Trinity Engineering Advisory Council

The Trinity Engineering Advisory Council (TEAC) is comprised of a group of leaders from engineering industry and academia and serves as a professional resource and advocate for the Trinity Engineering Program.  TEAC conducts biannual professional awareness and "real world engineering" seminars for our students, as well as providing internship opportunities.

To reach  TEAC Members you may contact Nancy Fleming at 860-297-2517 in the Trinity College Engineering Department.


Fred Borgenicht, M.S. (`79) 
Senior Technical Lead
Philips Medical Systems
Dover, MA
​Morton K. Pearson, M.S., P.E.
TEAC Chair
Mechanical Design Technical
Discipline Chief
Global Services Engineering
United Technologies - Pratt & Whitney   
East Hartford, CT
Eric Fossum, Ph.D. (`79)
Professor of Engineering
Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth
Hanover, NH
Harvey F. Silverman, Ph.D., BSE (`65), EE (`66)
Professor, Engineering
Brown University
Providence, RI

Monica Grewal, B.S. `87, M.S.E.E `88, J.D. `97

Boston, MA

Joseph Tranquillo, Ph.D. (`97)
Associate Professor
Bucknell University
Lewisburg, PA
Michael A. Guillorn, PhD (`98)
Research Staff Member and Manager
IBM TJ Watson Research Center
Yorktown Heights, New York
Deborah M. Vernon, Ph.D. (`95) 
Former TEAC Vice-Chair
McCarter & English, LLP
Boston, MA
Susan M. Miller, Ph.D. (`83)
Technical Manager, Wireless Systems
Whitehouse Station, NJ
​David K. Ware, Esq.
Vice President, Counsel
Pratt & Whitney Military Engines
East Hartford, CT

Biographical Sketches


Fred Borgenicht, M.S.  (`79) 

Fred Borgenicht earned the B.S. degree in engineering from Trinity College in 1979 and the M.S. degree in biomedical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  He began his career at Hewlett Packard Medical in 1981, and remained after the company’s restructuring into Agilent, subsequently sold to Philips. He has worked on a wide range of medical products including developing algorithms for the early detection of arrhythmias, cardiac catheter lab monitoring equipment, intensive care monitoring equipment, and currently defibrillators. Mr. Borgenicht has also held a number of positions within research and development, ranging from individual contributor, to senior technical lead, to systems engineer and project manager. He is currently a senior technical lead in the manufacturing organization of Philips Medical.  

Eric Fossum, Ph.D.  (`79)

Eric R. Fossum is a solid-state image sensor device physicist and engineer, and Professor of Engineering in the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth. He is the primary inventor of the modern CMOS active pixel image sensor used in billions of cameras. He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the Space Technology Hall of Fame.

Born and raised in Connecticut, he received his B.S. in Physics and Engineering from Trinity College in Hartford and the Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale University. He was a member of Columbia University’s Electrical Engineering faculty from 1984-1990.  He joined the faculty at Dartmouth in 2010.

In 1990, Dr. Fossum joined the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology and managed JPL’s image sensor and focal-plane technology research and advanced development. While at JPL, he invented the CMOS active pixel sensor (APS) camera-on-a-chip technology and led its development and subsequent transfer of the technology to US industry.  Dr. Fossum co-founded Photobit Corporation in 1995 to commercialize the technology and served in several top management roles including CEO. In late 2001, Photobit was acquired by Micron Technology Inc. From 2005-2007, he was CEO of Siimpel Corporation developing MEMS-based camera modules with autofocus and shutter functions for cell phones. He has worked as a consultant for various companies and law firms for intellectual property matters and for research and development. He currently serves as a technical consultant for Samsung Electronics.

Dr. Fossum has published over 250 technical papers, holds over 140 U.S. patents, and is a Fellow Member of the IEEE and a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. He is a co-founder and President of the International Image Sensor Society (IISS). Dr. Fossum has received Yale’s Becton Prize and the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award. For the invention of the CMOS active pixel image sensor he has received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, the Photographic Society of America's Progress Medal, Royal Photographic Society's Progress Medal and the IEEE Andrew Grove Award.


Monica Grewal, B.S. `87, M.S.E.E `88, J.D. `97

Monica Grewal earned her B.S. degree in engineering from Trinity College in 1987 and an M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  She began her career as a systems engineer at United Technologies Corporation, Hamilton Standard Division, where she was involved in a variety of United States space programs, including the advanced testing of the NASA spacesuit and shuttle environmental control systems. In 1995, she transitioned to the legal department of Pratt & Whitney Aircraft where she served as an in-house intellectual property attorney focusing on patent prosecution and litigation  She is currently a partner in the Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr's Intellectual Property Department, and a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group.  Her practice focuses on helping clients identify and protect their intellectual property with an emphasis on strategically building their patent portfolios and intellectual property litigation.

With respect to patent advice and prosecution, Ms. Grewal has written patent applications in a wide range of technology areas including: medical devices and procedures, imaging technologies for surgical and diagnostic applications, spectroscopic applications, semi-conductor fabrication, gas turbine engine applications, optics, control systems, computer networking, signal processing, business methods, and other software and telecommunications based technologies. Ms. Grewal has experience with patent litigation in the International Trade Commission (ITC) and in the Federal Courts, involving various aspects of digital camera technology, computer software and hardware, GPS technology, signal processing, electronic devices and wireless communications technology. 


Michael Guillorn, Ph.D. (`98)

Michael Guillorn  received his Bachelors of Engineering degree with a concentration in Electrical Engineering from Trinity College, Hartford CT, in 1998.  He received a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville TN, in 2003. While performing his PhD research, Michael worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a staff engineer from 2000 to 2003. His PhD and professional scientific work focused on the use of nanostructured carbon based materials as field emission electron sources. In 2003 Michael joined the staff of the Cornell Nanofabrication Facility. He supported users of the facility in the areas of electron beam and photolithography integration, mask making and thin film process integration. In 2006 Michael joined the IBM TJ Watson Research Center as a research staff member. His current research work involves pushing the limits of CMOS density scaling setting the record for SRAM bitcell density scaling demonstrations in 2009 and 2011.  In 2010 Michael became the manager of the Electron Beam Lithography and Nanofabrication research group.  Michael has authored over 50 publications in peer reviewed journals and holds 9 US patents. 


Susan M. Miller, Ph.D.  (`83)

Susan M. Miller received a B.S. degree in 1983 from Trinity College, Hartford, CT, with majors in Engineering, Computer Coordinate with Engineering, and Mathematics.  In her senior year, Susan was a President’s Fellow, awarded for outstanding achievement in the major along with evidence of wide-ranging intellectual interests.   She received a Sc.M. degree in 1985 and a Ph.D. in 1988 from Brown University.  In 1988, Susan joined AT&T Bell Laboratories as a Member of the Technical Staff, which in 1996 became Lucent Technologies, Bell Labs Innovations.  From 1988 until 1994, she specified the design of real-time, multi-processor systems to be used in military intelligence gathering applications.  From 1994 until 2001, she worked in the wire-line business specifying the design of the HFC-2000 Broadband Access System (a hybrid fiber coax system for voice and video on demand) and the AnyMedia™ Access System (a next generation digital loop carrier for voice and data), where she was promoted to Technical Manager in 1996.  From 2001 until the present, Susan has been in the wireless business Open Innovations Laboratory where she has had responsibilities as a program manager for Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) for base station applications.  Currently she is responsible for front end engineering (Requirements and Architecture) for base station channel elements.

Susan has received 4 Bell Laboratories President’s Awards.  In 1997, she was recognized by Trinity College with a Century of Engineering Special Recognition Citation for uncommon professional achievement.  From 1998 until the present, Susan has been a member of the Trinity Engineering Advisory Committee (TEAC), providing guidance to the engineering program. 


Morton K. Pearson, M.S., P.E., TEAC Chair

Mort is one of five Mechanical Design Technical Discipline Chiefs for Pratt & Whitney, responsible for the aftermarket engineering business segment, insuring that mechanical design practitioners, tools, and processes produce superior mechanical solutions.  His team maintains the mechanical design system and works closely with other United Technologies organizations to assure that best practices and experience are captured and used, and that tools, practices and processes are common, where applicable.   He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Connecticut in 1974 and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Hartford in 1982. Mort joined Pratt & Whitney in 1974 as an analytical engineer following a tour in the US Air Force on C-130 aircraft.  Mort is a member of SAE International. 


Harvey F. Silverman, Ph.D.  (`65)

Harvey Silverman graduated with B.S. and B.S.E. degrees from Trinity College in 1965 and 1966.  He attended graduate school at Brown University and received the Sc.M. in 1968 and Ph.D. in 1971.  In 1970 he joined the research staff at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights NY.  While there he initially worked on satellite image processing and computer performance before becoming a founding member of the speech recognition group.  From 1976-1980, he managed a group that was building speech recognition hardware.

In 1980 Dr. Silverman became a full professor at Brown University and was charged with the development of a computer engineering discipline within electrical engineering.  His research work was in the areas of speech recognition, architectures for digital signal processing and speech processing, and arrays of microphones.  In July 1991, Professor Silverman became Dean of Engineering at Brown and served in this capacity until 1998.  He continues as Professor of Electrical Sciences and Computer Engineering and focuses much of his current work in the area of microphone arrays.  Since 1980, Professor Silverman has been the advisor to 25 PhD’s.

Professor Silverman was made a Fellow of the IEEE in 1996 and he has served as a consultant for many companies.  He was a Charter Trustee of Trinity College from 1994-2003.  He has been a member of the Trinity Engineering Advisory Committee since its inception in 1992, and was the General Chairman of the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing in 1977.  He was also the Chair and a member of the IEEE ASSP Society’s Technical Committee on Digital Signal Processing from 1972 to 1983.

Dr. Silverman has over 150 archival journal and conference papers to date. In 1997 he received an Outstanding Engineering Alumni Certificate from Trinity College, in 1984 an IEEE Centennial Medal Award, in 1980 an IEEE ASSP Society Meritorious Service Award, and several patent and research awards while at IBM. 


Joseph Tranquillo, Ph.D. (`97)

Joseph Tranquillo graduated from Trinity College with a B.S. in Engineering in 1997. He received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University. In 2005 he became an Assistant Professor at Bucknell University as the second faculty member in the new Biomedical Engineering Program. The program has since become an accredited department with seven faculty and 60 undergraduate students. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011.

Joe's teaching interests are in biomedical signals and systems, neural and cardiac electrophysiology, and medical device design. Nationally Joe has published or presented over 42 peer reviewed or invited works in the field of engineering education. He was the founder and inaugural chair of the Undergraduate Research Track at the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) conference, co-organized the Biomedical Engineering Body-Of-Knowledge Summit and currently serves on the board of the Biomedical Engineering Division of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). He is the winner of the 2010 National ASEE Biomedical Engineering Teaching.

Joe's technical research interests are in non-linear dynamics in the heart and brain. He has 52 publications and authored a textbook, Quantitative Neurophysiology. He is a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, American Physical Society and is an elected member of Sigma Xi and Heart Rhythm. 


Deborah M. Vernon, Ph.D.  (`95)  Former TEAC Vice-Chair

Deborah M. Vernon, Ph.D. is an attorney on patent law and intellectual property.  She is a partner at McCarter & English, LLP.  Dr. Vernon received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Trinity College in 1995, her Ph.D. in Materials Science Engineering from Brown University in 2001 and a J.D. degree from Suffolk University in 2005.  Dr. Vernon’s doctorial thesis research concentrated on processing and analyzing ceramic materials.  While at Brown University, she developed new processing techniques for controlling grain growth during densification of nanophase ceramic compacts using chemical vapor infiltration and liquid phase infiltration techniques.

At McCarter & English, Deborah assists clients in obtaining and enforcing intellectual property rights both in the U.S. and abroad. She has experience in the technology fields of superconductors, photovoltaics, plasma science, ceramics, thin film technology, nanophase materials, medical devices, and mechanical engineering.  Deborah practice also includes conducting intellectual property due diligence in connection with corporate financing transactions, drafting licensing agreements, and performing patentability and product clearance studies. 


David K. Ware, Esq.

Dave is Vice President and Counsel for Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, specializing in general corporate and business law, commercial and government contracts, merger and acquisition transactions, litigation management, export/import matters, and labor and employment law matters.  He also manages the Legal Department and Contracts Department.  He previously was Vice President-Counsel for United Technologies Automotive, and was Counsel and General Counsel for Norden Systems.  Dave earned a B.A. in Political Science from Amherst College in 1973 and the J.D. (with honors) from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1976, and served as an Associate Editor of The Connecticut Law Review from 1974-1976.  He has made several presentations on the topic of business ethics to Engineering students at Trinity College and Brown University.  Dave served on the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches from 1994 to 1996.  He also served on the Board of Connecticut Radio Information System, a non-profit organization that broadcasts news and information throughout Connecticut for the blind and sight-impared, from 2005 to 2007.