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Jerry Reinert '56 Portrait

Speed painter Dale Henry created this portrait of Jerry Reinert ’56


Arthur Goldstein thanks his classmates who contributed to the column. “Some who added their thoughts and accomplishments are Sam Wait, Bill Moller, Rick Schoenhardt, Harry Carlson, John Lavery, Bill Glaser, John Foehl, Richard Greenberg, Gordon Kilby, Bob Eltz, Michael Rose, and Arnold Berger, to name a few. Thanks, also, to my wonderful wife, Gloria, who reviewed and edited the column. Stay involved and healthy,” he says. Posted 2021-09-29


Richard Williams passed away in January. He had an early start to his career in the metallurgical industry. After freshman year at RPI, he was introduced to the president of Consolidated Industries, a company that forged aluminum alloys for aircraft. By his junior year, he was solving the challenges it faced with improperly heat-treated parts. After graduation, he worked for Anaconda American Brass, rising to plant manager at several plants. He was happy with his career and credited it to his time spent at RPI. He also spent many years as a scoutmaster and as an executive board member of area councils. Posted 2021-09-29
Rick Setlowe is featured in a wonderful narration at the USS Midway Museum in San Diego about his experiences on the Midway during the 1962 China/Quemoy crisis. Recorded during the shut-in times of 2020, it shows Rick a long way from his last haircut but with vivid recall of the dangerous nuclear threat. Posted 2021-09-29
Willy Lick has been expanding his interest in painting. “I’ve been trying to learn about oil painting for several years. As part of that, I got interested in color, not only as part of a painting, but also the science of color,” he says. “I tried to answer a few simple questions, such as: ‘What are primary colors?’ and ‘What is the mechanism by which the human eye can see all the colors that it does?’” After having much trouble finding answers to these two questions in books on art, color technology, and physics, Willy has written his own treatise on the subject. Those interested may contact him at Meanwhile, he continues to be an active painter, holding art gallery exhibitions in Santa Barbara. Posted 2021-09-29
Larry Kashar is still doing professional work. For years, he has worked as an expert witness on forensic metallurgical cases. “I’m still theoretically somewhat employed, still retained on three cases. But it’s very slow now with the pandemic. How can you inspect a laboratory when no one is allowed in? How can they seat a jury? I get copies of discovery documents, which are really good sleep inducers,” he says. Larry has been battling prostate cancer and is enrolled in the trial of a new drug. “It’s stopped the growth, and it’s fortunately covered by insurance.” He and his wife, Barbara, are active supporters of a local Los Angeles symphony orchestra now presenting virtual recitals. “I’ve become almost competent on Zoom.” Posted 2021-09-29
Jim Ingle has lived on the New Jersey shore, in the same four-bedroom house, for 60 years. He and his wife, Audrey, plan to move to a retirement community as soon as the pandemic situation permits. Over the years, he has enjoyed surf swimming in the ocean. “But we couldn’t surf swim last summer. Also, I’m running out of energy,” he says. Jim keeps in touch with several Theta Xi fraternity brothers, including Bill Taubert, who lives in Nevada; Lloyd Bauer, who divides his time between Florida and Germany; and Dick Maher, who lives in California. Sadly, the Napa Valley fires destroyed the homes of Dick and his two sons. All three households escaped unhurt with only minutes to spare. Posted 2021-09-29
Thomas Hill still divides his time between homes in upper New York state and Orlando, Florida. Trouble with macular degeneration forced him to sell his New York farm in 2014 and purchase another residence in nearby Cato. He still has hunting privileges on his old farm. “I pretend I’m hunting. I don’t have the stamina anymore,” he says. Tom marvels at the pace of construction in Florida — 72 new developments in the state in 2020. He enjoys a rare golf outing in the pandemic era. “We don’t care about the score. Just try to hit the ball as well as you can.” Tom recently reconnected by phone with his old roommate, Connie Bassilakis. Posted 2021-09-29
John Cummings was cofounder and chief executive officer of Comptek Research, a defense electronics business that he sold in 1999 to Northrup Grumman. Now in Sedona, Arizona, he and his wife, Barbara, celebrated his 88th birthday with a two-week trip to Hawaii. Posted 2021-09-29
Bob Bozzone continues to serve as an emeritus trustee on the Carnegie Museum Board and its Investment Committee. Over the years, he has been a Rensselaer trustee, chairman of the Federal Reserve Board in Pittsburgh, a board member of the Science Center, a major supporter of Catholic schools, and an advisory board member of the Salvation Army. “I fell in love with the Salvation Army; I try to be there for them,” he says. Bob says that his 10 grandchildren keep him going. Posted 2021-09-29
Ted Baglin qualifies as the class’ senior member, having started out in the Class of 1951. “After freshman year, the dean said it would be a good idea to take some time off,” he says. Following four years in the Navy, he returned to graduate. Then came an adventurous bachelor life — where Ted worked as a contract engineer in aerospace, worked at ski resorts, climbed to the base camp of Mount Everest, started scuba diving at age 70, and attended widespread diving trips. Ted lives with his widowed sister in Northern California, with her daughter and family nearby. He swims daily and keeps in touch with some classmates, including Erv Reschke. Posted 2021-09-29
Rajai Atalla still operates his own research company in Wisconsin, though at age 86, he is considering selling. His firm works on corn ethanol and develops enzymes to convert cellulose to sugar and eventual fermentation to ethanol. Rajai and his wife enjoy life in a church-affiliated retirement community. Posted 2021-09-29
John Schmidt thanks his classmates for their contributions to Class Notes. “Thanks for all of our pleasant exchanges and conversations over the years and for sharing so many of your life experiences with your classmates,” he says. Posted 2021-09-29


Peter Wayner Jr., professor emeritus of chemical engineering at Rensselaer, recently won the 2020 Max Jakob Memorial Award. This award — given in memory of Max Jakob, a pioneer in heat transmission research — recognizes “eminent achievement of distinguished service in the area of heat transfer.” It’s given jointly by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Posted 2021-09-29
Ron Neaton died on Dec. 29, 2019. He was a regular attendee of many reunions. His obituary, in part, noted, “Ronald was a graduate of RPI, receiving a master’s degree. While in college, he served in the United States Navy Reserve. While in the reserve, Ronald worked his way up to captain. Ronald was a retired employee of GE as a welding engineer. Ronald was also an active member of the Jermain Memorial Presbyterian Church as an elder helping with readings, cooking, and teaching Sunday school. He also loved the outdoors, especially hunting. Ronald was also heavily involved in the Military Officers Association of America and served as president.” Posted 2021-09-29
Marvin Menzin and his wife, Peggy, are well and still living in their house in Lexington, Massachusetts, and their summer place on Cape Cod. They are glad vaccines work and that “life is now back to normal.” They are enjoying their five married children, 13 grandkids, and three great-grandkids. Marvin still skis a few hours a day. He is doing some mentoring for startups at Northeastern University and judging senior capstone projects. “It’s nice to use some of my engineering skills to help younger people, but alas, it shows me just how rusty I am in real engineering,” he says. He started writing a memoir with a group in late 2018 and is up to age 50 out of 86 years. Posted 2021-09-29
Alan Dolmatch and his wife delayed their trip to Portugal and may try to visit in the fall. They stayed mostly in Skaneateles, New York, since last winter, except for a couple of trips to the Berkshires to see family and stay in well-isolated inn facilities. Alan shops for groceries, shovels the walk from time to time, and does most of the family cooking. “I’m not totally in a vegetative state,” he says. “I used the epidemic as a rationale for dropping some excess weight (about 20 lbs), which has benefited me both in terms of condition and ability to fit into my 20-year-old clothing that hangs discretely in the closet.” Posted 2021-09-29
Frank Griggs reports that all is well in Rexford, New York. He is still working on his golf game, but on Memorial Day, while golfing with his two sons and daughter, he shot his age (86). The first nine was a 47, which is his normal score, but on the back nine, he shot a 39. “I checked and found only .0000089% of people accomplish the feat,” he says. Other than golf, Frank continues to write about early civil engineers. He is finishing up books on Julius Adams and Albert Fink, and researching a book on Herman Haupt. Frank has been in contact with Jim Connors, Cris Hall, Charley Buttz, Peter Goetz, Bill Mouzavires, Wes Moody, Paul Killian, Steve Georgopoulos, John Cunningham, John Noyes, Peter Wayner, and Dave Richards, among others. He had lunch in Stuart, Florida, with his wife and Jerry Reinert and Lois over the winter. Posted 2021-09-29


Football team
Bill Blanchfield is still getting emails about the passing of Navy hero Bob Flesch. Bob’s life and untimely death touched many people. One other hero — Bill’s wife’s uncle, Joe Fiori ’49 — died in April 2020. Joe was a WWII veteran who took time away from Rensselaer to serve in the U.S. Army in the Pacific campaign. After his service, he completed his degree in civil engineering while playing football and lacrosse. Joe was a friend and admirer of Ned Harkness, the legendary lacrosse and ice hockey coach. “Always the song leader at family parties, Joe was one of many of our families (seven in all) who graduated from the Institute,” Bill says. He also reports that the 50 Year Club is alive and waiting for its next meeting. “We have been meeting virtually, but it isn’t the same,” he says. “Where we will eat lunch is a problem since the Notty Pine closed. How many beers have I had at that place? Too many.” Posted 2021-09-29


John Billingsley Jr., a class leader and gentleman, recently passed away. He was the chairman of the class’ 50th Reunion. He had been president of TKE, a member of the Student Council, and a member of the freshman hockey team. After earning an MBA at RPI and three years in the Army stationed at Watervliet, he joined Dow Chemical Company, where he worked for most of his career at Dow plants around the U.S. and world. He is survived by his wife, Karen, and three daughters. Posted 2021-09-29
Don Beck is enjoying semi-retirement on Martha’s Vineyard, where he just closed his B&B after 23 years. He and his wife now enjoy it themselves. He also trains square dance callers via Zoom, conducting three to four sessions a week with participants from eight countries and four continents. Posted 2021-09-29
Dennis Dupier and his wife, Gayle, have sold their waterfront Fort Lauderdale house. They used it for 15 years as a winter haven and just spent their first winter up north. They built the house in 1975 as income property with the intention of living in it someday. That day came in 2004 when Dennis retired from serving the U.S. intelligence community, first as a GE employee in Valley Forge where spy satellites were once built, then as a CIA officer for 26 years and, finally, as a Booz-Allen staffer supporting the National Reconnaissance Office, which manages the U.S. spy satellite programs. Gayle and Dennis now live year round in the Massanutten Resort in Western Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Posted 2021-09-29


Engineering Frank Van Rensselaer earned bachelor’s degrees in management engineering and mechanical engineering at RPI, then went to work for NASA in the design of the Saturn V moon rocket. He was a flight controller during the Apollo missions, then went into management of the space shuttle. Frank retired from NASA after 20 years and became a senior executive for Orbital Sciences, Martin Marietta, Fairchild, Raytheon, Harris, and Schaffer. He is married to a “lovely lady” from his “little town in Tennessee.” They have a blended family of four children and seven grandchildren. Not one to sit still, Frank consults part-time with DoD research and engineering and enjoys golf and travel. Posted 2021-09-29
Steve Bartlett skydiving with his instructor
Steve Bartlett celebrated his 80th birthday last August with a tandem parachute jump at the Skydive Ranch in Gardiner, New York. He retired from IBM in Poughkeepsie in 2009 and worked for the next five years as a published industry analyst. He broke loose from the mundane and became certified as a glider pilot in 2011, flying out of Wurtsboro Airport, which is 10 to 15 miles south of the Catskill Mountains. Steve and his wife have been married for 58 years. Steve would like to hear from classmates, especially his ATO brothers, and asks them to contact him at Posted 2021-09-29
Last December, Jay Winderman reached his 80th birthday “with no discernible defects.” His family held a party with a Boston cream pie and lots of gifts. One granddaughter wanted to put enough candles on the cake to displace half the chocolate frosting! On March 21, 2021, Jay and his wife, Rochelle, marked their 50th wedding anniversary. They managed a limited celebration, bringing home a nice dinner from a fine restaurant. Posted 2021-09-29


In October 1962, two young men met as undergraduates at Rensselaer, where they discovered they had a few things in common. Both Zeta Beta Tau fraternity brothers and math majors, Michael Friendly and Howard Wainer forged a friendship that has endured nearly 60 years. While at Rensselaer, Michael was the editor of the campus newspaper, The Poly. As a member of both the varsity swim and water polo teams, Howard wrote articles related to athletics for The Poly. They continued their parallel paths doing graduate work at Princeton, both supported by Education Testing Service’s Psychometric Fellowship. Data visualization is a topic both have worked on for over 25 years, although from different perspectives — Howard as an essayist on data visualization and Michael documenting the history of data visualization. Recently, the pair coauthored their book, A History of Data Visualization and Graphic Communication, and published it this year through Harvard University Press. The book details the long history of data visualization, and provides an overview of how, where, and why the methods of data visualization were conceived and developed. Michael and Howard explain, “You can think of it as a guided tour of this history, focusing on social and scientific questions and a developing language of graphics that provided insights, for both discovery and communication.” Discover more of Michael and Howard’s documentation of early data visualization: Posted 2021-09-29


Engineering Ken Canham earned a bachelor’s in industrial engineering in 1967 and a master’s in management in 1968. “It’s only taken me 14 years to sit down and write to Rensselaer magazine,” he says. “That’s when I left the corporate world and started thinking I ought to write a bit about my life and career. I had a second career run as a consultant that delayed the effort; then, I got busy with volunteering, travel, family matters, investing, taking care of my sister, building a retirement house, etc. So here it is, 2020, and I’m sitting at my home computer; we can’t go many places because of the virus and all of a sudden, I think of putting down on paper something for the magazine. “First, hello to my friends that I met at RPI and my brothers at Phi Kappa Theta,” he says. “I never worked so hard or played so hard than I did during five years at the ‘Tute.’ The ‘playing,’ of course, was mainly due to the fraternity. I was able to scratch financially through a fifth year by doing odd jobs around the campus, including bartending for Father Phelan. My career was all in information technology for five corporations over 40 years, ending with a few years in consulting. That timeframe encompassed huge changes in the profession and the technology, which kept me focused and engaged. The last two assignments were as chief information officer for multinational firms. I was fortunate to have visited 50 countries on business travel and helped create IT organizations and manage them as the companies expanded.” “While at RPI, I met my future wife, Lillian, who was at Albany Med in the nursing program,” he says. “We’ve been in Pennsylvania since 1992, having moved for work and remain there in retirement; but we get to Massachusetts and Florida a lot as we have friends, family, and homes there. After retiring, I had strong feelings about ‘giving back,’ having had a great career. This prompted efforts with other IT retirees to start a foundation that we called PHISIM. The purpose is to support other nonprofits that sponsor activities in IT to help disadvantaged youth. We’ve distributed over $300,000 in scholarships, IT camps, and teacher aid in the Philadelphia area. Being at RPI was a fantastic jump start to adult life and I cherish the memories.” Posted 2021-09-29


Mal Crawford has gotten his second COVID-19 vaccination and is looking forward to seeing his two grandsons. “We’ve been celebrating holidays and birthdays with Zoom get-togethers until this Easter when my kids switched over to a new conferencing service. Apparently, Zoom is now only used by seniors, with all the ‘cool kids’ shifting over to Jitsi. I should be able to stand up to the ‘techno-shaming’ with the new vaccinations.” Posted 2021-09-29
Dick Burke recently found out about the death of another classmate, John DeHart. Dick had lost touch with John, who was a former roommate, and only found out about his death last fall. Both Dick and John were active in the radio amateur club at RPI, W2SZ, so Dick started searching online and found the website of the Sawnee Amateur Radio Association in Cumming, Georgia. John had been an active member of the club since 2008, when he apparently moved to Cumming. Dick found a posting on the club Google Groups site that informed all the members about John’s death on April 12, 2017, in a local hospital. Posted 2021-09-29


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 virtual Reunion & Homecoming and to continue their connections after October through the RAA and the RPI Class of 1970 Facebook page, “where you will find great photos and stories of our past and present.” Posted 2021-09-29
Elliot Laffer
Elliott Laffer, who served as chairman of the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay in Boston for two terms from 1990 to 1992, has assumed the reins of the organization again. Previously, he had a 30-year career in sales and sales management of engineered equipment. Posted 2021-09-29
Gary Aikin has shared that Nason Hall classmate Edward Hicks died on Aug. 13, 2020. Hicks attended both RPI and the Rhode Island School of Design. Posted 2021-09-29
Susan Alten reports, with great sadness, that during Reunion planning, she learned of the death of Judy Lieberman Porte from ALS in January 2019. Posted 2021-09-29
Therapy dog Ally with a young student
Rick Hartt and his wife, Julia MacDonald ’72, ’77, celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary in April and look forward to many more. “We both continue to work with pet rescue and recently fostered four young barn cats and were able to place them,” Rick says. “Weekly therapy dog visits with our dog Ally have resumed. COVID restrictions permitting, Julia will be going to Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan in September for three weeks.” Posted 2021-09-29
Tom Gilbert and his wife, Penny, a Russell Sage student, married in their senior year. Upon graduation, they moved to Poughkeepsie, where Tom began a 10-year stint at IBM. “It was a wonderful decade but I became convinced that computer networks were the future. In 1980, we moved to Vienna, Virginia, where I worked for Satellite Business Systems, and then 19 years at Network Systems Corp. (NSC),” Tom says. All the while, Penny pursued her career as a physical therapist and raised their two daughters while Tom traveled on business. In 1997, Tom again became convinced that cybersecurity was the future, and left NSC to cofound Blue Ridge Networks, which develops best-in-class computer and network security products. Posted 2021-09-29
Architecture Gerardo Brown-Manrique continues as a professor of architecture at Miami University’s Department of Architecture and Interior Design in Oxford, Ohio, and is not sure when he will retire. After spending the 2019-20 academic year at Miami’s European Center in Differdange, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (“the spring semester rudely interrupted on March 13, when the students were ordered home and the program switched online”), he returned to Oxford to teach totally online, rarely leaving his house this past academic year. He now looks forward to future Reunion & Homecoming events, and continuing his connections. As a five-year architecture major, he did not graduate until 1971, so he is looking forward to the joint celebration of our semi-centennial (1966-1971). While officially retired as a practicing architect, he continues his scholarly research on interwar European architecture, housing for large numbers, and the work of his mentor, O.M. Ungers. Posted 2021-09-29
 Chuck Rancourt in front of his travel trailer
Chuck Rancourt and his wife, Judy, thought it would be fun to do something different and have a travel adventure. “Mid-summer 2020, while celebrating my 50 years since graduation and during the pandemic, we bought a travel trailer and truck,” he says. “Judy was the primary planner and we started to plan a trip to Florida, which we did this past February and March. It was the first time we ever did anything like this and it turned out great. On our 30-day round trip, we went 3,600 miles through nine states. We stayed safe and met several people and relatives while socially distanced. We even met someone whose husband went to RPI and played hockey — but only for a year. We are already looking forward to some summer trips and another long-distance, warm-weather trip next year. You are never too old to try something different.” Chuck also reports that it was a good year for the Class of 1970 and the Rensselaer Alumni Hall of Fame. Chuck continues as chair of the Selection Committee and Roger Mike continues as a valuable member. They were very excited to induct classmate Kathy Egloff Zoon “for her remarkable work and accomplishments as an immunologist.” “She is the first person from the class of 1970 to be inducted to the Alumni Hall of Fame,” Chuck says. “Congratulations, Kathy!” Posted 2021-09-29
David Donnelly and his wife, Linda, moved from California to Evansville, Indiana, in April, to be near their son, Brian. Before COVID-19, Dave and Linda spent several summers exploring and pet-sitting throughout Europe, and hope to be able to resume those activities soon. Posted 2021-09-29
Stephen Valentine, who created the Class of 1970 Facebook page, reports that “the page is picking up speed. We are now up to 80 members. Recent additions are Glenn Matsuyama, Bob Heilman, Rene Milo, Bob Soika, Tony Reid, David Boehm, Chuck Rancourt, Roger Wilson, David Donnelly, Lon Blumenthal, Alan Baker, Alan Marie, Bob Harris, and Tom Gilbert. Looking forward to reaching 100 of us after our 50th Reunion.” Posted 2021-09-29


Members of the Class of 1971 and their spouses at Lake Placid
Warren Walker traveled to Lake Placid for a week with some of his AXP fraternity brothers of the Class of 1971 and their spouses. “As brother Joe so eloquently put it, ‘If our lives were a baseball game, we would only be in the top of the seventh inning! If you were the manager, you would be telling your guys, “There is a lot of baseball left to play!”’ Warren says. “The group plans to travel to Europe in 2022.” Photo (from left to right): Rich and Joyce Barra; Ralph and Pat Rio; Charles “G” and Kathryn Reid; Joe and Marie Jesuele; Ed and Cindy Brandenburg; and Lorraine and Warren “W" Walker. Credit: Warren Walker. Posted 2021-10-22
Rafael A. Sierra, former chief technology officer of Cynosure, which develops and manufactures medical aesthetics, rejoined the company as R&D adviser. With a career spanning more than four decades, his expertise will help fuel Cynosure’s new product development engine. Posted 2021-09-29


Stephen Vasconcellos is on the Scientific Advisory Board of ProcessMiner Inc., an artificial intelligence platform for the manufacturing industry. Posted 2021-09-29


Beth Montelone, a highly experienced researcher and administrator, was named Kansas State University’s interim vice president for research. Previously, she was the university’s senior associate vice president for research. Posted 2021-09-29
Eldridge Mount III, an independent consultant with more than 40 years of industrial experience, was inducted into the Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators Hall of Fame (AIMCAL), for “playing a vital role in AIMCAL’s growth and expanded range of offerings to members and the industry.” Posted 2021-09-29


Eileen White, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey deputy director, chief scientific officer, and associate director for basic research, is among 120 elected to the National Academy of Sciences for distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. She was elected to the prestigious 2021 class of fellows of the American Association for Cancer Research Academy for the significant and enduring impact of her cancer research. Posted 2021-09-29
Michael Della Rocca was appointed to the board of directors of Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives, a leading infrastructure construction company with renewable energy and civil expertise. Posted 2021-09-29


Chris Daly was hired by Energy Distribution Partners (EDP) as region vice president for the central United States, where he will lead the operations management team to achieve safety, service, quality. Chris brings over 30 years’ experience in the propane, heating oil, and HVAC industries. Posted 2021-09-29
Sister Lauren painting
Vince Forte Jr. has been enjoying a second career as an artist since retiring eight years ago. His oil paintings have patrons in seven states and Canada. In addition to landscapes, seascapes, and still life, he is now doing portraits and is a board member for two art societies. See more of Forte’s work online at: Pictured: Sister Lauren Posted 2021-09-29
Bob Lengel and his wife, Sandy, established the Dr. Robert H. and Sandra K. Lengel Chair in Aerospace Engineering at Penn State. Posted 2021-09-29


William J. Delaney joined Cohn & Dussi, a full-service law firm with its principal office in Boston, as counsel. He has had an active role in many of the significant commercial law and insolvency cases in Rhode Island over the past 34 years. Posted 2021-09-29
David Hess was appointed to the board of directors for Woodward Inc., where he will also serve on the Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committee. Posted 2021-09-29


James C. Mullen was named chief executive officer of Editas Medicine Inc., a leading genome editing company. He will continue as chairman of the company’s board of directors, and has been named an independent senior adviser to Arena Pharmaceuticals. He has more than 30 years’ experience building leading biotechnology and pharmaceutical organizations on a global scale. Posted 2021-09-29


Betty Jo Licata, dean of Williamson College of Administration at Youngstown State University, will retire at the end of the year. She has led the college for more than 26 years. Posted 2021-09-29


Dean Francis joined Quality Steel as vice president of strategy and corporate development. He has more than 10 years of experience in management consulting. Posted 2021-09-29
Marci Sindell
Marci Sindell joined The Permanente Federation, the leadership organization for the Permanente Medical Groups of Kaiser Permanente, as executive director of brand and marketing. Responsible for building the Permanente Medicine brand and consulting for the medical groups, she works from home in Needham, Massachusetts. Marci spent 14 years as chief marketing officer and senior vice president of external affairs at Atrius Health, a large nonprofit medical group serving greater Boston. She has joined the board of directors of the Greater Boston Food Bank. Posted 2021-09-29
Drew Kugler was hired in a new role as vice president of innovation and product development at AES Clean Technology, a leader in the design, construction, and manufacturing of modular cleanroom systems and custom cleanroom equipment for life science and technology companies. Posted 2021-09-29
David Haas is still living in northern New Jersey and is treasurer of the New Jersey chapter of the Rensselaer Alumni Association. He continues his second career in financial planning and started a new service called College Money Match to help families plan for the costs of education and choose a college that makes sense financially. He looks forward to connecting with other alumni at live events in the New Jersey and New York areas. Posted 2021-09-29
Raj Gandhi was named vice president of ASIC Engineering. Posted 2021-09-29


Chris Root, chief operating officer at Vermont Electric Power Company, received the 2020 Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Power and Energy Society (PES) Meritorious Service Award for “outstanding contributions in leadership, technical, and educational activities of the IEEE PES.” Posted 2021-09-29


Mark Berube was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2011. He continued to work through 2018, supporting the U.S. Air Force at the Pentagon, while focusing on time with his family. After an intense eight-year battle, he passed away in July 2019. RPI and his fraternity, SAE, were very important to him. Mark is survived by his wife, Karen, and three children, Allie, Nicole, and Matthew. He will be missed by all who knew him. Posted 2021-09-29
Mark Griffon is visiting assistant professor of health services at Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusetts. Posted 2021-09-29
Michael Bartikoski joined Diamond Crystal Brands as chief operating officer. Prior to joining Diamond, he was vice president of frozen manufacturing and supply chain operations at Rise Baking Co. Posted 2021-09-29


Joe Mozden Jr. is chief executive officer of Sonic Foundry, a global leader in empowering organizations to harness the power of video for every class, training, communication, and event. Posted 2021-09-29
Leigh J. Price will lead strategy and corporate development at Kyndryl, the new, independent public company created following the separation of IBM’s Managed Infrastruc- ture Services business. Leigh was vice president of corporate development strategy at IBM, and played a significant role in many of the company’s acquisitions and divestitures over the past decade. He also served as vice president of intellectual property for IBM, leading its patent and research licensing businesses. Posted 2021-09-29
Adam Kushner
Calling it an “eight-year labor of love,” Adam Kushner has completed a painstaking renovation of a historic townhouse he and his wife purchased in Greenwich Village in Manhattan. The project encompassed the gut renovation of the century-old home and its rear house. The townhouse was previously owned by noted interior designer Robert Isabell. “Rather than demolish the existing structures, we decided to leave the structural shell intact. We chose to create a new interior and vertical extension that respected this original historic insertion into this unique and fragile urban fabric,” Adam says. The home includes many distinctive features, including an 83-foot-tall rock-climbing wall, hand-harvested wood from fallen timbers, a rooftop solar array that provides 10% of the building’s power, and three sources of heat including nine wood-burning fireplaces. “The house has several allusions to its rural origins,” Adam says. “Most of the wood was harvested by hand from our property upstate and used throughout to form flooring, detailing, counters, and cord wood piles.” The house’s main design was inspired by historical accounts of Great Oak trees crossing over the fabled Minetta Brook — now buried — which ran underneath the home. The trees lining the brook formed a series of Gothic arches that inspired the steel façade, which will be covered in ivy. Adam is the principal of KUSHNER studios, which “seeks to redefine the nature and place of the practice of architecture to be all-inclusive, of construction and its related endeavors,” according to its website. See project photos: Posted 2021-09-29
Michele (St. Pierre) Sweeney was named to the Coventry High School Hall of Fame. She has spent her career in the high-tech industry, working at both semiconductor and multi-physics simulation software innovators. She has volunteered for Home Improvement Ministries and Caring Canines, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, cofounded The Fairyland Project, an initiative aimed at inspiring families to enjoy being outdoors. Posted 2021-09-29
Catherine J. Ellithorpe, AIA, is principal of S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM). Based in Glastonbury, Connecticut, she joined SLAM in 1994, and has expertise in the public education and corporate sectors. Distinguishing herself as an architect with a strong interest and understanding of all facets of the architecture, engineering, and construction industries, she is the first woman member on the SLAM Construction Services Board of Directors. Posted 2021-09-29


Karl Thomas
Rear Adm. Karl O. Thomas, a veteran naval officer with command experience, has been named to lead the 7th Fleet, which includes up to 70 vessels and 20,000 sailors. Nominated by the White House and confirmed by the Senate, Karl will return to Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, to command the largest of America’s overseas naval fleets. He previously served as commander of Task Force 70 and Carrier Strike Group 5, centered on the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, homeported in Yokosuka. A naval aviator, Karl began his career in the E-2C Hawkeye, a tactical early-warning aircraft, and rose up the command ranks with service as executive officer aboard the carriers USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and George Washington, and commander of a third, the USS Carl Vinson, according to his Navy biography. A Northern Virginia native, Karl earned his commission through the Naval ROTC at Rensselaer. He also holds a master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School. Posted 2021-09-29


Dr. Giuseppe Condemi has joined New Jersey Cancer & Blood Specialists. He has been a hematologist and medical oncologist for over 20 years. Posted 2021-09-29
David Kim joined Blue Heron, a design-led development firm, as Elite Division president, overseeing Blue Heron’s custom design-build division. Posted 2021-09-29
Chris Fontes was named a fellow of Los Alamos National Laboratory for sustaining a high level of achievement and leadership in atomic and plasma physics. He was explicitly recognized for pioneering contributions to the understanding of atomic processes in plasmas and their application to a broad range of physics problems including nuclear fusion, laboratory experiment, and astrophysics. Chris was also honored with becoming a Distinguished Alumni of B.M.C. Durfee High School in 2019. He plays ultimate frisbee as often as possible. Posted 2021-09-29
Aaron Breidenbaugh was appointed director of U.S. Markets and Regulatory Affairs for Rodan Energy. He will assist Rodan’s clients in navigating complex U.S. energy markets and help to reduce their total energy expenditures while enhancing a sustainable energy economy. Posted 2021-09-29


Robert Lopez was awarded the National Council of Architectural Registration Board’s (NCARB) highest honor, the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service. He was recognized at the organization’s 2021 Annual Business Meeting for his commitment to architectural regulation and NCARB’s mission to protect the public’s health, safety, and welfare. Posted 2021-09-29
Marcy Dreimiller is vice president of human resources for Saratoga Hospital. She has been with the hospital since 2009, most recently as associate vice president of human resources. Posted 2021-09-29
George Pastrana is president, chief executive officer, and board member for Living Greens Farm, one of the largest vertical, indoor aeroponic farms in the United States, providing year-round fresh salad greens, bagged salad kits, microgreens, and herbs. Posted 2021-09-29
Steven T. Rogers was appointed vice president of business development for Gamma Aerospace, a specialized, end-to-end provider of engineered airframe and flight components for leading original equipment manufacturers and Tier I suppliers in the aerospace and defense industries. Steven brings more than 35 years’ broad jet engine and rotorcraft industry experience to his new role. Posted 2021-09-29


James Pond is the new director for the Monroe County Department of Transportation, to which he brings over 20 years of experience. Prior to joining Monroe County, he served with the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps, and spent time in Keflavik, Iceland, and Philadelphia. Posted 2021-09-29
Martha (Misha) Riveros-Jacobson, a packaging and manufacturing executive with a wealth of international experience, joined PAC Worldwide as vice president of innovation. She will oversee the global company’s business development and research and development teams. PAC is a leader and innovator in the development and manufacturing of customized packaging and contract packaging solutions. Posted 2021-09-29
Gerald E. Daly was elected to the board of directors for the New England Council, a non-partisan alliance of businesses, academic and health institutions, and public and private organizations. Gerald is regional vice president at UnitedHealthcare. Posted 2021-09-29
Martin J. Grohman joined the board of directors of Cerahelix, a leader in the development and manufacturing of disruptive ceramic nanofiltration membrane products. Martin is executive director of the Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine. Posted 2021-09-29
Diane M. Flynn has been elected to the board of directors for the Challenger Center for Space Science Education. She is the director of the Beinecke Scholarship Program, which encourages and enables highly motivated students with need from across the United States to pursue opportunities and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Posted 2021-09-29
Ron Buckmire is vice president for equity, diversity, and inclusion at the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). He is associate dean for curricular affairs and professor of mathematics at Occidental College. Posted 2021-09-29


Michael J. Lembo, P.E., F.ASCE, patent portfolio manager of CertainTeed LLC and an engineer with more than 30 years of active practice in construction engineering and construction materials, was named a fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction. The Malvern, Pennsylvania-based CertainTeed LLC manufactures interior and exterior construction products including, roofing, siding, gypsum board, insulation, and ceilings. Posted 2021-09-29
George Dib is serving a three-year term on the Power Transmission Representatives Association Board of Directors. Posted 2021-09-29
Sreenivas Alampalli, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE, recently retired director of the Structure Management Bureau of the New York State Department of Transportation, was honored with the ASCE’s Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Award for career achievement in the government category for demonstrated leadership of public sector projects and programs. Posted 2021-09-29


Rafael (Ralph) Pons, is chief manufacturing officer for Trecora Resources, a leading provider of specialty hydrocarbons and specialty waxes. To his role, Rafael brings over 35 years of chemical manufacturing experience at some of the industry’s leading companies. Posted 2021-09-29
Lisa Salley was appointed to the Board of Education of the School District of Philadelphia. She has spent her career at GE, Dow, Underwriters Laboratories, and the American Petroleum Institute, and advising advanced stage start-ups. Posted 2021-09-29
Dave Logan is chairman and vice chairman of the board of directors at Data Link Solutions (DLS). A joint venture between BAE Systems and Collins Aerospace, DLS provides Link 16 terminals and software, and logistics and support services for air, land, and sea-based platforms. Posted 2021-09-29
Antonio Medina Comas was appointed to the Puerto Rico Oversight Board. He spent 20 years at Merck Sharp & Dohme, advancing to chief financial officer of the firm’s Brazilian operations. Posted 2021-09-29


Matt Conti was elected to the board of directors for the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, the nonprofit responsible for the management and care of The Greenway in Boston. Matt retired as a portfolio manager at Fidelity Investments and is owner of Matt Conti Photography. Posted 2021-09-29
Jennifer Howland received the Golden Knight Award from Clarkson University. The prestigious alumni award is presented to alumni who have distinguished themselves either by service to Clarkson through alumni association activities or have demonstrated outstanding career achievements, bringing distinction to themselves and the university. Posted 2021-09-29
Willard T. Lee was appointed executive vice president and chief information and innovation officer for Hanover Insurance Group. Since 2003, he has served in various roles, including chief operating officer of specialty lines, and in 2020, was appointed senior vice president, deputy chief information officer, and member of the senior executive team. Posted 2021-09-29
Engineering Karen Ware is associate general counsel and expert in Intellectual Property for BASF. She has been with BASF since 2011 in various roles and currently manages a team of IP lawyers in Research Triangle Park. Karen was admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office in 2000 and to the North Carolina State Bar in 2002. She earned her J.D. from North Carolina North Central University, an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Rensselaer. She is currently pursuing an LLM in dispute resolution at the Pepperdine Caruso School of Law. Posted 2021-09-29
Michael V. Drexel is senior vice president and chief technology officer for Cantel Medical Corporation, a global company dedicated to delivering innovative infection prevention products and services for patients, caregivers, and other health care providers. Posted 2021-09-29


Trevor Nicholas joined Induron Protective Coatings as a senior chemist. He will be responsible for supporting Induron’s portfolio of paint products in the lab, the plant, and the field. Posted 2021-09-29
Joseph Ritchie is head of diversity and inclusion, and managing director of business development at Tishman Speyer. Previously, he was vice president for development at Brandywine Realty Trust. “I very much look forward to working to take concrete, measurable action to address the historical inequities and structural impediments that have prevented a more diverse industry,” he says. Posted 2021-09-29
Lisa Danielson
Lisa Danielson is the new director of the Center for Space and Earth Science at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She is NASA’s program manager for Discovery Science and New Missions at Los Alamos. She worked for 15 years at NASA’s Johnson Space Center as head of basic and applied research in the Department of Science and Exploration. Posted 2021-09-29


People in an outdoor dining igloo
Todd Thomas, who earned a bachelor of architecture, was furloughed from hospital construction management in February 2020. He split his time between creating PPE and organizing citizens’ brigade responses to the ongoing pandemic with Nation of Makers and other “maker” organizations, cofounding Ocean State Shields in Rhode Island last April. The company helps combat COVID-19 by developing applications and EPA approvals for its long-acting antimicrobial surface coatings. He also “accidentally stumbled on” an opportunity to help Rhode Island restaurants survive indoor dining restrictions by designing and producing winter outdoor dining igloos that survived multiple nor’easters with gale force winds and heavy snow without flinching. See photos: Posted 2021-09-29
Paul Browning, president and chief executive officer of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) Americas, has been appointed to an expanded role as chief regional officer of the Americas and co-chief regional officer of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Under his leadership, MHPS Americas has expanded into Central and South America. Posted 2021-09-29
Ram Krishnan is executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO) of Emerson, a global technology and industrial software leader. In his COO role, Ram will oversee global supply chain operations, information technology, and mergers and acquisitions. Posted 2021-09-29


Child wearing a face mask builds with legos as Paras Patani advises
Called “Mr. LEGO” by his students as young as 5 years old, Paras Patani was chosen for his unique LEGO teaching expertise to participate in the popular television show LEGO Masters. Paras is the founder of NextGen Smarty Pants, based in Canton, Connecticut, which uses LEGO bricks for STEAM education for classes in robotics, coding, and engineering. About 4,000 students across the Northeast have successfully implemented the NextGen Smarty Pants curriculum.  Paras was among only a handful of contestants recruited by the show, which debuted June 1, 2021, out of about 25,000 applicants. He and his teammate were sequestered in a secluded Atlanta hotel for more than a month during the filming of the 12-episode season. They named their team “The Science Alliance.”  “We’re teaching kids how to apply the math skills they learn in class every day in a fun and engaging way, often with LEGO bricks,” Paras says. “Our mission is to inspire our students’ sense of curiosity and foster their enthusiasm to want to learn more.” Paras, an engineer, says the U.S. spends about $40 billion annually on STEM education, primarily on ed-tech, but not on how to teach the students. “As a country, we’re still 43rd in math and 29th in science in the world. Throwing money into more ed-tech just isn’t working. What’s needed is true, high-quality, hands-on education,” Paras says. Posted 2021-09-29
Jamie Williams joined CoolSys as chief information and technology officer. CoolSys is the parent of market-leading refrigeration and HVAC companies nationwide. Jamie will be responsible for developing and executing the CoolSys information technology vision and strategy. Posted 2021-09-29
Sean Petersen joined Wellington Management, one of the world’s largest independent investment management firms, as a senior investor focused on private market sustainable investing. He joins Wellington from AI Fund, an early-stage venture capital fund, where he served as a general partner. Posted 2021-09-29
Clayton Diamond is executive director and general counsel of the American Pilots’ Association. Posted 2021-09-29
Tim Spadafore is the senior vice president of consulting services at CGI. Headquartered in Montreal, CGI offers enterprise resource planning solutions. Posted 2021-09-29
Ken Karklin is chief operations officer at AeroVironment, a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems. Posted 2021-09-29
Julie Berry, author of children’s and young adult books and winner of several national book awards, purchased The Book Shoppe in Medina, New York, and is reinventing the store as The Author’s Note. Posted 2021-09-29


Bryan Sartin joined eSentire as chief services officer. eSentire is the world’s largest globally managed detection and response (MDR) provider. Bryan is expanding the company’s cyber investigations, digital forensics, and incident response capabilities. Posted 2021-09-29
Tim Leung is group chief technology officer for Tricor Group, Asia’s leading business expansion specialist with expertise in business, corporations, investments, human resources and payroll, corporate trust and debt services, and strategic business advisories, operating in 21 countries with jurisdictions with over 2,700 associates globally. Posted 2021-09-29
Richard D. Willett Jr. joined Tailwind Capital, a middle-market private equity firm focused on investments in the technology and business services, industrial services, and health care sectors, as an operating executive. He will focus on the software and technology sectors. Posted 2021-09-29
Matt Patricia rejoined the New England Patriots, after serving as head coach for the Detroit Lions. Previously, he was defensive coordinator for the Patriots, where he spent 14 seasons. Posted 2021-09-29
Col. Chris A. Guilmette is commander of the New York Army National Guard’s 53rd Digital Liaison Detachment in Manhattan. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, and the Maryland National Guard Outstanding Unit Award. Posted 2021-09-29
Kathleen Kay is chief information officer for Principal Financial Group. She oversees all global technology and digital strategies for the company. Posted 2021-09-29
Rich Gunther is vice president of sales for Pure Wafer, the largest United States-based supplier of virgin silicon wafers, wafer reclaim services, and specialty thin film deposition products. Posted 2021-09-29
Scott Gill is president and chief executive officer of Trinity3 Technology, a portfolio company of Rotunda Capital Partners and a provider of student computing solutions, warranty services, and enterprise products for the K-12 education market. Posted 2021-09-29


Christine Ann Miller is president and chief executive officer of Melinta Therapeutics, a commercial-stage company focused on the development and commercialization of novel antibiotics. Christine, a global pharmaceutical veteran, has more than 20 years of experience in the life sciences. Posted 2021-09-29
Miya Gray joined Apervita, a technology leader in health care collaboration for payers, providers, and other stakeholders, as senior vice president of customer service. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the health care ecosystem. Posted 2021-09-29
Reid Wiseman
Veteran astronaut Reid Wiseman has been appointed as chief of the Astronaut Office for NASA. He will be responsible for managing Astronaut Office resources and operations at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He will help develop astronaut flight crew operation concepts and make crew assignments for future spaceflight missions. Reid is a U.S. Navy captain and a native of Baltimore, Maryland. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer and systems engineering from Rensselaer, and a master’s degree in systems engineering from Johns Hopkins University. The naval aviator and test pilot served through three deployments before being selected as an astronaut in 2009. Reid spent 165 days aboard the International Space Station as part of Expeditions 40 and 41 in 2014. During that time, he took part in two spacewalks, spending a total of 12 hours and 47 minutes upgrading the station’s mobile servicing system for the Canadarm2 robotic arm, and kicking off reconfigurations needed to prepare NASA for commercial crew missions. He also spoke to Reunion & Homecoming attendees from space in October 2014 via Skype. Since returning to Earth, he has supported the Astronaut Office in a number of roles, including as deputy chief astronaut and associate director of the Flight Operations Directorate. Posted 2021-09-29
Marc Douglas Eigner is chief commercial officer at H1, a global platform for the health care ecosystem. He has more than 20 years’ senior leadership experience within the life sciences and technology industries. Most notably, he is the cofounder of Polaris and is known as one of the founding fathers of pharmaceutical commercial compliance technology. Posted 2021-09-29
Anne Wilkinson is chief human resources officer at Chelsea Groton Bank. Posted 2021-09-29
Dr. Gordon Chiu, Ph.D., is chief science officer for Hemptown. He is leading the cannabinoid research team and is responsible for filing IP patents, specifically in the areas of water-solubility, bioavailability, and peptide sequencing. He has more than 15 years of combined domestic and international experience in the biomedical, chemical, cosmetic, medical, and technology industries. Posted 2021-09-29


Kevin W. Martin is chief executive officer of Cadence Aerospace’s Engines Systems Segment. Cadence is a provider of highly complex aerospace components and assemblies to commercial and defense customers. He also continues in his position as Cadence’s chief information officer. Posted 2021-09-29
Suvrat Joshi is chief product officer at logistics software-as-a-service platform FarEye. He has more than 20 years of experience in product leadership roles at Yahoo!, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, and Dropbox. Posted 2021-09-29
Eileen Cavanaugh has joined Franklin Energy and AM Conservation Group, a leading demand-side management firm in the utility industry, as chief financial officer. Prior to her new role, she had a 30-year career at GE, most recently as chief financial officer of global operations. Posted 2021-09-29
Tracy Mack-Askew has been appointed chief engineer of chassis and vocational engineering for Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA). She will lead the development of solutions for DTNA customers in diesel powertrain technologies and support the transition to electrical propulsion solutions in chassis and vocational products. She has over 20 years’ automotive manufacturing experience and joined DTNA in 2014 as the vice president of engineering at Thomas Built Buses. She also has been named to the Columbia Banking System board of directors, and was recently elected to the RAA Board of Trustees. Posted 2021-09-29


Emily Grandstaff-Rice
Architecture The American Institute of Architects (AIA) elected Emily Grandstaff-Rice, FAIA, as the 2022 first vice president and 2023 president-elect. Emily has held a variety of leadership positions at AIA National. In 2017, she was elected to serve as the 2018-2020 at-large director. She also chaired the Equity and Future of Architecture Committee from 2017-2022 and the Equity in Architecture Commission from 2015-2016. In 2014, she was president of the Boston Society of Architects. Emily is a senior associate at Arrowstreet in Boston. Her design work has spanned academic, hospitality, institutional, and commercial projects. She has a Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer and a Master of Liberal Arts in Educational Technology from Harvard University. She serves on the School of Architecture’s Dean’s Leadership Council. Emily will be the second Rensselaer graduate to serve as AIA president; Russell Davidson ’86 served in that role in 2016. Posted 2021-09-30
Abhinav A. Shukla, Ph.D., has been appointed chief technical officer of Shattuck Labs Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company pioneering the development of bifunctional fusion proteins as a new class of biologic medicine for the treatment of patients with cancer and autoimmune diseases. Posted 2021-09-30
Troy Damboise is first vice president and general auditor of Liberty Bank. He joins Liberty after 14 years at ING, where he was vice president and division auditor director. Posted 2021-09-30


Stephen Testa has joined Solidification Products International as the quality assurance, safety, and compliance manager for the Northford, Connecticut, facility. Posted 2021-09-30
Sagar C. Kurada has been named chief financial officer of Eos Energy Storage, a manufacturer of safe, low-cost, and long-duration zinc battery storage systems. Posted 2021-09-30
Ryan North Miller has been elevated to partner in the Intellectual Property department at Fox Rothschild LLP, in its Philadelphia office. Posted 2021-09-30


Muthla Al-Sayer, a respected technology leader, has been appointed to the board of directors for Solar Integrated Roofing Corporation, an integrated single-source solar power and roofing systems installation company. She has over 20 years of experience guiding business strategy and creating purpose-built technology solutions. Posted 2021-09-30
Brian R. Galovich has been appointed senior vice president and chief information officer for industrial gas company Air Products in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. Posted 2021-09-30
Cynthia Pussinen has been appointed chief technical officer at Spark Therapeutics, a fully integrated commercial gene therapy company dedicated to challenging the inevitability of genetic disease. She has more than 25 years of experience in the biopharma industry, leading teams in manufacturing, quality, supply chain, formulation development, and process sciences. Posted 2021-09-30


Roshawnna Novellus
Science Roshawnna Novellus raised over $600,000 to fund her college education. She used her crowdfunding skills to cover the cost of four degrees, from bachelor’s degrees to a Ph.D. She earned a master’s degree in information technology from Rensselaer. Now, the Atlanta-based entrepreneur is helping more women gain access to capital through her platform, EnrichHER. It was one of the first technology platforms in the U.S. to receive regulatory approval to help women secure funding and grow their business through an accelerator and Funder Matching Program. “Our philosophy at EnrichHER is that providing capital for businesses with diverse leaders is the key to economic empowerment, inclusive economic growth, and overall gender equality,” said Roshawnna, founder and CEO. “Once women founders have a larger role in the economies of our communities, we will be able to build a society that is more reflective of our needs, desires, and aspirations.” Since 2017, EnrichHER has deployed upward of $4 million through its platform and matched business-owners to $13 million in working capital through its accelerator. Their network has engaged with over 23,000 advocates through its digital community and in-person activations. Posted 2021-09-30
Roy Richardson
Roy A. Richardson Jr., P.E., is senior managing engineer at Barton & Loguidice. A resident of Brunswick, New York, Roy is a member of the firm’s water and wastewater practice area. Posted 2021-09-30
Nagesh Rao
Nagesh Rao is chief information officer for the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), a section within the U.S. Department of Commerce. Nagesh, an Eisenhower Fellow and a Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow, brings a wealth of experience to BIS, having worked in the public, private, and NGO sectors over the last 20 years. He is on the board of directors of EnChroma, which produces glasses designed to alleviate symptoms of red-green color blindness. Posted 2021-09-30


John Andonie, an Iraq war veteran, has been promoted to major general and selected to serve as the deputy director, second in command, of the Army National Guard, which consists of 50 states and three territories plus the District of Columbia. He has been serving as director of joint staff for the New York National Guard. Posted 2021-09-30
Sebastien Katch is chief operating officer for truck bed covers for Truck Hero, a provider of truck and Jeep accessories. He will oversee all truck bed cover manufacturing operations and will be responsible for the development and implementation of the organization’s global supply chain and procurement functions and Truck Hero’s distribution network and logistics. Posted 2021-09-30


Lt. Col. Michael Hastings is the commander of the New York Army National Guard’s 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion. The battalion, headquartered in Yonkers, New York, has elements in Orangeburg and Peekskill. He leads soldiers who specialize in handling satellite communications for military units over vast areas of operation. Posted 2021-09-30
Ben Barr is the new head coach for the University of Maine men’s hockey team, becoming the fifth head coach in program history. Ben most recently served as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator for UMass. At Rensselaer, he earned 64 points (25g/39a) in 140 career games. He was the team MVP in 2002-03 and served as captain during his senior season in 2003-04. Posted 2021-09-30
Michael House has been appointed vice president of business development for Siemens Government Technologies. He brings more than 25 years of technical, program, and business development experience, most recently leading AECOM’s Energy Consulting Services Business in the Americas. Posted 2021-09-30
Benjamin Wolfe, P.E., joined CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private sector clients for more than 45 years in Albany, New York. In his new role, Benjamin will serve as senior highway engineer, responsible for planning and over-seeing design plans for new and rehabilitated transportation systems. Posted 2021-09-30


Eric Kretschmar celebrated 15 years of employment at ISO New England last June. Posted 2021-09-30
Jessica Parenteau is celebrating three years at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. Posted 2021-09-30
Frank P. Bottone is working at SilverSky. Posted 2021-09-30
Anthony Martuscello owns WestFax Brewing, a brewery located in Lakewood, Colorado. Posted 2021-09-30
Joey Faust started a new position as chief digital officer at One Republic. Posted 2021-09-30
Regina Primm started a new position as director of New York Health Primary Care at New York Cancer and Blood Specialists. Posted 2021-09-30
Brian Kolins entered his fifth year of running his adult education business. Posted 2021-09-30
Venkata R. Vedula was named to the advisory board of ASTM International’s Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence. He is the executive director of additive manufacturing at Raytheon Technologies, where he leads the Additive Manufacturing Process Capability Center. Posted 2021-09-30
Jamie Kay joined the faculty of the Maplewood School to teach film and photography. Posted 2021-09-30


Rian Bahran
Rian Bahran ’06, Ph.D. ’13, a Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist on assignment in Washington, D.C, received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service for his exemplary performance. Rian was recognized for his service and contributions as a senior science and policy adviser for nuclear deterrence policy from January 2019 to May 2020 and a special assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from May 2020 to June 2021. “Dr. Bahran performed with distinction during a period in which the Department of Defense implemented outcomes of the Nuclear Posture Review,” the citation reads. Among his duties, he oversaw the implementation of the Nuclear Posture Review, which establishes nuclear policy, strategy, capabilities, and force posture. “It has been a tremendous honor and privilege to serve in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and my time has left me with a distinct understanding of the serious challenges we face. I am truly appreciative of the opportunities that the laboratory provided that allow me to have a substantive impact on protecting the security of our nation/globe and defending our democratic values,” Rian says. Posted 2021-09-30
Matthew Fickett, AIA, CPHC, LEED veteran architect, has been named director of SGA’s fast-growing science and technology group. SGA is a Boston and New York City-based national award-winning architecture, interior design, planning, branded environments, and virtual design and construction practice. Matthew has worked in laboratory design since 2006, and is coming to SGA from his position at EYP as senior lab planner and senior associate. He has designed laboratories for high-profile institutions such as Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University, Vanderbilt University, University of New Mexico, Fermilab, Columbia University, MIT Lincoln Lab, and Skolkovo University. Posted 2021-09-30
Brad Cone
Brad Cone was promoted to regional controller for UHY Advisors. Based in the firm’s Albany, New York, office, Brad manages UHY’s regional finance and treasury function for all offices across UHY’s Northeast region. In the U.S., he represents the region in UHY’s national finance and treasury platform. Posted 2021-09-30


Aaron Henshaw founded Bison Trails and sold the company to Coinbase in February 2021. Joe Lallouz was Aaron’s cofounder. Posted 2021-09-30
Brian Chase recently joined FanDuel as director of engineering after spending the last two years at MLB, also as director of engineering. He earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Rensselaer and an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business, and resides in Long Island City, New York. Posted 2021-09-30
Yun Jing associate professor of acoustics and biomedical engineering at Penn State, researches sound in several domains. He investigates engineered acoustic functional materials and biomedical ultrasound. The applications of his work span from minimizing office noise to reducing the vibration of vehicles to scanning the brain. Posted 2021-09-30
Ishita Surendra Manjrekar received the distinguished “Young Member Award for Professional Achievement,” the top honor by the American Concrete Institute. Posted 2021-09-30


Robert J. Murphy Jr., AICP, has been promoted to senior project community planner at the Albany offices of Barton & Loguidice, a Northeast regional engineering, planning, environmental, and landscape architecture firm. He is a member of the firm’s sustainable planning and design practice area. Posted 2021-09-30
Andrew Lord was named head coach of the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, a professional ice hockey team in the South Division of the ECHL’s Eastern Conference. Posted 2021-09-30
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 2021-09-30
Nicholas Suhr was promoted to lieutenant colonel in the New York Army National Guard. Nicholas, a 2002 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and a veteran of the Iraq War, currently serves as deputy personnel officer for the New York Army National Guard. He is a full-time National Guard officer. Posted 2021-09-30
Abigail Nelson Koppes received the 2020 Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Award from the national Biomedical Engineering Society. This award is offered to a sole scientific investigator to stimulate his or her research career in biomedical engineering. She is assistant professor of chemical engineering at Northeastern University and principal investigator for a research team in the university’s Advanced Biomaterials for Neuroengineering Laboratory. Posted 2021-09-30
Carly Strife cofounded BarkBox in 2012. Her company has been following a similar high-growth strategy as Chewy and is projected to grow revenue 91% over the next two years. BarkBox is also coming to market via a SPAC and will trade on the NYSE under the ticket BARK via Northern Star Acquisition Corporation. Posted 2021-09-30


Kevin Avery is head coach for the Greenwich Country Day School varsity football program. He played wide receiver at Rensselaer and earned Liberty League academic honors as well as the National Football Foundation’s Hampshire Scholar Athlete Award. After graduating cum laude, he began a teaching career through Teach for America. Posted 2021-09-30


Christopher James Morrison joined Adverum Biotechnologies, a clinical-stage gene therapy company targeting unmet medical needs in ocular and rare diseases, as vice president for process development. Posted 2021-09-30


Leila Viera is marketing and digital communications manager at MJ Insurance, one of the largest privately held insurance agencies in America. Posted 2021-09-30
Eric J. Angulo has been named a 2020 Engineering Leader Under 40 by Plant Engineering. He is a project manager and automation engineer for Plus Groups in Cincinnati. Posted 2021-09-30


Tanya Bruno joined CPL, a full-service architectural design firm in Albany, New York, as a senior drafter. She is responsible for creating, updating, and overseeing architectural plans for a variety of project types. Prior to joining CPL, she served as a designer at 3tarchitects. Posted 2021-09-30


Erin Amarello
Engineering Erin Amarello ’15, business manager for Timken’s Bearing Inspection Inc., was recently honored as a 2020 STEP Ahead Emerging Leader. She is one of only 30 women in the U.S. selected as a 2020 STEP Ahead Emerging Leader. Erin, who earned a bachelor’s degree in nuclear and mechanical engineering while playing lacrosse for Rensselaer, also earned a master’s degree in systems engineering and technology management last May. She oversees Timken’s aerospace bearing repair service operations in Los Alamitos, California. Previously, she served as a general manager and was a materials manager in the Keene, New Hampshire plant. Posted 2021-09-30
Sarah Spellane wrote about the loss of a classmate. “In September 2020, we lost Colton Fisher. He was an active participant of the Rensselaer community, most notably as a member of the Union Executive Board and 2015 alumni class treasurer. Colton’s love of space, flying, and nature was exhibited in many areas of his life — from earning a B.S. in aeronautical and mechanical engineering, as well as a M.Eng. in systems engineering and technology management, to obtaining his pilot’s license before the age of 25, to subsequently working full-time with Lockheed Martin as a project engineer. Colton’s works with Lockheed Martin are orbiting our planet today. His lasting impact on his friends, family, community, and Rensselaer is certainly felt.” Erin Amarello also recounts numerous, beautiful memories of her friendship with Colton, of how he could light up a room with his laugh, even at 2 a.m., editing and re-editing Executive Board procedures. When she thinks of Colton, she remembers a friend who was never afraid to try new things, always up for an adventure and meeting new people. Most importantly, Erin remembers Colton as someone with a fierce resolve to live life and love others. May we all remember Colton as we embark on our own lives. Posted 2021-09-30
Curtis Leonard joined the Tulsa Oilers, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks, as a defenseman. Curtis compiled 43 points (9G, 34A) in 151 games with the Engineers. Posted 2021-09-30
Sujoy Sikdar is an associate professor of computer science at Binghamton University’s Thomas J. Watson College of Engineering and Applied Science. Posted 2021-09-30
Benjamin Richardson successfully defended his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder, in December 2020. He recently accepted a research scientist position at Memphis Meats in Berkeley, California. Posted 2021-09-30
Charles Carletta is product manager at FreshAddress, a leader in email marketing database services. Posted 2021-09-30


Timothy Oh
Timothy Oh has been appointed by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy to the Personalized Handgun Authorization Commission. The commission is responsible for establishing performance standards for personalized handguns and for approving and maintaining a roster of personalized handguns authorized for sale to the public. Timothy is the founder and CEO of Vara Safety, a startup that creates innovative safety devices that use biometric and RFID technology to create safe storage and security solutions for firearms. Posted 2021-09-30
Kent Rapp is a Ph.D. student at Johns Hopkins University. This spring, he was awarded an NSF Fellowship to further fund his research. Posted 2021-09-30


Sapna Raghavan was crowned Miss Connecticut 2021 at the Cabaret Theater at Mohegan Sun Casino in April. She plans to be an advocate for women in business everywhere and a role model for women who need to report sexual harassment in the workplace. Posted 2021-09-30
Erick Zecha is the Keene Swamp Bats’ head assistant coach. He will also handle all pitching coach duties for the team. Erick was a two-year member of the Swamp Bats, including the 2019 championship team for which he played a key role in defeating the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks. He pitched for four years at Rensselaer. Posted 2021-09-30