We are a group of professionals and parents who are enthusiastically passionate about teaching science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Carmen Montano is a semi retired school Teacher. As a former elected official, she served as the Vice Mayor for the city of Milpitas. She was previously elected as a School Board Trustee for Milpitas Unified School District. Her passion has always been to serve children and her community and in 2015 she was nominated as Citizen of the Year in Milpitas.
In addition she currently serves on the Santa Clara County First 5 Commission and collectively sets policy for children 0-5. As an advocate for social justice she also serves on the Juvenile Justice Commission of Santa Clara County.
Ms. Montano takes pride in serving her community. She is the cofounder of a neighborhood association. This endeavor came out of a need to rectify a neglected neighborhood in Milpitas. From that venture she gained the experience of community organizing. She also learned how political positions can be beneficial to influence and effect change for the betterment of the community.
Gaston has been working for Intel as a software engineer for about 7 years. Through his community engagement, he was involved designing hands-on engineering projects for middle students through Intel’s Girls Technology Day. Gaston has also worked with the Greene Scholars Program by volunteering as an instructor. His experience with the Greene Scholars Program and with Intel’s Girls Technology Day made him realize the need for an organization solely dedicated to motivating the youths to embrace engineering careers through manageable hands-on projects. Gaston’s passion for teaching dates back to his undergraduate years.
In 2004, he created the first tutoring student organization called the Excellence Club which had more than 100 active members in its first 90 days of existence, earning Gaston to be nominated among the top 10 student male on campus of more 25K students for both his academic achievement and for his community engagement.
In 2007, Gaston created the first ASEE student chapter on the IUPUI campus. Because of the unprecedented success of this newly formed organization, the board of directors of the ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education) invited Gaston to be part of the first Student Steering Committee during the 114th Annual ASEE conference. Students have ever since played a more active role in the ASEE organization.
Gaston was featured in the Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis magazine and in the Indiana university alumni magazine during his junior and senior years respectively. As an honors scholar, a LSAMP scholar and a MURI (multidisciplinary University Research Initiative) scholar, Gaston completed several research and independent projects during his undergraduate studies. In December 2007, Gaston completed his BS in computer engineering from the Purdue School of engineering at Indianapolis. Gaston obtained an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and is currently working as a consultant.
Tokunbo Ogunfunmi is Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Director of the Signal Processing Research Lab (SPRL) in the School of Engineering at Santa Clara University (SCU), Santa Clara, CA. From 2010-2014, he served as the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development in the School of Engineering at SCU.
His current research interests include adaptive/nonlinear signal processing, digital signal processing, multimedia (speech, video) VLSI/DSP/FPGA implementations and machine learning/artificial neural networks. He has published 4 books and over 160 refereed journal and conference papers in these and related areas.
Dr. Ogunfunmi has been a consultant to industry and government, and a visiting professor at the University of Texas and Stanford University. In 2015, he was awarded the prestigious Carnegie Foundation Visiting Professorship. His industrial experience include consulting for companies such as Broadcom, AMD, NEC, AT&T Bell Labs. and NIKON Precision Research & Development. He is also a registered professional engineer in the State of California.
He served as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for the Circuits and Systems Society from 2011-2013. He also served as a Senior Associate Editor for the IEEE Signal Processing Letters and an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Circuits and SystemsI and II.
Currently he serves on the editorial boards of the journal Circuits, Systems and Signal Processing and the journal Electronics Letters. He has also served the IEEE as Chair of the Circuits and Systems (CAS) Society Technical Committees on CAS for Communications and CAS for Education and Outreach. From 2007-2009, he was the Chair of the IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) Santa Clara Valley Chapter. He is also a member of other IEEE Technical Committees. He is Technical Program CoChair of the 2019 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS).
He is a Senior Member of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), a Member of Sigma Xi (the Scientific Research Society), and Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Taneh Worjoloh is a recent Master’s graduate of Cornell University in Systems Engineering and works as a Technical Project Manager for Wells Fargo & Co. Prior to, she’d been with Intel Corporation for ~10 years at their headquarters in Santa Clara, CA, where she held several product and roadmap support positions in platform enabling, strategic planning and architecture. In addition, Taneh served initiatives throughout Silicon Valley to promote education and entrepreneurship. Taneh facilitated workshops as well as provided logistical support for Girls Technology Day to promote science, technology, engineering and math for girls in grades 4-8. She served internationally with REP (Repurposing Business, Transforming Society), as a consultant to entrepreneurs seeking to increase their effectiveness and community impact. Taneh also led online marketing for The African Network, whose mandate is to foster entrepreneurship and technology among people of African descent. As a board member of Engineers 4 Tomorrow, Taneh’s objective is to leverage her expertise and experience for the empowerment of the next generation of innovators and technologists.
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