The Nuclear Regulatory Commission selected Tom Hartman as the new senior resident inspector at the Point Beach nuclear power plant last June. The two-unit power facility is located in Two Rivers, northwest of Manitowoc, Wis.

Suzanne Delaney founded the business Leaders of Future Technology (LOFT), in Nashua, N.H., in March 2016, to provide after-school, summer camp, and vacation-week programs in which children can learn and have fun with programming and engineering. She was a finalist for a Rising Star Award, nominated by a professor in her MBA program at Rivier University, who called LOFT “a for-profit business with a nonprofit impact making our community better.”

Heather Ward is a scratchboard artist who has exhibited her work nationally and abroad, and has been named a finalist in several major international art competitions. In scratchboard art, black India ink is scratched off white clay board using sharp knives and abrasive tools to create dramatic black and white images. She creates highly realistic depictions of wildlife, both local and exotic. Her recent solo exhibit, A World of Birds, in Los Alamos, N.M., will be traveling to additional venues. —Bridget Olson ’00, Bridget@alum.rpi.edu


William Chu recently joined Acentech, a Boston-based acoustics consulting firm, as a senior consultant. His expertise ranges from acoustics design and 3-D modeling and simulations, to HVAC noise and vibration control analyses and documentation of LEED acoustical requirements.

Roy Richardson joined the Water/Wastewater Group at Barton & Loguidice as a managing engineer. He has worked on a variety of projects involving drinking water distribution systems, including pipe installation, rehabilitation, and replacement, as well as booster pump stations, pressure reducing systems, chemical systems, and storage tanks. —Mike Cooke ’01; themikecooke@yahoo.com


Price-Mars Delly co-founded, with his brother Laurent, the feedback platform Ideacoil. “We envisioned this platform as a tool to help businesses learn about their pitfalls and opportunities through a rewards-based community. Since developing a beta product, we have received a few accolades from sources such as Entrepreneur.com 360, and have worked with several local business partners to test the application.” He says, “I highly credit Rensselaer for allowing me to do what I do today as an entrepreneur.”

Eric Baron, M.E. ’02, was elevated to partner at Cantor Colburn LLP, one of the nation’s leading intellectual property law firms. His patent practice focuses on electrical and mechanical arts for a broad array of aerospace and industrial technologies.—Elizabeth Trawinski Aitken ’02, ejello@alum.rpi.edu


15th Reunion: Sept. 27-30, 2018 My wife, Melissa, and I welcomed a daughter, Giovanna Marie, on September 30. She was 7 pounds, 10 ounces, and 20 inches long. She already enjoys listening to Engineer hockey games with daddy and can’t wait to attend her first game! —Ed DerGurahian ’03; dergue@alum.rpi.edu


Jeff Alvarez (BSME) and his wife founded Naya Health, which has developed a smart breast pump. A recent article in Bloomberg covered their struggle fundraising for a women’s product in the male-dominated VC community. They also launched a crowdfunding campaign around their second product, a smart baby bottle. Jeff says he has used the knowledge and know-how gained at RPI every day since graduation. “RPI gave me a strong technical foundation that helped me build what I believe has been a successful business.”

Ethan Dobson was named senior vice president of growth and marketing by B12, an early stage human-assisted AI company. He most recently served on the executive team at SinglePlatform, a division of Constant Contact. B12’s first product uses human-assisted AI to build and design websites in a completely new way.

Tina Williams, M.S. ’04, is founder of TCecure, a Md.-based cybersecurity company. She was recently named the University System of Maryland’s cybersecurity academic innovation officer for the new Federally Funded Research & Development Center. —Send news to alum.mag@rpi.edu.


Jason Melo joined Reading Cooperative Bank as information security analyst last summer. Previously he was the IT manager at GenArts Inc. and an IT administrator at Everyscape Inc. He earned his J.D. from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

Shannon Hitchcock has stepped down as class correspondent for the Class of ’05. If you would like to volunteer to serve as class correspondent, contact alum.mag@rpi.edu.


Steven Burgess joined Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill., as assistant professor of philosophy. He was previously a teaching fellow at St. Norbert College. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of South Florida. —Meghan Kate ’06, rpi06news@gmail.com


Send in your updates so that we can share your news in the next edition of Rensselaer magazine. —Alex Salinsky ’07; alexsalinsky@gmail.com


10th Reunion: Sept. 27-30, 2018 Wedding bells are in the air! In August, Colin Sweet married his lovely wife, Elissa! Colin also bought a house over the summer, where they currently live in Westerly, R.I. Congratulations on so much adulting!

Capt. Craig Poulin, an instructor in the Air Force Institute of Technology’s Civil Engineer School, was named Air University’s Company Grade Officer of the Year for 2016. Capt. Poulin directs courses, instructs lessons, and provides consulting on electrical engineering and construction management topics. His areas of expertise include facility electrical systems, electrical distribution, power generation, energy management, and construction safety. He was also named the Civil Engineer School’s Instructor of the Year by his peers. Congratulations on all the great work!

Eric Dahl was awarded Young Engineer of the Year by the Rockland County Chapter of the New York Society of Professional Engineers. Eric joined Geiger Engineers in Suffern as a design engineer after receiving his bachelor’s and M.S. degrees from RPI. He has worked on the design of sports and recreation facilities throughout the U.S., including the retractable roof at the USTA Louis Armstrong Stadium. Congratulations, Eric!

Please keep your updates coming and make sure to like our Facebook page at facebook.com/RPIClass Of2008, follow us on Snapchat, and join us in our weekly class reunion using your VR headset. —Trent Gillaspie ’08; trent@alum.rpi.edu


Daniel Hashim was appointed acting chief scientific officer and member of the advisory board of the Vivakor Inc. subsidiary VivaVentures Energy Group in October. He received his Ph.D. in materials science and nano engineering from Rice University and has 1,000 citations credited to his published work. In 2014 he was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 in Science & Health Care list. —Jordan Hagaman ’09; jhagaman@alum.rpi.edu


Send in your updates so that we can share your news in the next edition of Rensselaer magazine. —Meghan Lenihan ’10; lenihm@alum.rpi.edu

Alumni Find Opportunities in Wire & Cable Industry

The growth of the wire industry is being driven by wireless applications, and recent Rensselaer graduates are helping lead the way at the Pawcatuck, Connecticut, company Cable Components Group (CCG), which develops components and compounds for the wire & cable and optical fiber industries.

What’s wireless is the short distance between the nearest wireless access point and your smartphone or laptop. But the wire leading to the wireless access point must have outstanding dielectric properties and the ability to handle intense heat.

CCG has developed compounds and components that can be used safely in high-temperature applications in everything from optical fiber to high-temperature filtration systems and are especially suited for evolving Power over Ethernet (PoE) and Power over LAN applications.

Pictured, from left, are David Connor ’16, quality engineer, who majored in chemical engineering; Dan Messmer ’14, sales engineer, who earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering and an MBA; and Charles Glew ’15, technical services sales engineer, who earned his B.S. in chemical engineering and M.S. in technology commercialization.