A journal of People and Change
TRANSFORMATIONS • VOLUME 07 • NUMBER 1 • SPRING 2011
2 Starting Point
4 Internationalism at WPI
A message from President Berkey.
5 Campus Buzz
Research heats up the streets; students
go to Guatemala; women's place
ranked high at WPI.
8 Inside WPI
A first for WPI: three new academic
deans arrived this year to help lead
the campus forward.
Learn to play the guitar like a rock star,
courtesy of student-designed software.
34 Class Notes
52 Time Capsule
There's a new kid in town.
12 Collaborations and Community
A Q&A with President Berkey on WPI's
relationship with China.
l6 China's Building Boom
Explosive growth in China's built
environment is causing a concomitant
rise in fire safety considerations.
20 Made in China
Alumni who have worked in China
talk about the promise, the trade-offs,
and the future.
22 Looking Back to Look Forward
Historian Jennifer Rudolph's research
demonstrates that Chinese modernity
continues to baffle those who view it
solely in Western terms.
China is opening up to the electronic
age, but its own electronic age. Google,
Facebook, and other Western networking
sites are banned.
30 Culture Shock
Chinese students on the WPI campus talk
about the joys and the confusions of trying
to understand and live an American life.
Opposite: The statue of Zheng Chenggong,
perched on Gulangyu Island off China's
southeast coast, represents China's claim to
Taiwan (see "The Zelig of Taiwan," page 27).
Cover: Photograph by Patrick O'Connor.
'"Begin at the beginning/ the King said
gravely and go on till you come to
the end; then stop.'"
— Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
A JOURNAL Of PEOPLE AND CHANGE
In my mind, there are scientists and engineers, teachers, doctors,
and humanitarians. There are inventors and entrepreneurs. (There
are many, many inventors and entrepreneurs.) There are CEOs, pres-
idents, and vice presidents. There are environmentalists. There are
gamers. An architect, a pastor, a city councilor, and an alpaca farmer.
Actually, there are precisely two alpaca farmers.
Who, you may ask, are these people? They are WPI. More
specifically, they are some of the stories that have occupied the pages
of this magazine over the last five and a half years. And they are the
people I think about more often than you'd imagine.
Since 2005, when I became editor of Transformations, WPI
alumni have continued to surprise and impress me. And, in fact,
my hope for every issue of this magazine has been that these stories
would surprise and impress you, too. In all of these stories and all of
these alumni, I continue to be struck by how fabulous and necessary
it is that a university rooted in science and engineering would produce
such a wide diversity of alumni whose work is both interesting and
Certainly this magazine, which centers on China, is no different.
You have only to look through these pages to see the wide variety of
WPI alumni — and faculty and students — whose work and interests
are linked to the growing superpower.
By the time this issue of Transformations lands in your mailbox,
I will have left WPI for another opportunity at another university.
It is a bittersweet moment, as I have so enjoyed, perhaps more than
I can express here, being editor of this magazine since 2005. In the
issues since then, on this very page, I have regaled stories of my
own family — my husband, my parents, my late Bubbe, and my
now-86-year-old Zaide. And so in keeping with that same unofficial
tradition, I'll share one of my favorite stories about my sister, Lany.
Several years ago, Lany, then in her 20s, had the opportunity
to meet Al Gore at a book signing for An Inconvenient Truth.
She turned to him and, without the least bit of irony or sarcasm,
instructed the former vice president: "Keep on keepin' on, Sir."
To WPI, I wish you the same.
As always, thanks for reading.
Charna Mamlok Westervelt, Editor
Interim Vice President for Marketing
Alumni News Editor
Graphic Designer and Copy Editor
Print Production Coordinator
Director of Development Publications
Michael W. Dorsey
Director of Research Communications
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There Was Only One "van A"
With great sadness, I read in Transformations [Summer 2010]
of the passing of mathematics professor John van Alstyne. In
short, he was the best and the kindest professor who crossed
I remember taking a calculus class from him and earning
a grade of B. At face value that was not unusual, as I earned a
B in each of four required base mathematics courses. Having
been essentially a straight-A student in high school, I found
college harder and my mathematics assignments and exami-
nations to consistently be either a C or B — maybe an occa-
sional A. But the grade of B I earned from Professor John
van Alstyne was my most gratifying result in my entire time
at WPI in any course.
Professor John van Alstyne had a uniquely strong,
positive approach to motivating each and every student in
his classroom. In his class he would demonstrate some of
the homework problems on the board, all from his head,
on the spot. Incredibly gifted man. More important, with
each problem, he gave a physical sense, e.g., when the
problem asked one to plot a given equation, he gave a
meaning. In one case he said, "Imagine holding a handker-
chief at each corner, then pull two opposite corners upward,
and the other two downward." That is how I learned about
the hyperbolic paraboloid! Decades later, I used the same
analogy in teaching Theory of Shell Structures to my grad-
When we took written examinations in his class, Pro-
fessor van Alstyne would always say, "When the bell rings,
if you have no class coming just keep working and pass it in
when you are satisfied you are done. If you do have a class,
give me your exam papers and return to my office when your
next class is over, and then
continue working on it,
until you are satisfied you
are done." I cannot imagine
anyone cruel enough to
have taken advantage of his
usual offer. Cheat yourself,
dishonor him — never.
Before the final examination for his course, I visited
Professor van Alstyne and explained my plight — always
working hard, very hard; always getting a B in math. I asked
for advice on how to prepare for his final exam. His advice:
"Don't put so much stress on yourself. It's just part of life.
It's better to relax and be rested. Instead, put aside your book
and notes and just go see a movie the night before the exami-
nation." So I did. Result? I earned a final exam grade of a
high A. A grade of a high A from Professor van Alstyne —
from "van A"!!!
Given a present-day perspective, I sense that a professor
who gave extra time on an exam might be chastised. Some
students might actually use the offer to cheat. Perhaps his
advising this student to skip studying for the final exam and
take in a movie would be seen as inappropriate by some
colleagues. I can only say, that is why there was only one
"van A." The lifelong lesson is to work earnestly, "until you
are satisfied you are done." That has been the essence of
my career as a professor and researcher.
I am sad he is gone, but very thankful to have learned
so much from him. I had many very good teachers and several
very fine teachers at WPI. Professor John van Alstyne stands
out as the very, very finest of them all.
Richard M. Gutkowski PhD, PE
Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Colorado State University
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A message from President Berkey
internationalism at WPI
Both WPI's enrollment of international students and our activities
abroad are increasing rapidly, so it is fitting this issue of Transfor-
mations follows an international theme. There is a special focus on
China, now the world's second-largest economy, and the setting
for a recent visit by a delegation from WPI that Cathy and I had
the pleasure of leading. My interview with Transformations about
this trip is included in this issue.
More than half of our undergraduates complete IQP, MQP, or
humanities and arts projects at one or more of our 26 international
project centers. While the project teams working in the African
centers in Namibia and Cape Town are frequent winners of the
President's IQP Awards, there is a special characteristic of the
teams working in Thailand and in China. There, our WPI students
are paired on the project teams with students from the host
countries. I cannot imagine a more intensely rewarding intercultural
experience than working shoulder to shoulder with global team-
mates on hard, important problems in the developing world.
Elsewhere, the Venice project center has been operating for more
than a quarter century, and several of the project themes, such as
the impact of modernization on the canals and the preservation
of public art, are well known among the Venetians as passionate,
ongoing concerns of WPI students. Indeed, the Global Perspective
Program has brought an exciting and important dimension to the
WPI Plan that even its founders could not have imagined.
Here on campus our international students add a rich dimension of
diversity to campus life, both to our academic programs and in the
leadership and cultural variety in co-curricular organizations and
activities. They help WPI see itself from a broadly international
perspective. At the same time they embrace WPI's traditions and
values, and go on to carry our name and reputation proudly
throughout the world as WPI alumni.
staff. Knowing that their
recruiter will also be
their advisor is a much-
appreciated factor in
many students' assess-
ments of WPI.
Another point of empha-
sis was the importance
of food to our interna-
tional students. Many
are vegetarians, and
most long for the foods
of their homelands.
This is why many inter-
national students prefer to live where they can cook for themselves,
either on or off campus. Fortunately, ethnic food supplies are
readily available in Worcester. As a follow-up to this conversation
we will be working with our dining services to increase international
components of our menus, and we will be mindful of the importance
of access to cooking facilities in the further development of our
Returning to the subject of China, we will be seeing increased
activities both in our project centers in China and here on the WPI
campus. We have been fortunate to have had strong leadership for
the China Project Center complex from Professor Kevin Rong of the
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Professor Amy Zeng
of the School of Business. They have important networks of Chinese
academic colleagues and associates in multinational corporations
with whom they collaborate to develop opportunities for WPI project
teams, but the logistics and other challenges of developing and ad-
ministering these opportunities for WPI students cannot be overstated.
I cannot imagine a more intensely rewarding intercultural experience
than working shoulder to shoulder with global teammates on hard,
important problems in the developing world.
Recently I had the pleasure of hosting a group of international
students for lunch. We had a wonderful conversation about their
experiences in coming to know about WPI, deciding to enroll,
and then joining our community. It requires no small amount of
courage to leave family and friends behind for study in a foreign
university, and the conversation helped me understand certain
critical aspects of these students' experiences.
One is the importance of face-to-face contact in the recruitment
process with someone who inspires confidence in the proposed
experience at WPI. In our case, we are most fortunate that Tom
Thomsen, our director of international students and scholars, not
only serves as a wonderful advisor to our international students on
campus, but also travels abroad extensively to assist our excellent
Here on campus, Professor Jennifer Rudolph, a Chinese historian in
our Department of Humanities and Arts, is working with colleagues
to expand our offerings in China studies. We will soon begin offer-
ing instruction in Mandarin, for example, to expand our traditional
foreign language offerings beyond German and Spanish. (Arabic
will also soon be offered.)
WPI's global perspective is one of the most distinctive and important
aspects of our educational philosophy and our academic programs,
both in the genuine engagement of our project teams in the real
culture and problems of their host nations, and in the rich contribu-
tions of our international students on our home campuses. As we
say about so many aspects of WPI, there is much here to be proud
of and thankful for.
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Engineers Without Borders Address Basic Needs in Guatemala
In Guachthu'uq, a rural community in Guatemala, families
prepare food indoors over smoky wood fires. Burns and
respiratory problems are common hazards. Although rainfall
is quite high in the region, access to potable water during
dry seasons is very limited.
WPI's student chapter of Engineers Without Borders sent a
team to Guachthu'uq last summer to collect preliminary data
for projects to improve the safety and efficiency of cook
stoves and to ensure reliable access to clean water. The students
were accompanied by their advisor, Professor Creighton Peet,
and alumnus and mentor Matthew Gamache '99, a water
"I was touched by the vibrancy of the community and how
they welcomed us into their homes and lives," said Gamache.
"I hope that we can all give our best effort over the next
four years to improve their access to clean air and water."
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Thread by Thread
A heart attack damages heart tissue, which impairs the hearts
ability to pump, which in turn puts the heart at risk for another
attack. The heart needs to generate new, healthy tissue after an
attack, but it lacks the mechanisms to do this. One way to accom-
plish this repair may be for stem cells to be applied directly to
Glenn Gaudette's lab is focused on cardiac function, exploring ways
to heal damaged heart muscle and developing cell-based methods
to treat cardiac arrhythmias. He and his team have been working
on a novel technology that a surgeon could use to deliver stem
cells to targeted areas of the body to repair diseased or damaged
tissue, including cardiac muscle damaged by a heart attack.
The technique involves a suture about an inch long, bundled with
biopolymer microthreads — each the width of a hair — seeded with
stem cells. The team has shown that adult bone marrow-derived
stem cells will multiply while attached to the threads and retain
their ability to differentiate and grow into other cell types.
Gaudette's team is already at work on the next steps in this line
of research — testing the stem cell-seeded microthreads in a rat
model to see if they can engraft into heart tissue and improve
"We're pleased with the progress of this work," says Gaudette.
"This technology is developing into a potentially powerful system
for delivering therapeutic cells right to where they are needed,
whether that's a damaged heart or other tissues."
Heat and the Street
If you've ever walked barefoot across a parking lot on a hot
summer day, you know that blacktop is exceptionally good at
soaking up the sun's warmth. Now, a research team has found a
way to use that heat-soaking property for an alternative energy
source. Professor Rajib Mallick and his colleagues are developing
a solar collector that could turn roads and parking lots into
alternative sources of electricity and hot water.
"Think about it, we have
more than three million miles
of highways exposed to
sunlight," Mallick was quoted
as saying in a recent CNN
story, "so if we can harness
this energy, it's free, and
you don't need photovoltaic
A faculty member in the Civil and Environmental Engineering
Department, Mallick has developed and tested a prototype
system that would embed tubes filled with fluid in pavement to
collect heat from solar radiation. In winter, the hot fluid could be
collected and then used to keep snow and ice from accumulating
on roadways. In summer, the heat could be turned into electricity
to cool buildings. Removing heat from roadways in warm weather
or warm climates could also help reduce rutting, a condition that
shortens the life of roads.
"Asphalt has a lot of advantages as a solar collector," Mallick
says. "For one, blacktop stays hot and could continue to generate
energy after the sun goes down, unlike traditional solar-electric
cells. In addition, there is already a massive acreage of installed
roads and parking lots that could be retrofitted for energy
generation, so there is no need to find additional land for
The Doing of Dumplings
Spring festival is the biggest holiday in China. It's when
children return home to be with their families and when friends
and relatives visit. For Chinese students who study abroad, this
can be a lonely time of year.
So the CSA (Chinese Student Association) hosts a Spring
Festival every year, where Chinese students gather with their
friends to celebrate Chinese New Year. This year, the festival
was all about making and eating dumplings. Students of all
nationalities sat together at tables in the Campus Center, talking,
laughing, and attempting to contain a pillow of stuffing within
a dumpling wrap.
Did the American students succeed at making a good dumpling?
"Yes, definitely!" said Yutong Qin. "It's a great first experience
for them, and the dumplings don't necessarily have to look or
Grammy for WPI
Many of us watched the Grammys to see what craziness
Lady GaGa was up to (arrived in an egg), whether Justin Bieber
would sweep the awards (thankfully, no), or if Bob Dylan could
still sing (well, yes, if you call that singing). But the WPI chorus,
which also includes alumni and faculty, was interested in some-
thing else. They had been invited last year by New Age musician
Paul Winter to sing on a track of his latest album, "Miho: Journey
to the Mountain." The album had been nominated as Best New
Age Album. "Miho" won the Grammy that night, and the chorus
WPI's relationship with Winter (who now has seven Grammys
under his belt) dates back 10 years, when he first invited WPI
choral director John Delorey and his students to perform in New
York City at the Feast of St. Francis at the Cathedral of St. John
the Divine. WPI's participation at the festival has become an
annual tradition that is eagerly anticipated by both undergrad-
uates and alumni.
WPI Ranks High
Q 11th best for helping women succeed
in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
Q In Top 5 Schools of Business
providing the greatest opportunity for women
— The Princeton Review
Q Zth-highest starting median salary
among engineering schools —PayScale, inc.
Q 9th-highest mid-career median pay
among engineering schools —PayScale, inc.
Q In Top 10 for highest starting median salary
among all colleges and universities —PayScale, inc.
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-EJ3-1NSIDE WPI By Maureen Deiana
New Deans Lead the Way
For the first time in its 146-year history, WPI leadership
includes three academic deans whose charge is to help take the
university to the next level. But whatever changes may come,
the scientist, entrepreneur, and engineer who hold the inau-
gural deanships are steadfast in their belief that the footings
on which WPI is built are to be reinforced, not reinvented.
Indeed, many defining WPI characteristics — experiential
learning, interdisciplinary collaboration, use-inspired research,
and a culture that equally fosters intellectual curiosity, scien-
tific discovery, and artistic expression — were inspiration for
these internationally acclaimed scholars to make WPI their
Hailing from the National Science Foundation, Karen
Oates, Peterson Family Dean of Arts and Sciences, has seen
just about every model for undergraduate education. "WPI is
a special place," she says. "It appeals to me as a scientist that
the curriculum is built true to evidence of how people learn
and that it has continually evolved, particularly through the
problem-based engagement of students in the community."
A biochemist, Oates's love of science fuels her passions as a
Selcuk Giiceri, Dean of Engineering, Karen Oates, Dean of Arts and Sciences, and Mark Rice, Dean of the School of Business
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researcher and educator. Grateful also to see beauty in every-
thing — from a chemical experiment to an opera — she is
compelled to pass on this appreciation as she works toward
greater diversity of thought, ideas, and people on campus.
Oates and her fellow academic deans, Selcuk Giiceri,
Bernard Gordon Dean of Engineering, and Mark Rice, Dean
of the School of Business, have come to WPI seemingly at the
pinnacle of their careers, each with a deep hunger to achieve
more. For WPI, that means moving higher among the ranks
of national research universities — a move the deans are confi-
dent will further strengthen the outstanding undergraduate
"This is a very strong and healthy institution, and I
think its primary asset is that no one settles, even when things
are good," says Rice, a renowned authority on innovation and
global technological entrepreneurship, who joined WPI from
value generation, the substance?" A national leader in engi-
neering education and research, Giiceri has come to small,
collegial WPI from Drexel University, the largest engineering
college among private universities, believing this to be the
place where he may make his greatest contribution.
Like Rice, Giiceri has an entrepreneur's mindset and
believes in teaching the practical aspects of running, creating,
and growing a business — and in the thrill of invention that
comes from seeing its impact. Common research interests
and sponsored research opportunities are high on everyone's
list of priorities. Oates is bringing faculty together around
business ethics, the cross-pollination of systems dynamics,
economics, and psychology. "The faculty here is a think
tank for building an innovative pedagogy," says Rice. "They
are coming forward with ideas for adding a dimension of
entrepreneurship and innovation across disciplines."
'The world needs engineers who know how to turn
research into innovation and innovation into impact."
Babson College. "There is a real sense of 'how can we make
it better?' As an entrepreneur, I'm drawn to the opportunity
to create something new and exciting, but I'll be building on
This entrepreneur is also an engineer, having earned two
degrees in the discipline before getting his PhD in manage-
ment. So Rice had the credibility he needed when a 1940s-era
alumnus called early on to ask why "my engineering school"
needs a business school. It's a question Rice has fielded from
students of every generation. His response is always steeped
in the reality of current times and the power of this place:
"The world needs engineers who know how to turn research
into innovation and innovation into impact, and WPI has
the approach, talent, and enduring commitment to make
Giiceri wholeheartedly agrees. He has long admired WPI
for knowing when and how to adapt to maintain its position
as a role model for engineering education. "Leaders must keep
moving or they fall behind," he says. "You cannot be a good
engineer if you cannot make products that sell. Where is the
Extending the WPI project experience toward civic
engagement, locally and globally, is another purposeful direc-
tion. "This is an amazing environment for high achievers
interested in foreign and civil service, law, medicine, and
secondary education — especially teaching science, mathe-
matics, and technology," says Oates.
"Know what you are looking for," Giiceri says. And he
does. He is seeking "high impact" in terms of what faculty
members offer, what students take away, and how society ben-
efits. With increased research funding — private and public —
the three deans will enhance the work of existing faculty and
attract new talent and doctoral students whose collaborative
efforts will create new knowledge.
Oates, Giiceri, and Rice are ready to roll up their sleeves
and practice what they preach. What better way to lead the
charge for a comprehensive university that prizes integration
across the disciplines than for each to have a hand in teaching
a course on leadership, creativity, innovation, and entrepre-
neurship? Like their doors, the class they will co-teach in
fall 201 1 will be open to all.
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LORATIONS By Nancy Zerbey
So you want to be a
Rock V Roll Star?
STUDENTS' COMPUTER SOFTWARE MAKES A GAME OF IT
hatched in a college dorm is a good idea,
but this one just might be a winner. It's an electronic guitar
game called Digitar that made it to the final round of the
20 1 President's IQP Awards Competition.
Digitar is the brainchild of Patrick DeSantis (ECE '11),
Sean Levesque (ECE '11), and James Montgomery (ECE '11),
three friends who roomed together their sophomore year.
Tossing around ideas for their junior-year Interactive
Qualifying Project (IQP), they first thought about designing
a new musical instrument. But then they bought a couple
of guitars, just for fun, and made a maddening discovery:
learning to play the guitar is difficult!
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The students were surprised; after all, both DeSantis and
Levesque had some prior musical experience (Levesque on
saxophone and DeSantis with keyboards), and all three play
the music video game Guitar Hero. But a guitar requires
careful fingering, and the instrument has a special musical
notation, called tablature, that has its own learning curve.
Guitar Hero teaches neither fingering nor tablature, nor does
Rock Band, the other major guitar game on the market. The
gamers "guitar," in fact, has no strings — just buttons — and
requires no real fret work at all. A gamer can achieve an
expert level in a guitar game and yet be unable to play so
much as "Louie Louie" on a real guitar.
"We were frustrated, to be honest," DeSantis says. "We
wanted to learn to play the guitar, but we wanted it to be
intuitive and fun and exciting, like the game. What's so cool
about games is that they are designed to be engaging, even
"Digitar," would be lifelike and yet work economically in a
The team's proof-of-concept instrument was as home-
grown as a high school garage band. When they couldn't find
a parts-guitar on Craigslist, they bought an old guitar neck,
fully strung, and attached it to a guitar body they made from
plywood in DeSantis's dad's woodshop. They used a unique
system of sensors for the frets and the strum board, strung a
tangle of wires, incorporated a Texas Instruments MSP430
microcontroller in the circuit, and secured the wiring with
black grip tape. The result was surprisingly handsome — and
it worked. They dubbed it "Splintar," for the splinters it
threw off each time they used it.
Next came the game software. Here the challenge was to
design and encode a musical notation system that players could
easily grasp and master. The team felt that traditional staff and
We're not exactly saving lives with this project.
But if we could bring more people to music,
that would be a good thing.'
addictive. You can be doing the same thing over and over
again — for hours — and not tire of it because the environment
is so exciting. So we asked ourselves, 'What if we could design
a more guitar-like electronic interface and adapt a more
game-like, animated notation that could help non-musicians
learn to play the guitar?"
They took the idea to Fred Bianchi, D.A., professor of
music and director of computer music research, and Alex
Wyglinski, Ph.D., assistant professor of electrical and com-
puter engineering, who agreed to serve as their IQP advisors.
Then they got to work.
The first challenge, and the major innovation, was to
design and build a surrogate guitar, the "controller," that
could record a player's real-time fret work and strumming
and communicate that information directly to a computer,
using the music industry's MDI protocol, which translates
music into digital information. The computer would then
generate the corresponding musical sounds. The team wanted
the controller to be realistic, to have strings and a full set
of frets, not the 6- to 10-button design of the controllers
currently on the market; that way, the player could practice
full fingering, which on a real guitar can produce more than
120 string-and-fret combinations. The end product, the
tablature notations were too daunting for non-musicians, so
they patterned their notation on the animated scores found
in Guitar Hero and other games. In the Digitar version,
color-coded notes fall from the top of the game screen onto
a graphic representation of a fretboard. When the notes reach
their destination, they are played on the controller. In this
way, both note value and rhythm are easily conveyed.
"This project creates a springboard for video gamers to
explore the possibility of serious musical instruction within
a game environment," says Bianchi. "It opens a new door,
showing us that there can be multiple entry points to a life
The Digitar system plays MIDI music files, millions
of which are available free on the Internet, making the
Digitar a very attractive learning system for the consumer
market. Seeing this opportunity, the design team wrote a
business plan for the Digitar system and entered it in two
WPI competitions last year, taking first place in the Strage
Innovation Competition and second in the Daedalus Inno-
vation Competition. As the final round for the 2010 IQP
Awards Competition loomed, and while juggling meetings
with their patent advisors, the team replaced "Splintar"
with a sleek, raspberry-pink guitar body.
Transformations \ Spring 2011 II
President Berkey on the WPI relationship with China
T2 Transformations \ Spring 201 1
In October 2010, WPI President Dennis Berkey traveled to China
with a delegation that included his wife, Catherine Berkey, ScD,
lecturer in medicine at Harvard Medical School; Kevin Rong, PhD,
professor of mechanical engineering; and Jennifer Rudolph, PhD,
associate professor of humanities and arts. During their weeklong
trip, the WPI group visited Beijing Jiaotong University and Tsinghua
University in Beijing, Huazhong University of Science and Technology
in Wuhan, Shanghai Jiaotong University, and Shanghai University.
Transformations recently sat down with President Berkey to discuss his
trip, his observations, and his insights on our relationship with China.
— Charna Westervelt
Was this your first visit to China on behalf of WPI?
Why was it important to you to make this trip?
Previously I had visited our project center in Hong Kong
with Professor Ed Ma, and we met with Trustee Glenn Yee
'74, who was a most gracious host. Otherwise, this was my
first mainland visit and Cathy's first altogether. The purpose
of this trip was to strengthen WPI's relationships with five
Chinese universities, and to attend the final MQP project
presentations by our students who had been at our China
Project Center during A-Term.
What kinds of collaborations are taking place
and why is it important to maintain these ties?
Several of our faculty, including Amy Zeng in the School
of Business and both Rick Sisson and Kevin Rong in the
Mechanical Engineering Department, have research relation-
ships with colleagues at these universities. They also exchange
and sponsor students — both graduate and undergraduate.
Amy and Kevin co-direct the China Project Center, which
promotes cross-cultural collaborations between WPI and
Chinese university students working together on project teams.
More generally, we have agreements in place for the exchange
of faculty and students, and for research collaboration.
How would you characterize the collaboration
between our AAQP students and their Chinese peers?
I was very proud to witness not only the excellence of the
teams' work and the eloquence of their formal presentations,
but also the evident bonding and mutual respect, even
friendships, that had developed between the WPI students
and their Chinese teammates. In my formal remarks at the
well-attended colloquium where they presented their results,
I noted that they had collaborated successfully not only
across the Pacific but also across centuries of cultural and
historical differences to advance global innovation, techno-
logical advance, and good will. The WPI students were,
as they always are, wonderful ambassadors for WPI and
for our nation.
'The Chinese and American students collaborated
successfully not only across the Pacific but also across
centuries of cultural and historical differences/'
14 Transformations \ Spring 2011
From left, President Dennis Berkey,
Catherine Berkey, and Associate
Professor Jennifer Rudolph.
How did the mechanical engineering programs at the
universities you visited compare with labs at WPI?
We observed a high degree of engagement of the undergrad-
uate students, including recently enrolled freshmen, with
sophisticated manufacturing tools and technologies, such as
computer-controlled milling and manufacturing systems. They
also do early and extensive work with materials, producing
scale models of structures, buildings, bridges, aircraft, etc. It
is a very practical engagement with the tools and methods of
production. There is a strong focus on manufacturing technolo-
gies and systems. We saw several robotics laboratories where
work appeared similar to what one observes on our campus,
including autonomous soccer-playing robots. We were invited
to operate the simulator at the high-speed rail technology center
at Beijing Jiaotong University, which was fun and most impres-
sive. Our visits were very brief, but from what we saw, the
facilities and activities were, by and large, not too much differ-
ent from what one would observe in leading U.S. universities.
One difference we did note, however, was the lack of
cross-disciplinary collaboration between mechanical engineer-
ing and business/management programs or the life sciences,
which is unlike our approach at WPI and, certainly, at other
universities in this country.
Jennifer Rudolph, an authority on Chinese history
and culture, was part of the delegation that traveled
with you. Did culture play a major role in this trip?
Jennifer was a wonderful companion and interpreter of the
cultural and historical context for so many aspects of what we
saw, including the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen
Square, a most interesting museum in Wuhan, and everyday
life in the urban centers. We stayed in the old part of Shanghai
in what is called the French Concession, which was lovely,
but Jennifer also hosted us for a fascinating visit to Pudong,
the ultra-modern part of the city. She also took us to the city
planning department of Shanghai, where there is a huge scale-
model of the city done in great detail. Given China's rapid
development and long history, Jennifer provided rich insights
into so much of what we saw and experienced.
What was the highlight of the trip for you?
There were many highlights, as the trip was quite intense.
The Great Wall and the natural beauty of China were breath-
taking. The warmth with which we were received by our
hosts, including faculty and students, was most impressive.
Observing the rapid pace at which China is developing its
infrastructure was sobering. And, of course, seeing our WPI
students presenting their excellent work with such poise and
grace was among the best of the highlights.
Are you planning more international visits?
I try to make one or two international trips per year for
the purposes of visiting alumni and other donors, attending
important international meetings, and/or visiting WPI
project centers. We are often able to combine several of
these agendas in a single trip. I expect that we will continue
to develop new international project centers, but we do so
based on interests of faculty members, usually resulting from
regional interests or research relationships rather than by
direction from the administration. That is as it should be,
as project center leadership is very demanding of faculty
time and energy.
Did this trip to China strengthen the relationships
between WPI and the five engineering institutions?
We certainly believe so, judging by the interest shown in
advancing these relationships. Professors Rong and Rudolph
have developed a trip report that will serve as a basis for
advancing these relationships, and Professor Sisson made a
visit to China soon after ours, which also showed promise of
expanded relationships with some of these same institutions,
as well as some in Korea. Collaboration with these Asian part-
ners holds great promise for increased opportunities for our
students and faculty, and for technological and educational
advance. The key will be to choose and craft those types of
relationships best suited to WPI's strengths and aspirations.
I am optimistic for these continuing developments. D
Transformations | Spring 2011 15
With growth and innovation comes new fire safety concerns.
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16 1 rant formations | Spring 2011
Among the most memorable images from the
2008 summer Olympics in Beijing were those
of Michael Phelps winning eight gold medals.
But perhaps equally impressive to fans on the
scene and to television viewers around the
world was the building in which he performed
these feats. The National Aquatic Center turned
heads as a triumph of ingenuity and beauty.
When Kulbhushan Joshi sees that building,
he doesn't think about world records or about
beauty and design, but about fire. And about
the extensive planning that goes into making
buildings with pioneering designs safe from
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Dubbed "The Bubble" because of its resemblance ro froth,
the structure (above) looks like a freestanding block of water.
This arrestingly unusual space conveys uniqueness, forward
thinking, and a sense of excitement about Chinas rising pros-
perity and its concomitant star turn on the world stage. Build-
ings like this one and the nearby National Stadium (previous
page), called "The Bird's Nest" because it looks like it might
have been made from twigs, are emblems of a building boom
unparalleled in the history of a county that is home to nearly
a fifth of the worlds population. As millions of people are
migrating to its cities, skylines all over China are morphing.
Joshi, a native of Mumbai, India, who is in the final
stages of earning a PhD in fire protection engineering at
WPI, points out that originality in form requires original
thinking in how to accomplish functional objectives. "With
every innovation there comes a new fire safety concern."
Brian McLaughlin '01, '02 (MS FPE) agrees that when
innovative designs are in play, it is important to make sure
that form and function are thought of in tandem from the
start of the design process. McLaughlin, who has worked
in Hong Kong, among other international sites, is currently
based in the Los Angeles office of Arup, an international
engineering firm that participated in the design and con-
struction of the National Stadium and the National
The key, he said, is to consider fire protection engineer-
ing principles early on. "At the concept stage you can still
make suggestions," he said. "The goal we have with an archi-
tect is to enable their designs to come to reality while still
maintaining the appropriate level of safety."
In the case of the National Aquatic Center, the repetitive
geometric design and the innovative outer casing posed special
challenges, according to Jeff Tubbs 90, '95 (MS), another
Arup engineer with knowledge of the project. Scientists devel-
oped computer models, he said, to figure out how loads
would be redistributed if the heat of a fire compromised indi-
vidual support features. This is an example of what is called
performance-based design. When architectural elements are
so innovative that existing fire codes give little guidance in
evaluating construction criteria, performance-based design
models not only help illustrate the behavior of structural
elements in a fire, they are also used to predict smoke
migration patterns and crowd responses to situations where
a quick exit is of utmost importance.
Fire safety in China isn't just about figuring out how
to protect innovative architectural structures. It is also about
dealing with the multitude of new buildings sprouting up
at an incredible rate due to the burgeoning economy.
The demand for fire protection engineers is booming in
China as a result of unprecedented new construction, says
Fang Li '01 (MS). Li heads the Shanghai office of Rolf Jensen
and Associates, an international fire protection consultancy
firm, as executive vice president of China operations.
"Everybody realizes how important fire safely is," said Li
in a recent interview, "but people talking about fire protection
have no idea how that applies to engineering." The field of
fire protection is based on the premise that engineering prin-
ciples can be applied to planning for the unexpected. Li's
office of 12 people is currently serving more than 100 clients.
Their projects include shopping malls, airport buildings, a
train station, and a convention and exposition center in the
industrial city of Suzhou, 60 miles west of Shanghai.
Performance-based design is one of the frontiers in
fire safety, according to Kathy Notarianni, who heads WPI's
Department of Fire Protection Engineering. This new direc-
tion in fighting fires before they occur is connected to
advances in computer modeling and the ability of engineers
to create algorithms to predict the path and speed of combus-
tion and smoke, as well as human behavior in emergency
situations. This development is driving a revaluation of fire
safety codes not only in the realm of innovative and original
designs for enclosed spaces, such as those built for the Beijing
Olympics, but also for the more common structures of
A seminal event in the history of the field, said
Notarianni, was the release in 1973 of America Burning,
a report issued by a national commission established by the
Nixon administration. A key finding was that the United
States had some of the highest fire-related death rates
among industrial countries even though it spent the most
money per capita on fire prevention and control.
18 Transformations \ Spring 2011
"We were blindly purring many requirements into the
code that were costly," said Notarianni. Legislation around
fire codes is often a response to the most recent high-profile
fire. "It's a lessons-learned approach," she said, "we were sort
of chasing our tail." The America Burning report marked
the beginning of a real interest in bringing science and
engineering to bear on the problem.
Performance-based design requires clearly defined
objectives, such as that everyone in a building is able to get
out safely in the event of a fire. With basic goals in mind
researchers create computer models aimed at accurately pre-
dicting the trajectory of all possible scenarios. "The physics
of fire modeling is extremely complex," said Notarianni, as
is human behavior, especially when design challenges involve
large numbers of people.
Much of the work being conducted in fire science labo-
ratories at WPI strives to enhance understanding of the prop-
erties of building materials, especially new composites being
developed to make innovative designs possible. The items
within buildings — appliances, decorations, fuels, gasses —
are also of interest.
Industry and academic laboratories are constantly gener-
ating data that can be fed into computer simulations, along
with the geometry' of the spaces being considered and the
expected impact of fire suppression equipment.
Randall Harris has managed a laboratory in WPI's
Department of Fire Protection Engineering since 2002. Under
his care, tools such as a thermal gravimetric analyzer can test
substances and materials at the nanogram scale to determine
their melting points by plotting weight alongside very precise
temperature measurements. An array of calorimeters are used
to burn materials under controlled conditions. This allows
researchers to collect data on everything from how long it
takes a given specimen to ignite under a given set of circum-
stances to the special characteristics of effluents. The smoke
and soot emanating from combustion is channeled through
a hood into a chamber where a laser beam passes through it
to measure how it affects light.
Harris also has a space in which a room-sized conflagra-
tion can be set off. "From time to time researchers need a
place where they can just have a big fire and have it be safe
and measurable," he said. The purposes of the larger fires are
often to validate the results of the smaller burns. "If we get
Engineers create algorithms
to predict the path and speed
of fire and smoke as well
as the behavior of people
in emergency situations.
within 20 percent of what we predicted, we're doing good,"
said Harris. "The science is still new and we are still finding
In addition to being a place for faculty and students
to conduct research, the lab is rented out to industry and
municipal clients for a fee. Recently, the Bay Area Rapid
Transit (BART) system that connects San Francisco,
Oakland, and adjoining communities used the facility to
set a mock subway car aflame.
"The basic idea was to use specimens of even-thing in
the car, from the glass windows to the electrical wires to the
carpeting to the seats," explains Harris. Besides analyzing the
smoke, the chamber in which the fire is set has sensors in
the floors, walls, and ceilings, as well as multiple stands with
equipment that not only measures heat but also the direction
and velocitv of airflow. A video camera captures a visual
record of the fire. The goal, said Harris, "is to characterize
everything that's in there and then look at that as a compos-
ite picture to find out how these things are going to react
These are the kinds of skills 22-year-old Yanxuan Xie is
hoping to someday bring back to southwestern China and his
native citv of Chengdu, which is growing so quickly that he
can remember seeing farmers grazing their cows in a section
of the city that within half a year was transformed into a
Xie didn't know what he wanted to specialize in when he
arrived at WPI as a freshman. He credits one of his professors
with alerting him to the field of fire protection engineering
and to "the huge need in China" for the skills it entails. He is
in his final semester of the five-year BS/MS degree program
through which he also earned a bachelor's degree in civil
"This kind of engineering is different," says Xie. "Fire
protection has the aspect of protecting people. It gives me the
sense that it is a really noble position in which I can make a
contribution, and that when I go back to China I could
become a leading figure. D
Transformations \ Spring 20 1 1 19
TRADITION AND INNOVATION IN BUSINESS
MADE IN CHINA
When President Hu Jintao made
a state visit to the White House in
January, an NPR commentator con-
cluded that the momentous summit
with President Barack Obama
underscored China's status as
"America's top economic rival."
Perhaps, but the WPI community is
proving that the relationship between
the two powerhouse nations is more
complex and symbiotic in nature.
Here are four perspectives from
alumni who are benefitting
from collaborations — rather
than competition — with
Daniel Boothe '05 is an acoustical engineer
whose expertise is in loudspeaker design. At EAW,
a division of Loud Technologies in Whitinsville,
Mass., Boothe leads projects involving houses of
worship, corporate AV, nightclubs, and stadiums.
He has worked on site in China with contract
manufacturers on initial production quality.
Pamela Giasson '05, an R&D battery assembly
supervisor at A123 Systems in Watertown, Mass.,
spent time on site at the company's electrode
coating and lithium ion battery manufacturing
facilities in Shanghai and Changzhou.
Bob Falciani '68, a principal at AlfaTech in
San Jose, Calif, has a particular expertise in bio-
pharmaceutical and electronics facilities throughout
the U.S., Europe, and Asia. His work in China
has dealt with high-technology manufacturing,
including semiconductor manufacturing, test
and assembly, and data centers.
Al Barry '77 of Atlanta is an entrepreneur with
consulting and manufacturing business in the
U.S. and Asia. He holds five patents (one from the
Peoples Republic of China) and is a member of
the WPI Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board.
He earned master's degrees in engineering and
business from Georgia Institute of Technology.
China will be the largest
economy in the world,
though many countries
will have a larger middle
class with far fewer people
in the lower economic
class. China will struggle
to balance the present
imbalance of wealth
China will feel repercus-
sions from Western nations
that are not allowed to sell
in the closed or protected
Chinese markets. Western
nations may be less likely
to purchase Chinese goods
or to allow Chinese firms
access to their markets.
20 Transformations \ Spring 2011
Popular perception of products coming
out of China is that they are of low quality.
That is certainly true some of the time, but I've been
pleased to discover it is possible to make high-end
loudspeakers there as well. The quality can be as high
as the time one is willing to spend insisting on it, and
the amount of money one is willing to spend sending
engineers like me halfway around the world. — Boothe
If electrification is
the answer to a
and a more efficient
way of life, China
could get there
first, making its
economy very hard
to compete with.
Unless a Western
firm plans to establish
a true Chinese entity,
the longevity is limited due
to the fact the Chinese will
learn fast and take it forward
themselves. — Falciani
In China, the group is more important than the individual,
tradition is more important than a new idea,
and consensus is more important than the demands of a
single person. In China, the group is accustomed to being
led and to following the leader. I had to learn when to
step forward and lead, without being a ruthless dictator
or a wild cowboy. I continue today to read everything
I can about the history, culture, politics, and economy
of China. —Barry
As China's wealth increases, so does its ability to invest in its future. Over the past
couple of years it has made very noticeable investments in improving transportation
networks and building the newest hotels and office buildings. It has also been
investing behind the scenes in an improved electrical infrastructure. China plans to
install tens of nuclear power plants throughout its nation over the next 5-10 years
and to build the most powerful and sophisticated electrical grid in
the world. At the same time, it is investing heavily in electrifying its vehicles
and reducing fossil fuel consumption. —Giasson
Eventually, the cost of doing business in China must rise due
to its explosive growth, and the incentive to innovate will become
greater. But I predict it will be a long time coming. —Boothe
When I started, in 2001,
it was easy to recruit
untrained, raw labor
at very low cost. The
opportunity was to use this
labor to manufacture and
assemble products for export.
The factory overhead was
also much lower than in the
West. The low labor and
low overhead costs were
somewhat offset by higher
transportation costs to the
Western markets. — Barry
China realizes that
with its more recent
economic growth it
is probably the only
world power that has
the "luxury" to plan
its development with
all of the knowledge
and experience that
the last part of the last
century has to offer.
With its Communist government,
China is able to make decisions
and implement changes very
quickly compared to most other
governments around the globe.
Because China can react faster,
it has the opportunity
to catch up over the next
15-20 years. —Giasson
Chinese firms will work hard
to learn Western management
and marketing techniques
and seek to emulate the
Japanese model of investing
in foreign countries rather
than exporting all products
The Chinese government will
have a difficult time controlling
the Chinese military and
national pride. More incidents
will occur where China inter-
feres with other countries, or
attempts to extend its sovereign
rights. The strong economy
will drive expectations of a
strong military and a larger
role in global affairs.
The Chinese people
will continue to expect
more openness, more
transparency, and more
individual rights from
Transformations \ Spring 2011 21
By Michael W. Dorsey
t0 Look Forward
Were it not for a te<hnicality, Jennifer Rudolph, associ-
ate professor of Asian history at \TPI, might have become a
doctor instead of a scholar of Chinese political history.
Enrolled as a pre-med major at the University of Chicago,
she signed up for a course sequence in far-Eastern civilization
to fulfill a core humanities and arts requirement. She loved
the courses and her professor. "He would tell us that every-
thing good came from China," she says, laughing.
When the time came to fulfill her foreign language
requirement, she opted for Chinese. But then her advisor
informed her that she couldn't take both organic chemistry
and Chinese. Shed have to choose — between the courses,
and, more to the point, between continuing her pre-med
studies and switching majors. "I dropped out of organic,"
she says. "I liked pre-med, but it didn't light my fire in the
way the Chinese sequence had."
She earned her bachelor's degree in far Eastern languages
and civilizations and was accepted into the Inter-University
Program for Advanced Chinese Language Studies in Taiwan.
She spent a year and a half in Taiwan becoming proficient in
spoken and written Mandarin Chinese (she can also speak and
read modern Japanese and read classical Chinese and Manchu).
Returning to the United States, she put her language skills
22 Transformations \ Spring 2011
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to good use as general manager of the U.S. office of Fusion
Electronics, a small joint venture that made laptops in
Taiwan, and then at SEI Information Technologies, an IT
consulting company. By that time she had decided to return
to school. "Working at SEI was the first business experience
that I found trulv stimulating," she says, "but I wanted more
depth, more expertise, more understanding of the world
She enrolled at the University of Washington in Seattle,
where she became immersed in institutional and political his-
tory "This is the stuff between political science and history,"
she says. "This is how politics works and operates in contem-
porary contexts, but to understand that you have to have a
historical basis." She turned her attention to the modern
institutional and political history of China, but as she read
the portraits of the modern period captured by Western
scholars, she began to wonder if they'd gotten the story right.
In this popular view, China in the latter half of the 19th
centurv was a nation in turmoil, but also a nation that kept
its eyes closed. In the waning years of the Qing dynast)',
which had ruled the sprawling empire since 1644, humiliat-
ing losses to foreign armies and navies and internal revolts
that threatened the country's stability put the government
in crisis. The world was changing all around it, but China
seemed unable to adapt and modernize. Its stagnation would
lead, in short order, to the downfall of the Qing dynasty
and a century of upheaval.
But to Rudolph, this narrative didn't ring true. "The
Chinese government was populated by people who had
gone through a rigorous civil service examination," she says.
Rudolphs scholarship resulted in a book that is credited
with revising our understanding of this pivotal period.
24 Transformations \ Spring 2011
"They were really smart; they weren't unaware. They recog-
nized Western military might, and they debated many
courses of action."
She notes that much of the work done on modern
Chinese history through the 1 970s was written from a dis-
tance. "Many of the people who wrote these works were great
scholars," she says, "but they had limited access to the origi-
nal source documents and they were immersed in the para-
digm of modernization theory. China had not followed the
accepted modernization path; moreover, it was a Communist
state and had closed off its mainland archives to outsiders."
Rudolphs graduate studies came on the heels of the
normalization of relations between China and the United
States and coincided with the opening of those archives to
Westerners. She spent nearly two years visiting archives in
Beijing and Taipei, studying the intricacies of Chinese
bureaucracy in the late 19th century, a time the Chinese
called the Self-Strengthening Period.
She discovered that the Zongli Yamen, the most impor-
tant government organization established at that time, was far
more than an ineffectual Western-style Chinese response to
the country's defeat during the Opium Wars, which was how
accepted scholarship portrayed it. Rather, it reflected top-
level awareness of the need for innovation in governance and
represented a significant and forward-looking Chinese-based
effort to reassert central control in an era of decentralization.
Rudolph's scholarship resulted in a book, Negotiated
Power in Late Imperial China: The Zongli Yamen and the
Politics of Reform (Cornell East Asia Series, 2008), that is
credited with revising our understanding of this pivotal
period. "The Zongli Yamen is known as China's first foreign
office, but it was really closer to a state council or cabinet,"
Rudolph says. "It was in charge of all modernization. The
Qing Dynasty had the world's most mature bureaucracy;
how do you add to it a government organ that is responsible
for all modernization? Think about how many tentacles it
had to have and how much jurisdiction and control it needed.
Think Homeland Security," she adds, noting that the U.S.
department created to build bridges between disparate intel-
ligence agencies may be the best modern anaology for the
Before the creation of the Zongli Yamen, the Chinese
government consisted of many parallel hierarchies, all report-
ing up to the Grand Council — the only Qing office with
comprehensive jurisdiction. Horizontal linkages were nonex-
istent between these silos. "The Zongli Yamen, because it was
in charge of foreign relations, because it was in charge of min-
ing, the post office, and all of the other operations that go
along with modernization, had to have mechanisms in place
that linked the parallel hierarchies of the new foreign affairs
administration and the established territorial administration
so that it could access necessary information," Rudolph says.
These linkages made possible the give and take that was
central to the process of fostering change within a centrally
controlled organization, she says. "This is a difficult process.
It takes constant negotiation. Where does the power come
from? You can decree it, but it ultimately has to become a
de facto kind of power."
While the Zongli Yamen was short-lived and the Qing
Dynasty, itself, collapsed in 1911, Rudolph says the tale of
the Zongli Yamen is nevertheless a story of significance. It
demonstrates that China was able to develop its own approach
to innovation and change, one that ultimately helped ration-
alize governance and usher in a more ministerial type of rule.
Significantly, as China distances itself from a century
marked bv wars, civil strife, and revolution to build a modern.
Tr a ns formations \ Spring 2011 25
innovation-driven economy, it is reexamining the structures
of the Zongli Yamen. "What is interesting it that they are
in some ways doing the exact same thing the Zongli Yamen
did," she says. "Take, for example, the banking system in
China. It is state owned and controlled, but all around it
you have economic liberalization taking place. So all of a
sudden, the banking system is opening up. You still have to
keep control at the top, but there is an effort to establish
For Rudolph, the story of the Zongli Yaman holds an
important lesson for today's government and business leaders:
sometimes, to understand what is really going on in a com-
plex and nontransparent country like China, you need to
look in unexpected places. "China is evolving so quickly,"
she says, "and we tend to look at the top and the bottom for
clues: What is the Politburo doing? Are there lots of protests
by average citizens?
"But you need to look in the middle to see how the
country is actually working. It's there that you'll get a real
understanding of whether or not China will be stable and
whether the economic reforms and the pace of reforms will
be sustainable. A lot of attention is being paid to that area in
China right now."
And a lot of attention is being paid to China, itself,
around the world, as it emerges as a major and influential
economic power. As the recent visit to Washington by
Chinese president Hu Jintao made clear, "the United States
and China are two giants that are going to have to share
the stage, at least for the foreseeable future," Rudolph says.
A great deal of uncertainty remains about how that relation-
ship will play out, and just where the path of economic and
political reform will take China in the years ahead. As the
Obama Administration strains to get a clearer picture of
that future with history-conscious China, Rudolph says,
it doesn't hurt to take a moment to examine the past. D
26 Transformations \ Spring 2011
In the 1983 film Zelig, Woody Allen plays a human
chameleon who can fit into any situation by taking
on the appearance and mannerisms of those around
him. One of the more remarkable stories in modern
Chinese history is the Zelig-like tale of a 17th-century
pirate whose life and story have been transformed
again and again to fit the purposes of a string of
The story of Zheng Chenggong, known as Koxinga in the West,
is intimately intertwined with the history of Taiwan, says Jennifer
Rudolph, who is working on a book about the changing sense of
"place identity" on this island that lies less than 100 miles from
the coast of mainland China.
Taiwan's identity is no small matter, Rudolph notes. In 1949, when
the Chinese Communist Party came to power in the People's
Republic of China (PRC), the losing side, the Nationalists, found
safe haven on Taiwan for their regime, the Republic of China
(ROC). "Ever since, there have been two Chinas," she says. "This
stalemated civil war makes the international status of Taiwan
complicated: is it a nation-state, or is it a province?"
The PRC claims the island as a province, but since 1949 Taiwan,
as the ROC, has acted as a de facto state. The United States
recognized Taiwan and the ROC as the rightful China until 1979,
when it switched its recognition to the PRC. "All of this makes
Taiwan's identity hotly contested," Rudolph says, "and it makes
Zheng Chenggong an important figure once again."
Zheng Chenggong 's father was Chinese — a merchant and
pirate — and his mother, daughter of a Samurai, was Japanese.
After the Manchu invaded southern China and drove out the Ming
emperor, Zheng, a Ming loyalist, fought the new Qing Dynasty
until forced to flee to Taiwan. There, he drove out Dutch colonists
and turned the once lawless island into a thriving Ming outpost
and commercial state.
When China ceded Taiwan to Japan after the first Sino-Japanese
War in 1895, Zheng's legacy was refreshed once again. Well
known in Japan because of his mother and a popular 18th-century
Japanese play that portrayed him as a folk hero, Zheng became
a symbol of the historical connection between Japan and Taiwan.
"The new colonial regime used plays and textbook passages about
Zheng to spread the message of patriotism and loyalty," Rudolph
says. "They painted Zheng's brand of anti-imperialism as anti-
Western and used his mixed heritage and loyalty to his emperor
to claim his loyalty to the Japanese emperor."
At the end of World War II, Japan withdrew from Taiwan just as
China was in the midst of a civil war that ultimately resulted in the
split between Communist China on the mainland and the ROC on
Taiwan. The Nationalist Party on Taiwan resurrected the image
of Zheng as a liberator. "It even referred to its leader, Chiang Kai-
shek, as a modern-day Koxinga," Rudolph says, "who would soon
retake the mainland."
Today, as Taiwan's future hangs in the balance, leaders on both
sides of the Strait of Taiwan understand the value of the story of
Zheng Chenggong. Those dreaming of an independent nation hail
him as the Father of Taiwan who brought Chinese civilization and
culture to the island; a former vice president has even referred to
Zheng as Taiwan's Moses. Those hoping to unite Taiwan with the
mainland portray him as a national hero who freed the island from
foreign imperialists. In fact, on the island of Gulangyu in Fujian
province, where Zheng planned his attack on the Dutch, the PRC
has built a massive granite statue of him.
"It's the largest stone statue of a historical figure in China," Rudolph
says, "including the major political figures of the 20th century, like
Mao Zedong or Deng Xiaoping. The statue is indicative of the iden-
tity building that the PRC has actively engaged in during the current
period: a rediscovering of history and the construction of alternative
grassroots models of belonging for contested places like Taiwan."
Like the tales of many legendary figures, those of Koxinga are far
more grandiose than the real story of the brutal pirate who may
have killed thousands in his quest to establish his own kingdom.
"But," says Rudolph, "the usefulness of Zheng Chenggong as a
political icon will continue to outweigh the realities of the
Zheng ruled Taiwan until his death from malaria in 1662. His
children held onto power until the 1680s, when the Qing empire
conquered the island and decided that it made political and eco-
nomic sense to annex it. To help strengthen ties between Taiwan
and the mainland, they also co-opted the memory of Zheng,
whom they'd previously viewed as a traitor and outlaw. Under
the new regime, he was lionized as a Confucian god for his
service as a loyal official of the Ming.
Within hours of the announcement in Oslo last October
that Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo was the 2010 recipient of
the Nobel Peace Prize, search engines in China stopped yield-
ing responses for anything connected to the Nobel Prizes,
according to Professor of Mechanical Engineering Yiming
(Kevin) Rong. "Before the Peace Prize was announced, the
Nobel Prizes were introduced for the sciences," said Rong,
ticking off physics, biology, and economics. "But once the
Peace Prize was announced, everything about the Nobel
Prizes was cut."
The Chinese government is very sensitive about criticism
and regards the awarding of the prize to the jailed literary
critic who advocates for an end to one-party Communist rule
in China as a slap in the face. That the government could
largely succeed in cutting off an estimated 450 million Internet
users from a slice of global communications immediately after
one of its domestic critics was thrust into the international
limelight is illustrative of the complicated relationship
between the drive for economic growth in China and the
free flow of information.
The desire and the ability of Chinese authorities to filter
search results has been a bone of contention between the gov-
ernment and Google, the world's largest search engine. When
Google launched its Chinese site in 2006, it faced a dilemma:
the price of being granted permission to do business in China
included having to agree to government censorship.
Jennifer Rudolph, associate professor of Asian history,
has been observing the evolution of this relationship. Initially
Google agreed to terms it found onerous because it didn't
want to risk missing out on establishing itself in the world's
largest Internet market. Google saw itself as a force for open-
ness, said Rudolph, "it justified its entrance into China as
28 Transformations \ Spring 2011
There is a complicated relationship
between the drive for economic growth in
China and the free flow of information.
bringing a benefit to the Chinese and that censorship was the
price it had to pay."
The relationship soured in December 2009 when Google
perceived that its servers were being hacked by the govern-
ment, and last March Google announced that it would no
longer filter search results. The company still has a presence
in China, but its search portal directs users to its servers in
Hong Kong, which are not subject to censorship.
Without Google, Chinese Internet users are not left
to wander aimlessly in the ether. A homegrown search engine
called Baidu is by far the most popular way to navigate the
Internet in China. Rong, who divides his time between his
post in Worcester and a job at Tsinghua University in Beijing,
says that in terms of speed Baidu now surpasses Google
because of the extra hurdles related to routing and service
interruption that Google users must endure. That edge has
enabled Baidu to increase its already dominant market share.
Rong believes Baidu is less powerful than Google in terms
of search results, but Baidu has a better grasp of the Chinese
market and is therefore more likely to give surfers results they
are looking for.
That is, unless they are looking for information tied
to politically sensitive phrases such as "June 4, 1989,"
"Tiananmen massacre," or "Falun Gong." (The last is the
name of a banned religious movement.) As significantly,
says Rong, Chinese Internet users don't have access to pop-
ular social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and
YouTube. Again, there are Chinese equivalents of these sites.
They are wildly popular, but they are on the other side of
what is often referred to as "The Great Firewall" that sepa-
rates Chinese Internet users from the rest of the world.
At the start of the January uprising in Egypt, the
Associated Press reported that Chinese microblogging sites
based on the Twitter formula yielded this message to anyone
searching the word Egypt: "According to relevant laws,
regulations, and policies, the search results are not shown."
Asked what he thinks would happen if Chinese authori-
ties lifted all restrictions on Internet searches, Rong said, "It
may have significant impact on government authority in the
country." He doesn't hazard a guess on how long it would
take for the current power structure to collapse, but he holds
it unlikely that it would be a peaceful transition. Because of
that, he said, as long as the government can deliver economic
growth, there are significant parts of the population that sup-
port censorship as a legitimate tool for maintaining stability.
He is not among them. "I've been here too long," said Rong
of his many years studying and living in the United States.
The dilemma facing the Chinese government, he said,
is that trends in technology make it more and more difficult
to limit the free flow of information in a society that wants
to participate in global economic growth. The danger is that
as people find out that they have been misled about the
meaning and impact of important historical events, it will
unleash anger that will be hard to contain.
"I know the problem," said Rong, "but I don't know
the solution." D
Transformations \ Spring 201 1 29
By Susan Seligson
From the food (hot dogs — ugh) to the social gatherings (so loud!), Chinese
students try hard to understand America and its customs.
On a frigid Sunday evening in February, Yao Zheng, an
electrical engineering grad student from Beijing, escorts an
American acquaintance to a WPI party kicking off a week of
festivities to usher in the Year of the Rabbit. The Campus Center
is all but deserted and eerily silent as Yao heads up the stairs and
nudges open the double doors of the Odeum. There, at least
150 Chinese students sit at round tables drinking Coke and
finishing the last bites of dinner from a copious Asian buffet.
"This is a real Chinese party," says Yao, who returned to
China in August. "People just stay seated." He is happy at WPI
but counts just two Americans among his friends. The school's
many services for Chinese students, and international students
in general, range from writing assistance to ESL tutoring to
off-campus shopping tours. But nothing prepared Yao for the
divergent social styles of Americans and Chinese. Chinese
prefer structured gatherings, communal cooking, and games
to freewheeling encounters. As a pair of Chinese comedians
banter before the quietly appreciative crowd, Yao speaks of a
cultural gap that breeds neither animosity nor disapproval,
just perpetual bemusement.
"What if you saw a girl you liked at another table — how
would you approach her?" asks the visitor. "I wouldn't!" says
the quick-witted, jovial Yao, who has a girlfriend in China
and texts her at every opportunity. When he arrived at WPI,
Yao was homesick and spent about $2,000 a month calling
China. He's settled in now, but still marvels at how, both at
parties and in the classroom, Americans venture boldly where
Chinese fear to tread.
30 Transformations \ Spring 2011
An annual report by the Institute of International Edu-
cation reported a 30 percent rise in the number of Chinese
nationals studying in the United States last year. Chinese stu-
dents attending U.S. colleges now number 128,000, or 18
percent, of 691,000 international students. In 2010, according
to the report, China outranked India as the leading source
of foreign students in this country.
WPI embodies that trend, with Chinese students making
up 48 percent of the Institute's 730 international undergrad-
uates and graduate students, who hail from 60 countries,
according to Tom Thomsen, director of international students
and scholars at WPI's International House. WPI has two
thriving Chinese student organizations: the Chinese Student
Association, composed of students from Taiwan and Hong
Kong as well as mainland China, and the Chinese Students
and Scholars Association, a group of graduate students from
"There's a national trend of colleges being inundated
with applications from China," says Thomsen, whose staff
helps foreign students settle in with three-day orientation
workshops offering guidance with everything from the nuts
and bolts of visas and permits for work and travel, to helping
students cope with language barriers, dizzying academic
options, and, perhaps most confounding, American ways.
"Culture shock comes in phases," explains Thomsen,
whose counseling staff employs a YouTube clip from Columbia
"At first it's all great, but after a few weeks students start
Trans formation s \ Spring 2011 31
Chinese students make up 48 percent of WPI's
730 international undergraduate
and graduate students.
getting depressed, and miss the comfort and environment of
their home country. There's a lot to get used to, so we intro-
duce them to the community. " which includes an outing to
a shopping mall and a walk-through at Worcester's Super
Wal-Mart. Though its understandable that Chinese students
will cling to the familiar by sticking together at first, "we
encourage them little by little to branch out and meet some
American students," he says.
If only it were that easy, laments Yuliang "Kevin" Sun, a
graduate student in marketing. Yuliang is one of six Chinese
students living off campus who gather at the Park Avenue
restaurant Pho Dakao to discuss the trials and rewards of
attending college a world away from home. For starters,
that ubiquitous American greeting, "How are you?" had him
stumped. "I didnt know how to answer," he recalls, as he
digs into a meal of steamed fish, spring rolls, and caramelized
pork. "In China you always try to give a real answer. I don t
know how to keep up the conversation, and I don't know
what American girls are interested in. I had to make American
friends to improve my speaking, and when I invite them to
a parn- they are pleased to come," he says. "But they're not
interested in our games."
Topping these is a role-playing game called "Mafia
Doctor" that has captivated the youth of mainland China,
says undergraduate Yunwen Sun, 20, a math major.
"Americans go to a frat house to dance, drink, and
talk about partying," says Yunwen. "We sit together and play
games. Our definition of party is just friends sitting together."
Yuliang, who'd returned from China just a day earlier, puts
it succinctly: "Its like we're boring." Most of the students
are products of China's one-child law, the single aspect of
Chinese culture that seems to stir endless curiosity among
the students' American peers. "My mother had six sisters and
two brothers, but I'm used to being alone," says Yao. "I don't
mind staying alone on Saturday night. I don't have the idea
that I have to go somewhere." To bring Chinese together
on the scale of the New Year's gathering can be, he observes,
"a tough job."
For some Chinese, a shared passion can open the door
to friendships with Americans that transcend the superficial.
In the last year, the upbeat Yunwen began rooming with
three Americans, fellow members of the women's crew team.
Beyond their common sport, the students found common
ground in something beloved by all — food. Under her tute-
lage they turn out Chinese feasts, says Yunwen, who is dating
an American. But their preferred fare, the Szechuan specialty
known as the hot pot, is still a tough sell, the students say.
And the notion of dessert is quite un-Chinese. Those almond
cookies that turn up as the coda to every Chinese meal here?
"They don't exist in China," says Yunwen. Fortune cookies
are also an American invention.
As the students polish off a platter of watercress with
garlic sauce, they weigh in on a staple of American culture
that horrifies them — the hot dog. "And if you try to eat the
sausage without the roll it's just terrible," says Yao as the rest
of the students wince. "When I first ate your salad I thought
it was kind of weird," says Yuliang. "The sauce is sour, and in
China we don't eat a lot of raw things. But there is something
I really like — your clam chowder."
"Americans love our food," says Yuliang. "And my
American friends are very kind, but I just don't know how
32 Transformations \ Spring 2011
From left, front row: Chunyan Li, GS; Yunwen Sun '13; Xiaokong Yu, GS.
Back row: Yao Zheng, GS; Zijian Xia '13; Yuliang Sun, GS.
to keep the friendships going." All agree that one way to
bridge the culture gap is through sports. Yuliang joined the
tennis club. Yao was on the swim team in high school and
swam every day in China as an undergraduate in Shanghai.
In order to swim there, he had to make his case before the
university administration. "Getting permission to swim was
very official there," he explains. "So when I came here I did
it the same way, going to my advisor and telling him that I'm
a good student and would like to swim. He said, 'J ust g° P ut
on your suit and jump in.' In America people do sports for
fun," adds Yunwen. "But in China if you want to do sports,
you have to be very serious."
When it comes to American spectator sports, the stu-
dents are perplexed. Football? "I just don't understand it,"
says Yunwen. "It's kind of too physical," adds Yuliang, whose
idea of a gripping contest is the U.S. Open. Baseball? Kind of
boring, the Chinese students agree, though Yunwen is drawn
to the grace of basketball. Yuliang's pro basketball education
came when he was shouted down for wearing a Celtics shirt
in Los Angeles, where he was visiting his two sisters.
The students share good-natured laughter as they chime
in with random observations about American cultural quirks.
All bespectacled, they wonder aloud why young Americans
"barely wear glasses." "Americans will always hold the door
open for you," says Yunwen, who comes from the city of
Jinan in Shandong Province. "But in China there are so
many people everywhere that doors are just kept open," adds
Xiaokong Yu, a shy graduate student majoring in civil engi-
neering. "When I got here everything felt so empty," she says.
"Empty university, empty city." Graduate student Chunyan
Li, 23, who arrived here from Zhejiang Province in August to
study operation design and leadership, was startled by how
few people are out walking along Worcester's roads. "In
China, people are everywhere," she says.
Rampant talk of Tiger Mothers notwithstanding, the
Chinese students would like to dispel the myth that they are
far more disciplined in their study habits than their American
counterparts. At least at WPI, "The Americans work very
hard. As hard as us," says Yuliang. But Chinese tend to be
early risers — not Americans' strong suit. And they generally
aren't fond of alcohol, so hangovers are not an issue.
"In China all classes are in the daytime," adds Yuliang.
In class, at least for the first few months and despite profes-
sors' efforts to be helpful and clear, Chinese might take all
day to read a chapter that Americans consume in a few
hours, says Yuliang. "My listening is not as good as my
writing," adds Zijian Xia, 19, who adds that it takes time
to grow accustomed to speaking out in class. "In China we
ask our questions after class," says Zijian, a chemistry major
who calls himself Donnie. Their professors are patient and
helpful, add the students, and some, like Yuliang, get help
from student volunteers at the writing center.
"The professors know what they're doing," says Yao.
"They put you on the edge but they don't push you off the
cliff," he adds, comparing graduate school to "slavery." But
he grins when he says it, and the students say they find more
hands-on opportunities here than in China, particularly in
the lab. "Students are more equal to professors in the lab
here," says Xiaokong, who is working toward a doctorate.
"As a freshman I work in the biochemistry lab," says Zijian.
"In China, that's impossible."
While subtle cultural differences exist among the stu-
dents, who come from different regions of their vast home-
land, there is one obsession they inevitably share: how to call
China, cheaply and often. From international calling cards to
Skype, they are forever tweaking the formula after being
nearly bankrupted that first difficult month far away from
home. "I Skype three to four times a week now, but in the
beginning I called my mother every day," says Chunyan, who
plans a visit home in May.
Yao tells a story of seeing a new arrival from China, a
male graduate student, who felt so overwhelmed by the tran-
sition that he broke down sobbing. That was extremely
unusual, says Yao. For his part, and for the students gathered
this brisk evening, there are no regrets. "We're having fun,"
says Yunwen. "And we all are confident we can do this." D
Chinese prefer structured gatherings, communal cooking,
and games to freewheeling encounters.
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Irving Gerber '44, owner of Fine
Woodworkers of Boston, has retired. He
and his wife, Shirley, celebrated their 65th
wedding anniversary last year.
The family history of Kim Woodbury '44
was on display at Gordon Library, in an
exhibit called " 1 20 Years of Fine Printing:
The Story of Woodbury and Company."
Kim was interviewed about the company's
founding and the many generations of
Woodburys at WPI. (See the video at
wpi.edu/-i-library). The WPI community
mourned the death of Kim's wife, Betty,
who died Oct. 19, 2010.
Daniel Lacedonia '46, a 50-year
resident of East Longmeadow, Mass., was
chosen as grand marshal for the town's
2010 Fourth of July parade.
Albert Soloway '48 offered a historical
perspective on the chemistry curriculum at
the U.S. Naval Academy in a letter to
Chemical & Engineering News. At the
height of World War II, Soloway placed
second in the "plebe chemistry" class of
900, due to his superior chemistry back-
ground. With no other chemistry courses
available at the academy, he elected to
return to WPI to complete his BS degree.
Michael Hoechstetter '53 teaches
chemistry at Columbus State Community
College in Ohio, where he has been an
adjunct instructor for six years.
Philip Simon '53 and his wife, Pat, live
in Vista, Calif. He retired from IBM after
35 years, and spent 1 7 years as a profes-
sor of engineering and computer science
at National University in San Diego.
William Hills '54 blogs on topics from
the BP oil spill to income taxes and immi-
gration at Op.EdNews.com. He is the re-
tired president and founder of Hills R&D Inc.
Walter Kirk '54 writes from West Palm
Beach, Fla., "I am safely into my 87th year
and all is well."
Milton Meckler '54 has published
several papers in collaboration with the
University of Chicago and the Sustainable
IT Ecosystems Lab at Hewlett-Packard
Laboratories. His company, Design Build
Systems (DBS), is commercializing compo-
nents for a vapor recompression absorber
that that improves cooling system effi-
ciency. Milt and his wife, Marlys, have
been active in preserving the historic
district of St. Petersburg, Fla., where they
are homeowners in the former Huntington
Hotel, built in the 1 890s.
John Hanks '55 is the author of Boy
P.O.W. (Blackrosewriting.com), based on
his childhood years in the Philippines and
the impact of World War II.
Bob Stempel '55 was elected to the
board of directors of Genesis Fluid Solu-
Alfred Barry '57 sold his manufactur-
ing company, Stanlok Corp., to his son,
Ai Barry '77. He is now semi-retired
and living in Worcester.
Bob Galligan '57 came out of retire-
ment to teach part time at Grand View
College in Des Moines, Iowa.
Joseph Bronzino '59 delivered a pub-
lic lecture on the technological advances in
biomedical engineering at the University of
New Haven. He is Vernon Roosa Professor
of Applied Science at Trinity College.
Roger Kuenzel '59 plays banjo in
the Irem Shrine String Band, providing
entertainment for the Fourth of July and
Memorial Day parades near the New
York-Pennsylvania border. "People come
from a 50-mile radius to see us," he writes.
Richard Ronskavitz '59 retired
1 3 years ago after serving 20 years as
director of the Broward County, Fla., Traf-
fic Engineering Division. Prior to that, he
held the same title for the city of Hartford,
Conn. His wife, Louise, died in 2008,
leaving their two sons. He now resides
in Pompano Beach.
Richard Davis '61 and his wife, Dorothy,
retired after 1 years as innkeepers and
owners of the Pedigrift House in Ashland,
Ore. "We now spend our winters in Cape
Canaveral, Fla., and return to Ashland
each summer to volunteer with the Oregon
Shakespeare Festival," he writes. "During
tax season, I volunteer with the AARP help-
ing prepare returns."
Jesse Erlich '62 was named in the 201 1
edition of 8esf Lawyers" . He is a partner at
Burns & Levinson LLP.
Ed Scherer '63 retired from an executive
post with Southern California Edison and
relocated to Boynton Beach, Fla., to be
near his family.
Phil Baker '65 is COO of Axion Power
International, a Delaware company that is
developing advanced lead-carbon batter-
ies and energy-storage technology.
Hutch Wyman '65 lives in Georgia and
has been retired since 2006. "Two grand-
children keep Sue and me busy," he
writes. "I'm also a member of the Stone
Mountain Barbershop Chorus." Hutch is
the brother of Jon Wyman '75, and son
of the late Bill Wyman '35.
After working for GE, Cooper Power Sys-
tems, and Square D, Phil Hopkinson
'66 formed his own power transformer
consulting business, HVOLT Inc., in 2001 .
A registered PE in North Carolina, he
holds 1 5 patents, has authored numerous
papers, and is an IEEE life fellow.
John Lauterbach '66 was appointed to
the U.S. FDA Tobacco Products Scientific
Advisory Committee. His company, Lauter-
bach & Assoc. LLC, based in Macon, Ga.,
provides consulting services worldwide on
the chemistry and toxicology of tobacco,
tobacco products, and tobacco smoke.
He has presented papers at the American
Chemical Society's national meeting in
Boston, the CORESTA congress in Edin-
burgh, Scotland, and the Tobacco Science
Research Conference in Hilton Head, N.C.
His 1 2-year-old son, Sebastian, a budding
scientist and engineer, serves as junior
librarian and junior toxicologist for the
34 Transformations \ Spring 2011
WPI HOMECOMING 2010
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Robert H. Goddard Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement
Edward Cheung '85 was recognized for his work as the principal engineer for NASA's Hubble Space
Paul Chodak III '85 was recognized for his work in the energy industry, currently as president and
chief operating officer of AEP's Indiana Michigan Power.
Ichabod Washburn Young Alumni Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement
Leo Gestetner '95 was honored for his record of innovation and entrepreneurship, currently as the
founder of Heath Capital, based in Los Angeles.
Jiong Ma '90/MS was honored for her impressive career in venture capital, currently as a partner at
Braemar Energy Ventures in Boston.
John Boynton Young Alumni Award for Service to WPI
Karen Tegan Padir '90, '95/MBA was recognized for her outstanding commitment to WPI as a trustee
and for bringing pride to her alma mater through her remarkable career in information technology.
Transformations \ Spring 2011 3 5
== CLASS NOTES
Recent and new publications by WPI alumni, faculty, staff
Multiphysics Modeling Using COMSOL : A First Principles Approach
by Roger Pryor '68 Jones & Bartlett Learning
Pryor offers a hands-on introduction to the art and science of
computerized modeling for physical systems and devices. The
guidebook uses a step-by-step methodology with practice models
that readers can build and run. The examples are linked to the
fundamental laws of physics, using a first principles analysis
approach. A supplemental DVD is included, with reference
documents and executable copies of the models discussed in
the book. Pryor, a COMSOL certified consultant, is vice president
of research for Pryor Knowledge Systems Inc..
Chouette and More: The World's First and Only Backgammon Sci-fi
Soap Opera (Book on CD)
by Mary Hickey '77 GammonVillage
Two-time champion of the U.S. Backgammon Open Mary Hickey
has compiled all 44 installments of the monthly column she wrote for
GammonVillage.com until 2007. Starting with the basic principles of
chouette (a backgammon variation for rotating teams of three or
more players), her commentaries progress to strategy and psychol-
ogy. Starting in Chapter 1 1 , the reader becomes part of an ongoing
plotline that involves eccentric opponents, exotic locales, and a time
warp. Hickey has numerous tournament victories to her credit.
Leading Change in a Web 2.1 World: How ChangeCasting Builds
Trust, Creates Understanding, and Accelerates Organizational Change
by Jackson Nickerson '84 Brookings Institution Press
Leading Change "ChangeCasting" is Nickerson's term for leveraging Web 2.0 technol-
Web 2.1 World gy to unlock and accelerate change within an organization. His book
outlines a new combination of leadership processes and guidelines,
drawing examples from Fortune 1 000 firms and Barack Obama's 2008
presidential campaign. Nickerson is Frahm Family Professor of Organi-
zation and Strategy at Washington University Olin Business School,
and Senior Scholar, Governance Studies, at the Brookings Institution. He
also serves as director of Brookings Executive Education, a partnership
HooonNkMwn between the university and the institution.
The Participatory Museum
by Nina Simon '03 CreateSpace
Web 2.0 is more than a buzzword, argues Simon, principal of
nSs ui Museum 2.0, a design consultancy that helps cultural institutions
create participatory, dynamic, audience-centered programs. The same
"architecture of participation" that encourages us to generate, share,
and curate content online can be brought to museums, libraries, and
other public venues, transforming visitors from passive viewers to
active contributors who help shape and enhance the experience. Simon
describes the principals and practicalities of participation, and offers
entry points for the bold and the cautious to embrace the possibilities for
transformation. The book is available for purchase as a paperback or a PDF download,
and a complete, free version is viewable online at her website, particpatorymuseum.org.
Don Nitsche '66 writes, "After a career
as a pension actuary, I retired from Mass
Mutual in May 2009. Nancy and I have
been married for 40 years (we met in my
junior year at Tech). Our son lives in Las
Vegas, and we visit our three grandchil-
dren out there as much as possible. Our
daughter teaches math in a public school
system near Boston."
Eugene Wilusz '66, an authority on
chemical and biological protective cloth-
ing, works at the U.S. Army Natick (Mass.)
Soldier Research, Development and Engi-
neering Center. His book, Military Textiles,
(Woodhead Publishing) reviews recent
research in areas such as damage resist-
ance, comfort, camouflage, and flame
Curt Carlson '67 was appointed to the
National Advisory Council on Innovation
and Entrepreneurship to support President
Obama's drive to develop policies that fos-
ter entrepreneurship and create economic
growth by bringing new ideas to the
After working for MIT's Draper and Lincoln
laboratories, Robert Kennedy '67 has
a second career as a professor of business
and technology at Massasoit Community
Lester Small '67 retired in July 2010,
after 42 years with the U.S. Air Force
Research Lab at Wright-Patterson AFB.
2010 Kalenian Award winner Rich
Sadowski '68 has invented a concen-
trating photovoltaic (CVP) system that can
quadruple the output of commercially avail-
able solar roof panels. His Solar Joules
"plug and play" modules, built from recy-
cled automobile parts, reflect photons onto
roof panels and track the path of the sun.
A WPI MBA project team is evaluating
Tony Leketa '69
was appointed presi-
dent of Parsons Water
& Infrastructure Inc.
in Pasadena, Calif.
He has been working
in the firm's federal
government group since 2005.
Ed Mierzejewski '69 retired as director
of the University of South Florida Center for
Urban Transportation Research and joined
the Tampa office of Gannett Fleming Inc.
as director of transportation research. He
and his wife, Aline, celebrated their 40th
anniversary last year with a three-week
trip to Italy.
Bill Hillner '70 is working in Nakhodka,
Russia, as senior construction manager of
a large offshore production project for
ExxonMobil. In his 34 years with the
company, he has had several assignments
in Europe, as well as Thailand, Qatar,
Angola, Nigeria, and various U.S. loca-
tions, including Alaska.
Phil Warren '70 and his wife, Tammy,
were married in 2008 and recently moved
into a new home in Crestwood, Ky. Phil is
vice president of Papercone Corp., a pro-
ducer of specialty envelopes.
Paul Geary '71 was reappointed U.S.
magistrate judge for the federal court in
Tulsa, Okla. His three children are working
toward graduate/undergraduate degrees.
Mike Ingemi '71 is a senior staff elec-
trical engineer at APC-MGE. He lives in
Bruce Beverly '73 retired from Haley &
Aldrich Inc. in May 2010. After celebrat-
ing with a cross-country motorcycle ride,
he started Beverly Management Consulting
in Auburn, Mass.
Urban Engineering, the firm of Edward
D'Alba '73, celebrated its 50th anni-
versary in 2010 and earned ranking in
Philadelphia's Top Workplaces.
John Goulet '73 returned to WPI in
1993 to join the Mathematical Sciences
faculty. He teaches undergraduate calculus
and linear algebra. "I'm in charge of the
Master of Mathematics for Educators (MME)
program," he writes, "as well as an under-
graduate teacher preparation program."
Roger Lavallee '73
was appointed senior
program manager, en-
and marketing, at the
Hartford campus of
RPI. His responsibilities
include interfacing with key executives in
Fortune 1000 companies to identify corpo-
rate leaders for career development and
enrollment at Rensselaer.
David Demers '74 ('84 MS FPE) was
appointed to the NFPA Standards Council.
For the past 27 years, Dave has been a
member of the Massachusetts Board of Fire
Prevention Regulations, serving as chair-
man for the past seven years.
Bob Lindberg '74 has served as presi-
dent of the National Institute of Aerospace
since 2004. Last year he was elected pres-
ident of the board of directors of the
Virginia Air & Space Center.
Stephen Page '74, a
founding shareholder of
Page, Mrachek, Fitzger-
ald & Rose, was named
in the Intellectual Prop-
erty and Commercial
Litigation categories in
The Best Lawyers in America 201 1 . His
Florida practice includes pharmaceutical
companies, athletic corporations, and
Vicki Cowart '75 received the 2010
Ian Campbell Medal for Superlative
Service to Geosciences from the American
Geological Society. The former state geolo-
gist for Colorado, she helped found the
Association for Women Geoscientists and
was the first woman president of the Asso-
ciation for American State Geologists. She
is president and CEO of Planned Parent-
hood of the Rocky Mountains.
Wilson "Bill" Dobson '75 retired from
Binary Engineering Assoc, the consulting
firm he founded in 1984. He writes that
he does not plan to give up engineering
altogether. "I will put my engineering and
scientific knowledge to use in assisting in
the defense of indigent individuals being
crushed under the jackboot of the state
criminal justice system."
Robert Horner '75 was appointed
director of public policy for the Illuminating
William Jagoda '75 earned his com-
mercial pilot certificate. He lives in Groton,
Conn., and works for Electric Boat.
Judy Nitsch '75 received an honorary
doctorate from Massachusetts Maritime
Academy for her contributions to engineer-
ing and her efforts to encourage others to
pursue engineering careers.
Oliver Smith '75 has been in medical
product design for more than 30 years,
focusing on non-invasive ventilation
devices. He works for Philips Healthcare
in Carlsbad, Calif.
Jon Wyman '75 lives on Wyman Pond,
in Westminster, Mass., and works for IAP
Worldwide Services at Hanscom AFB. He
has five grandchildren in Massachusetts
Terry Cirone '76 was appointed vice
president of health, environment, safety,
and security of The Chlorine Institute.
Jim Hall '76 joined Leerink Swann as
a managing director in the Strategic
Advisory and Consulting Group.
Jonathan Rourke '76 is CEO of Viacor
in Wilmington, Mass.
Neal Wright '76 is a vice president in
the Virginia Beach office of Dewberry,
where he leads the Department of Defense
George Keeler '77 is pastor of the
North Springfield Baptist Church in
Vermont. He and his wife, Fran, have
Congratulations to John Osowski '77,
who was elected Civil Engineer of the Year
by the Rochester Section of ASCE. He is
director of planning/construction at The
College at Brockport, part of the State
University of New York system.
Jeffrey Tingle '77, featured in the
Summer 2010 issue of Transformations,
is now vice president of software develop-
ment for PolyRemedy.
Peter Rowden '78 was promoted to
vice president, corporate manufacturing
operations, at Hologic Inc. He was recently
elected to a second term as a Becker
PBill Walton '78 was
recognized as 2010
Civil Engineer of the
Year by the ASCE
Illinois Section. He
works for GEI Consult-
ants, Midwest Region.
Ernie Cormier '81 was appointed presi-
dent and CEO at Nexage.
Ted Nevells '81 joined the project man-
agement team of RF Walsh Collaborative
Partners in Boston.
Frank Polito '81 was named Citizen
of the Year by the Atkinson (N.H.) Lions
Club. He recently stepped down from his
role as town moderator and chairman of
the Zoning Board of Adjustment after 1 8
years on the board. His son, David, is a
junior at WPI.
David Gillespie '82 is CEO of Aleut
Stephen Kaneb '82 was elected a
trustee of The Catholic University of Amer-
ica. He and his wife, Andrea (Fielding)
'84, live in South Hampton, N.H., with
their five children. They return to WPI for
a football game each year.
Transformations \ Spring 201 1 37
Now is the time to make a difference.
We understand that you want every charitable gift you make to be
meaningful and have impact.
In these complex times, we know that making the most of your philan-
thropy means thinking ahead. We know, too, that the best planned gifts
are simple, straightforward, and designed to benefit WPI and you, our
All gifts are important — to you and to WPI ... so whether your gift is for
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Act today. We can help you make an important difference in 201 1
Simply contact us by phone or email.
For a confidential consultation, contact Audrey Klein-Leach, executive director
of planned giving, at 508-831-5076 or email@example.com.
Deborah Chichlowski Luszey '82
teaches math in Hudson, N.H. She
attended the National Council of Teachers
of Mathematics Affiliate Leaders Confer-
ence in Reston, Va., last summer.
John Sansoucy '82 joined Blackstone
Management & Consulting as head of the
Lean Manufacturing Practice. He lives in
Douglas, Mass., with his wife, Patricia.
Mark Scott '83 continues at Sikorsky
Aircraft, where he is now technical lead
for rotor systems. His homebuilt four-place
airplane project is nearing completion.
Mark's eldest son, Erik, is a member of
the WPI Class of 2014.
Jean (Salek) Camp '84 writes from
Hawaii, "David and I have been living on
Kaua'i for about 10 years and still love it.
My project management consulting work
has slowed down, which is giving me
more time to enjoy recreational outrigger
paddling in Hanalei and eating pizza
made in our outdoor wood-fired brick
oven. Traveling to visit family and friends
is a welcome escape."
Robert Trocki '84 was promoted to senior
director of actuarial pricing at Fallon Com-
munity Health Plan in Worcester. He lives
in Shrewsbury with his wife, Cindy, and
Ed Cheung, a
native of Aruba
and a subject of
the Kingdom of
was knighted by
Queen Beatrix in
June 2010. He
Orde van de Neder-
(Order of the
the Kingdom's highest civilian honor, for
his work on the Hubble Space Telescope
and his efforts to motivate and inspire inter-
est in science and education among island
youth in his homeland. Sir Cheung is the
first Caribbean-born citizen to receive
Paul Chodak recently transitioned to
Indiana Michigan Power as president
Dave LaBranche joined the federal civil
service in 2008 for a five-year appoint-
ment as a Highly Qualified Expert (HQE).
"I expect to take a permanent civilian posi-
tion this year, if all goes well," he writes.
"I am an executive in the Department of
Defense, working on geospatial technology
policy and business enterprise integration."
Hire a WPI alumnus, new graduate, or
student and you'll gain someone who
globally minded, collaborative, innova
ready to contribute from Day One...
In other words, hire someone like YOL
Career Development Center
lepders + innovators +
By Connie Horwitz, Associate Director,
Career Development Center
Your Career Strategy on a Global Scale
How many of us could
have imagined when
we were students that
our professional work
might entail developing
a routine comfort level
people from countries
other than our own? Perhaps the communi-
cations are direct, with members of your
team. Perhaps it's participating in confer-
ence calls that now include an overseas con-
nection. Perhaps you are communicating
with foreign vendors that provide services
and products to your organization. Regard-
less, the world of your job, your career, your
industry has no doubt stepped outside the
boundaries of the United States in some
fashion. The odds that this trend will stop
and revert to a more insular past are proba-
bly slim to none. And the likelihood that
people will continue to see changes in their
job descriptions is going to increase as the
ability to understand global business be-
comes more critical to succeeding in one's
role. So, what does this ultimately mean for
The adage "The best defense is a good of-
fense" may truly apply here. Rather than
wearing blinders that support the hope of a
short-term trend, building a career plan that
incorporates the possibility of some globally
driven impact affecting your work is smart
and practical. Looking at your industry's
trends toward global business relations can
help you identify where your skills, apti-
tudes, and strengths fit in the picture. Ask
yourself what you lack in meeting the re-
quirements of a role that may demand more
comfort with international communications.
Seek opportunities to help you acquire the
necessary skills; for example, participating
on international calls, traveling for an over-
seas project, or researching international
vendors. If you are part of a small business,
applying this strategy to your business as a
whole may help lead your company to even
more profitable survival in the global arena.
So, as you contemplate the wisdom of ca-
reer planning for a global future, consider
your readiness for this — with WPI educating
students from more than 70 countries outside
the United States, you may soon be commu-
nicating on an international call. From your
desk. With a WPI alum.
Contact Connie at firstname.lastname@example.org
L. L A O O
J Christopher Papile
was inducted into the
Academic Hall of Fame
at Archbishop Williams
High School in Brain-
tree, Mass. He is a
chemical engineer and
the chief technology officer at Catalyte
LLC, a clean energy consulting firm.
Jo Anne Shatkin is CEO of CLF Ven-
tures, the nonprofit consulting affiliate of
the Conservation Law Foundation. She
previously served as managing director.
Barry C. Fougere joined BigBelly Solar
as chief operating officer.
John Jezowski is
senior vice president
and relationship man-
ager at Webster Finan-
cial Advisors, based in
the firm's Hartford,
Mark your calendars now!
Activities are open to all alumni.
Classes celebrating anniversary years:
1936, 1941, 1946, 1951, 1956,
1961, 1966. 1971. 1976, 1981
Brian Teague formed
Patent Law of Virginia
PLLC, a Richmond-
based national firm that
and individual clients.
Michael Thompson is North East
Region sales manager at Kammann USA.
(left, with NASA
a special honor
achievements related to human flight safety
and/or mission success. The award is
presented personally by NASA astronauts.
In his 22 years with David Clark Co. in
Worcester, Barry has made innumerable
contributions to the design, development,
qualification, manufacture, and operational
support of astronaut protective equipment.
He currently serves as vice president and
director of research and development.
Allen Bonde writes, "I am a co-founder
and CMO of social marketing software
start-up Offerpop, based in NYC (I'm still
outside Boston). We launched in June
2010. I'm always happy to hear from
alums in the Internet or consulting biz."
Carleen Maitland is on leave from
her position as associate professor of
information sciences and technology at
Penn State to serve as a program manager
in the Office of International Science and
Engineering at the U.S. National Science
Foundation in Arlington, Va. She manages
grants to foster research collaboration
between U.S. and Middle Eastern scientists
Linwood Bradford was promoted
to president and CEO of Conning &
Paul Dombrowski received the Morgan
Operational Solutions Award from the
Water Environment Federation (WEF), an
international technical and educational
water-quality organization. He works for
Woodard & Curran.
Karen Tegan Padir joined EnterpriseDB
as vice president of products and marketing.
W^I^Ilumni <§• Reunion Weekend
JUNE 2-5, 2011
Thursday, June 2
> Annual Alumni Golf Tournament,
Stow Acres Country Club
Friday, June 3
> WPI Impact: Words from the Provost
> Alumni College Sessions
> Campus Fair
> Alden Society Luncheon
> New England Clambake, 1962-201 1
> 50-Year Associates Reception and Dinner
(Classes of 1961 and earlier)
> Casino Night
Saturday, June 4
> A Conversation with President Berkey
> Alumni College Sessions
> Reunion Parade
Sunday, June 5
> Jazz Brunch
> Class of 1961 Remembrance Event
Please remember to update
your email address at
or contact us for assistance.
CHECK YOUR MAIL SOON FOR COMPLETE REGISTRATION INFORMATION.
Questions? Please call the WPI Alumni Relations Office at 508-831-5600 or log on to alumni.wpi.edu/alumniweekend.
From the Alumni Association President...
I'm happy to share with you an update from
the Alumni Association and the Office of
Alumni Relations on activities in 2010, and
highlights of exciting events planned for 201 1.
Homecoming Recognition Awards —
and Honoring Tuna
The Alumni Association honored five alumni
at Homecoming (see page 35). They join
those who were recognized at Reunion for
their professional achievement and their service to WPI.
Following the Rope Pull, about 200 students, alumni, and
friends gathered to honor Bill "Tuna" Trask as he received the
first-ever Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award.
Sharing reminiscences about Bill's impact on their lives
and careers were Tom Driscoll '11, Bill Cunningham 77,
Steve Rubin 74, Janet Richardson, and Mary "Ma" Fell. State
Senator Karen Spilka (who's married to Joel Loitherstein 73)
presented Bill with a proclamation from the Commonwealth
recognizing his contributions to the WPI community.
In conjunction with this event, the Alumni Association
hosted an online auction where many alumni donated and
purchased items in support of the WPI Alumni Association
Scholarship Fund. Net proceeds from the event to honor Bill
and the online auction totaled $1 1,000, which will be used
for student scholarships.
The Alumni Association plans to host another online auc-
tion in conjunction with Homecoming 201 1 to raise money
for the scholarship fund. If you'd like to donate to or assist with
the auction, contact Aubrey Valley, associate director of alumni
relations, at email@example.com.
In partnership with the Office of Alumni Relations, the Alumni
Association will be rolling out a Class Ambassador program.
We are looking for alumni interested in supporting their classes
in this role. Many of you already serve as members of your class
leadership and reunion committees or were part of the former
Class Board of Directors, and we hope you will continue in
your role as part of the Class Ambassador program. For those
not yet involved, this is a great opportunity to give back and
to connect with your classmates. Additional details will be
published in The Bridge and future issues of Transformations.
Alumni Global Engagement (AGE)
The AGE initiative focuses on building connections with
alumni who do not have the luxury of returning to campus for
events. This program will expand the efforts of the successful
Regional Clubs program and will include technology solutions
and various communication methods to build connections
among alumni and with WPI. More info is forthcoming.
Another way to become involved with and support WPI
is the STAR Mentoring program — an effort that matches
alumni with students interested in benefitting from the profes-
sional and life experience of alumni. No matter where you live,
you may participate; contact Connie Horowitz, associate direc-
tor of the Career Development Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thinking of traveling outside the United States soon? The
Alumni Association Travel program invites you to join fellow
alumni and visit a WPI Project Center. The Alumni Association
has partnered with Collette Vacations to offer several trips to
exciting locations where WPI has project centers. Find out
more about this travel package at www.wpi.edu/+alumnitravel.
By participating in this program, you will support a major ini-
tiative of the Alumni Association — providing scholarships to
students. Ten percent of every trip booked goes to the Alumni
Association scholarship fund.
In closing, I ask that each of you consider getting more
involved — whether by STAR Mentoring or the travel program,
by attending an event in your local area, or by returning to
campus for Homecoming or Reunion. I am confident you will
have a fantastic time! Write to me at email@example.com
to discuss ways to become involved.
Joyce S. Kline '87
Patrick Welge is president of EMCO
Maier Corp. in Columbus, Ohio. "EMCO
is one of Europe's premier machine tool
builders, and the Columbus location is our
North American headquarters," he writes.
Gudmundur Gudmundsson (MS) is
vice president of science and technology at
Kerecis, based in the company's Reykjavik,
Edward Hunt qualified as a Certified
Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor
(CIRA). He is principal of Hunt Service
Solutions in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Susan (Chilvers) Jones is manager
of business analysis at the Association of
American Medical Colleges in Washing-
ton, D.C. She, her husband, Keith, and
their son Parker are thrilled to announce
the birth of their second son, Mason Keith,
on March 30, 2010, in Annapolis, Md.
Coast Guard Rear Adm. Roy Nash is
deputy federal on-scene coordinator for
the U.S. Government's response to the
Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf
Megan (formerly Michael) Wallent is a
manager in the GFS Manageability Serv-
ices Group at Microsoft. She discussed
the workplace aspects of her transition
from male to female in a Harvard Business
Review article called "Changing Gender
on the Job."
Transformations \ Spring 201 1 41
= CLASS NOTES
Ed Connor '92, dean of admissions at WPI, recently moved to Stow, Mass., with
his wife, Jen, (former assistant director of alumni relations at WPI), and their son, Sean,
who'll turn 3 in May. At a summer gathering hosted by Ed and Jen for WPI buddies
and their families are, clockwise from back row, Sue (Moser) Roberts, Ed Connor,
Jim Uzdarwin, Tony Chiulli, Mike Bristol '93, Bruce Yurczak '93, Michelle
Thackston '93, Mike Thibodeau '93, Dan Eaton '93, and Lou Roberts "It had
been quite a while since we had seen some of our friends, and a good time was had by
all," says Ed. "At one point we counted 21 people in the pool!"
Alfred Grasso (MS CS) was elected vice
chair of the board of AFCEA International
(Armed Forces Communications and Elec-
Jon Larrabee works for Kochek Co. as
a design engineer for turf and irrigation
^■^^^ 1 Sam Tetlow was
jjjj^^^^ recruited to the role of
jHfe^l chief business officer for
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^k X Triangle Park, N.C. He
Hft ^^J and his wife, Laura,
reside in Raleigh.
Jim White is campaigning to bring
wOOstock — a variety show that bills itself
as "3 hours of geeks + music" to Worces-
ter. "I still live in the area, and it's high
time Worcester was recognized as a geek
city in its own right," he says.
Sandor Becz was named head of global
engineering for Lenze SE, a worldwide
manufacturer of electronic and electromag-
netic products for the automation industry.
He lives in Tolland, Conn., with his wife,
Michelle, and sons, Connor and Spencer.
Ted Dysart was recognized by the 201
NACD Directorship 1 00 for recruiters.
Stephen Foskett is director of data
practice for Contoural Inc.
Dena (Niedzwiecki) Mechoso and
her husband, Diego, proudly announce the
birth of their second daughter, Alina Mia,
born May 7, 2010, in Pasadena, Calif.
Her big sister, Ella, just loves having a
Christopher Dyl is chief technology offi-
cer at Turbine Inc., which was acquired by
Warner Bros, last year. He also serves on
WPI's IMGD Advisory Board.
Jason Frost completed his internal medi-
cine residency at St. Vincent Hospital in
Worcester and joined his wife in Philadel-
phia. In July he will begin a two-year Criti-
cal Care Fellowship at Brown University.
Eric Pearson was named vice president
at Enterprise Bank in Lowell.
Paul Seppanen, president of Energy
Maintenance Service LLC, was a keynote
speaker at the CEE Department's senior
banquet in April. He also delivered a lec-
ture for the WPI community on wind farm
development and construction.
Jenn (Healy) and Mark Anderson
'95 welcomed their third child, Lucas
James, on July 17, 2009. Mark is a senior
fire protection engineer at Vermont Yankee.
Jenn serves as the Risk Assurance HR
leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers. They
live in Chesterfield, N.H.
Eric Maynard works for Jenike & Johan-
son as a senior engineering consultant.
Jesse Parent is still touring, performing
with JoKyr and Jesster, and teaching
improv comedy. He has also branched out
into performance poetry and hopes to
compete in the National Poetry Slam in
Boston next summer. He works for Soren-
son Media in Salt Lake City.
Joe Schaffer founded an engineering
and sustainability consultancy called
Green Environmental Associates LLC
(www.greenasc.com) with two partners.
The new cross-disciplinary firm is based in
the NYC metro area but services clients
Rebecca (Rubenstein) Sgambati is
operations complex manager for the
Valero Energy Corp.'s Benicia (Calif.)
Refinery. She and her husband, David,
have two children.
Sean Squire is Naval Undersea Warfare
Center (NUWC) technical advisor to the
Commander of Pacific Submarine Forces
(COMSUBPAC) at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Byrne was diagnosed
with invasive breast
cancer just 1 3 weeks
into her first pregnancy.
She chronicles her
journey and celebrates
the joyous birth of her daughter, Emelia
Giovannina, in July 201 0, in her blog, My
Boob and My Baby* Many WPI alumni
supported her 2010 "Run, Walk or Crawl"
5k fundraiser, which brought in more than
$16,000 for the Dana Farber Cancer Insti-
tute. For the 201 1 race date, watch her
*myboobandmybaby. blogspot. com
Jim Goss is vice president of operations
Brent Modzelewski received the 2009
Medical Design Gold Award for Excel-
lence in Design for his TRUE2go blood
glucose meter. He is director of engineer-
ing for Home Diagnostics Inc. in Fort Laud-
Steph Torrey and her husband, John
Vuk, joyfully announce the birth of their
first son, Elijah Mathew, on March 2,
2010. "All are doing well!" she writes.
Michelle (Prudente) and Bill Lucas
welcomed the addition of Rachel Elizabeth
to their family on Oct. 19, 2009. "Her big
brother, Anthony, adores her," Michelle
writes. They live in Quakertown, Pa.
412 Transformations \ Spring 2011
In the Public
U.S. Rep Todd Akin '70 (R-MO) was re-elected in 201 with 67.9% of the vote. A member of the House Armed Services Committee,
he was quoted in the Wall Street Journal in support of the Marine Corp's Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) amphibious armored
tank # Planet Green Network's "Dean of Invention" series, starring Dean Kamen '73, premiered last fall with eight episodes on
cutting-edge technologies from microbots to organ regeneration # David Gewirtz '82 appeared on a History Channel special
called "The President's Book of Secrets" to discuss the security of White House email and messaging technology # Professor Helen
Vassallo '82 (MBA) was credited with breaking down barriers for women in recent profiles in Worcester Business Journal and the
Telegram & Gazette. She joined the WPI faculty in 1967 as one of two female professors • Mark Macaulay '89 appeared on
Renovation Nation with Steve Thomas to install a natural-gas Freewatt hydronic system. Mark is director of product engineering for Cli-
mate Energy LCC, a joint venture of ECR International and Yankee Scientific # Matt Beaton '01 has been in the spotlight with his elec-
tion to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in the 1 1th Worcester district, and a "This New House" episode filmed at
his passive solar home in Shrewsbury. "This is a Prius," he told the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. "All the other houses around here are
pickup trucks." • Foursquare co-founder Naveen Selvadurai '02 appeared in a Gap advertising video and Facebook campaign
that featured celebrities raising money for their favorite charities # The Boston Herald ran a story about Neuron Robotics' co-founders
Bob Breznak '08 and Kevin Harrington '08 # 1 st Lt Andrew McCarthy '08 appeared in the New York Times online
video "A Year at War," which followed the First Battalion, 87th Infantry of the 10th Mountain Division during the surge in Afghanistan #
NASA TV posted a launch-time video interview with Patrick Renaud '08, the Orbit 3 ISS pointing officer for the International Space
Station flight control team # Nick Pelletier '09 was quoted in a Telegram & Gazette story on the 75th anniversary of the Phi
Kappa Theta house and his role in re-opening the WPI chapter.
Jeevan Ramapriya works in the Boston
Statehouse as deputy chief of staff in the
office of Senator Steven A. Baddour
Charlie Atencio graduated from MIT in
June 2010 with a master of science (SM)
in engineering and management.
Matthew Ducey and Jennifer
Shemowat '00 were married Oct. 10,
2009. He is a software engineer at Net-
work Engines. She works for Fay, Spofford
John Lehane was promoted to project
manager at Consigli Construction Co.
was co-producer and
lighting designer for a
Boston production of
Harold Pinter's Betrayal
last spring. Active in
the Boston theatre
scene, he established the Factory Theater
in 2007 to specialize in small, intimate
Alida Tei joined Winkenwerder Co. as a
senior consultant for financial services and
Matt Young has been with Microsoft
since graduation, including two years at
the European Microsoft Innovation Center.
He returned to WPI to offer a CS lecture on
Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V).
Kellie (Martin) and Brian Bresnahan
'98 welcomed their second daughter,
Piper Genevieve, on June 17, 201 0. She
joins big sister, Claire.
William McManus (MS FPE) received
the 2010 Thomas Carroll Outstanding
Teacher Award from Roger Williams Uni-
versity's School of Continuing Studies. "I'm
an RWU alum from 1982, and I've been
an adjunct faculty member since 2002 and
an academic advisor since 2004," he
writes. "It's a great feeling to give back
to RWU and to help our students."
Curtis Britton joined FARS Realty Group.
A resident of Medford, Mass., he focuses
on residential sales and rentals in Suffolk
and Middlesex counties.
May 1 1, 2010, totaling almost 14 pounds
of baby. Big sisters Emma, 4, and Molly,
2, are very proud of their new siblings.
Kelly Jaramillo celebrated the comple-
tion of the first solar thermal system at Kirt-
land Air Force Base. "It all started at WPI,
with my MQP on fuel cells," she writes.
"Eight years ago I found my love for the
idea of renewable energy. During my Air
Force service, I tried long and hard to
maneuver my way into working on energy
issues. Then, while working in the private
sector with Weston Solutions Inc., I teamed
with 3 1 Solar in Albuquerque to win the
contract for the Kirtland project, a solar
collector and heat exchange system for
the base's indoor Olympic-size swimming
pool. Now I've come full circle; I'm back in
the Air Force as a civilian engineer, with
something real on the ground. I couldn't be
happier, knowing I played a small part in
launching a renewable energy project in
my home state of New Mexico!"
Foursquare co-founder Naveen
Selvadurai was one of Inc. magazine's
Coolest Young Entrepreneurs and Fast
Company's Most Creative People for
2010. His location-based social network-
ing service has grown to 7.5 million users
in its first two years.
Jack Shindle (MS ME) was appointed
vice president/engineer at Axion Power
International in New Castle, Pa.
Marc and Meghan (Fraizer) Cryan
announce the birth of their third and fourth
children. Twins Hazel and Jack arrived on
Andrea Hubbard graduated from Ross
University School of Veterinary Medicine
Transformations \ Spring 20 1 1 4 3
Kevin Thompson introduced the Pzee
Computer — a user-friendly system designed
for senior citizens, with an intuitive inter-
face, large, easy-to-read buttons, and two
years of full technical support included in
the basic price. Kevin blogs on common
issues in the computing world at
John Baird was invited to give a solo
presentation at South-by-Southwest (SXSW)
Interactive 201 1 : "Interactive Comics:
Techniques to Enhance Math Education."
The presentation was based on his years
of work using art in various educational
fields. He will present further research into
comics and education at the Pop Culture
Association in April and the Conference
for the Advancement of Mathematics
Teaching (CAMT) in July.
Tom Daly ranked among the Union
Leader's 40 UNDER FORTY for his success-
ful leadership of Dynamic Network Serv-
ices Inc. in Manchester, N.H.
Tim McGreal officially launched the
Alarm Arm on the QVC shopping network.
The device allows users to install smoke
detectors and change batteries without
ladders. "Eight years of work distilled
down to eight minutes," he says of the
video segment on the QVC website.
Anthony Paoletta married Katie Bowen
last year. He is an industrial engineer
supervisor for UPS.
Stefanie Wojcik ran her third Boston
Marathon in April 201 0, as part of the
William Herbert took his oath as a
notary public for the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts for a commission that
expires in September 2017. He lives in
Somerville and is an application support
engineer at Nuance Communications.
David Toth (MS, '08 PhD) received the
Edward G. Roddy Outstanding Teacher
Award at Merrimack College, where he is
an assistant professor of computer science.
Erica Anderson and Justin Clark
were married July 10, 201 0. The wedding
party included maid of honor Romiya
(Glover) Barry '04 and best man
Andrew Giaquinta, along with Pamela
Anderson, Elizabeth Gottardi,
Jonathan Menard, Mark Orrico,
Andrew Thayer, Mary Kate Toomey
'08, and Nichole Verissimo. Erica and
Justin live in Woburn, Mass.
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Anthony Maietta '04 displayed several of his custom-built bicycles at the 2010 North
American Handmade Bicycle Show, including a one-of-a-kind creation with integrated GPS
capabilities. Maietta, who first learned how to design and build bicycles as a mechanical en-
gineering student at WPI, now fabricates custom bicycles for cyclists throughout the world at
his workshop in Shirley, Mass. In addition to operating Maietta Handbuilt Cycles, he works
in R&D for cutting-tool manufacturer Simonds International. "It's really a symbiotic relation-
ship," he says of his dual career. "Creating products myself with my own hands in the bike
business gives me a better understanding of how to design products for Simonds that will be
successful on the production floor. And my mechanical engineering degree gives me the un-
derstanding of the principles at play when I design and build a bike frame."— /Ces/er Roberts
Kristin Collette and Bryan Bigda '09
became engaged in July and are planning
a Cape Cod wedding in October 201 1 .
PhD student Zach Pardos ('09 MS CS)
placed second among student teams (and
fourth overall) in the 2010 KDD Cup Edu-
cational Data Mining Challenge. His entry,
"Using HMMs and bagged decision trees
to leverage rich features of user and skill,"
was developed with Professor Neil Heffer-
nan (CS) to predict student responses in an
intelligent tutoring system. Zach received
$3,000 and travel funds to present his
findings at the KDD annual workshop.
David Greene graduated from UNH
Law (formerly Pierce Law Center) in May
201 with a juris doctor and a master of
laws in intellectual property. He gave a
lecture on patent law for WPI graduate
students in the Materials Science and
Tom Hayes and
'06 were married on
July 17, 2010. Many
WPI alumni attended
the event, and the wed-
ding party included
Hilary Hayes '04, Laurie Carpenter
'06, Gharam Han, and Mark Meko
'08. Tom works at Genzyme as a cell
process engineer; Monica is a biology
teacher at Assabet Valley Regional Techni-
cal High School. The couple recently
bought a house in Lancaster with a yard
big enough for their new Dalmatian puppy.
Air Force Lt. Bryan Kaanta is unit admis-
sions officer for WPI's ROTC program.
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tendance included Arly Dungca, Paul
Dragnich, Michael Sangillo Jessica
Copp, Victoria Richardson, and
Kristin Collette '06. The couple lives
Jodi Lowell was profiled in Diversity/
Careers in Engineering & Information in an
article on advanced engineering degrees.
She received a master's in materials
science at WPI in fall 2010.
44 Transformations \ Spring 201 1
Mary Kate Toomey is a civil engineer
in the Aviation Division of Jacobs Engineer-
ing Group's Boston office. Her work in-
cludes airside engineering design,
including runways, taxiways, and aprons.
She was named to the Governor's Advi-
sory Council on STEM (Science, Technol-
ogy, Engineering, and Math) Education as
a subcommittee member. She is pursuing a
certificate in business.
Pat Benson was profiled by the Foxboro
Reporter on his marathon runs in New York
and Boston. He works for Pfizer.
The Providence Journal ran an article on
Matt Doherty s "double life" as a man-
agement engineer and a career boxer. He
earned a master's degree at Brown in in-
novative management and entrepreneurial
engineering, and recently took a job with
Goldman Sachs in New York City. He in-
tends to continue training and told the
paper he still dreams about fighting in
Madison Square Garden or Vegas some
Cody Wojcik and his father, Ted, de-
signed the Mow-Ped — an environmentally
friendly pedal-powered bicycle-mower that
was unveiled at the 2010 North American
Handmade Bicycle Show in Virginia and
featured in Make magazine.
Lianne Eisner (MS CS) and Nathan Pois-
son were married Sept. 4, 2010. Lianne is
a software engineer for Raytheon Co. They
reside in Hudson, N.H.
Briana Lorenzo's participation in the
campus Relay for Life and her internships
in genetics led to her career as a clinical
lab technologist in the Tumor Cytogenetics
Lab at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York
City. Her continued leadership in fundrais-
ing events was recently profiled on the
American Cancer Society's website.
Grazia Todeschini (PhD) joined En-
erNex Corp., where she focuses on wind
power plants. She is the author of Wind
Energy Conversion Systems as Active Filters.
Don't Call It a Comeback The revered tradition of WPI wrestling continues with enthusiastic support from alumni
At Homecoming 2010, the wrestling alumni community
gathered in Alumni Gym to celebrate the 25th anniversary
of WPI's first New England Championship in wrestling, and
to share fond memories of their respective years on the team.
This extension of its annual gathering on the Quad provided
an opportunity for members to reflect on the program's
history as well as its future.
Though its level of success has waned in recent years,
the wrestling program remains a revered tradition, upheld by
many talented and dedicated athletes. And new head coach
and wrestling alum Steve Hall '87 is committed to rejuvenat-
ing the program.
"I want the current student-athletes to experience what
we experienced," Hall says, referring to the days when Alumni
Gym was packed to the rafters with fans. "I want them to feel
they are part of something bigger than themselves — on campus
and with alumni."
Several initiatives are under way to help connect today's
wrestlers with wrestling alumni and to re-energize the pro-
gram. Hall has connected each
student wrestler with an alum
who can offer guidance on the
student's education and career
options. He is also working
toward strengthening the
connection between wrestling
Above, Phil Grebinor (hats
with former member of
ot right, members of
WPI's wrestling family
alumni and WPI itself, through such activities as the celebra-
tion at Homecoming. In addition, wrestling alumni have
launched a special fundraising initiative to establish a new
endowment. Called the Grebinar Wrestling Endowment Pro-
gram, it will support the wrestling program's annual operating
expenses and important renovations to the wrestling practice
room, among other wrestling priorities. One hundred percent
of the funds will go to WPI wrestling.
The endowment is named for former head coach Phil
Grebinar, who built WPI wrestling into a powerhouse that
dominated New England collegiate wrestling for more than
two decades. With an overall record of 499-286-1 1 (.634),
wrestling is the most successful athletics program in WPI
history. Wrestling has also placed 14 athletes in the WPI
Athletic Hall of Fame. Alumni from the Grebinar era describe
it as "not a team, but a family; not a sport, but a philosophy
"It can't be overstated that this was the single most im-
portant decision I've made in my life — coming to WPI and
being part of the wrestling program," says Hall. "I came out
of here with a full toolbox, from my education and from my
participation in the wrestling program."
In a special online feature, Hall and assistant coach
Garrett Trombi '95, along with Tony Masullo '80, Rich Testa
'84, and Brian Chu '92, share memories of the Grebinar Era
and insights about how their WPI wrestling experience helped
launch their success after graduation.
Visit wpi.edu/alumni to read more about WPI's
wrestling tradition and its bright future. For informa-
tion about the Grebinar Wrestling Endowment Pro-
gram, contact Donna Stock, director of development,
at 508-831-6073 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transformations \ Spring 2011 AS
George D. Macredis '34 of Englewood
Cliffs, N.J., died July 23, 2009. He leaves
his wife, Marjorie (Parusis), and two
daughters. He retired from Westinghouse
Electric Corp. as an electrical engineer.
Edward R. Markert '34 of Amherst,
Mass., died March 18, 2010. He began
his career at Savage Arms Corp., served
as gun expert during World War II, and
worked at the Springfield Armory. He later
served as a residential developer in the
Elf Hill area of South Amherst. Markert
was predeceased by his wife, Claire
(Laudenat), a son, and a daughter. Two
daughters survive him. He was the father-
in-law of Paul Mannheim '61 .
Nelson Marshall '36 of Portland,
Ore., died March 25, 2009. A longtime
oceanographer, he retired from the Univer-
sity of Rhode Island as professor emeritus
in 1 984. He was the author of four books;
the last, Oceanography: An Observer's
Guide, was published posthumously. Pre-
deceased by his wife, Grace, in 2006,
he is survived by six children.
H. Foster McRell '36 (Theta Chi) of
Worcester died Sept. 25, 2009. His wife,
Lois (Denison), died in 2003. Two sons
survive him. He was a chemical engineer
for Monsanto Chemical Co.
Sidney D. Alpert '37 (Alpha Epsilon Pi)
of Lexington, Mass., died Oct. 16, 2009.
He was a structural engineer for Stone &
Webster for 44 years. He leaves his wife,
Freida, and a son.
Nathaniel I. Korman '37 of Albu-
querque, N.M., died Feb. 1 1, 2010. He
is survived by his wife, Ruth, and two sons.
Korman worked for Radio Corporation of
America as director, advanced military sys-
tems, in the company's Defense Electronic
Products division. He was the author of
The USA at Risk.
Former Phi Sigma Kappa national presi-
dent Robert B. Abbe '38 of Tequesta,
Fla., died Nov. 1, 2010. He served on the
fraternity's Grand Council from 1 954 to
1 968 and was grand president from 1 962
to 1964. He worked for Bethlehem Steel
and Smith-Winchester Manufacturing, and
later taught at Thames Valley State Techni-
cal College. Survivors include his wife,
Eleanor, his son, Patton Abbe '70, and
Raymond K. Houston '38 ('39 MS)
(Lambda Chi Alpha) died Dec. 4, 2009.
He leaves his wife, Valerie (Doss), and
three children. A former electrical engineer-
ing instructor at WPI, he taught at the
Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey,
Calif., and retired in 1975.
Raymond J. Forkey '40, Trustee Emeritus
WPI mourns the passing of Ray Forkey on Feb. 23, 201 1 . A former
president and longtime leader of the Alumni Association, he served
as trustee from 1 968 to 1 989. A quarterback on the undefeated
1938 football team and an inaugural member of the WPI Athletic
Hall of Fame, he took great interest in WPI sports, chairing the com-
mittee that decided to continue the football program despite several
losing seasons. With his wife, Janet, he left his mark on the campus
with the Forkey Conference Room in Harrington Auditorium and
Forkey Commons dining area in the Campus Center. They also en-
dowed the Raymond J. Forkey '40 Scholarship Fund and funded
major renovations to Higgins Laboratories. Forkey retired horn
Coppus Engineering in 1980 as president and CEO. A member of
the Worcester Golf Club for more than 50 years, he achieved nu-
merous championships and milestones. He was predeceased by his
wife (who died in 2009) and a daughter; he is survived by a daugh-
ter. Ray was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and Skull.
Earle R. Vickery Jr. '38 (Sigma Alpha
Epsilon) of Princeton, Mass., died Oct. 16,
2009. A longtime employee of the Depart-
ment of Environmental Management (now
the Department of Recreation and Conser-
vation), he served as superintendent of the
Mount Wachusett State Reservation and
later developed and operated the Wachu-
sett Mountain ski area. Predeceased by his
wife, Calista (Howe), and a son, Earle R.
Vickery III '75, he leaves three sons.
Fred E. Wiley '38 (Theta Chi) of Mon-
hegan and Brunswick, Maine, died Jan. 3,
201 0. He was a plastics engineer who
held 40 patents and helped develop the
cooling systems for the Manhattan Project.
He is survived by his wife, Faryl (Finn),
and by two children of his first wife, Edith,
who predeceased him. He was also pre-
deceased by a son.
Jack F. Boyd '39 (Sigma Phi Epsilon) of
Laconic, N.H., died Dec. 20, 2010. Pre-
deceased by his wife, Marion (Sage), he
leaves four children. After several manufac-
turing positions, he purchased Nashua
Brass in 1952 and served as president
until retiring in 1952.
Harding B. Jenkins '40 (Phi Gamma
Delta) died April 28, 2010, at the Idaho
Veterans Home in Boise. He began his
career with American Optical as a trainee
in 1 940 and retired 32 years later as cor-
porate vice president. Predeceased by his
wife, Elizabeth (Stoddard), a son, and a
daughter, he is survived by a daughter.
Carlton F. Swasey '40 (Lambda Chi
Alpha) died Aug. 10, 2008, leaving his
wife, Jean, and two children. A retired
auto mechanic, he later ran Hush Puppy
Kennels in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Alfred F. Andersen '41 (Lambda Chi
Alpha) of Santa Rosa, Calif., died July 25,
201 0. An activist for disarmament, eco-
nomic justice, and free speech, he was the
author of Liberating the American Dream
and Challenging Newt Gingrich Chapter
by Chapter. His survivors include his wife,
Dorothy Dungan Norvell Andersen, his
former wife, Connie, and three children.
Thomas R. d'Errico '41 of Northamp-
ton, Mass., a retired professor of civil
engineering, died May 18, 2010. Prede-
ceased by his wife, Margaret, he leaves
two daughters and a son. He began his
teaching career at Clarkson College and
retired from North Dakota State University.
Victor A. Kolesh '41 of Worcester
died Dec. 9, 2009. He was retired from
Simonds Saw & Steel Co. (now Simonds
International) and previously worked for
Riley Stoker Corp. His wife, Victoria, died
in 201 0. A World War II veteran of the
U. S. Army Air Corps, his last mission was
flying a B-29 to Hollywood for the filming
of "The Bamboo Blonde," a movie about
a romance between a World War II pilot
and a nightclub singer.
Walter K. Deacon '42 (Alpha Tau
Omega) of Yorba Linda, Calif., died Sept.
1 3, 2009. He was the president of Dea-
con Associates. Predeceased by his wife,
Pauline, he leaves two children.
Warren G. Harding '42 (Phi Sigma
Kappa, Skull) of Lyman, Maine, formerly of
Montclair, N.J., died April 27, 2010. He
was predeceased by his wife, Gladys, and
a son. Two daughters survive him. Harding
worked for Public Service Gas & Electric
Dr. Charles A. Jenkins Jr. '43 (Phi
Kappa Theta) of Tucson, Ariz., died March
29, 2008. A dental officer in the U.S. Air
Force for 22 years, he later established a
private practice in periodontics and
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endodontics. He was predeceased by his
wife, Lois, and a daughter. Two children
John J. Archer '44 (Theta Chi) of
Chatham, N.J., died Jan. 5, 2010. He
leaves his wife, Catharine, and three chil-
dren. He was a patent lawyer in private
practice and later worked for several cor-
porations before retiring from Squibb Inc.
Everett W. Brown '44, of Shrewsbury,
Mass., died Oct. 26, 2009. His wife,
Elvon (King), died in 1983. Three sons sur-
vive him. Brown was retired from Heald
Machine Co. as a mechanical engineer.
John G. Underhill '44 (Alpha Tau
Omega) of Dallas died Feb. 3, 2010, leav-
ing his wife, Elsie, and two children. His
former wife, Marguerite (Casey), died in
1987. He was retired from Exxon Corp.
Franklyn R. Williams Jr. '44 of Web-
ster, Mass., died April 16, 2010. An archi-
tect, he continued the practice founded by
his father and retired in 1 983. He is
mourned by close friends and a godson.
George W. Gregory '45 (Phi Sigma
Kappa) of Mystic, Conn., died March 1 ,
2010. After graduation he served in the
Navy until 1963, then worked for Electric
Boat for 17 years and continued consulting
after retirement. Survivors include his wife,
Jean, four sons, and a stepson.
Richard W. Moriarty '45 of Peter-
sham, Mass., died Sept. 20, 2008. He
leaves his wife, Ellen (Gould), and two chil-
dren. He was retired from Litton Industries.
Albert F. Myers '45 of Shelby Town-
ship, Mich., died Feb. 1 1, 2010. He
leaves his wife, Paulyn, five children, and
three stepchildren. He was predeceased by
his first wife, Georgie, in 1 98 1 . Myers was
the retired vice president of Lear Siegler.
Alfred W. Rothwell '45 (Theta Chi)
of Woodstock, Ga., died Dec. 1 1 , 2009.
He was retired from DuPont. He was pre-
deceased by his wife, Thelma (Boyer), and
a son. He is survived by a son.
Frank A. Gross Jr. '46 (Sigma Phi Epsi-
lon, Skull) of Fort Worth, Texas, died Jan. 15,
2010. He was the owner of GO Recogni-
tion Concepts, which he founded with his
wife, Virginia (Gunther). Other survivors
include his son, Donald Gross '72, and a
David L. Hall '46 ('54 SIM) (Phi Sigma
Kappa) of Worcester died Feb. 13, 2010.
His wife, Muriel (Bergstom), died in 2005.
Three children survive him. Hall worked for
the former Coes Knife Co., where he held
the post of vice president of manufacturing.
Clarence A. Hodges '46 of Dewitt,
Mich., died Jan. 8, 2010. He worked for
C. M. Smille&Co.
Harry J. Mehrer '46 (Theta Chi, Skull)
of Lower Gwynedd, Pa., died May 22,
2010. He worked in the family textile busi-
ness, Butterworth & Sons, and later served
as a manager for the Friendly's ice cream
chain. Survivors include his wife, Shirley
(Hiltz), and two children. He was prede-
ceased by a son.
Douglas S. Miller '46 of East North-
port, N.Y., died March 9, 2010. He was
retired from the U.S. Dept. of Energy as a
program manager. He leaves two children.
Robert W. Schramm '46 (Sigma Alpha
Epsilon) of Venice, Fla., and Mashpee,
Mass., died April 24, 2010. As director of
overseas projects for Bristol-Myers Squibb,
he oversaw construction of pharmaceutical
plants on six continents. His wife, Barbara,
died Nov. 10, 2010. He is survived by
Robert S. Tamblyn '46 of Medford,
Ore., died May 1 1 , 20 1 0. He was prede-
ceased by his wife, Sally, in 2009. He was
the retired treasurer of JRW Tech Inc.
William A. Williams '47 (Theta Chi) of
Holden, Mass., died March 4, 2010. He
was the father of Bill Williams Jr. '80. He
also leaves his wife, Loretta (Saunders),
and three other children. An electrical en-
gineer, he retired from Heald Machine Co.
with 38 years of service.
Edmund C. "Ned" Dowse Jr. '48 of
Asheville, N.C., died May 11, 2009. He
retired from Eastman Kodak Co. as an en-
gineering supervisor. He was predeceased
by his wife of 53 years, Nancy, and his
second wife, Ann. He is survived by a
Edward J. Powers '48 (Phi Kappa
Theta) of South Windsor, Conn., died Oct.
1 5, 201 0. He leaves his wife, Arline (Kim-
ball), and two children. A graduate of
Boston College of Law, he was a contracts
administrator in the legal department of
United Technologies. After retirement from
corporate employment he worked in his
son's law office.
John H. Beckwith '49 (5 1 MS CM) of
Westerly, R.I., died Feb. 20, 2010. Prede-
ceased by his wife, Johanne, he is survived
by six children. His career as a vice presi-
dent for ExxonMobil Research and Engi-
neering took him all over the globe.
Richard W. Brown '49 of Avon, Conn.,
died Feb. 26, 2010. He was retired from
the University of Hartford where he taught
electrical engineering for 25 years and
served as department chair. He previously
taught at Norwich University and Went-
worth Institute. Husband of the late Bar-
bara (Williams) Brown, he leaves three
J. Morrison Smith Sr. '37, former president of the National
Radio Institute and dedicated supporter of his alma mater, died
Feb. 15, 2010. Smith served as trustee from 1972 to 1977 and
was honored with the Herbert F. Taylor Award in 1 987 With his
father, James E. Smith, Class of 1906, and his nephew, Michael
Galbraith '58, he made possible the construction of new facilities
for the student radio station, WWPI, in the Campus Center. His
family also endowed three named scholarships. Smith was pre-
deceased by his wife, Mary, and a son. Three children survive
him. He belonged to Alpha Tau Omega.
Paul R. Beswick '57, founder of Beswick Engineering, died
Aug. 15, 2010. He is survived by his wife, S.K., who serves as
the firm's operations manager, and his son, ChanLing, a WPI
senior. Paul and S.K. established the Paul R. Beswick Professor-
ship in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in 2008. He also served
on the advisory board for WPI's Collaborative for Entrepreneur-
ship and Innovation (CEI). In October 2009 he was appointed
to the WPI Board of Trustees.
Daniel I. Coifman '67, trustee emeritus, died Oct. 20, 2010.
He was founder of Able International and president of TRIL Export
Corp. of Puerto Rico, where he worked with his son, Tracy Coif-
man '93. He is also survived by his wife, Linda, and a daughter.
After earning a master's degree in industrial engineering from
Northeastern University, Coifman managed polymer plants in the
United States and Puerto Rico. A member of Alpha Epsilon Pi, he
lived in the fraternity's house on Einhorn Road. He served on the
WPI Board from 1 995 to 2003 and was a dedicated supporter
in the campaign to construct the Campus Center.
Full obituaries may be read at wpi.edu/News/Memoriam
Transformations \ Spring 201 1 47
Paul R. Dulong '49 (Phi Sigma Kappa)
of Dallas, Texas, died Dec. 21, 2009. Pre-
deceased by his wife, Jean, he leaves three
children. He worked for several firms as a
mechanical and electrical engineer and re-
tired from E-Systems with 20 years of service.
Henry J. Ezen '49 of North Fort Myers,
Fla., died Dec. 25, 2009. After retiring
from Polaroid Corp. in 1984, he founded
Ezen Consulting Engineers with his wife,
Mae (Vacca), who died in 1988, and his
daughter, Frances, who survives him.
Robert M. Jodrey '49 (Sigma Alpha
Epsilon) of Westborough, Mass., died
April 22, 2010, leaving his wife, Vera
(Louis). A former engineering instructor at
the University of New Hampshire and Dart-
mouth College, he later held management
positions at several manufacturing firms.
Former Tech Old Timers president James
F. O'Regan '49 (Phi Kappa Theta, Skull)
of Westborough, Mass., died March 20,
2010. He leaves his wife, Mary (Rogashio),
and four children. O'Regan was the retired
president and founder of Feecon Corp.,
and a former member of WPI's Fire Protec-
tion Engineering Advisory Board.
Abraham W. Siff '49 (Alpha Epsilon Pi)
of Sudbury, Mass., died Aug. 30, 2009.
He leaves his wife, Patricia (Skehan), and
six children. Siff was a retired product
manager for Dresser Industries.
Bernard C. Walsh '49 of Holden,
Mass., died Jan. 1 7, 201 0. He worked for
Bose Corp. as a mechanical engineer. Pre-
deceased by his wife, Marjorie (Bernard),
he leaves six children.
D. Ray Allshouse '50 of Limerick, Pa.,
died March 1 5, 2009. Husband of the late
Ruth (Dauderis), he is survived by two sons.
He worked as a mechanical engineer at
several firms and retired from Elf-Atochem.
Raymond J. Blanche! '50 (Phi Kappa
Theta) of Wallingford, Conn., died March
25, 2010. He was retired from U.S. Steel
as a plant engineer. His wife, Darcy
(Chase), predeceased him in 2008.
John L. Hawley '50 (Phi Sigma Kappa)
of Winter Park, Fla., died May 5, 2010.
He leaves his wife, Jean, and a son. He
was retired as senior principal engineer
for Stone & Webster, where he oversaw
the completion of the Comanche Peak
Malcolm D. Horton '50 (Sigma Phi
Epsilon, Skull) of Dade City, Fla., died Sept.
28, 2009. He leaves his wife, Doris, and
three daughters. Horton joined Dames &
Moore in 1952, managed the company's
offices in various regions of the United
Alex Dilorio '86 (MS), '91 (PhD), director of the Bioprocess
Center and affiliated assistant professor of biology and biotech-
nology, died July 9, 2010, after a long illness. He leaves his
wife, Carol (Gurney) Dilorio '86, and three children. A graduate
of Columbia University, he earned a master's degree and PhD
at WPI and joined the faculty in 1 993. Under his direction, the
Bioengineering Center provided contract research to the biotech-
nology industry and played a central role in workforce retraining
programs offered by WPI's Corporate and Professional Education
Division. Working with a California company called EdiniQ,
Dilorio developed new processes for producing the biofuel
ethanol from agricultural waste to lessen the need to use corn
and other foods to create fuel.
Raymond R. Hagglund '56, professor emeritus of mechani-
cal engineering, died on Nov. 29, 2010. An internationally
recognized expert on engineering and product liability law, he
consulted on more than 1 ,500 cases, lectured internationally,
and inspired his students with mock trials. He received the 1 974
Board of Trustees' Award for Outstanding Teaching. Hagglund
played a hands-on role in development of the WPI Plan, rallying
students and colleagues to refurbish a disused space in the
Washburn Shops to serve as a home for the IQP. His generous
support of WPI is marked by the Campus Center Hagglund
Room. Preceded in death by his wife, Joyce, he leaves two
daughters. He was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa and Skull.
Owen W. Kennedy Jr. '45, a longtime electrical engineering
professor and WPI's first dean of academic computing, died May
10, 2010. After earning his bachelor's and master's degrees at
WPI, he joined the electrical engineering faculty in 1948 and
taught for 40 years. Kennedy was instrumental in bringing the
first standard desktop computer to the campus. He was an early
member of a discussion group of young faculty who laid the
foundation for the WPI Plan. Predeceased by his wife, Nancy
(Inman) Kennedy, he married Flora (Hakala) Adams in 1994.
Other survivors include two children and three stepchildren.
He was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa and Skull.
Audrey L. Muggleton-Harris, a former associate professor
of biology and biotechnology who made notable contributions as
a cell biologist and embryologist, died Sept. 2, 2010. She joined
the WPI faculty in 1 976 and headed up some of the world's first
attempts to clone a mouse. She was the first woman to win the
Board of Trustees' Award for Outstanding Creative Scholarship
and Research. Muggleton-Harris left WPI in 1983 and joined the
Medical Research Council in London, where her work centered
on diagnosing defects in embryos before in vitro fertilization im-
plantation. She is survived by a daughter and two grandchildren.
Full obituaries may be read at wpi.edu/News/Memoriam
States, as well as the Middle East, and
continued as a consultant after retirement.
Alan F. Howe '50 of Princeton, Mass.,
died April 23, 2010. Survivors include his
wife, Ellen (McCarthy), three children, his
former wife and friend, Nancy Howe, and
five stepchildren. He was retired from Nor-
ton Co. after a career of almost 40 years.
Norman B. Maynard '50 (Theta Chi)
of Westport, Mass., died June 3, 2010.
He was the retired president of Hathaway-
Braley Wharf Co. Survivors include his
wife, Janice (Braley), and three daughters.
Joseph C. Syiek '50 of Concord,
Mass., died June 22, 2010. Predeceased
by his wife, Agnes Pohnson), he leaves
five children. An electrical engineer, he
was retired from the U.S. Air Force Strate-
gic Air Command at Hanscom Field.
Warner S. Adams Jr. '51 of Groton,
Conn., died Sept. 15, 2009. He leaves his
wife, Janet (Cochran), and a daughter. He
retired as head of the Submarine Electro-
magnetic Systems Dept. of the Naval
Undersea Warfare Center.
4 8 Transformations \ Spring 201 1
Gerald F. Atkinson '51 (Phi Kappa
Theta, Skull), a longtime resident of West
Springfield, Mass., died April 9, 2010.
He was retired from Pratt & Whitney as
an electrical engineer.
Jin Wah Lee '51 of Pembroke Pines,
Fla., died Jan. 1 5, 201 0. He leaves his
wife, Kin Lee, and a daughter.
Roger W. Swanson '51 (Alpha Tau
Omega) of DeWitt, N.Y., died May 23,
2010. He was retired from General Elec-
tric, where he worked on military radar
projects. He is survived by his wife, Mari-
lyn, and three children.
Donald M. Krauss '52 (Sigma Alpha
Epsilon) of Sun City West, Ariz., died Aug.
14, 2010. He was retired from Raytheon
Co. as a program manager. Predeceased
by his wife, Edna (Skytne), in 2002, he
leaves his daughter, Lisa Krauss '80, and
two other children.
Edgar W. Slocum '52 (Phi Sigma
Kappa) of Wilmington, Del., died June 28,
2010. He worked at DuPont Experimental
Station for four decades. He is survived by
two children, his girlfriend, Ina Casale,
and his ex-wife, Jean Slocum.
Robert T. Baxter '53 (SIM) of Scituate,
Mass., died Jan. 1 1 , 201 0. He leaves his
wife, Eleanor, and four children. He was
retired from Baxter Enterprises.
Henry K. Burger '53 of Williamsburg,
Va., died April 8, 2010. He retired from
a naval career in 1 977, with the rank of
commander, then held several civilian jobs
in public works, hospital operations, and
hotel services. He leaves his wife, Gail
(McSherry), and three children.
Philip J. Kaminsky '53 (Alpha Epsilon
Pi, Skull) of Marblehead, Mass., died
March 19, 2009. He leaves his wife,
Harriet (Budnitz), and three children. He
worked for Cohmad Securities Corp.
David A. Bisson '54 (Phi Kappa Theta)
of Shoreline, Wash., died May 1 4, 201 0.
Survivors include his wife, Carol, and three
children. He was the retired president and
CEO of Frederick Beck Originals.
Wilfred F. Taylor '54 (Alpha Tau
Omega) of Lyman, Maine, died June 5,
2010, leaving his wife, Mary (Scott), and
six children. A civil engineer, he started
TEC Engineering and served as the town
engineer for Barnstable, Mass., and
Roy H. Wise '54 (Sigma Phi Epsilon) of
Succasunna, N.J., died Nov. 5, 2009. Pre-
deceased by his wife, Evelyn (Ihde), he
leaves two daughters and a stepdaughter.
He retired from a long career with Nynex.
John J. Bryce '55 of Lancaster, Mass.,
died April 1 1 , 2010. He was retired from
Harvey & Tracy Assoc, where he worked
as a structural engineer for more than 30
years. Survivors include his wife, Ann
(Sargent), and two children.
Richard E. Goodwin '55 (Phi Gamma
Delta) of The Villages, Fla., died Nov. 19,
2009. He leaves his wife, Marjorie, and
two children. He was vice president of
marketing for Industrial Engineering Inc.
Philip M. Leavitt '55 (Phi Kappa Theta)
of Oak Ridge, N.J., died June 29, 2009.
He was retired from Picatinny Arsenal as
a nuclear arms engineer. He also founded
and ran the Old Pine Shop. He leaves his
wife, Sally (Hewitt), and four children.
Warner I. Clifford '57 (Phi Sigma
Kappa) of Kingston, Tenn., died March 18,
2009. A member of the board of Stone &
Webster Engineering, he was retired as
senior vice president. His wife, Bernice
(Huffman), and a daughter survive him.
James M. Doff '57 (Theta Chi) of
Palisades Park, N.J., died Nov. 7, 2010,
leaving his wife, Lynn. He received his
MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University
and spent his career working at Lever
Brothers (now Univlever Home and
George Klimchak '57 (Sigma Alpha
Epsilon) of Daytona Beach, Fla., died June
4, 2009. He worked as a financial advisor
for over 40 years. He leaves four children.
William H. Ostermann '57 (Sigma Phi
Epsilon) of Boothbay Harbor, Maine, died
Aug. 1 2, 2009. He leaves his wife, Carol
(Waterfield), and two sons. He worked at
Pratt & Whitney as a computer program-
mer. After retirement he served as a park
ranger in Death Valley and Acadia
Collins M. Pomeroy '57 of Orleans,
Mass., died April 24, 2010. He is sur-
vived by his wife, Barbara (Morris), and
two sons. He was retired from Verizon
Communications after a 33-year career.
Donald G. Striby '57 (Phi Gamma
Delta, Skull), of Cocoa, Fla., died Aug. 3,
2009. He was retired from Lockheed
Martin. He leaves his wife, Ruth, three
sons, and a stepdaughter.
Robert A. Yates '57 ('59 MS) (Theta
Chi) of Bethany, Conn., died Sept 24,
2010. He worked for Uniroyal, retiring
as energy/conservation manager. He is
survived by his wife, Susan (Reeder), and
David A. Ryan '58 (Phi Kappa Theta)
of Winter Park, Fla., died Oct. 6, 2010.
He worked for Raytheon and Lockheed
Martin. He leaves his wife, Donna (Kin-
ney), and seven children. He was prede-
ceased by his first wife, Nancy (Bullock),
and a daughter.
George F. Walker '58 (SIM), former
president of Johnson Steel and Wire in
Worcester, died May 7, 2010, at age 83.
He leaves his wife, Gladys (Constantine),
and two daughters. He founded Delta
Wire Corp. in Clarksdale, Miss.
John A. Beede '59 of Shrewsbury,
Mass., died May 30, 2010. An independ-
ent contractor, he served as a software
and systems analyst for several area com-
panies, including GTE and Raytheon. He
is survived by two daughters.
Leon H. Blanchard '59 (SIM) of Dade
City, Fla., died June 12, 2009, leaving his
wife, Elizabeth (Field), and four children.
He retired from Morgan Construction Co.
Neil A. Peters '59 (Tau Kappa Epsilon)
of Phoenix, Ariz., died May 24, 2010. He
worked for the Rochester Products Division
of General Motors and later in the aviation
and aerospace industry. He is survived by
Paul E. Honer '60 (Phi Sigma Kappa) of
Pensacola, Fla., died May 17, 2008. He
leaves his wife, Ruthann, and two children.
He was marketing and sales manager for
Kennedy Engineering Co.
John Brunter '61 (formerly Brylczyk)
(Alpha Tau Omega) of Glen Cove, N.Y.,
died Feb. 12, 2010. He was retired from
Grumman Aerospace as a senior engineer
in the Avionic Design Section. He leaves
his wife, Jean (Backstrom), and two children.
Alfred A. Arterton '62 (SIM) of West-
erly, R.I., died July 21, 2009. He leaves
his wife, Jean (Merriam), and four chil-
dren. He worked for several manufacturing
companies and retired from Crompton &
Knowles Corp. in 1991.
Thomas W. Conway '62 (Phi Kappa
Theta) of Hutchinson, Kan., died Jan. 8,
2009, after a courageous battle with lung
cancer. A former partner in Conway &
Assoc, he later worked as an agent for
New York Life Insurance Co. He was pre-
deceased by his wife, Jeanne, and a son.
One son survives him.
Robert H. Goretti '62 (Sigma Alpha
Epsilon) of Plainville, Mass., died Nov. 1,
2009. Predeceased by his wife, Noreen,
and a son, he is survived by a daughter.
He worked for Texas Instruments and later
was an operations manager and sales
executive in the jewelry industry.
Earl M. Maby '62 (MNS), formerly of
Monson, Mass., died Nov. 24, 2009, at
age 86. He taught mathematics at Lee
High School for more than 30 years. Sur-
vivors include his two daughters. He was
predeceased by Bertha Wilcox, his loving
companion for more than 30 years.
Transformations \ Spring 2011 4 9
Edward M. Jablonski '64 (SIM) of
Clinton, Mass., died April 14, 2010. He
was an industrial engineer for Ray-O-Vac
Co. for more than 40 years. His wife, Lu-
cille (Renaud), predeceased him. Three
children survive him.
Edward R. Mencow '64 of Lexington,
Mass., died May 18, 2010. He con-
tributed to the development of laser tech-
nology at Raytheon Co., and later worked
for Bell Labs and MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
David B. Getchell '65 of Rockwall,
Texas, died Sept. 20, 2009, leaving his
wife, Nancy, and two children. He was
president and owner of Tyler 5th Avenue
William P. Stanton '68 (72 MSCE)
(Sigma Phi Epsilon) of Golden, Colo., died
April 22, 2010. He leaves his wife, Bar-
bara (Schilling), and two sons. He worked
for several engineering and surveying
firms, and the Colorado Water Conserva-
Former football co-captain Mark S.
Simpson '69 (Phi Kappa Theta) of Ger-
manville, Pa., died May 1 , 201 0. He was
retired from Air Products & Chemicals Inc.
Survivors include his wife, Joanne
(McNeer), and two children.
Leonard A. Chauvin '70 (MNS) of
Webster, Mass., died April 4, 2010, at
age 86. He taught chemistry and health
science at Bartlett High School and retired
as chairman of the science department.
Steve R. Dacri '74 (Tau Kappa Epsilon),
of Las Vegas, died Feb. 1 1, 201 1, of colon cancer.
He leaves his wife, Jan, and a son. From his first
magic acts at age six, to his career as a popular
Las Vegas illusionist, Steve dedicated his life to
performing, teaching, and writing about magic.
He impressed WPI deans with his talent during
his admission interview, and later credited WPI
with giving him the business and marketing back-
ground to pursue a career in entertainment. A
pioneer in close-up, sleight-of-hand magic, he
often returned to the Worcester area to perform
and connect with old friends. His act was a
popular attraction at WPI Reunions.
Ralph E. Southwick '66 (MNS) of
Barre, Mass., died Nov. 20, 2009. He
was 87. Predeceased by his wife, Phyllis
(Cook), he leaves eight children. He was a
retired middle school science teacher who
taught in the Holden school system.
Walter A. Johnson Jr. '67 (69 MS
ME) of Homosassa, Fla., died Jan. 22,
201 1, leaving his wife, Lynda (Kennedy).
He began his career as a programmer for
IBM and retired from the cost engineering
department of Lockheed Martin Federal
Allan T. Buros '67 of Amherst, N.H.,
died June 1 7, 201 0. He was retired from
BAE systems as a reliability engineer with
33 years of service. He leaves his wife,
Nadine, and three children.
J. Roger Dougherty '67 (Sigma Phi
Epsilon) of Los Angeles died Aug. 1 1 ,
2009. He was president and founder of
Bruce S. Robinson '70 (Phi Sigma
Kappa) of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., died
Oct. 7, 2010. He received an MBA from
Fairleigh Dickinson University and com-
pleted the management development pro-
gram at Harvard University School of
Business. He worked for AT&T in New Jer-
sey and Florida. He leaves his wife, Sally,
and two sons.
William S. Cundall Jr. '71 (SIM) of
Spencer, Mass., died May 1 1, 2010. He
was 81 . He leaves his wife, Helen (Bow-
mar), and four children. He was a retired
foreman for Jamesbury Corp.
Daniel T. Donahue '71 of Woburn,
Mass., died Dec. 1 , 2009. He was an en-
gineer for Coughlin Environmental and pre-
viously served as town engineer for several
James R. Fay '71 (Tau Kappa Epsilon)
of Marlborough, Mass., died March 5,
2010. He leaves his wife, Judy (Wight),
and two daughters. A graduate of the
ROTC program at WPI, he was retired
from the Air Force as a structural engineer.
Bryan L Furtek '71 of Salt Lake City
died Feb. 7, 201 0. He was president of
Bryan L. Furtek Consulting, an environmen-
tal engineering firm specializing in water
and soil remediation.
Gordon F. Chess '72 (PhD EE) of
London, Ontario, Canada, died Oct. 9,
2009, at the age of 84. He was the retired
dean of engineering at the University of
Western Ontario. He leaves his wife,
Margaret, and three children. He was
predeceased by a daughter.
James R. Hargraves Jr. '72 of Bethel,
Conn., died March 23, 2010. He was the
founder of PDS. He is survived by his wife,
Patricia (Goettel), and four children.
Roger T. James '73 (MS MA) of Ster-
ling, Va., died April 17, 2010. He retired
from Science Applications International
Corp. as a senior analyst. Survivors include
his wife, Mary Ellen, and two children.
Ralph E. Bednarik '74 (SIM) of West
Yarmouth, Mass., died Aug. 16, 2009,
at age 82. He leaves his wife, Sandra
(Poole), two children, and two stepchildren.
A longtime engineer for Wyman-Gordon
Co., he retired as manager of the com-
pany's Grafton plant.
Richard Pomeroy '75 of Acton, Mass.,
died June 30, 3009. He worked for
Earle R. "Russ" Vickery III '75, of
Hendersonville, Nev., died Jan. 5, 2009,
leaving his wife, Margaret. He was the son
of the late Earle R. Vickery '38. He was
self-employed as owner of Vickery Design.
John F. Del Prete '76 (SIM) of Naples,
Fla., died July 1 6, 2009, at age 82. He
was retired from Commonwealth Energy
as director of public relations, and from
the Army National Guard as chief warrant
officer. His wife, Vera (Buchner), and six
children survive him.
Dave "The Bear" Pryor '76 (Lambda Chi),
of Salem, III., who played four seasons on
the football team, died June 14, 2010. He
leaves his wife, Susan, and three children.
He was president and CEO of Radiac Abra-
sives. WPI classmates held a pre-game re-
membrance for his family at Homecoming.
Joseph P. Murphy '77 (SIM) of Rut-
land, Mass., died March 19, 2010. He
was the husband of Joan (Budnick) Mur-
phy, assistant to the dean of graduate en-
rollment at WPI. He also leaves four
children. Murphy was the retired plant
manager for Jamesbury Corp.
Joseph B. Dellagala '79 (SIM) of
Shrewsbury, Mass., died March 2, 2010,
at age 88. His wife, Esther, survives him.
He was predeceased by his two sons.
Dellagala was retired from Wright Line
Corp. as a manager.
5 Transformations \ Spring 201 1
Raymond J. Weavill '79 of Harris-
burg, Pa., died Jan. 4, 2010. He leaves
his wife, Joyce, two children, and three
stepchildren. He managed AMP/Tyco Elec-
tronics' Lickdale Plant.
Gordon C. Estabrooks '80 (MNS) of
Chelmsford, Mass., died April 15, 2010,
at age 83. He was head of the Science
Department at Boston Latin High School for
more than 25 years. His wife, Alice
(McEwen), survives him.
Francis V. Wenc '80 (SIM) of The Vil-
lages, Fla., died Aug. 30, 2008, at age
66. He was in charge of beverage systems
maintenance for Wayne Densch Inc. His
wife, Sheila, survives him.
Laurent L. Bourbeau '82 (SIM) of Stur-
bridge, Mass., died May 1 7, 201 0, at 72.
Survivors include his wife, Carol (Monette),
and four children. He was retired from
Hyde Tools as director of health and safety.
Richard R. Terry '82 (MNS) of Marlbor-
ough, Mass., died Feb. 9, 2010. He was
74. Predeceased by his wife, Rita (Maio-
rano), he leaves three children. He retired
from Marlborough High School as head of
the Science Department after almost four
decades of teaching.
Francis R. Haias '84 (MNS) of Lynn-
field, Mass., died Jan. 23, 2009, at age
66. He was a retired teacher at Maiden
Catholic High School. His wife, Eleanor
(Goc), survives him.
Geoffrey C. Sluicer '85 of Brookline,
Mass., died unexpectedly on March 6,
2010. He was a software engineer for
several high-tech firms in the Boston area,
including Timely Solutions. He is survived
by a brother.
Martin J. Moran '88 of White Plains,
Md., died May 22, 2009. An authority on
nuclear submarine weaponry, he served at
naval shipyards in Norfolk, Va., Newport,
R.I., and Portsmouth, Va. He is survived by
his wife, Donna (Johnson), and two stepsons.
Daniel E. Bruso '89 of Somers, Conn.,
died Feb. 14, 2010. He leaves his wife,
Sandra (Strumski), and three children. An
associate in the intellectual property litiga-
tion practice of Cantor Colburn LLP, he
was also adjunct professor at Western
New England College of Law.
David A. DiBattista '90 (Alpha Chi
Rho) of Enfield, Conn., died Jan. 10, 2010.
He leaves his wife, Kathleen (White), and
two children. He was a sales engineer for
Standard Bellows Co.
James R. Perron '90 of North Scituate,
R.I., died April 27, 2009. A Navy veteran
of Operation Desert Storm, he was em-
ployed by the U.S. Postal Service. His
wife, Anita (Lamb), survives him.
John Lott Brown '46, a longtime trustee who served as
interim president from 1 994 to 1 995, died Jan. 1 6, 201 1 . His
academic career included positions at the universities of Kansas,
Pennsylvania, and Rochester, and a decade at the helm of the
University of South Florida, where he oversaw the transformation
of the school from a small liberal arts institution to a major
research university. Brown received the Robert H. Goddard
Alumni Award for Professional Achievement in 1969, an hon-
orary doctorate in science in 1984, the William R. Grogan
Award for Support of the Mission of WPI in 1 996, and the
Herbert F. Taylor Alumni Award for Distinguished Service in
2006. During his year as interim president, he was tapped for
Skull. He is survived by his wife, Catherine, and four children.
James F. Fee '65, co-founder of the WPI Venture Forum, died
Oct. 4, 201 0, leaving his wife, Joan, and two children. He
belonged to Phi Kappa Theta and served on his Class Board of
Directors. A consultant to entrepreneurs, Fee worked with alumni
and faculty to create the Venture Forum, a unique organization
devoted to bringing together entrepreneurs, investors, business
leaders, and job seekers. Under his leadership, it grew to a self-
supporting nonprofit with several hundred members, offering
Full obituaries may be read at wpi.edu/News/Memoriam
Bruce E. Anderson '91 (SIM) of Lunen-
burg, Mass., died July 20, 20 1 0. He was
68. Survivors include his wife, Marian
(Kraft), and three children. He was retired
from Norton Co.
Lawrence C. Fox '97 (MBA) of Dart-
mouth, Mass., died Nov. 2, 2010. He was
49. He was vice president of sales for DM
Technology & Energy. He leaves his wife,
Laura, and three children.
Jared B. Berube '98 of Tolland, Conn.,
died unexpectedly on March 15, 2010.
He leaves his wife, Dianna (Carlson)
Berube '98, and two children. He earned
an MBA at Nichols College and worked as
a cell manager for United Abrasives Inc.
Rhonda J. (Lima) Goonan '98 (MME)
of Raynham, Mass., died June 1 8, 2009,
at age 39. She leaves her husband,
Robert, and three children. She taught
math at Sharon High School.
Michael W. Hamel '99 of Naugatuck,
Conn., died unexpectedly on April 9,
2010. He worked in the IT department of
the state's Region 15 Board of Education.
He is survived by his parents and a sister.
Alexander A. Naiman '05 of
Foxboro, Mass., died Nov. 24, 2009.
He graduated from Dartmouth College in
2007 with master's degrees in biostatistics
and epidemiology studies, and was work-
ing on his doctorate in genetics and labo-
ratory science in cancer research and
researching the use of bacteria and viruses
as a vehicle to penetrate and kill cancer
cells. He is survived by his parents.
WPI has also received notice
of the following deaths:
William S. Hoar '22 in 1990
Richard F. Norton '26 in 2002
Henry I. Hirschen '30 in 1990
William J. (Grabowski) Graye '42 in 1990
Robert W. Pease '42 in 2004
Alojzy A. Moroz '44 in 2004
George F. Langley '54 (SIM) in 2006
Marion T. Harris '60 in 2005
Philip Bitzas '75 in 2007
Lawrence H. Cope '90 in 2004
Two veterans who lost their lives in service
received special commemoration last year.
• Lt. Col. Howard D. (David) Stephenson '60
was laid to rest in Arlington Cemetery
more than 38 years after he was listed as
missing in action during the Vietnam War.
A military funeral was in June 2010, after
the recovery and identification of remains
of all 14 airmen aboard an AC130A gun-
ship that was shot down near the border
of Laos in 1972.
• The 1 st Lt. Ryan Patrick Jones Bridge
on Route 2 in Westminster, Mass., was
dedicated in September 2010 in honor
of the 2005 graduate who was killed in
action in Iraq in 2007.
Transformations \ Spring 2011 51
<> TIME CAPSULE
By Joan Killough-Miller
There's a New Kid in Town
It all began with the kidnapping of a live goat from a near-
by farm in 1891. The unfortunate animal was stabled at a
farmhouse on Park Avenue, and its care fell to a Japanese
student, Gompei Kuwada (because of his ability to
handle the beast and because his were the only
initials that fit the title "Goat Keeper"). When
the school year ended, the students balked
at the cost of boarding a live goat for the
summer. Instead, they kept only the head
of their mascot, mounted on a board.
When their cherished relic was stolen by
sophomores the following year, the Class of 1893
tried to cover up the humiliating loss by having a
look-alike goat beheaded and mounted. Imagine
their shock when, 20 years later, as they sat enjoying
their Reunion Banquet in the Electrical Engineering Labora-
tory (now Atwater Kent), they looked up to see their original
goat's head being lowered from the ceiling by a crane. Their
tormentors had kept it hidden in Canada and took great joy
in dangling the prize in the faces of its rightful owners.
In 1926 the rank and tattered specimen was deemed
too far gone to preserve. Its creators commissioned a bronze
sculpture — said to weigh "twenty and a Kuwada" pounds —
to replace it. They presented the trophy to the Class of 1928
at its sophomore banquet, along with rules for a class rivalry
that would engender spirit — and controversy — for decades
Although the rules have evolved over time, the game
remains essentially the same: the Goat is awarded to the class
that accumulates the most points in a series of class rivalry
events. Its possessors are required to "show" the trophy
publicly at large gatherings — giving rival classes a
chance to snatch it. The competition has
gone through periods of dormancy and
revival, and has at times been constrained
by an administration concerned for stu-
dent safety in the rough-and-tumble rivalry.
In 1995 the Alumni Association arranged
to have a replica created, so the valuable original
could be preserved in safe storage. But as the new
and the old Goat statues were being carried into
Higgins House for a photo shoot, they were snatched
from the arms of an unwary Alumni Office staffer. By sun-
down the original statue was returned to the proper authori-
ties — with a '96 etched on its derriere.
We now have a new Proud Goat statue that looks out
across the Quad from its temporary post by the Bartlett
Center. A senior gift from the Class of 2009, this life-size
rendering of the beloved mascot was created with generous
support from the larger WPI community and a matching
gift from Trustee Emeritus Win Priem '59. While the earlier
trophy remains in play, this noble Goat will stand guard
over WPI's new Sports and Recreation Center upon its
Possessors of the goat mascot are required to "show" the trophy publicly
at large gatherings — giving rival classes a chance to snatch it.
WPI's mascot has taken many
forms, from bronze trophy to
the costumed mascot who leads
cheers at sports events.
52 Transformations | Spring 2011
The "Proud Goat" statue, temporarily installed at the Bartlett
Center, is a 600-pound bronze sculpture by Robert Shure.
It was a senior gift from the Class of 2009.
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