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Class Notes



Lester Crown (’46) is chairman of Henry Crown & Co., which has entered the suburban office market with the purchase of three office buildings in Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace, and Clarendon Hills, Illinois.


David J. Kuck (MS ’60, PhD ’63), a researcher in Intel’s software and solutions group and an Intel Fellow, was the recipient of the Theodore M. Matson Memorial Ward, which recognizes outstanding contributions
in the field of traffic engineering.

Jim Brown (’62, MMgmt ’67) of Naperville, Illinois, wrote ­More than a Game: A Vehicle for Child Development (Legacy Book Co., 2009). The book uses football as a vehicle for child development and teaches how to create and lead high-performing teams in business, family or sports. Brown has coached youth sports for 41 years.

David A. Carlson (’62, Kellogg ’64), a technical adviser to the Fibre Box Association in Elk Grove, Illinois, received the TAPPIE Corrugated Packaging Division Lifetime Achievement Award.

John N. LaPlante (MS ’62), director of traffic engineering for TY Lin International, received the Theodore M. Matson Memorial Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of traffic engineering.

Charles R. Buck Jr. (’64) of Naples, Florida, received the Health Management and Informatics Alumni Organization’s first Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2010 American College of Healthcare Executives Annual Congress. He has published journal articles in a variety of publications, including the New England Journal of Medicine and Health Affairs.


Kathleen R. Flaherty (Weinberg ’73, MS ’75, PhD ’79), former chief marketing officer of AT&T Corporation, was appointed an independent nonexecutive director of Yell Group.

Josh Jacobs (’77) of Chicago is chair of orthopedic surgery at Rush University Medical Center. He was elected president of the US Bone and Joint Decade, a national action network of a global campaign to improve the quality of life for people with musculoskeletal conditions.

Michael E. Friduss (’79) of Palo Alto, California, is a clinical associate professor in the head and neck surgery department at Stanford University. He received the department’s clinical faculty teaching award for 2009.


Mike Kelly (’80) was named a senior member of the Association for Computing Machinery, the world’s foremost educational and scientific computing organization. He runs Mike Kelly Consulting on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Brad Smith (’81) of Sammamish, Washington, is the director of worldwide licensing and pricing at Microsoft, where he has worked for seven years.

George Ribarchik (’82), senior food scientist for Wacky Snacky Inc., received a “best green paper” award from the American Sustainability Society for his paper “Bioflavinoid Synthesis via Protein Derived Nano-Catalytic Reactions.” Ribarchik is also employed by the US Forest Service as a part-time bush pilot.

Shai Simonson (MS ’82, PhD ’86) recently published the book Rediscovering Mathematics: You Do the Math through the Mathematical Association of America.

William Schonberg (MS ’83, PhD ’87), professor and chair of the civil, architectural, and environmental engineering department at Missouri University of Science and Technology, received the NASA Engineering and Safety Center Honor Award.

Steven D. R. Carnes (’84, Kellogg ’89, MME ’90) is a technology transfer consultant at Fuentek, an intellectual property and technology management consulting firm.

Yie-Hsin Hung (’84) was named CEO of alternative investments for New York Life Investments. He was formerly global head of strategic acquisitions and alliances for Morgan Stanley Investment Management.

William Kornegay Jr. (’85) was appointed senior vice president of supply management at Hilton Worldwide. He was previously senior vice president at Godiva Chocolatier.

Mark A. Moore (’86) was named senior vice president of engineering for ENXSUITE. Previously he was vice president for ScaleDB.

Christopher J. Sommers (’86) was promoted from senior vice president of business development to CEO of ThinkFire Inc., an intellectual property advisory and brokerage firm.

Clifford R. Perry III (’87) of Chicago is a partner with the law firm Laner Muchin. He was named one of the top attorneys in Illinois for 2010 by Illinois Super Lawyers. He has represented employers in state and federal courts in the United States and before numerous local, state, and federal administrative agencies.

Sigfrid A. Muller Jr. (’88) was named vice president of business development at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. She was previously vice president of marketing for mPay Gateway.

K. Sujata (PhD ’89), director of programs for the Eleanor Foundation, was named president of the Chicago Foundation for Women.

Suk-Chung Yoon (MS ’89, PhD ’91), professor and chair of computer science at Widener University, was selected to join the 2010–11 class of the American Council on Education Fellows Program.



Henry (Hank) Marcy (PhD ’90) has recently taken the position of senior vice president, product design and engineering, at Bissell Homecare Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Sizwe W. Mncwango (’90, MS ’90), chairman of Proactive Health Solutions, was elected to the board of directors of Omnia Holdings.

Matthew Birkelund McCall (Kellogg ’91, MEM ’92, Kellogg ’92) has seeded a new startup called Brighttag, which helps website operators police Internet marketers.

James Charles Brailean (PhD ’93), chief executive office and cofounder of PacketVideo, was elected to the board of directors of Sonic Solutions.

Robin M. Vogel (MEM ’93, Kellogg ’93) joined Topco Associates as senior vice president of center store procurement.

Chris Cotropia (’96) of Richmond, Virginia, was tenured and promoted to full professor at the University of Richmond School of Law. His research focuses on intellectual property law.

David S. Muson (’96) was appointed vice president at investment bank Houlihan Lokey. He was formerly vice president in the corporate finance group at BNP Paribas.

Partha P. Ray (’96) was appointed a director on the medical devices team of Research Corporation Technologies, based in Tucson.

Srujesh Shah (’97) of Des Plaines, Illinois, is a founder of and consultant with Ethically Managed, a firm that provides an ethics hotline and training and other ethics services.



Edward S. Cholewa (MEM ’01) was named department manager for the national power delivery program at HDR, an architectural, engineering, and consulting firm.

Douglas Heim (’02) received his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in February 2011. He is currently employed by Cummins in Columbus, Indiana, developing gaseous spark-ignited engines.

Ari Margolis (’02) is an assistant rabbi at Temple Beth Or in of Raleigh, North Carolina. He completed his rabbinical studies at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles and was ordained a rabbi in May 2010. He writes, “Believe it or not, I still use my engineering problem-solving skill sets on a daily basis.”

Christopher Ellison (PhD ’05), assistant professor of chemical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, is joining the technical advisory board of FibeRio Technology Corporation.

Sanjuana Jamie (’05), an embedded software engineer in the electronics systems sector of Northrop Grumman Corporation in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, was named most promising engineer or scientist (undergraduate degree) at the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards.

Sara Hodges Owsley (MS ’05, PhD ’08), assistant professor of computer science at Pomona College in Claremont, California, is leading a research project to study web comment threads and, using software, determine when such threads cross the boundary between constructive and destructive. She received a 2010 Wig Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Hans Martin Roth (MEM ’08, Kellogg ’08), was named an associate in the Houston office of Russell Reynolds Associates, an executive search and assessment firm. He was previously at the Boston Consulting Group.

Kristin Jenise Vicari (’08) received an MS in chemical engineering practice from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she will continue to pursue her doctorate in chemical engineering.


In memoriam

Robert F. Eyer ’29

C. Harold Morris ’34

Roger W. Robinson ’35

Roy W. Kauffin ’36

Chester W. Bland ’40

John R. May ’43

Donald R. Woods ’43

Richard S. Jay ’44

Chad B. Pierce ’44

Einar J. Johnson ’45

Lewis Roy Warmington ’45

Robert D. Adams ’46

Robert H. Kuhlmeier ’46

David J. Lolly Jr. ’46

Philip S. Lund ’46

Russell L. Parker ’46

C. Spencer Powell ’46

Merle E. Dowd ’47

Aubrey J. Greenberg ’47

John W. Watson ’47

John N. Bos ’48

Donald M. Ross ’48

Gerald W. Giles ’49

Walter T. Miiller  ’49

Benjamin A. Schmetterer ’49

Francis E. Smith ’49

Clemens A. Storch Jr. ’49

John W. Bowden ’50

Jerome W. Finnigan ’50

Edward D. Reynolds ’50

Kenneth A. Rogers ’51

Edward J. Campbell ’52

Burnham Casterline ’52

James B. Horne ’52

Theodore H. Otterbacher ’52

Arthur A. Hagstrom ’53

William O. Holmes ’53

Robert N. Sillars Jr. ’53

Fred W. Gatter Jr. ’54

David H. Drews ’55

Salvatore V. Ferrera ’56

Roy W. Hovinen ’56

George M. Reynolds ’57

Donn Fichter ’58

James F. Ross, PhD ’59

Gerald F. Brieske, PhD ’60

Peter C. Appel ’61

William L. Knight ’61

Andrew B. Cvercko ’62

Allan D. Stephens ’63

Anthony C. Arko, PhD ’65

Gerald W. Buckles ’65

Herbert H. Wald ’65

Robert H. Bryant ’67

David W. Mineck ’67

Christopher H. Edwards ’73

William T. Gex ’74

Richard A. Peterson ’81

Donna L. Gilbert ’82

Kevin W. Pruiett ’83

Kenneth G. Hageman ’86

Lt. Wade F. Wilkinson ’86

William M. Gottliebson ’88

Stephanie C. Otis ’90

Anne M. Mayes ’91