Industrial Advisory Board


The Jonsson School Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) is a council of more than 60 representatives from nearly 40 companies and organizations who serve the school on a volunteer basis as advisers to its academic and research programs. Most are senior technical personnel or corporate officers from the local high-tech industry. Others are leaders of civic and trade organizations such as the Metroplex Technology Business Council, the City of Richardson and the Denison Development Alliance. The board is led by co-chairs Xiaolin Lu and John Randall.

The IAB currently incorporates several standing committees focused on the following areas of research and education:

Each of the school's academic departments and degree programs also maintains its own external advisory committee, and these individuals are also members of the greater IAB.

Recently the IAB members and their companies contributed an aggregate of $100,000 for the creation of a Jonsson School IAB Graduate Research Fellowship. Matching funds were made through the Texas Research Incentive Program or TRIP.

The mission statement and operating guidelines for the board are described in the official IAB Charter.


Co Chairs

Tom HillXiaolin Lu is Distinguished Member of Technical Staff (DMTS) in Texas Instruments and Manager of Smart Grid R&D in Micro Control Unit (MCU) department. She led multiple R&D programs from concept to mass deployment in areas of Power Line Communication (PLC), WiMax/LTE, mobile Digital TV, Ultra Wide Band wireless, Broadband Wireless Internet Forum, HomePNA, xDSL, and Video on Demand Set Top Boxes.

During her employment with Texas Instruments and Microware Systems Inc., Xiaolin has ramped up R&D teams to start up new business opportunities, winning customers, and entitled executions on products. She holds 22 US patents (11 are first author) and 63 pending award patents. She has 5 published papers in multiple research areas. She and her team invented the concept of the Universal Media Access Controller, smartPower, Harmony Radio co-existence technologies with some of them in high revenue-generation products.

Xiaolin is the winner of the 11th National Women of Color Award on Technical Innovation – Industry in 2006. She holds an MS degree in computer science from Indiana University, MS & BS degrees in electrical engineering from National Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, and has completed two years in the MBA program at Drake University.

John RandallJohn Randall has more than 30 years of experience in micro- and nano-fabrication. He joined Zyvex Corp. in 2001 after 15 years at Texas Instruments, where he worked in high-resolution processing for integrated circuits, microelectromechanical systems and quantum effect devices. Prior to TI, he worked at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory on ion beam and X-ray lithography. He holds 25 U.S. patents and has published more than 100 articles in scientific journals in the areas of semiconductor lithography and quantum devices/circuits as well as metrology, ohmic contacts, atomic layer epitaxy, reactive ion etching, MEMS and X-ray fluorescence analysis. He earned his PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Houston in 1981.