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Thayer Notes

1950s

Len Neely ’56: I retired from a career in mainframe data processing (programming, systems analysis and design) in 1995. I do not consider myself to be an engineer since I worked in related areas and may have used engineering approaches to work. And I did not complete my master’s work at Thayer School. No work going on except to handle the health issues associated with being a senior citizen!

Charlie Schneider ’57 TT’58: I have been retired 12 years now. I did not use my Tuck-Thayer skills in engineering directly. Started as a sales engineer and moved into management. Always appreciated engineering work/results and how they have been used to better our lives.

1960s

Frank Barber ’62: I’m semi-retired to Golden, Colo., enjoying its mountains, now covered with snow.

John Walkup ’62 Th’63: In 1998 I retired from my position on the faculty at Texas Tech University and my wife, Pat, and I returned to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1999. We had met and married out here when I was a graduate student at Stanford after I left Thayer in 1963. Since our return we have been directing a ministry to university professors at UC Berkeley, Stanford, UC Davis, and San Jose State University. It is called Faculty Commons and is the faculty ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ, International, an evangelical but nondenominational ministry. I organize fellowship groups for Christian professors at all of these universities. While it’s true that many of the engineering professors I work with are engaged in energy research, my time is spent on encouraging them spiritually and helping them integrate their faith and their academic discipline. The latter can be a challenge, as you might expect. Looking back on my Dartmouth/Thayer educations, my graduate work at Stanford, and my career at Texas Tech, I can only say how much I appreciate the broad liberal arts education I received at Dartmouth. As you might expect, I’m really a networker and people person. At Dartmouth I learned to think critically and take a big picture look at life as well as at engineering. This has been invaluable to me, both in my career and now in our ministry.

Robert Dalrymple ’67: I’m with the department of civil engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Right now I am working on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ efforts on providing hurricane protection to south Louisiana, water waves propagating over mud, and numerical modeling of breaking waves.

1970s

NASA’s Ares I spacecraft, the crew launch vehicle that will replace the space shuttle.  Photographs courtesy of Dan Malwitz. Dan Malwitz ’77: I have worked at Moog Inc. near Buffalo, N.Y., for the past 15 years. Right now I am designing the upper-stage thrust vector control actuator for NASA’s Ares I spacecraft. This is the crew launch vehicle that will replace the space shuttle. Moog is a fun place to work; seven hours from Hanover and two from Toronto. The space and defense group, where I work, currently has 25 openings for mechanical, electrical, project, and systems engineers at various experience levels. I have had a great engineering career since leaving Dartmouth: Five years at Split Ballbearing in Lebanon, N.H., designing ball and roller bearings; two years at Lockheed Electronics in Plainfield, N.J., designing antenna structures; and eight years at Contraves in Pittsburgh, Pa., designing motion simulators and telescope structures. While at Contraves I designed the 50,000-pound payload crew station/turret motion base simulator for the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Command in Warren, Mich. I also designed the primary mirror support system for the AEOS 3.67-meter telescope that is now atop Mount Haleakala, Hawaii (see Thayer in the Landscape). Here at Moog I designed the electric flight simulator actuators that FlightSafety is now using. I have been fortunate to be able to apply my God-given design abilities that were awakened at Dartmouth. Andrea and I have been married for 29 years. We have two great children: Sarah, who with husband Scott has our first grandchild, Haley; and Daniel, who is a freshman at Gordon College.

Dan Malwitz is designing the upper-stage thrust vector control actuator for NASA’s Ares I spacecraft.  Photographs courtesy of Dan Malwitz.
Dan Malwitz is designing the upper-stage thrust vector control actuator (above) for NASA’s Ares I spacecraft (below), the crew launch vehicle that will replace the space shuttle. Photographs courtesy of Dan Malwitz.

Nelson Valverde ’77: As my third successful career (after international finance and Internet service), I am currently enjoying bringing to the developed world the novelty and pleasure of Bolivian coffees. Visit my Invalsa website for details.

1980s

Jay Hole ’81 Th’82: At present I have two jobs. I’m helping another ’81 engineering major, Toby Reiley, start a new company offering financial services to automotive dealers. The offering is an innovative way to allow a small segment of the deep sub-prime market to purchase used vehicles that is beneficial to the buyers and the dealers. My “day job” is with ChemPak International LLC, a very small chemical company that does specialty packaging of specialty chemicals, mostly polymerization inhibitors, catalysts, and pigments. I work across the spectrum but mostly on procurement/supply chain, quality, operations, and strategy. Prior to ChemPak International LLC, I had an entrepreneurial “learning experience” with a company trying to make ethanol from waste liquids, primarily beverages. The start-up, management, and technical team grossly underestimated the complexity of the operation, particularly as related to fermentation and waste treatment/disposal.

Greg Woods Th’83: I am president of Performance Motion Devices. PMD has some very unique intellectual property that essentially puts a high-performance motion controller on a chip. The chips are marketed to high-volume original equipment manufacturers, primarily in the life sciences and other high-tech markets where the customer is looking to develop his own machine control, such as blood analyzers, semiconductor fabrication, energy technology, defense, etc. I’m proud to report that my son Chris was just admitted to the Dartmouth class of 2013! That will get me back up to the campus more frequently over the next four years.

Sean Hogan ’88: I started my career in environmental and waste management, developing waste to energy facilities. During that time I spoke several times to Lee Lynd’s environmental engineering classes, which I always enjoyed. Currently I work at IBM on health care-related topics and the transformation that needs to take place in our health system to make it more cost effective. We have been doing some groundbreaking work in these areas — from the Genographic Project with National Geographic to pandemic response — and in consumer activation as an important factor in improving the system and individual well-being.

2000s

Lauren Scopaz ’00: I graduated from Harvard Business School in June 2007 (with fellow Dartmouth engineer Brian Nickerson ’00), have worked at the Harlem Children’s Zone, a nonprofit in N.Y.C. since then, and got married in September 2008.

Erik Dambach ’04 Th’05: I just completed my M.S. from Purdue University in aeronautics and astronautics. I am now working on my fifth and final degree, my Ph.D. at Purdue. I have had a great time designing and testing rocket engines. This past summer I worked at Edwards Air Force Base testing advanced fuels in the high desert of southern California. And I look forward to playing with even more fire over the next two years as I work on my Ph.D., investigating new non-toxic (or at least less toxic) propellants.

Daniel Hassouni ’05 Th’05: I completed my first marathon — the SunTrust National Marathon in Washington, D.C. — in 3:11:46 as a member of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. In the process I raised $5,608 to help in the fight against blood cancers. The group of 53 runners that made up Team in Training’s squad for this race surpassed $150,000!

Subha Srinivasan Th’05: I love working at the interface of math and engineering. When I am not involved in implementing some numerical formulation or computing in 3-D for imaging, you will find me in a yoga class or my studio at home doing sun salutations or tai-chi or dancing to Middle Eastern music. Music, movement, and books are my passions.

Afua Amoah Th’06: A little about my life after Thayer: I moved to New York City and worked with BlackRock for two years. Currently, I am pursuing a Duke M.B.A. I have a long-term goal of using my engineering and M.B.A. experiences to establish a mechanized farming industry in Africa, which will allow people to get better access to food.

Hannah Murnen ’06: I’m working with bio-inspired polymers (mimicking proteins) in the area of biomineralization. I’m a graduate student at UC Berkeley in the chemical engineering department. My advisor is Dr. Rachel Segalman, and my project uses synthetic molecules to mimic the behavior of proteins. The end goal is to use these synthetic proteins to catalyze the growth of inorganic crystals into desired shapes and morphologies so that they can be utilized for optoelectronic applications (photovoltaics, semiconductors, etc). I’ll be here for about four more years. Right now I’m thinking that I’d like to go into academia at the end of it, but that’s a long ways off!

Glenn T. Nofsinger Th’06: This May I relocated to Honolulu, Hawaii, taking a position with BAE Systems as principle scientist. I’m helping the development of image processing algorithms. Life on the island is great, and I managed to find a Dartmouth alumni club in Honolulu.

Peter Rice Th’06: I am still working at Alarm.com with Colin Murray’04 Th’05 and Colin Ulen Th’05 from Thayer and am expecting to pick up a few more Thayer grads in the near future. In my personal life: Betsy ’06, my wife, and I welcomed our own little engineering project into the world on July 16, 2008: Samuel Bartlett. He loves spitting up on his Thayer School bib, which I picked up while on campus for recruiting, and has shown an interest lately in bridges.

Rui “Anny” Zhang Th’07: Both life and work are good here in upstate New York, though cold recently. Thayer’s engineering educations, especially the practical skills I acquired in the M.E.M. program, greatly helped me in the real-life work. I am working in the marketing group with Indium Corp. of America in upstate New York. I like my job and the company a lot.

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