RECENT CLASS NOTES AND UPDATES
Salay Stannard, '09, Material Science & Engineering
was promoted to Materials Engineering Manager at Joining Technologies, Inc., an innovator in industrial laser applications. In her new role, Salay will be involved in setting strategic goals for technical sales and marketing and will also be responsible for implementing creative research strategies for electron beam welding, laser welding and additive manufacturing. She is simultaneously pursing her master's degree in MSE, with a focus on laser welding materials and process interactions.
Rabih M. Barakat, '93, Civil Engineering
Rabih M. Barakat was elected to the Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers. Rabih, who is employed with the Connecticut Department of Transporation, was elected a Director I.
Brian Wolf, '92, Mechanical Engineering
Brian Wolf has joined Hatch Mott MacDonald in Holyoke as a principal project manager. Wolf has experience in project management, compliance monitoring and benchmarking, using key performance indicators, to ensure that any operation is focused on excellence and efficiency, while meeting stakeholder goals.
Brian Sprague, '84, Electrical Engineering
MaxLinear Inc., a leading provider of integrated radio frequency (RF) and mixed-signal integrated circuits for broadband communication applications, today announced that Brian J. Sprague will be joining MaxLinear, Inc. as its Vice President and General Manager, Broadband and Consumer Products. Mr. Sprague brings a wealth of Engineering, Strategic Marketing and Product Line Management experience across a variety of Broadband and Mobile platforms to MaxLinear. Over his 27 year career, Mr. Sprague has worked in a variety of engineering and marketing roles at United Technologies Corporation, LSI Logic Inc., and Broadcom Corporation. Mr. Sprague's tenure at Broadcom Corporation spanned the pre-IPO period of 1996 through 2011, during which he held various roles, including Vice President of Marketing for the Broadband Communications Group, and Vice President of the Performance Segment in the Mobile Platforms Group. Throughout his career, Mr. Sprague has demonstrated an ability to grow new and existing businesses.
John McGrane, '78, Civil Engineering
John McGrane, P.E. John McGrane, P.E. joins GEI as a senior consultant after spending more than 20 years in the Department of Public Works for the City of Hartford, Connecticut. Based in GEIs Hartford office, he has extensive experience with public and private sector perspectives on infrastructure management and has been immersed in the capital project management, contract administration, and fiduciary activities related to complex urban municipal operations. He will be responsible for helping to expand GEIs flood management and municipal engineering practices across the Eastern United States and elsewhere.
Mark D. Raymond, '88, Computer Engineering
Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that Mark Raymond will be the state's new Chief Information Officer. On June 2, he will take over operations at the Department of Information Technology (DOIT). He will then oversee DOIT's consolidation into the Department of Administrative Services and retain all operational responsibilities for Connecticut's state technology infrastructure following consolidation. One of Raymond's first responsibilities will be to establish a joint labor/management committee to review the delivery of technology services and to make recommendations on ways to provide those services in a more efficient and effective manner while reducing the costs associated with hardware and software procurement, licensing and consultants.
Mitchell E. Bishop, '79, Computer Engineering
Mitch Bishop has joined DotNetNuke Corp. as Chief Marketing Officer. DotNetNuke is the fastest growing open source web CMS ever on .NET, with more than 1,400 subscription customers, 33,000 Snowcovered customers, 400-percent year-over-year growth, and more than 700,000 production web sites worldwide. Connect with us online: Twitter.com/dnncorp (company) or Twitter.com/dnnsc (Snowcovered marketplace); DotNetNuke blogs; and the DotNetNuke Community LinkedIn Group. In this role, Bishop is responsible for the company's global brand and marketing strategy execution, including the online marketplace, snowcovered.com, community relations, and DotNetNuke's training and educational programs.
Alexander F. Sperduti, Sr., '51, Mechanical Engineering
At MicroDyne Technologies, Al Sperduti, 84, and his son Alex, 50, are responding to a growing demand for thinner and thinner wire for use in medical catheters, robotic surgery, electronics and aerospace equipment. They make or adapt their own machines to do the work — in the tradition of other metal-trades firms that create their own tools. Al Sperduti's 60-plus years of experience supplies the company's competitive advantage. Drawing on his training at the University of Connecticut as a mechanical engineer and his 28 years as chief research engineer at Fenn Manufacturing Co. in Newington, a supplier of precision parts for the aerospace industry (now SPX Precision Components), Sperduti has designed modifications to traditional wire shaping machinery.
Yingli Wen, '89, Electrical Engineering
Yingli Wen (M.S., Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, '89, '93), who is a researcher with Con Edison of New York, received a prestigious Technology Transfer Award from the Electric Power Research Institute (ERPI) for developing a device that protects utility workers from arcing faults in manholes.
Michael J. McKeon, '90, Mechanical Engineering
Michael J. McKeon (B.S. Mechanical/Materials Engineering '90), principal at the law firm Fish & Richardson in Washington, D.C., serves as the co-chair of the Patent and Trademark Office Committee of the Federal Circuit Bar Association and is also on the International Trade Commission Committee of the Intellectual Property Owners Association.