Class Notes

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


75th Reunion: Oct. 8-11, 2020 Herb Asbury writes: Since I have been under the weather, I was not able to create a column for this issue. I would love to hear from some of you at Posted 2019-10-01
We heard from Fred Greenberg, who writes: “Any alumni residing in southeast New Hampshire (Portsmouth) or northeast Massachusetts (Amesbury) want to gather for one occasion to swap a few lines? Contact me at or (603) 868-7303.” Posted 2019-03-10
Fausto Hidalgo writes: “In 2013 I sent you a summary of my activities after graduation from RPI up to that date. That summary ended with a reference to my granddaughter, who was then a student at RPI (third-generation Hidalgo). I was able to attend her graduation and tour the many new buildings that have made RPI what it is now. In addition to the 10 grandchildren mentioned in the previous summary, my wife and I now have two great-grandchildren. “There are not many new activities to add due to our age. We continue to exercise in moderation. Last January, right after celebrating my 94th birthday, I was diagnosed with colon cancer and had surgery on January 25th. The surgery was successful and there was no need for follow-up treatment, but the recovery process was necessarily slow. I am now getting back to my normal activities.” Posted 2019-03-10
Engineering Charles Peters sent his life history beginning with college; here are excerpts:

After his sophomore year at Syracuse University he received Naval orders to report to RPI in Troy. “You know the full routine we experienced there. I remained at RPI on a continuous schedule without vacation or downtime from July 1, 1943, to October ’44 and completed sufficient credits for my 3rd and 4th year of college, and then was awarded a B.Ch.E. in chemical engineering with honors.

“I then went through midshipman school on an old cruiser refitted for training berthed on the Hudson River and affiliated with additional classes at Columbia University. With my commission in January ’45, I had more training in Washington, D.C., and Hingham, Mass. Beyond all this training, my only duty assignment was at an ammunition depot in Port Chicago, Calif., supervising the loading of ammunition aboard merchant ships for transport to the Pacific. We did get to handle a top secret shipment known as ‘big boys,’ which we found a month later to be the atomic bombs on their way to Japan. My only sea duty was aboard LSTs after the end of the war when returning ammunition declared obsolete or unusable was transferred to a LST, taken three miles out from the Golden Gate Bridge, and disposed of by lowering the bow ramp and discharging into the sea. I chose to be discharged in October 1946.” Charles then drove a 1935 Plymouth across country with three buddies, buying each one out as they arrived at their destinations.

He took a job at St. Regis Paper Co. in northern NY, and after two years, married the boss’s secretary, Elinor. For her health, they moved to Florida, where Charles began a 36-year career with W.R. Grace & Co. “I worked in all phases of process planning, engineering, construction, and operating of sulfuric and phosphate acid plants and related fertilizers manufacture prior to about 10 years as the chemical plant manager. My final 10 years involved travel around the country and part of Europe in liaison with customers, engineers, and contractors developing new joint ventures and improved facilities. This was a very satisfactory and exciting job.”

Following Elinor’s death in 1996, Charles met and later married Jean. “She had three daughters and a son who readily accepted me, so  all of a sudden I inherited a grown family.” He and Jean thoroughly enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. in a small motor home and outside the U.S. on small cruise ships and river boats. After Jean’s death in 2003, he stayed active in the Kiwanis Club holding all leadership roles including president. “A special function that I much enjoyed was leadership of a group that provided wheelchair ramps for anyone in need. I prepared most of the construction drawings.”

In late 2017, Charles, still in essentially good health, invited his oldest stepdaughter and her husband to move in with him. He lives in Plant City, Fla.
Posted 2019-03-10


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

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

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

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

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


Robert Pfeiff writes: 70th Reunion: Oct. 8-11, 2020 Posted 2019-10-02
Engineering Alpha Chi Rho Brother Bill Statesir (ChemE) was among the youngest members of our class. He reports that he was feted by 27 family and friends on his March 28 90th birthday. He and Helen live in Portland, Texas, just across the bay from Corpus Christi. Bill and roommate Dick Moshier (MechE), two months younger, were prime movers in the 1948 formation of the RPI chapter of AXP. Dick died in June 2016.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Although I do not remember Victor, his Transit entry includes Camera Club membership. We may have had a fleeting acquaintanceship. If he had used the club darkroom in the bowels of the dorms, we would have had a unique shared experience. 
Posted 2019-10-01
Alpha Chi Rho fraternity at RPI was chartered in October 1948. Its 70th anniversary was celebrated a month early to coincide with Reunion & Homecoming Weekend. Staged at The Desmond Hotel Albany, in excess of 100 attended. Of 26 charter brothers, three survive, Bill Statesir (B.Ch.E.), charter president, Bill Goffe (B.Physics), and me. Both Bills live in retirement communities with their wives; Statesir in Portland, Texas, and Goffe in Webster, N.Y.

It was my good fortune to be able to represent the founders and I enjoyed the support of Alan McKersie ’52 and his wife, Jane (Russell Sage). Alan lives in Chelmsford, Mass., and was a member of our first pledge class. The next oldest attendee was from the Class of 1965

I left Seneca Falls early enough to meet freshman roommate Jack Haefeli (B.C.E.) for lunch after which I visited Susan, the widow of fraternity roommate Frank Kolesinskas ’51 (B.Ch.E.). Frank died in 1994.

We had lost charter brother Tom Donnelly (B.Chem.) in April 2018 a week after his 90th birthday and two weeks after our last personal exchanges. Tom was NROTC, and earned his chemistry Ph.D. at Cornell in 1955. Tom’s career included research and management at Swift & Co. In 1979 he turned to teaching at Loyola University, Chicago, and Mundelein College. A holder of patents in his field, he served as a member of a food enzymology delegation to China People to People in 1985.

Tom was a founder of the St. John of the Cross Parish, Western Springs, Ill., where he served in several capacities including cantor, member of two choirs, and a chorale. He was known at RPI for his singing, especially in quartets. He was a dedicated family genealogist, publishing his research. He and Jean had three daughters and one son along with a large and close set of relatives.

Another AXP brother, first pledge class, Tom Bent, now 93, is going strong in Florida. An Air Force aviator at the end of WWII, his “retirement” career was as advanced flight instructor offering experience in a Pitts and a Decathlon. Now 93, Tom decided at 90 that time for that was past. He lost his wife, Ellie, in 2016 but is supported by the Port Saint Lucie aviation community in which he has been living and by nearby family.
Posted 2019-03-10
Engineering Burl Wilder (B.M.E.) was interviewed on the June 25, 2018, anniversary of the Korean War on which date he turned 90 years. The Citrus County Chronicle, Crystal River, Fla., newspaper coverage contains his reflections on choosing enlistment over the draft upon RPI graduation. His service did not take him to the war zone but provided contrasting adventures out of Key West and Norfolk. He tells of making a winter icebreaker trip supplying bases in Greenland. This in seas full of ice sometimes occupied by polar bears. “Wilder moved to Crystal River in 1970 and is a former owner of Twin Rivers Marina. He and his wife, Nancy, enjoy the quiet living but Burl says he’s feeling a little old — he no longer has the physical ability to take out the sailboat. ‘I think it is amazing that I got this far,’ he said. ‘I have no regrets.’ ” Posted 2019-03-10
Engineering I received clippings about two of our class members. The first provides insights into the saga of Max Bleck (B.M.E.) and his career of musical chairs in the aviation industry. For 30 years Max provided executive leadership and engineering expertise to the general aviation industry. At various times in his career he served as president of Cessna, Beechcraft, and Learjet in Wichita, Kan., as well as Piper Aircraft in Vero Beach, Fla. He also served as chairman of the Aviation Manufacturer’s Association and as president of Raytheon Corp. during the time Beechcraft was a Raytheon subsidiary. In 1992 he was inducted into the Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame. Entering RPI at age 16, his tenure was interrupted in 1945 by service in the U.S. Navy as a radar technician. Max was a licensed 1,300-hour private pilot with single engine, multi-engine, and instrument ratings. He flew an experimental biplane of his own design which he constructed in his Wichita basement and garage. He was an avid tennis player and, in retirement, returned to his youthful fascination with golf. Max received honorary doctorate degrees from Daniel Webster College in 1992 and Rensselaer in 1993. Max died on Sept. 2, 2018. Posted 2019-03-10


Fred Williamson writes: Some (probably most) of the ’51 class is not on this side of the grass, and that makes sharing news a bit of a problem. Just memories. I have lots. To be sure, most are great. If I may share the biggest one — it is that although I got an excellent education in chemical engineering, the largest one is that mine didn’t stop at graduation — it just began.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Bud Hovey writes: Mark your calendars for the fall of 2020. We are planning on having a reunion that year, while we are still active and nimble, instead of waiting until 2022, which would be our 70th. Some preliminary information was sent to me by John Winter. C.J. Nager is spearheading the effort to have our final Class Reunion at the Holiday Inn, Latham, in 2020. Curt Breneman, Dean of Science, will be our speaker at our 2020 Reunion. Posted 2019-10-01
John Winter also reminded me about our RPI days and said he uncovered a photo showing our classmate John Margenot, the president of the IFC (Interfraternity Council), awarding prizes to the queen and her court at the Interfraternity Ball, also called the Harvest Moon Ball. John Winter was the treasurer and recalled issuing a check to the Tommy Tucker Orchestra. They were one of the last to play on the college circuit. While at an EMPAC banquet two years ago, John was seated next to the current Grand Marshal. He had never heard of the IFC Ball. It went away with the “smokers” that the political parties ran to influence us naive freshmen. You can find more info about the balls at this site: Click on Student Traditions, then Dances.

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

John Winter told me he donated his ham radio equipment to a local club. It included a full Collins S-line. He and his wife, Marge, RSC ’55, are happy in their retirement home in Wichita, Kan. His son is now running his company, Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics. He is making lithium-ion batteries for business aircraft and has doubled the company’s size.
Posted 2019-10-01
John Drake read about the “First to Cross Atlantic Flight to Ireland” article in the Spring 2019 issue and requested a copy. He also mentioned that though he graduated with a B.S.E.E. and after consulting for 15 years, he taught aeronautical engineering at Purdue for 20 years. Now he is in a retirement home in Ann Arbor, Mich. Posted 2019-10-01
Bud Hovey writes: My wife, Esther, and I celebrated our 62nd wedding anniversary on May 11, 2019, in Ogunquit, Maine. Posted 2019-10-01
Engineering In December 2017, Frank Wolz (BME) and his wife, Jean (née Mylner), celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary and Frank’s 90th birthday. Jean is a 1953 graduate of Russell Sage, where she majored in organic chemistry. Frank designed electrical and mechanical systems for commercial enterprises during his last dozen years of employment in the Orlando, Fla., area. They are now living in the Westminster Winter Park retirement community. Posted 2019-03-10
Engineering I received a most interesting article, which I will send to anyone interested as an email attachment, titled “Who was first to fly across Atlantic Ocean from America to Ireland?” It was prepared by a friend of Lewis Dewart (BAE), who resides in Nottingham Village, Northumberland, Pa. Lewis, who served as a 1st Lt. in the Air Force during the last two years of the Korean War, assembled the information about the early attempts to fly across the Atlantic in 1919 and provided it to his friend. Spoiler alert! One of four teams was successful. Posted 2019-03-10


Bill Glaser (L m) sold his Naples, Fla., home and purchased a senior housing condo on the Florida Gulf. Now he doesn’t have to change light bulbs or perform maintenance. He is free to concentrate on intellectual and physical activities. Bill drives a Chevy Volt which has great gas mileage, but has to push the car after 60 miles on battery. Posted 2019-10-01
Richard Greenberg ( was preparing his superb collection of Brazilian stamps for a show in June 2019 in Washington, D.C. He was aiming to receive a gold medal. Hope all philatelists and alumni show support. Posted 2019-10-01
Arthur Goldstein writes: I know that our group is advancing in age, especially the World War II veterans. I would still appreciate information from you such as books, movies, family news, travel, hobbies, education, politics, or any things you would like to share.

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

A book I recommend is Presidents in War by Michael Beschloss. It highlights seven presidents and presents a historical perspective that is new and revealing with excellent writing. Especially interesting are Polk, FDR, and Truman. Please keep in touch.
Posted 2019-10-01
Dr. Robert Pavan (’51, ’52, ’53 M.S.) was awarded the Demers Medal, for long-term service, at the October Awards Dinner at RPI. Posted 2019-09-11
Arthur Goldstein writes: Our 65th Reunion took place the weekend of Sept. 27, 2018. In attendance were Bob Goldberg and Marge, Al Birks and Joan, Charles Bucci, Harry Carlson, John Kaestle and Louise, Warren Rasmussen, Brooke Schumm, Gordon Kilby and Judy, Jack Newton, and Stephen Puzier. President Shirley Ann Jackson presented a stimulating talk on campus life. Some highlights! We are preserving our Greek System; however, we need to control hazing, drinking, drugs, and other distractions. We had over 20,000 applicants to the college with scores that are higher than ever. RPI is considered one of the best STEM and architecture schools and is now planning to offer new music and academic programs. Diversity among male and female students is at an all-time high. Our school is deeply involved in health informatics using AI, intelligent machines, and large-scale data accumulation and processing. We partner with IBM and the famous Watson computer system affecting electronic health data. An excellent panel of experts in health care followed the president’s presentation. The weekend also included “RED” Talks (similar to TED Talks) on subjects where RPI is influential in biotechnology and interdisciplinary studies. Participants attended the 50 Year Club Luncheon at Heffner Alumni House and an elegant dinner at the East Campus Athletic Village. There were many stimulating choices of events to attend and people to mix with on campus. Bob Goldberg provided an excellent summary of the weekend. Bob and Marge live in Portland, Maine, in an adult community. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary and make use of the cultural and physical facilities of the area. They keep in touch with Jacques Stanlea (Switzerland), Warren Rasmussen (Florida), Harris Siegel (Rochester), and Harry Carlson (Altamont, N.Y.). Bob’s advice is to downsize while you are still able to. Gloria and I were not able to attend due to a severe cold. So sorry we missed the event. A wonderful source of information is the ability to stream speeches on the RPI website. Go to: and look for the September 2018 speech. Very, very stimulating! Posted 2019-03-10


On March 17, RPI alumni from Alpha Epsilon Pi, representing classes from 1954 to 1962, met for their annual reunion at BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Present were 20 alumni and an equal number of wives, significant others, and widows. You might call them brothers and sisters-in-law.

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

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

In June, Andy and his wife celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary with their four children and 12 grandchildren. 
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Miki Fedun ’81 sent word that his father, Basil Fedun, passed away in August. Basil was a retired hydrodynamicist and torpedo control specialist who worked at Gould/Westinghouse/Northrop Grumman. Miki says his dad was an eternal optimist, always at the door with a smile, a warm embrace, and a Slavic kiss on the cheeks. Posted 2019-10-10
Bob Meyers writes: Back in Florida for the winter season, I have lunched with Zev Rosen ’54 and Phil Gross ’62, and have been playing bridge with Martin Rogers ’56 and with Mel Hirsch ’57, and regularly conversing with my son, Ross Meyers ’84. I was still awaiting the arrival of Jerry Schneider ’59, and looking forward to a visit from Henry Rosenblatt ’54, who keeps me informed of exploits of the RPI football team, which has now won five times as many games as the team won in our entire four years—but then again, RPI won national championships in lacrosse and hockey during those same four years. — Bob Meyers ’ Posted 2019-03-10


Chase (“Sal”) Adams said 10 years ago: “I’m never going to retire,” and he has kept his word. He no longer has his law practice but still runs a life insurance agency. With a current focus on gift planning strategies, Sal has developed a financial formula aimed at generating income for charities. The Adamses moved a few years ago from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., to Sioux City, Iowa, to be near his wife’s mother. “It’s a much smaller town, only three flights a day from the airport. I sit at my desk and I work, as there is nothing else to do.” Sal has four sons living across the country.  Posted 2019-10-10
Engineering Richard Anderson still volunteers to help maintain portions of the Erie Canal. Drawing on his ChemE background, he recently helped select cement for a hard-to-patch canal aqueduct. Richard’s wife died two years ago. “I was married to a really tremendous lady. She received a letter from President Obama thanking her for her contribution to early childhood education.” When one of their sons lost his hearing at age 3, they went back to college and worked to set up appropriate education programs. Their son was able not only to succeed academically but also to go on to help develop the 911 network and the EZ-Pass system. Richard now works out five days a week at a Silver Sneakers aquatic exercise program.  Posted 2019-10-10
Like the rest of us, Charles Coe has had to cut back on his sports activities. “I used to play tennis but lost my partners and had to give it up. I skied until I was 71. They had super senior rates at the lift line. But I took a spill and had a compression fracture in my back, and gave that up.” Chuck is still a lap swimmer at a local outdoor pool. He and Judy enjoy theater, symphony, and lecture programs in Los Gatos, Calif.  Posted 2019-10-10
Clifford Hastings reports that he does a lot of reading and is a longtime volunteer manning the desk at his local library. The Hastings have traveled widely, with cruises to Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, and from Spain to Florida. “We’ve spent the last few years on the water.” They just gave up their annual visits to Nantucket because the terrain became too difficult for walking. Cliff has also given up golf. “My social life revolves around my physicians.”  Posted 2019-10-10
Edward Kaiser moved from Arkansas to near Dallas, Texas, several years ago to be near his children and grandchildren. Still an avid gardener, he found that he had to change some crops: Texas was too dry for mushrooms and a wrong pH for blueberries, but he now does well with two growing seasons and other crops including boysenberries, spinach, and kale. “We also used to hunt and fish, but we got old.” Ed traveled widely during his 39 years with Bell Helicopter/Textron but no longer wants to: “I got burned out then on planes. Now I hate to get on one — too cramped.” Also in the past are brewing his own beer and making wine: “I could buy better wine than I could make.”  Posted 2019-10-10
Neil Krebs recalls that he took almost no liberal arts courses at RPI, partly because of ROTC requirements. But after Army service in Korea he returned to RPI for his Ph.D. and developed a love of classical music, twice winning radio station contests to be the first to identify pieces. “I rushed to the post office to mail my entries. The prizes were tickets to concerts at the Field House. One was by the Mantovani Orchestra.” He lives in Stephentown, N.Y., where his wife, a descendant of Stephen Douglas, has a 300-acre property dating back to the Douglas family in 1765. Neil and his wife keep very busy raising Scottie Terriers, llamas, alpacas, chickens, and ducks.  Posted 2019-10-10
Daniel Murphy reports that he and his wife are fine. He walks a mile and a half most every day. Dan used to race sailboats on a large lake nearby but has given that up. He has a lifetime love of sports cars, having raced in the ’50s “until I got married and couldn’t afford it.” Now the owner of two Alfa Romeos, he drives regularly around the countryside with a group of owners from the St. Louis area. Lacking power steering “does wear out my arms.” Dan works on the cars himself, with the 1961 model now taken apart for new wiring. “Surprisingly, parts are easier to get now than 20 years ago.” Dan visited RPI in 2013 for the renewal of his DKE fraternity.  Posted 2019-10-10
Shelby Putnam reports that he and his wife are “doing reasonably well.” In past years they sailed their trawler on summer trips from Maine to the Florida Keys and Bahamas, but they have given that up. They also recently gave up their summer house on Chebeague Island near Portland. “Things got a little heavier than they used to be.” Shelby sold his candy manufacturing business in 1992 but still goes in part time, several owners later, taking care of the machinery.  Posted 2019-10-10
Engineering In what may be a class record, Arthur Rathbun worked full time with the same company, Bettis, for 58 years. Getting his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering along the way, he designed nuclear reactors for the U.S. Navy’s submarines and carriers. Since retiring at age 81 he has had to give up skiing but keeps busy with cruises, visits to his children in California and France, and numerous trips with Road Scholar’s Signature Cities program.  Posted 2019-10-10
Harvey Rosenhouse still gets around well, driving regularly from New Jersey to visit his sons, a math professor in Virginia and a lawyer in Brooklyn. He and Sandy had a recent family vacation at Disney World. “Surprisingly, I enjoyed it. My grandchildren persuaded me to go on the roller coaster. I hadn’t been on one for 30 years. Once every 30 years is enough.” Harvey works out at home with dumbbells and push-ups — “at least I call them push-ups.” He keeps in touch with Rajai Atalla, who according to Harvey is still running a research laboratory.  Posted 2019-10-10
Norman Schwartz earned a law degree and practiced real estate law in California for 30 years. An avid pilot since RPI days, he has flown around the world, over the North Pole, and across Africa bush country. He had to sell his plane and give up flying several years ago: “The insurance companies are prejudiced against people over 80. I’ve adopted a more passive hobby, photography. Street photography has become a passionate hobby.” Norman has received several awards, and his works hang in local galleries and have been featured in publications including the cover of the UCLA extension course catalog. His portfolio website is  Posted 2019-10-10
Playing tennis three times a week keeps Brooks Vogt in shape. “But getting up at 7:30 is no fun. And the game is slowing down. People don’t remember who is serving.” Brooks is nostalgic about his former days in a motorcycle group. “We were known as the Del Monte Vultures. We rode all over the place. Riding in a group is fun. Riding solo is scary — too many people don’t see you.” The Vogts keep busy tracking their three grandsons: a 17-year-old playing goalie in an elite hockey league (and thinking about attending RPI), a 15-year-old playing football and hockey, and a 9-year-old who has recovered from cancer and who now appears on TV as an ambassador for his children’s hospital in Los Angeles.  Posted 2019-10-10
John Schmidt writes: 65th Reunion: Oct. 8-11, 2020 Posted 2019-10-10
When I spoke in October with Gordon (Russ) Wilmot, he was getting ready to turn his four-bedroom house over to his son and move to a nearby apartment. “We built the house, and I have 55 years worth of stuff to get rid of.” A lifetime amateur clarinetist with local orchestras and bands, he stopped playing recently to become a full-time caregiver for his wife. “Once we get settled, I might pick it up again.” Posted 2019-03-10
Ted Sargent has a third generation at RPI. Both his son and son-in-law attended, and his granddaughter is now a freshman. “She loves the campus and the people she’s met.” Posted 2019-03-10
Pete Nicholson earned an M.S. at Cornell and then worked at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, where he founded and developed a satellite ground facility, earning two Meritorious Civilian Service Awards. He had a second career at the Department of Defense working on satellite communications for troops in the field, finally retiring two years ago. Pete keeps active by maintaining the family homestead in Maryland and reminiscing with lasting friends from work. He remembers his RPI roommate Spiro Pappas and Professors Spiegel, Guilford, and Weaver, who were most influential during his academic life. He and Beth have two children, including a son who is emergency backup goalie for the Washington Capitals, and a grandson who they think is heading for engineering, perhaps at RPI. Posted 2019-03-10
George McBride reports that he is still enjoying life despite some back problems. “I walk around the block, and I can still drive. I do a lot of reading, including biographies of all of the U.S. presidents through Lincoln.” Growing up in the Detroit area made him a lifelong Lions fan, and in October he and Nan drove there from Maryland to see a game, joining their children for a family reunion. They also met with Steve Whitman and Herb Schaeffer and their wives for the group’s annual production of pickles, canning about 80 jars. Steve now has residences in Connecticut and Texas, the latter near his children. Posted 2019-03-10
Lois and Sal Magnano moved to a retirement community in Nashua, N.H., five years ago. “We get fed very nicely.” Sal serves on the facility’s resident council and on its board of trustees. He has also served on the board of Nashua’s Boys and Girls Club for an incredible 36 years. “Our major task is raising money. The club serves about 500 kids each day.” Lois has been slowed by arthritis, but Sal still works out on the treadmill and enjoys walking. Posted 2019-03-10
Prof. Willy Lick continues to spend much of his time painting, turning out many lovely works in oil. He exhibits at galleries in Santa Barbara. “I get lots of compliments but few sales. I mainly do it because I enjoy painting. It’s a learning process. I never had art classes.” He does a painting of his granddaughter at least once every year. “It’s sort of a record.” Willy still consults for the government on environmental problems, mostly for the EPA. In the past he and his students worked extensively on pollution of the Hudson River by PCBs, modeling sediment transport, chemical absorption by sediments, effects of storms, etc. Posted 2019-03-10
Stephen Jaff has lived in NYC all his life, currently in a condo he bought 20 years ago. “I couldn’t afford it now.” When we spoke in October, the Jaffs had just returned from three weeks in Paris and were planning a similar trip to London in March—“God willing, and if we get the bathroom renovated.” He was also looking forward to seeing the latest Harry Potter film, after he and his wife took turns reading a Potter book to each other: “I’ve not completely gotten the boy out of me.” The Jaffs are active attendees at concerts, theater, and lectures. Another favorite is the Met Opera HD series, performed in a nearby theater whose entire interior was rebuilt by Stephen years ago when he operated his family’s interior renovation business. The Jaffs have two daughters, both in Manhattan. “I wish them well, and I wish they’d get married.” Posted 2019-03-10
Age has slowed Ronald Harris, but not much. After retirement from MIT, he and his wife bought a 17-acre property near Saranac Lake in the Adirondacks. “It’s a lot of work, and a lot to maintain.” He has stopped rock climbing but still hikes, climbs slopes, and skis. Until his wife’s death two years ago they traveled widely around the western U.S. and Alaska, including a visit with Chuck Parker in Arizona. They towed a jeep behind their motor home, for exploring off-road trails. Posted 2019-03-10
Joel Feinberg says he is in pretty good health, still drives, and works out at the gym. He lives alone and is getting ready to sell his house and downsize. His second wife died four years ago, and he has a new girlfriend. “I’ve pretty much given up things I used to do, like collecting cameras and raising fish.” In earlier years Joel taught computer services for senior citizens, led discussion groups for seniors at Iona College, and was a master gardener. Posted 2019-03-10
Phil Carroll registered to run another Detroit full marathon in October but had to skip it when he didn’t have enough time to train. “I figure I could have walked it in 10 hours. But the finish line stays open for only six and a half. My worst finish has been 6:25.”

He has run more than 60 full marathons and hopes to run another this year. Ann Arbor has no central park, and Phil is busy campaigning to convert a parking area to a park rather than a high-rise. He is not yet ready to downsize, but, “I have a 10-year plan to continually reduce the amount of stuff in the house.”
Posted 2019-03-10
Prof. Eugene Byrnes earned his Ph.D. at the U. of New Hampshire and taught organic chemistry at Assumption College in Worcester. After retirement, “I like to get outside of chemistry and do many other things.” In the past he has been very active in his church and helping elderly and infirm neighbors, but now has had to stick closer to home. “Mostly I am taking care of my wife. She needs help, and I need help remembering.” Posted 2019-03-10
Ernest Berger spent three years in the Navy and then joined his father’s firm, designing kitchens and selling appliances. He recently retired, has much more free time, and has started to work out with a personal trainer. A bachelor, he lives with his sister. Posted 2019-03-10


Frank Griggs writes: I continue to work on my golf game. You may recall a few issues ago I noted that a 200-yard drive was a good one. Now I say it is a really, really good one. I continue writing on civil engineering history, concentrating on Rensselaer civil engineering grads. Posted 2019-10-01
Larry Zutty wrote, “I’m enjoying retirement...I know most say this, but it’s really great. I’m very happily married to my wife of 60 years. We live near Princeton, N.J. We enjoy driving trips around the country. The last one covered over 3,000 miles. We take time to see shows and concerts...standard stuff. Next week we’re having lunch with Jerry Berns.”  Posted 2019-10-01
Frank Griggs writes: I got an email from the son of Peter McDonough, also named Peter, who said he was googling some information and the name Bob McGrath was in it. He writes: “This raised my curiosity about Bob McGrath because he was my father’s best man in his wedding and also my godfather. So I googled Bob’s name and it led me to your RPI alumni column, spring and fall of 2018. Just to let you know, dad passed away in February 2004. I shared your articles with my mom, and she really enjoyed hearing about Bob. She told me how much respect dad had for  Posted 2019-10-01
Charley Buttz, our class historian, wrote, “Took a 4,700-mile auto trip to Florida, Texas, and points in between in March. Visited Chuck Blum, an old (really old!) RPI roommate in Ft. Lauderdale, and my wife’s brother and our classmate, Art Castro, in Houston, en route. Had a marvelous time and am considering another overseas junket in the fall. What’s that old chestnut about a rolling stone?”  Posted 2019-10-01
Peter Goetz wrote he is raising goats and rabbits, to go along with his chickens, in Cold Harbor, N.Y. He still flies his airplane and plays tennis three times a week. He spends his winters in Naples, Fla. For you history buffs, Washington A. Roebling, Class of 1857, and builder of the Brooklyn Bridge, is buried in Cold Harbor.  Posted 2019-10-01
Bill Mouzavires wrote telling me that a fellow Delt, Harry Williams ’57, passed away in 2018. He stays in touch with some of his hockey teammates, including Jim Shildneck, Marty Karch, and Lloyd Bauer. He spends his winters in Bradenton Beach, Fla. He wrote, “I have lots of aches and pains…from playing too much sports but am glad I’m still kicking.”  Posted 2019-10-01
Paul Kilian lives in Dover, N.H., and wrote he lost his second wife recently. He is planning on entering a continual care retirement community in Durham, N.H., shortly.  Posted 2019-10-01
Bob McGrath and Jack Cunningham sent me a copy of an obituary for Parker B. Hornbeck, a chemical engineering major and fraternity brother who died Nov. 14, 2018, in Carmel Valley, Calif. Parker spent his first two years after graduation with a chemical company. He then enlisted in the Navy, graduated from the Naval Officer Candidate School at Newport, R.I., and served for 11 years on active duty attaining the rank of lieutenant. His last assignment was on a nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser.

After naval service, Parker spent 35 years with Bechtel Corp. as a quality assurance engineer for several nuclear power plants throughout California and the northwest. He was a lifetime member of the National Ski Patrol, eventually earning a National Appointment classification. 
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Jerry Reinert wrote, “Hi, from your ‘aging’ class president. Only two more years left before our next Reunion. If I’m physically able, I’ll be on campus to welcome all of you that can make it. Being in our mid-80s isn’t easy. Lois and I, my two sons, daughter-in-law and (only) two grandchildren are all fine. I’ve been quite busy with business, philanthropy, and RPI. In business, my partner and I are in the middle of our third building project in South America. At RPI, my two endowments are very active: The first is the Reinert–Rader Fellowship Fund. The second is the Reinert Executive Speakers Fund. This fund invites a high-level executive to come to campus to speak, one every semester. I try to get up to RPI to introduce each of them. Try and stay healthy, and please consider joining us in 2021.”  Posted 2019-10-01
Robert A. Knapp died on March 13, 2018. Bob served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and was a loyal employee of General Electric for over 30 years, retiring in 1987. Posted 2019-03-10
An email from the son of Leonard A. LeSchack states: “Unfortunately, my dad passed away last year. December 15, 2017. With full honors, caisson, and 21-gun salute, he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery in May of this year. He thought of you guys fondly and was really happy to catch up the last time he was there.” Some of you may recall Leonard was a captain in the U.S. Navy and attended our 60th Reunion. He prepared a fascinating PowerPoint program titled “From RPI Cheerleader to Cold War Hero” for our reunion and it can be viewed on our class website (to access, just Google, RPI Class of 1956 wix). Posted 2019-03-10
Frank Griggs writes: While poking around the internet for information on my classmates, I found in the October 6, 1955, issue of the Times Record in Troy, N.Y., an article that stated, “A 1956 RPI Cadet Top Ranked for the second straight year. An Army ROTC student is reported as the outstanding cadet among 231,900 or more attending the summer camp training period at Fort Bragg, N.C. He is Charles W. Buttz of Aberdeen, N.D., a senior in civil engineering…Cadet Buttz is the cadet commander of the Army ROTC battalion at the institute.” Charles has been the class historian for many years and has attended most of the class reunions over the years. He and his wife, Teresa, the sister of our classmate Art Castro, live in Buck Hill Falls, Pa. Art was a longtime class correspondent. Posted 2019-03-10
Peter Goetz wrote: “I am living in Cold Spring, N.Y., but still practicing construction law on a limited basis. Still flying and playing tennis on a regular basis but gave up skiing as I find getting into my ski boots too much effort. I started raising designer chickens, which is a lot of fun except for the coop cleaning aspect; however, I found a local man who took on that chore for a small remittance. My three children still live in the NY area so I see them regularly. I am still very sad losing my close friend Sam Heffner. We worked together along with Jack Broadbent ’59 three+ years ago to start up the new DKE house on campus.” Posted 2019-03-10
Marvin Menzin wrote: “I am still enjoying retirement and being very busy. Peggy and I are still skiing at Killington. My free over-80 season ticket helps though we are taking it easier on the slopes now. Still helping to teach engineering in elementary school, a blast working with K-2 kids on fixing their projects that didn’t quite work as planned. My engineering projects also didn’t work as planned, even with 40 years of experience! Started mentoring college startups at Northeastern University. Amazed at how many are trying startups at NEU. Not all techies either. Been lucky healthwise, falling apart from age of course, but very gradually and most key components still work. Been lucky familywise too. Five married kids and most of my 13 grandkids still live in Boston area and we see them often. Never thought life could be this good at 84.” Posted 2019-03-10
Dave Bonnar wrote: “I have been playing lots of tennis in retirement in Florida. I am captain of two tennis teams in the Space Coast Tennis Leagues in Brevard County near the Cape. In 2015 my doubles partner and I won the qualifier to represent Florida in the National Seniors Tennis Tournament in Minneapolis, Minn., at their main college campus. We played four days of round robin and came in sixth place out of 14 states who played. In 2017 (they play every two years in the Nationals) we had a similar experience in Birmingham, Ala. We won two matches outdoors on clay courts, and lost the bronze medal indoors on hard courts due to rain. So we came in fourth out of 12 states represented. “Now, we are getting ready to qualify again in Florida for another shot at the 2019 Nationals. These matches will be held in Albuquerque, N.M., next June. We are now in the 80-84 age bracket. My partner is older, so we can’t quite make the 85-89 bracket this time. This may be our last time playing in the Seniors Nationals. “After working 47 years in CA and FL one year, retirement is painting and playing tennis and doing yard work. I also spent the last 10 years delivering food for Meals on Wheels here in our county.” Posted 2019-03-10
Jim Connors wrote in reference to Bob McGrath’s story in the last alumni news: “You can tell Bob that my memory is that when the suit of armor showed up at the neighborhood bar, Steve (Stavros) Georgopoulos’ smiling face was inside. I believe G. Reed Shaw ’27, our adviser, walked over, lifted the faceplate, and said ‘take it back.’ ” Posted 2019-03-10
Jerry Reinert writes: “I’ve had a very busy year: Lois and I spent some time in Costa Rica visiting my son and his family. We recently returned from a trip to India. I must say that it was the least enjoyable trip that we have taken.

“I retired from Wall Street two years after my wife, Madeleine, died of cancer in 1992 at age 54. I moved to Boca Raton, and two years after that I met Lois. We have been together ever since. My first 10 years in Florida we spent doing philanthropic work, and teaching at Lynn University. I hope that all of you will be healthy and strong enough to attend our 65th Reunion in 2021. That goes for me as well. Try to stay healthy, enjoy life, and to those of you who are still working, it’s time to quit.”

Jerry also let us know that his good friend, Saul Levy, died Oct. 23. Saul was a member of Phi Sigma Delta and AIEE - IRE. He earned his Ph.D. in mathematics at Yeshivah University and was a tenured professor of applied mathematics and computer science at Rutgers.
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Engineering From Frank Griggs ’56: Another six months has passed and I am still plugging along. I got a new knee in July and am still getting used to it. As some of you are aware, my hobby and passion for the past 30+ years has been the restoration of iron and wooden bridges. I was presented with the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Distinguished Alumni Award for 2019 at the RPI Center for Infrastructure, Transportation, and the Environment at the Transportation Research Board annual meeting on Jan. 14, 2019, in Washington, D.C. It was a great honor. Posted 2019-03-10


We recently read about our ’57 classmate, Col. Dick Kibbey, who was shot down and killed in Vietnam in 1967. His remains were recently identified and returned to the U.S. for burial in March with military honors in Arlington National Cemetery. Dick was a helicopter rescue pilot and had just retrieved a downed pilot in the Mu Gia Pass valley of North Vietnam when his chopper was hit and crashed. We’re very happy for his family, and salute Dick and his family for their service and sacrifice!  Posted 2019-10-01
On Horace Pops, we read that he has been again recognized by ASTM International’s committee on copper and copper alloys with its top Award of Merit. You may recall Horace has garnered much recognition and other top awards since the early ’90s. He is still active with Horace Pops Consulting Inc. of Fort Wayne, Ind.  Posted 2019-10-01
Engineering Doug Hasbrouck reports that Rex Krueger signed the certificate for our third Spectrum Award winner. Bud Lindner and Carl Thurnau joined Doug and Stephanie in May to present the certificate to Parth Bhide, a local boy who graduated with a B.S. in chemical engineering. He had a 3.94 QPA and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in materials science. Parth held leadership roles in Rensselaer’s Engineering Ambassadors Program, which works with local school children from grades 4 through 12. He was also involved with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and served as treasurer of the executive board. You can read more on Parth, the Spectrum Award, and funding on our ’57 Spectrum webpage at Posted 2019-10-01
From Lydia, Dick Kaeyer’s wife, we hear that he has had some serious health issues with surgery in Sarasota, and is now recovering well following treatment at their local hospital in Maine. Lydia notes, “We came back from Florida in early May. En route Dick was honored at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, N.Y., for which he was architect 50 years ago with an addition which put it in ‘major museum’ category. Before we left Sarasota, we had an ‘always fun’ visit from Jackie and Bruce Collopy. And we thank guys from RPI and PiKA who sent best wishes to Dick.”  Posted 2019-10-01
From Rex Krueger we heard that he was in Nairobi, Kenya, in January visiting old friends who included the founder and chairman of Daystar University and the founder and president of the Karen Hospital. Rex notes, “I have been involved with Daystar University for over 40 years, meeting the founding directors (Dr. Don and Faye Smith) in Oregon when we moved there in 1974. They returned in 2014 to Nairobi to live on the Daystar campus. Karin and I had made several trips to Africa, with this one scheduled to celebrate Faye’s 90th birthday and to meet the new leadership of the university. Unluckily, my hosts and I were involved in a bad car accident on the Nairobi-Mombasa highway. I was well treated at Karen Hospital and flew home with a very bad back, and X-rays revealed a compressed vertebra. Am now wearing a waist/back belt/brace. All of this made moving into our new house in Redmond, Ore., a bit more complicated. I’m still upright, working up to playing golf soon…and am still accused of being as feisty as ever!”  Posted 2019-10-01
In mid-July, Dave Brunell notes that he and Pam hosted a Class of ’57 — Five Guys Mini Reunion with Chuck Gould, Dick Kaeyer, Bogie Bogdonavic, and Jack Bluestein for two days at his Bass & Bee Farm, near the Appalachian Trail in western Maryland…“It was a real blast and hell of a lot of fun exceeding even our elevated fantasies…indoors and outdoors, swapping all kinds of stories, heart/mind/spirit sharings, and belly laughter galore…a group favorite was a ‘Yin’ Yoga session with a master teacher, regenerating body parts/connections long forgotten (e.g., lower back and joints), discovering others never known, and re-inflating athletic exploits of yesteryear.

We were stunned how instantly our separate 61-year life journeys re-merged and melted into common themes of exploration, transformation, challenges, stumbles, learnings, conscious/unconscious choices, epiphanies, revelations of faith, meaning…and brotherhood…And how little of that was planned or could have been predicted back in 1957. Everyone’s enthusiastic about another in 2019. Welcome to others interested (Gus/Dick Gustafson already in!).” Well done, Dave!
Posted 2019-03-10
We also regret, from an all-points message from Doug Hasbrouck at the end of October, the passing of Don Howey, our football co-captain and lacrosse defenseman. That email was followed within the hour by Dave Murphy noting the passing of his Pi Kappa Phi fraternity brothers Paul Presta and Charles Carter Rich. Doug also mentioned that he’d like to be made aware of these happenings to keep his class records up to date, as he works closely with RPI to help keep those records straight. I should add that it would be good to keep this scribe copied on those class alerts, not just for ’57 but for others who read these class columns.

On a lighter note, Doug mentioned our winning football team, with a 7-0 record and ranked 14th in the nation, as of October 29 and with the St. Lawrence and Union games remaining. At Thanksgiving, and not knowing how things had turned out, I mentioned this to my granddaughter who is a senior at Union. With a broad smile she quickly told me that “Union had just beaten RPI”…oh, my!…to which I quickly whispered to Taylor that “RPI was RPI when Union was a Pup” (as I recalled it)…to which she responded, “No, Papa Buzz. Union was started in 1795 and was older than RPI.” A bit of fun with a millennial!
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It is with great regret that I note the passing of Bob Aldrich this fall. Bob will be remembered by all for his very active support for our ’57 Reunion activities, including the acquisition for our class. The last was for our 60th, our red vest as our ’57 uniform. It was only in mid-year thinking about this column that while rummaging through my ’57 column file I ran across Bob’s “Slim-Ericks—Light Limericks for Well- Versed Dieters.” Finding it, I had spent some time smiling and chuckling with his limericks…including one written on the inside cover to me and our years of the ’57 column. Posted 2019-03-10


Received a note from Harvey Kaiser, who advises that he continues consulting in higher education facilities. His last two projects were for Qatar University for a Facility Management Organization study and a Space Program for the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts.

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

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

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

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

His work has been recognized with industry awards for engineering designs, and in 2007, he was named Engineer of the Year in New York by the American Council of Engineering Companies. Chet is currently developing new mechanical codes as a member of the New York City Mayor’s Advisory Commission. 
Posted 2019-10-01


Heard from Dick Schult, ex-1959, Arch major and NROTC. Lived in B Dorm 201 with Clyde Hassett. Says he received a Navy regular scholarship but to another university.

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

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

Has lived in Norfolk, Va., for 51 years and is active in civic and church activities. He recently reconnected with his freshman NROTC instructor, then Lt. Mike Childress. Mike retired as a commander and had a second career in real estate. He lives in Virginia Beach and is 93 or 94. Mike says he hasn’t seen or heard of any other folks except in the alumni mag. 
Posted 2019-10-01
Sadly, we report the passing of James F. Rappolt, Alpha Sigma Phi. His son, James F. Rappolt Jr., is a member of the Class of 1989. Posted 2019-03-10
Group of alumni on trip to Italy
We heard from Ed Gruber, nowadays a resident of Fair Lawn, N.J. He wrote that he and his wife, Marlaine, joined the RPI Alumni Association-sponsored AHI Tour of the Italian Amalfi coast. After flying to Naples, they visited beautiful sites in Sorrento, Capri, Positano, and Salerno. A highlight was walking through the ancient ruins of Pompeii, in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. He did not say, but I am assuming the volcano was dormant. Subsequent to the tour, they returned home to Fair Lawn, where they continue to enjoy retirement, and spend time with their grandson who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.—not too far away. Posted 2019-03-10


Bill Blanchfield writes: 60th Reunion: Oct. 8-11, 2020 Posted 2019-10-02
Bill Blanchfield writes: Been recently elected VP of the 50 Year Club. It was a tough one but my promise to “make Rensselaer great again” seems to have worked. We are a generous bunch of old-timers and we give stipends to students who have contributed to the Rensselaer and the Troy communities. The students are great and always fun to be with.  Our last speaker was Marty Daniels, the director of financial aid. Marty explained clearly the need for more money for student scholarships. A message well received.  Posted 2019-10-01
Received my annual greeting from Basil Whiting. “Baze” as he likes to be called is, like all of us, dodging life’s health challenges. From his home on Staten Island he enjoys walking to small restaurants and the small town vibe of the Island. He does miss Brooklyn and its combination of art and nature.  Posted 2019-10-01
Listen up, all you RPI guys worrying about your 401Ks. Bob Goldstein recently won $50,000 playing video poker at the Borgata Casino. By the way, that was the second time Bob hit it. Six years ago he also won a $50,000 jackpot at the same machine with the same denomination. I encouraged Bob to move to sunny Utica so he could rub off some of that skill and luck. Bob believes the probability gods are now, however, working against him. The “probability gods” are not working against us having a rewarding retirement. Let me know what’s on your mind and, in Bob’s case, what’s in your wallet. Posted 2019-03-10
Stu Mencher reported that 15 brothers of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Class of ’60 and their guests gathered at the Riverpark restaurant in NYC in October for a reunion brunch. They met to celebrate our 58th graduation anniversary and the 62nd anniversary of their joining the fraternity. The brothers reminisced about the “good old days” at RPI and their experiences as pledges in 1956 and ’57. 

Lary Wasserman contributed to the reminiscing by preparing a quiz to dust off their memories. Here are a couple of those questions to test your memory: (1) Who taught freshman chemistry? and (2) What was the famous edict for Sunday lunch in the freshman dining hall, and why was it never enforced? Neil Sherman won the prize for the alum who traveled the farthest, all the way from California; 

Mike Balk was a close runner-up with his trip from Colorado. The AEPi brothers have maintained their friendships for these many years and enjoy these periodic reunions. They are already planning their return to campus for our 60th Reunion, coming up in 2020.
Posted 2019-03-10
Dick Bohlin and I had a long phone conversation in June. One of Dick’s RSE buddies, Monty Monteleon, died and Dick wanted him remembered. A nice remembrance from one of the ’60s guys. Posted 2019-03-10
Science More and more I’m getting news of our classmates passing into the next world. Tom Giammo, a math major at Rensselaer, earned a master’s in math from UCLA and then commenced a long career in government. Tom’s other work was traveling and connecting his family roots to Sicily. Posted 2019-03-10


Brian McManus writes: In a prior issue of the Rensselaer magazine I solicited stories of what you were doing in your spare time, given that most classmates are now retired. I cited pickleball as a favorite pastime of mine. Well, Barry Burbank replied and he wins the Grand Prize with no questions asked. He currently goes line dancing five nights a week, rides a bike every week or so, and engages in rock climbing. To his great credit, he scaled El Capitan when he was 57 years old, which required six days and about 15 to 18 hours per day working with a companion climber. Over the years he has run 20 marathons, played ice hockey in a senior league, started snowboarding at age 67, cliff climbing at age 51, and has written two books. His “daytime” job all these years was in the Finance Department at IBM. Several years ago Barry moved to New Paltz, N.Y., in order to be near the cliffs because he still likes to go climbing about once per week. If you have seen the movie Free Solo about the fellow who climbed El Capitan with no safety ropes, you have a good idea of the challenge of that mountain.  Posted 2019-10-01
Brian McManus writes: I would like to invite whoever is interested to share with us what form of exercise you are utilizing to age longer and stronger (?). I have read that one should have a vigorous exercise program that gets the heart beating at least 30 minutes three times a week. Doesn’t sound too difficult but there are always things that interfere. As for me, I have taken up pickleball, the fastest growing sport in America (according to the pickleball people). You can see it at It’s great for seniors. Fred Guimond was playing lacrosse with an adult group right up until recently. Posted 2019-03-10
Mark Camp, after retiring from BP in Illinois, dialed up his winter cross country skiing program. He races in The Vasa in Traverse City, Mich., and this year will be his 32nd to compete. He has also been a regular in the Birkebeiner XC race in Hayward, Wis.  Posted 2019-03-10


Marcia Dresner ’65 emailed me in March to say that her husband, Norm Dresner, died on Nov. 1, 2018. Norm worked for Westinghouse/ Northrop Grumman and then turned his passion for wood turning into a small business. His hobbies over the years included photography, electronics, computers, HO-scale model trains and boats, and puzzles and games. Norm also is survived by two sons, Jon and Alex (RPI ’92), and three granddaughters.  Posted 2019-10-01
Jay Winderman I just completed a novel titled Abel Streitman and the R&D Factory. It is a satire based on my observations and experiences while working in the defense industry. I do not have the time to publish and distribute this novel as I did with the Thunder Tortoise trilogy, so I had a small number of copies made for several family members and select retirees.  Posted 2019-10-01
Ben Kroup shared the following lyrics to a humorous ditty that he and others in Phi Kappa once sang during keg parties, to the tune of “From the Halls of Montezuma:”

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

We will drink to Troy’s fair maidens./We will drink to Troy’s fine beer. And without a doubt some tool will shout/Let us drink to Rensselaer.
Posted 2019-09-17
I received the sweetest four-page story about Neil Ullman, which ran in The New York Times in September. Here is a capsule summary. I know I won’t do justice to it. Neil met Elaine Hoffman at a class titled The Lives We Lived at Fairleigh Dickenson University, and they immediately felt energy between each other. Both had been widowed recently. As time progressed, they drew closer, discovering all the things they had in common, such as the same car model, the same credit card type, and the same interest in taking a one-week vacation to Cambria and Pismo Beach in California. Spooky, wasn’t it? Needless to say, they both fell madly in love. They married at Florham, a former Vanderbilt estate. Neil graduated from RPI and Rutgers and became a founder of Middlesex County College and County College of Morris. Elaine graduated from State University of New York at Cortland in 1967 and received a master’s degree in student personnel services at Newark State College. She has been a career elementary school counselor and a school social worker. Posted 2019-03-10
Engineering Roger Lipton was appointed to the board of directors of Diversified Restaurant Holdings, one of the largest franchisees for Buffalo Wild Wings. Roger earned his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering at RPI and his MBA degree at Harvard. He worked as an auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers and then on Wall Street with restaurant and franchising industries. Posted 2019-03-10
My friend from White Plains, Larry Kaye ’64, MEE ’65, wrote to say he has been “reading your column for years.” Larry worked for Hughes in Culver City, then Systron Donner in Concord, Calif., and finally Giga-tronics, a microwave test equipment company he helped found. He now restores pinball machines. His son, Andrew, is a senior at RPI, and is studying mechanical engineering. Larry and his wife, Beth, married in 1992. Posted 2019-03-10
Jay Winderman statesClassmates Bob Levy and Henry Steckler and I studied together for final exams in my rented room on 14th Street during our last two years at RPI. I built a blackboard from a sheet of Masonite that I brushed with flat black paint, and we used it to test one another. After tedious hours, we would adjourn to the Sycaway Diner on Hoosick Street for coffee and jelly doughnuts. Bob and Henry and I passed all of our final exams. I am debating whether to credit my blackboard or the Sycaway’s jelly doughnuts for our successes. Posted 2019-03-10


Admiral Zlatoper
Admiral Ronald “Zap” Zlatoper ’63, USN (Ret), trustee emeritus of Rensselaer, received the American Patriot Award from the Navy League of the United States, Honolulu Council, in September. Selection is based upon service to the nation and service to the community. Posted 2019-10-01
Bill Woodward and wife, Marcie, live in Tucson in the winter and spend the summer on Cape Cod in Harwich. You can occasionally find him at Ryder’s Cove Boatyard in Chatham.  Posted 2019-10-01
Jack Titley It has been a long time since we were freshmen. Sixty years ago we began our epic journey in higher education. You will notice that the notes for the Class of 1963 have moved closer and closer to the front of the section. Unfortunately, there are fewer of us left on whom I can report. So please take a moment to send a note; your classmates will enjoy the information.

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

As I was checking out at the supermarket and wearing my Rensselaer sweatshirt, the checker said, “my boyfriend goes to RPI,” and the woman next in line added that her husband also is a graduate. Small world! 
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Roderic Quirk, emeritus professor of chemistry at the University of Akron, was awarded the Charles Goodyear Medal from the American Chemical Society. Rod earned his doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of Illinois. While at RPI, Rod was a member of both the wrestling and football teams. During our senior year, Rod’s teammates recognized his dedication and perseverance to football by selecting him as a team co-captain. Posted 2019-03-10
Jack Titley shares: Wayne Richardson and I were wondering about some classmates with whom we have lost contact: his roommate Peter Dean and a mutual friend, Bill (Woody) Woodward. Strange how you lose touch. When Wayne graduated he joined the Navy where he wound up in the Civil Engineer Corps as project manager in Guam, constructing electrical and communication facilities. Later serving as construction and public works officer in charge at the Marine Corps Air Facility in North Carolina. All related to the Vietnam conflict. After the Navy, Wayne earned his Master of Engineering in electrical power from RPI. Before retiring in 1990, he managed construction projects for Black & Veatch, Florida Power & Light, and Stone & Webster. As Wayne puts it: “I married Arlene, an Albany State girl from Schenectady, the love of my life, who I met at an Alpha Chi Rho fraternity party.” They have two children and four grandchildren and live in Orleans on Cape Cod. Wayne is active in his retirement with the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the U.S. Power Squadron, assisting with safety patrols and Aids to Navigation verification. And he tells me that he obtained his Merchant Mariner captain’s license. Is it the beginning of a whole new career? Posted 2019-03-10
Jack Titley ’63 shares:  It was the reunion that didn’t happen. Mike Ross, the chairman of the 55th Reunion Committee, was disappointed with the almost total lack of interest in this year’s reunion. Mike told me that it was going to be a hard sell but hoped for a small response. Having to cancel events is always difficult. It seems that we are still recovering from our 50th. Never discouraged, Mike is thinking ahead to the 60th in 2023. As our ranks grow smaller, we should plan to attend now. A small unscientific survey seems to suggest that the move to a fall reunion date rather than the traditional June date has had some impact on attendance. Who knows? I liked the June date. I was a reunion absentee due to Kathryn (Sigetti) Sobray’s (Class of 2005) brother’s wedding. My niece (and godchild) has two beautiful little girls. Two classmates who did attend the reunion and sent me a note were Wayne Richardson and Theodore Maxant. Ted Maxant was a mechanical engineering major, who played on the lacrosse team for four years. He reminded me that he misses another of our classmates and lacrosse teammate Nick Humber, who was a passenger on one of the planes of the 9/11 Twin Towers tragedy. This summer Theodore and his daughter, Christa, rode horseback in and out of the Bob Marshall Wilderness area in Montana. Over 100 miles in and out, up and down the Continental Divide. Wow! Especially considering our plus-70 ages. Ted and his wife, Tina, live in Still River, Mass., and avoid the winter weather in St. Maarten. At Reunion & Homecoming, he hoped to visit with lacrosse team members and brothers of his ATO fraternity. Posted 2019-03-10


Engineering I heard first from Bob Ringlee, who notes that although he’s listed in the RPI records as a member of the Class of ’64, that was the year he earned his Ph.D. in mechanics. Before that he got a B.S. in E.E. from the University of Washington (Class of ’46), which may make him the oldest member of our class! Lately, he’s been enjoying retirement, doing a bit of consulting and writing a few papers. He is particularly proud of his eight grandchildren, and enjoys life, trying to keep stimulated with daily mental challenges. Find out more by e-mailing Posted 2019-10-10
Our old buddy Alex Hills reports that he is still consulting, active as a Distinguished Service Professor at Carnegie Mellon, and was recently elected to the National Academy of Inventors. Alex holds 19 patents, and apparently has not yet heard about retirement. He serves on the Polar Advisory Board of Iridium, the satellite communication company that has now completed launching a constellation of 75 new satellites; one of them actually carries a plaque dedicating it to Alex and the other members of the board. As he often says, “We’ll all be in space until we’re de-orbited!” You can contact him at (907) 232-6088, or Posted 2019-10-10
My old freshman buddy David Bleich (dbleich reports that in March he competed in the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament for the 11th straight year, and finished 121st out of 741 competitors. Impressive. Overall, Dave says that life is still treating him well; he continues to live in Scarsdale, and has a trip to Scandinavia planned this spring.  Posted 2019-10-10
Chet Ropelewski wrote in to say, in his first submission of 55 years (!) that, through pretty much of a random walk, he ended up spending the bulk of his career working in climate research, first with the National Weather Service, and then at Columbia University, retiring from the first in 1997 and the second in 2012.  Since retiring, Chet has co-authored the textbook Climate Analysis, published by Cambridge University Press in February of this year. He and his wife, Marie, now divide their time between suburban Washington, D.C., and New York City, with principal activities consisting of enjoying life and visiting their children in Virginia and Brooklyn. Chet has lunch with Ken Mooney a few times a year, and exchanges occasional emails with Dan and Dianne Litynski, and even rarer emails with Ray Whipple. Write him at Posted 2019-10-10
And, of course, no class notes would be complete without a few words from Barry Wintner and his wife, Gisela, who spent a week in the glorious weather (best in the U.S.) of San Diego. They visited Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, walked among the superbloom flowers there, and then visited Balboa Park, where they sampled the museums and assorted gardens. Barry then went aboard the USS Midway (CV- 41), now a museum ship, and chatted up various docents. Email Barry at Posted 2019-10-10
Michael Wellner writes: As for me, life continues to be good to us. My wife and I spent a delightful week in Martinique on a Road Scholar in January. Upcoming trips include a week in Lake Placid and a cruise from Barcelona to Lisbon. Although I am fully retired (since 2001!), I spend four days a week at a wonderful Lifelong Learning program (Quest) affiliated with City College in NYC.  Posted 2019-10-10
Michael Wellner states: Ray Whipple just received a certificate from the American Parachute Association, recognizing his 55 years of skydiving! His group, JOS (Jumpers Over Seventy) has a saying: “You don’t quit jumping because you get older, you get older because you quit jumping.” He is surely a braver man than I! Posted 2019-03-10
John C. Hodge just published a book, STOE replaces relativity and quantum mechanics, summarizing his research into the Theory of Everything. He is living in the back woods of western North Carolina and loving it. Posted 2019-03-10
Alan Silverman reports that he brunched with Barry Wintner and Bill Erskine in mid-October, to discuss their various medical maladies and solve world problems. He visited an innovative branzino factory farm in his hometown, 30 miles from salt water; a ChemE’s delight. And he attended the induction into his hometown hall of fame of a high school classmate (that of several other RPI ’64 grads) who contributed greatly to “green chemistry” while at the EPA and elsewhere. Alan has also been traveling, to Morocco and Portugal and Spain. We’ll hear all about it at the 55th! Posted 2019-03-10
Gary Neville is having a great time in Venice, Marina del Rey, and Santa Monica, and (as he says) lucky to be alive! He has been deeply involved with the Yellowbird Tech Center for several years, and reports that his really big deal was when President Obama came by to visit a state senator, who is a tenant in the center; there were Secret Service guys all over the place, black SUVs around the block, helicopters hovering overhead, and quite the overall commotion. The Yellowbird Tech Center now has the distinction of being the only building in Venice to have ever hosted a sitting U.S. president! Posted 2019-03-10
Dick Vennett, in November 2016 he and Mary Ann decided it was time for the next phase of their life. They moved to a new home outside of Scottsdale, Ariz., in the Trilogy Rio Verde development. They had lived in Park City, Utah, for 15 years, but decided it was time to move south for a warmer climate since they did not ski anymore and they had grown tired of the winters. Posted 2019-03-10
Charyl Kay and Earl Sedlik, like so many of us, have been traveling in their golden years. Since Earl, by his own admission, has a particularly loud and gregarious style, he gets noticed in the oddest places. For example, while traveling with a University of Washington alumni tour on the Oceania Cruise Lines to Australia and New Zealand in 2015, Earl heard a woman call out, “I think that’s Earl!” It turned out to be Mary Ann Vennett exclaiming an “Earl sighting” to her husband, Dick Vennett. It was, indeed, Earl, and what followed were memorable days of shared touring mixed with reminiscing and lots of catching up. The Vennetts have just moved to Arizona to start a new retirement life, and Earl reports that they look great!

Earl also reports a similarly provocative reunion at the Bloomsbury Edwardian Hotel near London’s British Museum in 2016. As the Sedliks entered the lobby to greet many Seattle friends who they join for an annual Shakespeare Tours October program of 10 London-based plays in 11 days, a woman declared loudly, “I think I hear Earl Sedlik’s voice...It is! There’s Earl!” That was Sue Crystal, who, with Dick Crystal, was on the very same trip; they immediately launched into a wonderful reunion!

Meanwhile, Earl and Charyl Kay are joyfully settled in downtown Seattle, where Charyl Kay is a docent at the Seattle Art Museum and continues to be active in the health-care field. She’s one of the founders of Grandmothers Against Gun Violence. Earl is active on nonprofit boards and as an adjunct accounting instructor at North Seattle College. They are both very active in their grandchildren’s lives in Seattle.
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Frank Thiel wrote to say that he and his wife, Pat, have moved into Beverwyck, a retirement community in Albany County, N.Y. And just in case you forgot, Beverwyck was the original Dutch name for Albany! Posted 2019-03-10
Architecture Tom Hemmerick, Architecture ’64 & ’65, says that he is retired now, but for most of his last 46 years he was a sole practitioner. This past summer he spent time in Barcelona, Spain, one truly beautiful city, and then a month in Calabria, Italy, one beautiful country. Posted 2019-03-10
Michael Wellner ’64 statesGreetings to all my fellow classmates, and thank you for the outstanding response to my request for news. First up, I had a nice note from Dave Haviland, who wrote to say that he was honored to give the keynote address at the October 26 dinner celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Chapel + Cultural Center (C+CC) at RPI. This was an opportune time to recall the many ways in which the C+CC has met the needs of the community, especially RPI students, since opening in October 1968. In addition to Roman Catholic liturgies, the C+CC presents and hosts concerts, exhibits, discussions, and all kinds of events—as well as opportunities for prayer and quiet meditation. Posted 2019-03-10


Erik Pettersen writes: 55th Reunion: Oct. 8-11, 2020 Posted 2019-10-02
Larry Weinberg summarized his past 53 years. After graduating from RPI, he went to the University of Minnesota, where he earned a Ph.D. in mathematics in 1969. He then proceeded to the University of Wyoming in Laramie to teach math before deciding to switch careers. He earned a J.D. in 1976 from Wyoming and went north to Montana to work for Montana state government in Helena, where he served for 11 years with the Legislative Council, the Department of Revenue, and finally with the Montana University System. His next move was to the Seattle area to work for Boeing, where he stayed for 18 years. He started in the Navigation, Guidance and Control group on the B1 Bomber. After a few years there he transferred to the military environmental organization in the Boeing defense side of the house. Another transfer took him to Company Environmental Affairs, where he remained until his retirement as an associate technical fellow in 2005. After retirement, Larry moved to Bend, Ore., to enjoy the outdoors. It wasn’t all play, as he taught mathematics part time at the Central Oregon Community College and at Oregon State University’s Cascade Campus in Bend. In theory he is now retired once again, and he has been able to travel around the western U.S., Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia on numerous hiking trips.

Upon turning 75 in 2018, Larry decided that he needed to do something special. The result was two treks in Nepal. The first one lasted 11 days and took him to the Everest Base Camp. After a few days’ rest, he then went on a 10-day trek through the Annapurna Sanctuary to the Annapurna Base Camp. The Everest Base Camp is at approximately 17,600 feet, while the Annapurna Base Camp is at roughly 13,600 feet. Both treks were tiring, but the views were spectacular. Although Everest is actually not visible from the base camp, the mountain can be seen from several vantage points as you follow the trail. At the other base camp, you can stare right up at Annapurna 1 — one of the 14 8,000-meter peaks in the world. Larry decided that staring was a safer option than climbing. He carried an RPI pennant to both camps. 
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Howard Wainer reported that he is firmly entrenched in his post-employment career (the same work, just no pay check). He has recently received recognition by being named the recipient of the 2019 Harry V. Roberts Statistical Advocacy Award, in recognition of a long and distinguished career during which he demonstrated statistical advocacy in many settings. Howard and Michael Friendly ’66 have a new book coming out, Data Visualization: A History of Visual Thinking and Graphic Communication (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2020).  Posted 2019-10-01
Marcia Dresner (nee Newman) passed along the sad news that her husband, Norm Dresner ’62, died on Nov. 1, 2018. He retired early from Northrop/Grumman years ago and found a new passion for wood turning that he turned into a small business, selling on Etsy and in local craft shows.  Posted 2019-10-01
Dr. Mark Rosenblum joined the board of directors of Indianapolis-based medical device company NICO Corp. in May 2018. The accompanying press release included highlights of his impressive career. Mark is currently chairman emeritus of the Department of Neurosurgery in the Henry Ford Health System (HFHS). He also founded and served as co-director of the nationally recognized Hermelin Brain Tumor Center and HFHS Neurosciences Institute. At the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), he helped develop its world-leading Brain Tumor Research Center, became professor of neurosurgery, and was continuously funded by the NCI and American Cancer Society for early research on cancer stem cells. He founded and chaired the Section on Tumors of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the largest specialty organization of neuro-oncology in his field. Posted 2019-03-10
Bill O’Connor has been staying busy in retirement. His new book on transformational leadership in the public sector hit the market on Oct. 15, 2018. Out of the Clay: Molding a New Generation of Passionate Public Leaders is based on Bill’s more than 45 years of public service at the state, county, and local levels of government, along with his extensive experience in public education and the military. This creative work is far from a sterile textbook. It is a collection of interwoven anecdotes and stories taken from Bill’s personal and professional life, all the way from grade school to deputy commissioner. Unlike anything in this genre, these stories come together to define what Bill has concluded are the critical attributes that define those leaders who are a cut above the rest, those who can effect true transformation and drive fundamental change in our public institutions. Posted 2019-03-10
After reading my note about Bill Torpie in the Fall 2018 issue and my request for information about other classmates who gave their lives in Vietnam, Frank advised that he knew of at least one more, Charles (Chuck) Bifolchi. The Arlington Cemetery website provided information from an October 2006 Department of Defense news release that the remains of Charles L. Bifolchi, U.S. Air Force, had been identified and returned to his family for burial with full military honors. “On January 8, 1968, Bifolchi and a fellow crewmember were flying an armed reconnaissance mission against enemy targets in Kon Tum Province, South Vietnam, when their RF-4C aircraft disappeared. A U.S. Army helicopter crew found their aircraft wreckage soon after first light the next day. Search efforts continued for four days; however, enemy activity in the area, combined with the steep terrain and high winds at the crash site, precluded the recovery of the crewmen.” Between 1993 and 2000, U.S. and Vietnamese teams conducted two surveys of the area. One team interviewed two Vietnamese citizens who turned over human remains they claimed to have recovered at the site. Another team found wreckage consistent with Bifolchi’s aircraft. Scientists used forensic identification tools and DNA from a relative in the identification of the remains. Chuck’s name can be found on Panel 33E, Line 79, of the Vietnam Memorial. Bill Torpie’s name is on Panel 28W, Line 41. Posted 2019-03-10
Frank Morgan wrote that his family is also well and that he has two granddaughters whom he doesn’t see often enough. Lindsay (25) is an account executive with a PR firm in New York City and Allyson (21) is a senior at Ole Miss. Posted 2019-03-10
Engineering Dick Kessler reports that he has retired from his 50+ year career in geotechnical engineering (30 years as a sole proprietor). He continues to maintain his private practice as a licensed psychologist in New Jersey, specializing in men’s and relationship issues. Dick reports that all his family are doing well and that his daughter was recently appointed chair of her department. Posted 2019-03-10


Engineering Gary Brader, originally from Binghamton, N.Y., earned a Rensselaer bachelor of chemical engineering degree in 1966, followed by a master’s from the Lally School in 1970. After serving in the Army, his first job was with Merck, followed by career positions with a number of other larger corporations.

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

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

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

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

He also greatly enjoys time with his four children and numerous grandchildren, all of whom live close to him in Clifton Park. They have each carved out successful careers in jewelry design, Montessori education, iCloud hosting, and hospitality. His wife, JoAnn, passed away in 2015. 
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Engineering Les White statesAs happens so often, your correspondent caught up with a classmate 52 years later, to find that he has been living just a few towns away, in Newtown, Conn. Richard Hubert, born in Yonkers, N.Y., has been active in church and Boy Scouting activities most of his life and achieved enviable leadership roles in both areas. Rich won a four-year Navy ROTC scholarship to RPI, and graduated in 1966, having earned an electrical engineering degree along with an ensign’s commission. While on campus, he was active in the fencing club and the Navy drill team. He continued his academic career by earning two master’s degrees from the University of New Haven.

The day after marrying his wife, Patricia, in June 1966, he was promptly ordered to Virginia to report for duty on board the USS Norfolk, the destroyer leader and flagship for the North Atlantic Fleet. Rich served as the weapons and anti-sub warfare officer for two years, patrolling the Eastern coast of the U.S. and monitoring Russian so-called “research” (i.e., spy) trawlers and submarines probing American defenses. His leadership duties also took him to Cuba and South America. After advancing to lieutenant, he was then based in Antigua in the BVI as the naval defense officer. It wasn’t long before extensive missile-testing began in the South Atlantic, and Lt. Hubert’s special qualifications were brought to bear. He was on duty when Neil Armstrong’s successful landing on the Moon was first communicated to Earth. He also was involved with the long-range diagnosis of the threats to the Apollo 13 mission. At the end of the Vietnam War, Rich returned to Connecticut in 1970 from overseas duty, and received his discharge.

Rich was then hired by RCA and was trained in systems design, and later moved on to Burndy Corp. to design warehouse operations. After a long career characterized by similarly successful positions that involved computer product lines and communications, and security detection, he is now a consultant at Pitney Bowes in Danbury, Conn.

He and Patricia have two children, Carolyn Murray, a dental hygienist, and Dr. Christopher Hubert, a specialist and lecturer in brain cancer research at the Cleveland Clinic, plus numerous grandchildren.

Not surprisingly, Richard continues to enjoy navigation, astronomy, boating, canoeing, hiking, and fishing, especially at the cabin in Tupper Lake, N.Y., which has been in the family since 1912. He is also heavily committed to his community, church, and the Masons, and has continued his work with the Boy Scouts and veterans of the armed services, in addition to many other humanitarian efforts.
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Stu Berg Since I received no information for this issue, I decided to “prime the pump” with a tidbit about me: For the past 35 years my wife and I have been involved in a Cornell University program (we live in Ithaca, N.Y.) currently called the Cornell International Friendship Program (CIFP). Each year, many Cornell international students and scholars arrive in the U.S. for the first time. For those that request it, the CIFP matches them with local community participants for the purpose of cultural exchange. It’s like any other exchange program, except that the students and scholars live at Cornell and socially meet with their local community participants periodically. It is common for the participants to form close bonds for life. All involved individuals are volunteers, including the program manager. This program is run by the Office of Global Learning at Cornell. We’ve made many wonderful international friends over the years from all over the world and even visited some of them. One of those friends even asked me to be best man at his Ithaca wedding and I accepted. I like to think of it as promoting world peace one friendship at a time.  Posted 2019-10-01
Group of alumni from class of 1966
IVCF 50th Reunion: In September, eight alumni associated with the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Rensselaer gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the time they lived together at the IV House on Hill Street. Among many activities, they enjoyed a campus tour organized by the Rensselaer Alumni Association, and attended the traditional Friday night IVCF meeting at the Student Union. Alumni who attended, from left, interspersed with their wives and student guides, were Dick Pedersen ’70, Jeff Ferguson ’70, Russ Cherry ’70, Dave Green ’67, Al Ryder ’69, Paul Diamantopoulos ’69, and Jim Stori ’69. Duane Campbell ’71 also joined them for the IVCF meeting. “We had a wonderful five days,” said Dave Green ’67. “We try to get together every two to three years; this was our 10th reunion.” Posted 2019-03-10
Science The American Cancer Society (ACS) recognized Dr. John Ruckdeschel, director of the University of Mississippi Medical Center Cancer Institute since 2017, with the St. George Award for his lifetime body of work to eradicate cancer and his continuing support of the ACS. He is a professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the University of Mississippi. The St. George Award is the most prestigious award that the American Cancer Society bestows on volunteers.

John began RPI studying aeronautical engineering but changed his major to biology in his sophomore year. He graduated from RPI with a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1967 and completed a medical degree from Albany Medical College in 1971. Then he began his internal medicine internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital before moving on to an oncology fellowship at the National Cancer Institute from 1972 to 1975. He completed his senior residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Hospital in 1976.
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Classmate Bill Criss and his wife, Judy, are continuing to cross off items on their “bucket list.” In 2018 they traveled to Peru and China and they are planning trips to Australia and New Zealand for this year. When not traveling, Bill has been involved in the pub-hosted game of QuizKnows in the Washington, D.C., area. The competition is among science, technology, and engineering school alumni groups from schools including RPI, MIT, and Georgia Tech. The quiz involves answering questions related to STEM subject areas, such as, “Why do bubbles pop?” and “Where does sound travel faster, water or air?” The RPI alumni group is ahead in the competition series, and Bill recently awarded his Knurd Bowl Trophy to Nagesh Rao, RPI ’02. Posted 2019-10-01
John Boice gave a lecture at Washington State University Tri-Cities in April on the subject of the past and future of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, where he serves as the director of science. The council develops and disseminates information and recommendations on radiation protection and measurement methods based on current scientific thinking. John is an international authority on ionizing radiation effects and is also a professor of medicine at Vanderbilt U. After earning a B.S. in physics at the U. of Texas - El Paso, he continued his education at RPI with an M.S. in nuclear engineering in 1968, and continued at Harvard for an M.S. in medical physics and a doctoral degree in epidemiology. He is currently directing a large population study of lifetime cancer risks associated with low-dose long-term exposures.  Posted 2019-10-01
Mal Crawford writes: The RPI Alumni Association Boston Chapter had another good turnout for their volunteer activity as marshals at the Sunday evening Pre-Race Pasta Fest Dinner at Boston City Hall. The dinner is held the night before the Patriots Day B.A.A. Marathon to allow runners to “carbo load” for the race. Classmate Steve Litchfield was part of the group again and reported that plans to build a pumpkin-firing trebuchet for a Halloween celebration were scrapped because of safety concerns. A cornfield maze cut in a local field was substituted for the pumpkin-launching event. This year the Halloween activity being planned is to decorate an out-of-service water tower. Steve continues to be active in his community as a trustee of the Scituate Historical Society, vice chair of the Scituate Historical Commission, and member of the town’s Community TV Advisory Board.  Posted 2019-10-01
The Albany law firm of O’Connell and Aronowitz recently added Roland Cavalier and two other attorneys to its staff to expand its business law and commercial litigation practices. Roland attended Albany Law School and earned a Juris Doctor degree after attending RPI. He has been advising business clients for over four decades and will continue in the practice of business law concentrating on a wide range of corporate and business clients. In addition to Roland’s court experience with civil litigation, he has had extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution. Posted 2019-03-10
Science The Albany Times Union published a moving personal interest story about Sid Stark closing his auto repair garage in Saratoga Springs and retiring in 2018. He got his start in the auto repair business working summers during high school at his father’s garage. After earning a B.S. in chemistry at RPI, he taught science at local high schools in Greenwich and Albany. In 1970 he went to work full time with his father, Henry, and took over the garage a year later when his father retired after running the business for 25 years. Sid enjoyed the long-term relationships he had with his customers, some who had been coming to the garage since his father opened it in 1946. In the last few years Sid began keeping a list of all the positives and negatives of running his business and decided to retire once the negative side of the list grew longer. One of the negative business reasons to close the garage was that the area had gentrified and the new residents didn’t own cars that were 5-to-10 years old and needed the maintenance and repair services he provided. The many customers on the positive side of the list will be missed by Sid, but he plans to spend more time with his grandchildren in retirement. Posted 2019-03-10
Ira Goldman has managed to stay mostly retired since 2012 with the exception of a 2016 two-month consulting project in England for a former boss. He and his wife, Sherry, moved in 2009 from Connecticut to a house in Penn Yan, N.Y., in the heart of the Finger Lakes region that overlooks Keuka Lake. While their house has great views and is near the upstate wineries, they regret that it is far from their six grandchildren who live in North Carolina. Ira races sailboats in the summer and does some casual skiing in the winter, which included a trip to Cortina, Italy, last winter. He is still active with the Boy Scouts and was awarded the Silver Beaver for his many years of service. Posted 2019-03-10
Science Steve Ross sent in a detailed account of what he has been doing in the fields of technical journalism, teaching, and consulting over the last 50 years. His career in technical journalism started as editor of the Rensselaer Engineer magazine while at RPI earning a B.S. in physics. After graduating, Steve earned an M.S. in journalism at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism and became editor of the New Engineer magazine in the 1970s. Steve taught full time at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism from 1985 to 2004 before becoming the founding editor of Broadband Communities magazine, where he is currently the editor at large. Steve has authored or edited 19 books, won numerous technical, professional, and journalism awards, and is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemists. He and his wife both live and work in New York and in Boston and enjoy traveling. As Steve wrote, “People still pay us to go to interesting places and talk to interesting people.” Posted 2019-03-10


Len Bower sent the following report: Three amigos. Beginning with Senior Week 1969, Matt Werhner, Joel Greenman, and Len Bower have continued getting together annually. At first it was ad hoc and informal. But starting in 1974 we began a tradition of fall “camping” that continues. Each fall we pick a location in the Northeast. It started with tent camping but now has become one of remote cabins on a lake somewhere. It originally was just a long weekend, but now that all are retired, we make a full week of it.

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

Joel lives in Buzzards Bay, Mass. Matt lives in Dunedin, Fla. Len lives in Rochester, N.Y. 
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Engineering Carson Taylor, who earned his master’s in electric power engineering at RPI, has been awarded the prestigious IEEE Power and Energy Society Charles Concordia Power Systems Engineering Award. The award recognizes contributions to the engineering and deployment of control systems and solutions to improve power grid stability. Posted 2019-03-10


Rick Hartt First things first; it is only a year away to our 50th. There is a Facebook page that classmate Stephen Valentine created, “RPI Class of 1970,” which has 56 members. People on the page have been talking about ideas for our 50th. Join in on the discussion.

Deborah (Henry) Senchak said, “Our 50th Reunion is around the corner. I vividly remember all the ‘ol’ geezers’ at the 50 Year Club table at the dinner — let’s fill that table with our much younger selves and make it a memorable showing for the Class of ’70.” Paul Miller suggested, “Speaking of reunions, any thoughts on social gathering events for Thurs, Fri, Sun, and/or Mon, in addition to a Sat dinner kind of event? It would be nice to have a class gathering place for a few hours each day at or near campus. Susan Alten opined, “The small coed contingent has had several brunches over the years on Reunion weekend and they were wonderful fun. I recommend food/ alcohol involvement, but that may just be me.” James Martinez reflected, “Although college lasted only four, maybe five or seven years, there were memories that haunted everyone their whole life. Remember as you consider that 50 Year Club that inside all of you is a Blutarsky, a Flounder, a Hoover, a Neidermeyer, a D-Day Simpson, and for some, a Clorette or Mandy Pepperidge.” So the story is, get involved, join the Facebook page, and be part of the group that could make our 50th Reunion more than a cookie-cutter weekend. 
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On to more serious stuff. Considering the recent air tragedies, Paul Miller shared that he has been a member of the European Advisory Committee, Flight Safety Foundation EAC FSF, 1998-2012. He writes: “The group produced, for the first time ever, the definitive Operators Guide to Human Factors in Aviation, or OGHFA, a compendium both defining human factors and a collection of checklists, briefing guides, and training syllabi for use mainly by commercial airlines worldwide, but applicable to all airmen. Our steering committee worked for seven years, and internationally, to complete OGHFA, and work is now published online for everyone at Eurocontrol’s Skybrary Portal. The work to make commercial aviation safe worldwide has been my volunteer career for quite some time, beginning as a Naval Aviation Safety Officer in 1982, continuing on as a commercial pilot association safety committee member and chair in 1992, and as an EAC FSF member in 1998.” In these capacities, Paul has written over 30 newspaper and magazine articles, two biweekly columns, and more than a dozen professional papers on safety management.  Posted 2019-10-10
Wayne Coleman and Otto Zamek met in Cary 3 in September 1966, and in spring ’67 they both joined RSE, becoming roommates in the Coolie Room. A year later Bart Guttag and Chuck Phelps, both ’71, joined them.  Bart initiated a 50-year Coolie reunion in Las Vegas, March 11-15, and for five days in Bart’s well-stocked suite at Treasure Island, the four Coolies recalled tales of RSE and RPI. Pleasant memories came flooding back, and while they did debate Fox News vs. CNN, they put politics aside to thoroughly enjoy one another’s company once again. They highly recommend similar reunions for all who experienced brotherhood at the ’tute. Otto (Chem ’70), and Bart and Chuck (both Mgmt ’71) have been successfully retired for years while Wayne (Aero ’70) is still an itinerant white-collar worker and musician in this gig economy.  Posted 2019-10-10
Our classmate Ed Touchette has shown that there was and is exceptional artistic ability in our class. His watercolors are stunning. Email him at eddesign@nii.netand join his list.  Posted 2019-10-10
I see on Facebook that Gordie Benoit continues his good deeds with Habitat for Humanity in the Rochester, N.Y.,  Posted 2019-10-10
Bob Reith is on Facebook and if you ever wanted to see incredible avian photography, he is doing it for real all over North America  Posted 2019-10-10
Rick Hartt: Julia MacDonald ’72, ’77, and I have moved to Rush, N.Y., just south of Rochester, where we are only 2/10 of a mile from our son and daughter-in-law. Email me if you happen to be close to the area.  Posted 2019-10-10
As Thomas Myers said in his post, “70 is the new 50. I know that at 70 I’m in better shape than my father or grandfather were. I wouldn’t want to challenge new graduates to any physical challenge, though. I’m highly confident we’ll still look like geezers to them.”  Posted 2019-10-10
Rick Hartt writes: 50th Reunion: Oct. 8-11, 2020 Posted 2019-10-10
Rick Hartt states: I was very proud to be at the ceremony that awarded the most prestigious RPI alumni award to Jeff Kodosky. The Distinguished Service Award is given to at most one alum annually and recognizes distinguished service to RPI, a profession, the nation, or humanity. Jeff is known for his invention of LabVIEW, which was named one of the “Top 50 Milestones for the Industry” by Electronic Design magazine. He co-founded National Instruments Corp. (NIC) in 1976, served as VP since 1978, and VP of R&D from 1980 to 2000, and has been a Fellow of NIC since 2000. He has a personal passion for education and opera. He has been recognized with the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship for his work with organizations including the University of Texas at Austin UTeach program and College of Natural Sciences, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute board of trustees, and the Austin Lyric Opera. Jeff and his wife, Gail, have always been supporters of the arts. While I was director of the Rensselaer Union, they arranged for the exceptional Austin, Texas, vocal group, Conspirare, to come to Troy to perform at RPI and record at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Jeff has tirelessly given his time, treasure, and talents to RPI. Posted 2019-03-10
Dave Schopp has been appointed to the board of directors of DASAN Zhone Solutions, which specializes in fiber access for enterprise and service provider networks. He is currently operating partner for Stonebridge Partners, a private equity firm, and also a general partner of Fund IV. Dave is currently chair of the boards of Cast Crete, Hydraulex Global, and Specialty Bakers. Posted 2019-03-10
Paul Miller writes a commercial aviation safety blog,, where he offers innovative, relevant, and credible comments on current safety issues, recent aviation mishaps (disasters), and arguments in support of safety legislation or international regulation. As he told me, commercial aviation safety improvements are the work of a remarkably hardworking core of international colleagues, who devote immeasurable efforts not only to hazard resolutions and new procedures and training, but moreover advocate for the implementation into regulation and international law. Posted 2019-03-10


Seth Bergmann writes: I was not able to find former RPI distance ace Bill Pollock’s name in the results of this year’s Boston Marathon...we hope you are OK, Bill. On March 16, I ran the Haddonfield “Adrenaline” 5K road race, finishing in 21:54, which was 7th place in the male 65-69 age group.  Posted 2019-10-01
Former RPI center fielder Mike Levitan was recently honored by the Oceanside (Long Island, N.Y.) Little League Association, where Mike dedicated four decades of his life as a coach. On Nov. 5, 2018, Oceanside Park Field No. 3 was renamed “Mike Levitan Field.” Mike played on this field as a child and coached there from 1972 to the present day. Mike was quoted: “It’s something you think about once in a while, and you never really think it’s going to happen to you...It was hard to put into words.”  Posted 2019-10-01
Ken Nowack has stayed in touch with RSE brothers Mike Evanchik, Rich Junker, and Bob Mooney. Ken sent some sad news on the passing of RSE member Jean Lapointe. Here is what I have from the Ann Arbor obituary: Jean passed away Dec. 28, 2018, after a long battle with lymphoma. Jean received both his undergraduate degree and master’s at RPI. He served as an officer in the Navy and then obtained his Ph.D. in organizational psychology at the University of Michigan. He had a long career in corporate organizational development, working at Merrill Lynch, Anheuser-Busch, and Chiquita. He then started his own consulting business, coaching executives in personal and professional growth. He also loved to cycle, completing two 100-mile bike rides to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society while in treatment for his lymphoma.  Posted 2019-10-01
Seth Bergmann writesI ran the Delaware Distance Classic 15K race on Oct. 7, 2018, finishing in 1:11:23, good for third place among men 65 and over. I am looking forward to my birthday in September, when I will move up to the next age group. Posted 2019-03-10
Mark Rice, former Grand Marshal at RPI, has been named provost (and professor of entrepreneurship) of Babson College in Wellesley, Mass. Mark had previously been dean of the graduate school at Babson, and prior to that, professor, dean, and vice provost at WPI. Posted 2019-03-10


Many thanks to Bob Dvorak, who has served as class correspondent, sharing your news in this space, since 1990! Due to medical considerations, Bob has decided it is time to step down and let someone else take on the role. If you are interested in serving as class correspondent for the Class of ’72, contact Posted 2019-10-01
Werner Kohler, professor of mathematics in the Virginia Tech College of Science, has been named professor emeritus. A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1973, he made significant contributions to the mathematics of wave propagation in research projects funded by numerous federal research agencies, and co-authored a widely used textbook on differential equations. Posted 2019-03-10


Gary DiCamillo I continue to serve as an RPI Trustee (my 24th year) and recently have been serving as chair of the Board’s Finance Committee. I am happy to report that the ’tute’s finances are in very good shape, with a balanced income and expense budget each year, plus an improving balance sheet with lower debt and an increasing endowment. Moody’s (where our classmate John Lonski has been the top economist for many years) rates RPI A2 and S&P BBB+, both with stable outlooks. With a lot of misinformation out there, feel free to email me with any questions I might be able to answer for you.  Posted 2019-10-01
There was a write-up in the Texas Medical Center News. In it, classmate Roderic Pettigrew describes how engineering and medicine, which for years have been taught in separate silos, are now converging. He cites the growth of wearable technologies, biomedical devices, and digital health, which require increased integrated training. The News also announced the selection of Roderic as the executive dean at Texas A&M’s inaugural Engineering Medicine Program. The school will establish a dual degree program and joins other well-known universities (like Duke, Stanford, Columbia, and Dartmouth) in establishing this degree track.  Posted 2019-10-01
Ned Cleland was awarded the Medal of Honor by the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute in February. The Medal of Honor is PCI’s most prestigious award. Recipients have made a highly significant contribution to the industry and have demonstrated a sincere continuing interest in the institute.  Posted 2019-10-01
Unlike previous years, we did not have a strong turnout at last fall’s 45th Reunion. About 13 alums showed up, which is less than half of most previous reunions. Good to hear that our friends Lee Cogansparger and Dave Yaney were there. Steve Norton continues to do a great job with our Class of ’73 website and published a few choice photos of the event. Steve also points out that we now have our fourth recipient of the Class of ’73 scholarship, which we endowed a few years ago. New donations are welcome; the scholarship goes to a deserving student with demonstrated need.  Posted 2019-10-01
Finally, although our 45th Reunion was thinly attended, we did learn of Alfred Li’s honor as an Albert Fox Demers medal winner. Alfred was honored at the RAA Awards banquet on October 11. I also caught up with Michael Eckstut, who writes: “We relocated to Princeton, N.J., after 20 years in the SF Bay area. I’ve had a chance to go to several Princeton-RPI hockey games (with Mark Schwartz) and will occasionally run into Bob Vanderbei, who was Class of ’76, and now teaches at Princeton.” Michael continues to work and is leading a turnaround of a drug development software provider. He is looking forward to Steve Norton’s annual visit as of this writing. Posted 2019-03-10
There was an interesting article in last summer’s Buffalo News about Bill Greco, an avid yearbook collector and resident of East Amherst. He collected some of the most interesting artifacts of western New York’s famous citizens, including Tim Russert, Bob Lanier, Joe Ehrmann, Warren Spahn, and Sidney Farber (father of modern chemotherapy). Bill retired from careers in cancer research at Roswell Park Cancer Center and as a teaching professor at the University of Buffalo. It’s a neat article…with some interesting exchanges with Deborah Wright Dawson, who is now a county legislator. Look it up in the Buffalo News archives for more on Bill and his collection. Posted 2019-03-10
Tom Iovino was a 2018 inductee into the American Road and Transportation Builders Association Foundation Hall of Fame. As many of you know, Tom founded Judlau Contracting and grew it into one of the country’s leading civil engineering construction companies, completing more than $3.5 billion in projects, including the Second Avenue Subway in NYC. Tom is a former trustee of RPI; we hope he’s enjoying his retirement. Posted 2019-03-10
Architecture Jon Jackson, one of the principals of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ), the architecture firm that designed RPI’s Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, passed away on August 17. He had recently retired from the firm and was a highly respected figure in both the western PA and national design communities, and his life’s work helped propel BCJ’s rise to national and international prominence. His work on the Biotech Center was emblematic of his excellent work in academic spaces and laboratories. Jon designed buildings for Carnegie Mellon, University of Pittsburgh, Dartmouth, University of Washington, Caltech, University of Illinois, University of California, and Yale, in addition to RPI. He won numerous awards for workplace design and set the stage for collaborations with Pixar, Disney, Apple, and others. In the words of the late Dick Rittelmann ’60, another well-known RPI architecture alum, “the breadth and complexity of BCJ’s work over the years is a testimony to the skills of Jon Jackson as not only a great individual architect, but a manager, mentor, motivator, and collaborator.” Jon was a longtime resident of Pittsburgh’s Chatham Village, where he helped earn the community’s listing in the National Register of Historic Places. We all will miss this very talented alum. Posted 2019-03-10
Mark Keough writes: As more of us retire, expect to see more notes about our interesting side trips and experiences. We recently had a family wedding in Cleveland and took advantage of the opportunity to visit the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson in Dayton, Ohio. A huge museum, rivaling the Smithsonian’s museums, we spent the entire day there and didn’t see all of it. The newly restored B-17 Memphis Belle was brought into the museum in May 2018. While in the rearmost building, I was very surprised to come across the Teal Ruby satellite sitting in the cargo hold of a Space Shuttle mockup. This satellite was designed to detect the heat signatures of enemy aircraft crossing the polar region during the cold war, along with detecting missile launches and other events. Our good friend and RPI alum Jack Haberle ’73 wrote code for this satellite for at least five years. Due to the Challenger accident and budget issues, the satellite was never launched, but is now proudly on display! Posted 2019-03-10


James C. Wernicke Are you following us on Facebook at RPI 74? We will give you the latest news about the class, RPI, and future happenings...especially our upcoming 50th Reunion in 2024...which coincides with RPI’s 200th anniversary. You can also view pictures of the 45th Reunion!  Posted 2019-10-01
Science Dr. Julie Shimer, who started out with a B.S. in physics, has moved into director positions with Apollo Endosurgery and Masimo Corp. after leading Welch Allyn and Vocera as both CEO and president. Posted 2019-03-10
John Leimseider is getting the recognition he deserves; unfortunately it is postmortem. John passed away on Sept. 14, 2018, in Calgary, Canada. As a keyboardist for Iron Butterfly, he had his share of notoriety, and later when the stars turned to him to fix their ailing synthesizers. Folks like Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, and Lenny Kravitz went to John for emergency help. Those of us who remember him never forget his John Lennon beard or his mellow temper. John leaves behind his wife, Laura, son, Noah, and daughter, Zoe. I’m sure he’ll be playing “Stairway to Heaven” next. Posted 2019-03-10
Engineering James C. Wernicke, P.E. statesThis will be my last class notes before the Reunion. I don’t know about you but I’m planning to be there. As a retiree in Florida, I enjoy getting up north during the Florida “summer,” which seems to run until November. I even heard that the trees change color up there, but it’s been so long I don’t remember what color they change to! Posted 2019-03-10


David Stark writes: 45th Reunion: Oct. 8-11, 2020 Posted 2019-10-02
David Stark And the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl once again!! Go Pats!  And another thing — by the time you receive these notes, planning will be well underway for our 45th Reunion.  Posted 2019-10-01
Engineering Travis Whitehead (B.S. & M.S. E.E.) announced his bid for Queensbury Town Supervisor against the incumbent. He and his wife, Valerie, have been looking for a piece of land that includes a waterfall so that they could tap into it to generate hydroelectric power to power their home, and apparently just narrowly missed a parcel near their home. They also have amassed a collection of vintage music-making devices, pinball machines, jukeboxes, and tube-type radios. They also host a weeklong summer camp for their four grandchildren each year.  Posted 2019-10-01
Science Patrick Dreher (B.S. & M.S. Physics; MBA) was named the chief scientist for the new IBM Quantum Computing Hub at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. Pat is a research professor in the NCSU Department of Computer Science and an associate faculty member of the NCSU Department of Physics. The IBM Q Hub at NCSU started operations in the fall of 2018, providing NCSU with remote access to IBM Q commercial quantum computing devices, including the most advanced and scalable universal systems available.  Posted 2019-10-01
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Gerry Ogris (Econ.) was appointed to the advisory board of URentMe. com, an online marketplace for renting recreational vehicles, motor sports, and motorized watercraft based in Henderson, Nev. Posted 2019-10-01
Engineering Altivia, a chemical company headquartered in Houston, Texas, has appointed Russ Herman (Mech.E.) as commercial manager of its Aromatics business, responsible for sales and marketing of phenol, acetone, alpha-methylstyrene, and bisphenol-A, produced at their plant in Haverhill, Ohio. Posted 2019-10-01
David Stark writes:  On the home front, I now have a married son—the wedding was lovely all the way around, and the weather cooperated, too! To save a bit of time and money, my wife and I spent a week in Bar Harbor (oh, excuse me, “Bah Hahbah”), Maine, and toured Acadia National Park. On our way north, we stopped in to visit Jon Lathrop (Nuc.Sci.) and his wife, Patty, in Lowell, Mass. We had a great visit! And the Boston Red Sox won the World Series!! Go Sawx! Posted 2019-03-10
Engineering Bob Dowgwillo (Aer.E.). He writes: “The Dowgwillo household is set to celebrate three weddings within 15 months. Son Alex was married this past August. Our elder daughter Emily is engaged to be married in May 2019, and younger daughter Catherine is engaged to be married in October 2019.” Bob and Heidi have downsized and have settled into their 1908 duplex near Forest Park in St. Louis. Posted 2019-03-10
Architecture Ray Weisner writes: Finally, over the summer Paul Nilsson and I had a great (and very retro) time at the Peter Frampton and Steve Miller Band concert in NYC. Reliving the dream. I’m still living and working in Manhattan, as a partner with VRC Valuation Research, a business valuation and M&A consultant. I hung up my architecture spurs right after getting my RA registration, and just after my MBA. My wife, Carole, is almost entirely too happy in retirement. All is good. Posted 2019-03-10
Architecture Ray Weisner writes: Also this summer, I caught up with another former classmate who transferred out, to RISD, Peter Dubin. Peter joined the firm in Chicago that his father was in, and Peter has designed, among other things, a fantastic residential high-rise in China.  Posted 2019-03-10
Architecture Ray Weisner writes: “Wanted to say hello and provide— especially for my architecture mates—three blasts from the past. I was in New Mexico this fall, and caught up with a long-lost former classmate, Lorn Tryk. Lorn lives in Santa Fe and has his own architectural firm. He transferred to Rice after our sophomore year. It was great to see him! Posted 2019-03-10
Architecture Frank Pitts (Arch.) continues to collect accolades. He was named the 2018 Changemaker Award recipient by the Center for Health Design’s board of directors. The award honors individuals or organizations that have demonstrated exceptional ability to change the way health-care facilities are designed and built, and whose work has had a broad impact on the advancement of health-care design. Posted 2019-03-10
Engineering We received an article from the Albany Business Review concerning Bob Bedard (EE), CEO and owner of DeFacto Global, a tech company based in beautiful downtown Troy, which focuses on financial forecasting software for Fortune 500 companies. Bob started DeFacto Global in 2010, and moved it to Troy in early 2017 so he could partner with RPI and escape Connecticut. Posted 2019-03-10


Nelson Gomm writes: “Although I have gone into semi-retirement, I decided to write a novel, Overhead Assets. It’s a military techno-thriller based on a mix of my experiences on a black program I was working and my classified mission in Vietnam. I’ve written lots of technical documents but this was much more difficult — but fun to write. It is available now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. My second novel should be out in 2020.”  Posted 2019-10-01


J. Richard (Rick) Pooler has joined Bond, Schoeneck & King's environmental and energy practice in Syracuse, N.Y. He was formerly chief environmental, health, and safety counsel for many years at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Posted 2019-10-01
Lawson Fowble writes: “Just got my latest issue of Rensselaer alumni magazine and thought I should pass along my current status. I'm unemployed! (Yay!) After 35 years with my old company, I have now officially retired. For those who remembered, I graduated with a degree in chemistry but ended up working for and owning a manufactured home company. A few years ago, my fellow owners (family members) and I sold the company to the country's largest home builder. After three years working for the combined operation, it was time to say goodbye and move along. Now I work as a part-time consultant to them and otherwise just goof off. Along the way I picked up an MBA and a couple of degrees in computer science, and was an adjunct at Herkimer County Community College for a few years.”

“On a personal note, Patty and I (we met at a Phi Sigma Kappa party when we invited girls from Saint Rose) had our 40th anniversary last fall. I had a full head of hair then but after two daughters, one son, and five granddaughters, I've pulled most of it out. My wife also gave me two heart attacks, but she hasn't killed me yet, and I managed to get a riding lawn mower out of it. We still live within an hour of Rensselaer. Best wishes to all my fellow classmates and frat brothers.”
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Jeffrey Friedman has been named the recipient of the 2019 Wolf Prize in Medicine. He is being recognized for his discovery of leptin, a hormone secreted by fat cells that modulates food intake and energy expenditure. Posted 2019-10-01
Claire Fraser has been appointed president-elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). AAAS is the world’s largest multidisciplinary scientific society and a leading publisher of cutting-edge research through the Science family of journals. Claire is the director of the Institute for Genome Sciences, leading a team of scientists who are housed in the University of Maryland School of Medicine's new Health Sciences Research Facility. Posted 2019-10-01
Jim-Bob Williams in Jeopardy
Jim-Bob Williams was a contestant on Jeopardy! May 28, which turned out to be the 29th day in the sensational 32-day run of player James Holzhauer, who amassed more than $2.4 million. Introduced on the show as a therapeutic humorist from St. Albans, W.V., Jim-Bob is retired now, but still enjoys acting and remains active with the improv/comedy troupe The Mighty Schmucks. Posted 2019-10-01
Vic Vitek and his wife have completed (more or less) their move to New Hampshire and are enjoying their new home. Vic writes that there was a highlight—when they flipped the switch and started using power from the solar panels—while it was mostly sunny they were able to power the house and feed excess power back to the grid. “While we have adjusted, the cats are still a bit confused about why things have been moved so much. Our dog just rolls with the punches.” Posted 2019-03-10
John Hill remains active in civic affairs in Alexandria, Va., as chairman of the board of Alexandria Renew Enterprises, the city’s wastewater treatment utility. In October, Alexandria Renew was recognized as “Partner of the Year” from the Potomac Riverkeeper Network, for launching a seven-year construction program to reduce raw sewage overflows into the Potomac River by more than 96 percent by 2025. John received the award from Robert Kennedy Jr., president of the National Riverkeeper Alliance, who said, “From high school rowing teams, to kayakers, to anglers—everyone who uses the Potomac River downstream of Alexandria will be a beneficiary of this project.” Posted 2019-03-10
Engineering Rich Tocher wrote that he retired at the beginning of 2019 from a 40-year career as a consulting geotechnical engineer in Colorado. His work included design of high-rise buildings, highways, and dams across the western United States. He now lives in Crested Butte, Colo., where he and his wife, Julie, are skiing, climbing, and hiking. The Fall 2018 Class Notes highlighted memories of the summer survey courses. Rich remembered that his father, Frank Tocher ’41, completed the 1940 summer survey in the forests around Warrensburg, N.Y. At the course Frank met his future wife, Doris, at a Saturday night dance. Posted 2019-03-10


Mark Keough writes: "We'll be looking forward to another good winter of skiing. This past winter took us to Whitefish, Mont., for skiing, along with a dog sled ride (those dogs love to pull!) and a neat snowshoe hike along the frozen shores of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park. A great place to visit, no matter what time of year!" Posted 2019-10-01
John Siegenthaler recently led a full-day design-focused workshop on Hydronics for High Efficiency Biomass Boiler Training for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. John is professor emeritus of engineering technology at Mohawk Valley Community College. He is also principal of Appropriate Designs, a consulting engineering firm in Holland Patent, N.Y., which focuses on state-of-the-art application of hydronic heating. Through extensive research and application of engineering principles, Appropriate Designs has developed advanced modeling methods for simulating the thermal and hydraulic performance of hydronic systems. In other words, how to heat your house or building with wood and be good at it! Posted 2019-10-01
Science Linda Akli had an article published by HPC Wire in honor of the February 11 International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Linda, who graduated with a computer science degree, is now the assistant director of Training, Education & Outreach at Southeastern Universities Research Association and manager of the XSEDE Broadening Participation Program, which focuses on increasing diversity in the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE). In the article, she offered the following: "My advice to anyone entering the field (computer science), is be yourself. If you don't fit in an environment, move on because the right one is probably around the corner. Second, find the area within HPC (high performance computing) that supports your passion. You will do your best work if it is your passion. Third, be open-minded about who might be your mentors. My mentors have been male and female, but not one has been of color due the small number that work in advanced computing. Last, develop a strong network. Your network will get you through the tough days and help you maintain perspective." Posted 2019-10-01
Anthony (Tony) Grosso joined Rockefeller Capital Management last December as a managing director to build their San Francisco office. Prior to joining Rockefeller, Tony spent 15 years as a managing director at Merrill Lynch, where he was senior leader of the Ventures Services Group, a team focused on advising private equity and venture firms. Posted 2019-10-01
John Benedict, our class physician/author, has released his fourth medical thriller, Bad Robot. His earlier books included Adrenaline, which became the no. 1 medical thriller in the Kindle store (Oct. 2014) and garnered a write-up in The Washington Post. There are over 200,000 copies in print of his books, and when it was released in November, Bad Robot was in the no. 2 spot of Hot New Releases on Amazon in the medical thriller category. Posted 2019-03-10
Sam Anthony was awarded the 2017 NYS Council Russel D. Porter Service to ASCE Award in August 2018. Sam was chosen for this award given his exceptional service and dedication to the civil engineering profession and his local American Society of Civil Engineers branch, along with mentoring young civil engineers and enhancing the public opinion and knowledge of the civil engineering profession. Posted 2019-03-10
AmideBio LLC recently announced that Pawel Fludzinski has been named CEO. AmideBio has a pipeline of biotherapeutics targeting metabolic diseases. Pawel was recently with Eli Lilly & Co. where, as global brand development leader, he led a cross-function team developing drugs targeting diabetes. Posted 2019-03-10
Business Rich Morris passed away in April 2018. After undergraduate studies in the management/law program at RPI, he entered Albany Law School. After graduating from law school, Richard completed the LLM program in taxation at New York University. Rich worked in the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Tax Department for 37 years, and as managing director, traveled all over the world for JPMC. Rich always had fond memories of being the music director and DJ at WRPI “Nifty 91.50” FM. Posted 2019-03-10
The MetroWest Daily News of Framingham, Mass., recently profiled Peter Reinhard in their “Good to Know” column. Peter has been working for the same company for over four decades, although with various name changes (GTE, Verizon, and General Dynamics). Looking back, Peter enjoyed several different aspects of his career, including “ruggedizing”—taking commercial electronic packages and making them rugged for the military to withstand sand, dust, physical shock, and extreme temperatures.

He also worked with Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) technology, which is used for communications with submarines (remember “Hunt for the Red October”?) and also with Blue Fin Robotics that makes unmanned underwater vehicles, which are robots for ocean and deep-sea research/reconnaissance. As a hobby, Peter races his black 2008 Corvette—against the clock, not other cars—and is a member of the Bay State Corvette Club.
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John Grubb has been awarded the prestigious Award of Merit and title of fellow by ASTM International’s committee on steel, stainless steel, and related alloys. This is ASTM’s highest recognition for individual contributions to developing standards, and is for John’s role in providing exemplary technical contributions and leadership to the flat-rolled and wrought stainless steel in areas of advanced metallurgy and new technology. Now enjoying retirement as a consultant, he previously worked for Allegheny Ludlum and GE. Posted 2019-03-10
Mark Keough writes: It was wonderful seeing all of our classmates at our 40th Reunion in early October at RPI. We all have neat shirts and sets of RPI socks courtesy of the “Tute,” to proudly spread the word of RPI’s “Transformation”! The scheduled activities were great, along with simply walking through the campus to see the changes of buildings and landscaping, along with reminiscing on times during our school years, whether in the Quad, CC308, or Ricketts. Special shout-out to Peter Pfeiffer for arranging our class dinner on Saturday evening at the Albany Marriott, where we had a surprise visit from Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson. Also, special thanks to Peg and Tom Savchik for hosting the informal Friday and Saturday afternoon gatherings at their home nearby. Looking forward to our 45th in 2023! Posted 2019-03-10


Ron Yu traveled to New York, Beijing, Turkey, Dubai, Doha, and Geneva (the UN World Intellectual Property Organization, WIPO) among other places in the past year. He is celebrating the Year of the Pig with wild boar sightings near his urban Hong Kong home. Posted 2019-10-01
Joe Campbell was the featured speaker at a lecture program in his hometown of Oneonta, N.Y., on "Combating Human Trafficking & Illicit Marketplaces on the Web Using Artificial Intelligence." Joe leads the Artificial Intelligence and Systems group at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory. Posted 2019-10-01
Ruth (Sessler) Bernstein is a professor in nonprofit studies at the University of Washington-Tacoma. She had previously worked in the oil industry after earning a master's in geology at Brown, and settled in Washington state where she and her husband, Jeffrey, raised their family. She completed a philanthropy program at Indiana University and a Ph.D. in management from Case Western Reserve before beginning her teaching career. "I teach with a focus on the United States and the Northwest nonprofit sectors," she says. Students in Ruth's classes work with local nonprofits to have real-world experience. Posted 2019-10-01
Carson Taylor ’69, John Paserba ’88, and Nicholas Miller ’79 (l) - Daniel Sabin ’93 (r)
Carson Taylor ’69, John Paserba ’88, and Nicholas Miller ’79 (l) - Daniel Sabin ’93 (r)
Alumni Recognized for Contributions to the Power and Energy Sector Four graduates of the electric power engineering program at Rensselaer were recognized during the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) 2018 annual meeting for their contributions to the power and energy sector. Daniel Sabin ’93 received the PES Award for Excellence in Power Distribution Engineering for contributions in power quality monitoring and related indicators for fault location in distribution systems. Carson Taylor ’69 was awarded the Charles Concordia Power Systems Engineering Award for contributions to the engineering and deployment of control systems and solutions to improve power grid stability. Taylor, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, retired from the Bonneville Power Administration as principal for trans-mission operations and planning. “Taylor’s book, Power System Voltage Stability, is practically on the desk of every practicing power systems engineer,” said Rensselaer Institute Professor Joe Chow. John Paserba ’88, vice president of the Power Systems Group at Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, received the Meritorious Service Award for sustained technical and professional contributions to the power industry and PES. Nicholas Miller ’79 received the Ramakumar Family Renewable Energy Excellence Award for modeling, performance analysis, and advanced control developments of wind turbine generators, and large-scale renewable integration. Miller recently retired from General Electric as senior technical director. Sabin, Taylor, and Paserba earned master’s degrees at Rensselaer, while Miller earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Posted 2019-03-10
Engineering Peter Fedun has joined Urban Engineers in Philadelphia as deputy practice leader for rail and transit. He has more than 30 years of engineering experience specializing in rail transit design for light rail transit, heavy rail, and high-speed rail. He is a registered professional engineer in six states, a member of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA), and serves on the Committee of 12 – Rail Transit as secretary. Posted 2019-03-10


Kathy Pratt Harrington writes: 40th Reunion: Oct. 8-11, 2020 Posted 2019-10-02
Mark Kula was named president of WhiteFox, a global leader in drone airspace security, in May. He is the former general manager of Asia Pacific for Moog Aircraft, and vice president at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. Mark was also a mentor at Starburst, a startup accelerator enabling innovation for the global aerospace industry. Posted 2019-10-01
Danny Rich, Ph.D. '80, received the Godlove Award from the Inter-Society Color Council (ISCC), honoring his "long-term contributions in the field of color." Rich has worked at Sun Chemical for 21 years as a senior color physicist and currently leads the color research laboratory team. Posted 2019-10-01
Carl Mancuso joined Teledyne Marine as the director of product line management for Teledyne Benthos, which consists of acoustic modems and positioning products, flotation, releases, pinger locators, and deep tow systems. He was previously vice president of sales and marketing at Falmouth Scientific Inc. Carl serves on the board of the Marine & Oceanographic Technology Network (MOTN). Posted 2019-03-10


Christine Whittaker was featured in a publication of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) during Women's History Month in March. She is chief of the NIOSH Risk Evaluation Branch in the Education and Information Division. Throughout her career, her focus has been assessing chemical hazards to workers and determining how those hazards can be most effectively mitigated through science policy. Posted 2019-10-01
Valen Johnson was named dean of science at Texas A&M University and holder of the Richard H. Harrison III/External Advisory Council Endowed Dean's Chair in Science. At the time of his appointment, he was University Distinguished Professor of Statistics and head of the Department of Statistics, and was serving as interim dean of Texas A&M Science. Posted 2019-10-01
With deep sorrow I must report that my friend, Mike Pickett, passed away Aug. 21, 2018. A passionate hockey player, he was inducted into the Auburn High School Hall of Fame in 1980. He loved traveling the world with his wife, Terri, and his work as director of global channel sales at Brooks Automation and regional sales director at Innovent Technologies allowed him to travel to more than 25 countries. He loved driving his Miata to Maine beaches, skiing with his daughters and friends, and following his daughters’ softball careers. He will be greatly missed. Posted 2019-03-10
Thomas McNellis, senior manager, advanced programs strategy, for Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems, was one of the first three inductees into the Weather Hall of Fame at the National Weather Museum and Science Center in October 2018. His work led to development of the National Weather Radar Testbed, which advanced the state of the art in tornado detection and warning using adaptive radar scanning, and facilitated research for multi-mission phased array, and assimilation of radar data into forecast models. Posted 2019-03-10


Mark Bowers writes: Please join us on Facebook at Posted 2019-10-02
Derek HasBrouck took 50 days to complete a 3,300-mile cross-country bicycle trip from Saratoga, Calif., to Saratoga Springs, N.Y., with stops in Saratoga Springs, Utah, and Saratoga, Wyo., along the way. The adventure, inspired by the Paul Simon song, “America,” gave him a deep understanding and appreciation for people and places across the U.S. Posted 2019-10-01
Sue Baelen and Sue Mackey, who were frosh roomates in Nason Hall, offered their tale of two Sues, with Sue B. noting that “other than sharing a first name, we didn't have that much in common, but we formed a strong friendship and she even created my wedding dress when I married Phil King soon after graduation. Sue M. went on to be an engineer in Rocky Flats, Colo., and I became a tech writer for a robotics and machine vision company in Massachusetts (pretty cool gig as we greeted 1984!).

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

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

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

"This past summer I had mini reunions with a few Class of ’82 friends. AGD sisters Marci (Sindell) Goffin and Colleen (Muscarella) Delmonte got together for lunch on a beautiful day overlooking the Narragansett Bay and then in the fall we were able to reunite with my dear friend Steve Montambault and his wife, Riva. It was great to spend time with them!"
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Bob Hartman shared that he and Carol Yeaton '84 "...are still married with three children. Oldest is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan in biostatistics. Middle kid is a lead test engineer for the Chick-fil-A mobile app. The youngest started last year as a full-time developer in the Amazon Web Services group. In 2008 I started my company, Agile For All. We specialize in helping organizations become more agile across the board. Everything from teams using Scrum, to executives creating truly agile organizations. Our clients run the gamut, from the 10-person startup to huge Fortune 50 companies. When I started I thought it would be a one-person business forever, but we now have 15 people! It's a bit crazy at times, but I love helping organizations understand how to use agility as not only a competitive advantage, but also for better recruiting and helping their people feel better about their work and work environment." Posted 2019-10-01
Anne Massey is joining the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst as Dean and Thomas O'Brien Endowed Chair. Anne's thrilled to be returning to the Northeast after 23 years in the Midwest! Posted 2019-10-01
Mark Bowers writes: Neil Christie let us know that our classmate and his longtime friend Dave Didio passed away in September 2018. Dave was a Navy aviator with 10 years of active service, and later retired from the Naval Reserve with the rank of commander. He worked for 10 years in the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond as an information technology expert. Most recently, he was a partner in a successful home improvement business. Dave was known to his large circle of friends and clients for his cheerful disposition, his kindness, sense of humor, his loyalty to friends, his love of animals, and his excellent cooking. I had the pleasure of reconnecting with Dave over a phone call a few years ago. Fair winds and following seas, shipmate. Posted 2019-03-10
Mark Bowers writes: By the time you read this, I’ll be a little over one year in as the founder and executive director of the Professional Development Consortium of Hampton Roads ( The consortium is a platform for local volunteer leaders to connect, coordinate, and collaborate on common goals and challenges. We provide low-cost/no-cost leadership education to local professional societies, civic associations, faith-based groups, and service organizations. Posted 2019-03-10
Bob Laurita shared that “...after nearly 40 years, this is my first time writing an update for the alumni magazine. Ironically, it is just a few months before I will retire from corporate life to spend more time with my family. “Since graduation, I’ve spent most of my career in the electric utility industry. For the past 15 years, I’ve worked at ISO New England, the organization that administers the region’s wholesale electricity market. I’ve had the opportunity to work with many dedicated people and helped the advancement of energy efficiency, renewable resources, and competitive electricity markets.” Bob also noted that, “Hopefully the next chapter of my life will be as rewarding. My wife and I plan to travel, sail, ski and—most importantly—spoil our grandchildren!” Posted 2019-03-10
Mark Weyna continues to work in the medical device space and is currently SVP of customer success and operations at United Imaging Healthcare. On the side, Mark and his wife, Nancy, are opening multiple kickboxing studios in Seattle and Tucson. His daughter is finishing grad school and will be a DVM exotic animal pathologist, and his son recently graduated and is now an exploration geologist. Mark would be happy to reconnect at Posted 2019-03-10
David Dickoff, M.D., reports that he “is so proud that his son, Aaron, is an RPI freshman and an RPI Medal winner.” David also noted that the dorm rooms are exactly the same! Posted 2019-03-10
Faye Yarbrough was endorsed to serve as an International Ministries (IM) missionary in King William’s Town, South Africa. She will serve through an IM partner, the Baptist Union of Southern Africa, as a teacher of math and science. Faye has held a variety of professional positions related to chemical engineering, earning numerous educational and career accomplishments and awards in the field. Her most recent role is laboratory manager with Triumph Processing Inc., in Lynwood, Calif. Posted 2019-03-10


Joseph Daly was appointed to the board of directors of Image Sensing Systems. He is the founder and CEO of Essig Research, an engineering services company that specializes in the design and repair of large, infrastructure related equipment. Posted 2019-10-01
William Danko was the speaker at a Lally School event in March. The author of Richer Than a Millionaire: A Path-way to True Prosperity, he delivered the talk "The Millionaire Next Door: You're Richer When You Think." Posted 2019-10-01
James Hardie Industries announced that Jack Truong will become the company’s new CEO. Chairman Michael Hammes said, “Jack offers the ideal combination of commercial expertise, operational excellence, and leadership in order to continue to grow the business and maintain the industry-leading performance, across multiple geographies.” Jack has been president of international operations at James Hardie since early 2017. Prior to that, he was president and CEO of Electrolux North America. Earlier, Jack enjoyed a successful 22-year career at 3M Company, where he held senior leadership roles throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia-Pacific. He is the recipient of 11 U.S. patents and several international patents. And, he enjoys giving time to philanthropic causes and professional industry associations. Posted 2019-03-10
David Gertler received the Albert Fox Demers Medal from the Rensselaer Alumni Association. This award is the second highest award that the RAA bestows and was established in 1942 to recognize substantial contributions to the welfare of the Institute by either alumni or non-alumni and to stimulate further interest in the support of Rensselaer. Posted 2019-03-10


Will Morales received a promotion as the complaints manager for the Bureau of Land Management, an agency with about 9,000 employees. Will really enjoys his job and, more excitingly, his new daughter! Will remarried five years ago and his wife gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. Posted 2019-10-01
Architecture Elizabeth "Liz" (Syska) Rodriguez ('84 B.S., BArch) sent in this nice note: "Hello all, I have been reading the class notes for years and always thought nobody would remember me and nothing is worth writing about. After reading Diane's plea for submissions and then the One Last Thing section, which described Whitney M. Young's call to action in 1968, I was inspired to finally write. Since graduating, I have made my career as an architect at TAP Inc., a not-for-profit community design center right here in Troy. In 2019, TAP will be celebrating its 50-year anniversary: 50 years of helping our clients revive vacant buildings, helping not-for-profits to provide their services, and municipalities to improve their communities. It is very rewarding work. I have had the good fortune to marry Darren Scott '92. We have two wonderful children who bring us a lot of joy. I have worked under my mentors and friends, Joe Fama '70, G.S. Christopher '70 (deceased), and now Barb Nelson '80. I have the pleasure of working with my best friend, Laura Ryder '87, and the very funny Joel Altschul '72. TAP’s formation was inspired by Whitney Young’s speech. It started with the thesis project of Vince LePera '69. Many RPI architecture students, too many to name here, have come through our doors to get some real-world experience. We enjoy their youthful energy. I invite all of them to come celebrate with us as TAP turns 50. Visit us to see what TAP Inc. is up to these days." Posted 2019-10-01
Dean Roth has spent the last year assisting the Ukrainian Curling Federation as they prepare for their first foray into international competition. He’s been consulting with the UCF on starting in-country social curling programs and is the director of their high-performance curling program. He also coached the mixed doubles team in the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships this April in Stavanger, Norway. Sounds like Dean is our resource if we want to add curling to the events at our next reunion! Posted 2019-10-01
Karen Murdoch ('84 B.S. ChemE; '92 MBA) was awarded the Women of Innovation Award for Small Business Innovation by The Connecticut Technology Council. Karen has had an exciting career and life. After graduating from RPI, Karen worked for Air Products in Allen-town, Pa., for two years, then moved to Connecticut and worked for UTC. She moved from the fuel-cell to the space division and remained there for 18 years. She worked with the space shuttle program on the development of Sabatier, a system that takes carbon dioxide, reacts it with hydrogen, and gets the oxygen back. Karen left UTC and started her own consulting business. She also works part time for Skyre, which builds and sells products for H2, energy, and CO2 transformation markets. Added to all that, Karen lives in Somers, Conn., with her husband, Mark, and two children. There is a very nice article based on an interview with Karen in the Journal Inquirer, March 30, 2019. Posted 2019-10-01
Science Santa J. Tumminia ('84 M.S. '87 Ph.D Biology) was appointed deputy director of the National Eye Institute (NEI), a part of the federal government's National Institutes of Health (NIH). After earning her Ph.D., Santa joined NEI as a senior staff fellow in the Laboratory of Mechanisms of Ocular Diseases. She then spent five years with the Foundation Fighting Blindness, the largest private funding source for retinal degeneration research, where she oversaw a $12 million vision research grant portfolio. She returned to NIH and has served in numerous capacities including ongoing oversight of key NEI biomedical initiatives such as eyeGENE, a pioneering public private genomic medicine initiative that ties advances in ophthalmic disease gene identification and disease phenotype to clinical care. As a longtime mentor to NIH staff in administrative, scientific, and clinical careers, Santa was honored with an NIG Director's Award for mentorship in 2018. Posted 2019-10-01
Engineering Katherine Dewkett, PE (M.E. CivilE), not long after having been promoted to senior associate, has been promoted to the position of associate vice president of the site/civil transportation department in Dewberry’s New York City office. Posted 2019-10-01
Diane Updegrove writes: Sean Lydon sent in an upbeat note. To celebrate their 34th reunion, a small group of alumni responded to a contest to see who had lasted the longest in their first job. The hands-down winner was Charles T. Bucci who still works for the same organization, Allegro MicroSystems, LLC, in Worcester, Mass.! (National anthem playing in the background as he is handed his award.) Chuck also is proud to announce that his oldest daughter, Danielle, is attending RPI as a member of Class of 2022 – third generation! Second place was captured by Louis Agro, who now works for Frontier Communications from Westchester County, N.Y. Lou reports he and his wife, Camille, have sent their youngest son James off to college and are now empty nesters. Mike Hurle rounded out the medalists. He and his husband, John, are busy renovating the former Stover Mansion in Bucks County, Pa., but still find time to travel in the U.S. and Europe. Not making the podium was Sean. Still a bit on the competitive side, Sean soothed his wounds just as he did after a brutal Comp Fund project, with a cold brew after it was all over. Sean works as an international trade consultant from Washington, D.C., which has kept him on the road quite a bit lately. Posted 2019-03-10
Norma Hubele, Ph.D. ’84, an automotive safety expert and educator, founded The Auto Professor, a resource that uses statistical findings to educate consumers about the safety record of cars ( She created the ranking system Auto Grades, a data source for accurate information on how well cars have protected drivers in crashes. “Our fun Auto Grade search allows people to look up vehicle safety grades by not only make, model, and year, but by their age and gender! It’s really exciting, groundbreaking stuff,” she told Arizona Foothills Magazine. Norma is engineering professor emeritus at Arizona State University. She has studied auto crash statistics and auto safety for over 30 years, and has provided expert witness testimony in over 100 legal cases involving vehicles. Posted 2019-03-10
Meredith (Gordon) Stevens was appointed to the board of governors for GS1 US. GS1 is an information standards organization that brings industry communities together to solve supply chain problems through the adoption and implementation of GS1 Standards. Meredith is vice president, strategy and deployment, at Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain. Meredith is also an active member of the Smithsonian Science Education Center and the RPI Supply Chain Advisory Boards. Posted 2019-03-10
The Hanover Insurance Group announced that Kathleen S. Lane was elected to the company’s board of directors. She has held senior roles at several Fortune 500 companies, most recently as executive vice president and chief information officer at TJX Companies. Kathleen earned her bachelor’s degree at SUNY-Albany and her MBA and M.S. in management information systems at RPI. Posted 2019-03-10
There are some very flattering comments about Tim McCabe in Digital Journal. Tim is “a dynamic, methodical, and self-driven individual with excellent communication skills and a proven track record of successfully building high-performing organizations.” Tim is the director of sales and marketing at Auto-Guide Mobile Robots. Before this position, Tim served as VP of marketing and technical sales at American Science and Engineering Inc. Prior to that, he held the position of director of AMHS product management at Brooks Automation. Tim graduated with his mechanical engineering degree from RPI. Posted 2019-03-10


Patricia DeLauri writes: 35th Reunion: Oct. 8-11, 2020 Posted 2019-10-02
Patricia DeLauri writes: “As president of the Boston Chapter, I’d like to acknowledge that this was the 10th consecutive year that RPI has volunteered at the Boston Marathon pre-race dinner event, which was held on April 14. We had close to 30 volunteers this year who acted as marshals directing runners and their families through the dinner event at Boston City Hall. The B.A.A., which is responsible for organizing the marathon and its many associated events, has come to rely on our RPI group’s service. Such dedication from this group enhances the image of RPI in our community.” Posted 2019-10-01
Theresa Kozikowski (B.S. Biol.; MBA) has been named by Webster Bank as its director of human resources, enabling functions & employee relations. In her new role, Teri will be responsible for human resources policies, risk and compliance and regulatory matters, and she will serve as the human resources liaison to the Operational Risk Management Committee, and Legal. Kozikowski transfers to Webster from Edelman Financial Services, where she contemporized the HR function as the chief human resources officer. Prior to Edelman, she was managing director of human resources, U.S. & Canada, at Marsh & McLennan Companies, and she spent 16 years at General Electric in positions of increasing responsibility within the human resources function. She is a past president of the Rensselaer Alumni Association and currently serves as co-chair of the Rensselaer Alumni Hall of Fame program. Posted 2019-10-01
Engineering Jonathan Novick (B.S. E.E.) has been appointed by Alteros, an Audio-Technica company, as director of sales and marketing, where he will oversee sales and marketing activity of Alteros UWB wireless technology products. As a longtime audio industry veteran, Novick has spent his career in various positions at companies like Avermetrics, Audio Precision, and Hewlett-Packard/Agilent Technologies. He has been a longstanding member of the Audio Engineering Society, where he has served as VP, governor and, most recently, as the business manager for the AES@NA MM program. Jonathan shares his audio expertise by performing RF coordination and front-of-house mixing duties for a large children's performing arts program in his hometown. Posted 2019-10-01
Business David Gingerella (MBA) has been appointed the vice chancellor of administration and finance at UMass Dartmouth. He will serve as the primary point of contact to the system office, state agencies, and other affiliates on financial and business matters. Previously, Gingerella served as the vice president of administration and finance and chief financial officer at Rhode Island College. Posted 2019-10-01
Business Christopher Crolius (MBA) was named the winner of the Mohawk Valley Community College Alumni of Merit Award in April. He earned an associate degree in civil technology in '78 from MVCC before earning a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Utica College and a master's degree from RPI. Crolius is a principal and the founder of MARCH Associates Architects and Planners PC, an architectural firm located in Utica, N.Y., and dedicated to the planning, design, and construction of high-quality educational, corporate, and industrial facilities. The firm has completed many projects at MVCC's campuses, including the Learning Commons and the Alumni College Center. Posted 2019-10-01
Engineering Peter Carbone (B.S. ChemE) has joined Acorda Therapeutics Inc. as senior vice president, quality, where he is a member of the company's leadership team. In this role, Carbone leads Acorda's Quality Assurance and Quality Control departments and manages all companywide quality initiatives. Acorda Therapeutics develops therapies to restore function and improve the lives of people with neurological disorders. As a longstanding pharmaceutical industry leader, Carbone has served in a variety of roles of increasing seniority at numerous pharmaceutical companies, including Allergan, where he was vice president of biologics quality, and Amgen, where he was executive director of corporate quality-validation. Posted 2019-10-01
Architecture Patricia DeLauri writes: Paul Georges was named managing principal at JKRP Architects, a Philadelphia architectural firm that designs a range of retail and entertainment projects, as well as health-care and housing projects, and residential developments. He has been with the firm for 30 years. I’d like to share some news of my own. At Reunion & Homecoming, the Rensselaer Chapter of Boston received the 2018 Craig W. Angell ’35 Chapter of the Year Award. As chapter president, it was both exciting and rewarding to accept the award. However, true recognition belongs to all those Boston area alumni who work throughout the year, planning all those events and functions that strengthen the RPI community. In this column, I have often spoken about the RAA Scholarship Fund which the Rensselaer Alumni Association Board launched in 2016. From this fund, the RAA presented three RAA Red & White Emerging Leader Awards (M. Beaudoin ’19, M. Montero ’19, and S. Crooks ’20). It is very gratifying to recognize and assist such quality young student leaders; they benefit from alumni generosity. If you have donated to any of the scholarship funds, thank you! Posted 2019-03-10
Engineering The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics named Sankaran Mahadevan (M.S. CE) to its 2018 Class of Fellows and Honorary Fellows for his dedication to the advancement of aeronautics and astronautics. Since starting at Vanderbilt University in 1988, Mahadevan has served as professor of civil and environmental engineering, the John R. Murray Sr. professor of engineering, and a professor of mechanical engineering. His research interests lie in reliability and uncertainty analysis methods, material degradation, structural health monitoring, design optimization, and model uncertainty. Posted 2019-03-10
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Eyenovia has appointed Michael Rowe (M.S. Psych.) as vice president of marketing. Eyenovia is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing a pipeline of ophthalmology products utilizing its patented piezo-print technology to deliver micro-therapeutics topically to the eye. In prior positions, he served as the head of global strategic marketing, ophthalmology, at Aerie Pharmaceuticals, where he was responsible for U.S. and international commercialization, planning, and execution for Rhopressa, a drug that lowers elevated intraocular pressure in patients with open-angle glaucoma. Posted 2019-03-10
Science Last July, Lora M. Green (Chem.), a longtime patent trial and appeal board (PTAB) administrative patent judge, joined Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, a Palo Alto, Calif., based provider of legal services to life sciences, technology, and growth enterprises worldwide. She has joined WSGR’s patent trial and appeal board practice as Of Counsel, and will be based in their Washington, D.C., office. Green’s tenure as an administrative patent judge (APJ) at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office began in 2001. She has been one of the most active judges handling post-grant review proceedings covering life sciences-related patents. Before serving as an APJ, Green served as judicial law clerk and as a patent examiner in the U.S. Patent and Trade Office. Posted 2019-03-10
After running a practice at the Valley Medical Center in Renton, Wash., Eric Waterman, M.D., an ENT and rhinoplasty and facial plastic surgeon, has opened the Waterman Rhinoplasty and Nasal & Sinus Center of Seattle in Madison Park, Wash. A graduate of the RPI/Albany Medical College B.S./M.D. program, he was inspired by his great-grandfather, who was also an eye, ears, nose surgeon, and discovered his passion for this specialty during his residency. Dr. Waterman also provides allergy management and serves as clinical faculty for the University of Washington. Posted 2019-03-10


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

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

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

A fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Gallimore has served on a number of advisory boards for NASA and the Department of Defense, including the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, as well as college and university advisory boards. 
Posted 2019-10-10
Dave Chaput was not able to attend the Class' reunion, but sent an update saying that he and his wife have three children and live in Brookeville, Md. Dave left the Air Force in 1994 and is a major account manager at Cisco. Posted 2019-10-10
Rear Admiral Karl O. Thomas (Naval ROTC) assumed command of Combined Task Force 70, the U.S. Navy’s largest battle force, while aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan recently. This follows his tour as director, 21st Century Sailor Office for the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations in Arlington, Va. Thomas also earned an M.S. in information technology from Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. Posted 2019-03-10
The Burlington Ontario Junior Hockey League Cougars hired Mark Jooris, former RPI hockey star, as head coach for the 2018-19 season. This is his third stint as head coach, and he has also served as the team’s general manager. Jooris was OJHL and Ontario Hockey Association Coach of the Year in 2015-16. Mark played for the Cougars prior to his NCAA career at RPI and also played professionally in Finland, Germany, Switzerland, and for the American Hockey League. Posted 2019-03-10
Engineering Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing in Pittsburgh named Arnie Kravitz (M.S. EE) as its new chief technology officer. Kravitz’ primary responsibility is the development of technologies to make robotics more accessible in the U.S. manufacturing industry. He has previously held several C-level positions at major Fortune 50 technology companies and served as adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University. Posted 2019-03-10


Linda Jojo
Linda Jojo was recognized by the National Diversity Council as one of the 2019 Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology. Jojo is vice president and chief digital officer at United Airlines and the only airline executive to receive the award. Posted 2019-10-01
Bonnie Litvack, M.D., was elected president-elect of the Medical Society of the State of New York. A radiologist, she is director of the Women’s Imaging Center at Northern Westchester Hospital, part of Northwell Health. Under her leadership, the center has been named a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. Bonnie lives in Chappaqua with her husband and three daughters. Posted 2019-10-01
Jeffrey Snow, a four-year standout in tennis in both singles and doubles, was among those inducted into Rensselaer's Athletics Hall of Fame in April. Posted 2019-10-01
Architecture Valerie Bok was named a principal at architecture+, a design and service oriented architecture and planning firm in Troy that serves clients in health care, education, government, and other cultural and community organizations. She is currently collaborating on psychiatric facility projects in Wyoming and Texas and has recently designed new medical offices for The Center for Rheumatology and a children’s psychiatric facility in Columbus, Ohio. Posted 2019-03-10


Elisa Barney (B.S., M.S., Ph.D.), now approaching her 20th anniversary as a professor at Boise State University, gave a TEDx talk, "How digital technology helps solve mysteries in the humanities." We know that engineers make many things in our daily lives from computers to power grids. They also do many humanitarian projects.  

There is another less known side: Digital Humanities — using computers and technol-ogy to help further the study of the humanities such as art, literature, and history. Elisa shares stories of how computers can be used to help further knowledge in history, literature, and art. There is much more to this story than just building a webpage. You can watch this talk by going to and searching "Elisa Barney TEDxBoise."
Posted 2019-10-01
Engineering Carrie (Hansen) Kinnison (E.E.) is the newly published author of GlobeWandering on a Budget: Travel Tips for Grown-ups, which is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Filled with decades of experience, interjected with personal travel accounts, and written with a touch of humor, this book offers the keys to comfortable and rewarding GlobeWandering on a modest budget. Posted 2019-10-01
Business Niels Steenstrup (Mgmt) joined PASSUR Aerospace Inc. as chief commercial officer, a new position in the company. Following PASSUR's mission to grow global airspace capacity without adding infrastructure, his focus is to build on existing business and rapidly expand the global network of customers to provide PASSUR's solutions to the benefit of airlines, airports, and air navigation service providers everywhere. Posted 2019-10-01
Architecture John Tobin (M.Arch) has joined SMRT Architects & Engineers as office director for the firm's New York office. Before that, he was vice president of delivery and innovation at EYP, where he held technical and executive positions for over a decade. John, who had previously taught architecture at RPI for ten years, currently serves on the NY State Board of Architecture and the Lean Construction Institute, Albany COP. He is a frequent writer and speaker on advanced delivery topics, including disruptive innovation, building information modeling, integrated project delivery, and the application of data for building design. Posted 2019-10-01
Business Donna Perkett (MBA) has joined the Vermont Federal Credit Union as the new chief operating officer with over 30 years of banking experience, most recently as executive vice president of retail banking for Arrow Financial Corp., where she oversaw 225 staff members, 40 branch locations, and was responsible for marketing, business development, and municipal banking. Prior to that, Donna had been senior vice president at Bank of America, where she was responsible for distribution, strategy, and planning for 14 retail bank locations. Posted 2019-10-01
Grace (Vitagliano) Roth writes: I missed our 30th Reunion this past fall due to being out of the country, as this has been a very extensive travel year for me, with notable trips to Poland; Ukraine; Iceland, Greenland, and Norway; Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay; and Egypt. I’ll be visiting my 100th country next year. Thankfully, as long as I have an internet connection, I can work while on the road. My traveling is enjoyable and has helped my travel agency, ABC World Vacations, grow by my having firsthand knowledge of many of the places I send clients. I’m off to my next adventure, so keep in touch! Posted 2019-03-10
Peter Emmi was named a partner in the Global Corporate Group of the law firm Reed Smith. He has extensive experience representing clients in diverse industries, including internet technology, health care, medical device, biotech, media, and virtual reality, and is a former engineer and manager at IBM. He earned his J.D. from Pace Law School in 2004.   Posted 2019-03-10
Business Ken Grey (MBA) has been made the senior vice president of Marshall & Sterling Insurance in their Leeds, N.Y., office. He began his insurance career in 1978 with St. Paul Companies as a commercial lines underwriter. Grey is also an adjunct instructor at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. Posted 2019-03-10
Engineering Micaela Bulich (M.S. EE), former vice president global supply chain for GE Renewable Energy’s $8 billion Onshore Wind business, has been engaged as operative adviser to the investment firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice. Prior to her multiple previous positions within GE, she worked 10 years at DuPont in supply chain and engineering roles. Bulich is the executive co-creator of GE’s Women in Supply Chain effort and is on the advisory board of AWESOME, an organization focused on advancing women in supply chain leadership. Posted 2019-03-10
Nancy Aronson (CompSci) has been honored as a Rising Star by P.O.W.E.R. (Professional Organization of Women of Excellence Recognized) for her outstanding contributions and achievements in the field of financial services. Aronson has been a technical specialist with the Federal Reserve Bank of NY on and off since 1989 specializing in information technology and software development. She is also the owner of Iggie’s Curiosity Shoppe in Midland Park, N.J., and sells her own art/jewelry on her website Posted 2019-03-10
Science Flint Lane (CompSci) has been appointed to the board of directors of Bento for Business, a leading provider of financial management solutions for small and midsize businesses. Lane, founder and CEO of NJ-based Billtrust, has been named one of the 25 Most Influential Financial Operations Professionals by the Institute of Financial Operations (IFO) and recognized as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. He was also named 2017 Technology CEO of the Year by the Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies. Posted 2019-03-10


Ed Gray was selected by PA Consulting’s ReliabilityOne award program as the Outstanding Contributor to Reliability. This award is widely recognized as one of the electric utility industry's most prestigious honors that recognizes the electric utilities that provide their customers with the highest levels of service reliability. Ed was recognized for his significant impact on electric reliability for PSE&G’s 2.2 million customers in New Jersey and PSEG-LI's 1.1 million customers on Long Island. Posted 2019-10-01
Mangesh Kale (M.S. ’89) was named managing director of Precision Automation and Robotics India (PARI). Posted 2019-10-01
Nitin Jain (M.S. ’89, Ph.D. ’91) has been named a fellow at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He is chief technology officer and board member of Anokiwave Inc., a company he founded. Posted 2019-10-01
Dave Sovie co-authored Reinventing the Product: How to Transform Your Business and Create Value in the Digital Age, which focuses on how digital technologies are transforming traditional products into smart and connected ones. Dave is currently a senior partner at Accenture and has been living in Japan these last several years. Posted 2019-10-01
Vivian Kuo was named a shareholder in the global law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP in its Washington, D.C., office. She was previously a partner at Winston & Strawn LLP. Posted 2019-10-01
Naveed Hussain was named the head of Boeing Research & Technology, which is Boeing's advanced central research and development group. In March, he was the speaker at the inaugural RAA alumni lecture series hosted by the Seattle alumni chapter at the Future of Flight Museum in Mukilteo, Wash. Posted 2019-10-01
Peter Memon was one of the recipients of the 2018 RA A Key Award. Posted 2019-10-01
Jayson Moy was selected last fall as general manager of Saki Asia Pacific. His responsibilities cover all of Asia excluding Japan, greater China, and Korea for 2D and 3D automated solder paste, optical, and X-ray inspection and measurement systems. Posted 2019-10-01
Jonathan Berry, M.S. '89, Ph.D. '95, received a special appointment as Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M. Posted 2019-10-01
Doug Krehbiel checked in from Washington, D.C., where he is the director of data analytics for FrontStream, a company that helps smaller not-for-profits survive and thrive. He is a D.C. actor, public radio host, and voice-over artist. Doug's first playwrighting effort — Silly Delaware — was produced locally last summer, and he is a proud member of the Actors' Equity Association. Posted 2019-10-01
Carol Driggs, M.S. ’89, was honored as one of five Women Who Light the Community by the Boulder Chamber Business Women’s Leadership Group in September. Carol is strategic staffing manager for the Boulder, Colo., location of Northrop Grumman, and within her position, she leads an initiative to increase Boulder’s STEM within the local schools, universities, and community. She has focused on creating a pipeline of talent into Northrop Grumman and developing that talent. She helped initiate and expand a “College Day” to hire the best students from college/industry engagement events, leveraged CyberPatriot internships, and led teams to establish Cyber/STEM camps for middle and high school students. Posted 2019-03-10


Rob Sherman writes: 30th Reunion: Oct. 8-11, 2020 Posted 2019-10-02
Rob Sherman writes: "As for Dianne and me, over the winter break we took our son, Adam, out to Long Beach, Calif., to begin looking for a place for him to live after graduation from Oklahoma State University this past May. Then the three of us and daughter Abigail spent spring break in Denver, though we were never more than three at any one time owing to the kids having two different break weeks. While on spring break, in the "small world category," Dianne and I spent a lovely day up at Red Rocks Amphitheatre and she and our son visited with his good friend at Colorado School of Mines, both located in Jefferson County, Colo. Next time, we might go look up a certain county manager. Dianne and Abby visited with Bob Beauchamp (B.S. MechE) and his wife, Kim, to prepare Abby for her intern-ship over in Olympia this summer. I also got to see AJ Leale (B.S. MechE) twice — once in Jersey City during my business trip there, then again in Houston during his business trip here. It was great to catch up in person and re-live some of the moments we had captured in pictures (gosh, how young we looked). Should your travels bring you to Houston, look us up. We look forward to catching up in person, and it gives me a great excuse to visit my favorite Houston breweries!" Posted 2019-10-01
Engineering Mike Bunker (B.S., MechE) has been with The Boeing Company since he graduated in summer 1990. During his time at Boeing, he's managed programs in Seattle; helped start up their new facility in Charleston, S.C.; and spent the last two years running their factory in Melbourne, Australia. Mike and his wife, Gretchen, just returned to Seattle, where he's settled into the role of vice president of composites, managing the various composite factories around the globe. Mike, whose two sons are both in college in South Carolina, is looking forward to visiting RPI and his FIJI chapter as they approach their 30-year anniversary. Posted 2019-10-01
Science Bianca Mancinelli (B.S. Math) and husband Paul (B.S. Phys.) sent in an update to say that by the time their classmates read this, they will have three RPI graduates under their roof, as their daughter Chiara was due to graduate on May 18. Bianca also sent a reminder that this is the same day we graduated, just 29 years later (the key word there being "just"). Chiara will be attending Weill-Cornell in New York City, pursuing her Ph.D. in pharmacology. Bianca and Paul love that she’ll be only 45 minutes away and are already planning lots of lunches! Their son Dante loved his first year at RPI in nuclear engineering and has won a scholarship from the NRC. Dante is minoring in music and physics and continues playing drums in the funk band. Their youngest, Lucia, is a freshman in high school and has her eyes set on Canada for college. This year, Paul will celebrate his fifth year at CIGNA as the chief data and analytics engineering officer, while Bianca continues to use her "...math degree to do local theater and write music (lol!)." Posted 2019-10-01
Engineering Ravi Keswani (M.E. MechE) has been appointed president of products and technology for the Freedom Financial Network (FFN), a family of companies that assists consumers with debt settlement, mortgage shopping, and personal loans. Ravi's career has included a variety of leadership positions, including in software engineering and product management, and he was most recently the chief technology officer of Posted 2019-10-01
Francois Barcomb
Francois Barcomb, a high school physics teacher in Montrose, N.Y., won the Jeopardy! teachers' championship, which aired in May, and its $100,000 grand prize. A lifelong fan, Barcomb tried for 12 years before finally landing a spot on the show. Posted 2019-10-01
Business Don Davis (B.S. Mgmt), who retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2017, is currently serving as the county manager of Jefferson County, Colo., the "Gateway to the Rocky Mountains." Don became the county manager following a distinguished career in the Marines, during which he rose to the rank of colonel, served in many different locations and commands, and was deployed on numerous occasions.  Posted 2019-10-01
Rob Sherman writes:  I write this edition in early November from Pullman, Wash., where I enjoyed another Dad’s Weekend, visiting with our daughter at WSU. We’ve kept in touch with Bob Beauchamp (B.S., Mech.E.), who in turn has been keeping in touch with our son, as he pursues employment with Boeing after graduation from Oklahoma State in May 2019. Posted 2019-03-10
Craig Pine (B.S. Matls.E.) is living in Hoosick Falls with his wife, Denise, and their two children. Craig is the quality manager for Crystal IS in Green Island, a manufacturer of UVC LEDs founded by former RPI physics professor Leo Schowalter. Posted 2019-03-10
After working at traditional consulting companies like Deloitte, as well as small consulting companies, Vivek Bhatia founded The Bhatia Group in 2013 to serve small to mid-tier clients in integrating project, product, and process management. He recently wrote a white paper on transitioning to Agile, titled “Overcoming difficulties integrating project and Agile product management.” You can access it through his LinkedIn profile page. Posted 2019-03-10
Engineering Aninda DasGupta (M.S. ECSE) was named senior vice president - international, for global water technology company A. O. Smith Corp. Aninda is responsible for their businesses in Europe, India, Turkey, Vietnam, and Hong Kong, in addition to overseeing export sales and business development throughout Asia Pacific. His long career has included senior positions at OSRAM GmbH and DMC Worldwide. Posted 2019-03-10
Engineering Capt. Paul Spedero Jr. (B.S. Mech.E.) turned over command of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 9, 2018. Over the course of his nearly three-year tour, Paul brought Ike out of dry dock and completed a seven-month deployment supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. Paul’s next assignment was executive assistant to Director, Joint Staff. Posted 2019-03-10


Charles Voss has been promoted to a managing land use planner at Barton & Loguidice, a Northeast and mid-Atlantic regional engineering, planning, environmental, and landscape architecture firm. He is a member of the firm's Sustainable Planning & Design Practice Area. Posted 2019-10-01
Amy Shiley has been promoted to assistant vice president of National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp. She is responsible for the human resources and payroll departments for the regulated subsidiaries in New York and Pennsylvania. Amy, who earned her M.S. in psychology at RPI, joined the company in 1991 as a management trainee. Posted 2019-03-10


Tony Osimo has been appointed director of operations for Quality Beverage's Taunton, Mass., division. Posted 2019-10-01
Silas Coellner was named principal of Old Rochester Regional Junior High School in Massachusetts. Before entering the field of education, he was a satellite systems engineering team leader for Lockheed Martin. Posted 2019-10-01
Brig. Gen. Kimberly Colloton
Brig. Gen. Kimberly Colloton ’92 Celebrates Historic Promotion on Campus Col. Kimberly M. Colloton ’92 was formally promoted to the rank of brigadier general in the United States Army in a ceremony at the Heffner Alumni House Nov. 20, 2018. Upon her promotion, Colloton became the first woman commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ South Pacific Division. Colloton, who earned a bachelor of architecture and a bachelor of science in building sciences at Rensselaer, chose to have her ceremony on campus, where in 1992, she was commissioned into the Engineer Regiment through the ROTC program at Rensselaer. Colloton has served in a variety of command and staff assignments in the continental U.S. and around the world. As the South Pacific Division commander, she is responsible for leading a workforce of more than 2,300 soldiers and civilians. The division, one of the Corps’ nine regions nationwide, manages a multibillion-dollar military and civil works program. Posted 2019-03-10
Michael Kennedy is the new chair of the Department of Health Policy, Economics, and Management at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, School of Community and Rural Health. He had served as interim chair, and prior to that as associate professor. Posted 2019-03-10
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has appointed Michael Hawthorne as the company’s new president and CEO. Since 2012, Hawthorne had been president and CEO of New York Air Brake (NYAB), a sister company of Bendix within the Knorr-Bremse Group. Posted 2019-03-10
Renato Camacho has been selected as the next president and CEO of the Akron-Canton Airport by its board of trustees. Since 2011, Camacho has served as the chief of planning and engineering for Cleveland’s Department of Port Control, which oversees Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Burke Lakefront Airport, and the Lakefront Harbors. Posted 2019-03-10


Brad Crews has been announced by CNH Industrial N.V. as the brand president of Case IH, one of the company's global agricultural brands. CNH Industrial N.V. is a global leader in the capital goods sector with established industrial experience, a wide range of products, and a worldwide presence. Posted 2019-10-01
Derek Noble, AIA, LEED AP, has been named by Shepley Bulfinch as a principal to the firm. Derek contributes more than 25 years of design experience in architectural and interior design, space programming and planning, site design, and construction methodology to his new role at Shepley Bulfinch. Posted 2019-10-01
Engineering Todd Shackett was named president of Southern Union State Community College in Alabama. He has two master’s degrees from Rensselaer, one in mechanical engineering and one in management. Posted 2019-03-10
Michael Picard was named chief financial officer at SWBR, an architectural and design firm based in Rochester, N.Y.  Posted 2019-03-10
Dan Couto is the chief technical officer of Vedanta Biosciences, a Cambridge, Mass., biotech company developing new therapeutics from live gut bacterial “microbiome.”  Posted 2019-03-10


Greg Longo, M.S. ’94, joined Loureiro Engineering as an associate to the Structural, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Engineering (SMEP) Division. He was previously senior project manager at BL companies. Posted 2019-10-01
An article in the Washington Business Journal last summer featured the new pier area at The Wharf in Southwest D.C., which was designed by StudioMB, a 12-person D.C. practice co-founded in 2011 by Adam McGraw. Posted 2019-03-10
Larry Butkovich was named vice president of operations for Precision Roll Grinders in Allentown, Pa. Prior to joining PRG, he worked for Fuji Electric Corp. of America as general manager of its Virginia Assembly Center in Roanoke.   Posted 2019-03-10


Michael Van Poots writes: 25th Reunion: Oct. 8-11, 2020 Posted 2019-10-02
Engineering Anil Goyal ('95/'96, M.S./Ph.D. DSES) is now the executive vice president of operations at Black Book, where he oversees a team of editors and data scientists. Posted 2019-10-01
Engineering Stephen Smith (B.S. EE) has been elected president of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater's board of directors. Posted 2019-10-01
Bill Johnson will spend the next year as a visiting professor and Fulbright Scholar at the Vienna University of Economics and Business in Vienna, Austria. Drop Bill a line! Posted 2019-10-01
Michael Van Poots writes: "It was an all-RPI final at the annual Northstrat Inc. ping-pong tournament in Sterling, Va. Joe Tosh (B.S. EE) and Tom Burkat ('92/'93, B.S./M.Eng. EE) put misspent hours of freshman dorm and Union game room time to good use as they climbed the ladder to square off. Defense (and youth) wins championships — Joe reigned victorious in this marathon match. Both are engineers at Northstrat, an employee-owned corporation co-founded by Tom, providing strategic IT solutions to U.S. government agencies in the Washington, D.C., area." Posted 2019-10-01
Edward Kokoszka was appointed vice president, Global Sales & Marketing, for TRUEAERO Asset Management. Posted 2019-03-10
Dan Dalessio was appointed to lead the Product Development Engineering Group at Butler Automatic.  Posted 2019-03-10
Mario Zuchovicki was named senior vice president of operations for Long Island-based BJG Electronics Inc. Posted 2019-03-10
Tom Kirby, who in high school earned all-conference honors three times in basketball and baseball, was elected to the Rockville High Athletic Hall of Fame. Posted 2019-03-10
Andria Zou was appointed to the role of vice president, business development and sales, at NVXL, a compute acceleration startup. Most recently she was the director of data center sales at Xilinx.  Posted 2019-03-10
John Milne, the Neil and Karen Bonke Associate Professor of Engineering Management at Clarkson University, was elected a fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). Posted 2019-03-10
Al Zytowski writes that he is back in school again. He is attending the National Defense University’s Eisenhower School of National Security and Resource Strategy and says it’s fun being back in a learning environment and with some great peers. Posted 2019-03-10
David Szczesniak was honored in the technical community as a technical fellow at Leidos Inc. for advancements in cyber solutions and innovation.  Posted 2019-03-10


Hank Carbone was promoted to marketing director for Ecolab's North American Healthcare business in February, and now has marketing responsibility for Ecolab's entire portfolio of cleaning, disinfecting, draping, and temperature management solutions used in hospitals around the country. Hank says: "It’s been exciting taking on the new, broader role helping guide the business unit in our mission to help our hospital partners deliver cleaner, safer, and healthier facilities for their patients, staff, and visitors." Posted 2019-10-01
Reid Anthony was named CEO of Citizens Advocates, a provider of developmental disability, mental health, and substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery services. Posted 2019-10-01
Tim Dominick was recognized as the AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) Engineer of the Year for 2019. The award recognizes an individual contribution in the application of scientific and mathematical principles leading to a significant technical accomplishment. Tim is currently a senior principal aeronautical engineer with the Advanced Technology Group at Northrop Grumman. Posted 2019-10-01
Kobie Boykins is a featured speaker in the National Geographic Live series. Kobie talks about his experiences working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and his work on the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity. You can search online for the video via National Geographic's video website. Posted 2019-10-01
Jonna Gerken has been recognized as a member of the 2019 class of Influential Women in Manufacturing. Founded in late 2017 by Putman Media editors Erin Hallstrom, Alexis Gajewski, and Christine LaFave Grace, Influential Women in Manufacturing seeks to recognize women who are effecting change in manufacturing and industrial production and engaging the next generation of manufacturing leaders. Posted 2019-10-01
Michael Lorello started a YouTube channel (look up "par64guy"), mainly focusing on DIY projects and repairs geared toward helping people solve problems, save some money, prevent costly repairs, or just learn about the technology in their homes. His younger daughter, who has taken an interest in technology through her school's "Hour of Code," has participated in a few of his videos. One of Michael's favorite videos is when he gave a talk to his daughter's sixth grade class on careers in engineering, complete with props, in which the kids asked great questions. If you have an opportunity, check out his channel. Posted 2019-10-01
Hank Carbone writes: Jonna Gerken made a trip to Minneapolis for WE18, the annual conference for the Society of Women Engineers. Jonna is the immediate past president for SWE. Fortunately for me, she was able to break away from the conference for an evening and we were able to catch up over dinner and drinks. It’s been an exciting run as president and now as past president. Back in August, Jonna was able to participate in the ringing of the NASDAQ opening bell with fellow SWE directors and members. Jonna is currently the manager for program chief manufacturing engineers with Pratt & Whitney. Posted 2019-03-10
Emil Avram has been promoted to vice president-innovation for Dominion Energy. Previously, Emil was the director of engineering services in the Gas Infrastructure Group. Posted 2019-03-10
Don Seibert was appointed executive vice president of applied analytics for Valen Analytics, an Insurity company. Prior to joining Valen, Don was the VP service line leader for underwriting at Genpact.  Posted 2019-03-10
Jon Espeland has designed and brought to market the Eastern Highlands Pack, a minimalist design horizontal hydration backpack. The pack has separate compartments for dry storage as well as a two-liter water reservoir. The pack weighs only eight ounces, making it ideal for day hiking, trail running, and mountain biking. For more information, check out Posted 2019-03-10
Tim DeGregory was inducted into the Upstate New York Basketball Hall of Fame. Tim played 102 games for the Engineers scoring 1,252 points (2nd in school history at the time, currently 5th overall), pulling down 272 rebounds, 117 assists, 98 steals, and nine blocked shots during his career. Congratulations, Tim! Posted 2019-03-10
David Gierga was elected a fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) and presented with the award at their annual meeting held in Nashville in July. David is a medical physicist in Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Radiation Oncology as well as an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. Congratulations, David! Posted 2019-03-10


Kristen Fitzpatrick writes: "My husband, Brian, and I enjoyed catching up with Marsha (Aaron) and her husband, Ken Cordio, Dawn (Arthur) and Greg Guarriello, Alicia (Sopko) and Taric Kabir, and Neha (Shah) Biggs at the annual Camp Kessem Magic Ball in Boston. If any fellow RPI alums want to join us next year and raise money for a fabulous cause, let me know!" Posted 2019-10-01
Eric Kaled recently joined SPX Corp. as president of the Genfare business. Previous to this position, Eric was an SVP at Crane & Co. Posted 2019-10-01


Alicia Boler Davis
Alicia Boler Davis '98 was named vice president, global customer fulfillment, at Amazon, where she oversees a worldwide network of more than 175 fulfillment centers across 16 countries. The former executive vice president of global manufacturing for General Motors, Boler Davis was named one of the most powerful female engineers in 2018 by Business Insider. Posted 2019-10-01
Christie Arlotta writes, "I've never dropped a line for an update in the alumni magazine before, but figured today would be a great day to fix that." She left engineering in 2013 to run Karma Cat + Zen Dog Rescue Society, the animal rescue organization that she started in 2010. Christie says, "We are based out of Milltown, N.J., and we are celebrating the one-year anniversary of opening our very own cat-only adoption center on Main Street. We just recently adopted out our 1,300th animal!" See more on Christie's website. Posted 2019-10-01
Elyse (Johnson) Santic joined Google in June. She is working in New York as a real estate project executive on the real estate and workplace services team. Posted 2019-10-01
Wil LaBar is helping to create technology jobs in Lafayette, La., as a vice president at CGI. With 100 job openings for software developers right now, Wil says the company's rapid growth will reach 800 employees by 2024. Posted 2019-10-01
Kevin W. Martin has been appointed chief information officer by Cadence Aerospace. Most recently, Kevin was associate director of military engines business development at Pratt & Whitney. Posted 2019-10-01
Eric Van De Wal
Eric Van De Wal has been named senior vice president of sales and marketing at Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA. His responsibilities will include executing plans to grow the company's role in the coffee industry. Posted 2019-10-01
Laura (Ferran) Rose writes about parent advocacy and green living and is the founder of the Vibrational Awareness Center of Rockland County. Posted 2019-03-10
Jeff Snopkowski was recently promoted to director of production engineering at Rochester Precision Optics, where he has been since 2015.  Posted 2019-03-10
In 1997, Ajit Prabhu co-founded QuEST Global, an engineering services company, which has since grown to a $600 million business employing 10,000 engineers in 13 countries. Currently located in Singapore, Ajit plans to relocate to Bengaluru, India, in 2020 to be closer to what he describes as a “core region” for his company from a leadership development standpoint.  Posted 2019-03-10
After spending 11 years as dean of the Business School for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Ana G. Mendez University System in Puerto Rico, Maritza Espina has been named dean of the College of Business at St. Ambrose University. Posted 2019-03-10
Alicia (Boler) Davis has been elected to the Northwestern University board of trustees. Alicia is executive vice president, General Motors Global Manufacturing. Posted 2019-03-10


Engineering Rebecca (Webber) Gaudiosi, an engineer-turned-diplomat, just published a book, Negotiating at the United Nations (Routledge, 2019), based on her experience negotiating in multilateral organizations. More information on the book is available via the Negotiation Resolution website. Posted 2019-10-01
Sekou Bermiss, associate professor of management at the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business, was named to the list of Top 50 Undergraduate Business Professors by Poets & Quants for Undergrads. He has been at Texas McCombs since 2009, where he was elected to the Faculty Honor Roll. His research centers on how value is socially constructed in organizational settings. Posted 2019-03-10


Bridget Olson writes: 20th Reunion: Oct. 8-11, 2020 Posted 2019-10-02
Steven Caley has earned a doctorate in education from the University of Southern California. He is the elementary school principal at the American School of Kuwait, overseeing 70 teaching staff and 1,000 students. Posted 2019-10-01
Justin Alford ’00 and Michael Brandimarte ’00, M.S. ’02,
Justin Alford ’00 and Michael Brandimarte ’00, M.S. ’02
Former Classmates Navigate Successful Startup Cycle Parental leave has become a hot issue as companies look to update their benefits policies to attract and retain top talent. To aid both employers and employees, the startup company LeaveLogic, with the help of two Rensselaer alumni, has developed a parental leave management platform. Justin Alford ’00, chief technology officer, and Michael Brandimarte ’00, M.S. ’02, head of business development, are part of the executive team at LeaveLogic that has been with the company from its conception in 2013 through acquisition in 2018. According to Brandimarte, the startup has recently progressed from ideation, market development, venture funding, customer acquisition, and product launch through to strategic acquisition by a Fortune 300 company. Company CEO—and Brandimarte’s wife—Anna Steffeney and the LeaveLogic team have created the first employee self-service SaaS (software as a service) platform to help employers standardize and scale the delivery of family leave processes and benefits through transparency, automation, and design. The platform has been called “an essential modeling tool for employees” and “the missing piece!” by companies already using the product to help their employees design their family leave experience. Posted 2019-03-10
Congratulations to Nina Lynch who, with Rich and Winter, welcomed Chapel James to the world on Sept. 12, 2018! Posted 2019-03-10
Congratulations to Lisa (Pietropaoli) Krug, who has authored a children’s book, The Snowmobile Named Little Vroom, with her sister, Laura A. Reinisch. She is also growing her new business, Snowmobaby, which designs snowmobile apparel and accessories for kids to share a love of snowmobiling with the next generation of riders. Posted 2019-03-10
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Jen Bacon was appointed dean of the College of the Arts and Humanities at West Chester University last spring. She has been at WCU since receiving her Ph.D. in communication and rhetoric from RPI in 2000. Posted 2019-03-10
Engineering Thanks to Justin Gullotta for his work in the community and on the environment. He was elected to the board of the Upper Valley Land Trust, which works on conservation in the Connecticut River watershed. He is also an engineer at Hypertherm in Hanover, N.H., where he designs industrial products and has been named an inventor on three U.S. patents. Posted 2019-03-10
Rob Cortiglia also has some big news: “Birch Construction Group (www.Birch-CG. com) was open for business on June 1st in New York and we hit the ground running! We are a full-service construction management and consulting firm specializing in projects that are in the $10M (+/-) range. I really would love to network with RPI grads in the NYC market!” Posted 2019-03-10
Sharon Berger joined Gannett Fleming Engineers and Architects as vice president and project executive of the Construction Services Business Line, where she will be leveraging her knowledge of rail, infrastructure, and vertical markets to grow the firm’s construction offerings. Posted 2019-03-10


Annmarie Lanesey
Albany Can Code, a nonprofit founded by Annmarie Lanesey ’01, graduated 53 students in May, its largest class yet. Lanesey was named Philanthropist of the Year by the United Way of the Greater Capital Region for founding the program, which trains software developers for entry-level jobs or internships.  Posted 2019-10-01
Scott Smith founded COBRA Firing Systems in 2009. The company builds fireworks systems that support small, backyard barbecue fireworks shows and local theater shows, as well as large-scale pyromusicals, and pyrotechnics for arena-sized concerts, weddings, and sporting events, etc. Posted 2019-10-01
Travis McCune, a Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport engineer and former head of Undersea Warfare Mission Engineering, was accepted into the Department of Defense Senior Leader Development Program, a highly competitive program that develops senior civilian leaders to excel in joint, interagency, and multinational environments. Posted 2019-03-10


Gregory Fischer was elected a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors. Senior members are active faculty members who have demonstrated success with patents, licensing, and commercialization. "They have produced technologies that have brought, or aspire to bring, real impact on the welfare of society." He is currently professor of mechanical engineering and robotics engineering at WPI, director of WPI's Automation and Interventional Medicine Robotics Research Laboratory, and director of WPI's Practice-Point Research and Development facility for medical cyberphysical systems. His work revolves around designing innovative medical, surgical, and assistive robotic systems. He is currently working on developing an MRI-compatible robotic system to treat metastatic brain tumors. Posted 2019-10-01
G. Nagesh Rao was selected earlier this year by his peers at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the White House to receive a Gears of Government Award for his leadership, work, and results over the last six years of public service. His accomplishments around co-creating the Growth Accelerator Fund Competition, reinvigorating the SBIR/STTR Program (America's Seed Fund) across the federal government, and reimagining the digital footprint and services at SBA were among many reasons cited for Nagesh's receipt of this prestigious honor. Posted 2019-10-01
Nathan Reinard, PE, was one of eight Gannett Fleming employees to be named senior associate of the firm last year. In order to do this, Nathan had to demonstrate mastery in his field, understand client needs, and deliver innovative solutions. He is a lead industrial engineer, project manager, and assistant manager of the Transit & Rail Global Business Line's Maintenance Facilities Group. Posted 2019-10-01
Erik Kohler, owner of Kohler Builders LLC, was named among the "40 under 40" in the 2019 Albany Business Review. Posted 2019-10-01
Mike Choe and his wife, Amanda, welcomed their second child, Evangeline, on January 23. Mike was also promoted to the rank of commander in the U.S. Navy. He is currently in San Antonio, Texas, where he is working at the Joint Information Operations Warfare Center as the deputy branch chief for special operations. Posted 2019-10-01
Chris Lopinto sold his business to Red Ventures in October 2018. He stayed on as VP of product to help build their travel business. Posted 2019-10-01
Niharika Mateti represented Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) at the’s 2018 Grace Hopper Celebration in Houston. She is a technical lead working at HPE for the last eight years developing infrastructure management software solutions, as part of the Defined & Cloud Group. Posted 2019-03-10


John Andonie, a decorated Iraq War veteran, was promoted to brigadier general and was named New York National Guard Director of Joint Staff, responsible for coordinating joint Army and Air National Guard operations. He lives in Clifton Park, N.Y. Posted 2019-10-01
Nancy (Scirocco) Nesbitt joined United Personnel as vice president of business development for the Connecticut region. Posted 2019-03-10
Eric Palomaki was appointed vice president of operations at Core Molding Technologies in September.  Posted 2019-03-10
Maureen Masiulis, a program manager in tactical solutions at Ball Aerospace, received the 2018 Society of Women Engineers Emerging Leader Award.  Posted 2019-03-10


Richard Off has been promoted to senior staff architect at Hoffmann Architects. His projects have included rehabilitation of Countee Cullen Library in Harlem, and historic façade restoration and roof replacement at First Presbyterian Church in Greenwich Village. Posted 2019-10-01


Katie Karaffa writes: 15th Reunion: Oct. 8-11, 2020 Posted 2019-10-02
M. Hafiz Yusof works for a Kuala Lumpur-based IT company, The eCEOs, that specializes in digital project management where they advocate the use of technology with industry best practices to assist and deliver projects successfully. Posted 2019-10-01
Scott and Kelly (Weaver) Loudis own Greenbriar Construction Services in Colonie, N.Y. Contact them on Facebook to see how you can partner on your next project! Posted 2019-10-01
Carl Harding lives in Avon, Conn., and is an operation executive director for Collins Aerospace. He celebrates nine years with his wife, Vinay, and two children, Avani (6 years) and Ashaun (2 years). Posted 2019-10-01
Alissa Wilkinson wrote in November that she had a long, good day of voting at Lincoln Center in her second year as a member of the New York Film Critics circle, the oldest critics’ group in the country and a collection of her "most formidable colleagues." She also sent a note saying that in her work as a film critic and journalist, she had the opportunity to interview filmmaker Penny Lane, who earned her MFA at RPI in 2005. The article, “What the director of Hail Satan? learned from making a documentary on the Satanic Temple,” was published in Vox on April 16. Posted 2019-10-01
Jennifer Kovacs is working for Unilever in New York, N.Y. She completed a Spartan, AND has also traveled to Austria and Paris. Posted 2019-10-01
Katie Karaffa writes: I have created a Facebook page to keep in touch as well. It is located here: My goal is to get all 853 of our classmates on it. We are currently @ 254. There are many of you out there that I would love to hear from! Posted 2019-03-10
In an effort to raise $50,000 for cancer research, Kiel Weston was preparing to trek to Everest Base Camp with the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Over the course of October 26 to November 8, 2018, Kiel planned to join patients and caretakers in Nepal as part of a team raising over 250k. For more info, go to Posted 2019-03-10
Congratulations to Nick and Jessica (Chiappone) Parenteau on the birth of Caleb Nicholas on January 6! Posted 2019-03-10
Congratulations to Michael Comer and Maria (Milcetic) Comer ’06, who welcomed their second child, Michael Edward, on Aug. 6, 2018. Their daughter, Cassandra Marie, loves her little brother! Posted 2019-03-10


Pete Curley and Garret Heaton '07, who founded HipChat in 2010, have a new venture. They recently announced the launch of Swoot, a podcast app that stands out from other podcast apps with its social networking elements and recommendation feature, which allows users to suggest podcasts to friends. The company, founded in 2016, has raised more than $4 million in seed funding. Posted 2019-10-01
Himani Kamineni received an Alumni Key Award from the Rensselaer Alumni Association. The Alumni Key was created in 1965 to recognize long-term and increasing levels of service in support of the advancement of Rensselaer (such as chapters, classes, fundraising, and special events), by either alumni or friends. Posted 2019-03-10


Destany Eagles was featured in a S.C. newspaper in May. She is a teacher and girls basketball coach at Carolina Forest High School, and she plays professionally in the minor leagues. Posted 2019-10-01
Isobel Ojalvo was named assistant professor of physics at Princeton. Her research focuses on high-energy particle physics. Posted 2019-10-01
Jamel Mosely, vice president of marketing for the agency Collectiveffort and creative director of Mel eMedia, was named to the Albany Business Review 40 Under 40 in March. Posted 2019-10-01
Garret Heaton and Pete Curley '06, who founded HipChat in 2010, have a new venture. They recently announced the launch of Swoot, a podcast app that stands out from other podcast apps with its social networking elements and recommendation feature, which allows users to suggest podcasts to friends. The company, founded in 2016, has raised more than $4 million in seed funding. Posted 2019-10-01
Rich Palmer’s company, Gravyty, which makes AI-enabled tools for frontline fundraisers at nonprofits and higher education institutions, was on the floor of the Nasdaq Nov. 27 to ring the opening bell for Giving Tuesday. Gravyty was invited to ring the bell in acknowledgment of the company’s Pledge 1% partnership. Rich serves as co-founder and CTO at Gravyty. Posted 2019-03-10


Laura Wontrop Klauser, who is manager of the Cadillac Racing program, was recently interviewed by Autoweek. Laura is in charge of the Cadillac DPi-V.R customer race car program, and ensures that all of GM's IMSA prototype teams have what they need on the OEM side to have a successful race. The interview is great publicity for something which Laura is so passionate about! Posted 2019-10-01
Casey Crossley
Casey Crossley, AIA, LEED AP, has been named an associate of architecture+, a design and service-oriented architecture and planning firm based out of Troy, N.Y. Casey joined architecture+ in 2006 and has focused on designing projects for higher education, health care, and community clients. His most recent design focused on an addition to the Gore Mountain base lodge. Casey is also the president of the American Institute of Architects, Eastern New York Chapter, and is the chapter's Emerging Professionals liaison to the American Institute of Architects, New York. Posted 2019-10-01
Karen Clark, P.E., has been promoted to an associate at Barton & Loguidice in Albany, where she is a member of the firm's Water/Wastewater Practice Area. Karen earned her B.S. from Clarkson and her M.S. and MBA degrees from RPI. Posted 2019-10-01
Trent Gillaspie writes: Wedding bells are in the air! On June 29, 2018, James Rajotte married his husband, Brian Wheeler. Alumni Michael McGrattan, Katherine (Gifford), and Kamron Fazel ’07 joined in the wedding party festivities. Amanda (DeLaurentis) and Alex Brownell, Elizabeth Kelley, Kevin Canada, John Bensetler, and Meredith Streeter were also at the wedding. We wish you all the best, James and Brian! Posted 2019-03-10


Science Lydea Irwin was named Young Professional of the Month by the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce last fall. A staff attorney with the New Hampshire Bureau of Securities Regulation, Lydea earned her bachelor’s in biology at RPI, and her MBA and law degrees at UNH. Posted 2019-10-01
Tyler Cinelli joined Williams Financial LLC as a financial planner and retirement plan specialist. He works out of offices in Albany and Bennington, Vt. Posted 2019-10-01
Morgan Shaw joined the architecture firm Sullivan + Associates Architects, located in Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard, last fall. Posted 2019-10-01
Eric Leibenguth has returned to the architecture, engineering, and planning firm CPL as associate architect, responsible for client management, as well as project delivery from design through construction for a variety of higher education, municipal, and parks and recreation projects. He was a five-year intern with the firm throughout his college years at RPI. He is located in Raleigh, N.C. Posted 2019-03-10


Megan Lenihan writes: 10th Reunion: Oct. 8-11, 2020 Posted 2019-10-02
Justin Hoin recently joined the CPL architecture team located in Albany, N.Y. Posted 2019-10-01
Corey Stall and Hannah Delisle Stall, who were RPI sweethearts, welcomed their first child, Nathan Harold Stall, on Feb. 27, 2019. They currently reside in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts; Hannah is the quality manager at Crane Currency — the company that makes U.S. currency paper — and Corey is a senior associate at Schellman & Co., assessing information security systems. Posted 2019-10-01
Engineering Leveraging her engineering degree from RPI, Hayley Moynihan took to the streets of Brooklyn, purchased a 100-year-old brownstone, and spent the last three years fully renovating it! Check out her blog where she documents all of her trials and tribulations that came with the reno. Posted 2019-03-10
Brent Biederman left the engineering corporate world to revive a long abandoned farm on Chamberlain Highway in Connecticut—Rooster Rise Farm. The farm had its first open house last summer and we wish Brent the best of luck in his first year of operation! Posted 2019-03-10
Congratulations to Tim Heiman, who was named Minor League Broadcaster of the Year by Ballpark Digest. Tim has been broadcasting for the Binghamton Mets since 2011 and is considered by many to be one of the top play-by-play broadcasters in professional baseball! Posted 2019-03-10


Jonathan Leung received the New England - Upstate New York Regional Distinguished Young AFCEAN Award from the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) at the Association's international conference this year. Posted 2019-10-01
Chase Polacek was among those inducted into Rensselaer's Athletics Hall of Fame in April. A hockey forward who was known not only for his stick moves and goals but his extreme professionalism and commitment to the school, Chase was a three-time MVP and two-time Hobey Baker Award finalist. Posted 2019-10-01
Jennifer Bach was among those inducted into Rensselaer's Athletics Hall of Fame in April. A designated player and pitcher who was also noted for her extreme professionalism and commitment to the school, Jennifer established many of the school's softball records, including career marks for home runs, hits, and runs batted in. Posted 2019-10-01
Mike Spitz and his wife, Carrie '13, welcomed a beautiful girl earlier this year. As a former Archie, Carrie is familiar with the lack of sleep, but Mike will have a lot to learn for the next few years. Posted 2019-10-01
Ryan Kemper and his wife, Sarah, tied the knot Memorial Day Weekend at Chelsea Piers in New York City. Posted 2019-10-01
Michael Zwack writes: "As for me, after a time in the air and on the road in the private consulting sector, I am back working in the health care sector for an insurance company upstate." Posted 2019-10-01
Patrick Harris Jr. was featured by WMHT in their Five Questions radio series. Patrick is president of the creative agency Collectiveffort, which has a goal of telling 1,000 stories of the work and people of the Capital Region within the next two years. Posted 2019-10-01
Janelle Farkas joined the Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center as an industrial engineer. Posted 2019-10-01
Jose Lebron ’11 and Sheilla Torres ’11,
Jose Lebron ’11 and Sheilla Torres ’11
Engineering Two doctoral graduates turned their passion for entrepreneurship, enthusiasm for renewable energy, and devotion to their country into a startup company poised to commercialize its first product, a solar water heater they say is the most compact and lightweight on the market. Jose Lebron ’11 and his wife, Sheilla Torres ’11, left Puerto Rico to pursue doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering at Rensselaer. Through their research into the aerodynamics of wind turbines, they discovered a desire to develop clean energy products. Inspiration struck during a visit to their homeland. “I spotted a traditional solar water heater,” says Lebron. “It looked antiquated and scrappy, almost like a science fair project.” Following graduation, the couple worked on aerodynamic design at Pratt & Whitney, where they were exposed to cutting-edge technologies and processes. At the same time they were building solar heater prototypes in their apartment and testing them at public parks. After three years of development, Lebron and Torres arrived at the design that became the SUNNE Heater, which integrates the storage tank and the collector into a single piece and fits on less than 12 square feet of roof space. They moved back to Puerto Rico and founded Sunne Cleantech Lab. While Lebron works full time at their startup, Torres is currently associate professor at the University of Puerto Rico, where she hopes to give her students the skills they need to stay on the island, something both she and Lebron have embraced. Posted 2019-03-10
Alex Parker traded snowstorms for sandstorms and relocated to the Phoenix, Ariz., area where he continues to work in the semiconductor industry. Haris Khan also made a career move and is now a software engineer at ASICS Runkeeper in Boston. Posted 2019-03-10
The Renewables Consulting Group hired AJ Negrelli as a project manager at their New York office. AJ previously worked for Siemens Energy and received his master’s degree at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) after graduating in 2011. Posted 2019-03-10
Daniel Siedsma, who has been at Indium since graduation as a chemical process engineer, recently earned his certification as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. Posted 2019-03-10
If you’re looking for a video game that is both fun to play as well as thought-provoking, pick up “Donut County,” created by Ben Esposito at Annapurna Interactive. Available on PlayStation 4, iOS and PC, its theme is loosely based on the rapid gentrification in Los Angeles and greater Southern California. Posted 2019-03-10
Johannes Kutten completed the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He graduated with his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in May 2018. This past summer he started an anesthesia residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Mass. Posted 2019-03-10


Alex Papageorgis was recently named by Ethic Inc., a tech-driven asset management platform for wealth advisers and institutional investors, as the company's new head of quantitative investments. Alex, who joins Ethic from Goldman Sachs, most recently serving as a vice president with the firm, graduated from Rensselaer with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics. Posted 2019-10-01
Engineering Tyler Hutchinson, an industrial and management engineering graduate from Rensselaer, recently joined Indium Corp. as a product specialist after spending several years in the oil and gas industry as a field engineer for Schlumberger. Posted 2019-10-01
Engineering Justin Adibi, who earned his bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from RPI, will be earning his doctorate in osteopathic medicine and is completing a general surgery residency at the ROWAN Health Network in Southern New Jersey. Posted 2019-10-01
Rob Sobkowich writes: To stay connected with the Class of 2012, like our Facebook page, RPI Class of 2012, and follow us on Twitter, @rpiclass2012. Posted 2019-03-10
Andrea Maret received an Alumni Key Award at the 2018 RAA Awards. Congratulations to both Michele and Andrea! Posted 2019-03-10
Michele Bustamante recently won a one-year Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship. Her work as a postdoc for the MIT Materials Systems Laboratory involves the creation of models of supply and demand important to high-tech industries.  Posted 2019-03-10
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Combining her passion for both the environment and golf, Delphine Tseng recently made a presentation about the British Open for Golf Channel International. A major at Rensselaer in sustainability studies, Tseng helped explain to viewers how the Carnoustie golf course in Scotland earned a certification from the Golf Environmental Association for helping to create habitats for animals such as rabbits and deer. Posted 2019-03-10
Congratulations to Steven Taylor, who recently earned his Ph.D. in nuclear physics from the University at Tennessee. Posted 2019-03-10


Elena Krupin took a new job last fall as a project lead with Datorama, a Salesforce Company, in New York. This past spring, Elena became engaged to Tyler Hargis, a former classmate; the two were introduced by Jason Byer on Freshman Hill! Posted 2019-10-01
Ashley Devine took a new job as a project manager at CapTech Consulting in Richmond, Va. Posted 2019-10-01
Ben Lewis is pursuing an MBA focused on Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies at Babson College, and was scheduled to complete in August 2019. Posted 2019-10-01
Molly Brunelle and Weston Currey  were married in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in June. Posted 2019-10-01
Weston Currey and Molly Brunelle were married in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in June. Posted 2019-10-01
Alison Blair Reid has returned to the books and has added fabric bolts to her library! She studies fashion marketing at Parsons School of Design in the city; upon graduation, she intends to return to her hometown of Baltimore and open her own boutique. Posted 2019-09-24
Sam Germano married Chua Quach, and they live in Las Vegas, where Sam is a software engineer at Switch.  Posted 2019-09-23
Stephen Nock writes: Also from the overseas newsroom, Michele Lynch earned a Ph.D. in chemical engineering at University College London. Her research examines protein adsorption onto tightly fitting mesoporous silica and the effects of nano-confinement on the catalytic activity of these proteins. Her micro-measurements deserve our macro-congratulations. Posted 2019-03-10
Stephen Nock writes: I also caught up with Lucas Lappe on a stop through Berlin. Lucas develops, sources, and builds products for clients of his design and engineering firm, based in Hong Kong and New York City.  Posted 2019-03-10
In Palo Alto, Chris Almodovar is finishing his Ph.D. at Stanford. Chris will join his wife, Kate Manz-Almodovar, in Providence, R.I., where she studies energy science and engineering at Brown University. Posted 2019-03-10
After completing his master’s at Princeton University and working the virtual reality scene in New York, Tyler Hopf designs products at Facebook in the Bay Area. Tyler married Isaac Chaput in late summer 2018—cheers to that!  Posted 2019-03-10
Stephen Nock writes: After a quick SCUBA trip with Gaetano Licata ’15, I also met up with Dan Powell, who currently works on special projects at Amazon. Posted 2019-03-10
Stephen Nock writes: Carolyn Carlstrom hosted me on a stop in Seattle, Wash., in August. Carolyn assesses environmental sites at Landau Associates.  Posted 2019-03-10
Stephen Nock writes: Rebecca Nordhauser is a software developer at Microsoft.  Posted 2019-03-10
Stephen Nock writes:  In nearby Boulder, Tucker Farrell started studying for his master’s in aerospace engineering.  Posted 2019-03-10
Stephen Nock writes: Chantel Columna joined fellow alumni Tamir Danon and Ayana Coker in opening Novel Strand Brewing Co. in Denver, Colo.  Posted 2019-03-10
Amanda Lambros is now engaged to Alexander Robinson. Amanda is a reliability engineer for Schick, and her fiancé is a brewing supervisor at Two Roads Brewing Co. Posted 2019-03-10
Alexandra Halvordson was appointed program manager of the Connecticut Undersea Supply Chain Consortium.  Posted 2019-03-10
Stephen Nock writes: Ready for a quick coast-to-coast update? Get in the car, and let’s go, Red. I heard updates about “local” classmates who attended Reunion & Homecoming Weekend: Matt Shiroma has stayed in the Capital District, where he works as an engineer at Applied Materials. Time to tune in: former a cappella guru and student club aficionado Howie Lien now works in student affairs at Juilliard. Courtney Nicholas celebrated her fifth year at Regeneron. Hats off to that! Speaking of milestones, at R&HC 2018 the Office of Alumni Relations recognized Corey Marshall’s significant contributions with its Director’s Award—thanks for your commitment, Corey. Posted 2019-03-10


Jeffrey Liebowitz joined The Chazen Companies' Hudson Valley office in Poughkeepsie as an assistant project engineer. Posted 2019-10-01
David Vorick and Luke Champine are the founders of Siacoin, which was featured in an issue of Cryptoline News in May. David and Luke started Siacoin, which provides a decentralized cloud storage facility that facilitates payments using blockchain technology, during the HackMIT hackathon in 2013. Posted 2019-10-01


Sarah Spellane writes: 5th Reunion: Oct. 8-11, 2020 Posted 2019-10-02
Karl Appel is lead developer for Mobius Labs. He is developing a product the size of a smartphone that could limit wasted water. Called FirstDrops, the device is designed for use in hotels and college dorms, where it would be attached to sinks and toilets and collect data on water use to determine where and when problems occur. Posted 2019-10-01
Andre Lussier was promoted to the position of associate sales representative in the Lumirror Polyester Film Division of Toray Plastics. He joined Toray in 2016 as a process engineer. Prior to joining Toray, he was a product engineer at Worthen Industries. Posted 2019-03-10


Maggie Murphy writes: The class would like to congratulate Daryian Rhysing, a veteran of the U.S Army and an expert in their aviation maintenance division, invented a new clamp device for Black Hawk helicopters during his undergraduate years at RPI. Since graduating, Daryian has built his own business, called United Aircraft Technologies, alongside his co-founder and wife Evaguel. Their prototype clamp aims to help save airplane manufacturers millions in fuel and workers comp claims. Posted 2019-10-01
Congratulations, also, to Antonio D’Elia on his recent promotion to engineer II at CHA consulting, a construction management firm in Albany.  Posted 2019-03-10
Congratulations to our class’s newest engagement, Kelly Dearborn (class VP and fellow alumni official) and Chris Higley! Best wishes to the happy couple.  Posted 2019-03-10


Jonathan Gottwald was named associate director of education and harm reduction at Lambda Chi Alpha International Headquarters. He previously served the fraternity as an educational leadership consultant. Posted 2019-10-01
Engineering Evan Wilson joined The Lighting Practice in Philadelphia as a lighting designer. He started his career working for small theater and dance companies, then transitioned to architecture. He earned his master’s degree in lighting at Rensselaer. Posted 2019-03-10
Alexandra Russo was hired as a project engineer at Schneider Engineering in Ronkonkoma, N.Y.  Posted 2019-03-10


Engineering Samuel Goldenberg, an aeronautical engineering graduate, received his second lieutenant commission with the Army National Guard. He'll be relocating to serve as a combat engineer with the Texas Army National Guard's 111th Engineer Battalion, and will start his career with Lockheed Martin as a project engineer. Posted 2019-10-01
Architecture Master of Architecture graduate Christina Biasiucci joined JMZ Architects and Planners. Posted 2019-09-12
Ph.D. graduate Majeed Simaan was hired as an assistant professor at Stevens Institute of Technology Posted 2019-03-10
Architecture Master of Architecture graduate Cayla Walter has recently joined the firm architecture+ Posted 2019-03-10