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co-op assignment, touring several whiskey distilleries on his 21st birthday. It was great fun and
educational, too: They have distillation columns!
We were looking forward to our daughter coming home for the summer and having both kids
at home for a few precious weeks before they both
returned to university in August.
If you find yourself in the Houston area, please do
let us know! -Rob Sherman '90; robjsherman@
Scott Sacknoff '89 (center) rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange July 11 to
celebrate the launch of the SerenityShares Impact ETF. The fund includes companies whose
products and services target 20 defined challenges, from clean water, renewable energy, and
environmental stewardship to elder care and education.
have met in the same hall since 1819, making it
the oldest chamber in the U.S. still in continuous
Michael Shamma (B.S. CE, M.Eng) has joined
the global infrastructure firm Gannett Fleming as
the Northeast Transportation DOT/tolls business
line leader. Based in NYC, he is responsible for
guiding the firm's DOT/tolls business strategy and
growth across the northeastern U.S., serving as
project director and manager on key projects, and
supporting the company's broader transportation
business line initiatives. Shamma brings nearly 30
years of transportation experience, having served
as president of a mid-size NY construction management and engineering company, chief engineer
of the NY State Thruway Authority & Canal
Corp., ombudsman for the new $3.9 billion Tappan
Zee Bridge replacement in Tarrytown, N.Y., and
with the NYS Dept. of Transportation for 24 years.
Air Force officials announced in December
that Brig. Gen. William "Bill" T. Cooley would
become the commander of the Air Force Research
Laboratory headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air
Force Base. He oversees a $2.1 billion Air Force
science and technology program and an additional
$2.3 billion in externally funded R&D.
Stacy Malecki (M.S. Mech.E. '88 and MBA '94),
senior director, Hot Section Engineering at Pratt &
Whitney, was named a 2017 STEP Ahead Award
Honoree. The STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Production) Ahead award, given by
the Manufacturing Institute, recognizes women in
manufacturing fields who exemplify leadership in
their companies. -Grace Vitagliano Roth '88;
Walt Mykins joined Autotask, East Greenbush,
N.Y., as head of their client services team. Walt has
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panies in the Albany area including MapInfo Corp.
and Pitney Bowes Software. Congratulations!
Mike Ziehl, MBA '89, was recently named vice
president and general manager for the Multi-Market Business Unit at MACOM in Lowell, Mass.
The Multi-Market BU offers RF, microwave, and
millimeter wave products across several different product segments and technologies, including
GaAs, GaN, SiGe, SOI, RFCMOS and MACOM
proprietary processes. -Joseph Hom '89; joe
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Greetings, Class of 1991. It's admittedly been a
while since I last sent in a column, but life has been
happening: In 2013, bought a house and moved.
In 2014, new promotion and job assignment at my
state agency, but also my mother passed away after
health battles the previous two years. In 2015, our
son Theodore was born. Now we are awaiting the
birth of our second son, Joshua. I am also juggling
various other tasks and extracurriculars besides
engineering and fatherhood. So I apologize for
the excessive delay, and pledge to be a better correspondent from here on out.
So let's make up for lost time: Please send me any
and all news of the last few years and we shall have
lots of material for a good lengthy column. Please
put reference to "RPI Class of 1991" in the subject
line of all email correspondence. Otherwise, it
might get lost in my email volume. Cell phone and
email remains the same: (518) 577-3822, rev1969@
We had a small but fun gathering at the 25th last
October. About two dozen were registered to make
all or part of the festivities. I ended up meeting
Greetings, Class of 1990! It's been very light by way
of news, so I trust this edition finds everyone well
and enjoying fall!
Congratulations to Alessandro Giua (M.S. '90,
Ph.D. '92, Comp. & Syst. Eng.,), currently a professor at both Aix-Marseille University and the University of Cagliari, for being named an IEEE fellow
for his contributions to discrete event and hybrid
systems. Alessandro is a published author, editor,
and member of numerous scientific boards.
Al Gross (B.S. Comp.Sci.) wrote in to say that he
met up with AJ Leale (B.S. Mech.E.) and his bride
for dinner while they were in Miami, providing
independent verification that AJ did, in fact, get
married. Congratulations to the newlyweds!
David Dwight joined Tru-Flex, LLC, in the Indianapolis, Ind., area as vice president and general
manager of the North American Corrugated business unit. The business unit designs and manufactures flexible stainless steel hose components
which are primarily applied in exhaust systems for
heavy duty trucks.
Dianne and I continue to take advantage of our
"empty nest," traveling to London for a week of
work (me) and leisure (her, a little bit for me). We
also met our son in Tennessee, where he is on a
Tony Hejna '90, second from left, and
his golf partner Matt Clarke, at left,
played a practice round with partners
Brandon Mader '15 and Mike Souliotis
'15 at Pinehurst No. 2 in May. Both
teams qualified for the USGA amateur
4-ball national championship and made
it to round two. Hejna was captain
of the 1990 men's hockey team, and
Mader and Souliotis played varsity golf
for the Engineers.