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Bobby Compton

Bobby Compton, Eaton
IAB Chair

Bobby is a Senior Engineering Manager at Eaton Corporation responsible for leading global engineering teams to develop next generation power quality & power backup solutions for the datacenter, medical, industrial markets.

He has 25+ years of global technology and research leadership experience doing product development involving: Medical Devices, MR/CT/X-ray/Ultrasound Imaging, Industrial Controls, and Energy/Power Quality products. Previous to Eaton, Bobby was an Engineering General Manager and an New Product Development Manager at GE Healthcare’s Vital Signs Monitoring division which made hospital critical care monitors, pulse oximetry devices & blood pressure cuffs. Prior to that he was a Leader of the Global Electrical Center of Excellence in GE Healthcare’s Imaging Division responsible for researching and applying state of the art advanced simulation/analysis techniques to solve MRI/CT/Ultrasound/X-ray development challenges. In addition, he developed global electronics semiconductor technology roadmap strategies and led a team to develop GE Healthcare’s first unified Electrical CAD tool & global design for manufacturing printed circuit board library for 12 global sites & 400+ engineers. Prior to that role, Bobby designed analog & digital electronics, embedded control systems & power electronics solutions for industrial motor drives & turbine control systems at GE Industrial Systems (now GE Energy).

Bobby has been a member of PhD dissertation and MS thesis research committees at Duke and NC State in electronics, medical device applications, power electronics & controls. He also is currently a part-time adjunct instructor for a business practicum consultancy course in the Master of Engineering Management Program at Duke University.

Bobby graduated with Bachelor’s & Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and an MBA from Duke University where he graduated as a Fuqua Scholar in the top 10% of the class.

Deborah Stokes

Deborah Stokes, Huawei
IAB Past Chair

Deborah R. Stokes is the Director, External Research, Enterprise Global Competency Center at Huawei Technologies, USA, collaborating with universities across North America.

Deborah has served in various technology leadership positions for over 25 years. She started with what was known as BNR (Bell Northern Research) in Research Triangle Park in 1987. Prior to that, Deborah managed the National Science Foundation Industry/University Collaborative Research Center in Communications and Signal Processing at North Carolina State University.

Deborah served in a number of roles in Nortel including the Wireless Networks business division where she managed various business development, executive support, and communications programs. She returned to the R&D team in 2000 as part of the Advanced Technology Investment team, where in addition to external research program responsibilities, she was an active member of the Wireless Mesh Network project team, managing the contributions of the MIT Media Lab to this joint product development. Deborah' s responsibilities as part of the Office of the CTO for Nortel included External Research, delivery of the Nortel Technical Conference, and corporate compliance. She also held the role of General Operations and External Research Director for Nortel's Enterprise Solutions business.

Deborah has an additional 10 years experience in education, including a role as Director, Basic Skills Program at Coastal Carolina Community College. Deborah has served on numerous local business committees and various university advisory boards. She currently serves as the Chair of the IAB for the NCSU FREEDM energy research center. Deborah has numerous publications in the technology management field, and has filed a patent on measuring the ROI from university investments.

Deborah has a BS in Business Administration, and completed her Executive MBA at the University of Texas at Dallas under a Nortel sponsorship in 1994, with a focus on "Managing for Change".

Le Tang, ABB
Immediate Past IAB Chair

Dr. Le Tang joined ABB Inc. 1995. From 2003, Le has been a Vice President responsible for ABB's corporate research activities in the United States.

From 1995 to 2002, Le had worked as an Advisory Engineer, a Group Leader, Power Systems Center manager, Utility Business Solution Program manager, Power Technology Department manager. In the past twelve years, Le has proposed, participated, led and organized many of ABB's technology development projects involving power system component design, apparatus applications, power systems planning, operation and control. Prior to joining ABB, Le was a Senior Consultant at Electrotek Concepts Inc., Knoxville, TN, where he was responsible for many types of research and application studies in the fields of power systems and power quality. Prior to joining Electrotek, Dr. Tang worked for MAGSOFT Corporation, Troy, New York, where Le was responsible for developing a finite element analysis package and conducting electrical-magnetic field analysis for improved design of advanced electrical machinery.

Le earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from Xian Jiaotong University (Xian, China) and his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York.

In the early stage of Le's career, he also worked as a technician for eight years at Qinghai Electric Power Company.