McCormick Magazine

Class Notes


Lester Crown ('46) is cochair of Children's Memorial Hospital's campaign to raise funds for a replacement facility. He also contributed an endowment gift that will allow Northwestern to expand its curriculum in Middle Eastern studies and hire additional faculty with expertise in that area.

David Todd ('46, MS '48) received the Heinz List Award at the Society of Plastics Engineers annual meeting in Milwaukee in May 2008. The award was presented for "Outstanding Achievements in Polymer Devolatilization and Reactive Processing."

Edward F. Voboril ('65), retired chairman of Greatbatch Inc., a medical device manufacturer, was named to the board of directors of IRIS International Inc.

Tsu-Wei Chou (MS '66),
the Pierre S. du Pont Chair of Engineering at the University of Delaware, was elected a fellow of the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society.

George W. Crabtree ('67),
senior scientist and administrator at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Robert P. Wayman ('67),
retired chief financial officer of Hewlett-Packard, was named to the board of directors of Airgain Inc.

Jerry R. Rogers ('70),
professor at the University of Houston, was named a distinguished member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Glenn E. Hess ('71),
formerly president of Alabama Aircraft Industries–Birmingham, was named president and chief executive officer of Northstar Aerospace.

Peter J. Barris ('74)
is managing general partner of the venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates, which has found success in tapping into Chicago's lucrative entrepreneur market. He has has been named to the board of directors of the Point, a web-based group action network, and cochaired the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association's Capital Connections 2008 venture fair.

Howard Permut (MST '74)
has been appointed president of the Metro-North Railroad of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York.

Kevin John Gross ('77),
formerly president of the acute care division of Universal Health Services, was named senior vice president of operations for the hospital division of RehabCare Group Inc.

Bernard M. Schmidt ('79)
is chief executive officer of Schmidt Luxury Homes, which has partnered with Pure Energy Associates to build the first "zero-energy home" on Chicago North Shore's — a $1 million house in Glenview.

Virginia M. Rometty ('79),
senior vice president of IBM's global business services, was quoted in EE Times on the company's operations in India.

David E. Luzzi (PhD '80), was appointed the 13th dean of engineering at Northeastern University in Boston.

Amnon Naamad (PhD '81),
head of the innovation and systems engineering group of EMC Corporation's Symmetrix Engineering, was honored with a 2007 Association for Computing Machinery Software System Award.

Craig M. Ono ('81),
a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon affiliated with both the U.S. Army and Shriners Hospital for Children in Honolulu, was interviewed by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

David A. Dohnalek (MS '82)
was promoted to corporate treasurer at Boeing. He was formerly vice president of financial planning and analysis.

Benjamin W. Slivka ('82, MS '85),
cofounded DreamBox Learning, a start-up web-based learning company, which has unveiled details about a new online math product geared toward grades K–2, scheduled to launch this fall.

Mary Grace (MS '83)
was named associate director for the environment, safety, health, and quality division at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News, Virginia.

Catherine S. Greenberg ('84),
vice president of consulting for Saatchi & Saatchi, spoke about her experiences helping Wal-Mart to "go green" as part of Colorado State University's 2008 Sustainability Week in April 2008.

Ruby Rachael Chandy (MS '85)
is the chief marketing officer of Rohm and Haas.

Karl L. Heminger (MME '85),
president of Findlay Publishing Co., was appointed to the Ohio Newspaper Association board of directors.

Helen S. Kim ('85)
was promoted from senior vice president and chief business officer to chief executive officer of Kosan Biosciences Inc.

Peter C. Nelson (MS '86, PhD '88)
was appointed dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Ceylon M. Rowland ('86)
is medical director of the Gwinnett Medical Center's OB/GYN services in Lawrenceville and Duluth, Georgia.

Shih-Wei Sun (PhD '86)
was promoted from chief operating officer to chief executive officer of United Microelectronics Corporation.

Deepak P. Ahuja (MS '87)
was named chief financial officer at Tesla Motors. He was previously controller for the small cars product development program at Ford Motor Company.

Steven Robert Kramer (MEM '87),
formerly with Jacobs Engineering, was named vice president and business development manager at Parsons Water & Infrastructure Inc.

John G. Lewis ('87),
most recently chief executive officer of GeoLogic, was named to the board of directors of PLATO Learning Inc.

Harold Y. Yin ('87),
formerly a senior consultant with McKinsey & Company, was named senior vice president of global strategy and business development at QSC Audio, located in southern California.

Daniel William Lipinski ('88),
a U.S. Democratic representative from Illinois, introduced House Resolution 917, which expressed support for National Engineers Week, February 17–23, 2008. He also delivered the keynote address at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Engineering graduation ceremony in May.

Niranjan Pati (MS '88, PhD '90),
formerly dean of the Business School at Indiana University Kokomo, was named dean of the Business School at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey.

Karl M. Preissner ('88),
a senior engineer at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, was charged with performing consumer and technical research to improve the company's existing brands. He is also president of a nonprofit group working to develop free wireless sites in the Cincinnati metropolitan area.

Jeffrey F. Allen ('89),
formerly regional vice president of sales at Infor Global Solutions, was named vice president of sales and marketing at AL Systems.

C. Sean Rollings (MEM '92), former vice president of product and industries marketing at NetSuite, was appointed vice president of marketing at Amitive Inc.

Brion S. Collins ('93),
managing partner of Integrated Financial Solutions, was one of Advisory Today magazine's "Four Under Forty."

Jeffrey Waters ('94)
was promoted to regional vice president of the Japan division of National Semiconductor Corp.

Ken Decubellis ('96)
was promoted from vice president of business development and commercial operations to chief executive officer of Altra Biofuels, based in

Paul Anderson (MS' 97)
and his wife, Andrea, celebrated the birth of their second daughter, Norah Grace. Paul is a senior project manager and environmental engineer in CDM's Kansas City office. Andrea is a family practice physician.

Brian H. James (MEM '97)
was named vice president of worldwide marketing at Nimsoft Inc. He was previously vice president of marketing at Cittio.

Ignacio Aguerrevere (MEM '99)
was named senior manager of global marketing at Eaton Corporation's truck group.

Sharon Y. Goldstein (MEM '99),
founder of consulting firm SYG, was named to the advisory board of Vringo.

Michael J. Radtke ('99)
joined the Department of Allergy at Dreyer Medical Clinic in the Aurora and Fox Valley, Illinois, areas.

Surekha Rao Bhat ('00, MEM '06) serves as a product manager for Boston Scientific.

Jeff Kristick (MEM '00)
joined web-based software provider Plateau Systems as senior vice president of marketing.

H. Scott Sarran ('00)
was named vice president and chief medical officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. He was formerly chief medical officer of Fidelis SeniorCare.

Christopher M. Scharff ('00)
was promoted to partner at law firm McAndrews, Held & Malloy.

Tara A. Teich ('00),
an artificial intelligence and gameplay engineer at LucasArts, was interviewed by Gamasutra about her experiences as a programmer in the game industry.

Alfred Crosby (PhD '01),
assistant professor in the polymer science and engineering department at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, received the Rohm and Haas Company's fourth annual New Faculty Award.

Jeff Austin ('01)
has worked with Engineering Ministries International and is helping design a technical university in Rwanda.

Dyer Crawford Vann IV ('04)
was promoted to account executive at Chicago-based health care advertising agency AbelsonTaylor.

Daniel Brown (MPD '05)
is the founder and president of LoggerHead Tools, winner of the International Forum Universal Design Award for its Bionic Wrench product line. He is also an adjunct associate professor at McCormick.

In memoriam
Sheldon C. Klock, '26
Daniel F. Logan, '39
Edwin P. Shires, '40
Clinton G. Rood Jr., '43
Carroll F. Clark, '44
Russell H. King, '45
Charles L. Rowe, '45
John G. Grossman, '46
Geoffrey Gummersall, '46
Warren W. Hopper, '46
Calvin A. Smethie, '46
Arthur Weber, '46
John E. Jacobs, '47
Herbert T. Losch, '47
Frank W. Federici, '48
Albert J. Toberman, '48
Warren E. Baie, '49
George C. Hampel, '49
Wilbert G. Hegener, '49
William Otto Kroeschell, '49
Robert J. McCarter, '49
Wesson J. Ritchie, '49
Dale C. Bergstedt, '50
Arthur G. Dahl, '50
Charles H. Geiger, '50
Leon N. Skan, '50
Robert A. Larson, '51
Arthur B. Green, '52
Louis K. Walter Jr., '52
Richard W. Nodorp, '53
Philip A. Saigh, '53
Carl C. Dietz, '55
George J. Gill, '55
Carl G. Eilers, '56
William H. Richardson Jr., '59
James T. Luhman, '60
Thomas B. Johnson, '62
Shou Chang Chu, '63
James J. Pipan, '63
Betty Jean V. Chidekel, '65
Betty Jean Houlihan, '65
William E. Assmus, '70
Harrison A. Dixon, '73
Gregory A. Haynes, '73
Lawrence Sobilo, '76
Geoffrey Levine, '78
Nicholas K. Bushnell, '00