Class Notes

These Class Notes are a compilation of notes from the Spring 2018 issue to the current issue. Send a note to your class correspondent via the Class Correspondents page.


The Ultimate Engineer Book Cover
Author and space historian Richard Jurek has filled a gap in the written history of spaceflight with his new book, The Ultimate Engineer: The Remarkable Life of NASA’s Visionary Leader George M. Low. A key architect and leader of NASA from the agency’s inception in 1958 to his retirement in 1976, the year he became 14th president of Rensselaer, Low has been described as “Apollo’s essential man,” “one of the unsung heroes of spaceflight,” and “the go-to guy in Washington on the shuttle.” Low’s pioneering work paved the way for President Kennedy’s decision to make a lunar landing NASA’s primary goal in the 1960s, and after the tragic Apollo 1 fire that took the lives of three astronauts, Low took charge of the redesign of the Apollo spacecraft and helped lead the program from disaster to the moon. He then became one of the leading figures in the development of the space shuttle in the early 1970s, and he was instrumental in NASA’s transition into a post-Apollo world. Chronicling Low’s escape from Nazi-occupied Austria to his helping land a man on the moon, The Ultimate Engineer sheds new light on one of the most fascinating and complex personalities in the history of manned space travel. Posted 2020-06-04


Nancy Deloye Fitzroy
Engineering At a ceremony on campus May 16, the Admissions Building was named in honor of Nancy (Deloye) Fitzroy ’49 — the first woman to graduate from the Institute with a degree in chemical engineering — and her husband and fellow engineer, the late Roland V. Fitzroy Jr.

“Dr. Nancy Fitzroy is a world-class engineer, a pioneer, and a remarkable leader,” said President Shirley Ann Jackson. “Her technical contributions to the fields of heat transfer and fluid flow have been fundamental to a range of technologies, from satellites, to toasters, to nuclear reactor cores."

An internationally recognized expert in the field of mechanical engineering, Fitzroy spent her career at General Electric, from 1950 until her retirement in 1987.

In 1986, Fitzroy became the first woman in the United States to head a major professional engineering society, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). She is a fellow of Britain’s Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a member of the Rensselaer Alumni Hall of Fame. In 2008, ASME awarded her with honorary membership to recognize “her tireless efforts and lasting influence as an advocate of the mechanical engineering profession.

Fitzroy has established a fellowship at Rensselaer to support graduate study for women in engineering. In her remarks, she commended the Institute for its excellent reputation and progressiveness in admitting women. “Women today have an excellent opportunity to have a fruitful and rewarding career.”
Posted 2019-10-01


Engineering When members of the Crusader Club see the words “Last Charlie” in the subject line of the club e-newsletter, they know that they have lost yet another member. Crusader Club? Primarily naval aviators who have flown the Supersonic F8U (later F-8) single place, single engine jet fighter (not fighter-jet!) stemming from the mid-1950s. This Last Charlie was for fellow RPI NROTC Midshipman Pete Easterling ’51 (Elec.Eng.), more formally, VADM Crawford Alan Easterling Jr. USN (ret). Pete died at age 91 on Oct. 19, 2019. Easterling stood out as a midshipman and was battalion commander during his senior year. Following an initial assignment to a destroyer, Pete commenced flight training in January 1952. He was designated a naval aviator, joined a fighter squadron, and a year later he did what most NROTC grads did and left active duty. He continued flying at NAS Jacksonville as a Reserve Weekend Warrior. Returning to active duty in October 1957, Pete started flying the F8U Crusader. He advanced to lieutenant commander, then earned degrees at the Naval Post Graduate School and MIT. Easterling continued to advance through the ranks until he became commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and was designated a vice admiral in December 1982. He retired to Jacksonville, Fla., in August 1985. This March is the 10th anniversary of my multiple myeloma diagnosis. With an initial regimen of chemotherapy of one and a half years, a break of six and a half years, I now have been back on that for two years. It has been fairly easy, pills which slow the development of cancer cells in the blood stream. Posted 2020-05-13
Science At my Rochester Wilmot Cancer Center oncology clinic last July, I was cleared to mix with people rather than leave wearing a mask. Taking advantage of that, I was able to spend four hours with Bill Goffe (Physics) and his wife, Bernie, at their retirement village cottage in nearby Webster. Bernie does their local driving; distant family visit to help with stays at their lake cottage. We all adjust. Posted 2020-05-13
Engineering Also in July, Jack Haefeli (CivilEng) gave up his apartment and automobile to take up residence in an assisted living facility. Posted 2020-05-13
Engineering Alpha Chi Rho Brother Bill Statesir (ChemE) was among the youngest members of our class. He reports that he was feted by 27 family and friends on his March 28 90th birthday. He and Helen live in Portland, Texas, just across the bay from Corpus Christi. Bill and roommate Dick Moshier (MechE), two months younger, were prime movers in the 1948 formation of the RPI chapter of AXP. Dick died in June 2016.

Our four years at RPI were neatly sandwiched between the demobilization following WWII and the onset of the Korean conflict. Like Victor Mellen, many classmates suffered interruptions or delays of their education. Following graduation there were military recalls, ROTC obligated service, the draft, and volunteering resulting in delayed career starts. 
Posted 2019-10-01
Engineering  Irma (Shaler) Cohan (ME) has called our attention to an article in The Spirit, a local newspaper serving her Upper West Side New York City neighborhood. In it Irma is dubbed a “Globe-trotting Golden Girl.” This in recognition of her world travel as a member of organized tours such as those offered by Road Scholar. She has enjoyed 50 such tours over a period of 30 years, and plans to continue traveling, focusing on following the footsteps of favorite classical composers through the concert halls of Europe.

The article quotes Irma’s observations on unexpected similarities in disparate cultures. Then, at home, of finding previously unrecognized ethnic entities in the city mirroring those first seen on foreign tours.

A 5,500-mile Trans-Siberian Railroad tour from Moscow to Vladivostok disabused her of the notion that Siberia was just a cold, barren wasteland. Not only was it well settled, it boasted of such western amenities as IKEA stores. Irma demonstrates that at age 90, such group tours are still accessible to our generation and provide opportunities for friendly sharing with other like-minded individuals. 
Posted 2019-10-01
Architecture What follows about Victor Mellen is edited from an email and an obituary sent by Victor’s granddaughter, Caitrin Facini ’08. Victor passed away at age 94 in December. “Like many of his year, he lived an amazing life. He had an architectural career in Rochester, and was an avid supporter of RPI. He was so proud that I was also an RPI graduate.

“Victor’s college studies at Rensselaer were temporarily interrupted by his active military service from 1943 to 1946 in the WWII Pacific- Asian theatre as a first lieutenant and navigator of a B-24 bomber in the Army Air Force. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1950 and a Master of Architecture in 1951. Victor earned his architectural license in 1955.

“Victor first joined the design firm of A. Charles Pioch as a draftsman and subsequently became partner. He primarily designed retail plazas and buildings, with a mix of more commercial buildings and a couple of homes in the Rochester area. Most notable are those for Wegmans Enterprises and Food Markets, including Chase Pitkin, and the iconic round branches for Columbia Banking. Victor retired from commercial work in 1981.

"In 1951 he designed a family summer home on Canandaigua Lake. He enjoyed sailing, collecting interesting small trees, cedar ‘driftwood’ from nearby shores and cliffs, and unusual rocks and concretions from the shores and the lakebed.

“Throughout his life, Victor showed a love of the outdoors and natural environment. He procured land in Victor, N.Y., where he designed and built another residence, planted many thousands of trees, and developed and maintained trails.

“Victor had an interest in Suiseki viewing stones and was a member of California Aiseki Kai. He became internationally known for his Suiseki stones. He also enjoyed nurturing his bonsai, being at one time president of the Bonsai Society of Upstate New York.”

Although I do not remember Victor, his Transit entry includes Camera Club membership. We may have had a fleeting acquaintanceship. If he had used the club darkroom in the bowels of the dorms, we would have had a unique shared experience. 
Posted 2019-10-01


Carlton Peter Dewitt was named the grand marshal for the 2019 Copperfest Parade in Oconto, Wis., last June. An extensive article about him was published in the Green Bay Press Gazette. Peter had a long and distinguished career in which he worked on rockets and developed high-tech instruments.
At Convair, he was part of a team developing early missile and rocket systems, including ones designed by Wernher von Braun. Peter’s suggestion helped stop rockets from crashing after going into uncontrollable spins.
Peter moved back to his hometown of Oconto in 1957 and founded Holt Instrument Laboratories. The company became a leader in the development of precision measurement instruments, some of which are still used by the National Bureau of Standards. The company’s highest profile work was with NASA, to whom Holt supplied calibration and measurement systems used extensively during the development of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo systems.
Posted 2020-05-14
Fred Williamson writes: Some (probably most) of the ’51 class is not on this side of the grass, and that makes sharing news a bit of a problem. Just memories. I have lots. To be sure, most are great. If I may share the biggest one — it is that although I got an excellent education in chemical engineering, the largest one is that mine didn’t stop at graduation — it just began.

Other memories include the opening lecture by Dr. Harry Faigenbaum. “Gentlemen — look to your right and to your left. Neither of those will be here at your graduation.” Interesting to note that there were no women mentioned; I think we had two or three in my class. Contrast this with life at RPI today in which women are a significant part of every class.

The grading system was a real challenge. In each course in the “advance,” you were graded in the two-week period, “the Review.” If your average on a 4.0 basis was 3.4, you didn’t have to take the final. It was a strong incentive to master the material. Along with the memories of playing lacrosse — we were in the top 10 in the NCAA all my years — the thought of Campus Review is still with me.

On Monday nights we had a radio show and it was broadcast to the greater Albany area. We played music records, covered campus life, the sports, and ran a radio skit. Imagine going to a party in Schenectady and hearing one of the dates say she always tuned in. In later years, one of Mary Jane Sunderland’s daughters sent me a copy of the script “The Christmas Story.” MJ was a Sage student and couldn’t participate in RPI activities, but played the part of Mary with a nom de plume. The radio show gave me experience in public speaking, which was as important as the academic studies, and the lacrosse sure taught team play.
Posted 2019-10-01
Bob Fopeano noted that in late April he emailed the annual report for the Class of 1951 Student Entrepreneurship Award, The Class of 1951 Transfer Student Scholarship, and Class of 1951 Teaching Awards Fund to all 1951 class members for whom we have valid email addresses. For those of you who didn’t get this email and are interested in obtaining a hard copy or email version, please contact Bob at or at (518) 810-3885. Learn how your generosity is continuing to support excellence at Rensselaer. According to Bob’s report, we have sent many students on to graduation with our scholarship endowment, made numerous awards to teachers for their excellence and inno-vative approaches to teaching, and have awarded funds to promising entrepreneurial projects that in some cases have spawned new businesses. Posted 2019-10-01
Engineering Bob Pavan received the Albert Fox Demers Medal at the RAA Awards Dinner held during Reunion & Homecoming weekend in October. The Demers Medal is the second highest award bestowed by the alumni association.

His citation begins: “Robert J. Pavan understands firsthand the importance of providing Rensselaer students with the necessary resources, so they might have the same opportunities that a Rensselaer education afforded him. As a result, our students reap great benefits from his exceptional altruism.”

Bob attended Rensselaer on a four-year alumni scholarship. He credits his Rensselaer experience as the dawning of his professional success. In 2002, in a remarkable act of giving back, he and his wife, Barbara, initiated a scholarship fund, which supports graduates of his alma mater, Brooklyn Technical High School.

Over the years, Bob has served Rensselaer in many capacities, including president of the Rensselaer Chapter of Long Island, board member of the RAA, and phonathon volunteer.

After earning two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree from Rensselaer, Bob later earned his doctorate at Harvard. He went on to serve on the faculty there. Now retired, his career path included work as a structural engineer, real estate entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and recipient of a Fulbright Research Fellowship.

Bob, congratulations on a much deserved honor.
Posted 2019-09-11


Phil Brock wrote: “I spoke to Noel Siegel, and we talked about having a Phi Sig reunion sometime soon in NYC. I have been quite busy. I am still working, doing some part-time consulting work for two of my ex-competitors, one of whom used to work for me, and I find it very stimulating. I also play tennis three times a week, mostly doubles and sometimes singles. I’m lucky I can still run around. I’ve had a few replacements in recent years, a shoulder, two knees, and a hip. It’s amazing what can be done today.” Posted 2020-07-10
I received an email from C.J. Nager about a class reunion that was planned for this October. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, plans for future events, including class reunions, have been postponed. C.J. also sent his own news: “This was a busy year for us. Selling our home in South Carolina, moving to Longboat Key, Fla., and recovering from open heart surgery ... we are the walking wounded!” Let’s all wish C.J. a great recovery. Posted 2020-07-10
Engineering On a personal note, I was honored to be selected as one of two alumni to receive the Albert Fox Demers Medal along with John S. Hamilton, Class of 1973, at the RAA Awards Dinner during the 2019 Reunion. Past recipients from the Great Class of 1952 were John Horton (in 1982), Al Krause (in 1987), Harvey Zeve (in 1989), and Robert J. Pavan (in 2017). I feel honored to join such elite company. Posted 2020-05-18
Finally, on a somber note, we lost another classmate, Frederick E. Clark Jr., on June 21, 2019. Fred enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II and, after completing his training as an aviation machinist’s mate third class, served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations. He was honorably discharged April 29, 1946. He then graduated from Hartford Veterans High School and, under the GI Bill, attended and graduated from RPI, with a BAE degree. He then worked at local engineering firms in Connecticut and then Jeter and Cook Architects before starting his own architectural firm. Ultimately, Fred was hired by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, serving as the Illinois State Architect for Farmers Home Administration in Champaign. Posted 2020-05-18
John Winter also reminded me about our RPI days and said he uncovered a photo showing our classmate John Margenot, the president of the IFC (Interfraternity Council), awarding prizes to the queen and her court at the Interfraternity Ball, also called the Harvest Moon Ball. John Winter was the treasurer and recalled issuing a check to the Tommy Tucker Orchestra. They were one of the last to play on the college circuit. While at an EMPAC banquet two years ago, John was seated next to the current Grand Marshal. He had never heard of the IFC Ball. It went away with the “smokers” that the political parties ran to influence us naive freshmen. You can find more info about the balls at this site: Click on Student Traditions, then Dances.

Incidentally, John mentioned that he was impressed with the record that John Margenot has achieved as First Selectman “Mayor” of Greenwich, Conn. Look him up to get the full story.

John Winter told me he donated his ham radio equipment to a local club. It included a full Collins S-line. He and his wife, Marge, RSC ’55, are happy in their retirement home in Wichita, Kan. His son is now running his company, Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics. He is making lithium-ion batteries for business aircraft and has doubled the company’s size.
Posted 2019-10-01
John Drake read about the “First to Cross Atlantic Flight to Ireland” article in the Spring 2019 issue and requested a copy. He also mentioned that though he graduated with a B.S.E.E. and after consulting for 15 years, he taught aeronautical engineering at Purdue for 20 years. Now he is in a retirement home in Ann Arbor, Mich. Posted 2019-10-01
Bud Hovey writes: My wife, Esther, and I celebrated our 62nd wedding anniversary on May 11, 2019, in Ogunquit, Maine. Posted 2019-10-01


Engineering Arthur Goldstein writes: Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson was appointed president of RPI in September 1999. Gloria and I were present at the inauguration where then-Senator Hillary Clinton made a stimulating address. Since then the changes have been monumental. Rensselaer magazine, fall 2019 issue, has a wonderful review of the 20 years of progress. We have become leaders in biotechnology, nanoscience, design prototyping, advanced computing, and media arts. Facilities equal to these innovations have been built along with the East Campus Athletic Village. Dr. Jackson has served on many boards of leading organizations, becoming an outstanding ambassador for the college. She follows in the footsteps of former President George Low. RPI is a world-class school for the 21st century. The progress has not come easily, however. It makes us proud to see our alma mater advance in a multitude of directions. Read “Celebrating 20 years of Leadership” in the fall issue. Posted 2020-05-18
Linda and Bill Glaser
Engineering Linda and Bill Glaser (LPD1723@ celebrated the 33rd Entrepreneur of the Year award. It was bestowed upon two alumni and a former faculty member for the first PC-based “virtual classroom” and conference software products. Posted 2020-05-18
Bill Glaser (L m) sold his Naples, Fla., home and purchased a senior housing condo on the Florida Gulf. Now he doesn’t have to change light bulbs or perform maintenance. He is free to concentrate on intellectual and physical activities. Bill drives a Chevy Volt which has great gas mileage, but has to push the car after 60 miles on battery. Posted 2019-10-01
Richard Greenberg ( was preparing his superb collection of Brazilian stamps for a show in June 2019 in Washington, D.C. He was aiming to receive a gold medal. Hope all philatelists and alumni show support. Posted 2019-10-01
Arthur Goldstein writes: I know that our group is advancing in age, especially the World War II veterans. I would still appreciate information from you such as books, movies, family news, travel, hobbies, education, politics, or any things you would like to share.

I am teaching a Great Decisions course with A/V by the Foreign Policy Association (FPA) for the fourth year at Westchester Community College. We have an oversubscribed adult group for this non-partial class covering subjects such as Migration, Nationalism, China Trade, and Cybersecurity. This excellent course is given in libraries, houses of worship, schools, etc., throughout the U.S. Check it out.

A book I recommend is Presidents in War by Michael Beschloss. It highlights seven presidents and presents a historical perspective that is new and revealing with excellent writing. Especially interesting are Polk, FDR, and Truman. Please keep in touch.
Posted 2019-10-01
Dr. Robert Pavan (’51, ’52, ’53 M.S.) was awarded the Demers Medal, for long-term service, at the October Awards Dinner at RPI. Posted 2019-09-11


From left, standing with their wives, Glenn Brown ’54, Gus Albern ’54, Henry Rosenblatt ’54, Bob Thieringer ’54, Bob Meade ’54, and Jim Shildneck ’54.
Celebrating their 65th reunion on campus in September with their wives were, from left, standing, Glenn Brown ’54, Gus Albern ’54, Henry Rosenblatt ’54, Bob Thieringer ’54, Bob Meade ’54, and Jim Shildneck ’54. Posted 2020-06-11
Bob Meyers writes: A group of stalwarts celebrated our 65th Reunion on campus at the end of September. Unfortunately, at the last minute, I was unable to attend. Those who made it included Glenn Brown, our former Grand Marshal, Gus Albern, Henry Rosenblatt, Bob Thieringer, Bob Meade, and Jim Shildneck, the starting defenseman on the 1954 NCAA championship hockey team, and their guests. Posted 2020-05-14
On March 17, RPI alumni from Alpha Epsilon Pi, representing classes from 1954 to 1962, met for their annual reunion at BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Present were 20 alumni and an equal number of wives, significant others, and widows. You might call them brothers and sisters-in-law.

Representing the Class of 1954 were your reporter (Bob Meyers), Henry Rosenblatt, and Zev Rosen. After a sumptuous brunch, the program included a rendition of the alma mater, an old cheer (e to the x, dy/dx), a report on the state of the Institute, a discussion of fraternity-related issues, all sorts of fun and games, and telling of old stories by old alums. All present are looking toward next year’s get-together. 
Posted 2019-10-10
I got a long letter from Gus Albern, who, with his wife, Lee, is living in a retirement community in Middlebury, Vt., after having spent 10 years in Kinderhook, N.Y., and many more years in Wilmington, Del. They have an active retirement life — walking, gardening, and enjoying the benefits of living in a college town. They have five grandchildren, one of whom is on the ski patrol at Middlebury. Gus has survived a few medical issues and is doing pretty well for an old geezer — as we all are in the Class of ’54.  Posted 2019-10-10
Also got a note from Miki Fedun ’81, son of our classmate Basil Fedun, who passed away about two years ago.

And, I learned from his wife, Ann, that Dan Kiely passed away last September. Dan got master’s and doctoral degrees from Yale after his graduation from RPI (in mechanical engineering), taught at Yale for several years, and became a research associate at the Penn State Applied Research Lab, retiring as chief scientist in 2012. He received numerous awards for his contributions to the science of closed-cycle propulsion systems for underwater vehicles, including the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award. He was a brother of Phi Mu Delta, and was a regular at alumni reunions. 
Posted 2019-10-10
We received another of our periodic updates from Andy Pouring, who is still active with the company he co-founded, Sonex Research. He writes: “I presented a PowerPoint overview on 40 years in the development of Sonex Controlled Auto Ignition (SCAI) in October 2018 at Engine Expo in Novi, Mich., titled ‘Saving the IC Engine through SCAI.’ The most important point in my presentation of our ultra-lean flameless radical ignition combustion process is it reduces emissions within the cylinder to minimal CO2, water, traces of NOx and hydrocarbons with no systems added to a normal direct injected diesel or gasoline engine. Moreover, gasoline consumption is reduced by 25%. Too bad it is so disruptive no one cares. Also in October I added a Chinese counterpart to my U.S. patent for 2-stroke natural gas engines, granted in 2017. Check out our URL: sonex for more.”

In June, Andy and his wife celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary with their four children and 12 grandchildren. 
Posted 2019-10-10
Miki Fedun ’81 sent word that his father, Basil Fedun, passed away in August. Basil was a retired hydrodynamicist and torpedo control specialist who worked at Gould/Westinghouse/Northrop Grumman. Miki says his dad was an eternal optimist, always at the door with a smile, a warm embrace, and a Slavic kiss on the cheeks. Posted 2019-10-10


Engineering John Schmidt writes: Happy anniversary. Let’s get back for our 65th Reunion! Marcia and I moved to a retirement home near Princeton, N.J., in September — a path many of us have taken by now.  Posted 2020-05-18
Engineering Barnett “Barney” Behrenfeld reports that he has arthritis and takes physical therapy twice a week but is not yet ready to move to a retirement home. “My neighborhood has turned over many times, and I like to see the young people. It always makes me feel good.” He and his wife can still drive and get around, but they have hired help for gardening and cleaning. Both their children live nearby, which also helps. Barney still keeps in regular contact with Bill Barbash. Posted 2020-05-18
Engineering Constantine Bassilakis worked for GE on aircraft engines and then had his own business consulting on gas turbines for the government and GE. He now works out at the Andover, Mass., YMCA two or three times a week. Connie also enjoys league bowling, bass fishing at his son’s camp in Maine, rooting for the NE Patriots, and dancing at least once a month. “I just dance the fast ones. I don’t enjoy slow dances.” Posted 2020-05-18
Engineering In July, Phil Carroll organized a mini-reunion in Santa Barbara with Willy Lick and Joan and Ron Smith. Rick Setlowe got sick at the last minute and couldn’t attend. “We enjoyed continuous recollections of the old days, starting with lunch at a great beachside café, through a tour of UCSB (where Willy taught), and a long evening at his beautiful house in the foothills, including catered dinner and viewing of his paintings. I bought one of his paintings, and it’s nice to see it every day.” In November Willy had an exhibition of his paintings at a Santa Barbara gallery. See Posted 2020-05-18
Ilmars “Herb” Dambergs wrote with a great life story. “I came to this wonderful country as a Latvian displaced person in March 1950. In the fall of 1951, after eagerly requesting admission to the ROTC program at RPI, I was informed that I was not eligible by not being a citizen. The sergeant who told me that was wrong, but I had to accept his word. Instead of ROTC, RPI required me to take Chemistry 101. Well, my mind, lack of good high school preparation, my English, whatever, did not produce. Dr. Faigenbaum gave me a fat “F.” In my junior year I was required to repeat the failed subject. Although I was hoping for a D-minus, the professor was relentless and flunked me again. In the spring of 1954 RPI put me on probation; there was a possibility of getting drafted, and things looked bleak. Not even telling my parents, I visited the Army recruiting station, passed the requirements, and in May 1956 became an Infantry 2nd Lieutenant. The Army allowed me to obtain my baccalaureate degree and later a master’s in systems management. After nearly 30 years of service I retired in 1984. I belong to several veterans’ professional organizations. Last year the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School Alumni Association inducted me into the OCS Hall of Fame.” Posted 2020-05-18
Engineering Bob Hirshson had a career with Douglas Aircraft and Hughes Aircraft, eventually as manager of software development. No longer skiing or doing as much photography, he still keeps up with the computer world, especially for entertainment options. He and his wife have lived in their large house for 44 years but are not yet ready to downsize. Posted 2020-05-18
Engineering A former Air Force pilot, George Lamb has for many years built and flown radio-controlled model planes. He still builds models but no longer flies them. “My latest project is to divest myself of all my models.” Flying them had become increasingly difficult. “They get up high, about 2,000 feet, and you can’t see them. I don’t like to look into the sun.” Previously George had been filming some of his flights and entering the filmed results into international competitions. He and his wife have cut back on travel but still enjoy reading, walking, and visiting their grandchildren. Posted 2020-05-18
Engineering David Levine had a 34-year career at Sperry Rand/Unisys, then two five-year post-retirement jobs, first assembling and warehousing medical supplies and then in furniture and high-end gift shops. He reminisced about RPI days, when as president of Kappa Nu fraternity he doubled the house size and built a party room and bar. “It’s still there. My wife and I visited two years ago with all seven of our grandchildren and took photos at the bar. It’s now an RPI sorority house, and it’s immaculate. They were great — bused us to a hockey game and back. We also visited some of the joints we used to go to on 15th Street.” Posted 2020-05-18
Engineering John Lukacz reports that he is in good health and playing golf regularly. He and his wife drive regularly from Massachusetts to Maryland to visit their daughter’s family, including watching the games of three grandsons who are excelling in high school football and lacrosse. Their son also visits from San Diego. John hopes to attend our 65th Reunion. Posted 2020-05-18
Engineering Jerry Pollock moved to Florida 50 years ago to be near his parents and brother and sister. He reports that he has recovered well after fracturing four ribs last year. With two knee replacements, he doesn’t walk as far these days but gets to the gym to work out and swim. But with heavier knees, “I couldn’t keep my feet up.” In his Navy days Jerry made 21 crossings of the Atlantic and grew to love the sea. He and Jean live close to Ft. Lauderdale and have taken 77 cruises. “It’s so convenient.” Posted 2020-05-18
Engineering Steve Whitman has given up his house in New Jersey, and he and Janet now divide their time between homes in Connecticut and Texas. “But economic conditions in Connecticut are no better than in New Jersey. They kept raising the taxes on GE until GE left the state. The irony was that GE sold the land to a nonprofit, the Catholic Church.” Steve keeps up with the business world, including ties to AI research at Caltech, but says he doesn’t do much anymore. “I keep a black suit in each house and go to weddings and funerals.” Posted 2020-05-18
Chase (“Sal”) Adams said 10 years ago: “I’m never going to retire,” and he has kept his word. He no longer has his law practice but still runs a life insurance agency. With a current focus on gift planning strategies, Sal has developed a financial formula aimed at generating income for charities. The Adamses moved a few years ago from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., to Sioux City, Iowa, to be near his wife’s mother. “It’s a much smaller town, only three flights a day from the airport. I sit at my desk and I work, as there is nothing else to do.” Sal has four sons living across the country.  Posted 2019-10-10
Engineering Richard Anderson still volunteers to help maintain portions of the Erie Canal. Drawing on his ChemE background, he recently helped select cement for a hard-to-patch canal aqueduct. Richard’s wife died two years ago. “I was married to a really tremendous lady. She received a letter from President Obama thanking her for her contribution to early childhood education.” When one of their sons lost his hearing at age 3, they went back to college and worked to set up appropriate education programs. Their son was able not only to succeed academically but also to go on to help develop the 911 network and the EZ-Pass system. Richard now works out five days a week at a Silver Sneakers aquatic exercise program.  Posted 2019-10-10
Like the rest of us, Charles Coe has had to cut back on his sports activities. “I used to play tennis but lost my partners and had to give it up. I skied until I was 71. They had super senior rates at the lift line. But I took a spill and had a compression fracture in my back, and gave that up.” Chuck is still a lap swimmer at a local outdoor pool. He and Judy enjoy theater, symphony, and lecture programs in Los Gatos, Calif.  Posted 2019-10-10
Clifford Hastings reports that he does a lot of reading and is a longtime volunteer manning the desk at his local library. The Hastings have traveled widely, with cruises to Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, and from Spain to Florida. “We’ve spent the last few years on the water.” They just gave up their annual visits to Nantucket because the terrain became too difficult for walking. Cliff has also given up golf. “My social life revolves around my physicians.”  Posted 2019-10-10
Edward Kaiser moved from Arkansas to near Dallas, Texas, several years ago to be near his children and grandchildren. Still an avid gardener, he found that he had to change some crops: Texas was too dry for mushrooms and a wrong pH for blueberries, but he now does well with two growing seasons and other crops including boysenberries, spinach, and kale. “We also used to hunt and fish, but we got old.” Ed traveled widely during his 39 years with Bell Helicopter/Textron but no longer wants to: “I got burned out then on planes. Now I hate to get on one — too cramped.” Also in the past are brewing his own beer and making wine: “I could buy better wine than I could make.”  Posted 2019-10-10
Neil Krebs recalls that he took almost no liberal arts courses at RPI, partly because of ROTC requirements. But after Army service in Korea he returned to RPI for his Ph.D. and developed a love of classical music, twice winning radio station contests to be the first to identify pieces. “I rushed to the post office to mail my entries. The prizes were tickets to concerts at the Field House. One was by the Mantovani Orchestra.” He lives in Stephentown, N.Y., where his wife, a descendant of Stephen Douglas, has a 300-acre property dating back to the Douglas family in 1765. Neil and his wife keep very busy raising Scottie Terriers, llamas, alpacas, chickens, and ducks.  Posted 2019-10-10
Daniel Murphy reports that he and his wife are fine. He walks a mile and a half most every day. Dan used to race sailboats on a large lake nearby but has given that up. He has a lifetime love of sports cars, having raced in the ’50s “until I got married and couldn’t afford it.” Now the owner of two Alfa Romeos, he drives regularly around the countryside with a group of owners from the St. Louis area. Lacking power steering “does wear out my arms.” Dan works on the cars himself, with the 1961 model now taken apart for new wiring. “Surprisingly, parts are easier to get now than 20 years ago.” Dan visited RPI in 2013 for the renewal of his DKE fraternity.  Posted 2019-10-10
Shelby Putnam reports that he and his wife are “doing reasonably well.” In past years they sailed their trawler on summer trips from Maine to the Florida Keys and Bahamas, but they have given that up. They also recently gave up their summer house on Chebeague Island near Portland. “Things got a little heavier than they used to be.” Shelby sold his candy manufacturing business in 1992 but still goes in part time, several owners later, taking care of the machinery.  Posted 2019-10-10
Engineering In what may be a class record, Arthur Rathbun worked full time with the same company, Bettis, for 58 years. Getting his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering along the way, he designed nuclear reactors for the U.S. Navy’s submarines and carriers. Since retiring at age 81 he has had to give up skiing but keeps busy with cruises, visits to his children in California and France, and numerous trips with Road Scholar’s Signature Cities program.  Posted 2019-10-10
Harvey Rosenhouse still gets around well, driving regularly from New Jersey to visit his sons, a math professor in Virginia and a lawyer in Brooklyn. He and Sandy had a recent family vacation at Disney World. “Surprisingly, I enjoyed it. My grandchildren persuaded me to go on the roller coaster. I hadn’t been on one for 30 years. Once every 30 years is enough.” Harvey works out at home with dumbbells and push-ups — “at least I call them push-ups.” He keeps in touch with Rajai Atalla, who according to Harvey is still running a research laboratory.  Posted 2019-10-10
Norman Schwartz earned a law degree and practiced real estate law in California for 30 years. An avid pilot since RPI days, he has flown around the world, over the North Pole, and across Africa bush country. He had to sell his plane and give up flying several years ago: “The insurance companies are prejudiced against people over 80. I’ve adopted a more passive hobby, photography. Street photography has become a passionate hobby.” Norman has received several awards, and his works hang in local galleries and have been featured in publications including the cover of the UCLA extension course catalog. His portfolio website is  Posted 2019-10-10
Playing tennis three times a week keeps Brooks Vogt in shape. “But getting up at 7:30 is no fun. And the game is slowing down. People don’t remember who is serving.” Brooks is nostalgic about his former days in a motorcycle group. “We were known as the Del Monte Vultures. We rode all over the place. Riding in a group is fun. Riding solo is scary — too many people don’t see you.” The Vogts keep busy tracking their three grandsons: a 17-year-old playing goalie in an elite hockey league (and thinking about attending RPI), a 15-year-old playing football and hockey, and a 9-year-old who has recovered from cancer and who now appears on TV as an ambassador for his children’s hospital in Los Angeles.  Posted 2019-10-10


Engineering Frank Griggs writes: It’s been about 68 years since we began our studies at RPI. I remember during that first week going to the bookstore in the basement of the Student Union and buying my books, drafting equipment in a metal container, along with our T square and slide rule, a K & E log log duplex decitrig of course, which we hung from our belts with great pride. Oh, and you may recall tuition was, as I recollect it, $300 a semester. Posted 2020-05-18
Engineering Jerry Reinert wrote, “My summer included a week at Safari West, in Santa Rosa, Calif. Lois (with her new knee) and I took my 10-year-old granddaughter Kalina. We all loved it. 2021 will be our 65th Reunion. I’m hoping that we can have a ‘crowd’ of at least 50. I’ll do my best, with your help, to make it have as much fun and camaraderie as possible.” Posted 2020-05-18
Engineering I got a long email from Joe Freitag describing his long and interesting career. He wrote, in part, “In my junior year I knew that I didn’t want to work for a process company or in the eld of thermodynamics. I loved the math in vibration control and when I graduated I worked for a few months for Sperry Gyroscope Co. testing to failure gyro and hydraulic packages for the Sparrow 1 Missile. It was part of a reliability program. As an Army ROTC student, I activated in January ’57 and went to Germany serving in a direct support ordnance battalion with the 3rd Armored Division. During that time I decided I was going to get an MBA when I returned, which was in early ’59. I applied and was accepted at Harvard Business School.” After that, “I pursued an entrepreneurial career with major aerospace and communications companies wanting to diversify their businesses with systems for the commercial sector. I worked twice for RCA, twice for Hughes, and twice for TRW — now Northrop Grumman — and enjoyed the moves on both coasts...I developed a love for classic cars after retiring and bought a 1930 Model A Cabriolet and a ’56 Thunderbird at the same time. My wife calls them mistresses because they were parked in a rented garage. I worked to make them pretty and then took them out to show off. I am still driving the TBird. I live in Palos Verdes, California, a suburb of Los Angeles and in a beach house on Alamitos Bay in Long Beach. My heath is very good. “My other activity is a foundation I created with my brother and family to honor my Dad, who received his apprenticeship at Daimler in 1923 but came to this country in 1927 when the economic conditions in Germany were so bad. He never worked in the automotive industry, but became a star designer at Sperry. This year I awarded the foundation’s 13th scholarship to a young man who will pursue his EE degree specializing in automotive electronics.” Posted 2020-05-18
Engineering Alan Dolmatch wrote, “In May my wife and I traveled in the south of France in the Languedoc region, where we saw two wonderful spanning structures built about 1,900 years apart. We visited the spectacular Millau Viaduct, a cable-stayed bridge spanning 2.5 kilometers across a deep valley. It was designed by the British architect/engineer Norman Foster about 10 years ago and includes seven masts of about 1,200 feet in height supporting a four-lane roadway some 800 feet above the valley floor. Its counterpart was the Pont du Gard outside of Nimes built by the Romans to deliver water from the mountains to the city of Nimes. About 800 feet of the three-tiered aqueduct remain and can be crossed with great views to the river below.” Posted 2020-05-18
Engineering Paul B. Kilian wrote, “Upon graduation I was commissioned an ensign in the Naval Reserve with a commitment to spend two years on active duty. I was assigned to the District Intelligence Office of the Ninth Naval District in Chicago, Ill. There I conducted background investigations on civilian and naval personnel who required a security clearance for work requiring access to classified information. While in Chicago I got married to Mary Jane. After I was discharged, I was employed by a small consulting civil engineering firm in Troy, N.Y., and designed potable water and sanitary sewerage facilities. My next job was for a slightly larger firm in Trenton, N.J. My work there involved the design and construction supervision of water and sewerage facilities for municipalities in central and southern New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania. In 1965 I obtained a position in a consulting engineering firm in northern New Jersey and we moved up there, where in the course of 12 years, I was employed at three different consulting firms. In 1977 I moved to Portsmouth, N.H., to take the position of vice president and general manager of the Portsmouth regional office of a Maine consulting engineering firm. Later on I was employed by a Portland, Maine, consulting engineering firm to manage the firm’s engineering design and construction activities in New Hampshire. My last year with the firm was spent in their Tallahassee, Fla., office, where I managed the investigation of hazardous waste and leaking underground storage tanks on property being acquired for the construction of an Interstate Highway System expansion project in southern Florida.” Posted 2020-05-18
Engineering Peter Wayner wrote, “At the 2019 Summer Heat Transfer Conference, in July, in Bellevue, Wash., I received a Certificate of Recognition at dinner from the ASME/AIChE Heat Transfer Division with a AIChE daylong symposium on research in my honor. With a small amount of time, I still do a little bit of research as a professor emeritus in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at RPI. No longer skiing, I look forward to spring.” Posted 2020-05-18
Frank Griggs writes: I continue to work on my golf game. You may recall a few issues ago I noted that a 200-yard drive was a good one. Now I say it is a really, really good one. I continue writing on civil engineering history, concentrating on Rensselaer civil engineering grads. Posted 2019-10-01
Larry Zutty wrote, “I’m enjoying retirement...I know most say this, but it’s really great. I’m very happily married to my wife of 60 years. We live near Princeton, N.J. We enjoy driving trips around the country. The last one covered over 3,000 miles. We take time to see shows and concerts...standard stuff. Next week we’re having lunch with Jerry Berns.”  Posted 2019-10-01
Frank Griggs writes: I got an email from the son of Peter McDonough, also named Peter, who said he was googling some information and the name Bob McGrath was in it. He writes: “This raised my curiosity about Bob McGrath because he was my father’s best man in his wedding and also my godfather. So I googled Bob’s name and it led me to your RPI alumni column, spring and fall of 2018. Just to let you know, dad passed away in February 2004. I shared your articles with my mom, and she really enjoyed hearing about Bob. She told me how much respect dad had for  Posted 2019-10-01
Charley Buttz, our class historian, wrote, “Took a 4,700-mile auto trip to Florida, Texas, and points in between in March. Visited Chuck Blum, an old (really old!) RPI roommate in Ft. Lauderdale, and my wife’s brother and our classmate, Art Castro, in Houston, en route. Had a marvelous time and am considering another overseas junket in the fall. What’s that old chestnut about a rolling stone?”  Posted 2019-10-01
Charley Buttz, our class historian, wrote, “Took a 4,700-mile auto trip to Florida, Texas, and points in between in March. Visited Chuck Blum, an old (really old!) RPI roommate in Ft. Lauderdale, and my wife’s brother and our classmate, Art Castro, in Houston, en route. Had a marvelous time and am considering another overseas junket in the fall. What’s that old chestnut about a rolling stone?”  Posted 2019-10-01
Peter Goetz wrote he is raising goats and rabbits, to go along with his chickens, in Cold Harbor, N.Y. He still flies his airplane and plays tennis three times a week. He spends his winters in Naples, Fla. For you history buffs, Washington A. Roebling, Class of 1857, and builder of the Brooklyn Bridge, is buried in Cold Harbor.  Posted 2019-10-01
Bill Mouzavires wrote telling me that a fellow Delt, Harry Williams ’57, passed away in 2018. He stays in touch with some of his hockey teammates, including Jim Shildneck, Marty Karch, and Lloyd Bauer. He spends his winters in Bradenton Beach, Fla. He wrote, “I have lots of aches and pains…from playing too much sports but am glad I’m still kicking.”  Posted 2019-10-01
Paul Kilian lives in Dover, N.H., and wrote he lost his second wife recently. He is planning on entering a continual care retirement community in Durham, N.H., shortly.  Posted 2019-10-01
Bob McGrath and Jack Cunningham sent me a copy of an obituary for Parker B. Hornbeck, a chemical engineering major and fraternity brother who died Nov. 14, 2018, in Carmel Valley, Calif. Parker spent his first two years after graduation with a chemical company. He then enlisted in the Navy, graduated from the Naval Officer Candidate School at Newport, R.I., and served for 11 years on active duty attaining the rank of lieutenant. His last assignment was on a nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser.

After naval service, Parker spent 35 years with Bechtel Corp. as a quality assurance engineer for several nuclear power plants throughout California and the northwest. He was a lifetime member of the National Ski Patrol, eventually earning a National Appointment classification. 
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Jerry Reinert wrote, “Hi, from your ‘aging’ class president. Only two more years left before our next Reunion. If I’m physically able, I’ll be on campus to welcome all of you that can make it. Being in our mid-80s isn’t easy. Lois and I, my two sons, daughter-in-law and (only) two grandchildren are all fine. I’ve been quite busy with business, philanthropy, and RPI. In business, my partner and I are in the middle of our third building project in South America. At RPI, my two endowments are very active: The first is the Reinert–Rader Fellowship Fund. The second is the Reinert Executive Speakers Fund. This fund invites a high-level executive to come to campus to speak, one every semester. I try to get up to RPI to introduce each of them. Try and stay healthy, and please consider joining us in 2021.”  Posted 2019-10-01


Engineering Just got a book from Dave Brunell, written by his wife, Pam, titled Beloving. It’s unique, being written in a combination of poetry and prose about the Brunell family’s journey from the U.S. to Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Vietnam, then back home to their farm in Maryland with many adventures in those venues and many other places ... just what you’d expect of this adventurous ’57er. Its title effectively reflects Dave and Pam’s very positive experiences in and outlooks on life, living, and loving from their wide-angle view. Posted 2020-05-18
Engineering Buzz Campbell wrote: Am wondering if you all read the Fall 2019 issue of Rensselaer with Dr. Shirley Jackson on the cover and celebrating her 20 years of leadership, quite a story in itself. Another piece which caught my attention was titled “An Anchor and a Compass.” As one of the many in ’57 who spent time in the military after graduation (in my case as a Navy Airdale), I was very interested in the coverage of RPI’s position in U.S. naval history, which began in 1860 and has resulted in 80 RPI grads achieving flag rank, including two who gained two stars during 2019. Also catching some of ’57’s attention was the photo of RPI Middies on page 20 together with a photo of our highly recognized professor of civil engineering, Rear Admiral Lewis Combs, Class of ’16. I got some phone calls wondering if some from our class might be in the photo. Chuck Gould wondered if the photo was of ’57 Middies, possibly including Dick “Gus” Gustafson, Jack Bluestein, and himself. Some research determined that the photo was of the Rensselaer NROTC Unit of 1965. Chuck also recalled that “upon our graduation, Adm. Combs offered Gus a commission in the Civil Engineer Corps, to which Gus politely said he was ‘joining the Marines.’” Chuck then explained that “... the next guy through Adm. Combs’ door was me.” When Combs asked him, “Gould! Do you want to be in the Civil Engineer Corps?” his response was, “What’s that?” ... to which Combs responded, “It’s the Seabees.” Chuck quickly said, “Yes, Sir!!!” Chuck then added that he “spent four years with world-class folks and doing some very challenging work!” Posted 2020-05-18
Engineering Well, that led me to a call with Gus, whom I hadn’t seen since June ’57. Gus noted that he and Gloria married right after graduation, have five kids, 13 grandkids, and five great-grandkids, and served 33 years in the Marine Corps. He flew A-4s (Skyhawks) and AV-8s (Harriers) in Vietnam, flying off the attack carriers Coral Sea and Midway. His tours included commands of a squadron, air group, and a wing and he put two stars on as Major General. Gus, we salute you, your family, and your remarkable career of service! Posted 2020-05-18
Architecture And finally, from our steadfast classmate Doug Hasbrouck: Please check out the latest updates to our Class of 1957 Spectrum Award webpage, at As of December, 77 classmates have contributed nearly $134,000 to Spectrum, with gifts ranging from $100 to $25,000. Starting with our 60th Reunion in 2017, three outstanding engineering students have received unconditional prizes of $2,500 each. The value of the endowed fund varies with the markets, but new money into the fund comes entirely from members of our class. Once our class is gone, the fund’s future will depend entirely on growth from its investments. It has always been our ambition to grow the fund sufficiently to assure that it survives our class, and benefits future students for many years to come. Please join us in taking pride from the fact that ’57 is one of only two classes that have been able to generate such a “living class gift.” Your contribution can help us assure that the ’57 Spectrum Award will endure. Posted 2020-05-18
We recently read about our ’57 classmate, Col. Dick Kibbey, who was shot down and killed in Vietnam in 1967. His remains were recently identified and returned to the U.S. for burial in March with military honors in Arlington National Cemetery. Dick was a helicopter rescue pilot and had just retrieved a downed pilot in the Mu Gia Pass valley of North Vietnam when his chopper was hit and crashed. We’re very happy for his family, and salute Dick and his family for their service and sacrifice!  Posted 2019-10-01
On Horace Pops, we read that he has been again recognized by ASTM International’s committee on copper and copper alloys with its top Award of Merit. You may recall Horace has garnered much recognition and other top awards since the early ’90s. He is still active with Horace Pops Consulting Inc. of Fort Wayne, Ind.  Posted 2019-10-01
Engineering Doug Hasbrouck reports that Rex Krueger signed the certificate for our third Spectrum Award winner. Bud Lindner and Carl Thurnau joined Doug and Stephanie in May to present the certificate to Parth Bhide, a local boy who graduated with a B.S. in chemical engineering. He had a 3.94 QPA and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in materials science. Parth held leadership roles in Rensselaer’s Engineering Ambassadors Program, which works with local school children from grades 4 through 12. He was also involved with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and served as treasurer of the executive board. You can read more on Parth, the Spectrum Award, and funding on our ’57 Spectrum webpage at Posted 2019-10-01
From Lydia, Dick Kaeyer’s wife, we hear that he has had some serious health issues with surgery in Sarasota, and is now recovering well following treatment at their local hospital in Maine. Lydia notes, “We came back from Florida in early May. En route Dick was honored at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, N.Y., for which he was architect 50 years ago with an addition which put it in ‘major museum’ category. Before we left Sarasota, we had an ‘always fun’ visit from Jackie and Bruce Collopy. And we thank guys from RPI and PiKA who sent best wishes to Dick.”  Posted 2019-10-01
From Rex Krueger we heard that he was in Nairobi, Kenya, in January visiting old friends who included the founder and chairman of Daystar University and the founder and president of the Karen Hospital. Rex notes, “I have been involved with Daystar University for over 40 years, meeting the founding directors (Dr. Don and Faye Smith) in Oregon when we moved there in 1974. They returned in 2014 to Nairobi to live on the Daystar campus. Karin and I had made several trips to Africa, with this one scheduled to celebrate Faye’s 90th birthday and to meet the new leadership of the university. Unluckily, my hosts and I were involved in a bad car accident on the Nairobi-Mombasa highway. I was well treated at Karen Hospital and flew home with a very bad back, and X-rays revealed a compressed vertebra. Am now wearing a waist/back belt/brace. All of this made moving into our new house in Redmond, Ore., a bit more complicated. I’m still upright, working up to playing golf soon…and am still accused of being as feisty as ever!”  Posted 2019-10-01


Garry Kearns
Architecture Garry Kearns, who is our class president, received the Rensselaer Alumni Association’s 2019 Distinguished Service Award at Reunion & Homecoming Weekend in September. Congratulations, Garry. The citation lists Garry’s numerous service contributions to RPI and the surrounding community over the past 60 years, including as career placement liaison and tireless service on the RAA’s Annual Fund Leadership Gifts Committee, Athletic Relations Committee, Class and Reunion Committee, and Alumni Hall of Fame Balloting Committee. He has always been there to assist Rensselaer in numerous ways, including stepping into the brink to steady the men’s hockey program as head coach from 1964 to 1969. Garry was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1975 and the Hockey Ring of Honor in 2011. He was a member of the RAA’s Board of Trustees from 1984 to 1987. In appreciation of his outstanding philanthropy, generosity, and commitment to Rensselaer, Garry received membership in the Annual Patroon Society and the prestigious Palmer C. Ricketts Lifetime Patroon Society. Posted 2020-05-19
Architecture Martin Ginsburg was presented the top “Innovator Award” by ArtsWestchester in November. He and his brother Samuel founded Ginsburg Development Companies over 50 years ago, and the company has since built over 7,000 residential units, becoming the leading developer of residential properties in the northern suburbs of New York City. Since the mid 1990s, GDC has focused on waterfront developments, and Martin became a leading advocate for the post-industrial rediscovery of the Hudson River, including many transit-friendly developments adjacent to train stations. Posted 2020-05-19
Engineering The nation and Larry Nichols celebrated the 50th anniversary of the moon landing this past summer. Larry was at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center in July 1969 when Apollo 11 was launched. He was part of 10 Apollo space missions as an engineer. Larry’s first job after RPI was working on the Atlas Missile Program in Plattsburgh, N.Y. He later went to work for Grumman Corp., which NASA contracted to design, assemble, integrate, and test the lunar module. At Cape Canaveral in Florida, Larry was involved with the lunar landing program beginning with Apollo 5, the first unmanned flight of the Apollo Lunar Module that would later carry astronauts to the lunar surface. He stayed at Grumman until Apollo 17, the final moon mission, in 1972. Larry then joined his father-in-law’s construction business in New York, but missed his work as an aeronautical engineer and went to work at Goddard Space Flight Center. In his career, he contributed to many projects, including the Hubble Space Telescope, the Cosmic Background Explorer, and the Global Geospace Science project. Posted 2020-05-19
Received a note from Harvey Kaiser, who advises that he continues consulting in higher education facilities. His last two projects were for Qatar University for a Facility Management Organization study and a Space Program for the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts.

His book writing continues: Number 18 was due to come off the press this summer, Great Camps of the Adirondacks, Second Edition. Before that was National Park Architecture Sourcebook, describing historical architecture in 215 national park units, which was well-received as a comprehensive guide for travelers. Congratulations, Harvey, on a most impressive accomplishment.

Harvey and his wife, Linda (Russell Sage ’59), made a private weekend visit last fall to Troy and Albany. He reports it was a good experience to visit old haunts as tourists and that they were impressed by the revival going on in downtown Troy. Harvey sends his best to the members of the Class of ’58. 
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Chet Vogel Fall 2019
Congratulations to Chet Vogel, who was presented with the RAA’s Albert Fox Demers Medal at last year’s awards ceremony. The medal is the second-highest honor bestowed by the RAA. Chet was honored for his generous gifts of time, talent, and resources to Rensselaer.

Chet has served on the RAA’s Board of Trustees, and as past president of the New York alumni chapter. He was chairman of the Phi Sigma Delta Reunion, and co-chair of the Class of 1958 five-year Reunion. He and his wife, Madeline, have established a fund for faculty support, and Chet has volunteered as a guest lecturer every year since 2010 for the HVAC course.

His distinguished career included 20 years with Kallen & Lemelson Engineers, where he advanced to managing partner. In 1985, he established CT Vogel PE Consulting Engineer, retiring in 2008 as principal and president of M-E/Vogel/Taylor Engineers.

His work has been recognized with industry awards for engineering designs, and in 2007, he was named Engineer of the Year in New York by the American Council of Engineering Companies. Chet is currently developing new mechanical codes as a member of the New York City Mayor’s Advisory Commission. 
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Engineering It was great to hear from Fred Mosedale (B.E.E., LXA, Phalanx). After graduation, Fred left Troy for his first job as an EE with RCA in Massachusetts. He rented lodgings in Concord, which was a one-time home of Henry David Thoreau. Fred writes that he became fascinated with Thoreau’s thinking. All of this exploration launched Fred on a long-term interest in philosophy. When we were at RPI, there was no philosophy course, but Fred speculates that had there been one, he would probably have taken it and — maybe, just maybe — transferred to another school. However, Fred stayed in the engineering world, with assignments in Alaska on a huge radar complex — and lots of spare time to read more philosophy. And, subsequently, he relocated to Germany to work on some sophisticated equipment — with more spare time. Somehow, Fred accumulated enough funds to finance a career change. He entered a doctoral philosophy program, and soon ended up teaching and writing philosophy. His moral is that “engineering is interesting, offers good-paying work, and can lead to unexpected fields.” Fred eventually became interested in the philosophy of language, which led him to think about computer languages. He landed a position as a technical writer with Intel in Oregon and, for the next 20 years, continued to publish philosophy on the side. Engineering and humanities can live well together, he observes. Interesting to note our class has produced several poets, and at least one mystery writ- er, and a cookbook publisher. But Fred is, I think, our first professional philosopher. All of you are encouraged to share with us some of your wisdom acquired and experiences over the last 60 years or so. Posted 2020-05-14
Heard from Dick Schult, ex-1959, Arch major and NROTC. Lived in B Dorm 201 with Clyde Hassett. Says he received a Navy regular scholarship but to another university.

He was last on campus for the 40th Reunion. Has had a varied career: Navy, 10 years active and 16 years Reserves, over 30 years in various phases of construction management, and now retired with his bride of just over a year.

On the family side, tally: three marriages, three kids, six step-kids, 15 grand-kids, and six great-grand-kids (so far).

Has lived in Norfolk, Va., for 51 years and is active in civic and church activities. He recently reconnected with his freshman NROTC instructor, then Lt. Mike Childress. Mike retired as a commander and had a second career in real estate. He lives in Virginia Beach and is 93 or 94. Mike says he hasn’t seen or heard of any other folks except in the alumni mag. 
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Bill Blanchfield  ’60 writes, “Due  to  the  COVID-19  pandemic,  the  Reunion  celebration  planned  for  October  has  been  postponed.” Posted 2020-06-16
Bill Blanchfield writes: Been recently elected VP of the 50 Year Club. It was a tough one but my promise to “make Rensselaer great again” seems to have worked. We are a generous bunch of old-timers and we give stipends to students who have contributed to the Rensselaer and the Troy communities. The students are great and always fun to be with.  Our last speaker was Marty Daniels, the director of financial aid. Marty explained clearly the need for more money for student scholarships. A message well received.  Posted 2019-10-01
Received my annual greeting from Basil Whiting. “Baze” as he likes to be called is, like all of us, dodging life’s health challenges. From his home on Staten Island he enjoys walking to small restaurants and the small town vibe of the Island. He does miss Brooklyn and its combination of art and nature.  Posted 2019-10-01


Science There have been many exploits by our classmates over the years, but George Bein is an unheralded success story. Here it is. Immediately following graduation, he decided to enroll at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn for an M.S. and a Ph.D., both in electrophysics. George took a total of six years; seemed like an eternity. His first job after that was at Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory in Buffalo, N.Y., and he did that for about 10 years. In the early ’80s when Ma Bell was being required to have some competition, his son, at the age of 17, came to him with an ad from Entrepreneur magazine. George writes: “He said, ‘Dad, we can get into the pay phone business if we buy 50 pay phones from this company.’ I told Jeff to just buy one. If he could sell it, we could buy more. He bought one and quickly sold it to a local bar. Long story short: We became The American Telecom Network offering a variety of telecom services across America, doing $50 million per year. Jeff and I were in business together for 25 years.” George goes on to say, “I must have inherited my son’s sense of creativity because I was recently awarded a patent called GFI Tripped Circuit Detection and Notification System. It notifies a homeowner when their GFI circuit trips, even if they are thousands of miles away from home. This can be very useful if, for example, they have a freezer and/or a refrigerator plugged into a GFI outlet in their garage. All garages are required to have GFI outlets. The approved patent uses an existing security system. I am currently working on an app that also notifies a homeowner when their GFI outlet trips; but this version does not require an existing security system.” What a great story. George lives in beautiful Sedona, Ariz., gets to play tennis three times per week, and plays drums in a fantastic dance band. Posted 2020-05-19
Engineering Brian McManus writes: At the most recent Reunion in October, a few people robustly represented the Class of 1961: Bob Bardagy, Fred Guimond, and Brian McManus, along with Ed Bok and Bob Peterson. Other Chi Phis: Hank Bauer, Mike Smith, Bill Hart, Tony Dignazzio, Jack Lahey, and George Maniatty participated in a Chi Phi general reunion. A trip to the Notty Pine was included. Bob lives in Victoria, B.C., and recently met with Rod Palmborg in Seattle. Fred Guimond, the only Deke present, moved from Baton Rouge to Leavenworth, Wash. Posted 2020-05-19
Brian McManus writes: In a prior issue of the Rensselaer magazine I solicited stories of what you were doing in your spare time, given that most classmates are now retired. I cited pickleball as a favorite pastime of mine. Well, Barry Burbank replied and he wins the Grand Prize with no questions asked. He currently goes line dancing five nights a week, rides a bike every week or so, and engages in rock climbing. To his great credit, he scaled El Capitan when he was 57 years old, which required six days and about 15 to 18 hours per day working with a companion climber. Over the years he has run 20 marathons, played ice hockey in a senior league, started snowboarding at age 67, cliff climbing at age 51, and has written two books. His “daytime” job all these years was in the Finance Department at IBM. Several years ago Barry moved to New Paltz, N.Y., in order to be near the cliffs because he still likes to go climbing about once per week. If you have seen the movie Free Solo about the fellow who climbed El Capitan with no safety ropes, you have a good idea of the challenge of that mountain.  Posted 2019-10-01


Engineering Ed Loizeaux sent me an essay about his “now-ancient life.” Ed and I started life at RPI across the hall from one another in the freshman dormitories, he in Room A-108 and I in Room A-103. Ed earned an MSIE degree and an MBA degree. He worked for the U.S. Air Force at Norton AFB in San Bernardino, Calif., before it closed. Then he moved to the San Francisco area where he “morphed from engineer to operations management,” running factories for high-tech firms. He once worked for Bill Perry before Perry became President Clinton’s Secretary of Defense. Bored with managing factories, Ed incorporated as Manufacturing Advisors and became flooded with clients from Brazil, Singapore, and many U.S. locations. He has been married to Judi McHan for 34 years. They have five children, all married and all gainfully employed. Ed retired at age 55, and he and Judi are living comfortably. He teaches English to foreign graduate students at Stanford University — not beginning English, but conversational English complete with slang and idioms. Posted 2020-05-19
Engineering Steve Mirer sent me a beautiful photo of four Pi Lambda Phi fraternity brothers and their wives who met in Santa Fe, N.M., in September to attend the Santa Fe Indian Market. The attendees were hosts Mary Anne (RSC 1964) and Bruce Larsen of Santa Fe, Lois and Mike Mannes of Baltimore, Helen and Marv Meistrich of Houston, and Arlene (RSC 1964) and Steve Mirer of Phoenix. Bruce retired from Vista Chemical in 1995, Mike practices real estate law in Baltimore, Marv retired from M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in 2012, and Steve retired from GE Global Research in 2008. The intrepid octet is ruminating about meeting in Sonoma County, Calif., in 2020. Empty or near-empty stemmed glassware could be seen on the table in front of them, telltale evidence that everyone was having a terrific time. Mike and I palled around at RPI before losing track of one another. Posted 2020-05-19
Marcia Dresner ’65 emailed me in March to say that her husband, Norm Dresner, died on Nov. 1, 2018. Norm worked for Westinghouse/ Northrop Grumman and then turned his passion for wood turning into a small business. His hobbies over the years included photography, electronics, computers, HO-scale model trains and boats, and puzzles and games. Norm also is survived by two sons, Jon and Alex (RPI ’92), and three granddaughters.  Posted 2019-10-01
Jay Winderman I just completed a novel titled Abel Streitman and the R&D Factory. It is a satire based on my observations and experiences while working in the defense industry. I do not have the time to publish and distribute this novel as I did with the Thunder Tortoise trilogy, so I had a small number of copies made for several family members and select retirees.  Posted 2019-10-01
Ben Kroup shared the following lyrics to a humorous ditty that he and others in Phi Kappa once sang during keg parties, to the tune of “From the Halls of Montezuma:”

From the dizzy heights of Prospect Park/To the mudflats of Cohoes, We will drink all day and through the night/And the rest God only knows.

We will drink to Troy’s fair maidens./We will drink to Troy’s fine beer. And without a doubt some tool will shout/Let us drink to Rensselaer.
Posted 2019-09-17


Engineering Dave Wicks has fond memories of playing RPI hockey for Ned Harkness and especially for the 1960-61 Frozen Four tournament. I’m sure he remembers the 17 to 2 win over AIC where Jim Josephson, Brian Pryce, and Brian Robins were ejected for brawling. Dave helped with two assists in that blow-out win. Dave majored in metallurgical engineering and was a brother of Lambda Chi Alpha. Now 55 years later, a retired Foster Wheeler Energy Corp. engineer and nuclear project manager for the Clinch River Breeder Reactor, Dave spends his leisure traveling, playing golf, and writing his dad’s biography. Bombs Away is the true story of his father’s escape from Nazi-occupied Slovakia after being shot down on his 24th combat mission. It is a great story of heroism and courage in WWII. Dave and his wife, Lorraine, celebrated their 53rd anniversary last July. They reside in Dansville, N.Y., where they raised three children. Daughter Jackie is a 5th grade teacher; her twin Jennie is a CPA, health-care consultant, and former hospital CEO. Their son Mike, a graduate of the University of Buffalo, works in law enforcement in Monroe County. Dave and Lorraine have three grandchildren. He would be happy to hear from classmates at Posted 2020-05-19
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Jack Titley writes: Back in the fall of 1962, RPI President Richard Folsom apologetically announced that tuition for 1963 was being raised to $800 per semester. Dr. Folsom, in a letter to our parents, said that “the Board of Trustees reluctantly approved the increase in tuition.” Little did we know what it was going to cost our grandchildren to attend. Posted 2020-05-19
William Soffa, M.S. in materials engineering, was named to Carnegie Mellon’s Athletics Hall of Fame for his outstanding college basketball achievement. Bill is a professor of engineering at the U. of Virginia. Posted 2020-05-19
Engineering Marvin Rozansky sent us a sad note on the death of Roger Mester. Roger had been living in Copenhagen with his wife, Annette, and family for many years. As electrical engineering classmates, Marv and Roger forged a lifelong friendship. According to Marv, Roger was a 4.0 student until he wound up with a C in the senior year’s Senior Sequence in Philosophy class. Marv still feels guilty over having talked Roger into taking the class. Anyone who wishes to share a memory of Roger can contact Marv at As our ranks thin, we all mourn the loss of each classmate. Posted 2020-05-19
Admiral Zlatoper
Admiral Ronald “Zap” Zlatoper ’63, USN (Ret), trustee emeritus of Rensselaer, received the American Patriot Award from the Navy League of the United States, Honolulu Council, in September. Selection is based upon service to the nation and service to the community. Posted 2019-10-01
Bill Woodward and wife, Marcie, live in Tucson in the winter and spend the summer on Cape Cod in Harwich. You can occasionally find him at Ryder’s Cove Boatyard in Chatham.  Posted 2019-10-01
Jack Titley It has been a long time since we were freshmen. Sixty years ago we began our epic journey in higher education. You will notice that the notes for the Class of 1963 have moved closer and closer to the front of the section. Unfortunately, there are fewer of us left on whom I can report. So please take a moment to send a note; your classmates will enjoy the information.

Our freshman handbook for 1959 had an advertisement for The Armory Restaurant and Bar on College Avenue, “open every night till 3:00 a.m.” As I recall, the drinks were cheap and no one ever tried the food. Mrs. Walter Warren was our social director who held “tea dances every Sunday to which girls from neighboring colleges” were invited. And in her words, Mrs. Warren was “only too happy to help…sew on a button or get you a blind date.” Do you remember the Frosh Smoker — gathering at the Field House for free cigarettes and entertainment? How the world has changed!

As I was checking out at the supermarket and wearing my Rensselaer sweatshirt, the checker said, “my boyfriend goes to RPI,” and the woman next in line added that her husband also is a graduate. Small world! 
Posted 2019-10-01


Engineering Michael Wellner writes: I am beginning this edition of Class Notes by talking briefly about our 55th Reunion, which sadly I could not attend because my wife and I were on a delightful vacation cruise from Barcelona to Lisbon. Here are a couple of reports. Posted 2020-05-19
Engineering First, Dick Vennett and his wife, Mary Ann, went to Troy hoping for a sufficient turnout of ’64 alumni to warrant having a class dinner. But that was not to be. Although our 50th Reunion attracted more than 60 classmates, this year we managed only 10 who returned to the ’Tute. Of those 10, Dick and his Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity brothers made up 70%! These included Earl Foster, Nancy and Rich Greer, Mary Ann and Dave Marko, Tom McShane and his nephew, John, Diane and Eloy Nava, and Pat and Jack Piela. And they had their own reunion at the Century House Inn in Latham, and visited the campus on Friday, a beautiful day, and then had their own “class” dinner at the Century House. And on Saturday they all went to Saratoga Springs for a Beatles tribute concert, to honor the 50th anniversary of the Abbey Road album at Caffe Lena. Of course, they all enjoyed each other’s company, and decided that another five years was much too long to wait to meet again as a group. So their plan is to meet in two years (September 2021) in Mystic, Conn. Future fraternity reunions will be organized by the local brother(s) offering to host the reunion. Aside from that, Dick had a successful hip replacement in late June, and was able to attend the reunion without pain or cane! Find out more from Dick at Posted 2020-05-19
Science Next, Art Schoenstadt reports that he, too, was among the small group of us who actually made it back for reunion. He made it to the football game, to see the Engineers win handily. And he was able to tour the five main schools, stopping in each for about 30 minutes, with faculty members describing their research, and attend an interesting panel discussion in EMPAC. Art also made a stop at the small town where he went to high school, and visited with the widow of his Ph.D. adviser. You can reach Art at Posted 2020-05-19
Engineering Del Webster reports that his grandchildren are growing up! His oldest grandson, Eamon, was recently married, and his oldest granddaughter, Karana, began her freshman year at Oswego State. Eamon’s brother Eadoin began his freshman year at the University of Vermont. They are grandchildren to be proud of, and life continues to be good! Contact Del at Posted 2020-05-19
Engineering Dick Foster wrote in to say that in October he made a three-week trip to five countries in Southeast Asia. He reports that it was fascinating to see sights such as Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Halong Bay, among many other sites, and so many very friendly people. The trip turned out to be a bit of a challenge, even for an engineer, trying to keep five currencies straight, especially when $10 USD equals 200,000 dong! Dick will tell you more: Write to him at Posted 2020-05-19
Engineering And finally, Tom Luciano (baron731@com reports that he headed back to Troy for our 55th Reunion. His fraternity, Delta Tau Delta, was celebrating 140 years on campus and 60 years on Sunset Terrace. The house had a “Meet & Greet” on Friday afternoon, followed by a gathering at McAddy’s Irish Pub on Broadway, downtown. Sadly, the house was showing its age after six decades. On Saturday there was an escorted tour of the campus, led by several students; it was great to walk around the campus. The football team took on Anna Maria College (a small Catholic School in MA) and won 38-0. The team looked like it had over 50 members, a big change from when we were there. They also watched the women’s hockey team take on Minnesota State; they lost 0-3. The RPI goalie was from Sweden; the ladies looked pretty fast on the ice, but were outplayed by Minnesota. The Alumni House was very well staffed and helpful; vans were available to shuttle people to and from the Field House and athletic fields. All in all, a fun weekend! Ready for our 60th anybody? Posted 2020-05-19
Engineering I heard first from Bob Ringlee, who notes that although he’s listed in the RPI records as a member of the Class of ’64, that was the year he earned his Ph.D. in mechanics. Before that he got a B.S. in E.E. from the University of Washington (Class of ’46), which may make him the oldest member of our class! Lately, he’s been enjoying retirement, doing a bit of consulting and writing a few papers. He is particularly proud of his eight grandchildren, and enjoys life, trying to keep stimulated with daily mental challenges. Find out more by e-mailing Posted 2019-10-10
Our old buddy Alex Hills reports that he is still consulting, active as a Distinguished Service Professor at Carnegie Mellon, and was recently elected to the National Academy of Inventors. Alex holds 19 patents, and apparently has not yet heard about retirement. He serves on the Polar Advisory Board of Iridium, the satellite communication company that has now completed launching a constellation of 75 new satellites; one of them actually carries a plaque dedicating it to Alex and the other members of the board. As he often says, “We’ll all be in space until we’re de-orbited!” You can contact him at (907) 232-6088, or Posted 2019-10-10
My old freshman buddy David Bleich (dbleich reports that in March he competed in the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament for the 11th straight year, and finished 121st out of 741 competitors. Impressive. Overall, Dave says that life is still treating him well; he continues to live in Scarsdale, and has a trip to Scandinavia planned this spring.  Posted 2019-10-10
Chet Ropelewski wrote in to say, in his first submission of 55 years (!) that, through pretty much of a random walk, he ended up spending the bulk of his career working in climate research, first with the National Weather Service, and then at Columbia University, retiring from the first in 1997 and the second in 2012.  Since retiring, Chet has co-authored the textbook Climate Analysis, published by Cambridge University Press in February of this year. He and his wife, Marie, now divide their time between suburban Washington, D.C., and New York City, with principal activities consisting of enjoying life and visiting their children in Virginia and Brooklyn. Chet has lunch with Ken Mooney a few times a year, and exchanges occasional emails with Dan and Dianne Litynski, and even rarer emails with Ray Whipple. Write him at Posted 2019-10-10
And, of course, no class notes would be complete without a few words from Barry Wintner and his wife, Gisela, who spent a week in the glorious weather (best in the U.S.) of San Diego. They visited Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, walked among the superbloom flowers there, and then visited Balboa Park, where they sampled the museums and assorted gardens. Barry then went aboard the USS Midway (CV- 41), now a museum ship, and chatted up various docents. Email Barry at Posted 2019-10-10
Michael Wellner writes: As for me, life continues to be good to us. My wife and I spent a delightful week in Martinique on a Road Scholar in January. Upcoming trips include a week in Lake Placid and a cruise from Barcelona to Lisbon. Although I am fully retired (since 2001!), I spend four days a week at a wonderful Lifelong Learning program (Quest) affiliated with City College in NYC.  Posted 2019-10-10


Tonu Riismandel and Erik Pettersen
Engineering Erik Pettersen writes: The International Club of Annapolis takes advantage of our proximity to D.C. to invite ambassadors to our monthly dinner meetings. When it was announced that our scheduled speaker in September 2019 was to be His Excellency, Jonatan Vseviov, Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia, I extended an invitation to our Estonian classmate Tonu Riismandel, who lives in Ellicott City, Md. We hadn’t seen each other since graduation. We were joined at our table by Carl Hornig, a good friend of mine and one of Tonu’s high school classmates at Baltimore Poly. Posted 2020-05-19
Engineering Walter Witt ( wrote that, in the spring of 2019, he and his “wife of 53 years, Nancy, were at the new USTA Tennis Campus in Orlando. Along came a female tennis team with RPI on their uniforms. We engaged with them and had a very congenial conversation. It made me smile to think that all the female students attending RPI in 1961, when I was a freshman, would have barely equaled the size of this team. We were very impressed with the character and maturity of these young women. They represent RPI very well and make an old alumnus proud of his alma mater.” Posted 2020-05-19
Larry Weinberg summarized his past 53 years. After graduating from RPI, he went to the University of Minnesota, where he earned a Ph.D. in mathematics in 1969. He then proceeded to the University of Wyoming in Laramie to teach math before deciding to switch careers. He earned a J.D. in 1976 from Wyoming and went north to Montana to work for Montana state government in Helena, where he served for 11 years with the Legislative Council, the Department of Revenue, and finally with the Montana University System. His next move was to the Seattle area to work for Boeing, where he stayed for 18 years. He started in the Navigation, Guidance and Control group on the B1 Bomber. After a few years there he transferred to the military environmental organization in the Boeing defense side of the house. Another transfer took him to Company Environmental Affairs, where he remained until his retirement as an associate technical fellow in 2005. After retirement, Larry moved to Bend, Ore., to enjoy the outdoors. It wasn’t all play, as he taught mathematics part time at the Central Oregon Community College and at Oregon State University’s Cascade Campus in Bend. In theory he is now retired once again, and he has been able to travel around the western U.S., Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia on numerous hiking trips.

Upon turning 75 in 2018, Larry decided that he needed to do something special. The result was two treks in Nepal. The first one lasted 11 days and took him to the Everest Base Camp. After a few days’ rest, he then went on a 10-day trek through the Annapurna Sanctuary to the Annapurna Base Camp. The Everest Base Camp is at approximately 17,600 feet, while the Annapurna Base Camp is at roughly 13,600 feet. Both treks were tiring, but the views were spectacular. Although Everest is actually not visible from the base camp, the mountain can be seen from several vantage points as you follow the trail. At the other base camp, you can stare right up at Annapurna 1 — one of the 14 8,000-meter peaks in the world. Larry decided that staring was a safer option than climbing. He carried an RPI pennant to both camps. 
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Howard Wainer reported that he is firmly entrenched in his post-employment career (the same work, just no pay check). He has recently received recognition by being named the recipient of the 2019 Harry V. Roberts Statistical Advocacy Award, in recognition of a long and distinguished career during which he demonstrated statistical advocacy in many settings. Howard and Michael Friendly ’66 have a new book coming out, Data Visualization: A History of Visual Thinking and Graphic Communication (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2020).  Posted 2019-10-01
Marcia Dresner (nee Newman) passed along the sad news that her husband, Norm Dresner ’62, died on Nov. 1, 2018. He retired early from Northrop/Grumman years ago and found a new passion for wood turning that he turned into a small business, selling on Etsy and in local craft shows.  Posted 2019-10-01


Engineering H. Brant Brown’s earliest ambitions seem to have involved the hands-on creation of technical processes and industries that provided unique yet economic solutions to societal needs. As such, his 45-year career has neatly embodied RPI’s oft-quoted maxim of engineering being the “...application of science to the common purposes of life.” Starting at RPI in civil engineering with a concentration in soil mechanics, he began his career as a construction surveyor at the Albany South Mall while still in school — and afterward as a highway engineer with the NYS Dept. of Transportation. Recreation included founding an RPI bicycle racing club, spelunking, and drag-racing a motorcycle. Brant’s thick CV includes 20 years of international work; first in Saudi Arabia as deputy director of engineering at Dhahran Airport, and afterward leading maintenance and overhauls of petrochemical plants, pipelines, drilling rigs, etc., at Aramco in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia. While there, he pioneered improved techniques in pipeline repair and fought oil and gas fires as a fire chief. Afterward, he managed design, construction, maintenance, and operation of power plants, major oil terminals, and pipelines at sites on the Caribbean island of Bonaire, in South America, and in Central America. These included providing further innovations in construction and applying pipeline fluid technologies. Related to these industrial activities, Brant attained a commercial multi-engine pilot’s license, performed underwater inspections of ships and piers, and became a qualified person-in-charge for oil spill cleanup. Back in the U.S. (though frequently traveling overseas), he managed the construction and operation of a privately held petroleum pipeline and storage company based in Long Island, retiring in 2015 as president. Brant says, “Living overseas can be exciting and provide immersion in different cultures. Work can provide opportunities to meet the whole spectrum of people, from subsistence farmers to heads of state. Overall, my family and I loved it. Self-reliance and independence on the job are requisites — especially when production is challenged by strikes, fires, floods, or earthquakes. One particularly memorable trip was driving a motor home 5,000 miles from NY to Panama and passing through Nicaragua during their civil war. On another occasion, my wife and household were tied up during an attempted kidnapping. Fortunately, it ended safely.” Currently, he is a member of a railroading group and he enjoys modifying and riding his personal railcar on actual train tracks. He has bicycled on many tours at home and abroad. Brant has four children by his late wife, and has since remarried. With all his travels, he seems to have eschewed tacky postcards. Instead, he saw to it that each of his children would be born in a separate country. He calls them his enduring “souvenirs.” He and his wife, Eileen, currently live in East Islip on New York’s Long Island. The seal of Rensselaer reads: “Knowledge and Thoroughness.” Indeed. Posted 2020-05-14
Engineering Gary Brader, originally from Binghamton, N.Y., earned a Rensselaer bachelor of chemical engineering degree in 1966, followed by a master’s from the Lally School in 1970. After serving in the Army, his first job was with Merck, followed by career positions with a number of other larger corporations.

Curious to function in a smaller environment, he was eventually employed by Northeast Controls, an Emerson representative, and specialized in process management. This was Gary’s last employer before retiring, and while with Emerson he gravitated to assignments that allowed him to combine his engineering expertise with marketing responsibilities to help sell and consult on technical solutions and products.

To paraphrase Gary: “I made the transition from the working world to retirement in about five minutes.” He has been enjoying his life in Clifton Park, N.Y., not far from the RPI campus and his favorite hockey team.

One of Gary’s most rewarding activities is mentoring some one hundred local high school students in the construction of novel robots, many of which weigh as much as 120 pounds. This STEM-inspired program is part of the highly regarded FIRST Robotics Competition, where a new problem is presented to individual teams each January 1, and calls for the design and programming of a unique game for their robots to follow on the ground. Thousands of contestants take part from around the world. Interestingly, one of the competition’s mottos is: “What if you could build a better world?” One cannot help noticing that this resonates rather well with Rensselaer’s own “Why not change the world?”

Always eager for technical challenges, Gary also enjoys working with 3D printing and CNC woodworking.

He also greatly enjoys time with his four children and numerous grandchildren, all of whom live close to him in Clifton Park. They have each carved out successful careers in jewelry design, Montessori education, iCloud hosting, and hospitality. His wife, JoAnn, passed away in 2015. 
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Engineering Here is a great life story from Paul Sa. “It has been 50 years since RPI and yet the memories of those cold bleak mornings are still sharp. The snow started in November and we didn’t see the ground again until late March, maybe early April. I remember those cold walks from AXP on Tibbits Ave. and walking with frozen feet down through the Quad to Sage and those endless, early morning chem labs. “Somehow I managed to finish in four years, and got into Harvard Business School. Brand-new MBA in hand, I took the highest paying job offer I got, which took me to American Standard in NYC. It was incredible! I was earning a living at last, I had a car, I had an apartment to myself, and all those girls! Of course, you know that was too good to last. Next thing you know, I was banished to a smelly plant in Piscataway, N.J., where I was to spend the next three years learning how to make fiberglass bathtubs, and to not breathe too deeply of the polyethylene fumes and fiberglass particles in the air. There was a management shakeup and at the age of 27, I quit and left my last job in corporate America. What followed was five years of unmitigated horror. I got involved with guys in a marina in Atlantic City, which rolled into a Kawasaki motorcycle dealership, and ended with me and my partners owning a bar-nightclub. In retrospect, I can’t imagine how I could have been so stupid, so naïve, so helpless in dealing with unscrupulous partners in a cash business. Thank God, my parents immigrated to the U.S., and my father brought me into his fold to work in ocean shipping. "I got my real start in 1977, starting my own shipping company. I also had the good fortune to be helped by an RPI classmate, Don Robohm, who was CFO for Seaboard Allied Milling in the late ’70s. Seaboard had a flour mill in Sapele, Nigeria, and had difficulty finding suitable ships to carry American wheat there from the U.S. Gulf. On my advice, they built seven specialized shallow draft bulk carriers in Japan and I got the contract to manage them. I stayed in shipping for 35 years but finally closed my company in 2011. I have found great peace in retirement. I used to competitively ride horses over jumps, but three years ago, my son said I was too old for such a dangerous sport (I had broken many bones in falls). Instead he found me a new safe hobby. I have now logged 200+ hours as a pilot flying low-wing Piper Cherokees.” Posted 2020-05-14
Stu Berg Since I received no information for this issue, I decided to “prime the pump” with a tidbit about me: For the past 35 years my wife and I have been involved in a Cornell University program (we live in Ithaca, N.Y.) currently called the Cornell International Friendship Program (CIFP). Each year, many Cornell international students and scholars arrive in the U.S. for the first time. For those that request it, the CIFP matches them with local community participants for the purpose of cultural exchange. It’s like any other exchange program, except that the students and scholars live at Cornell and socially meet with their local community participants periodically. It is common for the participants to form close bonds for life. All involved individuals are volunteers, including the program manager. This program is run by the Office of Global Learning at Cornell. We’ve made many wonderful international friends over the years from all over the world and even visited some of them. One of those friends even asked me to be best man at his Ithaca wedding and I accepted. I like to think of it as promoting world peace one friendship at a time.  Posted 2019-10-01


Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Classmate Larry Kagan and his wife are relocating from Troy to Los Angeles to live closer to their two sons and spend some serious quality time with their three grandkids. After teaching at RPI for 43 years, and living in Troy for 50 years, they will miss their friends and colleagues but perhaps not the winters. As a professor emeritus in the Department of the Arts at RPI, Larry was able to devote more time to his sculpture practice and mount exhibitions. An exhibit of his selected works covering a 40-year span titled Shape and Shadow came down last summer at the Albany Institute of History & Art. Larry has also been to Taiwan for an exhibit titled Beyond the Shadows that featured his sculpture at the Chimei Museum in Tainan. He had a solo exhibit titled Impossible Shadows that opened in September at the Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey. The theme that runs through Larry’s works is how abstract metal sculptures can create seemingly impossible shadow images with special lighting. Posted 2020-05-19
Engineering Classmate Roy Wepner was honored in June by the New Jersey Law Journal as an “Unsung Hero” of the New Jersey bar. The award celebrates lawyers who work behind the scenes, but whose efforts are indispensable to their firm. The Law Journal highlighted his work in building his firm’s intellectual property litigation practice by stepping into cases already in process producing persuasive briefs. Roy graduated from the U. of Pennsylvania Law School and has been a partner for over 35 years at the firm of LernerDavid, which specializes in intellectual property law. Posted 2020-05-19
Engineering   In his retirement in Colorado, Gary Masner is a co-founder and director of the seven-year-old nonprofit public-private partnership Southwest Colorado Accelerator Program for Entrepreneurs (SCAPE). SCAPE is an economic development program that helps startup and early stage companies by providing mentoring and investment funds. Gary’s strength in business and financial strategy was initially developed during his business strategy consulting work at McKinsey after earning an MBA from Stanford. He credits the success of SCAPE in helping startups thrive through the network of retired business, technical, and finance professionals in the area that want to be part of the community and want to help. Posted 2020-05-19
Classmate Bill Criss and his wife, Judy, are continuing to cross off items on their “bucket list.” In 2018 they traveled to Peru and China and they are planning trips to Australia and New Zealand for this year. When not traveling, Bill has been involved in the pub-hosted game of QuizKnows in the Washington, D.C., area. The competition is among science, technology, and engineering school alumni groups from schools including RPI, MIT, and Georgia Tech. The quiz involves answering questions related to STEM subject areas, such as, “Why do bubbles pop?” and “Where does sound travel faster, water or air?” The RPI alumni group is ahead in the competition series, and Bill recently awarded his Knurd Bowl Trophy to Nagesh Rao, RPI ’02. Posted 2019-10-01
John Boice gave a lecture at Washington State University Tri-Cities in April on the subject of the past and future of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, where he serves as the director of science. The council develops and disseminates information and recommendations on radiation protection and measurement methods based on current scientific thinking. John is an international authority on ionizing radiation effects and is also a professor of medicine at Vanderbilt U. After earning a B.S. in physics at the U. of Texas - El Paso, he continued his education at RPI with an M.S. in nuclear engineering in 1968, and continued at Harvard for an M.S. in medical physics and a doctoral degree in epidemiology. He is currently directing a large population study of lifetime cancer risks associated with low-dose long-term exposures.  Posted 2019-10-01
Mal Crawford writes: The RPI Alumni Association Boston Chapter had another good turnout for their volunteer activity as marshals at the Sunday evening Pre-Race Pasta Fest Dinner at Boston City Hall. The dinner is held the night before the Patriots Day B.A.A. Marathon to allow runners to “carbo load” for the race. Classmate Steve Litchfield was part of the group again and reported that plans to build a pumpkin-firing trebuchet for a Halloween celebration were scrapped because of safety concerns. A cornfield maze cut in a local field was substituted for the pumpkin-launching event. This year the Halloween activity being planned is to decorate an out-of-service water tower. Steve continues to be active in his community as a trustee of the Scituate Historical Society, vice chair of the Scituate Historical Commission, and member of the town’s Community TV Advisory Board.  Posted 2019-10-01


Richard Sawitzke and Henry Scheuer
The Class of ’69 celebrated its 50th Reunion on campus in October. Richard Sawitzke ’69, left, met up with class correspondent Henry Scheuer ’69 at ECAV during Reunion & Homecoming Weekend. Posted 2020-06-10
Henry Scheuer writes: Over 100 of our classmates returned to the Rensselaer campus for our 50th Reunion. Old friendships were rekindled and some new ones were made. Each of us returned to remember, commemorate, and celebrate where we learned, laughed, cried. Our formative time at Rensselaer helped set the groundwork where each of us could “Change the World,” each in our own fashion.
The Rensselaer campus looked quite snappy, and allowed the opportunity to examine the pedagogical direction that Rensselaer has taken in the 21st century. Although the coursework has changed, we were able to attend classes and presentations that once again opened our eyes in wonderment. The energy and passion of student learning was in the air and recollections of our days as students returned. Walking around the campus has changed as well. There are more steps to climb, the hills are steeper, and the distance between buildings has increased! Over the last few months, I have spoken on the phone with many of our classmates. Quite a few are dealing with age-related physical challenges and regret not being able to return. Here’s an opportunity to re-connect: through the Class Notes. Please email me with news and updates about you.
Posted 2020-05-14
Len Bower sent the following report: Three amigos. Beginning with Senior Week 1969, Matt Werhner, Joel Greenman, and Len Bower have continued getting together annually. At first it was ad hoc and informal. But starting in 1974 we began a tradition of fall “camping” that continues. Each fall we pick a location in the Northeast. It started with tent camping but now has become one of remote cabins on a lake somewhere. It originally was just a long weekend, but now that all are retired, we make a full week of it.

We have kept a journal of our adventures both while camping and in life. Each year we read it aloud from beginning to end, laughing at the same old jokes and reviewing the chronicles of our families as they developed. Now that we are all grandfathers, it holds some dear memories for all of us. It will be published this year complete with photos (in a very limited edition).

Joel lives in Buzzards Bay, Mass. Matt lives in Dunedin, Fla. Len lives in Rochester, N.Y. 
Posted 2019-10-01


Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Rick Hartt writes: At press time we learned that our 50th Reunion, originally scheduled for Oct. 8-11, 2020, has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Facebook page, RPI Class of 1970, is administered by founder Stephen Valentine and now has over 60 members. Let’s shoot for many more as we celebrate our 50 years since graduation. Great photos and memories are posted. Many ideas for our Reunion have been suggested on our FB page. Keep an eye out for news about the rescheduling of Reunion. Let’s all try to re-connect. A few short notes: Stan Sieger volunteers weekly at the Los Angeles Kitten Adoption Center. Matt Costello, editor of our literary magazine, the Gorgon, just published, with Neil Richards, the third book in his series The Mydworth Mysteries, London Calling! The developer of the classic game The 7th Guest is also an active reviewer of classical music and continues his work on various media projects. Mike Weishan is a great supporter of the arts, local business in Cattaraugus, N.Y., and also a photographer extraordinaire. Walt Piskorski is enjoying life in Nashua, N.H. Del Davis lives in Texas.     Posted 2020-05-19
Engineering I heard from Dave Bivans. In the last three years, Dave has been inducted into his high school’s (i.e., Exeter Twp HS, Reading, Pa.) Academic and Athletic Hall of Fame. This is on top of his 2007 induction into Pennsylvania’s State Sports Hall of Fame for his high school conference, county, district, and state cross country championships. He tells us that “given that we live on 84 acres with 80+ of various species of trees, from pine to maple, oak, aspen, and others, I decided to focus much of my woodworking design to utilizing those resources.” Over the past three years he has developed an acoustic guitar design based on a Martin 000 size, completing a prototype last spring, after 2-1⁄2 years developing the skills and tools, from butternut and maple trees on their property. “As expected, it has an extremely mellow sound that a dozen guitarists have given top marks. In addition, being a fly-tier and fisherman for over 60 years, finally acquired property and constructed a cabin on a trout and salmon pond in northern Maine. We now can sleep seven on an 1,800-acre cold water pond and dock our Lund fishing boat along with several canoes and kayaks.” Posted 2020-05-19
Business Tom Krause is living in Frisco, Texas, although he had moved around a lot before getting relocated there. He got his B.S. in Mgt. from the ’Tute and a little later his MBA from South Carolina. He has retired from a career in health care/hospital management, but does a little work from time to time. Mostly just concentrating now on downsizing and getting rid of all the stuff that has accumulated over the years. Posted 2020-05-19
Rick Hartt First things first; it is only a year away to our 50th. There is a Facebook page that classmate Stephen Valentine created, “RPI Class of 1970,” which has 56 members. People on the page have been talking about ideas for our 50th. Join in on the discussion.

Deborah (Henry) Senchak said, “Our 50th Reunion is around the corner. I vividly remember all the ‘ol’ geezers’ at the 50 Year Club table at the dinner — let’s fill that table with our much younger selves and make it a memorable showing for the Class of ’70.” Paul Miller suggested, “Speaking of reunions, any thoughts on social gathering events for Thurs, Fri, Sun, and/or Mon, in addition to a Sat dinner kind of event? It would be nice to have a class gathering place for a few hours each day at or near campus. Susan Alten opined, “The small coed contingent has had several brunches over the years on Reunion weekend and they were wonderful fun. I recommend food/ alcohol involvement, but that may just be me.” James Martinez reflected, “Although college lasted only four, maybe five or seven years, there were memories that haunted everyone their whole life. Remember as you consider that 50 Year Club that inside all of you is a Blutarsky, a Flounder, a Hoover, a Neidermeyer, a D-Day Simpson, and for some, a Clorette or Mandy Pepperidge.” So the story is, get involved, join the Facebook page, and be part of the group that could make our 50th Reunion more than a cookie-cutter weekend. 
Posted 2019-10-10
On to more serious stuff. Considering the recent air tragedies, Paul Miller shared that he has been a member of the European Advisory Committee, Flight Safety Foundation EAC FSF, 1998-2012. He writes: “The group produced, for the first time ever, the definitive Operators Guide to Human Factors in Aviation, or OGHFA, a compendium both defining human factors and a collection of checklists, briefing guides, and training syllabi for use mainly by commercial airlines worldwide, but applicable to all airmen. Our steering committee worked for seven years, and internationally, to complete OGHFA, and work is now published online for everyone at Eurocontrol’s Skybrary Portal. The work to make commercial aviation safe worldwide has been my volunteer career for quite some time, beginning as a Naval Aviation Safety Officer in 1982, continuing on as a commercial pilot association safety committee member and chair in 1992, and as an EAC FSF member in 1998.” In these capacities, Paul has written over 30 newspaper and magazine articles, two biweekly columns, and more than a dozen professional papers on safety management.  Posted 2019-10-10
Wayne Coleman and Otto Zamek met in Cary 3 in September 1966, and in spring ’67 they both joined RSE, becoming roommates in the Coolie Room. A year later Bart Guttag and Chuck Phelps, both ’71, joined them.  Bart initiated a 50-year Coolie reunion in Las Vegas, March 11-15, and for five days in Bart’s well-stocked suite at Treasure Island, the four Coolies recalled tales of RSE and RPI. Pleasant memories came flooding back, and while they did debate Fox News vs. CNN, they put politics aside to thoroughly enjoy one another’s company once again. They highly recommend similar reunions for all who experienced brotherhood at the ’tute. Otto (Chem ’70), and Bart and Chuck (both Mgmt ’71) have been successfully retired for years while Wayne (Aero ’70) is still an itinerant white-collar worker and musician in this gig economy.  Posted 2019-10-10
Our classmate Ed Touchette has shown that there was and is exceptional artistic ability in our class. His watercolors are stunning. Email him at eddesign@nii.netand join his list.  Posted 2019-10-10
I see on Facebook that Gordie Benoit continues his good deeds with Habitat for Humanity in the Rochester, N.Y.,  Posted 2019-10-10
Bob Reith is on Facebook and if you ever wanted to see incredible avian photography, he is doing it for real all over North America  Posted 2019-10-10
Rick Hartt: Julia MacDonald ’72, ’77, and I have moved to Rush, N.Y., just south of Rochester, where we are only 2/10 of a mile from our son and daughter-in-law. Email me if you happen to be close to the area.  Posted 2019-10-10
As Thomas Myers said in his post, “70 is the new 50. I know that at 70 I’m in better shape than my father or grandfather were. I wouldn’t want to challenge new graduates to any physical challenge, though. I’m highly confident we’ll still look like geezers to them.”  Posted 2019-10-10


Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Seth Bergmann writes: On a sad note, Candy Kanuchok ’70 wrote to tell me that Kirby Rowe passed away in August of 2017. She said that Kirby was on the RPI hockey team, 1968-71. Posted 2020-05-19
Science Gary Nelson ’70, ’71, wrote that he and Dave Ritchie organized a Track & Field and Cross Country reunion on September 27. Dave also wrote to tell me about the reunion: “Our Cross Country and Track & Field Teams Reunion, the 1965-75 teams edition (with Doc Hudson ’56 and Crispin Hall ’56 included!), was pretty successful, with 22 former cross country and track guys (and some spouses or partners) attending. I’ve heard from many of those who attended, saying they’d be happy to come back in five years, 2024, which is also the 200th anniversary of the ’Tute. And maybe include a spring home track meet in the get-together. “Some highlights and thoughts I had: Bob Peters ’65 came from the farthest away — California — truly a cross-countryman! Al Alexander ’69 was runner-up, probably the only time he’s lost (or been entered in) this kind of competition — motoring in from Minnesota! Charlie Patton ’69’s visual presentation of the Puerto Rico and Laurinburg, N.C., pre-season track training trips, plus some pictures he took from various meets — with his winning commentary and various comments from the audience — was a delight! Also, nearly 15 members of the current RPI cross country men’s and women’s teams stopped in and talked with us — they were an engaged and engaging group of young people! Instead of concentrating on a win-loss record for the school, the cross country program is built around helping the runners become the best they can be. So that means fewer meets for each runner, with each runner having a goal for the season and identifying the meets that they will run in, and training for the ultimate meet they want to compete in. Pretty interesting, and less about running the best runners every meet, but rather saving everyone and training them for the end-of-season big contests. Another source of pride for the school is the number of All-Americans that the program fosters and the individual results that these student-athletes achieve. And yes, we heard that the two highest GPAs for RPI’s athletic teams are still held by the cross country and track teams!” Posted 2020-05-19
Engineering Former RPI distance ace Bill Pollock writes that he did not enter the Boston Marathon last year (it would have been his eighth consecutive) due to a knee injury. He had surgery and has already qualified for the 2020 Boston Marathon. Way to go, Bill!  Posted 2020-05-19
Seth Bergmann writes: I was not able to find former RPI distance ace Bill Pollock’s name in the results of this year’s Boston Marathon...we hope you are OK, Bill. On March 16, I ran the Haddonfield “Adrenaline” 5K road race, finishing in 21:54, which was 7th place in the male 65-69 age group.  Posted 2019-10-01
Former RPI center fielder Mike Levitan was recently honored by the Oceanside (Long Island, N.Y.) Little League Association, where Mike dedicated four decades of his life as a coach. On Nov. 5, 2018, Oceanside Park Field No. 3 was renamed “Mike Levitan Field.” Mike played on this field as a child and coached there from 1972 to the present day. Mike was quoted: “It’s something you think about once in a while, and you never really think it’s going to happen to you...It was hard to put into words.”  Posted 2019-10-01
Ken Nowack has stayed in touch with RSE brothers Mike Evanchik, Rich Junker, and Bob Mooney. Ken sent some sad news on the passing of RSE member Jean Lapointe. Here is what I have from the Ann Arbor obituary: Jean passed away Dec. 28, 2018, after a long battle with lymphoma. Jean received both his undergraduate degree and master’s at RPI. He served as an officer in the Navy and then obtained his Ph.D. in organizational psychology at the University of Michigan. He had a long career in corporate organizational development, working at Merrill Lynch, Anheuser-Busch, and Chiquita. He then started his own consulting business, coaching executives in personal and professional growth. He also loved to cycle, completing two 100-mile bike rides to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society while in treatment for his lymphoma.  Posted 2019-10-01


Engineering David Halwig writes: “Having completely flunked both retirement and semi-retirement, I am a co-founder of IntelliVen Inc., a company which provides strategic and operational consulting to mid-sized businesses who find themselves at inflection points, and I sit on the board of directors or advisory boards for several companies in the Washington, D.C., area. In addition, I sit on the board of trustees for St. George’s School in Newport, R.I., and the Langley School in McLean, Va., chairing the audit and risk management committees for each. I was recently appointed to the Chief Risk Officer’s Council at George Mason University and joined their adjunct faculty. In the past few years, I was a part of an interdisciplinary group at RPI to help develop the Challenge Studio concept, which I hope will grow to fruition in the near future. I also remain a big advocate for the Archer Center for Student Leadership Development, where I feel privileged to lead a couple of graduate-level sessions a year.” Posted 2020-05-19
Engineering Kenneth Adamo was listed in The Best Lawyers in America. He is a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He specializes in all areas of intellectual property law, particularly patent, copyright, unfair competition, trade secrets, and related antitrust matters. Kenneth holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from RPI, an LLM from The John Marshall Law School, and a JD from Albany Law School. Posted 2020-05-19
Peter Adamiak
Engineering   Peter Adamiak has been named by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers as a 2019 SMPTE Fellow. Peter helped found the firm National TeleConsultants (NTC), one of the most respected media technology consulting, design, and systems integration companies in the world. Peter has spearheaded major projects, including the ground-up development of ESPN’s broadcasting headquarters in Bristol, Conn., and Telepictures’ TMZ facility, the first tapeless facility capable of going direct to air from a server. Other major projects he has overseen for NTC include groundbreaking facilities for ABC, Warner Brothers, and Viacom. Peter has a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from RPI. Posted 2020-05-19
Science Jim Moe writes: I am a new class correspondent and look forward to hearing from any members of the Class of ’72. As for me, after graduating with an M.S. degree in computer science from RPI, I had a career in IT consulting and management, retiring in 2015. My wife and I live in Pittsford, N.Y., and have three kids and three grandchildren so far. We still enjoy downhill skiing, cycling, and travel. My hobby of model railroading has taken me all over the country to conventions and I look forward to seeing the new RPI club layout. Posted 2020-05-19
Many thanks to Bob Dvorak, who has served as class correspondent, sharing your news in this space, since 1990! Due to medical considerations, Bob has decided it is time to step down and let someone else take on the role. If you are interested in serving as class correspondent for the Class of ’72, contact Posted 2019-10-01


Engineering Gary DiCamillo writes: RPI started the 2019-2020 school year strongly with the largest freshman class in history (almost 1,700 freshmen) and with the highest average SAT scores ever (1410). I attended a board meeting in October and we celebrated Shirley Jackson’s 20th year as RPI President with Josh Groban providing the entertainment...great talent with a strong philanthropic bent. Posted 2020-05-19
Business Also in October, the Rensselaer Alumni Association held its annual awards program, honoring the most active and loyal RPI alums. This year our classmate John Hamilton was awarded the Albert Fox Demers Medal, the second highest award the association gives out. John has been the longtime president of the Dallas alumni chapter and is now the longest serving club president in the country. John frequently travels back to RPI for homecoming, presidential dinners, and the Big Red Freakout. One nominee characterized John as “a tireless volunteer whose dedication to serving alumni and students of RPI is unmatched.” The Dallas alumni chapter won the 2008 Most Improved Chapter of the Year Award under his leadership. Congratulations, John! Posted 2020-05-19
Engineering In other news, we heard that Jim Ballard was elected to the A-TEK (McLean, Va.) board of directors last summer. Jim currently serves as chairman of Preferred Systems Solutions (PSS) and previously was president and CEO of this government services company. Under his leadership, PSS grew from $57M to $650M in annual revenues with services spanning IT, engineering, and program management to the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense. Jim was a naval officer holding command and leadership roles in naval shipyards, the Naval Sea Systems Command, and the Program Executive Office Submarines. A-TEK is comprised of a team of experts in managing the data that drives federal missions and is a 23-year partner to government agencies including the NIH, Homeland Security, Justice, and Commerce. Great work, Jim. Posted 2020-05-19
Engineering Gary DiCamillo writes: As always, you can check out the Class of ’73 website at and check in. Posted 2020-05-19
Gary DiCamillo I continue to serve as an RPI Trustee (my 24th year) and recently have been serving as chair of the Board’s Finance Committee. I am happy to report that the ’tute’s finances are in very good shape, with a balanced income and expense budget each year, plus an improving balance sheet with lower debt and an increasing endowment. Moody’s (where our classmate John Lonski has been the top economist for many years) rates RPI A2 and S&P BBB+, both with stable outlooks. With a lot of misinformation out there, feel free to email me with any questions I might be able to answer for you.  Posted 2019-10-01
There was a write-up in the Texas Medical Center News. In it, classmate Roderic Pettigrew describes how engineering and medicine, which for years have been taught in separate silos, are now converging. He cites the growth of wearable technologies, biomedical devices, and digital health, which require increased integrated training. The News also announced the selection of Roderic as the executive dean at Texas A&M’s inaugural Engineering Medicine Program. The school will establish a dual degree program and joins other well-known universities (like Duke, Stanford, Columbia, and Dartmouth) in establishing this degree track.  Posted 2019-10-01
Ned Cleland was awarded the Medal of Honor by the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute in February. The Medal of Honor is PCI’s most prestigious award. Recipients have made a highly significant contribution to the industry and have demonstrated a sincere continuing interest in the institute.  Posted 2019-10-01
Unlike previous years, we did not have a strong turnout at last fall’s 45th Reunion. About 13 alums showed up, which is less than half of most previous reunions. Good to hear that our friends Lee Cogansparger and Dave Yaney were there. Steve Norton continues to do a great job with our Class of ’73 website and published a few choice photos of the event. Steve also points out that we now have our fourth recipient of the Class of ’73 scholarship, which we endowed a few years ago. New donations are welcome; the scholarship goes to a deserving student with demonstrated need.  Posted 2019-10-01


Engineering James Wernicke writes: Our 45th class reunion was held last September 27 and 28. While the attendance was not as large as the 40th, we still had a great time. There were some new faces that had never made a reunion before, like Phil Bennett and his wife, Becky. We all enjoyed dinner at Delmonico’s in Albany on Friday night and then got together at the Pump Station for some refreshments after the Saturday activities. In case you didn’t hear, RPI football won 38-0. They must have liked that score because the following week they went and beat Rochester by the same score! You can check out the reunion pictures on our Facebook page, RPI 74. Kudos to our Class Captain Claudia Seligman for all the work she put into the reunion as well as the memorabilia she brought us from New Orleans. Remember the next reunion is not only our 50th, but it is also RPI’s 200th. It should be a very memorable event. During the dinner we tried to put the RPI brains together to figure out what technologies would be commonplace in 2024. Some of our thoughts were that self-driving cars would be everywhere; help desks would be functional; there would be no physical phone; organs would be 3D printed; cancer would be defeated; there would be major infrastructure shutdowns due to hacking or just plain computer error; the Internet of Things would be ubiquitous; medical AI would be common; there would be one EZ-pass that would work on all toll roads; and vehicles would have RFID chips so they could be tracked. Join us in 2024 when we see how well we have done. While not at the reunion, Bob Scaringe managed to get himself selected as HVAC Insider Man of the Year. I’ve written about Bob and his company, Mainstream, in the past and it’s good to see him still getting recognition for his work. Steve Earley, president of his firm S. M. Earley, was also made a director of RG Group. Steve has served on several other boards in the past. Posted 2020-05-19
James C. Wernicke Are you following us on Facebook at RPI 74? We will give you the latest news about the class, RPI, and future happenings...especially our upcoming 50th Reunion in 2024...which coincides with RPI’s 200th anniversary. You can also view pictures of the 45th Reunion!  Posted 2019-10-01


Science Greetings to the Class of 1975! Andy Grosso is living in Georgetown, in Washington, D.C., where he has his own law practice. His longtime girlfriend, Virginia Covington, is a federal judge in Tampa, Fla. They “commute,” and keep JetBlue and American Airlines in business. Last May, Andy gave the keynote address on “Big Data, Better Health,” to a conference of the International Lawyers’ Association in New York City. According to Andy, it was the first (and hopefully the only) time that an audience of lawyers was treated to both a description of quantum computing and a musical quote from Jefferson Starship’s “Ride the Tiger.” Posted 2020-05-19
Architecture Got an email from Jackie Masloff last July, which said: “I successfully defended my doctoral dissertation on July 16 and will be receiving a Ph.D. in Educational Studies with a specialization in Adult Learning and Development from Lesley University. I was the first in my cohort to do so and was able to complete all the coursework and writing of the dissertation in three years. I also started a new teaching position in September 2018 as a lecturer in computer information systems at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass. Although my husband retired almost two years ago, I have no intention of doing so! I really enjoy teaching, the students, and the school, and still have much to do as long as my health and my brain are still working well!” Posted 2020-05-19
David Stark And the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl once again!! Go Pats!  And another thing — by the time you receive these notes, planning will be well underway for our 45th Reunion.  Posted 2019-10-01
Engineering Travis Whitehead (B.S. & M.S. E.E.) announced his bid for Queensbury Town Supervisor against the incumbent. He and his wife, Valerie, have been looking for a piece of land that includes a waterfall so that they could tap into it to generate hydroelectric power to power their home, and apparently just narrowly missed a parcel near their home. They also have amassed a collection of vintage music-making devices, pinball machines, jukeboxes, and tube-type radios. They also host a weeklong summer camp for their four grandchildren each year.  Posted 2019-10-01
Science Patrick Dreher (B.S. & M.S. Physics; MBA) was named the chief scientist for the new IBM Quantum Computing Hub at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. Pat is a research professor in the NCSU Department of Computer Science and an associate faculty member of the NCSU Department of Physics. The IBM Q Hub at NCSU started operations in the fall of 2018, providing NCSU with remote access to IBM Q commercial quantum computing devices, including the most advanced and scalable universal systems available.  Posted 2019-10-01
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Gerry Ogris (Econ.) was appointed to the advisory board of URentMe. com, an online marketplace for renting recreational vehicles, motor sports, and motorized watercraft based in Henderson, Nev. Posted 2019-10-01
Engineering Altivia, a chemical company headquartered in Houston, Texas, has appointed Russ Herman (Mech.E.) as commercial manager of its Aromatics business, responsible for sales and marketing of phenol, acetone, alpha-methylstyrene, and bisphenol-A, produced at their plant in Haverhill, Ohio. Posted 2019-10-01


Engineering Francis "Bud" Offermann was featured in The Buffalo News in September for keeping alive a great family tradition: throwing out the first pitch on opening day for the Buffalo Bisons. His grandfather formerly owned the Bisons and was among Buffalo’s most famous citizens. Bud is an indoor air quality scientist who runs his own company and often testifies as an expert witness in complex court cases. Posted 2020-05-14
Nelson Gomm writes: “Although I have gone into semi-retirement, I decided to write a novel, Overhead Assets. It’s a military techno-thriller based on a mix of my experiences on a black program I was working and my classified mission in Vietnam. I’ve written lots of technical documents but this was much more difficult — but fun to write. It is available now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. My second novel should be out in 2020.”  Posted 2019-10-01


Jeffrey Friedman
Science JEFFREY M. FRIEDMAN ’77, whose discovery of the hormone leptin has transformed our understanding of obesity, was awarded the 2020 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. He was recognized for his discovery of a new endocrine system through which adipose tissue signals the brain to regulate food intake. Friedman is the Marilyn M. Simpson Professor and head of the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics at Rockefeller University, as well as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. The Breakthrough Prize, with its $3 million award, is the most generous prize in the sciences, and recognizes achievements in the life sciences, fundamental physics, and mathematics. Friedman’s 1994 discovery of leptin, and of its receptor in the brain encoded by the obese gene, shed new light on the pathogenesis of obesity. He and his colleagues have since shown that leptin acts on sets of neurons in brain centers that regulate food intake and energy expenditure, and has powerful effects on reproduction, metabolism, other endocrine systems, and immune function. “Jeff’s research has transformed the way we think about obesity,” says Rockefeller President Richard P. Lifton. “He discovered an endocrine system that informs the brain about the state of energy storage in the body. When fat stores are low, leptin is low, driving food-seeking and consumption. People who can’t make leptin have a seemingly insatiable appetite. This spectacular work establishes a biological basis for obesity and provides clear evidence that overeating is not always a simple failure of willpower.” Friedman was presented with the prize at the annual Breakthrough Prize gala awards ceremony, known informally as the “Oscars of science,” at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, Nov. 3. The event was broadcast live on the National Geographic channel. Posted 2020-06-04
Science Charles Roth (Comp.Sci.) writes from Ann Arbor with a few updates... “Eight years as senior software architect at ProQuest. Unit-testing evangelist, speaking at ‘Agile & Beyond’ in Detroit, May 2019. Volunteering and building software tools for VotersNotPoliticians of Michigan, we successfully ended gerrymandering in Michigan last year! Daughter Emma going on second year at Boston University in technical theater, wife ‘Pastor Barb’ doing pastoral care for senior living centers., blog” Posted 2020-05-19
J. Richard (Rick) Pooler has joined Bond, Schoeneck & King's environmental and energy practice in Syracuse, N.Y. He was formerly chief environmental, health, and safety counsel for many years at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Posted 2019-10-01
Lawson Fowble writes: “Just got my latest issue of Rensselaer alumni magazine and thought I should pass along my current status. I'm unemployed! (Yay!) After 35 years with my old company, I have now officially retired. For those who remembered, I graduated with a degree in chemistry but ended up working for and owning a manufactured home company. A few years ago, my fellow owners (family members) and I sold the company to the country's largest home builder. After three years working for the combined operation, it was time to say goodbye and move along. Now I work as a part-time consultant to them and otherwise just goof off. Along the way I picked up an MBA and a couple of degrees in computer science, and was an adjunct at Herkimer County Community College for a few years.”

“On a personal note, Patty and I (we met at a Phi Sigma Kappa party when we invited girls from Saint Rose) had our 40th anniversary last fall. I had a full head of hair then but after two daughters, one son, and five granddaughters, I've pulled most of it out. My wife also gave me two heart attacks, but she hasn't killed me yet, and I managed to get a riding lawn mower out of it. We still live within an hour of Rensselaer. Best wishes to all my fellow classmates and frat brothers.”
Posted 2019-10-01
Jeffrey Friedman has been named the recipient of the 2019 Wolf Prize in Medicine. He is being recognized for his discovery of leptin, a hormone secreted by fat cells that modulates food intake and energy expenditure. Posted 2019-10-01
Claire Fraser has been appointed president-elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). AAAS is the world’s largest multidisciplinary scientific society and a leading publisher of cutting-edge research through the Science family of journals. Claire is the director of the Institute for Genome Sciences, leading a team of scientists who are housed in the University of Maryland School of Medicine's new Health Sciences Research Facility. Posted 2019-10-01
Jim-Bob Williams in Jeopardy
Jim-Bob Williams was a contestant on Jeopardy! May 28, which turned out to be the 29th day in the sensational 32-day run of player James Holzhauer, who amassed more than $2.4 million. Introduced on the show as a therapeutic humorist from St. Albans, W.V., Jim-Bob is retired now, but still enjoys acting and remains active with the improv/comedy troupe The Mighty Schmucks. Posted 2019-10-01


Engineering Mark Keough writes: Frank Paxhia is doing well. My wife, Janet, and I visited Frank and his wife, Sue Anthony, in September after we had visited the nearby Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome (N.Y.) — a famous location for WWI dogfights! We still need to get back to the Aerodrome next spring, as the ground winds were too high for the bi-wing planes. Frank is doing well, having retired from IBM several years ago. Woodworking and other hobbies keep him busy! Posted 2020-05-19
Science Jean Pouliot recently made me aware of the two kids books that he has written and illustrated. He studied physics at RPI with us from 1974 to 1976. The most recent book is Bernie and the Day the Icebergs Melted, published in 2018. It follows a family of walruses as they try to understand why their ice is melting. The story takes the reader to Indonesia, where a dramatic rescue occurs, and to Washington, D.C., where animals confront a conference of world leaders. It’s a hopeful story that calls kids to action to save the planet from climate change. The second book is I am a Tyrannosaurus Rex! Both books are available online, so brush up on your dino skills! Posted 2020-05-19
Engineering Mark Keough writes: Last February, Janet and I were in Montana skiing with our ski club at Whitefish Ski Resort — near Glacier National Park. We took off one of our days to go snowshoeing along the edge of Lake McDonald and another afternoon to go dogsled riding — both were great times! July and August were interesting, as I became rather non-responsive to my wife and a CT scan showed a large brain cancer tumor (glioblastoma) sitting on top of my left brain lobe. I don’t remember that weekend, but had full consciousness upon waking up from surgery on July 2. The surgery removed 75% of the tumor sitting on top of my brain but the other 25% remains embedded in my brain. Was back to work by the end of July and completed six weeks of daily chemo pills and radiation sessions by the end of August. My 38 stitches got removed in mid-September. I’m now on the maintenance program (Optune) with mesh headsets that stick to my head (after having shaved off all of my hair!) that flip-flop the magnetic polarity on my brain, making it difficult for a dividing cancer cell to correctly place the right number of chromosomes on each side. With a different number of chromosomes in each divided cell, the cancer cells die. Basically, it is a way to prolong my life by keeping the cancer cell growth down. Look forward to hearing from you! Posted 2020-05-19
Mark Keough writes: "We'll be looking forward to another good winter of skiing. This past winter took us to Whitefish, Mont., for skiing, along with a dog sled ride (those dogs love to pull!) and a neat snowshoe hike along the frozen shores of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park. A great place to visit, no matter what time of year!" Posted 2019-10-01
John Siegenthaler recently led a full-day design-focused workshop on Hydronics for High Efficiency Biomass Boiler Training for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. John is professor emeritus of engineering technology at Mohawk Valley Community College. He is also principal of Appropriate Designs, a consulting engineering firm in Holland Patent, N.Y., which focuses on state-of-the-art application of hydronic heating. Through extensive research and application of engineering principles, Appropriate Designs has developed advanced modeling methods for simulating the thermal and hydraulic performance of hydronic systems. In other words, how to heat your house or building with wood and be good at it! Posted 2019-10-01
Science Linda Akli had an article published by HPC Wire in honor of the February 11 International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Linda, who graduated with a computer science degree, is now the assistant director of Training, Education & Outreach at Southeastern Universities Research Association and manager of the XSEDE Broadening Participation Program, which focuses on increasing diversity in the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE). In the article, she offered the following: "My advice to anyone entering the field (computer science), is be yourself. If you don't fit in an environment, move on because the right one is probably around the corner. Second, find the area within HPC (high performance computing) that supports your passion. You will do your best work if it is your passion. Third, be open-minded about who might be your mentors. My mentors have been male and female, but not one has been of color due the small number that work in advanced computing. Last, develop a strong network. Your network will get you through the tough days and help you maintain perspective." Posted 2019-10-01
Anthony (Tony) Grosso joined Rockefeller Capital Management last December as a managing director to build their San Francisco office. Prior to joining Rockefeller, Tony spent 15 years as a managing director at Merrill Lynch, where he was senior leader of the Ventures Services Group, a team focused on advising private equity and venture firms. Posted 2019-10-01


Engineering Paul Sicard writes: Almost 100 people from ’79 enjoyed last September’s 40th Reunion. We had an enjoyable kickoff at Wolff’s Biergarten and a very enjoyable class dinner buffet at Brown’s Revolution Hall, both along Troy’s River Street just north of the Green Island Bridge. As usual the Class of 1979 was by far the largest class there except for the 50 Year Club. Just think how we will dominate Reunion when that’s us in another 10 years. (Mark the year 2029 on your calendar now!) We had a blast with a ’70s-style band party (OK, it was a DJ) at Mother’s on Saturday night. I hadn’t seen the video of Meat Loaf doing “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” in years! What a wonderful time. Thanks to Karl Oestreich and Susan Brownell and everyone else on the Reunion planning committee. Jeff Shapiro, the speaker at our class dinner, insists that when he retires from Disney later this year he is moving back to Boston from southern California because the housing prices are so much cheaper there. Twisted! And we had lots of people announcing retirement, including Pete McCowan, whose last day at the NY Department of Transportation was the Friday of Reunion. Doug Lentivech left his wife Kathy home to mow the lawn while he spent Saturday afternoon at Reunion; Doug is a deputy commissioner for the New York State Department of Education, splitting his work between Albany and New York City. Unfortunately, there is also sad news to pass along. Dave Shulder passed away suddenly at his home in Austin, Texas, on November 3, about a month after attending our 40th Reunion. Dave had worked 30-plus years as an engineer at IBM. I received word at Reunion that one of my nuclear engineering classmates, Steve Jaquez, had passed away last year. Steve had been running a website design business in LaGrange Highlands, Ill. Posted 2020-05-19
Engineering Bill Jameson was deployed with Team Rubicon in 2019 to Beaumont, Texas, and Grand Bahama Island for disaster relief for flooding and Hurricane Dorian. Bill was named the Charlotte, N.C., metro area field operations lead for Team Rubicon, an independent agency that provides disaster relief. Bravo, Bill! Posted 2020-05-19
Business C.J. Urlaub is now the senior vice president of strategic partnerships, integration, and care delivery at Mount St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston, N.Y. He had previously been president and CEO of Mercy Hospital in Buffalo. Posted 2020-05-19
Engineering Chuck Kunze has been appointed director of marketing and product management for 3A Composites USA, a global supplier of composite panels for the architecture, graphic display, and industry and transport markets. Posted 2020-05-19
Ron Yu traveled to New York, Beijing, Turkey, Dubai, Doha, and Geneva (the UN World Intellectual Property Organization, WIPO) among other places in the past year. He is celebrating the Year of the Pig with wild boar sightings near his urban Hong Kong home. Posted 2019-10-01
Joe Campbell was the featured speaker at a lecture program in his hometown of Oneonta, N.Y., on "Combating Human Trafficking & Illicit Marketplaces on the Web Using Artificial Intelligence." Joe leads the Artificial Intelligence and Systems group at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory. Posted 2019-10-01
Ruth (Sessler) Bernstein is a professor in nonprofit studies at the University of Washington-Tacoma. She had previously worked in the oil industry after earning a master's in geology at Brown, and settled in Washington state where she and her husband, Jeffrey, raised their family. She completed a philanthropy program at Indiana University and a Ph.D. in management from Case Western Reserve before beginning her teaching career. "I teach with a focus on the United States and the Northwest nonprofit sectors," she says. Students in Ruth's classes work with local nonprofits to have real-world experience. Posted 2019-10-01


Mark Kula was named president of WhiteFox, a global leader in drone airspace security, in May. He is the former general manager of Asia Pacific for Moog Aircraft, and vice president at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. Mark was also a mentor at Starburst, a startup accelerator enabling innovation for the global aerospace industry. Posted 2019-10-01
Danny Rich, Ph.D. '80, received the Godlove Award from the Inter-Society Color Council (ISCC), honoring his "long-term contributions in the field of color." Rich has worked at Sun Chemical for 21 years as a senior color physicist and currently leads the color research laboratory team. Posted 2019-10-01


Dave Larsen
Engineering Dave Larsen has been named a Collins Aerospace Fellow, recognizing his contributions to the company and the aerospace industry at large. Dave is a leader in the advancement of Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) Systems. He is known for authoring Collins’ common PHM standard work methods, driving cross-BU PHM collaboration, and leading the design and development of PHM-enabling systems and components. Posted 2020-05-19
Science Andy Sands was an editor for the AO Manual of Fracture Management - Foot and Ankle, which was released in Davos December 2019. Posted 2020-05-19
Christine Whittaker was featured in a publication of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) during Women's History Month in March. She is chief of the NIOSH Risk Evaluation Branch in the Education and Information Division. Throughout her career, her focus has been assessing chemical hazards to workers and determining how those hazards can be most effectively mitigated through science policy. Posted 2019-10-01
Valen Johnson was named dean of science at Texas A&M University and holder of the Richard H. Harrison III/External Advisory Council Endowed Dean's Chair in Science. At the time of his appointment, he was University Distinguished Professor of Statistics and head of the Department of Statistics, and was serving as interim dean of Texas A&M Science. Posted 2019-10-01


Engineering Mark Bowers writes: Please join us at Posted 2020-05-20
Tom Knapp and Jamie Sarkisian
Engineering Tom Knapp and Jamie Sarkisian got together at Opening Day celebrating the Red Sox 2018 World Series championship. Tom asserted that they look exactly the same as they did in ’82, but Bob Corell is challenging that statement. Posted 2020-05-20
Science Al Fargnoli shared that in April 2019, he hiked Mount Tammany (N.J.). Then in May, he celebrated his 13th work anniversary with Hubbell Power Systems. In September he was awarded his first patent from the USPTO. He writes: “I am one of five inventors. It’s a method of synchronized phasor measurements on an electric power distribution network because everyone needs to know the relative phase of the mains. Someday your toaster could use this!” Posted 2020-05-20
Business Betty Jo Licata (Ph.D., MBA ’81) noted: I am celebrating my 25th year as dean of the Williamson College of Business Administration at Youngstown State University. I still reflect upon the RPI Professional Leadership Program we ran for high management potential engineering and science students. I hope those who went through the PLP all experienced great career success as tech leaders.” Posted 2020-05-20
Engineering Brian Adler has been on the run! “I finished my 30th NYC marathon (185th marathon) and I have now run at least one marathon a year (40 consecutive years) since our junior year at RPI. I ran my very first one in Portland, Maine, while doing a co-op work assignment in October 1980. I’m still teaching physics, aerospace engineering, and digital electronics — and looking at retiring in a couple of years.” Posted 2020-05-20
Science Rich Allen wrote: “I am approaching 30 years at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Although I have had only one employer, it seems like I have had multiple careers, mostly in various aspects of semiconductors and MEMS. But recently I have moved to leadership of the NIST Accelerometer Calibration Service. Total career change! On more personal notes, Ruth Ann and I celebrated 35 years of marriage in October and our three children are all grown up and well-started in their careers.” Posted 2020-05-20
Engineering Carol (Fik) Davis has been pretty busy! “I have been married for 27 years to my husband, Larry, who practices real estate law, and we have a 17-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter (started a little late!). I have been practicing occupational medicine for 21 years now and have retired from nearly 18 years at the clinic at Brookhaven National Lab. I now do per diem work at Plum Island Animal Disease Center at the employee health clinic where I ferry to work. I also am employed by a federal agency where I perform fitness for duty exams at the IRS and federal courts. Over the years I have combined engineering with medicine and have had the opportunity to do stints at the LIRR, Belmont Racetrack, Toyota, Corning, Jim Beam, and the JFK Airport. “I am in touch with my past RPI roommates, Mary, Jill, Michaela, former fellow cheerleaders Sandy and Rose (with Mary and Jill), and my friends Mary and Gary (Y’all know who you are!). Would love to hear from anyone I shared a class with or Church IV friends. My favorite memories of RPI were weekend movies at CC308, the summers I spent there on work study, or classes where I took up roller skating and did a bit of careful rolling through campus with Mary or dancing at the Rafters at Saratoga Lake. I enjoyed cheering at hockey and football games too, and enjoyed a short time in the chorus before things got too intense to stay! I’m on Facebook or my contact is Best wishes!” Posted 2020-05-20
Business Marty Byrne recently marked his 11-year anniversary at RPI as director of business development for the Center for Future Energy Systems (CFES). According to Marty, “CFES supports NYS energy initiatives through applied research, technology transfer, education, and outreach. It is especially gratifying that our offices are in the George Low Center for Industrial Innovation building, a tribute to his vision for cooperative interface between academia, industry, and government. I take pride working at the institution that launched a 30+ year industry journey in technical sales and marketing with GE, Total, and 3M and I proudly display my RPI diploma, which carries George Low’s signature. My education allowed me to raise four wonderful professionals and I look forward to retirement with my wife of 44 years, visits with grandchildren, and travel. The wonderful RPI faculty and staff are second to none and will always have a special place in my life.” Posted 2020-05-20
Engineering Emile Anderson retired from Raytheon IDS. He’s currently a MITRE senior systems engineer working for USAF FMS programs at Hanscom AFB. He is also engaged in his community through the Knights of Columbus, as a NH/VT/ME Red Cross trustee, and as an adjunct prof. at NH Community College in math/physics. Plus, he’s an RPI alumni volunteer! Posted 2020-05-20
Engineering Bob Fairchild, vice president of Appalachian Hydro Associates, is happy to report that construction is nearly complete on their brand-new hydroelectric power plant at Kentucky River Lock and Dam 12 near Ravenna, Ky. Bob and his business partners, including David Brown Kinloch ’78, are also part owners of the Mother Ann Lee Hydroelectric Station at Lock and Dam 7 on the Kentucky River, which they purchased in 2005 and refurbished from 2006 to 2009. MALHS has produced more than 10 GWh since its refurbishing. Posted 2020-05-20
Science Louis Kokernak has been living in Austin, Texas, for nearly 30 years, where he runs an investment advisory firm. His charitable interests include community health care, secondary education, and local parks. “Best wishes for the members of the Class of ’82!” Posted 2020-05-20
Engineering Margaret (Mac) McMahon (Ph.D.) and her family are “...still in Maryland where I teach cybersecurity. I am missing ice hockey while my knees get sorted out. I have been lecturing about military history and genealogy, and there are links to my books and blog at If there are any other RPI descendants of the 51st Pioneer Infantry Regiment soldiers (formerly NYNG 10th), drop me a line.” Posted 2020-05-20
Engineering Randy Kuldell shared that he and his Phi Kappa Theta brothers Brian Heft ’80, Mike Laraia (’82, ’83 M.S.), Michael Tessman, and Paul Spicer (’81, ’82 MBA) all met up for three weddings of their progeny in 2019. The weddings were in Tripoli, Pa., Skytop, Pa., and Norfolk, Va. There are two more weddings on the calendar for this year. According to Randy, “...just when we all thought paying for college was over, now comes paying for weddings!” Posted 2020-05-20
Mark Bowers writes: Please join us on Facebook at Posted 2019-10-02
Derek HasBrouck took 50 days to complete a 3,300-mile cross-country bicycle trip from Saratoga, Calif., to Saratoga Springs, N.Y., with stops in Saratoga Springs, Utah, and Saratoga, Wyo., along the way. The adventure, inspired by the Paul Simon song, “America,” gave him a deep understanding and appreciation for people and places across the U.S. Posted 2019-10-01
Sue Baelen and Sue Mackey, who were frosh roomates in Nason Hall, offered their tale of two Sues, with Sue B. noting that “other than sharing a first name, we didn't have that much in common, but we formed a strong friendship and she even created my wedding dress when I married Phil King soon after graduation. Sue M. went on to be an engineer in Rocky Flats, Colo., and I became a tech writer for a robotics and machine vision company in Massachusetts (pretty cool gig as we greeted 1984!).

“The interesting part, though, is our choice of second careers. Phil and I moved to San Francisco and after many twists and turns I was finally able to pursue my dream of becoming a home-birth midwife. It was something I discovered when I was at RPI and knew that’s what I wanted to do when I 'grew up.' I’ve been helping families since 2001 and there are even a couple of babies named after me (the Baelen part!).

“In a parallel universe, Sue M. left engineering and became a registered nurse, pursuing a career in hospice work. So from that single dorm room on the third floor of Nason Hall, we have someone helping souls come in and another person looking after them as they make their way out. Who would have thought?”

Sue M. adds that she's continuing her quest to visit the national parks and state capitols; this time it's Olympic, Cascades, Mt. Rainier, and Olympia.
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Brian Geary, M.S. '82, an attorney, has been hired as counsel for Ernstrom & Dreste LLP. Brian's legal background includes private practice and in-house corporate counsel. He spent 17 years as president and general counsel of a material supplier company. Posted 2019-10-01
Vijay Thaker, PE, M.S. '82, joined HNTB Corp. as a project manager in the firm's New Jersey structures practice. Based in HNTB's Lawrenceville office, he leads design, delivery, technical review and construction support for the firm's highway and bridge projects with the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Posted 2019-10-01
Rick Schuett has been hired as senior vice president of business development at MaxLite, a leading global manufacturer and marketer of energy-efficient lighting solutions. In this newly created role, he is responsible for accelerating company growth by focusing on new and under-penetrated markets. Posted 2019-10-01
Chris Heimgartner checked in: "Since graduating I've been in the electric utility industry, first in California, then in Washington, and now in Kentucky. The industry has changed enormously since '82, and I've had a front row seat. I currently run a small municipal utility in Kentucky and we just retired our legacy coal plant and transitioned onto different energy sources. Anybody who thinks that's easy has never been to coal country. If anybody ever comes to the Henderson area, please let Chris know! Posted 2019-10-01
Matt Gilligan started working for Raytheon as a co-op after our sophomore year and never left. Matt states that he's " the vice president of Navigation, Weather and Services. We do cool stuff for NOAA, NASA, FAA, and the DoD like the ground systems that fly the GPS and weather satellites, as well as a lot of the air traffic control systems that control a good portion of the air space around the world. Still happily married to Linda Murray '84 living in Topsfield, Mass. Three great kids!" Posted 2019-10-01
Lazhar Abida, Ph.D. '82, reports that he finally retired — after teaching at (almost) all levels on three continents! Posted 2019-10-01
Don Maynard has "half retired" from 30 years in Vermont with the same company. In that time he got PE and PG licenses in several states, and worked half the time outdoors: designing and building dams, finding and permitting public water supplies, and cleaning up hazardous waste, from town dumps and mom-and-pop underground tanks, to solvent and gas plant superfund sites. Currently he is on call for cleanups in national parks across the country, from Yosemite to New York City. He and his wife, Louise, are still married after 33 years, and live in the Florida Keys each winter, and off-grid in the Adirondacks in the summer. They have one son and one grandson. Posted 2019-10-01
Diane Castro mentioned that there have been lots of changes in the Castro home this year. "My husband, Mark, and I have both retired and two of our daughters are engaged to be married; our oldest, Jennifer, this June and our middle daughter, Elizabeth Castro '16 (to Chris Flood '16) in 2020. Our youngest daughter, Grace, started her mechanical engineering career this year with Schneider Electric. We are above the STEM curve — three daughters — one nurse and two engineers!"

"This past summer I had mini reunions with a few Class of ’82 friends. AGD sisters Marci (Sindell) Goffin and Colleen (Muscarella) Delmonte got together for lunch on a beautiful day overlooking the Narragansett Bay and then in the fall we were able to reunite with my dear friend Steve Montambault and his wife, Riva. It was great to spend time with them!"
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Bob Hartman shared that he and Carol Yeaton '84 "...are still married with three children. Oldest is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan in biostatistics. Middle kid is a lead test engineer for the Chick-fil-A mobile app. The youngest started last year as a full-time developer in the Amazon Web Services group. In 2008 I started my company, Agile For All. We specialize in helping organizations become more agile across the board. Everything from teams using Scrum, to executives creating truly agile organizations. Our clients run the gamut, from the 10-person startup to huge Fortune 50 companies. When I started I thought it would be a one-person business forever, but we now have 15 people! It's a bit crazy at times, but I love helping organizations understand how to use agility as not only a competitive advantage, but also for better recruiting and helping their people feel better about their work and work environment." Posted 2019-10-01
Anne Massey is joining the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst as Dean and Thomas O'Brien Endowed Chair. Anne's thrilled to be returning to the Northeast after 23 years in the Midwest! Posted 2019-10-01


Business The Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver has named Vivek Choudhury dean. Says Vivek: “You have the chance to interact with students, learn about their aspirations, and work with them. And if you’re lucky, you have an opportunity to make a difference in some lives.” Since the days of earning his MBA at Rensselaer, Vivek has led a distinguished career in academia with faculty positions at Florida State University and the University of Pittsburgh, followed by faculty and leadership roles at the University of Cincinnati’s Carl H. Lindner School of Business, and at George Washington University’s School of Business. Posted 2020-05-20
Science David Tannenbaum was the sole bicycling competitor in Team USA’s Master Division at the 2019 Maccabi Pan American Games in Mexico City, finishing 8th in the 55-59 age group. The Games include three races: a 13-mile time trial on a Formula 1 car racetrack at 7,200-foot elevation, a 48.8-mile course that lapped around Ajusco Mountain in 45-degree temperatures at 11,772 feet, and a 51-mile mountain descent from 5,200 feet and return climb. Following RPI, David spent 13 years overseas as his wife was posted to six countries with the UN, traveling to 45 countries. Since his return to the U.S. in 2014, he has been a foreign cultures and languages teacher at Fort Huachuca near his home in Hereford, Ariz. In 2018, he medaled in every Senior Olympics event he entered, taking five gold medals at state and qualifying for nationals. Posted 2020-05-20
Business Dr. Geoffrey Akers, P.E., is a principal engineer at Missile Defense National Team for General Dynamics in Huntsville, Ala. Posted 2020-05-20
Joseph Daly was appointed to the board of directors of Image Sensing Systems. He is the founder and CEO of Essig Research, an engineering services company that specializes in the design and repair of large, infrastructure related equipment. Posted 2019-10-01
William Danko was the speaker at a Lally School event in March. The author of Richer Than a Millionaire: A Path-way to True Prosperity, he delivered the talk "The Millionaire Next Door: You're Richer When You Think." Posted 2019-10-01


Diane Basile, Anne Prosser, Carlos Nieto, Marie Sayre Cole, Doug Bladecki, Diane Updegrove, Laura Dunn Salvati, Florence Huban Suraci, Carol Iorizzo DiTaranto, and Debbie Tozier.
Classmates from the Class of ’84, celebrating their 35th Reunion in September, met on the sunny steps of the East Campus Athletic Village. From left, are Diane Basile, Anne Prosser, Carlos Nieto, Marie Sayre Cole, Doug Bladecki, Diane Updegrove, Laura Dunn Salvati, Florence Huban Suraci, Carol Iorizzo DiTaranto, and Debbie Tozier. Posted 2020-06-11
Engineering Diane Updegrove writes:  First, thank you to Carlos Nieto (Class Pres), Florence Huban Suraci (Class VP), Marie Sayre Cole, Laura Dunn Salvati, and Walter Ashe for pulling together our 35th Reunion. Marie captured 19 classmates attending various activities during the weekend. It was good to hear how everyone is doing. I had wonderful conversations with several people, however, I ask that they send an “official” update to me as I don’t want to report something they would rather not share with the masses! Posted 2020-05-20
Engineering Florence Huban Suraci (Chem.Eng.) has just crossed her 20 years at Cisco, manager of strategy and planning for Cisco’s Americas Data Center Architecture. Her husband, Tom Suraci, and she remain active in community and alumni events and were happy to see everyone who was able to join or correspond to the recent 35th Reunion, as well as being at the 20-year celebration of Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson. They are proud of starting their own legacy family; son Jonathan Matla ’15 (Ind.Eng. and ’18 MBA & M.S. Finance) is working as a restructuring consultant at EY, and son Peter Matla ’17 (IT) is working as a cloud and IT consultant at Deloitte. They enjoy living locally in Loudonville, N.Y., and spend winter in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla. Posted 2020-05-20
Engineering There is a motivating article in the August 7, 2019, edition of the Greenwich Times. In July, Tom Brust, an avid swimmer and biker, participated in the Greenwich Cup Triathlon for the 30th straight showing at the strenuous event. Tom moved to Greenwich after his 8th race as he liked the community. He participates in other marathons, but the “Cup” is his favorite. After leaving RPI, Tom earned a graduate degree from Columbia Business School. Posted 2020-05-20
Engineering Diane Updegrove writes: Since there is not much else to report, you get to hear about my life. During my trip north, I enjoyed lunch with Liz Rodriguez (B.S., BArch). Her work in the Troy area is admirable. I also was lucky enough to attend the Duracell Co. picnic at Lake Compounce as a guest of my son Alex and met up with Gary Rapp who also works for Duracell, and his wife, Kim. They are doing well and were in the process of moving their son who just graduated from RPI to his new job in NYC. Lastly, I am a second-time grandma; Baby Mae Ellis Updegrove was born in August. Our 40th Reunion will coincide with RPI’s 200th anniversary, 1824-2024. I’m sure it will be an impressive event, so I thought it best to get it on your radar now. Posted 2020-05-20
Will Morales received a promotion as the complaints manager for the Bureau of Land Management, an agency with about 9,000 employees. Will really enjoys his job and, more excitingly, his new daughter! Will remarried five years ago and his wife gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. Posted 2019-10-01
Architecture Elizabeth "Liz" (Syska) Rodriguez ('84 B.S., BArch) sent in this nice note: "Hello all, I have been reading the class notes for years and always thought nobody would remember me and nothing is worth writing about. After reading Diane's plea for submissions and then the One Last Thing section, which described Whitney M. Young's call to action in 1968, I was inspired to finally write. Since graduating, I have made my career as an architect at TAP Inc., a not-for-profit community design center right here in Troy. In 2019, TAP will be celebrating its 50-year anniversary: 50 years of helping our clients revive vacant buildings, helping not-for-profits to provide their services, and municipalities to improve their communities. It is very rewarding work. I have had the good fortune to marry Darren Scott '92. We have two wonderful children who bring us a lot of joy. I have worked under my mentors and friends, Joe Fama '70, G.S. Christopher '70 (deceased), and now Barb Nelson '80. I have the pleasure of working with my best friend, Laura Ryder '87, and the very funny Joel Altschul '72. TAP’s formation was inspired by Whitney Young’s speech. It started with the thesis project of Vince LePera '69. Many RPI architecture students, too many to name here, have come through our doors to get some real-world experience. We enjoy their youthful energy. I invite all of them to come celebrate with us as TAP turns 50. Visit us to see what TAP Inc. is up to these days." Posted 2019-10-01
Dean Roth has spent the last year assisting the Ukrainian Curling Federation as they prepare for their first foray into international competition. He’s been consulting with the UCF on starting in-country social curling programs and is the director of their high-performance curling program. He also coached the mixed doubles team in the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships this April in Stavanger, Norway. Sounds like Dean is our resource if we want to add curling to the events at our next reunion! Posted 2019-10-01
Karen Murdoch ('84 B.S. ChemE; '92 MBA) was awarded the Women of Innovation Award for Small Business Innovation by The Connecticut Technology Council. Karen has had an exciting career and life. After graduating from RPI, Karen worked for Air Products in Allen-town, Pa., for two years, then moved to Connecticut and worked for UTC. She moved from the fuel-cell to the space division and remained there for 18 years. She worked with the space shuttle program on the development of Sabatier, a system that takes carbon dioxide, reacts it with hydrogen, and gets the oxygen back. Karen left UTC and started her own consulting business. She also works part time for Skyre, which builds and sells products for H2, energy, and CO2 transformation markets. Added to all that, Karen lives in Somers, Conn., with her husband, Mark, and two children. There is a very nice article based on an interview with Karen in the Journal Inquirer, March 30, 2019. Posted 2019-10-01
Science Santa J. Tumminia ('84 M.S. '87 Ph.D Biology) was appointed deputy director of the National Eye Institute (NEI), a part of the federal government's National Institutes of Health (NIH). After earning her Ph.D., Santa joined NEI as a senior staff fellow in the Laboratory of Mechanisms of Ocular Diseases. She then spent five years with the Foundation Fighting Blindness, the largest private funding source for retinal degeneration research, where she oversaw a $12 million vision research grant portfolio. She returned to NIH and has served in numerous capacities including ongoing oversight of key NEI biomedical initiatives such as eyeGENE, a pioneering public private genomic medicine initiative that ties advances in ophthalmic disease gene identification and disease phenotype to clinical care. As a longtime mentor to NIH staff in administrative, scientific, and clinical careers, Santa was honored with an NIG Director's Award for mentorship in 2018. Posted 2019-10-01
Engineering Katherine Dewkett, PE (M.E. CivilE), not long after having been promoted to senior associate, has been promoted to the position of associate vice president of the site/civil transportation department in Dewberry’s New York City office. Posted 2019-10-01


Business In August, digital manufacturer Protolabs, located in Minneapolis, Minn., named Moonhie Chin (M.S.) to its board of directors. Protolabs is the world’s fastest digital manufacturing source for rapid prototyping and on-demand production. Chin had served in numerous leadership roles at Autodesk Inc. since 1989 before concluding her 30-year tenure with the design software giant as senior VP of digital platform and experience. Posted 2020-05-20
Business In April, Michael W. Kozlowski (MBA) was appointed executive director of marketing and communication at Alfred University. Kozlowski served as chief marketing officer and director of strategic initiatives for the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system, a position he held since 2014. Posted 2020-05-20
Engineering After stepping down as president and CEO of Seagate Government Solutions in October, Deb Oliver (MEE) was named to the SRC Inc. board. She began her career in the GE Aerospace Edison Engineering program and held various engineering positions with both GE Aerospace and Lockheed Martin. She rose to program VP at Lockheed Martin and in 2003 was selected as Lockheed Martin’s Stanford Sloan Fellow. Posted 2020-05-20
Science Richard Olsen (Math) joined American International Group Inc. (AIG) as chief actuary, General Insurance, based in New York. Most recently, he was chief financial officer of Munich Re’s U.S. P&C reinsurance subsidiary. He is a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society. Posted 2020-05-20
Architecture Patricia DeLauri writes: The Rensselaer Alumni Association (RAA) is a volunteer organization of committed alumni working to support the Institute, its alumni, and future alumni. The following are two examples. In September at Homecoming, the RAA was proud to recognize Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity with its first Community Service Award for Greek Life. Also, the RAA recognized Andrew Berger ’20, Katie Hyrb ’21, and Emily Veenhuis ’20 with the RAA Red & White Emerging Leader Award, presented to a rising junior or senior who is a member of the Red & White student organization and shows exceptional leadership and commitment to Rensselaer and the RAA’s mission. Through your generous gifts to the RAA Scholarship Fund, the RAA can recognize and encourage these emerging leaders and organizations. As alumni, this is one way to proudly pay it forward. The RAA Board of Trustees invites you to join RAA Connect, a networking platform and mobile app built exclusively for Rensselaer alumni and alumnae. RAA Connect brings our community together with access to an easy-to-use alumni directory, featuring powerful search filters and the most current career information, allowing you to connect with alumni around the world. Visit, and follow the simple steps to get connected. Posted 2020-05-20
Patricia DeLauri writes: “As president of the Boston Chapter, I’d like to acknowledge that this was the 10th consecutive year that RPI has volunteered at the Boston Marathon pre-race dinner event, which was held on April 14. We had close to 30 volunteers this year who acted as marshals directing runners and their families through the dinner event at Boston City Hall. The B.A.A., which is responsible for organizing the marathon and its many associated events, has come to rely on our RPI group’s service. Such dedication from this group enhances the image of RPI in our community.” Posted 2019-10-01
Theresa Kozikowski (B.S. Biol.; MBA) has been named by Webster Bank as its director of human resources, enabling functions & employee relations. In her new role, Teri will be responsible for human resources policies, risk and compliance and regulatory matters, and she will serve as the human resources liaison to the Operational Risk Management Committee, and Legal. Kozikowski transfers to Webster from Edelman Financial Services, where she contemporized the HR function as the chief human resources officer. Prior to Edelman, she was managing director of human resources, U.S. & Canada, at Marsh & McLennan Companies, and she spent 16 years at General Electric in positions of increasing responsibility within the human resources function. She is a past president of the Rensselaer Alumni Association and currently serves as co-chair of the Rensselaer Alumni Hall of Fame program. Posted 2019-10-01
Engineering Jonathan Novick (B.S. E.E.) has been appointed by Alteros, an Audio-Technica company, as director of sales and marketing, where he will oversee sales and marketing activity of Alteros UWB wireless technology products. As a longtime audio industry veteran, Novick has spent his career in various positions at companies like Avermetrics, Audio Precision, and Hewlett-Packard/Agilent Technologies. He has been a longstanding member of the Audio Engineering Society, where he has served as VP, governor and, most recently, as the business manager for the AES@NA MM program. Jonathan shares his audio expertise by performing RF coordination and front-of-house mixing duties for a large children's performing arts program in his hometown. Posted 2019-10-01
Business David Gingerella (MBA) has been appointed the vice chancellor of administration and finance at UMass Dartmouth. He will serve as the primary point of contact to the system office, state agencies, and other affiliates on financial and business matters. Previously, Gingerella served as the vice president of administration and finance and chief financial officer at Rhode Island College. Posted 2019-10-01
Business Christopher Crolius (MBA) was named the winner of the Mohawk Valley Community College Alumni of Merit Award in April. He earned an associate degree in civil technology in '78 from MVCC before earning a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Utica College and a master's degree from RPI. Crolius is a principal and the founder of MARCH Associates Architects and Planners PC, an architectural firm located in Utica, N.Y., and dedicated to the planning, design, and construction of high-quality educational, corporate, and industrial facilities. The firm has completed many projects at MVCC's campuses, including the Learning Commons and the Alumni College Center. Posted 2019-10-01
Engineering Peter Carbone (B.S. ChemE) has joined Acorda Therapeutics Inc. as senior vice president, quality, where he is a member of the company's leadership team. In this role, Carbone leads Acorda's Quality Assurance and Quality Control departments and manages all companywide quality initiatives. Acorda Therapeutics develops therapies to restore function and improve the lives of people with neurological disorders. As a longstanding pharmaceutical industry leader, Carbone has served in a variety of roles of increasing seniority at numerous pharmaceutical companies, including Allergan, where he was vice president of biologics quality, and Amgen, where he was executive director of corporate quality-validation. Posted 2019-10-01


Engineering Gregory Low was promoted to director of engineering operations for SRCTec LLC. He has contributed to many SRC programs, most notably managing the SR Hawk product line and leading the Ground-Based Sense and Avoid program. Posted 2020-05-14
Debbie (Geisler) Hren sent a note to the alumni website about a reunion of AFROTC alumni in the summer of 2016. The group included Brad Smith and his wife, Lisa, Rich and Lisa Guba, Russ and Ling Nero, Brian Jordan, and Debbie and her husband, Mark Beckmeyer. Mark Danehy ’84 and his wife, Lori, also joined them. Mark retired from the Air Force/Air National Guard in 2012 after 28 years and became chief engineer at NOAA. Posted 2019-10-10
Rich Guba met his wife, Lisa, through another AFROTC grad, Jeff Heller, while in San Antonio, Texas. Rich left the Air Force in 1992, joined the Naval Reserve in 1993, and retired in 2008. He works for the U.S. Coast Guard as an electronics engineer in support of new ship construction. Posted 2019-10-10
Brad Smith is enjoying his recent retirement and continues to serve others by providing beer brewing software and essentials to home brewers around the world. While Brad and Lisa were engaged, Brad met Russ Nero’s future wife, Ling, as she was finishing OTS at Randolph AFB and introduced her to Russ. Russ and Ling live in Fairfax and have two children. Russ retired from the Air Force in 2010 and became a systems engineer at TA SC. Posted 2019-10-10
Engineering Brian Jordan (CSE) is now at Aerospace Systems and not missing the commute from Burke to Ft. Meade. He and his wife, Karen, who met while attending a Red Sox game with a mutual friend, have three kids. Posted 2019-10-10
Debbie is going on 15 years at GSA as a program manager in network services. She and Mark live in Great Falls, Va. Debbie spends her free time doing aerobics, gourmet cooking, and her most recent science project: restoring their Audubon-certified wildlife sanctuary to native plants and organic practices. Posted 2019-10-10
Alec Gallimore
Alec Gallimore ’86 has been inducted into the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest honors bestowed in the profession. He was cited for “advanced spacecraft electric propulsion, especially Hall thruster technology.”

Gallimore is the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering at the University of Michigan. Holder of two endowed professorships, he is founder and director of the Plasmadynamics and Electric Propulsion Laboratory, which is developing the plasma drive system that ultimately may propel humans to Mars. He co-founded MCubed, a real-time seed-funding program for high-risk, multidisciplinary research, which has been adopted throughout the university.

Gallimore earned his bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering at Rensselaer, and his master’s and doctoral degrees at Princeton. His primary research interests include advanced spacecraft (electric) propulsion, plasma physics and advanced plasma diagnostics, nanoparticle energetics, and the use of plasma for energy transfer and environmental remediation.

A fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Gallimore has served on a number of advisory boards for NASA and the Department of Defense, including the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, as well as college and university advisory boards. 
Posted 2019-10-10
Dave Chaput was not able to attend the Class' reunion, but sent an update saying that he and his wife have three children and live in Brookeville, Md. Dave left the Air Force in 1994 and is a major account manager at Cisco. Posted 2019-10-10


Science Mark Dorfman, M.D., is senior managing partner of Eye Surgery Associates in South Florida, which recently entered into a strategic partnership with Eyecare Services Partners Management. He serves as chief of pediatric ophthalmology at Joe DiMaggio Pediatric Hospital. Posted 2020-05-14
Linda Jojo
Linda Jojo was recognized by the National Diversity Council as one of the 2019 Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology. Jojo is vice president and chief digital officer at United Airlines and the only airline executive to receive the award. Posted 2019-10-01
Bonnie Litvack, M.D., was elected president-elect of the Medical Society of the State of New York. A radiologist, she is director of the Women’s Imaging Center at Northern Westchester Hospital, part of Northwell Health. Under her leadership, the center has been named a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. Bonnie lives in Chappaqua with her husband and three daughters. Posted 2019-10-01
Jeffrey Snow, a four-year standout in tennis in both singles and doubles, was among those inducted into Rensselaer's Athletics Hall of Fame in April. Posted 2019-10-01


Engineering Brian Stevens (M.S. ECSE) has joined the board of directors of Nutanix, a global leader in cloud software and hyperconverged infrastructure solutions. He most recently served as chief technology officer (CTO) of Google Cloud, where he was responsible for leading the technology vision for Google’s public cloud offering. Prior to that, he was executive vice president and CTO at Red Hat, responsible for all engineering strategy and execution at the open source software company. He also served as CTO of Mission Critical Linux, and spent more than 14 years working at Digital Equipment Corp. as a senior architect. Posted 2020-05-20
Business Joyce Jarrett (MBA) has recently become chief financial officer for the Nash-Rocky Mount Public School District in Nashville, N.C. Most recently, she was the manager of business affairs at the Center for Great Public Schools at the National Education Association in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, she was the assistant finance director in finance and administration for George Washington University School of Business. For much of her career, Jarrett worked as the associate executive director for fiscal affairs and operation and as the manager of business affairs for the NC Association of Educators in Raleigh. Posted 2020-05-20
Gary Borla
Business Gary Borla (MBA & three M.S. degrees) was recognized by the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) for 30 years of volunteer service to the symphony. He has served in many capacities including customer relations, marketing, membership, and information technology. Borla began his service at Tanglewood, the BSO’s summer home in Lenox, Mass., in 1990 when he collaborated on the development of the first computerized database of thousands of volunteers who are involved with the BSO. Throughout an engineering career and with a passion for the arts (sculpting in particular), Borla made sure that his life was full of art and music of all kinds. Posted 2020-05-20
Elisa Barney (B.S., M.S., Ph.D.), now approaching her 20th anniversary as a professor at Boise State University, gave a TEDx talk, "How digital technology helps solve mysteries in the humanities." We know that engineers make many things in our daily lives from computers to power grids. They also do many humanitarian projects.  

There is another less known side: Digital Humanities — using computers and technol-ogy to help further the study of the humanities such as art, literature, and history. Elisa shares stories of how computers can be used to help further knowledge in history, literature, and art. There is much more to this story than just building a webpage. You can watch this talk by going to and searching "Elisa Barney TEDxBoise."
Posted 2019-10-01
Engineering Carrie (Hansen) Kinnison (E.E.) is the newly published author of GlobeWandering on a Budget: Travel Tips for Grown-ups, which is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Filled with decades of experience, interjected with personal travel accounts, and written with a touch of humor, this book offers the keys to comfortable and rewarding GlobeWandering on a modest budget. Posted 2019-10-01
Business Niels Steenstrup (Mgmt) joined PASSUR Aerospace Inc. as chief commercial officer, a new position in the company. Following PASSUR's mission to grow global airspace capacity without adding infrastructure, his focus is to build on existing business and rapidly expand the global network of customers to provide PASSUR's solutions to the benefit of airlines, airports, and air navigation service providers everywhere. Posted 2019-10-01
Architecture John Tobin (M.Arch) has joined SMRT Architects & Engineers as office director for the firm's New York office. Before that, he was vice president of delivery and innovation at EYP, where he held technical and executive positions for over a decade. John, who had previously taught architecture at RPI for ten years, currently serves on the NY State Board of Architecture and the Lean Construction Institute, Albany COP. He is a frequent writer and speaker on advanced delivery topics, including disruptive innovation, building information modeling, integrated project delivery, and the application of data for building design. Posted 2019-10-01
Business Donna Perkett (MBA) has joined the Vermont Federal Credit Union as the new chief operating officer with over 30 years of banking experience, most recently as executive vice president of retail banking for Arrow Financial Corp., where she oversaw 225 staff members, 40 branch locations, and was responsible for marketing, business development, and municipal banking. Prior to that, Donna had been senior vice president at Bank of America, where she was responsible for distribution, strategy, and planning for 14 retail bank locations. Posted 2019-10-01


Business Karl Fessenden, M.S. ’89, became president and chief operating officer at MB Aerospace. Previously, he was president and chief executive officer at CHC Helicopter. Posted 2020-05-20
Engineering Burns & Levinson welcomed Paul Pysher as one of its partners in its Intellectual Property Group. A highly regarded IP prosecutor, he had been a partner at Choate, Hall & Stewart. Posted 2020-05-20
Engineering Martin Reid joined GODIVA Chocolatier as its chief supply chain officer. He had been with The Estée Lauder Companies, where he led supply chain operations in fast-growing businesses across multiple manufacturing locations. Posted 2020-05-20
Ed Gray was selected by PA Consulting’s ReliabilityOne award program as the Outstanding Contributor to Reliability. This award is widely recognized as one of the electric utility industry's most prestigious honors that recognizes the electric utilities that provide their customers with the highest levels of service reliability. Ed was recognized for his significant impact on electric reliability for PSE&G’s 2.2 million customers in New Jersey and PSEG-LI's 1.1 million customers on Long Island. Posted 2019-10-01
Mangesh Kale (M.S. ’89) was named managing director of Precision Automation and Robotics India (PARI). Posted 2019-10-01
Nitin Jain (M.S. ’89, Ph.D. ’91) has been named a fellow at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He is chief technology officer and board member of Anokiwave Inc., a company he founded. Posted 2019-10-01
Dave Sovie co-authored Reinventing the Product: How to Transform Your Business and Create Value in the Digital Age, which focuses on how digital technologies are transforming traditional products into smart and connected ones. Dave is currently a senior partner at Accenture and has been living in Japan these last several years. Posted 2019-10-01
Vivian Kuo was named a shareholder in the global law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP in its Washington, D.C., office. She was previously a partner at Winston & Strawn LLP. Posted 2019-10-01
Naveed Hussain was named the head of Boeing Research & Technology, which is Boeing's advanced central research and development group. In March, he was the speaker at the inaugural RAA alumni lecture series hosted by the Seattle alumni chapter at the Future of Flight Museum in Mukilteo, Wash. Posted 2019-10-01
Peter Memon was one of the recipients of the 2018 RA A Key Award. Posted 2019-10-01
Jayson Moy was selected last fall as general manager of Saki Asia Pacific. His responsibilities cover all of Asia excluding Japan, greater China, and Korea for 2D and 3D automated solder paste, optical, and X-ray inspection and measurement systems. Posted 2019-10-01
Jonathan Berry, M.S. '89, Ph.D. '95, received a special appointment as Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M. Posted 2019-10-01
Doug Krehbiel checked in from Washington, D.C., where he is the director of data analytics for FrontStream, a company that helps smaller not-for-profits survive and thrive. He is a D.C. actor, public radio host, and voice-over artist. Doug's first playwrighting effort — Silly Delaware — was produced locally last summer, and he is a proud member of the Actors' Equity Association. Posted 2019-10-01


Business Carl Christenson (MBA), chairman and CEO of Altra Industrial Motion Corp., has been appointed to the board of directors at IDEX Corp. Altra is a leading designer and producer of electromechanical power transmission motion control products, while IDEX is a family of diverse businesses that supplies products such as BAND-IT side airbag clamps and Hurst Jaws of Life rescue tools. Posted 2020-05-21
Business Archana Deskus (MBA) was appointed senior vice president and CIO at Intel. She has served as CIO and senior vice president at Hewlett Packard Enterprise since fall 2017. Prior to HPE, she held CIO positions at Baker Hughes, Ingersoll Rand, Timex Group USA, and Carrier. Posted 2020-05-21
Engineering Carl Esposito (B.S., EE) has been appointed a senior vice president and president of the E-Systems division of Lear Corp., a leading supplier of automotive seating and electrical/electronic systems. Carl most recently served as president of the Electronic Solutions Business Unit for Honeywell Aerospace. Posted 2020-05-21
Engineering Amy Villeneuve (M.S., MgmtE), has been appointed to the board of directors at Humatics Corp., a pioneer in the field of microlocation navigation technology serving the autonomous vehicle and industrial automation industries. Amy was most recently a vice president at Amazon and the president and COO of Amazon Robotics (formerly Kiva Systems), providing fulfillment center automation through the use of robots and software. Posted 2020-05-21
Engineering Jackie Yeaney (B.S., EE) has been appointed executive vice president, marketing, for the analytics platform company Tableau Software. Jackie brings more than 20 years of marketing thought leadership experience to Tableau, including positions at Boston Consulting Group and Delta Air Lines. Jackie was the EVP of strategy and marketing at Red Hat and most recently, the chief marketing officer at Ellucian, an EdTech company for higher education. Posted 2020-05-21
Engineering Rob Mueller (B.S., Comp. Sys. Eng.) emailed with an update of their travels to Nashville, Colorado, and South Carolina and cute photos of the grandkids dressed up for Halloween. They spend a few months in Florida each winter in order to escape the snow as best as possible. Posted 2020-05-21
Engineering Rob Sherman writes: As for Dianne and me, we celebrated our son’s graduation from Oklahoma State University with degrees in both aeronautical and mechanical engineering last May, then moved him to Seal Beach, Calif., in July, stopping at every air and space museum that we believe exists between El Paso and San Diego. Adam has since started his career with Boeing in Long Beach, making “the nest” seem just a bit emptier. We moved our daughter to and from Olympia, Wash., for the summer, where she interned with the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. We joined Abigail and her friends for a long, sunny(!) weekend in Seattle to celebrate her 21st birthday before she returned to Pullman and Washington State University. At the front end of that long weekend, we really enjoyed staying with Bob Beauchamp (B.S., MechE) and his wife, Kim, at their lovely home in Centralia, Wash., checking out their farm and wandering through the nearby farmers market. As if his work at Boeing and around the farm weren’t enough, Bob has gone back to school, completely filling his Saturdays with his graduate course studies. Posted 2020-05-21
Rob Sherman writes: "As for Dianne and me, over the winter break we took our son, Adam, out to Long Beach, Calif., to begin looking for a place for him to live after graduation from Oklahoma State University this past May. Then the three of us and daughter Abigail spent spring break in Denver, though we were never more than three at any one time owing to the kids having two different break weeks. While on spring break, in the "small world category," Dianne and I spent a lovely day up at Red Rocks Amphitheatre and she and our son visited with his good friend at Colorado School of Mines, both located in Jefferson County, Colo. Next time, we might go look up a certain county manager. Dianne and Abby visited with Bob Beauchamp (B.S. MechE) and his wife, Kim, to prepare Abby for her intern-ship over in Olympia this summer. I also got to see AJ Leale (B.S. MechE) twice — once in Jersey City during my business trip there, then again in Houston during his business trip here. It was great to catch up in person and re-live some of the moments we had captured in pictures (gosh, how young we looked). Should your travels bring you to Houston, look us up. We look forward to catching up in person, and it gives me a great excuse to visit my favorite Houston breweries!" Posted 2019-10-01
Engineering Mike Bunker (B.S., MechE) has been with The Boeing Company since he graduated in summer 1990. During his time at Boeing, he's managed programs in Seattle; helped start up their new facility in Charleston, S.C.; and spent the last two years running their factory in Melbourne, Australia. Mike and his wife, Gretchen, just returned to Seattle, where he's settled into the role of vice president of composites, managing the various composite factories around the globe. Mike, whose two sons are both in college in South Carolina, is looking forward to visiting RPI and his FIJI chapter as they approach their 30-year anniversary. Posted 2019-10-01
Science Bianca Mancinelli (B.S. Math) and husband Paul (B.S. Phys.) sent in an update to say that by the time their classmates read this, they will have three RPI graduates under their roof, as their daughter Chiara was due to graduate on May 18. Bianca also sent a reminder that this is the same day we graduated, just 29 years later (the key word there being "just"). Chiara will be attending Weill-Cornell in New York City, pursuing her Ph.D. in pharmacology. Bianca and Paul love that she’ll be only 45 minutes away and are already planning lots of lunches! Their son Dante loved his first year at RPI in nuclear engineering and has won a scholarship from the NRC. Dante is minoring in music and physics and continues playing drums in the funk band. Their youngest, Lucia, is a freshman in high school and has her eyes set on Canada for college. This year, Paul will celebrate his fifth year at CIGNA as the chief data and analytics engineering officer, while Bianca continues to use her "...math degree to do local theater and write music (lol!)." Posted 2019-10-01
Engineering Ravi Keswani (M.E. MechE) has been appointed president of products and technology for the Freedom Financial Network (FFN), a family of companies that assists consumers with debt settlement, mortgage shopping, and personal loans. Ravi's career has included a variety of leadership positions, including in software engineering and product management, and he was most recently the chief technology officer of Posted 2019-10-01
Francois Barcomb
Francois Barcomb, a high school physics teacher in Montrose, N.Y., won the Jeopardy! teachers' championship, which aired in May, and its $100,000 grand prize. A lifelong fan, Barcomb tried for 12 years before finally landing a spot on the show. Posted 2019-10-01
Business Don Davis (B.S. Mgmt), who retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2017, is currently serving as the county manager of Jefferson County, Colo., the "Gateway to the Rocky Mountains." Don became the county manager following a distinguished career in the Marines, during which he rose to the rank of colonel, served in many different locations and commands, and was deployed on numerous occasions.  Posted 2019-10-01


Engineering Sabih Khan, M.S. '91, long-time executive at Apple, was promoted to the executive team as senior VP of operations. The operations department is the division spearheading supplier partnerships for green manufacturing. Posted 2020-05-14
Charles Voss has been promoted to a managing land use planner at Barton & Loguidice, a Northeast and mid-Atlantic regional engineering, planning, environmental, and landscape architecture firm. He is a member of the firm's Sustainable Planning & Design Practice Area. Posted 2019-10-01


Engineering Brian Romansky has been appointed chief technology officer at Owl Cyber Defense Solutions. He joined the company in 2017 as director of business development, and will now lead the strategic development of advanced technology. Posted 2020-05-21
Business Renée Pellegrino joined the board of Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, a nonprofit organization providing services to identify, treat, and support children in abusive situations. ECCAC has provided more than 60,000 services at no cost to over 12,000 children over the last 18 years. Posted 2020-05-21
Engineering The Gloversville, N.Y., Leader-Herald newspaper featured Peter Voelker and his award-winning Helderberg Meadworks. Visitors to Esperance, N.Y., should be sure to visit the tasting room. Please have one for those of us too far away to visit! Posted 2020-05-21
Science John Trammell has departed the University of Minnesota and been hired as a principal engineer at Target Corporation.  Posted 2020-05-21
Tony Osimo has been appointed director of operations for Quality Beverage's Taunton, Mass., division. Posted 2019-10-01
Silas Coellner was named principal of Old Rochester Regional Junior High School in Massachusetts. Before entering the field of education, he was a satellite systems engineering team leader for Lockheed Martin. Posted 2019-10-01


Engineering Jennifer (Ocif) Love is a teaching professor at Northeastern University in Boston, in the College of Engineering, where she teaches and advises undergraduate and graduate engineering students. She has been a faculty member at Northeastern since 2006. Jen lives in Marshfield, Mass., near the beach with her husband Ricker Love and their two children, Cooper, born in 2006, and Kailyn, born in 2008, where she also volunteers as a STEM K-12 educator. Jen’s website is Jen is currently working on a doctorate in education at Northeastern. Posted 2020-05-21
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Keisuke Hoashi is an actor. His recent appearances include Bob’s Burgers, Better Things, The Detour, Marvel’s Runaways, General Hospital, and Hawaii Five-0. He has had commercial bookings for Hershey’s and TD Ameritrade, and has upcoming guest starring roles in two shows on HBO, an animated series on Hulu, two gigantic video games, and a major motion picture from A24 studio! Posted 2020-05-21
Brad Crews has been announced by CNH Industrial N.V. as the brand president of Case IH, one of the company's global agricultural brands. CNH Industrial N.V. is a global leader in the capital goods sector with established industrial experience, a wide range of products, and a worldwide presence. Posted 2019-10-01
Derek Noble, AIA, LEED AP, has been named by Shepley Bulfinch as a principal to the firm. Derek contributes more than 25 years of design experience in architectural and interior design, space programming and planning, site design, and construction methodology to his new role at Shepley Bulfinch. Posted 2019-10-01


Engineering Bob DeRosa was promoted to director, hardware engineering, at SRC Inc. He served in the U.S. Navy for six years and has worked at SRC for 15 years, most recently as senior manager, radio frequency engineering. Posted 2020-05-14
Greg Longo, M.S. ’94, joined Loureiro Engineering as an associate to the Structural, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Engineering (SMEP) Division. He was previously senior project manager at BL companies. Posted 2019-10-01


Business Mark George was appointed executive vice president and chief financial officer for Norfolk Southern. Posted 2020-05-21
Business John Stone was appointed president of Strategic Construction Solutions. Posted 2020-05-21
Business Kevin Merritt was appointed managing director, director of equity research, at Wedbush Securities. Posted 2020-05-21
Business James Romano was appointed vice president, corporate risk officer, at The MEMIC Group in Portland, Maine. Posted 2020-05-21
Susan Bator
Engineering Susan Bator has been promoted to senior consultant at GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc., where she is an environmental consultant with an emphasis on hydrogeology and remediation. She is also the co-chair of GZA’s internal Professional Technical Conference, and a member of the National Groundwater Association and the Licensed Site Professionals Association. Posted 2020-05-21
Engineering Anil Goyal ('95/'96, M.S./Ph.D. DSES) is now the executive vice president of operations at Black Book, where he oversees a team of editors and data scientists. Posted 2019-10-01
Engineering Stephen Smith (B.S. EE) has been elected president of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater's board of directors. Posted 2019-10-01
Bill Johnson will spend the next year as a visiting professor and Fulbright Scholar at the Vienna University of Economics and Business in Vienna, Austria. Drop Bill a line! Posted 2019-10-01
Michael Van Poots writes: "It was an all-RPI final at the annual Northstrat Inc. ping-pong tournament in Sterling, Va. Joe Tosh (B.S. EE) and Tom Burkat ('92/'93, B.S./M.Eng. EE) put misspent hours of freshman dorm and Union game room time to good use as they climbed the ladder to square off. Defense (and youth) wins championships — Joe reigned victorious in this marathon match. Both are engineers at Northstrat, an employee-owned corporation co-founded by Tom, providing strategic IT solutions to U.S. government agencies in the Washington, D.C., area." Posted 2019-10-01


Science Congratulations to Sean Trask, a 2019 inductee into the Rockville High School Hall of Fame. Sean was recognized for his high school cross country and baseball careers. At RPI, Sean was a pitcher for the Engineers and helped the team to an unbeaten season our senior year and a first-ever NCAA Division III tournament spot. Posted 2020-05-21
Science Classmate Susan (Costa) Galvin and her family have been living in Las Vegas, Nev., since her husband (Steve Galvin) retired from the Air Force after 22 years of service. Both she and her husband are medical doctors. Susan was named chief medical officer (CMO) of Hope Christian Health Center, a faith-based clinic for the uninsured in North Las Vegas. They have three kids, ages 15, 14, and 12, and get the entire family involved in cosplay attending comic and sci-fi conventions. They were even featured on Buzzfeed last year after San Diego Comic-Con! Very impressive! Posted 2020-05-21
Engineering Hank Carbone writes: I made the trek back to Troy in September over Reunion Weekend for a Lambda Chi Alpha super reunion that brought together over 140 brothers from the early ’50s through the late 2010s. The memories came flooding back as a few brothers and I took a casual stroll from the Commons down to the Union (the McNeil Room now has a Panera???), through the Quad, over to and down the CII/JCC wind tunnel, and to the VCC/library area to check out the new- to-us EMPAC building. Quite a bit of new construction on campus since we all graduated, but it was still “Good old RPI.” Attending the super reunion from the Class of ’96 were Jamie Burts, Rex Wang, Neil Kindlon, Steve Lee, Dave Carlson, Mike Nifontoff, and Ron Lewkiewicz. It was a great weekend catching up and reconnecting with everyone. I can’t wait for the next one! And speaking of reunions, our 25th Reunion is in just two years! Keep your late September/early October weekends in 2021 free so you can attend. Hope to see you all there. Posted 2020-05-21
Hank Carbone was promoted to marketing director for Ecolab's North American Healthcare business in February, and now has marketing responsibility for Ecolab's entire portfolio of cleaning, disinfecting, draping, and temperature management solutions used in hospitals around the country. Hank says: "It’s been exciting taking on the new, broader role helping guide the business unit in our mission to help our hospital partners deliver cleaner, safer, and healthier facilities for their patients, staff, and visitors." Posted 2019-10-01
Reid Anthony was named CEO of Citizens Advocates, a provider of developmental disability, mental health, and substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery services. Posted 2019-10-01
Tim Dominick was recognized as the AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) Engineer of the Year for 2019. The award recognizes an individual contribution in the application of scientific and mathematical principles leading to a significant technical accomplishment. Tim is currently a senior principal aeronautical engineer with the Advanced Technology Group at Northrop Grumman. Posted 2019-10-01
Kobie Boykins is a featured speaker in the National Geographic Live series. Kobie talks about his experiences working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and his work on the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity. You can search online for the video via National Geographic's video website. Posted 2019-10-01
Jonna Gerken has been recognized as a member of the 2019 class of Influential Women in Manufacturing. Founded in late 2017 by Putman Media editors Erin Hallstrom, Alexis Gajewski, and Christine LaFave Grace, Influential Women in Manufacturing seeks to recognize women who are effecting change in manufacturing and industrial production and engaging the next generation of manufacturing leaders. Posted 2019-10-01
Michael Lorello started a YouTube channel (look up "par64guy"), mainly focusing on DIY projects and repairs geared toward helping people solve problems, save some money, prevent costly repairs, or just learn about the technology in their homes. His younger daughter, who has taken an interest in technology through her school's "Hour of Code," has participated in a few of his videos. One of Michael's favorite videos is when he gave a talk to his daughter's sixth grade class on careers in engineering, complete with props, in which the kids asked great questions. If you have an opportunity, check out his channel. Posted 2019-10-01


Engineering Kristen Fitzpatrick writes: I had a chance to catch up with Josh Haacker while I was in LA for work. He and his wife, Jessica, have two kids, ages 9 and 11, and he just launched his own business, Muldrow Partners. Here’s what they do, from LinkedIn: “We partner with entrepreneurial companies and developers striving to implement water, clean energy, and climate solutions. The firm seeks to identify and manage attractive investment opportunities on behalf of environmentally conscious investors, and support growth-stage companies with capital planning, transaction, and commercial support.” Best of luck, Josh! Posted 2020-05-21
Engineering Sara Schiveley was awarded the Alumni Key Award by the RPI Alumni Association. Posted 2020-05-21
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Kord Jablonski has been named business director of deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Mass. Posted 2020-05-21
Engineering Marc Eigner has been named CEO of Anju Software in Phoenix, Ariz. Posted 2020-05-21
Architecture Peter Rader was promoted by JLL to regional education practice lead for the firm’s Project and Development Services group. Posted 2020-05-21
Science Kathleen Moriarty was named as one of the top 100 females taking up the battle against cybercrime. Posted 2020-05-21
Kristen Fitzpatrick writes: "My husband, Brian, and I enjoyed catching up with Marsha (Aaron) and her husband, Ken Cordio, Dawn (Arthur) and Greg Guarriello, Alicia (Sopko) and Taric Kabir, and Neha (Shah) Biggs at the annual Camp Kessem Magic Ball in Boston. If any fellow RPI alums want to join us next year and raise money for a fabulous cause, let me know!" Posted 2019-10-01
Eric Kaled recently joined SPX Corp. as president of the Genfare business. Previous to this position, Eric was an SVP at Crane & Co. Posted 2019-10-01


Engineering Liz (Dunn) Hanson has been promoted to Air Force colonel. Her two sons, Michael and Andrew, and her daughter Catherine pinned on her new rank during a ceremony at the Pentagon. Liz previously served as commander of the 517th Airlift Squadron of the 3rd Wing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. As a pilot, she has logged over 3,300 flight hours, including 578 hours of combat time in Iraq and Afghanistan. Posted 2020-05-21
Engineering First Horizon National Corp. recently appointed Patrick Kelly senior vice president, chief digital banking officer, on its digital banking and marketing leadership team. Posted 2020-05-21
Science Dr. Michelle Barhaghi has joined the Premier Women’s team at Delta County Memorial Hospital. Michelle is an obstetrician and gynecologist and is double certified in integrative medicine. After attending medical school at Mount Sinai Medical School in New York, and completing her residency in Washington, D.C., Michelle worked in New Zealand, South Africa, Nigeria, and Los Angeles. Posted 2020-05-21
Alicia Boler Davis
Alicia Boler Davis '98 was named vice president, global customer fulfillment, at Amazon, where she oversees a worldwide network of more than 175 fulfillment centers across 16 countries. The former executive vice president of global manufacturing for General Motors, Boler Davis was named one of the most powerful female engineers in 2018 by Business Insider. Posted 2019-10-01
Christie Arlotta writes, "I've never dropped a line for an update in the alumni magazine before, but figured today would be a great day to fix that." She left engineering in 2013 to run Karma Cat + Zen Dog Rescue Society, the animal rescue organization that she started in 2010. Christie says, "We are based out of Milltown, N.J., and we are celebrating the one-year anniversary of opening our very own cat-only adoption center on Main Street. We just recently adopted out our 1,300th animal!" See more on Christie's website. Posted 2019-10-01
Elyse (Johnson) Santic joined Google in June. She is working in New York as a real estate project executive on the real estate and workplace services team. Posted 2019-10-01
Wil LaBar is helping to create technology jobs in Lafayette, La., as a vice president at CGI. With 100 job openings for software developers right now, Wil says the company's rapid growth will reach 800 employees by 2024. Posted 2019-10-01
Kevin W. Martin has been appointed chief information officer by Cadence Aerospace. Most recently, Kevin was associate director of military engines business development at Pratt & Whitney. Posted 2019-10-01
Eric Van De Wal
Eric Van De Wal has been named senior vice president of sales and marketing at Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA. His responsibilities will include executing plans to grow the company's role in the coffee industry. Posted 2019-10-01


Business Scott Maybee was named president of NextGear Capital. He was most recently general manager for Manheim Northstar Minnesota, and before that, spent 10 years with Nissan North America and Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp. Posted 2020-05-21
Engineering Kevin O’Shea joined Amastan Technologies as chief commercial officer. The company develops plasma technology for materials production used in additive manufacturing, battery, and other industrial markets. Posted 2020-05-21
Engineering Rebecca (Webber) Gaudiosi, an engineer-turned-diplomat, just published a book, Negotiating at the United Nations (Routledge, 2019), based on her experience negotiating in multilateral organizations. More information on the book is available via the Negotiation Resolution website. Posted 2019-10-01


Business Mike O’Malley was interviewed for a profile in the Albany Business Review in December. He is vice president of sales and marketing at DeCrescente Distributing Co. He started his career at Gallo Wine Co., then moved to Coors, before joining DeCrescente. The biggest change in the industry, he says, is the amount of data that is available, which helps target sales based on statistics of who is buying what, where, and how often. Posted 2020-05-21
Steven Caley has earned a doctorate in education from the University of Southern California. He is the elementary school principal at the American School of Kuwait, overseeing 70 teaching staff and 1,000 students. Posted 2019-10-01


Engineering Cmdr. Eric Reeves took command of Training Squadron (VT) 86 at a change-of-command ceremony at NAS Pensacola, which trains naval flight officers, in November. He has accumulated more than 2,300 flight hours and 400 arrested landings in the S-3 Viking, EA-6B Prowler, and EA-18G Growler. Posted 2020-05-21
Science Adam Goode, a site reliability engineer at Google, was appointed to the Fox Chapel Area school board, in Pittsburgh. Posted 2020-05-21
Annmarie Lanesey
Albany Can Code, a nonprofit founded by Annmarie Lanesey ’01, graduated 53 students in May, its largest class yet. Lanesey was named Philanthropist of the Year by the United Way of the Greater Capital Region for founding the program, which trains software developers for entry-level jobs or internships.  Posted 2019-10-01
Scott Smith founded COBRA Firing Systems in 2009. The company builds fireworks systems that support small, backyard barbecue fireworks shows and local theater shows, as well as large-scale pyromusicals, and pyrotechnics for arena-sized concerts, weddings, and sporting events, etc. Posted 2019-10-01


Engineering Melissa Coppola (aka Observa) released her first full-length hip hop album called Beaten Path and toured throughout the country during the fall to promote the album. Posted 2020-05-21
Gregory Fischer was elected a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors. Senior members are active faculty members who have demonstrated success with patents, licensing, and commercialization. "They have produced technologies that have brought, or aspire to bring, real impact on the welfare of society." He is currently professor of mechanical engineering and robotics engineering at WPI, director of WPI's Automation and Interventional Medicine Robotics Research Laboratory, and director of WPI's Practice-Point Research and Development facility for medical cyberphysical systems. His work revolves around designing innovative medical, surgical, and assistive robotic systems. He is currently working on developing an MRI-compatible robotic system to treat metastatic brain tumors. Posted 2019-10-01
G. Nagesh Rao was selected earlier this year by his peers at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the White House to receive a Gears of Government Award for his leadership, work, and results over the last six years of public service. His accomplishments around co-creating the Growth Accelerator Fund Competition, reinvigorating the SBIR/STTR Program (America's Seed Fund) across the federal government, and reimagining the digital footprint and services at SBA were among many reasons cited for Nagesh's receipt of this prestigious honor. Posted 2019-10-01
Nathan Reinard, PE, was one of eight Gannett Fleming employees to be named senior associate of the firm last year. In order to do this, Nathan had to demonstrate mastery in his field, understand client needs, and deliver innovative solutions. He is a lead industrial engineer, project manager, and assistant manager of the Transit & Rail Global Business Line's Maintenance Facilities Group. Posted 2019-10-01
Erik Kohler, owner of Kohler Builders LLC, was named among the "40 under 40" in the 2019 Albany Business Review. Posted 2019-10-01
Mike Choe and his wife, Amanda, welcomed their second child, Evangeline, on January 23. Mike was also promoted to the rank of commander in the U.S. Navy. He is currently in San Antonio, Texas, where he is working at the Joint Information Operations Warfare Center as the deputy branch chief for special operations. Posted 2019-10-01
Chris Lopinto sold his business to Red Ventures in October 2018. He stayed on as VP of product to help build their travel business. Posted 2019-10-01


Science Dr. Sumbul Desai, VP of health for Apple Inc., helped design the advanced heart monitoring, ECG, and fall detection feature of the Apple Watch Series 4. This feature was designed to revolutionize the health industry, by collecting your personal health data so that your doctor can spend more time consulting with you about a treatment plan. Dr. Desai is also a clinical associate professor at Stanford Medical. Posted 2020-05-21
Ed DerGurahian writes: Paul Zapustas emailed me to say that he has started a new career. After hanging up his Wall Street suit and tie, Paul moved to Boston where he is now the CFO and business director of R3Bilt, an interval training workout focused on anti-aging. Paul and his colleagues hope the company will become the “Amazon of fitness” at some point. Way to go, Paul! Posted 2020-05-21
Business Xinfeng Wang was recognized by the RAA with the Alumni Key Award during Reunion & Homecoming weekend. Congratulations! Posted 2020-05-21
Science Avanindra Joshi was recognized by the RAA with the Alumni Key Award during Reunion & Homecoming weekend.  Posted 2020-05-21
John Andonie, a decorated Iraq War veteran, was promoted to brigadier general and was named New York National Guard Director of Joint Staff, responsible for coordinating joint Army and Air National Guard operations. He lives in Clifton Park, N.Y. Posted 2019-10-01


Congrats to David Parker for his appointment as the chief operating officer for Cleverciti Systems, where he will leverage his more than 15 years of experience in the technology business to help position the smart parking company into new markets and manage sustained growth. Posted 2020-05-21
Business The President’s Commission on White House Fellows selected Jermon Bafaty, M.S. ’04, into the 2019-2020 class of White House Fellows, where he will be given the opportunity to engage in public service for one year with the Department of Energy. Posted 2020-05-21
Engineering Shawn Newman has volunteered to support Rensselaer by serving as the class correspondent. Shawn is active-duty Navy and is currently stationed in the Norfolk, Va., area. If you have updates to share such as a promotion, earning a new degree, a new addition to the family, meeting a life goal, or anything significant in your life, please submit your updates to Shawn at Posted 2020-05-21
Richard Off has been promoted to senior staff architect at Hoffmann Architects. His projects have included rehabilitation of Countee Cullen Library in Harlem, and historic façade restoration and roof replacement at First Presbyterian Church in Greenwich Village. Posted 2019-10-01


IT & Web Science Chris Searles and his wife welcomed Bryson Christopher into this world last May. Son Max is a wonderful and enthusiastic big brother. Posted 2020-05-21
Engineering Jason Gertler plays on the hockey team Fire and Ice. They play during the year locally. They went to Lake Placid for a tournament and won Bronze. They just started going to this tournament as of last year. Posted 2020-05-21
Business Jonathan and Kellie Bullis Eck celebrated their 10-year anniversary. They have two little girls in their family. Posted 2020-05-21
Science Larissa (Wudmaska) Wolf celebrated her 10th wedding anniversary (last July) to fellow alumnus Adam Wolf. Posted 2020-05-21
Engineering Zaheera Abdul Ghani was part of Team Bey, which completed the Viper Challenge @ Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Malaysia.  Posted 2020-05-21
Engineering Our classmate Joshua Khoury took a disastrous spill that resulted in a hospital stay as the bleeding on his brain was monitored. He is in recovery and almost back to 100%. A glorious miracle for his wife, Abigail, and four children! Posted 2020-05-21
Engineering Daniel Quinn is a staff materials and process engineer at Sikorsky, where he has worked for 11 years. Posted 2020-05-21
Engineering Katie Karaffa writes: Our updated FB link is: Posted 2020-05-21
M. Hafiz Yusof works for a Kuala Lumpur-based IT company, The eCEOs, that specializes in digital project management where they advocate the use of technology with industry best practices to assist and deliver projects successfully. Posted 2019-10-01
Scott and Kelly (Weaver) Loudis own Greenbriar Construction Services in Colonie, N.Y. Contact them on Facebook to see how you can partner on your next project! Posted 2019-10-01
Carl Harding lives in Avon, Conn., and is an operation executive director for Collins Aerospace. He celebrates nine years with his wife, Vinay, and two children, Avani (6 years) and Ashaun (2 years). Posted 2019-10-01
Alissa Wilkinson wrote in November that she had a long, good day of voting at Lincoln Center in her second year as a member of the New York Film Critics circle, the oldest critics’ group in the country and a collection of her "most formidable colleagues." She also sent a note saying that in her work as a film critic and journalist, she had the opportunity to interview filmmaker Penny Lane, who earned her MFA at RPI in 2005. The article, “What the director of Hail Satan? learned from making a documentary on the Satanic Temple,” was published in Vox on April 16. Posted 2019-10-01
Jennifer Kovacs is working for Unilever in New York, N.Y. She completed a Spartan, AND has also traveled to Austria and Paris. Posted 2019-10-01


Bernard Malouin
JETCOOL Technologies, founded by Bernard Malouin ’06, Ph.D.’10, unveiled a new approach to cooling computer processors and other high-power electronics at the 2019 IEEE International Microwave Symposium last June, and took home honors as the Next Top Startup. The technology, known as micro-convective cooling, uses small fluid jets that can be built within the electronic device, and could result in a tenfold increase in cooling efficiency compared to today’s state of the art, says Malouin. “Many of our favorite services run on processors that could do even more, but they get too hot,” he says. “With better cooling, we hope to break that logjam and help technology companies create a new wave of devices that will power tomorrow’s extraordinary innovations.” Industries that would benefit from JETCOOL’s technology include aerospace, electric vehicles, and artificial intelligence data centers. In addition to winning top honors among startups at the symposium, JETCOOL, a recent spinoff from MIT Lincoln Laboratory, won the audience choice award for the best new technology startup. “With our technology, we can build the heat sink into the silicon substrate itself,” says Malouin, second from left, below. “Think about that, the world’s best cooling built into the computer chip so you can’t even tell it’s there.” Posted 2020-06-08
Engineering Joe DeBellis was promoted to director of sales, Houston, at Service Wire Co. He has more than 10 years of industry experience, starting in plant engineering, moving to applications engineer, and then into various sales roles focusing on the utility market. Posted 2020-05-21
Pete Curley and Garret Heaton '07, who founded HipChat in 2010, have a new venture. They recently announced the launch of Swoot, a podcast app that stands out from other podcast apps with its social networking elements and recommendation feature, which allows users to suggest podcasts to friends. The company, founded in 2016, has raised more than $4 million in seed funding. Posted 2019-10-01


Engineering The Colorado School of Mines welcomed Nikki Farnsworth as assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering in the fall. Her research centers on the development of novel biomaterials to investigate cellular interactions with their environment and develop therapies for life-threatening diseases. Posted 2020-05-21
Destany Eagles was featured in a S.C. newspaper in May. She is a teacher and girls basketball coach at Carolina Forest High School, and she plays professionally in the minor leagues. Posted 2019-10-01
Isobel Ojalvo was named assistant professor of physics at Princeton. Her research focuses on high-energy particle physics. Posted 2019-10-01
Jamel Mosely, vice president of marketing for the agency Collectiveffort and creative director of Mel eMedia, was named to the Albany Business Review 40 Under 40 in March. Posted 2019-10-01
Garret Heaton and Pete Curley '06, who founded HipChat in 2010, have a new venture. They recently announced the launch of Swoot, a podcast app that stands out from other podcast apps with its social networking elements and recommendation feature, which allows users to suggest podcasts to friends. The company, founded in 2016, has raised more than $4 million in seed funding. Posted 2019-10-01


Justin Blinn
Architecture Justin Blinn, Architect, LEED AP BD+C, was recently promoted to associate principal at TEF Design. Throughout his time with TEF, he has completed a wide variety of projects, including the historic renovation of 170 9th Street in San Francisco, an addition to the PG&E Larkin Substation, and the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco Don Fisher Clubhouse. Congratulations on your promotion, Justin! Posted 2020-05-21
Science After six years leading the Cardiff Devils, Jake Morissette has retired, announcing that he will not be returning to the Elite Ice Hockey League for this season. Morissette holds the title of most successful captain in the Devils’ history, leading the only Welsh team in the EIHL to back-to-back league titles in 2017 and 2018, along with a Challenge Cup win in 2017 and the team’s second straight playoff championship. Congrats on a fantastic career, Jake! Posted 2020-05-21
Engineering Unilux has recruited Rostislav “Russell” Lembersky to integrate advances in machine learning to improve system speed and accuracy. Lembersky will bring significant experience with software and algorithm development, along with a rich technological and operational background to the team. Posted 2020-05-21
Engineering Gary Russinko, PE, has been promoted to principal at kW Mission Critical Engineering. Gary is a power strategist and lead engineer on some of the largest and most complex data center projects being built today. kW Mission Critical Engineering is a 140-person firm located in Troy, with offices and projects across the U.S. Posted 2020-05-21
Business Trent Gillaspie writes: Make sure to like our Facebook page at, and connect with us on TikTok. Just kidding! Posted 2020-05-21
Laura Wontrop Klauser, who is manager of the Cadillac Racing program, was recently interviewed by Autoweek. Laura is in charge of the Cadillac DPi-V.R customer race car program, and ensures that all of GM's IMSA prototype teams have what they need on the OEM side to have a successful race. The interview is great publicity for something which Laura is so passionate about! Posted 2019-10-01
Casey Crossley
Casey Crossley, AIA, LEED AP, has been named an associate of architecture+, a design and service-oriented architecture and planning firm based out of Troy, N.Y. Casey joined architecture+ in 2006 and has focused on designing projects for higher education, health care, and community clients. His most recent design focused on an addition to the Gore Mountain base lodge. Casey is also the president of the American Institute of Architects, Eastern New York Chapter, and is the chapter's Emerging Professionals liaison to the American Institute of Architects, New York. Posted 2019-10-01
Karen Clark, P.E., has been promoted to an associate at Barton & Loguidice in Albany, where she is a member of the firm's Water/Wastewater Practice Area. Karen earned her B.S. from Clarkson and her M.S. and MBA degrees from RPI. Posted 2019-10-01


Science Dr. Shaina (Feldman) Bruce was the lead author on an original article published in the September 2019 edition of Obstetrics & Gynecology (the “Green Journal”). Her article was titled “Disparities Among Cervical Cancer Patients Receiving Brachytherapy.” This is the second time she’s been published as the lead author — her previous article was published in Gynecologic Oncology in June 2018. Posted 2020-05-21
Science Lydea Irwin was named Young Professional of the Month by the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce last fall. A staff attorney with the New Hampshire Bureau of Securities Regulation, Lydea earned her bachelor’s in biology at RPI, and her MBA and law degrees at UNH. Posted 2019-10-01
Tyler Cinelli joined Williams Financial LLC as a financial planner and retirement plan specialist. He works out of offices in Albany and Bennington, Vt. Posted 2019-10-01
Morgan Shaw joined the architecture firm Sullivan + Associates Architects, located in Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard, last fall. Posted 2019-10-01


Engineering After eight-plus years as lead radio voice for the Mets Double-A team in Binghamton, N.Y., Tim Heiman has transitioned to working full time in mechanical engineering. Going out on a high note, he was named 2018 Minor League Broadcaster of the Year by Ballpark Digest. Posted 2020-05-21
Justin Hoin recently joined the CPL architecture team located in Albany, N.Y. Posted 2019-10-01
Corey Stall and Hannah Delisle Stall, who were RPI sweethearts, welcomed their first child, Nathan Harold Stall, on Feb. 27, 2019. They currently reside in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts; Hannah is the quality manager at Crane Currency — the company that makes U.S. currency paper — and Corey is a senior associate at Schellman & Co., assessing information security systems. Posted 2019-10-01


Engineering Zijie Yan, Ph.D. ’11, assistant professor, chemical and biomolecular engineering, at Clarkson, was awarded the John W. Graham Jr. Faculty Research Award. He is an expert on laser-induced self-assembly of nanoparticles. Posted 2020-05-21
Jonathan Leung received the New England - Upstate New York Regional Distinguished Young AFCEAN Award from the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) at the Association's international conference this year. Posted 2019-10-01
Chase Polacek was among those inducted into Rensselaer's Athletics Hall of Fame in April. A hockey forward who was known not only for his stick moves and goals but his extreme professionalism and commitment to the school, Chase was a three-time MVP and two-time Hobey Baker Award finalist. Posted 2019-10-01
Jennifer Bach was among those inducted into Rensselaer's Athletics Hall of Fame in April. A designated player and pitcher who was also noted for her extreme professionalism and commitment to the school, Jennifer established many of the school's softball records, including career marks for home runs, hits, and runs batted in. Posted 2019-10-01
Mike Spitz and his wife, Carrie '13, welcomed a beautiful girl earlier this year. As a former Archie, Carrie is familiar with the lack of sleep, but Mike will have a lot to learn for the next few years. Posted 2019-10-01
Ryan Kemper and his wife, Sarah, tied the knot Memorial Day Weekend at Chelsea Piers in New York City. Posted 2019-10-01
Michael Zwack writes: "As for me, after a time in the air and on the road in the private consulting sector, I am back working in the health care sector for an insurance company upstate." Posted 2019-10-01
Patrick Harris Jr. was featured by WMHT in their Five Questions radio series. Patrick is president of the creative agency Collectiveffort, which has a goal of telling 1,000 stories of the work and people of the Capital Region within the next two years. Posted 2019-10-01
Janelle Farkas joined the Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center as an industrial engineer. Posted 2019-10-01


Architecture Congratulations to Leora Radetsky, who recently joined the staff of the DesignLights Consortium as a senior lighting scientist. Previously, she worked as a research scientist for Rensselaer’s Lighting Research Center. Posted 2020-05-21
Engineering Jason Griffith is currently serving as the mission event sequencing lead for the Artemis I mission, which is part of NASA’s effort to return astronauts to the moon by the year 2024. He earned his B.S. in aerospace engineering from RPI in 2012 and went on to complete an M.E. in space operations from the University of Colorado in 2016. Posted 2020-05-21
Science A graduate of the joint RPI/Albany Medical College B.S./M.D. program, Jay Agarwal, M.D., recently joined the roster of ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP, in Hackensack, N.J. Posted 2020-05-21
Engineering After eight years in the Navy, including time serving as a nuclear operator on the USS Alaska, Jason Nattress headed to RPI and earned his B.S. in nuclear engineering as part of the Class of 2012. He is now serving as an Alvin M. Weinberg Fellow at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Posted 2020-05-21
Engineering Rob Sobkowich writes: Stay connected on Facebook, RPI Class of 2012, and on Twitter, @rpiclass2012. Posted 2020-05-21
Alex Papageorgis was recently named by Ethic Inc., a tech-driven asset management platform for wealth advisers and institutional investors, as the company's new head of quantitative investments. Alex, who joins Ethic from Goldman Sachs, most recently serving as a vice president with the firm, graduated from Rensselaer with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics. Posted 2019-10-01
Engineering Tyler Hutchinson, an industrial and management engineering graduate from Rensselaer, recently joined Indium Corp. as a product specialist after spending several years in the oil and gas industry as a field engineer for Schlumberger. Posted 2019-10-01
Engineering Justin Adibi, who earned his bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from RPI, will be earning his doctorate in osteopathic medicine and is completing a general surgery residency at the ROWAN Health Network in Southern New Jersey. Posted 2019-10-01


Stephen Nock writes: With sincere gratitude to many of you who sent comments in our RPI Class of 2013 Facebook group, I’m overjoyed to give updates from throughout the world. We’ll follow the sun from east to west. Posted 2020-05-21
Engineering Daniel Gold moved to Japan and courageously immersed himself in the study of the Japanese language and culture. Posted 2020-05-21
Science After completing a master’s degree in plant and soil science last year, Deb Kraft recently explored the Balkans on a six-week bike tour. Deb powered herself through Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, North Macedonia, and Greece. Posted 2020-05-21
Engineering Wedding season came in full swing. Lin Duan married Tyler Hassenpflug. Lin also completed her MBA in 2019 and returned to Wayfair in a full-time management role. Posted 2020-05-21
Architecture Rebecca Exley married Kevin Zaylor, with many other classmates as guests and in the wedding party. Posted 2020-05-21
Engineering Also in semi-reunion fashion, fellow alumni joined Jon Sevilla’s wedding celebration: Wilson Wong, Allie Ahn, Staci Liu, Rose Coyle, Jeremy Coyle, Patrick Rabbitt, Ben Krieger, and Kevin Ung, as well as non-2013 guests: Orrin Amsden ’16, Kelly Owens ’08, and Sara Epperson ’09. Posted 2020-05-21
Engineering Connecticut’s Women of Innovation program recognized Maranda Wong as a finalist for the Inspiring STEM Equitability Award. Posted 2020-05-21
Engineering Carlie Newcomb enthusiastically relocated back to Massachusetts and started at Boston Scientific in Cambridge. Posted 2020-05-21
Science Dr. Amy Valera earned a Ph.D. in biology and a position as a scientist at Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Posted 2020-05-21
Engineering Mary Arntzen (Ciufo) earned her professional engineering license in April. She works at a civil engineering firm near Boston. Posted 2020-05-21
Engineering In Seattle, Corey Marshall piloted a regional lecture series for local alumni chapters to feature diverse career stories. Seattle also won the 2019 Rising Star Chapter Award. Posted 2020-05-21
Business In Portland, Ore., Kyle Maggy started an above-average air freshener venture, called Nose Patrol. Posted 2020-05-21
Elena Krupin took a new job last fall as a project lead with Datorama, a Salesforce Company, in New York. This past spring, Elena became engaged to Tyler Hargis, a former classmate; the two were introduced by Jason Byer on Freshman Hill! Posted 2019-10-01
Ashley Devine took a new job as a project manager at CapTech Consulting in Richmond, Va. Posted 2019-10-01
Ben Lewis is pursuing an MBA focused on Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies at Babson College, and was scheduled to complete in August 2019. Posted 2019-10-01
Molly Brunelle and Weston Currey  were married in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in June. Posted 2019-10-01
Weston Currey and Molly Brunelle were married in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in June. Posted 2019-10-01
Alison Blair Reid has returned to the books and has added fabric bolts to her library! She studies fashion marketing at Parsons School of Design in the city; upon graduation, she intends to return to her hometown of Baltimore and open her own boutique. Posted 2019-09-24
Sam Germano married Chua Quach, and they live in Las Vegas, where Sam is a software engineer at Switch.  Posted 2019-09-23


Engineering Christina Pacifico, production engineering associate manager at Tesla Inc., and president of Women in Tesla, in Reno, Nev., was honored by the Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada for her leadership in STEM. Posted 2020-05-22
Architecture Brenna Weisslender was hired as an intern architect at Gawron Turgeon Architects in Scarborough, Maine. Posted 2020-05-22
Jeffrey Liebowitz joined The Chazen Companies' Hudson Valley office in Poughkeepsie as an assistant project engineer. Posted 2019-10-01
David Vorick and Luke Champine are the founders of Siacoin, which was featured in an issue of Cryptoline News in May. David and Luke started Siacoin, which provides a decentralized cloud storage facility that facilitates payments using blockchain technology, during the HackMIT hackathon in 2013. Posted 2019-10-01


Engineering Sarah Spellane writes: Happy five-year anniversary, Class of 2015! Can you believe it’s been five years since we walked across the stage? I hope everyone is doing well and that the past few years have brought you happiness, health, and success. We will be gathering to celebrate our milestone anniversary at Reunion & Homecoming, so be on the lookout for more details in the coming months. This summer, two couples will each celebrate a first wedding anniversary! In June 2019, Katelyn Rauth (Arch.) married Tyler King ’14. In July 2019, Beth Greenberg (Conte) and fellow classmate Mike Greenberg were married. Congratulations! Posted 2020-05-22
Engineering In October 2018, Terrance McGovern left his full-time job and started his journey to explore the world. So far, he has visited Central America, South America, and Europe! Follow along on Instagram, @nomadic terrance. Posted 2020-05-22
Business During the summer of 2019, the U.S. Hockey League announced Luke Curadi as the director of player personnel. He “will be responsible for supervision and execution of USHL combines as well as USHL Development series Youth Tournaments.” Posted 2020-05-22
Karl Appel is lead developer for Mobius Labs. He is developing a product the size of a smartphone that could limit wasted water. Called FirstDrops, the device is designed for use in hotels and college dorms, where it would be attached to sinks and toilets and collect data on water use to determine where and when problems occur. Posted 2019-10-01


Engineering Daryian Rhysing’s company, United Aircraft Technologies, was one of four startups awarded up to $50K through the MassChallenge accelerator program. His company had finished first in the Berkshire Mfg. Innovation Challenge. Posted 2020-05-22
Maggie Murphy writes: The class would like to congratulate Daryian Rhysing, a veteran of the U.S Army and an expert in their aviation maintenance division, invented a new clamp device for Black Hawk helicopters during his undergraduate years at RPI. Since graduating, Daryian has built his own business, called United Aircraft Technologies, alongside his co-founder and wife Evaguel. Their prototype clamp aims to help save airplane manufacturers millions in fuel and workers comp claims. Posted 2019-10-01


Science Dillon Bodnar published his second volume of poetry, Harmonic Emotion: A Resonating Assembly of Reflections, in 2019. Posted 2020-05-22
Engineering Lillian Kolehmainen joined Hyman Hayes Associates (HHA) in February as a design engineer. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering at RPI and is a registered engineer in Training (E.I.T.) and is OSHA certified. Posted 2020-05-22
Jonathan Gottwald was named associate director of education and harm reduction at Lambda Chi Alpha International Headquarters. He previously served the fraternity as an educational leadership consultant. Posted 2019-10-01


Engineering Kathryn Mix joined CHA’s Mechanical Group as an assistant engineer providing support on projects requiring state-of-the-art mechanical systems. Posted 2020-05-22
Business Marisa Raspa, who played on RPI’s women’s ice hockey team, joined the roster of the Boston Pride pro women’s hockey team last fall for the 2019-20 season. Posted 2020-05-22
Business Whitney Renn, who played on RPI’s women’s ice hockey team, joined the roster of the Boston Pride pro women’s hockey team last fall for the 2019-20 season. Posted 2020-05-22
Engineering Samuel Goldenberg, an aeronautical engineering graduate, received his second lieutenant commission with the Army National Guard. He'll be relocating to serve as a combat engineer with the Texas Army National Guard's 111th Engineer Battalion, and will start his career with Lockheed Martin as a project engineer. Posted 2019-10-01
Architecture Master of Architecture graduate Christina Biasiucci joined JMZ Architects and Planners. Posted 2019-09-12


Engineering Christopher Hourigan has joined CHA Consulting as an assistant engineer providing geotechnical engineering assistance. Posted 2020-05-22
Architecture Emily Freeman joined CUBE 3 as a project coordinator. Posted 2020-05-22
Science Congratulations to Lovisa Selander, who joined the Boston Pride hockey team this year, and in March was named NWHL Goaltender of the Year. Posted 2020-05-22