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Degree Year
  • 1954

Allan Griff

Degree(s):

  • MEng

Started with 6 yrs tech service Union Carbide Plastics, independent since then, mostly in plastics industry, especially food/bev packaging, agriculture and construction, wrote books and worked at factory level in plastics manufacture and processing.  No ownership, investment, sales or money stuff.  Married (twice), three children (construction manager, househusband, and life-coach); 2 grands (i-padders, little true interaction).  Traveled very widely,  Seven years grad school at Columbia in Anthropology, including living in Argentina.and Bolivia. Basedin East, moved 2007 to Sun Francisco (East Bay).  Current big interest is understanding worldwide negative image of plastics despite their nontoxicity and enviropositive contributions (has to do with fear of science and related need to believe impossible).  Kept up music activity (singing, choral compositions), hundreds of poems (most neoformal) and one short story, and art work (oil, watercolor).   

Degree Year
  • 1979

Stephen M. Kaminsky Professor of Research in Genetic Medicine

Degree(s):

  • BS

I am a Professor of Research at Weill Cornell in Genetic Medicine and the Associate Director of the Belfer Gene Therapy Core Facility. I manage multiple projects ranging from gene therapies for metabolic disorders, eye disease and coronary function to vaccines for addictive drugs and infectious agents, each with the goal of clinical development. My current projects include clinical trials for a vaccine to treat cocaine addiction and a gene therapy for Alzheimer's disease. I share direction of the GMP manufacturing facility at Weill Cornell where we produce our clinical trial drugs. In prior positions I directed a lab for the design and development of several candidate prophylactic and therapeutic HIV vaccines as well as a candidate prostate cancer therapeutic vaccine, each of which went to clinical trial. Needless to say we still have a ways to go for many of these targets.

I am married to my grad school sweetheart, Lisa Wilson, who is a PhD patent attorney and we have 3 science loving kids, two went to Cornell and the third works in a lab at Cornell.

 

Degree Year
  • 2001

Mr

Degree(s):

  • MEng

Fernando Correa Sevilla

Quito, 1976

     An innovative leader with extensive experience mainly in the construction industry as well as in different business sectors. Fernando has high skills as a civil engineer primarily in construction and sustainable design industry, as a LEED green associate and president of the Ecuadorian Green Building Council, he demonstrates his engagement with the environment and implementing sustainable practice to fight climate change, always pushing for a conscious and sustainable construction industry in Ecuador, his home country.

Fernando is a proud alumnus of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute where he obtained his undergrad degree in civil engineering. In Cornell University he attended grad school, specializing in project management and engineering systems. Followed by an MBA in the San Francisco University of Quito. On 2017 he finished the General Management Program on Harvard Business School.

He has achieved notorious positions in companies as president of Servialimentos a bamboo product company, director of Texsa textiles, Enkador, Inmosint, the three companies on the textile industry, he is the general manager of Gonzyola a real estate company and executive president of URGENPRO a project management company. In addition to this, he was a member of Nexgen of the Family Bussines Network (FBN) Quito-chapter, member as well of “Por Manabí” project of the NGO ayuda directa created to support the reconstruction of the villages damaged in the earthquake of 2016 that occurred in Ecuador.

Therefore, for his extensive construction and managing experience, he was appointed CEO of Sevilla y Martínez SEMAICA, on April of 2019. After working for more than 18 years in the company and learning the process from the beginning to the end, he was finally prepared to assume leadership of the most important construction company in Ecuador.

SEMAICA began operations in 1956 and for 63 years has maintained its leadership in the industry due to the wise combination of a modern vision of service and a strict work philosophy. From small scale family residences to huge hydro powers, the company has constructed all kinds of high-quality buildings and works that endure through the pass of time in Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. Fernando engaged with these lifelong principles of hard work and innovation assure a new era of growth and development to the company.

Degree Year
  • 1966

Fundamentals of Photonics, 3rd ed. (2019). Vol. 1: Optics and Vol. 2: Photonics

Professor Malvin Carl Teich

Degree(s):

  • PhD

The 3rd edition of my book "Fundamentals of Photonics", coauthored with Bahaa Saleh, has just been published.

At 1370 pages, it is printed in two volumes: Vol. 1: Optics  &  Vol. 2: Photonics.

The 1st edition appeared in 1991 and the second edition appeared in 2007.

Degree Year
  • 1982
  • 1983

Brandes Family

Enjoying Early Retirement...

Degree(s):

  • BS
  • MEng

Had an amazing run working for GE, ADP and FLT over my 32-year career and was able to retire early. Am now an angel investor in companies that are building something that sparks my interest, like scuba diving equipment (check out http://www.ai-ctec.com)! Enjoying raising my two sons and traveling with my wife, Tricia, to fun places like Cozumel, Bonaire, and Australia to dive and explore...