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Dr. Alan Eckbreth
Past President, Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering
Dr. Eckbreth earned his B.S. in engineering physics (summa cum laude) from Lehigh University and his Ph.D. in Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences from Princeton University. He worked at United Technologies Research Center in various research and management positions. There, he has pioneered several laser diagnostic techniques for fluid mechanics and combustion. He is the author of over sixty technical papers and the book "Laser Diagnostics for Combustion Temperature and Species", 2nd edition.


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Mr. Stephen Heath (alumnus)
President Emeritus of Commercial Engines, Pratt & Whitney, UTC
Mr. Heath is a 1973 graduate of Mechanical Engineering from UConn. Mr. Heath has taken on a variety of leadership positions since joining the company in 1973, including President of International Aero Engines (IAE). Prior to this current assignment, he was Vice President of Commercial Engines Programs. Mr. Heath also has served as Vice President of Customer Service, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, and Director of Pratt's V2500 program. He serves on the Board of Directors of IAE; the Engine Alliance (EA) and the P&W Institute of Collaborative Engineering (PWICE).


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Prof. Mitchell Smooke
Strathcona Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Yale University
Dr. Smooke received a B.S. degree in physics from RPI in 1973, a Ph.D. degree in applied mathematics from Harvard University in 1978, and M.B.A. in finance from the University of California at Berkeley in 1983. Before coming to Yale, he served as a staff scientist at Sandia National Laboratory in Livermore, California. Professor Smooke joined the Yale faculty in 1984 as an assistant professor and was promoted to professor in 1993. Prof. Smooke is an authority on computational techniques for chemically reacting flows and has published extensively in this area.


Dr. David (Ed) Crow
Senior Vice President Emeritus, UTC Pratt and Whitney and Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering, UConn.
Dr. Crow received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from University of Missouri-Rolla in addition to an M.S. degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He joined Pratt & Whitney in 1966, rising to the position of Senior Vice President of Pratt & Whitney's Engineering organization in May 1997, where he was responsible for the design, development, validation and certification of all Pratt & Whitney large commercial engines, military engines and rocket products. Dr. Crow previously held the position of Senior Vice President for PW Large Commercial Engines organization that included the PW4000 and JT9D high thrust engines. He is a past secretary of the Society of Automotive Engineers and past president of Pi Tau Sigma. He has served on the Engineering Advisory Board at Clarkson University and is an elected member of the University of Missouri-Rolla Academy of Mechanical Engineers. Dr. Crow is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, elected for his leadership in the engineering design of high-bypass-ratio gas turbine engines for aircraft.


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Dr. Wayne Eckerle (alumnus)
Vice President of Corporate Research and Technology, Cummins Corporation, Columbus, IN
Dr. Eckerle received his BS (1975) and MS (1976) in Aeronautical Engineering from Purdue University and his PhD in Fluid Mechanics from the UConn (1985). Prior to joining Cummins, he worked at UTRC for 10 years on a variety of projects including chemical laser systems, scramjets and gas turbine combustion. He was also an Associate Professor at Clarkson University. Since joining Cummins in 1989, he has held leadership positions in Metrology, Quality, Fuel Systems Technology, Thermal and Fluid Sciences, and Advanced Engineering. In his present position, he is responsible for developing and integrating technology for Cummins' next generation of products. He received the Cummins J. Irwin Miller Award of Excellence in 2005.


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Ms. Jennifer Duke (alumnus)
Director, Aerodynamics, Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford, CT
Ms. Jennifer Duke, Director, Aerodynamics, Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford,CT
Ms. Duke received her B.S degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1992 and her M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut in 2000. She was named the Director of Aerodynamics within Pratt & Whitney Engineering in 2013. In this role, she provides both strategic and technical leadership for the Aerodynamics organization, which includes Turbines, Compressors, Combustors, Acoustics, Inlets, Nacelles, Nozzles and Aero-Thermal Methods.  Ms. Duke has been with Pratt & Whitney since 1992 and has held roles of increasing responsibility in the Performance Systems Analysis, Turbine Aerodynamics, and the Turbine Module Center organizations. She was the performance chief for the Operational Commercial Engines group and most recently Executive Assistant to Pratt & Whitney’s Chief Operating Officer.


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Mr. Joseph M. Adiletta (alumnus)
President, Pallfex Products Corporation, Putnam, CT
Mr. Adietta received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Rhode Island in 1976 followed by his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UConn in 1992. He has worked at Westinghouse Electric Corporation as product line administrator for large AC motors group from 1976 to 1978. He later joined Pallflex Products Corporation in 1978 where he held a number of positions as Chief Engineer, Operations Manager and Vice President before becoming the President of Pallfex Products Corporation in 2000. He is a member of ASME, Filtration Society and Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry.


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Mr. Martin Seifert
President, Nufern Inc., East Granby, CT
Founded in 2000 as a Telco specialty fiber house, Nufern successfully changed to a fiber laser and amplifier cavity supplier for the industrial and military markets in 2003. While Martin has predominantly been a business leader for the last twenty years, he has a technical background and is named on a number of Nufern fiber, chip, and laser patents. Prior to joining Nufern, he was the President and GM of Lucent Specialty Fibers, a position which came as a result of his successful turnaround of the foundering SpecTran specialty optical fiber manufacturing company and its subsequent sale to Lucent in 1999. In 1992, he started and managed a successful combined hardware and software business at Rockwell where he was also involved with merger, acquisition, and divestiture activities. Before Martin was recruited to turnaround SpecTran, he was COO of Schweitzer Engineering Labs, a 350-person private company making mission critical microprocessor-based control and protection systems. From 1984 to 1989 he managed a specialized global high tech drives and control system service provider organization within Bucyrus-Erie. Martin and Robin Seifert and their three sons live in Connecticut and are active in local civic and educational organizations.


Ray Williams

Mr. Ray Williams (alumnus)
Past Director of Naval Architecture at Electric Boat Corporation
Ray Williams holds B.S. ME (1965) and M.S. ME (1969) from University of Connecticut, Storrs. He was the Director of Naval Architecture at Electric Boat Corporation from 1996 to August 2007 when he retired. In that position he directed a staff of approximately 700 engineers and designers and was responsible for structural engineering and design, including engineering analysis, design of ship structures, ship arrangements, ship hydrodynamics, ship hydrostatics and ship weights for all classes of submarines. Since his retirement from full time work, he has been a part-time consultant to Electric Boat Corporation for the development of the next generation of "Design and Engineering Processes". He also teaches classes on Project Management in the Masters of Engineering Program at UConn Avery Point. Mr. Williams began his engineering career at Electric Boat in 1965 and participated in all facets of engineering from concept design through detail design including management of vendor subcontracts and shipyard construction support. In his 42 years at Electric Boat he held increasing levels of technical and management responsibility in Fluid Systems, Component Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Structural Engineering and Naval Architecture. He led the corporation's "War on Cost Lean/Six Sigma" initiatives. As Director of Naval Architecture Mr. Williams also led the corporation's interaction with all colleges and universities.


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