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In Perfect Balance 

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OVER ► The Mayor of Cool 

Naveen Selvadurai '02, '04 (MS CS) and his business 
partner, Dennis Crowley, may have created the Internet's 
next big thing, foursquare, a social media site that 
mixes geo-tagging, urban exploration, and socializing. 



Shaking Whispers from the Walls 

Like a science-center twister, Nina Simon '03 is shak- 
ing up the museum world, using creativity, passion, and 
some good ol' WPI problem solving to make museums 
more fun. 



A Century of Do-Gooders 

Your alumni magazine goes undercover to bring you 
the inside story of the secret Skull society, which recently 
celebrated its 100th anniversary of stealthily moving 
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Mastering the Course 

Mark Mungeam '83 charted his own course when it 
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From Homecoming to award winners, WPI alumni 
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Advancing WPI 

Robert Foisie '56 and Priscilla and George 
Messenger Jr. '51 make transformative gifts to WPI's 
undergraduate scholarships. 


Class Notes 

Octogenarians are studying French, motorcycling 1 ,600 
miles, and flying gliders — these are just a few of the 500 
alumni who sent updates this issue. 


Puzzle Corner 

What happens when you cut a Sudoku diagonally? 
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The Class Note is an under appreciated literary form. Consider this one sent to Harvard in 1847 in re- 
sponse to a request for a career update: 

"I don't know whether mine is a profession, or a trade, or what not. It is not yet learned, and in every 
instance has been practised before being studied.. .It is not one but legion. I will give you some of the mon- 
ster's heads. lama Schoolmaster— a Private Tutor, a Surveyor.. .a Gardener, a Mason, a Day-Laborer, a 
Pencil-Maker, a Glass-paper Maker, a Writer, and sometimes a Poetaster.. ..For the last two or three years 
I have lived in Concord woods alone, something more than a mile from any neighbor, in a house built 
entirely by myself. — Henry David Thoreau '37 

Thoreau's note is often cited because of the literary masterpiece that was to come from those Concord 
woods. But as author Henry Petroski points out in his insightful book, The Pencil, Thoreau's class note 
reveals even more. For instance, the profession that Thoreau practices but struggles to describe, says 
Petroski, is that of an engineer, which was rapidly emerging in the mid-1 9th century and, indeed, has a long 
history of being "practised before being studied." 

Petroski also points out that Thoreau consistently displayed a common trait of the engineering mind- 
set—namely, a desire to plumb a variety of subjects beyond the mechanical, as problem solving requires 
a unique blend of skills, not the least of which is creativity. Which brings me to this issue of Transformations. 

As you may have noticed, we've been creatively tinkering with your alumni magazine. This issue features 
a new design, binding, size and editor. It also features an expanded class notes section filled with updates 
from a creative group of WPI graduates unafraid to plumb any subject. The first page alone sets the tone. 
Here, you'll find Frank Holby '48 studying French, a language he took up at age 83; Harvey Howell '51 
confessing that he's slowed down a bit, but still finds time to pilot his glider; David Hathaway '53 complet- 
ing a 1 ,600-mile motorcycle trip, camping along the way in a tent borrowed from his daughter; and George 
Sanderson '52 deciding it's a good time to begin studying artificial intelligence. 

Lest you think the octogenarians are having all the adventures, see Kim Schaefer '84, who is teaching 
figure skating in her spare time; or Leonard Redon 73, deputy mayor of Rochester, N.Y, and the first Af- 
rican American to hold that office; or Bruce Denson '68, who is now pastor at the local Methodist church; 
or Laura Gregory Roberts '93, who was recently listed among the "Top 40 Under 40" by Connecticut 
Magazine, or Barbara Doyle Atkins '94 who became a bone marrow donor this year. 

In all, you'll find businesses being launched, books being written, classes being taught, music being 
performed, and exotic, faraway places being explored. You'll also find a sincere passion for helping others 
reach their potential. And, of course, you'll find an abundance of scientific, technological, entrepreneurial, 
and engineering accomplishments. 

After a thorough read of these class notes, I came away thinking that Thoreau would have been very 
attracted to WPI if it had existed back in 1833 when he was a freshman. Petroksi's book provides some 
evidence to support the hunch, as he reports that the frugal Thoreau actually had business cards printed 
late in life that listed his occupation as civil engineer. But it's Thoreau's criticism of education, and his alma 
mater in particular, that provides the most convincing evidence. Among the things Thoreau took issue with 
was his professors' over-reliance upon theory. As he writes in Walden: "To my astonishment I was informed 
upon leaving college that I had studied navigation!— why, if I had taken one turn down the harbor I should 
have known more about it." 

What you'll find in this issue of Transformations is a collection of WPI graduates who won't hesitate to 
take that one turn toward the harbor, which invariably leads to uncharted waters, and, of course, new 
discoveries and new knowledge. Now, expand that idea, not by one, but by a legion of men and women 
who share that spirit, and you have the makings of a very interesting alumni magazine— which is just what 
we intend to deliver to you. 


Fall 2011 





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r e care. 

Number of incoming freshmen in 1911 that set a WPI record for class size: 154 

Number of incoming freshmen in 2011 that set a WPI record for class size: 1,009 

Percentage difference of Vitamin A found rn goat milk compared to cow milk: +47 

Percentage difference in fat found in goat cheese compared to cow cheese: -40 

Number of "secret societies" at Yale University: 10 

Number of "secret societies" at WPI: 1 

Odds that a U.S. couple met via social media: 1 in 5 

Odds that a divorcing U.S. couple will list Facebook among the causes of their break up: 1 in 5 

Percentage of American adults who used the Internet in 2010: 79 

Percentage of American adults who used social media: 47 

Total revenue generated by WPFs Corporate & Professional Education unit in 2005: $2.8 million 

In 2011: $9.7 million 

Percentage of current WPI employees who are female: 53 

Percentage of current WPI students who are female: 30 

Estimated number of museums in the United States: 17,500 

Median annual attendance in 2009 at a U.S. art museum: 44,878 

Median annual attendance in 2009 at a U.S. science /technology museum: 357,103 

Grade WPI received for sustainability in 2005 from the Sustainable Endowment Institute: D- 

Grade WPI received in 2011: A- 

Number of IQP and MQP reports downloaded during 2009 from Gordon Library: 240,000 

Percentage of undergraduate applicants admitted into WPI in 2005: 83 

In 2011: 57 

Percentage of WPI's 2011 incoming freshmen who graduated high school with a 4.0 GPA: 44 

Estimated number of bridges in the United States: 600,000 

Number considered "structurally deficient" by the ASCE: 161,000 

Estimated number of U.S. bridges found in "dangerous disrepair": 71,000 

Amount returned to the economy for every U.S. tax dollar spent on transportation infrastructure: $1.57 

Total, in dollars, of research awards WPI faculty received in 2005: $11.8 million 

In 2010: $17.4 million 

Number of Annual Fund phone calls from student callers to WPI alumni last year: 10,586 

Record-setting total dollars raised by the WPI Annual Fund last year: $2,225,910 

Estimated number of U.S. golf courses, public and private: 15,890 

Estimated rounds of golf played in the U.S. last year: 475,000,000 

Average greens fee in Massachusetts: $62.16 

Recommended first-time gift to the WPI Annual Fund: $50 

Fee for a lifetime membership to the American Goat Society. $200 

The WPIndex is sponsored by the WPI Annual Fund, which has been helping WPI students succeed since 1 924 

Fall 2011 

I read with a great deal of interest your very 
cogent articles about China in the Spring edition of 
Transformations. I would like to add a few thoughts: 

Tom Friedman wrote a book called The World 
15 Flat. It may be, but it is not level. Or in engi- 
neering parlance, it is not tangent to the radius 
of the sphere. Currently, the Chinese (as well as 
many other nations | enjoy a labor cost advantage, 
which is why I postulate that the world may be 
flat' but it is certainly not level. Here is my main 
point: In 1989, 1 was the general manager of a new 
joint venture located in Beijing. Contractually, the 
company could only pay S100 per month. Now, 22 
years later (or one generation), my wife's nephew 
is earning SI, 000 per month. Again, we engineers 
would say 'one order of magnitude.' If the trend 
continues, parity will happen in one more genera- 
tion. At that point there will be no cost advantage 
to making things like clothes or TVs or providing 
call centers in China or anywhere else. 

It's great that America is increasing its ties 
with China. But our investment should be more 
towards their domestic business and less aimed 
at things for export. Forward-looking companies 
are seeing this trend, and, again my opinion, "on 
shoring" will become more the norm as we move 
through the next millennium. 

China is a fascinating place with intelligent, 
secular people. They are more like us than we 
might think. And contrary to what you may read 
in the fourth estate, China likes the U.S. and wants 
to emulate it in many ways. Most of China has ac- 
cess to television and can see what "western civi- 
lization" looks like. They are far from dogmatic 
communists, despite the name of the ruling party. 
There is more Confucius than Marx in China. As 
former Chinese leader Deng Xiao Ping once said, it 
does not matter if the cat is white or black as long 
as it catches the mouse. I would only caution to 
not get caught up in what we used to call 'China 
Chic' We should recognize that their business 
guide is Sun Tzu's The Art of War and not the sappy 
stuff we read, like The One Minute Manager. 

The U.S. makes up five percent of the world's pop- 
ulation. China 22 percent. Soon, we will look across 
the Pacific and see ourselves, just five times bigger. 
Best we keep some of our production at home, 
no matter how mundane or routine it appears. 

J. D. CATTEL 70 
President, Digital Control Company, Clearwater, Florida 

I read with great interest Susan Seligson's article 
about the experience of Chinese students at WPI 
("Culture Shock"), particularly their participa- 
tion in sports. I would like to add that Chinese 
students are the largest ethnic group in the WPI 
Badminton Club (Indians are second), and, as has 
happened often in the past, they have served as 
president and other officers of the club. While 
badminton is an extraordinarily fast sport at 
which the Chinese are very good, our students 
usually look upon the competition as a social oc- 
casion las described in Susan's article), groups of 
friends sitting around the court chatting with the 
players as the shuttlecocks whiz back and forth 
across the net. 

BLAND ADDISON, Associate Professor 

Advisor to the WPI Badminton Club 

Co-Director. Morocco Project Center 

Off Key 

Being both a WPI alumnus and a musician, I found 
parts of the spring 2011 edition of Transformations 
to be quite upsetting. The "Grammy for WPI" 
write-up was silly enough, with its trite insults at 
expected pop targets. But the praise over the "Dig- 
itar" project was ridiculous. Guitar-structured 
MIDI controllers are nothing new, in fact at least 
two of them are already called "Digitar." And if you 
can pass a differential equations class, then sheet 
music and tablature shouldn't be "too daunting." 

For crying out loud— tablature, which is already 
the dumbed-down version of sheet music, is just 
counting! The last thing the music scene needs is 
more shoddy guitar players with no understand- 
ing of sheet reading or theory; we're already over- 
whelmed with them. Yes, guitar playing "has its 
own learning curve," but so do all skills. If they 
didn't, they wouldn't be skills. 


Transforming People 

I was saddened (as I suspect many former stu- 
dents, faculty, and staff were) to learn of the pass- 
ing of John van Alstyne, Archie McCurdy, and Roy 
Seaberg. "Van A" was a legend on the campus, hav- 
ing an extraordinary capacity to keep tremendous 
amounts of information in his head. He was the 
"go to" guy during Drop & Add' each quarter. He 
was also a great mentor and advisor. 

Professor McCurdy was a good friend and 
teacher. I learned a great deal from him about 
thin film deposition, optics, and molecular-level 
electronics. The biggest lesson I learned from 
Prof. McCurdy, however, occurred when I hap- 
pened upon him in the basement of Gordon Li- 
brary, reading a Russian engineering text. "I didn't 
know you could read Russian," I said. "I can't," he 
replied, "but if I work hard enough, eventually I 
will figure it out." I never forgot that lesson, for it 
taught me to never shy away from even the most 
difficult of problems. 

But perhaps the biggest impact on my life was 
Roy Seaberg, the director of admissions. Know- 
ing WPI's reputation for being very selective, I 
assumed my chances weren't good. But Roy was 
very encouraging, and I will forever be grateful for 
his confidence in me. He challenged me to stretch 
my abilities and discover my talents. As a result, 
I worked very hard to make sure that I honored 
Roy's decision to accept me into WPI, and ulti- 
mately graduated with distinction. 

I will always think fondly of these individuals 
who excelled at their jobs by going "above and be- 
yond," and shall forever be grateful for their influ- 
ence in my life. 


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e hear talk in the media about the need tor 
higher education to track and measure student 
outcomes. This trend is driven in large part by 
the rapid rise of for-protit colleges, which have 
brought more choices to the higher education landscape, but 
also more confusion as to what constitutes good value. 

Assessing student outcomes has been a priority at WPI for 
many decades, in part because our unique project-based cur- 
riculum requires assessment far beyond traditional classroom 
metrics, like test scores or grades WPI students must demon- 
strate the acquisition of knowledge in traditional classroom set- 
tings, and impressive amounts of it, I might add. But they must 
also demonstrate that they know how to apply that knowledge 
to real-world projects, while earning the trust and confidence of 
fellow project members along the way. Such hands-on, collab- 
orative learning is a distinguishing trait of a WPI education. It's 
also the type of learning experience not easily captured by a 
numeric evaluation. Leadership does not always reveal itself in a 
multiple-choice question. 

Though difficult to distill to a numeric value, leadership is more 
easily discernible when viewed through other prisms. Consider, 
for instance, the alumni featured in this issue of Transformations, 
which shows WPI graduates in a variety of leadership roles 
across a range of industries. These stories not only chronicle re- 
markable professional success, but also reveal that the passion 
for problem solving is at the heart of their work. 

Whether it's Naveen Selvadurai 02, '04 (MS CS) pioneering 
his new geography-based approach to social media, or Mark 
Ketchum 75 balancing the structural and cultural pressures of 
a stunning bridge project, or Nina Simon '03 shaking up the 
whispering world of museums by getting administrators to re- 
think their value proposition, WPI graduates are applying their 
problem-solving skills in creative and successful ways. It is this 
talent for problem solving that inherently positions our graduates 
for leadership. 

Professional accomplishment is just one area where leader- 
ship manifests. Family, community involvement, civic engage- 
ment, the willingness to volunteer, to give back, to be a part of 
something larger than oneself is another form of leadership that 
is vital to a healthy society. Here, again, I am pleased to say 
that WPI alumni have distinguished themselves, and I encour- 
age you to read the expanded Class Notes section in this issue, 
which shows many WPI graduates deeply involved in their com- 
munities. The WPI Alumni Association has recognized some of 
these hard working alumni who have volunteered their time, en- 
ergy, and ideas on behalf of their alma mater, and you can read 
about their accomplishments beginning on page 52. 

Measuring leadership may be difficult to do numerically, but 
it's not hard to identify when you see it in action. To that end, 
WPI has been fortunate to have a stalwart example of leadership 
for more than a century in the form of The Skull, whose 100th 
anniversary is captured in these pages. The society, which es- 
chews publicity and recognition, often points to Mildred McClary 
Tymeson's history of WPI, Two Towers, as the impetus behind 
their collective work. In that book, Tymeson closes with the fol- 
lowing line: 

[WPI] stands there for more than any other reason because — 

by some strange and wonderful supply — 

there have always been enough people who cared. 

Therein lies one sure measure of leadership — people who 
care. And that, I am proud to say, is also a prominent outcome 
from a WPI education. 



Fall 2011 11 


WPI Ranks Among 
Best In Many Ways 

THREE RECENT RANKINGS will come as no surprise 
to WPI alumni. The Huffington Post ranked WPI among 
the 10 Nerdiest Colleges in the U.S., citing such "nerd- 
esque" traditions as the "trigonometry-laced" fight song. 
(You know the one: "E to the X... D-Y, D-X / Fight 'em, 
Fight 'em, WPI!"). The popularity of combat robotics also 
weighed heavily in the decision. 

While "nerdiness" is trending up, the 2012 Fiske Guide 
to Colleges focused on WPI's other notable traits, placing 
the Institute on its list of 13 "Most Interesting Colleges." 
The 2012 Fiske Guide describes WPI as: "Small, innova- 
tive, and undergraduate-oriented, Worcester Polytechnic 
Institute is anything but a stodgy technical institute. The 
WPI Plan is hands-on and project-based and takes a hu- 
manistic view of engineering. Emphasizes teamwork in- 
stead of competition." Nothing nerdy about that. 

Student assessment landed WPI on Unigo's list of "Best 
Colleges for 21 Century Einsteins," which noted, "WPI at- 
tracts some of the brightest young science and engineer- 
ing students in the nation." Name recognition, student- 
teacher interaction, and the success of graduates were 
commended. "Students who graduate from WPI may 
have plenty of high-paying professional options awaiting 
them, but they have to survive the school's rigorous aca- 
demics first," said one student review — which, President 
Dennis Berkey noted, "is a good reminder that the real 
rewards in life come from the work at hand." 

►on campus 

Wilbur Reactor Decommissioned 


A significant milestone in the decommissioning of WPI's Leslie C. Wilbur 
Nuclear Reactor occurred in July, with the removal of 27 uranium fuel rods 
from the fight water reactor pool. The multi-phase decommissioning pro- 
cess began in 2007, when the 10 kW reactor went off-line and WPI's license 
was amended to non-operating, possession-only status. The decontamina- 
tion and dismantlement phases may take another year or two. 

In 1959 when the reactor went five in the Washburn Shops, mechanical 
engineering professor Leslie Wilbur reassured anxious neighbors by com- 
paring the reactor's energy output to a couple of fight bulbs, or a toaster. 

"Its purpose," he said, "is to show students how 
chain reaction works and how to control it, not 
to capture or use its resulting heat." wiibur person- 
ally kindled the reaction by dangling the plutonium and beryllium cata- 
lyst over the pool in a plastic baby bottle fastened to a string. (Sol's corner 
drugstore — owned by Solomon Hurowitz '22 — was always a handy source of 
such sundries, according to the account in Two Towers.) Wilbur joked that 
it was only a matter of time before students would smuggle a goldfish into 
the pool. 

The regulatory environment has changed greatly, says plant director Mi- 
chael Curley, who serves as university compliance officer. The original ura- 
nium fuel rods were delivered by regular train freight, with no special han- 
dling. Fifty years later, the plutonium and beryllium source -which Curley 
calls the "Einstein Cocktail" - left WPI in an insulated cylindrical drum the 
size of an office desk, under the escort of six officials from the Department 
of Energy. 

The partially spent uranium fuel will find new use in UMass Lowell's re- 
actor. "WPI reactor never created, or stored, potentially dangerous spent 
fuel," says Curley. "Now, with the fuel gone, we can back off with some of 
the alarms." He notes that security and specialized insurance for the reactor 
imposed a drain on the university's resources. WPI's nuclear engineering 
program was discontinued in 2000, due to waning interest. "I have the great- 
est respect for the institutional history and memory that goes along with 
this facility," he says. "I keep going back to Dr. Wilbur's vision in bringing 
something extraordinarily new and exciting to the Institute. I feel a little sad 
to see it ending with a whimper, in such a long, drawn-out process." 

But certainly that's better than ending with a bang. 

12 Fall 2011 


Former student athletes take pride in rec center work 

football helmets (and other athletic gear) for hardhats as contrac- 
tors on WPI's new Sports and Recreation Center. 

Jamo Carr '74, president and CEO of Providence, R.I.-based 
H. Carr & Sons, is not only working on the center but is also its 
fundraising co-chair. "When I look back on the reasons I came 
to WPI - to get an engineering education and to play Division HI 
football — it's gratifying to know that a new generation of engi- 
neers, especially women, have access to these facilities," says Carr. 
"It's more than just a playing field. It combines recreation and 
learning. It contributes to the health and well-being of the entire 
campus." Carr has a dozen WPI alumni working for him, includ- 
ing vice president Jack Fitzgibbons '75, a former football team 
captain and defensive end. 

Former offensive lineman Dan Baird '85, now vice president of 
operations at Francis Harvey & Sons, has been involved in a dozen 

campus projects, including the origi- 
nal construction of Morgan Hall, the 
Bartlett Center, and East Hall. "I've 
always taken great pride in work- 
ing on projects for WPI — especially 
this project. The new rec center will 
provide a wonderful opportunity 
for students to enjoy an athletic ex- 
perience on par with the outstand- 
ing education that the Institute 
provides. This new facility will help 
WPI continue to attract outstanding 
scholar-athletes . " 

Back in 1911, WPI alumni also rallied 
their alma mater. Which just goes to 
always an engineer. 


H. Carr& Sons 

Jamo Carr "M 
Jack Fiizgibbons 76 
Ben Achtn 04 
Jamison Dtvoll 06 
Jim Granger '86 
Bernard Lanoie 04 
Tom PuciHo '91 
Tom Purcell 92 
Kyle Shepherd 05 
JustinThomas '09 

Salutes the WPIgradu 
working on the 
WPI Rec Center Proji 

Francis Harvey & Sons Gilbane Building Com 

John Harvay 77 Bill Kearney 85 

Dan Baird 85 Melissa Hlnlon 06 

Pete Barbadora 76 Justin Gonsalves 06 

Kyle Hargreaves 06 

Tim Harvey 09 City of Worcester Buildir 

Sean Nelllgan 04 j onn Morawski 66 


Sean O'Connor 94 

to build a gymnasium for 
show— once an Engineer, 


Innovator of the Year 

Jim Baum 
WPI Innovator 

James Baum '86 received WPI's first-ever Innovator of the Year Award 
at a School of Business reception held Oct. 27, 201 1 , for alumni and 
friends. Baum, a serial entrepreneur, was executive vice president and 
general manager at Parametric Technology Corporation, where he 
helped generate more than $1 billion in revenue. As president and 
CEO of Endeca, he led the company to stellar growth, becoming the 
leading provider of e-commerce solutions to major online retailers. Now president 
and CEO of Netezza Corp., he is credited with 14 straight quarters of growth 
after Netezza went public in 2007, which led to an acquisition by IBM in 2010, a 
transaction dubPed "the most disruptive acquisition of 201 0" by InformationWeek. 
"As a role model, Jim Baum shows our students how to apply their knowledge 
and skills to real-world challenges that result in innovations that can make a posi- 
tive difference in the world," says Mark P Rice, dean of the WPI School of Busi- 
ness. "The Innovator of the Year Award is a powerful signal of WPI's commitment 
to developing — and recognizing — innovative and entrepreneurial leaders for a 
global technological world." 


After spending some 

time in Las Vegas, \ 
came to the conclusion 
that gambling appeals I 
to people who are 
bad at math. 


Chief Engineer of the 
Hoover Bypass Bridge 

Fall 2011 13 




WPI robotics team impresses at first international competition 

IS A MIDDLE-OF-THE-PACK finish ever something to write 
home about? It is when you're on a world stage, it's your first 
time competing, and you're up against 27 other teams. 

Technically, the WPI Warriors robotics team wasn't listed among 
the winners at the international RoboCup held this past July in 
Istanbul, Turkey, finishing somewhere between 9th and 16th. But 
just competing was a major victory, considering 
that WPI was one of only five U.S. universities to 
even qualify for the event. 

RoboCup is an international competition de- 
signed to promote artificial intelligence and ro- 
botics through autonomous soccer-playing robots 
who compete in 20-minute matches. 

"The keyword is autonomous," says Sonia Cher- 
nova, assistant professor of computer science and 
robotics engineering at WPI and faculty advisor 
to the team. "These robots are not remote-controlled. They ob- 
serve the world through two head-mounted cameras and use this 
information to communicate with each other and decide what 
action to take." 

The competing teams are similar in their mix of graduate and 
undergraduate students, but can be very dissimilar in their levels 
of experience. That's why WPI's middle-of-the-pack finish was im- 

"These robots are not 
They observe the world 
through two head- 
mounted cameras and 
use this information to 
communicate with 
each other and decide 
what action to take." 

pressive, according to Chernova. 

"WPI did very well, especially for a first-year team," she said. "We 
played six matches and made it into the top 16, passing 12 vet- 
eran teams. We were eliminated in the second round by a very 
experienced team." And while competition is the driving force, 
RoboCup also offers valuable learning opportunities, says Cherno- 
va. "RoboCup is unique in that many teams release 
their work as open source each year. This means 
there's a lot of technological progress each year as 
we discover solutions to old problems and tackle 
new ones." 

Chernova first got involved with RoboCup as a 
student at Carnegie Mellon University. After join- 
ing the faculty at WPI, she established the Warriors 
robotics team so students could tackle challenging 
research problems in a fun way. Outside of Robo- 
Cup, her work focuses on the development of algorithms that en- 
able robots to leam through social interaction with humans. 

WPI Warrior team members include David Kent, Quinten Palm- 
er, Runzi Gao, Wilham Mulligan, Fredrik Clinckemaillie, Chris- 
topher Conley, Benjamin Leone, and Khan-Nhan Nguyen. The 
team has already started planning for next year's competition in 
Mexico City. 

14 Fall 2011 


See No Stereotypes 

With camera in hand, Troy B. Thompson '95 takes aim at 
stereotypes and the inherent harm they create. 

Troy Thompson's No Evil Project ( is a communi- 
ty-building initiative designed to raise awareness around the harm 
that comes from stereotypes. Thompson's project features photo- 
graphic triptychs of ordinary people posing as the three wise mon- 
keys. Subjects are then asked to label their pictures with three words that 
others might use to stereotype them, followed by a brief description of a 
good deed they've done. The No Evil Project will have its first public exhibit 
at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester later this year. 
Transformations caught up with Thompson to ask about the impetus behind 
the project: 

Did a specific event trigger your idea 
for the No Evil Project? 

It's really a reaction to the hyperbole of the 
media and the belief that anyone with a dif- 
ferent opinion from yours is evil. The proj- 
ect started when I was talking with a friend 
about the Democrats vs. Republicans and 
the growing anti-Muslim sentiment in our 
country. It really bothers me because I know 
Democrats, I know Republicans, and I know 
Muslims, and they're all good people. Yet, 
when they're talked about, especially online, 
it's always in a way that attempts to create 
conflict, and nothing gets solved. I wanted to 
find a way to have a productive conversation 
without all that anger. My goal is to get some- 
thing very positive to go viral — other than like 
a kitten falling asleep. I thought that having 
people pose as the three monkeys would 
help break the ice. 

This project is personal to me. I'm white, 
my wife is black, and we're raising our multi- 
racial daughter, Naomi, who's now two years 
old. We're just getting a sense of what she's 
going to deal with growing up. I'm trying to 
make the world a little more understanding 
and informed. 

Has the project changed opinions? 

Having something visual and funny is a good 
way to get people to think about deeper 

topics. More often than not, people who par- 
ticipate in the project come back to me and 
say that just thinking about their own labels 
helped them to realize how people view them 
and how they themselves view others. It's re- 
ally an emotional thing for them — to be able 
to take a step back and see what's going on 
and do some self-reflection. That makes it all 
worth it. 

How did your time as a WPI student 
influence your approach? 

WPI teaches you how to learn. We're taught 
that when you confront a problem, you need 
to brainstorm and come up with radically dif- 
ferent ways to solve the problem. The exhibit 
started out as a website with photographs. 
Now I'm into fundraising, marketing, and 
setting up physical exhibits and events. 
Fundraising is a key priority, as the goal is to 
spread awareness. Anyone in the world can 
take part in this project. The more people in- 
volved, the more awareness we raise. Now 
I need a funding partner who shares that vi- 
sion. My simple project has gotten me into all 
sorts of new things. But then, learning how 
to learn comes back. I do my research and 
learn — and then it gets done. 

Troy B. Thompson '95 is owner of Daedal 
Creations Web Design in Worcester. 

Fall 2011 15 


Poetic Discovery 

WPI's James Dempsey uncovers lost 
Cummings poem. 

FINDING A LOST LITERARY TREASURE is always noteworthy in 
academic circles, but when the find happens at a science/technol- 
ogy school and not the Ivy League, well, the literary world takes 
notice. Such was the case when WPI English instructor James 
Dempsey discovered an unpublished E. E. Cummings poem dur- 
ing his latest research project. 

Dempsey, who teaches writing and literature, was research- 
ing his biography of early 20th century publisher Scofield Thayer 
when he opened a folder among Thayer's papers and found sev- 
eral typewritten poems by Cummings. Thayer was a close friend 
of Cummings and published the poet's work in his famed literary 
magazine. The Dial. 

Dempsey recognized a few of the pieces as earlier versions of 
Cummings' poems he'd seen in print, but one stood out as un- 
familiar. He put it aside and went back to his research. Later he 
contacted the E. E. Cummings Society, which confirmed that the 
1916 poem, titled "(tonite," had indeed, never been published and 
Dempsey may have been the first person to set eyes on it since 
Thayer had tucked it away decades earlier. 

Dempsey presented his find to the E. E Cummings Society last 
spring and wrote about it for the website, The Awl. Cummings was 
just 22 when he wrote "(tonite" during what Cummings Society 
coordinator Michael Webster says was a period of great poetic ex- 
perimentation for the young artist. 

The poem has sparked some debate because of its persistent 
use of a racial slur. Webster noted that the find offers a new oppor- 
tunity to show students how the public's reaction to a charged word 
changes according to standards of the time and the way in which 
artists push at those standards Dempsey says he looks forward to 
bringing the discussion into the classroom. 

"It raises important issues of how we should react to art of this 
kind," he said. 


Gompei's Family Tree 

Descendant of Gompei Kuwada visits WPI to learn 
more about his famous great uncle. 

fessor Arata Ichikawa, visited the WPI campus on Sept. 16, 2011 to get 
a firsthand look at the school that has held such a prominent place in 
his family's history. 

"It's quite special to visit WPI and learn more about my uncle and 
the wonderful education he received here," says the 74-year-old Ichi- 
kawa, who arrived at WPI knowing that his uncle had a prominent 
role in WPI lore, but not the specifics of the Gompei legend. "It was 
fun to learn about Gompei the mascot, its coveted place among the 
students, and my uncle's involvement," he says. "It is a wonderful tra- 

Ichikawa's interest in his great-granduncle was spurred by his own 
involvement with American football while a student at the University 
of Tokyo, where he also taught for 30 years. "I introduced American 
football to the University of Toyko, and that team still plays today," 
Ichikawa says with pride. 

When he first encountered American football, Ichikawa had no 
knowledge that his great-granduncle was involved with WPI's pro- 
gram. But years later, when he did come across the legend of Gompei, 
he knew he had to visit the WPI campus someday. "I am very happy to 
see where our family ancestor first learned about the sport of football 
and started this wonderful WPI tradition of Gompei." 

Ichikawa enjoyed a special dinner with student leaders on Friday 
evening, where he also delivered a presentation on urban engineer- 
ing. The following day, he attended the WPI football game, a 31-3 
romp over Becker College, where he was impressed by the Engineers' 
strong running game and stout defense. 

"It was wonderful to see Professor Ichikawa interact with the 
students, who truly embraced him," says Peter Thomas, executive 
director of Alumni Relations who hosted Ichikawa's visit. "And the 
professor knows his football. He was predicting plays before they 
happened throughout the game." 

16 Fall 2011 



Adebayo is sixth WPI student 
to earn honors this year. 

FUNMI ADEBAYO '11 was named an 
Academic Ail-American for Women's Track 
and Field by the College Sports Information 
Directors of America, helping set a new 
record for WPI as Funmi is the sixth 
Academic All-American selection this 
season. A two-time All-District first-team 
honoree, Adebayo also earned Academic 
All-NEWMAC status three times, in 
addition to claiming the Two Towers Award, 
the Women Achievement Award, and 
induction into Tau Beta Pi. As if that wasn't 
enough. Adebayo's IQP created a new 
student health advisory council here on 

WPI's 2010-1 1 Academic All-American 
recordsetting lineup also included Jeff 
Baker '11 (track and field), Celena Dopart 
'12 (field hockey), Paul Moan '11 (soccer), 
Aaron Champagne '11 (football), and Matt 
Carr '12 (basketball). 


Ben2K Goes Okay 

After 42 years, stalwart IT leader 
Ben Thompson 73 retires. 

At the close of Fiscal Year 2011, WPI experienced a transition as 
epic — and as uneventful — as Y2K: the retirement of Ben Thomp- 
son '73 from the WPI IT department. Thompson's retirement 
brought no system crashes or queues of unfed students sty- 
mied by malfunctioning ID cards. Instead, Thompson, who 
thinks of WPI as family, took great care to ensure a smooth 
transition for the thousands of WPI students and employ- 
ees who use the systems he has designed and maintained 
for 42 years. 

Thompson started working in WPI's nascent comput- 
er center as a freshman, running data processing jobs on 
punch cards. He retired as associate chief information officer. 
CIO Deborah Corwin Scott called Thompson "the organization- 
al memory that knows why all the decisions were made in the past 
that make up the present and inform the future." The sheer volume of "tribal 
knowledge" he passed on called for a "Vulcan mind meld," she said. 

"He was a great face for IT," says operations manager Heidi Startz. "Technology can seem 
large and scary for some people. But Ben could talk to everybody, and was always willing 
to help. If you were going in the wrong direction, he would steer you right, and you would 
never even know it happened." 

"He touched a lot of lives," says Academic Technology Center Director Mary Beth Harrity. 
"Ben was always a geek. He was first in his high school to own a VCR. He had his best ideas 
at three in the morning. And he was a great boss — always fair and very creative." 

Scott announced that in honor of Ben's retirement, the "CCC" moniker for WPI's Com- 
puting & Communications Center would also be retired. On July 1, 2011, the department 
went forward under the simple banner "Information Technology." 


WPI Mourns "Ma" Fell 

Legendary Homecoming Queen passes away at 93. 

Marie Fell passed away July 2, 2011, at 
age 93, following an illness. Marie, or 
"Ma" as she was known around campus, 
was a cook for the WPI chapter of Alpha 
Tau Omega (ATO) fraternity for 30 years, 
starting in 1969. 

"Ma quickly became the 'Sweetheart 
of ATO.' To this day and forever after, 
she will always be considered the house 
mother of the Gamma Sigma chapter," 
said Sergio Cherenzia '04 and Kyle Pow- 
ers '12 in an e-mail to the WPI commu- 
nity. She is credited with keeping the 

brothers in line and contributing to the 
success and popularity of the fraternity. 
She also played the role of "resident 
psychiatrist," lending an ear to students 
who needed to discuss problems. 

In 1981 Fell was tapped by the Skull. 
ATO nominated her for homecoming 
queen in 1983, and she took the crown, 
becoming the "most senior" homecom- 
ing queen in the university's history, at 
age 66. For this achievement, she was 
mentioned in newspapers across the 

Fall 2011 17 


Lessons from 9/1 1 

Sixth annual workshop garners national attention. 

AS ANY PUBLIC SAFETY CHIEF WILL TELL YOU, the hardest part of their 
job is watching their men and women vanish into a building to save lives, 
not knowing when -or if— they'll emerge safely. On Sept. 11, 2001, the 
entire country watched this scene unfold on an unimaginable scale as hundreds 
of emergency workers rushed into the World Trade Center just before the towers 
collapsed. Ten years later, rescuers in full gear crawled through the stairwells and 
corridors of Atwater Kent in simulated search-and-rescue missions at WPI's sixth 
annual Precision Indoor Personnel Location and Tracking Workshop, sponsored 
by the Department of Homeland Security. 

The annual workshop, held in August, brought together experts from industry, 
academia, government, and public safety to focus on the latest technologies that 
provide critical information about the whereabouts and physical condition of res- 
cue workers, as well as the environmental conditions in which they're working. 

A 1999 fire tragedy in Worcester, resulting in the loss of six Worcester firefight- 
ers, launched Associate Professor Jim Duckworth and Professors David Cyganski 
and John Orr on a quest to develop better indoor tracking systems. The 9/11 ter- 
rorist attacks brought even greater urgency to the task, prompting WPI to host 
the annual workshop. 

One indicator of the importance of this research is the amount of press coverage 
the workshop generated, with 347 separate media outlets mentioning the event. 

WPI is also leading a new national study to investigate the risks of rescues and 
fighting fires in high-rise buildings. In the 9/11 attacks, emergency workers carry- 
ing heavy gear had to climb tens of stories to reach victims, fighting against a tide 
of people rushing to escape. The high-rise study will examine new approaches to 



Mastering the Game 

WPI adds master's degree to 
nationally ranked program. 

has added a master's degree with three distinct focus areas: technical (for 
students with a software development background); serious games (for 
students who want to apply IMGD to areas such as education, simulation, 
social sciences, or interactive art); and management (for those headed 
toward the business side of game development). With only a handful 
of schools in the country offering an MS, WPI continues to build off the 
groundbreaking success of its undergraduate IMGD program launched in 
2004, which now ranks among the university's top 10 majors. This spring 
the Princeton Review ranked WPI's IMGD program sixth in the nation and 
first in the East. 

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umbrellas and left Nantucket to its year-round residents, a group 
of WPI juniors was laboring away in Worcester, preparing to leave 
a more enduring mark on the island. 

The university's Nantucket Project Center is the latest of its 27 
project centers on five continents. The island is an ideal place for 
a project center, according to Dominic Golding, adjunct associ- 
ate professor in the IGSD. It faces many of the same issues as 
elsewhere, but on a smaller scale, which makes research more 
manageable for the students. 

"The island is very much a bounded community," Golding 
says, "but it also reflects the larger society." 

The center was built on the success of nine pilot projects in 
2008 and 2010, which addressed issues as diverse as alterna- 
tive energy, public awareness of Lyme disease, and the use of 
cell-phone technology for self-guided tours of historic properties. 

In B-Term, six IQP teams embarked on in-depth investigations 
in museum studies, energy use and conservation, sustainable 
agriculture, and beach restoration. Nantucket's 10,000 year- 
round residents were particularly welcoming, connecting the stu- 
dents with the people and resources to help with their research. 

"The great thing about being on the island is that everyone 
knows everybody," says Golding. "It gives the students tremen- 
dous access, and they get a very special reception and treatment 
while they're here." The pilot project teams were featured on local 
television, and invited by the Nantucket Board of Selectmen to 
present their findings at a meeting. A large showing of community 
members turned out to hear the teams' final presentations. 

"It's a small place," he says, "but it gives the students a very 
high profile." 

18 Fall 2011 



"Father Pete" Receives Goat's Head Award 

WPI chaplain recognized for lifetime commitment. 

REV. PETER SCANLON was presented with the 
Goat's Head Award for Lifetime Commitment 
to WPI by the Alumni Association at a special 
ceremony during Homecoming Weekend. The 
Goat's Head Award recognizes individuals for 
their lifetime contributions to WPI. 

"Father Pete," as he was affectionately known 
to all, was responsible for establishing a Catho- 
lic campus ministry for the Worcester area col- 
leges in the early 1960s. He became WPFs first 
fun-time chaplain in 1969, lending a guiding 
hand and compassionate ear to thousands of 
students. "He was a friend, mentor, and coun- 
selor to all students — not just the Catholic 
ones," recalled one alumnus at Scanlon's retire- 
ment. He married many alumni couples, he 

baptized their babies, and when their children 
reached college age, he watched over them, too. 

"You have dedicated your life's work to help- 
ing others," read the citation in his honor. 
"During your time at WPI, you oversaw your 
flock— which included members of all faiths — 
in good times and bad." As Catholic chaplain 
to the Worcester Fire Department, Scanlon 
"prayed and cried" with those affected by the 
Worcester Cold Storage warehouse fire in 1999 
and the tragedies of September 11, 2001. 

Although he officially retired from active 
ministry in 2006, Scanlon continues to main- 
tain close ties with the WPI community. He 
also holds a part-time position as diocesan vicar 
for colleges and universities. 


Music Brings People Together 

WPI professor finds a common language in Palestine. 

OUGLAS WEEKS, WPI professor and administrator of applied music, found har- 
mony in Palestine during a recent trip there for the Music Days festival. 

"We got people working together through music," says Weeks about the two-week 
summer festival, which saw 80 young Palestinian musicians from West Bank refugee 
camps work with about 20 instructors from around the globe. Their end product was 
Western-style instrumental music like jazz and classical, as well as traditional Arabic 

Music Days' theme was "Visit Palestine" and the program was sponsored by the Ameri- 
can consulate and the nonprofit Al-Kamandjati Association. Its goal: celebrate music 
across cultures. "There was a lot of enthusiasm, and the people were very warm," Weeks 
says. "They often invited me back to their homes for a meal. They were very hospitable." 

Weeks, whose specialty is brass instruments, acted as a mentor, teacher, and per- 
former for the second year in a row. "It was the perfect fit of performance and mu- 
sic education," he says. "There was a 
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world, Weeks found it a pleasant experi- 
ence. "It was an opportunity to go into a 
troubled area and do something for kids, 
to help them improve their music skills and 

therefore their life," he says. "I have a better understanding of the conflict, too, but our 

visit wasn't about the politics. It was about collaboration." 


Fire Protection Burns Bright 

WPI Students Dominate National Conference. 

THE COLOR CRIMSON dominated at the student poster 
session of the National Fire Protection Association's annual 
World Safety Conference last June. Of 16 projects selected by 
judges from submissions from around the world, 10 were from 
WPI students. Proudly clad in FPE shirts, they displayed research 
findings ranging from the effects of cultural bias in building 
evacuations to the dynamics of forest fires and dust explosions. 
This is the first time student projects were solicited for the 

"The depth and variety of student research presented at this 
important conference reflects the major areas of technical 
expertise and leadership of WPI's world-renowned faculty," says 
WPFs head of Fire Protection Engineering Kathy Notarianni. 

Under Notarianni's leadership, the department has attracted 
millions in research dollars, including the latest grant — a $1 
million award from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security 
and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to study the 
risks of fighting high-rise fires. 

With students and faculty working from a variety of disci- 
plines, including chemical, civil, and mechanical engineering, 
architecture, robotics, and physics, WPI's FPE program continu- 
ally pushes the boundaries of knowledge in fire protection. 
"People ask me 'How is it that WPI is taking over?'" Notarianni 
says. "WPI is a very dynamic, problem-solving place, and that's 
why it's so successful." 

Fall 2011 19 


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Like the spectacular 

bridges he's built, 

Mark Ketchum's career 

has been about handling 

stress, solving imposing 

problems, and leaving 

behind a legacy 

of rational beauty. 




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The arch is a classic 

among structural forms. 

"Like human society/' 

posited the Roman 

stoic philosopher Seneca, 

u the arch is kept from falling 

by the mutual pressure of its 

parts." Having recently 

engineered the construction 

of the Hoover Dam Bypass 

bridge, the longest span 

concrete arch in the western 

hemisphere, Mark Ketchum 

75 knows something of the 

mutual pressures that make 

up the balancing act of our 

nation's infrastructure. 

Ketchum has 32 years of experience in bridge design and con- 
struction support— and not the everyday pre-cast, concrete on- 
ramp type that routinely gets made. He designs big. iconic, awe- 
inspiring, way-of-life-changing bridges. They may be concrete 
arch-supported, suspended, cable-stayed, or cantilevered, but each 
are unique and custom-designed to fill a societal need, to bridge 
an identified gap in the infrastructure. His international bridge 
engineering firm is based, appropriately enough, in San Francisco. 

Bridges are under enormous stress from wind, water, and earth- 
quakes, and those are just the natural stressors. Add to that the 
societal stress of ever-increasing ship- and road traffic, budget 
shortfalls for maintenance and repair, the quickly shifting politi- 
cal climate — and you wonder how our nation's bridges, approach- 
ing an average age of 50, have stood for so long. "Earthquakes, 
windstorms, and ship collisions weren't really well considered 75 
years ago," Ketchum says, "and now we know a lot more about how 
much energy these structures need to soak up to survive." 

Civil engineers like Ketchum, who pioneered new seismic tech- 
nologies 20 years ago in the precedent-setting Golden Gate Seismic 
Retrofit project, are a big reason many of the older bridges are still 

around. The 57-year-old vice president of OPAC Consulting Engi- 
neering, a company he co-founded 20 years ago, calls the Golden 
Gate one of his "breakthrough projects." 

His foundation in engineering goes back to WPI — and maybe a 
little genetics. Originally from Denver, Ketchum's father, Milo Ket- 
chum Jr., was a pioneer in pre-stressed concrete, space frames, and 
dome structures. His grandfather, Milo Ketchum Sr, was the dean 
of the College of Engineering at the University of Colorado from 
1906 to 1917 and literally wrote the book on structural engineer- 
ing: the 900-page Structural Engineers Handbook. His father moved 
the family to Old Saybrook, Conn., when Ketchum was eight years 
old. "I had an interest in building things and in mathematics as 
long as I can remember," he says. And when it came time to choose 
a college, he knew he "didn't want to be in the middle of a giant 
college in a giant city." WPI was a good fit, and he especially liked 
the innovative and hands-on approach to engineering exemplified 
by the WPI Plan. "The project format of the school really gave me 
an achievement framework on which to build. It taught me to not 
be scared of going after bigger and better things." 


Ketchum pursued his master's, and later a doctorate, from the 
University of California at Berkeley where he met his lifelong men- 
tor, Tung-Yen Lin, widely considered a pioneer in pre-stressed con- 
crete design and construction. "I was T. Y. Lin's teaching assistant 
at Berkeley, and when I finished his class with flying colors, he 
offered me a job." 

Ketchum's WPI project experience, his early research work with 
Lin, and his analysis work at Berkeley made him an ideal candidate 
to be project engineer on the Golden Gate project. Originally, the 
project's scope was to research the feasibility of adding commuter 
rail just below the highway deck, but then came the 1989 Loma 
Prieta earthquake. That quake, a 7.1 on the Richter scale, knocked 
down a span of the Bay Bridge, took 68 lives, and caused S7 billion 
in damages. It also forced government officials to acknowledge 
the 1,000-lb. gorilla in the room. The epicenter of the Loma Prieta 
quake was some 60 miles to the south. The U.S. Geological Survey 
subsequently concluded that there was a 62 percent probability 
of at least one magnitude 6.7 quake or greater impacting the San 
Francisco Bay region by 2031. 

A comprehensive, state-of-the-art, seismic study was added to 
Ketchum's work on the Golden Gate. "We had to consider that 
although it was a state-of-the-art bridge in the 1930s, it was built 
with rivets and what is now considered low-strength steel, both of 
which are now obsolete." 

The study concluded that the Golden Gate was indeed vulner- 
able to a seismic event of greater magnitude or closer proximity 
than the Loma Prieta quake. "We came up with ways to improve its 
seismic performance without significant change to its appearance. 
We called it our 'retrofit strategy.'" Twenty years later, the bridge 
is now in the third and final phase of the retrofit and virtually all 
of Ketchum's recommendations, in one iteration or another are 

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being implemented. "One of the biggest issues was taking 20 years 
to get the funding. Building new projects is sexy, but fixing the 
old stuff? Not so much." The retrofit project has been awarded the 
Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award by the ASCE. 

After T. Y. Lin International was sold in 1992, Ketchum decided 
rather than continuing with the new larger company, he would 
start one of his own. "I took a 
giant leap of faith in quitting a 
well-paying job and starting a 
new company with absolutely 
no upcoming projects," he 
laughs. He and business partner, 
Kwong Cheng, a long-time asso- 
ciate and colleague at T. Y. Lin 
International, keep each other 
in balance. Both are accom- 
plished engineers: Cheng serves 
as president of OPAC Consulting 
Engineers and handles the busi- 
ness and production end of the 
company while Ketchum typi- 
cally wrangles with the techni- 
cal side. "We have a very strong 
crossover in skills and abilities 
where the whole is truly greater 
than the sum of its parts." says 

The most 

admired big bridges 

in the world are 

typically ones that 

were designed to 

be structurally 

rational and 

OPAC has not been shy about taking on bigger firms, especial- 
ly on large-scale, pushing-the-envelope-type projects. They have 
engineered the first new suspension bridge built in the U.S. in more 
than 30 years (the Carquinez Strait Bridge in northern California) 
and completed multiple standout projects in South America. 
Micronesia, and Asia, sometimes competing with firms "whose 

marketing departments are big- 
ger than our whole company." 
he says. 

You win some and you lose 
some, he says of the pressure 
of competition, taking it all in 
stride and balancing career and 
family life. Ketchum met his 
wife. Valerie Knepper. in gradu- 
ate school at Berkeley, where 
he earned his PhD in civil engi- 
neering and she her master's in 
public policy Together, they live 
peacefully in what he calls "my 
two careers, two kids, too tired 

His work has taken him around 
the world and has included en- 
gineering a one-of-a-kind bridge 
in Nanning in South China. "The 
client wanted something that 

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says bridge engineer Mark Ketchum. These same qualities, it could be 
argued, make for a healthy national infrastructure. Our transportation 
system was built strong and has grown in network (if not structural) 
redundancy, but just how thin can it be stretched before breaking 7 

Transportation for America (a coalition for transportation reform) pub- 
lished The Fix We're In For: the State of the Nation's Bridges, a national 
study that says one in nine bridges is "structurally deficient." That's 
about 70,000 bridges in need of replacement or substantial repair. The 
American Society of Civil Engineers puts the figure even higher. The 
backlog of fixes could cost as much as $70.9 billion, the Federal High- 
way Administration estimates, while the federal budget outlay remains 
slightly more than $5 billion per year. Adding insult to injury, when the 
World Economic Forum releases its rankings of national infrastructure 
systems in September, the United States, currently ranked 6th, is ex- 
pected to drop to 16th. 

Reversing this trend is not likely to be easy given the political and 
economic climate, but there's no time like the present to ramp up the 
repairing or replacing of bridges, according to Ketchum. "A down mar- 
ket is the best time to invest in our civil infrastructure because costs 
are also down. If you wait until the market is up, it's more expensive to 
build anything and it's harder to find the labor." One only has to look at 
the massive amount of our nation's infrastructure completed during the 
Great Depression. 

That golden era in infrastructure put people to work and was consid- 
ered a sound investment in our economic future. "Look at the payback 
we've had on those investments from the '30s," Ketchum points out. 
"Hoover Dam, the big bridges in New York — these structures are still 
being used for our benefit." 

"Compared to the rest of the world, the amount of money the U.S. 
spends on civil infrastructure in proportion to gross domestic product 
is small," he says. [The country spends about 2 percent of GDP on 
infrastructure, according to Reuters — about half what it did 50 years 
ago] "I'm not sure how long we can maintain economic or military su- 
premacy at that level." By comparison, Europe spends about 5 percent 
and China about 9 percent of GDP on infrastructure. 

Having engineered the Nanning Bridge in South China, Ketchum 
was impressed with the Chinese commitment to building infrastructure. 
"They are in a build mode. They're building the biggest of just about 
everything in the world: dams, bridges, transportation systems, water, 


power. They're investing heavily in all these things." Politics and busi- 
ness practices vary greatly from country to country, he says, which can 
affect the speed at which infrastructure work gets done, but "engineers 
are engineers everywhere" and big problems get solved in creative 
ways if there is a commitment to do so. 

The Interstate 35 bridge collapse in Minneapolis in 2007 drew the 
country's attention to our crumbling infrastructure — at least for the short 
term — and Ketchum was called upon by National Public Radio and Fox 
News to comment on the collapse. The ensuing investigation revealed 
a complex mix of elements that contributed to the disaster. The original 
gusset plate design was no longer sound. Some early warning signs 
of wear were not dealt with in a timely fashion. There were long-term 
maintenance issues. Opposing pressures, structural and societal, all 
came into play. Ketchum and the ASCE advocate a strong and redun- 
dant peer review process to crosscheck engineering work because, he 
notes, "to err is human." 

"It's never just one thing," says Ketchum. Design and maintenance 
go hand in hand. "These structures have built-in redundancy and it al- 
ways takes more than one thing to knock one down. The true sign of an 
advanced civilization is not just what is built, but how it is maintained." 

24 Fall 2011 

nobody's ever seen before," Ketchum says, noting the bridge has a 
330-meter span — a "non-trivial structure." 

The result is stunning: a fundamentally sound structure that 
looks like a work of art. "I have this theory about bridge design," 
says Ketchum. "The most admired big bridges in the world are typi- 
cally ones that were designed to be structurally rational and con- 
structible. They're designed for good performance, they're econom- 
ical, and can be maintained, with designs conceived and executed 
by engineers who have a good sense of aesthetics." These classic 
bridges may be touched up by architects, he says, but most of the 
architecture is in the hands of the engineers. "This was true of the 
Golden Gate Bridge, the Brooklyn Bridge, and some of the old mas- 
terpieces like the Eads Bridge in St. 
Louis and the Firth of Forth Bridge 
in Scodand." 

If you make the appearance of a 
bridge the top priority, and then 
challenge engineers to make it 
work, Ketchum maintains you 
get structures "that don't seem to 
endure the test of time" and cost 
much more to build. "My mentors 
always taught me that the differ- 
ence between something ordinary 
and something stunning was about 
5 to 10 percent of cost." 

The Nanning Bridge "butterfly 
arch" illustrates the point. Return- 
ing to "first principles in structural 
shape finding," Ketchum returned 
to the classic arch. "The bridge 
actually has three arches. Two of 
them are obvious and the deck is 
the third arch and they are pulling 
against each other in perfect static 
balance, acting the way arches are 
supposed to act — that is, pure com- 
pression without bending." 


Each project has its own challenges, Ketchum says, and it is this 
breadth of an engineering career that he finds most rewarding. 
"When I was a student at WPI, I enjoyed balancing tech classes with 
humanities classes. I loved philosophy and writing classes. It's the 
same with my career, it's the breadth aspect I enjoy, not focusing on 
one particular thing." 

Ketchum likes to balance the technical R&D side of engineering 
with the creative side of design. He likes to balance office work with 
hands-on field work. "I spend a lot of time in the office, but I've 
also hiked the cables on top of the Golden Gate Bridge, 750 feet up. 
I've spent some time on a construction platform 900 feet up on the 

£'^?i_ the . ultimate 

was assumed 

Hoover Dam Bypass. It seems like a lot of my field work begins with 
a white-knuckle experience." 

The Hoover Dam Bypass Project (officially named the Mike 
O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge), completed in 2009 was 
another one-of-a-kind achievement. OPAC worked directly with the 
construction contractor to engineer and build the bridge needed 
to ease traffic congestion and deterioration of the nearby Hoover 
Dam. The huge arch of the bypass bridge stands on the tallest pre- 
cast concrete columns in the world. It is more than 1,000 feet long 
and, as Ketchum likes to point out, "it's all within 3/8 of an inch 
of where it is supposed to be." Because OPAC was working directly 
for the contractor, Ketchum says he had the rare opportunity for 

instant feedback on whether 
OPAC-engineered structures were 
working. Like early Roman engi- 
neers who would stand under 
their arch structures as the cap- 
stone was lowered in place, the 
ultimate in professional account- 
ability was assumed. 

Large-scale civil engineering 
may not be for the faint of heart. 
A reportedly stressed-out Clifford 
Holland, who engineered New 
York's Holland Tunnel in the '20s, 
collapsed and died the day before 
the project's completion. Joseph 
Strauss, the lead engineer of the 
Golden Gate Bridge, died within 
a year of its completion -and just 
after writing his most famous 
autobiographical poem "The 
Mighty Task is Done." 

To decompress, Ketchum esti- 
mates he has ridden his motorcy- 
cle some third of a million miles in 
11 countries around the world. He 
enjoys sailing on the bay, bicycling, 
and making a "walkable commu- 
nity" a priority in his life. He walks about 20 miles a week in his com- 
mute to work. And he still keeps in touch and visits with WPI friends. 
Mutual pressures? To be sure, but Ketchum's out-on-the-edge, 
risk-taking engineering career proves it's really all about balance. 
"Any difficult project can take a lot out of you, but there's no need 
to get obsessive-compulsive about it. I have limits for myself. I don't 
push myself into hellishly long workweeks." 

The arch is a classic because it just plain works. It can eliminate 
tensile stresses pulling a structure apart by resolving those stresses 
into more manageable compressive stresses, redirecting forces, and 
holding it all together in a gently curved state of equilibrium — 
which is a good way to describe Mark Ketchum's career. 

Like early Roman 
engineers who 
would stand under 
the r arch structures 
as |he capstone 


Fall 2011 25 

{cover story) 


Illustrations by 
Alex Williamson 



With the 

launch of foursquare, 

Naveen Selvadurai may 

have discovered the Internet's 

next big thing. Now he's got 

his social networking 
company on top. 

From the moment Naveen Selvadurai '02, '04 (MS CS) got 
to WPI, his main thought was "how quickly can I gradu- 
ate?" Not because he wasn't learning crucial information 
and skills in computer engineering. He was. But because 
he was eager to put those skills to practical use. 

"I wanted to build things," he says. "I was itching to get 
out and do something cool." He overloaded on classes, 
studying straight through summers in order to finish 
his bachelor's in three years and his master's in another 
year and a half. The rest of his time was spent working 
computing jobs at Lucent Technologies and Sun Micro- 
systems. "I didn't have much of a social life at WPI," he 
admits. "There were days when I didn't talk to anyone. 
I would be in a WPI lab all day, and working in a Lucent 
lab at night." 

It's the ultimate irony, then, that when he finally did 
create something "cool," it would be a tool dedicated to 
pure socializing. 

26 Fall 2011 

Social media sites — 

have allowed us to share unprecedented personal 

details with our friends and neighbors, 

at the same time they have, ironically, 
made us less social by allowing us to update a 

status' instead of a friend. 

By contrast, Selvadurai and co-founder Dennis Crowley have flipped 
that on its head with their social media app foursquare (one word, 
lowercase f), which actually encourages people to go out and ex- 
plore their cities and meet up with friends. In person! 

Since the tech bubble burst back in 2001, the Internet has lost 
some of its get-rich-quick luster. Venture capital, particularly for 
start-ups, has dwindled significantly during the past decade, though 
a noticeable uptick began in late 2010, according to National Ven- 
ture Capital Association. Internet pundits have been clamoring 
about the "next big thing" for several years now, and mobile social 
networking could be just that. 

Here's how foursquare works: users download the application 
onto their smart phones, and then every time they visit new plac- 
es—a cafe, bookstore, museum, or even a friend's apartment — they 
"check-in" to let their friends know where they are. Each time they 
do, they rack up points in a friendly competition to see who can 
visit more places - if they check into a specific place enough, they 
can even become the "mayor" of that place, possibly getting spe- 
cial discounts from the owner as a reward for their loyalty. Since 
foursquare launched in March 2009, it has proved wildly popular 
among a particular subculture of young, urban trendsetters, dou- 
bling its users to 10 niillion last year alone, resulting in nearly a 
billion check-ins worldwide. 

Being a mobile app makes all the difference, as mobile network- 
ing has the potential to be a game-changer in social networking. 
Advertisers are slavering over the idea of targeting customers by 
their movement and destinations, and investors have signaled their 
interest by pumping money into the service, including a $50 mil- 
lion venture capital infusion this past spring that brought four- 
square's market valuation up to $600 million. So far, however, the 
company has yet to show a profit. If foursquare is going to prosper 
in the space it created, Selvadurai and Crowley are going to have to 
transform it from a fun game for urban hipsters into a tool that 
the average consumer finds indispensable. For Selvadurai that's the 

whole point— ever since he was young, he's been looking for ways 
to use computers to enhance our fives in the real world, not just 
behind the screen. 

From Theory to Practice 

Selvadurai grew up in a small town in Connecticut, after his fam- 
ily emigrated from India to the U.S. when he was 9 years old. Back 
then, he thought he would follow in the footsteps of his father, a 
mechanical engineer. But instead of building with gears and wires, 
Naveen found his outlet in a computer keyboard— where he could 
let his imagination run wild on projects that didn't cost money. In 
high school he built a rudimentary "chat" program so his parents 
could speak to him from various rooms in the house. When it came 
time to pick a college, he chose WPI specifically because its project- 
based approach emphasized creating tangible products. 

As a freshman, Selvadurai was inspired by the calculus class he 
took with Professor Art Heinricher. "His teaching style made it fun," 
he recalls. "The class met in Olin 107, a big open hall with six black- 
boards, and 15 minutes after he started class, all six blackboards 
were full." Throughout his time at WPI, however, Selvadurai contin- 
ually looked to the practical —when he studied systems engineering 
with now Computer Science Department head Craig Wills, he was 
able to directly apply the class material he learned by day on the sys- 
tems he was programming at Sun Microsystems at night. "I was able 
to see how they were making a real operating system at Sun while I 
was learning the actual specifics of how such systems worked." 

It was his MQP, in which he partnered with Sergio Salvatore '02 
that charted his later course. Years before refrigerators and toast- 
ers came equipped with microchips, the two engineering students 
tried to design an operating system that would allow home appli- 
ances to talk with one another. "Technology is supposed to help us, 
so how do we advance that?" Selvadurai would ask himself. "Why 
shouldn't I be able to open the door with my cell phone or have 

28 Fall 2011 

the air conditioning turn on just as 
I enter the house." 

Despite Selvadurai's introverted 
personality, the two students be- 
came fast friends; Salvatore was 
impressed by his friend's quick 
intelligence and elegant solutions 
to engineering problems. After he 
graduated, Salvatore began work- 
ing for Sony Music in New York, try- 
ing to develop an application that 
would allow users to bring their 
music with them on their mobile 
phones, and he recruited Selva- 
durai to help him with the work. 
"Once he was in New York, Naveen 
hit his stride," smiles Salvatore. 
"A lot of people gravitated toward 
him for the same reasons I did. He's 
fun to be around." 

In New York, Selvadurai's social 
life suddenly blossomed. He began hanging out with 
a group of hke-minded programmers who were 
similarly enthralled with the possibilities of 
mobile programming. A meticulous docu- 
menter of his social experiences, Selvadurai 
began making lists of his favorite places in 
New York— hacking Google Maps to cre- 
ate Web pages with which to share these 
places with his friends. 

"We always called them Naveen's 
Places," remembers friend Chad Stoller. 
"Naveen's best date places, Naveen's best 
dinner places, or Naveen's best tea places." 
The more esoteric the find, the better it rated 
in his impromptu guides— and the more he 
could brag to his friends about finding them. "He 
would go to a restaurant because the short-order cook 
was in a band the rest of us had never heard of," laughs Stoller. 
"He had all kinds of inside information, but they weren't secrets 
he was trying to keep from people, rather tips he was sharing to 
influence people's decisions." 

The Mayor of Cheers 

Through his work at Sony, Selvadurai became intrigued by the po- 
tential of the mobile phone. "I was traveling a lot back then," says 
Selvadurai. "I went to Cannes, Tokyo, Malaysia, and I realized that 
with your phone and your passport you can go anywhere. We were 
all carrying something very powerful in our pockets: our phones — 
and they were going to get even more powerful." He started think- 

It's the 

ultimate irony, then, 

that when he did 

finally create something 

"cool" it would be a 

tool dedicated 

to pure 


ing to himself, "wouldn't it be cool if you had some 
way of using your phone to record places you visit- 
ed in, say, Tokyo, so you could share them with 
your family?" After leaving Sony in 2007, he 
began exploring the idea, initially develop- 
ing a platform to design scavenger hunts 
for some friends. 

At the same time, he was sharing digs 
with Dennis Crowley, another whiz-kid 
inventor who produced one of the first 
mobile phone applications that com- 
bined text messaging with an early ver- 
sion of foursquare's "check-in" feature [his 
Dodgeball app was later acquired by Google]. 
The two began talking about creating a new app 
that would combine Crowley's check-in feature with 
some of the game elements Selvadurai was combining. At 
that moment, Apple released its new iPhone, creating a platform 
that not only allowed developers to create their own apps, but pro- 
viding a device that was ideal for a location-based networking app. 
Over the next year, the two spent countless hours huddled over 
their laptops at coffee shops and restaurants refining the idea — 
Crowley supplying the business savvy and Selvadurai handling the 
operating system and coding. From the beginning, Selvadurai was 
adamant that they develop a point system to give users a fun incen- 
tive to check into new places. But it was their friend Chad Stoller, 
an advertising executive who would later become an angel investor 
in the company, who provided the missing link. One day as the co- 
founders were working at Stoller's favorite cafe in the West Village, 
Stoller casually mentioned that it would be cool if there was some 

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way that when you came into a place everyone knew your name — a 
la Norm from Cheers. "I'm here all the time," Stoller playfully boast- 
ed. "I should be mayor of this place." The idea clicked and became 
one of foursquare's signature features. 

The Game Begins 

Selvadurai and Crowley unveiled their new application in 2009 at 
South by Southwest, the popular Austin, Texas, festival, and from 
there it grew in popularity, but only in a handful of cities like New 
York and San Francisco, where there were enough check- 
in points and a critical mass of computer geeks 
who were interested in one-upping each other 
for mayoral rights at their favorite bars. 
Foursquare, however, didn't really take 
off until early 2010, when the company 
partnered with Bravo TV, which of- 
fered special "badges" to users when 
they ate at a restaurant frequented 
by a cook on Top Chef or shopped 
at a favorite store of the Real House- 
wives of New Jersey. 

Since then, foursquare has added 
many more partnerships — more than 
1,000 at last count — that offer special 
branded content from everyone from 
McDonald's to the Colbert Report. From 
the beginning, Selvadurai and his partners 
have wrestled with how to add these features 
without turning off their core followers. "If a user 

wants to follow Bravo, they will get Bravo stuff. But if they don't, 
they won't get anything — it's like Bravo doesn't even exist." 

For businesses, foursquare provides a bonanza of customer in- 
formation where users check in. Registered businesses can access a 
dashboard system that allows them to track the number of check- 
ins by users and offer special deals to their most loyal customers. 
"They can see the data and develop special promotions, and can 
truly say, 'I got this increase in traffic after running this special,'" 
says Selvadurai. 
Right now foursquare's business service is free, a fact that has fu- 
eled rampant speculation on how the site might even- 
tually make money. Last August the New York Post 
ran a breathless article saying that foursquare 
would soon be charging its 500,000 regis- 
tered merchants for access to the dash- 
board, a supposition Selvadurai says is 
false. "Right now the idea is to sign up 
as many businesses as we can," he 
says. "After that we might come up 
with some interesting ways to mon- 
etize it," for example, charging for 
premium content that would give 
them access to more detailed cus- 
tomer demographics. 
That's probably the right approach, 
says Jeremiah Owyang, an industry ana- 
lyst with Altimeter Group who tracks so- 
cial media. "Their main focus now needs to 
be adoption, adoption, adoption," he says. "In- 
crease functionality in order to bring more businesses 
and users into the fold. That should be 
the objective." 

While 10 million users may seem like 
a good start, it's nothing compared to 
the 700 million on Facebook or even 
the 200 million on Gmail— both of 
which are starting to compete with 
location-based services. "We've seen in- 
cumbents move into the check-in space 
very rapidly," says Owyang. "Google, 
Facebook, Yelp. Foursquare has tre- 
mendous pressure to innovate and con- 
tinue its momentum." 

Industry analyst Tim Hickemell of 
Info-Tech is less worried about compe- 
tition. Since users aren't likely to use 
more than one service to check in, he 
thinks foursquare will continue to lead 
the pack so long as Facebook and other 
sites continue to allow foursquare to 
post to their sites. But he also agrees that 

The latest 

evidence foursquare 

is catching on? 

n August President Obama 

signed in to foursquare 

as a way for users to 

track his whereabouts 

during his re-election 


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As anyone who has used foursquare can attest, 
racking up points and besting friends of May- 
orships can be an addictive pursuit. But it also 
raises the question — what is foursquare doing 
with all that check-in information? "This notion 
of real-time location can become an important 
piece of private information that users may be 
concerned about," says Craig Wills, head of 
WPI's computer science department, who re- 
cently co-authored a seminal study on Internet 
privacy. "A lot of our work focused not on what 
information other users in a social network 
might see, but on what other entities might 
gain access to that." 

In 2009 he and his co-author, Balachander 
Krishnamurthy of AT&T Labs, examined over 
100 popular websites, and found that 84 per- 
cent of them, including such popular social 
networking sites as Facebook, Linkedln, and 
MySpace, leaked private information to third- 
party "aggregators" such as doubleclick, 
which then used that information to track us- 
ers across the Web and target them for ads on 
completely different websites. With a site like 
foursquare, the implications of that could be 
downright creepy. "If I am checking in at my 
favorite coffee place, and then later I visit CNN 
and get an ad for Joe's Coffee Shop, then 

that's a bit invasive," say Wills. 

Selvadurai, however, assures users that the 
site doesn't share its information with outside 
third parties. "We build things that our friends 
want to use," he says. "So when we build new 
features and products, we think very hard 
about privacy" In addition to blocking ag- 
gregators, foursquare makes sure that users 
share only the information they want — offering 
them the option to make check-ins public or 
private, and encrypting all information shared 
across the network so it can't be intercepted 
by nefarious third parties "There's no ability 
for stalkers to follow you," says Selvadurai. "At 
least not those you don't already know about." 

Even retailers registered with foursquare 
get limited information about users — such as 
gender breakdown along with the first name 
and last initial of their most frequent custom- 
ers Users can opt out of providing even that 
much information, as they can opt out of shar- 
ing their information on other networks such 
as Facebook and Twitter. "We think about this 
all the time and we try to be as open as possi- 
ble," says Selvadurai. "When we launch a new 
feature, we are very clear about how this stuff 
works — we lay it out in very clear language." 

Wills praises the openness of foursquare's 

privacy policy, which he says goes beyond 
most sites — though he does caution that hav- 
ing an "opt-out" on features can sometimes be 
lost on users "Ten percent will always make 
the choice to say no, 10 percent will make the 
choice to say yes, and 80 percent will make 
the default choice," he says. In addition, us- 
ers should be careful of how their information 
is used by other social networking sites that 
might connect with foursquare's real-time lo- 
cation check-ins. 

"It's obligatory for a site like that to tie into 
Facebook. The problem is you might not un- 
derstand you are putting this stuff on your 
Wall — and, increasingly on Facebook a lot of 
this stuff is public by default. You get this odd 
interplay between settings going on between 
multiple social networks." Some users may be 
completely fine sharing their locations publicly 
across other networks — or even getting tar- 
geted ads from Facebook or other sites based 
on those locations. "Some people say that is 
great, instead of getting a generic ad, they're 
getting one for something they want," says 
Wills, "but it does illustrate how much informa- 
tion is gathered in one place by a company 
that is trying to make money." 

For users who are concerned about open- 
ing up their movements to public scrutiny, it's 
important to check their settings across all of 
their social networks. When in doubt, says 
Wills, opt out. 

—Michael Blanding 

foursquare must expand its offerings beyond check-ins and brand 
partners if it's going to capture a wider audience. "They need to get 
more targeted with their recommendations," he says. "Like, if you 
visit a store at a certain time, foursquare could recommend a certain 
place to have lunch, and then give you a code for a free dessert." 

Foursquare is already experimenting with new features. Back in 
March it added recommendations to users, based not only on their 
own history but also the places visited by their friends. At the same 
time the company has shared its code with other developers who 
have used the system to design their own foursquare add-ons. One 
developer created a real-time dating service, matching up singles in 
close proximity based on the history of the places they like to visit. 

Those who use foursquare are passionate about integrating it into 
their lives. Already there have been two marriage proposals made 

by check-ins at favorite spots. And users themselves created the idea 
of "foursquare day" on April 16, demonstrating a bit of math prow- 
ess in their selection, and getting more than a dozen real-life may- 
ors, including the mayors of New York, Miami, and Atlanta, to issue 
foursquare proclamations. "Users have taken this to a level we never 
thought possible," says Selvadurai. 

The latest evidence foursquare is catching on? In August Presi- 
dent Obama signed in to foursquare as a way for users to track his 
whereabouts during his re-election campaign. 

Becoming friends with the President of the United State -even if 
in a roundabout way -isn't a bad accomplishment for a computer 
engineer who once spent days not talking to anyone. But Selvadurai 
isn't resting on his laurels. Like Obama, he is hoping 2012 might be 
his year. 

Fall 2011 33 

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By Kate Silver | Photography by Kevin Scanlon 

STYLISH GLASSES, something about Nina Simon 
'03 bellows, "color outside the lines!" The energetic 
30-year-old brunette is the kind of person you can 
visualize leading a singing flash mob down the halls 
of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, where 
she's executive director. Since graduating from 
WPI with a BS in electrical engineering, Simon has 
been busting through museum staff stereotypes 
as she works to energize museums, shaking the 
whispers from the walls, unbuttoning that top button 
(or two), and filling institutional dinosaurs with life. In 
the process, she's stirring up the industry like a 
science center tornado. 


by recent 
that's a 
good thing 

According to a study released by the National Endowment for the 
Arts, museum attendance is dwindling, and those who are still 
visiting are older and whiter, on average, than the United States 
population. In 2011 the American Association of Museums released 
a report that found more than 70 percent of American museums 
experienced economic stress last year. More than half of them expe- 
rienced a decrease in funding— particularly government funding. 

If something doesn't change, Simon worries about the future of 
museums. "I think if museums go with the status quo, they will be 
in danger," she says. 

Described as a "visionary" by Smithsonian magazine, Simon sees 
museums as community gathering places that should do more 
than just pay tribute to the community they're in. They should 
engage that community, even change with it. With Web 2.0 as her 
inspiration, Simon aims to do for museums what the participatory 
online model did for the Internet: transform it from a flat, passive 
experience into an active adventure, where each user's experience 
builds upon the last; break free of the stiff, whisper-filled museum 
walls we grew up with and create meaningful places that are ever- 
changing, just like us. To Simon, a museum experience goes far be- 
yond the relics that hang from its walls. 

"A lot of what I'm trying to do is break down the notion that a mu- 
seum should be an elitist space for a certain kind of experience and 
just say no to that," says Simon. "Museums are places to explore, 
places to connect with creativity and culture — no matter who you 
are, no matter where you come from, no matter how much educa- 
tion you have". 

36 Fall 2011 


When Simon was 16, growing up in Los Angeles, she wanted to drop 
out of school and design pinball machines. She was a creative kid, 
the daughter of artists — her dad is Screamin' Scott Simon, a mem- 
ber of the band Sha Na Na, and her mom wrote educational films 
for Disney— who made good grades, but she was never impressed 
by the structure and formality of the classroom. "I was always sus- 
picious of the gold stars," she says. One of the formative books she 
read as a teen was The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School 
and Get a Real Life Education. 

"While I was in high school, I became really interested in non- 
traditional forms of education and learning," she says. Museums 
always provided her a land of "real-life" education. She loved places 
like the Exploratorium in San Francisco and the Museum of Science 
in Boston. People are there by choice, learning at their own pace, 
according to their own interests, and they're not graded on it. 

In fact, her embrace of free-spiritedness and independent thought 
led Simon to WPI. "I don't know if you want to print this, but I got 
into MIT and Stanford and Berkeley," she says, "I wanted to come to 
WPI because of its project-based education." 

She flourished on campus. She befriended many of her profes- 
sors and was impressed that they truly valued and supported her 
forging her own educational path. Although she would eventually 
graduate with a 4.0 and a degree in engineering, she said it was the 
deeper lessons she learned at WPI that really made a mark. 

"A lot of people extol the virtues of having a liberal arts educa- 
tion. There's no doubt in my mind that there are positive things 
that come from that. But I also think there are positive things that 
come from having an engineering education that focuses on prob- 
lem solving," she says. "When you see a challenge or some intrac- 
table thing, you don't just think, 'Oh, let's talk about this a lot.' You 
think, 'Well, let me try to figure out how I can attack this, how I can 
try to solve it.'" 

That's just the approach she's taking toward museums. 


After graduating from WPI, Simon heard that the highest paid peo- 
ple starting out in museums were those who posed, often nude, 
for drawing classes. The first money she earned didn't come from 
designing exhibits, planning programs, or even taking tickets. It 
came from modeling. She would regularly model at the Worcester 
Art Museum, making $20 an hour to stand still and eavesdrop on 
art lessons. "It was like getting paid to process the day in a lovely 
setting," she says. 

By day, she volunteered at the Museum of Science in Boston and 
at the Science Discovery Museum in Acton. For months, she did 
everything from managing volunteers to designing exhibits to 
cleaning Plexiglas. She did well enough that they decided to give 
her a paycheck. 

"I think everybody was a little surprised when I graduated with an 

engineering degree and then took a $7-an-hour job at a science mu- 
seum," she smiles. Still, she knew that was where she wanted to be. 

At 23, she was hired by the International Spy Museum in Wash- 
ington, D.C., as an "experience development specialist." She helped 
plan and create an interactive experience called "Operation Spy," 
which she describes as "a cross between an episode of 24 and a 
theme park." Guests would act as intelligence officers and make 
their way through a mix of puzzles, games, and psychological chal- 
lenges, including a he detector test. Simon worked with the con- 
tractors, created the story fines, and wrote the scripts. 

Around that same time, she'd started a blog called Museum 2.0, 
( It was 2006, and the idea of user par- 
ticipation was in full force, thanks to Web 2.0 and sites like Face- 
book, Twitter, and Wiltipedia. On her blog, Simon pondered how 
that concept could also apply to museums. In her first blog entry, 
dated Thursday, November 2, 2006, she wrote, "What are the pos- 
sibilities and challenges in creating 'an architecture of participa- 
tion?' This blog will explore the ways that museums can and do 
evolve from 1.0 (static content delivery machines) to 2.0 (dynamic 
content aggregation and network machines)." 

Simon's blog did more than just explore it. It became a breed- 
ing ground for discussion among colleagues and enthusiasts across 
the world. While its aim was to help shape museums though user 
participation, the blog itself was transformed in the same direction. 

Simon was so energized by the blog's momentum that when 

Simon's blog did more 

than just explore it. 

It became a breeding 

ground for discussion 

among colleagues and 

enthusiasts across 

the world. 

"Operation Spy" opened at the museum, she left her job in D.C. and 
moved back to her native California to further develop her participa- 
tory museum passion. Museum 2.0 became the name of her design 
firm, where she worked as a consultant with museums, libraries, and 
other hubs of culture to create, well, really cool stuff: an interactive 
online game to coincide with season 4 of CBS's CSl.NY; an exhibition 
at the University of Washington on "advice," featuring a visitor-run 
advice booth; creating the curriculum for Girls, Math and Science 
Partnership's technology-focused Click!, an urban science adventure 
camp; using crowd-sourcing to design a 3,000-square-foot interactive 
gallery at The Tech Museum in San Francisco, and more. 

Fall 2011 37 

During that time, she wrote the book Participatory Museum, which 
was a participatory experience in and of itself. While writing the 
book, Simon posted it online as a wiki, inviting the audience to add 
to and edit the work. She had no idea at the time that it would be- 
come a manifesto for change in museums. The book went on to 
sell more than 3,000 copies in the first year (quite a coup in the 
industry), and was named "museum education book of the year" by 
the Museum Education Monitor. It's now used as a text by at least 20 
graduate programs in eight countries (that she knows of). 

The book and blog are beloved by industry insiders everywhere, 
including Eric Siegel, who met Simon at a museum conference 
soon after she graduated from WPI. At that time, he was president 
of the National Association for Museum Exhibitions and director 
and chief content officer for New York Hall of Science, where he 
still works. 

Siegel, who is an active voice on the Museum 2.0 blog, says that 
Simon stands out in the industry because of the tangible difference 
she makes at museums. He says she has a true knack for breaking 
down barriers and putting museum exhibits and spaces to use as a 
catalyst for conversation, rather than the whisper zone of yesterday. 

"I think her real passion is about building community." he says. 
"Museums can do that and Nina is really leading the way in that." In 
fact, Siegel says that her efforts have helped bring a renewed inter- 
est in museums from a younger population. 

"She has a lot of real fans in museums today, there's a lot of people 
who look up to her, particularly young museum professionals," he 
says. "For people in their 20s, particularly young women who are in 
their 20s, I think she's really a role model. That's a big deal." 

When Simon accepted the executive director position at Santa 
Cruz's Museum of Art and History in May 2011, she stopped con- 
sulting in order to truly focus on this community museum. In a 
matter of months, she's made a number of seemingly simple but 
highly effective changes, bringing renewed interest to what was 
considered a tired approach. She put up a comment board so that 
visitors can make suggestions. She brought in local artists to paint 
murals, and added a lounge and puzzle room where visitors can sit 
and relax. She put chairs and couches throughout the museum, so 
it feels like a home. Already, she's seeing people interact with one 
another more. They're reading in the lounge, or helping a stranger 
with a puzzle. They're no longer zooming through the museum, as 
they did in the past. 

In coming months, she has bigger plans. There will be an urban 
scavenger hunt by bicycle, drop-in art workshops, a "Creativity Un- 
der the Influence" class that pairs drawing with wine, craft nights, a 
sculpture park, and other workshops, demos, and performances to 
draw in new audiences. 

As Simon continues to make strides at the museum, creating a 
space that's relevant and reflective of the Santa Cruz community, 
she thinks back to her days at WPI, and relates much of what she's 

Nina Simon's Top Five 
Participatory Museums 

We asked museum mover and shaker Nina Simon '03 to pick her 
top five participatory museums in the U.S. Here are her selections, 
in her words: 


This is an incredible community-driven 
museum in which all exhibitions are created by and with community 
members about issues relevant to them. The result is very current, 
very provocative exhibitions on everything from garment workers to 
the refugee experience to religious intolerance, 


| This place is 

fascinating. They take a contemporary art approach to interactivity. 
Their entire building shows a thematic exhibition on a big idea like 
"animals" or "garbage" and they commission internationally recog- 
nized contemporary artists to make their exhibits. It's not unusual 
to see kids crawling all over a climbing wall designed by Brooklyn 
artist Sun Kwak or zooming around on vehicles created by Roman 
de Salvo, 


These guys are rock stars when it comes 
to digital participation. They do a fabulous job inviting visitors to 
participate in everything from image identification to sharing their 
experiences to selecting works that will be shown in the museum. 
brooklynmuseum. org. 


This is a big, state 
museum with a thoughtful approach to visitor participation. Their 
Greatest Generation, and MN150 exhibitions all involved heavy visi- 
tor and community participation, often including contributions from 
throughout the state, 


This is an unpretentious, 
excellent art museum with a surprising number of interactive com- 
ponents to invite people to make their own art, play games with art, 
and learn more through participation, 

doing today to what she learned there. All of her progress is based 
on experimentation, prototyping, and testing. As she opens the 
doors to the Santa Cruz museum wider and wider, she's excited to 
see just what might happen. In her eyes, the museum isn't as much 
about history and art as it is about creating community. 
"I think everything is about who the audience is," she says. 

38 Fall 2011 

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by W. Polly Teknick 


Fall 2011 

Ask a Skull member aw 

the secrets of the secret society, and they'll swear there 
aren't any. They'll insist that The Skull is nothing more 
than a congenial bunch of humble do-gooders who 
prefer to operate "under the radar" for the benefit 
of WPI. Nothing more, nothing less. 

But ask too many pointed questions, especially of younger mem- 
bers, and you'll start to get vague answers ("Gee, I don't really know 
anything about that. . .") followed by shifty eye movement and some 
really bad acting. 

Pry too much, and you'll wonder if they're beginning to circle the 
wagons. For instance, while researching this article, your humble 
scribe was sent to on a wild goose chase through obscure papers in 
the WPI archives by a well-respected member of the Gordon Library 
staff— who just happens to be a member of Skull. A bit of innocent 
note-taking during a Skull event triggered a rapid alert that spread 
instantly through the ever-vigilant network. Most mysteriously, 
notes for this story emerged from a WPI-networked laser printer 
with sections blacked out, as if redacted by the CIA. (I kid you not.) 

So, how much can we non-Skulls really know about The Skull? 

The Tap 

A Hundred Years Ago 

The year was 1911. A junior named George Dixon had an idea: 
select classmates for an honor society, where outstanding lead- 
ers from the junior class could be brought together as seniors 
to pool their energy and resources in service to WPI. Dixon re- 
mained highly engaged as Alumni Association president, An- 
nual Fund chair, and trustee. He also continued to guide Skull, 
along with classmate and co-founder Ralph Taylor, until his 
death in 1956. Dixon's papers reveal a meticulous record keeper 
and a tireless supporter of the Institute. But they reveal virtually 
nothing about his intentions for Skull. 

One hundred years — and more than 1,000 members later— 
the organization celebrated its centennial on the weekend of 
July 16, 2011. The highlight was a gala dinner at Worcester's 
grandly restored Union Station — which also turned 100 years old 
this year. Honorary chair of the Skull centennial celebration Bill 
Grogan '46 paid tribute to six non-Skulls for their devoted con- 
tributions to WPI. The inaugural George P. Dixon Award was be- 
stowed upon Skull's own "odd couple" — their term, not ours — 
former advisors Van Bluemel (physics professor emeritus) and 
Bill "Tuna" Trask (retired director of placement /associate dean 
of students). The weekend also featured activities on campus, 
including an Open House in Skull Tomb. ("Open House" turns 
out to mean open to Skull members and spouses only; friends or 
reporters not allowed.) 

In Dixon's time, WPI was so small that Skull members could file into 
Alden Memorial for general assembly, dim the lights, and circulate 
slowly through the awed audience to tap new members. A group 
of black-robed Skull members, their faces hidden by the darkness 
of their deep hoods, come up behind unsuspecting inductees and 
tap them (which is described by some members as a 'whack' and by 
other members as a 'gentle pat' on the back). Today, with a larger 
student body, it takes a bit more strategy to locate and ambush in- 
ductees, particularly since the tappers still show up looking like a 
gang of grim reapers. 

Sigma Pi Epsilon president Zach Garbowitz '12 remembers when 
he was tapped. He'd received an urgent summons to return to the 
fraternity house. "I thought it must the police," he recalls. "I figured 
someone was hurt, or had gotten into trouble. So I rushed down 

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[The Shocking Secrets of SKULL 
Over the years. Skull has taken its share of ribbing about its 
secrecy, particularly from the student newspaper on April 
Fool's Day But the organization isn't as secretive as some 
claim. In fact, here are 10 things that Skull members actually 
want you to know. 

Ilt is the third oldest campus organization, (behind only the Glee 
Club and the student newspaper, also founded in 1911, which 
loves to poke fun at Skull's mysteries.) 

2 Skull Tomb) — the former Magnetics Laboratory — became the 
organizations headquarters in 1921. It is rumored to contain 
everything from victims of Robert Goddard s secret experiments to 
the live goat that was WPI's original mascot. What goes on there will 
never be known, but it can be revealed that it sometimes involves 
coffee and Danish. How macabre is that? 

3 This is no old boys' club. Skull went co-ed as soon as WPI did 
Lesley Small Zorabedian 72. WPI's first female undergraduate, 
was tapped in her junior year. (Yale, by contrast, allowed women into 
its Skull and Bones only under duress, in 1991 .) 

4 Skull's first honorary (non-student) member was Rear Admi- 
ral Ralph "Prexy" Earle. WPI's sixth president, tapped in 1931. 
Since then, membership has been extended to faculty, alumni, trust- 
ees, and staff, including the beloved ATO cook. Marie "Ma" Fell. 

5 If you think you have what it takes to be a Skull — you don't. 
Those who daydream about getting the tap can dream 
on. Faculty advisor Bland Addison puts it this way: "The 
students who are selected are genuinely surprised. Others 
may see them as outstanding, but they have that sort of 
personality and attitude that they don't see themselves as 

6 If you're not tapped m your junior year, there's still a 
chance. Devoted alumni are sometimes tapped de- 
cades — even half a century — after graduating! 

7 Actually, it s never too late. The author of WPI's Alma 
Mater, Willard Hedlund (Class of 1910). was tapped 35 
years after his death. And he knew the founders personally. 

8 Skull's overt activities include running the Rope Pull, 
singing in the Alma Mater competition, and nurturing 
other campus traditions 

9 The Skull Trophy, given for extraordinary spirit and ser- 
vice in the recipient's freshman year, is meant to inspire 
students to do more for WPI. It does not. however, guaran- 
tee future Skull membership. 

.4 ^ Skull would never tell, but your alumni magazine will: 
I \J For its 100th Anniversary, Skull raised a $240,000 
gift for WPI. 

and was told. They're in the basement.* I thought. Why the base- 
ment? I went down the stairs, came around the corner, and saw a 
circle of black robes. That's when I knew." 

The late Nils Hagberg. a beloved WPI security guard with 40 years 
of service, was tapped while making his rounds. "A bunch of Skull 
members approached me." he told the WPI Journal in 1974. "I figured 
thev wanted to get into Boynton Tower, so I reached for my keys. 
Then someone whacked me across the back. I turned, and there was 
Bob Wagner grinning ear to ear. saying 'Welcome to the Club." 

"I had no idea who was under the hood." says Joe Mielinski '87. 
"I saw these two hands reaching out, and they were shaking." The 
hands, trembling with pride, belonged to his father, Joe Mielinski 
'61. who had the rare honor of tapping his own son. 

"The night I was tapped. I had tears in my eyes." says Al Papianou 
'57. who was tapped 40 years after he graduated. The late Sam Men- 
cow '37 was almost 80 years old when he was selected for Skull. He 
became an inspiration to his 20-year-old classmates by showing up 
for every single initiation rite, even in the middle of the night, even 
in the freezing cold. 

Skull's initiation has been rumored to include horrific tortures, 
such as being buried alive, or sleeping in coffins. "Oh, man, no!" 
laughs Sean Seymour '09. "Outsiders always think it's worse than 
it is. Although there was one person in my class who was terrified 
about coffins the whole time." 

"Our rituals are educational." says faculty advisor Bland Addison. 
"They involve keeping alive the traditions and lore of WPI." As for 
assertions that the robes invoke malevolent societies, such as the 

Klan or the mafia, he scoffs. "It's just for fun. Think Harry Potter or 
medieval monks. The robes reinforce the rite of passage that induc- 
tion represents. They also add a little theatrics." 

What's Under the Hood? 

Although outsiders profess to know the rules for Skull selection 
and delight in making predictions on the next class, members in- 
sist that there is no formula. Addison and co-advisor Chrys Demetry 
'88 stress that the selection process seeks those who take pleasure in 
doing good things for WTI. but shun the glory. 

"People aren't selected because they want to get into Skull, or be- 
cause of some written mission statement." says Addison. "They're 
selected because they're that sort of person, the type who's corn- 
mined to making the community" better." The true Skull type. Addi- 
son savs. would never be disappointed at not being selected. "They 
would be out congratulating the people who had been tapped." 

During questioning about the true work of Skull, the advisors hes- 
itate frequendy and exchange glances, as if weighing their inherent 
nature toward helpfulness against Skull's mandate for secrecy. "A 
Skull member will see a problem or opportunity on campus and 
without calling attention to themselves, will call on their resources 
to get something to happen." is about as specific as Demetry gets. 

"It's not a conspiracy." adds Addison "But it's sub rosa when it 
happens. Skull's ambition is not to make Skull look good— our am- 
bition is to make WTI better. Skull members are not interested in 
an\T±iing coming back to them. That's why they're reluctant to talk 
about what they do. It would embarrass them. They're just happy 
to be doing it." 

But what if a magazine offered to do a big. glossy feature story on 
Skull? With great photos and lots of quotes and name-dropping? 
Addison smiles and shakes his head no. a beguiling anomaly in this 
era of 24-hour self-promotion and endless Twitter announcements. 

While Skull members state the group has no mission statement, 
if they did it might be drawn from the dosing paragraph of T\\x> 
Towers, the official history of WPI. where it is written that WPI 
stands solidly atop its rounded hill because "there have always been 
enough people who cared." 

"We try to be among those people." Demetry says quietly. 

"We don't try." Addison asserts. "We just are. Someone else 
brought us together— and that makes it all possible." 

W. Polly Jeknick is the pseudonym used by Transformations editor 
Joan Enough-Miller, who bravely went undercowr to get this story, and 
whose identity has been disguised by WTTs Witness Protection Initiative 



Career Development Center 


ther urse 

Mark Mungeam '83 
charted his own course 
when it came to his 
profession— which is the same 
approach he takes when designing a 
world-class golf course. 

o the average golfer, the placement of 
sand traps and water hazards on a course 
can seem like an insidious plot that will 

guarantee a round filled with double 
ogeys and major frustration. © 

To golf course architect Mark Mungeam '83, it's almost an after- 

"So little of designing a golf course involves what to put around 
the greens," says the owner of Mungeam Cornish Golf Design Inc., 
in Douglas, Mass. "I think about trying to make each hole a chal- 
lenge for the golfer who shoots a 76, as well as the golfer who shoots 
a 126. It's like putting together a jigsaw puzzle." 

The puzzle begins to take shape when he arrives at a proposed 
location. Eschewing modern technology like satellite photography, 
and armed with just a simple topography map, Mungeam walks the 
land. He first concentrates on locating the greens, then moves on 
to transforming the rest of a typical 350 acres of woods and mead- 
ows that make up the typical award-winning golf course that has 
marked his quarter-century in the business. 

"It's still very important to get an understanding and a feel for the 
vegetation and the soil conditions, of what kinds of environmen- 
tal restraints you might have to deal with," notes Mungeam, who 
took several biology and design courses while completing dual de- 
grees in civil and environmental engineering. "It's not like I know 
where everything is going to be, but I can see a piece of land, figure 
out how to take advantage of what's available, and make a good 
golf course." 

High-profile architects like Robert Trent Jones, and firms with 
the name of Hall of Fame golfers Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, 
are well known to the average golfer. But Mungeam's work has not 
gone unnoticed by golf insiders, people who recognize the broad 
range of skills needed to create an outstanding course. 

"Mark has a well-respected reputation for building golf courses 
that are technically sound," says Chad Ritterbush, president of the 
American Society of Golf Course Architects. "He pays attention to 
the details, and delivers a good product. He does it the right way." 

The list of award-winning courses Mungeam has designed in- 
cludes Shaker Hills in Harvard, Mass., LeBaron Hills in Lakeville, 
Mass., Owl's Nest in Campton, N.H., and The Golf Club at Oxford 
Hills, Conn, which was rated the third best public access course 
by GolfWeeJc magazine. At Charleston Springs Golf Course in Mon- 
mouth County, N.J., the two 18-hole courses he built received a 4.5 
out of 5 star ranking from Golf Digest magazine, along with the des- 
ignation of one of the best places to play in 2004 - 2010. 

He also can point to work at courses like the Olympia Fields Coun- 
try Club in Chicago, where he led major renovations in preparation 
for both the 1997 U.S. Senior Open and the 2003 U.S. Open. 

While Mungeam professes not to rank his work, he has a special 
place for Cyprian Keyes Golf Club in Boylston, not far from WPI. 
With wetlands spread throughout more than 20 percent of its 235 
acres, Mungeam's skills were tested, for he had to design a course 
that could meet the standards of course superintendent Richard 
Zepp, a 1973 WPI graduate. 

"Mark designed this course so that it not only utilized all of the 
land's natural elements, but he took into account what would 

► A Course of Study 

Mark Mungeam didn't 
choose his major in a 
traditional way as he 
entered WPI in 1979. 

"When I was in high 
school, I wanted to get 
into wildlife manage- 
ment or natural resource 
management, or become 
a park ranger," Mungeam 
recalls. "My parents and 
guidance counselor told 
me that I should have 
higher aspirations. I was 
good in math and sci- 
ence, and I saw that WPI 
had classes in environ- 
mental engineering, so I 
thought, 'Maybe I should 
get into that.'" 

He eventually added 
civil engineering as his 
main academic focus, 
but says the structure of 
his IQP and MQP allowed 
him to load up on elec- 
tives like construction 
project management, 
land planning, and 
biology. Those classes, 
taught by such faculty as 
Malcolm Fitzpatrick (who 
was also his advisor) and 
Fred Hart, interested him 
even though he hadn't 

a clear idea of how they 
might help him after he 
graduated. Taking them 
proved to be a prescient 

"I utilize all those dis- 
ciplines in my business," 
Mungeam said. "Often 
we're planning golf holes 
within a housing devel- 
opment where I have to 
incorporate roads and 
drainage systems, things 
like that. You need a 
broad background to do 
well in this industry." 

The biology courses 
helped his work with 
wetlands, plant materials, 
and even choosing the 
best kinds of grass seed 
to suit a course's environ- 
mental footprint. It also 
has come in handy to 
help smooth the permit- 
ting process with town 
conservation and plan- 
ning boards, which can 
be a challenge. But in the 
end, he's judged on the 
final product. 

"No one cares about 
how a golf course gets 
built, or what issues we 
had to deal with, or the 
money spent on it," 
said Mungeam. "If the 
owner gets good value, 
and golfers like it, that's 
all that matters." 

48 Fall 2011 

make it easiest to maintain after he finished," says Zepp, who has 
managed Cyprian Keyes since its 1996 construction. General Man- 
ager David Frem, whose family hired Mungeam, adds, "This course 
is as fundamentally sound as when it was first built. It has stood the 
test of time." 


The only one in his family to play golf, Mungeam was a member of 
the varsity golf team during his days at WPI. "I wasn't one of the bet- 
ter players, but I did play," he says, revealing only after some prod- 
ding that he had a nine handicap, something most golfing enthusi- 
asts can only dream about. 

In the summer between his sophomore and junior year, he land- 
ed a job at the small, nine-hole Berlin Country Club in his home 
town, where he quickly was promoted from mowing fairways and 
raking bunkers to overseeing all course maintenance and assist- 
ing with daily operations. Noticing that Mungeam also sat on the 
town's Conservation Commission and thus understood environ- 
mental issues, the owner asked him to draw up plans to double the 
size of the course. 

Using a copy of The Golf Course by Geoffrey Cornish, a renowned 
Massachusetts-based course architect, Mungeam created a design 
that was warmly received but went nowhere due to lack of funding. 

While Mungeam pro- 
fesses not to rank his 
work, he has a special 
place for Cyprian Keyes 
Golf Club in Boylston, 
not far from WPI. 

No matter. "I decided it was something that could be a lot of fun, 
and I decided that I would work my way into that field," he says. 

During his senior year at WPI, he wrote to several course archi- 
tect firms. Cornish, who was one of the few to respond, thought 
Mungeam's civil engineering background would help him in his 
job search, and it did when he landed a job at Moore Golf Inc., a 
national golf course construction company based in Virginia. Af- 
ter moving to a Florida rival two years later, where he oversaw con- 
struction of several courses around the country, he felt ready by 
1987 to begin designing his own courses. 

Ironically, he then received a call from Brian Silva, who had recent- 
ly partnered with Cornish, who was looking for help for the busy 
firm. Soon Mungeam was headed back to New England, thrilled for 

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the chance to learn from Cornish. He cites an early project he over- 
saw in upstate New York in which he actually used a bulldozer to 
create all 18 greens, giving him the type of unique experience few 
golf architects have. "It was so invaluable to learn from the ground 
up, to know how to put together a course from start to finish," he 
says. "That has helped me my entire career." 


Golf architecture is subject to the same follow-the-leader fads as any 
other industry. Mungeam's first designs featured tighter fairways 
and small greens, known as "target courses," that punished those 
golfers who take a "grip it and rip it" approach. Recentiy, architects 
have returned to the links-style look that Mungeam prefers, featur- 
ing unkempt bunkers and large greens surrounded by tall grasses, 
which forces players to take a cerebral approach and consider such 
things as approach angles and how a ball will play on the slope of 
the green. 

Expectations have also has changed over the past two decades. 
Whereas earlier golfers would be satisfied to walk and play munici- 
pal courses that generally have few amenities, today's player expect 
so much more: riding carts and smooth paths, grounds that fea- 
ture spectacular views, groomed fairways, and, of course, closely 
cropped greens. But it comes at a steep price: because of stricter 
environmental regulations, and land that is increasingly difficult 
to find and more expensive to develop, the cost to build a new golf 

. . . architects have returned 
to the links-style look that 
Mungeam prefers, featuring 
unkempt bunkers and large 
greens surrounded by tall 
grasses which force players 
to take a cerebral approach. 

course can now run over $10 million dollars and take more than 
four years to complete — resulting in greens fees upwards of $100 in 
order for course owners to recoup their investment. 

"Obviously we need to protect our natural resource and endan- 
gered species. Sometimes the best golf holes may not be possible 
because of habitat areas, say, for turtles, or you can't play across a 
wetlands area," explains Mungeam, who has actually walked away 
from projects with too many obstacles to meet his demanding spec- 
ifications. "You try to create holes in which you can impact these 
areas in the least possible way. It's more expensive to construct a 
golf course than ever before, and because of that there's going to be 
fewer golf courses built." 

While there are obvious advantages to having his name attached 
to a course built from scratch, he also gets much satisfaction from 

modifying existing courses that can range from adding a couple 
of water hazards to reworking all the greens. Currendy, he is 
working on 10 upgrades throughout New England, preferring 
not to venture overseas, where most of the new courses are be- 
ing built. That would take him away from his wife and five chil- 
dren for months at a time, something he has no interest in. 

Staying stateside also allows him the chance to play a few 
rounds when time permits, although his handicap has risen 
over the years to a still-respectable 15. That's about the same as 
former President Bill Clinton, who was Mungeam's playing part- 
ner during the 2004 grand opening of Hudson Hills Golf Course 
in Westchester County, adjacent to Clinton's adopted town of 
Chappaqua, N.Y. 

So what about that notion of politicians having a reputation 
for bending rules? "Cheating? I didn't see it. He was just one of 
the boys," Mungeam recalls with a laugh. "Sure, he had a mulli- 
gan here or there, but he didn't do anything like kick his ball or 
tee it up in the rough. It was an amazing experience." 

50 Fall 2011 





Three significant projects are required to graduate from WPI — and 50 
percent of our students complete at least one overseas. The challenges 
vary with the venue— from building a sustainable laundry facility 
for a community outside Cape Town, South Africa, to preserving the 
environmental, artistic and cultural heritage of Venice, Italy. Wherever the 
go, WPI students become immersed in the local culture, researching and 
implementing projects as scientists and engineers do to solve problems 
and change lives. 

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The WPI Alumni Association honored nearly two dozen alumni at Alumni & Reunion Weekend, June 2-5, 
and at Homecoming, Sept. 23-24. Congratulations to the 201 1 Alumni Association Award Recipients. 

Robert H. Goddard Alumni 
Award for Outstanding 
Professional Achievement 

RICHARD K. ALLEN 76, chief 
operating officer and senior vice 
president for global operations at 
Stantec, one of the largest environ- 
mental science firms in the country. 
partner in the Silicon Valley Office of 
the firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe 
and a member of the firm's Intellectual 
Property Group. 

STUART C. KAZIN '61, retired senior 
vice president of Worldwide 
Operations and Administration at 
Lotus Development/IBM Corporation. 
former president of and current 
technical advisor to Empi, Inc., a 
manufacturer and provider of 
noninvasive medical products. 
CLAUDE P. MANCEL 71, former 
vice president for research and 
development for global home care 
at Procter & Gamble. 

Herbert F. Taylor Alumni 
Award for Distinguished 
Service to WPI 

JOHN J. GABARRO '61, member of 
the Management Executive 
Council; volunteer for WPI admissions, 
reunions, and fundraising events for 
many years. 

HANS H. KOEHL '56, class agent, 
reunion and fundraising volunteer 

MORGAN R. REES '61, former presi- 
dent of the Alumni Association, Class 
Board of Directors and Poly Club, 
reunion and fundraising volunteer, 
member of the Civil and Environmental 
Engineering Advisory Board. 
MERRILL E. SPILLER JR. '51, class 
agent, member of Class Board of 
Directors, reunion volunteer, main- 
tained class website for many years, 
photographer at 50th and 55th 
reunions, treasurer of Tech Old Timers. 
agent, Regional Council representa- 
tive, Steering Committee member for 
the President's Advisory Council (now 
President's Circle), WPI trustee since 

WPI Award for 
Distinguished Service 

since 1993, Worcester civic leader, 
tireless advocate for WPI and its 
Worcester Community Project Center. 

2011 Alumni Award Recipients: 

1 . Keith Barrett '96 

2. Melissa (Lichwan) Besse '91 

3. Gerald Burns Jr. 91 

4. James Gannoe '91 

5. Laura Amodeo '06 

6. Megan Wallent '91 

7. Rev. Peter Scanlon 

8. James Baum '86 

9. James Fee '65 

John Boynton Young 
Alumni Award for Service 

LAURA M. AMODEO '06, member 
of the Alumni Association Board of 
Directors and Annual Fund Board; 
reunion volunteer and Hartford/ 
Springfield Alumni Chapter 

Alumni Association Cabinet member, 
career mentor, reunion volunteer, and 
WPI event host. 

Alumni Association Cabinet and 
Board of Directors member, Annual 
Fund Board member, Class Agent, 
Graduates of the Last Decade Council 
member, and reunion volunteer. 

52 Fall 2011 


Ichabod Washburn Young 
Alumni Award for 
Professional Achievement 


Data2Logistics, LLC, a Platinum Equity 
company that provides Fortune 1 000 
companies with actionable information 
captured from freight bills. 
KEITH A. BARRETT '96, vice president 
of technology and chief technology 
officer at 
JAMES P. BAUM '86, executive vice 
president and general manager at 
Parametric Technology Corporation, 
former president and CEO of Endeca, 
president and CEO at Netezza Cor- 
poration, where his work ultimately 
drove the acquisition of Netezza by 
IBM in a 2010 transaction dubbed "the 
most disruptive acquisition of 2010" by 

JAMES R. GANNOE '91, cofounder 
and president of Extremity Medical, an 
orthopedic device company special- 
izing in the development of next- 
generation fixation and arthroplasty 
systems addressing needs in the distal 

MEGAN WALLENT '91, lead program 
manager for Internet Explorer at 

William R. Grogan Award 
for Support of the Mission 

JAMES F. FEE '65, co-founder of the 
WPI Venture Forum, which provides 
educational programs to entrepreneurs 
working to commercialize their ideas 
and inventions, (posthumously) 

The Goat's Head Award 
for Lifetime Commitment 
to WPI 

REV. PETER J. SCANLON, longtime 
WPI chaplain. 


How's Your 
'Indispensability Profile?' 

gress continues to debate everything from debt ceiling to 
credit ratings to Social Security. Unstable global economies 
threaten the status quo. And for the WPI community of real 
people holding real jobs, it may drive many of us to bury our 
heads in the sand and wait for the storm to blow over. While 
that's certainly one strategy, I recommend another approach 
that will give you better control of your future. It centers 
on understanding your Indispensability Profile. What's that, 
you ask? Follow these simple steps and you'll find it: 

• Know Your Accomplishments. Make a list of every spe- 
cific accomplishment you have achieved since your last 
performance review. Do not generalize. For each, answer 
this question: "If I had not done this, what would have hap- 
pened?" Your manager may forget your accomplishments, 
but you shouldn't. Did your decisions save money or in- 
creased productivity? Continue to add to your lists of ac- 
complishments, and soon you'll see your "Indispensability 

• Study your company's current activities: Is business ex- 
panding or retracting? Where is the company growing? Are 
you where you want to be? If not, how can you get there? 
What expertise do you have that would fit? Make a plan that 
starts now. 

• Make appointments with the appropriate people. Meet 
with your current manager to review your latest contribu- 
tions so they are top of mind (before any reductions-in-work- 
force take place). Also, meet with managers and peers for in- 
formational purposes to learn more about the company and 
how your skills fit their needs. Strengthening your network 
starts now. 

Knowing your Indispensability Profile, and preparing now, 
increases the odds that you will find yourself gainfully em- 
ployed should layoffs occur. - Connie Horwitz 

Connie Horwitz is Associate Director of WPI's Career Development 
Center. Contact Connie at 

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I am delighted to thank our generous 
alumni for their support of our alma 
mater. Last year was one of the most 
successful fundraising years ever for 
WPI: $30 million in commitments were re- 
ceived. Some of the highlights: $6,316,704 
from the Class of 1951, $3,200,885 from 1961, 
and over $10 million from 1956. These gifts 
put us well on the way to a successful cam- 
paign—a campaign that will keep our insti- 
tution world-class and accessible to the best 
and brightest students. 

In September we celebrated Homecoming 
2011. Alumni and their families flocked to 
campus to enjoy the barbecues on the Quad, 
tours of WPI's new Sports and Recreation 
Center, the traditional Parade of Floats and 
Rope Pull, and of course, the football game. 
The Classes of 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 
and 201 1 also celebrated their reunions. 

During Homecoming the Alumni Asso- 
ciation honored our own with the Robert 
H. Goddard Award for Outstanding Profes- 

sional Achievement and the John Boynton 
Young Alumni Award for Service to WPI. Re- 
cipients were James Baum '86, Gerald Burns 
Jr. '91, James Gannoe '91, Megan Wallent '91, 
Laura Amodeo '06, Melissa (Lichwan) Besse 
'91, Keith Barrett '96, and Kathleen (Daly) 
Pereira '96. 

The William R. Grogan Award for support 
of the WPI mission was presented to Jim Fee 
'65. You may know that our dear friend Jim 
died within the year. His widow, Joan, and 
family accepted on his behalf from Pat Mo- 
ran '65, Jim's fraternity brother. Jim worked 
tirelessly on behalf of WPI, creating what has 
become a vibrant network of innovators and 
entrepreneurs. We were very pleased to have 
Jim's family join his WPI family to share in 
this recognition. 

The WPI Alumni Association Goat's Head 
Award for Lifetime Commitment to WPI was 
presented to Father Pete Scanlon, longtime 
WPI chaplain. Father Scanlon joins Bill Trask 
as recipient of this prestigious award. 

The awards ceremony was held in conjunc- 
tion with the second annual Alumni Associa- 
tion Online Auction. This year, the auction 
raised approximately $9,000 to benefit stu- 
dent scholarships. My thanks to the alumni 
who served on the auction committee, those 
who donated items, and those who partici- 
pated in the bidding to make this year's auc- 
tion another success. 

If you didn't make it to Homecoming, 
I hope you will save the date for Alumni & 
Reunion Weekend 2012, May 31 -June 3. To 
learn more about other WPI events through- 
out the year, and how you can stay connected 
to our alma mater, visit /alum- 
ni. I look forward to seeing you on the Hill. 

All the best, 

Bob Cahill '65 




Remembering past innovators and preserving their legacies 

The Morgan Construction 
Company of Worcester, now 
part of Siemens VAI, was 
responsible for some of the 
great innovations in the roll- 
ing mill industry, beginning in 
the 1 880s. The impact of this 
company and its employees is 
found around the world. 

The Morgan family, 
which has had close 
ties to WPI since the 
school's beginning, 
donated the compa- 
ny's archives to WPI 
in 2009. 

Morgan Construction Company: 

Revolutionizing the Rolling Mill Industry Worldwide 

Now through June 6, 201 2 

in the Gladwin Gallery on the Ground Floor 

Exhibit Highlights: 

• Models of mills and machinery 

• Historic photographs 

• Patents 

• Drawings of early Morgan mills 

For hours and details about exhibits 
and events happening at the Library, 

For archives information, email 
or call 508-831-6112. 

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Tech Connects 

Creating meaningful and lasting connections is at the heart of the WPI experience. It was 
also the theme for this year's Homecoming festivities, which took place Sept. 23 and 24 
on the WPI campus. Hundreds of alumni returned to campus to enjoy a fall weekend 
of fun, competition, and friends. Alumni in attendance enjoyed watching the Parade of 
Floats, the annual Rope Pull, fraternity and sorority open houses, and of course, the 
Homecoming Game, which was won by the Engineers 34-31 before a packed house at 
Alumni Field. The Classes of 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, and 2011 also gathered on 
campus that weekend to celebrate their class reunions. 

56 Fall 2011 


1 .Three cheers for Gompei! 

2. Students and alumni pose with WPI's beloved mascot. 

3. WPI musicians entertain students, alumni, and friends 
on the Quad. 

4. WPI beat RPI 34-31— Go Tech! 

5. Graduates of the Last Decade Reception: 
(back row, from left) Matthew Silva Sa '09, Jon Baldiga '09, 
and Dericc Orso '09; (front row, from left) Liz Carey '09 and 
Sabrina Zayas '09 

6. Sigma Pi's creation for the Parade of Floats 

7. Friday night's Pep Rally 

8. Enjoying the Graduates of the Last Decade Reception: 
Ben Landry 10, Amanda Moreno 10, Jen Maurer 10, 

Matt Runkle 1 1 , Jason Codding 1 0, and Greg Richmond 1 1 . 

9. The WPI Marching Band performing at halftime. 

10. Alpha Gamma Delta in the Parade of Floats 

1 1 . Family fun at the 1 991 and 1 986 Class Reunions. 

12. Tom Hopper '64 (left), Moe Silvestris '64, and Bob Cahill '65, 
WPI Alumni Association president, join the Parade of Floats. 

Fall 2011 57 

On Behalf of Students 

Two Alumni Provide $15.6 Million in Scholarship Support 

IN A REMARKABLE demonstration of loyalty 
and dedication, two WPI alumni have recent- 
ly made generous gifts that will enhance the 
university's ability to attract and retain the 
best and brightest students. Robert A. Foisie 
'56 gave $9.4 million to support the Robert 
Foisie Scholars Fund for undergraduate stu- 
dents, which he established in 2009. 

Foisie's announcement came just after 
George Messenger Jr. '51 and his wife, Pris- 
cilla, announced that WPI will receive more 
than $6 million from their estate, funds that 
will also be used to support undergraduate 
scholarships through the George and Priscilla 
Messenger Scholarship Fund. 

"Through these generous gifts — two of the 
largest in WPI history— Bob Foisie and the 
Messengers have greatly expanded our capac- 
ity to offer scholarship support to bright, tal- 
ented, and ambitious students who are best 
suited to WPI's culture of high achievement," 
says President Dennis Berkey "They have also 
provided our community with tremendous 
momentum for our fundraising initiatives, 
of which scholarship support is a key priority. 
We are grateful to Bob Foisie, and to George 
and Priscilla Messenger, for their dedication 
and generosity to WPI." 

The Foisie and Messenger scholarship gifts 
come at a critical time, says Stephen E. Rubin 
'74, chair of the WPI Board of Trustees. "Many 
of our students face financial challenges due 
to the current economy and the daunting cost 
of higher education," says Rubin. "Bob Foisie 
and the Messengers have chosen to help these 
deserving young students through endow- 
ment, which means these scholarships will be 
available to WPI students for generations to 

To date, WPI's scholarship endowment to- 
tals $102.8 million, which amounts to 374 

separately named funds that generated more 
than $5.4 million in scholarship aid during 
the 2010-11 academic year. This is in addition 
to the $42 million that WPI spent last year on 
financial aid from its own operating funds. 

"Endowed scholarships play a vital role 
in keeping WPI's doors open to these high 
achieving students," says Kristin Tichenor, 
senior vice president for enrollment and in- 
stitutional strategy. "Nearly 90 percent of our 
students qualify for some form of financial 
aid, so the need is great. Mr. Foisie and the 
Messengers are ensuring that more of our stu- 
dents have the opportunity to make the most 
of their WPI education. And I believe their ac- 
tions will inspire other alumni to follow suit 
and invest in future generations of WPI stu- 

Foisie Scholars 

A trustee emeritus of the university, Foisie has 
a long and generous history of philanthropy 
at WPI, with a particular focus on under- 
graduate scholarships. Prior to establishing 
the Robert Foisie Scholars Fund, he had estab- 
lished 17 other undergraduate scholarships, 
named in honor of various WPI professors 
who influenced his life. Since 2009, the Foisie 
Fund has provided scholarships for up to 10 
incoming undergraduate students each year, 
chosen from the top students of the class. 
Each Foisie Scholar receives a four-year, full- 
tuition scholarship and a one-time allowance 
to be used for a WPI Global Studies experi- 
ence. WPI currently has 23 Foisie Scholars — 10 
entering their junior year, five entering their 
sophomore year, and eight first-year students. 

58 Fall 2011 


According to Foisie, who received scholar- 
ships as a WPI student, there were several fac- 
ulty members who made a lasting impression 
on him. "Those fond memories have fueled 
my dream of estabhshing a scholarship fund 
to support qualified students with financial 
need and a burning ambition to make a dif- 
ference in the world." 

Foisie received a mechanical engineering 
degree from WPI and a master's degree from 
Cornell University in 1958. As a young engi- 
neer, he found a way to simplify the design 
of a fuel control valve for jet aircraft, which 
led to a patent. Among his many credits, 
Foisie is founder and former president of 
Matik North America, Inc. in West Hartford, 
Conn., a firm specializing in paper-processing 
machinery. He also owned a Swiss company 
that makes carton and packaging machinery. 
Foisie began his career as an engineer at Ham- 
ilton Standard Co., and later served as chief 
production engineer at Pratt & Whitney in 
Hartford. His current business interests span 
from telecommunications to real estate. 

The Messenger Scholarship Fund 

Scholarship support has long been a priority 
for George and Priscilla Messenger, as well. A 
child of the Great Depression, George Mes- 
senger experienced firsthand the financial 
burden of a college education, while Priscilla 
comes from a long line of educators, and so 
understands the critical role that education 
plays in individual achievement. With these 
values in mind, they established the George 
and Priscilla Messenger Endowed Scholarship 
Fund in 2001. Their latest gift, made through 
a bequest, will be added to this fund. 

"I firmly believe that students should not 
be burdened with a heavy debt load when 
they graduate from college," says George Mes- 
senger. "WPI provided me with a scholarship 
that— combined with outside jobs — enabled 
me to complete my studies. I was 16 when I 
entered WPI and I graduated with a degree 
in physics. WPI provided me with the solid 
education that made my successful career 

Messenger went on to earn a master's de- 
gree in electrical engineering from the Uni- 
versity of Pennsylvania and a PhD in engineer- 
ing from California Coast University. He has 
had a significant impact on technologies that 
allow satellites to work successfully in space. 
His discoveries include the Messenger-Spratt 
Equation, which describes the effects of neu- 
tron radiation on bipolar devices, and the 
Kirk Effect — also called current-induced base 
push-out — an apparent increase in the width 
of bipolar transistors that occurs at very high 
injection levels and current densities. Mes- 
senger's discoveries showed how electronics 
could be hardened against the effects of ra- 
diation. The work resulted in several patents 
and more than 50 refereed technical papers. 

Messenger also contributed to the develop- 
ment of the EKG and the hardening of circuits 
for the atomic clock in the Global Positioning 
Satellite. He conducted research at the Naval 
Research Laboratory on a proton radiator for 
fighting cancer that localized radiation dam- 

age to the area of the body being treated. 
This earned him the Alan Berman Research 
Publication Award from the Naval Research 
Laboratory. He also received the Annual Mer- 
it Award from the Institute of Electrical and 
Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Nuclear and Plas- 
ma Sciences Society, the Peter Haas Award for 
outstanding technical contributions to hard- 
ened military and space systems, and election 
as a life fellow in IEEE for his contributions 
to the determination of radiation to semi- 
conductors and advances in semiconductor 
technology. He is the co-author, with Milton 
Ash, of The Effects of Radiation on Electronic Sys- 
tems—considered the definitive work in the 
field — and Single Event Phenomena. In recogni- 
tion of his pioneering work on the hardening 
of electronic systems, Messenger received an 
honorary doctor of engineering degree from 
WPI in 2009. Just recently, both Messengers 
were awarded honorary doctorates by Hills- 
dale College, George in science and Priscilla 
in business. 

Fall 2011 59 

* ! John Lancaster '39 writes, "I retired from the National 
Radio Astronomy Observatory as assistant director in 1981 to 
live aboard our ketch VITA for 12 years in the Caribbean Sea. 
Back to Socorro, N.M., in 1993 and then in 2001 to a CCRC in 
Setauket, NY, so that we could be nearer our five daughters. 
Phyllis, the 1 939 WPI Class Bride, died in 2004 after a six-year 
battle with cancer, and in 2006 I married a gal named Gloria. 
We live in a very nice four-level life-care community named 
Jefferson's Ferry with 300 other folks. Would love to hear from 
other retirees. E-mail is" 

George Bingham '40 writes that he's been very active as 
a member of a worldwide group of "global warming realists." 
He lives in Portland, Ore. 

Ted Pierson '43 writes, "I live in a continuing care residen- 
tial community near Princeton, N.J., with lots of activities to 
keep me busy. I still drive, but have given up golf. Many close 
friends have passed away, and I wonder who is left from the 
Class of '43. 1 have followed with pride the scholastic advances 
of WPI over the years." 

Erl Lagerholm '44 writes from Carmel, Calif., with praise 
for the Spring 2011 issue of Transformations. "I think it was, 
by far, the finest issue that was ever produced. Keep up the 
good work!" 

Ernie Kretzmer '45 says he's "living the proverbial 
charmed life. . we built our self-designed dream house, which 
has proved very livable — low in maintenance and very green, 
especially considering we moved in 22 years ago. Heating 
and cooling is geothermal, all windows and doors have dual 
glass panes, and almost all lighting inside and out is compact 

►2 Frank Holby '48 writes, "I have been studying French for 
almost three years. I have also assumed the nearly full-time 
job of caregiver for my wife of 62 years who has dementia. 
I stay healthy by daily exercise. At 86, it's necessary to ex- 
ercise both the body and the mind to remain fit for such an 
important job as caring for a wife who has given me four fine 
children, who in turn gave us 1 5 grandchildren. My legacy has 
been established through this family, of whom I could not be 
more proud." 

Dan Sheingold '48 is still working at Analog Devices as 
editor of Analog Dialogue [in its 45th year of continuous pub- 
lication — his 43rd]. He's a volunteer reader at Learning Ally, 
formerly Recording for Blind & Dyslexic. He lives in Waban, 
Mass., and can be reached at 

Pres Stevens '48 and his wife, Mary, made their first trip to 
Iran in 36 years, where they visited Mary's family, and toured 
the buildings and gardens of Shiraz, Yazd, and Isfahan. He 

was impressed by the magnificent layout and the decorations 
of Takht-e-Jamshid (Persepolis), the pre-lslamic (Zoroas- 
trian) decorations in Yazd, the intricate and heavenly mosaic 
designs of the facades in the Chahar Bagh of Isfahan. "We 
enjoyed a delicious lunch of Shirazi salad and carrot and rice 
pulo served to us by our tour guide's mother and sister in their 
village home, as we sat cross-legged around an embroidered 
cloth on the carpeted floor. It was a wonderful experience!" 

Lee Bassett '51 recaps his year: "I turned 81 in December 
and celebrated with a high PSA reading. Responded with a 
biopsy in January. Analysis indicated hormone shot for Febru- 
ary. Decided to move in March. Big garage sale in April. Com- 
pleted move in May. Prostate radiation treatments in June. 
Five days per week thru July. Check-up OK in August. Wife's 
birthday in September Another check-up in October, Daugh- 
ter's birthday in November. I turn 82 in December." 

Dick Coffey '51 reports that his town of Wilbraham, Mass., 
was hit by its first tornado on June 1. "Happily, it missed 
our area. On July 26 we were hit again by a microburst 
that knocked down several trees. No one was hurt, but we 
have become very attentive to weather reports involving 

Harvey Howell '51 says he has slowed down quite a bit this 
last year due health problems but managed to get in some 
glider flights, including "two hours in my own ship," which he 
keeps in Vermont. He still lives in Dover, Mass., with Debbie, 
his wife of 60 years. 

Robert Zimmerer '51 recalls his excitement about working 
in the Washburn Shops, where his hero, Robert H. Goddard, 
started his experiments. "Before I had graduated, his widow 
was invited to give a talk. I discovered he had been a member 
of my fraternity! Like Goddard, I, too, earned a PhD in phys- 
ics. Few of my classmates still live to reminisce with me." 

Ann and Monroe Dickinson '52 say, "We escaped from 
summer heat with a cruise on the Baltic Sea. Embarking from 
Stockholm, we traveled to Tallinn, Estonia, and to St. Peters- 
burg, Helsinki, and Copenhagen. For the past two years we 
have been residents of a continuing care retirement com- 
munity located in Rockville, Md., with easy Metro access 
to Washington. Neither of us misses house maintenance, 
cooking, and chores, and both of us enjoy the programs and 
activities at the facility." 

George Sanderson '52 writes, "We've just entertained 
a party of three from Kent, England, plus our daughter and 
grandchildren in an overlapping week. I'm trying to sign up for 
an online course on artificial intelligence from Stanford Uni- 
versity. My motto? When you stop learning, you start dying." 

David Hathaway '53 shares that he just returned from a 
1,600-mile bike trip to the annual BMW rally in Bloomsburg, 
Pa. "This 80-year-old borrowed my daughter's tent and slept 
on the ground. Retirement is wonderful as long as you have 
several hobbies, spend some time volunteering, and have 
enough children that you can relive your life through them." 

Phil Simon '53 writes. "I am proud of my graduation 
position, which allowed me further and free education and 
wonderful professional positions in my field. I am 80 and still 
vibrant in my profession, retired twice, and still running my 
own private company. " 

Neil Gleberman '54 and his wife, Donna, celebrated their 
50th wedding anniversary in April with a year of travel. "We've 
been to French Polynesia, taken a Seine River cruise from 
Normandy to Paris, and will venture to India and Nepal later in 
the fall. We are proud grandparents of six (soon to be seven!) 
grandchildren. Retired life in Virginia has been wonderful for 
us, and we enjoy golfing, hiking, our Brittany, and traveling. 
We have visited more than 75 countries so far!" 

60 Fall 2011 

Milton Meckler '54 notes that he resides in The Huntington 
Townhomes, built in 1998, not the historic Huntington Hotel 
[as was erroneously stated in the previous issue], which was 
demolished after falling into disrepair A member of the St. 
Petersburg, Fla.. Preservation Society, Milton designed the 
commemorative bronze plaque for the community's gated 
entrance, in tribute to the historic hotel. 

Bill Taylor '55 published two e-books of fables, Bribem 
Beaver Logs On, and Bribem Beaver Gives a Dam. "Not exact- 
ly the traditional format for scientific publications," Bill says. 
He says a Kindle edition is also available- 
Dave Gilda '56 writes. My wife, Justine, and I have had 53 
very happy years together and raised a wonderful family Jobs 
have taken us from the East to the Midwest and back again. 
I worked for GE, Black & Decker, and finally a consulting job 
for the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association that in- 
volved working with CEOs, chief engineers, and building code 
associations. In 2001 we moved to Allentown, Pa., and are very 
lucky to have our children nearby." 

Dick McBride '56 says he's "enjoying life, splitting time 
between Maryland and the California desert, volunteering, 
playing lots of tennis, and enjoying our 13 grandchildren." 

Dick Rotelli '56 writes, "After I retired in 1994, we did a lot of 

traveling, I also got back to playing the piano and composed 
a few tunes. Although everybody knows engineers can't write 
(except for current WPI gradsl), I did publish two biographies, 
which have done well and have received nice reviews. My 
website,, has a slideshow for each, with 
my original music Our sons Richard Jr. and Michael are WPI 
grads. Michael married his WPI sweetheart." 

Dick Barlow '57 writes, "Afra and I have joined the flock of 
snowbirds on the Pennsylvania-Florida route, and spend half 
the year in each place. We have three kids, and six grandkids. 
We will celebrate our 50th anniversary next year, God willing, 
with a trip to Afra's hometown in Bavaria, and three weeks 
hiking in the Bavarian and Swiss Alps. I keep busy with pho- 
tography, and Afra is a black-belt duplicate bridge player — 
but she won't tell me where she keeps the gold points! We 
see Carole and John Hoban '57 occasionally, but not much 
contact with other WPI friends since our 50th. Hope to make 
it to the 55th!" 

Herbert Hemenway '57 writes. "I spent 40 professional 
years developing a mechanical transmission called Harmon- 
ic Drive that has application for robotic joints and aerospace 
hardware. Virtually every satellite that is flying uses one or 
more Harmonic transmissions, including the Space Shuttle 
and the Hubble telescope. We developed an actuator for 
the Saturn missile to control the flow of liquid oxygen and 
hydrogen. We also developed the wheel drives for the lunar 
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sions parked on the moon for eternity! When I took the aero- 
space option my senior year at WPI, I did not expect to get 
into space hardware development. I spent the last 15 years 
as engineering manager of Harmonic Drive Technologies. 

Al Papianou '57 wrote a memoir of his life as an "inden- 
tured servant" working at his uncle's Greek restaurant in 
Woonsocket, R.I., before he came to WPI. "It's called Tolia's. I 
had it printed at a local company and have given away about 
150 copies. I sent one to President Berkey, just to prove that 
engineers can write. I also donated about 50 copies to vari- 
ous organizations, which have sold them and kept the profits. 
To all of my fellow alumni: Do it! Your children and relatives will 
appreciate the insights into your life." 

Spike Vrusho '57 lives in Vero Beach, Fla,, with his wife of 
26 years. Marion. He is active in fundraising efforts for the 
Homeless Family Center and for his Unitarian Universalis! Fel- 
lowship. "A guest room with two beds and a private bath await 
classmates who wish to visit this lovely community," he writes. 

Solon Economou '58 says. "I've knocked another item 
off my Bucket List: flying in a World War II B-17. Next up, 
theP-51 ? " 

Howard Pritz '58 says he been retired 10 years from his 
work "developing a complete family of anthropomorphic 
test devices, otherwise known as automotive crash test 
dummies." He also says, "Retired life is good. I have been 
married to my high school sweetheart for 52 years, and we 

have three children and five grandchildren. We are active 
in our church, where we both sing in the choir. I am also an 
election official. My wife works part-time as an education con- 
sultant. We attend lots of plays and concerts and we enjoy 
traveling. Life is full!" 

Sherman Poultney '58 writes, "Like everyone else my age, 
we are downsizing and planning a move. Ours is from Wilton, 
Conn., to North Carolina." 

Bill Rabinovitch '58 received more than 200,000 "Likes" 
on Facebook for his posts about Steve Jobs — before Jobs's 
death in October. In a TechCrunch post last summer, he re- 
called the opening of Apple's flagship store and theatre in 
New York's SoHo district in 2002. "I had a unique opportunity 
to videotape the opening, including the celebrities and com- 
puter cognoscenti that showed up from around the world 
for the champagne reception. Steve, in the pink of health, 
was as charming as could be, interacting with great warmth 
with a variety of invitees. I was able to catch much of the 
ambiance and flavor of the event in my video. Even then, I 
was already convinced Apple was the ongoing future. The 
deeper story is always key for me, and I was super aware of 
it that evening." Bill is now working on a historical film about 
the SoHo art scene, incorporating his firsthand experiences 
as an insider from the 1960s to the present. 

►3 Jim Alfieri '59 represented the North Bay Italian Cultural 
foundation at the Oakland A's first-ever Italian Heritage Night. 
"Guess who got to throw (roll) out the first pitch'' Italian style, 
of course — it was a bocce ball!" 

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Mohammad Amin '59 is retired from Sargent and Lundy 
Engineers in Chicago, but continues as a consultant with them. 

Nancy and Dave Dickert '59 say, "We have friends who 
kindly invited us to cruise with them in the straits of Georgia 
and Howe off Vancouver, B.C., for a few days. We haven't 
been on a boat of that size in years so we jumped at the 
chance and had a great time. The electronics were amazing. 
Set the course via GPS and the auto-pilot does the rest. Great 
place, great seafood, great trip, much fun with good friends." 

► 4 Roger Kuenzel '59 is a performer in the Irem Temple 
String Band and also sells toys for the benefit of children at 
Shrine Circuses in Kingston, Pa. 

Pat and Frank (Skip) Pakulski '59 say, "We had an ex- 
citing month-long trip, starting in Sydney, Australia. Snor- 
keled the Great Barrier Reef, visited Darwin, then on to Bali, 
Hong Kong, Taiwan, Shanghai, Nagasaki, Dalian, and finally, 
Beijing. Met some wonderful friends from all over the world." 

Geza Ziegler '59 writes, "I successfully retired, though very 
busy. (More than when I was employed!) Besides hobbies, 
such as motorcycling, I am involved in church activities. I re- 
cently broke my right hip and had it replaced. (Parts were NOT 
from China!) Just starting to walk without a cane. Otherwise 
all is well!" 

Richard Brewster '60 says, 'Just back from Gambia after 
six weeks on a medical team repairing cleft lips, palates, and 
facial deformities. I was the photographer for the Smile Train/ 
Mercy Ships mission, in charge of before-and-after shots " 

Bill Hester '60 was featured in a special commemorative 
issue of the Monmouth Message, honoring the service of 
Fort Monmouth's soldiers, civilians, and family members. He 
served in the Signal Research and Development Labs as a 
2nd lieutenant, directing a team dedicated to solving heat 
transfer problems caused by solar interference in satellite 
radio communications systems. Hester's team developed 
an innovative coating for parabolic dishes that enables the 
worldwide satellite communications of today and is used 
commercially on rooftop TV dishes. The base was closed in 

Ed Sappet '60 says, "This alumnus is still in gear. Recently 
sold my condo and bought a house in Florida. Good time to 
buy as prices have fallen low." 

Stephen Brody '61 continues as an applications engineer 
for Anver Corp. in Hudson, Mass. The company specializes in 
industrial vacuum material handling applications. 

Ted Cocca '61 retired from the U.S. Department of Defense 
after 45 years in weapon systems. He says he's enjoying 
water skiing, snow skiing, golf, and no alarm clocks. 

Asjed Jalil '61 retired from Morgan Co., though he contin- 
ues to serve the company as an ambassador, based in the 
Worcester area and traveling to nurture relationships with com- 
panies in South Asia. A recent article in the Morgan Journal 
chronicled his career, from India to WPI to the formation of 
Morgan India, where he remains on the board of directors. 

Tom Pantages '61 writes, "Hi 'mates! Renovating family 
home, taking all too long; plumber/carpenter/electrician hope- 
fully coming soon. Hope to get active in photography again 
in 2012. I've been involved with international folk dancing for 
over a decade now." 

Harvey Slovin '61 writes, "Our son Jeffrey graduated from 
WPI in 1996 with an MS CS. After many years in the private 
sector and the federal government, I'm enjoying retirement, 
as well as volunteer work. My wife, Loretta, and I enjoy travel- 
ing around the world and exhibiting our pictures at our photo 
club's competitions." 

George Yule '61 and his wife, Ingrid, traveled to the Holy 
Land. "It was an unforgettable trip, shared with a great group 
of people from a church in Palo Alto, Calif." 

Jesse Erlich '62 is a partner and member of the Intellec- 
tual Property/SciTech, Government Contracts, and Science & 
Technology Groups of Burns & Levinson LLP of Boston. 

Casimir Matonis '62 says he spent a fantastic week in June 
camping near Lake Powell, Ariz., and hiking various trails, 
including four slot canyons: Lower Antelope, Secret Canyon, 
The Passage, and Corkscrew Canyon. 

Tony Allegrezza '63 writes, "I am enjoying retirement 
immensely after 35 years in the membrane industry. I still do 
a little consulting and patent writing, but not enough to 
interfere with racquetball, biking, and drinking coffee with 
friends. This spring I went on a two-week bike trip through the 
Andalusia region of Spain, and discovered that Spain is the 
second most mountainous country in Europe. It was a great 
but strenuous adventure. Judy will retire from teaching soon 
and we plan to do some heavy-duty traveling. Best wishes to 
all in the Class of '63." 

Dick Epstein '63 says, "I recently retired from Mayfran In- 
ternational. Since then I have volunteered for SCORE, helping 
small business start-ups in the Greater Cleveland Area. I am 
also mentoring the local high school's robotics teams. Both 
of our children have moved back to Cleveland. We now have 
four young grandchildren within 10 minutes of our home." 

Russ Hokanson '63 is enjoying retirement in Wilmington, 
Del., with his wife, Barbara. He has two daughters, two grand- 
children, and three great-grandchildren. 

Robert Murphy '63 writes, "I plan to watch the launch of the 
NPP satellite from Vandenberg AFB on October 25. I started 
this mission back in 1997 and served as its chief scientist until 
2004, when I retired from NASA. I have continued to be in- 
volved in the mission, first as an adjunct professor at George 
Mason University and now as a private consultant. I also teach 
astronomy at a nearby college. I will be watching the launch 
with Nancy, my wife of 46 years. Time flies! (Let's hope that 
NPP does, too!)" 

Bob White '64 writes to share this wonderful tale: "Some- 
time around the summer of 1983, 1 was vacationing with family 
at a small pond in western Maine. The camp was rustic, with 
no indoor facilities, so it was our custom to bathe in the pond. 
While washing my hair one day, I lost my WPI class ring in the 
water. Never could find it, even with a metal detector. But this 
past summer the WPI Alumni Office contacted me and put me 
in touch with a Maine woman whose son had found the ring — 
some 15 years ago! With the help of our WPI Alumni Office, 
the ring is now back on my finger. Pretty amazing, I think." 

Tom Zagryn '64 writes, "Gone fishin'! Love it here in Litch- 
field County, Conn. Sadly, my wife, Donna, passed away in 
2009, so it's just me and my "girls" now — Buttons and Bows, 
my two Maltese ladies. Also have two sons, making me a 
proud dad. I am active in my Elks Lodge and enjoy family, 
neighbors, friends, and the Red Sox. Still play guitar, but don't 
have the chops from my days of playing with our Blue Echoes 
band in Worcester (1962-66). Would love to hear from any 
Class of '64 grads who remember me when I had hair — but 
don't send chain emails. Be well, all." 

Frank Benham '65 and his wife, Paula, are now retired and 
living in Palm Coast, Fla. "We are both very active in volunteer- 

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ing for the local community. We've also taken up serious cro- 
quet. (Not your backyard kind. We have rules, strategy, and 
lots of fun). Life is now seven Saturdays a week!" 

Charlie Dufour '65 writes, "Each January, for the past five 
years, we have been taking a team to Mali, Africa. We hold a 
medical clinic and have been working on building an orphan- 
age and school. So far, we have helped start five Christian 
churches and treated several thousand people for conditions 
such as malaria, wounds, burns, eye problems, typhoid, etc. 
It has been very rewarding." 

Mort Gutman '65 writes, "After graduation, I went to USAF 
Officer Training School. I spent the next two years in naviga- 
tor school, bombardier school, survival school, and B-52 
school before being assigned to Plattsburgh AFB as a navi- 
gator. I flew 65 bombing missions and managed to survive 
unscathed. Later, I picked up an MBA from the University of 
Detroit. I also became a volunteer firefighter, and stayed for 
23 years, being named Firefighter of the Year in 1996. (Yeah, 
I was one of the crazies who ran into — versus out of — burn- 
ing buildings.) Went on to get my paramedic license through 
UConn Medical School and worked as an EMT, then a para- 
medic for many years. I finally had to quit due to progressively 
degrading knees. For the past nine years I've been working as 
a public safety dispatcher for our town. I got back into flying 
several years ago, which does wonderful things for my sanity. 
I've been married to the same beautiful woman for 43 years 
now. We have two children. Our son, who is autistic, lives in 
a group home not too far away and where he is very happy, 

which makes me happy. Our daughter is an emergency room 
physician in a small hospital near Cape Cod." 

Pete McCormick '65 is enjoying his third year in retirement. 
"Made a cross-country train trip in July with a stop at Glacier 
National Park and toured Oregon, Washington, and Vancou- 
ver Island." 

Michael Oliver '65 writes, "Since I retired in 2001 , Pat and I 
spend our winters in Hilton Head, S.C. We've traveled twice to 
Italy, and really enjoyed the people, the food, and the sights. 
We also took our family to Jamaica to celebrate our 45th wed- 
ding anniversary. Everyone had a wonderful time, especially 
our two grandsons. Most important, we remain in very good 
health, active in sports. Retired life has treated me well — 
thanks to my education from WPI." 

Philip Blackman '66 writes: 'Just completed two weeks of 
exploring Vancouver and Anchorage." 

John Gilbert '66 writes, "We were supposed to cruise up 
the East Coast of Japan, but, as they say, 'life happens' — in 
the form of the recent tsunami. We were re-routed to Korea 
and Russia. I got to see two areas that I knew from my Air 
Force days, when it was the Soviet Union and I was part of 
the mission monitoring their Air Force activities. It was very 
interesting to visit museums and see the machinery that I had 
tracked some 50 years earlier on display." 

Bill Nims '66 writes, "In early August, I went to Orlando to 
visit my new grandson (Brody), who was born on my birthday, 
and to celebrate my mother's 96th birthday." 

Don Nitsche '66 writes, "After a career as a pension actuary, 
I retired from Mass Mutual in 2009. Nancy and I have been 
married for 41 years, having met in my junior year at Tech. Our 
kids live in Boston and Las Vegas, and we enjoy visiting them." 

Steve Alpert '67 recently celebrated 30 years with GE 
Healthcare. He is a principal engineer in Boston and lives in 
Auburn, Mass. He has three grandchildren. 

► 5 Bill Hyatt '67 writes, "With a few members of my church, 
I joined a winter snowshoe expedition in the White River Na- 
tional Forest. We spent one night at one of the famed 10th 
Mountain Division Huts at 1 1 ,000 feet above sea level, with 
no electricity or running water. Our water supply was (non- 
yellow) snow that we melted in pots. We backpacked all food 
supplies, propane stove, sleeping gear, and decks of cards. 
KP duties were assigned to those who lost the card games. I 
forgot the milk and butter for the French toast breakfast, but 
it was the one of the most satisfying breakfasts I ever had! 
This adventure had special meaning for the Greenwood Con- 
gregation, because our 93-year-old patriarch and past-pastor, 
Les Whittemore, was in the 10th Mountain Division during 
World War II. In the photo, the guy in the front left corner is 
yours truly; to my immediate left is Alice Hyatt." 

Bruce Denson '68 recently accepted the position of pastor 
of First United Methodist Church in Southbridge, Mass. 

Bob Anderson '68 writes to say he's been working in Beau- 
mont, Texas, for 30 years. "My wife, Beth, and I built a house 
on five acres in the woods. No plans to retire yet. We make it 
back to Worcester occasionally. I am always amazed at how 
much WPI has grown since my previous visit." 

John Gahagan '68 says that retirement agrees with him: "I 
retired from teaching nine years ago. Since then, my wife and I 
have been to a wedding in the south of England, a wedding in 
the south of France, and to Jordan, where I was part of a team 
teaching Jordanian teachers about computers. We also went 
to Wales, Mexico, and Eastern Europe — plus, two great trips 
to Beijing. If we knew retirement was going to be so much fun, 
we'd have done it sooner." 

Ken Gminski '68 writes, "Our daughter, Sarah Beth, present- 
ed us with a grandson, Colin Joseph Nassif, 15 months ago. 
My wife, Ruthanne, took a leave of absence to watch him. That 
means I get to see him a lot! Life is good. I feel blessed. I see 
Arnie Antak '68, our fearless leader, at his summer lake house 
in New Hampshire, and Brian Belanger '66 when we vacation 
in Arizona. Brian recently became a grandfather, too. I got my 
Medicare card back in May — I always thought 65 was old — now 
I see it as merely upper middle age, as I expect to live to 100." 

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Ronald Jodoin '68 says, "I just retired after 37 years as 
a professor of physics at Rochester Institute of Technology. 
Along the way I received RIT's Eisenhart Award for Outstand- 
ing Teaching, served as associate dean of the College of Sci- 
ence, and consulted for Xerox Corporation, where I earned 13 
U.S. patents. Martha, my wife of 43 years, and I have a son 
and a daughter, are the proud grandparents of three boys and 
two girls, and are looking forward to traveling and relaxing." 

Gerry Blodgett '69 writes, "I recently had my cancerous 
prostate removed by a robot. Prostate removal used to be a 
very intrusive procedure, with a lengthy recovery. But in my 
case, a robot poked some small holes and I was back at work 
in three days. I have always been in awe of the miracles that 
technology provides us, but this little adventure brought it into 
focus. My thanks to all you engineers and technologists." 

Peter Heins '69 writes, "My wife, Robin, and I have been en- 
joying retirement. I am in frequent contact with John Gavitt 
'69 and correspond with Ken McGuire '69 about once a 
year. I continue to be active with ham radio after 40 years and 
for the past decade have had major responsibilities with stag- 
ing a major amateur radio communications exercise on the 
grounds of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Mu- 
seum in Simi Valley, Calif." 

Eric Nickerson '69 says, "The Fiji class of '69 had their first 
reunion in 2008 and second in 2010. It was great to see old 
friends and hear how they are doing. I moved from Amherst 
to Milford, N.H., where I continue to work and enjoy my pas- 
sion of flying a hot air balloon. I am a commercially rated pi- 
lot, licensed to fly paying passengers. I'm also starting to get 
back into blue water sailing, in case anyone needs a crew. 
Especially enjoying my children and grandchildren — a total of 

Bob Anshutz '70 retired in July 2010. "After a year, I find it 
quite satisfying. I heartily recommend it. However, don't ex- 
pect to have all that free time. I still find it hard to get every- 
thing done on my To Do list. But there's always tomorrow." 

Raymond Danahy '70 (MS PH), '79 (PhD) is now 

retired in North Carolina after a varied career: "Seven years 
as a physics professor at Norwich University; eight years 
as an environmental scientist and manager of an environmen- 
tal radioactivity lab manager; and 15 years at a Department 
of Energy nuclear weapons cleanup project as a radiochem- 
istry lab manager, environmental scientist, and waste disposal 

Paul Himottu '70 is beginning his eighth year of teach- 
ing high school math at Worcester Academy. His daughter, 
Jennifer Himottu '09, will be marrying Keith Flanders '09 

this fall. 

Dave Ploss '70 writes, "I'm retired in Hendersonville, 
N.C., playing golf and coaching the Asheville Rowing Club. 
Once again working with a younger rower trying to make the 
U.S. Team." 

^6 Bob Soffel '70 writes, "Like some of my classmates, I 
followed the corporate nomad path after serving three years 
in the U.S. Army. First Cleveland, and then to Connecticut, 
Pittsburgh, Houston, and finally settled for good just north of 
Philadelphia. Smartest and happiest decision I ever made 
was marrying my second wife, Josephine, in 1985. We visited 
Egypt last year and spent some time on the Nile. Still work- 
ing., .what pension? Have run a specialty adsorbent engineer- 
ing and sales company for the past 15 years, and my son 
Andre joined the business a year ago." 

Dwight Eddy '71 and his wife, Linda, celebrated their 40th 
wedding anniversary last year. Dwight achieved another mile- 
stone this year: his 15th anniversary working for Synopsys. 
"My passion is riding my GoldWing motorcycle," he says. 

Paul Evans '71 writes, "I am enjoying my volunteer work 
at St. Michael's Cathedral in Springfield, Mass., where I was 
recently elected to a three-year term on the Parish Council." 

John Szoke '71 writes: "I retired in 1999 after spending 20 
years with Hewlett-Packard in the medical division. I am now 
an investor and a member of WPI's Alden Society. My wife is a 
professional artist and a juried member of the New Hampshire 
League of Craftsmen. We try to get to the campus as often 
as we can." 

Steve Watson '71 reports that the annual Bob Ferrari '74 

Fiji cookout was a great success, with about 80 alums, wives, 
and guests, as well as four current WPI students on hand for 
the sweat-a-thon. "I thought I was the second oldest after 
Greg Goulet '67, but Sherman Gates '72 corrected me, 
as he is two days older. This was the sixth annual get-together 
at Bobo's, and they only get better!" 

After 24 years at Grace Construction Products. Tom Weil 
'71 has joined the Mass DOT as a district bridge inspec- 
tion engineer. 

Ed Schull '72 is currently the vice president of regulatory 
affairs at GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy in Wilmington, N.C. He 
and his wife, Annie, recently celebrated their 25th anniversary. 

Jim Tarpey '72 was named chair of the Rockland Com- 
munity College Foundation's board of directors. He lives in 
Goshen, NY. 

Dick Belmonte '73 writes, "I retired as deputy chief of staff 
of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering 
Command in August 2010, after working for the Army for 37 
years. I am now serving as the Grand Knight of the Bel Air, Md , 
Knights of Columbus Council and as a co-chair of the major 
gifts campaign for my parish's capital campaign. When not 
volunteering, I enjoy playing golf two or three times a week." 

Garry Boynton '73 is retired and loving it. "Thirty-five years 
in the work force was enough. Career was great but you got- 
ta KNOW when it is time to leave. Remember all the things 
you wanted to do as a kid? Well, so far I have backpacked 
New Mexico; gone scuba diving at St Croix, Grand 
Cayman, and Belize; and became a professional ski patrol- 
ler (have to do something in the winter!). I continue to be 
heavily involved with the volunteer fire company, Boy Scouts, 
and National Ski Patrol." 

Diane (Gramer) Drew '73 is currently manager of analytics 
at Hamilton Sundstrand in Windsor Locks, Conn. In May 201 1 , 
she received her master's in systems engineering from WPI. 

Larry Dzaugis '73 writes, "Living outside St. Louis where I 
build BMW and Ferrari car radios. My wife and I are looking at 
where to move when this factory completes its move to Mex- 
ico. Prefer warm winters and green vistas for our next stop." 

Mike Gipps '73 says, "My wife and I retired in San Francisco 
after 30+ years with Dow Chemical. Our two daughters are 
out of the nest, and we're having fun. I ref four high school 
sports (soccer, basketball, volleyball, and women's lacrosse). 
I've taken up fishing again and have enjoyed fly fishing in 
Montana, a float trip down the Salmon River in Idaho, and 
king salmon fishing in Alaska, where I recently caught a 35- 
Ib. salmon. But I'm not goofing off completely. I volunteer by 
preparing tax returns for seniors and low-income people. We 
won't talk about my golf game, as it's still a work-in-progress." 

Ken Lexier '73 and wife, Sue Ellen, live in Comville, Maine. 
They have five grandchildren, with whom they spend as much 
time as possible. He is still with the law firm Wright & Mills, 
and she recently retired as a teacher. Ken will be climbing Mt. 
Katahdin again this year, with classmates Mike Zack, and 
Josh Kolawole 

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Ed Peczynski '73 writes, "I retired in 2010 after 37 years in 
the electric utility field, ending my career as director of infor- 
mation technology for Northeast Utilities. I'm now spending 
my time volunteering for a few organizations, traveling, play- 
ing lots of golf, and taking care of my new granddaughter ." 

Diane Pritchard '73 was elected Queen of Al Haram Tem- 
ple No. 130, Daughters of the Nile, a sister organization devot- 
ed to helping the Shnners Hospital for Children. Now retired 
from a career as professor of computer science, she keeps 
busy with Dai's Creative Designs, a graphic arts company. 
She returns to WPI every Homecoming to present the Bob 
Pritchard Award. 

Leonard Redon '73 was appointed deputy mayor of Roch- 
ester, NY, the city's first African American to serve in that role. 

Richard Sliwoski '73, '80 (MS CE) is currently the director 
of the Department of General Services for the Commonwealth 
of Virginia, and has been elected president of the National 
Association of State Chief Administrators. 

Thomas Burns '74 writes, "I have become a certified water 
quality monitor for Virginia Save Our Streams, a conservation 
program of the Izaak Walton League. The data collected helps 
local and state organizations identify potential sources of pol- 
lution in an effort to improve the overall quality of the water- 
sheds throughout the state." 

Robert Milk '74 is relocating to Phoenix, Ariz. 

Dan Hartford '74 has been traveling the American West, 
from Route 66 to the scenic National Parks, to support his 
photography hobby, which "has progressed from taking pic- 
tures to making photographs." See 
"At age 62 in the high tech field, the pickings are slim. If things 
don't turn around, I'll be de facto retired. Not the worst thing 
to happen. Started, offering work- 
shops, webinars, and other tools to help out-of-work Boomers 
and Gen-Xers." 

Rick Takanen '74 retired after 35 years with GE. "First day 
of retirement was the start of a trip to Japan to visit one of our 
three sons. Since then, some consulting, but mostly traveling, 
relaxing, and working on the sports memorabilia collection. 
Kathy and I are planning a trip to Australia next year to cel- 
ebrate our 30th anniversary." 

Ed Gordon '74 came out of retirement to serve as an ad- 
junct professor at Austin Community College in Texas, teach- 
ing computer security and networking tracks. 

Wayne Bryant '74 says. "In my spare time I've been writing 
iPhone applications. Go to to see some of 
the apps I've created ." 

Mark Munson '74 writes, "My wife, Ellen, is awaiting a trans- 
plant of a kidney offered by her second cousin. After nearly 
seven years of her being on dialysis as a result of end-stage 
renal disease, we are both extremely grateful and humbled 
by the donor's initiation of this process; we feel we are in the 
presence of an angel. To say that this will be a life-changing 

event is understating its significance. We anticipate a good 
outcome, and look forward to the new quality of life this will 
enable for Ellen." 

Mark lampietro '75 is living in Pennsylvania and is vice 
president of quality systems and regulatory affairs for Unilife. 

Robert Hart '75 retired in September 201 1 after 36+ years 
working for the federal government. "After the house is in 
order," he writes, "I will try to find a new job, preferably part 
time, working here in New Jersey, or maybe a new career in 
another field I" 

► 7 Ed Griffin '75 writes that he just completed two years 
in the Peace Corps, working in Lesotho (southern Africa). "I 
taught at Moshoeshoe II High School and my wife, Carol, 
worked at the Matsieng HIV/AIDS Clinic. Grateful for the op- 
portunity to serve. Our biggest challenge was language. Back 
to work at San Diego Gas & Electric soon." 

Greg Miranda '75 is enjoying a break from work, traveling 
with his family, working on projects, and trying to get in shape 
for the upcoming ski season. "Senior year at WPI for the 
older son; younger son started freshman year at St. John's 
High School. Glad to see so many classmates at Homecom- 
ing this year!" 

Norton Bonaparte '75 has been appointed city manager 
of Sanford, Fla. 

Bob Simon '75 writes, "Enjoyed my weekend back on cam- 
pus for the 100th Anniversary of Skull. The Class of 75 was 
well represented. Enjoyed friends, fraternity brothers, and 
Deans Grogan and Trask. Everybody looked great, as did the 
WPI campus. Starting my 20th year with Arizona Chemical. 
Family and work have kept Debbie and me busy. Two chil- 
dren, who are Notre Dame alumni, so many weekends will be 
centered around football." 

Jeffrey Wnek '75, '85 (MBA) teaches physics at Wedding- 
ton High School in Matthews, N.C., which was No. 322 on 
Newsweek's recent list of the top 500 high schools. "I enjoy 
flying a couple times a month and getting my tired, old bones 
to the gym on a regular basis. I have four grandchildren with 
another on the way. Catch up with me on Facebook or visit my 

Bob Fried '75 writes, "After 23 years with the same com- 
pany, I decided to go into business for myself in 2005. I left 
Vishay in 2004 to start Midarome Electronics, which is essen- 
tially an international company of one person. I do a lot of 
traveling in the U.S. and abroad — I recently returned from my 
53rd trip to Asia." 

Harry Danberg '75 writes, "I'm still in Portland, working for 
the Oregon Air National Guard. Daughter Nicole is attending 
Oregon State. Son Zachary is a junior in high school." 

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Barry Braunstein '75 joined Camstar Systems, a supplier 
of MES (manufacturing execution systems), as a strategic 
account executive. 

Bob Horner '75 is director of public policy for the Illuminat- 
ing Engineering Society. "The job involves frequent trips to 
Washington to deal with legislative and regulatory issues that 
affect the lighting industry. The IES is based in New York City, 
but I work out of my home office in Groveland, Mass." 

Peter and Sandra (Reardon) DiPietro '76 commute 
to Manhattan together from their home in Ridgefield, Conn. 
Sandy works at Marsh, the world's largest insurance broker, 
in the Japanese Client Servicing Unit. Pete continues at Swiss 
Re Corporate Solutions, the former Industrial Risk Insurers, 
where he has worked since graduating. "We've been enjoying 
life as grandparents and taking in all the shows, restaurants, 
and sights that The Big Apple has to offer," he says. 

Steve Tuckerman '76 is now a math teacher at Killmgton 
Mountain School in Vermont. 

Duncan Macintosh '76 ran the Boston Marathon this past 
year and has run a number of triathlons. He writes, "I love my 
flower garden, fine dining, cruises, skiing, and YouTube. I read 
more nonfiction than is good for me and will gladly bore any- 
one regarding the financial meltdown, World War I, or Doris 
Day. In short, I'm happily married, my kids haven't asked for 
money in the past 48 hours, and life is great." 

Bill Mullen '76 retired after 30 years with the government, 
primarily with the Army Corps of Engineers, and plans on con- 
sulting in hydrology and hydraulics for the private engineer- 
ing industry. He lives in Lunenburg, Mass., where he plays 
sax and keyboards and enjoys long-distance bicycle touring. 
"I recently got together with TKE classmates and we hit it off 
again as if we'd never left. I'm happily married for 31 years 
with two grown kids." 

Art Stryker '76 completed a successful career in hardware 
design engineering/management, as well as hardware ap- 
plications engineering. He earned a degree in internet tech- 
nology from Foothill College and founded Stryer Consulting 
Group, a software company that develops websites and mo- 
bile apps. 

Roland Moreau '76 just passed the 31 -year mark work- 
ing for Exxon Mobil Corp., where he serves as safety, secu- 
rity, health, and environment manager for ExxonMobil Up- 
stream Research Co. His responsibilities include oversight 
and management of programs based in Texas and Doha, 
Qatar. "On a personal note, I've been married 34 years and 
remain based in Houston." 

Jay Cruickshank '76 is executive VP and general counsel 
for Lane Construction Corp. in Cheshire, Conn. 

Jim Howe '77 retired from National Grid this spring after 34 
years and joined CHA Consulting, an engineering and design 
firm based in Albany, NY He has teamed up with Julie Por- 
caro '04 to create CHA's Gas Engineering and Asset Man- 
agement Division. 

John Osowski '77 was honored as Civil Engineer of 
the Year by the Rochester (NY) Chapter of ASCE He and 
his wife, Martha, spent a week in Paris — their first trip to 
Europe. He lives in Brighton, N.Y, where he's active on the 
planning board. 

Matthew Ward '77 just completed his 25th year as a faculty 
member in WPI's Computer Science Department. He recently 
co-authored the textbook Interactive Data Visualization: Foun- 
dations, Techniques, and Applications, AK Peters, publishers. 

Marcia (Huber) Berg '77 retired from DuPont in August. 

Bill Cunningham '77 headed up the Northern Kentucky 
University Entrepreneurship Institute as interim director and 
has been involved in coaching a half a dozen start-up com- 
panies in the Cincinnati region. The Greater Cincinnati Ven- 
ture Association awarded him the Spirit of Entrepreneurship 
award for his 20 years of work with the organization. "My 
daughter Sarah now works in Massachusetts, giving me more 
reasons to visit New England and the Boulevard Diner. My 
son, Michael, a medical engineering and music major, re- 
cently opened for Tim Reynolds and Leon Russell at venues 
in Pittsburgh this year. I am anxiously waiting for his work to go 
platinum so I can cut back on my day jobs!" 

Al Barry '77 is a director and an investor in ETW Inc., an en- 
gineered tool manufacturer in Waukesha, Wise. The company 
specializes in 5-axis machining and produces cutting tools 
and fixtures for heavy equipment, automotive, aerospace, 
military equipment, marine equipment, and anywhere metal is 
machined. You can reach Al at 

Jeff Harrington '77 celebrated the 25th anniversary of Har- 
rington Group Inc., the FPE consulting firm he started as a 
one-man shop in the basement of his home. The company 
has grown to 17 employees, with offices in Duluth, Ga., and 
Charlotte, N.C., and active projects in 20 states, as well as 
Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico. 

Dave Makris '77 has been a master solution architect with 
Hewlett-Packard for eight years. He works in the Enterprise 
Services Division, chasing IT outsourcing opportunities. 

Rick Wheeler '77 was promoted to president of Capewell 
Components Co. 

Tammy and Bill Alexander '78 were married April 1 , 201 1 . 

Robin (Paisner) and Robert Chapell '78 are enjoying 
being grandparents for the first time to Ricky Cortejoso, sim- 

ply the cutest and smartest boy in the world! Robert is a vice 
president for Woodard and Curran; Robin is the health direc- 
tor for the Town of Walpole, Mass. 

Laura Mattick '78 writes, "I am currently teaching high 
school physics at St. Mark's High School in Wilmington, Del. 
My husband, Michael Poirier '79, does business consult- 
ing and software development for a wide variety of customers. 
We have four children." 

Peter Landry '78 lives in Little Compton, R.I., with his wife, 
Susan, and two sons. He works for the Diocesan Health Fa- 
cilities in Fall River, Mass., as director of facility development 
and planning. An avid bicyclist, he enjoys boating on Buz- 
zards Bay. 

Frank Alberto '78 is vice president of quality engineering at 
Park Electrochemical Corp. 

Wes Wheeler '78 was appointed CEO of Marken, where he 
manages global collection, transportation, storage, and distri- 
bution of specimens and clinical trial supplies. 

Mike McDonald '79 will spend two years in China with 
Westinghouse to test and start up the newest generation of 
nuclear power plants. "This promises to be extremely reward- 
ing both personally and professionally," he writes. 

Mary (Palumbo) Seaboldt '79 switched careers and now 
teaches high school math at Somers (N.Y) High School. 

Tom Soszynski '79 retired from the USAF in 2003. "I now 
work for a contractor teaching military pilots how to fly the 
KC-10. New Jersey has become home, though Massachu- 
setts ties remain strong." 

Roland Brooks '79 continues as a software engineer for 
Raytheon in Burlington, Mass. "I enjoyed a week at Bar Har- 
bor, Maine, this summer. My niece Sarah is Class of '14 (ME) 

Bob Parent '79 serves as director of Nike's Identity Manage- 
ment Program. 

Mary (Farren) McDonald '79 says, "This summer I've 
been traveling a lot to Asia, including Seoul, Hong Kong, Sin- 
gapore, Penang, and Taiwan. I also keynoted a conference in 
South Africa. After no international travel for the previous three 
years, I'm now doing laps over the Pacific!" 

Andy Davidson '79 reports the birth of his first grandson 
last year. 

After a series of mergers and divestitures, Ken Engan '79 is 

now a system engineer for The SI Organization, an indepen- 
dent spinoff from Lockheed Martin. He has two grown chil- 
dren and keeps active with skiing, biking, sailing, camping, 
and kayaking. 

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Pete LaBelle '79 and his wife, Julia, traveled to Italy and 
Alaska. Then, after a trip to Texas, where son Alex graduated 
from Texas A&M and started a new job as a mechanical engi- 
neer, they waved goodbye to daughter Kelsey as she boarded 
a plane to continue her education in France, 

Pete Basel '80 has been an independent consultant for 
10 years, moving from mainly analog and digital circuit and 
systems design to also include robotics and machine vision, 
"I designed a robotic pick-and-place system that has placed 
over a million parts and has required little maintenance. I've 
also taken on some loudspeaker design work for a new mini- 
monitor and subwoofer system." 

Margaret (Fernald) Gomes '80 is a program manager for 
MITRE Corp., performing research and analysis for the FAA. 
"I live and work in northern Virginia, but travel for pleasure 
when I can. Recent vacations have included Croatia and Italy. 
I recently spent a weekend in Chicago, visiting my WPI room- 
mate, Colleen O'Connor Jones '80 

Brian Biernacki '80 writes, "I've just dropped off my son 
Thomas at WPI to become a member of the Class of 2015. 
I have been working for Coto Technology of North Kingstown, 
R.I., since 1993 and am now the product manager for reed 
relays and switches. Lucille and I celebrated our 30th wedding 
anniversary this year. We have four children: Andrew, Janina, 
Thomas, and Celina." 

Ali Kabas '80 is busy with his photography and motion 
design business, and has started a corporate identity venture 
with a partner. He continues to fly the Istanbul skies in his 
paramotor and traveled to Lebanon recently to fly along the 
coast in Beirut. 

Perry Esposito '80 writes, "I am an l&C engineer with 
Dominion Virginia Power in Richmond, where my wife, Jean, 
and I finally are empty-nesters (besides our three mini-Dachs- 
hunds). We enjoyed a wonderful two weeks in Toscana, Italy. 
Next year we're planning Paris. I also had a great time last 
year at our 30th WPI reunion, where I reestablished ties with 
my PKT brothers. WPI looked great and, of course, a good 
time was had by all." 

Martin Rowe '80 writes, "Cindy and I bought a house in 
Brookline, Mass., that's now undergoing major renovations. 
When you remove walls and ceiiings from a house that's 
over 100 years old, you find 100 years of bad maintenance. 
We wondered why the second floor was still standing, given 
the way someone cut out sections of joist to run plumbing. 
We needed a civil engineer to design new infrastructure to 
make the house secure. I'm still working as senior technical 
editor at Test & Measurement World even after the magazine 
and website were sold twice in 2010." 


The War We Knew: RiverWoods Remembers 
World War II 

JACK TAYLOR '56, co-editor | RiverWoods ( 

Soldiers, nurses, students, and others share their wartime memories in this collec- 
tion of firsthand accounts from 75 residents of RiverWoods retirement community. 
Taylor and two fellow residents undertook the project to preserve a variety of voices 
and perspectives on the effects of the war, at home and abroad. His own chapter, 
called "A Foxhole to Play In," depicts the innocence of a child pitching in to collect scrap metal and 
watching soldiers train at nearby Fort Devens, while adults wait for news of loved ones. A retired 
physics professor and computer programmer, he lives at RiverWoods in Exeter, N.H. 

Tunnel Vision 




Northeastern University student Zack Kashian lies in a coma after a bicycle 
accident on the streets of Boston. When he regains consciousness, his near-death 
experiences capture the interest of religious fanatics and a mysterious group of 
medical researchers, in a desperate quest for answers about the true nature of 
the afterlife. Goshgarian is the author of seven previous thrillers and winner of the 
Massachusetts Book Award. 

What's Your Game Plan? 

Backgammon Strategy in the Middle Game 


Two-time U.S. Open backgammon champion Mary Hickey strikes again, with a 
collection of 122 real-game problem positions presented in quiz format. A detailed 
discussion of each problem follows, with solutions diagrams and explanations. 
In addition to her many tournament wins, Hickey is a columnist and author of 
Chouette and More: The World's First and Only Backgammon Sci-fi Soap Opera. 

Gareth Kucinkas '80 is living and teaching in the Swiss 
Alps at an international boarding school. 

Susan Kollmeyer Benz '80 is a business development 
sales manager for General Dynamics IR Systems and Com- 
ponents. She lives in Hollis, N.H., with her husband, Chuck, 
and daughters, Emily and Molly. 

Tom Trepanier '80 is working with the Institute of Nuclear 
Power Organizations, on loan from Constellation Energy 
Nuclear Group, as a senior representative. 

Richard Whalen '80 is Cubmaster for Pack 78 in Framing- 
ham, Mass., where his son is starting his Bear year. 

Tom Clark '81 continues as senior architect for Infoblox, a 
network automation company. "I live on the West Coast in 

Santa Cruz, and go sailing in Monterey Bay as often as pos- 
sible — now that my boat has been repaired from damage 
caused by the March tsunami event! I spent two weeks in 
Portugal this summer on a combo work/play trip and heartily 
recommend it as a place to visit." 

Edward Crivello '81 writes, "I am in my 29th year working 
for the U.S. Army at Natick Labs, where I am assistant to the 
director of the Natick Soldier Research, Development, and 
Engineering Center. We conduct basic research on product 
development for equipment that includes combat uniforms, 
rations, aerial delivery systems, and field equipment. I recently 
returned from a trip to Portugal with my wife, Fernanda, and 
our children, Matthew and Christina, to sightsee and visit with 
my wife's family. I visited WPI this past Sunday to drop my son 
Matthew off for freshman orientation as part of the Class of 

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2015. He is majoring in physics and is excited by the many 
challenges ahead." 

Suzanne (Call) Margerum '81 has been living in Lafay- 
ette, Calif., for 14 years, with her husband, Dick, and children, 
Derick and Valerie. She is vice president of development and 
manufacturing at Cerus Corp., a biomedical company. 

Bob Groman '81 (MS CS) is a co-principal investigator on 
a National Science Foundation grant supporting the Biological 
and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office. The 
BCO-DMO manages and serves oceanographic biogeochem- 
ical, ecological, and companion physical data and information 
developed in the course of scientific research and contributed 
by the originating investigators 

Bob Hevey '81 just celebrated his 30th anniversary at 
General Dynamics, Electric Boat. 

► 8 Susan (Hoffma) Rabideau '81 works with the Rhode 
Island Department of Health to provide safe drinking water 
through public water systems. "DRINK TAP WATER!" she 
urges. The photo, taken during a recent convention, shows 
her posing in a replica of the capsule used to rescue the 
Chilean miners "During that same conference, I reunited 
with my WPI roommate, Liz (Gallagher) Benson '80, af- 
ter 20+ years of lost contact. We shared a great dinner and 
talked non-stop about our life's adventures, children, etc." 
Susan lives in Bristol with her husband and three (almost) 
grown children. 

Mike Chechile '81 (MNS) is retired from a long teaching 
career and now works as a medical technologist at Baystate 
Medical Center in Springfield, Mass "I traveled to China on 
three separate occasions to adopt three daughters I have 
also traveled to Ecuador seven times over the last 10 years 
to help improve the lives of indigenous people by building 
decent housing. Life is good and there just is not enough time 
to do it all." 

Scott Mathews '82 works at the Jet Propulsion Lab in 
Pasadena, Calif., in the Spacecraft Mechanical Engineering 
Section, Integration and Test Group. He supports several 
programs, including the Mars Science Laboratory, scheduled 
for launch in November 201 1 . He is also assigned to be the 
lead engineer for mechanical ground support equipment for 
the Soil Moisture Active-Passive (SMAP) spacecraft, which 
is being developed to monitor Earth climate. He lives in Los 
Angeles with his daughter, Grace. 

David Rubinstein '82 writes, "After the successful sale and 
integration of Resolve Technology to The CoStar Group, I've 
moved on to become VP of Operations for Glasshouse Tech- 
nologies of Framingham, Mass. Our daughter Rachel is a junior 
at Tulane University; our younger daughter, Sydney, is a junior 
at Newton South High School. We live in Newton, Mass." 

Paul Dagle '82 writes, "Still working at Electric Boat, after 
29 years. I've been the director of radiological services for 
the last 10, responsible for all nuclear submarine radiological 
work (new construction and maintenance/repair) both at EB 
and at SUBASE New London. Ann and I are empty-nesters, 
with all three sons working or in college. We enjoy our vaca- 
tion home on the Cape as often as we can get there " 

Vincent Ascioti '82 has left the CPG Sales field after 25 
years and relocated to Palm Harbor, Fla., where he is now a 
licensed real estate agent with Bahia Realty Group. He has 
two children, Krista and Joseph. He writes that his wife trav- 
els the country as a senior consultant with Culbert Healthcare 
Solutions, while he stays home and cleans the pool! 

Minje Martinez '82 (MS CE) writes, "After 27 years at 
Procter & Gamble in many consumer product roles, in 2010 
I founded metis-market knowledge, a market research 
firm. Metis offers a variety of cutting-edge market research 

Joel Swan '82 has been employed at Triple Play Integration 
for several years, porting and optimizing Adobe's Flash Player 
to embedded devices and systems. 

Bradford Perch '82 married Catherine Sturgis in 2005. He 
lives in Holden and works at Walker Magnetics in Worcester. 

Joel Kearns '83 is vice president for solar research and 
development at MEMC Electronic Materials., located near 
St. Louis. "As I write this I am visiting my company's new 
solar wafer manufacturing facility in Kuching, Malaysia." 

Mark Besse '83 writes, "The 25 years of telecom industry 
programming is over for me, as I've moved into the medical 
IT field at Dell. My career at Nortel Networks ended (as it did 
for thousands after bankruptcy) at 22 years, but after a long 
search and retooling of software knowledge, I am glad to be 
at a great company. However, a career is nothing compared 
to the privilege of raising three fine children with Kristy, my wife 
of 1 5 great years so far." 

Charles (Chip) Bienia '83 has been working for CNC 
Systems for the last 1 8 years, starting as an applications engi- 
neer, and now in sales for the last seven years. 

Terry O'Coin '83 works for CSC (IT services) as the global 
CTO for the United Technologies Corp. account in Hartford, 
Conn., and lives in Sturbridge, Mass. "Beyond work, my wife, 
Mary, and I spend a lot of time with the kids' school and sports 
activities. Hard to believe we're fast approaching our 30th 
class reunion in 2013!" 

► 9 Steve Roy '83 and his horse, Rufus (back from the 
disabled list!), captured 12th place in the Northeast Regional 
Cowboy Mounted Shooting Championships. "Gussyed-up 
in their finest attire, local cowboys and cowgirls mount their 
horses to relive the days of the Old West!" notes the group's 
website, (Don't worry — they're firing 
blanks!) Steve and his wife, Jennifer (Udall) Roy '84, live 
in Nashua, N.H. Their son, Matthew, is a member of WPI's 
Class of 2015. 

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David Rainone '83 and Janet (Cray) Rainone '86 have 
two children, Andy and Melissa. David works for CBRE in sup- 
port of its Real Estate Services account with Bank of America, 
leading the Property Management Platform and management 
of almost 50 million square feet of B of A property in over 
5,000 locations. "I love living in western Connecticut, except 
there are too many Yankees and Jets fans out here!" he says. 

Tom Barron '83 writes, "It's been a busy year. I just got 
remarried. Second time's a charm. Brought all the kids (now 
have 5) to the Grand Canyon, Brice Canyon, and Las Vegas 
(two extremes) in July. We are buying a new house so we can 
fit in all the kids better." 

Robert Filippone '83 was promoted to senior vice presi- 
dent of federal advocacy for the Pharmaceutical Research 
and Manufacturers of America. 

Joe Morgan '83 is president and CEO of Standard Register 
Co. in Dayton, Ohio. 

Cathy Coyne Parker '83 received her master's in 
mental health counseling and is now a career counselor at 
the University at Albany. A certified life and career coach, 
she has her own coaching business, Trust Your Voice (trusty- 

Scott Rudge '84 and family recently returned from a trip to 
the Amazon and Galapagos Islands. "Meanwhile, back in real 
life, I'm working on the 2nd edition of my textbook and con- 
sulting with clients in India, Europe, and North America." 

Kim (Cote) Schaefer '84 writes "I went to San Diego in 
August for State Games of America, where I coached some 
Massachusetts figure skaters, including my daughter Lily. 
We also took part in the opening ceremonies at QualComm 
Stadium (home of the San Diego Chargers), marching with 
the entire Massachusetts delegation. It was really exciting to 
take part in this national event, and Lily came home with a 
total of five medals." 

Keith MacNeal '84 writes, "After 12+ years with Shipley/ 
Rohm & Haas/Dow Chemical, I now work for Entegris in 
Billerica, Mass., as a senior quality engineer, supporting pro- 
duction of filtration products for the microelectronics industry. 
I have three children. My daughter Samantha just started at 
WPI and will be majoring in chemical engineering." 

Bob Blackey '84 writes from Portland, Ore., where he 
recently celebrated the 17-month birthday of his daughter, 
Nora Gail, and has just left the newlywed phase with his lovely 
wife, Shannon. 

Ed Paulsen '84 and his wife, Eileen, live in Medway, Mass. 
Ed is currently VP of business development at Aeroflex/Test 
Evolution. They have three children 

Josh Reed '84 and his wife, Karen, are proud to announce 
that their daughter, Kirsten, is attending WPI as a member of 
the Class of 2015. She is studying biomedical engineering 
and hopes to make the women's crew team. 

Perry Riani '84 has lived near UC Berkeley in the Bay Area 
for over 25 years. He and his wife, Kathy, have two children. 
After 1 5 years in field engineering and high tech for major cor- 

porations and as president of PACE in the 1990s, he moved 
into commercial and residential real estate in 1999. Perry has 
been busy promoting WPI at Oakland Technical High School's 
rigorous Engineering Academy, competing in a fundraising 
triathlon for the Leukemia Society, and vacationing in Mexico, 
Lake Tahoe, and other western destinations, as well a trip to 
Boston and Portland, Maine, to visit family and friends. 

Dean '84 and Rochelle (Scala) Holman '85 recently cel- 
ebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. Their older daughter, 
Nichole, is a sophomore at WPI, and they have been taking 
their second daughter, Corey, on campus tours all around 
New England. They also have a son in high school who excels 
in math and science. Dean is manager of sustaining engineer- 
ing at Mercury Computer Systems in Chelmsford, Mass. 

Jean (Salek) Camp '84 writes, "My husband, David, and I 
are enjoying life on Kaua'i — with time for yoga, paddling out- 
rigger canoes in Hanalei Bay, and hosting pizza and bocce 
parties." Jean's project management consulting keeps her 
busy. She also enjoys cruise trips and mentoring students on 
the island to expose them to engineering. 

Howard Miller '84 practices law in San Francisco at the firm 
of Bartko Zankel Tarrant and Miller, focusing on general busi- 
ness, antitrust, and intellectual litigation. He and his wife, Lisa, 
have two children. 

Michelle Bugbee '84 works at Solutia Inc. in Springfield, 
Mass.. as intellectual property counsel for multiple divisions. 
"I enjoy the combination of technical and legal that working as 
a patent attorney provides me. I took a wonderful and relaxing 
cruise in the Mediterranean at the beginning of July." 

David Parker '84 works for EFI (Electronics For Imaging) as 
director of engineering. He lives in Hillsborough, N.H., with his 
wife, Susan, and four children. 

Dennis Aves '84 writes, "My wife, Terri, and I recently cel- 
ebrated our 25th wedding anniversary with a wonderful trip 
to Hawaii." 

Daniel Farrar '84 was appointed CEO of ezRez Software in 
San Francisco. 

Bruce Harley '85 is in the process of re-writing his first 
book, Insulate and Weatherize (2002, Taunton Press). The new 
edition should be available in fall 2012. 

Virginia (Noddin) Knowles '85 has lived and worked in 
many settings since graduation, including Mississippi, North 
Carolina, and now New York. "I am married with (4) children. 
We enjoy hiking, camping, occasional travel, and annual vis- 
its back home to Maine. I work in our local school system 
(and keep tabs on my kids!). I sure enjoyed connecting with 
classmates at our Reunion last fall — even managed to survive 
rowing in the alumni crew race on Lake Qumsig!" 

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Judie (O'Coin) Walker '85 has been teaching sixth grade 
in Easton, Mass., for the past five years. She and her hus- 
band, Rick Walker '84, are proud to say that two of their 
three children are students at WPI. 

► 1 Ken Johnson '85 toured Rome with his family in 201 0. 
"This month my boys and I took a lap around the Nordschleife 
(Northern Loop) at the Nurburgring motorsport complex. I felt 
like Clark Griswold in European Vacation," he says. Ken has 
been with Hewlett-Packard for over 20 years and is currently a 
global account director, traveling internationally. 

Jeannine Machon '85 returned to Colorado after three 
years in Copenhagen, where she happily watched the 2008 
election turmoil and the financial crash from afar. She is now 
working with chemical analytical equipment — marketing prod- 
ucts for a start-up company and starting up a company of her 
own. "With two kids in high school and little time available, I 
have plugged into the WPI alumni group in the Denver area 
this summer, reminiscing about local Worcester addresses 
and events. It is a bit daunting, though, to talk about "the 
comp" and be met with a blank stare." 

Gail (Anderson) Tenney '85 changed jobs in February, 
becoming a support product manager for IBM Rational 
after 1 1 years in software development. "My outside interests 
include being Cubmaster for Cub Scout Pack 731 in North 
Reading. Mass.. and serving on the church stewardship com- 
mittee. My husband, Doug Tenney '86, and I continue to be 
busy raising our children, Andrew, Ben, and Christine." 

Mark Carpenter '85 and his wife celeb r ated their 26th wed- 
ding anniversary. He works as a telecom industry consultant 
and is creating a start-up that will provide a new category 
consumer product that's 100 percent made in the USA. 

Steven Davi '85 was promoted to senior vice president of 
advanced technology at SeaChange International, based in 
Acton, Mass. 

Mara (Catlin) Duffy '86 is enjoying life in southern New 
Hampshire with her husband, Gordon, and their 9-year-old 
son, Kyle. 

Cliff Dufresne '86 is a project manager at Invensys PLC. 

Cheryl Macedo '86 writes. Just back from a wonder- 
ful three-week vacation to Alaska and Las Vegas I made it 
through two earthquakes (5.4 and 5.8) in less than a month 1 " 

Frank Statkus '86 (MS MG) serves as a program and 
project manager for multiple radar systems. "My manage- 
ment degree was right on with an up-to-date approach to 
solving project problems." 

Nick Tsapatsaris '86 says, "I am a professional engineer 
and registered architect specializing in real estate develop- 

ment projects, including an award-winning center city mall in 
Paterson, N.J., — the largest private investment that city has 
seen in the past 100 years." Nick and his wife, Stacey Vlavia- 
nosi, have three daughters, Anika, Ellie. and Michaela 

Mercedeh Mirkazemi Ward '86 writes, I was diagnosed 
with breast cancer in June 2010. After six rounds of chemo, 
lumpectomy, and 38 rounds of radiation, I am back to being 
healthy. I worked through all my treatments (except three days 
after surgery), and my co-workers gave me lots of support. 
We even made a list of "10 Best Things About Chemo." After 
being laid off, I took the summer off to enjoy some time with 
my children, Kyle and Arianna." 

Erin (O'Connell) Madden '86 lives in Lynnfield, Mass., 
with her husband, Bruce, and three children, Jack, Lucy, and 
Michael. She is senior manager, mechanical, at MKS Instru- 
ments in Wilmington, Mass. 

► 11 Bob Wilton '86 is a software development manager at 
Microsoft Corp., working with a team of developers from 
Charlotte, N.C., Seattle, Shanghai, and Bangkok. He says, "On 
a recent trip to China, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity 
to see the Terracotta Army near Xi'an. My wife, Rhonda, and I 
have two sons and a wonderful granddaughter." 

► 12 Ron Barth '86 says, "After 20 years in database 
application development, I purchased the company that I was 
working for, Alternative Systems. I am now owner of a soft- 
ware development firm. My other passion is music. My band, 
Clockwork (, has been playing wedding 
receptions for 20 years. At WPI I formed the East Coast Jam 
band with Theta Chi brother Jim Sahadi '85, and we per- 
formed for WPI's first-ever Battle of the Bands. Great memories." 

Dennis Donovan '86 has begun his 20th year as a math 
teacher at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, Mass. 
He teaches AP calculus and AP statistics, and travels to 

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Kansas City each June to serve as table leader on the 
national grading team. He's also a referee for NCAA football 
at the FCS level in the Ivy League, Patriot League, and Colo- 
nial Athletic Association (former Atlantic 10). 

Mark Fitzgerald '86 was elected to partnership at Nixon 
Peabody LLP where he is a member of the Litigation and 
Intellectual Property Dept., focusing on biotechnology. 

Jeffrey Plouffe '86 is working with at-risk kids in a night 
high school math class in Lewisville, Texas. 

Donald Walker '87 married Marybeth Porcello in 2009, at 
the Twin Drive-in in Mendon, Mass. — 10 years to the day after 
their first date there. Their wedding favors were windshield 
cleaning cloths printed with a picture of the drive-in and their 
names. Their romantic wedding was covered in the local 
newspaper. Don writes that he hopes to always remember 
their anniversary: 7/8/9. 

Ron Welter '87 says, "Life is happily chaotic with my three 
children in or out of college, and their stories always bring me 
back to my own time at WPI. My wife and I are easing toward 
the next phase of life, looking forward to all the free time we'll 
get to have while still young of body and mind." 

Sue Lindberg Shanahan '87 lives in Princeton, Mass., 
with Mike and their kids— Liam, Collin, Clare, and Quinn. 
She works for the town as parks and recreation 
director, and as children and teens recreation director for 
the family's home-away-from-home summer community 
on Lake Winnipesaukee. 

Jeffrey Bloom '87 is CTO and director of engineering for 
Dialogic Media Labs, a division of Dialogic, developing tech- 
nology and products for measuring the perceptual quality of 
video delivered over mobile networks. He lives in Princeton 
Junction, N.J., with his wife, Pam, and three kids. 

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Peter Ingle '87 writes from Salt Lake City, where he is direc- 
tor of the Learning Coalition at Westminster College. After 1 1 
years as associate professor of education, he now supports 
professional development of college faculty. "At the American 
Association of Colleges and Universities conference last year, 
I ran in to several faculty and administrators from WPI and 
told them how excited I was to see them there. Many of the 
topics discussed as novel ideas at the conference were things 
I experienced at WPI almost 25 years agol In addition to my 
work life, I have a wonderful wife and two boys (10 and 12). 
We love the life in Utah, as we are skiers, bikers, and hikers." 

Jim Goodell '87 recently had the privilege of connecting 
four great organizations — WPI, the Center for Educational 
Leadership and Technology, the National Association of 
Elementary School Principals, and Edutopia/The George 
Lucas Educational Foundation — while putting together a 
grant through Next Generation Learning Challenges, funded 
by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Hewlett 
Foundation. In June, Next Generation Learning Challenges 
announced WPI's ASSISTments project as one of the winning 
proposals. The project will rapidly expand the use and impact 
of the learning technology developed at WPI by Professor Neil 
Heffernan and his team. Jim lives in Oxford, Mass., with his 
wife, Patti, and three children. 

Christine (Burke) Nichols '87 is currently principal con- 
sultant to Regulatory Consulting Services. She works with 
medical device companies to get products approved through 
regulatory agencies in the U.S. abroad. She also participates 
in the Women in Industry Networking (WIN) program at WPI 
and mentors professionals wanting to work in regulatory af- 
fairs. Her 13-year-old son attended the state championship 
for Destination Imagination at WPI this spring. 

Michael Fronczak '87 continues as a product data man- 
agement advisor for ExxonMobil Lubricants in Paulsboro, N.J. 
He and his wife, Celeste, live in Glen Mills, Pa., where he 
enjoys attending swim meets with their four children. 

Stephen Madaus '87 was elected partner in the Worcester- 
area law firm Mirick O'Connell. He specializes in municipal 
land-use and environmental proceedings. 

Scott Flaherty '87 was promoted to senior vice president of 
finance and CFO of Colt Defense LLC. 

Carmen Romeo '87 left a GM position with a manufactur- 
ing company and, with his wife, Louise, took on management 
of her family's chocolate manufacturing and retail business 
"So. I am an Engineer turned Chocolatier and life is sweet! 
Our business is Fascia's Chocolates, founded by my mother- 
and father-in-law in 1964. We take pride in hand-making all of 
our products in time-honored fashion; the resulting gourmet 
products speak (taste) for themselves. Interestingly, choco- 
late involves a lot of science, the machinery involved in manu- 

facturing needs constant maintenance, and we've developed 
a few aids along the way. so an engineering background is a 
plus. We have two children, Lauren and Matthew, and keep up 
with a core group of fellow graduates." 

Mark Osborne '88 is a program executive for Shire HGT in 
Lexington, Mass., where he frequently works with Pat Sacco 
'86. "The teams I lead are developing new drugs to treat rare 
diseases in children. At home, my wife of 21 years works hard 
(but doesn't get paid) raising our three kids, Alex, Katie, and 
Tyler. Alex applies to college this fall and is thinking about 
mechanical engineering — who knows, maybe a second- 
generation WPI engineer?" 

Susan (Shorey) '88 and Timothy Ferrarotti '90 recently 
celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary by visiting Grand 
Teton, Yellowstone, and Glacier national parks with their three 
boys. Susan is a senior engineer at Chemtura Corporation in 
Naugatuck, Conn. Tim is a physician assistant in emergen- 
cy medicine and teaches at Quinnipiac University in North 
Haven, Conn. 

Sue (Giroux) Sontgerath '88 has been working at WPI 
since 2008 in the Office of K-12 Outreach. "I recently took a 
new position as an assistant director of admissions, and I am 
looking forward to sharing all the great things about WPI with 
prospective students. My husband, Heri, and I live in Shrews- 
bury, Mass., with our two daughters, who are in high school " 

Teresa Tucchio '88 continues as an engineering specialist 
at Electric Boat. 

Mark Miller '88 is a senior software engineer in Flight 
Dynamics Group at Sikorsky Aircraft. He is working on his 
MBA and enjoys playing music in his free time. He lives in 
Trumbull, Conn., with his wife, Adriana. 

Daniel Hoaglund '88 writes, "I've been in the telecommu- 
nications industry for over 15 years and have been at Acme 
Packet for the past 2.5 years. I've been happily married for 12 
years to my bride, Annise, and we've lived in Weston, Mass., 
the entire time. We have enjoying our summer weekends on 
Cape Cod with our two children, Sophia and Evan, and are 
renovating our summer home in Osterville. 

Tim Shea '88 is co-owner of Alpha NetSolutions Inc., a pro- 
vider of outsourced IT for small businesses in Millbury, Mass. 
"I have recently been signed to write editorials for itchannel-," he writes. "I am an assistant scoutmaster with 
Boy Scout Troop 66 in Thompson, Conn., and attended 
"Wood Badge" training, which is advanced leadership train- 
ing for adult Boy Scout leaders. I have also been invited to 
participate in the "Genius League," an advanced marketing 
peer group. 

Vinay Kundaje '88 and his wife, Donna, celebrated their 
20th anniversary by going to Italy this past summer. 

William Riccio '88 writes, "I am completing my fourth year 
with the City of Newport, R.I., as director of public services. On 
the personal side, I continue cycling as much as can be fit into 
my schedule and look forward to doing a little traveling to the 
Caribbean and Denver in the coming months." 

Bryan Sheppeck '88 writes, "I am living in Loudonville, N.Y., 
(next to Albany), and working at Avaya. My four kids keep 
me jumping. Our seventh annual Red Sox road trip with a 
group of other WPI alums took us to Pittsburgh in June. Previ- 
ous years took us to Philly. Chicago, San Diego. Baltimore, 
Toronto, and San Francisco." 

Angela (latrou) Simon '88 began an MS in construction 
management at Wentworth Institute of Technology. She works 
at Tutor Perini Corp.. and lives in Southborough, Mass., with 
her husband of 15 years and three children, Korinna, Xander, 
and Nathan. 

David Picard '88 took his operations and business process 
management consulting company (PSInd LLC) full time and 
signed on three new clients in the past year. PSInd provides 
BPM solutions to clients in banking, financial services, and in- 
surance, among others. He lives in Framingham, Mass., with 
his wife, three children, and a 130-pound Shiloh Shepherd. 

Greg Duplessie '88 started ExecEvent, a new company 
that brings together technology executives in the data stor- 
age, cloud, virtualization, and data center industries for net- 
working and learning. Greg is married, with two children. He 
lives in Ridgefield, Wash. 

Christine (Poirier) Nolan '88 is director of communities 
at the Mass Tech Leadership Council, where she helps foster 
entrepreneurship and drive innovation in the state. 

Carl Moore '89 works at Maxim Integrated Products in 
Chelmsford, Mass., as executive director of test systems de- 
velopment. "I recently presented a keynote address on Ana- 
log Integrated Circuit Test at the North Atlantic Test Workshop. 
Had a great summer, with travels to London, Paris, Iceland, 
and LA'" 

Paul Halloran '89 is associate director of quality control for 
Sekisui Diagnostics. He lives in Auburn, Mass., with his wife 
and children. 

Brian Horgan '89 is project director for the construction 
of the new corporate headquarters for United Illuminating in 
Orange. Conn., where he has worked for 22 years. 

Lisa (Jalbert) Menard '89 is the proud parent of a second- 
generation engineer. Tyler Menard is a computer engineering/ 
computer science major in the WPI Class of 2014. 

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Dave Sauriol '89 writes, The June 8 tornado tore through 
my town of Monson, Mass., and took out our downtown area 
and a lot of homes. Thankfully, I live north of town and was 
spared. I just launched my quest for completion of the New 
England 67 (4,000-footer peaks). I completed the New Hamp- 
shire 48 last year (a 2- 1 - year effort) and started on the Maine 
14, hitting Abraham. Saddleback, Horn, and Sugarbush on 
my first weekend trip If anyone else out there is crazy about 
gaining elevation by foot, drop me a line on Facebook at 
Hikin' Dave. I am chair of the Berkshire Chapter of the Appa- 
lachian Mountain Club, and we'd love to have you join us." 

Brian Perry '89 was recently promoted to vice president and 
general manager of Mercury Computer Systems' Services 
and Systems Integration (SSI) business unit. He previously 
worked for Suntron Corporation's Northeast Express. He lives 
in Andover, Mass., with his wife, Paula, and children, Sydney 
and Ryan. 

Greg Gibson '89 has been a captain at General Electric 
Corporate Air Transport for eight years. He recently returned 
from a trip through Russia, India, and China. He lives in South- 
bury. Conn., with his wife, Donna, and their three children, 
Kennedy, Courtney, and Nathan. 

Adam Pease '89 published Ontology: A Practical Guide, 
available from his company, He also 
started a new job as a research scientist at Rearden Com- 
merce, developing ontologies and natural language under- 
standing components for personalization. 

Kevin Beaulieu '89 has a new position at EMC. He was 
promoted to senior consultant in the Education Services 
Division, working on the new data warehousing and analysis 
product lines. 

Glenn Butler '89 launched CTO Services in Holliston, Mass., 
providing technology consulting services to manufacturers. 
He was previously CTO at Crane Merchandising Systems. 

Donna DeFreitas '89 joined Boston-based Vanderweil 


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pany's New York and Philadelphia offices. 

Kimberly (Kuzmitski) Beaulieu '89 was promoted 
to senior quality systems engineer at Smith & Nephew in 
Mansfield, Mass. 

Brian Weissman '90, his wife, Lynnea, and their two chil- 
dren, Maya and Josh, have relocated to Orlando, Fla., where 
Brian is working as a technical specialist for the Walt Disney 

Paul Graves '90 (MS EV) was appointed deputy director 
of the Design & Construction Management Department at the 
University of Kansas in August 201 1 . He previously served as 
assistant chief engineer in the Kansas Department of Agricul- 
ture's Division of Water Resources. Paul and his wife, Jane, 
reside in Lawrence, Kans., with their two daughters 

Carlos Cruz '90 is general manager for a straw manufactur- 
ing company based in Colombia. "I have worked in several 
multinational companies as general manager, and now I am 
leading this family-owned business." 

Achille 'AP Alonzi '90 writes, "Five years ago I announced 
the birth of my daughter, Elizabeth. On June 6, 201 1 , my wife, 
Susan, and I welcomed Lauren Patterson to the family. My son 
Edward, 7, announced that he wants to be an engineer like 
Dad. Stay tuned..." 

Aaron Konvisser '90 says, "I have been living in San Diego 
for over 1 years now and often marvel that I live in a place 
that people come to for vacation. I am working for Nokia, 
which is the best company I have ever worked for. They truly 
respect their employees and create very-high-quality prod- 
ucts. I still think of WPI and often tell people about the Plan 
and how well it fit my learning style." 

Kyle Petersen '90 was promoted to captain in the U.S. 
Navy medical corps, where he serves as executive officer of 
Naval Medical Research Unit 6, in Lima, Peru. He oversees 

a lab with several hundred employees focused on infec- 
tious disease research for vaccines and products to protect 
the war-fighter, as well as host nation capacity building, and 
epidemiological surveillance. 

Todd Miller '90 manages the satellite ground station re- 
sponsible for the Washington-Moscow Presidential Hotline 
He has been working with Honeywell for the past 13 years. 
Todd writes that he enjoys the single dad life and is finishing 
up the restoration of his 1967 MGB GT 

► 13 The underwater PBS series "Blue World" by Jonathan 
Bird '90 won three Emmys this year. As host of the series, 
he received the award for best On-Camera Talent Program 
Host/Moderator. In addition, the Blue World production team 
received the award for best Magazine Feature/Segment for 
"Lobsters" and best Children/Youth Program for "Antarctica." 

► 14 Col. Rory Welch '90 toured the space shuttle Atlantis 
in June, before its final mission. As vice commander of the 
45th Space Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., he is responsi- 
ble for the processing and launching of U.S. government and 
commercial satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, 
leading more than 2,000 professionals assigned to operating 
locations in Florida, Ascension, and Antigua, plus an addi- 
tional 90 deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Rory's son, Ryan, 
is a member of the WPI Class of 2015. 

Wendy (Parker) Holsberger '90 was married in Novem- 
ber 2010 to Carl Holsberger. She resides in Albany, N.Y, and 
works at Creighton Manning Engineering, where she has 
managed the transportation group for 12 years. 

Lynn Timmerman '90 (aka "The Maven of Savin'") shares 
her money-saving and organization techniques at her website, A former process engineer and physics 
teacher, she's now a wife and SAHM (stay-at-home mom), 
raising three children and two Kangal dogs in New England. 

Ken Comey '90 living in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Julie, 
and son Joey. 5. Ken is working for BP Products NA as a senior 
environmental advisor on the Environmental Compliance and 
Advocacy team. 

Joe Uglevich '90 has an environmental infrastructure 
practice, managing wastewater, sewer, and related planning 
and design projects in New England and across the U.S. 
and Canada. 

Paul Kirkitelos '90 writes, 'Just completed my first Ironman 
triathlon in July. The event was called the Vineman Triathlon, 
held in the wine country of Sonoma County, Calif." 

Chris Hegarty '90 was named a 201 1 IEEE Fellow. 

Eric Brown '91 recently finished a two-year study of shaman- 
ism with the folks at Spirit Passages. 

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Peter Borden '91 writes, "After 15 years in technical and 
sales operations at PTC. I have taken on the role of business 
development director. My WPI education continues to posi- 
tively impact my life and career." 

Orhan Arsel '91 writes, "Living and working in Istanbul and 
enjoying my 20-month-old daughter, Ada. Went on an off-road 
motorcycle tour in South America in August, starting from 
Salta, Argentina, and going through Bolivia and Chile. Would 
like to hear from local alumni currently living there. Contact me 

Rob Douglas '91, '93 (MS CS) and his wife, Teresa, wel- 
comed their first child home this past March; Daniel was born in 
Incheon, South Korea, on March 1 7, 201 0. Rob continues as a 
principal computer scientist and project lead at the Space Tele- 
scope Science Institute in Baltimore, supporting the Hubble 
and the upcoming James Webb space telescopes. 

Frank Christiano '91 still resides in Sugarland, Texas, with 
his wife. Kerri. and children Angela, Ryan, and Faith. Frank 
just celebrated 20 years at Chevron. 

Jim Harrison '91, president of WJH Engineering Consul- 
tants, has moved his medical device design, analysis, and 
testing facility to a new location in Chattanooga, Tenn. 

Erik Perry '91 was promoted to CEO and elected to the 
board of Natural Blue Resources. 

David Planchard '92 is the founder of D&M Education 
LLC, after 27 years in industry and academia. He has six pat- 
ents and has published and authored numerous papers on 
machine design, product design, mechanics of materials, 
and solid modeling. 

John Desormier '92 is an engineering specialist at Electric 
Boat in Groton, Conn. He tests weapons systems for Trident, 
SSGN, and Virginia class submarines. He is also a commander 
in the Navy Reserve and is CO of a submarine operations unit 
based in Akron, Ohio. He lives in Gales Ferry, Conn., with his 
wife, Sarah, and their children, Jack and Kate. 

Chris Easton Dusio '92 is chief systems engineer for Pro 
Line 21 Synthetic Vision System at Rockwell Collins, in Cedar 
Rapids, Iowa. "I married a software engineer, so yes, we 
have lots of computers and home automation. My husband, 
Joseph, and I traveled to Italy three years ago (for those who 
didn't notice, Dusio is an Italian name), which was a real treat. 
It was interesting to go back to Venice, where I spent the sum- 
mer at WPI's Project Center. For fun, we like to go trekking on 
trails, even in the winter when it's 18 degrees below. We also 
like to ride motorcycles and read (OK, on a Kindle)." 

Jen Schaeffer '92 continues to work for CH2M HILL as a 
civil engineer in southwestern Virginia and is currently studying 
Chinese medicine in North Carolina. "I am greatly enjoying 

studying qualitative physics after a career's worth of quantita- 
tive physics." 

Concetta DePaolo '92 was recently promoted to professor 
in the Scott College of Business at Indiana State University. 
She lives in Terre Haute with her husband, Dave Rader, and 
their daughters, Megan and Abigail. 

David Small '92 spent several weeks climbing poles and 
restoring voice and data services for Verizon customers dur- 
ing the 16-day strike by IBEW and CWA. "As a management 
employee, I was called upon to fill in as a maintenance and 
repair technician. It has been a while since I've been so close 
to the customer, and it was gratifying to receive their thanks for 
helping get their services back up and running " 

Tania Wolanski '93 lives in Colorado with her husband, 
Rich Summers, and children, Grace and Garrett. "I work in 
product development and product engineering at Ricoh in 
Boulder (formerly InfoPrint Solutions, formerly IBM). It's a 
busy phase in life, juggling work and family In our free time 
we enjoy the Rocky Mountains — biking, hiking, fishing, and 
the beautiful place where we live." 

Jeff Jorczak '93 took a position as VP of information tech- 
nology at Medical Risk Management (MRM) in Hartford Conn. 
He lives with his wife. Missy, three kids, and a dog. 

In the past year, Charles Homan '93 and his wife, Moira, 
and sons, Forrest and Conrad, have visited Denali National 
Park and Chugach National Forest in Alaska. Great Smoky 
Mountains National Park in Tennessee/North Carolina, and the 
National Mall and the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum 
in Washington, DC. Charles continues to work as a systems 
administrator at General Dynamics C4 Systems in Needham, 
Mass., where he has been employed for 10 years. 

Scott Pease '93 writes, "The last year has brought a number 
of changes. In late 2010 we moved to a new home in Naper- 
ville, III.. (Amy's home town!) and gained a new member of 
the family — a West Highland Terrier named Wesley (as in "the 
Dread Pirate Roberts"). Then in early 201 1 I left my employer 
of 12 years (Sapient) and ventured on to Microsoft as a techni- 
cal account manager in the Midwest District ." 

Heather (Polacek) Kapushoc '93 and Stephen 
Kapushoc '94 write to say, "We took our three children — 
Lucian, Natalie, and Hayden — on a summer tour of New 
England, with stops in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New 
Hampshire, and Maine. Of course, a visit to the Wachusett 
Brewing Company was a must! We live in Herndon, Va." 

Jeff Rembold '93 writes, "I'm living in Rochester, N.Y, with 
my bride of nearly 15 years and five children, I am working for 
PTC as a senior applications engineer and having a blast (no 
pun intended) helping aerospace and defense companies 

improve their product development processes. Last May I ran 
my first marathon, an extremely muddy trail run along the 
Genesee Gorge in upstate New York. I enjoy playing with my 
children, home brewing, and reading as much G. K. Chester- 
ton as I can." 

Nestor DeoCampo '93 notes, "I just tallied the number 
of students I have instructed over the last seven years and 
discovered it has exceeded 5,000." 

Matt Zembruski '93 writes. "I live in Hudson, Mass., and 

I enjoy bringing my son to WPI for Homecoming just about 
every year. For the last eight years, I've been baking hand- 
made energy bars from scratch and eating one for breakfast 
just about every day. After some considerable thought and 
planning, I decided to create a company to bring them to mar- 
ket this year. Imagine a fresh-baked brownie that's organic, 
gluten-free, and vegan that will keep you feeling satisfied for 
hours. It's super healthy and tastes amazing." 

Matt Friend '93 writes, "Danielle, our girls (Hannah and 
Emma), and I have planted ourselves in Holden, Mass. 
Danielle runs the Holden Veterinary Clinic and I am wrapping 
up my sixth year at MathWorks. We spent a week of camping 
in beautiful Acadia National Park this summer, and a week 
in Chatham." 

Laura Gregory Roberts '93 was recently named to the 
"Top 40 Under 40" list" by Connecticut Magazine. She is an 
information systems manager at Hartford's Saint Francis 
Hospital. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis five years ago, she 
now volunteers for the Connecticut Chapter of the National 
MS Society, in addition to her many other civic activities. 

Susan Tarallo '93 heads the math department at Millbury 
High School, where she has taught for seven years. After 

II years teaching math, she enrolled in the MME (Master of 
Math for Educators) program at WPI and is now finishing a 
capstone project. She serves on the Poly Club Executive 
Council and the Hall of Fame Selection Committee. 

Anthony Donato '93, a project manager at Nitsch Engi- 
neering, earned the designation of Certified Floodplain 
Manager (CFM). 

Matt Thibodeau '94 and his wife, Jody Koch, are thrilled to 
announce the birth of their first child, Mitchell Joseph, born 
Jan, 1 4, 201 1 . They live in Chicago. 

Chris Newell '94 writes that he is enjoying adventures with his 
elementary school-aged daughters, and explaining to them 
the science and engineering behind the way the world works. 
"Today we will probably head outside into the wind and rain of 
the tropical storm for a lesson." 

Barbara (Doyle) Atkins '94 was a bone marrow donor in 
August. She was on the marrow registry for four years before 

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she got the call. "It was an amazing experience!" she says. 
She lives in Arlington, Mass., with her husband, Aron Atkins 
'96, and daughter, Linda. 

Matthew Ford '94 writes, "It's been an interesting year. 
I found myself in Dubai and Beijing on business. The start 
of the school year brings a return to normal in the home. 
Our eldest son will march in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego 
this winter." 

Chris Cogliandro '94 is a program manager for the Aero- 
space Defence and Positioning Control business segment of 
The Timken Company. 

► 15 Anthony Maselli '94 writes, "Karen and I have spent 
the past few months introducing our baby daughter, Lilla, to 
the sights and sounds of summer in New York City: a (rainy) 
jazz concert in Madison Square Park, the Mermaid Parade in 
Coney Island, the July 4th fireworks in New York Harbor, street 
fairs and playgrounds, and Staten Island's 350th anniversary 
celebration." They make their home in the St. George neigh- 
borhood of Staten Island. Both parents freelance as an NYC- 
based graphic design/photography team 

Brad Waterson '94 recently jumped into a career in medi- 
cal devices with Smith & Nephew. He lives in Central Mass 
with his wife, Pamela (Jannarelli) Waterson '96, and two 

children. Brad has shed his shoes in the past year and found 
childlike joy in running barefoot. Read about his journey at 

► 16 Warren Smale '94 enjoyed a western Caribbean 

cruise with Lambda Chi Alpha brothers Joe Klimek '94 and 
Cory Jobe '93. "Digital camera in pocket, we toured Haiti, 
explored Mayan ruins in Mexico, and climbed a thousand-foot 
waterfall in Jamaica." 

Michael Bruce '94 was named Entrepreneur of the Year at 
the 27th annual MIC Gold Star Awards celebration hosted by 
the Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council. He works 
for InScope International in Reston, Va. 

Shawn Pete '95 writes, "In October of 2007, I married Jas- 
mine Weston, a local to Yucca Valley, Calif., where we currently 
live. I work at Esterline Defense Technologies as a mechani- 
cal engineer II and as a CAD administrator for four U.S. sites 
since 2009." 

Gregory Charland '95 is currently CEO of Charland Tech- 
nology, an IT consulting and support company. He has also 
been elected to the board of directors of the Greater Gardner 
Chamber of Commerce. He lives in Hubbardston, Mass., with 
his wife and six children. 

Brady Townsend '95 writes, "Began teaching mathematics 
at Wachusett Regional High School (my old high school) in 
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two new courses at the school, including a project-based 
course using data, help, and information from WPI's REU and 
Mil programs. I married Tracey Lee Fenn in 2005. Our first 
daughter, Cassandra, was born in 2006, followed by Alexan- 
dra in 2008." 

Joe Santos '95 says he's still trying to figure out what he 
wants to do when he grows up. He recently graduated from 
the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., and was assigned to 
the Chief of Naval Operations staff as the head of the Na- 
val Warfare Integration Group New Concepts and Innovation 
Team. "I am patiently awaiting my next assignment, hopefully 
as commanding officer of a submarine." 

Brooke Kuffel O'Connor '95 and Jim O'Connor '92 

welcomed their second child, Sean Michael, into the world on 
March 19, 201 1 . Big sister Claire adores her new little brother. 

George Chu '95 says, "My wife, Carolyn, and I are busy 
with our kids William and Madeline. After getting my MBA from 
MIT, I entered the nonprofit sector and am currently the chief 
analytical officer for Citizen Schools, an education reform 

Heather (Linnehan) Desmarais '95 writes, Over the past 
seven years, I've been a stay-at-home mom to my children, 
now 7 and 5. I served as group leader at our local children's 
playgroup center and worked my way up to co-president. 
Now I'm office manager, a role that allows me to work from 
home and still be a SAHM. I plan on going back to work in the 
fall when my youngest starts kindergarten." 

Ross Pease '95 writes, "Two years ago I took a military leave 
of absence from my job flying for UPS and went back into the 
Air Force full time. I'm currently based out of Camp Smith, on 
Oahu, Hawaii. We've added to our family and now have two 
sons, Josh and Seth." 

► 17 Lisa Cigal Schletzbaum '95 (center) serves as 
president of the Women in Transportation Seminar, Boston 
Chapter, along with board director Sarah Dennechuk '99, 
and secretary Carrie (Belanger) Rocha '96 A number 
of other alumnae are members of the chapter. Lisa and her 
husband, Roy Schletzbaum '95, live in Norwood, Mass. 

Jeff Mullen '95 and his wife, Kerry, celebrated their 10th 
anniversary this summer. They currently live in Tewksbury, 
Mass., with their daughters, Julia and Olivia. Jeff is a manu- 
facturing engineer at Astra Tech in Waltham, Mass. 

Pam (Kelly) and Steven Sluter '96 are proud to announce 
the birth of their fourth child, Luke, born in March 2011. He 
joins Isabelle ('01), Bethany ('05), and Aram ('08). They also 
adopted two labrador retrievers, Smokie and Sadie. Both are 
adjusting well to their new home. 

David Dufort '96 writes, "After working in the Midwest 

and up and down the East Coast for 12 years, I returned to 
Massachusetts three years ago to work for AstraZeneca in 
Westboro. Laura and I have two girls and a boy, each born 
in a different state." 

Jesse Parent '96 competed in the 2010 Individual World 
Poetry Slam in Charlotte, N.C., and received second place 
overall. He also traveled to the 201 1 National Poetry Slam 
team competition in Cambridge, Mass., with the Salt Lake 
City slam poetry team, where they reached the semifinals and 
finished 19th out of 76 teams. 

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Michael Spellman '96 writes, "This summer we enjoyed a 
five-day Disney cruise. Our youngest son loved the Sea Lion 
Encounter at Blue Lagoon in the Bahamas." 

► 18 Justin Carter '96 works for Boeing/NASA at the John- 
son Space Center in Houston. "We recently reached 'wheel- 
stop' for the Space Shuttle Program. This brings an end to the 
30 years of Space Shuttle operations. Before the end of the 
program I had the chance to fly a Space Shuttle simulator in 
the Shuttle Integrated Avionics Laboratory. I also traveled to 
the Kennedy Space Center for the STS-135 landing. It was 
a bittersweet moment to have brought the Atlantis home for 
the last time." 

Sue (MacPherson) Kristoff '96 celebrated the fifth anni- 
versary of her consulting business, The Kristoff Group. She 
continues to work with small technology-focused businesses 
to identify and respond to federal R&D grant and contract 

Cathleen (Connelly) Carmignani '96 was married recently 
to Richard Carmignani. Cathy is a math department chair at 
Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough, Mass. She 
and her husband reside in Dudley, Mass. 

Teri (Burrows) Brehio '96 writes, "I was recently been 
promoted to medical education director at New Hampshire 
Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency after practicing here 
for 10 years." 

Samuel Fix '97 writes, "Since 2001, I've been building 
spacecraft at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics 
Laboratory in Maryland. I worked on the Messenger space- 
craft (orbiting Mercury), the New Horizons spacecraft (on its 
way to Pluto), and two radar instruments that are circling the 
moon (LRO and India's Chandrayaan-1). I'm currently work- 
ing on a pair of spacecraft that are going to study the earth's 
radiation belts (RBSP), due to launch in 201 2. My wife, Allison, 
and I have an 18-month-old son named Colin. His favorite 
game is climbing on EVERYTHING in the house." 

Mike Glynn '97 and his wife, Rosanna Catricala Glynn 

'99, have settled down in Connecticut with their three boys. 
"I currently work for UTC Power (UTC's fuel cell division) and 
direct the communications and marketing activity for the 

Erika (Simpson) Wachs '97 has been with the same com- 
pany, W. L. Gore and Associates, for 14 years, which is quite 
untraditional these days. "Another interesting fact about me, 
unrelated to my career, is that I started doing sprint triathlons 
last summer. I completed my second season this year and 
now have five triathlons under my belt. I placed for the first 
time this year in my age group with my two little boys cheering 
me on and my husband competing in the same race!" 

Jimmy Pai '97 writes, "This is my second year in Maui run- 
ning a one-man IT department for the Fairmont Kea Lani, one 
of the greenest hotels in the state." With the Kea Lani Green 
Team, he has implemented innovative initiatives, including 
thermostats that communicate with the hotel's database to 
automatically turn on when a guest checks in and shut off 
when a guest checks out. 

Deb (Foley) McManus '97 leads the product management 
function for the trace division of Morpho Detection, a leader in 
explosive and narcotics detection for aviation safety, checked 
baggage screening, and military and critical infrastructure 
protection. She lives in the Greater Boston area with her hus- 
band, Steve, and sons, Patrick and Matthew. 

Peter Manolakos '97 moved with his family (Ani, Niko, 
and Anthony) to Shrewsbury, Mass., this summer. He also 
received his MS in clinical research from Drexel College of 
Medicine. He still works for Eli Lilly's Oncology Specialty Divi- 
sion and will celebrate 15 years with the company next year. 

Jonathan Ross '97 is a safety and reliability engineer at 
Hamilton Sundstrand, providing analysis on human space- 
flight programs such as the Orion spacecraft and the EMU 
space suit. He lives in Windsor Locks, Conn., with his girl- 
friend and is pursuing an MBA through a WPI CPE cohort. 

Kibwe Jonay (Jones) '97 writes, "In January, I delivered 
our second child, Kibwe Gideon, at home. My wife was in 
labor for a half hour, then the baby crowned before we could 
make it to the car! He was born without issues; the paramed- 
ics came after the event and took Jenn and our newborn to 
the hospital." 

Michael Feely '97 recently completed his 11th year at the 
U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. He and his wife bought their 
first house, on Capitol Hill in DC. 

Charles Prescott '97 is a senior project manager at CM I 
in Erie, Pa. 

Jeannine (Block) Lovering '98 writes, "The Lovering 
family has been busy in Mystic, Conn. We finished building 
and moved into our new home and celebrated 1 1 years of 
marriage. James is now teaching physics at Waterford High 
School and coaching spring track. I separated from Pfizer 
after 13 years and am now pursuing a degree in nursing. Our 
girls, Amelia and Bethany, enjoyed the family's three-week 
vacation to Disney World." 

Paul English '98 spoke on a panel at EMC World 201 1 
on Big Data Storage. He will co-chair the 2012 Cascadia IT 

Matthew Dowling '97 takes care of veterans as an attend- Romeo Gervais '98, '99 (FPE) has accepted a new 

ing physician at the VA-New Jersey Health Care System. Matt position with the Boise Fire Department as deputy chief 

and his wife, MariLisa Billa Dowling '98, welcomed their ' ire marshal, 
first child, Luca ("Class of '33?"), into the world on October 7. 

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Adam Fowler '98 , "99 (MS BBT) started a new job in 
April as director of manufacturing development at Santarus. 
a biopharmaceutical company in San Diego Adam and his 
wife, Nancy (Tryder). celebrated their fifth wedding anniver- 
sary in August and are expecting their first child (a boy) in 
January 2012. 

Janel Lanphere '98 married Tony Peterson in 2009 "I was 
lucky enough to gam not only a husband but two stepchildren, 
as well," she wntes. Outside of her work as a medical device 
engineer at W L. Gore & Assoc . her mam passion is com- 
peting in races such as the Gore-Tex Trans Rockies RUN3. a 
three-day stage race held in Colorado. She also serves as an 
executive board member of Team Run Flagstaff and coaches 
beginners in the Step Into Running program. 

Stephen Fong '98 was promoted with tenure to associ- 
ate professor in the Chemical and Life Science Engmeenng 
Department at Virginia Commonwealth University in Rich- 
mond, where he has taught since 2005. He also serves as 
associate department chair. 

Keith Pray '98 says that his family is expecting a baby girl 
soon; they also have two little boys He is pnncipal software 
engineer at BAE Systems and an adjunct instructor in the CS 
department at WPI. 

Jill (Baryza) LeFevre '98 and her husband, Gene, wel- 
comed their third child in May 2010. Ava keeps her mom 
on her toes while grving her big sister and brother plenty of 

Jeevan Ramapriya '98 Antes, "In September I left politics 
and public service and returned to corporate America as a 
vice president and associate director of regulatory, industry, 
and government affairs at State Street Corp in Boston." 

Amy Sinyei "98 is a senior project manager at Recommmd 
enterprise search and e-discovery software provider. 

Gregory Murphy '98 .'.rites, "I'm currently a practicing 
emergency room physician in western Mass . and have a 
7-month-old daughter!" 

David Srebnick '98 reports a career change "In 2003. 1 left 
. Mich had been acquired by Hewlett-Packard) to pur- 
sue a career in teaching I quickly found a job as an 8th-grade 
math teacher at the Solomon Schechter Day School in New- 
ton, Mass It's a great career and I'm glad I made the move.'" 

Nilufer Saltuk Soucek '98 says she's excited to be in- 
volved with Dress for Success Denver's fundraising efforts. 

idor for Your Guests, donates a portion 
of sales ibulous women's organization. Splendor 

s, umbrellas, and parasols for weddings, 
s so it fits perfectly that we partner 

id non-profit * 

Mike Stark '98 s a sergeant with the Allenstown. NH 
Police Department and spends his free time with his children 
Jon and Abigail. 

Steve Dupree '99 and his wife. Natalie, took their 1-year old 
daughter, Sarah, to Australia, where she got her first passport 

Jessica (Hamel) '99 .re Liam Kelly '98 
birth of their first child, Gavin Liam, in September 2009 "He 
is an extremely active child and proving to be very techni- 
cally savvy!" they report. The family moved to Buffalo, NY. 
for Lam's new job. 

Janet Burge '99 (MS CS). '05 (PhD) ^ 

and promoted to associate professor of computer science 

and software engineering at Miami University 

Jennifer (Marinello) '00 v Joshua Parks 01 
expecting baby number two in February 2012 Joshua is a 
senior engineer at Lockheed Martin in Moorestown. N.J.. and 
Jennifer works part time as an educational consultant, yoga 
instructor, and childbirth educator. Their son, Jacob, turned 
2 in March 

Ryan Metivier '00 writes from Nashua, NH. *l am so glad 
that Ben Newton '00 and his family moved to town!* 

Seth Flagg 00 (Use Levin) and I recentty 

had our first child, Alistair Seraphin.* 

'00 earned Anne Ryan in 2010. They live in 
Plymouth. Minn 

Kevin Amorin '00 announces the birth of Zachary, who 
joins his brother. Jacob, as potential future Engineers. Kevin is 
director of technology at Nexage and an adjunct professor of 
information assurance at Northeastern University. 

Malcolm Beaulieu '00 says "This summer I launched the 
beta version of a social media podcast site," 

Stefano Ceriana '00 will present a paper. "What Results 
Are Possible in Hydraulic Modeling? A Case Study of Water 
Distribution Modeling," m Citrus County, at the Ronda Section 
AWWA Conference in Orlando. Fla. The paper is based on a 
project that modeled the entire water distribution network of 
Citrus County, Fla. He a project manager with Hoyte. Tanner. 

Scott Ammidown '00 married Colleen Cunningham in May 
2010. In attendance were classmates Seth Sienkiewicz 
Justin Barber Joe Malboeuf Matt Lavoie Justin 
Woodfall ■ . Adam Bensle ... Dennis Mag- 

nifico 01 Tim Fox 03 Their daughter. Olivia, was bom 

is a senior program manager at EMC 

Beth Schweinsberg '00 wntes, "I've joined the Incident 
Response Team at Google Inc. This distinguished group per- 
forms digital forensics on the Google networks to find and 
eradicate cyberenme." 

► 19 Bryan LeBlanc '01 

to Tampa Fla . in fall 2010 to pursue a new role as busi- 
ness development director for a small defense company. He 
wntes. 'I have three beautiful children (two boys and. finally. 
a girl) with the college sweetheart I met in Founders Hall. 
Danielle (Williams). I also own and operate a small business 
helping other small businesses win government contracts 
( I miss my WPI baseball glory days, but 
now enjoy being a Little League head coach for my sons * 

Jim '00 Dina (Carreiro) Konz '01 
of their third child. Logan James, m February 201 1 . Preceding 
him are sister Ullian and brother Colby "We've stayed v\ the 
area (Webster. Mass.) and I'm still working for the company 
I did my co-op with in 1999 (formerly now 

Ken Gagne "01 wntes. "After receiving my master's degree 
in publishing from Emerson College. I spent the summer m 
Denver, where I took in a Rockies game with WPI alumni. I 
live in Framingham. Mass.. where I am a senior associate 
online editor tor By night, I host the 
.\v • -ee e LW.ea:?: 

► 20 Kevin Dickert "01 : " '■' * 
son Kid's Cancer Buzz-Off held at Gillette Stadium in Jury. 






. czing for Qumn' team was formed in hone 
infant daughter Qumn, who has been re: ent for 

acute myeloid leukemia since she was two weeks old The 
15-memberte; - so included Qulnn's uncle Greg 

Walker '97 (PhD) ? : Brad Waterson '94 ad their 
heads shaved to benefit programs a: Children's Hospital 
Bostc - "ess of oediatnc cancer 

Nick Nigro '01 : ~ibed Mount Kihmaniaro in June to raise 
money for a wounded veterans organization He works for 

■ on energy and climate : 

Jen (Waite) Blair '01 sta led ame as a 

full-time Salesforce com CRM architect and developer She 
lives m Worcester with her husband. Jamie, and their 2-year- 
old Akita. Jasmine 

Frederick Tan '01 received a PhD in biology from Johns 
Hopkins University m 2008 and is now a postdoctoral fellow 
L tiversity of Z . - eley 

Jessica (Hoepf) '01 and Jeff Costa '02 are corned a 

Ihe world in August 2010. They live in 
Kensington N H 

Sean Toomey '01 (MS FPE) *as named the new deputy 

:f Concord 

Greg Coppenrath '01 married Valerie Azzopardi in 
~^ey reside in Clinton. Mass Greg works 
for Analog De 

Matthew Munyon '01 writes, "I married Amber Vayo (of 
Worce; J Clark University) in 2009 We spent two 

years in Fairfax. Va.. and enioyed visiting the Smithsonian 
museums memorials, and other sites and events (such as 
parties . jon Stewart 'Rally to Restore : 

I started modifying effect pedals for electric guitars and 
recently built a tube amplifier This new hobby has started me 
down the path of guitar amplifier repair and construction, and 
I hope to start a small business making hand-built boutique 
guitar amplifiers." 

Johanna (Tenczar) '01 and Matthew Shaw '00 r 

comec ' ; . aoob, on May 5. 2010. "He 

odd's cutest 14-month-old in glasses 
showing that he is likely a future engineer ■ - 

Nathan Smith '01 :urrer rcester with his wife 

Anika. o . ■ - and their black lab. Thor 

He is a senior design engineer at Anderson Power Products 
ig Mass 

Alex Knapp '01 writes a science and technology blog for 
Forbes called "Robot Overlords.' focusing on cutting-edge 
research and how it impacts the culture at large Check it out 
at blogs 

Amanda (Right) and Paul Muller '01 reside m Alexan- 
dria. Va.. with their dog, Sadie, and their cat. Cune Paul was 
oromoted to the rank of maior in the U S Air Force 
ie relinquished command of Detachment 45 of the Air 
Force Technical Applications Center at E .:■ - ---- Zolo . m 
order to take ? . - r : rce Headquarters at Be 

- - E ashmgton. DC Amanda was accepted to the Systems 
Engineering Associates program at Northrop Grumman. 

Jennifer (Brandl) Franco '01 recertrj e corned her son 
E ~- .anuary2011 She also has a 2-year-old 

daughter. Charlotte 

Nick Williams 02, 04 (MS FPE) ecently relocate: 
East Coast a - ' <eene N H after having lived m 

Macau (SAR). China, and Chicago over the past four years. 
He is now the corporate facilities senior manager of fire pro- 

asale Grocers Nick and Jenny have a 
14-month-old daughter. Caitlyn. and a new baby girl, Maya. 
- -e world Sept. 24, 201 1 . 

Brian Zahnstecher '02 mamed Caryn Ploszay in 2009 

He is a . :ai global account manager for Emerson 

-'- Power San Jose, Calif 

Bai Lan Zhu '02 - as been an Air Force officer since gradua- 
■ call AFB. he writes 'I've been blessed enough 
to do a variety of jobs, including aircraft avionics program 
management, early warning radar enhancement spacelift 
operations, and missile testing I've been selected to attend 
intermediate professional military education, and I'm hoping 
to attend the Naval Command and Staff College next ' 

Shauna (Malone) Onofrey '02 and her husband Kurt 
announce the arrival of their first : an James, bom 

She says. "We are envying the addition to our 
burgeoning family in Randolph. Mass ' 

Bassam Esa '02 sought a house in Worcester, only five mm- 
3 King distance from WPI He and his wife Nada had 
their first baby. Katia. on Jan 5 201 1 

Jim '02 and Sarah (Bellfy) Koniers '04 recently relocated 
to southern New Hampsh -- : a jghter Theresa. Jim 

accepted a position as a senior mechanical engineer - 
Dynamics in Wobum, Mass working on hybrid and electric 
vehicle component design 

► 21 Lauren Abrahamsen '02 graduated with a DVM 
from Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medi- 



cine and Biomedical Sciences in May. "I currently work for 
the USDA Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health," she 
says, "but I'm looking to pursue a career practicing mixed 
animal medicine." 

Damon Blanchette '02 writes, "I've worked at Smith Col- 
lege in Northampton, Mass., almost since graduation. My son 
just turned 7. I'm now back at WPI very part-time, working 
on my master's in computer science (focusing on real-time 
graphics), and I should be done when my thesis is complete 
by the end of 2011." 

Nick Sherwood '02 writes, "I just finished my PhD this sum- 
mer at Cornell University, working on silicon nanophotonics for 
use in future optical microprocessor interconnect networks. It 
was fun, cutting-edge work. I'm now at a start-up called Tor- 
nado Medical Systems in Ithaca, N.Y, using my optics knowl- 
edge to make tiny medical devices. I took a month-long tour 
of the north of Spain — I can summarize the trip as warm and 
delicious. Anyway, life is good, WPI, and I think of you often." 

Frances-Feliz Zgambo '02 married Thomas Kearns Feb. 
14, 2011. She is pursuing her MS in quality management at 
the National Graduate School in Falmouth, Mass. They cur- 
rently reside in New Bedford with their two children, Thomas 
and Jazmin. 

Glenn Donovan '02 writes, "My wife, Erin, and I welcomed 
our second child, Liam, in August. His sister, Ellie, celebrated 
her second birthday in April. I have been working at the Naval 
Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, R.I., since June 2002 

This past year I was honored to receive the Arthur S. Flem- 
ming Award for excellence in federal service in the category of 
Applied Science, Engineering, and Mathematics." 

Heather (Maisey) Buschman '02 was promoted to 
scientific communications manager at Sanford-Burnham 
Medical Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., where she edits 
the institute's website and blog. 

Jayne McAlary '02 married Ryan Swiercmsky July 16, 2010, 
in Aruba, where they met on vacation in 2004. Engineers 
celebrating with them in paradise were classmates Tiffany 
Howland, Elena (Kozulin) Gaudette, Brian Blackwell 
and Julie (Bolduc) Blackwell, along with Jackie (Maio- 
rano) Caceci '03, Cati Knab '03, Jason Gaudette '03 
and Jennifer (Patoulidis) Flynn '01 

►22 Kerri (Hufnagle) and Michael Wojcik '02 an 

nounce the birth of Matthew Frazier on July 14, 2011. They 
live in Coventry, Conn. Mike is Northeast regional sales man- 
ager for MECO Biopharmaceutical. Kerri is staff engineer in 
the Propulsion Systems Analysis group at Pratt & Whitney. 

Elaine (Warner) Sanfilippo '02 recently launched her new 
business, AdopTee's, which designs and sells pet-themed 
T-shirts to raise money for animal rescue and welfare groups. 
"In just under 10 weeks, we've donated over $1,000 to the 
cause," she says. Find out more at 

Patrick Baxter '03 writes, "My girlfriend and I recently trav- 
eled to Costa Rica to attend her brother's wedding in March. 

It was my first experience visiting a Central or South American 
country. The weather was a welcome break from our horrible 
winter! Our hotel was located just across the street from the 
white sand at Flamingo Beach. Of course, in the afternoons 
the swim-up bar in our hotel pool was more attractive than 
the beach." 

Ari Copeland '03 received the Allen B. Roberts Award 
from the F1 Section of the American Water Works Associa- 
tion for his outstanding volunteer work in youth education for 
the water profession. Previously a civil engineer with Black & 
Veatch Corp. in Florida, he recently accepted a position with 
the AWWA in Denver, where he will be working under the 
Technical and Education Council supporting WQTC and ACE 

Andrew Keefe '03 was named chief engineer of BPG 
Motors, a start-up in Cambridge, Mass. The company's 
hybrid electric dual-tracked military vehicle was featured on, and AOL Autos Transloic video channel did 
a segment on BPG's self-balancing motorbike. 

Sarah (Linderme) Xavier '03 and her husband, Jeff, 
welcomed their first child, Nathaniel Bradford, April 8, 201 1 . 

Chris Gordon '03 has worked for the Missile Defense 
Agency since 2003 as a contractor with SAIC, along with 
occasional support to the missile intelligence agencies. For 
the past two years, he has served as lead contractor for the 
Flight Test Design and Planning division. He received an MS 
in systems engineering from the University of Alabama-Hunts- 
ville in May 2010. Chris lives in Huntsville with his wife (high 
school sweetheart), Jess; son, Gabe; and daughter, Julia. 

Darren Torpey '04 and Vickie Wu '03 were married Sept 
10, 201 1 , in Natick, Mass. Vickie went back to school to start 
a career in food service. She's a cook for Aramark and works 
at Biogen's Weston, Mass., office. Darren is a web developer 
for, a consumer-facing start-up in Fram- 
ingham. He also runs Boston Game Jams, a community of 
professional and amateur DIY game developers who gather 
on weekends to collaboratively design and construct original 
video- and board games from start to finish. 

Erica Bartos '04 started a new job teaching physics and 
math at a high school in Charlottesville, Va. This was her third 
summer working for Sail Caribbean, a program for middle 
school through college students to learn to sail and scuba 
dive, study marine biology, and do community service in the 
British Virgin and Leeward islands. 

Andrew Smith '04 recently changed jobs — from software 
engineer at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, to proj- 
ect manager, applications, for the UMass Memorial Lab Infor- 
mation Systems department in Worcester 

78 Fall 2011 

Greg Kronenberger '04 changed jobs in 2010 and is now 
a member of Booz & Co. He recently worked the post-merger 
integration of a transmission service operator, supported a 
pension insurance agency during an IT transformation, and 
is now helping a client in the consumer and retail space in 
transforming its core processes and IT. 

Madeline Sola '04 was a finalist for the Women of Innova- 
tion Award for Community Innovation and Leadership. She 
is a structural engineer in the Fatigue & Fracture Mechanics 
Group at Pratt & Whitney. 

Colleen Shaver '04 says, "I bought my first house in 
October 2010 in Worcester. I also rescued two kittens (Fonzie 
and Joanie) to join me there. 

Christina Sunshine (Byrne) '04 and Christopher Wall 

'06 welcomed their daughter, Kathryn Mackenzie, into the 
world on April 3, 201 1 . 

Meaghan and Jacob Castiglione '04 welcomed "beautiful 
Finola Elizabeth" into the world in September 201 1 . 

Kat Rlvard '04 and Dave Belliveau '04 are pleased to 
announce that they are engaged! They are planning a wed- 
ding in spring 201 2. They bought a house this year in Hudson, 
Mass., where they live with their two dogs and eight chickens. 

Yvonne Mok Green '04 writes, "First son born: Kiran Alex- 
ander on March 18,2011." 

Tasha (Andrade) '04 and Josh Clark '04 announce the 
arrival of their son, Dylan Jacob, on Jan. 9, 201 1 . They live in 
West Roxbury, Mass. 

Jessica McAlear '04 hiked 750 miles of the Appalachian 
Trail in her six weeks off this past summer and hopes to finish 
the trail next summer. She's in her third year working at St. 
Lawrence University in the north country of New York, coach- 
ing the crew team and teaching in its First Year Program. 
When not teaching or hiking, she volunteers as a referee at 
national rowing events. 

Nicole McMahon Orrell '04 was recently promoted to 
global manager of product performance and safety at KARL 
STORZ Endoskope. Her husband, Mike Orrell '04, is a 

senior product design engineer for Curtis Industries. "Our 
son, Jack (Class of 2030?), wants to go to college when he is 
'big and strong like his daddy.'" 

Frank Gerratana '04 is practicing intellectual property law 
at Fish & Richardson in Boston. 

Jennifer Flynn '04 writes, "Last year I moved to San Diego. 
Since then I've been working as a software engineer and 
scrummaster for Localeze." 

Matt Gage '04 writes, "I'm living the dream in San Diego, 
working for a media technology company creating web 
solutions for an AT&T contract (their U-verse Online website). 
I've also been dating a WPI graduate, Jenn Flynn '04, who 
lives out here." 

Teresa Cheromcha '04 is currently employed by the Colo- 
rado Bureau of Investigation as a criminalist II agent (DNA 
analyst) in Grand Junction. She received her master's in 
forensic molecular biology from George Washington Univer- 
sity in 2007 and previously worked for the Armed Forces DNA 
Identification Laboratory in Maryland. 

Julie Porcaro '04 left National Grid earlier this year after six 
years as a senior engineer. She has joined CHA Consulting 
in its Concord, Mass., office, working with Jim Howe '77 

Alison Schafer Salomone '04 and her husband teach 
math and computer science at Bridgewater State University. 
She also runs a robotics program for high school students 
and actively promotes getting more females into engineering. 
"I have made a half-dozen trips to backpack across Europe. 
We've settled down in a house in historic Plymouth, Mass., 
and love our life!" 

Lindsey (Tetreault) Waitt '05 writes, "I was married on 
July 21 in Disney World. My husband is in the Army, stationed 
in South Korea, so I have moved there with him for a year. I 
am on an educational leave of absence from Raytheon to pur- 
sue a master's degree in aerospace engineering from Purdue 
University, taking all my classes online while living in Korea." 

Jessica (Reidel) Sarcione '05 and her husband, David, 
are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Cameron 
David, on Sept. 8, 201 1 . She says, "I work from home full time 
as a patent examiner in biomedical art for the U.S Patent 
and Trademark Office. Our (hopefully growing!) family lives in 
Manassas, Va., but we do hope to return to Massachusetts 

Molly Nawrath '05 graduated from nursing school in May, 
and passed her RN boards in June. She is now a registered 
nurse at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center on the Telem- 
etry Unit. To celebrate, she bought a new 2012 Hyundai Elan- 
tra. Her dog, Rusty, enjoys riding in it with the windows down. 

Jay Kramarczyk '05, '06 (MS FPE) says, "I am living in Lit- 
tleton, Colo., working as a forensic fire protection engineer/fire 
investigator with Phoenix Investigations & Engineering. The 
little bit of free time I have I spend volunteering at my church, 
diving in the Denver aquarium, and enjoying Colorado. I hope 
everyone else is enjoying life now that we're (supposed to be) 
all grown up." 

Tuan Nguyen '05 writes, "I am currently a senior manu- 
facturing tech I at Abbott Bioresearch Center in Worcester. 

I am involved in the downstream manufacturing of the drug 
Humira, Abbott's most successful product in the company's 

Aaron Vandesteen '05 says, "The birth of Theodore Miles 
Vandesteen to Aaron and Jacqueline Vandesteen occured on 
Feb. 26, 201 1 . He was born on the same day of the month that 
both his mother and father were born." 

Sid Rupani '05 writes, "In January, after completing my PhD 
at MIT, I moved down to Miami to start a job with DHL. Miami 
has been great and I'm loving it here so far!" 

Daniel Boothe '05 recently joined Bose Corp. in Framing- 
ham, Mass., working on acoustic design of new products for 
the Home Entertainment Division. 

Jaime (Grout) '05 and Andrew Day '05 were married in 
October 2008 and purchased their first home in July 2009. 
She works for Genzyme in Framingham, Mass., and he 
works for Raytheon in Andover. They write, "Learning as we 
go, we've been working very hard to update our home with- 
out contractor help. Our first major project included the total 
replacement of the roof within the first three months. Obvious 
lessons learned: (1) replacing a roof is a project worth being 
contracted, and (2) it's not a project to be completed by those 
afraid of heights!" Their fun vacations have included Mexico, 
the Bahamas, and camping and skiing in New England. 

Chris Aniszczyk '05 writes, "In terms of work, I am manag- 
ing Twitter's open source program. In terms of other things, 
I've traveled 31 4,567 miles and been to 69 cities and 1 7 coun- 
tries, according to Tripit." 

Vonda Bui '05 writes, "I switched companies in April 2011 
and am now an associate in the Retirement, Risk & Finance 
department at Mercer. This past July, I visited Chicago and had 
a WPI mini-reunion with classmates Adam Epstein, William 
Herbert, and Jocelyn Lally, along with Laura Amodeo 
'06, Michael Terranova '06. We had a great time catching 
up in the Windy City!" 

Xiaohe Hu '05 writes, "Aiming to become the best baker with 
my mathematical genius." 

Lauren Corsetto '05 and Joshua Young were married in 
New Jersey on Oct. 10, 2010. Melissa O'Dea '06 was one 
of the bridesmaids; Stephen O'Dea '06 and Carlos Goller 

'02 were also in attendance. The newlyweds currently reside 
in Montclair, N.J. 

James Ehnstrom '05 writes, "After graduation I worked in a 
clinical setting and got my MS at Northeastern. I now work for 
Cubist Pharmaceuticals as an analytical chemist. I am getting 
married this October, then we'll be on our way to Aruba for 
our honeymoon." 

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Stephen Gauntt '05 writes, "After WPI I got my master's 
degree at TAMU. I've spent the last tour years working for a 
major oil services company designing drilling riser equipment 
I also got married and bought a house." 

Greg Krane '05 became engaged to Farleigh Layfield in the 
spring of 201 1 . He says, "We met as students in veterinary 
school and have been dating since 2007. We're very excited 
about our August 2012 wedding in Newport, R I " Greg re- 
cently relocated from the Philadelphia area to join the Park 
Ridge (N.J.) Animal Hospital as an associate veterinarian. "I 
look forward to meeting WPI alumni in the NYC metro area." 

Brian O'Donnell '05 is starting a PhD program in electrical 
engineering at Arizona State University. 

Peter Lohrmann '05 ran in the Pike's Peak Ascent, a 1 3.32- 
mile race that climbs to a 14,115-ft. elevation. 

Adam Rogers '05, '07 (MS FPE) safeguards the nation's 

treasures as a fire protection engineer at the Smithsonian 
Institution. He works with several WPI FPE alums to protect 
buildings and collections, and to ensure the health and safety 
of visitors, staff, and volunteers. 

Jamie Mohr '06 and Tom Skiba '00 were married in 
August 2010. The celebration brought together many WPI 
alumni, including classmates William Johnston Paolo 
Piselli. Lynn Reni, Justin Zipkin and Gary Hamilton; 
also maid-of-honor Stacey Mohr '08 best man Rob Skiba 
'02 Jesse Marzullo '02 Neil Whitehouse '05 Lauren 
Stolzar '05 Elizabeth (Hansen) Bulger '05 Jodi Low- 
ell 08 and Jenna Balestrini '09 

Jim Norton '06 earned his Connecticut PE license. A me- 
chanical engineer for BVH Integrated Services, and a LEED- 
accredited professional, Jim specializes in the design of HVAC 
components for healthcare and higher education facilities. 

Chris Werner '06 writes to say, "In January I moved from 
Manchester, N.H., to San Jose. Calif , and began a new job 
at Apple as a product design engineer In December 2009 
I became engaged to Heather Senecal — wedding plans are 

Amanda (Gray) Bullerwell '06 moved back to New Eng- 
land from Seattle last year to work for Labsphere 

Philip Ng '06 writes, "I've been working at VT MAK for two 

years on simulation software and living in Boston since gradu- 
ation. I have traveled around North America for various reasons 
but still love it here. I have met so many great people and 
done and learned so much — all thanks to WPI!" 

► 23 Erin Ringer '06 and Matthew Regan '06 were mar- 
ried March 21 , 201 1 , in Maui. 'A bunch of Tech alumni celebrat- 
ed with us in Westford, Mass., in July. We live in Lebanon, N.J." 

Tofer Carlson '06, '11 (MME) writes. "I graduated (again!) 
in May with a master of mathematics for educators degree 
I'm currently teaching high school math in Worcester, writing 
plays, and working on organizing a theatre company." 

Aaron Bergeron '06 says. "I went to the Bonnaroo Music 
and Arts Festival in Manchester. Tenn , this past June — four 
days of music, sun, and dust!" 

Max Stinehour '06 sends this update, "After finishing my 
tour of duty as a surface warfare officer as a Navy lieutenant. I 
have begun my studies toward a doctor of pharmacy degree 
from the Medical College of Virginia at VCU." 

Chris Deraleau '06 experienced the arrival of his first son, 

Theodore, on Sept 2, 201 1 . "He joins his sisters, Charlotte 
and Lucille, who, despite being so young, are extremely well 
traveled, having been to Hawaii (twice) and Aruba, along with 
several trips to visit to their grandparents in Las Vegas and 
Massachusetts ." 

Geoffrey Batstone '07 reports that he has passed the FE 
and is now working on his PE After a layoff from a small 
company. I found a better job in the transmission engineering 
department of National Grid My degree was definitely invalu- 
able in getting my foot in the door as more than half of my 
department is WPI graduates! On the romantic front, I've been 
dating a beautiful girl named Meghan for almost a year now 
She is incredible and we are really happy together. I have a 
feeling we'll be getting engaged soon." 

Yekaterina Kazinik-Jorgji '07 says, I got married two 
years ago to my high school sweetheart. Traveled to the Taj 
Mahal, going to China soon for work, and just trying to enjoy 
life. Working in the power industry and training in Six Sigma." 

► 24 Krista (Smith) '07 and Matthew Shaw '06 were 
married Aug. 15, 2010, in Brewster, Mass. The wedding party 
included from left Meghan Kelly '07, Garon Clements 
'08, Lesley (Anderson) DeSantis '06, Christopher Shaw, 
Amanda Smith William Stanney '09, Kelly Osberg '07, 
and Mike Tiu '08. 

Keeley Stevens '07 writes. "I received my master's 

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with my fiance and started my first job at a start-up called 
Soapstone Networks It was a learning experience, but un- 
fortunately the company went under in 2009 Later that year I 
started working at SolidWorks as a software engineer. I have 
been in their API group for almost two years now, and I love 
the company. After a September wedding we will honeymoon 
in Hawaii." 

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degree in physics from North Carolina State in 2009 and 
am pursuing my PhD in physics, focusing on tribological 
characterization of percolated lead films above and below 
the superconducting transition, with an expected graduation 
in 2012 On a less scientific note. I became a Yoga Alliance 
RYT-200 certified yoga instructor. In my spare time (left over 
from superconductors and sun salutations). I dance West 
Coast Swing and make jam out of as much of the wonderful 
southern produce as I can (Get it? 'Can?' I crack myself up.)" 

► 25 Marc Schultz '07 recently completed the Juvenile 
Diabetes (bicycle) Ride-to-Cure in Burlington, Vt. 

John Scimone '07 says, "Great news 1 I just got engaged 
to Faith Henderson — I met her while at WPI six years ago. No 
date is set for the wedding yet, but it will probably be on Cape 
Cod in a couple years. We're very excited " 

Kris Nigro '07 says "I'm currently working as a senior proj- 
ect engineer for McCarthy Building Companies on a hospital 
complex replacement project in Oakland, Calif. Also pursu- 
ing an MSODL degree through WPI's new blended learning 
format ." 

Sanjayan Manivannan '07 writes, "I recently graduated 
from the MBA program at Harvard I am re-entering the work 
force as an associate at McKmsey & Company in their Boston 
office. Recent travels have taken me to Denver. Salt Lake City, 


London, and Venice ." 

Sam Feller '07 says. "I recently launched a new website." [See page 86] 

James Phelan '07 tells us, "I got married in July 2010. 1 live 
in Los Angeles and have worked at ExxonMobil since gradu- 
ation as a project development engineer. I'm also attending 
law school part time ." 

Jeffrey Sanders '07 is a fourth-year doctoral student in 
structural biology and molecular pharmacology at Thomas 
Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and is currently 
doing research for the DOD 

Hillary Perkins '07 tells us that she found work as a 
research assistant at BU's Medical School in the pathology 
department, "with the help of WPI's CDC Jobfinder site I cel- 
ebrated my one-year anniversary there in August, and intend 
to start working toward my MS in pathology in the near future ." 

► 26 Kaitlyn Anderson '08 ana Ryan Adams '10 became 
engaged in June and are excited to be planning a fall 2012 
wedding Kaitlyn is a product manager for ConforMI in 
Burlington, Mass., and Ryan is an operational excellence 
specialist for Shire HGT in Lexington." 

Emily Potter '08 writes, "After graduating. I bought a house 

Theodore McDonald '08 writes, "At WPI I worked on a 
small-scale hybrid rocket engine for my MQP I now hold a full- 
time job as a propulsion test engineer working on the Dragon 
Propulsion System for Space Exploration Technologies in 
McGregor, Texas. Though some say I've grown up,' I still 
tinker with amateur rocket engines at home." 

► 27 Ryan Graves '08 received his Wings of Gold for 
completion of the Naval Aviation program, as well as a Top 
Hook award for his top grades He is now stationed in Virginia 
Beach, where he will continue training on the F/A Super Hornet 
before being made available for worldwide deployment as a 
member of a carrier strike group. 

Jessica Coelho '08 writes. "I've moved to Hartford and 
have worked for MDC, a water and sewer company, for 
three years This July I was able to travel to Sao Miguel in the 
Azores. This island is where my great-grandparents are from 
and it was my first time getting to see it ." 

Adam Schwartz '08 works for Rolf Jensen and Assoc in San 
Diego. He recently went to Washington. DC. to celebrate his 
grandmother's 100th birthday "What an epic event! She still 
does everything but drive and still has a great sense of humor. 
About 50 family members got together for the event, including 
my brother (who also graduated from WPI with an ECE degree 
in 2010). With San Diego's plethora of musicians and the 
intoxicating weather, avoiding moving back to the East Coast 
is high on my priority list!" 

Tiffany Walls '08 says she became engaged to her boy- 
friend of three years, Jason Smith, in August "I also cel- 
ebrated the third year of working as a medical technologist for 
Athena Diagnostics and the one-year anniversary of receiving 
our boxer puppy, Roscoe " 

Celeste Fay '08 writes. "I moved from an A/E firm doing 
run-of-the mill (no pun intended!) hydropower consulting, to 
the Alden Research Lab in Holden, Mass . where I can rub 
shoulders with the real hydropower minds " 

Kyle Gauthier '08 says, "I graduated from U.S. Air Force 
pilot training and earned my wings. I'm now stationed at 
Ramstem AFB in Germany, flying the C-130J in support of 
U.S. forces in Europe and Africa " 

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Jennifer Hosker '08 is the new manufacturing and quality 
engineer for Burndy's Tooling Group in Littleton. N.H. 

Kaushal Shrestha '08 says he's been with the same com- 
pany for three years now. "Have two dogs; both are beautiful 
American Eskimo spitz I am very excited to be going back 
home to Nepal soon. My sister is now a sophomore at WPI." 

Kunai Atigre '08 says, "I have been working as a partner 
in the heavy engineering and jobbing industry I am getting 
good exposure over here in Kolhapur, India. Looking forward 
to expanding the business ." 

Erica Grygorcewicz '08 confesses, "Never thought 
there'd be a day, but I have made my way back to Worcester! 
After a few years in Boston, I was ready for a 'smaller' city and 
something closer to my friends and family. I've been playing 

rugby (Go, Shamrocks!), working for MassDOT, and loving 
life. Tried to re-live my WPI party life with classmates Katrina 
Kucher and Elise McDevitt down in Cancun. but we real- 
ized we just can't party like we used to!" 

Ian Woloschin '08 writes, "While not as exciting as a fully 
automated house (to WPI folks, I mean), I got married on 
Sept 4 to Nora Basile at her alma mater, the US Coast Guard 
Academy in New London, Conn. 

Keith Ferry '08 says. "I'm working for Avery Dennison, start- 
ing a specialty vehicle decal company, and investing in real 
estate part time." 

Vannak Chhay '08 says. "I traveled to Cambodia to revisit 
my roots, went to the Bahamas to get some R&R, and am now 
back in Worcester working at Blue Sky Biotech." 

Whitney Thurrott '08 reports, "Since graduation I've been 
teaching high school science in Hartford, Conn. In 2010 I 
purchased a home and have been slowly but surely making 
improvements to it. And I've started a photography business 
with a partner." 

Armen Dilsizian '08 writes, "I traveled to Switzerland with 
my girlfriend and climbed and skied the Alps, staying in 
a small mountain village The only access to and from the 
village was by ski lift (No roads, so no cars.) We then went to 
Rome to visit the Colosseum and other sites." 

Anthony DiOrio '08 says his travels have taken him to Mex- 
ico, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Malaysia, California, and places 
closer to home. "I ran in the Harpoon 5-miler in May. I was a 
sprinter at WPI, so long distance has been a wonderful, new 
challenge for me I've also been playing volleyball, basketball, 
and Softball competitively Cycling is my next target. Looking 
forward to starting my MBA soon." 

Amanda Olore '08 reports. "I recently shifted career paths 
away from my degree in actuarial mathematics to accept a 
new opportunity at Aetna Inc., and it has been a great experi- 
ence thus far 1 " 

Mary Kate Toomey '08 is a field hockey official for middle- 
and high schools in metro Boston. She's also vice president 
of the Alpha Gamma Delta Greater Boston Alumnae Club. "I 
was invited by WPI's Camp REACH as a 'Distinguished Alum' 
of the program to speak at the first-ever Career Explorations 
Dinner last July " 

Matt Schulze '09 sends this update: "I started at Bristol- 
Myers Squibb, preparing its Devens site for performance 
qualification I put that experience to good use when I ac- 
cepted the business systems analyst position at Genzyme 
in September of last year I actually work for Chuck Lemire 
'02. who has been a joy to work for. I've also been elected 
president/chairman of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon WPI Housing 
Corporation We presented Donald Peterson '71 with the 
Merit Key Award at his 30th Reunion ." 

►28 Krista Dietz '09 tells us, "I decided to relocate back 
to Massachusetts, so I moved to Boston, where I now work 
at Woodard & Curran. In my spare time, I've been performing 
musical theatre — most recently "Rent" at The Footlight Club 
in Jamaica Plain. I'm engaged to Alexander Forti '09. who 
proposed marriage at the Higgins House gardens, accompa- 
nied by Gompei, the goat, and many close friends. (Unfortu- 
nately. I was unable to steal the Goat's Head!) We plan to get 
married in the summer of 2013 ." 

Gabriella Serrati '09 says, "I've been living in Houston, 
working for ExxonMobil. There is a pretty large population of 
WPI alumni down here and we are attempting to start a mini 
Alumni Chapter." 

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Francis Song '09 was recently promoted to first lieuten- 
ant in the USAF and has been awarded Air Battle Manager 
wings after completing NATO AWACS training "I'm currently 
serving as an air weapons officer with Squadron 2, based in 
Geilenkirchen, Germany. I would like to say hello to all my fel- 
low brothers and sisters serving in the U.S. military, especially 
those who graduated in 2009." 

Jason Hu '09 writes. "After a short' vacation to New Orleans 
and Chicago. I finally settled in my new job at a biomedical 
start-up, where I enjoying working on a variety of products 
and making decisions that matter Really am appreciating my 
WPI experience. Who knew those late MQP nights and over- 
nighter thesis camp' actually taught me so much?" 

Katie Bomba '09 says, "I received my master's in genetic 
counseling from Arcadia University in May, and accepted a 
job at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, where I am a 
practicing genetic counselor " 

Don Havener '09 was a finalist in the Launch L-A entrepre- 
neurial contest for his "Havener Hot Plate" ski bindings, de- 
signed to absorb impact to reduce knee injuries, as well as 
prevent runaway skis 

Eric Sheridan '09 writes, "Since graduation I have worked 
at Bose Corp as an engineering project manager, for which 
my blended undergrad IE curriculum prepared me well I've 
come back for more WPI education and am currently enrolled 
in the MBA program; I plan to graduate in May 2012 I live 
Nashua, N.H., with my dog, Charlie " 

Jessica LaGoy '09 lives in the Baltimore area, where she 
works as a technical program manager for EMC Corp. and 
is pursuing an MS in cyber security "I have two dogs, Sasha 
and Ares, and spend my time hiking with them, as well as 
training in mixed martial arts " 

Kevin Jillson '09 ran the 201 1 Boston Marathon, finishing 
46th overall — only his third marathon ever (first Boston). Kevin 
finished 40th among the men, with a personal record time of 
2:25:52 [Editor's Note: Kevin average 5:34 per mile for 26 
miles; this is no simple feat] 

David Willens '09, a project engineer at Kinefac Corp , 
is developing new thread-rolling and metal-forming 

Eric DeStefano '09 writes. "I've been living in Groton, 
Conn., for the past year as an engineering analyst for Electric 
Boat. I also recently got engaged — a June 2012 wedding is 
on the way Lots of planning to do!" 

Amanda Young '09 tells us. "I've been working for 
ExxonMobil in its Baton Rouge chemical plant for the past 
two years, in the polymers department." 

Kevin Cox '08, '09 (MS FPE) writes. Since graduating 
I've received multiple job offers in the field of fire protection. 
Thanks to WPI! With a steady income, I've been able to follow 
my motto of work hard, play hard, which started immediately 
after graduation, when a group of 14 WPI classmates and I 
took a vacation cruise to Bermuda for a weeklong celebration 
Keep up the good work, WPI!" 

Scott Gary '09 says. "I started a new job in May with a great 
company that includes education benefits, which I'm taking 
advantage of. I'm attending Auburn University (online) in 
pursuit of a master's in aeronautical engineering. My wife 
and I celebrated our second anniversary in July. We're plan- 
ning a trip to Europe next year to enjoy the sights before we 
have kids." 

Derek Lee '09 says. "I've been volunteering at a church, 
teaching ESL to new Chinese immigrants I work at MassDOT 
in its research and materials lab." 

Dhruv Sarin '09 shares. "I've had quite a ride since I left 
WPI Worked for Harvard Medical School pushing out papers 
and patents, and am currently a first-year medical student at 
the Medical College of Wisconsin." 

Ryan Marinis '07 (MS ME), '09 (PhD) writes to say. "I've 
recently switched organizations within Sandia National Labo- 
ratories, pining the Energetic Materials Dynamic and Reac- 
tive Sciences organization, where I am researching initiation 
and output of explosives. Aside from that I've been gradually 
making my way down the Colorado Trail by mountain bike." 

Jason Ogasian '09 began his career at General Dynamics 
in Pittsfield, Mass He married his girlfriend. Bethany Flagg, 
in June 201 1 . "After an exciting honeymoon in Alaska and a 
month of packing, we moved to San Jose, Calif, where I work 
for General Dynamics as a reverse engineer." 

Patrick Gemme '09 tells us, "I'm a technical services 
engineer at Holy Cross, responsible for wireless on the entire 
campus. I set up a thin client solution to help save 60 percent 
on many new computers. I've been a part of Open Security 
Foundation (helping import new data loss incidents from 
state FOIA requests). I have two children and live in Worcester 
with my wonderful wife " 

Elizabeth Ellis '09 teaches high school chemistry in 
Springfield. Mass. 

Caitlin Macko '09 and Virgil Vaillancourt '06, '07 (MS 

ME) became engaged in June 2011 and are planning a 
spring 2012 wedding in Connecticut 

Erik Brechun '09 tells us, "I've been working for Raytheon 
in Newport. R.I.. as a signal processing engineer, contract- 
ing with the Navy at Pearl Harbor and then Andros Island, 
Bahamas, working on submarine sensor systems. My wife 
and I have traveled extensively across the Caribbean and are 
expecting our first child at Christmastime " 

Joshua Dick '09 shares the following: "This summer. I went 
on a 10-day trip to Israel through the Birthright Israel organiza- 
tion and saw many famous and historic sites throughout the 
country. What an amazing place! This past weekend. I went 

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[tandem] skydiving for the first time! The scariest part was the 
paperwork I had to sign before jumping." 

Christopher Schlichting '10 (MS MFE) tells us, After 
finishing my master's, I returned to Germany to work for MAH- 
LE, a worldwide automotive supplier Currently, I'm working 
on a project in Tianjin, China, for four months, supporting the 
installation of a new assembly line. I get to travel a lot, visiting 
sub-suppliers in Shanghai and Beijing." 

Taylor Esformes '10 shares her news "In the past year, 
I got married twice — once in Worcester and once in Miami — 
but to the same person both times! I also started my own 
tutoring business, Mr Physics Tutoring, teaching kids the 
skills they need for math, science, and the SATs Also discov- 
ered that the research I did for my MQP is going to be pub- 
lished m a scholarly journal, so I'm going to have my first co- 
author credit! Hoping to go to grad school soon, but for now 
I'm happy to be self-employed, busy, and newly married!" 

Dan Sacco '10 recently began working as a systems 
engineer for Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics in Flanders. 
N.J., working with the R&D group 

Mike Ghizzoni '10 works at Aras Corp. as a software solu- 
tions engineer and lives in Lowell. Mass "I got rid of my old 
college car and am financing a new 201 1 Kia Forte — awe- 
some to have a 6-speed. My girlfriend and I are enjoying 
anime conventions, salsa and swing lessons, bowling, and a 
massage class. All my friends are getting married and having 
children. I must be getting old If all goes well. I'll be popping 
the question myself in a year or so " 

Andrew Bartley '10 writes. "I've been steadily chipping 
away at my MBA (part time) at WPI. and serving as presi- 
dent of Theta Chi's Alumni Association. I have switched from 
biotech, my undergraduate field, to the surprisingly exciting 
IT industry. I am now an IT systems admin at EMC. I'll be 
moving to Framingham next year in order to be closer to my 
new job while still staying close to my alma mater." 

Lianne Eisner '10 (MS CS) and her husband, Nathan 
Poisson, live in Hudson, N.H., with their cat, Rayne. "I was 
among the first to be inducted into Upsilon Pi Epsilon in 
May of 2011 by my undergraduate alma mater, Rhode 
Island College." 

Joseph Cotnoir '10 writes, "Since graduation, I got a full- 
time position on campus. I am an instructional technology 
support specialist in the ATC's Technology for Teaching and 
Learning Center." 

Devin Kelly '10, '11 (MS ECE) tells us. "I went to the 2011 
Bonaroo music festival in Manchester, Tenn. My friends and I 
drove from Worcester and camped for four days. I just started 
working at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, doing research in the 
Wideband Tactical Networks Group." 

► 29 Renee Walker '10 was on the cover of the Spring 
201 1 issue of Woman Engineer In a profile of her career with 
EMC Corp., she credits her internship with helping her gam 
experience and insight on the industry. 

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Majed Almejmaj '10 (MS FPE) shares the following: "I 
loved WPI so much that I decided to stay here for my PhD. So 
I am jumping from one lab to another with an occasional stop 
by the Goat's Head." 

Chris Jeznach '10 has moved back to Massachusetts and 
is working for Spirol International." 

Lillian Clark '1 1 reports, "I just started work on my master's 
degree at UMass Amherst in environmental engineering. Also 
doing water quality research and modeling of the Wachusett 
Reservoir as a research assistant in the Water Resources 
Group. I miss everyone at WPI!" 

Colbert Sesanker '11 writes, "I'm taking a gap year 
before grad school and it's great. Working as a programmer 
at UConn Health Center." 

Skyler Whorton '1 1 says. "With my freshly minted diploma 
in hand, I completed a summer internship at a local software 
consulting company, which gave me valuable software mod- 
eling experience for my entry as a graduate student at WPI 
this fall. I'm pursuing an MS in computer science, working 
with Professor Neil Heffernan It's exciting that I get to remain 
right in the heart of the WPI community!" 

► 30 Richard Emberley '11 received the Howe-Walker 
Award from the Boston Society of Civil Engineers. He was 
honored for his exceptional service during his two years as 
president of the WPI student chapter of the ASCE 

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Benjamin R Chadwick '31 (Lambda Chi Alpha) 

George T Barks '32 

Lester N Linter '32 

William A. Slagle '33 

Roman J 'Joe" Koziol '34 

William P Mitnik '34 

Howard E. Stockwell '34 (Lambda Chi Alpha) 

John R Brand '36 (Phi Sigma Kappa) 

F Kenwood Jones '36 (Sigma Phi Epsilon) 

Charles R. "Mike" Michel '37, Trustee Emeritus 

Edward W. Armstrong '38 (Sigma Phi Epsilon) 

Richard M. Elliot '38 (Phi Gamma Delta) 

Philip K Hathaway '38 (Lambda Chi Alpha) 

Henry F. Howe '38 

Howard J. Blanchard '39 

David McEwan '39 (Phi Gamma Delta) 

Edward J Roszko '39 (Alpha Tau Omega) 

Richard B. Wilson '39 (Phi Sigma Kappa) 

Donald S Chatfield '40 (Theta Chi) 

Robert W Hewey '40 

Norman U. LaLiberte '40 

Warren S. Bradford '41 (Sigma Alpha Epsilon) 

Alexander Davidson '41 

Theodore J. Sydor '41 

Delbert A Betterley '42 (Lambda Chi Alpha) 

Haskell Ginns '42 

Robert H. Grant '42 (Phi Sigma Kappa) 

Norman A Kerr '42 (Alpha Tau Omega) 

Carl I Benson '43 

Fred S. Moulton '44 (Phi Sigma Kappa) 

Robert F Petersen '44 (Phi Gamma Delta) 

Warner H. Tabor '44 (Alpha Tau Omega) 

Donal R. Whitney '44 (Alpha Tau Omega) 

John C. Bayer '45 (Alpha Tau Omega) 

Frederick J. Levitsky '45 

Clayton R. Adams '46 

John F Brown '46 

William G. Daly '46 (Phi Kappa Theta) 

Robert B. Davis '46 

Richard L Perkins '46 

Edward J. Waranowicz '46 

Elmer S Sachse '46 

Leslie Flood '47 (Phi Gamma Delta) 

Edward C Perry '47 

Robert E Beauregard '48 (Phi Kappa Theta) 

Guy W Burr '48 

Charles F Jones '48 

Charles A. Woodman '48 

Robert M Lerner '48 

Chester L. Anderson '49 (Sigma Phi Epsilon) 

Thaddeus S Bonczyk '49 

Edmund R Knight '49 (Alpha Tau Omega) 

Donald Taylor '49, Trustee Emeritus 

John 0. Archibald '50, (Phi Sigma Kappa) 

David L. Brumback '50 (Phi Gamma Delta) 

William G. Collings '50 (Phi Sigma Kappa) 

Robert L Moison '50 

Edmund L. Nichols '50 

Theodore A Mellor '51 

Alan E Willis '51 

Donald H Adams '52 

Richard G Bennett '52 (Sigma Alpha Epsilon) 

Walter J. Connor '52 

Edward A Hjerpe '52 (Phi Gamma Delta) 

Kenneth T Lang '52 (Sigma Alpha Epsilon) 

Edmund M Luzgauskas '52 

Robert R. Nuttall '52 

Alfred C Bafaro '53 

Harry W. Brown '53 (Phi Sigma Kappa) 

Charles E Home '53 (Lambda Chi Alpha) 

Eugene J Dragon '54 

George H. Kay '54 (Sigma Phi Epsilon) 

Richard L Meirowitz '54 

Gilbert K. Nersesian '54 

Edward L. Nelson '55 

Philip E. Olson '55 (Sigma Phi Epsilon) 

Robert C Stempel '55, Trustee Emeritus 

Ernest Bernstein '56 

Henry J Dumas '56 (Alpha Tau Omega) 

Frederick F Hermg '56 

Kevin E. Joyce '56 (Phi Kappa Theta) 

Eric Ostergaard '56 

Neil W. Armstrong '57 

Robert G Frantello '57 

Frank Furman '57 

Charles B Cushman '58 

GustavusR Ide '58 (SIM) 

Arthur T Human '59 

Robert B. Massad '59 

Joshua C 'Jay" Alpern '60 (Alpha Epsilon Pi) 

Martin R. Beck '60 (Sigma Alpha Epsilon) 

Stanley J. Strychaz '62 (Phi Kappa Theta) 

Steven G. Sutker '65 

Joseph G. Acker '66 (Phi Gamma Delta) 

Richard E. Makohon '68 (Alpha Tao Omega) 

William A Biliouns '69 (SIM) 

David W Clark '69 

Alvin B. Pauly '69 (Alpha Tau Omega) 

Robert W Smith '69 

Michael T. Moylan '70 

Richard A Arena 71 (Lambda Chi Alpha) 

Robert A. Childs '71 (Alpha Tau Omega) 

Steven P Dexter '71 

Ernest A. Evancic '71 

Charles H Bacon '72 

Carl F Johnson 72 

Warren V Prescott 72 

Richard M. Filipetti 73 (Phi Gamma Delta) 

Armand R Catalani 74 

Lawrence E Potter 76 (SIM) 

Walter J Peterson 77 (Phi Sigma Kappa) 

Robert A Bryant 79 

Francis J. Martin 79 

Craig R. Autio '80 

Michael A Bowen '80 

John F Conlon '82 

Richard K Anderson '83 

Scott A Cote '86 (Sigma Alpha Epsilon) 

Anne-Mane Arnold '92 (MNS) 

Cpt. Laura A (Matejik) Eberts '04 

Omar P Pinango '06 (Phi Sigma Kappa) 


: oner Sotak '95 (MBA), Professor of 

Biomedical Engineering 
Marie "Ma" Fell, former ATO Cook 
Olive Kuniholm, longtime Tech Old Timers member 

and widow of David A Kuniholm '40 

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The Next Generation 

After 32 years in higher education, Albert Soloway '48, Dean Emeritus at Ohio State University, 
has concerns about the future of American education. 


WHEN COMPLETING MY DOCTORATE in chemistry from the 
University of Rochester I thought I'd only teach if I had no 
new research ideas. It was an arrogant thought since I've 
spent the bulk of my career — 32 years — in higher education. 
In retrospect, it is understandable that I gravitated toward the university. My fa- 
ther and mother, Russian Jewish immigrants, greatly valued education, some- 
thing they were both denied in Russia. Instead, they put their three children 
through college. They were very giving people. My father, a hero of the Great 
Depression, was a poor grocer who worked 75-80 hours per week. He often pro- 

vided food for out-of-work neighbors. Most people 
paid him back when able. 

My mother also valued intellectual pursuits, as 
well as cultural. She attended the Worcester Phil- 
harmonic concerts regularly, and was vitally inter- 
ested in political activities, marching for women's 
suffrage in the 1920s. Her illness and death from 
breast cancer when I was 16 motivated me to major 
in chemistry and to work in cancer research. 

The idea of helping others, then, was ingrained in 
me at a young age. Teaching and doing research at 
a college was a very logical direction. However, my 
initial attempt was thwarted by religious bias. After 
completing a two-year postdoctoral NIH fellowship 
at Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research, 
I applied for an assistant professor position in the 
chemistry department at the University of North 
Carolina. I filled out an application which asked 
my religion and my mother's maiden name. I re- 
sponded that I was Jewish and my mother's maiden 
name was Raphaelson. I never heard from them, 
and can only infer as to why. Thirteen years would 
pass before I obtained my first full-time academic 
appointment as Associate Professor in the College 
of Pharmacy at Northeastern University. 

From the start, I enjoyed the twin challenges of 
teaching and research. My research background 
was much further developed since I'd spent 10 pri- 
or years working on a new therapy for malignant 
brain tumors with the chief of neurosurgery at Mas- 
sachusetts General Hospital. 

My only teaching experience, however, was pro- 
viding an evening graduate course in biochemistry. 
I found teaching very demanding, but satisfying, 
especially when I was able to help a young person 
sort out career options. It was also very gratifying to 
establish a program with high academic standards. 

I was looking for no farther career changes; I 

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here there 

thought I had found my niche in life. However, 
when the dean became incapacitated, the university 
asked me to become acting dean, which I accepted, 
knowing it was a temporary position. But when the 
dean died, I was offered the position. 

I decided to accept the deanship, hoping I could 
create a more positive environment for students and 
faculty. I served two years as dean before being of- 
fered a comparable position at Ohio State University. 

The main 

purpose of 

college is 

educating a 



generation of 

students capable 

of adjusting 

to change. 

Everything else 

is peripheral 

to that mission. 

Leaving Northeastern and Boston was not a simple 
decision. My wife, Barbara, was enrolled in an MBA 
program and our daughter, Madeleine, was at Mas- 
sachusetts College of Art. She said to me, "Dad, chil- 
dren are supposed to leave parents not parents leave 
their children." 

Ohio State was a good place for me. I had great sup- 
port from the provost and president as well as an ex- 
cellent faculty. I served 11 years as dean and 10 more 
when returning to the faculty. Approaching 73, 1 de- 
cided to retire, wanting to write a book on what was 
happening in our universities and, subsequently, to 

write scientific papers on the biochemical bases of 
hormonally induced cancers, Parkinson's disease, 
macular degeneration, and chemical addictions. 

In 2006 I published the book I wanted to write. 
Tided Failed Grade: The Corporatization and Decline of 
Higher Education in America, the book's major thrust 
was that the corporate structure being forced upon 
universities was ill suited for higher education. I 
hoped my book and others like it would provoke se- 
rious national discussion. 

They haven't. The corporate structure is now fully 
ensconced with ballooning administrative costs, 
commercially driven research, students viewed as 
customers with retention focused on tuition dol- 
lars, rampant grade inflation, and tenure under at- 
tack. Tuition has been double the national inflation 
rate for 25 years now, caused not by faculty salaries 
but by rising administrative costs coupled with new 
construction costs. Many students are saddled with 
enormous debts after graduation. University presi- 
dents increasingly are selected for their fundraising 
prowess and not their academic accomplishments. 

The real "customer" of higher education is not the 
student but American society that employs these 
students after matriculation. Universities that fail to 
maintain high standards erode public trust and put 
into serious question the value of a traditional col- 
lege degree versus something taken online. 

The main purpose of college is educating a well- 
rounded, adaptable generation of students capable 
of adjusting to change. Everything else is peripheral 
to that mission. My worry is that standards are be- 
ing lowered and the failed social policies affect- 
ing primary and secondary education will soon be 
replicated in colleges. Will we then witness politi- 
cal intervention with questionable results? Higher 
education has been the crown jewel of the American 
educational system for more than a century; I fer- 
vently hope it remains so in the coming decades. 

Albert Soloway '48, Dean Emeritus of the College of Phar- 
macy at Ohio State University, has authored more than 
200 scientific papers and is founder and former president 
of the International Society for Neutron Capture Therapy. 
His 2006 hook, Failed Grade, raises provocative questions 
about the state of higher education in America. 

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