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 during the academy’s induction ceremony, which was held Thursday, April 7, at Comfort Suites Conference Center.
Founded in 1980, the academy is a departmental advisory group composed 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.
New members are listed below:
Cameron K. Coursey of Defiance, Missouri, 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 system engineer for McDonnell Douglas Corp. in 1989. In 1991, he moved to SBC Technology Resources Inc. as a member of its technical staff and was promoted to senior member in 1996. From 1999 to 2003, Coursey served as director of SBC Technology Resources and Cingular Wireless, and in 2003 became executive director of AT&T. He has served in his current role since 2009. A senior member of IEEE, Coursey holds 13 U.S. patents and authored two technical books. He is a past member of the board 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 product line manager at Coherent for a year before founding Titanova Inc. in 2008. Haake holds 29 U.S. patents and is a member of the Greater St. Charles Chamber of Commerce, NTMA, ASM, ASME and Eta Kappa Nu.
Clay E. Merritt of Bella Vista, Arkansas, earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1985 and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from University College Dublin in 1987. He began his career as a vending machine control board design engineer for Coin Acceptors in Clayton, Missouri. He then moved to Motorola Semiconductor where he served as a field application engineer and an application engineering manager. In 2008, he was named new product definition manager for Freescale Semiconductor in Austin, Texas, then joined Spansion as microcontroller applications manager in 2013. He served VORAGO Technologies in microcontroller applications and definition from 2015-2019. Merritt published nine application notes, holds two patents and was Motorola’s FAE of the Year in 1998. He has managed teams in five different countries and while working in product definition for Motorola visited customers in over 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 named design release engineer, and in 1995 he was named engineering group manager. He also served as university relations team coordinator from 2005-2011. Morse was awarded 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 Section of the Miner Alumni Association from 2010-2016 and earned the association’s Robert V. Wolf Alumni Service Award in 2018.
Russell L. Woirhaye of Stillwell, Kansas, 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 Westinghouse Electric Co.’s power generation division. In 1976, he moved to Black & Veatch Consulting Engineers where he served as 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 its design engineer in 2010. He is a retired professional engineer in Kansas, Missouri and Texas, an IEEE Life Member and a past member of the IEEE and IEEE Communications Society.
Zhiping Yang of Campbell, California, signals team lead for Waymo, earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Missouri S&T in 2000. He also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University at Beijing. Yang began his career as a technical leader for Cisco Systems Inc. and then served as principal signal integrity engineer for Apple, signal integrity engineer and principal engineer for Cisco Systems (formerly Nuova Systems), senior principal power integrity engineer for Apple and senior hardware manager for Google. He joined Waymo in his current position in 2021. A member of Eta Kappa Nu and an IEEE Fellow, Yang holds over 20 U.S. patents and has authored over 70 conference and journal publications. He holds leadership positions in IEEE EMC Society, serves as associate editor of two IEEE journals, chaired the NSF Industry Advisory Board IUCRC CEMC Research Center, was IEEE EMC Society Distinguished Lecturer and received the IEEE EMC Society Technical Achievement Award. Yang was founding chair of the Missouri S&T/UMR EMC Lab Alumni Network and serves as librarian and board member for IBIS open forum. He earned the Best Symposium Paper Award from the IEEE EMC Society Symposium in 2006 and 2011, and earned the 2006 IEEE PES Prize Paper Award.