D.


2553 134th Avenue SE
Bellevue, WA 98005

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    Dianne Chong was the vice president in the Boeing Research and Technology organization in the Boeing Engineering, Operations & Technology organization. In this position, she led special projects that impacted processes and program integration for the Boeing Enterprise. Prior to this, Chong was the vice president of materials, manufacturing, structures and support in the Boeing Engineering, Operations & Technology organization. In that role, she led the organization responsible for development and support of manufacturing processes and program integration for the Boeing Enterprise.

    Dr. Chong was elected to the National Academy of Engineering and the Washington State Academy of Science in 2017. She currently serves on the National Academies’ Gordon Prize committee and the steering committee for EngineerGirl. Chong is also serving on the ABET Board of Directors where she represents engineering. In that capacity, she leads the Engineering Area Delegation and supports the Engineering Area Commission. Chong is a member of TMS, AIAA, ASM International, SME, SWE, Beta Gamma Sigma, and Tau Beta Pi. She has served on the board of trustees, is a fellow of ASM International, and in 2007-08, was elected as the first female president of ASM International. She is currently the immediate past-chair of the ASM Women in Materials Engineering Committee and serves on the ASM Action in Education Team. Chong is currently serving as treasurer of the SME, sits on the Board of Directors and is a fellow of SME. She also serves on SME’s accreditation committee and the AerDef executive committee.

    She has been recognized for managerial achievements and as a diversity change agent. Chong was also recognized as an outstanding alumna of University of Illinois in 2006 and is the recipient of numerous technical and diversity awards. Chong has also supported National efforts by leading teams for NAE studies on manufacturing and through her service on the National Materials Advisory Board and the Defense Materials, Manufacturing, and Infrastructure group. Chong received her bachelor’s degrees in biology and psychology from the University of Illinois. She also earned master’s degrees in physiology and metallurgical engineering. In 1986, Chong received her doctorate in metallurgical engineering from the University of Illinois. She also completed an executive master of manufacturing management at Washington University.

Mary Leigh Wolfe, Ph.D.

2018-19 President

Professor, Biological Systems Engineering Department
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
301J HABB1, 12
Blacksburg, VA 24061

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    Mary Leigh Wolfe is professor of biological systems engineering (BSE) at Virginia Tech. Over the course of her career, Wolfe has dedicated many years to serving the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). This includes elected positions on the ASABE Nominating Committee, Board of Trustees and Board of Directors, as well as serving as the 2015-2016 ASABE president.

    Wolfe began volunteering for ABET in 1991 as a Program Evaluator. Since then, she has participated at every level of ABET accreditation, including serving as 2007-2008 chair of the Engineering Accreditation Commission. She represented ASABE on the ABET Board of Directors from 2010-2015 and was ABET Secretary from 2015-2017. She is currently a member of ABET’s Finance Committee and Claire L. Felbinger Award for Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee.

    Wolfe received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural engineering from Virginia Tech and her doctorate in agricultural engineering from the University of Minnesota. She is a fellow of ABET, ASABE and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

    Wolfe loves the great outdoors and enjoys hiking and traveling.


Gillian Bond, Ph.D.


Professor Emerita
Materials and Metallurgical Engineering
New Mexico Tech
6419 San Bonita Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63105

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    Gill Bond is Professor Emerita of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering at New Mexico Tech (NMT). She worked on research projects at the University of Reading and at AERE Harwell before moving to the United States in 1984 to work as a postdoc at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. In 1988 she took a faculty position at NMT, and remained there (along with sabbaticals at Pacific Northwest and Sandia National Labs) until her retirement. Her research interests extend from radiation effects and micromechanisms of deformation and fracture, to biomimetic materials and processes and carbon sequestration.

    Gill first became involved with accreditation in the 1990s in New Mexico, where she co-chaired the state’s Engineering Articulation Task Force in developing state-wide articulation agreements that allowed programs to maintain compliance with ABET criteria. She has been an active ABET volunteer since 1999 serving in a variety of roles, including: Program Evaluator for TMS and ACerS; EAC Team Chair, Commissioner, and at-large Executive Committee member; chair of the EAC Training Committee; support facilitator for ABET Program Evaluator Candidate Training; and TMS representative on the ABET Board of Delegates as well as on the Engineering and Engineering Technology Area Delegations. She has also participated in EAC Readiness Reviews. She is currently serving on the ABET Global Council.

    Gill holds a B.Sc. in Materials Science and an M. Sc. in Science of Materials from Imperial College, London University, and a Ph. D. in Materials Science from the University of Bath in the U.K.

David Whitman

David L. Whitman, Ph.D., P.E.


8379 S Allison Street
Littleton CO 80128

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    David L. Whitman, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASEE received the B.S. degree (1975) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wyoming (UW). He also received the Ph.D. degree (1978) in Mineral Engineering from UW and worked in the synthetic fuels arena prior to becoming a faculty member in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Wyoming in 1981. From 1989 to 2005, he was the Associate Dean of Academics. From 2005 until his retirement in 2016, he was a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He received UW’s College of Engineering Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in 1990 and 2004 and the ASEE Rocky Mountain Section Outstanding Teaching Award in 2001. He is currently the Past President of the National Council of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors (NCEES), a member of the ABET Board of Directors, a member of the IEEE-USA Licensure & Registration Committee and an active member of the American Society for Engineering Education.

Hamid Fonooni, Ph.D.

Applied and Natural Science Area Director

Ergonomics Program Administrator University of California – Davis Cowell Hall
Davis, CA 95616

4205 Robinia Place
Davis, CA 95618

Andrew Phillips

Andrew T. Phillips, Ph.D.

Computing Area Director

United States Naval Academy
Nimitz Library 10G
589 McNair Road
Annapolis, MD 21402

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    Andrew Phillips is the Academic Dean and Provost at the U.S. Naval Academy. He became the chief academic officer in 2009 after having served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.

    As the Academic Dean and Provost, Dr. Phillips is responsible for leadership and oversight of all facets of the Naval Academy academic program including the Division of Engineering and Weapons, the Division of Mathematics and Science, the Division of Humanities and Social Science, the Naval Academy library, Museum, Registrar, Office of Research and Scholarship, International Programs Office, Center for Teaching and Learning, Center for Regional Studies, Center for Academic Excellence, Center for Cyber Security Studies, the campus assessment program, and all faculty personnel matters.

    Dr. Phillips began his academic career as a faculty member in the Computer Science department at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1988. He is a CSAB Fellow, a past President of CSAB, and a Team Chair/Program Evaluator for both ABET and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    Dr. Phillips is a 1984 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. degree in both Mathematics and Computer Science, and he earned his masters (in 1986) and doctor of philosophy (in 1988) degrees, both in Computer Science, at the University of Minnesota.

S.K. Ramesh, Ph.D.

Engineering Area Director

California State University
18111 Nordhoff Street, M/D 8295
Northridge, CA 91330

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    S. K. Ramesh has a long and enduring connection with ABET during his career as an engineering educator over the past three and a half decades. Most recently he represented IEEE on the Board of Delegates and previously served on the ABET Board of Directors. He is an experienced program evaluator and has represented IEEE as a PEV and performed several domestic and international ABET accreditation visits.

    Presently, Dr. Ramesh is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at California State University, Northridge, and the Director and Lead Principal Investigator of the “Bridging the Gap: Enhancing AIMS2 for Student Success” grant ( supported by the United States Department of Education’s HSI-STEM program. Earlier, served as the Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at California State University, Northridge from 2006 – 2017. AIMS2 (Attract, Inspire, Mentor, and Support Students) is a collaborative multi-institutional program that he established in 2011 with several partner community colleges and California State University, Northridge, to mentor, support, and enhance the graduation of underrepresented minorities in engineering and computer science. Excelencia in Education recognized the AIMS2 program with a national award as the baccalaureate program of the year and the 2019 Example of Excelencia. AIMS2 has received several national and international awards for improving student success with high impact practices including undergraduate research and peer mentoring.

    As dean, Dr. Ramesh recruited a diverse group of over 35 faculty, including women and underrepresented minorities to serve the burgeoning enrollment in his college that has more than doubled from about 2000 students to over 4,500 today. He led the way to increase research grants and philanthropy and created unique interdisciplinary programs such as the Master’s degree in Assistive Technology Engineering. Programs that he developed and implemented such as Tech Fest, and the Annual Senior Design Project Showcase, have become signature events at CSUN that have strengthened community engagement. International MOU’s have led to partnerships with universities with foci on assistive technology, engineering, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

    Prior to joining CSUN, he was Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at California State University, Sacramento, where he served as the Department Chair from 1994 to 2006. Dr. Ramesh has served on several Boards including the IEEE Board of Directors, the IEEE Educational Activities Board, the IEEE-HKN Board of Governors, and the ABET Board of Delegates. As the 2016-17 IEEE Vice-President for Educational Activities, he championed programs and services such as the IEEE Learning Network, EPICS in IEEE, and Try Engineering. As the President of IEEE-HKN (Honor Society for Electrical Engineering), he promoted the globalization of HKN and helped establish several new chapters worldwide. In 2014 Ramesh was invited by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to host one of the four national White House STEM workshops at CSU Northridge to broaden participation of minorities in the STEM disciplines, remove barriers, and improve student graduation rates- especially in engineering and computer science.

    Dr. Ramesh’s professional interests are in Fiber Optic Communications and he received the BE (Honors) degree from the University of Madras, India, in 1981, and the MSEE and Ph.D. degrees from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, in 1983 and 1986 respectively. He is a Fellow of the IEEE recognized for his contributions to entrepreneurship in engineering education.

Larraine A. Kapka, P.E.

Engineering Technology Area Director

Sinclair Community College
444 W. 3rd Street
Dayton, OH 45402

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    Larraine Kapka’s engagement with ABET came about in 2004 when, during an ABET visit to her school, she was recruited as an ABET evaluator. Since then she has been a Program Evaluator, Team Chair, and Delegate and is currently the Engineering Technology Area Director. She currently serves on the Accreditation Training Council’s Education Committee and is a PEV Candidate Support Facilitator.

    A licensed professional engineer in Ohio, Larraine holds a BSMME degree from the University of Missouri, an MSME from the University of Dayton, and an MS Industrial Management from Central Missouri University. Larraine is active in both ASHRAE and ASME, serving on the ASME Committee for Engineering Technology Education. She is also an exam writer for the Thermo/Fluids PE exam. While working for a Department of Energy Contractor, received Federal Energy Efficiency Award and DOE Energy Management awards. She is a proud veteran of the United States Air Force.

    Larraine is currently a Professor at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio, where she previously held positions as Department Chair and Assistant Dean. She lives with her husband Gary and they have 2 (soon to be 3) grandchildren.

Kristen Constant

Kristen P. Constant, Ph.D.

At-Large Director

Iowa State University
2750 Beardshear Hall
613 Morrill Road
Ames, IA 50011

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    Kristen Constant is the Interim Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Iowa State University where she is leading Information Technology and the implementation of a comprehensive enterprise software modernization. She holds the rank of Morrill Professor and is the Wilkinson Professor of Interdisciplinary Engineering in Materials Science and Engineering at Iowa State University where she served as chair for prior to her current position. She earned a BS in Ceramic Engineering from Iowa State, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University. Her research relates to fabrication of photonic structures specifically toward enhancing energy efficiency.

    In addition to physical research, she is involved in research, service and outreach related to broadening participation and inclusion in engineering, and in enhancing recruitment, retention and advancement of women faculty in engineering. She is a fellow of ASEE and serves on the ASEE Diversity committee and is the WEPAN delegate to the Board of Delegates of ABET.

Janice M. Zdankus

At-Large Director

VP, Customer Experience & Quality, Knowledge Mgmt, Enterprise Group
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
3000 Hanover Street
Mail Code 2305
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1100

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    Janice Zdankus is vice president of Infrastructure Software and Blades Service in the Technology Solutions Group at HP. She is responsible for profitable revenue growth and customer satisfaction of worldwide software support services, a high-growth segment of the HP Services portfolio. She is also responsible for customer experience and quality for the company’s Enterprise Infrastructure Software products.

    Previously, Zdankus led Worldwide Warranty Planning and Strategy for the Enterprise Storage and Server Group at HP. Prior to that, she was senior research and development director leading the diagnostics management laboratory. Since first joining HP in 1985 as a software design engineer, Zdankus has held several other senior leadership positions in marketing, support and business planning.

    Zdankus earned bachelor degrees in computer science and industrial management from Purdue University. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Santa Clara University in California.



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