Alumni Magazine - Fall 2018


Sophia d’Antoine ’15 Sophia d’Antoine ’15, a senior security researcher at Trail of Bits, was named the first woman hacker-in-residence at NYU Tandon’s Offensive Security, Incident Response and Internet Security Lab (OSIRIS) in March. As a Rensselaer student, she was a three-year participant in NYU Tandon’s Cyber Security Awareness Week Capture the Flag competition.
Captain Ed Davidson ’62 Captain Ed Davidson ’62, also known as Lt. Cmdr. “Engine Eddie,” became the 33rd Navy “Top Gun”-type jet fighter pilot to survive more than 200 combat missions in Vietnam and was flying fighter escort next to John McCain when McCain was shot down and captured.
Soraya Fouladi ’16 Soraya Fouladi ’16 won a $75,000 award from the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge for her company, Jara, which provides emergency education to impoverished and disaster-affected communities worldwide. The handheld Jara Unit can be used anywhere, without requiring access to infrastructure.
Tiffini Eugene Jones, M.S. ’94 Tiffini Eugene Jones, M.S. ’94, is one of a cohort of 80 female scientists selected to participate in a yearlong global leadership program, Homeward Bound 2019. The program culminates in a two-week expedition to Antarctica studying climate change science with scientific innovators and leaders in the field.
Kareem Muhammad ’01 Kareem Muhammad ’01, engineering core senior manager in the Seat & In-Flight Entertainment Connectivity Integration Team at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, was named the 2018 Golden Torch Award Distinguished Engineer of the Year by the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).
Nick Miller ’79 Nick Miller ’79 has won a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work integrating wind and solar energy into electrical systems. Nick has worked for the General Electric Company for 37 years and is a senior technical director of GE’s Energy Consulting Group.

On the Bookshelf:


Immune Aspects of Biopharmaceuticals and Nanomedicines

Raj Bawa ’90 et al. • Pan Stanford, 2018

The enormous advances in the immunology of biotherapeutics and nanomedicines in the past two decades have necessitated a comprehensive reference for immunologists, biomedical researchers, physicians, pharmaceutical and formulation scientists, clinicians, regulatory personnel, technology transfer officers, venture capitalists, and policymakers alike. This book provides a broad survey of various interconnected topics in a user-friendly format. The range of the contributing authors reflects the diverse and rapidly evolving fields of biotherapeutics, nanomedicines, nanoimmunology, and nanotoxicology.

Raj Bawa, M.S. ’87, Ph.D. ’90, is president of Bawa Biotech LLC, a biotech/pharma consultancy and patent law firm based in Ashburn, Virginia.

The Warrior’s Burden

Ed Davidson ’62 • Self-published, 2017

Captain Ed Davidson, known as one of the most outspoken and unconventional characters in the Florida Keys, has compiled a memoir, which Florida Gov. Jeb Bush called “colorful, entertaining, yet often intense and poignant” in the book’s forward. It includes poems and letters the author wrote throughout his service as a “Top Gun” fighter pilot in the Vietnam War.

Capt. Ed Davidson ’62, lieutenant commander, USNRR, is an environmentalist who has served as chair of the Florida Audubon Society and advocate for the Everglades/South Florida ecosystem restoration project, among his many public advocacy roles.

Renewed Energy: Insights for Clean Energy’s Future

John Weyant ’69, Ernestine Fu, Justin Bowersock •
Kauffman Fellows Press, 2018

Renewed Energy sheds light on the recent history of clean energy between the 2009 recession and 2012. The book provides critical, firsthand perspectives from the industry’s leading policymakers, technology investors, and industry experts, including Secretary of
Energy Steven Chu, Secretary of Defense William Perry, and investor Tom Baruch (RPI ’60), among many others, all synthesized into lessons that will bring us a cleaner, more powerful future.

John Weyant ’69, professor of management science and engineering at Stanford, was honored as a major contributor to the Nobel Peace prize awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007.