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Degree Year: Ph.D. 2008

Tuhin Sahai (Degree(s): BS, MS, PhD)

Alumni Tuhin Sahai was awarded the Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) grant by the National Academy of Engineering in 2014.

The research will be conducted by Tuhin Sahai, a UTRC staff research scientist located at the company's offices in East Hartford, under contract with the University of California at Davis.

Sahai, who joined UTRC in 2007, holds a Ph.D. in theoretical and applied mechanics from Cornell University, along with a masters and bachelors in Technology in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay.The research will be conducted by Tuhin Sahai, a UTRC staff research scientist located at the company's offices in East Hartford, under contract with the University of California at Davis.

Sahai, who joined UTRC in 2007, holds a Ph.D. in theoretical and applied mechanics from Cornell University, along with a masters and bachelors in Technology in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay.

Degree Year: MME 1951

Eli Reshotko (Degree(s): MEng)

Eli Reshotko, MME '51,  Kent H. Smith Professor Emeritus of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University has been invited to deliver the 2011 William R. Sears Memorial Lecture at the University of Arizona. The lecture is scheduled for October 27, 2011.

"Bill Sears was the founding director of the Graduate School of Aeronautical Engineering at Cornell, which many years later was incorporated into the Sibley School. When I did my MME at Cornell. I was in the Sibley School in the Sibley building." - Prof. Reshotko

 

Degree Year: BME 1950

William A. Glaeser (Degree(s): MEng)

I am part time at  Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus Ohio as a Senior Reseach Scientist In the field of Tribology. I have been with Battelle since 1951. Have published a text "Materials for Tribology" (ELSEVIER) And am updating my book:

" Characterization of Tribological Materials" (Butterworth-Heinemann).

My first job after studying heat power engineering at Sibley school was with an engine manufacturer who built engines run on natural gas for the gas pipelines. I joined BATTELLE in the mechanical engineering dept. My first assignment was running tests on sliding materials in liquid sodium and 6oo degree f water. Since then I have enjoyed a career involving many interesting projects including the control moment gyro bearings in the space station, bearings for several NASA space vehicles and elasto hydrodynamics theory.

- Bill Glaeser

Degree Year: A.B 1970

Nick Woodward (Degree(s): )

Nick Woodward retired December 31, 2014 from the Department of Energy after 23 years. Although he and his wife reside in Maryland, he expects to spend extensive time in Colorado doing what he did best in the 1970's --------------- where it is both legal and encouraged ----------------------------------------------------skiing --------------------

Degree Year: 2014

Brandon Liu (Degree(s): BS)

  •  Currently Manufacturing Engineer at SpaceX with "Build it, test it, fly it" responsibilities for stage separation and booster recovery mechanisms.
  • Spent 2 years at Air Products as a process engineer for chemicals and liquefied natural gas applications. 

Rocketry's dirtiest secret is that it is 90% plumbing. However, that's not the only reason why I feel so qualified for my job at SpaceX. Chemical Engineers are more than just plumbers, it turns out. I say this in every interview I have, "studying Chemical Engineering has given me one, core skill set. That is, the ability to decipher complex systems, string them into a series of smaller, more digestible parts, and identify key opportunities for iterative improvements."

In my career, I have found that time and time again, Cornell engineering alumni are by far the sharpest and most impressive. This isn't that surprising because our biggest problem is that "no," or "impossible," or "can't be done" is not in our vocabulary. We are seeking out the world's toughest problems and we're delivering solutions. This tenacity leads to recognition, which leads to responsibility. Cornell alumni are truly tomorrow's leaders.

Alin Radu (Degree(s): PhD)

Earlier this year Alin was awarded a Marie-Curie research grant by the European Commission to continue his independent research on the probabilistic assessment of reduction and transfer of earthquake risk. He will start his new job as a Marie-Curie research fellow in January 2017, at University of Bristol in the UK.

Currently, Alin is a senior research engineer at a catastrophe-modeling company, AIR Worldwide, where he has been working for more than two years on projects with the World Bank to assess the earthquake risk for developing countries in the South Pacific, Southwest Indian Ocean, and the Philippines. 

His visit at Cornell in October, was to catch up with his adviser, Professor Mircea Grigoriu, and with colleagues and staff who have become good friends over the years.

Degree Year: 2013

Chidanand Balaji (Degree(s): BS)

I am currently the Associate Brand Manager on the Bounce dryer sheet brand at P&G. Bounce is a $300 Million dollar brand in North America.

Prior to this role, I spent 3 years in manufacturing at the Family Care Mehoopany plant in North east Pennsylvania. I was a Process Engineer on Bounty paper machines and then a Machine leader for a Charmin Ultra Strong paper machine. My paper machine produced all the toilet paper for Canada and all of the East coast.

Patrick Simeon (Degree(s): MEng)

Senior Business Analyst at ADP for 2 Years.

I have used all my skills and knowleadge learnt from Cornell and applied them to my every day projects at ADP.

Degree Year: 2012, 2016

Jung Hwan Shin (Degree(s): BS, MEng)

PhD candidate at USC (Univ of Southern California)

Degree Year: 2012, 2013

Jeremy Blum (Degree(s): BS, MEng)

I'm a recent Cornell ECE graduate trying to juggle a whole lot of exciting stuff - both technical and not. Presently, I'm living in NYC where I am the CTO and Co-Founder of SUNN, a startup developing innovative lighting solutions that allow indoor LED lights to emulate natural sunlight, with the aim of creating a healthier living and working environment. The lights consume about one-fifth of the energy of an incandescent bulb, all while drastically improving light quality over compact flourescent bulbs. Through a web connection, the bulbs can intelligently geolocate themselves and determine the time, enabling them to always provide the right light at the right time. We're working with manufacturers to get this technology out into the market.

Simultaneously, I'm the owner of Blum Idea Labs, my consulting and content product firm. I produce Youtube videos that have taught engineering concepts to millions of people around the world. Most recently, I published a book, Exploring Arduino, which uses the popular Arduino microcontroller platform to teach concepts in electrical engineering, computer science, and human-computer interaction. It's available worldwide and as an EBook. Reviews are positive, and sales are going well.

Degree Year: 2012 (BS), 2013 (MEng)

Kieran Dunne (Degree(s): BS, MEng)

I am currently working as a research scientist at a reinsurance broking firm in Singapore.  My job is to examine natural catastrophes, such as typhoons, floods, and earthquakes, around the Asia-Pacific region and analyze their potential impact upon the insurance and reinsurance industries.  The technical training I received from my Earth science education, coupled with an interdisciplinary background resultant from attending a diverse and engaging university such as Cornell, has been indispensable to my work at the intersection of science and finance.

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences definitely have a bright future both at Cornell and in the world abroad, and it is great to connect with other EAS alumni and students and see what everybody is up to!

Degree Year: 2012

Corey Letcher (Degree(s): BS)

I recently left Schlumberger after 3 years as a field engineer to become and account manager for the Trane company in New York City.  While with Schlumberger I had the opportunity to travel the world and work in two very different places in the US.  It was an extremely valuable experience but after the oil and gas industry started to suffer from the global oil glut, I found it was time to start searching for a new career path, esoecially one that would allow me to be a little more stationary and start to build a family.  I got married in September of 2015 and a few weeks later began with the Trane company.  My focus now is developing and focussing on energy management and conservation project and helping customers manage their costs more effectively.  I am excited about the opportunity and for what the future holds!

John Ciecholewski (Degree(s): MEng)

John Richard Ciecholewski (Cornell M.Eng. SE '12, M.B.A. '13) recently closed a friends and family financing round for his first high-growth startup, Sunn.  Sunn is building the next generation of smart lighting controls based on biometric inputs and universal cues. Sunn's software interfaces with home automation hubs, smart LED lamps, and wearable health and fitness devices. Sunn's first product, "Sunn-enabled", is a cloud API and smartphone app, which enables tuneable LEDs to mimic sunlight indoors and promote circadian health. See more at sunnlight.com @sunnlighting @johnciech.

Degree Year: 2011

Joshua Velson (Degree(s): MEng)

Joshua Velson (MEng '11) of Nexant Consulting is featured in Conference Daily published by HYDROCARBON PROCESSING® March 2014. The article titled, "Coal re-emerges as a primary petrochemical feedstock," begins as follows: 

Coal was, historically, a critical resource in the infantry of the organic chemical industry. Among many other applications, coal tar provided aromatics, and coal syngas was used for ammonia and methanol production. The invention of the electric-arc furnace allowed coal-based calcium carbide to unleash a wealth of early acetylene-based production of butadiene, vinyl acetate, vinyl chloride, and acetaldehyde.

To read the full article visit:
http://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/about/IPC2014_Day1.pdf

Degree Year: 2010

Jouha Min (Degree(s): BS)

Jouha Min has recieved her Masters in Chemical Engineering Practices from MIT in September 2012, and is in the process of getting her Ph.D., also from MIT. She has worked at BP Chemicals in Hull, U.K. and General Mills for a semester as part of her Masters program. Her thesis project is on designing a smart self-assembly platform (namely layer-by-layer [LBL] assembly) for delivering multiple theraputic agents in a controlled manner. SHe is also trying to develop a mathematical model for controlling and predicting the relase behavior from the system using her knowledge of polymer physics and transport, knowledge she attributes to her time spent as an undergraduate working in the Clancy Group.

Thomas Murray (Degree(s): BS)

Thomas Murray ME '10 chosen as 2013 ASME New Faces of Engineering Finalist

In  honor of National Engineers Week (February 17-23, 2013), Thomas Murray ME'10 has been chosen by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) as a 2013 ASME New Faces of Engineering Finalist. The New Faces of Engineering program highlights the interesting and unique work of young engineers and the resulting impact on society. Young engineers two to five years out of school are the focus of this recognition program. Engineers Week sponsoring societies nominated young working engineers from among their membership.

Thomas, E.I.T., is a senior consultant with Navigant, where he helps clients solve some of the energy industry’s most pressing challenges by providing rigorous engineering and financial analysis. His work enables clients to deploy renewable energy and energy efficient technology, reduce CO2 emissions and fossil fuel dependence, and establish policy objectives. Several of his projects focus on reducing CO2 emissions and fossil fuel dependence through thermal optimization. For a project with the U.S. Navy, Thomas played a key role in developing and applying complex thermal models and ultimately helped identify $11 million in potential cost savings while reducing CO2 emissions from the district heating system by 11 percent. In addition, he leads the analysis of operational improvement data collected by the Department of Energy’s Smart Grid investment grant program, the results of which will inform U.S. electric utilities about what technologies they should invest in to reduce both costs and pollutants.

Thomas holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University.

To read his full bio, visit: http://www.eweek.org/Site/Engineers/newfaces2013/ASME.shtml

For more information about the 2013 New Faces of Engineering, visit: http://www.eweek.org/Site/Engineers/newfaces2013/index.shtml

Christina Chan Lu (Degree(s): BS, MEng)

I've been working in the financial industry in business analysis and project managrment area ever since graduating from Cornell with both a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering and master of engineering in engineering management. i'd be happy to connect with any CHEME ever interested in pursuing the same route and learn how to apply what they learn in CHEME in finance, please reach out to me. I'd also be interested in helping out the interviewing process with prospective candidates during college application process. Thanks 

Allison Smyth (Degree(s): MEng)

The Cornell M.Eng program was a great experience for me. I have always believed that it is important to balance both theory and practice when learning. The ECE M.Eng program was able to effectively provide this balance. In addition to a great learning environment, I also met great people who I continue to stay in touch with today.

Since graduating, I have worked on en route air traffic control systems at Raytheon Company and now drag racing timing systems at Portatree Timing Systems. In my free time, I work on other racing/car related projects including Smart Signals (wireless blinkers for antique cars) and the Moroso Electronic Switch Panel (power distribution and control system for race cars).

My family has been involved in drag racing since before I was born. I began racing at 14 years old and have not stopped since! My hobby has definitely affected the projects I have worked on and even influenced my M.Eng project. 

Hopefully the future will hold more fun projects and learning experiences. :)

Sriharsha Muttineni (Degree(s): MEng)

Cornell's M.Eng program taught me life's biggest lessons---(1) survival and (2) facing difficult situations with a smile. 

Ever since, I have been applying LEDs to exterior automotive lighting. In three years, I have ended up at a place where a majority of people take about eight to ten years to be. To put it in one statement---living the dream.

Akhil Gupta (Degree(s): MEng)

After graduating from the School of ORIE in December 2010, I worked as an Equity Research Associate with RBC Capital Markets for a while before diving into the world of Microfinance investing. Following my brief experience of working and learning in a boutique venture capital firm in New York City focused on investing in Africa, I moved to Washington D.C. in June 2012 and have since been working with MicroVest Capital Management, a $200mm AUM investment management fund focused on investing in microfinance and similar sectors across the globe.

My coursework and experiences at Cornell have been instrumental to me to understand and work efficiently on the different types of financial products and analysis and I am certainly thankful for having made that decision back in the days.

Harsukhdeep Singh Ratia (Degree(s): MEng)

Working at a biomedical device manufacturing company and actively applying Systems Engineering concepts! Providing DFM/DFX  expertize along with design of new products.

Degree Year: 2009

Michael Psiaki (Degree(s): BS)

Mike Psiaki, B.Sc. 2009, a LEGO® designer since Aug. 2012

Designs a replica of the iconic Ferrari F40, with sleek aerodynamic lines, vented, hinged rear hatch, opening doors and detailed interior.  Now you can build your very own Ferrari F40!  Get up close to one of the world’s greatest supercars.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pl-TKIp-A8k

LEGO® Creator - Build your very own Ferrari F40! - YouTube

UPDATE:  Mike Psiaki, Senior Designer, the LEGO Group. On Air: March 29, 2016 How do you design toy sets like Lego's Ferrari F40?  http://www.innonavi.com/mike-psiaki/

Rich Rothman (Degree(s): BS)

The impressive reputation and rigorous preparation of Cornell ECE allowed me to secure a job at Lutron Electronics before the end of senior year. I spent about two years designing and maintaining manufacturing line test equipment before attending Lehigh University for an M.Eng in Energy Systems Engineering.

I now work for PJM Interconnection, the Regional Transmission Organization for much of the Mid-Atlantic region. PJM is responsible for operating and planning the high voltage power grid in its footprint, as well as operating fair and efficient wholesale electricity markets. I work on the technical side of one of these markets running auctions, managing participant data, and testing website functionality.

It's great to read about Cornell ECE alumni doing such amazing things!

Michael Psiaki (Degree(s): BS)

Mike has been working at Lego in Billund Denmark since Aug. 2012 as a designer -- one of 120 or so people who dream up and design the kits that, Lego hopes, millions of kids around the world will want to buy, or want their parents to buy for them.  Or maybe some of the parents will want the kits for themselves?  Designing for Lego is fun, and he hates to have to go home at the end of the work day, but it is not all fun and games.  What if the company should ship millions of kits that are missing a critical piece?  Ouch!  The designer is responsible for ensuring that this not happen.  Or what if millions of perfectly good kits should go unsold because Matel is selling a cooler shark or beach house?

check it out:
http://creator.lego.com/en-us/Designers/BuildingTips/Creatures_482585.aspx

Omkar Halbe (Degree(s): MEng)

I graduated from the systems engineering major in May 2009. Since then I have pursued different options. Just after my graduation I went to my home country India and worked for a year in Bangalore as Guidance and Control Systems Engineer for the Indian Reusable Spacecraft program. Then I moved to a diversified American company called Eaton and worked as automotive control systems engineer for about 6 months. And then since January 2011, I joined EADS in France as systems engineer. Here I mainly work on system of systems for applications including but not limited to, Land & Maritime Border Security and Surveillance, Port Security and Emergency Response.

Degree Year: 2008

Rami Madadin (Degree(s): MEng)

Rami Madadin, a 2004 graduate of chemical engineering, is the recipient of the department's 2014 Early Career Alumni Recognition Award.

The award is designed to honor an outstanding Penn State chemical engineering alumna or alumnus who graduated within the past 10 years and who, at the outset of his or her career, serves as an exemplary role model for current chemical engineering students.

Madadin will receive his award during a reception Oct. 28 on the bridge between the Chemistry and Life Sciences Buildings.

He joined the Arabian Petrochemical Co., an affiliate of Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC), in 2011 as a senior production engineer.

Madadin developed a suite of reactor capacity utilization tools for all of SABIC's polyethylene reactors across the globe, which helped to achieve the highest polyethylene production record at the plant. In recognition of these accomplishments, he was promoted to the youngest department senior manager at the company.

Prior to joining the Arabian Petrochemical Co., Madadin worked for Saudi Aramco and Procter & Gamble (P&G).

At P&G, he was involved with the company's global plants in China, Germany, the Czech Republic, Belgium and Egypt. Madadin helped establish and implement P&G's dry laundry agglomeration unit and received P&G's Golden and Platinum Awards for his efforts.

In 2008, Madadin earned a master of engineering degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University.

The following year he helped establish the Saudi Arabian chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association in Dhahran. Madadin continues to be an active participant in the organization.

He also serves on the advisory board for the Jubail Technical Institute, providing advice and perspective on the school's engineering curricula and programs.

http://news.psu.edu/story/331561/2014/10/23/academics/department-chemical-engineering-honors-madadin-early-career-award

Rami Madadin (Degree(s): MEng)

Rami Madadin, an Operation Manager of polyethylene plant in Arabian Petrochemical Company (SABIC Affiliate), and his team has celebrated the combined production of one million metric tons of polyethylene with a cake-cutting ceremony at its facilities on January 14, 2013.  This production level is the highest since the startup of the plant in 2004.

This event was covered and recognized on SABIC level across the globe.

Kamil Tazi (Degree(s): MEng)

Following my graduation from Cornell University & ENSAE Paritech Paris in 2008, I had the chance to work in consulting (Sabre Holding, Accenture). Now I am a Senior Executive at Group Tazi. But in the meanwhile, my passions still prevail over the rest :

  • As a local public figure in a famous local radio show (Luxe Radio). I had the chance to debate 2 hours a day about everyday news related to economics, politics (...) and interview local celebrities.
  • This is in addition to being a speaker in conferences, mainly dealing with financial topics.
  • Music as I perfom (singing/guitar) every week in famous places in Casablanca.
  • Theatre & Improvisation but also dance since I taught salsa for 2 years after 9 years of practice.
  • Writing as I have recently finished to write a thriller that will be published in the first semester of 2013.

My experience at the Cornell University was fantastic and I will definitely always keep it in part of my mind.

Degree Year: 2007

Jennifer Cipolla (Degree(s): BS)

Currently the site leader for GE's new Center for Additive Technology Advancement, located in Pittsburgh, PA.

Michael Strenk (Degree(s): BS)

Despite the great inertia against organizational movement, I was able to change roles early last year. Just as I was considering the possibility of jumping ship to Caltex in the spring, I was offered a new job on the BP Coke Marketing team located just down the road from the refinery [in Carson, CA] in Huntington Beach, CA. BP has a group of a dozen people in this satellite office (complete with pilot and analytical labs) marketing all of its worldwide petroleum coke product. 

The vast majority of the work is done on the calcined coke side of things, of which BP is a major global player (currently ranked third in the western world in production behind wholesalers Oxbox and RainCII).

My refinery, the Carson Refinery, has an associated petcoke calciner which is also included in the divestment, and I was brought in to support all things technical for the new three-person team solely dedicated to the Carson refinery; all three of us are still ring-fenced (we will not be staying with BP). My background as the process engineer for the refinery's two coker units made me a good fit. In this role, I basically cover anything the logistics guy and my manager (who handles the sales and finance side) don't: I am on the refinery crude purchase team and an specifically responsible for maintaining coke (both green and calcined) quality while also trying to maximize refinery crude opportunities/margin; I own and maintain the coke quality model, which predicts coke properties from crude assay data; I serve as a technical resource to the refinery's current coker process engineer (my replacement) and the calciner's process engineer; I provide yield and quality predictions to the other two guys on my team so they know what and when to sell. The most exciting part of my role is that I am the technical contact for our aluminium smelting customers.

I regularly call and visit our worldwide aluminium smelting customers to discuss and troubleshoot any percieved problems with our product. The travel is fun for me right now: in the lat few months, I was able to travel to Switzerland and Brazil, and this year I plan to travel to Australia and Dubai. While I am far from an expert, I am well-versed in the aluminium smelting process now. THe frequent technical conversations with our customers regarding their process and my product is a key part of our value proposition, something which the Chinese do not offer. It's neat, it's different, and the hours are much better than my process engineering days. 

Owen Shieh (Degree(s): BS)

Cornell University, B.S. Atmospheric Science 2007
University of Oklahoma, M.S. Meteorology 2010
University of Hawaii at Manoa, Ph.D. Meteorology 2014 (expected)
 
I am currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  I am researching ways to improve hurricane and typhoon intensity forecasts, using analyses of storm structure and large-scale environmental parameters to better understand the phase space between the two sets of conditions. We collaborate with NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, CO and the Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Pearl Harbor, HI to improve Pacific Command AOR tropical cyclone forecasts for the U.S. Navy and Air Force.
 
My experience at Cornell, particularly its emphasis on combining academic rigor with extracurricular pursuits, successfully prepared me for graduate school and for leadership in national professional societies.  I had the opportunity to serve as Co-President of the Cornell Chapter of the American Meteorological Society and received the Father James B. Macelwane Award by the AMS.  Outside the classroom I was a Drill Instructor and played trumpet in the Cornell Big Red Marching Band.
 
Since 2011, I have been the National Co-Chair of the AMS Student Conference, and was recently appointed to the AMS Board for Operational Government Meteorologists where I will serve in the year 2013.

Degree Year: 2006/7

Idan Beck (Degree(s): BS, MEng)

Since graduating, I had a short stint at Microsoft before founding Incident, where we build the gTar a pure-MIDI guitar using some novel sensors to detect real-time user action as well as an integrated RGB LED display driven by a docked iPhone running different applications for everything from learning how to play to manipulating synthesizers.

Degree Year: 2006

Adam Kerin (Degree(s): BS)

After Cornell ECE, I joined Intel's Rotation Engineer Program where I got to experience three different jobs in one year. That set me on the path of Technical Marketing, where I know work with the Qualcomm Snapdragon Processors for today's leading smarthones, like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Google Nexus 5.  

Pamela Ongchin (Degree(s): BS)

Cornell ECE has enabled me to develop problem solving skills required to tackle complex technical problems that I have come across throughout my career and provided a network, which I can always reach out to.

The technical skills that I built while I was at Cornell have helped me throughout my career. Through the undergraduate curriculum in ECE (specifically Computer Architecture and VLSI), doing research on faster architectural simulation with Sally McKee (now an Associate Professor at Chalmers University of Technology), and taking part in Cornell's Co-op program at AMD, I was able to build the experiences I needed to get my first job at Broadcom designing Blu-ray chips. Following Broadcom, I went back to school and joined MIT's Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) program and got a dual degree in M.B.A. and M.S. in EECS to get more experience in business, operations, and software. I continued to work in semiconductors after school as part of Business Development in Intel's Custom Foundry. There, the technical knowledge from my ECE degree helped me to make good business decisions. Today, I continue to use the coding skills that I learned through my experience in ECE as a Technical Account Manager at Optimizely.

In addition to providing the resources that I needed to build technical expertise, the Cornell ECE network has been extremely valuable for finding advice and mentorship throughout my career. I continue to be surprised by the number of Cornell ECEs from various years that have helped me in my different jobs, including senior engineers and managers at Broadcom.

However, the best part of my whole experience has been the friendships that I made from working on impossible coding projects and problem sets with my fellow classmates late into the night during undergrad. These are the friends that I still keep in touch with to this day. We have all gone on to pursue a variety of career paths including engineering, law, and business. Nevertheless, we continue to give each other advice about our careers, provide constant moral support, and reminisce about our college days.

Hoeun Hannah Lee (Degree(s): BS)

Hannah Lee is a graduate of Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and a minor in Biomedical Engineering. She started the University of Pittsburgh/Carnegie Mellon University Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) in 2007, pursing dual MD/PhD degrees. Her PhD training is in Bioengineering, Cell and Organ Engineering track. She defended her Ph.D. thesis in summer 2012, and is now back at the University of Pittsburgh for her medical degree. She says the transition has been "painful" at times, but she is happy to be back in the clinical world.

Manabu Yoshimi (Degree(s): MEng)

Degree Year: 2005

Chen Chow Yeoh (Degree(s): BS)

I graduated from Cornell ECE in 2005. Reflecting back on my time in Cornell, it has been amazing experience.

I started my career with Accenture as a Management Consultant, focusing in Customer Relationship Management. Subsequently, I joined JobStreet.com as Product Manager.

Since April 2011, I have been with Groupon, starting from Malaysia, initially. Currently, I am a Regional Operations Director for Asia Pacific. I also represent Groupon in its Observer seat in the board of Life Media Limited (Groupon's JV with Tencent and Legend Capital in China).

Selected as an Eisenhower Fellow for 2013, I have the opportunity to visit various cities in the U.S., learning more on education sector in the U.S.

Miguel O. Román (Degree(s): MEng)

Dr. Miguel O. Román (MEng '05) is a research physical scientist who in 2009 joined NASA as a civil servant in the Terretrial Information Systems Laboratory at Goddard Space Flight Center. He is part of a multi-agency team of Earth system scientists in charge of assessing instrument performance and developing algorithms for the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on board the Suomi National Polar-Orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite.

His research and technical efforts as the Land scientist for NASA’s Cloud Absorption Radiometer (CAR) and the BRDF, Albedo, Clouds and Aerosol Radiometer (BACAR) have led to new approaches for global intercomparison of moderate-resolution land science products and the development of new algorithms for studying ecosystem change.

Dr. Román has also taken the lead for the NASA Land Science community in developing plans and achieving consensus in the areas of global product validation and approaches for producing environmental data records to meet the needs of both the operational and science research communities. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the NASA Early Career Achievement Medal and the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) Gold Early Career Award.

Degree Year: 2004, 2005

Simon Li (Degree(s): BS, MEng)

I earned my B.S. '04 and M.Eng '05 in ECE, focusing on digital communications. After graduating, I worked for four years in the intelligence industry, applying all of the theory I learned to real-life problems. After two years in business school, I worked at Samsung Mobile and Amazon, both in product roles. Although I'm squarely on the business side of the company, the technical foundation I developed at Cornell is still critical in my day-to-day work.

Robert Meyers (Degree(s): BS, MEng)

I received a B.S. in Engineering Physics in 2004, and my M.Eng in ECE in 2005. My first job was at General Dynamics C4S in Scottsdale, AZ, where I spent about two years working as a systems engineer on a digital communications product. I then went back to graduate school at Arizona State University's School of Sustainability and received my M.S. degree. My research focused on renewable energy, grid efficiency, and the environmental assessment of information technology.

I now work at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. and develop voluntary energy efficiency standards for IT equipment and data center products as part of its ENERGY STAR program. I work with most major international and US-based electronics manufacturers/brands, many foreign governments, NGOs, and advocacy groups to develop these standards, plus travel around the U.S., and sometimes internationally, to speak at conferences, sit on panels, etc.

Degree Year: 2004

Vikrant T. Nanda (Degree(s): BS)

Since graduating Cornell, I've pursued a career in Information Security & Risk Management spanning the Financial Services, Consulting, and Tech/Internet industries. Along the way, I attended b-school at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Most recently, I've relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area and joined Google's Privacy team. On the personal front, I am married and we are proud parents of a beautiful little girl!

Jeffrey Chen (Degree(s): BS)

Jeff has developed a fruitful career over his 10 years at Intel Corporation, which included a seven-month co-op program through Cornell's Career Services. Since graduating from Cornell, he has worked in several roles, spanning technical marketing, product marketing, and product management for processors and even remote patient monitoring solutions. He even completed an Master's of Business Administration from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business along the way. Jeff is now responsible for defining the business strategy for Intel's notebook and tablet business.

Josh Silbermann (Degree(s): BS, MEng)

After graduating from Cornell ECE, I joined Eastman Kodak's Image Science and Career Development program. During that two year rotational program, I worked on OLED display technology as well as digital radiography projects.  

When I left Rochester, NY, I joined the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, where I continue to work today. I have spent seven years working on the FAA's Traffic-Alert and Collision Avoidance System which flies on all aircraft in the U.S. with 29 or more passengers. We are currently involved in creating the next-generation system known as ACAS X which should begin flying on manned as well as unmanned aircraft gradually over the next five-to-ten years.

My education at Cornell allowed me to be involved in all aspects of the system design, from real-time software development used during flight test, modeling and simulation, software tool development, and project management. 

David Hendarto (Degree(s): MEng)

Thank you for all the updates and newsletter.

I am married with 1 daugther and 1 unborn son (due sometime in Oct 2014). Profession as a home and low rise buildings developer.

Specialization in high end houses and boutique commercial buildings in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia.

Too bad I haven't had the time to visit the USA. Cornell is definely one of the places I would love to bring my kids and wife to visit.

Thank you,
David Hendarto
Class of 2003/2004

Degree Year: 2003

Allison Goodman (Degree(s): BS)

Solid State Hard Drive Validation Program Manager, Intel

As a systems engineer, I have found myself using a large variety of the knowledge I learned in ECE, from NAND solid state physics, to microcontroller and embedded software design, to computer architecture and circuit design.

Cornell taught me to collect and analyze data, and then  communicate it in a clear and concise way. Those skills have propelled me to success and provided opportunities to work on one of the most cutting-edge and innovative new computer technologies.

Yujin Chung (Degree(s): BS)

I help build relationships between our portfolio companies and the broader corporate ecosystem of technology buyers, builders, and consumers. More simply, if one of our portfolio companies desires a deal with Facebook, I help advise on the right contact, strategy, and approach to facilitate productive conversations.

While I never practiced as an engineer, I am extremely grateful for my Cornell engineering experience. The challenging curriculum and tight-knit community of Cornell ECE helped me develop a strong foundation for the technical and business skills I use every day in my role at Andreessen Horowitz.

Degree Year: 2002

D. Darian Muresan (Degree(s): MEng, PhD)

I am currently holding two jobs. The first is as Chief Technology Officer at Digital Multi-Media Design. The second is as a Chief Software Engineer at Leidos.

I enjoy developing new technology and Signal Processing Applications, especially 2D and 3D. I am extremely fascinated by sensors and the signal processing associated with extracting information from hardware sensors.

At DMMD we develop software that allows users to easily integrate advanced signal processing algorithms and hardware into their own applications. I am always looking for collaborators and would love to hear from any Cornell Alumni. Contact me at: darian at dmmd dot net.

Degree Year: 2001

Jim Liu (Degree(s): BS)

I am proud to be a Cornell ECE alum and had four of the best years of my life at Cornell. Cornell's ECE department prepared me well and gave me the confidence to pursue and overcome challenges in various fields, including engineering, finance and now, entrepreneurship, in Asia. The extremely rigorous analytical training at Cornell's College of Engineering, together with access to the broad range of disciplines across Cornell, provided an invaluable opportunity to learn and to stretch my personal limits. Furthermore, the Cornell brand is very strong across geographies and the alumni network is a tremendous resource. 

After graduating in 2001, I practiced as a wireless network engineer at Nokia in Southeast Asia for a couple years, then moved on to sales & marketing and business development at Nokia before returning to school to pursue my M.B.A. at Kellogg. After working for a number of years in investment banking in Southeast Asia and Greater China, I recently joined my family business to drive its international expansion out of my bases in Shanghai and Bangkok.

Although I've worked as a "real" engineer for only a couple years, my Cornell engineering education has served me well in all of my other professional pursuits. After all, engineering is about problem solving, and Cornell Engineering provided me with the analytical training and sensitivity that are applicable in diverse fields such as tech, finance, and entrepreneurship and in a remarkable environment that fostered permanent, genuine friendships with my classmates.

Michael Maskulinski (Degree(s): BS)

I am currently working as a Primary Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. I have been at the office for over 12 years examining patents for fault tolerance in computer systems.

Jenn Jiun goh (Degree(s): BS, MEng)

Degree Year: 2000

Rhett Dillingham (Degree(s): BS)

I lead the Product Management team and a Software Engineering product group in the public cloud business at Rackspace.

I first applied my Electrical Engineering degree from Cornell in microprocessor hardware design then Technical Marketing at AMD. I transitioned to Product Management at Microsoft then Amazon Web Services (AWS) after getting my MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

In moving across different tech industry areas, I've benefitted quite a bit from the broad-based engineering education I got at Cornell. In my role at Rackspace, I am leveraging my engineering background from Cornell and experience developed in hardware, software, and cloud service businesses in building out our product portfolio.

Catherine Bierne Donovan (Degree(s): BS)

Cate Beirne Donovan graduated from Cornell with her Bachelors in Chemical Engineering in 2000. She immediately began working for Stepan Co. in its sales department, and advanced into the position of the company's Global Business Manager for Systems and Flexible Polyols in 2006. She recieved her part time MBA from Northwestern University in 2008. In January 2013, she was promoted to Stepan Co.'s Polymers Innovation Program Manager. 

Degree Year: 1999

Evan Raskob (Degree(s): BS)

Evan Raskob was recently appointed as the Subject Leader for both the Product Design and the Design Interactions courses at Ravensbourne, a digital arts college based in London, UK.  This follows on his previous role as Senior Lecturer in Web Media, and previously as Computational Designer in Residence at the college.  His main task is developing the future of these courses and establishing them as the leading courses for contemporary digital design in the UK, especially in the areas of electronic products, installation art and interactive design for live events, computer-enabled play, creative uses for technology in advertising, user experience design and web-enabled design.

Degree Year: 1998, 1999

Andrew Hoffman (Degree(s): BS, MEng)

After graduating in 1999, I thought it would be a good idea to try my hand at the internet software consulting business, so I joined a small custom software firm in Boston. Unfortunately, the market didn't agree that this was such a great idea, and the company folded after four years. But I did pick up some great experiences.

Fast forward to 2004, and one of my Cornell professors was getting involved in a seemingly crazy idea to use robots to move shelves around in warehouses. I joined the tiny start-up and we grew the concept and the company, Kiva Systems, into a receptive market, eventually selling the company to Amazon for around $775 million and doing a lot of fun stuff in the process.

It turns out that coordinating thousands of robots in a warehouse is only 10% a control/EE problem and 90% a resource optimization and contention problem. Happily, the EE mindset of modeling a system and controlling its output applies nicely to this space, regardless of whether the optimization you are seeking is in hardware or software.

Degree Year: 1998

Sean Burns (Degree(s): BS)

After graduating from Cornell in 1998, I spent a year working in IT consulting before heading back to medical school at NYU. I am now a physician-scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, using the tools of human genetics and chemical biology to develop new therapies for common diseases, including type 2 diabetes.

While I am no longer focused on traditional applications of electrical engineering, my education at Cornell has served me well throughout my career, and has helped me succeed in the pursuit of my dream career: improving the care of patients through innovative, transformative approaches to medicine.

G.G. Heitmann (Degree(s): BS)

Senior Compositor, Weta Digital, Wellington, New Zealand

Thanks to the computer graphics and image processing techniques I learned at Cornell, I was able to land a position in visual effects and be confident in my understanding of a wide range of issues in this frequently, very specialized profession.

Degree Year: 1997

Mark Pizov (Degree(s): MEng)

Recently named Director, Global Inventory, Warehousing, and Demand Planning at Westinghouse Electric Company.

Degree Year: 1996

Levina Wong (Degree(s): BS)

I give legal advice to an internet and technology company, including counseling on product development, reviewing marketing materials, negotiating technology licenses and managing intellectual property such as patents, copyrights, and trademarks.

My Cornell engineering background helps me interface with engineers and software developers because I am able to "talk the talk." Also, there is something empowering about having studied electrical engineering; having conquered that, nothing one later encounters seems too difficult or hard -- not even the first year of law school.

Degree Year: 1994

Kathleen Vaeth (Degree(s): BS)

Kathleen Vaeth earned her B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University in 1994, where she was a Kodak Fellow, and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was a Hertz Fellow. She is currently the vice president of engineering at MicroGen Systems, Inc., a tech startup company based in Rochester, New York, focused on developing Micro Electrical Mechanical (MEMS)-based piezoelectric energy harvesting technology. Prior to joining MicroGen Systems, Vaeth spent 12 years at Eastman Kodak as senior research scientist in the Kodak Research Labs, where she worked in the areas of MEMS microfluids, organic electronics, controlled release chemistry in thin films, barrier coatings for flexible subtrates, vapor deposited polymers, and piezoelectric materials and actuators. She also served as the director for future technologies for the Functional Printing Business Unit. Vaeth's research interests spans the design, fabrication, and characterization of devices, relating their performance to the materials used in their construction. She has 20 publications and 16 issues U.S. patents.

"During my senior year, I performed research in Prof. T. Michael Duncan's lab on supported catalysts for gas phase reactions. The experience helped reaffirm my strong interest in research, as well as my decision to attend graduate school and pursue my Ph.D. in chemical engineering. The project also gave me valuable experience in defining research problems and performing independent work in a university lab, which helped prepare me for my thesis work at MIT.
What separates chemical engineering from other types of training si the ability to combine chemistry, physics, biology, transport phenomena, thermodynamics, and unit operations at a systems level to solve complex problems. This broad training enables chemical engineers to have an impact in a wide variety of fields, and indeed, in my own career I have worked on technologies ranging from OLED displays, photothermographic X-ray film, inkjet printing, flexible barrier films, sterilization of food and medical instruments, and energy harvesting." 

Degree Year: 1993

Dominic J. Caraccilo (Degree(s): MEng)

After receiving my M.Eng. in 1993 I went on to serve as a Professor of Systems Engineering at West Point. My degree gave me an understanding of how to solve large, complex multidisciplinary problem sets and served me well in my Army carreer, which culminated in 2011 after being selected for Brigadier General and retiring with more than 27 years of commissioned service. Since then I used my M.Eng. skills as a consultant in Abu Dhabi, a director at Amazon, the director of IT Operations at Facebook and now as the COO of a security firm in Charlotte, N.C. Of all the education and experiences I have had, my Cornel M.Eng. has served me the best. 

Kent Yen (Degree(s): MEng)

I graduated from Cornell with an M.Eng in EE. Coming from a state school (SUNY), I wasn't sure what to expect going into a Ivy League school. The education I received at Cornell turned out to be an excellent education experience.

I especially value the opportunity to have exposure to various engineering subjects and fields. I chosed to major and concentrated in signal processing and I gained a great deal of computer skills while I was at Cornell.

Now I am working for the U.S. government as a civilian employee and looking forward to pass on the Cornell educational experience to my children (if I can afford and if my children have the grades).

In the future, may Cornell continue to be the best it can be with its excellence in education and creative, innovative learning and achievement. 

Shaoyi Jiang (Degree(s): PhD)

Shaoyi Jiang, ChEME Ph.D. '93, Boeing-Roundhill Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle, has won the 2017 Braskem Award for Excellence in Materials Engineering and Science from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

This award is presented to honor a leading researcher in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of materials science and engineering. Prof. Jiang was recognized for his seminal contributions to the molecular understanding, design and development of zwitterionic materials and coatings for a broad range of applications. Prof. Jiang will deliver an award lecture this November at the AIChE Annual Meeting in Minneapolis.

 

Degree Year: 1992

Wes Gamble (Degree(s): BS)

I'm currently employed as a senior software developer at a small startup here in Houston, TX, called HealthPost. We make software to help people schedule medical appointments online and to allow hospitals and hospital systems to do more effective internal referrals. 

I have been involved on the software side of things ever since leaving Cornell (and even on my co-op assignments while there), but I've found that my degree prepared me extremely well for the challenges of software design and development.

Peter Indra Lembong (Degree(s): MEng)

Currently working at PT. Lippo Karawaci Tbk as Investor Relations Director.

PT. Lippo Karawaci Tbk ("Lippo Karawaci") was founded on a vision to impact lives through development of well-planned sustainable independent township with green environment and first class physical and social infrastructure.

Over more than a decade, the company has proven itself to be a highly trusted property developer with a most recognisable brand name. It is the owner of the largest diversified landbank and a leader in pioneering projects in strategic locations throughout Indonesia.

Through a merger of 8 property related companies in 2004 the Company has expanded its business portfolio to encompass urban development, large scale integrated developments, retail malls, healthcare, hotels and leisure, as well as a fee-based income portfolio.

Lippo Karawaci is now the largest listed property company in Indonesia by market capitalisation, assets and revenue, with a unique and integrated business model. It operates Indonesia’s premier private hospital group, the only one achieving world class standards, and is an undisputed retail property industry leader.

Degree Year: 1991

Keith McAfee (Degree(s): BS)

Loving the Bay Area (except for the imminent drought) and working at Salesforce in post-sales relationship and product adoption. Two young ones (2.5/4.5) take most of my time, but trying to stay active and social.

Jesse Lackey (Degree(s): BS)

I received my BSCS/BSEE double-major in 1991, and then spent most of the 1990s working on 3D rendering software/R&D. Don Greenberg's computer graphics class blew me away and I knew I wanted to work in computer graphics after graduation. I was very fortunate to work with some stellar people (other Cornellians!) doing just that for more than 5 years in Ithaca at 3D/Eye and later Autodesk. 

Around 2001 I decided to change careers and became a freelance electronics designer. I've done hundreds of designs in pro audio, zigbee smart energy, LED lighting, and control systems areas in volumes of a few to 10,000. Most of my clients are small startups and occasionally artists, but I have also custom-designed and installed 5,000-10,000 pixel LED systems in three nightclubs in the UK, Washington, D.C., and Prague. I also sell a specialized LED controller that was used by the Metropolitan Opera in NYC for their production of Rigoletto last year and just recently in the movie Ender's Game.

I moved from Ithaca to NYC in 2000, and from NYS to the Bay Area in 2006. I enjoy the more laid back pace (relative to NYC) and how technology and entrepreneurship thrive here, and expect to stay here for a long while.  :)

Paul Hayre (Degree(s): BS)

I traveled the globe consulting in IT after Cornell EE 1991, returned States-side in 1994 to marry my Cornell sweetheart (HUEC '91, now a leading Pediatric Radiology researcher and clinician) and earned an M.B.A. at Harvard.

Since then, I started as an advisor, and now for the last decade have been a entrepreneurial growth strategist, both at the helm of start-ups and in multinationals founding new divisions in cleantech (tapping my Cornell EE atomic physics training in crystalline silicon solar/photovoltaic innovations).

Currently, I co-founded and lead a chronic wound diagnostic start-up, spending my time fiercely marketing our model for both seed funding and rapid commercialization. I'm very excited that one vein of our business strategy has us engaged with Cornell's Vet School to trial early indication of equine arthritis using our same wound diagnostic assay. Cornell is, for me, an ongoing and deepening relationship, and after spending time on campus in the summer of 2013, my kids kindled their love affair with Cornell and Ithaca as well.

Kevin Lemanowicz (Degree(s): BS)

Cornell University, B.S. Atmospheric Science (Meteorology)

I graduated from Cornell in 1991 from our atmospheric sciences floor of Bradfield Hall. There were only 5 of us on graduation day - Tony, Evan, Gary, Simon, and myself. We had a great time and you'll find us taking very different career paths. Mine has landed me in Boston since 1996 as the chief meteorologist at FOX 25 News.

Degree Year: 1990, 1991, MBA '92

Fernando J. Garcia (Degree(s): BS, MEng)

I started my career at Eastman Kodak Company working as an embedded software engineer for document products. Early on, I became the commercialization manager for the first high-speed color document scanner and continued on to lead a team to develop a whole platform of lower cost yet high performing document scanners that won numerous industry awards.

I transitioned into business management and doubled our Distributed Scanner business in two years to $50M. After this I spent some time in Kodak's research labs leading a team developing ultra high-speed inkjet printing technology that is now part of a $250M business before shifting back to the "dark side" of business strategy.

Today, I simultaneously lead strategy as well as business analytics for the company. Looking back it is clear that my experiences at Cornell helped me to see how to successfully bring new technology to market to create value and help people, which after all, are the same thing. Looking forward, there are far more opportunities for Cornell grads than I ever dreamed of when I was a student, all there for the taking.

Fernando J. Garcia BS '90, MEng '91, MBA '92

Degree Year: 1990

Chris Arends (Degree(s): BS)

I am retiring from active Naval service after 24 years as a Meteorology and Oceanography (METOC) officer with three sea tours that included the USS Okinawa (LPH-3) for a western Pacific and Indian Ocean deployment, the USS Cleveland (LPD-7) for a southern Pacific counter narcotics deployment, and with Cruiser Destroyer Group Eight embarked the USS Theodore Roosevelt deployed to the Mediterranean for combat operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

My shore METOC tours included San Diego, Hawaii and Diego Garcia where my focus was maritime safety (Optimum Track Ship Routing) for Pacific Fleet ships and aviation safety of flight.  Additionally, I qualified as a Typhoon Duty Officer and subsequently served as the Joint Operations Officer at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) with Pacific Command warning responsibility.

I served in a variety of major staff positions to include Naval Special Warfare Staff as Force Oceanographer, Secretary of the Navy Staff as an action officer for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Space (C4I & Space) systems, Commander US Third Fleet as Fleet Oceanographer, and the Naval Mine and ASW Command as the Staff Training Manager and Oceanographer.

I attended the Naval Postgraduate School, graduating with a Master of Science (MS) in Physical Oceanography and Meteorology in 1997, and earned my Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Georgetown University in 2009.
 

I am married to the former Bridget Savalle, a career Certified Public Accountant and Manager of Financial Reporting for Sempra Energy.

Degree Year: 1989

Chad Magendanz (Degree(s): BS)

After completing my degree at Cornell, I spent several years as a nuclear submarine officer in the U.S. Navy, followed by 10 years as a full-time Program Manager at Microsoft, where I shipped 16 products and received over 20 patent awards. Since 2004, I've been a freelance software design consultant for Microsoft as well as for Nike, Panasonic, and other award-winning local high tech companies.

In 2011, I was elected President of our local school board (18,000 students) and then the following year elected State Representative for our legislative district (140,000 citizens).  I currently serve on the Education (asst. ranking), Higher Education, Technology & Economic Development, and Rules committees for the Washington State House of Representatives. In June, I was elected Asst. Floor Leader by my caucus.

John Erickson (Degree(s): MEng)

I look back on my time in Phillips Hall with great fondness! I was there from '88-'89 on a fellowship from my then-employer Digital Equipment Corp --- remember them? --- on a mission to earn my M.Eng in a year. My project was the design of an advanced memory test pattern processing "kernel," the purpose of which was to execute a wide variety of DRAM test pattern algorithms that were previously difficult to run on lower-end production test systems. I hand-built the hardware (two very dense wire wrap boards) and hand-coded the software (custom microcode plus a Turbo C-based controller). The system became the basis for a development program when I returned to DEC!

In 1992, I left DEC and received a Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College, where I wrote one of the first doctorates on copyright management in the digital, networked environment. After a couple startups and a decade at HP Labs (Bristol, UK), I'm now with the Tetherless World Constellation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, involved in a number of projects that will contribute to the future of the Web.

William E. Pence (Degree(s): PhD)

As Chief Technology Officer, William Pence leads all aspects of AOL’s global technology strategy, platform development and external technology partnerships, as well as plays a key leadership role in the overall strategy and direction of the company. He is an accomplished leader in the digital technology industry with over 25 years of experience. William joined AOL on April 30, 2014.

Before joining AOL, William served as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of WebMD from 2007 to 2014 as well as Chief Operating Officer of WebMD from 2012 to 2014. At WebMD, he led many cross-company initiatives that drove innovative new products, improved operational efficiencies and user experiences for consumers and advertiser partners. He also drove technology and corporate operations improvement through automation, cloud technology and data management systems. William was instrumental in mobile product efforts across WebMD’s properties as well as the company’s global expansion. Prior to WebMD, William served as Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President at Napster from 2003 to 2007. From 2000 to 2003, he was the Chief Technology Officer for Universal Music Group’s online initiatives. Previously, William spent more than a decade at IBM.

William received a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.

Degree Year: 1988

Chloe Barzey (Degree(s): BS)

I am a Managing Director at Accenture with over 23 years consulting and industry experience. My primary focus is in the Communications Industry, guiding clients to design and implement business strategies to increase profitability and customer satisfaction. I direct clients to identify business value, and to address the critical management challenges to realize and sustain that business value. Since 2008, clients served have realized over $1 billion in net bottom line savings. It is a fun and challenging career.

Degree Year: 1987

John Sievers (Degree(s): BS, MEng)

I am writing this note to encourage kids who didn't necessarily do great in math or physics to still go for ECE at Cornell. My specialty was parallel processing and digital signal processing and I have had a terrific 25 years since graduation, using my skills to land some outstanding jobs and work on really interesting stuff.  

I have been working on video compression algorithms for most of my career, using the basic DSP theory I learned at Cornell to apply to many practical applications. I worked on developing the H.264/AVC video standard, the basis of most internet video, where recently it was noted that a full 50% of all internet traffic consists of H.264 bits.  

Recently I have been attending standards meetings to define the next-generation video compression algorithm: H.265. With lots of power positioning recently with Google giving away VP8 for free and traditional broadcasters trying to keep their territory, it is an exciting time for internet video, and it all started for me with ECE at Cornell.

Barbara Waldman (Degree(s): MEng)

I am active in the Boston area group and am networking to hire folks as well as get a new job for myself in this area. 

Before Cornell I studied Electrical Engineering at Stanford for my BSEE.  After finishing my Masters of Engineering at Cornell, I worked for five years at Bell Communications Research (BELLCORE). During that time, I was on campus recruiting for our company to hire Cornell Engineering studuents.  

I have 12 years of consutling and engineering experience. 

I look forward to networking with Cornell folks and others. I am hoping to take a new job in the next few months in engineering, consulting, information technology, project management, or product management. 

Thanks! Barbara

email barbarabailey @ rcn . com

Degree Year: 1986, 1989

Bijan Tadayon (Degree(s): BS, PhD)

I have been involved with several startup hi-tech companies, as co-founder, advisor, inventor, or investor. Our latest company is: www.ZAdvancedComputing.com

We are working on the next generation search engine and analytics, e.g., for image search and recognition and data reliability. Prof. Lotfi Zadeh, of U.C. Berkeley, is our main inventor/chief technology advisor. He previously invented Fuzzy Logic in the 1960s and co-invented Z-Transform in the 1950s, among many others. Many famous professors are involved in this company. We want to revolutionize the search engine, particularly based on image recognition.

I have worked in various technologies. For five years, I was the Director of Intellectual Properties for ContentGuard, Inc., a major DRM company, which is a Xerox-PARC spin-off, jointly owned by Microsoft, Time Warner, and Thomson. 

I was a co-founder of an educational multi-media software company. I worked for the U.S. Naval Research Lab for more than five years as a semiconductor researcher. I have given 19 invited technical and IP lectures at the U.S. Patent Office and was involved in the Patent Office Training Advisory Board and Work Sharing Roundtable at the U.S. Patent Office (USPTO). I have expertise in many diverse technical fields, including Digital Rights Management (DRM), semiconductors, transistors, software, Internet, security, image processing, telecommunication, and data compression. I am a former Primary Patent Examiner and a former Patent Examiner Trainer at the USPTO.

I have had more than 80 technical journal publications and presentations (in various technical fields) and more than 100 pending or issued U.S. and foreign patents related to security, digital rights management (DRM), and semiconductors, among others. I earned my Ph.D. degree from Cornell related to semiconductors and circuits, with Prof. Lester Eastman. I received my B.S. degree in Applied & Engineering Physics from Cornell. I am also a graduate of the Georgetown Law School. My brother and sister are also Cornellians.

I live in Maryland. You can contact me by phone at 301-294-0434 or bijantadayon@comcast.net.

Degree Year: 1986

Greg Foley (Degree(s): MS)

I obtained a PhD from University College Dublin in 1993 and have been on the faculty in the School of Biotechnology, Dublin City University since that time. My research focuses on membrane filtration processes and this year I published my first book with the title "Membrane Filtration - A Problem Solving Approach with MATLAB", published by Cambridge UNiversity Press.
Special regards to Claude Cohen!
Greg

Degree Year: 1985, 1986

William Page (Degree(s): BS, MEng)

After graduating, I worked for General Electric for three years as a hardware design engineer. I then returned to academics and received a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Rochester. I am currently on the faculty of the Neurology Dept at Strong Hospital (UofR) and my wife, Cornell ALS '85, is in private practice as a pediatrician.

Cornell ECE provided tremendous in-depth knowledge in so many different fields. My core courses provided me with the insight and confidence to rapidly immerse myself in high tech (Star Wars) work at GE and then in various system neuroscience laboratories at UofR.

As an undergrad, I was also able to take neuroscience courses that motivated my future career path. My M.Eng project involved a collaboration with the neuroscience department, where I built an instrument to assist neuronal recording in frogs. All of these things, including Cornell's reputation, paved the way for my acceptance into grad school.

Oh, forgot to mention, I'm also an owner of a local indoor volleyball facility that has been in business for 20+ years. 

No doubt, ECE at Cornell was the perfect foundation for all my future endeavors. 

Degree Year: 1985

Margaret Wilde Frey (Degree(s): BS)

After earning a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in '85, Margaret Wilde Frey followed a winding career path through an M.S. in Fiber Science from the Cornell College of Human Ecology, a stint in the personal care industry, a Ph.D. in Fiber and Polymer Science from North Carolina State University, and more work in polymer extrusion for industrial applications, before returning to Cornell. She is currently associate professor and director of graduate studies in Fiber Science and Apparel Design in the College of Human Ecology. Frey teaches courses in fiber and textile science and conducts research leveraging functional nanofibers for pathogen detection, signaling, and environmental remediation applications. She lives in Ithaca with her husband, son, and dogs.

"I first discovered polymers in Prof. Rodriguez's course. We ran experiments in the basement of Olin Hall and somehow mine would always go a bit haywire. I remember emulsion polymerization beads the size of large pearls. Nonetheless, I was hooked and have continued to focus on polymer processing ever since.
Completing the chemical engineering degree was the hardest thing I have ever done. Compared to that, earning a Ph.D. and promotion to tenure were a walk in the park. The problem-solving methods, rigorous fundamentals, and endless workload have all contributed to my ability to dive into new projects and manage mutiple priorities."

William Chu (Degree(s): BS)

Hello from Class of '85 grad, Bill Chu!

Kevin Jones (Degree(s): BS)

Founded Ambio Health to develop and commercialize a wireless remote health monitoring solution for use by managed care companies and ACOs to better manage chronic diseases and family members concerned about the health of their loved ones.

Karl Towle (Degree(s): MEng)

I loved my time at Cornell and hated to leave, but my work there prepared me for a varied and fulfilling career. I spent several years designing telcom hardware and software at AT&T Bell Labs, then transitioned to networking hardware design, first at Larscom and then Cisco. I'm now a few years into rebooting my career as a web software engineer, first at McClatchy Interactive and now with Vital Source Technologies.

Mehmet Kerim Gokay (Degree(s): MEng)

I currently own and manage a consulting firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions in Turkey. Most of our clients are foreign investors looking for acquisition opportunities in Turkey as well as Turkish clients looking for strategic or finacial partners to grow their businesses. Our emphasis is on service industries and real estate.

We may be reached through www.gokayconsulting.com

 

 

Degree Year: 1984

Diana Darcy (Degree(s): BS)

I had a very successful engineering career after graduating with my B.S. EE back in 1984. At that time, companies were recruiting heavily, and I was flown out to Silicon Valley a few times for interviews. I had five job offers to choose from. Probably should have gone with Intel, but it all worked out well anyway!

I made the move to Silicon Valley where I still live. I worked for 15 years in high tech at three different companies with increasing levels of responsibility up until I reached acting VP of Engineering, then I took time off with my kids. It was a highly energetic 15 years which I remember very fondly.

During my first position I went to Stanford part-time while working full-time and gained my M.S. EM (Engineering Management) degree in 1989 to help me become an effective manager.  

After staying home a few years, I decided to move into another field---genetics---and went to medical school at Stanford to become a Genetic Counselor. My well-rounded Cornell education is most definitely a contributing factor to my success in this new endeavor. I find that my technical education prepared me very well for the technical challenges of genetics, and my non-engineering Cornell classes helped lay the groundwork for my future in management and counseling.  

Robert I. Dodge (Degree(s): BS)

After Cornell, I went on to Columbia for a law degree. I'm now a trial attorney at the Securities and Exchange Commission in its Division of Enforcement. The bulk of my current practice involves suing multinational corporations and their executives for bribing foreign government officials.

Degree Year: 1983, 1984

Michael Vernick (Degree(s): BS, MEng)

After graduation from Cornell many years ago, I spent six years at a startup. I then went back to graduate school and received a Ph.D. in Computer Science. I spent 17 years working in Industrial Research Labs (Bell Labs Research, Avaya Labs Research) focused on video communication systems and applications.

I recently left Avaya to go to Worldnow, a small company that provides technology so that TV News stations can easily publish their content to the web. As the Senior Video Architect, I am responsible for Worldnows' video streaming strategy and product architecture. 

Degree Year: 1982

Brian Pickerall (Degree(s): BS)

I now lead Booz Allen Hamilton's Surface Transportation business. We are doing exciting work with the U.S. Department of Transportation in major transformative programs, including High Speed Rail and Intelligent Transportation Systems. Our support is across the board, from engineering to stakeholder outreach, finance to environmental modeling, and everything in between!

Jon Sundquist (Degree(s): BS)

Now that my daughter has started at Cornell as a freshman member of the Class of 2017, I have been visiting the Cornell website more often, and naturally had to check out the ChemE pages.

I noticed there seems to be a gap in the class photos from the time I was at Cornell (1978-1982).  Being the pack rat that I am, I dug up my copy of the class of 1982 class photo.  Please find it attached.

Degree Year: 1981

Bob Zeidman (Degree(s): BS)

I've been keeping busy, starting several companies including Zeidman Consulting, SAFE Corporation, Zeidman Technologies, SamAnna Designs, Z Enterprises, and Swiss Creek Publications.

I've written three textbooks, one mass market engineering book, three novels, and three screenplays.

The diverse academic departments at Cornell allowed me to pursue many of my interests, which I've continued since graduating.

Steve Cogger (Degree(s): BS)

Since my graduation from Cornell, I have had many interesting and varied career opportunities. My first job was with EHV Systems, a start up company devoted to electric vehicle technology started by John Santini, Cornell EE '75.

Over the years I have been with startups that have perished, (EHV, Ubicom), as well as large multi-nationals, (Seiko-Epson). As I climbed the career path, leaving engineering for managment and sales, I realized that living in hotels and out of suitcases was lucrative but not terribly satisfying.

In 2007, I received Massachusetts teacher licenses in Technology/Engineering and in Physics and have spent the last seven years teaching Physics, Robotics, and Electronics. My motivation was a presentation by Dean Kamen about the state of STEM Education, especially Engineering in public schools. Teaching has allowed me the opportunity to share and give back some of the experience that has been provided to me by my Cornell education.

As part of my professional growth, I completed my Master's degree in STEM Education at Tufts. This year I started my course work towards a Ph.D. in STEM Education, also at Tufts.

 

Degree Year: 1980 BSEE

Scott Peer (Degree(s): BS)

After decades of aerospace work, including wonderful times contributing to space science at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, I decided it was more pressing for me to do something that helps our own planet. And so my energies are now devoted to energy efficiency and related areas. 
I'm a co-founder at Wireless Peak where we are developing smart plugs (electrical outlets) and switches with low power RF communication to allow remote control and energy measurement.

Degree Year: 1979

Jim McDonnell (Degree(s): BS)

James C. McDonnell is a founding partner and the Chief Operating Officer of Avalon Energy Services, LLC.  Jim has a Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences from the College of Engineering at Cornell University and a Master of Business Administration in finance from Oklahoma State University.  He has worked in the energy industry for over 20 years in a variety of capacities, including field operations, consulting, finance, and planning.  Prior to founding Avalon Energy, Jim was the CFO and a SVP of Pepco Energy Services.  He has also worked as a field engineer for Dresser Atlas, was a Manager with Anderson Consulting, and a Vice President with The Columbia Energy Group.  Jim holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, is a Registered Professional Geologist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM).  Jim is also the president of the National Capital Area Chapter (NCAC) of the US Association for Energy Economics (USAEE).

Mitch Gershonowitz (Degree(s): BS, MEng)

I received a B.S. and M.Eng in electrical engineering with a concentration in power systems. My first job out of college was with Schlumberger as a field engineer, logging oil wells in Ohio and Pennsylvania (so much for learning power systems!)

I worked for the next 13 years or so in the oil industry, testing new oil field measurement hardware and software on oil rigs around the world. After moving back to New York City, I became a software test engineer, which I've been doing for the last 20 years.

While I never did do power systems, the engineering techniques I learned at Cornell certainly helped solidify my career, and were easily transfered to other industries.

Three times a year, I host Cornell undergraduates for one or two weeks through the Cornell Career Services extern program. The externs help me test software and give me insights into the user experience. In exchange, they experience real-life work as entry-level QA engineers.

Degree Year: 1978

James C. Rautio (Degree(s): BS)

After four years of EE, I joined GE Space Systems, Valley Forge (now Lockheed Martin). I did a Master's part time at U. Penn as part of the GE Advanced Course (very tough, but highly recommended if you are up to it). Among other things, I worked on microwave measurement systems and microwave circuit analysis softaware.

After four years there, I moved to GE Syracuse Electronics Laboratory Syracuse (later sold to BAE and moved to Nashua, NH). There I worked some of the first GaAs monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MIMICs). Cool stuff, but the tuning and tweaking common with microwave circuits was no longer possible. Doing six or more design iterations was way too length and costly. So I went to Syracuse University full time for my Ph.D. in electromagnetics. My advisor was Roger Harrington, father of the Method of Moments, which is in wide use in microwave electromagnetics, but at that time, mostly for antennas.

There, I came up with a neat way to apply MoM to multilayer planar circuits. When I completed my Ph.D. I tried to find a company that would commercialize the technique. No luck. I also tried at both SU and Cornell for a tenure track position. Again, no go. Both outcomes really bummed me out, but are probably among the best things that ever happened to me...because I decided to take the plunge and start a company and commercialize it myself.

That was 30 years ago. We now have 20+ employees and we are viewed as the standard for accuracy in a now crowded field of applied numerical microwave electromagnetics. Wow, what a ride that has been!

Richard Chuchla (Degree(s): BS)

Cornell University, A.B. Geological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences

In the late stage of a wonderful career with ExxonMobil and thinking about my next challenges. I've spent the last 32 years chasing oil, gas, minerals and coal opportunities around the world. I've been priviledged to be part of some big discoveries and have been a part of many (noble?) failures....the nature of exploration. Over the last few years, I have had lots of fun as part of the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Advisory Committee and cherish the yearly opportunities to come back to Cornell and to the department. There is much of my good fortune that I attribute to the solid foundation I gained at Cornell so giving back is very satisfying.

I hope we can use these Alumni Notes to reestablish contacts among the Cornell Earth and Atmospheric Science family. Thanks, Judy, for getting this going.

Degree Year: 1976

John T. Thompson (Degree(s): BS)

John T. Thompson '76, CEO/President, First Electric Supply will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award in mentoring from Indianapolis-based nonprofit organization, College Mentors for Kids at the 2016 inspire awards.

The Inspire Awards, hosted by the College Mentors for Kids, recognizes top mentors in the workplace and in the community. 

Thompson credits the mentors and advocates in his life who gave him educational guidance and helped him to apply to college for his success. Knowing the value of those mentors made him want to give back to his adopted city of Indianapolis. Thompson shared, "The mentoring that I received from a child to an adult has been tremendously impactful on my life and that of my family so it is imperative that I mentor others. For several years, I'd visit a local tea shop from 10am-2pm and meet with any entrepreneur that walked in."

Dennis Trinkle, College Mentors for Kids, CEO, shared, "John is richly deserving of the Lifetime Achievement Award. He represents what the Inspire Awards and College Mentors are all about, a commitment to community service, to mentoring, and to lifting up those who most need positive role models. Countless youth, civic leaders, and business leaders have benefited from John's commitment to their success and his caring heart."

Degree Year: 1975

Peter Wright (Degree(s): BS)

Peter Wright graduated in 1975, and earned his M.B.A. from Cornell in 1976. He started with IBM for three years before joining the Gartner Group, a market research firm that specialized in strategic technology research in 1980. In 1985, the company spun off a brokerage firm, Soundview Financial, of which he became CEO and ran until 1990. SInce then, he has been running an investment management company. He is father to three boys and two girls, the oldest of who has just graduated from Cornell University's Operations Research and Engineering major. His middle child has just completed his freshman year in Cornell Engineering's Computer Science Program. 

"My chemical engineering experience was enhanced by the warmth and guidance of the professors, particularly Ray Thorpe, who gave his heart and soul to guide students through the turbulent experiences that Chemical Engineers can engender. 
Chemical Engineering was a quintessence experience that shaped my ability to think and compete in various analytical environments. I often use my educational experiences as an equity stock manager. Principles of calculus and chemical engineering still apply. In particular, I always think about the second law of thermodynamics when thinking about the evolution of technology markets and product cycles."

Ajit C. Tamhane (Degree(s): MS, PhD)

Ajit Tamhane is presently the senior associate dean of the McCormick School of Engineering and professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering & Management Science at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. He was elected fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science this year. He is also a fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the American Statistical Association.

Degree Year: 1974, 1975

Loring Chien (Degree(s): BS, MEng)

I have worked for a series of petroleum exploration-related companies in the Houston Area, including Dresser, where I commercialized the design of an intrinsically safe battery-operated stroke rate meter (which was my M.Eng project) and other drilling rig instrumentation, and Western Atlas where I was manager of Aqusition Systems, desiging large arrays of towed marine seismic acquisition streamers, seismic sources, and land acquisition systems.

I worked for a few years for Input/Output, another seismic company, and then for Syntron and Sercel, competitors of Input/Output, designing more seismic acquisition systems.

Currently, I have more of a design/project manager position rather than in engineering management, working for Weatherford Int'l. on smaller projects using optical sensing---all fiber optic sensors for flow, pressure, acceleration, and temperature in deep downhole environments and surface interrogators for the optical sensors.

Degree Year: 1971

Ken Goldman (Degree(s): BS)

I have had a good career combining my Cornell EE degree and Harvard MBA as have been engaged in financial roles in Technology companies since moving to the Silicon Valley Area during the 70s. This remains a hotbed of innovation and I have had a firsthand view and owe much of my success to the training I received at Cornell Engineering. I have had CFO roles at a diverse set of Tech companies, including Semiconductor (VLSI Technology and Cypress), Database (Sybase), Internet (@Home Network), Applications (Siebel Systems), Security (Fortinet), and now Internet again, as CFO of Yahoo!. All have been fun and rewarding roles. Also I have been on the boards of Yahoo! Japan; Infinera, Inc.; NXP Semiconductor; Gigamon; and several private companies and nonprofits. I have taken three companies public.

I continue to see the benefits of a strong engineering background and especially CS, as hiring out here for these roles remains strong.  Feel free to get in touch.

 

Joseph Thanhauser (Degree(s): BS)

I'm not a practicing engineer, and never have been; I got an MBA from Columbia immediately after my BSEE from Cornell, and went into real estate. My first job was with the Uris brothers. When I graduated from Cornell, it was not a good job market for engineers. The joke used to be, how do you get an engineer out of a tree? A: Cut the rope.

Over the years, my experience at Cornell in the engineering program has been of critical and increasing importance to me, both in business and other pursuits. Beyond the analytical skills and comfort with mathematical relationships, the ability to survive in an atmosphere of adversity, to face recurring series of challenges (cross reference: PRELIMS), to prepare at the last moment for events that draw upon a long thread of information and principles (not always directly related), and to relate practical, specific steps and objectives to seemingly stochastic inputs and outcomes...all of these aspects of making it through the EE program were priceless.

A lot has changed at Cornell since I went through; I described some of the key changes (and improvements) when I spoke to the graduating ECE class in 2012, which is the one item that is currently on my personal website (www.thanhauser.com). The biggest laugh line was that, in my day, they used the campus food to make spies talk.

However, in general, I think that recent graduates are much more (and better) attuned to the needs and culture of the world at large. Although it has taken decades for me to appreciate this, and for Cornell to have changed institutionally, the changes have been fundamental, positive, and are ongoing. 

Degree Year: 1970, 1975

William M. Johnson (Degree(s): BS, MEng)

It’s been a lifetime, it seems, since I was a Cornell EE student. Somehow I missed that we are now alumni of the “ECE” school. In my school days, the “C” was present but not as prevalent in the 60s and early 70s.

After a tour in the Navy, I returned to Cornell with the aim of getting “tooled up” again. This entailed pursuit of an M.E.(Elec) degree awarded in 1975. My Navy background helped in the teamwork required for the electric car and STEECO projects I was involved with. My mentors were Simpson Linke and Joe Rosson, both stellar educators and great folk. After leaving Cornell I took a job with the Navy as a civilian engineer working on ships, mostly submarines.  Eventually I became responsible for a large chunk of the Navy’s sea going computer based systems. I became of pioneer in practice of, what is now known as, "open architecture."

You’ve heard the phrase "do more with less."  We did that---but much better and faster while saving billions of dollars along the way. Bill Bratton (former Chief of Police in NYC and LA) and Zach Tumin (Harvard) included a case study of my work in their book: Collaborate or Perish!: Reaching Across Boundaries in a Networked World. I thank my lucky stars that I was able to attend Cornell and learn so much along the way. 

All the best,  Bill Johnson (BSEE(70), MEE(75))

Degree Year: 1970

Robert Langer (Degree(s): BS)

Robert Langer is the David H. Koch Institute Professor at MIT. He has written over 1,200 articles and has 815 patents, issued or pending His many awards include the U.S. National Medal of Science, the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the Charles Stark Draper Prize, Albany Medical Center Prize, the Wolf Prize for Chemistry, the Priestley Medal, and the Millenium Technology Prize.

"I remember studying in the Olin Hall library many times with all my friends, studying mechanisms of blood damage with Bob Finn (for my bachelor's thesis), being a TA for George Scheele's Heat adn Mass Transfer course, as well as taking Peter Harriott's Unit Operations course, which taught me not only about research but technical writing. These experiences shaped my entire career. 
My experience in chemical engineering was very versatile, and I learned a lot. The professors were great teachers." 

Degree Year: 1969

David S. Weaver (Degree(s): PhD)

Sewell David Weaver entered Cornell's Ph.D. program after receiving an M.S. degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh and spending four years as a research engineer with DuPont. His DuPont work, at that time, involved pilot plant synthesis of monomers, equipment evaluation studies of polymer isolation techniques, related scale up, and safety issues in support of a project to build a commercial facility for the product ion of synthetic elastomeric materials. After receiving his Ph.D. in 1969, Weaver returned to DuPont, and was assigned to a research and development program in the general area of fluorocarbon monomer synthesis and commercialization of new fluoroelastomeric compounds. His research in that area led to several U.S. and international process patents in his name. In the subsequent years, his responsibilities expanded in scope to include new plant design, safe handling techniques, profitability analysis, and training of new engineers, in addition to consultation assignments in Europe and Japan. He retired in 2004 as a DuPont Research Fellow.

"I was assigned as a graduate research assistant to Dr. Robert York in his Plant Design and Economic course, a position I held for about three years. Dr. York was a dedicated instructor and, not only was he totally prepared for his formal lectures, but he also spent quality time with both his students and graduate assistants. We agreed that I would do my thesis and research under his guidance, which helped to continue my path towards a lucrative career in chemical engineering. 
My Olin Hall experience was tailored for my professional assignments, and this training had a significant impact on my career and professional development. I believe that my chemical engineering training was completely versatile, and that while I chose research and development, I could have taken any available career path."

Degree Year: 1968

Tom Manuccia (Degree(s): BS)

Career summary (all in the Washington, D.C. area):

23 years - Naval Research Lab (laser physics, laser induced chemistry, spectroscopy, laser microscopy)

10 years - Physical Sciences, Inc. & Schafer Corporation (developing theoretical and experimental tools for neuroscience)

2003 to present - Professor, ECE Department, George Washington University.

Degree Year: 1966 or 1967

William S Rial, III (Degree(s): BS)

I am looking for John Beloit who graduated from Cornell in Chem Engr and then went To Villanova for a Masters degree in ChMe. He lived with Us on Barrett Ave. Please forward this message to him. I would like to know where he is now. TXS

Degree Year: 1966

Nick Zettlemoyer (Degree(s): BS)

With a solid educational background, Nick Zettlemoyer’s degrees have helped him succeed throughout his career.  In 1966, Nick graduated from Cornell with a Civil Engineering degree. After Cornell, he went to Penn State and obtained a MS in Architectural Engineering. 

In August 1968 Nick married his high school sweetheart, Janet.  Soon after that he went into the Civil Engineer Corps of the Navy, where he worked on new construction at the Naval Air Station in Norfolk and on the new base at Diego Garcia (Indian Ocean).  Four years later Nick left the service and earned a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at Lehigh University in 1976.  After a year of teaching at Lehigh, Nick joined ExxonMobil in Houston in 1977. He was an employee of ExxonMobil for more than 30 years, working mostly on design, repair, and strengthening of offshore platforms.  As a general support engineer, involvement with project teams was on the front end where new technology was developed and questions were often raised as to the most cost effective solutions.  After that, ExxonMobil would have a project execution group proceed with implementation.

While at ExxonMobil, Nick encountered another CEE alum, Jim Loh, MS ’82, PhD ’85 in structural engineering, who had come to work for ExxonMobil in Nick’s group.  Nick had the good fortune to work with him on several projects.  One on which they collaborated was strengthening of the first generation platforms in Australia in the late ‘80s.  Both Jim and Nick took courses from Professor Bill McGuire. 

At the end of 2008, Nick retired but stayed on with ExxonMobil as a contractor/advisor until the end of 2015.

His wife, Janet, obtained a physical education degree from Ithaca College in 1967 and ended up teaching pre-schoolers for 23+ years near their home north of Houston.  Jan and Nick celebrated 48 years of marriage earlier this year (2016)!

Now that both of them are retired, Nick enjoys his hobbies of collecting stamps, coins and pocket watches, and traveling.   Though he often traveled internationally for ExxonMobil and even took Jan along several times, they want to do more domestic travel.  In conjunction with domestic travel, they want to reconnect with many of their relatives in the northeast.  Both Nick and Jan grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. They have been across the country several times by car, but there are many things they have not seen (e.g. Mount Rushmore). They frequently see their two grown sons, John and Luke, and two grandkids, that they “spoil like most grandparents.”

When they are not home or visiting their offspring, they are either up at what they call their “cabin”, about 80 miles north of their primary residence, or at one of two resorts in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (tip of the Baja).  At the cabin they enjoy deer hunting in the Fall, but treat it as a welcome getaway throughout the year.  “It’s very serene but comfortable too; even has satellite TV.”

In closing, Nick says, “we are also anxious to get our attic and photo holdings under control.  Being in the same house for almost 40 years often yields an unwanted accumulation of ‘stuff’.  It may be viewed as a mundane objective, but we’re not anxious to leave such a mess to our heirs to sort out.”  

John William Monroe (Degree(s): BS, MS, PhD)

My years at Cornell prepared me for a very diverse career. My engineering education gave me the quantitative skills and confidence to undertake a broad range of ventures.  I am especially indebted to Professor Les Eastman, my Ph.D. advisor and Professor Nelson Bryant, who recruited me into EE in the fall of my Freshman year.  

Thanks to Professor Eastman, I began my career as a III-V semiconductor device researcher at Monsanto, and then moved to Watkin-Johnson. I shifted out of research into manufacturing in 1973, when I joined Hewlett-Packard's Components Group, making solid-state microwave devices for commercial and defense markets. HP whetted my appetite for management, and I enjoyed assignments as manufacturing manager and marketing manager for HP's personal computer business, and as a strategic consultant in manufacturing for HP Computer Systems Organization. I finished my HP career in the Corporate Quality department responsible for the Worldwide Technical Regulations function, a group of 50 people in 16 countries responsible for obtaining and maintaining local regulatory approval for HP products.  

Thanks to Professor Bryant, a fine trumpet player as well as a very practical EE, I never put down my trombone. So today, as a retiree, I have played in excellent ensembles in interesting locations all over the world, from the Guggenheim Museum in New York City to the Great Wall of China.

Degree Year: 1965

Michael A. Gibson (Degree(s): BS)

Michael Gibson was born in Dallas, Texas and grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma with a father and several other relatives who were engineers, some from Cornell. Following his Cornell graduation and several oilfield summer jobs, Gibson worked in process design at Exxon's Baytown refinery, returned to Rice University to pursue a Ph.D., and served as an Army Corps of Engineers officer at the NASA Johnson Space Center, highlighted by the Apollo 13 rescue. Following his discharge and Rice graduation, Gibson worked for nine years with Exxon Research on synthetic fuels development from coal, oil shale, heavy oil, and tar sands. When this work was halted for economic reasons, Gibson and his partner started their own contract research and manufacturing business, which they operated for 20 years until its sale. He now works for the buyer and other clients as an independant consultant. 

"Among my many positive experiences with faculty in Olin Hall, my one-on-one conversations with Prof. Raymond Thorpe stand out in my memory. His unselfish dedication to his students led him to keep his office open many extra hours for students with questions about his subject matter and for broader advice about career and life choices. He was an outstanding teacher and mentor. 
Throughout my career, the training I received at Cornell has been highly valuable. I have used and benefitted from materials from every chemical engineering and science course I took at Cornell. The hands-on work ethic, inspired by my Olin Hall experiences, was especially valuable when my partner and I started our own business." 

Degree Year: 1964

Stephen Stephenson (Degree(s): BS, MEng)

I've published papers, books, and videos on Ancient Computers (a.k.a., counting board abacuses). See my blog post for details.

Degree Year: 1963

Arnold Pollard (Degree(s): BS)

Arnold Pollard, class of 1963, came back to campus for a brief visit! He, his wife, Ronnie, and grandson, Harris, stopped by Hollister Hall to see the Environmental Teaching Laboratory and plaque that includes his name amongst other donors.

Degree Year: 1962

Randolph Scott Little (Degree(s): BS)

I took the “electronic” track in studying EE at Cornell.  Although semiconductors and computers were both fledgling developments at that time, those studies prepared me well for a career at Bell Laboratories. There I developed the first solid-state, stored-program-controlled system for automatic routing of long distance calls throughout the Bell System. A favorite class was that in digital logic design taught by Professor “HC” Torng.

A strong interest in birds, bird sounds, and recording bird sounds in particular, led me to take an elective course in acoustics. Although the course was listed in the catalog, it had not actually been taught recently. Professor Ingalls agreed to monitor the course for two students, with the two of us alternating as the instructor for successive chapters in the primary textbook. That experience not only enhanced my understanding of sound propagation, but also served well when I was tapped at Bell Labs to teach their in-house post-graduate course in the design of switching systems.

One of the most important lessons of the Cornell EE experience was learning how to learn, by which I mean realizing that while a grasp of fundamental principles and current practice may be sufficient to perform today’s tasks, self-driven continued education is a key to lifelong success.  Several times during my career at Bell Labs and AT&T Headquarters, significant technological advances and changing business parameters required learning new methods and procedures. Not the least of those was developing management and marketing skills to complement my engineering talents.

Today’s ECE students have excellent opportunities through such initiatives as team projects and undergraduate research to develop skills that will help them excel beyond the strict engineering "box," while still getting the very best education in engineering theory and practice. 

R. S. Little CU’62 (BEE’63)

Degree Year: 1961, 1965

Roger West (Degree(s): BS, PhD)

Roger West obtained his Chemical Engineering degree in the five year engineering program in 1961 (class of 1960) and followed with a Cornell Ph.D. in 1965. His entire career was spent at Exxon Chemical Research & Development, where he worked in synthetic rubber technology. He worked with four other engineers and chemists to commercialize a novel method to produce a polymer with varying composition along its length in a tubular reactor. Their work was recognized by the American Chemical Society, which named them Heroes of Chemistry in 1998. 

"There were numerous valuable experiences in Olin Hall. I audited Prof. Rodriguez's Polymer Science course to fill a gap in my training which was fortuitous since when I began my career I was assigned to the Exxon area concerned with synthetic rubber R&D, culminating in the award mentioned above.
The broad range of education received at Olin Hall equipped me various aspects of research and new product and process commercialization, including equipment and design."

Degree Year: 1961

Charles Rhodes (Degree(s): BS)

The story of what Cornell meant to me professionally is extremely simple. 

1. I discovered what I wanted to do (Physics),

2. I found out that I did not need the professors. This insight arrived perforce because of the immediate need for a prerequisite and the consequent necessity to teach myself Quantum Mechanics over the summer. The realization that I could teach myself anything effortlessly followed.

3. My experience at ECE enabled me to obtain one of those truly great NSF Fellowships that were available in those days; this support bankrolled my entire graduate education at MIT in the Department of Physics.

4. With the help of Professor Eastman on the ECE faculty, I was able to make my first international research connection. He organized a position for me involving Radio Astronomy at Chalmers in Goteberg, Sweden during the summer between Cornell and MIT. The leading consequence is the fact that international connections have been a key advantage for me during my entire career. It launched a series of subsequent activities in Russia, Germany, Sweden, England, and Japan that yielded millions of dollars in research support; the recruitment of several key people; the ability to import technologies vital to my research, but not available to me in the United States; and the creation of new ideas.

A set of advantages of this magnitude is hard to imagine, but they all go directly back to ECE at Cornell and I believe that they can be available to any ECE students.

Richard L. Sharman (Degree(s): MEng)

After 35 years in laboratory and corporate management positions, I have retired and for the last 17 years have been teaching at Lone Star College in Texas. My undergraduate engineering physics degree from the University of Toledo and my M.E.E. degree from Cornell qualify me to teach courses in "business, management, marketing, and entrepreneurism." I guess that this illustrates how an engineering degree prepares students for many diverging career moves.

After managing the optics and infrared technologies section in a laboratory, I moved on to positions from product planner for reprographic machines, to VP of marketing during the early deployment of duopoly cellular service. Most of my career includes management positions in disciplines that can only tangently relate to engineering. I attribute the success that I have had in these positions to the problem solving and critical thinking abilities that engineering teaches and requires.

Degree Year: 1960, 1966

David Berkley (Degree(s): BS, PhD)

I graduated from Cornell in 1996 with a Ph.D. in Applied Physics (Engineering Physics Department) with a thesis on early work in Laser Optics. Before that I also earned a 5-year B.E.E. degree at Cornell.

After two years working as a Docent in the Electron Physics Department of the Royal Insitute of Technology, Gothenberg, Sweden, I commenced a 33-year-long career at AT&T. Much of that time was in Bell Labs Research followed by some years in AT&T Labs Research after the AT&T/Lucent split. I worked primarily in Acoustics Research and related fields.

I retired in 2000, leaving my position as Speech and Image Processing Services, Vice President, and moved to become Chief Scientist of a small value-added mobile messaging company, Kirusa, Inc. With a couple of years break, I continue in that job today.

Through this entire professional career, my strong Cornell background has been an essential part of my technical and life toolkit. I also actively maintain my Cornell connection as a Director of the Cornell Club of Nothern NJ.

Degree Year: 1954

James M. Symons (Degree(s): BS)

I entered Cornell in 1949 and graduated with a B.C.E with distinction in 1954.  I obtained an SM and ScD in sanitary engineering at M.I.T. in '55 and '57 respectively.  I taught at M.I.T. until 1962.  I worked in a drinking water research lab. of the U.S. EPA in Cincinnati, Ohio until 1982.  Then I taught at the University of Houston until I retired in 1997.  More details of my career can be found at http://www.cive.uh.edu/faculty/symons.  After retiriing my wife and I took 62 trips <http://dr-water.us/symonstravel/Trip_Destinations.html>. This what I look like now.  My slides from my time at Cornell are at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCBbwyRXwbI&feature=youtu.be.

Richard Eccles (Degree(s): BS)

Richard Eccles recently done some self-publishing, and one book is entitled "A Memoir". He is still doing consulting work, soon entering his 60th year of chemical engineering practice, and 30th on my own as "Princeton Process Engineers".  Richard specializes in hydrocarbon process technology, specifically the ebullated-bed-reactor process for hydrocracking residual oil.  He created a kinetic model of the reactor operation and have licensed it to 10 companies.  One of his more popular books is "My Romance with the Ebullated Bed Reactor".

Vic Wintriss (Degree(s): BS, MS)

I am presently the Executive Director of a non-profit school teaching kids Java starting in the 5th grade. Previously, I founded three electronics manufacturing companies in San Diego and served 20 years as a U.S. Navy patrol plane pilot, retiring at the rank of Commander.

 

 

Degree Year: 1951

Marjorie Leigh Hart (Degree(s): BS)

After graduation, Marjorie L. Hart went to work for the Esso Research and Engineering company (now Exxon-Mobil), where she spent a distinguished 30-year career as a scientist, engineer, and executive. Along the way, she attended the New York University of Graduate School of Business Administration. At Exxon, Hart rapidly rose through the ranks to become a senior adviser to the gas, energy policy, and corporate planning divisions of the company. 
Her Exxon career is distinguished by several firsts - she was the first woman in the executive dining room and the first professional woman sent overseas. After leaving Exxon in 1984, she founded Business Line Consulting, a private consultancy  that specialized in natural gas, emission controls, and environmental systems. Following her retirement from Business Line Consulting in 1994, Hart worked for several non-profits, including serving as chair of the Board of Directors for Scenic Hudson, Inc.; as an advisory board member for Land Trust Alliance; and as vice chairman of the Seventh Regiment Armory Conservancy, Inc. 
Hart is a lifetime member of the Cornell University Council and served as the council's vice chair from 1979 to 1982 and as chair in 1986 to 1987. She also served on the Cornell Board of Trustees as an alumni-elected member from 1979 to 1984 and was reappointed for an additional year. In October 1996, she was named a Cornell University Presidential Councilor. 

Degree Year: 1950

John Prausnitz (Degree(s): BS)

John Prausnitz, BChE 1950, has recieved the Lifetime Achievement Award in Chemical Engineering Pedagogical Scholarship from the American Society of Engineering Education. He was cited for a sustained career of contributions to pedagogical practice, scholarship, and/or mentoring that not only caused innovative and substantial change, but also inspired other educators to new behaviors that benefit students in chemical engineering. After recieving a Ph.D. from Princeton University, Prausnitz joined the faculty of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is now Professor in the Graduate School. In recognition of his work on applied chemical thermodynamics, he has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Recipient of four honorary doctorate degrees, he recieved the National Medal of Science from President Bush in the White House in 2005.

Degree Year: 1949

Richard Thomas Guilbert (Jr) (Degree(s): BS)

Two administrative notes - our class was the last four-year class and my diploma reads Bachelor of Electrical Engineering. As I understand it, the "B.S." degree started with the next class. We will be leaving Hilton Head next year for somewhere in Atlanta, GA.

Recent history - At the moment I am halfway through my 86th year, and am still playing tennis (super senior men's doubles). I have spent the last 10 years trying to start a business which would have helped those aspiring to retirement without a substantial portfolio. We would have provided the research tools and a strategy for do-it-yourselvers. However one of the things I did not learn at Cornell was marketing and I ran out of resources.

Our church has a successful GED program which I am looking into with the idea of transporting it to Atlanta.

Degree Year: 1948

Herbert Lobdell (Degree(s): BS)

Herb started his freshman year in Civil Engineering in September 1941, and enlisted in the service in June 1942.  Service in the Air Force included time in the China-Burma-China Theater including the Battle of Meiktila, Burma, for which he was awarded the Bronze Star.

In the Spring of 1946, he returned to Cornell to finish his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, which he completed two and a half years later.  In Fall of 1946-48 he lived in a house at 15 East Avenue—an address where the Hotel School now stands!

Following graduation, Herb went to work for the State Highway Department in Connecticut, for four years. This included much time on the construction of I-95 over New Haven Harbor.

Motivated to get a Master’s degree, Herb enrolled at Rutgers University Engineering College. It was also at Rutgers where Herb met his future wife, Catherine, who was then teaching courses in the Department of Human Ecology.  They married in 1953 while he completed his Master of Science. Herb and Catherine had six children: four sons and two daughters. 

With a master’s degree secured, Herb settled in North Jersey where over the course of 12 years, he worked for three prominent geotechnical engineering companies.

In 1981 Herb started his own company.

Herb eventually relocated to Trumbull, Connecticut, where he provides geotechnical consulting services through his business, Lobdell Consultants, still to this day. During the CEE Alumni Breakfast this past June, Herb reacquainted with a fellow CEE alumnus Richard Boggs. While catching up, they realized they live just 10 miles away from each other in Trumbull!

Herb is a Cornell enthusiast, and at the age of 94 he still enjoys attending Cornell events whether it be here on campus or out of Ithaca.  As a Cornell student, he played lightweight football for the University.  For many years outside activities included sailing and tennis. Currently he enjoys traveling and photography, particularly landscape and wildlife. This past July he traveled with his son, Tim, to the Galápagos Islands.

 

 

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Michael Schmidt (Degree(s): )

There aren't enough data scientists to go around-unless you automate them.  http://www.technologyreview.com/lists/innovators-under-35/2014/entrepreneur/michael-schmidt/

Whitney Wenger '13 (Degree(s): BS)

Whitney Wenger ('13), Merrill Presidential Scholar and NSF Fellowship Awardee - had her play performed at Cornell's Schwartz Center last weekend.  

Please visit:

http://www.news.cornell.edu/essentials/2013/10/short-plays-draw-long-lines-0