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Class Notes


McCormick alumnus elected to NAE
Sang Yup Lee (MS ’87, PhD ’91) was elected to the National Academy of Engineering as a foreign member. Lee, dean of the College of Life Sciences and Bioengineering at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, was cited for leadership in bacterial biotechnology and metabolic engineering, including development of fermentation processes for biodegradable polymers and organic acids.

Lester Crown (’46), chairman of Henry Crown and Company, became a life trustee of the Aspen Institute, where he has been a trustee since 1988.

John F. Carney III (MS ’64), chancellor at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, received the Chief Executive Leadership Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

Edward F. Voboril (’65), chairman of the board of Analogic Corporation, was appointed the independent lead director of the IRIS International board of directors.

Tsu-Wei Chou (MS ’66) is the Pierre S. du Pont Chair of Engineering at the University of Delaware. He received the 2009 Medal of Excellence in Composite Materials from the University of Delaware Center for Composite Materials.

Dwight A. Beranek (’68), a senior vice president and market service manager for Michael Baker Corporation’s Department of Defense programs, was inducted into the U.S. Army Corps of Engi-neers’ Gallery of Distinguished Civilian Employees.

Ashok V. Joshi (MS ’70), president of Ceramatec in Salt Lake City, received the 2009 Achievement Award from the Industrial Research Institute.
Warren F. Miller Jr. (MS ’70), a part-time professor at Texas A&M University, was confirmed in August 2009 as assistant secretary of nuclear energy and director of the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management in the U.S. Department of Energy.

Michael E. Kassner (’72), formerly a professor and chair of aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University of Southern California, was appointed director of research in the Office of Naval Research in 2009.

Andrew Charles Fox (’75) is president of Pacific Harbor Line, which was named the short-line railroad of the year and the “greenest railroad in America” by Railway Age magazine in March 2009.

In October 2009 James R. Shappell (’75) was promoted to the newly created position of group executive for development and strategy of Parsons Corporation, an engineering, construction, and technical and management services firm. He was previously president of Parsons Transportation Group.

Paul George Andersen (PhD ’76), director of process technology at plastics company Coperion, is president of the Society of Plastics Engineers.

Arden B. Sigl (PhD ’78) retired in 2009 after 41 years as an engineering professor at South Dakota State University.

John C. Ziegert (MS ’78), professor of mechanical engineering at Clemson University, was elected to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ College of Fellows in 2009.

Priscilla Marilyn Lu (PhD ’80), a managing partner and founder of Cathaya Funds, was elected to the board of directors of ZAP, a manufacturer of electric vehicles, in 2009.

Jeffrey S. Miller (’81), a hematologist and oncologist at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, was recognized for excellence in clinical care, innovation, and scholar/research at the hospital’s 5th Annual Medical Staff Recognition Awards in October 2009.

William H. Cork (’82), former chief technology officer and vice president of research and development at Nanosphere Inc., was named senior vice president and chief technology officer of Fenwal Inc., a medical technology company in Lake Zurich, Illinois, in 2009.

Roger H. Gerson (’82) joined Brammo, a start-up manufacturer of electric vehicles, as its electrical engineering manager in May 2009. He was previously employed by Vectrix Electrics.

James T. Hoeck (’83), president of the board of trustees and CEO of Cotuit Center for the Arts in Cotuit, Massachusetts, was elected to the board of directors of the Cape Cod Foundation in 2009.

Cynthia L. Quarterman (’83), a partner in the Washington, D.C., law office of Steptoe & Johnson, was confirmed by the Senate as administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration at the Department of Transportation in November 2009.

Randolph L. Romenesko (MS ’83) is an engineering consultant in Nome, Alaska. He was reappointed to the Denali Access System Advisory Committee in December 2009.

In May 2009 Jeffrey G. Butler (’84) was named a senior associate at Gannett Fleming, a planning, design, and construction management firm. He is based in Gannett’s Locust Valley, New York, office.

Wilbur W. Mok (’84) was promoted to vice president of the North America tonnage gases division of Air Products in September 2009. He was previously the firm’s Asia region president.

Jeffrey M. Scheib (’84) was named vice president of biofuels at Chromatin Inc. in 2009. He was formerly president of the am/pm international division of ARCO.

Ajay Bansal (MS ’85) was named executive vice president of corporate development and chief financial officer of Lexicon Pharmaceuticals in June 2009. He was previously chief financial officer and executive vice president of corporate and business development for Tercica.

Helen S. Kim (’85), director and chief executive officer of TRF Pharma Inc., was elected to the board of directors of Sunesis Pharmaceuticals Inc. in July 2009.

Seaphes R. Miller (’85), managing member of HiTech Integrated Solutions in Milwaukee, received the Outstanding Minority Business Award, small company division, in October 2009. The award was given by the Wisconsin Department of Commerce.

Thomas Steven Buchanan (PhD ’86), deputy dean in the College of Engineering at the University of Delaware, was named George W. Laird Professor of Mechanical Engineering in June 2009.

Joseph E. Girardi (’86), manager of the New York Yankees, led the team to its 27th World Series championship in October 2009.

Michael K. Huff (’87), former outfielder for the Chicago White Sox, was named vice president of sports at the Chicago Bulls/Chicago White Sox Training Academy in Lisle, Illinois, in July 2009.

Steven Robert Kramer (MEM ’87) was named senior vice president of client development in the infrastructure division of ARCADIS, a consulting and engineering company, in May 2009. He was formerly vice president of business development at Parsons Corporation.

Sharmila Shahani Mulligan (’88) was named executive vice president of worldwide marketing at Aster Data in September 2009. She was previously chief marketing officer at HP Software.

Eun Kyo Park (PhD ’88) was appointed dean of research and graduate studies at the College of Staten Island in New York in August 2009. He was previously a program director at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and professor at the University of Missouri.

Arup Kanti Maji (PhD ’89), chair of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of New Mexico, was appointed interim dean of the university’s School of Engineering in May 2009.

William F. Stanczak Jr. (’89) was named director of commercial sales in the newly launched commercial division of Inspired Electronics Inc. in March 2009.

Barzin Mobasher (PhD ’90), a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Arizona State University, was named a fellow of the American Concrete Institute at its 2009 spring convention.

Alicia S. Boler-Davis (’91) is plant manager for General Motors’ Lansing Region, which includes the Grand River and Lansing Delta Township assembly plants.

Michael Jeffrey Pfeifer (PhD ’91) is president of Industrial Metallurgists in Northbrook, Illinois. His book Materials-Enabled Designs: The Materials Engineering Perspective to Product Design and Manufacturing grew out of his experiences teaching a course at Northwestern.

Ghia E. Griarte (MEM ’93), man-aging director at Saints Capital in San Francisco, was appointed a director of Actelis Networks in 2009.

Jeanne M. VanBriesen (MS ’93), a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, was named the 2008 Professor of the Year by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Paul J. Brown (MEM ’94), presi-dent of global brands and commer-cial services for Hilton Hotels Corporation, was elected to the board of directors of Borders Group Inc. in August 2009.

Dawn Alisha Lott-Crumpler (PhD ’94), associate professor of applied mathematics at Delaware State University, was appointed director of the university’s honors program in 2009.

Daaron Dohler (’96) was promoted to general manager and president of Takeda Pharmaceuticals’ new operation, Takeda Canada Inc., in March 2009.

Doreen D. Edwards (PhD ’97) was appointed dean of the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering at Alfred University in Alfred, New York, in July 2009.

Lars Pantzlaff (MS ’97) was appointed to the management board and named general director of Ventspils Nafta Terminals, a crude-oil and petroleum products transshipment company in the Baltics.

Julien P. Rosso (’97) was named vice president at Haywood Dorland Energy Capital in September 2009. He was formerly with Glitnir Capital.

Matthew J. Cole (MEM ’98) was named vice president and general manager of the advanced measurement technology division at AMETEK Inc., a manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices.

Frank T. Fisher (MS ’98), assistant professor of nanomechanics and nanomaterials at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, received $430,000 in funding from the NSF for a study on crystalline morphologies.

Calvin Vernard Johnson (MEM ’98) has been appointed president of the hospitals division at Sodexo.

Alan D. Anderson (MS ’99), an executive director at the Chicago Public Schools, was appointed acting deputy CEO for human capital on a newly established executive team that is part of a larger restructuring at the organization.

Sudhanshu Chhabra (MEM ’00) was named managing director of Gilbarco Veeder-Root India, a new division created from Gilbarco’s acquisition of Larsen & Toubro’s petroleum dispensing pump business.

Alexis Patricia Dunne (’00) joined the Department of Internal Medicine at Dreyer Medical Clinic in Oswego and Plainfield, Illinois, in August 2009.

Penny P. Chen (PhD ’01), principal systems architect for Yokogawa Corporation of America, represents the firm on the board of directors of the Wireless Industrial Networking Alliance.

Jeri Beth Ward (MEM ’01), general manager of marketing and strategy at Audi of America, was profiled as one of Advertising Age magazine’s “Women to Watch” in June 2009.

Robert C. Wolcott (MS ’01), a lecturer in entrepreneurship and innovation at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and executive director of the Kellogg Innovation Network, is coauthor of the book Grow from Within: Mastering Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation, published in 2009.

Charles Goodall (MIT ’02) was named vice president of DailyMed Pharmacy operations at Arcadia Resources, a provider of home care, medical staffing, and pharmacy services.

Frank Edward Curtis (MS ’05) joined the industrial and systems engineering department at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in 2009.

Ying Zhu Chin (’07) won third place in Northwestern magazine’s spring 2010 short fiction contest for her story “When Starbucks Came.”

Eric Peterman (’09) has been signed by the Chicago Bears as a wide receiver.

In memoriam
Howard E. Irwin, ’21
Howard F. Brady, ’34
Otto E. Fenske Jr., ’38
John H. Fowler Jr., ’40
Lucien G. Osborne, ’42
John E. Brickwood, ’44
Howard H. Loos, ’44
William S. Jones, ’45
George Pasti Jr., ’45
John F. Whedon Jr., ’45
Arthur B. Dayton Jr., ’46
Paul R. Gouwens, ’46
Frank Loehnert Jr., ’46
William Repenning, ’46
Donald S. Banks, ’47
Paul B. Hiemenz, ’47
Richard W. Bogan, ’48
James C. Carroll, ’48
Richard P. Fye, ’48
Donald H. Hageman, ’48
Dwight A. Nesmith, ’48
Alden Thayer Wulff, ’48
Elaine D. Anderson, ’49
James A. Cudney, ’49
William T. Jensen III, ’49
Robert T. Olson, ’49
Hugh B. Orr Jr., ’49
William S. Postl, ’49
William R. Steitz, ’49
Oliver A. Williams Jr., ’49
Vere L. Hageman, ’50
Hans G. Person, ’50
Kenneth E. Glover, ’51
Guy E. Reynolds, ’54
Norman E. Sondak, ’54
Orval A. Volkening, ’54
M. Richard Tennerstedt, ’55
Robert S. Bowen, ’58
Robert C. Potter, ’59
John R. Powell, ’59
Jay W. Feldmann, ’60
John O. Mingle, ’60
Allen G. Gibbs, ’61
Robert J. Mayschak, ’62
Edward M. Cikanek, ’64
Jack L. Isaacs, ’64
Scott W. Ryburn, ’64
Richard E. Saeks, ’64
Edward F. Kobek, ’65
Charles Wilson Brown, ’67
John E. Matz, ’71
William F. Eckstein, ’72
Emmett R. Kronauer III, ’73
Yung Chuan Chen, ’75
John Hodge Layer, ’76
Craig S. Goren, ’92
Howard H. C. Ma, ’93

Allan Gilman Thompson Jr. (’48) passed away on May 1, 2009. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Corinne A. (Sir) Thompson (Communication ’51); children John and William Thompson and Sue Thompson Meehan; and grandchildren Mary Kate, Jack, and Mike Meehan; Emily and Robby Thompson; and Dan and Dave Thompson.

Thompson was born in Brooklyn and moved to Wilmette, Illinois, where he graduated from New Trier High School. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. After his honorable discharge, he attended Northwestern, graduating with a BS in mechanical engineering. His entire career was spent at Babcock & Wilcox Co., specializing in power generation for the steel and pulp and paper industries. He mostly worked in the Pittsburgh office before retiring as sales manager of the firm’s Atlanta office.

Thomspon’s estate has established a testamentary charitable gift annuity, the remainder of which will benefit the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science. The school is grateful for this gift.