Alumni Magazine - Spring 2018

NOTABLE ALUMNI

First virtual reality arcade. Matt McGivern ’14, who works at Pratt & Whitney, and Joe Eilert ’15, an engineer at Electric Boat, opened the first virtual reality arcade in Connecticut, Spark VR, in May. Wearing elaborate headsets, players can fight zombies, swim with fish, or defend a castle, among other games.
250 combat missions George Johns ’49, a USMC captain and fighter pilot, flew over 250 combat missions in four combat tours and is the recipient of four Distinguished Flying Crosses and seven Air Medals.
Third recipient of the John S. Foster Jr. Medal Victor Reis ’57 is the third recipient of the John S. Foster Jr. Medal, recognizing his exceptional leadership in scientific, technical, and engineering development and policy formulation in support of U.S. nuclear security.
Sixth woman to receive the 2018 Black Engineer of the Year award Alicia Boler Davis, M.S. ’98, executive vice president for global manufacturing and labor relations at General Motors, was named 2018 Black Engineer of the Year by the Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) selection committee. She is the 32nd recipient and sixth woman to receive the award. In 2001, President Shirley Ann Jackson was the first woman to receive the award.
2018 IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal Nambirajan Seshadri, M.S. ’84, Ph.D. ’86, former chief technology officer, Broadcom Corp. and NAE member, received the 2018 IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, the highest honor conferred by the IEEE in the field of communications and networking.
2 of the 11 National Inventors Hall of Fame Ted Hoff ’58, inventor of the microprocesor, and Steve Sasson ’72, inventor of the digital cameria, were two of the 11 National Inventors Hall of Fame inductee judges selected for the Collegiate Inventors Competition.

On the Bookshelf:

RECENT BOOKS BY RENSSELAER ALUMNI AUTHORS

Technically Together

Taylor Dotson ’15 • MIT Press, 2017

In his book Technically Together: Reconstructing Community in a Networked World, the author examines a range of systems, organizations, and infrastructures—from suburban sprawl and smartphones to energy grids and “cry-it-out” sleep training for infants—and considers whether they contribute to the atomization of social life or to togetherness and community vibrancy. He argues that technology could support multifaceted communities if citizens stopped accepting the technological status quo and instead demanded more from their ever-present devices.

Taylor Dotson, Ph.D. ’15, is assistant professor of social science at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

Biomedical Mass Transport and Chemical Reaction

Gerald Saidel ’60 et al. • Wiley, 2016

Biomedical Mass Transport and Chemical Reaction is intended for advanced undergraduates and graduate students, especially in chemical and in biomedical engineering. A major objective of this textbook is to integrate engineering principles with relevant biomedical applications at the cellular, tissue, organ, and whole-body levels. With this book, students learn step-by-step how to develop models and analyses associated with state-of-the-art medical diagnostics and therapeutics.

Gerald M. Saidel ’60, Ph.D., is a biomedical engineering professor at Case Western Reserve University.

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Shellie Asher ’96 et al. • Cambridge University Press, 2018

Pediatric patients are a unique subset of emergency patients, making up about one-quarter of all emergency department visits. Textbooks regarding the care of pediatric patients are almost universally organized by organ system, which does not facilitate an efficient diagnosis. Taking a case-based approach, this book is arranged by chief complaint, using real patient scenarios to help the reader work through the inductive and deductive reasoning needed to assess, evaluate, treat, and disposition pediatric patients with urgent complaints.

Shellie Asher ’96, M.D., is assistant dean for graduate medical education at Albany Medical Center.