Engineering Management


Dr. Frank Aguilera - Department Chair


Dr. Frank Aguilera is a senior engineer at NASA. His 40 plus year career has included positions in private industry and Department of Defense. His varied assignments have been as a researcher for technology developments and as manager of various state-of-the-art technologies and aircraft developments.

Early in his career he worked in wind-tunnel and flight test experiments of various advanced aircraft. In his mid-career he conducted operational testing of GPS receivers during initial constellation deployment. And he managed the development of an experimental aircraft. Most recently he has been involved in drone developments and associated autonomy research. One of his responsibilities at NASA includes overseeing aircraft airworthiness and flight safety.

Dr. Aguilera has been teaching at ITU for several years in both the DBA and MBA programs. Dr. Aguilera is a member of the following professional associations, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Yacoub Elziq, PhD - Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Yacoub Elziq is an independent Computer Engineering Consultant, Educator, and Technical Trainer. He is the owner of Jimzu Technologies, a specialized in SoC (System on Chip) Design, Verification, and Test Automation company. Also, he has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses as an Adjunct Professor with SCU (Santa Clara University), UC Santa Cruz, and UMUC (The University of Maryland University College) in both computer design and computer cybersecurity. His current areas of research are in advanced machine learning, Deep learning and AI with applications in engineering and business. He holds US patent and has many IEEE-sponsored Journal and Conference publications. Dr. Elziq’s business career involves being a founder, CEO, CTO, Consultant, and/or senior manager for several successful startup companies in the fields of computer design automation, medical imaging, and cybersecurity.

Alexander Peters, PhD - Core Faculty

5:00PM – 6:00PM

Dr. Peters has more than 35 years of professional experience as technology manager, industry analyst, IT management consultant and scientist. At ITU he teaches Principles of Engineering Management, Organization Behavior and Management Consulting. Dr. Peters is also a volunteer docent at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.

Dr. Peters’ previous work experience includes positions as:

  • Principal analyst at Forrester Research, where he produced industry research on IT trends, strategies, organization and change management for CIOs and business process professionals
  • Interim manager and program executive at AUDI, where he lead the data center operations and drove the IT consolidation program for European locations
  • Principal consultant at EDS and IBM, where he delivered over 40 IT consulting projects to several clients across the European Union
  • Research scientist at IBM, Princeton University and Aachen University of Technology in Germany, where he developed several hydrology and structural mechanics applications on supercomputer

Dr. Peters published over 50 industry research reports under and more than 25 research papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings. He has a MSc. (Summa Cum Laude) in Engineering from the Civil Engineering Institute in Bucharest, Romania and a PhD (Magna cum Laude) in Civil Engineering from Aachen University of Technology. Following the PhD thesis, Dr. Peters was awarded a NATO/DAAD grant and was appointed visiting fellow for one year at Princeton University.