Each year, the School of Engineering honors exceptional engineering alumni and friends who have helped us in countless ways. The UConn Academy of Distinguished Engineers, founded in 2003, honors School of Engineering alumni whose careers are characterized by their sustained and exemplary contributions to the engineering profession through research, practice, education, policy or service. Members are individuals who bring enduring honor to their alma mater as practitioners and as citizens. The Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, begun in 1983, recognizes meritorious alumni who have demonstrated excellence in engineering practice, education or research.
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Paul Adams is Chief Operating Officer for Pratt & Whitney, a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines and industrial gas turbines. He leads a unified operations strategy across all Pratt & Whitney business units and ensures the readiness of the company’s global supply chain. He is responsible for P&W Commercial Engines, P&W Military Engines, P&W Canada, P&W Power Systems, P&W AeroPower, Module Centers & Operations, Engineering, Group Quality/EH&S and Information Technology. Mr. Adams was appointed to his current position in January 2013. He has more than 30 years of leadership experience in program management and engineering with extensive global experience in the aircraft engine industry. Prior to becoming COO, he was the Senior VP of Operations & Engineering, where he led new product development, technology strategy, manufacturing operations and supply chain management. Adams serves on the advisory boards of the University of Michigan Aerospace Engineering Department and the University of Connecticut School of Engineering. He is also a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering. Mr. Adams completed the Stanford Executive Program through the Stanford Graduate Business School and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Hamid Adib, P.E., is Senior Vice President for the Specialty Practices Group, North America, with AECOM a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government. Dr. Adib is based in New York and manages the firm’s practice in the areas of complex structural analysis, computational fluid dynamics, and threat/vulnerability and risk assessment. Earlier in his career, he was employed with companies such as WSP Cantor Seinuk in NY, Weidlinger Associates in New York and The S/L/A/M Collaborative in Connecticut. Dr. Adib has managed protective design upgrades to structures of major significance such as the George Washington Bridge, Grand Central Terminal, and terminals at John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark Airports, as well as structural design of the new $3 billion PATH transit hub at the World Trade Center site. His contributions to his alma mater span several design projects at the University of Connecticut. A licensed professional engineer in many states, he is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and served on the Board of Governors of the ASCE Structural Engineering Institute.
Matthew Adiletta is an Intel Fellow and Director of Communication Processor Architecture in the Massachusetts-based Digital Enterprise Group of Intel Corporation. After joining Intel in 1998, he led the completion of the Intel’ IXP1200 network processor and subsequently developed the Intel’ IXP2XXX network processor product line. Mr. Adiletta is currently driving the next-generation of network processors for greater packet processing capability and security in future Internet, wireless and enterprise equipment. He holds 46 patents, with more than 44 patents pending. Prior to joining Intel, Mr. Adiletta worked at Digital Equipment Corporation. He led the development of Digital’s first-generation network processor in 1996.
Mr. Samuel Altschuler was founder and former Chairman and President (1970-1998) of Altron Inc. of Boston, MA, a leading contract manufacturer of interconnect products used in advanced electronic equipment. In 1998, Altron agreed to a merger with Sanmina, a West Coast based electronic manufacturing company, becoming a wholly owned subsidiary. Following the merger, Mr. Altschuler became an Executive Vice President of Sanmina and a member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Altschuler is also formerly a Director of Massbank Corp., a bank holding company. He served on the Advisory Board of the University of Connecticut School of Engineering from 1993-1995 and previously received the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award (1992). With his brother, Stephen, Mr. Altschuler established the Altschuler Family Scholarship in Engineering in 1993.
Mr. Stephen Altschuler is founder and President of Altek Company, Torrington, CT. Begun in 1972, Altek has two divisions, Altek Electronics, a full-service manufacturer of electronic printed circuit board assemblies, and Tech? Products, which develops and manufactures can testing equipment for the food and beverage industry, including customers such as Anheuser Busch and Coca Cola. Earlier in his career, Mr. Altschuler was Vice President of Computer Dynamics (1963-72) and Manager of Quality Assurance for Adage Inc. (1959-63). He served on the Board of Trustees for the University of Connecticut from 1986-93 and is the former Director and Vice President of the Northwestern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce. With his brother, Samuel, Mr. Altschuler established the Altschuler Family Scholarship in Engineering in 1993.
Austin Alvarez, P.E., is a Staff Engineer and the Technical Leader for shock and structures development at General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, CT. He manages the next-generation U.S.-U.K. Common Missile Compartment Shock System Integration Team and the Virginia Payload Tube Bow Redesign Structures and Shock Integration Team. An expert in submarine structures and underwater shock technology, Mr. Alvarez has contributed toward the development and implementation of such innovations as the VIRGINIA Class Bow Redesign Payload Tube System, the VIRGINIA Class Modular Isolated Deck structures, the SEAWOLF Propulsor, the LOS ANGELES Class Vertical Launch System and OHIO Class isolation concepts. He was technical leader of the design, reconstitution and recertification of Electric Boat’s three submarine graving docks. During his 40-year career with Electric Boat, Mr. Alvarez has held various engineering and managerial positions of increasing authority, published 22 scholarly archival articles and received numerous awards, including the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award in Shock & Vibration, the 2008 Electric Boat Distinguished Shipbuilder Award and the 2005 General Dynamics Technology Excellence Award. He earned his B.S. from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Civil Engineering (’68) and his MBA from RPI, Troy, NY in 1988.
David A. Anderson, Distinguished Engineering Alumni, 1993
Craig Ashmore, Academy of Distinguished Engineers, 2004
Mr. Craig Ashmore is Group Vice President, Telecommunications Products, of Emerson Electric Company (EMR), St. Louis, MO, a $24 billion company employing more than 100,000 employees worldwide. His division supplies solutions for the telecommunications, information technology, medical, industrial and contract manufacturing end markets. Mr. Ashmore assumed this position in 2002 following two years service as Vice President-Profit Planning, where he was responsible for determining and implementing EMRs operational direction worldwide. He commenced employment with EMR in 1991 as a Corporate Strategic Planner and served in various administrative capacities of increasing responsibility, including Assistant to the President of EMR; Director, Investor Relations and Assistant to the Chairman and CEO; and Presidents of the EMR companies Fusite and Fisher Controls International. Before joining Emerson, he was employed as a manager for Andersen Consulting. Mr. Ashmore was awarded his MBA from Harvard University.
John Augustyn earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut (1979), as well as his M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Hartford. John is the President and owner of Pyramid Time Systems, a role he has held for 17 years. He has also worked as the Vice President of Operations for the Walbro Corporation/Whitehead Engineered Products and as the General Manager for Meriden. As President at Pyramid, John is responsible for the company’s strategic direction. He oversees the implementation of new products and is responsible for developing a strong management team. At Walbro Corporation/Whitehead Engineered Products, John was responsible for managing six manufacturing facilities in North America that employed over 1,500 people and accounted for over $400 million in sales. Walbro, now owned by TI Automotive, is a worldwide manufacturer of automotive fuel systems that works with all major car companies. John started Whitehead Engineered Products with two partners. They developed and patented a device for a fuel injection system that was installed on all Ford light trucks. John is a past President of the Board of Directors at the United Way of Meriden & Wallingford. He is currently the President of the Board of Directors at the Community Foundation of Central Connecticut and has served for several years on the Executive Board of the Meriden YMCA.
Richard Ballantyne served, until his retirement in January 2005, as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Harris Corporation, a $3 billion revenue, Melbourne, FL-based communications equipment company. Harris Corporation, which employs 11,000, provides product, system, and service solutions for customers in the microwave, broadcast, secure tactical radio, and government communications markets. Previously, Mr. Ballantyne was Vice President and General Counsel at Prime Computer in Natick, MA. He is admitted to practice before the bars of Florida, Massachusetts and the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
Dr. Barger is semi-retired from his position as Chief Scientist at Bolt, Beranek and Newman (BBN) of Cambridge, MA. He joined BBN as a senior scientist in 1964, soon after earning his Ph.D. degree at Harvard University, and throughout his career was involved in helping BBN pioneer some of the worlds most sophisticated acoustical and telecommunications technologies. An expert in sonar, underwater noise detection and reduction, broadband medical ultrasound, geophysical seismic sensing, and noise and vibration cancellation, Dr. Barger designed prototypes of the explosive line arrays used by the Navys new Distant Thunder Sonar System, analyzed and designed sound sources for geophysical seismic exploration, and developed the initial science-based understanding of turbulence-induced noise as relevant to submarine stealth technology. He serves on the Engineering Deans Advisory Board and in 2002 received the School of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award.
Anne Bartosewicz-Mele is a Project Director in the Transmission Business Unit of Northeast Utilities, where she is responsible for the development of large-scale transmission projects. Her current focus is on the Northern Pass Project, which involves the development of a 1,200MW high-voltage transmission tie that will enable the importation of competitively priced, low-carbon hydroelectric power from Canada into New England, supplying clean power to over one million homes while reducing CO2 emissions by six million tons. She joined Northeast Utilities in 1982 as a Nuclear Project Engineer and progressed through various positions in the budgetary, financial and regulatory areas before transferring to the Transmission Unit in 2001. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Bushnell Park Foundation and Leadership Greater Hartford, and she is a member of the Advisory Board for the UConn CMBE Department. Ms. Bartosewicz-Mele earned her MBA at the University of Hartford and a Masters Certificate in Project Management at the George Washington University School of Business.
William F. Beausoleil, Distinguished Engineering Alumni, 1987
Robert Becker, Academy of Distinguished Engineers, 2005
Robert Becker is Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations at Mercury Computer, a $240 million revenue company with over 700 employees. Previously, Mr. Becker was Vice President of Engineering at Microtouch Systems (now part of 3M) and Vice President of Engineering at PictureTel. He also held various design and management positions at Sun Microsystems, Wang Laboratories, and Amdahl Corporation. Mr. Becker has 11 U.S. design patents related to computer architecture to his credit.
Scott Beecher is a Principal Software Engineer with Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford, CT. In this capacity, he provides development and certification process support on the Next Generation Product Family (NGPF) Full Authority Digital Engine Control software project, is the Designated Engineering Representative with the FAA for approval of safety critical airborne software, developed the initial EEC180 software for PW6000 engines, and was responsible for embedded software development of new Group VI Digital Electronic Engine Control for F100 engine and diagnostic software. Across his 33-year career, in addition to his employment with Pratt & Whitney, Mr. Beecher has been a software development engineer with Sikorsky Aircraft, General Electric Astrospace, General Electric Ordinance Systems, and Hamilton Standard. He serves on the External Advisory Board of UConn’s Computer Science & Engineering Department, and he has served as an adjunct faculty member at Manchester Community College and is currently a software engineering instructor at the Federal Aviation Administration Academy, Oklahoma City, OK. Mr. Beecher received M.S. degrees in both Computer Science and in Business Management from RPI, Hartford.
Dr. Mark Bennett is currently Program Manager for General Dynamics Electric Boat’s Independent Research & Development (IR&D) Program. Dr. Bennett began his career at Electric Boat (EB) in 1979 and was quickly promoted to Senior Engineer (’82). In 1987, he was promoted to Engineering Specialist and accepted to UConn to pursue his doctorate under a company-sponsored research program. In 1996, he was promoted to his current position and assumed responsibility for evaluating and transitioning technologies of strategic importance to EB and the submarine force. In this position Dr. Bennett has built strong relationships with Navy agencies and laboratories, universities and other industries, and is a recognized leader in the submarine R&D community. For his accomplishments, Dr. Bennett has been honored with several recognition awards and an Extraordinary Achievement Award. He received his B.S. from the University of Massachusetts (’77) and his M.S. from Lehigh University (’79).
Christopher R. Bentley is Executive Vice President of Government R&D Operations and Strategic Manufacturing Development at FuelCell Energy, Danbury, CT, a position he has held since January 2005. FuelCell Energy is a leading developer of stationary fuel cells for power generation. Mr. Bentley joined the company in 1990 to develop manufacturing and operations capability in support of the company’s fuel cell commercialization initiative. He was promoted to the position of Chief Operating Officer in 1998 and served on the Board of Directors from 1993-04. Prior to joining FuelCell Energy, he was Director of Manufacturing (1985), Vice-President and General Manager (1985-88) and President (1989) of the Turbine Airfoils Division of Chromalloy Gas Turbine Corporation, a major manufacturer of gas turbine hardware. From 1960-85 he was with the General Electric Company where he served a four-year apprenticeship and completed the GE Manufacturing Management Program prior to a series of increasingly responsible manufacturing positions. He currently serves as a director of Versa Power Systems, Inc., a developer of solid oxide fuel cells, and he is a former director of the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Bentley received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Tufts University in 1966.
Gary Bernstein is the Frank M. Freimann Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. During his 22 years at Notre Dame, he has been founding Director of the Notre Dame Nanoelectronics Facility, received an NSF White House Presidential Faculty Fellowship, and was a co-principal investigator in Notre Dame’s SRC/NSF-funded MIND (Midwest Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery) Center. He co-founded Indiana Integrated Circuits, LLC, which aims to improve the efficiency and scale of microelectronics systems through compact packaging solutions based on his invention of Quilt Packaging. Dr. Bernstein, who holds eight patents, demonstrated the smallest transistor gate length at the time (1986), contributed to the development and first demonstration of Quantum-dot Cellular Automata, was a co-inventor of improved electron beam lithography processes, and demonstrated a world-record chip-to-chip bandwidth (at least 100 GHz). Dr. Bernstein has authored or co-authored more than 190 publications, has been the principal investigator on more than $9 million in funded research projects, is a Fellow of the IEEE and received the Notre Dame Kaneb Teaching Award in 2001. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and Arizona State University, respectively.
Ralph Bernstein had a distinguished career in science and engineering. He began his career at UConn, where he received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (‘56), and continued his education at Syracuse University, where he received a M.S. also in Electrical Engineering (‘60). He held senior positions at the IBM Palo Alto Scientific Center, the IBM Federal Systems Division and Electric Power Research Institute. He managed applied research and development in geoscientific, medical, military, and aerospace systems, including 3D medical and earth observation image processing, and aircraft navigation control systems. He pioneered earth observation digital image processing. Ralph developed an oceanographic geosciences data processing and gravity control system for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. He was a NASA Principal Investigator on two Landsat earth observation satellite programs. At Electric Power Research Institute he led the development of the electric utility National Lightning Detection Network. He is an IEEE Fellow and was a member of several National Academy of Sciences National Research Council boards, including the Space Science Board, the Space Applications Board, the Committee to Define Requirements for the Hubble Space Telescope, and the Committee on Data Management and Computation, where he served as Chairman. His recognition includes the NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement, NASA Public Service Award/Medal, IBM General Manager’s Award, and IBM Outstanding Contribution Award. He edited the book, Digital Image Processing for Remote Sensing, IEEE Press. He has five patents and numerous scientific and engineering papers.
Bernard R. Berson, Distinguished Engineering Alumni, 1997
Lauris Berzins, Distinguished Engineering Alumni, 1983
Ronald J. Biederman, Distinguished Engineering Alumni, 1990
Chatschik Bisdikian, Academy of Distinguished Engineers, 2004
Dr. Chatschik Bisdikian is a Research Staff Member with IBMs T.J. Watson Research Center, Hawthorne, NY. He joined the center in 1989 following receipt of his doctoral degree, and he is responsible for developing and analyzing communication protocols and leading efforts in developing standards for CaTV and wireless personal area networks. Dr. Bisdikian has worked in a variety of research areas with IBM, including pervasive computing and personal area networking, broadband services and protocols, and modeling and analysis of local and metropolitan area networks. During his career, he has written more than 90 scholarly papers appearing in prestigious archival publications, co-authored the first and second editions of Bluetooth Revealed: the Insiders Guide to an Open Specification for Global Wireless Communications, and is co-inventor on seven U.S. patents as well as nine pending patents. He was elected a Fellow of IEEE in 2004 and in 1995 he was recognized as one of only three finalists for the Eta Kappa Nu Honor Societys Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer Award Program.
Derek Blazensky is a founder and General Partner of Cardinal Venture Capital, a $125 million private equity fund that invests in early stage software companies. Prior to forming Cardinal, Mr. Blazensky managed venture investments for Adobe Ventures. Before Adobe Ventures, Mr. Blazensky was a marketing director at Adobe Systems. Earlier in his career, he held engineering positions at Teknowledge Inc., an early pioneer of artificial intelligence, and Grid Systems, developer of the first laptop computer. He serves on the Board of Directors of three private California companies: GuardianEdge Technologies, Nimblefish Technologies and Telcontar.
Peter Blume, Academy of Distinguished Engineers, 2015
Peter Blume is the President and founder of Bloomy Controls, Inc., an industry leader in automated test, data acquisition and control systems. Leading the company for more than 22 years, Peter has grown Bloomy from a regional services company to a provider of products and platforms that have helped hundreds of high-tech manufacturers advance products from prototype to production. Peter has created a unique culture for promoting best practices and sharing them throughout industry. He established a comprehensive set of LabVIEW software development guidelines and wrote The LabVIEW Style Book (Prentice Hall,© 2007), setting the standard for LabVIEW programming. Peter contributed the article “Centrifuge DAQ System Reinforces New Orleans Levees,” (EE-Evaluation Engineering, October 2009), describing how geotechnical centrifuge testing performed using Bloomy’s equipment helped the US Army Corps of Engineers improve the design of levees after Hurricane Katrina. His article, “Power Grid Energy Storage Testing” (EE-Evaluation Engineering, November 2012 and January 2013), describes how evolving test standards for battery energy storage systems are helping to transform the power grid. Peter Blume earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1989. He completed coursework towards a Master of Science degree at UConn.
Taylor L. Booth*, Distinguished Engineering Alumni, 1987
Kevin A. Bouley, Distinguished Service Award, 2010
Kevin A. Bouley is President and CEO of Nerac, Inc., a Tolland, CT-based global research and advisory firm. He joined Nerac as a telesales specialist in 1980 and rose through roles of increasing responsibility. In 1999, as Executive Vice President, he bought Nerac and transformed it into a value-added technology and intellectual property advisory research firm. Nerac has since been recognized repeatedly by Deloitte & Touche as among the 50 fastest growing Connecticut technology companies. At the Tolland facility, he has provided incubator space for start-up companies many headed by UConn alumni and faculty. He has maintained close working alliances with the schools of Business and Engineering, as well as UConn’s Technology Incubation Program and Office of Technology Commercialization. Mr. Bouley serves on the School of Engineering Advisory Board and the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation Advisory Board, and he previously served on the boards of the Connecticut Technology Council and the Connecticut Business and Industry Association. Mr. Bouley was instrumental in the establishment of the Entrepreneurship in Senior Design Program, a collaborative effort between the School of Engineering and School of Business. He earned his undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Connecticut.
Kenneth B. Bowes is Vice President – CT Engineering for Eversource Energy. Mr. Bowes is responsible for engineering activities for the electric distribution system including: distribution planning, engineering and design, substation engineering, protection and control engineering, telecommunications engineering, and the geographic information systems for electric and gas operations. Mr. Bowes establishes the reliability, asset management and system resiliency strategies for the annual program development and the five year capital program. He also manages the distributed generation, micro-grid, new technology and R&D activities for the Company. Additionally, he executes the System Resiliency Program and the Stamford and Greenwich Infrastructure Improvement Projects. Mr. Bowes serves as the lead witness for regulatory proceedings and serves as the Connecticut Incident Commander for system restoration activities. Mr. Bowes earned a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the University of New Hampshire and a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Bowes is the past Chairman of the Edison Electric Institute’s Transmission Committee and presently serves on the EEI Transmission and EEI Security Committees. He serves on the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Connecticut, the Bristol Boys and Girls Club, and is Chairman of the Board of Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Hadi Bozorgmanesh is Director of Engineering and Physical Sciences for the UConn R&D Corporation. Before joining UConn, he was the Senior Vice President for corporate development of Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), La Jolla, CA. He is regarded as an authority on high-tech defense and energy technologies. As a co-inventor of thermal neutron activation technology for use in air transport, he was honored with induction into Aviation Week & Space Technology’s Laureate Hall of Fame (1989). Thermal neutron analysis and related nuclear based devices were commercially developed by SAIC and are used in airports and other high-traffic transit centers for bomb and contraband detection. During his long career with SAIC, he served as Operation Manager at the San Francisco unit; Corporate and Senior Vice President for Corporate Development at SAIC in La Jolla; President and Managing Director of SAIE France; and Chairman of SAIC Europe Ltd. and SAIC Ltd. Dr. Bozorgmanesh led SAIC’s development of a $300 million/year subsidiary, SAIC Europe. He also secured the contract for, and oversaw design of, a bomb-detection system to screen cargo and freight trains traveling through the Eurotunnel. He received a B.A. from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UConn (’70), and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees (’77) in nuclear science and engineering at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.
Charles B. Brahm, Distinguished Engineering Alumni, 1989
Richard D. Breault, Academy of Distinguished Engineers, 2011
Richard Breault enjoyed an impressive 34-year career with United Technologies Corp., East Hartford before retiring in 1997. Mr. Breault worked on the research, product development and manufacture of phosphoric acid and PEM fuel cells and is recognized at UTC for having made significant contributions toward the development of fuel cell stack designs for stationary phosphoric acid power plants. During the 1980s and 1990s, he led UTC Power’s development of the PureCell Model® 200 cell stack for stationary power applications and was instrumental in the novel design of the five-year cell stack design that distinguished the Model 200 power plant. This unit has been the most widely used fuel cell product in the world, with over 270 systems installed across 19 countries on six continents. Later, as a consultant to UTC Power, he helped the company design the next generation stationary cell stack; these efforts doubled the life of the Model 200 and underpin UTC Power’s PureCell Model® 400, currently in production. Mr. Breault is an inventor on more than 75 patents, authored a chapter in the Handbook of Fuel Cell Fundamentals, Technology and Applications, and received a Pratt & Whitney Special Award in 1991 for “Outstanding Contribution to another UTC Business Unit.”
Al Brockett is Vice President of Engineering – Module Centers for Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford. During his 32-year career with the company, he has held positions of increasing responsibility in systems and module center engineering, and operations. In 2002, he received the ASME Hartford Section Engineer of the Year Award. He has fostered strong alliances between Pratt & Whitney and the UConn School of Engineering. He led Pratt & Whitney’s establishment of a Center of Excellence at UConn for advanced research in the field of advanced sensors, diagnostics, and controls for use in aircraft propulsion systems. He also spearheaded the United Technologies Corp. effort establishing the “Engineering Ambassadors” program among UConn and several other universities, aimed at attracting greater numbers of qualified female and minority students into engineering professions. He serves on the Advisory Boards for the Georgia Tech University School of Aerospace Engineering, the UConn School of Engineering, and Pennsylvania State University School of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering. Mr. Brockett is also Board Chairman for Infotech Aerospace Services — Puerto Rico, and a director for Infotech Enterprises — India. He earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma State University.
Benjamin Bulkley is Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations for Invitrogen Corporation, a $1 billion revenue biotechnology firm with over 3,000 employees. He leads the effort to create and maintain strong bonds with the company’s global client base through innovative sales, e-commerce and distribution initiatives. Before joining Invitrogen in 2003, he was Vice President of Global Services for GE’s Medical Systems Information Technologies division, where he was responsible for a 1,500-person global service business. Earlier, he served in marketing and managerial capacities with GE’s Transportation Division and in GE’s operations in Germany, where he was Chief Operating Officer.
As Chief Scientist at NASA Langley Research Center, Mr. Bushnell is responsible for Technical Oversight and Advanced Program formulation, with technical emphasis on areas of atmospheric sciences and structures, materials, acoustics, flight electronics/control/software, instruments, aerodynamics, aerothermodynamics, spacecraft, space access and other areas. He has authored more than 230 publications and major presentations, and delivered nearly 200 invited lectures and seminars often on the future of technology and the shape it will take for humans and society. He holds five patents and has received numerous awards, including the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement and Outstanding Leadership Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, serves on the Engineering Deans Advisory Board and was awarded the School of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award in 1997.
Dr. Janet Callahan is Associate Dean of Engineering and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Boise State University in Idaho. She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, a M.S. in Metallurgy and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, all degrees earned from the University of Connecticut. Her career began as a Visiting Scientist with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Melbourne, Australia as part of a National Science Foundation post-doctoral fellowship. This was followed by academic appointments as Assistant and Associate Professor of Materials Science & Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where Dr. Callahan was awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Early Career (CAREER) award for her work in high temperature coatings. Dr. Callahan’s research specializations include educational research, freshmen retention, STEM education, high temperature oxidation, biomaterials, radioactive coatings, brachytherapy and nanomaterials. She has authored more than 100 journal articles, patents and scholarly articles in these fields. Janet was recognized in 2009 as an “Idaho Women Making History” as part of the National Women’s History Project.
Vincent M. Cangiano, Distinguished Engineering Alumni, 1990
Michael Cantor, Academy of Distinguished Engineers, 2003
Mr. Cantor is a partner in Cantor Colburn LLP, a leading national firm specializing in intellectual property law. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, Connecticut Patent Law Association, American Bar Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association, International Trademark Association, and Tau Beta Pi. He is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. He also teaches patent law and procedure as an Adjunct Professor in Patent Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law. After graduating with his J.D., Mr. Cantor joined the firm of Fishman & Dionne. Within five years, he was named a partner and the firm evolved into Fishman, Dionne & Cantor. Today, Cantor Colburn LLP has more than 50 attorneys and patent agents. Mr. Cantor has been actively involved in educational outreach geared to introduce school-age children to engineering and the world of invention.
As Vice President, Engineering & Technology, Dave Carter leads Hamilton Sundstrand’s worldwide engineering organization. Mr. Carter joined Hamilton Sundstrand in February 2009, after serving more than 20 years at Pratt & Whitney. In his most recent position, Mr. Carter was Pratt & Whitney’s vice president, Engineering – Module Centers, where he provided leadership to improve F119 producibility issues, resolve technical issues to achieve F135 STOVL flight clearance and achieve technology readiness for the Geared Turbofan engine family. He also fostered collaborations with worldwide engineering sources and universities to improve capability, as well as serving as Chairman of Infotech Aerospace Services in Isabella, Puerto Rico. Previously, Mr. Carter was General Manager, Compression Systems Module Center, where he led the engineering and manufacturing activities, focusing on performance improvements in quality, cost reduction and delivery. He also played key roles in the development of the F135 and GP7000 engines. During his tenure at Pratt & Whitney, Mr. Carter held positions of increasing responsibility, including director, PW4000-112 Engine Programs; chief engineer, PW6000; and engineering director, CSMC. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia. He holds two patents and is a board member for Infotech Enterprises Limited in Bangalore.
Dr. G. Clifford Carter is a senior civilian and technical leader in the Sensors and Sonar Systems Department of the Naval Sea Undersea Warfare Center. Across his 45-year career, he achieved distinction in the field of sonar and underwater acoustics. Dr. Carter is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy who began his career in the Coast Guard and culminated as the U.S. Navy’s Senior Technologist in Acoustic Signal Processing at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport, RI. His fundamental scientific contributions, including his Smoothed Coherence Transform (SCOT) signal processing algorithm, theory of focused beamformers, Constant False Alarm Rate (CFAR) automatic coherent processing detection algorithm, and coherence and time delay estimation have provided the basis for significant sonar systems improvements in the fleet today. He is an IEEE Fellow and recipient of the IEEE’s Harry Diamond Memorial Award for his leadership in sonar signal processing. Dr. Carter has authored or co-authored nearly 90 peer reviewed journal articles or conference proceedings along with 11 patents.
Timothy ‘Scott’ Case is co-founder of priceline.com, the ‘Name Your Own Price’ Internet service. As Chief Technology Officer, he was responsible for building the technology that enabled priceline.com’s hyper-growth. Moving beyond technology, he successfully launched several priceline.com businesses, including Priceline for Gasoline, by far the firm’s fastest growing business. At the Walker Digital Invention Laboratory, Mr. Case helped build a portfolio of intellectual property, and he is a named inventor on dozens of U.S. patents, including the underlying portfolio for priceline.com. During his final year at UConn, Mr. Case co-founded Precision Training Software, a software company that developed the world’s first PC-based simulated flight instructor and photo-realistic flight simulator. Mr. Case currently serves as the Chairman of Network for Good, a national nonprofit that has distributed $86 million to 20,000 nonprofits. Network for Good provides online fundraising and communications services to over 4,000 nonprofit organizations.
Dr. John Cassidy, Senior Vice President for Science & Technology at United Technologies Corporation (UTC), East Hartford, oversees responsibility for all of UTC’s research and engineering efforts, including expenditures of $1.3 billion annually. He is also Vice President and Director of United Technologies Research Center. Dr. Cassidy previously served as UTC’s Corporate Director of Technology Management. Prior to joining UTC, he held research management positions with General Electric and General Motors. Dr. Cassidy earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Through his commitment, vision and leadership, Dr. Cassidy has served the School in many diverse ways. He has been instrumental in helping forge strong alliances between the School of Engineering and UTC. His role in helping negotiate complicated contractual details between the academic environment and the industrial sector has been of incomparable value to the School of Engineering. His numerous presentations at the School have helped our students embrace lifelong learning and a commitment to excellence in their careers. For his outstanding support, the School of Engineering is honored to present Dr. Cassidy with a 2001 Distinguished Engineering Service Award.
Francis (Frank) Chan, Ph.D., is Science Advisor to Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Navy. He is responsible for providing objective scientific and technical advice to the Commander and his staff. Prior to this fleet assignment, he served 14 years at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport, RI. As Division Head, he managed an 80-person division that executed more than $100 million of technical/engineering tasks annually. The Naval Sea Systems (NAVSEA) Command designated him a Technical Area Expert for submarine imaging, electromagnetic, electro-optic and electronic warfare systems. Dr. Chan developed and deployed the first digital imaging system for the U.S. submarine force. He has received five Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medals, the Navy Achievement Medal and other honors. He served 10 years on active duty (’81-’91) and retired from the Navy Reserves with the rank of Captain after 27 years of service. While employed at Tracor Applied Sciences from 1991 through 1995, he led surface ship and submarine sonar system testing, data analysis and performance evaluation. Dr. Chan has served on the Industrial Advisory Board of the Computer Science & Engineering Department since 2003. He earned his B.S. from the University of Rochester (’79), M.S.E.E. and Electrical Engineers degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School (’86), and an M.S. in product development from the Joint Naval Postgraduate School/MIT program (’02).
Kartik Chandran earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Connecticut (1999), as well as his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology. He is Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia University, where he leads the Columbia University Biomolecular Environmental Science program and the Wastewater Treatment and Climate Change program. Under his stewardship, the research directions of biological wastewater treatment and biological nitrogen removal were established for the first time ever in the history of Columbia University. Dr. Chandran is keenly interested in developing novel models for sustainable sanitation and wastewater treatment, with a specific focus on managing the global nitrogen cycle and linking it to the carbon cycle, the food cycle, the water cycle and the energy cycle. Dr. Chandran was a senior technical specialist with the private engineering firm Metcalf and Eddy of New York, Inc., before returning to academia as a research associate at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He has received the Water Environment Research Foundation’s Paul L. Busch Award, the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Science.
Shi-Chung Chang is serving a four-year term as Commissioner of the National Communications Commission, Taiwan, Republic of China. He is responsible for regulation policy design, deployment and execution for telecommunication and broadcasting systems and services. In addition, he is a professor of electrical engineering at the National Taiwan University (NTU) in Taipei. He has held various academic and administrative positions at the National Chi Nan University and NTU. Dr. Chang has published more than 160 technical papers, and received the Annual Class A Research Award from the National Science Council of Taiwan 11 times. Dr. Chang has made outstanding contributions to semiconductor manufacturing system optimization, and he pioneered collaborative research on optimal production scheduling and control with Taiwan’s semiconductor manufacturing industry, which accounts for more than 20% of the world semiconductor supply. His novel integration of system theories and optimization methods and innovative scheduling algorithm designs led to successful field applications of more than 15% production increases and more than 10% inventory reductions in major foundry companies in Taiwan. In 1996, he received the National Award of Outstanding Achievements in University-Industry Collaboration from the Ministry of Education, Taiwan.
Dr. Chang-Diaz is a NASA astronaut who directs the Advanced Space Propulsion Laboratory at the Johnson Space Center. After earning his Ph.D. at MIT, he joined the NASA astronaut corps and has flown aboard seven shuttle space flights while logging more than 1,600 hours in space; started the Astronaut Science Colloquium Program; and helped form the Astronaut Science Support Group, which he directed until January 1989. As a researcher, he developed a novel concept to guide and target fuel pellets in an inertial fusion reactor chamber, and led development of a plasma propulsion technology for future human missions to Mars. Dr. Chang-Diaz has been awarded seven NASA Space Flight Medals, two NASA Distinguished Service Medals, three NASA Exceptional Service Medals, four honorary doctoral degrees including one from the University of Connecticut, and the Liberty Medal. He was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the School of Engineering in 1984.
Dr. Hsing-Yao Chen received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UConn in 1968 and enjoyed an enviable 45-year career spanning engineering, managerial and advisory positions with CBS Laboratories, RCA Electronics, Zenith Electronics and Chunghwa Picture Tubes. At RCA, he designed the HIBI and COTY type color CRT electron guns that were used in mass production and have become the world standard. For this work, in 1983 RCA presented him its highest technology award, the David Sarnoff Award. One of the early pioneers in computer modeling of CRT electron gun design, he discovered the most effective and practical beam angle control mechanism, control of a normalized G2 thickness, which is now the standard method for CRT E-gun design. At Chunghwa Picture Tubes, he trained engineers in 3D computer modeling techniques and led the new CLEAR electron gun design project. This enabled CPT to break free of Toshiba and to become the top color CRT display manufacturer of the world during the late 1990’s. Dr. Chen was awarded 50 U.S. patents during his lifetime, was a Life Fellow of both IEEE and the Society for Information Display, and was appointed a visiting professor by three well known Chinese universities. After retiring at the age of 80, Dr. Chen continued to remain active with SID and worked on passion projects such as fusion and global warming. He was also an adjunct professor in China and, prior to his passing, loved traveling the world and spending time with his family and friends. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees at Cheng-Kung University and Chiao-Tung University in Taiwan.
Michael J. Cheshire is Chairman and CEO of Gerber Scientific Inc., South Windsor, CT. Mr. Cheshire joined Gerber Scientific in 1997 as President and Chief Operating Officer. The following year, he was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Before joining Gerber Scientific, Mr. Cheshire worked as a project engineer with Underwriters Laboratories (UL); a technical applications manager, and later president, of O-Z/Gedney, a division of General Signal Corporation; and president of General Signal’s entire Electrical Group. Mr. Cheshire is a member of Gerber Scientific’s board of directors, and he serves as a vice chairman of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association and Director of WESCO International. Mr. Cheshire earned his B.S. in applied physics from Dowling College. Mr. Cheshire has played a major role in supporting engineering education throughout Connecticut, and particularly at the University of Connecticut, where his advocacy has enhanced the educational quality and opportunities for undergraduate engineers through scholarships and grants, research grants and senior design projects, and internships.
Jeffrey Cohen is a Fellow in the Thermal and Fluid Sciences Department of the United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), where he is responsible for technical leadership in the company’s reacting flow projects and for the development of new programs and capabilities. Among his achievements are the development of an active feedback control system for controlling instabilities in natural gas-fueled combustors and the design and implementation of a symmetry-breaking system to attenuate combustion instabilities in aeroengine combustors. Dr. Cohen previously was an Aerodynamics Manager with the Combustor and Augmentor Advanced Technology Group at Pratt & Whitney. He first joined UTRC in 1987 as a heat transfer intern and held various positions of increasing responsibility as a research engineer, Group Leader and Project Leader. He holds six granted or pending U.S. patents and has authored two book chapters, along with over 40 archival journal papers, conference papers and invited presentations. An Associate Fellow of AIAA, Dr. Cohen has received numerous awards from UTC and was presented the AIAA Sustained Service Award (’07) as well as awards from NASA and the U.S. Air Force.
Paul E. Conrad, Distinguished Engineering Alumni, 1987
Gordon M. Cooper, Distinguished Engineering Alumni, 1998
Gerard Cote, Academy of Distinguished Engineers, 2005
Dr. Gerard L. Cote is Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University and holds the Charles H. and Bettye Barclay Professorship. His research focuses on the development of macro-scale to nano-scale systems for biosensing and diagnostics. Dr. Cote develops systems using lasers, optics and electronics for noninvasive ways to test blood sugar levels in diabetes, to detect other body chemicals such as beta amyloid for Alzheimer’s disease, and to diagnose cancer. Dr. Cote is a co-inventor on three U.S. patents and one provisional U.S. patent. He is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.
Mr. Cox retired as President and CEO of Raymond Engineering in 1993 following four decades of dedicated service. He is credited with transforming Raymond Engineering from a privately-held entity to a publicly-traded company. The company, which was acquired by Kaman Aerospace Corporation in 1995, designs, develops and manufactures precision electromechanical and electronic devices primarily for military and aerospace markets. The company’s products include electromechanical devices used on the original U.S. space satellites, advanced recording machines and media used to capture, store and transmit the inspiring visual images from deep space probes we enjoy today, and firing mechanisms for advanced ordnance. Today, he remains actively engaged in the affairs of the University of Connecticut, as a member of the Founders Society, Alumni Association and Engineering Alumni Association. Mr. Cox and his wife, Judith, generously support the School of Engineering through the Hugh L. and Judith R. Cox Scholarship Endowment.
Harold M. Craig, Distinguished Engineering Alumni, 1993
Jack Crane, Distinguished Service Award, 1997
David E. Crow, Distinguished Service Award, 1999
Dr. David “Ed” Crow is Senior Vice President of Pratt & Whitney’s engineering organization . He oversees the design, development validation and certification of all of Pratt & Whitney’s large commercial engines, military engines and rocket products. He also leads research and development of advanced technology systems to meet future aircraft requirements. In 1998, Dr. Crow was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He is a past secretary of the Society of Automatic Engineers and a member of both the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Dr. Crow’s advocacy has led to significant scholarship grants for students (including under-represented groups), research grants for various departments, endowments, internships for students, and visiting positions for faculty. He has worked diligently within UTC, Pratt & Whitney’s parent corporation, to improve the University of Connecticut’s standing as the leading supplier of UTC engineers. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1972.
Michael P. Culmo is Vice President of Transportation and Structures with CME Associates, Inc. in Woodstock, CT. With expertise in structural design and engineering– including steel, concrete, pre-stressed concrete and timber bridges–Mr. Culmo took on the task of establishing a structural engineering division when he joined CME in 1996. He has been involved in the design of several award-winning bridges that captured top honors from the National Steel Bridge Alliance and the Prestressed/Precast Concrete Institute. Mr. Culmo has collaborated with UConn researchers to develop and install bridge performance and fatigue sensing monitors on Connecticut bridges. Recently, he has worked in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration to advance technologies in accelerated bridge construction (ABC), where bridges can be built in days instead of years. He has also authored/co-authored over 25 scholarly papers, manuals and other publications, taught a graduate-level course, and mentored senior design students. Mr. Culmo has advised the undergraduate Steel Bridge Club for nine years, during which the teams have succeeded to the national competition six times. He is a licensed professional engineer in six states.
P.E. Michael Curtis is Director of Strategic Development and an Executive Vice President at Fuss & O’Neill Consulting Engineers, Manchester, CT. Early in his career, he worked with the Connecticut DEP Bureau of Water Management’s Planning Section, and for two years he served as a lecturer in the Civil & Environmental Engineering department at UConn. Since then, for his nearly 25 years with Fuss & O’Neill, Dr. Curtis has concentrated on municipal and industrial facility and environmental issues, including wastewater treatment, waste minimization and pollution prevention efforts. He has managed numerous municipal and industrial study and design projects throughout the region. For the last decade, he has been instrumental in creating a diverse set of new services at Fuss & O’Neill, bringing cutting-edge facility energy management, industrial maintenance excellence and production, and ‘carbon engineering’ to many facets of facility design and construction. For several years, he has concentrated on transforming portions of Fuss & O’Neill from a service company to a leader in sustainable/green research initiatives. Sponsored research projects in microbial fuel cells, cathode and anode design, indoor air quality improvement and innovative approaches to advanced wastewater treatment are ongoing. New research initiatives in real-time facility commuter trip reduction and anaerobic process are being planned. These efforts are changing the firm from a classic engineering firm to a recognized leader in innovation and design.
William D’Agostino is the Senior Vice President of Operations at InVivo Therapeutics, Cambridge, MA, and he joined InVivo in 2012. Previously, he was the Vice President of Engineering at Angiotech Pharmaceuticals which included running all product development and engineering activities across their international facilities. Mr. D’Agostino also worked for Covidien, which is now Medtronic, for 15 years where he gained extensive experience with the development, synthesis and clinical production of bioabsorbable polymers. He is a co-author of the book, Regulatory Strategies for Combination Products, published by PDA/DHI Publishing. Mr. D’Agostino is the co-inventor of eight US patents concerning medical devices, smart fiber-optic sensors, and aircraft antennas as well as numerous European patents. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and holds an MBA awarded with Highest Honors from the University of Dallas and a BS in both Chemical Engineering and Materials Engineering from the University of Connecticut (1984). He is also an amateur radio astronomer and amateur radio operator as well as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician for over 30 years.
Mr. Robert Daigle is Vice President of Research & Development and Chief Technology Officer for Rogers Corporation, Rogers, CT. Rogers develops and manufactures high-performance specialty materials focusing on the wireless communications and computer markets. Mr. Daigle joined Rogers in 1988 as a Development Engineer and remained in research and development until 1994, when he transferred to Corporate Marketing. He joined the Microwave Materials Division (now Advanced Circuit Materials Division or ACMD) in 1996, was promoted to Division Manager the following year and later assumed the role of Vice President of ACMD.
Janet Daniels is President of Daniels & Associates, P.C. in Virginia. Ms. Daniels is an entrepreneur who founded her engineering firm specializing in structural engineering design and analysis, construction management and inspections for commercial, institutional and municipal entities. Among her most high profile projects are the $162 million expansion of the Richmond Convention Center, construction of the $59 million VCU Gateway Hospital and $30 million VCU Massey Cancer Center, and the $17 million Virginia State University Science & Technology Center. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in three states and has held leadership positions with the Leadership Metro Richmond, and the Central Region for the American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia, as well as serving a term on the state’s licensing board by appointment of Governor Wilder. Ms. Daniels also earned a B.A. from Fairfield University with a concentration in math. Ms. Daniels is among the early African American women to graduate from the School of Engineering.
Bassel Daoud, P.E., is a Consulting Member of Technical Staff at Lucent Technologies Corporation. He holds the distinction of being the fourth most prolific inventor in the world in 2000, with 270 U.S. patents, according to a press release prepared by Lucent. He joined Lucent/Bell Labs in 1986 as a Member of Technical Staff and has held positions of increasing responsibility. In October 2005, Mr. Daoud was named a Bell Labs Fellow the company’s highest honor for pioneering and implementing innovative design and manufacturing principles for cost reduction optimization which has resulted in him being awarded the highest number of patents in the history of Bell Labs and the fourth highest in the world (2000). For developing cost reduction business processes and tools that delivered phenomenal margin improvements. In his current position, he coordinates the cost-reduction efforts of the cross-functional Network Solutions Group’s Mobility team, comprising members of the R&D design group, product management and supply chain network groups.
Dr. Somnath Deb is the President and Chief Technology Officer of Qualtech Systems, Inc., East Hartford, CT, which he co-founded in 1993. While at UConn, Dr. Deb worked on multi-sensor, multi-target tracking, and developed a software package, PasSDAT (Passive Sensor Data Association for Tracking), which is used by the Boeing Company and Naval Surface Warfare Center. Dr. Deb also developed the START (Systems Testability Analysis and Research Tool) software program for testability analysis and life-cycle cost improvement of large complex systems. START sparked the genesis of Qualtech Systems (QSI). Dr. Deb then led a team of developers to transform START into a commercially viable product named TEAMS (Testability Engineering And Maintenance System) that became the mainstay software for QSI. Users of QSI’s toolset include NASA and DoD and their prime contractors, as well as OEMs of expensive business-critical equipment in the field of medical diagnostics and semiconductor fabrication. Dr. Deb’s current research interests include Integrated Diagnostics and Vehicle Health Management Architectures and Solutions, embodied in QSI’s TEAMS tool suite for design for service, real-time embedded diagnostics, telediagnosis, and guided troubleshooting solutions. Dr. Deb has authored 48 technical publications, received four IEEE best technical paper awards, and received the NASA Space Act Award twice.
Dr. Anthony DeMaria is Chief Scientist with Coherent-DEOS, LLC, Bloomfield, CT, which manufactures lasers for remote sensing and infrared counter-measures and employs approximately 170 staff members. He is also a Distinguished Professor-in-Residence in the University of Connecticuts Electrical & Computer Engineering Department. Dr. DeMaria founded DeMaria Electro-Optics Systems, Inc. (DEOS) in 1994 after purchasing intellectual property of the CO2 laser unit of Hamilton Standard. He was chairman and CEO of DEOS, polishing the company into the worlds leading manufacturer of sealed-off, RF excited waveguide CO2 lasers for industrial and governmental applications. The company was purchased in 2001 by Coherent, Inc. Before founding DEOS, Dr. DeMaria devoted 37 years of his career to the Hamilton Standard (now Hamilton Sundstrand) division of United Technologies Corporation and to the United Technologies Research Center. He is a member of both the National Academy of Engineering (1976) and the National Academy of Sciences (1997), the Connecticut Academy of Science & Engineering, the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the recipient of many named awards. He received the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award in 1983. Dr. DeMaria has served as an inventor on 45 U.S. patents.
Tony DeSio is the co-founder and former Chairman, President, and CEO of Mail Boxes Etc. (currently known as The UPS STORE). He launched the company’s franchising business in 1980 and built the company from a single store into the world’s largest non-food franchise with almost 4,000 stores in 30 countries at the time of his retirement in 1998.
Earlier in his career, he was an aerospace executive with Hughes Research and Development Labs, Lockheed Martin, GE, and Western Union. He held several key management positions with Lockheed Missiles & Space Company during the initial stages of the U.S. Space Exploration program. In 1971, he was nominated to participate in the President’s Executive Interchange Program and served for two years as a staff assistant to the Aeronautics and Space Counsel in the Executive Office of the President. Mr. DeSio has received an outstanding achievement award from the President of the United States (1972), and Entrepreneur of the Year awards from the International Franchise Association (1996), Inc. magazine (1989), and Franchise Times magazine (2001).
Mr. Arthur Diedrick is Chairman of Development, Office of the Governor. He chairs the Board of Directors of Connecticut Innovations (CI), the Clean Energy Fund (a unit of CI), the Connecticut Development Authority (CDA), the Connecticut Brownfields Redevelopment Authority, (a subsidiary of the CDA), and the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA). Through his foresight, Mr. Diedrick has brought together resources and individuals with innovative ideas to help Connecticut establish and maintain preeminence in a number of key technologies of the future. In addition, he has supported the University of Connecticut and the School of Engineering many times in recent years through seed and challenge funding in areas as diverse as fuel cell technology and environmental studies. The School of Engineering has benefited directly from his vision, most recently in developing the agreement between CI and the School of Engineering for establishment of the nascent Connecticut Global Fuel Cell Center. Mr. Diedrick is a graduate of Yale University. During his service in the U.S. Air Force he was awarded the American Spirit of Honor Medal.
Senator Christopher Dodd began his career in Washington, DC in 1974 when he was elected to the House of Representatives. After serving three terms, he subsequently ran for the U.S. Senate and was elected as the youngest person ever to the U.S. Senate in Connecticut history. He is a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a recognized expert on Latin and South America who recently received the Edmund S. Muskie Distinguished Public Service Award recognizing leadership in foreign policy. Senator Dodd is currently a senior member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and is the senior Democrat on its Children and Families Subcommittee. He serves on the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, and is the senior Democrat on its Securities and Investment Subcommittee. He also is the senior Democrat on the Rules and Administration Committee. Following his graduation from Providence College, Senator Dodd spent two years in the Peace Corps working in a rural village in the Dominican Republic. Upon returning to the U.S., he enlisted in the Army and served in the reserves. In 1972, he earned a law degree from the University of Louisville School of Law. Senator Dodd has been a passionate supporter of the University of Connecticut and the School of Engineering’s efforts to secure Federal funding for fuel cell research and commercial development.
Charles E. Dougan, Distinguished Engineering Alumni, 1994
Joel Douglas, Academy of Distinguished Engineers, 2005
Joel Douglas is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of MysticMD of Groton, CT. As inventor of 64 U.S. patents and 28 FDA product clearances, Mr. Douglas was named in 2004 as one of the 100 Notable People in the Medical Device Industry. Mr. Douglas co-founded Amira Medical, where he developed the first alternate site blood glucose meter. He also founded three other startup firms and pioneered the development of medical patch technologies. At MysticMD, Mr. Douglas’ latest inventions apply proprietary conductive coatings, films and inks, to create forgery-resistant micro devices for discreetly storing biometric and other information for large-scale security applications.
Heidi Douglas is founder and managing partner of Nuventus LLC, serving small to mid-size high tech and life sciences companies. She is a Director at Decision Options, LLC, Corporate Secretary for Mystic Technology Partners Inc., and a co-founder, former President and CEO of MysticMD Inc. Earlier in her career, she was a partner in Deloitte Consulting’s High Technology practice and held managerial positions at Pfizer Inc. and Syntex (USA) Inc. (now Roche Bioscience). In 2010, she received the Connecticut Technology Council’s Women of Innovation award for Entrepreneurial Innovation and Leadership, and in 2009 she received the University of New Haven’s (UNH) Distinguished Alumni Award. Ms. Douglas serves on the UConn School of Engineering Advisory Board and has worked diligently to develop a grass-roots fundraising effort. She is a member of the Connecticut-based Angel Investor Forum and the Community Foundation of Southeastern Connecticut Women and Girls Fund Grant Committee. Ms. Douglas and her husband endowed the Joel S. and Heidi S. Douglas Engineering Scholarship at UConn in 2007. She received her B.S. in biology from UConn, an M.S. in computer and information science from UNH, and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – Hartford.
John Dresty, Jr. is President and CEO of Clearwater Systems Corp. of Essex, CT, a company he founded in 1998 based upon his patented low-energy consuming, non-chemical water treatment technology. The company enjoys annual sales of nearly $10 million and employs 27 people. Mr. Dresty previously was Executive Director of the Environmental Research Institute at the University of Connecticut (’92-’97), where he managed R&D activities in environmental studies including site remediation, pollution prevention and recycling. Earlier in his career, Mr. Dresty served as President of UNC Reclamation, Inc. of Mulberry, FL (’89-’92), which extracts useful metal compounds from hazardous waste at the commercial scale. In 1979, he founded and served as President of Suisman Titanium Corp. based on his patented invention for titanium scrap recycling, which led to the re-use of 30 million pounds of strategic metal in engine and airframe manufacture. After earning his M.S. degree, Mr. Dresty worked in various engineering and managerial roles within United Nuclear Corp. from ’72 to ’79. He earned his B.S. in Materials Engineering from RPI (’69) and his J.D. at the University of Connecticut (’80).
Robert Eckel is Chief Executive Officer of MorphoTrust USA, a Safran company with over 1,500 employees and more than $400 million in annual revenue. He was appointed CEO following Safran’s acquisition of L-1 Identity Solutions in 2011. Under his leadership, MorphoTrust has become a leading provider of identity solutions and services to government agencies in the areas of biometrics and secure credentialing. Programs include: U.S. driver’s licenses and passports, the TSA PreCheck program, border management, and applicant vetting services through document authentication, data verification and biometrics (iris, fingerprints and face). He previously was President of the identity business of Digimarc (acquired by L-1) and, earlier in his career, he served in a variety of increasingly responsible positions over a 15-year period at Raytheon Company culminating in his appointment as Vice President and General Manager. He holds five patents in electronic and optical systems and earned his M.S. degree at UCLA.
Wayne A. Eckerle, Ph.D., is Vice President of Corporate Research and Technology at Cummins Inc., Columbus, IN, which he joined in 1989. He has progressed through the company, which has $13 billion in revenues, beginning as a technical advisor and continuing through various leadership roles, including Senior Technical Advisor – Fuel Systems Manufacturing, Chief Engineer of Fuel Systems Technology, Executive Director of Thermal and Fluid Sciences, Executive Engineer of Advanced Engineering and Executive Engineer of Research and Technology. Dr. Eckerle is recognized for his introduction of design and analysis tools for the new generation of diesel engines built by Cummins Inc., leading to reduced costs while allowing Cummins to surpass EPA performance standards on NOx emissions. Earlier in his career, he served as a faculty member (Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY, ’86-’89) and consultant (United Technologies Research Center and Los Alamos National Laboratory), research engineer and adjunct faculty member at the University of Connecticut. He has received nine patents and published numerous articles on his work. He received the J. Irwin Miller Award of Excellence for combustion development breakthroughs to meet Tier 3 and 2004 emissions. Dr. Eckerle is a member of the External Advisory Board of the UConn Mechanical Engineering Department. He earned his M.S. degree from Purdue University.
Chris Ecsedy is the Senior Vice President of Energy and Facilities at Fuss & O’Neill, where he has worked for the past 24 years. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Chris holds both a B.S. in Civil Engineering (1988), as well as an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering (1990). He chose a career in environmental engineering because of his love of the outdoors and passion for preserving the environment. Chris strongly believes that we can achieve a balance between a healthy environment and a strong economy. Helping businesses address environmental issues and implement sustainable solutions fits this belief and gives him a sense of accomplishment from both a professional and personal standpoint. As a Professional Engineer and Connecticut Licensed Environmental Professional, he has extensive experience in environmental engineering, industrial wastewater management, and industrial waste management. He oversees a team of structural, mechanical, electrical, and environmental engineers who work on a diverse range of complex projects. In addition to his work at Fuss & O’Neill, Chris has served on the Connecticut Business and Industry Association’s Environmental Policies Council steering committee, providing guidance on environmental and energy issues that affect the area’s businesses and industries.
Ferdinand Engel is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Concord Communications, Inc., a $100 million revenue global provider of software solutions with more than 600 employees. Mr. Engel came to Concord in 1989 and grew it to its present size, bringing it public in 1997. Previously, Mr. Engel was Vice President and principal of TCI/Bell Atlantic at the time the company was bought by Bell Atlantic. He earlier spent seven years at Digital Equipment Corporation, where he helped pioneer network technology, working on the ARPAnet and developing the first implementations of TCP/IP, the first laser printer server, and the underlying network architecture for the DEC Cluster. Mr. Engel has received six patents and has served on several boards of high technology companies.
Mr. Ewing is President of Ewing Capital, Inc., an investment firm he founded in 1981 and one of the largest and most prestigious minority-owned brokerage and research firms in the nation. He has more than 30 years’ professional experience in investment and financial management, security analysis, investment banking, venture capital and computerized investment techniques. In addition to Ewing Capital, Mr. Ewing is the founding principal of two other successful organizations, Broadcast Capital Fund Inc. and Bankers Trust Company Private Placement Department. He earned his MBA at Harvard University. Mr. Ewing serves on the Engineering Dean’s Advisory Board. In 2001, he received the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award.
George Foyt, Distinguished Service Award, 1996
Christopher Fuselier, Distinguished Service Award, 2000
Christopher Fuselier, General Manager of General Electric Industrial Systems, Plainville, is a 32-year veteran of General Electric, where he has held a variety of engineering and marketing positions in aerospace, corporate, factory automation, and industrial systems operations. He serves on the Engineering Committee of the GE Fund and on the Board of Directors for the Greater Hartford Junior Achievement, and he is the GE Executive for the University of Connecticut. He also has served as an Adjunct Professor in the Computer Science Department of Union College and as a member of the National Research Council Manufacturing Studies Board. Through his commitment, vision and leadership, Mr. Fuselier has been instrumental in helping forge strong alliances between the UConn School of Engineering and General Electric. His role in helping negotiate complicated contractual details between the academic environment and industry has been of incomparable value. For his outstanding support, the School of Engineering is honored to present Mr. Fuselier with a 2000 Distinguished Engineering Service Award.
Rohan Freeman, Academy of Distinguished Engineers, 2015
Rohan Freeman is President at Freeman Companies, LLC, a full service engineering and surveying firm in Hartford, CT. He is dually licensed as a professional engineer and land surveyor, and has had a number of prominent clients since he set up his company. Projects include major renovations of Weaver High School in Hartford, completing a due diligence report for an underutilized 17-acre site located on Market Street in Hartford’s Downtown North neighborhood, survey stakeout services connected to the construction of two new football fields at New London High School, land surveying and civil engineering services for a two-story dialysis center in New Haven, and land surveying and civil engineering services for what will be 275,000 square feet of retail space in Naugatuck.Freeman, who grew up in Jamaica, has set up a scholarship at UConn to help others pursue and rise up to their own personal challenges. The Freeman Companies BRIDGE Endowed Engineering Scholarship will help support minority students in the School of Engineering, with preference given to students specializing in civil engineering.
Richard F. Gamble, Distinguished Service Award, 1994
Zhongxue Gan, Academy of Distinguished Engineers, 2010
Zhongxue Gan, Ph.D., is Vice Chairman of the Board, Chief Technology Officer of the ENN Group, President of ENN Science & Technology Ltd., and Vice Chairman of XinAoMDT Technologies Ltd., Hebei, PRC. Earlier in his career, he worked as a Technical Director and Senior Research Fellow with the ABB Research Center in the U.S. and Shanghai, where he made significant breakthroughs in four core areas of robot research: robot relative calibration, robot programming, robot real-time control and robot material removing process. Dr. Gan pioneered industrial robotic products that provide control technologies to the nuclear industry, automated and accurate blade grinding, efficient automated robotic programming, and robotic hybrid force and position control. He is the architect behind green energy initiatives at ENN Group and has invented the novel sys-energy efficiency technology which leads to an integrated energy system solution including low-temperature catalytic gasification, and carbon dioxide utilization through artificial photosynthesis, which demonstrated an eco-solution for coal-based fossil energy. He holds 17 patents and has published over 50 archival technical papers. In addition, Dr. Gan has forged strong industrial ties between the U.S. and China that enhance productive relations between the two countries, and he has worked hard to establish research collaborations between ENN and the University of Connecticut.
Michael Georgiopoulos received the Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University in Athens, his MS degree and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, in 1981, 1983 and 1986, respectively. He is currently a Professor in the Department of EECS at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL. From September 2011 to June 2012 he served as the Interim Assistant Vice President of Research at the Office of Research and Commercialization. From July 2012 to mid-May 2013 he served as the Interim Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science. He is currently the Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science. His research interests lie in the areas of Machine Learning and applications with special emphasis on neural network and neuro-evolutionary algorithms and their applications. He has published more than 60 journal papers and more than 170 conference papers in a variety of conference and journal venues. He is a UCF Pegasus Professor, the highest honor received by a UCF faculty in recognition of teaching, research and service contributions. He was Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks from 2002 to 2006 and an Associate Editor of the Neural Networks journal from 2006 to 2012. He has served as the Technical Co-Chair of the IJCNN (International Joint Conference on Neural Networks) 2011.
Anindya Ghoshal currently oversees the Propulsion Materials Research Competency within the Propulsion Division of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. After earning his Ph.D., Dr. Ghoshal worked in successive research and academic roles before joining the United Technologies Research Center, East Hartford, CT in 2003. There, he served as Senior Research Scientist, R&D, in the Applied Mechanics Group, where he was Prognostics Health Management Functional Tech Lead of the Sikorsky Program. He joined ARL in 2010 as the Prognostics and Diagnostics Team Lead at the Vehicle Technology Directorate, where he worked on prognostics and diagnostics of air vehicles, aerospace materials and structures. He is a founding Associate Editor of Structural Health Monitoring Journal and an Associate Editor for Shock and Vibration Journal. Dr. Ghoshal is an AIAA Associate Fellow and the recipient of the National Research Council/NASA Langley Research Associateship, Humboldt Fellowship, Pratt & Whitney Leadership Award and Eagle Awards, Army Research Laboratory Lab Operation Award and AHS Structures and Materials Best Technical Paper Award. Dr. Ghoshal has authored over 180 technical publications and is a co-inventor on three U.S. patents. His current research focus is on high temperature propulsion materials, propulsion material state awareness and material damage precursors.
Dr. Robert Glorioso recently retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of Marathon Technologies of Boxborough MA, a privately-held company delivering fault-tolerant software solutions. Dr. Glorioso co-founded Marathon Technologies, after serving as Vice President at Digital Equipment Corporation, where he managed worldwide engineering, marketing, and manufacturing for the company’s Information Systems Business. He currently serves on several Boards, including those of AllergyBuyersClub.com, NaviTag Technologies and Solar Trade.
Ronald Goldblatt, Ph.D., is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Senior Manager of Advanced Silicon Science and Process Technology at the T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY. He joined IBM in 1981 and has held technical positions of increasing responsibility culminating in his appointment to the executive position of Distinguished Engineer in 2005. Dr. Goldblatt has made outstanding contributions to silicon processes and engineering and is a leader in semiconductor materials research. He was instrumental in IBM’s transition to copper metallurgy in semiconductor processing in the mid 90’s. As the technical leader and later technical manager, he was responsible for initial feasibility, proof of concept, scale-up into development, and technology transfer to manufacturing. He holds key patents in this area. The transition to copper afforded IBM a 15% performance increase and a clearleadership position lasting several years. Since 2002, Dr. Goldblatt has led a joint research-development team that creates prototypes for many of the breakthrough technology concepts originating in IBM Research and has enabled implementation of these processes in the 300mm manufacturing line in IBM’s semiconductor fabrication facility. He is currently leading his team in expanded new directions, exploring the ultimate capabilities of silicon based devices as well as novel post-CMOS concepts.
Jorge L. Gonzalez-Velazquez, Ph.D. is a Professor of Metallurgy & Materials Engineering at the Instituto Politecnico Nacional (IPN) and founder and Director of the Pipeline Integrity Assessment Group, a $15 million/year firm that provides research and technical services on integrity and risk assessment, metallurgical, corrosion and failure analyses of oil and natural gas pipelines located all across Mexico. The company has more than 350 employees and 10 offices. Dr. Gonzalez-Velazquez has published over 160 scholarly papers and authored the books, MecÃ¡nica de Fractura (first ed. ’98, now in third ed.) and Metalurgia Mec’nica (’99), both published by Limusa Noriega, Mexico. In 2007, the President of Mexico presented him the Lazaro Cardenas Award, which is conferred upon IPN’s most outstanding professor and researcher; he also received the 2007 Outstanding Alumnus Award presented by the UConn Materials Science & Engineering program. He received the Amalia Solorzano Award for outstanding research (’06) and the Hilario Ariza Award as an outstanding alumnus of IPN (’02). He was a top finalist for Mexico’s National Prize of Science and Technology (’05 and ’06) and remains an active candidate.
Sharavan Govindan is the Director of Content Management at Bentley Systems Inc. He has educated thousands of engineers globally. He earned his M.S. in Environmental Engineering from UConn and his B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from St. Joseph’s College of Engineering. He also completed Project Management Mastery from Stanford University, Business Foundations Specialization through Coursera from The Wharton School, and Credential of Readiness program from Harvard Business School. Mr. Govindan coauthored several books and articles, including Students’ LinkedIn Checklist, How Companies Succeed in Social Business, Computer Modeling of Water Distribution Systems, and Social BOOM. He has an ongoing partnership with the School of Engineering — through guest lectures, student mentorship, strategic initiatives, and is a CEE Advisory Board member. He is a frequent speaker at learning, technology, and social media conferences, and a judge for STEM competitions. To acknowledge his achievements, Mr. Govindan has received the PATHFINDER Award from Bentley, earned the Annual Innovation Award from CEdMA for Bentley and other recognitions. He founded the Govindan Family Fellowship Program, which has awarded several fellowships to Engineering students. In summary, he is inspired by community development, great causes, lifelong learning, and selfless humans.
Jeanine Armstrong Gouin, P.E. is Vice President and Managing Director of Milone & MacBroom, Inc., one of Connecticut’s largest private consulting firms. Since joining the company in 1994, she has been instrumental in its six-fold growth and expansion into five additional states, from Maine to South Carolina. Ms. Gouin oversees the technical operations of the firm’s Water Resources Engineering and Environmental Science disciplines in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont. Her team is recognized throughout the Northeast as experts in river restoration, flood analysis and mitigation, water supply development, and environmental management. Under her direction, the firm led extensive post-disaster response efforts in New York and Vermont following Hurricane Irene in 2011. Ms. Gouin has been a member of UConn’s Civil & Environmental Engineering Advisory Board since 1995 and completed a three-year term as the alumni representative of EPAC. She has been at the forefront of UConn’s water supply expansion efforts in Storrs and recently oversaw the Environmental Impact Evaluation of the $1 billion expansion of the UConn Health Center in Farmington. In 2013, Ms. Gouin was responsible for establishing the Milone & MacBroom, Inc. Civil Engineering Endowed Scholarship at UConn. Peter Halvordson, Vice President of Engineering, Electric Boat Corporation
Bernie Gracy, Academy of Distinguished Engineers, 2014
Bernie Gracy is Senior Vice President Global Products at Cimpress, N.V. in Lexington Massachusetts. At Cimpress, Mr. Gracy has responsibility for product development, M&A integration, analytics, and new business incubation for its Mass Customization Platform across a portfolio of global internet brands. Until March of 2015, Mr. Gracy served as Vice President of Strategy for Pitney Bowes’ Digital Commerce Solutions. There, he was responsible for global growth strategy of Pitney Bowes’ software business, which encompasses omni-channel customer engagement, data integration, and location intelligence markets. He personally brought in over $30 million in incremental business. He played a key role at Pitney Bowes’ Document Messaging Technologies as a member of the management team that increased revenues four-fold.His work was instrumental in the acquisition and integration of three companies totaling $800 million. He has 19 years of leadership in engineering and general management, marketing and product development, strategy and business development, and mergers & acquisitions. Mr. Gracy holds four U.S. patents, with several U.S. and international patents pending. Prior to coming to Pitney Bowes, Bernie led the software development for a $100 million mobile platform reengineering for United Parcel Service.He holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from UConn, an M.S. in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic University, and an M.S. in E-Commerce from the University of Maryland University College.
Mr. Greenberg has had a long and notable career with Pratt & Whitney Aircraft that spanned nearly four decades, beginning in 1962 when he joined the company as a Design Engineer. During his career, he held various positions that included Design Manager/Chief of Design, Chief of Design V2500 Programs, Chief of Design 4000 Programs, Chief of Engineering ‘ Design ‘ 4000 Programs, and Chief of Systems Design. He is a member of the Pratt & Whitney Technical Advisory Committee and has played a key role in establishing collaborative linkages between the University of Connecticut School of Engineering and United Technologies Corporation (UTC). He holds eight patents through his work with UTC, primarily inventions relating to gas turbine engines. Mr. Greenberg was awarded the Pratt & Whitney Leadership Award in 1994.
Marshall Greenspan, Distinguished Engineering Alumni, 1996
Richard Grossi, Academy of Distinguished Engineers, 2003
Mr. Grossi retired in 1998 as Chairman and CEO of United Illuminating (UI), an investor-owned electric utility in New Haven, following a 41-year career with the utility. He is now chairman of the Science Park Development Corp. in New Haven. Mr. Grossi is also completing a four-year term as Chairman of the New York Independent System Operator Board of Directors. He joined UI in 1957 as an engineering assistant and filled various managerial positions of increasing authority, including New Haven Harbor Project Manager, Vice President of Engineering and Planning, Vice President of Corporate Planning and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard in 1986 and received an honorary doctoral degree from Albertus Magnus College in 1998. He serves on the Board of Directors of New Haven Savings Bank, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield of CT, the University of Connecticut Foundation, Inc., and he is a member of the Representative Policy Board of South Central Regional Water District.
Xiaohong Guan is the Cheung Kong Professor of Systems Engineering and Dean of the School of Electronic and Information Engineering of Xi’an Jiaotong University. He is also an adjunct professor and Director of the Center for Intelligent and Networked Systems at Tsinghua University, Beijing and served as department head (’03-’08). Dr. Guan has made seminal contributions in the areas of scheduling and optimization of large scale electrical power and manufacturing systems; game theoretic analysis and bidding strategies of electric power markets; and computer network security. He holds five patents and has published four books and book chapters along with more than 160 scholarly journal articles and conference proceedings. Dr. Guan is an IEEE Fellow. He is serving as the Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE RAS, Editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, and Associate Editor of Automatica. He received the Systems Integration and Modeling Best Paper Award of IEEE Communication Society (’08), the Second Prize of the National Award for Natural Science of China (’05), the National Outstanding Young Investigator Award of China (’97) and Li Heritage Prize for Excellence in Creative Activities (’96). Dr. Guan received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in control engineering from Tsinghua University.
Manish Gupta is a registered professional engineer as well as the Executive Vice President and co-owner of GM2 Associates, Inc. In 1994, he joined GM2 Associates as a Design Engineer, where he has worked continuously for 21 years. As the Director of Engineering, licensed in eight states, he oversees nearly 70 engineers, surveyors, and inspectors for the firm. During his career Dr. Gupta has worked, performed research and published in a wide area of engineering disciplines. His funding has been through NASA, Stanford University Medical School, the Genzyme Corporation, the US Army Soldier Systems Center (Natick), and the University of Connecticut. For the last 15 years Dr. Gupta has focused on the analysis, design, and construction, of complex structures. He continues to maintain research activities with the Civil Engineering Department at UConn, and is on the ABET Civil Engineering Committee at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. Dr. Gupta earned his M.S. (1998) and Ph.D. (2001) degrees in Structural Engineering from the University of Connecticut. He also holds a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University (1993) and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (1989). His current strategic goals include the development of engineering support for alternative energy systems and civil engineering support for major energy infrastructure initiatives.
John Halkias, Ph.D., is the Team Leader of Systems Management in the Office of Operations with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). His contributions to the practice of transportation engineering include projects of national significance dealing with facilitating technology transfer and development of state-of-the-art and advanced highway transportation technologies, traffic signal control systems, communication systems and transportation congestion management technologies and strategies. He currently leads a team that is focusing chiefly on congestion mitigation. Before joining FHWA in 2000, Dr. Halkias was President of Halkias Traffic Analysis Consultants. For the past 16 years, he has been teaching, as an adjunct professor, at the Carey School of Business, John Hopkins University. He has 31 years experience in the quantitative analysis, statistics and transportation systems engineering field within private sector, academic and federal governmental sectors. Dr. Halkias has 24 scholarly journal publications and has delivered dozens of presentations at transportation conferences and meetings. He is a member of the American Society of Engineering Education and the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and he serves on numerous committees of the Transportation Research Board. Dr. Halkias received his M.S. (’81) and Ph.D. (’86) degrees in Civil Engineering from West Virginia University, Morgantown.
Peter Halvordson is Vice President of Engineering at General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, CT. He joined Electric Boat in 1979 as a career-development shipbuilding trainee and progressed through a variety of engineering and managerial positions, including Seawolf-Class program manager, Vice President of Operations and other roles. He received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Vermont in 1979 and his MBA from the University of New Haven in 1984. Mr. Halvordson has been a strong advocate for the engineering profession and engages in outreach efforts aimed at enhancing awareness of engineering contributions to the development of society, including serving as the keynote speaker for the 2007 Connecticut Invention Convention. A member of the School of Engineering external Advisory Board, Mr. Halvordson has been a staunch supporter of Senior Design collaborations linking UConn’s Mechanical Engineering students and Electric Boat, and he was instrumental in the company’s decision to offer its employees electronic access to the Master of Engineering (MENG) degree program as a means to enhance the skill set of the company’s engineers.
Dr. Hartnett is President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Roller Bearings Company of America and Holdings, an international company. Previously, he held several executive positions at The Torrington Company, including Vice President and General Manager of the Aerospace Business Unit and Vice President of the Research and Development Division. Dr. Hartnett owns six patents, has authored 25 publications, and is internationally recognized for his contributions in the field of tribology (the study of friction). In 1999, he was presented the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award. Dr. Hartnett has been a steadfast champion of technology education and a staunch supporter of research and development in emerging technologies throughout Connecticut.
Stephen Heath is President of Pratt & Whitney’s Commercial Engines business. He is responsible for the company’s world-wide Commercial Engines operations, including overseeing a fleet of 15,000 engines, new and developmental engine program initiatives, customer and technical support, sales and marketing, new and serviceable spare part sales, and the airplane manufacturer liaison offices located in Toulouse, France and Seattle, WA. Mr. Heath progressed through a variety of leadership positions since joining the company in 1973, including President of International Aero Engines (IAE), a joint venture company with which Pratt & Whitney is a leading partner, which produces the V2500 engine for the Airbus A320 family of aircraft. 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), another joint venture company with Pratt & Whitney; and the P&W Institute of Collaborative Engineering (PWICE).
Lucas Hellerich, Academy of Distinguished Engineers, 2014
Lucas Hellerich, Professional Engineer and Licensed Environmental Professional, is a Senior Project Manager with AECOM, in Rocky Hill, CT, a global provider of professional technical and management support services. Dr. Hellerich leads AECOM’s Connecticut remediation engineering group, provides technical direction of major environmental remediation programs, and develops innovative strategies to address significant environmental contamination issues. He has contributed to major innovative remediation projects throughout the United States and in Brazil. He was the first professional in Connecticut to employ a combination of in situ thermal remediation and in situ bioremediation to clean up a large site contaminated with chlorinated solvents. He is currently directing a number of significant projects, including a $20 million remediation design-build project involving possibly the largest bioremediation project implemented to date in New England. He has served as a Commissioner for the Town of Oxford, CT Inland Wetlands Commission and been an advisor to several senior environmental engineering design teams at UConn. Dr. Hellerich also has shared his environmental remediation experience through short courses, journal articles, and conference presentations.
William B. Hewitt is Chairman of Polymer Group, Inc., an $850 million revenue global nonwovens manufacturer and Global Vantage Inc., a global business process outsourcing company. He also chairs Water Missions International, a Christian not-for-profit which provided water systems to serve over 330,000 in Sri Lanka and Indonesia following the tsunami. He was previously President and CEO of the Union Corporation. Mr. Hewitt has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by the Medical University of South Carolina and an honorary Doctor of Business Administration by the Citadel. He was named the 2004 Distinguished Alumnus of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
Andrew Hoffman earned his B.S. in Electrical and Systems Engineering from the University of Connecticut (1953), as well as his M.S. in Management Science from the Hartford Graduate Center (1983), now the Rensselaer at Hartford. After graduation, he worked at United Technology Corporation (UTC) for 34 years, eventually becoming the Executive Vice President of the Hamilton Standard Aerospace division. After his time at UTC ended in 1987, Andy started his own company, East Windsor Associates, a technical and management consulting firm. He remained at East Windsor Associates until 2001. At Hamilton Standard, Andy was involved in a variety of programs related to the United States Space Program. He led the programs for Lunar Module Life Support System, the Skylab crew equipment, and the Space Shuttle Life Support System. Andy was one of the engineers responsible for helping the Apollo 13 crew return home after a liquid oxygen tank exploded, which knocked out the life-support systems to the command module. While with East Windsor Associates, Andy often conducted technical and economic studies for both NASA and companies working in the space arena. He was named to the International Academy of Astronautics Committee on EVA Protocols and Operations. He also conducted annual reviews of the State of Connecticut’s Manufacturing/Assistance Program for the Department of Economic and Community Development.
Brian Hoffmann is the Vice President and General Manager of AMETEK’s Aerospace and Defense Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Division. AMETEK is a global leader in third party MRO services to commercial, regional, military and business aviation. In this role Mr. Hoffmann has full fiscal responsibilities for a $200 Million components MRO business with sales and factory locations across North America, Europe and Asia. Customers include all major passenger and freight airlines worldwide and prominent aircraft manufacturers. Mr. Hoffmann received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1986 and earned his MBA from Bryant University. Previously, he was the Divisional Vice President and Business Unit Manager for the Power Instruments Business Unit at AMETEK, where he had responsibilities for the design, manufacture and sales of electronics and sensors which provide highly reliable communication, monitoring and control of high and ultra-high voltage transmission and generation power substations. He has been with AMETEK for 12 years. Before joining AMETEK, Mr. Hoffmann was with Danaher, Inc. for over 12 years, rising to the position of Vice President of Operations for the Precision Systems Division of Danaher Motion. At Danaher, Brian oversaw the design and manufacture of ultra-high precision motion control staging and electronics for the semiconductor, life science, photonics and imaging industries.
Martin Hosek, Ph.D., is Vice President of Hardware Engineering and Technology within the Critical Solutions Group of Brooks Automation, Chelmsford, MA, a leading worldwide provider of automation and vacuum solutions to the global semiconductor industry and adjacent markets. He is responsible for technical development and continuous improvement of a broad range of products, including robotic manipulators, cryogenic solutions and control systems. The technologies and products developed under his leadership have enabled improved productivity, yield and energy efficiency of manufacturing systems for semiconductor devices, data storage media and flat panel displays. Dr. Hosek joined the company in 1997 and has held positions of increasing technical and managerial responsibility, including Director of Controls Engineering and Vice President of Robotics and Controls Development. Earlier in his career, he made scientific and technical contributions to the areas of vibration suppression, control design and computer assisted learning. He has consistently promoted effective knowledge dissemination between the academic and industrial communities through technical symposia, lectures and collaboration. Dr. Hosek has authored over 40 journal and conference publications, contributed to a mechanical design handbook, and holds seven patents with more than 15 patents pending. He received his Ing. and Dr. degrees from the Czech Technical University of Prague in 1993 and 1998, respectively.
William Hover, P.E., is a Senior Principal and Senior Vice President of GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc., a Norwood, MA, environmental and geotechnicalconsulting firm. A registered professional engineer in four states, Mr. Hover is a leader in the area of dam rehabilitation analysis and design credited with co-developing a simplified technique for the prioritization of remedial actions for embankment dams known as “risk indexing,” as well as first uses of uncased bored friction piles in Boston (’89) and a proprietary pre-cast retaining wall system in the U.S. (’90). He was Principal in Charge of GZA’s inspections, evaluations and reporting on the condition of six dams and six high-hazard dikes impounding the New York City West-of-Hudson water supply, and oversaw the company’s stabilization work on the Robert Moses Power Dam, Massena, NY as well as many of the largest dams impounding drinking water in New England. He joined GZA in 1980 and advanced through various positions, from staff engineer through senior principal. Mr. Hover is a member of numerous professional societies and serves on the UConn Civil & Environmental Engineering Advisory Board. He was awarded his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University (’77).
Dr. G. Michael Howard, professor emeritus, has been a driving force within the University of Connecticut since 1961, when he joined the newly-formed Chemical Engineering Department as a faculty member. During his career, Dr. Howard was responsible for introducing many new courses and curriculum innovations in the department and the School. As an administrator, he served as Associate Dean of Engineering for undergraduate programs (’74-’88); Acting Department Head; long-term member of the University Senate and its executive committee; and member and chair of the University Athletic Advisory Committee. He received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the University Student Government and, twice, the Rogers Outstanding Teaching Award in Chemical Engineering. Nationally, Dr. Howard chaired the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) National Program Committee on Education and the Liaison Committee between AIChE and the ASEE Chemical Engineering Division. He remains active in teaching the senior lab course and advising students. In his honor, colleagues and former students established the Mike Howard Educational Excellence Fund in Chemical Engineering.
Ronald Jacoby is Vice President of the Connected TV group at Yahoo!. Joining Yahoo! in 1999, he has also served as Chief Architect of Yahoo!’s Connected Life and Platform Engineering groups, and Director of Strategic Technology. After completing his Sc.M. at Brown University in 1988, Mr. Jacoby joined Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI) as a technical staff member in the Networking Group. There, he invented a product called NetVisualyzer, and contributed to the International Standards Organization working group for the Coding of Moving Pictures and Audio Information (MPEG), whose specifications define the basis of all mainstream digital video delivery in use today. At Yahoo!, he has led development of the Yahoo! Connected TV platform, a product for consumer electronics manufacturers enabling televisions to be connected to the Internet. The innovation received the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ 2011 Primetime Emmy Engineering Plaque for Outstanding Engineering Achievement. Other major contributions include his early work as a pioneer in interactive television and his work on bringing streaming media to the Internet. Mr. Jacoby has three U.S. patents to date.
“Britt” Johnston is Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft Corporation, which he joined in 2005. Today he oversees technical direction for Microsoft’s worldwide incubation organization, a portfolio of varied businesses including public cloud, cloud integrated storage, and large format touch devices. Before joining Microsoft, Mr. Johnston held a succession of development, engineering and managerial positions with Digital Equipment Corporation and then Progress Software. During this time, as co-founder and CTO of NuSphere, he created the first commercial multi-platform LAMP distribution. Among career highlights are work on the first generation of relational database products including the first shared disk cluster database system, one of the first commercial SQL query engines, and database programming tools. Working with partners like Intel he helped create high performance multi-processor support for database systems. Mr. Johnston was involved in creating MySQL and the dual license business model used by many open source software companies. At Microsoft, his team created a programming model for databases called the Entity Framework. Mr. Johnston founded Microsoft’s database appliance development team that pioneered cloud concepts and created the first private cloud appliance in the industry, an effort that influenced Microsoft’s current “Hybrid Cloud” strategy.
Theodore H. Karasopoulos, Distinguished Engineering Alumni, 1996
Arthur Kaufman, Distinguished Engineering Alumni, 2001
Dr. Arthur Kaufman is Chief Technology Officer for H Power Corporation, Clifton, NJ, a leading fuel cell development company. At H Power, he is responsible for research and development as well as the administration and performance of all government programs. He was President of the company and Vice President of Technology prior to assuming the CTO position in 2000. Dr. Kaufman has been on the vanguard of fuel cell R&D since he began his career nearly 40 years ago. Since joining H Power in 1989, he has contributed significantly toward development of leading-edge fuel cell applications. He previously worked nearly 30 years in fuel cell R&D and managerial capacities at Engelhard Corporation and UTC’s power systems division (now International Fuel Cells). Dr. Kaufman earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the University of Connecticut in 1973. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees, both in chemical engineering from MIT and the University of Florida. The School of Engineering honors Dr. Kaufman for his outstanding achievements as a technological innovator and visionary. We are privileged to present him a 2001 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award.
Wallace Kirschner, Distinguished Service Award, 1998
Robert Klancko, Distinguished Service Award, 1994; Academy of Distinguished Engineers, 2010
Robert J. Klancko is a Partner in the consulting firm of Klancko & Klancko, LLC, of Woodbridge, CT, where his scope of responsibilities spans environmental, security and risk, educational, and materials processing aspects. Earlier in his career, Mr. Klancko served in environmental management roles with United Illuminating, Century Brass Products, and the Anaconda American Brass Company. He is a ranking member of the State Emergency Response Commission and a member of the State Nuclear Energy Advisory Council. Mr. Klancko was a co-founder and first chair of the University of Connecticut Engineering Alumni Society. Mr. Klancko was awarded the UConn School of Engineering’s Distinguished Service (1994) and Distinguished Engineering Alumni awards (1993). A member of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, in 2001, he received the Connecticut Materials Week’s–Materials Professional of the Year Award. He has been an adjunct faculty member at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Hartford since 1972. In addition, Mr. Klancko is a member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Environmental Forum and the New Haven Manufacturers Association, Executive Committee of the Southern Connecticut Chapter of the ASM International, and numerous others.
Mr. Klewin is founder and Chairman of KLEWIN Building Company, ranked among the top 50 construction management firms in the nation based on annual construction volume. Among his company’s many noted projects are the Dodd Research and Archives Center, Storrs and the University of Connecticut Avery Point Marine Science Center, Groton. His company also is responsible for construction of the ABB Combustion Engineering building, Windsor; the Heublein Corporate Headquarters Office Relocation to Hartford; and significant portions of the Foxwoods Resort & Casino. In 1988, Mr. Klewin received the prestigious Inc. Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He has actively supported the School of Engineering through various avenues, including establishment of the C.R. Klewin Civil Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award, and support of a named professorship in engineering. In 1999, Mr. Klewin was awarded the University of Connecticut Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award.
Joseph R. Kotlarski, Distinguished Engineering Alumni, 1994
John Krenicki, Academy of Distinguished Engineers, 2003
Mr. Krenicki is President and CEO of GE Plastics. Mr. Krenicki has enjoyed a lengthy career with General Electric that began in 1984. He previously held the position of President and CEO of General Electric Transportation Systems, which he assumed in 2000. In addition, he has held several other leadership positions in GE, including that of Vice President and General Manager of GE Superabrasives, Vice President and General Manager of the Americas for GE Lighting, and CEO of GE Bayer Silicones. Earlier in his career, Mr. Krenicki served as Sales General Manager for GE Plastics Structured Products and European Commercial Director for GE Silicones. Mr. Krenicki was presented the School of Engineering Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award in 2000.
Jeffrey Kubala is a System z Distinguished Engineer (DE) at IBM’s Systems and Technology Group, Poughkeepsie, NY. The designation of DE is reserved for individuals who have demonstrated outstanding and sustained technical achievement and leadership. He is responsible for the architecture, design, and delivery of the System z Logical Partition manager (LPAR), which runs on the zSeries machines. He joined IBM in 1981 and worked on the development of the PL/AS (now PL/X) compiler that introduced a new advanced code optimizer. Later, he served on the team that produced the first version of LPAR on the 3090E processors in 1988, and he currently is involved in developing the architecture for the LPAR “hypervisor” for the zSeries machines. He is credited with contributing directly to the delivery of more than 15 generations of IBM’s multi-billion dollar system zSeries processors. Mr. Kubala is respected as the technical expert for LPAR, for his thorough understanding of customer needs, and for his original thinking in helping IBM to bridge customer needs with strategic implementation. He has 44 technical patents, including 23 filed globally.
Kevin Kulak is Managing Director, JPMorgan Chase & Co., New York. Mr. Kulak designs and originates debt and equity securities for corporate clients of JPMorgan. He specializes in convertible securities for technology, industrial, and financial services companies. Mr. Kulak has enjoyed an 11-year career at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in various businesses including securities, loans, derivatives, and asset management. Previously, Mr. Kulak was a Program Manager with IBM and a Senior Consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).
Lee S. Langston, Ph.D., is a professor emeritus of mechanical engineering at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Langston joined UConn in 1977 following more than a decade in engineering positions with Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, East Hartford. With expertise in heat transfer, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, his research on turbine blade cascade/end wall interactions, known collectively as the “Langston cascade,” is widely regarded and heavily cited by the gas turbine research community. Furthermore, he was instrumental in convincing UConn to build the $80M combined-cycle cogeneration plant that supplies electricity, heat and cooling to the entire Storrs campus. Dr. Langston served as Interim Dean of the School of Engineering from 1997-’98. He was Vice President (’97-’00) and a member of the Board of Directors (’90-’00, ’05-’09) of the International Gas Turbine Institute of ASME, and he has served as editor-in-chief of the Transactions of the ASME, Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power (’01-’06). He is a Life Fellow of ASME and a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science & Engineering. He has 60 scholarly journal publications and one patent. Dr. Langston received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University in 1960 and 1964, respectively.
Dr. Robert Leheny presently is Deputy Director of DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, VA. He first joined DARPA in 1993 as a program manager of optoelectronics and later served as Director of the Microsystems Technology Office before assuming his current position. His program interests at DARPA have focused on application of photonics, microelectronics and MEMS technologies to communication and RF systems and related materials and device technologies for information systems processing. Prior to joining DARPA, he worked more than 25 years with Bell Communications Research (Bellcore, now known as Telcordia Technologies), in positions ranging from technical staff work to Executive Director for Network Technology Research in the Applied Research Laboratory. He was named a Bell Labs Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff in 1992 and awarded the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award in 1991. Dr. Leheny received his doctoral degree from Columbia University.
John Lenard is the founder and former President of Lenard Engineering, Inc., a consulting civil engineering firm headquartered in Storrs, CT with offices in Winsted, CT and Auburn, MA. Prior to establishing Lenard Engineering, Inc. he managed international projects for TAMS and Hydrotechnic Corp. in New York City. He served as President of the Connecticut chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) from 1979-80. Mr. Lenard received a Dipl. Ing. degree from the Budapest Institute of Technology. He taught at the University of New Haven and was an adjunct instructor in the University of Connecticut’s Civil Engineering Department. Mr. Lenard is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Benjamin Wright Award from the Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers; the Edmund Friedman professional recognition award from ASCE; Distinguished Service Award from the University of Connecticut School of Engineering. He established the John Lenard Endowed Scholarship.
Brian Leshko is Vice President, Principal Professional Associate, and the Infrastructure Inspection, Management and Operations Program Leader for HDR Engineering, Inc. Mr. Leshko received his M.S. in Structural Engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1990, his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy and his M.S. in Civil Engineering (Structural Dynamics) from The Johns Hopkins University. A Professional Engineer in 16 states, Mr. Leshko is nationally certified as both a Bridge and Tunnel Inspection Team Leader with extensive experience inspecting large and complex structures. He has experience developing bridge plans and specifications and performing bridge analysis and ratings. Mr. Leshko has been with HDR since 1998. He was previously a Project Engineer with URS Greiner, and served on Active Duty with the United States Air Force for seven years as a Civil Engineering Officer through the rank of captain. Mr. Leshko is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, an Inaugural Fellow of the Structural Engineering Institute within the American Society of Civil Engineers, and a National Highway Institute Certified Instructor, teaching the Tunnel Safety Inspection Course and Tunnel Safety Inspection Refresher Course, which he helped develop as the lead Subject Matter Expert.
Christopher Lettiere is Senior Vice President of Engineering at DRS Defense Solutions/Integrated Defense Systems and Services, Fort Walton Beach, FL. He directs all engineering activities at nine plants nationwide, developing and supporting the company’s Range Instrumentation, Weapon Controls, Unmanned Aircraft, Communications, Avionics, Nuclear Controls, Signal and Imagery Intelligence Sensors product lines. Mr. Lettiere’s teams have delivered critical products to each of the U.S. Armed services and those of U.S. allies, and delivered classified offerings to the intelligence community and Special Operations that have enhanced the nation’s security since 9/11. He ensures the company’s diverse products are delivered on time, on budget and at the highest quality levels. He also has driven the adoption of standardized Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), requirements management and risk management systems. Following college, he served as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force and later served almost 12 years as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserve. He earned his M.S. in systems management at the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology.
Tina Lewis, Academy of Distinguished Engineers, 2015
Tina (Lizzi) Lewis was one of the first two women to receive degrees from the University of Connecticut’s School of Engineering. This year marks the 60th anniversary of her graduation. Ms. Lewis came to UConn after graduating second in her class from Weaver High School in Hartford in 1951. Despite a high school teacher’s warning that engineering wasn’t the right field for a young woman, Ms. Lewis was determined to get a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, which she did in 1955. After graduation, she went to work for United Aircraft in Podunk, NY for two years, where she designed test equipment, consulted with the technicians and made sure that the equipment was being built correctly. She then went to work at Cardinal Control Co., an electrical and electromechanical products manufacturing company. There, she produced drawings and helped design relays and Electro-Mechanical safety equipment. She also supervised the office, checked the production line and ordered all the parts with delivery times. After her husband, Blaine Lewis, bought half ownership of the company in 1957, the company was moved to Kensington, CT and Ms. Lewis designed its new building. She now lives in Glastonbury, CT.
Valerie F. Lewis is Commissioner of Higher Education for the State of Connecticut, a position she has held since 1999. She began her career with the 45-member Department of Higher Education in 1987, starting as an intern in the agency’s budget division before serving in a variety of capacities, from Special Assistant to the Commissioner, to Assistant Commissioner and then Deputy Commissioner in 1992. In her role as Commissioner of Higher Education, Ms. Lewis has been instrumental to the growth in enrollments and degree options — as well as the future direction — of the School of Engineering. She has been an integral partner in helping the School double its undergraduate degree offerings from six baccalaureate programs to 12 since 1999, a process requiring approval of the Department of Higher Education for each new B.S. degree program proposed. Ms. Lewis has been an ardent advocate for technology education throughout the state of Connecticut. She is a member of the Advisory Board for the School of Engineering and in this capacity Ms. Lewis has shared her recommendations and insights relative to the School’s academic direction, educational focus and performance measures. Ms. Lewis earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Mount Holyoke College and her master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration from the University of Connecticut.
Hugh MacKenzie is President of the Retail Business Group of the Northeast Utilities system. He is also President of the Connecticut Light and Power Company, Holyoke Water Power Company and Western Massachusetts Electric Company. Mr. MacKenzie is a member of Governor Rowland’s Industry Cluster Advisor Board. He has strongly supported, both within Northeast Utilities and at the state level, closer ties between private industry and the University of Connecticut. In particular, he has been instrumental in convincing NU management to continuously and generously support scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students in the School of Engineering. This includes financial aid and mentorship of the Minority Engineering Program. In 1998, Mr. MacKenzie worked diligently and successfully with the leadership of both organizations to establish the Northeast Utilities Endowed Chair Professorship in Environmental Engineering.
Mr. Madonna is the founder and former President, Chairman and CEO of Excel Switching, which was purchased by Lucent Technologies in 1999. He founded Excel Switching in the early 1980s and served as principal designer pioneering the programmable switching industry. After graduating from the University of Connecticut, he worked for a Cambridge company designing what, at the time, was the world’s largest CT scan medical device. He is a member of the University of Connecticut Foundation Board of Directors and the University of Connecticut Foundation Development Committee. In 2000, the School of Engineering presented him the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award.
Dr. Mali retired after 15 years as a Director of General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, and 30 years as a professor at the University of Hartford, where he was a faculty member in the Project Engineering and Engineering Management area. He now conducts special programs at the Swiss Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland. Through a major donation, he and his wife, Mary, were instrumental in establishment of the undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Program and support generous scholarships for deserving students from underrepresented groups. Dr. Mali is the author of seven books, including the texts Magnetic Amplifiers (a first in the market) and Managing by Objectives, published during the ’70s and ’80s. He helped to institute the MBO system in such corporations as IBM, Westinghouse, U.S. Steel, Emhart, Nestl’, Boise Cascade, Kimberly Clark, General Motors, Alcan Aluminum and a host of others.
Victoria Margiott is the lead Systems Engineer for Hamilton Sundstrand’s Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU), NASA’s spacesuit used on shuttle missions and on the International Space Station. Ms. Margiott’s responsibilities include management of staff to ensure adherence to customer requirements, validation and verification. Under her guidance, the team has modified the original ‘70s space suit design to support 25 space walks over a six-year deployment—a four-fold increase over the EMU’s early capabilities. During her 20 years with the company, she has also provided technical support for spacesuit failure troubleshooting, analysis and resolution; real-time support of spacewalks from both the Windsor Locks facility and Houston’s Mission Evaluation Room; and new hardware development, including the IRC02 transducer and the enhanced caution and warning system. She has received the coveted Silver Snoopy award and the NASA Manned Spaceflight Award for overall achievement and technical acumen. Earlier in her career, Ms. Margiott worked with the Treadwell Corporation and International Fuel Cells (now UTC Power). She is committed to encouraging young women to pursue careers in science and engineering, volunteers for the UConn Multiply Your Options one-day workshop for middle schools girls, and supports community outreach through numerous space suit demonstrations such as “Women Take Flight.”
Dr. Tom Martin is co-founder, President and Chairman of the Board of Phonon Corp., a manufacturer of high performance surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices and subsystems for the military and space electronics marketplaces. He is responsible for strategic direction and business development and remains actively involved in engineering and marketing aspects of the operation. Before co-founding Phonon Corp. in 1982, he was Vice President and Technical Director of NAPCO Division of Thermo Electron Corporation and, prior to that, Vice President and Technical Director of Andersen Laboratories Division of Andersen Group, Inc. At Andersen, he played a major role in building the company’s ultrasonic device business.He has published six scholarly archival journal publications and holds two U.S. patents. Dr. Martin serves on the Industrial Advisory Board of the Connecticut Microelectronics/Optoelectronics Consortium and the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Connecticut.
Dr. Fred Maryanski is president of Nevada State College, Henderson. Dr. Maryanski served as the first head of the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Connecticut from 1986 to 1989, and held administrative positions at UConn from 1989 until 2005, including terms as the Interim Chancellor, Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. He served on the faculty of Kansas State University and held a research position at Digital Equipment Corporation. He was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Very Large Databases.
Matthew Mashikian is the founder of IMCORP, the leading provider of power cable reliability assessment services. He is presently its Chief Technical Officer and its Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Mashikian obtained a B.E. degree from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Wayne State University and a Dr. Eng. degree in Engineering from the University of Detroit. From 1983 until his retirement in 1997, he was Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of the Electrical Insulation Research Center at the University of Connecticut. He also worked for 16 years for Detroit Edison Company, where he was Supervising Engineer in the Engineering Research Department, and five years for ASEA (now ABB). Dr. Mashikian is a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEE), a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering and a Past Chairman of the Insulated Conductors Committee of IEEE/PES. He holds a dozen patents and has published extensively on cables, dielectrics, diagnostic systems and electric vehicles.
Mr. Mastracchio is a NASA astronaut stationed at the Johnson Space Center, Houston. He joined NASA in 1990 as an engineer in the Flight Crew Operations Directorate and later worked as an ascent/entry Guidance and Procedures Officer (GPO) in Mission Control. During that time, he supported 17 missions as a flight controller. He was selected as an astronaut candidate in 1996 and flew as a mission specialist on STS-106. He has logged over 283 hours in space. Currently, he is assigned to the crew of STS-117, scheduled for flight in the fall of 2003. Earlier in his career, Mr. Mastracchio worked for Hamilton Standard (now Hamilton Sundstrand) as a systems design group engineer, and later the Rockwell Shuttle Operations Company at the Johnson Space Center.
Mr. Mastracchio is a retired Vice President of Research and Engineering at ExxonMobil Corporation, Florham Park, NJ. During his distinguished 33-year career with Exxon, he gained fame for his numerous accomplishments in the U.S. and in the company’s overseas divisions in Italy, Scotland and England. Mr. Mastracchio was Technical Manager overseeing cleanup efforts related to the Valdez oil spill in Alaska. The cleanup was among the largest environmental efforts ever undertaken. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), the national accrediting agency for U.S. engineering schools, and is a member of the University of Connecticut Founders Society and an Engineering Charter member. Mr. Mastracchio and his wife support the Robert and Beatrice Mastracchio Endowed Scholarship for academically gifted graduate students. In 1998, Mr. Mastracchio was awarded the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award.
Peter W. McFadden, Distinguished Engineering Alumni, 1985; Distinguished Service Award, 1995
Michael McKeon, Academy of Distinguished Engineers, 2014
Michael McKeon is a Principal in the Washington, DC office of Fish & Richardson P.C. and serves on the firm’s Management Committee. He is a respected trial and litigation attorney representing some of the world’s best known technology companies. Mr. McKeon has extensive experience in electrical technologies including telecommunications, semiconductors, and a wide variety of consumer electronics. He has presented cases before Federal District Courts throughout the country, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. McKeon began his intellectual property career as a Patent Examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and worked full-time while earning his J.D. at the George Washington University Law School. Mr. McKeon is an Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University Law School. He is listed by The Best Lawyers in America for Litigation Patent (2008-14), in IAM Patent Litigation 250/1000 The World’s Leading Patent Litigators (2010-13), The Lawdragon Leading Lawyers in America, and as a “Visionary” in the National Law Journal’s Legal Times.
Mike McPhee is founder and President and CEO of Phalcon, Ltd. Phalcon is a leading electrical and engineering services company that leverages state of the art technological advancements with Phalcon’s inspirational leaders to address client needs with creative unique solutions. Phalcon’s companies have worked on some prestigious projects and clients including the Connecticut Fastrak Busway, Gaylord National Harbor Hotel, Public Service Enterprise Group, United Illuminating, Eversource, National Gallery of Art, and Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Mike has BS in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from UCONN.
Mike actively supports UConn’s academic and athletic programs. He established the Michael E. McPhee Lectures in Engineering Entrepreneurship program. Mike lives in rural Connecticut with his wife Barbara, where he fancies himself a part-time farmer and vintner. They have four children, some of whom you might meet if you entertain working with Phalcon in the future.
Dr. J. Michael McQuade is Senior Vice President for Science & Technology at United Technologies Corporation, where he is responsible for providing strategic oversight and guidance for research, engineering and development activities throughout the UTC business units and at the United Technologies Research Center. Before joining UTC in 2006, Dr. McQuade held senior positions with 3M, as Vice President of the Medical Division; Imation Corporation; and Eastman Kodak, as President of the Health Imaging Business. Dr. McQuade serves on the Boards of Directors of the Connecticut Science Center and Project HOPE; and he serves on the Board of Trustees for the Center for Excellence in Education. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the UConn School of Engineering and also serves as a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Secretary of Energy Advisory Board. Dr. McQuade earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from Carnegie Mellon University. He has been instrumental in strengthening the symbiotic research partnership between UTC and the School of Engineering, in fostering engineering awareness by the general public, and in helping UConn attain a more sustainable energy footprint.
Dr. Mahmoud Melehy is a professor emeritus of UConn’s Electrical & Computer Engineering department. Dr. Melehy’s research has focused particularly on generalizing Einstein’s 1905 theory of Brownian motion to surfaces, membranes and other interfaces. The generalized theory has led to a unified theory for semiconductor diodes and solar cells that is supported by experimental data reported over a 25-year period by some 27 authors. Dr. Melehy has published some 80 scholarly journal publications and one book on this subject and presented his work in numerous international conferences, including the Paris, 2005 “Einstein Century International Conference.” In 1960, he consulted at Shockley Transistor in Mountain View, California. There, he published two scholarly papers with Dr. W. Shockley, inventor of the junction transistor and co-recipient of the 1958 Nobel Prize in physics. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois in 1952 and came to UConn in 1958.
Irwin Mendelson, Distinguished Engineering Alumni, 1987
Neal Montany is the Chief Operating Officer of Perfumania Holdings, Inc, a specialty retailer and distributor of fragrances and related beauty products. He received his B.S. in Mechanical and Materials Engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1983 and earned his M.B.A. from Boston University. Mr. Montany’s career in operations management spans over three decades, including senior management positions at United Technologies Corporation and International Aero Engines. He was previously the Vice President and General Manager of GKN Aerospace in New York. There, he spearheaded the restructuring of the business, including initiatives to enhance operating efficiencies and generate new revenue sources. At United Technologies, he was the Director of the Stationary Fuel Cell Business within the UTC Power Division, which he led through successful product development, validation, certification and into commercial operations in the United States and Asia. Prior to UTC Power, Neal was at Pratt and Whitney for over 20 years. He started as an F100 test engineer and held positions of increasing responsibility including Vice President of Operations for International Aero Engines and Program Manager for the PW4000 Engine Program.
William Moore, Academy of Distinguished Engineers, 2005
William V. Moore is a senior member of the technical staff at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Mr. Moore previously served as Technical Group supervisor at JPL managing Flight Communications Systems Development and other activities. He has contributed to 12 major NASA missions; two spacecraft developments at Hughes Space and Communications; and three major aircraft applications at Lockheed. Mr. Moore has received numerous NASA awards for telecommunications management and spacecraft development. He is a Senior Member of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics as well as a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the New York Academy of Sciences.
Jackson (Jack) Morgan is Director of Propulsion Plant & Ship Systems Design & Engineering at General Dynamics Electric Boat. During his 48-year career, Mr. Morgan has supported the design and construction of the Sturgeon, Narwhal, NR-1, Lipscomb, Los Angeles, Trident, Seawolf and Virginia classes of submarine. He has been central to Electric Boat’s sustained position as the world’s expert in nuclear submarine design and construction throughout his career. In his current position, Mr. Morgan leads a 1,000 person organization responsible for propulsion plant and ship systems design and development, supporting ship design and construction programs, ship upgrades and modernization. He previously served as Director of the Seawolf/S6W and Trident/S8G units and was responsible for the S8G/MARF prototypes and S1C, S3G, D1G prototype dismantlement. He has also been instrumental in the growth, from four participants to over 100 today, of Electric Boat’s Professional Development Rotation Program, through which engineers are immersed in the structure, function and construction of nuclear submarines and establish work networks across all areas of the business.
P.E., BCEE, CSP Kristin Morico is Global Leader of General Electric’s Water Program working in the Corporate Environmental Program department in Fairfield, CT. Overseeing a variety of global programs across GE, she is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of GE’s 4th ecomagination commitment to reduce water consumption 25% by 2015; leads global wastewater and EPCRA/PRTR compliance programs; spearheads GE’s new Environmental Excellence Certification Program; and provides strategic leadership for a companywide PSM task force. During her 26-year career, Ms. Morico has held positions of increasing responsibility within companies that include Clairol; Malcolm Pirnie; ABB/Combustion Engineering, where she was Environmental Compliance Officer; Pratt & Whitney, where she was Director of Global Environmental Programs, and EHS Governance; and Tyco International, where she was Director of Environmental Programs. She is a licensed Professional Engineer, Board Certified Environmental Engineer in the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, Certified Safety Professional, and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, advisor to the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, and was recently appointed a lecturer at Yale FES. Ms. Morico received her B.S. in biology from Fairfield University, a MEM in Environmental Management from Yale University, and an EMBA from UConn.
Mr. Michael G. Morris is Chairman, President and CEO of Northeast Utilities system (NU), New England’s leading supplier of energy products and services, with 1.7 million customers. Before joining NU in August 1997, he was President and CEO for Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, and President of CMS Marketing, Services and Trading. He also was an officer and Executive Vice President of natural gas, marketing, rates, regulatory affairs and wholesale power transactions for Consumers Energy. Mr. Morris earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in science from Eastern Michigan University where he received the distinguished alumni award in 1995 and his law degree (cum laude) from the Detroit College of Law. He serves on the Board of Regents of Eastern Michigan University and is director of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, the Nuclear Energy Institute, the Edison Electric Institute, the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies, the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA) and Webster Financial Corporation. Mr. Morris has been a dedicated supporter, contributing his energies and expertise toward development of strong strategic alliances between NU and the School of Engineering. His vision and support have been of inestimable value, and the School of Engineering is privileged to present Mr. Morris with a 2001 Distinguished Engineering Service Award.
Leszek R. Motowidlo, Distinguished Engineering Alumni, 1996
Jose Munoz, Academy of Distinguished Engineers, 2008
Jose L. Munoz, Ph.D., is Deputy Director and Senior Science Advisor for the Office of CyberInfrastructure at the National Science Foundation. He previously was Director of the Simulation and Computer Science Office at National Nuclear Security Administration’s Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASCI) program. In this position, he was responsible for software development environments. As Program Manager and Assistant Director of DARPA’s Information Technology Office, he led activities in embedded computing, adaptive computing and data intensive computing. Earlier in his career, Dr. Munoz was a Chief Architect for submarine combat systems at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center. He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the IEEE Computer Society. He has several publications and one patent in the area of high performance sonar/signal processing.
Venkatesh Mutalik is the Engineering Fellow and Vice-President of Technology and Strategy for ARRIS. He leads the technical direction of the Access and Transport Organization within ARRIS with special emphasis on optical communications. Mr. Mutalik earned his M.S. in Electrical and Systems Engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1995. He earned a B.E. in Electrical and Communications Engineering from Osmania University in India and later received an M.B.A. from Syracuse University. At ARRIS, Mr. Mutalik led the creation of the AgileMax platform that enables the cable industry to transition to all-fiber deployment. He pioneered and led deployment of full-spectrum multi-wavelength optics technology providing a revolutionary increase in capacity and reach for the access plant. This has now become the mainstay of the Cable Industry. Previously, Mr. Mutalik was Chief Technologist at C-COR in the Broadband Communications Products Division from 2003-2008, and was Technical Director of Philips’ Broadband Networks. A member of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, Mr. Mutalik has 22 U.S. patents and has published 23 articles in peer reviewed publications.
Raymond P. Necci, PE, is the President and Chief Operating Officer for the Connecticut Light and Power Company (CL&P) and Yankee Gas Services Company (Yankee Gas), two of Northeast Utilities’ (NU) operating companies and Connecticut’s largest electric and natural gas utilities. Mr. Necci has responsibility for all operations and for ensuring that customers receive safe, dependable and reasonably priced energy. He joined NU in 1976 and has held several leadership positions, including Vice President of Nuclear Oversight and Regulatory Affairs (’98), and Vice President of Nuclear Technical Services (2000). In 2001 he joined Dominion Nuclear Connecticut as the Vice President of Operations before rejoining NU in January 2002 as Vice President — Utility Group Services. Mr. Necci earned a B.S. in engineering from the State University of New York Maritime College and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Connecticut, a member of ASME, and a member of the University of Connecticut School of Engineering Advisory Board. He serves on the boards of directors of the Connecticut Yankee Atomic Power Company, Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce and the Northeast Gas Association. He also is Chairman of the Board of the United Way of the Capital Area.
Dr. Northrop retired in 1997 as a professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Connecticut. In 1963, he established one of the first biomedical engineering graduate programs in the nation, with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He also broke new ground in engineering, using live animals in his biomedical studies funded by NIH, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research and other agencies. Dr. Northrop developed numerous biological models, and designed and simulated various controllers to regulate drug concentrations or physiological parameters, such as blood glucose in diabetics. He authored seven textbooks, including Analog Electronic Circuits, Introduction to Instrumentation and Measurements, Endogenous and Exogenous Regulation and Control of Physiological Systems, and Introduction to Dynamic Modeling of Neuro-Sensory Systems, published by CRC Press and Addison Wesley.
Dr. Sharon Nunes is Vice President of Business Development and Productivity in IBM’s Systems & Technology Group (STG). In this role, she works with leaders in STG to identify opportunities for revenue growth through, including venture capital companies and IBM business partners. She was previously Vice President of Technology, working with IBM’s Chairman and the senior executive team to set the technical agenda for the company. Earlier, Dr. Nunes was the Vice President of Emerging Business at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY. Dr. Nunes was responsible for the launch of IBM’s Computational Biology Center in 1997 and played a key role in developing IBM’s business opportunities in the Life Sciences market.
She is a member of the Advisory Council of the Whitaker Biomedical Engineering Institute at Johns Hopkins University and a member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Security Technologies at Washington University in St. Louis. She was a National Academy of Engineering (NAE) ‘Frontiers of Engineering’ fellow in 2000 and has been a member of the NAE ‘Engineer of 2020’ advisory board.
Patrick J. O’Mara, P.E., is an Associate with STV Incorporated, with over 15 years’ experience managing and conducting traffic engineering, transit planning, and pedestrian circulation/mobility studies for various transportation projects. He currently is Project Manager for a $14 million on-call contract with the New York City Department of Transportation’s Traffic and Planning Division, for which he leads efforts to improve transit mobility through the planning, design, and construction of the 34th Street Select Bus Service. In Connecticut, he led the development of a traffic simulation model for the recent Arrigoni Bridge rehabilitation project. These models helped to minimize disruptions in Middletown and Portland, and earned the 2011 Outstanding Project of the Year Award from the Intelligent Transportation Society of Connecticut. Currently, he is overseeing the modeling effort to evaluate traffic operations at railroad grade crossings for the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Rail Project. He was invited to attend the National Academy of Engineering’s 2008 Annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium and to co-organize a session for the 2009 symposium. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College.
Mr. Dominick Pagano is President and CEO of Dapco Industries, Inc., Ridgefield, CT, a company he founded in 1972. A worldwide company with systems in Asia, Africa, Europe, the UK and the Americas, Dapco designs and manufactures computer-based ultrasonic inspection equipment, transducers and accessories for domestic and international markets. Under his leadership, Dapco has achieved important technological firsts, including development of testing and inspection systems for the U.S. military ordnance inspection, monitoring of nuclear reactors, pattern recognition and defect classification and other military and industrial applications. Early in his career, Mr. Pagano was an engineer with Cunningham Industries, Stamford; later, he served as a chief engineer for Harisonic Labs, also of Stamford. He holds 14 U.S. patents. Mr. Pagano serves on the Board of Directors of EDAC Manufacturing, Farmington; founded and served as a member of the Board of Directors of Brookfield Bank; and founded and chaired the Board of Directors of American Environmental Technologies, Bethel, CT. He was awarded the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award in 1988. Mr. Pagano has given generously to the School of Engineering and recently established an undergraduate scholarship in the School.
Mr. Pampel retired in 1997 as President, CEO and Director of Microcom, Inc. He remained on the Board of Directors until Microcom was acquired by Compaq. He previously was President and CEO of Nicolet Instrument Corporation; President, CEO and Director of Bull HN Information Systems Inc.; Chairman of Zenith Data Systems Corporation; President and COO of Apollo Computer Inc.; Vice President, Research & Development of Prime Computer, Inc.; and Senior Vice President of Computer System Marketing with AT&T. His 37-year career in the information systems industry began when he joined IBM in 1960, working on SAGE, the first computer used in a comprehensive defense radar detection system. Mr. Pampel is a member of the University of Connecticut Founders Society and the Engineering Dean’s Advisory Board. He and his wife support the Roland and Carol Pampel Endowment Scholarship Fund for outstanding undergraduate engineering students. In 1991, Mr. Pampel was presented the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award.
P.E. Jeffrey Paniati is the Executive Director of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). He serves as the chief operating officer, and assists the FHWA Administrator in establishing policies, programs and priorities for the $40 billion annual federal-aid highway program. He oversees a workforce of approximately 2,900 transportation professionals nationwide, and an annual operating budget of $400 million. Mr. Paniati served as Acting Deputy Administrator in 2009 and led the initial implementation of the $27.5 billion highway investment under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). He has overseen the Act’s successful implementation in funding more than 12,000 projects, improving thousands of miles of roadways and bridges nationwide. As Executive Director, Mr. Paniati has led significant organizational changes, enhanced employee learning and development, and implemented workplace and work life flexibilities at FHWA. Earlier in his career, he served as the FHWA Associate Administrator for Operations, led the Intelligent Transportation Systems Program across the U.S. Department of Transportation, and held various positions with the FHWA Office of R&D. He has received the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executives (2003) and the Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Executives (2010). Mr. Paniati received his M.S. degree from the University of Maryland and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Virginia.
Louis Parrillo has over 40 years of experience in technical and business leadership, which he shares through Parrillo Consulting, LLC. He was a University Scholar and earned his B.S. with High Honors and with Distinction in Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1964. He later earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, as well as a Master of Arts from Princeton University. Starting at Bell Telephone Laboratories, Dr. Parrillo was later with Motorola, rising to the rank of Corporate Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and Director of the DigitalDNA Labs for Motorola’s Semiconductor Products Sector. He led all process technology, research and development for that sector. Since retiring from Motorola in 2003, Dr. Parrillo has held executive positions at SuVolta Inc., Rambus Inc., Unity Semiconductor, and Spansion Inc. He is currently a member of the Technology Advisory Board for Cypress Semiconductor. Dr. Parrillo is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the IEEE. He received the IEEE Frederik Phillips Award for technical and managerial achievements, the Electron Devices Society’s J.J. Ebers award for process architecture and device design and the Electron Devices Society Distinguished Service Award.
Edward O. Pfrang, Distinguished Engineering Alumni, 1988
Julie Pollitt, Academy of Distinguished Engineers, 2007
Julie Pollitt is a Program Analyst in the Office of Program Analysis & Evaluations, Office of the Administrator at the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA), Washington, DC. Her duties include development of an agency-level performance management system; negotiation of externally tracked performance metrics with the Office of Management and Budget; and product development and reporting on NASA programs and projects for the White House’s Budget and Performance Integration Initiative. Since joining NASA Headquarters in 2002,she also has served as Deputy Program Manager of NASA’s largest aeronautics research program and as a Strategic Analyst. Ms. Pollitt began her career as a Design Engineer with the NASA-Ames Research Center’s Mechanical Systems & Controls unit, Moffett Field, CA in 1988. She held various positions of responsibility, including Mars Airplane Conceptual Design Team Co-Lead; Business Development Manager; and Intelligent, Digitized Shuttle Application Lead. As a Congressional Science & Technology Fellow assigned to Rep. Tony Hall (3rd District – OH), she was responsible for legislation affecting the U.S. Air Force and related to access-to-space/reusable launch vehicles, aging aircraft and the insufficient investment in defense aerospace science and technology. Ms. Pollitt has received numerous NASA honors, including the Special Achievement and Spotlight Awards. She earned her M.S. at Stanford University (1991).
Robert Popp, Academy of Distinguished Engineers, 2003
Dr. Popp is Deputy Director of the DARPA Information Awareness Office, Arlington, VA. He is responsible for assisting the IAO Director in the oversight of programs and monitors the capabilities of existing and proposed information systems in the problem domains of the office to meet enhanced future threats and to identify and exploit advanced technologies offering potential solutions to deficiencies. He previously was Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, Advanced Systems & Concepts; Principal Scientist, Program Manager and Director of Business Development with ALPHATECH; and Senior Scientist and Program Manager with Bolt, Beranek and Newman (BBN). He has published more than 60 journal and conference technical papers and holds two U.S. patents.
Martha Poulter is Vice President & Chief Information Officer for GE Capital, Norwalk, CT, where she is responsible for the company’s global information technology strategy, organization and delivery of customer value through technology. She oversees 3,800 employees worldwide, serving primary markets that include the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia. She previously was Chief Information Officer of GE Capital, Americas. Ms. Poulter’s career spans a range of information technology, e-Business, and Quality leadership roles at Southern New England Telephone Company and GE including CIO of GE Capital Solutions, an equipment leasing and lending business, and the Chief Information Officer and Quality Leader for GE Corporate Financial Services, a structured lending business. She served for three years as the national co-leader for the GE Hispanic Forum, is an active member of the GE Women’s Network and a member of the board of directors for the Norwalk Community College Foundation and the Hispanic Federation. Ms. Poulter earned her MBA at the University of New Haven.
Dr. Preli is Vice President of Engineering for UTC Fuel Cells. Managing a development staff of more than 360 engineers, he has helped UTC Fuel Cells realize a 100% increase in power density and a 50-fold service life improvement of the polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell stacks used on stationary and automotive applications, reduce by 70 percent the size of fuel processors for transportation applications, and attain best-in-class steady state and dynamic modeling capabilities in support of conceptual design and development of power plants. He joined UTC Fuel Cells in 1998 after 20 years in various research and materials engineering and managerial positions with Pratt & Whitney. Dr. Preli has authored many archival technical publications and delivered numerous technical presentations around the globe throughout his career. He has been a strong supporter and advocate in establishment of the Connecticut Global Fuel Cell Center (CGFCC) at the University of Connecticut and serves on the CGFCC Advisory Board.
Thomas W. Prete is Program Chief Engineer, Military Engines at Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford. He joined Pratt & Whitney in 1989 as a Senior Thermodynamic Performance Engineer and progressed through managerial, engineering and operational roles of increasing leadership and responsibility leading up to his current position. He is responsible for the safety, airworthiness, life management, product improvements and technology insertion of engines powering such front-line military aircraft as the F-16, F-15, EA6B, B-52, C-17 and F-22 Raptor. His career milestones include his successful leadership of efforts to resolve complex burner stability and augmentor ignition issues on the world’s most advanced fighter engine, the F119, and completion of a $20 million global repair development program that initiated thousands of repairs for competitor engines. He has one patent pending and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Pratt & Whitney William G. Chamberlain Military Customer Service Award for Outstanding Customer Support (’03), the Pratt & Whitney/ASME Outstanding Engineer of the Year award (2000), the Pratt & Whitney Special Award for Significant Contributions (’98, ’02 and ’03), and the U.S. Navy NAVAIR Commanders Award (’02). Mr. Prete received his M.S. degree from the University of Bridgeport and his executive MBA from the University of Connecticut.
Jerry L. Prince is the William B. Kouwenhoven Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Johns Hopkins University. His research on novel image processing algorithms has contributed to the technical community, while the medical community has benefitted from his work on image analysis and computer vision methods. One of Dr. Prince’s inventions, the gradient vector flow, has been cited more than 4,000 times and has been used in applications as diverse as cellular microscopy and synthetic aperture radar imaging. Dr. Prince has commercialized several of his inventions through the licensing of patents and by co-founding the company Diagnosoft, Inc., a medical imaging software company. Since 2002, Diagnosoft has provided FDA-cleared software for the analysis of cardiac magnetic resonance images. Dr. Prince has received a National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellows Award, and was named Maryland’s Outstanding Young Engineer in 1997. He became Fellow of the IEEE (Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers) in 2004 and Fellow of the MICCAI Society in 2011. He was an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Image Processing from 1992-1995, an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging from 2000-2004 and since 2003 is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal of Medical Image Analysis. Dr. Prince received a B.S. degree from the University of Connecticut in 1979 and a Ph.D. in 1988 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
John Prior, Academy of Distinguished Engineers, 2013
Dr. John (Jack) Prior is Senior Director of BioProcess Engineering at Genzyme, a Sanofi Company. Dr. Prior joined Genzyme as a Process Engineer in 1997 after earning his Sc.D. in Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His work at Genzyme, a pioneer in biotechnology, has positively impacted the lives of thousands of individuals around the globe who suffer from rare genetic disorders. Through his efforts leading Manufacturing Science and Technology organizations for Genzyme, he has supported the commercialization and manufacture of biopharmaceuticals for rare but devastating genetic disorders such as Gaucher disease, Fabry disease, and Pompe disease as well as an injectable protein for the detection of thyroid cancer and a therapy to prevent organ transplant rejections. Dr. Prior has frequently led efforts to identify and correct the causes of critical manufacturing disruptions, enabling patients to continue receiving life-saving therapies. He currently leads a global bioprocess engineering group based in Framingham, MA that spearheads data management, data analysis, process characterization, and process modeling for biologics manufacturing operations in the U.S. and Europe. Dr. Prior has served on the Industrial Advisory Board for UConn’s Chemical Engineering program since 2006.
Dr. Ryszard Pryputniewicz is the K.G. Merriam Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), which he joined in 1978. In addition, he is the Founding Director of the Center for Holographic Studies and Laser micromechaTronics. Early in his career, he was a visiting professor and assistant professor-in-residence in the University of Connecticut’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Orthodontics. A Fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering, Dr. Pryputniewicz is also the current President of the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM). In recognition of his seminal contributions in holography and photonics, he has received the WPI Board of Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Creative Scholarship; Best Paper of the Year award from ASME Transactions; SEM Murray Medal for his contributions in holographic metrology; European Double Swords Award for his contributions in photonics; and Dennis Gabor International Award for his work in photomechanics. He has authored or co-authored over 350 books, journal papers and conference proceedings to date.
Greg has excelled in a wide variety of technical and technical management functions including design, development, integration, test, manufacturing, and supplier management. Although much of his career has focused on the management of technology, he has remained a technical contributor to the field of aerospace engineering throughout the past three decades, with patented methods and designs to his credit. He has also distinguished himself academically, earning M.S. degrees from UConn, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
Vijay Ramani holds the Roma B. and Raymond H. Wittcoff Professorship in the Department of Energy Environmental and Chemical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, and concurrently serves as the Director of the Center for Solar Energy and Energy Storage at Washington University. His research interests lie at the confluence of electrochemical engineering, materials science, and renewable energy technologies. NSF, ONR, DOE and ARPA-E have funded his research, with mechanisms including an NSF CAREER award (2009) and an ONR Young Investigator Award (ONR-YIP; 2010). He is the recipient of the 3M Non-tenured Faculty Award (2010) and the Supramaniam Srinivasan Young Investigator Award from the ETD Division of ECS (2012). He holds an Extraordinary Professorship at North West University, South Africa, a visiting Professorship at Tsinghua University, and has held an Adjunct Professorship in Chemical Engineering at IIT-Madras. He is the co-Editor of ECS Interface. Vijay has a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, and a B.E. from Annamalai University, India, both in Chemical Engineering.
John Rhode is the Founder and Managing Director of Sound Consulting Associates LLC, which caters to service and manufacturing clients in the development and implementation of strategic plans, performance improvement and breakthrough management projects. Earlier in his career, as Director of Strategic Planning for Engelhard Corporation (1991-95), Mr. Rhode helped the company quadruple its stock price and led a key Engelhard re-engineering team whose successes were cited in Michael Hammer’s book, The Reengineering Revolution.
Prior to joining Engelhard, Mr. Rhode was a Senior Consultant, Director of Planning, and Vice President of Marketing and Planning for the Industrial Products Group of Combustion Engineering; Vice President of Marketing and Planning for the Power and Industrial Sector; and CEO of a Combustion Engineering subsidiary. He previously served as Vice President of LPL Technology’s Amphenol subsidiary, and Chief Engineer for the command and data links on the APOLLO Project for MIT’s Instrumentation Lab, where he was responsible for the command and data transmissions to and from the spacecraft and also participated in the preflight training of the astronauts. Mr. Rhode was a member of the Board of Directors of The Strategic Planning Institute. He earned his M.S.E. in Computer Applications from MIT and an MBA from Harvard University.
Frank D. Rich, Jr., Distinguished Engineering Service Award, 1993
Donald G. Richards*, Distinguished Engineering Alumni, 1988
David T. Ricker*, Distinguished Engineering Alumni, 1991
Walter Rose, Academy of Distinguished Engineers, 2003
Mr. Rose is the co-founder and former President and owner of Windsor Manufacturing Company, which was purchased by the Barnes Group in 1982 and now is known as Barnes Aerospace. Mr. Rose owned and managed the company for 30 years and developed scores of novel manufacturing equipment and processes that are used by the airline and aerospace industries today. In 1982, he subsequently co-founded Aero Gear, Inc. with his son, Doug Rose. The company is a core supplier of bevel and spiral bevel gearshafts and gearboxes to Pratt & Whitney, Hamilton Sundstrand and Sikorsky Aircraft. Mr. Rose supports the Walter M. Rose Endowed Scholarship for undergraduate engineering students. He and his wife, Barbara, are lifetime members of the Founders Society.
Joseph L. Ross is Executive Vice President of Tishman Construction Corporation, one of the nation’s largest construction firms, having over $2 billion in annual revenue. Mr. Ross has led some of New York City’s most high-profile construction projects, including the 42nd Street Times Square redevelopment’the largest urban renewal project ever undertaken in New York. Individual projects include the Reuters Americas Headquarters, the Conde Nast Headquarters, The Westin New York at Times Square, and renovation of Disney’s New Amsterdam Theater. Currently, he leads the construction of the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, a 2.1-million square-foot tower expected to set new standards in environmentally sustainable design and construction. Mr. Ross serves on the Boards of Directors of the New York Building Congress and the Regional Alliance for Small Contractors.
Mark P. Sarkisian, PE, SE, is a structural engineering partner with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, one of the world’s leading architectural/engineering design firms. His career has focused on developing innovative structural engineering solutions for building projects. His work includes the United States Embassy, Beijing; the NBC Tower, Chicago; The Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland; and the Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai’currently the fourth tallest building in the world. Mr. Sarkisian also holds a U.S. Patent for The Pin-Fuse JointTM, a structural seismic device for building frames. He is licensed to practice civil/structural engineering in 14 states.
John Schneiter earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut (1978) and his M.S. and ScD. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT (1982 and 1986, respectively). Dr. Schneiter is the CEO and co-founder of Free Form Fibers where he has worked for 6 years. He is also a trustee of MiSci, the museum of Innovation and Science. Dr. Schneiter is an experienced high technology entrepreneur. In addition to Free Form Fibers he co-founded Veratag in 2006 and GlobalSpec in 1996. He was president of GlobalSpec, a vertical search engine for engineers, for 10 years and helped to grow the company from a four person startup to a 225 person leader in the engineering information market. Under his leadership GlobalSpec was twice granted the “Model of Excellence Award” by InfoCommerce and was named in the “25 Companies to Watch” list by Cahners. Prior to GlobalSpec he spent a dozen years at the GE Corporate Research and Development Center where he was acting manager of the Control Systems Program. In 2008 Dr. Schneiter received the Tech Valley Entrepreneur of the Year award for his work in GlobalSpec, Veratag, and the many early stage technology companies he has helped with guidance and advice. He holds eighteen patents.
Jean T. Scire, Academy of Distinguished Engineers, 2015
Jean T. Scire is a Senior Vice President and Head of IT, Business Groups, at Philips. Jean leads the IT organization in supporting Philips’ HealthTech-focused businesses, which span across 17 markets globally and include 60,000 employees. Jean and her team facilitate Philips sustainable success by driving IT to improve its performance continuously, fueled by a shared commitment to excellence and innovation. Jean is a member of a Philips leadership team responsible for the company’s global business transformation, the foundation of which is the implementation of a redesigned and integrated IT landscape. She contributes strategic direction and is accountable for a critical operating process, order-to-cash.In her 25-year career, Jean’s experience includes leading business and company culture transformations, implementing lean practices, deploying complex, global programs, championing diversity and inclusion, and mentoring protégés and colleagues for optimum performance. Passionate about creating opportunities for women striving for leadership roles in technology, Jean is a member of WITI (Women in Technology and Information) and the Society of Women Engineers. In her local community, she sponsors STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programs, encouraging young adults to pursue careers in science and technology. Jean received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from UConn in 1984.
Ramesh Sepehrrad, Academy of Distinguished Engineers, 2015
Ramesh Sepehrrad is responsible for overall governance, technology risk and compliance as it relates to information and infrastructure strategy at Comcast. Dr. Sepehrrad joined Comcast in April of 2007 with over 20 years of focused Information Technology, Engineering, and Security experience from a variety of industries including telecommunication, ISP’s, and manufacturing sectors. For her corporate leadership in the strategic planning and integration of evolving information technologies, she has been the recipient of the 2002 Circle of Excellence award, the 2004 Executive Leadership award, the 2005 CIO Award, and numerous industry awards in 2012, 2013 and 2014.She has also been instrumental in forging partnerships between Comcast and the University of Connecticut. These efforts include the establishment of CHASE (Center for Hardware Assurance, Security, and Engineering), and the Comcast Center of Excellence for Security Innovation (CSI). Prior to coming to Comcast, Dr. Sepehrrad was Director of Lifecycle Management and Quality Assurance for Sprint Nextel Corp. and Director of Technology for Nextel Communications. She received her Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and her M.S. degree in political science at George Mason University, and a B.S. in Computer Science at State University of New York at Buffalo.
Daniel Serfaty is founder, Chairman and CEO of Aptima, Inc. a leader in the emerging field of human-centered engineering, with 125 employees and $25 million in annual revenue. Under his stewardship, Aptima has pioneered the use of quantitative modeling of human systems for the purpose of optimizing system performance. Mr. Serfaty began his career at Alphatech, an MIT-UConn spin-off (now BAE Systems), where—starting as a graduate student—he developed the now widely-used distributed dynamic decision-making multi-person gaming simulator for research on team performance, under the direction of UConn professor David L. Kleinman. He served on the UConn School of Engineering’s Advisory Board(2006-08) and currently serves on UConn’s Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) Department’s Industrial Advisory Board. He holds B.S. degrees in mathematics/physics, psychology, and aeronautical engineering from the Universite de Paris and the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology; an M.S. in aeronautical engineering from Technion; and a MBA from UConn. Under Dr. Kleinman, he conducted doctoral work in UConn’s ECE department involving a systematic approach to the analysis of distributed decision-making in dynamic and uncertain environments.
William J. Sheeran, Distinguished Service Award, 1995
Sudhakar Shenoy, Academy of Distinguished Engineers, 2007
Sudhakar V. Shenoy is founder (1981), Chairman and CEO of Information Management Consultants, Inc. (IMC), which received the Golden Hammer Award, presented by the Vice President of the U.S., and the Government Computer News Industry Information Technology Award. Earlier in his career, Mr. Shenoy was a Senior Business Analyst with American Management Systems (’78-’80), held technical positions with Windsor Manufacturing (’73-’78) and was an adjunct faculty member in the UConn School of Business (’72-’74). Mr. Shenoy represented the U.S. in a Presidential trade and development mission to India (’95) and on trade missions to Spain and Berlin. He was named among the Top 25 Most Influential People in the Washington, DC high-tech industry; the 2004 Small Contractor Executive of the Year by the Northern Virginia GovCon Council, the Professional Services Council and Washington Technology; and the Washington Area Minority and Small Business Person of the Year (1995). He received the Greater Washington High Technology Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1998. Mr. Shenoy served on the State of Virginia Technology Commission (’98); he currently serves on the non-resident Indian Advisory Board on Foreign Direct Investment to the Prime Minister of India, and on the Board of Advisors of the UConn School of Business.
Douglas Shidler, Academy of Distinguished Engineers, 2006
Douglas C. Shidler is Vice President, BLACK HAWK Programs at Sikorsky Aircraft, a position that he has held since 2002. He is responsible for all domestic and international ongoing Army and Air Force programs, including the upgrade version of the BLACK HAWK. Mr. Shidler led a successful development program that culminated in a commitment by the U.S. Army to procure over 1,200 new UH-60M BLACK HAWKs over the next 15 to 20 years. Annual BLACK HAWK production is expected to increase to levels up to 100 aircraft per year by 2008, representing revenues of approximately $1 billion per year for Sikorsky. Mr. Shidler has been with Sikorsky Aircraft for 22 years and joined them immediately after graduating from the University of Connecticut School of Engineering. In addition to his work at Sikorsky, Mr. Shidler is a co-founder and mentor for the Cheshire High School FIRST Robotics program. The program is developed to encourage high school students to pursue a technical field, as well as to learn to design and develop in a team environment.
Anne Silberstein, Academy of Distinguished Engineers, 2014
Anne Silberstein is an International Training Manager for Saint-Gobain Matériaux de Construction, Paris, France. In this role, focusing on sustainable habitats, she is responsible for coordinating the leadership training program for the sector worldwide, developing new cross-training programs on building physics, and developing competence paths to ensure mastery of main operational functions such as R&D, production, sales and marketing. Dr. Silberstein began her career with Saint-Gobain in 1988 as a heat transfer and acoustics laboratory manager, and during that time she developed methods to assess the performance of mineral wool insulation that are still applied today. Across her career with Saint-Gobain, she has held positions of increasing authority in engineering, sales/marketing and human resources within sectors of the company serving the automotive industry, optical telecommunications, nuclear medicine and nuclear physics markets. Prior to her current position, Dr. Silberstein was Deputy Training Director at Compagnie de Saint-Gobain. Her multicultural experiences, paired with her fluency in French, English and German, underpin Dr. Silberstein’s success in serving the needs of international markets.
Dr Silva is a Connecticut native. After a few years in the private sector he joined Worcester Polytechnic Institute for 18 years, became Head of Civil Engineering, was an involved proponent of the innovative WPI Plan, helped expand and improve the research facilities and established a strong research base in Civil and Ocean engineering. He then went to the University of Rhode Island as Professor of Ocean and Civil Engineering, became Chair of Ocean Engineering and established the world renowned Marine Geomechanics Laboratory where he attracted considerable funding for multidisciplinary research that included other universities, research laboratories, and an industrial consortium of five oil/gas firms in the Gulf of Mexico. He was Chair of a nine member Committee on Seabed Utilization in the Exclusive Economic Zone formed by the National Academy of Sciences, (report: Our Seabed Frontier,Challenges and Choices, 1989). He has several research and academic awards and over 60 papers, mostly in refereed publications. He established a new accredited undergraduate degree program in Ocean Engineering at U.R.I. and encouraged interdisciplinary programs within the University. He retired in 2001, is active in environmental issues, does art/painting, and now resides in San Francisco, California.
Congressman Rob Simmons is currently serving his second term in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Connecticut representative from the Second District. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Before his election to Congress, he served five terms in the Connecticut General Assembly. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1965 as a Private, graduated from Infantry Officer Candidate School in 1967, and spent 19 months in Vietnam, where he earned two Bronze Star Medals. In 1969, he joined the CIA, working as an Operations Officer for a decade, including five years on assignment overseas in East Asia. Later, he was awarded the CIA’s Seal Medallion, its highest civilian award. Congressman Simmons retired from the U.S. Army Reserve in 2000 with the rank of Colonel. He is a 1965 graduate of Haverford College and a 1979 graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, where he earned a Master in Public Administration. He was a Visiting Lecturer at the Political Science Department at Yale University from 1985 to 1995 and a Teaching Assistant at the University of Connecticut from 1988 to 1991. He remains an Associate Fellow of Berkeley College at Yale. Congressman Simmons has provided dedicated support for Connecticut in development of cutting-edge technologies, and he was instrumental in securing Federal funding for the School of Engineering’s initiative in fuel cell research and commercial development.
Paul Singer is General Manager of Engineering for GE Energy’s Industrial Solutions business, where he leads the global engineering teams for GE’s electrical distribution, motors, and industrial services businesses. He began his career as an aerospace design engineer at Chandler Evans Control Systems Co. and joined GE’s Electrical Distribution & Control division in 1993. Over the next 10 years, he progressed through several technology leadership roles, including assignments in Product Quality, NPI leadership, and Six Sigma. In 2003, he was named the Technology Manager for GE Power Delivery & Control based in Chicago, Il. He was promoted to Technology Manager, Industrial Electronics & Systems based in Louisville, KY, where he was instrumental in creating global design Centers of Excellence for GE’s critical power business and driving a fourfold increase in new product introductions for this high growth segment. He received his MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Dr. Kumares Sinha is the Edgar B. & Hedwig M. Olson Distinguished Research Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Joint Transportation Research Program at Purdue University, IN. He joined Purdue in 1974 following six years at Marquette University. His areas of specialization include transportation system analysis, economics and management, safety, and urban and regional planning. During his career, he has supervised 41 doctoral candidates to their Ph.D. degrees and 167 masters students. In addition, Dr. Sinha has served as a transportation consultant in more than 20 World Bank projects around the globe, including projects in Bangladesh, Nepal, Palestine and Yemen. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Wilbur S. Smith Distinguished Transportation Educator Award (2002), the ASCE Francis C. Turner Lecture Award (2001), the S.S. Steinberg Award presented by the American Road and Transportation Builders Assn. (2000), the ASCE Arthur Wellington Prize (1992) and the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, University of Connecticut (1995). He has published nearly 175 scholarly papers in peer-reviewed technical journals.
Michael Splain is Executive Vice President of the Microelectronics Group at Oracle, where he is responsible for the definition and development of all SPARC processors and chipsets, including the T3, T4, T5, M5 and M6 SPARC microprocessors. Before joining Oracle in 2010 as part of the Oracle/Sun merger, Mr. Splain was Executive Vice President of Microelectronics at Sun Microsystems, Inc., which he joined in 1988. During his career with Sun he served in various engineering roles of increasing responsibility, including Executive Vice President of Sun’s Microelectronics Group, Fellow, Sun Chief Engineer, Group Chief Technologist and Distinguished Engineer. Prior to joining Sun, Mr. Splain worked at Digital Equipment Corp., Encore Computer Corp. and Ridge Computers.
Dr. Banavar Sridhar is the NASA Senior Scientist for Air Transportation System Studies at NASA’s Ames Research Center. He is responsible for maintaining technical excellence in aviation systems research and provides advice on external research related to air transportation. His research interests are in the application of modeling and optimization techniques to aerospace systems. Widely recognized for his pioneering work in the application of singular perturbation theory to the real-time optimal guidance of missiles, his research formed the basis for the guidance laws implemented in the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM), which is used on many U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy fighter aircraft. Dr. Sridhar achieved a major “first” with the successful flight demonstration of the vision sensor-based real-time obstacle detection and ranging system on a NASA/Army UH-60 helicopter. In recent years, Dr. Sridhar designed and developed the Future Air Transportation System Concepts Evaluation Tool (FACET), which received the 2006 NASA Software-of-the-Year Award, AIAA Engineering Software Award in 2009 and the 2009 NASA Invention-of-the-Year Award. He and his team also received 2010 FAA Excellence in Aviation Research Award for research outside the FAA that has resulted in a significantly safer, more efficient national airspace system. Dr. Sridhar is a Fellow of AIAA and IEEE (2001) and received the IEEE 2004 Control Systems Technology Award.
Jack Stephens, Ph.D., P.E., is a professor emeritus of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of Connecticut; a Public Service Specialist with the Connecticut Technology Transfer Center (T2); and a Senior Research Advisor to the Connecticut Advanced Pavement Lab (CAP Lab). Dr. Stephens served on the CEE faculty from 1950-89 and was Department Head from 1965-72. He was instrumental in the state’s decision to fund both the Connecticut Cooperative Highway Research Program (CCHRP)’jointly with the Connecticut Department of Transportation at UConn in 1962’and the Connecticut Transportation Institute (CTI), founded in Storrs in 1974. As CTI’s first Director, he established the T2 Center, which provides training for town employees, and the CAP Lab, which researches and tests hot-mix bituminous concrete. Dr. Stephens is a life member and past president of the Connecticut section, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); past president, Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers; and past Chair, Transportation Committee of the Connecticut Academy of Science & Engineering. He received the University of Connecticut Alumni Association Distinguished Public Service Award (’82), the Engineering Alumni Award (’86) and the Connecticut section of ASCE Benjamin Wright Award (’89). He received his M.S. (’55) and Ph.D. (’59) degrees from Purdue University.
Mr. Stern passed away in November 2004. He was president of Stern Telecommunications Corp. (STC), New York City, a communications systems consulting company. STC has been responsible for the design of 26 CATV, three direct broadcast satellite, and seven private microwave systems. STC counsels municipalities and building owners on environmental impact matters and serves as expert witness on communications and patent matters. Following graduation, Mr. Stern worked for RCA and then served in the Army Signal Corps. In 1946, he began a long career with CBS. He was appointed Vice President of Engineering and was responsible for developing TV studio and transmitting facilities, including the Empire State Building plant, planning for the World Trade Center facility, and 12 other plants in North and South America and Israel. He worked on the development of color TV systems and converted all of the CBS transmitting plants to broadcast color. In 1975, he founded Stern Telecommunications Corp. He has five U.S. patents, including one awarded in December 2002 relating to the convergence of conventional TV and the Internet.
Dr. Yunquan Sun is President of the ENN Group North America, Inc. and Senior CEO of the InterSmart Robotic Systems Co. Ltd. offering cutting-edge robotic manufacturing systems. Dr. Sun has more than 20 years of experience in research and development, notably in new robotics techniques and solar energy applications. Before joining ENN, he worked as the Senior Research & Development Engineer in ABB’s Robotics & Automation Lab, where he was responsible for significant breakthroughs in the areas of robotic calibration, robotic programming and robotic material removal. He holds six U.S. patents, 12 Chinese patents and two national standards, and he remains at the forefront in the development of solar energy in the North American market. A particular focus involves the development of brownfield solar farms.
Kenneth D. Taylor, Distinguished Engineering Alumni, 1993
Michael Toner, Academy of Distinguished Engineers, 2003
Mr. Toner is President of General Dynamics Electric Boat Corporation and Executive Vice President of General Dynamics’ Marine Systems group, which is the U.S. Navy’s leading supplier of combat vessels’including nuclear submarines, surface combatants and auxiliary ships. He began his career with Electric Boat in 1965 as a test engineer and rose through the ranks, serving in a variety of capacities, including manager of Reactor Services, Vice President of Operations, and Vice President of Innovation. Before assuming the presidency in 2000, he served as Senior Vice President and directed the activities of the engineering and design departments. In 2000, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award. He is a member of the School of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Board.
James P. Towey, Distinguished Engineering Alumni, 1994
Richard True, Academy of Distinguished Engineers, 2005
Dr. Richard True is Chief Scientist at L-3 Communications, Electron Devices, in San Carlos, CA, a position he has held since 1991. Dr. True has pioneered theory and software for the design of advanced electron beam devices such as modern klystrons, traveling wave tubes and linear accelerators. These devices are used in key military, aerospace, commercial, medical, and scientific systems. He is author or co-author of numerous archival publications, and he holds 17 U.S. patents. He has received the 2000 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Third Millennium Medal, the 1999 Department of Defense Robert L. Woods Award, and the 1987 IEEE EDS Paul Rappaport Best Paper Award. He is an IEEE Fellow.
Dr. Timothy T. Tylaska is founder and CEO of Tylaska Marine Hardware, Mystic, CT. The company’s underpinning, patented technology—a novel release mechanism that solved a long-standing sailing problem involving the release of sails and spinnakers under tension—was originated by Dr. Tylaska during his doctoral studies. Dr. Tylaska invented additional devices and established a full production facility along with a global marketing network. Today, Tylaska Marine’s diverse hardware products are used on every sailing yacht entered in the America’s Cup races, and the company has sold over $10 million worth of products in 42 countries. He has six U.S. patents and three patent applications based on his original designs and devices. Dr. Tylaska also formed a construction division and designed and built a multi-million dollar industrial park, Mystic Business Park, LLC to serve as an incubator for small start-up manufacturing businesses. In support of his entrepreneurial endeavors, in 2011 he won a competitive Connecticut Innovations Grant for Small Manufacturers, and in 2008 he won a Connecticut Clean Energy Grant.
Scott Tyler earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (1978) from the University of Connecticut, his M.S. in Hydrology from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and his Ph.D. in Hydrology and Hydrogeology from the University of Nevada. He is a Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering and the Director of the Center for Transformative Environmental Sensing Programs at the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Tyler’s areas of research are focused on hydrology and environmental fluid dynamics. His group focuses on water, solutes and energy fluxes in the subsurface, as well as their exchange into the atmosphere. Dr. Tyler’s team of students and post-doctoral researchers are working on a wide range of projects, from the melt water dynamics of Antarctic ice shelves to the role of groundwater/surface water interactions in aquatic ecology. Dr. Tyler’s training from UConn Engineering has played a crucial role in his work to link science-based research with engineering solutions, including the publication of over 100 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He has served on review boards of the National Academy of Sciences (NSF) in the areas of nuclear waste management and directing the future of hydrologic science research at the NSF.
Leo J. Veilleux Jr. is a chief engineer with United Technologies Aerospace Systems (UTAS), where he is responsible for the technical adequacy and safety of engine and aircraft systems. The holder of 27 patents and pending patents, he provides technical leadership for the 1,400-employee Engine & Control Systems business unit at UTAS, where he develops and advances technology-leveraging partnerships among government, industry and universities. Mr. Veilleux has been involved in the development of systems for several advanced aircraft, including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the Joint Strike Fighter, the Airbus A380 and the Bombardier CSeries. He began his UTC career as a mechanical design engineer at Hamilton Standard in 1985 and progressed through positions of increasing responsibility, including project engineer roles for mechanical and electronic products, electronics design manager, and system integration manager. Mr. Veilleux received his MBA from the University of Connecticut and his M.S. degree in electrical engineering from RPI.
Mark Vergnano is Vice President and General Manager of DuPont Nonwovens, one of the major Strategic Business Units of E.I. DuPont de Nemours Co., Inc. Mr. Vergnano oversees more than 2,000 employees worldwide and is responsible for $1.3 billion in annual revenues. DuPont Nonwovens targets markets in personal protection, construction, health care, envelopes and apparel with brands including Tyvek’, Typar’, Sontara’, Softesse’ and Suprel’. Mr. Vergnano has spent his entire 25-year career with DuPont, beginning within Research and Development and leading to management of several business units including Teflon’ Fibers, Nomex’ and Tyvek’ as well as serving as Regional Director for DuPont Nonwovens in Europe, located in Geneva, Switzerland.
Don Victory is Process & Risk Engineering Manager for ExxonMobil Development Company in Houston, TX, where he leads a global team responsible for process design, process safety, and facilities layout for major upstream projects including conventional oil and gas, heavy oil and oil sands, and helium recovery and liquefaction. He began his career with Exxon Production Research Company as a facilities engineer in 1981 and advanced through a series of engineering design, operations, and project management positions in the U.S., Malaysia, Indonesia, Russia, Qatar and Japan. He contributed to the development of the Controlled Freeze Zone (CFZ) process for more efficient CO2 removal from natural gas including the use of open-loop methane refrigeration that eliminates ethylene and thus increases inherent process safety. He led the conceptual design of an offshore platform that provided one-third of the domestic gas supply to peninsular Malaysia. Mr. Victory is listed as an inventor on over a dozen U.S. patents.
Sally Wallace is VP Operations for the DRS Power, Environmental, & Sustainment Systems Group. In this role Ms.?Wallace focuses on business operations and execution across the group including businesses in both MA & CT. She has strong ties to both the State of Connecticut and to the University. After graduation, her first employment was as a design engineer, working for General Dynamics, Electric Boat Division, in Groton, CT. Previous to her current role Ms. Wallace spent five years as the VP/GM of Power & Control Technologies, located in Milwaukee, WI and Danbury, CT. As the VP/GM she led both the strategic and operations activities, growing the business, improving profitability and enhancing the competitiveness of the operation. Ms. Wallace has over 20 years of experience in the aerospace and defense industry, with a diverse background in general management, program management, and engineering. Ms. Wallace earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Grove City College and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
James P. Waters, Sr., Distinguished Engineering Alumni, 1995
Steven F. Wayne, Distinguished Engineering Alumni, 1992
Martin C. Wei, Distinguished Engineering Alumni, 1995
Dennis Welch, Distinguished Service Award, 2002
Mr. Dennis Welch is Director, President and Chief Operating Officer, Yankee Energy System, Inc., a subsidiary of Northeast Utilities. In his previous capacity as Vice President of Environmental, Safety and Ethics for Northeast Utilities, he was instrumental in negotiating important agreements between NU and the School of Engineering, including establishment of the NU Foundation Chair in Environmental Engineering and the Northeast Utilities Environmental Engineering Clinic. Mr. Welch is a director of the New England Gas Association, a member of the American Gas Association’s Leadership Council, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Nature Conservancy. He earned his B.S. from Indiana State University and his M.S. from the Hartford Graduate Center of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Mr. Welch has been a dedicated and imaginative advocate for the School of Engineering and an insightful ally helping the School of Engineering evolve in the last three years. He continues to contribute his intelligent, insightful advice as a member of the Advisory Board of the School of Engineering, a position of great import and influence for the School.
Mr. Williams is Director of Naval Architecture at General Dynamics Electric BoatC orporation. Throughout his 39-year career with Electric Boat, Mr. Williams has made significant contributions to all classes of submarines designed by the company, including the OHIO, VIRGINIA and SEAWOLF classes. He is responsible for engineering, structural analysis, and design of ship internal and external structures, arrangements, hydrodynamics, hydrostatics and weights. In 2001 he was distinguished with receipt of the General Dynamics Technology Excellence Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to technology.
John Wyatt, Ph.D., is a Senior Advisor for Carmagen Engineering with expertise in the areas of reactor engineering and exothermic reactor safety. Dr. Wyatt retired from ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (EMRE) as Team Leader for the Photobioreactor Development team. During his 32-year career with EMRE, he was involved in many core refining processes such as hydroprocessing, thermal conversion and gas treatingâ€”along with cutting-edge technologies such as Fischer Tropsch gas-to-liquids and algae-based biofuels processing. Dr. Wyatt was the Commercial Technology Leader for fixed bed reactor technology and is co-inventor on seven reactor engineering patents. He was instrumental in the development of experimental capabilities and testing protocols to assess the exothermic potential of new catalysts and chemical processes. He also identified the lead cause of temperature non-uniformity in exothermic hydroprocessing reactors and led the implementation of a solution that improved safety and saved ExxonMobil millions of dollars. Dr. Wyatt received his Ph.D. at the University of Rochester and was an adjunct professor at The Stevens Institute of Technology from 1996-2000.
Joseph Yan, Academy of Distinguished Engineers, 2013
Dr. Joseph H. Yan is the Principal Manager of Transmission Planning at Southern California Edison (SCE). For the past decade, he has held a number of managerial positions, leading the strategy development of SCE’s generation portfolios to optimize the value of these resources and reduce the cost of serving its customers. Dr. Yan has also actively engaged in California electricity market stakeholder processes representing SCE and made extraordinary contributions to the development of the day-ahead and real-time markets, capacity market, and virtual bidding. During the 2000-01 meltdown of the California electricity markets, he was instrumental in discovering and reporting market problems and abuses; later, he developed the refund methodology that has been used in refund settlements and litigation, recovering billions of dollars for consumers. Furthermore, Dr. Yan effectively leverages his industrial experiences to alter the fundamental view of the power industry deregulation, making outstanding theoretical and practical contributions to the electricity market design and optimization. Dr. Yan is a renowned expert in power industry.
David W. Zack, Academy of Distinguished Engineers, 2017
Dave Zack is currently the Vice President of United States Government Defense Systems and Services (DSS). Mr. Zack is responsible for $3 Billion in annual sales across all U. S. Government military production and sustainment programs. He also serves as the primary interface between Sikorsky and the U. S. Government for all product line activities, including Marine One Presidential Helicopter Executive Transport mission and foreign military sales. Mr. Zack is also responsible for expanding the BLACK HAWK and Navalhawk platforms globally, as well as developing future technology upgrades and sustainment needs of U. S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard customers. Mr. Zack has over 23 years of engineering research, development, operations and program management experience. He graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.S. in Electrical and Systems Engineering in 1994 and Albertus Magnus College with an M.B.A. Formerly, Mr. Zack was the Chief Engineer for Defense Systems and Services. Prior to this position, he was the Director of Maritime Military Programs. In this role, Mr. Zack had full fiscal responsibility for the U.S. and International Naval Hawk product lines, as well as the U.S. Marine Corps Presidential Helicopter Executive Transport mission consisting of the VH-60N and VH-3D platforms. Previous Sikorsky positions include the Director of the CH-53K Heavy Lift Program. In this role, Mr. Zack was responsible for a $3.5 Billion System Development and Demonstration Program.
Konstantinos G. Zografos earned his M.Sc. in Transportation Engineering (1983) and his Ph.D. in Urban and Transportation Engineering (1986) from the University of Connecticut. He is Chair Professor, Director of research, and Director of the Centre of Transport and Logistics at the Department of Management Science of Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. Previously he served as Professor and Chairman at the Department of Management Science and Technology and Director of the Transportation Systems and Logistics Laboratory, at the Athens University of Economics and Business. Dr. Zografos’ research interests include Applications of Operations Research and Information Systems in Transportation Systems and Logistics. His current work is focused on Airport Performance, Air Traffic Management, vehicle routing and scheduling, facility location, emergency response logistics, and supply chain management. He has more than 150 professional publications and has been involved in more than 65 projects funded, among others, by the European Commission, the Greek Secretariat for Science and Technology, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in UK, and UNECE. Dr. Zografos received an ENO Foundation for Transportation Fellowship in 1986, the President’s Medal of the British Operational Research Society in 2005, and the INFORMS Edelman Laureate Honorary Medal in 2008.
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