Class Notes

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Archived Class Notes

Degree Year
  • 1963

Dean E. Williams


  • BS

Retired now at 82. Living a good life and keeping in touch with classmates Clive Riddiford (Ohio) and John Curtis (Texas), both civil engineering graduates of Cornell 

Degree Year
  • 1991
  • 1992

Jeffrey Zola


  • BS
  • MEng

Currently lead (and sole!) application developer for a small company in the medical EDI space, based in Lake Oswego, OR.

I have lived in the Portland area for 23 years with my wife, Julie, and our two sons, Matthew and Sam. Matt is a senior Aerospace Engineering major (and SMART scholar) at CU Boulder, and will remain there for another year to work on his M.S. degree. Sam is a freshman at Purdue, and is looking to study Data Science.

I have been recently appointed as a District Director for Tau Beta Pi's District 14 (OR, WA, AK, Northern ID). I have served as an officer for the Portland Alumni Chapter for the past ~5 years. Interfacing with TBP members of all generations has shown me the value our professional networks, and I look forward to reconnecting with former A&EP classmates as well as alumni from other eras.

Degree Year
  • 2003

Shaun D'Souza (Associate Consultant)


  • BS

A Retrospective on Enabling a Connected World: The Race for the Original Primordial Soup

Fresh out of the oven my first book. Grab your copy here

#artificialintelligence #machinelearning #software #business

Degree Year
  • 1970

Adam Trien, Cornell Engineering class of 1970, founder and  CEO of Insiten, at his Atlanta office.

Adam Trien


  • BS

After months of Beta testing, I'm pleased to announce my company has launched a new app that automatically injects Excel updates into PowerPoint. Following is a press release announcement I sent out nationally this week. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions:


New Cloud-based TackleBox App Automatically Injects Excel Updates into PowerPoint

Atlanta, GA–If you’ve ever tried manually piecing together PowerPoint presentations from multiple, constantly changing Excel files, you will welcome TackleBox. The newly launched cloud-based app automates the entire process and supports wide applications, such as financial reporting, business consulting, and executive presentations.

TackleBox automatically scans existing Excel files to detect charts, ranges, and tables. This content is then injected into PowerPoint presentations and easily refreshed with a single click, ensuring analysis and presentations are always in sync.

“It’s like putting your PowerPoint presentations on autopilot,” says CEO Adam Trien. “Our team developed the app in response to client complaints about the tedious, time-consuming effort of constantly copying and pasting between Excel and PowerPoint. Not only does TackleBox save time, but it also provides full control, with alerts when new Excel analysis becomes available, and by allowing you to preview and confirm changes.”

TackleBox also provides file organization, comment threads, and notification alerts to enable collaboration for remote teams. “These benefits are especially valuable as companies pivot to a work from home model in response to Covid-19,” says Trien.

During its final months of development, TackleBox was Beta tested to a wide audience, from financial analysts to CEOs, with tremendous response. Reported one client: “This is an amazing tool. It gives us confidence that our presentations are always in sync with Excel and has saved our team hours and hours of frustration.”

TackleBox Highlights

Excel to PowerPoint Automation: Quickly inject Excel charts, tables, and named ranges into PowerPoint slides. As your Excel files change, the Tacklebox automation engine refreshes presentations, ensuring they are reliably up to date.

Live Dashboards: Create online, real-time dashboards displaying the latest content from multiple Excel files all at once. Gain insights into how your data is changing and share dashboards with stakeholders to give them a live view of your progress.

Microsoft Office 365 Integration: Nothing to download or install. No complicated user guides. TackleBox works directly with existing Microsoft Office 365 files and folders. Just sign in and go.

About TackleBox

TackleBox was developed by Insiten Inc., an Atlanta-based technology company focused on developing innovative solutions for corporate finance and business professionals. Our unique blend of business acumen and technical proficiency connects people, processes, and data. Learn more at

Degree Year
  • 2014

Raj Patel


  • MEng


My name is Raj Patel, M.Eng Class of 2014, I live in Boston MA with my Fiancee and our two dogs. Over the past few years I have worked at Medtronic as a Sr. R&D Engineer, but since have moved on to be the Sr Engineer at a 4 person start up called Follica. 

Follica has a novel system for hair follicle regrowth and we are looking to begin Phase III of clinical trials, I have been tasked with the commercial design of our product and engaging with contract manufacturers to bring our device design from investigational approval to production ready, while ensuring scale up activities pass FDA muster!

Boston has been very good to me career-wise, and it helps to be a big Celtics fan!