CEAA Member Bios
Susan Day '86
With more than 20 years of strategy and market analytics experience, Susan assists clients primarily in the Northeastern US with leveraging Sg2’s data subscription offerings and consulting capabilities to solve problems and best meet their strategic planning needs.
Prior to joining Sg2, Susan worked in business development and planning for Temple University Health System, where she led analytics and strategic planning programs related to several service line strategies and physician integration initiatives. At IMS consulting, she was an analytical subject matter expert. She focused on the US provider market at GE Healthcare.
Susan’s leadership experience extends to her work in corporate strategic planning and product planning while at Ford Motor Company, as well as her role in the 3-member team leading the integration implementation of Ford’s $10B acquisition of Volvo Car Company.
Susan earned a BS in Materials Science from Cornell University, an MS in systems engineering/risk and decision analytics from Wayne State University and is currently in the final stages of earning an MS in epidemiology from Temple University. She is an active member of the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development and the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Noah Gaspar '05, MEng '06
Noah has worked in Silicon Valley for over a decade. He is currently the Head of Product for TalkIQ, where he develops tools to analyze sales & support phone conversations. Previously, Noah worked for Palantir Technologies, where he designed analytical software to help police & fire departments improve their operations. At Cornell, Noah earned his Bachelors and MEng in Engineering physics, took 8 PE classes, ate at every restaurant in town, and generally enjoyed everything the university had to offer.
Paul Hayre '91
Paul Hayre is most recently a serial entrepreneur, currently co-founder and president of Sano Diagnostics, developing a point-of-care diagnostic platform focused on early detection of multiple inflammatory diseases, and VP Strategy & Market Development for another early stage medtech company solving the shortcomings of autologous skin grafting. Prior, he founded and managed cleantech divisions in major multi-national manufacturing companies and founded and ran an internet food services company (his first start-up). Before the early stage bug, he did stints in private equity, management consulting, and IT consulting. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell (1991) and an MBA from another university that we Cornellians cordially greet with smelly fish when on Lynah ice.
Jamie Hintlian '82, MEng '85, MBA '86
He is a Principal at Ernst & Young (EY) and leads the Life Sciences Supply Chain practice. He works with clients to improve their supply chain performance, including manufacturing strategy, plant operations, and supply chain planning. He has been a pioneer in leading industry initiatives concerning safe and secure supply chains and regulatory compliance. Prior to EY, Jamie worked for over 20 years at Accenture, where he also led the Global Health and Life Sciences Supply Chain. Additionally, Jamie built and led the Pharmaceutical Business Unit of Aspen Technology.
Jamie has helped lead the Semester in Strategic Operations (SSO) class at Johnson as an assistant instructor. This is a full semester "immersion" class preparing the next generation of operations and supply chain leaders. He also serves on the OR&IE Alumni Advisory Council. At Cornell, Jamie earned a BS and MEng in Operations Research, and his MBA from Johnson.
Jeff Loren '75
Cindie Wu '08
Cindie Wu is currently a dual MBA/MPH candidate at Berkeley-Haas School of Business, focusing on health policy and management and hospital operations. She's passionate about improving hospital operations, so that doctors and nurses don't have to worry about running the business; they can focus on what they do best: caring for patients.
Previously, she was a consultant for End-to-End Analytics, a boutique consulting firm in Palo Alto that helps companies optimize their business operations through analytics. Cindie has a B.S in Operations Research and Information Engineering ('08) from Cornell, and a M.S. in Management Science and Engineering ('10) from Stanford.
She's passionate about girls' education, and served as a 7th grade mathematics counselor for Stanford's summer Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) and enjoys trips to the Exploratorium. She's also coached an entrepreneurship team at The Girls' Middle School in Palo Alto, helping them realize their unique strengths, watching and coaching the team as they work together and grow. Cindie is an active member of the Cornell Alumni community in Northern California and is currently serving on the Engineering Alumni Association Board.
Josh Ammons '02
Over the last fifteen years, Josh has endorsed and advocated for Cornell Engineering in professional and personal spheres of influence including running the regional engineer panel event which attracts attendees from Fortune 500 companies who are 100% STEM.
Josh is a process and data strategist with a focus on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of large and complex organizations. He has concentrated his career on introducing innovative approaches and tools and in improving analytics and business processes. He has experienced great success designing and developing collaborative solutions for large government institutions such as the Department of Health and Human Services, Intelligence Community, Department of Transportation, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, and the Postal Service.
Sharon Bader '91
Hugo Balbuena MEng '78
A highly motivated/proactive engineer of the design/ construction industry, formed by 2 prestigious institutions of the Project Management discipline: Fluor Corp. & Louis Berger. Skilled in the identification, evaluation, conceptualization, planning, design and supervision of Tourist, Residential, Industrial, Commercial & Institutional, projects. Fully bilingual (English/Spanish). Computer savvy in engineering software, such as MS Project, Timeline, Primavera, Visio, Power Point, Word, Excel, AUTOCAD & Sketchup. Has written/prepared Design Manuals, Construction Specs, Calls for Bid, Quality Assurance/ Quality Control & Construction Operation Manuals for different projects. Has enforced US and Canadian Codes, performed value engineering, quality control and technical audit of several design/construction jobs. Has issued construction reports showing progress/deviations from original plans, ensured completion of the job on time/within budget.
Ted Betz MEng '80
Seth Cochran '00, MEng '01
Craig Ewing '71, MBA '72
Craig is now on the fourth phase of his career. He is the President of Ewing Consulting, a marketing consulting and services firm that leverages the internet to give his clients competitive advantages. The first three phases of his career were at IBM where he held several entrepreneurial assignments. He started as a sales person including managing one of IBM’s first retail stores, then to channel management while IBM first introduced products through its reseller and dealer programs, and finally in direct marketing where he led the effort to initiate direct marketing programs with call center sales and technical support for selected products. During each of these phases of his career he relied heavily on his Cornell engineering training to be able to translate the evolving technologies of computer systems and of the internet into benefits that his business clients could embrace.
Michael Hanson '01, MPA '02
Michael currently serves as a CEAA Director at Large and formerly as President and VP for Communications. At Cornell, he followed his studies in Operations Research with a pivot to the public sector, earning a Masters of Public Administration from the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs concentrating in public finance. Professionally, he serves as an information security manager within the US federal government incorporating engineering methodologies into ensuring that those with access to sensitive material are trustworthy and that their systems are secure. Michael remains active with his alumni class and in support of Big Red Hockey and the engineering student teams. He is married to Susan '01, MEng '02 and they are raising two future Cornellians.
Lindsey Joseph '14
Lindsey is a consultant within the retail and consumer goods industry. She has led several projects in the Supply Chain, Merchandising & Planning, and IT space. She has worked with a wide range of retail clients including department stores, global brands, and vertical retailers in the apparel and hard goods spaces. In her free time, Lindsey enjoys playing/watching tennis, travelling, trying new restaurants, learning about wine. She graduated from Cornell in 2014 with a BS in Operations Research Engineering. At Cornell Lindsey was a tour guide with Engineering Ambassadors, the Society of Women Engineers, Student Multidisciplinary Applied Research Team (SMART) and Alpha Chi Omega. Since graduating, Lindsey has been a member of CAAAN (Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network) years and a Board member of CEAA since 2017.
Sara Kendall '00
Joe Korn '84
Joe taps into his Cornell Civil Engineering education daily as a partner of Garden Homes & Co. He leads projects ranging from planning, designing and building retail power centers to housing communities and apartment complexes across NY and NJ. Joe has worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the cleanup of a Superfund site and converted several Brownfield projects into clean, usable land. After first graduating from Cornell, Joe developed, constructed, and financed Group Homes for the mentally and physically disabled in Washington, DC. Beyond Real Estate and construction, Joe overseas Telecommunications for all Garden Homes properties and offices nationwide, partnering with Verizon, AT&T, Charter Communications, Time Warner and Altice.
Steve Kranish '77
Scott Lichtenthal '11
Scott is management consultant and data strategist in Booz Allen Hamilton’s commercial organization. Prior to his time at Booz Allen Hamilton, he was a product & innovation group leader at The Procter & Gamble Co. Scott holds a J.D. from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law and a B.S. in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering from Cornell . In addition to being a CEAA board member, Scott is active on CAAAN and formerly led Cornell University recruiting for P&G.
Lisa More '87
Kara Perry '03
Everette Phillips '82
Mario Rivera '82
Sonya Sepahban '82
Andrew Traum '85
Molly Tschang '85
Molly founded Abella Consulting to help senior executives lead as one cohesive unit, committed to each other’s success as much as their own. As Leadership Coach and Executive Advisor, she helps leaders interact more skillfully and gain self-awareness, team-awareness, and understanding – guiding management to deliver superior results: improved profitability, stronger executive performance and empowered workforce. Molly’s 25+ years' experience includes senior roles at Cisco, U.S. Filter, Deloitte and IBM. In integrating 80+ acquisitions from start-ups to global corporate divisions, she has coached executives to sustain excellence during significant transitions. As management and consultant, Molly has navigated diverse contexts and people dynamics, from high growth M&A as Vice President at U.S. Filter to global NGO as Executive Director at NetHope, where she secured a $41M Microsoft grant. Molly is ORSC-certified (Organization & Relationship Systems Coaching), holds an MBA from UCLA, and is currently a member of Engineering College Council; previously active with PCCW, CU Council and Entrepreneurship. During downtime, she’s hitting tennis balls, practicing yoga, and cooking with family and friends.
Jason Ware '95
Rohit Curucundhi '18
Rohit Curucundhi is a current undergraduate in the class of 2018, with a major in Applied & Engineering Physics. He works closely with the Cornell Engineering Leadership Program both as a TA for the current cohort, and to help institute and develop a new coaching program for the College. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, reading and exploring Ithaca
Isle Van Meerbeek MS '16
Patricia Acker '74, MEng '75
Danny Brundage '74, MEng '75
Danny Brundage is founder and president of Clarity Learning Solutions, an innovative developer of learning programs. Clarity has produced learning programs in such diverse areas as project management, sales, product training, clinical procedure, and architecture. Clarity is also the producer of SuperGrades, a product that teaches basic learning and study skills to middle school students.
Prior to forming Clarity, Brundage was director of field development for Cisco Systems where he was responsible for helping to transform Cisco’s worldwide field organization using blended learning programs. As a founding member of Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG), Brundage and his team worked with major Cisco customers to help develop their strategies for deploying Web-based applications.
Prior to joining Cisco, Brundage was vice president of consulting at Integrated Computer Solutions (ICS), a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based software and consulting firm. He has also held management positions in product development and marketing at Wang, Motorola and IBM.
Over the past few years, Brundage has served as an advisor to two start-up companies.
Brundage holds B.S and M.Eng. degrees in electrical engineering from Cornell University. He has been a member of the Cornell Engineering Alumni Association Board since 2006, and is currently emeritus member.
Bill Bruno '69, MEng '71
Bill's primary interests are corporate governance, leadership ethics, international energy security and sustainable development. He has been an international speaker in energy forums and a lecturer to classes in the Department of Defense and Department of Energy. He worked for several years as a geotechnical engineer on major construction projects including the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, earth dams, electric generation stations and an LNG import facility. He also served as a Captain in the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Bill joined Consol Energy Inc., a major coal and natural gas producer, during the height of the first energy crisis in the late 1970s. He spent his career in planning and operations positions with Consol, serving for many years its chief planning officer. Since retiring, Bill authored a book on business ethics entitled The King Rat and His Court: Lessons in Corporate Greed (Booksurge Publishing), and has dedicated his time to fighting injustice in business and local government. In addition, he has restored a 110-year old summer home on Martha's Vineyard. Bill served as President of the Cornell Engineering Alumni Association in 2009-2010.
Dick Conway '54, PhD '58
Robert Cowie '55, MBA '57
Sarah Fischell '78, MEng '79
Sarah is currently (mostly) retired. She devotes her volunteer time to her local chapter of Citizen’s Climate Lobby, to HABcore (a local non-profit that provides stable housing to the homeless), and to Cornell endeavors. In her professional career, she served in various management roles at AT&T and Afmedica, a medical device startup company. She is an emeritus director of the Cornell Engineering Alumni Association and of the Cornell Engineering College Council. Sarah and her husband David are passionate supporters of the Cornell Big Red Bands. Sarah is married to David Fischell ’75. They have two daughters, Erin ’10 and Jennifer ’13, and one grandchild.
Don Follett '52
Pete Johnson '63
George Kennedy '52, MBA '56
David Kessler '62
David is a public transportation specialist with executive management experience in some of the nation's largest public transportation agencies and private transportation companies. As Senior Vice-President at Atlantic Express Transportation Corp. from 1989 to 2002, he directed the privately-owned firm's schoolbus, transit and paratransit contract operations involving 7,000 vehicles and 11,000 employees nationwide. As an independent consultant since retiring from full-time employment, David has published feature articles reporting on transit developments in international publications such as Urban Transport Internation and Le Rail. In 2004, he completed a major nationwide study for the Transportation Research Board on the use of computerized bus scheduling and dispatching by U.S. transit agencies. Working jointly with Interactive Elements, Inc. on an FTA-funded contract, he later developed a post-Katrina Emergency Evacuation Plan for the Gulf Coast. David received his B.M.E. degree in 1962, and earned graduate degrees in both Engineering (M.S.E.) and Public Affairs (M.P.A.) at Princeton University. David served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He has been an active alumnus, having served as President of the CEAA, as a member of the Board of Trustees Advisory Council, and as a member of the Committee to Nominate Alumni Trustees. He is currently Vice-President of the Class of 1961.
Max Kraus '49
Dale Lazar '74, JD '77
Dale counsels on intellectual property matters concerning a variety of technologies. He concentrates his practice in patenting electronic technology, patenting and copyrighting computer hardware and software, litigating patents and copyrights, negotiating and drafting licenses for patents and software and preparing software-related agreements. He has also been involved in analyzing electronic and computer-related patents and copyright for infringement and validity. Dale teaches patent law at George Mason University Law School and writes and lectures extensively on patent prosecution and litigation for the Patent Resources Group. He taught "Designing around Valid US Patents" from 1993 to 1999; "Electronics and Software Patent Copyright Practice" in 1998; "Advanced Patent Prosecution" from 1979 to 1998; and has taught "Crafting and Drafting Winning Patents" since 1999 and the Patent Bar review course since 1984. He also has lectured to groups around the world on topics related to US patent law and has authored a number of papers on patent subjects.
Randolph Little '62
Randy began his career at Bell Labs, developing the first stored program controlled system for routing long distance calls before being promoted to AT&T Headquarters and managing a series of programs including enhanced voice, data and video services. He continues a strong interest in biological acoustics, teaching the annual Sound Recording Workshop for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He is an emeritus director of the Cornell Engineering Alumni Association and has served on the boards of the Lab of Ornithology and the New Jersey Audubon Society. He and wife JoAnn have two children, Diane '88 and Karen '89.
Robert Maroney '72
Joe McAfee '63, MBA '66
Eliot McCormack '53
Karl Miller '64
Jim Moore '62
Juliann Nelson '80
Richard Newman '68
Richard W. Newman retired as Vice President Advanced Research after a 40-year career designing medical diagnostic devices for Welch Allyn, Inc. where he made significant contributions to the fields of flexible video endoscopy, glaucoma, and Alzheimer's disease. Distinguished awards include the 1994 ASME Holley Medal and the 2001 SAGES Pioneer in Endoscopy Award. Upon retirement, Mr. Newman was a Senior Lecturer for 3 years in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell and is still a guest lecturer there as well as the Johnson School of Business Administration. He is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Syracuse University College of Law specializing in technology commercialization. Mr. Newman is an Emeritus Director of CEAA and was active on other Cornell boards: Biomedical Engineering Advisory Board, Multi-photon Endoscopy Project, NYSTAR Center for Life Sciences, and Cornell Nanobiotechnology Center External Advisory Board. Richard has three daughters Jill '01, Lori, and Susan '08.
Tom Piwinski '74
Tom held various engineering and project management positions with a focus on electrical power distribution and control. He has been involved in design, construction, troubleshooting, and startup at DASNY, Eastman Kodak, International Paper, United Technologies, Air Products, and the New York Power Pool (now the NYISO) in his career since graduation. He is a PE and LEED AP and received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University (1974) and a Masters in Electrical Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In addition to CEAA, Tom is involved with CATN and Council.
Tom’s spouse Nancy and two daughters; Gretchen and Laura are graduates of Cornell as well. Gretchen is also an engineer having graduated from the College of Engineering with a BS and MEng in Chemical Engineering.
Jonathan Poe '82
For more than 25 years, Jonathan Poe has enabled executives to strengthen their businesses, systems and people via the prudent application of technology and planning. An expert in business-IT alignment, increasing returns on technology investment, IT value, green operations, mobility, asynchronous leadership and people development, he enjoys numerous executive and architecture engagements with technology providers, energy and utility firms world-wide. Jonathan has published more than 200 white papers and is sought after by Fortune 500 executives for his insight and short-cuts for innovation and growth. Jonathan comes to Cisco from leadership positions in General Electric, Lockheed Martin and Gartner. Cited in Forbes, BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review and CIO Insight, he lectures at leading universities on speed, Network-as-a-Platform and the opportunities created via technology trends and Smart Grid. A former CIO instructor at the Edison Electric Institute, he has both a Master's and Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and loves playing beach volleyball in his hometown of Honolulu.
Don Read ME '50, MBA '53
Alan Rosenthal '59
Alan worked in the financial services industry for twenty-four years and is now retired. Most recently, as a Vice President of Bank of America, he headed the Information Technology Business Architecture group. Previously, as Vice President and Group Manager at Merrill Lynch, he ran the Bloomberg Systems Development area. He earned a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Cornell University and a Masters degree in engineering management from New Jersey Institute of Technology. Alan received Cornell's Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Services Award in 2013. He has been elected to life membership on the Cornell University Council, is an emeritus member of the board of the Cornell Engineering Alumni Association, and a member of the Advisory Council of the Cornell Financial Engineering Masters program. Alan is currently serving a four-year term as a representative on the Cornell Alumni Trustee Nominating Committee. He is a member of the Class of '59 Council, the Cornell Club of New York and the Cornell Club Alumni Association Board. Alan also serves on the Career Services Advisory Committee and is a Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador. He is a frequent speaker at Cornell for the Enterprise Engineering seminar and the Engineering Communications program. In the past, he served on the advisory board for the Engineering Communications program and continues to support that program actively. He served two terms on the Board of Cornell Hillel and was Treasurer of that organization.
Jaclyn Spear '74
Jack Thompson '73, MEng '74
Glenn Thoren '72, MEng '73, PhD '81
Jim Unckless '66
Jennifer Warner '04
Jennifer started her career at Deloitte Consulting in New York City and Boston. After traveling the United States and world learning about Human Resources strategy and technology, Jennifer moved to M&T Bank in Buffalo where she is developing a Center of Excellence for Human Resources Analytics -- a field that combines technical skills and people. Jennifer has served on the Board of Directors for the Cornell Engineering Alumni Association in several roles since 2008. In addition, Jennifer is a current member of Cornell University Council, Affinity Chair for the Class of 2004, and has held multiple leadership roles in the Cornell Club of Greater Buffalo.
Ed Wilson '69
John Woods ME '49
Paulette Clancy is the Director of the Cornell Institute for Computational Science and Engineering. She served two terms as the William C. Hooey Director of the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University from 2002-January 2010. She was the first female Director of the School and the first woman to Chair an Engineering department in the College of Engineering at Cornell. A native of London, England, she graduated with First Class Honors from London University and received a D. Phil in Chemistry from Oxford University in Physical Chemistry. After post-doctoral research at Cornell and at London University, she joined the faculty at Cornell in 1987.