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"Pam and I (we were married at the beginning of
my junior year at RPI) have not made a final decision on where to 'retire.' Our three children are
spread across the U.S.-one in Arizona, one in
Lafayette, Ind., and one here in Knoxville-all
successful in their careers. I am looking forward to
our 40th Reunion."
Remember, if you are reading this and haven't sent
me an update, you owe me one. Class rules-if you
read, you have to write!! -Maureen H. Regan
Robinson '77, email@example.com
40th Reunion: September 2018 John Grubb
was kind enough to send us an update from Lower
Burrell, Pa. After receiving his Ph.D. (Materials) in
1982, he went to Allegheny Ludlum. After spending a good 34 years there, he retired from Allegheny Technologies at the end of 2016. John remains
active in ASTM and ASME (Pressure Vessel
Code). Their two sons, who chose not to go into
technology and not to go to RPI, are doing well
on their own. They are planning to stay in western Pennsylvania, at least for now. John, give my
regards to Cheswick, just down the road from you.
Spent some long weeks working on boiler outages
for Duquesne Power there!
Several Rensselaer friends of Michael "Miki" Fedun '81 helped him celebrate the wedding
of his son. The bride, he discovered, is the great-granddaughter of John Redfern '33, a
pioneer oilman and longtime Rensselaer trustee and philanthropist. Shown at the rehearsal
dinner, from left, are, back row: Randall Redfern Hays, granddaughter of John Redfern
(framed photo) and mother of the bride, and Miki Fedun. Front row, from left: Alan Weiss
'81, Joseph Baylock '80, Steven Winckler, Ph.D. '80, Basil Fedun, Ph.D. '54 (father of
Miki), William Beck '81, and Craig Ellis '81. Fedun discovered that Redfern would have
been walking the campus and talking with students, as he was inclined to do when he
visited, precisely when Fedun was an undergraduate.
This spring my wife and I attended our daughter's
wedding in Florida. Great ceremony and certainly
the proudest day of my life walking her down the
aisle. On the way back up, stopped in D.C. to visit
Jack Haberle and his family. Cherry blossoms were
in full bloom and spent a great day going through
the Museum of American History. As always, look
forward to your news and items of interest. -Mark
Keough '78; firstname.lastname@example.org
tal copyright conference at the UN World Intellectual Property Office, as well as speaking to the
General Assembly there. He also was invited to
speak at a Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy. -
Paul Sicard '79; email@example.com
the custom 2-speed custom motor/gearbox design,
and many other required sub-systems. The prototype was unveiled to the public in December 2016.
The production trucks will replace the gas turbine
range extender with hydrogen fuel cells.
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I am actually writing this in Troy, trying to see the
Frear Park ice rink from the Hilton Garden Inn on
Hoosick Street. Yes, a few things have changed in
nearly 40 years. And now the news:
George McVay, firstname.lastname@example.org, has been
appointed vice president and general manager of
the Hygiena/Warburg Pincus Qualicon Diagnostics business, recently divested from DuPont, continuing to provide global business and integrated
operations leadership of the new company. George
is also supporting new strategic initiatives including
targeted acquisitions to further expand and grow
the global food safety business portfolio over the
next 5 to 7 years. George works in Wilmington,
Del., and George and his wife, Nancy, reside in
Elkton, Md., near the Chesapeake Bay.
Also, in February, another record was set by the
EVDrive-Train-powered Genovation Cars Electric Corvette. The all-electric Corvette was able to
reach 209 mph at Kennedy Space Center's Space
Shuttle Landing Facility in Merritt Island, Fla.
-Kathy Pratt Harrington '80; kpharrington@
Mike Zimmerman has been leading a team working on the next generation lithium-ion battery.
Mike, a professor at Tufts University, has formed
a company, Ionic Materials, to develop and commercialize the battery. The key to the invention is
a solid plastic electrolyte; in most lithium-ion batteries, the electrolyte is a liquid, thus subject to fire
or explosion when hit or pierced. This research was
featured early this year in a PBS NOVA episode.
Paul Czerwinski has been named chairman of the
board of directors of Barton & Loguidice, an engineering, environmental, planning, and landscape
architecture firm located in Syracuse.
Michael Ruane is now director of corporate development at Savant Capital Management, headquartered in Rockville, Ill. Michael is responsible for
sourcing and negotiations acquisitions and managing the merger and acquisition process.
And our man in Hong Kong, noted IP legal expert
Ron Yu, went to Geneva last year to attend a digi-
"It just seems that fate had a role in determining my son's marriage," says Fedun.
Steve Tice, COO of EVDrive Inc., sent another
update on the success of his company: EVDrive
Inc. is proud to reveal its contribution to the development of the industry milestone Nikola One prototype, a zero-emission hybrid electric long haul
semi-truck that aims to fundamentally change how
freight is transmitted globally from the perspective
of cost, performance, safety, and environmental
impact. Specifically, EVDrive was in charge of
designing the prototype powertrain, engineering,
fabricating, and installing unique sub-systems like
the 4 80kWh, total 320kWh chiller cooled battery system, power distribution units, managing
Judy Wornat was named dean of the College of
Engineering at Louisiana State University in January. As dean, she holds the Bert S. Turner Chair
in Engineering. Before returning to the academic
world, she worked as a chemical engineer around
the world. She joined LSU in 2002 after spending eight years at Princeton. -Marc Glasser '81,
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Anne Massey (B.S. '82, M.S. '84, Ph.D. '91)
shared that "...after 21 years at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business in Bloomington, I
am making a move to the University of Wisconsin's
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