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Thayer Notes


John Kennedy
John Kennedy ’53 Th’54 prepared an exhibit at the Hopkins Center this summer on the Junior Solar Sprints. Photograph courtesy of John Kennedy.

John Kennedy ’53 Th’54: The major recent activity in engineering that I have been involved with is Junior Solar Sprints (JSS). I prepared an exhibit on JSS earlier this summer at the Hopkins Center, where there were several other Thayer alumni displays as well. I have been assisting the students from Kelly Middle School and Teacher’s Memorial Middle School, both of Norwich, Conn., in participating in the Norwich JSS program by teaching them the scientific and engineering principles involved in model solar car design as well as helping them fine-tune their cars for maximum performance. JSS is a U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program for middle school students.



Fred Mansfield ’69: I went to Stanford in 1969 on a fellowship from Fairchild Camera and Instruments and finished the program for a master’s in electrical engineering. I then worked on the San Francisco peninsula for three years at a series of jobs focused on design of digital controllers for analog systems and mechanical processes. At the end of that time (even before microprocessors would have made me obsolete), I reckoned that my half-life as a designer was less than 10 years, so I went to Harvard Medical School and became an orthopedic spine surgeon. I loved designing digital controllers, but I love being a surgeon as well.



Steve Askey ’76 Th’77: I’m now semi-retired. I bought a house in Florida and rotate back to Houston two weeks on and two weeks off. I’m a contractor at BHP Billiton in Houston, an international exploration and production company. I’m in a global role as quality assurance engineer for “smart tools,” such as electric line logging, measurement and logging while drilling, and any other equipment making sophisticated measurements down-hole as part of the drilling and completion operations. I continue to travel globally as needed, which is getting old, like me!

Will Fraizer ’78: In March 2014 I started a new work assignment as Gorgon commissioning and startup (CSU) technical manager. I am continuing with Chevron’s large grassroots liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects that are being built in western Australia. However, I’ve moved from the Wheatstone Project back to the Gorgon Project. The Gorgon Project involves developing two major offshore natural gas fields off the northwest coast of Australia, through a subsea production system, with pipelines transporting the produced hydrocarbons to Barrow Island, where a three-train LNG plant is being completed. I worked on the Gorgon Project previously, during the concept selection and early engineering stage, when I was living in Perth, Australia, a few years ago. My new position involves managing the engineering function during the commissioning, startup, and initial operation of the Gorgon facilities as well as leading the CSU technical team, a group with more than 20 engineering and coordinator positions.



Ed Evans ’91: I am an associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Akron in Ohio, working on several material systems, most of which fall into the category of ceramics, ceramic coatings, and ceramic composites. We are currently focused on carbon/carbon and metal oxide composites for high-temperature applications.



Brian Mason ’03 Th’05: My wife, Jocelyn ’05, daughter Lynn (3 years old), and I are proud to welcome Peter Glenn Mason into our home. Peter was born July 16, and everyone is doing great, just tired. Jocelyn is taking the rest of the year off from teaching to be home, and I continue to be at IDEO leading the product portfolio of work in Palo Alto, Calif. We were back for our 10-year reunion in June and it was fantastic to see everyone and be together again. And soon we are heading up to the Dartmouth cabin in Tahoe with a bundle of friends to get our taste of hiking, biking, and swimming—reminiscent of our times in New Hampshire.

Brian Mason's children
Brian Mason ’03 Th’05 and Jocelyn Mason ’05 now have two little Masons, Lynn and Peter. Photograph courtesy of Brian Mason.

Prosthetic arm
Alex Streeter ’03 Th’05 works at DEKA Research and Development Corp. as a junior systems engineer on the Luke Project, a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency-funded program developing a revolutionary prosthetic arm. Photograph courtesy of Alex Streeter.

Alex Streeter ’03 Th’05: For the past five years I have been working at DEKA Research and Development Corp.FIRST Robotics founder Dean Kamen’s company—in Manchester, N.H. For most of that time I have been a junior systems engineer for the Luke Project: a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency-funded program to develop a revolutionary prosthetic arm. Our arm has been used by dozens of amputees. Our third-generation design, which has many features never seen in a prosthesis, recently received FDA approval. We are working hard to bring it to market for amputees—both veteran and civilian—who need it.

Daniel Hassouni ’05 Th’05: I got married to Sarah Isbey ’08 in May. Among several Dartmouth groomsmen were two fellow engineers, Matt Guernsey ’05 and Colin Murray ’04 Th’05. Sarah moved to Denver to begin her medical residency in pediatrics. I have continued working for DC Energy in the D.C. metro area, but will head to Denver soon. I hope to stay involved in the energy sector.

Colin Ulen Th’05: My wife, Melissa, and I spent a wonderful week with 60 of our closest friends and family getting married outside Lucca, Italy, in an old country villa. We returned to Boston to sell our condo and buy a great house in Cambridge, Mass., to start our life together. I’ve recently been promoted to director of engineering, hardware, for, a company I joined as employee No. 18 and engineer No. 3 that has since grown to more than 300 employees. We are the largest provider of connected home awareness and security over cellular and are starting a huge international push that is keeping me plenty busy.

Colin Ulen's Wedding
Colin Ulen Th’05 and his wife Melissa wed at a villa near Lucca, Italy. Photograph courtesy of Colin Ulen.

Himanshu Chhabra Th’07: I have kept to M.E.M.’s theme of being cross-disciplinary and rather broad. I’m currently work for the consulting wing (sales and services) of an engineering and electronics conglomerate and am involved with software and process platforms aimed at facilitating engineering and discrete manufacturing, primarily for industrial, power, automotive, aerospace and defense, marine, electronics, and healthcare sectors. My role involves business consulting, process consulting, product consulting, and technical delivery. I live with my spouse, a Dartmouth Medical School alum, and two kids in MetroWest (Boston suburbs).

Akash Shah Th’08 is involved in the development of steam generators and chemical and fertilizer plants as project manager with India-based Thermax. Photograph courtesy of Akash Shah.

Akash Shah Th’08: I’m working as project manager with Thermax, an Indian efficient power conversion company focused in energy, environmental, and water solutions. My projects are steam generators for refineries and chemical and fertilizer plants. My role involves managing the project from receipt of order until final commissioning and handing over. My M.E.M. coursework has helped me a lot in understanding project finances and execution. I have also been able to improve my project execution and decision making by analyzing different options in an effective manner.

Christopher Koppel ’09: I just completed four years of service with the Army and I am back in engineering. I took a supervisor role in Abiomed’s mechanical engineering department in Danvers, Mass. I also married Carolyn (Rippe) Koppel ’10 in July.



Jan Gromadzki ’10 Th’11: I’ve been working at UGE, a cleantech company based in New York City that provides distributed wind and solar renewable energy solutions for leading global enterprise customers. UGE was founded only six years ago but has already installed solutions in more than 90 countries. The company is young and dynamic, made up of professionals who are truly passionate about making the world a better place and empowering people with clean energy solutions. In many ways, it reminds me a lot of Thayer, and I love it. I have had the opportunity to take part in many facets of the engineering team’s endeavors: cutting-edge development on vertical-axis wind turbine technology, designing integrated off-grid lighting and electric vehicle charging solutions, and traveling internationally to manage first-time installations for high-profile clients. During the past year, I have been leading the engineering efforts in pioneering the development of a cost-effective, reliable, and sustainable off-grid streetlighting platform powered by the wind and sun. We’ve achieved a solution that’s 50-percent cheaper and five times as reliable as your conventional grid-tied streetlight. We’ve already rolled out several successful projects and are in the process of scaling the technology to a global level. The success has also led to several speaking opportunities, including one at the World Summit for Small Wind in Germany, and being selected to teach a course on off-grid streetlighting at Lightfair International in Las Vegas, one of the world’s largest lighting trade shows.

Jan Gromadzki
Jan Gromadzki ’10 Th’11 was involved in a renewable energy installation in Bangalore, India, through his work with cleantech company UGE. Photograph courtesy of Jan Gromadzki.

Nathalie Rivest ’10: I’m living in D.C. and working as an operations business analyst for McKinsey & Co.

Caitlin Johnson ’10: After three years at Navigant, I left my job in energy consulting to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a high school physics teacher! I just began a one-year master’s program at Boston University and am loving it so far.

Christabell Makokha ’11: I moved back to my home country, Kenya, and work with Dalberg, a strategy consulting firm that specializes in global development. I recently hiked Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest in Africa, with three other Dartmouth alumni.

Christabell Makokha
Christabell Makokha ’11 recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. Photograph courtesy of Christabell Makokha.

Julianna Scheiman ’11: I am a mission integrator at SpaceX, Elon Musk’s private spaceflight company. I’m responsible for ensuring our payload is well integrated with the rocket (I make sure we don’t break the satellite, like shake or bake it too much) and we’re meeting our customer’s needs. I’m also responsible from a project management perspective for a launch, ensuring we’re meeting our aggressive schedules. And I’m responsible for our customer relations and am their main point of contact. I work on NASA science satellite missions, whether it’s managing a mission we already have on contract or working with the government to win new business. It’s a fun time to be in the launch business, especially at SpaceX. I’m loving my job and my return to out-of-this-world pursuits.

Garrett Simpson
Garrett Simpson ’11 worked—and played—in India. Photograph courtesy of Garrett Simpson.

Garrett Simpson ’11: This past summer I, along with two group members, built a web app to help people keep track of what their elected representatives were doing in Congress ( This was for the final project of a four-week intensive Ruby on Rails bootcamp through iXperience in Cape Town, South Africa. The source code can be found at The second half of iXperience is a four-week internship with a local Rails shop in Cape Town. I’ve been interning at Siyelo, getting more experience with Rails, jQuery, and test-driven development. Between January 2012 and June 2014—after graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering in 2011—I bounced between New Delhi, N.Y.C., and Mumbai, working at PharmaSecure, a venture-backed U.S. startup that operates in India.
[Editor's note: PharmaSecure was cofounded by Nathan Sigworth ’07, who was part of the ENGS 21 team that invented the GyroBike, which is now called the Jyrobike.]

Tim Vanderet ’11: I just finished my second year at Amazon working as a product design engineer. So far I have worked on the Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch and the Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch. I’ve been working as the product design lead on a confidential project that is set to release by the end of the year. I’ve been enjoying my job and all of the challenges it brings. The work requires frequent travel; I have flown to China 15-plus times. While I miss my time at Thayer, the transition to a career has been very exciting.

Sharang Biswas ’12: I’m pursuing a master’s at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, where I’m combining my artistic, scientific, and design skills into a number of different projects. Recently I performed a piece titled Transparency—“an improvised live-drawing and storytelling performance featuring true anecdotes from the lives of the performers, told in a stream-of-consciousness style”—at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens along with partner Clio Davis. I also showed an experimental play called Treason at the Brick Theater in Brooklyn. Along with three other teammates, I’d been developing the piece since December, with help from the Tisch Graduate Student Organization interdepartmental grant that we’d won. Treason is an espionage-themed, multimedia, interactive experience with improvisational performances, role-playing games, and audience participation. I’m not in engineering, but I’m definitley applying the design and technology skills I gained at Thayer!

Sharang Biswas
Sharang Biswas ’12 is developing artistic pieces while pursuing a master’s degree at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Photograph courtesy of Sharang Biswas.

Wiley Dunlap-Shohl ’12: I started a Ph.D. at Duke University, where I will focus on the development of novel photovoltaic materials and devices.

Awais Malik ’13 Th’13: I am pursuing a Ph.D. in civil engineering at NYU.

Joe Zabinski Th’13: Since graduating from Thayer with my M.E.M., I spent some time working in the energy industry in the Boston area. I’m now starting a Ph.D. in operations management at UNC Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, where I’ll focus on how energy production and consumption affect business operations.

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