Announcing 2015 College Convocation Speakers

April 15, 2015

The College of Engineering and Computer Science is pleased to announce our 2015 Convocation speakers. Jerry Whitaker ‘72, former President of Electrical Sector-Americas at Eaton Corporation, will address the undergraduates in the morning ceremony at 9a.m. at Manley Field House. Haden Land G’91, Vice President of Research and Technology for Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems and Global Solutions, will address the master’s and doctoral students in the afternoon ceremony at 1 p.m. at Hendricks Chapel.

About Jerry Whitaker

Jerry Whitaker is (retired) President of Electrical Sector - Americas, Eaton Corporation. Eaton, which is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, is a global manufacturer of highly engineered products that serve industrial, vehicle, construction, commercial, aerospace and mission critical electrical markets. Eaton's sales are approximately $22.0 billion. Whitaker joined the company in 1994 as Marketing Manager of the Assemblies and Systems division. In 1997 he was asked to serve as the General Manager for Cutler-Hammer’s Engineering Services and Systems Division. He was responsible for developing the business model and start-up of the division. Under his watch, the business has grown to over $600M. After starting the Engineering Services and Systems Business he was promoted to Vice President of Power Distribution and Control and served in that capacity for three years. He moved on to the position of President of Power Components and Systems with global responsibility for nine divisions and a specific focus to grow globally. During this time he was responsible for numerous key acquisitions and took the business from a predominantly North American business to a balanced global organization with 50% of the sales outside of the U.S. As President of Electrical Sector - Americas, Whitaker oversaw the P&L, manufacturing operations, sales, marketing, technology and product development for four operational groups comprised of twelve divisions, 17,900 associates, and $4.3B in revenues. His Group has successfully integrated eight substantial acquisitions in the last four years before his retirement and implemented the Eaton Business System, Eaton Lean and Six Sigma processes throughout its operations. He previously served on the boards of the Allegheny Conference for Community Development, Tuomey Medical Center, and was the Chairman of the United Way for Sumter and Clarendon Counties. He is currently on the Boards of; Matthews International (Finance and Chair of the Governance Comm.), Sealed Air Corporation (Audit and Governance Comm.), Crescent Electric Company (Chair of Comp. and Audit Comm.) and the Advisory Board of Universal Electric Company. He also serves on the boards of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Chair of the Carnegie Science Center, Syracuse University School of Engineering and The Energy Innovation Center. He was the Chairman of the Eaton – Caterpillar ISO JV and also served on boards for several Eaton subsidiaries. Before joining Eaton, Whitaker spent 22 years with Westinghouse Electric Corp., serving in various management positions. Whitaker has a BSEE from Syracuse University and an MBA from George Washington University

About Haden Land

Haden Land is currently Vice President of Research and Technology for Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems and Global Solutions. He serves numerous U.S. government agencies, allied nations, and regulated commercial industries. Land is responsible for technical solutions, strategic partnerships, global innovation centers, research and development, and emerging technology planning. His areas of expertise include cloud computing, big data, cyber security, enterprise mobility, complex adaptive systems, enterprise architecture, advanced concepts, and has domain knowledge within government, space, energy, law enforcement, transportation, and healthcare. Previously, he was Vice President of Engineering and CTO for Lockheed Martin IS&GS Civil and Vice President of Technical Operations and CTO/CIO for Lockheed Martin Enterprise Solutions. In addition, Land has extensive technical experience performing in many chief architect and chief engineer roles and has held a number of technical and engineering director positions. Previous employers include IBM and Loral. Land’s applies his longstanding expertise in the engineering and technology industry to the next generation of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) academia, leveraging his leadership roles to shape curricula for our future workforce and igniting and maintaining interest in advanced innovation. He serves as a Potsdam University Trustee, Capitol Technology University Trustee, Prince George’s Community College Foundation Board Chairman, Hispanic Information Technology Executive Council Board Director, Cyber Maryland Advisory Board Member, Security Innovation Network Steering Board Member, Washington DC CIO Executive Committee Chair, and World Economic Forum Member. Land has a bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Potsdam University and a master's degree in Computer Science from Syracuse University. He is a sought out global speaker and active in philanthropic initiatives. He has been selected eight times as one of the Top Hispanics in Business and Technology by Hispanic Engineer and Information Technology magazine; thrice named a Most Influential Hispanic by the Hispanic Information Technology Executive Council; received the prestigious Global CIO Executive Top 10 Breakaway Leader award; received the Minerva Award for professional lifetime achievement and an honorary doctor degree in Science from Potsdam University; and received an honorary doctor degree in Humane Letters from Capitol Technology University. Land was recently profiled in the May/June edition of Hispanic Executive. Read the complete article at hispanicexecutive.com.