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2 Starting Point 

3 Letters 

4 Toward Good 

A message from President Berkey. 

5 Campus Buzz 

2010 Commencement; Sports and 
Recreation Center breaks ground; campus 
appointments and promotions; and more. 

12 Explorations 

First year students address global 
health problems. 

1 4 Investigations 

Bengisu Tulu's research brings together 
medical professionals and IT. 

38 Class Notes 
5O Obituaries 

56 Time Capsule 

For whom does the Washburn Bell toll? 


1 6 The Character of Athletics at WPI 

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds 

20 Healthcare's Changing 

Nancy Bullock '91 , '92 (MBA), Vera Tice 
'86 (MS), and Steve Rusckowski '79 bring 
leading healthcare technologies to market. 

2o Numerical Value 

It all adds up for Jovanna Baptista '00 and 
Brian Weiner '04. 

3O Digital Healthcare 

Michael Gagnon '81 and John Janas '79 
work and thrive at the intersection of 
healthcare and technology. 

Big Ideas in Small Places 

Jeff Tingle '77 holds the future of healthcare 
access in the palm of his hand. 

Finding Comfort 

John Gregory '53 on end-of-life care. 


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"He who has health, has hope. And he 
who has hope, has everything." 

— Arabian Proverb 

This spring, I watched my husband cross the finish line of his first 
marathon — with, quite literally, blood, sweat, and tears. Rob's accom- 
plishment was many months (and many pairs of sneakers) in the making. 
He spent countless hours running — before work or after work, and 
always on the weekends. Over the last six months, I happily cheered 
him on at various 5K races, a 20K, a half-marathon, and a 16-miler 
that wended its way through scenic New Hampshire — in January. 

Through all of this mindful watching (and a little running 
myself — it turns out it's a contagious sport), I have learned that the key 
to running well and to running far isn't in the expensive sneakers or the 
friction-free socks. It's in the mind. It's in one's dogged determination. 

I see that same purposeful resolve in so many WPI alumni, faculty, 
and students. The proof, I offer, is in the stories of this Transformations. 
In focusing this issue on health, it's quite clear that an inspiring number 
of WPI alumni have dedicated themselves and their work to this impor- 
tant field. Together, they're tackling critical, complex health problems. 
In the pages that follow, you'll read about a medical doctor turned 
software engineer, a biostatistician, a bioinformatics research scientist, 
and a hospice director, among others, who are finding ways to improve 
world health and our access to good care. 

There's more: first year students in the Great Problems Seminars 
tackle global health concerns and faculty research helps better integrate 
information technology into the healthcare system. 

During the months that this issue came together, U.S. healthcare 
became a highly debated topic in Washington and around the country. 
Regardless of the timing of our theme (purely coincidental), the future 
of healthcare affects us all, no matter your politics. Twenty-first century 
healthcare solutions require the brains of many — doctors and nurses, 
scientists and engineers, problem-solvers and leaders. 

So, here's to your good health and mine. And to the important, 
determined work that WPI alumni, faculty, and students are doing 
in support of this noble endeavor. 

Thanks for reading. 

Charna Mamlok Westervelt, Editor 

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2 Transformations \ Summer 2010 


The Creative Side 

I just wanted to take a moment to show my appreciation 
for the mention of my work in the most recent issue of 
Transformations ["Starting Point," summer '09]. My expe- 
riences at WPI ultimately nurtured my creative side, and 
helped me find my direction as a budding designer. It is nice 
to know that others have seen and appreciated the immense 
creative potential of the WPI community, students, alumni, 
and faculty alike. I am proud to call myself 
a member of the WPI community, and 
hope that my studies in architecture can 
someday help to better Tech, just as it 
helped better me as an individual seeking 
a creatively fulfilling life. 

Damien Rigden 08 

Somerville, Mass. 

Distinction for WPI 

I received actual, physical mail from WPI 
and thought that congratulations are in 
order for a super job on the periodical. 
Distinct and really interesting. Keep up 
the great work! 

Aresh Mehta 95 

Karachi, Pakistan 

Thriving Robotics, Thriving WPI 

I always enjoy receiving my copy of Transformations, to 
learn even more about the great programs going on at WPI. 
In the most recent issue, President Berkey's message resonated 
with me and with our efforts in state government to help 
grow the economy in Massachusetts. 

President Berkey wrote about WPI's practice of "not 
lurching from field to field but evolving and expanding 
by design in areas where we have real 
leadership to provide." He cited WPI's 
robotics program as a recent example of 
that approach. Robotics is an important 
growth sector for Massachusetts. It com- 
bines our historic strengths of innovation 
and technology development. I believe we 
can emerge as a global leader in robotics 
if we continue to improve public and 
private education in science, technology, 
engineering, and mathematics, the so- 
called STEM fields, so that companies will 
have the trained and talented workforce 
they need to thrive here. 

In that regard, I know that WPI's 
leadership in robotics education, and across the STEM 
continuum, will continue to serve our commonwealth very 
well and will give our next generation of young people extra- 
ordinary opportunities to learn, to innovate, and to succeed. 

Timothy P. Murray 

Lt. Governor of Massachusetts 

Correction: Last summer the WPI men's crew 
team competed in the Henley Royal Regatta for 
the first time as a varsity program. It was not, 
however, the first time WPI was represented in 
the world-renowned regatta, as the club crew 
team rowed there in the early 1980s. Thanks to 
Peter Clapp '82 for pointing out this distinc- 
tion. "I was one of the proud oarsmen in those 
days that went over to represent WPI at that 
grand occasion," he says. "And I suspect that 
when this crew arrived, they found that our 
reputation was in very good stead." 

A message from President Berkey 

Toward Good 

Descartes wrote that health "is without doubt the first good and the 
foundation of all the other goods in this life." And so, when I think 
about the biggest challenges afflicting our planet — and the subse- 
quent opportunities that will arise — I turn immediately to health. 
Health is a concern for individuals in the narrow sense of freedom 
from disease or affliction; of course, the larger implications — 
physical, emotional, and social well-being — are critical for orga- 
nizations, communities, and entire regions of the world. 

It should come as no surprise that so many WPI alumni, faculty, 
and students are productively engaged in the pursuit of health 
solutions, approaching the issue from vastly different and important 
perspectives, as reported in part in the pages that follow. Finding 
solutions to some of the most critical issues of our day is, after all, 
at the core of the WPI ethos. 

On campus, one natural focal point is WPI's Life Sciences and 
Bioengineering Center (LSBC) at Gateway Park. Now three years 
old, this 128,000-square-foot facility is already filled to capacity 
with faculty and graduate student research in such important areas 
as regenerative medicine, including tissue engineering, wound 
healing, repair of damaged heart tissue, and regeneration of 
damaged organs and digits; sophisticated advances in prosthetic 
device technologies; innovative medical devices including implant- 
able sensors and related wireless communications; and many other 
instances of the ways in which the power of engineering and 
science are now being applied to advances in medicine and health. 

The LSBC also houses one of the Massachusetts Biomedical 
Initiatives' small business incubators, which is filled to capacity with 
start-up companies in the life sciences industry, several of which 
benefit from active collaboration with WPI faculty and students, 
both formally and informally. Also residing in the Center are two 
rapidly expanding pharmaceutical companies and the Institute's 
Division of Corporate and Professional Education, which is provid- 
ing extensive training programs to the commonwealth's life sciences 
industry. Much of this activity will move into expansion space to be 
provided in the next building at Gateway Park, an 80,000-square- 
foot facility that should be under construction by early 201 1. 

Beyond these more direct applications of science and technology, 
WPI faculty research addresses important related aspects of 
medicine and health. Several faculty in our new School of Business 
(formerly the Department of Management) are working to develop 
improved electronic medical record systems to provide more 
complete health data on individual patients. Even mathematical 
modeling is finding application in this domain. Professor Ki Chon, 
head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has developed 
an algorithm for the improved detection of potentially deadly 
atrial fibrillation, and math professor Dalin Tang has developed 
a medical software diagnostic tool using computational methods 
for noninvasive early identification and diagnosis of cardio- 
vascular disease. 

Health-related topics 
are also prominently 
part of the continuing 
development of our 
undergraduate and 
graduate curricula, 
none more so than the 
popular Heal the World 
seminar, one of five 
new Great Problems 
Seminars developed 
to engage first year 
students in meaningful 
projects that address 
some of the greatest 
challenges of our time. 
Our undergraduate concentrations in biomedical engineering and 
in biology and biotechnology are among the most popular and 
rapidly growing, and the recently approved graduate programs in 
bioinformatics will become the newest among several joint graduate 
and research programs between WPI and the University of Massa- 
chusetts Medical School. Bioinformatics is a powerful set of tools for 
the analysis of the voluminous amounts of health-related data now 
being produced. Like the fields of biostatistics and epidemiology, it 
is key to enabling evidence-based policy determinations important 
to the development of improved healthcare systems and practices. 

More generally, WPI invests in programs and facilities to encourage 
well-being among our students, faculty, and staff. Our wellness 
programs and counseling services are important components of the 
Division of Student Affairs and Campus Life. Our new Sports and 
Recreation Center, for which we broke ground on May 14, will 
provide greatly expanded fitness and recreation facilities to encour- 
age healthy lifestyles among members of the campus community. 
These will include a 14,000-square-foot fitness facility, a swimming 
pool, an indoor running track, racquetball and handball courts, 
and a four-court gymnasium. As important as this facility is to our 
varsity and club sports, it is every bit as important to the well-being 
of all members of our community. 

Beyond the confines of the campus, our alumni are engaged in a 
wide range of endeavors to improve health and healthcare solutions: 
from the practice of medicine to the development of diagnostics 
and therapeutics, to the design and commercialization of medical 
devices, to the application of advanced sensing and communications 
technologies that enable remote diagnosis and monitoring of indi- 
viduals both in medical facilities and in their homes. 

Essential improvements in human health and healthcare systems 
will depend on innovative, thoughtful contributions to many of the 
related problems. It is a point of great pride for WPI to have so 
many of our alumni, faculty, staff, and students making such 
important progress on behalf of all of us, toward that first good. 

"The preservation of health is without doubt the first good and the 
foundation of all the other goods in this life." -Descartes 


2010 Commencement 

In his keynote address, Curt Schilling — retired Red Sox pitcher, 
philanthropist, and video game development company founder — 
urged the Class of 2010 to "make a positive impact on the world." 

Indeed, WPI graduates are 
well positioned to do just that. 

Schilling spoke during WPI's 
142nd Commencement in May, 
when 1,140 students received 
bachelor's, master's, and PhD 
degrees — the largest graduating 
class in the university's history. 

Honorary degrees were conferred 
upon Schilling, Clark University 

President John Bassett (who 
received WPI's first honorary 
Doctorate of Humane Letters), 
Angela Belcher, Germehausen 
Professor of Materials Science 
and Engineering and Biologica 
Engineering at MIT, and Gordon 
B. Lankton, WPI Trustee emeritus 
and chairman of Nypro Inc. 

Two Students Named Goldwater Scholars 

Andrew Black '11 and Andrew K. Capulli '11 were selected 
as 2010 Goldwater Scholars by the Barry M. Goldwater Schol- 
arship and Excellence in Education Foundation. The Goldwater 
Scholarship program fosters and encourages outstanding students 
to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, 
and engineering, and is the premier undergraduate award of its 
type in these fields. Since 2002, 16 WPI students have been 
named Goldwater Scholars or honorable mention recipients. 

Black, a native of Bridgewater, Mass., is a chemical engineering 
major and chemistry minor who plans to pursue a PhD and 

conduct research on 
fuel cells, chemical 
thermodynamics, and 
catalysis and to teach 
in academia. 

Capulli, a bioengi- 

neering major from 

Hampstead, N.H., plans to pursue a PhD and perform research 

on regenerative implants, prostheses, and the biomechanics of 

tissues in either an academic or industrial setting. 

Transformations \ Summer 2010 5 


PI Sports and Recreation Center Breaks Ground 

Construction on WPI's new Sports and Recreation Center 

kicked off in a most fitting way: with the help of a student-built 
robot. Alongside university dignitaries, Moonraker 2.0 — the NASA 
Excavation Regolith Challenge winner (a $500,000 prize) built 
by Paul Ventimiglia and teammates — was one of the first to dig 
in, so to speak, at the ceremonial Groundbreaking on May 14. 
Moonraker 2.0 was assisted by President Dennis Berkey, James 
Carr '74, WPI Board Chairman Donald Peterson '71, and Trustees 
Stuart Kazin '61 and Judith Nitsch '75. The Center, which will be 
built into the hillside at the west end of the Quadrangle, next to 
Harrington Auditorium, is scheduled to open in August 2012. 

"The Sports and Recreation Center is an exciting and much 
needed addition to the WPI campus," Berkey said. "We are not 
just building another gym. We are building a place for our 
community to come together — for competition, for camaraderie, 
for celebration." 

Just days before the groundbreaking, the George F. and Sybil 
H. Fuller Foundation made a $1 million gift to support the new 
center, which will make possible a striking glass-enclosed, 
light-filled main entrance for the building, to be known as the 
George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Atrium. 

The 1 45, 000-squa re-foot facility will boast 14,000 square feet 
of fitness space, a four-court gymnasium, a competition-length 
swimming pool, a three-lane elevated jogging track, racquetball 
and squash courts, rowing tanks, and workout studios. The 
center will provide attractive space for large-scale events, such 
as admissions open houses, career fairs, national academic 
conferences, and alumni events. There will also be space 
dedicated to WPI's robotics program, enabling the university 
to support regional and national robotics competitions. 

6 Transformations \ Summer 2010 

Berkey Appointed to STEM Advisory Council 

President Dennis Berkey has been appointed a member 
of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick's Science, Technology, 
Engineering, and Math Advisory Council. Established last October 
and chaired by Lt. Gov. Tim Murray, the panel brings together 
public and private sector stakeholders in the commonwealth to 
boost student interest in and preparation for employment in the 
STEM fields. 

"As a mathematics educator and as president of one of the oldest 
and most innovative technological universities in the nation, I am 
acutely aware of the central role that the STEM disciplines play in 
our economic development," Berkey says. "Engaging students in 
the wonder and fun of these disciplines at an early age enables 
them to develop and appreciate the analytical and innovation 
skills necessary for success in the careers of the future." 

"I am acutely aware of the central role that the STEM disciplines play in 
our economic development." 


All sessions will start 

at 6:00pm in the 

Campus Center at WPI. 

Tuesday, July 20 

Thursday, August 1 9 

Thursday, September 23 

Tuesday Night Visitors Program 

Have dinner with a current student 

and attend a class any 

Tuesday evening when classes 

are in session. 

Transformations \ Summer 2010 7 


Student Project: 

In Search of Clean Water 

In Monwabisi Park, an informal settlement outside Cape Town, 
South Africa, 20,000 people have limited access to clean drinking 
water, toilets, showers, and drainage. Poor sanitation takes the 
lives of hundreds of residents there each year. 

Marcella C. Granfone '10, Christopher R. Lizewski '10, and Daniel 
J. Olecki '10 hope to decrease that number significantly. As part 
of their student project, which won the 2009 WPI President's IQP 
Award, they designed and developed a communal water facility 
to help reduce the spread of waterborne diseases. Following the 
principles of sustainable development, the students designed a 

cost-effective model facility that can provide clean water, showers, 
toilets, and other facilities to 60 people in a manner that improves 
sanitation, discourages vandalism, and protects the environment. The 
students, who worked with the city of Cape Town Water and Sanitation 
Department, developed their design after interviews with community 
members and city officials and extensive field observations. 

n Their Own Words 

"We're excited that the machine did what 
we designed it to do." 

-Paul Ventimiglia, WPI student and head of Paul's 

Robotics, whose robot Moonraker 2.0 won the 

NASA Excavation Regolith Challenge, 

a prize of $500,000 

Oct. 1 9, New Scientist 

"We hear from employers all the time that 
these students hit the ground running and 
know how to get a job done." 

Constance Clark, assistant professor, 

Humanities and Arts 
Nov. 30, Worcester Telegram & Gazette 

"The technology is proven." 

Jim Duckworth, associate professor of electrical 

and computer engineering, on the "Mantenna" 

technology, developed by Duckworth and 

a team of WPI researchers to locate 

firefighters in a burning building 

Dec. 2, Worcester Telegram & Gazette 

"Some students are interested in recycling, 
some are interested from a high-tech or 
engineering perspective, and some are 
interested in the social justice aspect." 

John Orr, electrical and computer engineering 

professor and chair of WPI's President's 

Task Force on Sustainability 

April 15, U.S. News & World Report 

8 Transformations \ Summer 2010 

Campus Appointments and 1 Promotions 




WPI is well positioned for continued growth in areas important to the university's academic programs and in its contributions to economic 
development, following the recent announcements of two inaugural academic deans and executive promotions. 

Stephen Flavin has been promoted to vice 
president for academic and corporate develop- 
ment, in addition to his continuing role as 
associate provost. He has served since 2007 
as WPI's dean of Corporate and Professional 
Education (CPE). In his expanded role, Flavin 
will have primary responsibility for all of WPI's corporate relations, 
with an emphasis on developing mutually rewarding, rich relation- 
ships with the wide variety of WPI's corporate partners. He will 
also oversee all of WPI's entrepreneurial academic programs, such 
as CPE, summer programs, and distance learning. 

Flavin more than doubled revenues for CPE in four years, while 
increasing the number of new corporate programs by 300 
percent. He has also promoted the development of new programs 
in Systems Engineering and Biomanufacturing. Through his leader- 
ship, CPE has taken a leading role in workforce development in 
the Northeast by working with industry and government to provide 
critical workforce education and training. He also played a key 
role in attracting a $6.6 million grant from the Massachusetts Life 
Sciences Center to support the next phase of life sciences devel- 
opment at Gateway Park. 

Karen Kashmanian Oates has been selected 
as the first Peterson Family Dean of Arts and 

Sciences. She comes to WPI from the National 
Science Foundation's Division of Undergraduate 
Studies, where she is the deputy director of 
undergraduate education. 

As dean, Oates will oversee seven academic departments — 
Biology and Biotechnology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer 
Science, Humanities and Arts, Mathematical Sciences, Physics, 
and Social Science and Policy Studies — as well as interdisciplinary 
programs in Environmental Science and Interactive Media and 
Game Development. She will also have responsibility for helping 
promote and augment WPI's aggressive investment in the life 

A biochemist, Oates earned her PhD at George Washington 
University, worked as a visiting scientist at the National Institutes 
of Health's Oncology and Hematology Division, and began her 
academic and research career at George Mason University, 
before being called to a number of increasingly prominent leader- 
ship positions. As an associate dean at George Mason she was 
central in creating its New American College environment. Later, 
she was recruited to help found, as its inaugural provost, the 
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. 

Eric Overstrom, biology professor and head 
of the Department of Biology and Biotechnology, 
has been named Provost ad interim, following 
John Orr's decision to return to full-time teaching 
and research in WPI's electrical and computer 
engineering department. 

Overstrom's leadership in the life sciences at WPI was instrumental 
in the creation of the Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center at 
Gateway Park (LSBC), which opened in 2007 Over the past five 
years, with Overstrom leading the charge, WPI has brought out- 
standing faculty and students into the life sciences programs, and 
has tripled research funding in this area. Through his leadership, 
the LSBC has come to serve not only as the school's focal point for 
graduate education and research in the life sciences and related 
bioengineering fields, but also as a strong contributor to the contin- 
uing development of life sciences industries in the commonwealth. 

Mark Rice begins his tenure as the first Dean of 
Business. Building on the success of WPI's Depart- 
ment of Management, he will lead the university's 
new business school. Rice comes to WPI from 
Babson College, where he served for six years 
as the Murata Dean of the F. W. Olin Graduate 
School of Business and holds an appointment as the Frederic C. 
Hamilton Professor for Free Enterprise. Prior to Babson, he was a 
member of the leadership team at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's 
School of Management and Technology, where he served as director 
of the Incubator Program and the Severino Center for Technological 
Entrepreneurship. His numerous scholarly publications on entrepre- 
neurship and innovation include the best-selling book Growing New 
Ventures — Creating New Jobs, co-authored with Jana Matthews. 

Rice will succeed McRae Banks who has led WPI's highly 
acclaimed Department of Management for the past 15 years. 

Kristin Tichenor has been promoted to senior 
vice president for enrollment and institutional 
strategy. Since 2007 she has served as vice 
president for enrollment management. Tichenor's 
additional responsibilities will include overseeing 
the university's Division of Marketing and Com- 
munications and helping guide the Institute on major strategic 
challenges and opportunities. 

Through Tichenor's leadership, WPI's applications for admission, 
both undergraduate and graduate, have increased dramatically. 
She has been highly successful in attracting women and under- 
represented minorities to the university, where applications from 
these groups over the last five years have grown by 140 and 170 
percent, respectively. Tichenor began her tenure at WPI in 2000; 
she previously worked in admissions at Clark University and 
Wheaton College. 


Business Grows at WPI 

Momentum continues to build for the university's business 
programs. Last fall, BusinessWeek ranked WPI's part-time MBA 
program No. 1 in the nation; WPI was also ranked No. 1 for 
student satisfaction in the program. It's the second time in two 
years that the university has made this top-10 list; in 200^ WPI 
was ranked ninth in the nation and No. 1 in the Northeast. 

The university is poised to continue flourishing, following the 
Board of Trustees' vote in May to establish the WPI School of 

Business. Building on the myriad successes of the Department 
of Management, the new business school will be led by Mark 
Rice, the inaugural Dean of Business (see story, page 9), with 
a distinct focus on developing students who are innovative and 
entrepreneurial leaders, prepared for the global, technological 
world. Centered on programs that combine business acumen 
with technological, engineering, and scientific innovation, 
students will learn the practical aspects of creating, running, 
and growing a business. 

The work of the WPI 
K-12 Outreach Program 

challenges students to grow 
academically, making a 
difference in educating the 
next generation of leaders 
and innovators. 

10 Transformations \ Summer 2010 

New Voices, 
Original Plays 

This spring, WPI's Department of 
Humanities and Arts and its theatre 
group Masque celebrated the 28th 
anniversary of New Voices, the 
nation's longest-running collegiate 
new and original play festival. 






Number of high school students who competed in the first WPI FIRST Regional 
Tournament, held in Harrington Auditorium on March 12-13 


Number of students who completed off-campus projects this year through WPI's Global 
Perspective Program 


Number of graduate students who showcased their innovative work on Graduate 
Research Achievement Day this spring 


Number of new full-time faculty members who have joined WPI over the past three years 


National rank, by The Princeton Review, of WPI's Interactive Media and Game 
Development program 

National rank of WPI's part-time MBA, by BusinessWeek 

Transformations \ Summer 2010 II 

EXPLORATIONS By Eileen McCluskey 

South Africa suffers a runaway AIDS epidemic. 

Ugandan women die of breast cancer at alarming rates. Now, 
first year students address these and other health-related issues 
through team projects in Heal the World, one of WPI's Great 
Problems Seminars. 

Launched in 2007, the Great Problems Seminars prepare 
first year students for the university's project-driven curriculum 
and serve as an introduction to university-level research. 
Students take problem solving out of the textbook and into 
the real world by focusing on themes of global importance, 
including societal problems and human needs. Supported by 
a grant from Eric Hahn '80 and the Hahn Family Trust, GPS 

is the result of a university initiative to enhance the first year 
experience, enabling students to begin working on solutions 
to real-world issues and problems from their very first day 
on campus. 

Heal the World (HTW), which has been offered since 
2008, is co-taught by Jill Rulfs, associate professor and asso- 
ciate department head of biology and biotechnology, and 
Helen Vassallo, professor of management. Together, they 
seamlessly combine biology, business management, and good 
research practices while inviting students, in teams of four or 
five, to explore any health topic they choose for their project. 
"There are a range of projects — they're not cookie cutter," 

12 Transformations \ Summer 2010 

Students take problem solving out of the textbook and into the real 
world by focusing on themes of global importance, including societal 
problems and human needs. 

Rulfs says. The goal, she adds, is ro identify not only an 
issue, but a feasible approach, too. "It's not only 'What's 
the problem?' but 'What's the action plan?'" 

AIDS Prevention in the Aftermath of Denial 

In one such project from this year, students addressed HIV/ 
AIDS prevention in South Africa, where the government had 
denied, until 2006, that the HIV virus causes AIDS. A tragic 
example of the cost of mismanaging a biological threat, this 
colossal error has resulted in some of the highest rates of 
HIV infection in the world (approximately 5.4 million of its 
47 million citizens). 

A group of WPI students, including Xavier Miller '13, 
was drawn to this staggering problem. "I chose HTW because 
there are so many preventable health problems, and even 
though we were just freshmen, we could help solve them," 
says Miller, a chemical engineering major. 

Since it would not be financially feasible to produce 
and distribute enough medicine for all of the AIDS victims 
in South Africa, the students chose instead to educate non- 
infected individuals so they can avoid exposure to HIV. The 
students' educational campaign would target middle school 
children, ages 13 to 15, because their research showed that 
the percentage of HIV infection jumps among individuals 
ages 17 to 23 years. "We wanted to reach the kids before 
they were likely to be exposed to HIV," explains Miller. 

The team focused on Cape Town for their project. The 
metropolitan area has school systems, public Internet access, 
and a WPI project center, which opens the possibility of a 
follow-up IQP in a couple years. The team would teach chil- 
dren the facts about the number of people with HIV/AIDS 
in their community, debunk myths (e.g., casual contact can 
spread HIV), and spread the word about how to avoid expo- 
sure to the disease. South African AIDS patients would speak 
at middle schools about their experiences with the disease. 
A website the team designed would disseminate educational 
information and allow online scheduling of speakers. 

Bringing Mammograms to Ugandans 

Another of the projects also addressed a 
major problem: breast cancer deaths in 
Uganda. Autumn Silke '13 worked on 
the student team that confronted this 
issue. "I wanted to take HTW," says 
Silke, "because it would help me develop 
my group discussion and presentation 
skills, and give me the chance to learn 
about important issues." A biology and 
biotechnology major, Silke also picked 

Jill Rulfs talks with students from Power the World, one of the Great Problems 
Seminars, during GPS project presentation day. Rulfs co-teaches Heal the World. 

up key project management skills. "The seminar broadened my 
abilities to assess team members' strengths, so we could each 
decide which aspects of the project we'd focus on and research." 

The students chose the Uganda project because of the 
profound differences they found in breast cancer survival 
rates there, compared to the United States. In Uganda only 
45 percent of breast cancer patients survive beyond five years, 
versus 81 percent in this country. Seeking reasons for that stark 
discrepancy led the students to discover that fully 95 percent 
of Ugandan women with breast cancer have reached stage 4 at 
their first diagnosis. In the United States, that statistic is just 
1 5 percent. At the heart of the problem lies a startling lack 
of resources. Uganda, with its population of 31 million, has 
only one oncologist and two mammography units, versus 
the 10,400 oncologists and nearly 13,000 mammography 
machines in the United States. 

The students were determined to find a way to boost the 
survival odds for Ugandan women who develop breast cancer. 
Since many of the nation's citizens live in remote rural areas, 
the team's strategy centered on a mammography van that could 
bring this lifesaving technology to women. As they continued 
to research their idea's feasibility, the students discovered that 
Yale University has launched such a project in Uganda — proof 
positive that their idea would work. Better yet, the van could 
serve triple duty: transport women needing treatment back 
to the clinic (at no charge), and carry educational brochures 
about self-exams. Fundraising could build a fleet of vans. 

Rulfs and Vassallo, looking back on their first two years 
teaching the HTW seminar, say they find their work especially 
rewarding, particularly when they see students become inspired 
by their projects. "It's wonderful for these kids to find that 
passion," Vassallo says. 

Transfo rmat io n s \ Summer 2010 13 


As the nation seeks to 

solve the conundrum of its 

troubled healthcare system, 

information technology — 

including electronic medical 

records and telemedicine — 

will be a critical element of the 

solution. But healthcare has 

been slow to adopt IT, for a 

variety of reasons. WPI's 

Bengisu Tulu is helping the 

industry clear the hurdles that 

stand in the way of its realizing 

the full benefits of modern 

information systems. 

Translating IT into Better Healthcare 

When you think about modern medicine, you think about technology: 
advanced imaging systems, diagnostic labs filled with analytical equipment, even 
robotic assistants in the operating room. Ironically, the healthcare industry has 
been one of the slowest to embrace information technology. The reasons are 
complex, says Bengisu Tulu, assistant professor of management at WPI, whose 
research focuses on finding ways to overcome the hurdles that keep medical 
professionals from making use of the full benefits of information systems. 

Tulu says that some of the IT problems in healthcare stem from communi- 
cations breakdowns. Developers of information systems fail to understand what 
users want the systems to do. Computer systems that manage medical records 
and billing follow different rules and can't easily share information. Systems made 
by different manufacturers can't talk to each other seamlessly. "Often," she says, 
"my role is to serve as the translator." 

A good case in point, Tulu explains, is the way electronic medical systems 
deal with (or more often, don't deal with) the particular issues that face people 
with disabilities. "Typical medical records systems are focused on treatment, but 
people with disabilities are also concerned about benefits. They need to be com- 
pensated for their medical care, and their medical records are the legal evidence 
required to support their claims." 

Benefits administrators use a ratings system to evaluate claims, but those 
ratings don't map well onto the treatment codes that doctors use, causing delays 
in payments. While working on her PhD in the School of Information Systems 
and Technology at Claremont Graduate University, Tulu was part of a research 
group that helped gain national visibility for this issue and proposed solutions 
that will help electronic medical record systems bridge this costly gap. 

The work caught the attention of the Social Security Administration, one of 
the nation's largest payers of medical benefits, which is now committed to working 
toward the seamless transfer of medical evidence from healthcare providers to the 
agency, notes Tulu. "This is exactly why we work in this field. This issue matters 
to a lot of people, and the impact of this work can be significant." 

As an information technology translator, Tulu often works to open a produc- 
tive dialog between teams in healthcare organizations charged with improving 
processes and those that implement new technology. "You really need to be sure 
these groups talk to each other," she says. "Technology and processes need to be 
planned and designed together. When that does not happen, people become frus- 
trated because there are many changes coming at them and they may well conflict." 

Over the past two years, Tulu has had the opportunity to put this theory into 
practice in a project that produced a rare medical IT triumph. Tulu worked with 
one of the largest not-for-profit health organizations in Oklahoma to set up a 
telestroke network. Telestroke is a way of using video technology to connect rural 
hospitals that don't have stroke specialists on staff with larger medical centers that 
do. It allows patients in remote areas who may have suffered a stroke to be diag- 
nosed and treated with the clot-busting drug tPA in the brief window of time 
when that medication can be safely administered. 

The health organization in Oklahoma had been involved with telehealth for 

14 Transformations \ Summer 2010 



more than 15 years, Tulu says, before embarking on the telestroke project. "They said, 
'We've made a lot of mistakes and learned from them. We want to do this one right." 

Tulu and her team were offered the opportunity to become involved before 
the first site was set up and observe the implementation process as new sites were 
brought up. The health system paired someone from the process development group 
with the telehealth group so the process design and the technology were integrated 
seamlessly. "The people in the emergency rooms using the system are very happy," 
she says. "It shows that if you come in as one group and make all of the changes as 
one solution, the healthcare profession will find that it makes sense." 

Currently, Tulu is applying the lessons learned in Oklahoma to a new telehealth 
project with the plastic surgery division of the University of Massachusetts Medical 
School. Patients with chronic wounds need to be seen by a group of specialists regu- 
larly, but the consultations tend to be brief. "The patients, who usually have other 
serious medical problems, sometimes have to be transported by ambulance from 
hours away, and those trips can have a deleterious effect on the wounds." 

Working with Dr. Raymond Dunn '78, chief of the division of plastic surgery, 
and Peder Pederson, professor of electrical and computer engineering at WPI, Tulu 
hopes to help develop a system that will enable wound care specialists to view images 
of patients' wounds remotely and decide if an in-person visit is warranted. "This 
could result in considerable savings and better outcomes for patients," she says. 

Tulu is pursuing this and other projects through WPI's new Center for eHealth 
Innovation and Process Transformation, an interdisciplinary research center working 
to improve healthcare delivery through engineering, management, and information 
technology. The task before the center is daunting, Tulu says, for as the nation seeks 
to reform its troubled healthcare system, technology — from electronic medical records 
to telemedicine — will play an increasingly important role. "We will continue to have 
problems with adoption," she says, "until we can get to a point where we can create 
good systems that are designed for the user and supported by a good mechanism. 
We need to be happy with the whole healthcare system, not just the technology." 

Transformations | Summer 2010 15 








j . 


By Jim H. Smith 


Athletics at WPI 

WPI Basketball Head Coach Chris Bartley has a little code 
that summarizes what he expects of his team. He calls it the 
"ABC's for Success at WPI" and it's all about embracing life 
with passion. "A" stands for academics. "B" is for basketball. 
And "C" is about commitment to your community. 

One morning last winter, just before Christmas, the team 
was rigorously adhering to "B." The season was still young, 
but another NCAA Division III tournament appearance 
seemed within reach. In little more than a month the team 
had shown what it was made of, losing just one game while 
posting nine wins, including a hard-earned double overtime 
tilt with Gwynedd-Mercy in the Regis Tournament. 

Good teams don't think about the last game, though, or 
the tournament two months down the road. They concentrate 
on the here and now. So that morning Bartley's guys were in 
the weight room. That's where they got the news. 

There is a meditative quality to the repetitive nature of 
fitness training. Grinding out the laps, the sprints, the lifts, 
the steady one-foot-after-the-other pace of the long distance 
run can be good not only for the body, but for the spirit as 
well. Somewhere in the rhythm of the reps you find your 
center. You achieve balance. 

But after the team learned about Mary Chatfield, no one 
felt like lifting anymore. It was like the light had suddenly 
drained out of the day. 

Bartley himself delivered the news. A lot of tasks fall upon 
the shoulders of collegiate coaches, but nothing prepares you 
for this. Mary Chatfield, who coordinated the Big Brothers 

Big Sisters Program at Worcester's Elm Park School, where 
all the members of the team serve as mentors to a group of 
young boys every week, had slipped away during the night. 
She was just 54 years old. 

"The guys were devastated when I told them," Bartley 
remembers. "Ms. Chatfield was a powerful role model for 
them. She had a terrific way with kids — firm, but fair. She 
had great strength." 

All of the players knew what they had to do. They had 
to show great strength, too. They had to be there for their 
"little brothers," many of whom do not have a real big brother 
or a dad to be there for them when the light suddenly drains 
out of the day. They had to be there for Chatfield, whose wake 
they attended and at whose funeral they served as ushers. 
And they had to be there for each other, their community. 

The Best Role Model You Can Be 

Bartley, now in his ninth year at WPI, reached out to Big 
Brothers Big Sisters seven years ago, joining the organization's 
board and recruiting his players as volunteers. There were 1 5 
WPI Big Brother matches that year. Today, while every mem- 
ber of Bartley's team still serves as a Big Brother, involvement 
in the program has spread well beyond athletics, and there 
are nearly 200 WPI Big Brother and Big Sister matches. 

"A major part of the WPI mission is to take what you 
learn and use it to make the world a better place," Bartley 
says. "Participation in Big Brothers Big Sisters helps us instill 
in our student-athletes a willingness and desire to be servants 

"A big part of our success is attracting the best young student-athletes 
we can find. We put a high emphasis on character/' 

■Chris Bartley 

Transformations \ Summer 2010 17 

in the community. All of our student-athletes understand 
that they are very fortunate to be here. This program is a 
way for them to give something back to others who are less 
fortunate. At the same time, it helps the athletes mature." 
Ask David Brown, a junior guard from Lowell, Mass., 
who comes from a background not unlike many of the kids 
served by Big Brothers Big Sisters. Brown met his "little 
brother," Juan Garcia, when he was a freshman. They've built 
a tight bond in three years. "These kids really look up to us," 
says Brown. "It's important for them to see older guys who 
are succeeding as college students. When you realize what an 
influence you can have on a little kid, it makes you want to 
be the best role model you can be." 

A Structure for Success 

"A big part of our success is attracting the best young student- 
athletes we can find," Bartley says. "We put a high emphasis 
on character." At WPI, those best young student-athletes 
must be able to cut it in the classroom, too. "A lot of people 
ask me how I could play two sports and handle the course 
load required to earn a degree in civil engineering," says Mike 
Swanton '10, who played varsity baseball and football during 
his four years at WPI. "I'm not so sure I would have made it 
without playing sports." 

Sports helps provide the structure that is absolutely 
essential for students who must be effective time managers 
if they are going to succeed at WPI, says Kelly Johnson '10, 

who knows a thing or two about 
time management. Another two- 
sport student-athlete (field hockey 
and softball) she also served a term 
as president of SocComm, WPI's 
social committee, and actively par- 
ticipated in Alpha Phi Omega 
National Service Fraternity while 
maintaining a 4.0 GPA. 

"You really need a structure at 
WPI," says Johnson. "Sports provides that. It also gives you an 
instant group of friends, a team whose support, resources, and 
connections you can rely on." 

In fact, athletics and academics enjoy a symbiotic relation- 
ship at WPI. Head Women's Basketball Coach Cherise Galasso 
says sports offers students a way to be balanced and focused. 

At the same time, she says, "our student-athletes succeed 
because they are well-rounded, high achievers. They have great 
time management skills and a strong work ethic. They like 
challenges and they are very competitive. They thrive on that." 

All told, WPI's varsity programs succeed because the teams 
comprise students who are good at both academics and athlet- 
ics, and who are deeply devoted to both, says Dana L. Harmon, 
director of physical education, recreation, and athletics. 

"Our job is really to address 'the whole person,'" she says. 
"We help them work with others and develop self-confidence. 
They have a sense of responsibility about their academic work 
and they're accustomed to being on teams. They have an 
understanding of the sacrifices you sometimes have to make, 
the choices in life that are so important. These are remarkable 
young people and they do well." 

So well, in fact, that WPI student-athlete GPAs are on par 
with, or higher than, the general student population, Harmon 
says. Student-athletes graduate in four years at a rate that's 
6-10 percent higher than the overall student body. And that 
fact, which speaks to perseverance as much as intelligence, says 
a lot about the success of WPI's student-athletes. 

18 Transformations | Summer 2010 

"WPI's varsity programs succeed 
because the teams comprise students 
who are good at both academics 
and athletics, and who are deeply 
devoted to both/ 7 

— Dana Harmon 

"You have to have a certain skill set to be successful at both 
academics and athletics at a school like WPI," says Galasso, 
whose team boasted a collective 3.45 GPA while winning 20 
of 25 regular season games last year. "You definitely can do 
both sports and academics, and do them well, but you have 
to stay focused and balanced. The student-athletes we recruit 
are accustomed to teamwork. They are actively involved in 
learning. And they tend to like having a routine." 

Head Baseball Coach Mike Callahan thinks intelligent 
student-athletes bring an edge to the game. "Smart players play 
better," he says. "They understand the game better. They see it 
right away. But what's more important — the biggest thing — 
is they really want to get better. They want to fix problems." 

Brian Savilonis '72, head men's and women's cross 
country coach, echoes that work ethic. "Many of my most 
effective student-athletes have been young people who never 
participated in athletics in high school," said Savilonis, the 
longest tenured active WPI coach. He recalls three alumnae — 
Athena Demetry '91, Maura (Collins) Pavao '91, and Chris 
(Mikloiche) Scott '90 — who hadn't run in high school. "Here 
at WPI they became All-New England together," he says. "It is 
wonderful to see young people like these come here and find 
something special in athletics, something enduring that they 
can take with them when they leave." 

Demand for Recreation 

Since Harmon arrived on campus in 2002, WPI has contin- 
ued to grow its athletic reputation and success. In 2009 the 
men's basketball program returned to the NCAA tournament 
for the fifth straight year. At the same time, the women's 
basketball team won 20 games, a new school record, on its 
way to another ECAC New England championship, its second says WPI President Dennis Berkey 

So great is the demand for recreational options that the 
Institute has just broken ground for the new Sports and Rec- 
reation Center. The 145,000-square-foot facility will include 
a modern 25-meter stretch swimming pool with spectator 
seating for 250; a 29,000-square-foot gymnasium that can 
accommodate indoor sports and help with large community 
events like admissions open houses and robotics competitions; 
an elevated, three-lane jogging track around the perimeter of 
the new gym; workout studios; and 14,000 square feet of 
fitness and cardio space. 

"WPI's beautiful campus and extensive facilities are criti- 
cally important to its continuing success as a high-performance 
university, producing women and men well prepared for the 
rigors, opportunities, and challenges of 21st century life," 

in three years. And the men's baseball team competed in the 
NCAA championship for the first time in the program's 

The 2009-10 season also marked an important mile- 
stone: WPI had the greatest number of women participating 
in varsity athletics in school history. Still, athletics at WPI 
is not just about varsity sports. Fully 60 percent of students 
participate in intramural sports, Harmon says. And another 
20 percent are engaged in club sports. 

Indeed, Chris Bartley sees firsthand the importance of 
sports and recreation for students. As basketball coach, his 
job extends beyond the court. 

"We have a special privilege," he says. "We get to play 
a role in shaping the lives of great young people during their 
four years of college. My job isn't just about developing a 
winning team. What I love about coaching is working with 
student-athletes and helping them to be really successful — 
in all aspects of their lives." D 


To read more about the Sports and Recreation Center, see page 6 and visit 


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20 Transformations \ Summer 2010 

It's an exciting time to be in the healthcare 
business. Spurred by technological advances, 
demographic changes, and product innova- 
tion, the healthcare technology and services 
industry is booming. Not surprisingly, WPI 
alumni are leaders in this field, helping bring 
innovative healthcare solutions to market in 
a changing world. Nancy Bullock '91, 

'92 (MBA), Vera Tice '86 (MS), 

and Steve Rusckowski '79 are three 
such alumni. 


As a Student in WPI's undergraduate biotechnology pro- 
gram, Nancy Bullock loved her hours in the biotechnology 
lab. But she wanted to get the same hands-on feel for the 
business of biotech, which was just beginning to boom. In 
her junior year, after being accepted into WPI's dual-degree 
bachelor's MBA program, Bullock began her graduate busi- 
ness studies as an overlay to her undergraduate work. 

To complement her studies, she landed a business devel- 
opment role with Genica Corporation (now part of Thermo 
Fisher Scientific), one of Worcester's first biotech start-ups. 
She completed her MQP through a project for this provider 
of neurological diagnostic testing services. "This early role 
was pivotal in enabling me to experience how I could marry 
the business with the science," she says. In fact, she's made a 
successful career at that intersection of science and business. 

Transformations \ Summer 2010 21 

For 18 years, Bullock led business development and mar- 
keting initiatives at various biotech and medical technology 
companies, from start-ups to major players in the healthcare 
space like Medtronic and Johnson & Johnson. She helped 
develop and launch cutting-edge medical implants, instruments, 
and capital equipment for neurological conditions, minimally 
invasive cardiovascular surgery, and pain management. She 
also identified the best opportunities for expansion — in new 
products and services, and in established and emerging global 
markets. Now, as principal of her own consultancy, Break- 
through Healthcare Solutions, Bullock does the same for 
her clients. 

"An incredible amount of innovation comes from start- 
up companies who have a great concept, but who aren't sure 
how to develop a sound business plan to bring the product to 
market," she says. Those firms, and their larger multinational 
brethren, all face similar challenges, from figuring out what 
their products should look like to identifying the most lucra- 
tive geographic markets for them. 

They are also riding many of the same trends, such as 
the transfer of patient care from hospitals to outpatient clin- 
ics, physicians' offices, and even home — a shift that is being 
propelled in part by the development of smarter, less invasive 
technology and the drive to improve patient quality of life 
while reducing the cost to provide the associated care. 

"Over the past 20 years, we've completely transformed 
the way surgery is done. Many procedures that previously 
could be done only in a hospital operating room now are 
safely, effectively, and economically performed in more acces- 
sible settings," Bullock says. "We're doing procedures less 
invasively, using instruments designed to provide access into 
the body through smaller incisions. For many procedures, 
surgeons no longer need to make a large incision. Instead, 
they're able to operate through natural orifices or openings the 
diameter of a nickel." All of this can make for greater safety, 
faster recovery, and lower costs. It does not, however, make 
the process of capitalizing on these innovations any simpler. 

Recently, Bullock consulted for a Minnesota-based start- 
up that had developed an innovative device used to maintain 
long-term vascular access for chronic hemodialysis patients. 
With an early successful track record in the United States, the 
company wanted to expand internationally but didn't know 
where to start. So she researched what the group might face 
when entering markets across Europe and the developing 
world, from regulatory hurdles to economic barriers to local 
infrastructure limitations. She then used that information to 
prepare a global go-to-market plan, recommending where the 
company should focus first and how it should approach mar- 
ket entry. This plan enabled the start-up to seek the necessary 
funding from its investors. 

Interestingly, Bullock points out that not all of the 
innovation in the healthcare market takes the form of new 
technology. Some of it has to do with the way in which 
businesses are structured and services delivered. 

While working for Medtronic, for example, Bullock 
helped change the way the company delivered its deep brain 
stimulation solutions, which center around accurately implant- 
ing one or two electrical wires the size of a human hair that 
are then connected to a pacemaker-like implant to stimulate 
the brain and alleviate symptoms of neurological disorders 
such as Parkinson's disease. Previously, hospitals had to spend 
upwards of $1.5 million in capital, often waiting a full year to 
purchase, install, and train on all of the necessary technology. 
Bullock led the shift to a fee-for-service model that depended in 
part on technological improvements, but that was really about 
changing the way the procedure was delivered and paid for. 

"We took the most essential technology, miniaturized 
and customized it for the deep brain stimulation procedure, 
then packaged it together with all the necessary devices, 
instruments, and one highly trained Medtronic professional, 
and provided a one-stop shop solution to the hospital on a 
fee-per-procedure basis," she says. No more large capital 
expenditures, and no more excessive wait-times for treatment; 
instead, there was an easier way for the hospital to pay for 
state-of-the-art technology, and surgeons could provide 
patients much faster access to this life-changing procedure. 

"I'm passionate about my work — it's all about helping 
transform patient care through innovation. The breakthroughs 
in healthcare are evolving not only from the products them- 
selves," Bullock says, "but also from the market dynamics and 
patient care delivery methods." 

With over 20 years of experience in the telecommu- 
nications and healthcare technology industries and a resume 
that covers everything from R&D product development to 
executive management, Vera Tice has the kind of technical 
savvy, managerial know-how, and sector-specific expertise 
needed to navigate the telehealth market. Which is good, 
because her clients sometimes don't. [Telehealth covers 
anything that involves delivering healthcare services using 
telecommunication technologies, from conducting remote 
doctor's visits via webcam, to monitoring a person's vital 
signs using wireless sensors.] 

Not long ago, Tice was approached by a start-up founder 
who envisioned a software system that would allow consumers 
to manage all aspects of their healthcare, from electronic visits 
and accessing of test results to online billing. The problem? 
"He had no experience in either software development or 
the healthcare industry," she says. 

Tice, who takes obvious pleasure in turning ideas into 
reality, not only reworked parts of the CEO's business plan, 
she also recruited a team of software developers to prototype 
elements of the system, giving her client something to show 
potential investors. "Now he's back on track," she says. 

Tice spent 1 5 years working on networked patient- 
monitoring devices and healthcare information systems in 
the medical products group at Hewlett-Packard (now part 

22 Transformations | Summer 2010 



For the past seven years, Vera Tice has worked primarily with small 
entrepreneurial companies and healthcare organizations that are 
attempting to bring new remote healthcare technologies to market. 

of Philips Healthcare), and another four years at Nokia, 
where she led the development of mobile device applications 
and network security products. As Nokia and its competitors 
began to explore the possibility of using smartphones and 
similar mobile gadgets to deliver telehealth, Tice saw an 
opportunity of her own. For the past seven years, she has 
worked primarily with small entrepreneurial companies and 
healthcare organizations that are attempting to bring new 
remote healthcare technologies to market. 
It's a niche that has expanded rapidly 
over the past few years, as giants like 
Philips and GE have begun to acquire 
smaller entrepreneurial companies in 
order to beef up their telehealth portfolios, 

and as large healthcare organizations like Partners Healthcare 
have begun to commercialize the remote healthcare technologies 
they've developed in-house. A growing number of universities 
are entering the mix, as well. For example, Tice has consulted 
with Advanced Body Systems, a start-up built around a novel 
sensor developed by Yitzhak Mendelson and James Duckworth, 
WPI professors in biomedical engineering and electrical and 
computer engineering, respectively. Originally developed to 
monitor soldiers on the battlefield, the sensor could potentially 
be used to keep tabs on people who work in all sorts of extreme 
conditions, from firefighters to miners. 

Government promotion of electronic health records (EHR) 
and the federally mandated expansion of health insurance cov- 
erage are also giving the industry a boost, as an aging cohort of 

Philips telemonitoring devices support remote patient education and enable 
O K healthcare providers to remotely monitor patients with chronic illnesse 
their homes. Photo courtesy of Philips Healthcare 

baby boomers with chronic conditions — and a looming short- 
age of primary care physicians — makes remote healthcare a 
more viable means of serving everyone who needs help. In the 
future, rather than trudging into your general practitioner's 
overcrowded waiting room just to see if you need a specialist, 
you might simply dial into a call center and be triaged with 
the help of streaming video and remote biometrics, your data 
automatically entered in an EHR. 

Yet government involvement is a double-edged sword. 
Recently, Tice worked with a home-care product development 
company that developed a healthcare information system that 
would allow visiting nurses to record a patient's medical data 
and related billing information on a standard PDA, then 
upload it all to an online database to be accessed at the 
home-care agency offices. Home-care agencies could pay to 
use the system on a subscription basis. 

Systems such as these would allow agencies to replace 
their dedicated data recorders and databases with commonly 
available mobile devices and secure hosted data center storage. 
Cheap cloud storage could follow. Yet they could also run afoul 
of FDA regulations governing medical devices — a category 
that includes anything used for diagnostic purposes. While a 
PDA such as an iPhone might not resemble an EEG cart, 
with the right app and enough patient data, "it begins to cross 
the line," says Tice. This past January, the FDA ruled that an 
iPhone running medical imaging software was indeed a class 
III medical device, and hence subject to pre-market approval. 

Scenarios like this make telehealth companies nervous. 
And that makes Tice very, very busy. 

Steve Rusckowski speaks like a physician. 

"We've always been focused on the need to understand 
what healthcare does every day: to care for a person with a 
health problem," he says. 

But Rusckowski is no doctor. He's the CEO of Philips 
Healthcare, the medical technology and services arm of 
Dutch multinational Royal Philips Electronics. 

Philips Healthcare is a major provider of high-end imag- 
ing equipment and healthcare information systems, and a 
leading purveyor of high-tech home monitoring devices, with 
sales of approximately $10 billion and employing 34,000 
people globally. In recent years, the company has also devel- 
oped cutting-edge handheld diagnostic tools that use exotic 
technologies like magnetic nanoparticles to scan for signs of 
drug use and heart disease. 

Despite all that technical firepower, however, technology 
actually comes last at Philips, says Rusckowski, whose first job 
after WPI involved managing the mechanical support team of 
a chemical factory for Procter &C Gamble. (He later served as 
a production supervisor in the company's soap and detergent 
division before earning a degree from MIT's Sloan School of 
Management, and went on to run the medical products group 
at Hewlett-Packard and the healthcare group of Agilent.) 

24 Trans formations \ Summer 2010 

"We spend $1 billion a year 
on R&D at Philips Healthcare, 
but that's only beneficial if you 
an demonstrate that you can 
se the technology you've 
developed to better diagnose, 
treat, and manage disease 
while lowering cost." 

— Steve Rusckowski 

"We think about the biggest healthcare issues around 
the world," he says, "and rather than looking at technology, 
we consider the biggest problems associated with those issues. 
Then we try to understand the full care cycle that a doctor 
would go through in diagnosing, treating, and managing that 
problem over time." Only then, Rusckowski says, do they ask 
what technological solutions are most likely to improve care 
while reducing costs. 

The answer to that question may depend on factors rang- 
ing from biology to geography. Clinics in rural China, for 
example, might benefit most from inexpensive diagnostic 
equipment that doesn't require a lot of skilled technical 
support, like simple, reliable ultrasound scanners. Developed 
countries like Japan and the United States, however, might 
benefit from a more technologically robust approach. 

^ J 

American hospitals, for example, are faced with a 
growing number of ICU patients and a shortage of specially 
trained physicians, or "intensivists," to care for them. So 
Philips acquired Visicu, a Baltimore-based firm that developed 
an "elCU" system to permit a small group of intensivists in 
a central station to remotely monitor all of their acute-care 
patients. Software algorithms sift through reams of patient 
data to help identify who needs help before complications 
can arise. That, in turn, cuts down on unnecessary fatalities, 
reduces the amount of time patients need to stay in intensive 
care, and lowers overall staffing levels. 

Sometimes, even a simple fix can make a big difference. 
As populations in the developed world grow ever greyer, more 
and more people are going to want to spend their remaining 
years at home, rather than in some kind of elder-care facility. 

AutoAlert is the only pendant-style help buttoi 

call for help fall and you're unable to push the button yourself. 

Photo courtesy of Philips Health> 

But those people are going to need help if they suffer a fall — 
and many of them do, leading to serious complications (bro- 
ken bones, hypothermia) and expensive hospital stays. In 
this case, Philips came up with the AutoAlert pendant, a tiny 
gizmo containing an accelerometer and altimeter that auto- 
matically calls for help if its wearer takes a spill. With better 
software, it may one day learn to recognize the behaviors that 
lead to falls and sound the alarm before they can even occur. 

It's hardly a tricorder; but again, the idea is not to aim 
for the flashiest technological solution, but one that solves 
a genuine problem and delivers real value. 

"We spend $1 billion a year on R&D at Philips Healthcare," 
says Rusckowski. "But that's only beneficial if you can demon- 
strate that you can use the technology you've developed to better 
diagnose, treat, and manage disease while lowering cost." D 

Tran sfo rmations \ Summer 2010 25 


By Joanne Silver 


Tm nof^itting crunching numbers all day. I'm working 
with people, with teams. I work with physicians, with 
business people, marketing people/ 7 

Not all medical research takes place on animals and in petri dishes. Increasingly, numbers 
are the raw ingredients of those looking to cure diseases. Jovanna Baptista '00 and 
Brian Weiner '04 address this challenge by tapping into the ability of computers to sort 
through vast quantities of data in search of information that could hold the secret to the 
next medical breakthrough. 

For almost as long as Jovanna Baptista has loved math, 
she has found ways to keep the netd factor from defining her 
life. In high school it meant becoming captain of the cheer- 
leading squad, while still belonging to the math team. At 
WPI — where in 2000 she received a BS with high distinction 
in actuarial mathematics and a minor in management — she 
relished the chance to work at a London hospital for her IQP, 
helping design a system for prescribing appropriate wheel- 
chairs for patients with neurological disorders. There, she 
valued the teamwork with WPI biomedical engineers; the 
subsequent multimedia presentation back at school led to 
winning the President's IQP Award. And now that Baptista 
is a respected biostatistician for pharmaceuticals, she talks 
excitedly about the human side of her career. 

At her condo in Bostons Roslindale section, where 
paintings by her brother Joshua complement the stylish but 
comfortable furnishings, Baptista says, "I'm not sitting 
crunching numbers all day. I'm working with people, with 
teams. I work with physicians, with business people, market- 
ing people. Although I love statistics, it's very little of what I 
do. My job is using tools to present the information to non- 
statisticians. Doctors are the experts. My job is to understand 
what they need and work it into a clinical trial." 

The ultimate goal, of course, is for a pharmaceutical 
company to create a drug that will benefit patients, with the 
fewest adverse effects. Reaching that point, however, involves 
lengthy and often byzantine processes, both scientific and 

bureaucratic. In the decade since Baptista graduated from 
WPI, she has gained insight into virtually every aspect of this 
vital path, both at a number of pharmaceutical companies 
and at the Harvard School of Public Health, where she 
received an MS in biostatistics in 2002. 

Whether constructing a clinical trial, or going before 
the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make a case 
for a drug, Baptista has proved a skilled observer of people. 
She is sensitive to the suffering of the individuals for whom 
a future medication might be beneficial, but committed to 
the highest standards in structuring a trial. She understands 
physicians' desires to get a potentially helpful medicine to 
patients as quickly as possible. And she is able to maintain the 
diplomacy needed to ensure a study satisfies all involved — 
from the FDA to the pharmaceutical company — by "not 
being caught up in the moment." 

A visible record of Baptista's research shows up in the 
insert inside the packaging of an approved drug. There, in 
small print, are the conclusions drawn from the many ques- 
tions she had to ask along the way. Among the main ones, 
she says, are, "How do you figure out how many patients you 
need for a study? What will be a clinical benefit — a mean- 
ingful difference? You try to have a study that is clinically 
meaningful, statistically significant, and cost effective." 

Baptista, who has investigated drugs for cystic fibrosis, 
cancer, anemia, and other conditions, must focus on the risk 
versus the benefit of a particular drug in the context of the 

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situation it would treat. A life-threatening disease clearly 
allows for more potential adverse effects than one addressing 
a more benign ailment. At Infinity Pharmaceuticals in Cam- 
bridge, Mass., where she handled oncology trials, Baptista 
explains the complexity of figuring out dosing for a protocol. 
"You don't know the effective dose," she says. "You keep 
bumping it up until you reach dose-limiting toxicities." 

Even though Baptista must weigh negative repercussions 
in everything she studies, by nature she prefers to focus on 
positive outcomes. In fact, she decided while at WPI not to 
become an actuary because it was too downbeat. She did her 
MQP at John Hancock, assisting on a project to price a dis- 
ability waiver for the insurance company. She concluded, 
"Pricing insurance is dry and morbid. You think about how 
people become disabled and die. You come up with a figure 
so that the insurance company can make a profit off people 
becoming disabled." 

The career she chose instead seems full of promise by 
comparison. She believes biostatistics is "an opportunity, if 
you're a person who wants to work in teams of people from 
different backgrounds. I work in a medical environment. I 
may not know about disease or the biology of disease, but I 
go in and start learning. I'm a piece of the puzzle. All these 
disciplines come together to get a drug approved." 

It's a disease that has been identified in an ancient Egyptian 
mummy and that still plagues a third of the planet's six billion 
residents as a dormant threat. Every year the microbe that 
causes tuberculosis infiltrates the lungs of many, killing two 
million individuals and destroying the well-being of countless 
others in the process. For Brian Weiner those statistics repre- 
sent a challenge, which he is addressing with his own arsenal 
of computations. Working at the Broad Institute of MIT and 
Harvard, he wrestles vast quantities of data into revealing 
some of the secrets of what he calls "this horrible bacterium." 
As he sits at his desk on the seventh floor of the Broad's 7 
Cambridge Center building, overlooking the technological 
hub of Kendall Square in Cambridge, he appears hopeful and 
his bright eyes shine: "The work we're doing is laying the 
foundation for good things to come: diagnostics, new drugs, 
new vaccines." 

The battle between Weiner's team and the disease 
requires weapons so potent and sophisticated they could not 
have existed a mere decade ago. Central to his strategy — and 
to the field of bioinformatics — is an ability to understand 
and manipulate genomic data. On twin computer monitors, 
a colorful array of graphs and charts depicts the strengths and 
potential vulnerabilities of tuberculosis DNA. Weiner admits 
that his two Dell desktops are nothing exceptional, however. 

"They're standard," he says. "You could go to Best Buy and 
pick them up." 

What lends power to Weiner's quest lies on a different 
floor of the bright and ultramodern Broad building, which 
opened only four years ago. Behind a secure door, row upon 
row of towering steel-gray machines punctuated by blue 
lights hum with activity. This load-sharing facility — "the 
farm" to Weiner and his colleagues — can analyze sequenced 
DNA at dazzling speeds, enabling scientists to discern the 
location of mutations in the microbe. By comparing drug- 
sensitive TB, multidrug-resistant TB, and, the most worri- 
some, extensively drug-resistant TB, the researchers are 
hoping to pave the way for more targeted treatments. 

To explain complicated concepts such as gene expression 
and the transcription network in an organism, Weiner clutches 
his arm. The area he grabs represents a protein called the 
transcription factor, which "sits down on the DNA" and acti- 
vates it. The graphs on his computer screens, with their sharp 
peaks, "allow us to see where they're sitting down, where 
they're located, which genes they're controlling," he says. 

In the whirlwind decade that has included the decoding 
of the human genome and invention of the Illumina DNA- 
sequencing machine, Weiner has gone from a high school 
student in Brookfield, Conn., to an associate computational 
biologist with a BS with distinction in biotechnology from 
WPI and an MS in bioinformatics from Boston University. 
WPI's Odyssey of the Mind — a team-oriented science com- 
petition for schoolchildren — left a lasting impression on him 
as a talented young scientist, who would be growing bacteria, 
running DNA gels, and taking a biotechnology elective 
before graduating from high school. When it came time for 
college, Weiner wanted a school that took a similar team 
approach to creative problem solving. 

Investigating bone biology at the University of Massa- 
chusetts Medical School for his MQP confirmed Weiner's 
passion for biology — but with the computational slant that 
had just begun to be offered as a concentration at WPI. He 
wanted to "analyze data and get to the bigger picture," he 
says. Biology's links to the human condition made the field 
particularly appealing to Weiner; adding math to the mix 
only enhanced what he perceived as the long-term potential 
of his efforts. 

First at the nearby Whitehead Institute, and since 
2006 at the Broad, Weiner has found exactly the sort of 
environment he was seeking. While he has been assembling 
such databases as the one for mutations associated with 
drug-resistant TB, he has been able to look around him 
and witness astounding work on other gene-related problems. 
Modest about his own accomplishments, Weiner is quick to 
praise the achievements of others, who are training their 
genomic sights on HIV, cancer, diabetes, malaria, and other 
global maladies. "Working at a place like the Broad, you feel 

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"The work we're doing is laying the foundation for good things 
to come: diagnostics, new drugs, new vaccines/' 

like you're in school. You're continually learning while you're 
doing professional science," he says. "The Broad, as a model, 
is a gigantic institute structure where all collaborate." Weiner 
gives a shout-out to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 
for funding a grant for the TB database, and to Eli and 
Edythe Broad for recently doubling their contribution to 
their eponymous institute after being impressed by the 
research being done there. 

For Weiner, ultimately it's not about the numbers. In the 
Broad lobby — where a mini-museum houses a luminous inter- 
active display of ongoing enterprises at the organization — he 
takes an iPod-style clicker and flashes onto the TB section. 
There, in vivid hues, charts and maps and photographs tell 
the stories of people ravaged by disease. Weiner's research 
numbers — untold millions and millions of them — will add 
up when the pictures in the display become obsolete. D 

Transformations \ Summer 2010 29 

Digital Healthcare 

By Michael I. Cohen 

Fueled by advancing technology and the 
unprecedented infusion of federal funding, 
the United States is speeding toward a digital 
evolution in healthcare information. The promise 
holds that better use of technology will improve 
patient care and save the system billions of 
dollars. It's a massive transformation, affecting 
myriad individuals and institutions, and Michael 

Gagnon '81 and John Janas '79 are just 

two WPI alumni who are leading the change 
at both ends of the spectrum. 

+ + + 

It's easy to imagine: A guy from Detroit is vacationing on 
Michigan's upper peninsula and falls off his all-terrain vehicle, 
breaking his leg and suffering a concussion. He is rushed to 
the local emergency room, unconscious, and with a few key 
strokes his entire medical history is displayed on a screen to 
help guide the ER team. 

What's easy to imagine in our digital age, however, is not 
yet possible in practice. Making it so is the latest challenge for 
Mike Gagnon. "Today, medical data is not portable across all 
systems. That's the big problem we're ultimately trying to fix," 
he says. "I like to fix big, messy problems, and this is a big one." 

Gagnon is the technical architect for the Michigan 
Health Information Network (MiHIN), the public-private 
partnership working to link healthcare providers across the 
state into a single network. Their goal is to have the medical 
records for each of Michigan's 10 million residents accessible 
whenever, and wherever, they're needed. He's taken on the 
challenge in Michigan after helping the states of New York 
and Vermont design and launch various elements of their 
health information networks. 

Getting an entire state healthcare system working on one 
network is a massive undertaking. Beyond the complexities of 
making incompatible systems talk to each other, details such as 
ensuring that a patient's identity is correct across the network 

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are not as straightforward as one might imagine. It's very 
common for a person to be identified in different ways by dif- 
ferent healthcare providers, Gagnon says. A patient may use 
her full name at her primary care doctor, but drop her middle 
initial when registering with a specialist. A lab report with 
blood sugar results may list a patient as Bob instead of Robert. 
So when our fictional tourist is on the bed in the ER, a net- 
worked health information system needs to know which 
records are really his. 

In Michigan, Gagnon leads a multifaceted team to 
conceptualize the design of a workable network for the state. 
"Right now, we're at the very-high-level design stage of the 
system," he says. "We're evaluating the status of our providers, 
looking at what core technologies we need, and starting to 
develop standards for interoperability, privacy, and security 
that we will embed in the system. Every state in the country 
will be doing this eventually." 

Crafting the big picture for healthcare information 
technology was not on Gagnon's radar screen growing up in 
Hopedale, Mass. He knew he wanted to be an engineer, but 
he was not focused on any particular area. When WPI offered 
a scholarship, his father suggested studying computer science 
because, as his dad presciently told him back in the 1970s, 
"this computer thing is going to be big." 

"My father worked for the state department of employ- 
ment security, so he saw where people were getting laid off 
and where the job opportunities were good," Gagnon says. 
"His advice to me was right on target." 

After earning a degree in computer science, Gagnon went 
to work for a defense contractor — now part of BAE Systems — 
where he developed a networking algorithm for the Patriot 
Missile training system that allowed a battalion commander a 
unified view of the battlefield so he could direct each missile 
battery from a single location. In 1990 Gagnon moved to 
Wisconsin, following his future wife, Heidi, an engineer 
trained at UMass Lowell. He landed an IT job in the depart- 
ment of laboratory medicine at the Mayo Clinic, which set 
him on a new career path. "Working at Mayo was an amazing 
educational experience," Gagnon says. "I learned a lot about 
the business of healthcare." 

At Mayo he developed the clinic's first electronic system 
for sending test results to hospital-based laboratories. He also 
designed Mayo's electronic clinical trial control system. In 1997, 
after the family had moved back to New England, Gagnon 
became the director of IT infrastructure at the Fletcher Allen 
Medical Center in Burlington, Vt., where he led the development 
of several new health information systems, and helped set the 
standards for Vermont's nascent health information network. 

Now as a consultant and president of Health Information 
Exchange Partners, LLC, Gagnon sees no turning back on the 
digital evolution in healthcare systems in the United States. 
"The technology is definitely there — it's ready," he says. "I 
think we're about five years away from seeing the core elements 
of these large health exchanges in place and starting to have 
meaningful use." 


Spend any time on the Internet and you'll see them — annoying 
pop-ups or artfully integrated displays specifically aimed at you, 
based on your demographics and your web-surfing history. 

But long before this idea of selling soap through person- 
alized information delivery became commonplace, John Janas 
saw the potential of using digital tools to deliver personalized 
medical information to help doctors take better care of their 
patients. "What we're trying to do," he says, "is take the best 
of evidenced-based medicine and integrate the relevant data 
into the doctor-patient encounter." 

A medical doctor turned software engineer, Janas devel- 
oped a novel system to link established medical information, 
like guidelines for managing diabetes, with a patient's elec- 
tronic chart. In 2006 General Electric bought his patented 
software and it's now embedded in GE's Centricity® Physician 
Office system. "We want the technology to allow physicians 
to spend less time worrying about paperwork, and more time 
assessing their patients and developing treatment plans based 
on the best relevant information," he says. 

Growing up in Lowell, Mass., where his father practiced 
family medicine, Janas knew early on that he, too, wanted 
to be a doctor — even though his father was becoming disillu- 
sioned by the non-medical burdens placed on physicians. 
"My father actually tried to talk me out of becoming a doctor 
because he was concerned with the direction medicine was 
taking," he says. Janas chose WPI because of its strength in the 
sciences and its project-enriched curriculum. His MQP work 
optimized techniques for isolating immune-system cells known 
as lymphocytes from human blood samples. [Lymphocytes 
help the body identify and fight off infections.] "This was the 
late 1970s, before people understood what was unfolding with 
HIV and AIDS, so my project turned out to be in a very 
important field," says Janas. 

Upon receiving his MD from Creighton University Med- 
ical School, Janas completed a combined internal medicine/ 
pediatrics residency at Bay State Medical Center in Springfield, 
Mass., then joined a family practice in Bar Harbor, Maine. After 
nearly four years on the island, he moved to the Dartmouth- 
Hitchcock clinic in Concord, N.H., where, in addition to see- 
ing patients, he served as assistant director for managed care, 
focusing on improving the efficiency and quality of care. 
During those years in New Hampshire, some of his 
father's forebodings were realized. "The demands of the insur- 
ance companies and the government were hitting physicians 
with hours and hours of paperwork," Janas recalls. "Paper- 
work can become overwhelming and it cuts into the time you 
spend with patients." 

Janas made a fateful decision. He left Dartmouth- 
Hitchcock to build a private practice, one with an electronic 
medical records (EMR) system. "We had an advantage 
because we were small and starting from scratch," he says. 
"We decided to do things differently and we became the first 
private practice in New Hampshire to implement EMR." 

Using such a system yielded benefits right away. It saved 

32 Transformations \ Summer 2010 

"The electronic medical records (EMR) system not only made us more 
efficient, it improved patient satisfaction/ 7 

— John Janas 

physician, nurse, and staff time by having patient records 
always available. No more chasing down charts. Janas could 
communicate with patients by secure email, instead of return- 
ing phone calls from messages that piled up all day, or all 
weekend. The system handled reminders for visits and pre- 
scription renewals, cutting down on incoming phone calls. 
"It not only made us more efficient," he says, "it improved 
patient satisfaction." As helpful as the early EMR was, Janas 
saw a gap and an opportunity that ultimately led to his 
patented software. Until then, the growing amount of 
evidence-based clinical information on best treatment prac- 
tices was available only by reading reams of medical literature. 
"And the reality is, not every physician can take the time to 
read all the literature," Janas says. 

So he began tinkering with computer code and developed 

applications for his EMR system that aggregated medical infor- 
mation from respected sources, and then brought that data into 
a patient's record, as appropriate. When he saw a patient with 
high cholesterol, for example, the latest peer-reviewed guide- 
lines for treating high cholesterol would pop up on the screen 
alongside that patient's medical history and recent lab results. 
With a colleague, he founded Clinical Content Consul- 
tants, which continues to develop new software tools to make 
the doctor-patient encounter more effective. He also consults 
with hospitals and physicians groups to help them effectively 
implement the GE system and to use the technology to drive 
better quality of care. "The software is important, but if they 
put only existing processes on the screen, it will fail," Janas 
says. "What's more important is training physicians and 
adapting their processes to use the technology." D 

Transformations \ Summer 2010 33 

in Small Places 

By Joanne Silver 



Jeffrey Tingle has glimpsed the future in the 
keypad of a cell phone. After years of developing 
software for medical applications, he has turned to 
an idea both bigger and smaller than any he has 
explored before: using mobile technology as an 
instrument to deliver healthcare. He has figured out 
ways to use the most basic phones to ask questions 
and generate answers about symptoms, dosing, and 
other issues, to offer medical assistance to those who 
otherwise might have to do without it or obtain it 
only at a sacrifice to their families — and livelihood. 

Last summer, Tingle — a chemistry major from WPI's 
Class of '77, who also has an MS in geological sciences from 
Brown University — took a detour from the corporate path 
and volunteered on a project that placed cell phones in the 
hands of community health workers in rural Chiapas, 
Mexico. Now, he is considering not only how to expand this 
idea among the world's most underserved populations, but 
also ways in which mobile phones can facilitate healthcare 
delivery here in the United States. 

On a spring afternoon at his home in Harvard, Mass., 
Tingle describes himself as "very focused, very driven" in his 
dot-com days. Medical enterprises ranging from drug discovery 
to risk management benefited from his know-how and, in 
turn, he became highly informed about the intersecting fields 
of medicine and technology. A skilled climber and "fanatical" 
cross-country skier, Tingle exudes vigor, even while sitting on 
a wicker chair with a laptop nearby. He traces his enthusiasm 
for physical challenges to WPI, where he got hooked on the 
outdoors first at a winter session at Baxter State Park in Maine, 
and then as an avid member of the outing club. Thinking back 
on the allure of climbing, he asks, "Was it for the thrill or for 
the problem solving and management of risk?" He has con- 
cluded that it was the latter, and he believes these forces remain 
powerful motivations in his current, more alternative, exploits. 

He calls up an image of a cell phone on his computer, 
with the word MicroEmulator in place of the brand name. 
In the cell's window, three headings appear, in Spanish or 
English, depending on the user's selection: pediatric dosing, 
adult epilepsy, and diarrhea in children. The emulator can 
furnish a sequence of questions and the corresponding 
answers for these problems and others confronted by a 
community worker administering healthcare in a remote 
location, far from a clinic or hospital. 

This two-dimensional picture represents Tingle's efforts 
as a volunteer for the initiative in Chiapas, supported by 
Partners in Health, a Boston-based nonprofit dedicated 
to providing medical care and social justice to some of the 
world's destitute people. For this project, Tingle worked on 

software to be installed in the phones distributed to commu- 
nity care workers chosen to serve their villages. One worker 
per village received a phone, so that in this very poor and 
remote region, perhaps 5,000 people in a dozen villages 
could be aided by the software Tingle devised. 

"I was updating clinical protocols, recoding the logical 
stream," he explains. "They needed a way to help community 
health workers provide medication to children. They have a 
toolkit that contains about 10 different drugs. I worked with 
clinicians to build an application around the dosing protocols. 
Before, it was ad hoc. If they had a big kid, they might give 
him % of an adult dose. There is a diagnostic component as 
well. If the fever is this high and there is diarrhea, what is it? 
We're not trying to treat more insidious diseases. The program 
is trying to take care of 80 percent of the people 80 percent 
of the time." 

But that improvement can significantly affect both the 
physical and the economic health of patients. "These are 
isolated villages," Tingle says. "If a woman in harvest season 
has a sick child and has to walk two days to a clinic, that is 
an enormous economic hit." If that woman, in turn, can be 
home picking crops with a child on the mend, the help 
extends to multiple individuals. 

Tingle is an astute observer of high-tech trends. "If you're 
going to survive in technology," he says, "you're going to have 
to reinvent yourself every three to five years." And so he was 
primed to think of mobile devices as the next wave, especially 
after a case of undiagnosed low sodium sent his elderly moth- 
er on a circuitous journey through the U.S. healthcare system, 
while she experienced dementia, falls, mixed-up medication, 
and an assortment of other problems. 

"It took some smart doctors a long time to figure out 
what was wrong," he says. "Could we have shortened the cycle 
and made it less disruptive?" Tingle's mother does not live in 
a remote Mexican village. She lives in PJiode Island with her 
husband. Tingle and his three younger brothers are all within 
an easy day's drive. Nevertheless, the crisis got Tingle thinking 
about the potential for mobile technology as a healthcare 
tool even in a country where doctors are plentiful. 

Tingle is certain that, just as a phone assisted in delivering 
better support to isolated villagers, a similar system could prove 
valuable in coordinating care for seniors. He imagines being 
able to combine a host of options within a single device. Along 
with a list of medications, there could be a way of checking 
that these were being taken, as well as guidelines regarding 
missed doses. A Twitter-style status update could simultane- 
ously inform all family members about appointments and allow 
someone to sign up to accompany the patient to the next one. 

The software hasn't been created yet, but Tingle is already 
reaching out to possible partners in this venture. At "meet-ups" 
in Cambridge's Kendall Square, he and others consider what 
the product would be, how to bring it into existence, and 
then market it. "With any software development, people build 
upon the generations before," Tingle says. In his hands, that 
process is continuing. O 

Transformations \ Summer 2010 35 



Everyone knows they're going to die, but nobody believes it. 
If we did, we would do things differently." 

— Morrie Schwartz, in Tuesdays with Morrie, by Mitch Albom 

John Gregory '53 practiced cardiology and was a clinical 
professor at Columbia University until 1999, when he became 
director of the Palliative Care Program at Atlantic Healthcare's 
Overlook Hospital in Summit, N.J. In 2006 he was appointed 
administrative medical director of Atlantic Hospice. His son 
John is a pediatric oncologist in the Atlantic hospital system 
and has been a driving force in establishing family-centered 
care for critically ill children. His wife, Alice, is a nurse, and 
two more of his five children are also in the medical field. 

Ironically, he shares a name with another John Gregory, 
the 18th century Scottish physician-philosopher considered 
to be the first medical ethicist, who wrote that being frank 
with seriously ill patients was a "painful office" and one of 
the "most disagreeable duties" of the physician. Gregory has 
found that duty very meaningful. 

In 2008 he was honored by the Karen Ann Quinlan 
Memorial Foundation for his vision and his dedication to 
bettering end-of-life care. 

36 Transformations \ Summer 2010 

What is palliative care? 

Sometimes called comfort care, palliative care is a specialty 
that offers seriously ill patients treatment for their symptoms. 
Our team approach deals not only with the physical problems, 
but with spiritual, psychological, and social issues. We also 
help families deal with issues their loved ones face. Palliative 
care is for patients who are not necessarily at the end of life, 
but need help managing their symptoms. 

It grew out of the hospice philosophy and program that 
evolved in England in the late 1960s and spread to the United 
States in the mid-1970s. The goal is similar to hospice, but it 
is not dependent on prognosis and can be provided at the 
same time as curative treatment. 

How did you evolve into your current role? 

I have been involved with the Bioethics Committee of 
Overlook Hospital from the start, and have served as chair 
for some time. When the committee first evolved, we spent 
a lot of time learning about death and dying. Our bioethics 
consultations frequently involved decision making about 
goals of care at the end of life. We were trying to get at what 
a patient whose prognosis was not very good would want 
in that situation. That gradually evolved into Overlook 
Hospital's palliative care practice. 

What happens in a palliative care consultation? 

Members of our team meet with the patients and their fami- 
lies, and sometimes a chaplain or social worker. We talk with 
the physicians who are caring for the patients and get their 
viewpoints, so we can explain what the professional caregivers 
are thinking. There are often several different specialty physi- 
cians involved in the care of the patient, and the communica- 
tions can be confusing to families. We give them a chance to 
ask questions and have them answered. We make sure they 
have all the information they need to make decisions, and we 
try to guide them along the appropriate pathway, to work out 
goals that are appropriate for that patient. 

What's the family response? 

In general, they're very grateful for our help and input. Many 
times the family has not had these kinds of conversations. 
Even if they have, these are still difficult decisions for family 
members. It's not an easy topic for people to talk with their 
children about, or children to talk with their parents about. 

What can be done to make the process easier? 

Advance directives, living wills, healthcare proxies, and so 
forth, are the ways we encourage families and patients to have 
a plan in the event that they become seriously ill. The Patient 
Self-Determination Act passed in 1990 states that hospitals 
must ask patients if they have an advance directive and offer 
them the opportunity to develop one, if they wish. 

We developed a video called "Anna's Story." It involves 

an elderly patient who is brought into the emergency room 
with trouble breathing. She winds up in intensive care on 
a ventilator, and a lot of things happen that, in retrospect, 
she wouldn't have wanted. We use this as a teaching tool to 
facilitate discussion in our lectures at the hospital, and in 
presentations to local groups. 

Are there consequences of not planning ahead? 

Patients can sometimes receive excessive treatment when 
the prognosis may indicate that the chance of survival is not 
very good, where the burdens of the kind of high-tech care 
that now exist might outweigh the benefits. There's a lot of 
suffering that goes on when patients become unable to express 
what they would really want. Younger people tend not to 
worry about those things; yet an accident could cause them to 
become comatose or otherwise unable to speak for themselves. 
Ideally, all patients would have had a conversation with some- 
one who can speak for them, so that they don't lose the right 
to choose their medical care. The best time to do that is in a 
physician's office, when an individual is not critically ill. 

What changes have you seen in this field? 

Mainly, that it's become a specialty. There are fellowships, 
residencies, conferences, and professional associations. They 
are now teaching end-of-life care in nursing schools and 
medical schools. All of that has evolved over the last 10 years 
or so. There's also been a huge educational effort to make the 
public aware that such services are available. But there's still 
a lot of education that needs to be done. 

Some misinformation came about during the national 
discussion on health reform that was very distressing for 
caregivers in the palliative care movement. Our goal is to 
determine patients' wishes and do what they want. This was 
totally misrepresented. In the United States, euthanasia is 
not accepted at all. Only a few states allow physician-assisted 
suicide, which involves writing prescriptions that could be 
taken by patients who choose to end their own lives. Many 
people in the field feel that if you offer good palliative care, 
there shouldn't be a need for physician-assisted suicide, or 
that the desire for it would be relatively rare. 

What other issues need to be addressed? 

Hospice provides a beautiful caring for patients, and a lot of 
people who are near the end of life miss out on it because they 
aren't referred early enough. Hospice is a benefit that is sup- 
posed to be given when patients have a prognosis of less than 
six months, but 35 percent of patients referred to hospice die 
within seven days of being placed there. Enrolling in hospice 
often is looked on as giving up, and no one wants to give up. 
But it's a time when patients can be relieved of a lot of the 
burdens they suffer near the end. If they're only getting that 
for three or four days, they miss a lot of the benefits, which 
are really wonderful for patients and families. D 

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Transformations, WPI, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609-2280. 


WPI mourns the passing of Janet Forkey, 
wife of Ray Forkey '40, on Oct. 1 9, 
2009. Together, they have been staunch 
supporters of WPI. 

Burton Hinman '45 is president and 
owner of Change Systems Inc. He lives in 
Barrington, III., and has three children, five 
grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren 
scattered throughout the country. 


Milton Meckler 

'54 and his wife, 
Marlys, traveled to 
Delhi, India, to join 
in a four-day wed- 
ding celebration 
for a client's son, 
which, he writes, "put the movie Monsoon 
Wedding to shame." In 2009 he presented 
a paper on evaluation decisions related to 
climate change at the ASME International 
Mechanical Engineering Congress and co- 
authored a paper on IT metrics. His recent 
book is listed in Bookshelf, page 40. 

Dick Emery '56 snowmobiled 4,000 
miles from Michigan to Alaska this winter, 
enduring sub-zero weather and frostbitten 
cheeks to raise money for diabetes re- 
search. At the end of the 20-day expedi- 
tion with MichCanSka 2010, his group 
had generated more than $70,000 in 
donations and was hoping to exceed 
$100,000 by the final tally. For more 
photos and a full account of the expedi- 
tion, visit 

Cliff Wiersma '58 joined RE/MAX 
Realty Group in Fort Myers, Fla., as a 
broker in the commercial division. 

Bernard Lally '59 received the presti- 
gious Paul Harris Fellowship Recognition 
for Distinguished Community Service, 
named for the founder of the Rotary Club. 
He was honored for his longtime service 
to the town of West Springfield, Mass. 


Richard Brewster '60 embarked on six 
weeks of volunteer service aboard Mercy 
Ships' newest vessel, Africa Mercy, this 
winter. "That's me," he says, "lying down 
on the job!" He and his wife, Susan, have 
participated in 10 previous missions with 
the floating hospital program. 

Chuck Burdick '62 won election to the 
Town Council of Duck, N.C., the youngest 
town in Dare County, incorporated in 
2002. He has served as Duck postmaster 
and is the former vice president of opera- 
tions for Sudamtex de Venezuela. 

Bruce Maccabee 

'64 received the 
2009 annual Award 
for Excellence in 
UFOlogy from MUFON 
(the international 
Mutual UFO Network). 
An expert in the field 
of photo analysis, he has been active in 
UFO research for over 35 years. 

Pete McCormick '65 retired from IBM 
after 4 1 + years. 

Phil Hopkinson '66 continues as presi- 
dent of HVOLT, his power transformer con- 
sulting business. He has been active in the 
movement for national policy for energy 

Allen Ikalainen '67 was promoted 
to vice president at MACTEC. Based in 
Wakefield, Mass., he manages three of 
the company's New England offices. 

Arnie Miller '67 received a Governor's 
Citation from the Commonwealth and the 
2008 Mack I. Davis II Award from the Har- 
vard Graduate School of Education for his 
work in Boston-area schools. In addition to 
tutoring math students, Arnie developed a 
Math & Magic club for the Brockton Boys 
and Girls Club as a fun way to develop 
problem solving skills. 

Jon Titus '67 continues to blog on elec- 
tronics design news for 

Gene Dionne '65 (left) reached the East Coast after a 50-day cross-country bicycle ride 
with John Robinson, his best friend from his Air Force days. Their tour was named HOPE 
Across America to draw attention (and contributions) to the work of Operation HOPE, an 
organization that provides economic tools and services to combat poverty in Los Angeles. 
See their blog at 

3 8 Transformations \ Summer 2010 

w p i Reunion 2010 

More than 200 alumni and guests returned to WPI for Reunion 2010, 
June 3-6. You may view and purchase photos and watch videos from 
the weekend at 



Bob Whyte '60 

Peter Rado '70 

Mark O'Neil '80 


Philip Wild '50 

John Wilson '65 

Paula Fragassi Delaney '75 

John FitzPatrick '75 

Ginny Giordano FitzPatrick '75 

Judy Nitsch '75 


Yi Hu (Ed) Ma 


Sang Ki Lee '60 

Transformations \ Summer 2010 39 





new publications by WPI alumni, faculty, staff 


Manhattan Project to the Santa Fe Institute: 
The Memoirs of George A. Cowan 

by George Cowan '41 University of New Mexico Press 

Cowan's distinguished career in nuclear physics included 39 years 
at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and serving on the White House 
council of science advisers in the 1980s. He offers an eyewitness ac- 
count of the race to develop the world's first atomic bomb, filled with 
colorful anecdotes about famous scientists and politicians. His open- 
ing chapters describe growing up in Worcester and studying at WPI. 
It was his physics professor — the notorious Morton Masius — who 
noted Cowan's excitement about the discovery of nuclear fission and helped him get his first 
job with the cyclotron research group at Princeton, which drew him into the government's 
Manhattan Project program. 

M> I.OMi |0l R\n IIOMI 

My Long Journey Home: A Life Worth Living 

ni.nft Living by Bailey Norton '43 Available through Edgartown Books 

Urged by his son to record some family stories, Bailey Norton 
produced and published a 150-page history of Edgartown, 
Mass., illustrated with vintage photographs of his seafaring 
ancestors. This beautiful coffee table book traces his family tree 
back 10 generation to the early settlers of Martha's Vineyard. 
Included in Norton's own life history is a chapter called "From WPI to WWII." He received 
a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Edgartown Library Foundation in 2009. 

Sustainable On-Site CHP Systems: Design, 
Construction, and Operations 

by Milton Meckler '54 and Lucas Hyman, eds. McGraw-Hill 

This practical guide provides detailed information on CHP (combined 
heat and power) systems that substantially increase the energy effi- 
ciency of commercial, industrial, institutional, and residential buildings. 
In-depth case studies illustrate real-world applications. Meckler is presi- 
dent of Design Build Systems (DBS) and one of four Global Award 
Finalists for McGraw-Hill's Platts Energy Lifetime Achievement Award. 

The Hive Detectives 

BIVB DETECTIVES , „ „ „ ,„ ., . ,..„.. ,. . ... 

by Loree Griffin Burns 91 Houghton Mittlm (Junior Library 

Guild Selection) 



; Burns's second book in the "Scientists in the Field" series probes 
the mystery of colony collapse disorder, or CCD, which is deci- 
mating the world's honey bee populations. To get "hands-on" 
with her subject, Burns visited bee wranglers and researchers 
throughout the country, learned to smoke hives from the president of the Worcester County 
Beekeeper Association, and even earned two certificates from beekeeping schools. She 
discloses that she was stung five times in the making of the book. 

Fred Aspinwall '70 is retired from Nor- 
ton Co. after 35 years of service. A trustee 
emeritus of the Mohegan Council of Boy 
Scouts of America, he was honored for his 
years of service at a recent banquet hosted 
by Troop 109 of Millbury, Mass. 

Lothar Kleiner '70 is working on poly- 
mer-coated resorbable stents that remove 
blockages in coronary arteries through the 
use of controlled-release drugs. "These 
devices have provided positive results in 
human clinical trials," he writes. 

Charles Pickett '70 retired in 2009, 
after 37 years with Knolls Atomic Power 
Laboratory. For the last five years he 
headed up chemical, hazardous, radio- 
active, and mixed waste management and 
disposal at the company's Kesselring site in 
upstate New York. "Retirement allows me 
to devote more time to my small gunsmith 
business," he writes. 

Bob Allard '71 writes, "I retired as 
Worcester's city assessor after 15 years of 
service. Previously, I worked in the nation- 
wide real estate arena, primarily as a retail 
site selection specialist. Judy and I have re- 
located to Redlands, Calif., the 'jewel' of 
the Inland Empire, where we are enjoying 
the more favorable climate and the prox- 
imity to many of Judy's relatives." 

John Boursy '71 recently retired after 
more than 20 years at International 
Telecommunication Union in Geneva, 
Switzerland. He and his wife live in 

Paul Cleary '71, a U.S. magistrate 
judge since 2002, received the Golden 
Rule Award from the County Bar Associ- 
ation of Tulsa, Okla. The award is given 
to lawyers who exemplify high standards 
of professionalism and civility in their 
legal practice. 

Jim Kaufman '71 (PhD) is president 
and CEO of Laboratory Safety Institute in 
Natick, Mass. The nonprofit has trained 
more than 60,000 scientists and science 
educators since it was established in 1977. 

Jazz educator and bassist Bob Sinicrope 

'71 is a featured musician on the New 
England Jazz History Database. He came 
to campus recently to jam with students 
and record some interviews. 

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James Tarpey '72 was promoted to 
chairman of the Northeast Gas Association. 

Roger Lavallee '73 was elected to the 
board of directors of BALTNET, a nonprofit 
organization that promotes collaboration 
between the Baltic States (Lithuania, Latvia, 

and Estonia) and the Southern New Eng- 
land states. BALNET's main objectives are 
to facilitate trade and investment, and to 
provide a forum for networking and infor- 
mation exchange between the U.S. and 
Baltic countries' business and academic 
communities. Roger continues to serve as a 
director of both BEACON and The BEACON 
Foundation in Hartford, Conn. 

Steve Dacri '74 unveiled Xtreme Close- 
up Magic in Worcester, with shows at La 
Scala Restaurant and The Fifth Amend- 
ment. He also performed at the Boston 
Harbor Hotel and the Comedy Studio's 
Mystery Lounge in Cambridge. His Decem- 
ber 2009 Massachusetts tour concluded 
with a lecture for the Society of American 
Magicians in Springfield. 

Mark Mahoney '74 is president of the 
medical staff at St. Luke's Hospital in New 
Bedford, Mass., and serves on the board 
of Southcoast Hospitals Group. 

Stephen Page '74 

was recognized as 
a 2009 Florida Super 
Lawyer by Super 
Lawyers magazine. He 
is a founding member 
of Page, Mrachek, 
Fitzgerald & Rose. His trial law practice 
focuses primarily on complex business 
and commercial litigation. 

Art Aiken '75 is an adjunct instructor 
of mathematics at Ocean County College, 
where he also teaches chess in the Contin- 
uing Education department. He resides in 
Beachwood, N.J., with his brother, Doug. 

Exxon Mobil Corp. vice president Mike 
Dolan '75 delivered WPI's inaugural 
"Sustaining our World: Energy for the 
Future" lecture in September. His talk, "The 
Outlook for Energy: A View to 2030," 
described integrated solutions to meet the 
world's growing energy demand 

Rich Allen '76 of Canton, Mass., was 
appointed COO at Boston-based Stantec. 

John Germaine '76 received the 
Award of Merit from ASTM International 
Committee Dl 8 on Soil and Rock. He is 
a senior research associate at MIT, where 
he focuses on geotechnical and geoenvi- 
ronmental engineering. 

Jeremy Jones '76, '78 (MS) was 
appointed to Naturally Advanced Tech- 
nologies' board of directors. 

Bill Cunningham '77 is director of the 
Northern Kentucky University Entrepreneur- 
ship Institute. He teaches courses in new 
venture creation, finance, and marketing. 

Eric Hertz '77 , who spent a month 
cycling around New Zealand in the '80s, 
is now posted there as the new CEO of 
2degrees, a mobile telecommunications 



New book features chapter by WPI President Dennis Berkey and 
the work of several WPI alumni 

Holistic Engineering Education: Beyond Technology 

edited by Domenico Grasso '77 and Melody Brown Burkins Springer 

Holistic Engineering Education presents a blueprint for restructuring 
engineering education to address the complex challenges of the 21st 
century. In an invited chapter called International Education and Holistic 
Thinking for Engineers, WPI President Dennis Berkey presents the WPI 
Plan and WPI's Global Perspective Program as effective models for 
learning in an increasingly interconnected world. Co-editor Grasso, 
who is vice president for research and dean of the Graduate College 
at the University of Vermont, has written several chapters that demonstrate the need for a 
holistic approach to educating engineers. Other WPI contributors include Alfred Grasso 
'93 (MS CS), president and CEO of MITRE Corporation, and Gary Wnek '77, faculty 
director and Joseph F. Toot Jr. Professor of Engineering at the Institute for Management 
and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. More information is available at 191 .htm. 

Also noted: 

Military Textiles 

Gene Wilusz '66, ed. Woodhead Publishing in Textiles 

Tl-Nspire for Dummies 

by Steve Ouellette '88 W/7ey Publishing 

Analyzing and Interpreting Continuous Data Using JMP: 
A Step-by-Step Guide 

by Brenda Ramirez '93 SAS Press 

Achieving Interoperability in Critical IT and Communication Systems 

by Bob Desourdis '77 ('79 MSEE), Peter J. Rosamilia, Christopher Jacobson, eds. 

The Secret of Intentional Wealth 

by Margaret Lynch '83 

Paul Angelico '78 is chief transforma- 
tion officer at Quincy Medical Center, 
hired to implement cost savings and rev- 
enue-enhancing measures based on the 
management model that worked for him 
when he owned Twin River Technologies. 
He lives in Dover, Mass., with his wife 
and two sons. 

John Moulton '78 has a new position 
as group VP and general manager, China, 
for Johnson Controls Inc. in Shanghai. 

Shane Chalke '79 is president of Mort- 
gage Harmony in Tysons Corner, Va. 

Col. Peter Kujawski '79 received the 
U.S. Department of Defense Legion of 
Merit Medal for exceptionally meritorious 
service during his 30-year Army career. 
Recently retired from the U.S. Army 

Reserve, he holds the post of vice president 
of international sales at SIG SAUER in 
Exeter, N.H. 

Jim Miller '79, chair 
of ocean engineering at 
the University of Rhode 
Island, was elected to a 
three-year term on the 
Acoustical Society of 
America's executive 


Ali Kabas '80 shows his paragliding 
videos from Istanbul at 

Scott Wade '80 was appointed business 
manager for the industrial segment of 
C&M Corp., based in Wauregan, Conn. 

Transformations \ Summer 2010 4 1 

Building a Legacy of Giving 

Jennifer Wyse '94 is a woman on the go. Busy juggling the demands 
of family and career, Jennifer credits her success at GE (most recently in 
the aviation unit), to WPI's project-based curriculum, emphasis on working 
in teams, and the ability to be in leadership positions in extracurricular 
activities. A consistent volunteer and supporter of the Annual Fund, 
Jennifer — and her husband Donald '92 — are in the process of drafting 
their estate plan. "Now that we have Aiden and Amelia we have to 
think ahead, and remembering WPI in our will just seemed like a 
natural thing to do," Jennifer says. 

In these complex times, we understand that making the most of your 
philanthropy means thinking ahead. We know, too, that the best planned 
gifts are simple, straightforward, and designed to benefit WPI and you, 
our dedicated supporters. 


Simple, meaningful, personal 

Gift annuities: 

A retirement resource 

Beneficiary designations 

of IRAs and life insurance: 

An easy, tax efficient, and often 
overlooked planning opportunity 

Act today. We can help you make an important difference in 2010! 

Simply contact us by phone or email. 

For a confidential consultation, contact Audrey Klein-Leach, executive director 
of planned giving, at 508-831-5076 or 

Michael Gagnon '81 is technical archi- 
tect for the Michigan Health Information 

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Paul Guth '81 was appointed president 
and CEO at Artromick. 

William Kiczuk '81 was appointed 
CTO and vice president in the Engineer- 
ing, Technology and Mission Assurance 
organization at Raytheon. 

Michael MacAllister 

was named a senior 
associate at Gannett 
Fleming, a construction 
management firm 
based in Pittsburgh. 

Bill Waller '81 (MS PH) organized "Set- 
tling the Moon and Mars — Insights from 
Personal Experiences of Living in Antarc- 
tica," a panel discussion that brought to- 
gether veterans of U.S. and Soviet missions 
in Antarctica to explore how the lessons 
learned in arctic climates would apply to 
long-term survival in space. A former pro- 
fessor at the University of Washington and 
Tufts University, he served as a scientist at 
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and 
helped established the Cape Ann Science 
Alliance, a co-sponsor of the event. 

Robert Mitchell '82 is an actuary and 
vice president at Unum Provident Life Insur- 
ance. He lives in Scarborough, Maine. 

Gordon Swanson '82 serves as 
general manager at Fenwal Controls in 
Ashland, Mass., and is a contributor to 
Appliance Magazine. 


Hire a WPI alumnus, new graduate, or 
student and you'll gain someone who 
globally minded, collaborative, innova 
ready to contribute from Day One... 

In other words, hire someone like YOU 

Ron Thompson '82 was appointed 
managing director, global head of ABS 
strategy for Knight Libertas UK, based in 
the company's London office. 

Jay Cameron '83 is a senior consulting 
engineer at HSB Global Standards. He 
has been active on the school committee 
in Agawam, Mass., in support of better 
education in the STEM disciplines. 

Don Montgomery '83 launched 
WinGreen Marketing Systems in Boston, 
providing clean tech companies with online 
marketing and lead-generation services. 

Jennifer (Toomey) Reily '83 writes 
from Colorado, "Remarried last year, 
inheriting two teenagers in the process, 
and changed my name from Cavanaugh 
to Reily. Still got the luck of the Irish!" 

Daniel Statile '83 was promoted to 
general manager of refining operations 
at NuStar's Paulsboro, Ga., refinery. 

Jim Welch '83 joined Marathon Tech- 
nologies in Littleton, Mass., as president 
and chief executive officer. 

Gary Wong '83 is director of applications 
engineering at Wright Line in Worcester. 

Joel Bernstein '84 brings joy to 
candy lovers all over the globe through, part of the Morristown, 
N.J., candy business that has been in the 
family for three generations. Read his 
blog at 

Michael Briere '84 holds the post of 
executive scientific consultant at ACOO 
Enterprises, under contract to International 
Rectifier Corp. 

Jack Henderson '84 joined the Portland, 
Ore., office of Carollo Engineers as direc- 
tor of the firm's Northwest Water Practice. 


Career Development Center 


By Connie Horwitz, Associate Director, 
Career Development Center 

When the Shoe Doesn't Fit: Ouch! 

received a call from 
an alumnus recently. He 
graduated WPI within 
the last 10 years. He 
said, "Connie, I hate 
what I am doing. I hate 
engineering. I am miser- 
able. I want out." He 
was bored, burned out, down on himself, 
and gritting his teeth just making it through 
the day. The shoe no longer seemed to fit; 
it hurt badly. And he's not even 30. 

He is probably not the only one among us 
who is coping with the unexpected discovery 
that what you thought you would love profes- 
sionally is, in fact, the complete opposite. 
While this may end up being the best epi- 
phany he has ever had, the question is, how 
long do you continue in a job, in a field, you 
no longer like? What are the consequences 
of wearing shoes that don't fit properly any- 
more? Where, indeed, will that realization 
take you? 

If you are no longer satisfied with the work 
you do, looking critically at the impact it has 
on your life and those around you is an excel- 
lent health check. Have you ever witnessed 
the change in someone you know who has 
switched from something they hated to some- 
thing they love doing? The rippling effect of 
being happy, motivated, and passionate can 
be enormous in the circle of their lives. 

So, how can we make a change? It begins 
with the most fundamental health check: iden- 
tifying what you are doing when you are truly 
happy. What situations draw out your great- 
est strengths? What are you doing when you 
know that you are in your element? What 
were those situations in the past? 

When the alumnus called, we explored all 
aspects of what really led him to despise his 
current situation. A pivotal issue was whether 
or not it was this particular position or if it 
was the engineering field in general. And 
we explored what he loves to do. We usually 
don't resolve everything in just one talk, but 
by the end of our first discussion, he was 
clearly calmer, more positive, and more hope- 
ful about making a healthy change in his 
career path — possibly within engineering! 

We are always available at the CDC to help 
alumni make healthy career decisions. So, if 
the shoe no longer fits, please get in touch. 
For an in-person or phone appointment, call 

Contact Connie at 


Dennis Leonard '84 was part of the 
WPI Venture Forum "Innovate to Survive 
and Thrive" panel in February. He is vice 
president of operations at IPG Photonics. 

The WPI Alumni Association 

is pleased to announce 

the recipient of the first 

Alumni Association 

Distinguished Service Award 

Bill Trask 

will be recognized for his lifetime 
contributions to the WPI community 

at large, reflecting friendship, 

support, and overall responsiveness 

to the needs and interests of students, 

parents, alumni, faculty, and staff 

over the years. 

A reception will be held at 
Homecoming on October 2 

to honor Bill, who has been and 

continues to be a friend and mentor 

to the WPI family. A portion of the 

event admission fee will benefit the 

WPI Alumni Association scholarship 

fund for undergraduates. 

Registration details and ways to 

become involved will be available 

in the coming months. 

Please save the date! 

Pete Manca '84 is a contributor to 
Virtual Strategy Magazine. He works for 

David Mongilio '84 was appointed 
technical manager of Cytec Industries' 
Wallingford, Conn., facility. 

Jackson Nickerson '84 is Frahm Fam- 
ily Professor of Organization and Strategy 
at Washington University's Olin Business 
School in St. Louis. He was recently elected 
to CleanTech Inc.'s board of directors. 

Richard DesJardins '85 was promoted 
to vice president at General Physics Corp. 
in Amherst, N.Y. 

Dave Doherty '85 is vice president of 
semiconductor products at Digi-Key Corp. 
in Thief River Falls, Minn. 

Jerry (Yue-Sheng) Lin '85 (MS; 88 
PhD) is a chemical engineering professor 
and department chair at Arizona State Uni- 
versity's Ira A. Fulton School of Engineer- 
ing. He recently received the American 
Institute of Chemical Engineering Award 
for Excellence in Industrial Gas Technology. 

Wayne Lipson '85, MD, joined the staff 
of St. Mary's Cardiovascular & Thoracic 
Surgeons in Huntington, W. Va. 

Dennis Donovan '86 writes, "I've been 
officiating college football for 10 years at 
the Division II and III levels. I recently got 
promoted to officiate at the Division l-AA 
level in the Ivy League, the Patriot League, 
and the Colonial Athletic Association." 

Brenda Hart-Flynn '86 earned LEED 
AP certification. She is an estimator for 
Delta Design & Construction in Medford, 

Gov. Deval Patrick (left) 
toured Lightlab Imaging 
nc. with president and 
CEO David Kolstad 

'86. In a speech to em- 
ployees, Patrick praised 
the company's role in re- 
building the economy through "innovation, 
good ideas, and the technology of tomor- 
row." Lightlab, based in Westford, Mass., 
received a $188,000 award from the Mas- 
sachusetts Life Sciences Initiative to create 
new jobs in the state's life sciences sector. 

Kathy Loftus '86 works for Whole 
Foods Market as global leader for sustain- 
able engineering, maintenance, and 
energy management. 

Craig Malone '86 (MS PH) is senior 
vice president, product development, for 

Kevin Collins '87 was elected to part- 
nership at Covington & Burling LLP, where 
he practices intellectual property law in 
the firm's Washington, D.C., office. 

James Madigan '87, treasurer and 
vice president of the F. W. Madigan Co. 
in Worcester, was elected chairman of the 
Better Business Bureau of Central New 
England. He joined the board in 2006, 
succeeding his father, Francis "Bud" 
Madigan '53. 

Eric Pauer '88 works 
at ITT Corporation, 
Nashua, N.H., as a 
senior principal systems 
engineer. He is also a 
lieutenant colonel in 
the Massachusetts Air 
National Guard, serving as the director of 
logistics-air at its Joint Force Headquarters 

Homecoming 2010 



Mark your calendars now! All alumni 
are welcome to attend Homecoming 2010. 

Reunion activies are planned for these classes: 
1985. 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005. and 2010 

Friday, October 1 

> Hall of Fame Inductions: 

Ernie Ansah '96, Dave Helming '64, 
William Komm '75, Russell Philpot '83, 
Jennifer Plante '96, Rachel Zimet Pytel '02 

Saturday, October 2 

> Alumni Association Awards Ceremony: 
Edward Cheung '85, Paul Chodak III '85, ' 
Leo Gestetner '95, Jiong Ma '90, Karen 
Tegan Padir '90 

> Conversation with President Berkey "•' 

> Activities for all ages on the Quad 

> Homecoming Parade of Floats 

> WPI Football vs. Hobart College 

Questions? Please call the WPI Alumni Relations Office at 508-831-5600 or log on to 

From the Alumni Association President... 

I am excited to provide you with an update from the Office of 
Alumni Relations and the Alumni Association. We are launch- 
ing many great initiatives, and I hope that you are taking ad- 
vantage of these opportunities. 

Connecting with Fellow Alumni via Events in Your Area 

There are now more alumni events occurring across the globe 
aimed at providing you with opportunities to meet fellow 
alumni, as well as WPI students and faculty. We currently have 
20 Regional Clubs, including three outside the United States. 
Regardless of whether you live close to WPI or far from 
Worcester, attending a Regional Club event is a great way to 
maintain your connections with WPI. If you are interested in 
getting involved, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations 

STAR Mentoring 

The Office of Alumni Relations and the Career Development 
Center are working together to provide students with the oppor- 
tunity to have an Alumni Mentor. A number of alumni have 
already signed up. As a mentor, you have the opportunity to 
not only shape the career of a future alumnus/a, but also to 
strengthen your connection with WPI. You can participate re- 
gardless of your proximity to campus. Please reach out to Con- 
nie Horowitz, associate director of career development services, 
at to become a mentor. 

Travel with Fellow Alumni and Visit WPI Project Centers 

The Alumni Association has partnered with one of the world's 
largest travel companies, Collette Vacations, to offer several 
vacations to exciting locations where we have project centers. 
The first trip will be in November 2010 and will feature travel 
throughout Italy, where you will spend an afternoon visiting the 
students and faculty of WPI's Venice Project Center. By partici- 
pating in this program, you will also support a major initiative 
of the Alumni Association — providing scholarships to students. 

Ten percent of every trip booked goes to the WPI Alumni 
Association scholarship fund for undergraduates. You can learn 
more about this exciting travel package and the innovative 
projects being completed by students and faculty around the 
world, at 

Alumni Association Update 

This year the Alumni Association Board of Directors embarked 
on three initiatives: 

• Hosting impactful meetings with agenda items that involve 
and engage alumni 

• Increasing alumni scholarship fundraising while recognizing 
individuals who have impacted the lives of many alumni 

• Increasing alumni engagement 

I am happy to report that we have made progress on each 
of these objectives. In terms of increasing scholarships, I hope 
that you will join us on October 2, 2010 for a reception honor- 
ing Bill Trask, the first recipient of the Alumni Association Dis- 
tinguished Service Award (see opposite page). A portion of the 
event admission fee, as well as proceeds from a silent auction, 
will benefit the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund. Please 
look for updates on all of the Alumni Association initiatives in 
The Bridge and Transformations. 

As I close, I would like to offer a special challenge to 
the graduates of the 1980s. I encourage you to get involved — 
whether you share your expertise with/provide guidance to 

current students as a STAR Mentor, or attend 
or even volunteer to lead a Regional Club 
event. Feel free to reach out to me at to discuss ways 
to become involved. Supporting WPI is a 
shared responsibility. 

» Regards, 


Joyce S. Kline '87 

in Milford, Mass. He and his wife, Diane 
(Brissette) '88, have two children, Ryan 
and Valerie. 

Herman Pururyan '88 was named 
CEO of Jenike & Johanson, where he has 
worked for 18 years, previously as senior 
vice president. He is the author of more 
than 20 publications on bulk solids stor- 
age, handling, and processing, and a 
frequent lecturer for AlChE. 

KUDOS: Zeta Psi International recognized 
three alumni for outstanding leadership 
and service: Evan Pressman '84, Silver 
Circle Award; William Shaw '01 , Alumni 
Advisor of the Year; and Anthony 
Richardson '09, Phi Alpha Award (pre- 
sented to graduating seniors.) 

Todd Wyman '89 was appointed senior 
vice president of global operations and 
integrated supply chain at Ingersoll Rand. 


Jonathan Bird's Blue 
World received a 2010 
New England Emmy 
Award for the segment 
Aquarist for a Day, 
filmed at the New Eng- 
land Aquarium. His 
underwater adventure series for children 
and families airs on more than 260 public 
television stations. 

Jiong Ma (MS EE) was promoted to 
partner at Braemar Energy Ventures. She 
joined the company in 2007 and is based 
in the Boston office. 

David Stern (MS BME) holds the post of 
senior vice president, scientific affairs, at 
CardioMEMS Inc. 

Ken Wood oversees Paladin SmartGrid 
operations for EDSA as business executive 
for the San Diego-based software developer. 


Navy Cmdr. Michael 
Savageaux recently 
took official command 
of the USS Pittsburgh. 
A front-page story in the 
Worcester Telegram & 
Gazette chronicled his 

nguished military career. 

Transformations \ Summer 2010 4 5 


Toby Wyman left the Atlanta Braves or- 
ganization to become president and COO 
of the WNBA's Atlanta Dream. His goal is 
to "build a first-class organization that wins 
championships on the court and positively 
impacts the community off the court," he 
said in a press statement, noting his com- 
mitment to a customer base that includes 
many young girls who aspire to become 
pro athletes. Wyman was previously assis- 
tant general manager of business opera- 
tions for the Gwinnett Braves. 


Dave Andrade's Educational Technology 
Guy blog has been touted in NEA Today 
magazine as a great resource for teachers. 
He also blogs for Tech & Learning maga- 
zine. Dave, a physics teacher and educa- 
tional technology specialist, lives in 
Stratford, Conn., with his wife, Cori. 

Amy Brideau-Andersen directs the 
new Anti-Viral Research Group at Pere- 
grine Pharmaceuticals. 

Rich Coriey (MS EE) was a speaker at 
the 5th International Cloud Expo in New 
York City. He is founder, CTO, and VP of 
engineering for Akorri. 

Andrew Hoyen was one of Rochester 
Business Journal's "Forty Under 40" for 
2009. He is director, OEM business man- 
agement, for Carestream Health Inc. 

KUDOS: Three alumni were among Consult- 
ing-Specifying Engineer's 40 Under 40: 
Mike Ferreira '91, senior FPE engineer, 
Hughes Associates; Craig Hofmeister 
'92, vice president, engineering technology, 
Rolf Jensen & Assoc.; Nate Wittasek '95, 
associate, FPE engineer, Arup. 

William Katzman and his wife, Anita, 
welcomed their son, Michael, into the 
world on April 13, 2009. Michael's early 
arrival allowed William to get a good start 
in his new job as program leader for LIGO 
Science Education Center, an NSF-funded 
project of Caltech and MIT. 

Gregory Shapiro, a former systems ad- 
ministrator at WPI, is now vice president, 
engineering, and CTO at Sendmail. He 
blogs at 


Dave Fall joined Clickable as senior vice 
president of product and operations. 

Laurie McCabe works for ICP Solar 
Technologies as business development 
manager for monitoring and metering 
products. Her paper, "Jesus as Agent of 
Change: Transformational and Authentic 
Leadership in John 2 1 ," was published 
in the Journal of Biblical Perspectives in 

Kevin Strauss founded familyejournal 
.com to encourage family communication. 
By responding to daily questions in a 
private, password-secured environment, 
family members can share thoughts and 
re-establish connections. Kevin is president 
of Now or Never LCC. 

Hermine Valizadeh is an attorney at 
Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, focusing on 
patent prosecution and litigation in com- 
puter, internet, and electrical technology. 


Leonard Belliveau and his wife, Stacy, 
welcomed their third daughter (and future 
WPI graduate), Brienne Zoe, on Feb. 19, 
2009. Big sisters Maya, 10, and Alexan- 
dra, 2, could not wait to meet the new 
addition to their family. Leonard is a senior 
fire protection engineer and office manager 
of the Warwick, R. I., office of Hughes 
Associates, an FPE and code consulting 
company headquartered in Baltimore. 

Cory Belden joined C. H. Fenstermaker 
& Assoc, as director of engineering opera- 
tions in the company's Baton Rouge office. 


Scott Anderson ('98 MS FPE) was 
promoted to assistant vice president and 
manager, construction and natural hazards, 
for FM Global's engineering standards 

Jeff Baron and his wife, Kim, are proud 
to announce the birth of their twins, Leah 
Eve and Elijah John, born Sept. 4, 2009. 
After a brief stay at the NICU, all are 
home and thriving. "Big sisters Sarah, 5, 
and Rachel, 3, are happy because now 
there's one for each of them," he writes. 

Giovanni Capriglione is vice president 
of Pacesetter Capital Group in Richardson, 

David Ricketts is assistant professor of 
electrical and computer engineering at 
Carnegie Mellon. He was recently selected 
to participate in the National Academy of 
Engineering's first Frontiers of Engineering 
Education Symposium. 

Paul Seppanen is president of Broad- 
wind Energy's Energy Maintenance Serv- 
ice, leading technical services and repair 
for wind energy customers across North 


Alan Belniak reports several career 
changes after his 10 years in the trans- 
portation field. Initially a software product 
manager at PTC in Needham, Mass., he's 
now the company's first-ever director of 
social media marketing. Alan married 
Lee Blouin '96 in 2004. They have two 
daughters — Jillian, 2, and Jane, born in 
December 2009 Alan earned his MBA 
from Babson College in 2009, with a 
focus on technology management. 

Patrick Blais married Cynthia Knipe on 
May 16, 2009. He is a project engineer 
with J. F. White Contracting in Westfield, 

Neil O'Rourke married Lori Ann Lahue 
on Oct. 1 1 , 2009 He works for Verivue 
Inc. and lives in Hudson, Mass. 


4 6 Transformations \ Summer 2010 

Wayne Bates (PhD) lives in Ashland, 
Mass., with his wife, Kathy, and three 
sons. He was inducted into the Ashland 
High School Hall of Fame for his work in 
combating pollution through wastewater 

Lt. Cmdr. 



a mobi- 
lization to 
Kuwait as 
chief of 

operations for the Navy Expeditionary Lo- 
gistics Support Group Forward. His duties 
included travel to Iraq and Bahrain. Now 
home, he has returned to his civilian em- 
ployment at BP's Cherry Point Refinery in 

n the Public 


Alan Pearlman '48, inventor of the ARP synthesizer and a pioneer in electronic music, was featured in That's All Rite Mama, 
a blog about custom records pressed by Rite Records # EDN interviewed Ken Wadland '72 on the development of OrCAD layout 
software # Dean Kamen '73 offered advice to inventors as a guest on NPR's "Talk of The Nation" and demonstrated his new 
prosthetic arm, code-named "Luke," on The Colbert Report • Boston Magazine listed Alden Bianchi '74 as a 2009 Massa- 
chusetts Super Lawyer # Lee Jeans president Joe Dizialo '76 won Oprah's approval on a show called "Oprah's Favorite New Jeans 
and the Best of the Rest" # New Hampshire State Rep. Daniel Itse '80 appeared on the Glenn Beck show to discuss HCR-6, a bill 
he filed for state sovereignty # Phil Guerin '82, director of environmental systems with the Worcester DPW, was quoted in a Worces- 
ter Magazine cover story on reviving the Blackstone Canal # Director of engineering Pete Gosselin '85 explained the environmen- 
tal advantages of Ben & Jerry's new hydrocarbon cooler technology in USA Today # Wachusett Brewing Company founders Ned 
LaFortune '90 Kevin Buckler '89 and Peter Quinn '89 celebrated their 15th anniversary in December with a benefit event that 
was covered by the MetroWest Daily News and other area and industry papers # NBC's Today Show featured pianist Sergio 
Salvatore '02 and vibraphonist Christos Rafalides playing the title cut from their new CD, "Dark Sand." The duo recently performed at 
Carnegie Hall and Boston's Steinert Hall and greeted WPI alumni at special receptions organized by Regional Chapters of the Alumni 
Association # John Baird '04 was part of a panel on Manga, Literacy, and Children at the Otakon 2009 convention in Baltimore 
# The work of Matt Young '06 as lead engineer on Infoscitex's Green Energy Machine (GEM) waste-to-energy system was mentioned 
in a Christian Science Monitor story. 

Blaine, Wash. He continues to serve as a 
reservist and has started a new assignment 
as the commanding officer of a submarine 
tender maintenance unit in Portland, Ore. 

Ichiro Lambe 

president of Dejobaan 
Games, returned to 
campus in October 
as part of the IMGD 
Speaker Series. A 
videocast of his presen- 
tation is posted in the 2009 archives at Dejobaan's 
recent game, "aaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAa- 
AAAAAII! — A Reckless Disregard for 
Gravity," was a finalist for Excellence in 
Design at this year's Independent Games 
Festival in San Francisco. 

John Markow, his wife, Aino, and son, 
Ronan, announce the birth of a new family 
member, Rebecca Audrey, on Feb. 3, 2010. 
They live in Finland, where John has been 
facilitating beta trials for Nokia since 
November 2009 


Terry Desmarais joined AECOM as a 
project manager, focusing on wastewater 
engineering. He is completing his master's 
at WPI. 

Mark Manasas (MS ME) was appointed 
manager of Cambridge Consultants' Surgi- 
cal & Interventional Products Group. 

Laura (Cooper) and Mike Olivieri '98 

announce the birth of their first child, Alli- 
son Eloise. They live in Washington, D.C. 


Jovanna Baptista is a biostatistical 
consultant in the Boston area. 

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Stefano Ceriana, his wife, Jenene, and 
their older daughter, Sophie, are happy to 
announce a new addition to their family: 
Emily Grace, born Sept. 18, 2009 

Patrick Kaplo was one of 53 teachers 
honored nationally with the 2009 Milken 
Educator Award. Enrollment in his physics 
classes has almost quadrupled in the 10 
years he's been teaching science at Camp- 
bell High School in Litchfield, N.H. The 
award includes a $25,000 prize and an 
expense-paid trip to Los Angeles to attend 
the Milken Educator forum. 

Qui Luu is an applications engineer in the 
High Speed Converter Group of Analog 
Devices Inc. 


' : i 

Matt Beaton was 

the first candidate to 
announce his run for the 
Republican nomination 
to the Massachusetts 
House of Representa- 
tives seat being vacated 
by Karyn Polito. A lifelong Shrewsbury res- 
ident, he is owner of Beaton Construction. 
His brother, Brian '98, and classmate 
Jamie Contonio are helping with the 

Nick Nigro is a Solutions Fellow at the 
Pew Center on Global Climate Change, 
where he reports to the vice president for 
Innovative Solutions. He is responsible for 
research, analysis, and communication of 
transportation technology and policy solu- 
tions for reducing greenhouse gases. 

Marie (Charpentier) and George 

Oprica '00 are thrilled to announce the 
birth of their first child. Miles Stefan was 
born six weeks early, on Nov. 9, 2009 
After a brief stay in the NICU he is home 
and depriving everyone of sleep! 

Dagny Williams married Thomas 
Bronson on May 16, 2009 They live in 
Newington, Conn. 


David Jasinski is a Navy-certified diver 
for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center 
in Newport, R.I. He and his wife, Adeline, 
have two children — William, 2, and Harry, 
born in September 2009. They are plan- 
ning a move when Dave begins his next 
assignment at the Washington Navy Yard. 

Joseph Knuble was named lead de- 
signer for NASA's Soil Moisture Active 
Passive (SMAP) Mission RF Front End. 

Nicholas Minka married Heather Shead 
on June 7, 2009 He is a software engineer 
at MRV Communications. They live in 

Jason Reposa's 
provides bank rates, reviews, and news 
to democratize banking. 

Transformations \ Summer 2010 47 



Lauren Wojtkun '02 married Jeffrey Davis on Aug. 9, 2009. Celebrating with the couple 
were Matt '01 and Nikole (Howard) Lewis, Celine McGee Rachel (Zimet) and 
Chad Pytel Howie Rappaport, Sara Swiatlowski '03, Dave Conforto, Tara 
Peters, and Caitlin (Harvey) '03 and Matt Borsini '01. Lauren is the assistant 
director of Greek Life at MIT. They reside in Arlington with their cat, Foxxy. 


Michal Klos ('05 MS) spoke at WPI's 
User Experience Lecture Series in Novem- 
ber 2009. He is founder and partner at 
360ix Consulting Inc. 

Reem Malik ('88 MS EE) is an applica- 
tions engineer in Analog Devices' Inte- 
grated Amplifier Products Group in 
Wilmington, Mass. 

Navy Lt. Susan Mendenhall joined fel- 
low sailors of Patrol Squadron Ten (VP-1 0) 
"Red Lancers" on a six-month deployment 
to bases in Qatar, Djibouti, and Japan in 
support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and 
Enduring Freedom. 

Jeffrey Paquette was promoted to Air 
Force captain. He serves as theatre com- 
munications plans and requirements chief 
with the Seventh Air Force, Osan Air Base, 
in South Korea. 

Tighe & Bond promoted Dave Prickett 
(MS CEE) and Matthew Romano to 


Montira Satienpoch spent the 2009 
field research season with the Haughton- 
Mars Project in the Canadian High Arctic, 
where the cold, dry desert environment is 
a lot like that on the Moon or Mars. Her 
team will be featured next year in the 
BBC's new "Frozen Planet" series. 

Steven Trueman is pursuing a PhD in 
biochemistry at UMass Medical School. 
He married Jenna Boccanfuso on June 20, 



Todd DeSantis and Lesley Anderson 

'06 were married Sept. 1 2, 2009 They 
live in Medford, Mass. 

Air Force Capt. Michael ladarola mar- 
ried Crissy Hermann on July 1 7, 2009. 
He serves as a space vehicle engineer at 
Vandenberg AFB in California. 

On Nov. 30, 2009, Michael Carbonello 

was sworn into the Massachusetts State 
Bar. He is already registered with the U.S. 
Patent and Trademark Office. (See wedding 
announcement under 2006.) 

Joel Chery, a Merrill Lynch financial 
advisor, was one of Worcester Business 
Journal's "40 Under Forty" for 2009 

Jessica Reidel married David Sarcione. 
The wedding party included his brothers 
Mike '84 (MS EE) and Joe '05. 

Matt Harrison was promoted to CTO at 
Hall Web Services in Portland, Maine. 

Andrew Law married Katie Wallace on 
June 24, 2009. He is a doctoral student in 
BME at the University of Rochester. 

Caitlin Mc Koy and Michael Carbon- 
ello '05 were married Sept. 1 2, 2009. 
They were joined by many alumni, includ- 
ing maid of honor Kate Bernier. The 

couple now resides in Somerville, Mass. 


Kerri Edlund married Lee Theriault on 
July 3, 2009. 

Russell Yang Gao was profiled in The 
Future Actuary, a quarterly newsletter for 
actuarial candidates. He also contributed 
a "University Spotlight" feature highlighting 
the strengths of WPI's actuarial program. 
Russell is an actuarial associate at the Till- 
inghast Insurance Consulting Practice of 
Towers Perrin in Hartford, Conn. 

Hans Erik Jensen and Ploypan 
"Aom" Thongpradit '06 became 
engaged in July 2009. 

1 st Lt. Christopher Warms completed 
Air Force Pilot Training and earned his 
wings at Corpus Christi Naval Base on 
Aug. 28, 2009. He is currently stationed 
at Little Rock AFB, where he flies a C-130. 

4 8 Transformations \ Summer 2010 


Amanda McCullough and Andrew 

Bisol posed on the steps of Alden Memo- 
rial after their Aug. 8, 2009, wedding. 
Andrew works for a structural engineering 
firm north of Philadelphia, and Amanda is 
a veterinary student at the University of 
Pennsylvania. They are happily living in 
Upper Darby, Pa. 

Brendan Devereaux and Nathan 

Levesque turned their internships with 
P. J. Keating into full-time employment. 
Brendan is now assistant site manager for 
Cranston, R.I., and Nathan is construction 
superintendent in the Acushnet branch. 

Chuck Gammal received the Siebel 
Scholars Award, which recognizes 
outstanding graduate students with a 
$35,000 award. An MBA candidate and 
teaching assistant at MIT's Sloan School of 
Management, he also received the Grad- 
uate Student Council Teaching award. 

Raffaele Potami (PhD) joined Cold 
Chain Technologies in Holliston, Mass., 
as a senior mechanical engineer. He was 
profiled in Worcester Business Journal 

Liz Stewart was accepted to attend the 
Lindau meeting of Nobel Laureates in Ger- 
many with funding from the NIH. Her doc- 
toral research at the University of Michigan 
focuses on the behavior of biofilms that 
cause infection. 

Mary Kate Toomey bought a home in 
2008 and now resides Worcester. She 
recently walked the full 26.2 miles in the 
Jimmy Fund Boston Marathon, raising 

nearly $1,000 for cancer research and 
treatment. She also took part in her 
mother's election campaign, helping Kate 
Toomey return to the Worcester City Coun- 
cil as the No. 2 vote getter (six candidates 
make the council). She and roommate 
Liz Kinnal serve as co-presidents of the 
Alpha Gamma Delta GBAC Junior Circle. 


Shelley Dougherty (PhD) and Jennifer 

Ewalt have joined ECI Biotech as senior 

Tracy Golinveaux's feature "It's Not 
Easy Being Green," describing the difficulty 
of being both environmentally responsible 
and conscientious about firesafety, was 
published in the November/December 
2009 issue of NFPA Journal. She is pur- 
suing her master's in FPE at WPI. 

Alex Schwartz and Beth Beinke 

released their game "Spring Fling" 
(, available for 
iPhone and iPod Touch. Alex and Yilmaz 
Kiymaz gave an IMGD seminar on their 
24-hour iPhone game "Ramelicious," 
which features ramen noodle packets 
as characters. 

All That Jazz (History) 

Bob Sinicrope '71, a mathematics major turned musi- 
cian and educator, returned to campus to share his 
memories — and his music — with students in Professor 
Rich Falco's Jazz History Humanities Inquiry Seminar. 
The students have been interviewing prominent jazz 
musicians for the New England Jazz History Database 
(, an interactive multimedia 
digital archive dedicated to preserving historic record- 
ings, original scores, audio interviews, photographs, and 
visual artwork by and of jazz musicians. 

Sinicrope, a double bassist who has performed and 
offered clinics on six continents, financed his WPI ed- 
ucation by playing with a traveling polka band. In 
1974, starting with a single course and a handful of stu- 
dents, he launched the jazz program at Milton (Mass.) 
Academy, which now sends ensembles all over the 
world — from South Africa, to the Higashi School for 
autistic children in nearby Randolph, Mass., to the in- 
auguration of Sinicrope's 
former student, Gov. Deval 
Patrick. In 2007 Bob be- 
came the first recipient of 
the John LaPorta Jazz Edu- 
cator of the Year, and this 
spring received a Jazz Edu- 
cator Achievement Award 
from Downbeat magazine. 

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Clayton E. Hunt Jr. '34 of Rochester, 
N.Y., died May 1, 2010. He was prede- 
ceased by his wife, Flora (Wheeler), in 
January 2010. Two daughters survive him. 
After a 33-year career with Eastman Kodak, 
Hunt retired as senior development super- 
vising engineer with more than 20 patents. 

HI^HBH Edward 

I Gladding '36 (Sigma 

^M Phi Epsilon) of Wilming- 
I ton, Del., died March 
i • Mi 8, 2009. He was the 
I retired head of the 
^^^JLJfl I Research Division at 
DuPont, where he worked with his wife, 
Elinor (Hartnell), for many years. She died 
in 2006. 

Lawrence K. Barber Sr. '37 (Theta 
Chi) of Waynesville, N.C., died Aug. 30, 
2009. He was predeceased by his wife, 
Martha (Way). He is survived by a son. 
Barber retired as manufacturing director 
after 42 years with the A. C. Lawrence 
Leather Co. 

Richard J. Lyman 

'37 (Lambda Chi 
Alpha) of Lenox, Mass., 
died Aug. 16, 2009. 
He was the retired vice 
president of personnel 
for New England Elec- 
tric Systems, now National Grid. He leaves 
his wife, Elizabeth (Hentz), and two children. 

George E. Hanff '38 (Lambda Chi 
Alpha) of Seattle, Wash., died Nov. 1 , 
2009. His wife Mildred (Stringer), died in 
2008. Four children survive him. An aero- 
space scientist, he was retired from Boeing. 

Robert W. O'Brien '38 (Sigma Alpha 
Epsilon) of Medford, N.J., died July 21 , 
2009 He leaves his wife, Gladys (Bewley), 
and his four children. He was predeceased 
by his first wife, Jule (Reidy), in 1980. 
O'Brien was retired from Kraft Foods as 
general manager, purchasing. 

Albert A. Nims '39 (Phi Sigma Kappa) 
of Baltimore, Md., died June 12, 2009 
Predeceased by his wife, Betty, he leaves 
two daughters. He was the retired manager 
of airborne radar systems for Westinghouse 

H. Roger Erickson '40 died peacefully 
Nov. 2, 2009, at his home in Holden, Mass. 
He leaves his wife of 60 years, Anna (Hen- 
rikson), and a son. He was predeceased a 
daughter. Erickson was personnel director 
for U.S. Envelope Co. and later the 
Worcester County Institution for Savings. 

John H. Peters III 

'40 (Skull) of Rockville, 
Conn., died May 21, 
'* I 2009, followed by his 

*\t~ ^B wife, Laurel, on May 
3 1 . They are survived 
by two children. Peters 
began his career at Pratt & Whitney on 
the Monday after graduation and retired 
in 1997 as general supervisor. 

Walter J. Sydor '40 of Raritan, N.J., 
died April 30, 2009. Predeceased by his 
wife, Rowena, he leaves two sons. Sydor 
worked for American Cyanamid for 26 
years, earning two patents. In retirement 
he opened BRS Tax Service. 

Frederick R. Waterhouse '40 of 

Aiken, S.C., died Dec. 27, 2008. A 
retired supervisor at DuPont, he leaves 
his wife, Pauline, and two children. 

Stephen Hopkins 

'41 (Phi Sigma Kappa) 
died April 9, 2009, in 
Holyoke, Mass. He 
leaves his wife, Virginia 
(Conklin), and three 
children. He was retired 

from Texaco's Beacon Research Laboratory 

as assistant manager. 

Boyd R. Abbott '42 (Sigma Alpha 
Epsilon) of Mountville, Pa., died April 5, 
2009. He worked for Armstrong World 
Industries for more than 30 years and 
retired as general manager of research, 
administration, and services. Survivors 
include his wife, Dorothy, two children 
and two stepchildren. 

George F. Barber 

'42 (MSME '50) 
(Phi Sigma Kappa) of 
Burlington, Vt., died 
June 2, 2009. A former 
instructor in WPI's me- 
chanical engineering 
department, he retired from IBM as a staff 
engineer. Predeceased by his wife, Joan 
(Colton), he leaves three children. 

Burton P. Franklin 

'42 (Alpha Epsilon Pi) 
of Pueblo, Colo., died 
Feb. 1 7, 2009, leaving 
his wife, Beverly. He 
worked for General 
Electric Co. for many 

years before starting his own electronics 

products firm. 

Ralph W. Piper '42 (Lambda Chi 
Alpha) of Sonoma, Calif., died June 3, 
2008. He was predeceased by his wife, 
Rose-Marie. He was retired from a long 
career with Westinghouse Electric Corp. 

John E. Rogerson '42 (MSCM '47) 
(Lambda Chi Alpha) of Mainville, Ohio, 
died May 26, 2009. He was retired from 
Procter & Gamble Co. as a safety engineer 
specialist. He leaves his wife, Catherine, 
and three children. 

Donald E. Treadwell '42 of Shrews- 
bury, Mass., died Jan. 6, 2009. He leaves 
his wife, Marion (Peterson), and two chil- 
dren. He was retired from the former State 
Mutual Life Assurance Co. 

Arthur D. Wilson '42 (Alpha Tau 
Omega) of Parish, N.Y., died March 24, 
2009, leaving his wife, Madeline, and 
three children. He was retired from 
Motorola Inc. 

Richard Whitcomb '43, 
Aviation Pioneer 

WPI mourns the passing 
of Dick Whitcomb on 
Oct. 13,2009. He is 
best known as the 
developer of the Area 
Rule, which made su- 
personic flight practical. His later innova- 
tions, which include the supercritical wing 
and winglets, have boosted speed and 
improved fuel efficiency of military and 
commercial planes, resulting in great cost 
savings. The wind-tunnel model Whitcomb 
used to develop the Area Rule is now in 
the Smithsonian National Air and Space 
Museum. • Shortly after graduating from 
WPI, Whitcomb took a job at Langley 
Research Center, run by the National Advi- 
sory Committee for Aeronautics, which 
became NASA in 1958, and spent his en- 
tire career there. He received numerous 
awards for his contributions to aviation 
design, including the National Medal of 
Science and induction in the Inventors Hall 
of Fame. WPI honored Whitcomb with its 
Presidential Medal and an honorary doc- 
torate in engineering. A collection of his 
papers is housed in the Gordon Library 
Archives at WPI. • Read more at 1 68 .htm. 

George "Jerry" Cagen '43 of Boyn- 
ton Beach, Fla., died Nov. 25, 2008. He 
leaves his wife, Elaine, and three children. 
His career included many patents for audio 
equipment used by Apollo mission astro- 
nauts, as well as the Tiny Tears and Chatty 
Cathy dolls made by the Ideal Toy Co. 

5 Transformations \ Summer 2010 

Joseph M. Jolda 
'43, former dean of 
Worcester Junior Col- 
lege, died Feb. 19, 
2009. He also taught 
at Quinsigamond 
Community College 
and Bartlett High School. Predeceased 
by his wife, Florence (Godzik), he leaves 
three sons. 

Thomas A. Bombi- 
cino '44 (Sigma Alpha 
Epsilon) of Venice, Fla., 
died April 1 2, 2009. 
His wife of 62 years, 
Mildred, died in Octo- 
ber. They are survived 
by two children. Bombicino was a chemi- 
cal engineer and a specialist in the field of 
electrical insulation. He patented a process 
to fabricate mica sheets of uniform thickness 
using modified papermaking machinery. 
After 1 7 years with General Electric, he 
served as vice president of New England 
Mica and retired from United Technologies. 

E Leslie M. Davis '44 
(Lambda Chi Alpha) 
of Tucson, Ariz., died 
March 2, 2009. He 
worked for American 
Cyanamid Co. in chem- 
ical sales. He is survived 
by his wife, Dona Leigh, and five children. 

John R. Fleming '44 

(Phi Kappa Theta) of 
Agawam, Mass., died 
Oct. 9, 2008. He re- 
tired from Rexnord as 
general foreman of pro- 
duction and, in retire- 
ment, made deliveries for Longmeadow 
Flowers. His wife, Marie Ann (Vilkas), died 
in 2000. Two sons and four daughters 
survive him. 

Martin T. Pierson '44 of Newark, Del., 
died Feb. 23, 2009. Predeceased by his 
first wife, Geraldine, and a son, he leaves 
his wife, Joyce, and a son. A member of 
the WPI football team, Pierson went on to 
coach at the University of Delaware and 
Duke University. He later worked as indus- 
trial relations manager at Sperry Corp. for 
many years. 

Stanley R. Cross '45 of Worcester died 
July 28, 2009. He leaves his wife, Eleanor 
(Steinhilber), and three daughters. He was 
predeceased by a son. After serving as 
president of the family castings business, S. 
Ralph Cross & Sons, he founded Mayfield 
Plastics with his brother Gordon. 

George C. Pompeo '45 of North 
Grosvenordale, Conn., died May 18, 
2008. He was retired as president of 
Hobbs Medical Inc. Survivors include his 
wife, Elizabeth (Hoenig), and four chil- 
dren. He was predeceased by a daughter. 

Kenneth A. Lyons 

'46 (Sigma Phi Epsilon) 
of Randolph, Mass., 
died April 8, 2009, 
leaving his wife, Metta, 
and two daughters. He 
was retired from The 
Foxboro Company as a senior systems 
specialist. Although Lyons graduated from 
Northeastern University, he remained a 
dedicated WPI alumnus who served on 
his Class Board of Directors, contributed 
vintage photographs to the 50th Reunion 
Yearbook, and raised funds for a record- 
breaking Class Gift that made the Campus 
Center's Class of 1946 Lounge possible. 
A loyal member of Sig Ep, he worked to 
establish chapters at MIT and Boston 
University. His grandson, Tim Driscoll, 
is a member of the Class of 201 1 . 



Floyd T. Miller '46 

died April 30, 2009. 
His wife, Ora (Cote), 
died in 2000. Two chil- 
dren survive him. He 
retired in 1980 after a 
long career with GM. 

Allan E. Raymond '46 (Phi Sigma 
Kappa) of Columbia, S.C., died July 4, 
2009. A retired environmental engineer, 
he worked for the states of New York and 
South Carolina. Survivors include his wife, 
Priscilla, and five children. 

Vincent A. Zike '47 (Sigma Alpha 
Epsilon) of West Hartford, Conn., died 
April 25, 2009. Predeceased by his wife, 
Elizabeth (Chaffee), he leaves three sons. 
He was retired from Stanley Works. 

Richard A. Atwood 

'48 (Phi Gamma Delta) 
of Desert Hot Springs, 
Calif., died May 25, 
2009. He is survived 
by his wife, Carol, three 
children, and three 
stepchildren. During his 30-year career 
with Boeing Aerospace, Atwood worked 
on electronics for numerous space missions. 

G. Edward Desaulniers '48 (MSEE) 
(Phi Kappa Theta) of West Stockbridge, 
Mass., died May 1 , 2009. He was retired 
from General Electric Co. as a senior relia- 
bility engineer. Predeceased by his wife, 
Muriel (Wells), he leaves nine children. 

Wayne A. Shafer '48 of North Andover, 
Mass., died Oct. 18, 2008. Predeceased 
by his wife, Barbara (Hunt), he leaves two 
sons. He was retired from the Community 
College of Rhode Island. 

Norman E. Cotnoir '49 of North 
Kingston, R.I., died Sept. 3, 2009. He 
leaves his wife, Myrtle (Bigelow), and six 
children. A longtime electrical engineer, 
he retired from Brown & Sharp in 1983. 

Edward A. 
Glanovsky '49 of 

Bristol, Conn., died 
j Feb. 16, 2009. He was 
predeceased by his first 
wife, Shirley (Degnan), 
and his second wife, 

Janice (Furbish). Four children survive him. 

Glanovsky was retired from a 30-year 

career with Pratt & Whitney. 

Eli Mitchell '49 of 

Rolling Hills, Calif., 
died Dec. 5, 2009, 
leaving his wife, Diana 
(Staker), and six chil- 
dren. He retired from 
the U.S. Air Force as 
a lieutenant colonel in 1975 and later 
started Mitronics, an IT consulting firm 
for small businesses. 

William C. Reeves '49 (Sigma Alpha 
Epsilon) of Charleston, S.C., died Feb. 8, 
2009. He leaves his wife, Helen, and 
four children. He was retired from G.E. 
Ordnance Systems. 

Donald R. Sanders '49 (Theta Chi) 
of Westfield, Mass., died May 4, 2009. 
He was the husband of the late Dorothy 
(Webster) Sanders, and the father of three 
children, who survive him. Sanders was 
a retired electrical engineer who worked 
for several firms in the Westfield area. 

James O. Wenning '49 of Madison 
Heights, Va., died Nov. 7, 2008. He was 
retired from the U.S. Air Force as a captain. 

David W. Danielson '50 (Alpha Tao 
Omega) of Aptos, Calif., died Jan. 31, 
2009, leaving his wife, Janke, and a step- 
daughter. He was retired from General 
Electric Co. 

Robert S. Longworth Sr. '50 of Port- 
land, Conn., died Feb. 25, 2008. After 
many years with the former American 
Cyanamid Co., he retired from the Hard- 
ware Division of The Stanley Works. He 
leaves his wife, Joan (Robinson), and 
three daughters. 

Robert W. Baldwin '51 (Sigma Phi 
Epsilon) of Richland, Wash., died March 
24, 2009. He worked in the gas and oil 
industry in New York City for more than 
40 years. Survivors include his wife, 
Catherine, and three children. 

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Halsey E. Griswold '51 (Sigma Alpha 
Epsilon) of Pawlet, Vt., died May 24, 2004. 
He leaves his wife, Nancy (Burrows), and 
five children. A son predeceased him. 
Griswold was retired from Texaco Oil as 
a chemical engineer. 

Bernard P. Brennan '52 of Hartford, 

Conn., died Nov. 20, 2008. He was re- 
tired from Hamilton Standard (now Hamil- 
ton Sundstrand) as a sales representative. 

Henry J. Hart '52 (Sigma Alpha Epsilon) 
of Hobe Sound, Fla., died May 28, 2009. 
A longtime engineer in the petroleum in- 
dustry, he managed the construction of key 
offshore projects for Conoco Ltd. He leaves 
his wife, Pil Sun, and a daughter. 

Walter H. Rothman '52 (Theta Chi) of 
St. Louis died Oct. 16, 2009. He leaves 
his wife, Mary (Fagan), three children, 
and three stepchildren. A former project 
engineer for the U.S. Army, he was later 
a self-employed consulting engineer. 

Willard R. Ernst '53 (Sigma Phi Epsilon) 
of Windsor, Conn., died Nov. 21, 2009. 
He leaves his wife, Lorraine (Maclsaac), 
and three children. He was retired from a 
long career with Hamilton Sundstrand Corp. 

Earl N. Sample '53 (Alpha Sigma 
Epsilon) died March 22, 2009. A lifelong 
resident of Barre, Mass., he held the posts 
of superintendent of public works and of 
the highway department, as well as serv- 
ing on numerous boards and committees. 
He was also owner of Barre Engineering Co. 

Stanley P. Negus '54 (Phi Sigma 
Kappa) died June 4, 2009, at his home 
in Marston Mills, Mass. He worked for 
Wyman-Gordon Co. for 38 years. Pre- 
deceased by his wife, Ruth (Hubbard), 
he leaves three children. 

Otto A. Wahlrab '54 (Phi Gamma 
Delta) of Hilton Head, S.C., died July 7, 
2009. He leaves his wife, Joyce, three 
daughters, and two stepsons. Wahlrab 
was the retired president and owner of 
John P. Slade Insurance Agency. 

Joseph C. Berry '57 (SIM) of Belling- 
ham, Wash., died Feb. 19, 2009. He 
owned and operated Hunter Berry Inc. 
and the Adco Group. He is survived by 
his wife, Dorothy, and three children. 

Victor L. Moruzzi '57 of Wappingers 
Falls, N.Y., died Feb. 21, 2009. He leaves 
his wife, Joan (Paggi), and five daughters. 
As a member of the staff of the IBM Re- 
search Center, he published more than 
100 papers and two books. After retiring 
he taught physics at Florida Atlantic 

Trustees Remembrance 

William E. Hanson '32, trustee emeritus, died Sept. 7, 2009. 
Hanson was elected to the board in 1960 and served as chair 
from 1968 to 1971, guiding the establishment of the WPI Plan. 
He received the 1972 Herbert F. Taylor Alumni Award for Distin- 
guished Service. After earning his bachelor's and master's degrees 
in chemistry at WPI, he earned a PhD at New York University 
and became a fellow of the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research 
at the University. His research, sponsored by Gulf Oil Co., 
focused on the geochemistry of petroleum. He later moved to 
the Gulf Oil Research Laboratories in Harmarville, Pa., where he 
remained until 1971, retiring as senior scientist in the executive 
department. He leaves his wife, Lenore "Lee" Corey, whom he 
married in 1961 after years as a confirmed bachelor; he also 
leaves a brother. 

Howard C. Warren '42, a private investor and former owner 
of The Riley Company, died Feb. 15, 2010. He served as trustee 
from 1971 to 1981, and was then elected trustee emeritus. He 
was honored with the Robert H. Goddard Alumni Award for 
Outstanding Professional Achievement in 1972 and received an 
honorary doctorate of engineering from WPI in 1982. Warren 
retired as chairman of the board of Riley Stoker Co. in 1981. 
He is survived by five children, 1 1 grandchildren, and six 

Peter H. Horstmann '55, trustee emeritus, died Aug. 19, 
2009. A former Alumni Association president, avid supporter of 
WPI athletics, and longtime chair of the Citations Committee, he 
brought recognition to others and was himself recognized with 
the Herbert F. Taylor Alumni Award for Distinguished Service and 
membership in the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame. Horstmann began 
his career in the aircraft industry and later joined Coppus Engi- 
neering, where he became vice president and part owner of the 
firm. After several other industrial positions, he was director of 
human resources for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. He 
belonged to Sigma Phi Epsilon and Skull. Survivors include his 
wife, Barbara Van Loon Horstmann, three daughters, and six 

Peter H. Levine, MD, a dedicated supporter of the Institute and 
personal mentor to many at WPI and in the Worcester commu- 
nity, died Dec. 15, 2009, at age 71. A physician, teacher, and 
research hematologist, he played a key role in the formation of 
UMass Memorial Healthcare and served as the organization's 
first CEO. On his retirement as CEO in 2002, the Peter H. Levine 
Cancer Center was named in honor of his service and contribu- 
tions. Levine served as a WPI trustee for almost two decades, 
starting in 1990, and served on six committees. He was also a 
member of the President's Circle and the Presidential Advisory 
Council. He leaves his wife, Catherine, and three sons. 

Full obituaries may be read at 

David N. Olson '57 (Phi Sigma Kappa) 
of Incline Village, Nev., died Feb. 3, 2009. 
He was the founder and president of D & D 
Mobile Homes. Survivors include his wife, 
Carol, and three children. 

William R. McLeod Jr. '58 (Theta Chi) 
of Warwick, R.I., died July 27 2009, leav- 
ing his wife, Nancy (Wainwright), and 
three children. He worked for Ciba-Geigy 
and Borden & Remington Corp. 

James H. "Skip" Porter '58 (Sigma 
Phi Epsilon) of Pennington, N.J., died Oct. 
1 5, 2009. Survivors include his wife, 

Janet, and two children. He was retired 
from New Jersey Bell (now Verizon). A 
member of the undefeated 1954 football 
team, he enjoyed coaching youth sports 
in his local community. 

Kenneth B. Halvorsen '60 (Sigma 
Phi Epsilon) of Santa Paula, Calif., died 
Dec. 1, 2008. Predeceased by his wife, 
Maureen, he leaves five children. He 
retired as an electrical engineer for Port 
Hueneme Naval Base after a 30-year 
career in civil service. 

52 Transformations \ Summer 2010 

Robert J. McElroy '60 of Providence, 
R.I., died July 14, 2008. He earned a 
master's degree in educational math from 
the University of Rhode Island and taught in 
the Cranston and Warwick school systems. 

Paul J. McCarthy '61 of Auburn, 
Mass., died March 5, 2009. He was 
retired from New England Telephone Co. 
as a district manager in the engineering 
department. Two children survive him. 

Walter E. Pillartz '61 (Phi Kappa 
Theta) of Guilford, Conn., died April 5, 
2009. He leaves his wife, Mary Ann 
(Bradsnyder), and two children. After 35 
years with Southern New England Tele- 
phone Co. Pillartz retired as a division 
manager and opened Details, a fine 
home accessories store. 

Robert E. Seamon '61 of Albuquerque, 
N.M., died Dec. 25, 2009, from injuries 
sustained in an automobile accident the 
previous day. He was retired from Los 
Alamos National Laboratory, where his 
work on nuclear weapons was recognized 
with several awards from the Department 
of Defense. Seamon endowed the Burton 
and Mildred Seamon Memorial Scholar- 
ship Fund in honor of his parents. 

William A. Brutsch '62 (MSM 81) 
(Theta Chi) of Milford, Mass., died June 
15, 2009. He leaves his wife, Carol 
(Carlberg), and two children. He retired 
as deputy chief operating officer of the 
MWRA in 2002, after a 30-year career 
in which he led important improvements 
to the state's water supply. 

Harold E. Johnson '62 (SIM) of North 
Conway, N.H., died Sept. 26, 2009. He 
was a retired plant supervisor for Norton 
Co. Predeceased by his wife, Ruth (Lidell), 
he is survived by a daughter. 

Alan S. Elias '63, of Winter Garden, 
Fla., died May 22, 2009. Predeceased 
by his wife, Helen, in 2003, he leaves 
two children. He was a systems analyst 
for Sikorsky Aircraft for 30 years. 

David A. Kilikewich '63 (Tau Kappa 
Epsilon) of Kaneohe, Hawaii, died Aug. 
24, 2009. He retired from the Pearl Har- 
bor Shipyard as a test engineer in 2002. 
Survivors include his wife, Arleen, and 
three children. 

Henry P. Torcellini '63 (Lambda Chi 
Alpha) of Eastford, Conn., died June 24, 
2009. He worked for Gardner & Peterson as 
a civil engineer for more than 30 years. He 
leaves his wife, Dottie (Buell), and two sons. 

Gerald D. Waxman '63 (Alpha Epsilon 
Pi), a longtime professor of astronomy at 
Santa Rosa Junior College, died Oct. 13, 
2009. He was instrumental in founding the 
school's Institute for Environmental Educa- 
tion. He leaves his wife, Pam Zimmerman, 
and two children. 

Faculty Remembrance 

John van Alstyne, dean emeritus of academic advising, died 
April 16, 2010, in Asheville, N.C. He came to WPI in 1961 as 
a professor of mathematics, intending to stay just one year. He 
retired 28 years later, "having spent more than a decade and a 
half making a profound difference in the lives of hundreds of WPI 
students," the WPI Journal noted. Known simply as "van A," he 
served on the Faculty Planning Committee for the WPI Plan and 
was appointed dean of academic advising in 1970. He won the 
Trustees Award for Outstanding Teaching in 1970 and received 
the William R. Grogan Award for Support of the Mission of WPI 
in 1993. He leaves three daughters and a grandson. 

E. Russell Johnston Jr. died Jan. 24, 2010. He taught civil 
engineering at WPI from 1957 to 1963 and later retired as 
professor emeritus from the University of Connecticut. He was 
the author of three textbooks and numerous journal articles. 
He leaves his wife, Ruth, two sons, and three grandchildren. 

Norman Sondak, a pioneer in information systems and com- 
puter science, and the first person to teach computer science 
at WPI, died in San Diego, Calif., on Nov. 5, 2009, at the age 
of 78. Sondak joined WPI in 1968 and taught until 1978. He 
later retired from San Diego State University as chairman of the 
Information Systems Department. He is survived by his wife, 
Eileen, two sons, a daughter, and four grandchildren. 

Professor Archie K. McCurdy '59 (MSEE) of Franklin Town- 
ship, N.J., died Aug. 1 3, 2009. He taught electrical engineering 
at WPI for 40 years and retired as professor emeritus in 1995. 
His research on acoustic wave properties and thermal conduc- 
tivity is still widely read and highly regarded. He leaves his 
wife, Carmella, two daughters, and a son. 

Full obituaries may be read at 

Robert J. Geiger '64 (Sigma Phi Ep- 
silon) of Goshen, Conn., died April 7 
2009. He leaves his wife, Lucinda, and 
three children. He was a plant manager 
at The Torrington Company and later at 
Owens-Illinois before retiring in 1996. 

Albert J. Metrik '64 (Phi Kappa Theta) 
of Erie, Pa., died March 17, 2009. He 
leaves his wife, Rose, and two children. 
A longtime electrical engineer for General 
Electric Co., he previously worked on the 
Apollo space program. 

Frank E. Stone '64 (Phi Kappa Theta) 
of Farmington Hills, Mich., died March 17 
2008. He worked for several chemical 
companies and retired from MacDermid 
Chemical Co. as plant general manager. 
He leaves his wife of 1 3 years, Eunju, a 
daughter, and two stepchildren. 

William W. Guidi '65 (Phi Sigma 
Kappa) of Worthington, Mass., died Nov. 
26, 2008. He was a longtime electrical 
engineer for General Electric Co. His two 
sons survive him. 

Charles F. Merry '65 (SIM) of Topeka, 
Kan., died Feb. 27 2009, at age 88. A 
longtime employee of American Optical 
Co., he later retired as vice president Duf- 
fens Optical. He was predeceased by his 
wife, Jeanne (Ketchum), and a daughter. 
He is survived by a daughter. 

Ronald J. Rustigian '65 (Sigma Phi 
Kappa) of Portsmouth, N.H., died Sept. 
1 8, 2009. A former mechanical engineer 
for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, he was 
retired from the Department of the Navy. 
He is survived by a daughter. 

Peter G. Stebbins '66 of Hollis, N.H., 
died June 14, 2009. He spent more than 
two decades with Sanders Associates/ 
Lockheed Sanders and later worked for 
Signatron and Siemens Medical Systems. 
He was predeceased by his first wife, 
Joyce (Ericson) in 1988. He leaves his 
wife, Ellen (Walker), and a daughter. 

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William E. Sullivan Jr. '66 (Sigma Phi 
Epsilon) of North Reading, Mass., died 
Feb. 28, 2009. He was a member of the 
technical staff of Computer Sciences Corp. 

James L Viele '67 (Theta Chi) of Vail, 
Colo., died Aug. 9, 2009. Predeceased by 
his wife, Kathleen, he leaves three children 
and his close friend Vickie Leigh. Viele 
worked for International Paper Co. before 
moving to Colorado and starting a con- 
struction business. 

Edward H. Borgeson '68 (Phi Sigma 
Kappa) died Sept. 9, 2009, at his home in 
Wayland, Mass. He leaves his wife, Trudy 
(Hood). The father of Ross Borgeson '99, 
he also leaves two other sons. He was a 
senior development engineer for Raytheon 
Integrated Defense Systems. 

William J. McCarthy '68 (Sigma Pi) 
of Austin, Texas, died April 6, 2009. An 
enrolled actuary, he had served as an 
actuarial consultant for Allen Bailey and 
Associates, after 30 years in the life insur- 
ance industry. Survivors include his wife, 
Nancy, and three children. 

Walter Sackmann '68 (Tau Kappa Ep- 
silon) of Granby, Conn., died Oc. 22, 
2009. He leaves two children and their 
mother, Kendra (McNamara) Ketchin. He 
was a fluid power specialist offering tech- 
nical and sales support for several indus- 
trial distributors. 

George J. Sonntag '68 (SIM) of Boyl- 
ston, Mass., died May 13, 2009. He was 
predeceased by his wife, Pauline, and a 
son. He leaves four children. Sonntag 
worked for Heald Machine Co., and later 
its parent company, Cincinnati-Millacron. 

Daniel P. Lorusso '69 of Pittsfield, 
Mass., died May 7, 2009, after a battle 
with cancer. A longtime electrical design 
engineer, he most recently worked on med- 
ical equipment projects. He is survived by 
a son. 

Hans van den Biggelaar '70 (PhD), 
former professor and head of the electrical 
engineering department at UMass Dart- 
mouth, died April 29, 2008. He was 81 . 
He previously taught at St. Anselm College, 
Skidmore College, and RPI. 

Robert C. Vickery '70 (SIM), 82, a 
retired production manager for Wyman- 
Gordon Co., died Jan. 24, 2009, at his 
home in West Boylston, Mass. His wife, 
Virginia (Lynch), died in 1998. Three 
children survive him. 

Staff Remembrance 

Roy Seaberg '56, former director of admissions at WPI and 
executive secretary to the faculty committee that created the WPI 
Plan, passed away in Delray Beach, Fla., on Oct. 1, 2009, at 
the age of 75. Seaberg joined WPI in 1962 as assistant secre- 
tary of the WPI Alumni Association. In 1969 he moved to the 
Admissions Office, where he rose to director in 1980. Four years 
later he was given the opportunity to help expand WPI's student 
recruitment efforts more globally as director of special admis- 
sions. He retired in 1996, after 34 years in the WPI administra- 
tion. A member and former advisor for Phi Gamma Delta 
fraternity, he was also active in Skull. He coached the WPI golf 
team to two undefeated seasons between 1963 and 1970 and 
was a leader in Alumni Association regional programs for 
Worcester County. 

David E. Lloyd, a former vice president of business affairs and 
treasurer of WPI, died April 8, 201 0. Lloyd joined the admini- 
stration in 1954 as business manager, and retired in 1986. He 
oversaw an era of great expansion in WPI's student enrollment, 
operating budget, and endowment, as well as the completion 
of major building projects and the establishment of the Alden 
Research Laboratory in Holden. Survivors include his wife, Elsie 
(Sivell), a daughter, and two grandchildren. He was predeceased 
by a son in 2007. 

Full obituaries may be read at 

Robert W. Ewing '71 (SIM) of Fal- 
mouth, Maine, died Oct. 27, 2009. He 
was 89. Predeceased by his wife, Dorothy 
(Marble), he leaves two children. He was 
retired from New England Electrical Sys- 
tem as district superintendent for the North 
Central District. 

Richard E. Fleming '71 (SIM) of Grafton, 
Mass., died Feb. 20, 2009. He was 77. 
A retired superintendent and manager for 
Commonwealth Gas Co., he leaves his 
wife, Laura (Bolofka), a daughter, and two 

Former wrestling team 
captain and assistant 
coach Raymond F. 
Cherenzia '73 (Phi 
Gamma Delta, Skull) 
lost his battle with brain 
cancer on Jan. 9, 2009. 
He was the founder of Cherenzia Associ- 
ates Ltd. and also operated Cherenzia Ex- 
cavation with his brother, Salvatore. While 
doing graduate work at WPI he served as 
assistant wrestling coach from 1974 to 
1976 and continued to referee for high 
school and college matches. Survivors in- 
clude his son Sergio Cherenzia '04 and 
two other children, his former wife, Rhonda 
(Zanella) Cherenzia, and his fiancee, Jill Kass. 

John E. Dunn '73 (SIM) of Boylston, 
Mass., died July 1 4, 2009, at the age of 
86. Predeceased by his wife, Corinne 
(Saulnier), he is survived by two children. 
He worked for Meyers Manufacturing for 
30 years. 

Samuel E. Schumacher '73 (SIM) of 
East Woodstock, Conn., died May 30, 
2009. He worked for Dexter Russell Co. for 
more than 30 years. Survivors include his 
wife, Judith (Dowling), and two children. 

Walter G. Spreadbury '74 (SIM) of 
Worcester died Feb. 21, 2009, at age 84. 
He leaves his wife, Isabel, and two chil- 
dren. He was retired from Norton Co. as 
manager of international engineering 
projects and domestic affairs. 

John D. Keefe '75 (SIM) of Bayonet 
Point, Fla., died April 9, 2009, at the age 
of 83. He leaves his wife, Shirley, and a 
daughter. He was predeceased by a 
daughter. Keefe was retired from Bay 
State Abrasives as general foreman. 

Robert S. DeMarco '79 (Sigma Alpha 
Epsilon) of Boylston, Mass., died Feb. 13, 
2009. He leaves his wife, Leslie (Harris), 
and three sons. He was a technical recruiter 
for KForce. 

William A. Woishnis '80 (Lambda Chi 
Alpha) died Aug. 2, 2009. A pioneer in 
the electronic information field, he and his 
wife founded William Andrew Publishing, 
based in Norwich, N.Y., in 1990. His inno- 
vations included the Plastics Design Library 
and Knovel, a data-driven science and engi- 
neering database. He is survived by his 
wife, Jeri Wachter, and a son. 

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Ronald I. Borjeson Jr. '81 (SIM) of 
West Boylston, Mass., died Aug. 31, 2009, 
at age 81. He leaves his wife, Anna 
(Decker), and four children. He retired 
from Norton Co. as a foreman with 36 
years of service. 

David B. Ward '82 (MSCS), 74, of 
Scottsdale, Ariz., died Jan. 24, 2009, 
leaving his wife, Gail, and three sons. He 
worked for Honeywell International as a 
software engineer for 40 years. 

Richard J. Wurm '82 (Lambda Chi, 
Skull) of Sudbury, Mass., died May 15, 
2010, after a six-year battle with brain 
cancer. He leaves his wife, Katherine 
(Coghlan) '81 , and four sons. He began 
his career at New England Telephone, 
worked for several communications and 
data protection companies, and was most 
recently director of program management 
for Verdasys. 

Gilbert F. Cahill '85 (SIM), of Wilming- 
ton, Mass., died May 7, 2009. He was 73. 
He leaves his wife, Joan "Joy" (Revane), 
and a son. He was a retired manager for 
Massachusetts Electric Systems. 

Keith W. LeDuc '85 of South Dartmouth, 
Mass., died Sept. 17 2007 after a long 
battle with ALS. He leaves his wife, Eliza- 
beth (Roy). He worked for Metcalf & Eddy 
as a water treatment engineer. 

Ronald A. Renaud '87 of Thompson, 
Conn., died April 9, 2009. He was retired 
from Hyde Manufacturing Co. as a cost 
estimator. He leaves his wife, Jeanne 
(Lefebvre), and a daughter. 

Darius Dilmaghani '91 died Aug. 12, 
2009, at his parents' home in Chestnut Hill, 
Mass., after a lengthy battle with liver can- 
cer. He was the brother of Alex Dilma- 
ghani '91 . He also leaves his father and 
stepmother, and another brother. He was a 
senior mechanical engineer at Keurig Inc. 

Michael C. Naum '91 of Woodstock, 
Conn., died June 26, 2009, after a long 
battle with cancer. Survivors include his 
wife, Genevive (Kwok), and two children. 
He received a master's degree in Strategic 
Intelligence from the American Military 
University and earned several patents 
while working at Sun Microsystems. He 
founded Silicon Dimensions in 2002 and 
joined Advanced Micro Devices in 2006. 

Nathan J. Gronda '99 of Shrewsbury, 
Mass., died Jan. 4, 201 0. He was a proj- 
ect engineer for Metso Automation USA 
Inc. He is survived by his mother and 

William A. "Andy" Pfeil '07 of 

Andover, Mass., died Nov. 9, 2009, of 
injuries sustained in a car accident. A dou- 
ble major in computer science and electri- 
cal and computer engineering, he was the 
recipient of a Tau Beta Pi Scholarship. 

WPI has also received notice of the 
following deaths. William S. Koschny 
'44 in 2006; Marvin B. Cramer '62 in 
2006; and Michael B. DeRose '74 in 2005. 

Alumni Association Mourns Former Presidents 

Donald G. Craig '57 (Sigma Phi Epsilon) died Jan. 1, 2010. A former military and 
civilian pilot, Don retired from American Airlines in 1995. He 
presided over the Alumni Association from 1 993 to 1 995, a vital 
phase that conducted a comprehensive survey of alumni needs, 
enacted a master plan, and laid the groundwork for WPI's first online 
alumni network. In 1 997 he received the Herbert F. Taylor Alumni 
Award for Distinguished Service. He established the Matthew 
Andrews Craig Scholarship in memory of his youngest son, who 
died in a boating accident at age 24. He is survived by his wife, 
Nancy Andrews Craig, of Savannah, Ga., and two sons. 

Robert E. Maynard Jr. '63 (Phi Kappa Theta), died Dec. 18, 2009. Bob was retired 
from a 35-year career with R. H. White Construction Co., where he 
served as executive vice president. A 2003 Taylor Award recipient, 
he served as association president from 1 997 to 1 999 and was in- 
strumental in restructuring the organization. As chair of the Alumni 
Funds Board, he oversaw the master plan that paved the way for 
WPI's $150 million capital campaign that concluded in 2004. He 
leaves his wife, Judith A. Praskiewicz Maynard, and two children. 

WPI Inventor Becomes Legend 

Elwood Haynes may have graduated more than a century ago, but this year he joined 
the first class of inductees in the Howard County Hall of Legends in Kokomo, Ind. His 
classmates include legends from the world of art, business, and journalism, some of 
whom are Pulitzer-, Peabody- and Emmy award winners. 

Haynes, a member of WPI's Class of 1881, is best known for inventing America's first 
mechanically successful gasoline-powered automobile in 1894, which is a part of the 
"America on the Move" exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. His 
research on metal alloys — which dates back to his senior thesis, "The Effect of Tungsten 
on Iron and Steel," — has improved everything from razor blades to spacecraft. 

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The Washburn Bell now rests safely on a specially built cradle in the lobby of the Washburn Shops, where 
it can be enjoyed by the WPI community. Cast in 1926 with a senior class gift of $160, the 250-pound bronze 
bell was silenced once when Washburn's tower collapsed during a 1938 hurricane. It fell a second time in 
2005; this time the cupola was deemed structurally unsound to bear its weight, and the bell was not returned 
to the tower. 

The Classes of 2008 and 2009 took on the project of restoring the bell for display and mounting a plaque 
documenting its history. The Alumni Association helped fund the makeover, which included sandblasting to 

remove stains and corrosion, and a lacquer coating to preserve its luster. A full account of the restoration, with expense records, 

drawings, and research, will remain in the Gordon Library Archives. 

The bell still tolls — but only for those who shake the clapper. 

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