2010 Inductees

Amina Al Rustamani  

Photo of Amina Al RustamaniAmina Al Rustamani received her bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from GW in 1993, 1996, and 2001, respectively. Following her studies, Dr. Al Rustamani started her career in 2001 with Dubai's TECOM Investments. She later served as executive director of media at TECOM Investments, and her pioneering initiatives in the media sector brought her recognition at the federal level, when she was appointed as a board member of the National Media Council, the industry body that regulates the country's media sector. Dr. Al Rustamani is currently the chief executive officer of TECOM Business Parks, an umbrella organization for the nine free zone clusters of TECOM Investments. As chief executive officer, Dr. Al Rustamani is responsible for defining and executing the strategy of all the free zones to realize the Government of Dubai's objective of establishing a knowledge-based economy. She is leading this initiative in the information and communications technology, media, education, life sciences, and clean technology industries, as embodied in the free zones.

 

Terry Collins  

Photo of Terry CollinsIn 1997, Terry Collins and two business partners founded Argon Engineering Associates, Inc. (Argon Engineering), a defense contractor that provides command, control, communications, computers, combat, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C5ISR) systems. In 2004, Argon Engineering merged with SenSyTech and became Argon ST, and Dr. Collins remained the chairman and chief executive officer, guiding and growing it, until the Boeing Company acquired it in August of this year. He will continue to manage the business as an executive of Boeing. Earlier in his career, Dr. Collins also helped grow another technology company, Engineering Research Associates, taking it from its founding through its acquisition as a wholly owned subsidiary of Raytheon E-Systems. Dr. Collins received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1967, and his master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1969. In 1976, he received his doctoral degree in computer science from GW.


 

Simon S. Lee  

Photo of Simon S. LeeSimon Lee immigrated to the United States from Korea in 1979 as a young professional engineer. He worked at MCI Telecommunications for seven years and in 1986 founded Software Technology Group (STG, Inc.), a certified provider of enterprise network operations, systems engineering and integration, information assurance services, software development, financial services, and language services. As president and chief executive officer, Mr. Lee has led STG to its position as one of the largest federal contractors in the region, with more than 1,300 employees, $220 million in annual sales, and service to more than 50 major clients in approximately 250 locations worldwide. Mr. Lee has received many professional and civic awards over the years, including the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Development Award, U.S. Small Business Administration Lifetime Achievement Award, Emerging Business Forum American Dream Award, the Korean Broadcasting System Overseas Korean Award, and several others. Mr. Lee received his bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Korea University in 1979 and his master's degree in systems engineering from GW in 2005.

 

Raymond L. Pickholtz  

Photo of Raymond L. PickholtzRaymond Pickholtz is an emeritus professor of electrical engineering at GW. He received his bachelor of science and master of science degrees in electrical engineering from the City College of New York in 1954 and 1958, respectively, and his doctoral degree in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (now NYU-Poly) in 1966. Following that, he worked as a researcher at RCA Laboratories, ITT Laboratories, and IBM Research and as a faculty member of the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and of Brooklyn College. In 1972, he joined the SEAS faculty, and over the course of his career earned a strong reputation for his research, the fruits of which include six U.S. patents and the several hundred technical papers that he authored or co-authored. In addition to this, he is also known for the great care that he showed as a teacher and mentor to his many appreciative students. At SEAS, Professor Pickholtz led the development of the telecommunications curriculum; conducted research in data communications, computer communications networking, and secure communications; supervised many doctoral dissertations; and served as the chairman of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 1978-1980. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), from which he received the IEEE Centennial Medal in 1984 and the IEEE Millennium Medal in 2000.

Congressman Clifford B. Stearns  

Photo of Congressman Clifford B. StearnsClifford Stearns represents the Sixth District of Florida in the U.S. House of Representatives. After graduating from GW in 1963 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, Congressman Stearns served four years in the U.S. Air Force as an aerospace engineer in satellite reconnaissance during the Vietnam War. Returning from Vietnam, he worked in the private sector from 1967-1972, and then started a successful motel/restaurant business in Florida. Congressman Stearns was first elected to the House in 1988 and since then has held leadership positions or served on a number of Congressional committees. He is currently the Republican Leader on the Communications, Technology and the Internet Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He is also a member of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee in the Energy and Commerce Committee, and a member of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus. Throughout his tenure, he has served on the Veterans Affairs Committee, where he is currently the Deputy Republican Leader. Congressman Stearns has received a host of awards throughout his career, covering military, economic, Veterans, national security, health, senior citizens, and family issues.
 

Charles K. Watt  

Photo of Charles K. WattCharles Watt is the founder and chairman of Scientific Research Corporation, a member of the faculty at Clemson University, and an active member of the board and consultant for several advanced technology private and public organizations. He has made a career of providing leadership and advice to private industry, government, and academic institutions, and his present responsibilities include the full spectrum of emerging technology research, as well as applied research and technical functions that support numerous commercial and defense programs. Over the course of his career, he has also served as a faculty member at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and as an executive at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the U.S. Navy Department, and private industry. Dr. Watt received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1959 from Clemson University, and his master's and doctoral degrees from GW in 1973 and 1986, respectively. He is also a graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. His career has been distinguished by numerous honors and commendations, most notably the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Distinguished Service Award.

 

Byung K. Yi  

Photo of Byung K. YiByung Yi, who has more than thirty years of experience in research and development of communications and space systems, started his career in 1976 as a staff engineer and moved steadily up the ladder to technical director at Fairchild Space Company, chief engineer at Orbital Sciences Corporation, and now the senior vice president of LG Electronics and president of LG Mobile Research Center. In his current position, Dr. Yi is responsible for conducting the research relevant to future wireless mobile devices and for developing the mobile terminal models for U.S. and North American operators. Complementing his management skills, Dr. Yi has an impressive record of research and innovation, highlighted by the eight U.S. patents and five international patents he holds. Dr. Yi also has an extensive list of technical publications to his name and has served on the board of directors or steering committees of a number of professional organizations, including the Telecommunication Industry Association, the Center for Wireless Communications, the 3rd Generation Partnership Project 2 Technical Specification Group, and a number of others. He received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Yon Sei University in 1973, his master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1980, and his doctoral degree in electrical engineering from GW in 1999.