Advisory Council


The Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Advisory Council (MAEAC) advises the department on academic and professional issues pertaining to undergraduate programs.


  1. Review the B.S.M.E. degree program and provide suggestions and input for program objectives,
  2. Help the Department become aware of the educational needs of the technical community served,
  3. Provide strategies for developing linkages with the technical community which will result in opportunities for collaboration, and
  4. Help the Department in developing long-range plans which will assist in identifying future initiatives/direction.


The Advisory Council is composed of professionals, many holding managerial or supervisory positions, from industrial companies and federal organizations located in the Southeastern region of Virginia. A significant percentage, if not the majority, of Department graduates from Old Dominion University, are employed in the Southeastern region of Virginia.

The MAEAC members bring their broader perspectives, and they have been very active in recent years in the formulation, assessment, and evaluation of the undergraduate program objectives. The Council meets twice a year during the Fall and Spring semesters.

Rosemary Berhane
Mechanical Engineer
Sr. Quality Assurance Specialist
Naval Surface Warfare Center (NAVSSES)
Philadelphia, PA

Brian (Butch) Brenton
Manager Engineering 3
Networks, Communications, and Automation
Newport News Shipbuilding
Newport News, VA

Jeff Brooks
Rear Admiral (Retired)
Senior General Manager
General Dynamics Nassco
Norfolk, VA

Phillip Damuth, C.E.M.
Vice President
Damuth Trane
Chesapeake, VA

Oscar M. M. Gomeiz, M.S.
Senior Aviation Systems Engineer / Technical Task Lead
Federal Aviation Administration Programs
Assistant Administrator for NextGen (ANG)
CSSI, Inc.
Washington, DC

Richard Hayes
General Manager
Henrico County, VA

Bill Imoehl
Senior Technical Expert
Combustion Management
Certified Six Sigma Black Belt
Advanced Development
Continental Automotive Systems
Newport News, VA

David McGowan
Principal Investigator
Lightweight Structures & Materials
Space Technology Mission Directorate -
NASA Langley Research Center
Hampton, VA

Paul Robinson
AeroTech Research (USA), Inc.
Newport News, VA

Joseph Stark, III
Vice President/General Manager
Bauer Compressors., Inc.
Norfolk, VA

Mani Subramanian, Ph.D.
Vice President-Business Development
Quest Global Services - NA, Inc.
Cincinnati, OH

James Travers
Vice President of Business Operations
Sumitomo Drive Technologies
Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America
Chesapeake, VA

Gary A. Weaver, Sr.
U S Navy Boats & Craft Technical Program Manager & Customer Advocate
NSWC Carderock, Combatant Craft Division
JEB Little Creek
Virginia Beach, VA

Michael L. Woodhouse, Ph.D.
BioMx Corporation
Norfolk, VA