Dartmouth Engineer - The Magazine of Thayer School of EngineeringDartmouth Engineer - The Magazine of Thayer School of Engineering

Thayer Notes

1940s

Bob Sundblad ’44 Th’48: I’ve been retired since 1989, and moved to Florida in 1994. I maintain my professional engineer license, although I have not been active professionally for some time. I was president for several years of our local engineering society and, hence, was involved with some of our Cape Coral utility problems.

1950s

Robert Helsell ’59 Tu’60 Th’60: I’ve been in engineering my entire career. I first joined Alcoa as a plant engineer in 1960, then left to join the U.S. Coast Guard at officer candidate school in Yorktown, Va. I returned after active duty to Seattle, where I became a consulting engineer with Haskins and Sells. Later I joined up with another consultant in a business called Data Planning. One of my early client calls was to a firm called Howard S. Wright Construction Co. I joined Wright in 1968, and eventually became president and CEO in the early 1980s. In 1987 we sold the business to Fletcher Challenge of New Zealand. After a year of working with them, I left to purchase the Wilder Construction Co. from the Wilder family. Wilder was a heavy civil contractor specializing in roads, bridges, airport runways, heavy sewer, and environmental remediation. I served as president and CEO from 1989 to 2002. We sold the business to Granite Construction Co. of Watsonville, Calif., and I remained on the Wilder board as chairman until 2007. In 2003 I joined the board of Fisher Cos, a design-build firm specializing in food processing and cold storage projects. In 2011 the CEO of Fisher resigned and I was asked to chair the board of directors. I’m a minor owner of Fisher, so after all these years, I’m still in the construction industry. I was honored in 2004 to be included in the Construction Hall of Fame for the State of Washington. I have loved my career in construction.

1960s

Bruce Clark ’60 Tu’61 Th’61 cycled up L’Alpe d’Huez in France in 2007
HIGH TIME: Bruce Clark ’60 Tu’61 Th’61 cycled up L’Alpe d’Huez in France in 2007. Photograph courtesy of Bruce Clark.

Bruce Clark ’60 Tu’61 Th’61: I retired in 2001 after founding, building, and selling the interim management recruiter IMCOR, where I was president and chairman of the board. Since then I have been on the board of the Lake Waubeeka Association, which is a 264-home community in Danbury, Conn. I have been the president of that board for several years. I am an active cyclist who has competed in the National Senior Games four times and have done 12 bicycle tours of Colorado, starting in 1999. My engineering training serves me well in my role as the chairman and operating manager of our community’s water system, which is presently implementing a major treatment upgrade.

Jerry Greenfield ’61 Tu’65 Th’62: I retired 16 years ago from Westinghouse Hanford, where for 16 years I was a computer systems analyst/programmer and for two years was a contract administrator. I was the only contract administrator who had passed the bar exam, and I advised the other group members on the applicable law as well as administering the Boeing/Westinghouse contract. Since retirement, I have been a city councilman for Richland, Wash., president of my Kiwanis Club, lieutenant governor for my Kiwanis division, chairman of laws and regulations for my Kiwanis district, president of my Toastmasters Club, and involved with a few other community activities.

1970s

Steve Askey ’76 Th’77: I retired from Schlumberger in July 2010, after almost 33 years with them. In November 2010 I started work again as a contractor for PPI Technology Services. I’m now a global quality-assurance engineer in-house at BHP Billiton in Houston. Less stress and more money than the previous job, so life is good. Maybe try to retire again 2014 or so…we’ll see.

1980s

Sue Spencer Th’82: Living in the middle of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, I built a solar-powered, handicapped-accessible, low-maintenance, hypoallergenic, energy-efficient, luxurious home. I hope to develop my 102 acres, preserving the virgin forest and a lake with a pristine watershed without development, where I am the sole non-government owner.

Sue Spencer Th’82 built a solar-powered home in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
Sue Spencer Th’82 built a solar-powered home in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Photograph courtesy of Sue Spencer.

I am planning to build five more cabins to sell with a 99-year lease for the home site and access to the 102 acres. The designs combine four building philosophies: Living Building Challenge, LEED platinum certification, building biology, and Maharishi Vedic architecture. Last winter I championed better decisions in mining and water-quality issues through system dynamics, with the help of the Humphrey Institute and the Natural Resources Research Institute; acid rock drainage can pollute waterways if the feedback loops are not well understood. As always, I teach Transcendental Meditation.

Andrew Mannes Th’83: I was recently promoted to chief of the department of perioperative medicine at the National Institutes of Health. Following completion of a B.S. in bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania and an M.E. at Thayer, I received my M.D. at George Washington University. I have a long-standing interest in the treatment of severe pain often seen at the end of life. My current interests include developing pain therapies using gene therapy; targeting pain pathways with selective agonists, toxins, or fusion proteins; and improving the diagnosis of disease states using proteomic and genomic techniques. I am a member of the American Medical Association and on the editorial advisory board of Open Pain Journal. One last note: My son starts his freshman year at Dartmouth this fall.

Ralph “Buz” Wright Th’84: I went to medical school after Thayer, and subsequently specialized in radiation oncology. I do get to use some of my engineering background. I was in practice in Cincinnati for 20 years and just relocated to Denver to work for Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers.

1990s

Ike Anyanwu-Ebo ’94 Th’95: I live and work in Århus, Denmark, for the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer, Vestas Wind Systems A/S. I lead a team of 15 engineers in the Turbines R&D Organization, which performs product development for Vestas globally.

Ike Anyanwu-Ebo ’94 Th’95 atop a wind turbine in Denmark
TOWERING: Ike Anyanwu-Ebo ’94 Th’95 atop a wind turbine in Denmark. Photograph courtesy of Ike Anyanwu-Ebo.

My time has involved site visits, including a few climbs up our 2MW, Mk7 turbines. I never realize how afraid of heights I was until these climbs! On a personal note, my wife Carmen Harden ’96 and I were doubly blessed late last year with the birth of twins Nnenna and Emeka. They join their older siblings, Nnamdi, 8, and Amara, 3.

Darren Perry Th’99 Tu’05: I’ve been promoted to vice president at L.E.K. Consulting in Boston. I focus on aerospace, aviation, travel, building materials, and industrial products practices. I have more than 10 years of consulting experience working on a wide variety of projects, including corporate strategy development, mergers and acquisitions support, new product development and commercialization, pricing strategy, and customer loyalty. Prior to joining L.E.K. in 2005, I worked as a senior consultant for MicroStrategy, a global leader in business intelligence technology.

2000s

Phil Frost ’04 Th’06: I live in the Upper West Side of Manhattan with my wife, Erin. I started my own business, Main Street ROI, in January 2011. We teach business owners how to profitably use online marketing. I ran the N.Y.C. Marathon in November 2011 and I plan to run the five-borough series plus the N.Y.C. Marathon this year. For many of these races I raise money for the American Cancer Society as part of the Determination team.

Brooks Smith ’08 Th’09: In May I graduated from the M.S.C.E. program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. My thesis focused on experimental studies and finite element analysis microstructural simulations of porous steel as a new material for structural engineering applications.

Brooks Smith ’08 Th’09 recently completed his master’s research on porous steel as a new material for structural engineering
MATERIAL MATTERS: Brooks Smith ’08 Th’09 recently completed his master’s research on porous steel as a new material for structural engineering. Photographs courtesy of Brooks Smith.

The research was fascinating and gave me an opportunity to present at conferences as far away as South Korea, as well as publish a few journal articles. We may have the next generation of structural blast protection systems on our hands! This summer I started my career as a forensic structural engineer based in New York City, working for Whitlock Dalrymple Poston and Associates.

I’ll be traveling around the country investigating buildings and bridges that have collapsed or have other structural problems, figuring out why they failed and, I hope, finding ways to fix them. If you’re in the New York area, give me a shout and let’s grab a drink!

Peng Wang Th’09: I recently joined the Danish sovereign investment fund for developing countries as an investment manager, mainly in charge of the fund’s direct investment and portfolio management in China. After graduating from the M.E.M. program I started my career at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., focusing on infrastructure investment and policy advisory in the East Asia and Pacific region. I left the World Bank in 2011 and returned to my hometown of Beijing for a new phase of career development. Now I travel frequently across Europe and Asia and work with various co-investors and partners. I have also served as an alumni interviewer for the class of 2016.

Categories: Alumni News, Thayer Notes

Tags: alumni, M.E.M.

comments powered by Disqus