External Advisory Board Members

Members of the external advisory board represent our most committed supporters focused on furthering the work of the Center for STEM Diversity. Board members offer their time, resources, guidance, and personal connections through years of professional involvement with leading companies, organizations, research endeavors, and STEM education initiatives. Members serve a four-year term with an option to renew based on mutual agreement between the member and the director.

Carolyn Birmingham, E57
Carolyn graduated from Tufts School of Engineering in 1957 with a major in Electrical Engineering. She spent the next decade working at General Radio, a manufacturer of electrical measuring equipment, in Cambridge and Concord, MA. Since 1997, Carolyn has served as the Founding Director of Step Up to Excellence, a three-year, school-based mentoring program for motivated high -school students from low-income families.

Aliandro Brathwaite, E14, Skanska USA Civil, Inc.
A member of the first graduating cohort of the BEST program, Aliandro Brathwaite is an Engineer-in-Training currently working at Skanska USA Civil Inc. in Waltham, MA. He graduated from Tufts University in May of 2014 with a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering. At Skanska, he works in design management with an emphasis on Building Information Modeling and CAD software specialization. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, he currently resides in Somerville, MA.

Antonio de la Serna, Draper Laboratory
Antonio de la Serna is a research and development engineer at Draper Laboratory. He holds an MSEE from the University of California, Davis and is a California Predoctoral Fellow and a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow. Antonio has worked for several high-tech companies in the semiconductor market in both the United States and Canada, and he founded Simile, a consulting and research company in Cambridge, MA. He has served in numerous leadership roles for professional societies, including the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and Engineers Week – New England.

Lisann (Lee) Keverian Dillon, E84, GE Aviation
Lee is the Engineering/Technical Excellence Leader for the Product Engineering Center at GE Aviation in Lynn, MA. She leads the technical development for 500+ engineers where turbomachinery is designed, analyzed and developed. In addition, Lee has led the GE Women's Network Boston Sub-Hub, a network for fostering the development, promotion, and retention of women in technology and commercial roles at GE Aviation.

John Hurley, E93, Analog Devices, Inc.
John Hurley is the Human Resources Business Partner for Analog Devices' Healthcare, Consumer, and IoT Businesses. In this role, he is responsible for providing a comprehensive range of human resources strategic initiatives and support for the organization. Previously, John has held similar HR roles supporting the sales organizations in North America and Asia, and was Manager of Talent Acquisition where he was responsible for developing and executing the staffing strategy for Analog Devices' North American Operations.

John Matsui, University of California, Berkeley
As Director and co-Founder of the Biology Scholars Program (BSP) at the University of California, Berkeley, John's commitment is to make biology accessible to all students with an interest. Through the BSP, MARC, and IMSD programs, John's goal is to "level the playing field" for individuals who, like himself, do not fit the historical profile of success, and to help them become leaders in their future science-related careers. For more than 20 years, John has learned from more than 2,500 program participants how Berkeley can better train and support its undergraduate and graduate students in biology.

Jessica Yu, MITRE
Jessica Yu is a Human Factors Engineer in the Human Systems Integration, Visualization, and Decision Support department at the MITRE Corporation. In her role, Jessica applies her passion for making the world a better place through human-centered design to create innovative solutions for our nation's most critical challenges. Jessica is responsible for conducting user research, designing user interfaces that fulfill user needs and goals, and evaluating the usability of a wide range of systems and platforms. A focus on people has always been at the center of her career. Prior to becoming an engineer, Jessica led MITRE's College Recruiting and Student Program where she was responsible for setting the strategy to engage students across the country in creating awareness of MITRE as an employer of choice, facilitating full-cycle recruiting, and developing internal programming for co-ops and interns from high school to the Ph.D. level.