Alumni news and notes
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Chemical and Biological Engineering
A June 6 story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel featured James Sun (BS ’00), founder of Dew & Ken Group Inc., which develops and distributes energy-efficient light-emitting diode streetlights. The company was a finalist in the 2008 Governor’s Business Plan Contest.
The University of Delaware appointed Babatunde Q. Ogunnaike (PhD ’81) the William Friend Chair of Chemical Engineering in recognition of his distinguished scientific career and service to the university and beyond. His research group focuses on control and system theory, systems biology, and product engineering with the goal of engineering desired characteristics into products.
A June 27 story on redorbit.com noted that Klavs F. Jensen (PhD ’80) is among 212 new fellows and foreign honorary members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Jensen is Warren K. Lewis Professor and Chair of Chemical Engineering at MIT.
Civil and Environmental Engineering
In its July 2008 issue, Wisconsin Builder magazine included Joe Olson (BS ’08) in the story, “Future leaders.” Olson concluded a two-year internship with Kenneth F. Sullivan Co., Madison, and joined the U.S. Marines for up to eight years to further develop his leadership skills.
Anthony Lamanna (MS ’01, PhD ’02) will receive the American Society of Civil Engineers New Orleans Branch Outstanding Young Civil Engineer Award. In 2006, Lamanna founded Lamanna Engineering Consultants to assist in efforts to rebuild and revitalize New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.
In July, Georgia-based SCS Engineers hired Gary Scherbert (BS ’86) to manage its Atlanta office, where he will lead solid waste projects for government and private clients. Scherbert has more than 20 years of solid waste and environmental engineering experience. News of his position appeared on several websites, including hazmatmag.com.
The American Public Works Association (APWA) appointed David Lawry (BS ’85) to its board of directors. Lawry, who is general services group director for the city of Elgin, Illinois, represents APWA members in five Midwest states and Ontario, Canada.
Mead & Hunt President and CEO Raj Sheth (MS ’72) is the 2008 recipient of the American Society of Civil Engineers Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award, which honors an ASCE member for significant contributions to civil engineering via service, education and professional practice.
Electrical and Computer Engineering
With experience managing software, data content and hardware product development, Christopher Page (BS ’90) is the new director of product management for Vizioncore Inc., a leading server virtualization management company. News of his new position appeared September 29 on businesswire.com.
Broadwind Energy named Don Naab (BS ’74) president of its gearing platform. In that role, Naab oversees the Brad Foote Gear Works subsidiary, a precision gear manufacturer in Cicero, Illinois, dedicated to producing wind gear sets. News of Naab’s new position appeared September 23 on marketwatch.com.
As part of its June 2008 cover story, “Knowledge for growth,” the magazine Boeing Frontiers featured Shane Gillis (BS ’00, MS ’07), who took part in the Boeing Learning Together Program. The program enables employees to choose educational programs that enhance their job performance, intellectual growth and professional development.
Materials Science and Engineering
University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez (UPRM) Engineering Materials Associate Professor O. Marcelo Suárez (MS, ’93, PhD ’00) and Engineering Education and Materials Professor Jeannette Santos (MSChE ’82) are co-principal investigators on a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) that establishes the Nanotechnology Center for Biomedical and Energy-Driven Systems and Applications at UPRM. Suarez’s wife Jaquelina Alvarez (MA library and information science ’97), Nelson Cardona-Martínez (PhDChE ’89) and David Suleiman (BSChE ’90) are among the center interdisciplinary research group personnel. Many of the researchers also are part of a five-year, $2.7 million NSF Partnership for Research and Education in Materials grant that partners them with UW-Madison materials researchers.
A senior principal research scientist at Transoma Medical in New Brighton, Minnesota, Jenny Pavlovic (BS ’84) recently published her first book, 8 State Hurricane Kate: The Journey and Legacy of a Katrina Cattle Dog. The book tells the story of the powerful bond between a dog rescued from a rooftop after Hurricane Katrina and the woman who wouldn’t give up on her.