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A popular snow sculpture contest was held during Winter Carnivals in the 1950s and ’60s.


After 32 years, about 150 columns highlighting the exploits of about 400 members of our class, and enjoying wonderful interaction, I have decided to retire from Class Notes. Throughout this period of time, our great Class of ’53, which included many veterans of WWII, have made a distinct mark on society. Our families, professions, travel, schooling, hobbies, politics, and support of organizations has shown a level of commitment, morals, and ethics to have moved our school, country, and the world in significant directions. Stay safe and involved! — Arthur Goldstein ’53; Posted 2021-02-26


Burt Tregub had a very interesting and satisfying career, being in on some very early decisions developing the internet and earning a half-dozen patents in the field of cryptography. Posted 2021-02-26
Ed Stofka reports that he has recovered well from a stroke five years ago. “The only thing I lost is my whistle.” He and his wife, Sam, are sports fans, and for many years, worked for the Minnesota Twins during spring training in Florida. They recently took cruises in the Caribbean and are regular bridge players. “We played regularly with Larry Bloom and his wife before they moved to Connecticut to be near their son.” Posted 2021-02-26
Ron Smith is still an active scuba diver and is looking forward to his next trip to the reefs of the South Pacific. Seven years ago, he sold his 17-foot racing sailboat, marking the end of 44 years of racing at major regattas all over the country. A jogger until his knee replacement, Ron works out regularly on ellipticals and treadmills at a fitness center. Posted 2021-02-26
Though he’s given up golf, Herb Schaeffer gets out for walks and is active in the stock market. He and his wife, Rita, live in New Canaan, Conn. Herb keeps in touch with Steve Whitman, George McBride, and Ray Hofker. Posted 2021-02-26
After a career at Mobil, which included three years in Saudi Arabia, Joe Pilaro retired in 1994 from corporate planning. He used his MBA background to start an investment advisory company and, among other things, helped set up a network of brew pubs in New Jersey. Posted 2021-02-26
Don Peterson has recovered well after a recent angioplasty stent procedure and is in pretty good health. He has reluctantly had to give up golf, a major activity since his days on the RPI golf team. Don and his wife, Shirley, continue to enjoy their lives in Tucson. Posted 2021-02-26
John Magadini still coaches and teaches at the Pingry School in New Jersey. After a long and successful career as their head hockey coach, he continues as head coach emeritus. “Just being around the kids is a treat. They call me Mags.” He recently had to start teaching online and keeps in touch with Steve Whitman, his former roommate. Posted 2021-02-26
Ray Hofker does some legal work. He had a large case against a chemical company that lasted 10 years, slowed by politics between the U.S. and China. Ray recalls arriving at RPI “with my Samsonite piece of luggage, which housed my first suit. My parents drove me to the Quadrangle and dropped me off. RPI was a societal learning pit for me. While I didn’t mature until much later, the experience was my foundation for personal growth. It was a long journey, and I appreciate every step of it.” Posted 2021-02-26
Jim  Hoffman still lives on his 120-acre farm near Lake Ontario, and leases it out for field crops. “I have a huge garden and a huge yard. My wife and I were urban people, and we enjoy the space.” After 30 years of service, he retired from his local Planning Board but remains deeply active in his church. He also works to oppose installation of wind turbines nearby.  Posted 2021-02-26


Jerry Reinert shared that the class is approaching its 65th reunion. “I know that is very hard to believe, but it’s true. Many of us are ill or have passed. I hope that those of you who are reading these notes are feeling OK. The reunion weekend starts Friday, Oct 8. I hope all of you who are able to come will be there. I have asked the reunion office to reserve 10 rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, and to find us a place for about 20 for dinner on Saturday evening, Oct. 9. If you would like a room and/or will attend our dinner, please let us know ASAP. As president of our class, ‘if’ I am able to, I will welcome each and every one of you. I’m looking forward to seeing as many of you as can attend. I know how difficult it is, but try to stay strong and healthy. All my best to all of you, your children, your grandchildren and, if you are lucky, your great-grandchildren. If an ‘antique’ is 100 years old, we all only have 14 years to go.” Posted 2021-07-14
Peter Wayner and Ed Woerner
Peter Wayner sent me a photo of himself and Ed Woerneron vacation last year on the island of Anguilla where they have been meeting for over 25 years. They were proudly wearing DEKE T-shirts. He said they “toast RPI every evening.” — Frank Griggs ’56; Posted 2021-03-16
Dave Richards has been retired for 24 years, has found no use for his slide rule, is busy watching Netflix, and enjoys TV features about engineering disasters. A student of military history, he is doing some reading of religious topics and history and is still trying to cope with arthritis. Posted 2021-02-26
Charley Buttz, knowing my love of bridges, sent me a photo of the new Tappan Zee Bridge. He noted that his apartment has a full view of the bridge. I remember writing a term paper on the original Tappan Zee sophomore year with Isadore Troschen as my professor. Posted 2021-02-26
Jerry Reinert celebrated Thanksgiving and his 85th birthday with his family at the Atlantis Hotel on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Early in February of this year, he started a new job guest lecturing at the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Graduate School of Business. Posted 2021-02-26


Bill Delany
Bill Delaney, a double E, was recently awarded the 2019 Eugene Fubini Medal by the Secretary of Defense for his many years as an executive and adviser to the Department of Defense. The award is the highest award by the Secretary to a civilian and recognizes his history of contributions to our national defense with his productive involvement in Air Force science and in the Navy’s advanced sensor technology. Bill is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, an IEEE fellow, and currently serves as a Director’s Office fellow at Lincoln Labs. Posted 2021-03-16
Doug Hasbrouck, our ’57 Networking Chair, shared news that our 2020 ’57 Spectrum award winner is Ana Gabriella Duque-Schumacher (Ana Duque), a remarkable young lady from Naples, Fla.  Posted 2021-02-26


Howard Gates has moved to Florida in the Villages, a large retirement single-home golf cart community. He’s enjoying the nice, warm weather. Posted 2021-02-26
Dick Young and his wife, Willie, enjoy attending some Zoom classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University — a favorite activity for many years. He keeps in touch with LXA brothers Al Stearns and Charlie Zito (RPI ’57) and classmate brothers Ed Archer, Jack Ramsey, Harry Robinson, Chet Martine, and Ron Pickunka. Posted 2021-02-26
While COVID-19 continues, I contacted Dick Young, who then contacted Harry Zimmer and Wayne Smith, to confirm that the three of them were together as students on their NROTC summer cruise aboard the heavy cruiser USS Albany. Dick and Wayne went ashore in Chile where they contracted the Asiatic flu. All ships were later quarantined, so they were not allowed to go ashore at Guantanamo Bay. When they returned to campus, they found that social and athletic events had been canceled, including the RPI-Union football game. — Posted 2021-02-26


W21 Online - CN - Sheldon Weinbaum ’59
Sheldon Weinbaum ’59, professor emeritus in the City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering, is one of 12 recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) from the White House. The awards are America’s highest honor for mentors who work with underrepresented groups to develop fully the nation’s human resources in STEM. “Sheldon Weinbaum represents the most outstanding mentors America has to offer and serves as both a model and an inspiration to students and those entering the professional workforce,” said a statement from the PAESMEM team. Posted 2021-03-15
Art Dionne lost his wife, Judy, in April after 60-plus years of marriage. After a successful career as a patent attorney, he retired to Rye, N.H. I counted four kids and six grandchildren. Posted 2021-02-26
Ken Decker retired from the real estate business in Denver. Always an outdoorsman, he and his wife intend to remain in the Denver area. Posted 2021-02-26


An article in a recent Rensselaer magazine was about Navy guys and their service. Bob Flesch was mentioned prominently. Dennis Fitzgerald said that Bob was his big brother at PKA — both “regular Navy.” Dennis never met a classier guy who was a true big brother.  Posted 2021-02-26


George Vachuda, former goalie on the varsity lacrosse team, has experienced what would be a major setback for most people, but not George. Twelve years ago, he broke his foot and wore a cast for three months. After complications, the foot was amputated and George now wears a prosthetic device. His attitude is absolutely marvelous. He blames no one for his problem and with a new, flexible ankle device he received recently, he is looking forward to hitting a golf ball again. Posted 2021-02-26


Special thanks to Jack Titley for writing the class column since his 25th reunion. Posted 2021-02-26
Check out Jerry Lenaz’s website at Jerry, retired architect, is advancing his second career as a mystery genre bookstore owner in Princeton, N.J. If you want advice on the latest mystery novel, give him a call at (609) 688-9840. It is amazing what Jerry knows about suspense and mystery. Posted 2021-02-26
Roger Lourie retired as a general partner of Seagrace Partners LP, a private equity investment firm that he organized to invest in small companies. Roger earned his RPI degree in management engineering. His impressive academic achievements were matched by his membership in Phalanx, Pi Delta Epsilon journalism fraternity, his work as IFC president, and his involvement in many other campus organizations. Graduate study at Columbia University resulted in an MBA and a master’s in international and public affairs. In Connecticut, Roger was a member of the Representative Town Meeting for 25 years. Roger and wife, Claude, moved to Palm Beach where they are active in promoting their love of opera with the Palm Beach Opera. He welcomes a call, email, or a visit. Reach him at Posted 2021-02-26
Robert Arundale was one of the first to earn a B.S. in language and literature from RPI. After earning his Ph.D., Bob taught at the University of Washington and then spent 32 years at the University of Alaska. Oxford University Press published his book Communicating & Relating in 2020. After reaching professor emeritus status, Bob has more time for mountaineering, travel, and model railroading. Posted 2021-02-26


Jim Bexfield ( is still working but not traveling and wondering whether he will ever retire. Posted 2021-02-26
Jack Waite’s ( architectural firm, John G. Waite Associates, has offices in Albany and New York City, and specializes in the restoration and reuse of historic buildings. At the most recent convention of the American Institute of Architects, Jack’s firm received the National Design Honor Award for the restoration of Thomas Jefferson’s Rotunda, the center place of his University of Virginia. Another recently completed project was the restoration and rehabilitation of the Cincinnati Union Terminal, the last great railroad station built in America. That $225 million project now houses the Cincinnati Museum Center. And in April, the project received the Palladio Award, an international award for excellence in classical design. Posted 2021-02-26
Gene Tucker ( taught environmental sciences at James Madison University until 2011, after three years in the chemical industry and 32 years in R&D for the Environmental Protection Agency, interspersed with degree breaks to get himself “piled higher and deeper.” Since then, it’s been retirement in North Carolina caring for his wife, and retreating to his cabin and woodworking shop at a lake in southern Virginia. Posted 2021-02-26
Tom Reddy ( and his wife, Vita, left on a 120-day world cruise on Jan. 4. As they traveled, the COVID-19 virus began to impact; with ports, and then countries, beginning to close to passenger ships, they gave up in Bali, and traveled home, arriving on March 9, just missing the airline shutdown. They did have a great time in French Polynesia, New Zealand, and Australia. Posted 2021-02-26
Dick Chase ( wrote to say that before COVID-19 hit, he had been volunteering for the Huron River Watershed Council — sitting on the advisory committee for one of the creeksheds, and leading groups of volunteers collecting insect larvae from creeks to check the quality of the creeks. Posted 2021-02-26
Uli Decher ( wrote to say that he has been teaching at the University of Hartford as an adjunct professor. Uli retired from Westinghouse and has been teaching two courses per semester. This past spring was very busy, since his students were dismissed in mid-March, and he had to learn to teach online. Uli lives with his wife, Helen, in West Granby, Connecticut. Posted 2021-02-26
Allan Warshawsky (“Woosh”) ( reports that he and his extended family are all well. “Woosh” has three grandchildren in the Israeli army, five in university, and one in the 12th grade. Posted 2021-02-26
Frank Thiel reports that he and his wife, Patricia, are well. Residents in his community donate funds each year for scholarships for the young folks who work (or did until lockdown) in the dining rooms. Frank is a member of the Scholarship Committee, and they ultimately awarded five scholarships. A charming young lady will be using her award at RPI. Find out more from Frank at Posted 2021-02-26


Raymond Hakim, M.D., Ph.D. (’65 M.S.) was profiled extensively in a Pro News Report editorial in April, citing his prominence in the field of nephrology. He currently serves as the chief medical officer of Monogram Health, as well as an attending physician at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and a clinical professor of medicine at Vanderbilt’s School of Medicine in Nashville. He is a sought-after lecturer, speaker, editor, and published author, credited with more than 200 articles in professional journals and book chapters. He has also served on the editorial board of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, Seminars of Dialysis, and Kidney International. Posted 2021-02-26


After more than 22 years in Annapolis, my wife, Linda, and I moved to a 55+ Del Webb community in Fredericksburg, Va., to be closer to our daughter, Kristen, and family. Our new address is 16 Drum Point Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22406. — Posted 2021-02-26


For the second year in a row, Lee Savidge won three first-place creative writing awards at the local level (Upstate New York) in the Veterans Administration Annual Creative Arts Competition. Last year, Lee’s poem, “Fly Me To The Moon,” a tribute to Neil Armstrong, won third place at the national level. Posted 2021-02-26


With the postponement of last year’s Patriots Day B.A.A. Marathon, I didn’t have the opportunity to see classmate Steve Litchfield last spring. For the last 10 years, the RPI Alumni Association Boston Chapter has volunteered at the Sunday evening pre-race Pasta Fest Dinner event at Boston City Hall. One event that was not canceled last year was the 51st wedding anniversary of Steve and his wife, Martha. His hometown newspaper published a nice story on how the couple met while Steve was attending RPI and Martha was attending nursing school in Troy. — Posted 2021-02-26


Jim Horkovich reports that he has failed retirement for (at least) the third time. He retired from the USAF in 1990, from Raytheon in 2014, and from Schafer Corp. in 2018 following Schafer’s acquisition by venture capitalists. “Some folks at AEgis Technologies thought I might add value to their technology pursuits in my field of directed energy and high-power lasers, and made me a part-time senior principal scientist, which allows me to work not just from home here in Littleton, Colo., but also from our newly acquired vacation retreat on the Sea of Cortes in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. My career now has more than 40 years in directed energy systems.” Posted 2021-02-26
Alan Cetel recently retired after a 50-year career at Pratt & Whitney, the jet engine division of Raytheon Technologies (formerly United Technologies), where he was responsible for high-temperature structural alloy development. His work at Pratt was focused on developing advanced nickel-based single crystal superalloys used in very aggressive turbine airfoil applications, as well as finding novel uses for these alloys. He accumulated 36 U.S. patents. Posted 2021-02-26
Steven Nussbaum and his wife, Lillah, returned from a cruise to South America and Antarctica in February before the coronavirus hit. “It was a bit cooler than the weather that we are used to in West Palm Beach, Fla. Looking forward to the return of alumni meetings in south Florida when this pandemic is over.” Posted 2021-02-26
Ron Ferrara (Chem.E.) and his wife celebrated 50 years together in June 2019. They were in Scotland and had their vows renewed by their local priest, who was on the trip with them. Posted 2021-02-26
Paul Levine retired after 30-plus years as the senior head and neck cancer surgeon and 20 years as the chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center. He became an emeritus professor in December 2017. Posted 2021-02-26
Ed Muszynski has been retired a few years and enjoys painting watercolors, acrylics, and collages — a hobby since age 18 — reading, and taking walks. He’s lived in Rochester, N.Y., for over 40 years and worked in ‘aero e’ for just a few years, then went back to school for urban and transportation planning and economic development, and retired after 33 years with New York State’s planning and economic development agency, Empire State Development. He’s been a letter writer to newspapers and to high government officials since college, with many letters as well as op-eds published. Posted 2021-02-26


Gary Nelson has offered to host a brunch at his home in Troy for cross-country and track alumni who will be attending the 50-year reunion on Saturday, Oct 9, at 10 a.m. RSVP to Gary Nelson at   Posted 2021-07-15
The 50th Class Reunion Committee, chaired by Bill Palmer with members Susan Alten, Otto Zamek, Paul Miller, and Rick Hartt, is looking forward to a successful return to campus and to continue their connections after October through the RAA and RPI Class of 1970 Facebook page, where you will find great photos and stories of the class past and present. Posted 2021-07-15
Remember to join the RPI Class of 1970 Facebook page. — Posted 2021-02-26
Check out classmate Matt Costello’s website at and take a look at the award-winning books he has authored including the Cherringham series and the Mydworth Mysteries. Posted 2021-02-26
In preparation for our 50th Reunion in 2021, Susan Alten needs new email addresses for Jane Zuckerman Israel, Judy Lieberman Porte, Diana Halstead Smith, Roswita Apkarian Hayes, Deborah Krohn Rogers, and Virginia Lester Teslik. Send her a note at Posted 2021-02-26
Stephen Valentine took the initiative in 2017 to create a Facebook page that is truly ours. Almost 10% of our class is now part of “RPI Class of 1970,” sharing pictures and stories of the past and present. Posted 2021-02-26


The Class of 1971 will be celebrating along with the Class of 1970, with their reunion being delayed a year. Larry Maver is a member of the Reunion Committee and is assembling a slide show of images from that era. If you have any digital or print images that you would like to loan or donate, contact Larry at Posted 2021-07-16
The 50th Reunion of the Class of 1971 (in person) is being planned for Oct. 8-10, 2021. As of May 1, the Reunion Committee included 21 classmates who met the criteria for joining the committee (i.e., they agreed to try to make it back to RPI for Reunion; and they agreed to reach out to classmates they’d like to see at Reunion and encourage them to attend). You, too, are welcome to join the Reunion Committee. If you are interested in doing so, please email Mark Rice at Reunion activities will include: All-Alumni General Reception and Dinner on Saturday evening Tour of the campus (including EMPAC) and/or the new athletic facilities Possible tailgate and football game* 1971 (and 1970) Class Dinner at the Hilton Garden Inn on Friday evening Greek, athletic, and other student organization events throughout the weekend* *Once events are finalized, they will be added to the Reunion & Homecoming website. Posted 2021-07-16
I participated in the Hartshorne Memorial Masters Mile and finished the race with a time of 6:42.1, placing me 44th, age-graded, out of 76 competitors. — Posted 2021-02-26
Steve Nauman retired from Exelon after approximately 44 years. After RPI, he served as an engineering officer in an Air Force Civil Engineering unit and then started at Commonwealth Edison in its System Planning Department. Steve went to law school at night and after about 20 years of transmission planning and operations work, shifted to regulatory work. In addition to testifying before federal and state agencies, he represented the utility industry through testimony before several congressional committees on cybersecurity and other electric power reliability policies. He has worked with many RPI electric power engineering graduates, all of whom have provided leadership to the industry. Posted 2021-02-26


Hector Mayol says he really loved reading last spring’s 1972 Class Notes. “I can relate to Dave Halwig’s failure at retirement as I went to law school at 55 and started a law career at 60. Ken Adamo, congrats on your achievements; my practice has led me to be counsel to the retirees of the government of Puerto Rico in the largest municipal bankruptcy on record.” Posted 2021-02-26


Roderic Pettigrew
The National Science Board (NSB) has awarded the prestigious Vannevar Bush Award to Roderic Pettigrew ’73. The award honors science and technology leaders who have made substantial contributions to the welfare of the nation through public service in science, technology, and public policy. Posted 2021-03-16
This year reminds me of our freshman year at RPI when the Hong Kong flu was an epidemic. We did not shelter in place back then and most of us were not “social distancing.” That flu turned out to be pretty bad as well: an estimated 2 million deaths world-wide and approximately 115,000 in the U.S. between 1968 and 1970. Three waves. We are handling this flu with more science and experience this time around. Hope the second and third waves are less active than the Hong Kong flu.  — Posted 2021-02-26
Arnold Woo retired from Ericsson in 2017 and is now occupying himself taking classes at Rutgers, enjoying sailing, and flying radio-controlled planes for fun. He has stayed in touch with Edmond Chin. Posted 2021-02-26
Thomas Gooding of Niskayuna and his dog, Lili Ann, won first place at last February’s Westminster Kennel Club Masters Agility competition (20-inch division). Tom and his wife, Nancye, run Gooding Skin Systems in Latham and travel to dog shows all over North America. Posted 2021-02-26


Patty and Jon Lathrop have been busy working on a new lakefront property in northern Idaho. It looks spectacular! Posted 2021-02-26
Gail Worthington has been frequenting Facebook with photos and reports as she and Mark Vince roam about the western part of the country in their new mobile home. Posted 2021-02-26
Lori Johnston Chen has submitted her papers to retire from teaching, though I’m sure she hoped she would at least be finishing up the school year in class with her students. Posted 2021-02-26


Peter Pfeiffer
When the national magazine Green Builder announced its 2020 Sustainability Awards last January, Peter Pfeiffer ’78 was honored for his contributions to environmental building design with not one, but three significant awards. The founding principal of Barley/Pfeiffer Architecture was named a Sustainability Superhero. Posted 2021-03-16
Kathryn Tyler Prigmore spent 21 years teaching at Howard University’s School of Architecture and Planning/Design. She is now associate director at Shalom Baranes Associates, in Georgetown. “I like these projects because most of the time, the people in the building have been in facilities that haven’t been renovated in a very long time. I enjoy helping understand the kinds of space they’ll be going in, the technologies they’ll able to use, and then to see them after they’ve moved in and how much better their working space is from what they left.” Posted 2021-02-26
Richard Sedlak completed 42 years with America Cleaning Institute, as executive vice president of technical and international affairs. This included environmental fate and a combination of personal and environmental causes on the cleaning processes. Posted 2021-02-26
Bob Moretti has been elected the national vice chair after being selected by the Treasury Department to serve on the nationwide Taxpayer Advocacy Panel. Panel members listen to taxpayers, identify issues, and make suggestions for improving the Internal Revenue Service and customer satisfaction. Posted 2021-02-26
Neil Rothman is taking on a new challenge as professor and program coordinator for a new undergraduate program in biomedical engineering at Stevenson University. He says through his undergrad program at RPI and the foundation it provided, he feels lucky to be able to create a great curriculum and exceptional experiences for the SU students to launch their careers. Posted 2021-02-26


Cliff Meiselbach and Elizabeth Katz celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary and have recently relocated to Annapolis, Maryland. Posted 2021-07-16


Please join us on Facebook! — Mark Bowers ’82; Posted 2021-02-26
Steven Marsh was appointed as special IP counsel for PicPocket-Labs. He oversees all patent prosecution and is responsible for strengthening the company’s IP portfolio. Posted 2021-02-26
John Brown has been the chair of the Department of Mathematics and Information Science and Technology at Cabrini College for over 20 years. A recent student newspaper article lauded him for how his passion for teaching mathematics translates to a passion for student success. Posted 2021-02-26
Al Fargnoli dropped a quick note that, although it hasn’t been an eventful year, he now has a new job title, “senior research engineer” and that he’s “ least getting paid to do mathematics!” Posted 2021-02-26
Darhl Ehrgott joined the Navy flight program after graduating and spent 10 years on active duty, then 10 more in the Navy Reserves. He flew the F-14 Tomcat off the USS Enterprise and was in the Top Gun program at NAS Miramar in San Diego, joined American Airlines in ’92, and currently is qualified as a pilot on the Boeing 777 out of Miami. For any of his old friends at RPI who want to say hello, call (239) 821-4420. Or if you’re in the Naples, Fla., area, stop in! Posted 2021-02-26
Edward Gilchrest owned a contract product design and engineering firm in Oxford, Conn., for 14 years. Over the past few years they have added contract manufacturing to the mix, taking on manufacturing responsibility for a number of the products they have designed for clients. Clients range from small startups to Fortune 500 enterprises. Posted 2021-02-26
Check out this great article about Judy Johnson spotlighting her volunteer role as a Tech-Girlz instructor and coordinator at Judy is in her sixth year as a software engineer at Onyx Point in Maryland. Posted 2021-02-26


Peter Homer
In May, Peter Homer ’83 was thrilled to watch NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley wearing the spacesuit he designed when they boarded SpaceX’s Falcon 9 for the first manned space flight from U.S. soil since 2011. Posted 2021-03-16


Kevin retired and we have relocated back to Carson City, Nev. Our home that was rented for eight years needs lots of TLC so “staying at home” has allowed us to make a dent in the project list.  — Posted 2021-02-26
William Morales had to look for a new job due to the relocation of the Bureau of Land Management to the West. Fortunately, he found a job with the Department of Defense in the same line of work. Additionally, William has started posting YouTube videos. One shows you how to convert a 3-foot-tall, battery-powered Christmas nutcracker so that it uses either AC or battery. The other video shows how to convert a folding bike to electric. Posted 2021-02-26
Todd Engelhardt ’84, MBA, has been named regional director of investments at Cumberland Advisors. Todd will provide investment advice to individuals, institutions, retirement plans, and government entities throughout Southwest Florida. A Series 65 licensed adviser, Todd has more than 30 years of investment management experience. Posted 2021-02-26


Pierre Langevin has retired after 35 years at Honda Canada Inc., acting as general manager for Eastern Canada. Posted 2021-02-26


Dave Berque has been appointed DePauw University’s vice president for academic affairs, through the 2022-23 academic year. Berque, who also is a professor of computer science, began teaching at DePauw in 1992. In 1997, he was named the U.S. Professor of the Year for baccalaureate colleges by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The Indianapolis Business Journal listed him among its “Innovators” in 2006, noting that he developed software that improved interaction among students and teachers. He received the Mira Techpoint Award for educational contribution in technology in 2007. Berque holds three U.S. patents and has received more than $1.57 million in external grant funding, including eight grants from the NSF. Posted 2021-02-26


2019 was ironically the best travel year as my travel agency, ABC World Vacations (, took on additional consultants and I visited a record number of new countries, bringing my total visited country count to 113. While 2020 has brought my business to a complete halt, I am confident that we will be traveling the world again in the future. — Grace Roth ’88; grace@abcworldvacations Posted 2021-02-26
Nancy Aronson was a computer science major at Rensselaer, and has always been both an artist and packrat. She merged those two interests together by opening a curiosity shoppe with her husband, where they sell all kinds of vintage and fun items, antiques, and handcrafted one-of-a-kind items. Posted 2021-02-26
Derek J. Goldberg, co-owner of Peak Power & Mfg. Inc., teamed with the Easy Field Corporation to design, manufacture, and sell over 30 facemask-making machines in the first half of 2020, which are producing over a half-billion face masks this year. Posted 2021-02-26
Ravi Ravichandran has been named vice president and chief technology officer (CTO) for the Intelligence & Security sector at BAE Systems Inc. As CTO, he drives the development, integration, and transition of next-generation solutions that advance the company’s current programs and future technology pursuits. With 25-plus years focusing on technology innovation, prototype development, and product transition to franchise programs, his work has been granted patents and featured in books and academic journals. He has received many awards from BAE Systems and was selected as Technology Solutions “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2012. Posted 2021-02-26
Chris Zajda recently merged his company Perrone & Zajda Engineers with a larger firm and he is now vice president and one of the partners at RZ Design Associates Inc. in Rocky Hill, Conn. They are one of the area’s leading consulting engineering firms, providing HVAC and structural engineering services. For 10-plus years, he has been an active member of the Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Urban Search and Rescue Task Force One. Posted 2021-02-26
Kris Provenzano is looking back at an almost 30-year career with the U.S. National Park Service. Having worked at parks from the Bering Sea to the Atlantic Ocean, she is currently managing the design and construction of the $300 million-plus water and wastewater system modernization program at the Grand Canyon. She thanks RPI for the education that got her there! Posted 2021-02-26


Richard Monda won another honorable mention in the Griffith Observatory Science Writing Contest, this time for his article “Chasing the Moon’s Shadow Again: Another Totally Awesome Experience — a Sequel.” This was an account of his trip to observe the August 2017 total eclipse of the sun from a prairie of central Wyoming. After 25 years on the planetarium staff of the Schenectady Museum (now MiSci), 10 as planetarium director, he now teaches physics and astronomy at Hudson Valley Community College, where he makes occasional videos about the current night sky called the HVCC Eyes on the Sky series. Posted 2021-02-26


Betty Chan-Massey has joined KORE Power, a global energy storage provider, as the vice president of strategic development. Betty has worked in the industry for over 10 years, previously at A123 Systems and NEC Energy Solutions serving the renewable energy markets globally. She brings a new level of product integration, customer support, and perspective to the growing business and the team at KORE Power. Posted 2021-02-26


Richard Vehlow looks forward to seeing his classmates at Reunion in October. “30 years! I have been at every milestone reunion and can tell you RPI always puts on a great celebration for alumni. Please consider attending! Looking forward to seeing you all.” Posted 2021-07-16


Cory Smith has chosen to retire after a long career as an electric utility engineer. During his career, he’s seen the internet come to life and the nation’s electric utility industry change from a monopoly to a market-based system. He’s seen computers evolve from mainframes to desktops to laptops to handheld devices. He participated in the development of the nation’s first mandatory reliability requirements for the bulk electric system and was the principal planning engineer for several extremely large projects. “I like to think that my small contribution has made the world a little better.” Posted 2021-02-26


I am writing from Djibouti, Africa, where I am deployed for a year as a captain in the U.S. Navy, honored to have been selected by RADM Luscher, Commander Navy Reserve Forces Command, to serve as chief of staff for the Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa. — Posted 2021-02-26
Eric Perardi is lead developer for the new 240,000-square-foot ice hockey sports facility in Cedar Park, Texas, named the Crossover. Posted 2021-02-26
Todd Koelmel is a cover artist for a monthly issue of Chronogram. Posted 2021-02-26
Gina Hayduk was appointed to the grant-funded position of government contracting coordinator for the small business development center at Mohawk Valley Community College. Posted 2021-02-26


I am the marketing director for Ecolab’s North American health care business, where we provide infection prevention solutions (disinfectants, hand sanitizer, barrier drapes, hygiene monitoring programs, etc.) to hospitals. It’s been an interesting opportunity to apply the skills acquired at RPI as we’ve been working through unprecedented demand for our products. A bright spot has been reconnecting with people through a weekly Zoom call that a group of Lambda Chi Alpha brothers are hosting. It’s interesting how we went 20+ years with mostly sporadic contact and now, because of the pandemic, are connecting weekly. — Hank Carbone ’96; Posted 2021-02-26
Andy Livadariu joined Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. as managing director with the firm’s Global Technology Investment Banking Group. Previously, Andy was with Piper Jaffray, covering application software and leading the human capital management practice. Posted 2021-02-26
Emily Peyser joined Polsinelli in a leadership role for its new Seattle-based intellectual property team. Emily’s practice focuses on strategic planning, procurement of U.S. and foreign patents, opinions, enforcement, and licensing. Posted 2021-02-26
Matt Patricia, former head coach of the NFL’s Detroit Lions, was recognized with induction into the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School’s “Wall of Distinction.” Posted 2021-02-26
Matt Zaist has been appointed as an independent trustee of American Homes 4 Rent, a provider of high-quality single-family rental homes. Matt was president and chief executive officer, and a board member, of William Lyon Homes from 2016 until the company was acquired by Taylor Morrison. Posted 2021-02-26
Kathleen Kay, previously CIO for Pacific Gas & Electric, is now CIO at Principal Financial Group in Des Moines, Iowa. In her new role, she is responsible for Principal’s global technology and digital strategies. Posted 2021-02-26


Sarah Angel-Johnson
Sarah Angel-Johnson ’97 has joined Save the Children U.S. as chief information officer, overseeing business-technology integrated strategy and solutions, IT operations, customer service, policy and planning, and Payment Card Industry compliance, in addition to building operations. She joins Save the Children from Year Up, where she also served as chief information officer. Prior to Year Up, she took the $860 million Girl Scout Cookie Program digital, earning them a place in Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Nonprofits. Posted 2021-03-16
Rakesh Chopra has been making waves at Cisco as a Cisco fellow. Fellow alum Eric Friedrich (’06) reported that Rakesh’s work on Silicon One is groundbreaking for the speeds it can transfer data at and also for the new lines of business it is opening for Cisco. Posted 2021-02-26
Glenn Weinstein, who received his M.S. in ’97, just joined Twilio as their chief customer officer. Posted 2021-02-26
Stacey Hills, one of our MBAs in the Class of 1997 and a Ph.D. from 2004, was just appointed assistant professor of business at Columbia-Greene Community College. Posted 2021-02-26
Bob Hepburn just set records in weightlifting; his day job is a materials scientist for Fujimi, but he fits in time to build strength and set records for his age group in Portland. In case you’re wondering if you can compete with him, only if you can squat more than 195 kg, bench more than 127.5 kg, and deadlift more than 220 kg. Posted 2021-02-26
Stephen Trowbridge was promoted to EVP and CFO of AngioDynamics in Latham, after serving as interim CFO since October. Posted 2021-02-26


Saavik Ford
In June, international headlines reported evidence of what could be the first light ever detected from a black hole merger. Previously thought impossible due to the nature of black holes, the discovery was reported by Saavik Ford ’98, professor at Borough of Manhattan Community College, and her colleague, Professor Barry McKernan. When two black holes spiral around each other and ultimately collide, they send out ripples in space and time called gravitational waves. Because black holes do not give off light, these events are not expected to shine with any light waves, or electromagnetic radiation — but Ford and McKernan theorized about ways in which a black hole merger might explode with light. Learn more Posted 2021-03-16
Mark Vertucci has joined Fuss & O’Neill as a new owner. Mark leads the Traffic Department in the company’s Manchester, Conn., headquarters, which hosts one of the largest traffic and transportation consultant groups in Connecticut. As an owner, Mark will help shape the future and direction of the New England firm. Mark started his career as an intern with the firm in 1997. He is a registered professional engineer in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New York. Mark also holds the certification of Professional Traffic Operations Engineer. Posted 2021-02-26


Muta’Ali Muhammad
Photo Credit: Jihaad Muhammad
Muta’Ali Muhammad ’01, a graduate of the School of Science, directed a documentary that recently appeared on HBO. Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn takes a closer look at the murder of Yusuf Hawkins in 1989. The film explores both the murder of Hawkins, as well as the subsequent protests for racial justice. “It’s an opportunity to show people that any time you think that racism is in the past, you need to rethink it,” said Muhammad, who focuses all of his works on “Love, Art, and Activism.” He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in information technology after serving as president of the Black Students Alliance.Visit the HBO website to access the full documentary. Learn more Posted 2021-03-16


Bob Lyons, currently the CEO of Alert Logic, made the list of the 10 Coolest SIEM (Security Information, and Event Management) CEOs of 2019. Posted 2021-02-26
Matthew Filippelli has become the principal engineer and offshore services lead for Natural Power, an independent service provider that works on green energy projects. Posted 2021-02-26
Maureen Long, Yale University professor of geology and geophysics, has been studying the seismic structure beneath the U.S. for a number of years. She is part of a team of researchers investigating seismic activity under New England, where researchers have identified a heated rock bulge more than 100 miles below the surface! She and her colleagues published their findings in the scientific journal Geology. Posted 2021-02-26
Robert LaBella became Identiv’s A&E business development manager, where he will head their new Architects, Consultants, and Engineers in Security (ACES) program. Identiv is a global provider of physical security and secure identification. Posted 2021-02-26
Robert Doyle became the new president and CEO of The Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants. Posted 2021-02-26
Bassam Tarazi has a great TED Talk to share called “10,000 Miles of Planned Grit.” In this talk, he takes you on a 10,000-mile adventure from London to Mongolia with insights gained through the process and power of “planned grit.” He’s an author, entrepreneur, speaker, and strategist. Learn more at Posted 2021-02-26
Chris Cole and other preservation specialists continued their efforts in the restoration of a historic grist mill in Roslyn, N.Y., by raising it 8 feet so a new foundation could be poured. This mill is one of the few surviving examples of Dutch wood-framed industrial architecture in the U.S. Chris is the construction manager for Cole Engineering and Construction, a Vermont company specializing in historic preservation that is managing the project. Posted 2021-02-26
Byung-In Kim, professor of Pohang University of Science and Technology’s Department of Industrial and Management Engineering (in Korea), was named a fellow of the Asia-Pacific Industrial Engineering and Management Systems. He was the only scholar chosen for this prestigious honor in 2019 for his contributions to academia. Posted 2021-02-26
Eranga Jayewardene was appointed to the Board of Directors for National Savings Bank in March. After RPI, he obtained a M.S. electrical engineering from Stanford University and was the first Sri Lankan to be awarded the Bill and Melinda Gates Fellowship. He is also a published author and has presented at the International Society for Optical Engineering’s annual symposiums. Posted 2021-02-26


Lightning against a pink and orange sky
The popular weather app Dark Sky, brain-child of Adam Grossman ’03, has been acquired by Apple. Dark Sky aggregates data from many sources to predict precisely when it will rain or snow at an exact location — down to the minute — and uses beautiful visualizations to present weather information. The inspiration came when Grossman was stranded by a storm at a highway rest stop — and frustrated by his inability to learn when the storm would end. “Our goal has always been to provide the world with the best weather information possible, to help as many people as we can stay dry and safe,” says Grossman. Posted 2021-03-16


Wafa Batayneh is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST). She is currently on sabbatical leave at Iowa State University, working for her promotion to become a full professor. During her integrated experience, she has had several research projects, prototypes, awards, a U.S. patent, and publications in these areas, where she is an author and coauthor of more than 30 journals and conferences publications. Posted 2021-02-26
Mary Beth Cooley was named program chief engineer at Pratt & Whitney. In 2019, she got the ASME Distinguished Engineer of the Year award and the George Mead Medal. Posted 2021-02-26


Heather Wyld's staircase photo collage walls
Heather Wyld has completed staircase photo collage walls and she loves them! It took her six years of traveling the world to compile them. Her mom was a huge help.     Posted 2021-07-16
Elizabeth (Niro) Myers married Jon Myers on April 20, 2019. Three family members in attendance are also RPI alumni, including Jonathan’s father, Stephen Myers ’75, and cousin, Connor Young ’15, and Elizabeth’s brother, Rich Niro ’98. Elizabeth and Jon reside in Boston, where she is director of research and evaluation for WGBH Education and he is a product manager for Avid Technology.  Posted 2021-07-16
Hilary Lahn Albro has been barely maintaining her sanity at home this past year with her husband and two kids, Owen (7) and Mara (5), while closing out her 10th year at Deloitte Consulting LLP, where she most recently supported the IRS’s COVID-19 relief efforts.     Posted 2021-07-16
Sonya Mazumdar Sengupta lives in Falls Church, Virginia. Posted 2021-07-15
Daniel and Holly Ann Quinn's “baby” is 6. They love this kid. He has the biggest heart, is smart and kind... and has lots of energy. They have 2 boys, 6 and 4 1/2. Posted 2021-07-15
David Fannon was awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor at Northeastern University in Boston, where he studies and teaches about the science and design of buildings. Posted 2021-02-26


Caitrin (Donnelly) Facini and her husband, Adrian, had their son, Sebastian, in 2019. He is their second child to their oldest daughter, Louisa, who is absolutely hilarious and keeps the family on their toes. Congratulations to you and your beautiful family, Caitrin! Posted 2021-07-15
Please like our Facebook page at and follow our daily stories on Instagram. Rest in peace, Dr. Knowles. — Posted 2021-02-26
Abigail Koppes received the 2020 Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Award from the national Biomedical Engineering Society. Koppes is an assistant professor of chemical engineering at Northeastern University. She is also the principal investigator for a research team of graduate and undergraduate students in the university’s Advanced Biomaterials for Neuroengineering Laboratory. Posted 2021-02-26
Michael Collard has joined national architecture, engineering, and planning firm Bergmann. Previously, Michael worked at ENVISION Architects as an architectural designer and associate. Michael currently resides in Troy, New York. Posted 2021-02-26
Ryan Hawthorne has been appointed assistant vice president of electric engineering and operations for Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation. Ryan oversees engineering functions and field operations of the electric system for all of Central Hudson, and will provide oversight on the utility’s annual capital budget of more than $200 million. Posted 2021-02-26


Joseph Henits and Lindsey Garrett were married on Jan. 18, 2020. Joe earned his B.S. in aeronautical and mechanical engineering and Lindsey earned her B.S. and M.S. in applied mathematics. They live and work in Melbourne, Fla., where Joe is a senior loads engineer at Northrop Grumman and Lindsey is a senior project engineer at L3Harris. Posted 2021-02-26


Rev. Gary Morello judged the sports category of Darien Art Center’s 2020 Smartphone Photo Contest. Gary spent his time at RPI playing football and is currently part of the Darien Football coaching staff, a certified indoor cycling instructor, and field ambassador for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Posted 2021-02-26
Richard Off has recently been promoted to project architect at Hoffmann Architects. He joined the firm in 2016 as a project representative and has worked on various projects, with his most notable contributions being the restoration of the First Presbyterian Church in New York City. Posted 2021-02-26
After 10 years at GE Aviation, I left my job there and relocated to Virginia to be closer to family and friends. I have also switched industries and am working at a biotech fund focused on early-stage innovation and company formation. The Rensselaer Alumni Association has launched RAA Connect, an online platform similar to LinkedIn, open to RPI alumni only. It has networking and  mentoring capabilities, affinity groups, and much more! Check it out at — Meghan Lenihan Moulder ’10; Posted 2021-02-26


Erin Morelli married Brian Vazquez on Feb. 29, 2020, in Boston. Erin is currently employed as software development engineer for the Alexa Speech team at Amazon. Posted 2021-02-26


Like our Facebook page, RPI Class of 2012, and follow us on Twitter, @rpiclass2012. — Posted 2021-02-26
Megan Koharik (Reile) welcomed her daughter and future RPI alum, Cora, to the world on March 25, 2020!  Posted 2021-02-26
Washington State University Tri-Cities Clinical Assistant Professor of Fine Art Sena Clara Creston presented her piece titled “Willow of the Waste” at a recent WSU faculty and staff exhibit on campus. The piece is an electronic interactive art piece that conveys a statement about the environmental impact of plastic. Posted 2021-02-26
Colleen Costello
Colleen Costello ’12, co-founder and CEO of Vital Vio, was selected by Goldman Sachs as one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2018 at the Builders + Innovators Summit in October. Vital Vio is a pioneer in continuous disinfection technology. Posted 2021-01-13


One honorary classmate was laid to rest after more than 30 years of public service, and I encourage all of us to return to the words that U.S. Representative John D. Lewis H’13 offered at our Commencement in May 2013. He recalled a storm shaking his aunt’s shotgun house and advised us: “the wind may blow, the thunder may roll, and the lightning may flash, and the rain may beat on our old house... Call it the American house. Call it the world house. We all live in the same house. Maybe, just maybe, our forefathers and our foremothers all came to this great land in different ships, but we’re all in the same boat now. We’re one people. We’re one family. We’re one house. Stay with the house. Walk with the wind.”  — Posted 2021-02-26


Rebecca Bruno is an architectural designer at Mosaic Associates in Troy. She is a key member of the architectural team responsible for the district’s multiphase, multimillion-dollar capital project to renovate all schools in the district. She says she is honored the first major project she’s been involved in at Mosaic is at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School. Her work includes schematic design and programming, development of design concepts and technical solutions, and coordinating with consultants. Posted 2021-02-26


Akash and Krish Chandani
Twins Akash Chandani ’18 and Krish Chandani ’18 make up the fast-rising R&B duo THEMXXNLIGHT (pronounced “The Moonlight”). They were “discovered” by Wiz Khalifa, who featured their beats on his latest album, Rolling Papers 2. Posted 2021-03-16


Ice hockey player Jacob Hayhurst ’19 has signed a contract with the ECHL’s Worcester Railers for the 2020-21 season. Posted 2021-02-26


Margaret Graves has joined SV Design in Chatham, New York, as an architectural designer on the North Shore residential team. Posted 2021-02-26