Missouri S&T – News & Events – Six inductees into the Missouri S&T Academy of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Six electrical and computer engineers with ties to Missouri University of Science and Technology were inducted into the Missouri S&T Academy of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the academy’s induction ceremony, held on Thursday April 7 at the Comfort Suites Conference Center.

Founded in 1980, the academy is a departmental advisory group of alumni and other electrical and computer engineers who have made outstanding contributions to their profession. The new inductees were recognized for their service and leadership in electrical and computer engineering.

The new members are listed below:

Cameron K. Coursey of Defiance, Mo., vice president of platforms at AT&T, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1987 and 1988, respectively. Coursey began his career as a communications systems engineer for McDonnell Douglas Corp. in 1989. In 1991, he joined SBC Technology Resources Inc. as a member of its technical staff and was promoted to senior member in 1996. From 1999 to 2003, Coursey was a director of SBC Technology Resources and Cingular Wireless, and in 2003 became executive director of AT&T. He has held his current position since 2009. A senior member of the IEEE, Coursey holds 13 US patents and is the author of two technical books. He is a former board member of the 5G Automotive Association.

John M. Haake of St. Charles, Missouri, founder and owner of Titanova Inc., earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1986 and 1988, respectively. Haake began his career as a principal engineer at McDonnell Douglas Corp. then co-founded Nuvonyx Inc., where he worked until 2007. He then served as a product line manager at Coherent for a year before founding Titanova Inc. in 2008. Haake holds 29 US patents and is a member of Greater Saint-Charles Chamber of Commerce, NTMA, ASM, ASME and Eta Kappa Nu.

Clay E. Merritt of Bella Vista, Arkansas, earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Missouri S&T in 1985 and an MS in Electrical Engineering from University College Dublin in 1987. He began his career as an engineer designing vending machine control boards for Coin Acceptors in Clayton, Mo. He then joined Motorola Semiconductor where he served as Field Application Engineer and Application Engineering Manager. In 2008, he was appointed New Product Definition Manager for Freescale Semiconductor in Austin, Texas, then joined Spansion as Microcontroller Applications Manager in 2013. He served VORAGO Technologies in applications and product definition. microcontrollers from 2015 to 2019. Merritt has published nine application notes, holds two patents, and was voted FAE of the Year by Motorola in 1998. He has led teams in five different countries and, while working to define products for Motorola, he has visited customers in more than 30 countries.

Dale L. Morse of Milford, Michigan, who retired from General Motors in 2014, earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1979. He also holds a master’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Morse began his career as a reliability engineer for General Motors. In 1986 he was appointed design engineer and in 1995 he was appointed as head of the engineering group. He also served as coordinator of the University Relations team from 2005 to 2011. Morse was granted a patent for Fade Compensated Tone Control Method and Apparatus in 1993. A member of the Order of the Golden Shillelagh at Missouri S&T, Morse served as president of the Motor City chapter of the Miner Alumni Association from 2010 to 2016 and earned the association’s Robert V. Wolf Alumni Service Award in 2018.

Russell L. Woirhaye of Stillwell, Kansas, a retired design engineer from SEGA Consultants, earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1971. Woirhaye began his career as a field engineer in the power generation division of Westinghouse Electric Co. In 1976, he joined Black & Veatch Consulting Engineers where he held the positions of design engineer and then project manager. After working as a consulting engineer for a year in 2003, Worihaye joined SEGA Consultants in 2004 and retired as a design engineer in 2010. He is a retired professional engineer in Kansas, Missouri and Texas, IEEE Life Member and Past Member of the IEEE and IEEE Communications Society.

Zhiping Yang from Campbell, CA, Signals Team Leader for Waymo, earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Missouri S&T in 2000. He also earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing. Yang began his career as a Technical Manager for Cisco Systems Inc., then worked as a Senior Signal Integrity Engineer for Apple, Signal Integrity Engineer and Senior Engineer for Cisco Systems (formerly Nuova Systems), Engineer Senior Principal of Power Integrity for Apple and Principal Hardware Manager. for Google. He joined Waymo in his current role in 2021. A member of Eta Kappa Nu and a member of the IEEE, Yang holds over 20 US patents and has authored over 70 conference and journal publications. He holds leadership positions with the IEEE EMC Society, is associate editor of two IEEE journals, chaired the NSF Industry Advisory Board IUCRC CEMC Research Center, was Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE EMC Society, and received the IEEE EMC Society Technical Excellence Award. Yang was founding president of the Missouri S&T/UMR EMC Lab Alumni Network and is a librarian and board member of the IBIS Open Forum. He won the Best Symposium Paper Award from the IEEE EMC Society Symposium in 2006 and 2011, and won the IEEE PES Prize Paper Award 2006.

Jennifer C. Burleigh