Board of Directors

Tsegaye Legesse, CPA/MBA

Executive Director /President

Tsegaye Legesse serves as a director on STEM Synergy’s Board of Directors and the president of STEM Synergy

Tsegaye comes to STEM Synergy with extensive background experiences in the private/ corporate, public and non-profit organizations. He has worked across several industries including Education, Accounting & Finance , Pension and Healthcare, Investments, Insurance, and International Development. He has developed several useful skills that translate to multiple industries.

Tsegaye has served as a Sr. Project Manager for IFOS Managing Consultants for the US Federal Government. Prior to this role, Tsegaye was an Accounting Manager at the National Institute of Health, US Federal Agency. Before that he was an Assistant Controller, and Sr. Corporate Accountant in different private companies and NGOs in the US. Currently, he serves as a founding board member of Ethio-American Chamber of Commerce. He also sits as board and/or committee member for various civic/social organizations in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Before he left Ethiopia, he worked for World Vision International as a Communication and External Relations Officer.

Tsegaye earned his bachelor’s degree in Educational Leadership from Addis Ababa University and MBA degree from the University of Towson/Baltimore, USA. He has a graduate certificate in Education and Development at the University of Oslo, Norway. Tsegaye is a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) in the USA and holds certificates in Project Management and Insurance in the US.

Yisehak Shata, PE, MEng

Chairman, Board of Directors

Yisehak Shata serves as Chairman on STEM Synergy's Board of Directors.

Yisehak is a Senior Project Manager for Branch Civil Company that is very well known in transportation and infrastructural development in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast United States. He is responsible for Project Management of heavy civil construction, design-build, and site development. He has been with the same firm for the last 14 years.

Yisehak brings over a total of 18 years of experience in project management experiences including but not limited to planning, organizing, staffing, directing, controlling and executing. Before he moved to the US, he worked in Ethiopia for South Roads Authority and Contractors as a civil engineer for 4 years.

Yisehak is very interested in utilizing technology to bring meaningful development in Ethiopia.

Yisehak received BS in Civil Engineering from Addis Ababa University and Master of Engineering in Project Management from University of Maryland.

Yisehak has earned his PE (Professional Engineer) license from the state of Maryland and Virginia.

Alebachew Yimer, PE, PhD

Vice Chairman/Treasurer, Board of Directors

Alebachew Yimer serves as a Vice Chair / Treasurer in the STEM Synergy Board of Directors . Currently he works as a Sr. Portfolio Optimization Analyst and demand side management Planning Specialist at NV Energy.

He has produced several papers on supply chain optimization, production scheduling, hedging and mathematical modeling that appeared in peer-reviewed journals and international conference proceedings.

He has also a strong passion in robotics, and artificial intelligence and is proficient in different computer programming languages.

Before he moved to the US, he was a Lecturer at Addis Ababa University, department of Mechanical Engineering. Alebachew earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Addis Ababa University; and MIS degree from the University of Phoenix/Arizona. He received his Ph.D. from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department of Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. He is a licensed professional engineer (P.E.), and certified measurement-and-verification professional (CMVP) registered in Nevada. He is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Daniel Abebe, MBA, BSc In Electrical Engineering

Member, Board of Directors

Daniel Abebe serves as board member on STEM Synergy's Board of Directors.

Director of Strategic Assets Planning at Ethiopian Airlines

Temesgen Teklemariam, PE, PhD

Secretary, Board of Directors

Temesgen Teklemariam serves as Board Secretary on STEM Synergy's Board of Directors.

Temesgen believes in the cause and mission of STEM education as an engine to prepare and produce tomorrow's nation builders and innovators.

Currently, he is working as a senior aerodynamics engineer in MDS Aero Support Corporation. Prior to that Temesgen worked in Bombardier Aerospace as an Engineering specialist for five years. He also worked at CENAERO (Belgium) for compressor and fan aerodynamics and aero-structure design for 5 years.

Temesgen has produced several publications, journals, and conference proceedings on compressor, turbine blade aero design, aircraft wing optimization, geometric parameterization, and optimization techniques for aircraft wing and engine design. He has a strong passion for STEM-related concepts and applications such as CFD, programming with C++/Python, optimization, response surface approximation, and DOE.
Before he left Ethiopia, he served his country as a lecturer at Addis Ababa University, Department of Chemical Engineering. Temesgen has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Addis Ababa University and a Master's degree from India at IIT-Roorkee University in Computer-aided process design and Chemical Engineering. He earned his Ph.D. degree in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.
Temesgen is a licensed professional engineer (PE), in Ontario, Canada.

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