Chairman David House

In 22 years at Intel, David House, ME’69, held key management, marketing, and strategic planning roles. He became general manager of its Microcomputer Components Division in 1978, and during the next 13 years oversaw the development of Intel’s leading microprocessor lines, including the Pentium processor.

From 1992 to 1995, as senior vice president of corporate strategy, House was a key architect of Intel’s major strategic alliances including the Intel-Hewlett Packard alliance for 64-bit architecture. In 1994, he launched Intel’s Server Products Division, which has captured a dominant share of the server market. For 12 years, he held a profit and loss responsibility for Intel x86 microprocessors and related products.

In 1996, House became CEO of Bay Networks and led its merger with Nortel. He is chairman of Brocade Communications Systems and sits on the board of the Computer History Museum.

House earned a bachelor’s of science degree in electrical engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1965.

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Brian Berliner

Brian Berliner, E’81, is an intellectual property litigator representing technology companies in patent litigation, particularly involving electronics, computer hardware, software, communications, and Internet technology.

In addition to litigating patent matters in U.S. District Courts and before the U.S. International Trade Commission, Berliner represents clients in inter partes and other post-grant review proceedings in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is chair of O’Melveny’s patent and trademark prosecution sub-practice. Berliner also represents and counsels clients in trademark matters including litigation, clearance, and registration, and advises them on transactional intellectual property issues like licensing and technology transfer agreements and due diligence.

Prior to practicing law, Berliner served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force, responsible for the acquisition and testing of defense satellite systems and subsystems. He had hands-on payload integration responsibilities involving a number of Atlas expendable launch vehicle missions.

Berliner earned a master of science from the University of Southern California in 1984.

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Susan Blackston Major

“Great people deliver great results creating exceptional teams. Major Executive Search finds the talent to help your team excel.” –Susan Major

Susan Major is the Founder & CEO of Major Executive Search. Her expertise working in the Technology industry spans more than 18 years with global high growth companies coupled with 12 additional years of search experience, including C-level executive placements for public and emerging, pre-IPO corporations.

Ms. Major specializes in the wireless, telecom, software and semiconductor sectors, and serves Fortune 500 companies to start-ups. Prior to Major Executive Search, she co-founded Slayton International’s first west coast headquarters, where she served as a Managing Director. Her hands-on experience also includes opening San Diego’s first top ten search office for A.T. Kearney Executive Search.

Ms. Major has introduced numerous technology products, including two-way radios, cellular handsets and a first generation PDA while at Motorola. At Ameritech, she led the marketing efforts that expanded their paging and wireless data services. Additionally, she has been awarded two patents in wireless messaging.

As an active community member, Ms. Major sponsors the annual Women in Wireless Breakfast at CTIA, and she serves on a number of private boards. Sue is a member of the Partners Search Alliance which is a consortium of CEOs of national boutique executive search firms dedicated to furthering best practices in retained search. She graduated from Northeastern University with a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC), Council of the Americas Board Member
  • Partners Search Alliance, Member
  • 2020 Women On Boards
  • Neonode, Inc., Board of Advisors (Nasdaq: NEON)
  • Stage 1 Ventures, Waltham, MA, Advisory Board
  • The Global Telecom Women’s Network (GTWN), International Board Member
  • Northeastern University, Boston, MA, Board of Overseers (Trustees)
  • Foundation of the Zoological Society of San Diego, Board Member
  • Executive Women in Wireless (EWIW), Founding Member
  • Girl Scouts San Diego, Nominating Committee Member
  • EvoNexus, San Diego, CA, Development Committee Member
  • Frank Lloyd Wright National Conservancy, 2005 “Spirit Award” winner
  • La Jolla Music Society, Board Member
  • Girl Scouts USA, National Board of Directors



Jeffrey Clarke

Jeff Clarke, MBA’85, is CEO and a member of the board of directors of Kodak.

Before Kodak, Clarke was a managing partner of Augusta Columbia Capital, a private investment firm he co-founded in 2012. He was previously chairman of Travelport, Inc., a private travel technology firm, where he also served as CEO after leading its sale to the Blackstone Group for $4.3 billion in 2006.

Clarke was chief operating officer of CA, Inc., an enterprise software company, from 2004 to 2006. He was responsible for sales, services, distribution, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, information technology, corporate strategy, and planning. From 2002 to 2003, Clarke was executive vice president of global operations at HP and co-led its merger integration with Compaq Computer. Prior to HP, Clarke was CFO of Compaq Computer and held management roles at Digital Equipment Corporation.

Clarke serves on the board of directors of Red Hat, Inc., and the Compuware Corporation. He was chairman of Orbitz Worldwide from 2007 to 2014.

Clarke holds a BA in economics from SUNY Geneseo and is a Northeastern University trustee.

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Kodak Profile




Kevin DeNuccio

Kevin DeNuccio, DMSB’81, has over 25 years of leadership experience at communications technology companies and service providers worldwide. He has been president and CEO of Violin Memory since 2014, and is a member of the Violin Memory board of directors.

DeNuccio was CEO of Metaswitch Networks from 2010 to 2012, and previously CEO of Redback Networks. He helped Redback become the fastest growing vendor in its market segment, leading to its $2.1 billion acquisition by Ericsson in 2007.

From 1995 to 2001, DeNuccio held executive positions at Cisco Systems, including senior vice president of worldwide service provider operations. He was founder, president, and CEO of Bell Atlantic Network Integration, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bell Atlantic (now Verizon Communications). In addition to Calix and Metaswitch, he serves on the boards of SanDisk and Northeastern University.

DeNuccio earned his MBA from Columbia University in 1991.

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Northeastern University Profiles In Leadership

Violin Memory


Roger Grace

Title: Printed/Flexible/Stretchable (P/F/T) Sensors For Iot And Wearables: Technologies And Applications

Abstract: The availability of sensors that can take the shape of their imposed working environment has existed for quite some time with the earliest being for aerospace applications.   With the recent popularity of the Internet of Things (IoT) and especially “wearables”…the need for single or multiple sensors per system that are small, lightweight and low- power consuming that also can conform to the shape of the environment in which they must operate in is becoming essential.  To be presented will be several of the more interesting printed/flexible/ stretchable (P/F/T) sensor technologies and their applications currently under development and in production in the commercial sector as well those under development in the leading research universities and research labs around the world.   In addition to these sensors, we will address the challenges of their integration with other functional element of basic Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable applications.   We will also address the manufacturing issues to create these heterogeneous and hybrid solutions from both a batch mode and continuous process.  Finally, barriers to the successful commercialization of P/F/S sensors and recommended strategies for market success will be presented.


Roger Grace is the president and owner of Roger Grace Associates. Roger Grace Associates was founded in 1982 and specializes in sensor and semiconductor marketing services. Mr. Grace has been offering MEMS (on micro-electromechanical systems) marketing consulting services to the domestic and international sensor and semiconductor markets for more than 30 years. He specializes in analog circuit design engineering, manufacturing engineering, application engineering, project management, product marketing, and technology consulting. Previous clients include the National Science Foundation, Bain Capital, Thomson (France), Electronic Corporation of Israel, Texas Instruments, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Emerson and Cuming, EV Group (Austria), and others.

Mr. Grace worked for The Foxboro Company in San Jose, CA, from 1979-1982, Avantek (now Hewlett Packard) in Santa Clara, CA, from 1976-1979, and Ford Aerospace from 1970-1976. He was a project engineer with Raytheon Company from 1967-1970 and an engineer at Avco Missile Systems in Wilmington MA, from 1961-1967.  He specialized in sensors for over 30 years with a focus on micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and nanotechnology.

Mr. Grace has been a visiting lecturer at the University of California-Berkeley, San Jose State University, Wayne State University, University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, University of California-Irvine, University of Texas-Arlington, Boston University, and Northeastern University.

John Moalli

John Moalli, E’87, is an expert in polymeric materials and addresses issues related to plastics, composite materials, rubbers, adhesives, and general materials science. He has worked at Exponent Failure Analysis for 20 years, and has published a book and several book chapters on failure of polymeric materials.

Moalli’s specialties include product design and development, analysis of fracture surfaces, combustion behavior, experimental mechanical, chemical and physical property evaluation, development of constitutive relations, fracture behavior, patent analysis, and risk analysis in polymer and polymer composite systems. He is familiar with risk assessment through use of Failure Modes and Effects Analysis and large-scale accident databases.

Moalli has an academic appointment at Stanford University, where he teaches engineering design and serves as an academic advisor to undergraduates. His current research pertains to the evaluation of polymers in medical devices, automotive and vehicular applications, aerospace structures and devices, construction materials, electrical, and recreational equipment.

Moalli earned his ScD from the Department of Materials Science at MIT.

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Exponent Article




Leonard Perham

Mr. Perham is a successful entrepreneur with over 40 years of executive leadership and semiconductor industry experience. Perham retired from Integrated Device Technology in 2000 and served as, first, executive chairman and, later chairman of the board of NetLogic Microsystems prior to its acquisition by Broadcom Corporation in 2012.

From 1991 to 2000, Mr. Perham served as CEO of Integrated Device Technology (NASDAQ:IDTI). He was appointed president and elected to the board of directors in 1986. During his 16-year tenure, Mr. Perham incubated several companies under the IDT umbrella including Galileo Technology (IPO/acquired by Marvell Technology), Quantum Effect Devices (IPO/acquired by PMC-Sierra), Monolithic System Technology (NASDAQ: MOSY), Clear-Logic and Centaur Technology (acquired by VIA Technology/Taiwan). Prior to joining IDT, Mr. Perham was president and CEO of Optical Information Systems Inc., a division of Exxon Enterprises. He was also a member of the founding team at Zilog Inc. and held management positions at Advanced Micro Devices and Western Digital.

Mr. Perham received a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts in 1968.

He has been a member of the Northeastern Corporation since 2000. Perham has endowed a Legacy Scholarship in the College of Engineering and helped fund the university’s overseas co-op efforts.

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Outstanding Alumni Award

Silicon Valley Spring Break

The Legacy Continues



Jeannine Sargent

Jeannine Sargent is President of Innovation and New Ventures at Flex (NASDAQ: FLEX). Flex is a leading $25 billion sketch-to-scale™ solutions company that designs and builds intelligent products for a connected world. With more than 200,000 professionals across 30 countries and a promise to help make the world Live Smarter™, the company provides innovative and logistics services to companies of all sizes in various industries and end-markets.

In her current role, Ms. Sargent is responsible for worldwide innovation activities including innovation labs, global design & engineering, launching new product businesses, the Lab IX tech accelerator, and new venture investments for Flex. Ms. Sargent brings over 25 years of international P&L operating management, M&A, business strategy and Board level executive experience across several high-growth industries including Internet of Things, consumer wearables, semiconductor, software, energy, electronics design & manufacturing. She has held two CEO posts and has successfully built and scaled venture-backed and global, public technology companies, launched multiple disruptive hardware and software products, and worked with private equity and venture firms on turnaround and emerging market growth opportunities.

Prior, Ms. Sargent was president of Energy at Flextronics which she incubated and in < 3 years became a profitable, multi-billion dollar revenue business. Previously she was the founding CEO of Oerlikon Solar in Switzerland and an executive-in-residence/venture advisor at Crosslink Capital in Silicon Valley. Ms. Sargent held various executive and management positions, with increasing responsibility levels, at Veeco Instruments, Voyan Technology, Gasonics, Tencor Instruments, and Digital Equipment Corporation.

Ms. Sargent holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, magna cum laude, from Northeastern University and has completed executive programs at Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business and IMD/INSEAD, Lausanne. She serves on the Board of VUV Analytics. Current advisory board roles include Digital Advisory Board at BASF, and Northeastern University’s College of Engineering. Former boards include Voyan Technology, SiOnyx, AstroWatt, ReVera, SEMI North America, and ETH Zurich.

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Jeannine Sargent: We’re Moving Out Of The Information Age Into The Age Of Intelligence

How Five Industries Will Evolve in the Next Decade



Homayoun Talieh

Homayoun Talieh, E’82, is a board member of 3D Forms, which develops innovative technologies in the field of 3D printing with a focus on metallic parts.

Talieh co-founded SoloPower, Inc. in 2005 and served as chairman, CEO, and president. Previously, he founded NuTool and served as president and CEO. His other business affiliations include: general manager of Applied Materials’ Track division, where he designed new products, and vice president and general manager of the CMP division at OnTrak Systems, developing innovative semiconductor equipment that enabled OnTrak to tap a new multi-billion dollar market. He began his career in the 1980s at Monosolar Inc., which pioneered a revolutionary electroplating technique for the deposition of CdTe solar cells on glass.

Talieh holds more than 63 patents in Physical Vapor Deposition, Chemical Vapor Deposition, Chemical Mechanical Planarization, and photolithography. He is director of SoloPower, Inc.

Talieh earned his master’s degree in materials science from the University of Illinois.

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NU Engineer Advancement Report

James Thompson

James Thompson, E’69, is the retired president of Tyco Thermal Controls, LLC, which operates as a materials science company serving both domestic and international markets. Formerly known as Raychem HTS LLC, the company was renamed Tyco Thermal Controls in 2002.

In 2000, Thompson became president at Tyco Thermal Controls LLC and served in that role until retiring in 2010. He previously worked for Raychem HTS LLC, a company that developed and manufactured many products including heat tracing systems. During his 26-year career with Raychem, Thompson held management positions in operations, engineering, sales and marketing, and was involved in both domestic and international arenas. He also served as Raychem’s vice president of the Asian sales operation, and led the product marketing and management team for Asia and the Americas.

Thompson earned a master of science in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973.

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Gregory Waters

Gregory Waters, MS’89, is a mobile communications expert and enthusiast who has managed significant analog semiconductor businesses since 1998. He joined IDT in 2014 as president and CEO, and is a member of the board of directors.

From 2003 to 2012, Waters served as executive vice president and general manager for Skyworks Solutions, leading the company’s front-end solutions business to a decisive number one industry position. Before Skyworks, he worked in several executive positions at Agere Systems and played a key role in Agere’s successful IPO. Waters began his career at Texas Instruments, serving in a variety of management positions in sales, customer design centers, and business unit management.

Waters holds a BS in engineering from the University of Vermont.

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About the IDT Partnership: Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley Campus for Northeastern University

Integrated Device Technology

Northeastern U. at Silicon Valley



Eric Young

Eric Young co-founded Canaan Partners, an early-stage venture capital investment firm, in 1987.  Since then, Canaan has raised $4.2 billion in capital, making startup investments in over 430 newly formed companies that span the information technology and healthcare industries.  Over that time, Eric has led Canaan’s investments in a large number of IT-based portfolio companies, including successful innovators such as Copper Mountain Networks, Ebates, Enpirion, International Network Services, Kalpana, Lancope, ONI Systems, SandForce, Spectrian and Visigenic Software.

Before starting Canaan, Eric was a SVP at GE Venture Capital, and previous to that, held various management positions in two other GE industrial product businesses.

As a staunch proponent of encouraging entrepreneurial activity and developing skills in young people, Eric serves in a number of advisory roles to entrepreneurship-directed organizations.  These groups are largely affiliated with leading universities such as Northeastern and Cornell, but also include other early-stage venture capital investment funds.  He is a frequent speaker on the subject of building successful new technology-driven startup companies, both in classrooms on campus and to alumni gatherings more broadly.  At Northeastern, Eric serves on the Advisory Boards of both the Northeastern University Center for Entrepreneurship Education (NUCEE) and Scout, Northeastern’s student-led design studio.

Beyond university-based mentoring, Eric has been an advisor for several industry organizations focused on helping innovative technology companies, including serving on Nasdaq’s Listings Council and on the Steering Committee for Sinet, the cybersecurity industry’s thought leadership organization.

Eric earned a BS in mechanical engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Northwestern University.

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Meet Eric Young: Crashing the Net- and Staying There- From a Different Direction Every Day



Richard Yuse

Richard R. Yuse, E’74, ME’76, is a Raytheon Company vice president and president of Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems (SAS). With 2015 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees worldwide, Raytheon is a technology and innovation leader in defense, civil government, and cybersecurity solutions.

Prior to SAS, Yuse was president of Raytheon Technical Services Company. He guided the business to year-over-year growth, and solidified Raytheon as a global leader in training services and mission support for government and commercial customers. Yuse was also vice president of Integrated Air Defense for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS), where he was responsible for all air defense programs within IDS for domestic and international customers.

Yuse was vice president of IDS’ Missile Defense business area where he oversaw the Ballistic Missile Defense System, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, Upgraded Early Warning Radar, and the Sea-Based X-Band Radar. He was also responsible for the Sensor Netting and Concurrent Test,  and Training and Operations new business initiatives.

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Raytheon Biography

A Culture of AHA!




Arthur Zafiropoulo

Art Zafiropoulo, E’61, is chairman, president, and CEO of Ultratech.

In 1993, Zafiropoulo led a management buy-out of Ultratech and subsequently launched its initial public offering. He previously served as president of the General Signal Semiconductor Equipment Group’s international operations. In 1980, he founded Drytek, a start-up dry etch company acquired by General Signal in 1986 and purchased by Lam Research in 1993. Zafiropoulo was also president of Kayex, which comprised three companies: Hampco, Capco and Spitfire. He holds several U.S. and foreign patents.

Zafiropoulo is a member of the SEMI board of directors and served a term as SEMI chairman in 2003. He is also a member of Northeastern’s board of trustees.

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Semi Oral History Interview