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Thayer Notes


Bob Eckerson ’48 Th’49: At 91 I am told to use it or lose it; therefore, I have formal exercise five days a week to keep using it. I am fortunate to live in Durham, N.H., where the University of New Hampshire is very active, and I meet regularly with recent professorial retirees to keep my mind doing something. So far, so good.


Gib Warren ’53: I left Hanover after my second year due to the language requirement. I entered the University of Wisconsin, where I received my degree in mechanical engineering in 1955 and then went to work as an application trainee with Carrier Corp. I continued in several engineering and construction organizations throughout my career. I retired in 1992 from the Austin Co. in Cleveland, Ohio. I will attend my 65th Dartmouth reunion at the end of September—the great class of ’53 remains my class!

Prentiss Carnell ’56 Tu’57 Th’57: I’ve been retired almost 30 years, and am fairly healthy. I value family and friends. I feel sorrow at the diminishment of the size of the Class of 1956 and feel distant from the present Dartmouth, though I enjoyed interviewing admissions candidates for 40 or more years.


Mark Tuttle ’65 Th’66: I continue to help startups and small companies with data and content challenges and consult with larger organizations, mainly in healthcare. I also develop software (my own stuff) and mentor wannabe data science students, occasionally from Dartmouth.


Steve Askey ’76 Th’77: I retired (again) in October 2015, after 38 years in the oil and gas business, this time after five years with BHP Billiton working out of Houston. In spite of rising oil prices and an improving industry climate, it does not appear likely that I’ll be returning to the field. So, I have a new career pursuing what has been a lifelong passion. I currently play lead guitar in a classic rock band—The Cat. 4 Band (as in the hurricane rating)—in the Daytona Beach, Fla., area. We are on Facebook, Vimeo, YouTube, etc. I graduated from Thayer with an electrical engineering degree (and was kind of an analog guy), so it seems appropriate that I play through old tube amps and have a pedalboard full of stompboxes! As an aside, it was great seeing all of the changes to Thayer School last year during reunion.


Mark Bunker ’82 Th’83: I’m the head of digital security at Fidelity Investments. I oversee Fidelity’s cloud security strategy, implementation, and operations. I split my time working with my development team engineering, testing, deploying, and operating controls to protect Fidelity applications and customer data in the cloud; working with Fidelity business lines to inform them of these security controls and what it means to their business; and working in partnership with internal and external audit teams to assess our controls, identifying any gaps requiring remediation and certifying them to fulfill regulatory obligations. It is a constant refinement process.

Bob Pattillo ’82: I am the cofounder of Gray Ghost Ventures, and invest about 65 percent of its capital. Since we started in 2005, our portfolio companies have been quite busy, with several having raised funds and others currently fund raising. Recent new product launches include a digital services platform in India (BEAM), a new mobile wallet in Latin America (BillMo), and new product licensing agreements with several South Asian and Sub-Saharan African countries (PharmaSecure). M-KOPA has provided lighting to more than 500,000 homes in East Africa, and is proving that off-grid TV owners are becoming connected and informed. bKash has positioned itself to become the largest mobile money provider in the world, and has nearly 27 million customers and 165,000 agents—just in Bangladesh. Gray Ghost Ventures has long held a fundamental investment thesis: break down the systems of exclusion that penalize the low-income and poor mass markets through early-stage investments into innovations and ventures to bridge the access gap with technology-led products and services.


Kevin Franck ’92: I’ve had to be relatively quiet recently due to startup and private company involvement. But now that I’m an academic and with a nonprofit, I can share what I’m trying to achieve: I want people to hear better. My biomedical engineering education at Dartmouth got me started in this effort. First, I led a clinical-academic program at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania to help deaf children hear with cochlear implants. Then I moved to Australia to work for Cochlear Ltd., the global leader of this technology, and build new clinical access tools. Returning to the United States, I got involved in startup companies, working in bionic leg technologies with BiOM Power Ankle (now sold by Otto Block,  and with Ear Machine. This Small Business Innovation Research-funded hearing-access company was acquired by consumer electronics giant Bose, where I helped launch a new class of hearing headphone products. New legislation that was passed during this time mandated a pending FDA class of over-the-counter hearing products. Now that I’m at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School, I’m looking to create the new clinical-consumer hybrid marketplace to prepare for these devices. I’m also in Hanover this spring to lecture on bionics for ENGS 5: Healthcare and Biotechnology in the 21st Century.

Vishal Gupta Th’94: I am senior VP of engineering and product management at Symantec, a global leader in cybersecurity. The machine learning techniques that I used 20-plus years ago at Thayer for my MS thesis are more relevant than ever to both detect and protect against cybersecurity threats. One of the most interesting transitions that is happening is the move toward digital infrastructure—with focus on cloud, mobile, and Internet of Things—and we are creating cybersecurity solutions to enable consumers, enterprises, and governments to move to digital infrastructure with confidence.


Matt Wallach
Photograph courtesy of Matt Wallach.

Matt Wallach Th’08: We have some exciting changes in the works for this summer! I’m graduating from a dual-degree MBA/MS in mechanical engineering at MIT in June and then getting married to Katie Esper (who is set to graduate from the Dartmouth Master of Health Care Delivery Science program in January) and starting a new job at the Toyota Research Institute in Ann Arbor, Mich., in August.


Devon Anderson Th’10: After graduating in June from Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Ore., with my MD and a PhD in biomedical engineering, I will be starting a residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Rochester in New York. My dissertation research entailed tissue engineering articular cartilage from stem cells and evaluating novel surgical methods in cartilage restoration and joint preservation. My passions in both medicine and engineering emerged at Thayer when I was a research assistant in the Dartmouth Biomedical Engineering Center with Drs. Van Citters, Collier, and Mayor. I am so grateful for the meaningful and unique undergraduate research experiences I had as a Colby-Dartmouth 3–2 student that led me down this long, yet fulfilling, academic path.

Sharang Biswas ’12 Th’13: My work as the experience designer at the Medici Group has brought me back to campus twice to run diversity and innovation workshops (once for the general staff, one for the Master of Healthcare Delivery Science program). My game Feast, which won an IndieCade award last year, was included in an exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philly. I have three more games coming out soon, one of which involves sound design by Rebecca Drapkin ’13. I have been giving lectures on game design, including in a film and media studies class at Dartmouth and at the Living Games Conference. I am still writing short stories and the like. I was particularly proud of my Black Panther movie review. On the interactive-theater front, I have no new shows yet, but I’ve been pitching to museums and festivals. We’ll see what comes up!

Cole Sulser ’12 Th’13: I play professional baseball as part of the Cleveland Indians organization for its triple-A-level farm team, the Columbus Clippers. I spent the last few years playing for various farm teams under the Cleveland Indians after being drafted by them in 2013. I have found many principles learned at Thayer to be beneficial in the professional sports world: a world that is ever increasing its use of technology and data to evaluate players, train them, and try to create the best approach for reaching our highest potential. I know I wouldn’t be where I am today, if it wasn’t for the lessons and skills I learned while at Thayer.

Mike Henson Th’14: Within the last three years I retired from the Air Force and began my career as a contractor with ManTech International, supporting the U.S. Department of Defense. My last job in the Air Force (2013–15) was as director of operations with the 33rd Communications Squadron, stationed at Andrews Air Force Base. There, I led 300 military, civilian, and contractor personnel to maintain critical command-and-control networks, systems, and services for multiple bases in the national capital region (NCR). Additionally, I planned and directed a team of 10 project managers providing sustainment and modernization projects totaling about $12 million annually in support of the NCR. One of the things I’m most excited about now is a course I developed to teach folks in various cyber commands mobile development and debugging skills in ARM assembly—the language which underlies most mobile technologies today, including Android and iOS smartphones. No problem! The course is based in part on the experience I gained under Professor Stephen Taylor doing my thesis research (a DARPA-sponsored project). The three-day course builds up from the simplest ARM instructions through an understanding of the procedure call standard and ARM coprocessors—such as the single-instruction, multiple-data NEON coprocessor—as well as teaching how to debug mobile programs.

Olivia Herbert ’14: I work at Facebook in New York City and have been there for just over two years. Last July I got engaged to Thomas Mattimore ’12 Th’13, who is also working in New York as a product manager at Makespace.

Liliana Ma
Photograph courtesy of Liliana Ma.

Liliana Ma ’14: Since graduation I’ve been enrolled in an MD-PhD program at Northwestern. I’m finishing up my fourth year of the program and second year of the PhD. I’m pursuing a PhD in cardiac MRI, and I’ve been lucky during the PhD years to collaborate internationally and attend conferences in exotic places. Last year the annual meeting of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine was in Hawaii. I gave an oral presentation on my research and participated in a 5K race with other MRI nerds. Later in the year, I attended a conference in South Africa! That was truly an amazing opportunity. In addition to the awe-inspiring and diverse landscapes and whales at the coast, I got to see my favorite animals—penguins—up close.

Anna Miller
Photograph courtesy of Anna Miller.

Anna Miller ’16 Th’17: I am living in Alaska, mooching off my parents, and working part-time in a fancy dog boutique. My friends are concerned by this break from a promising engineering career. I have been learning to crochet, and most recently made a tardigrade. Not at actual scale, of course, but enlarged so that it’s easier to make. In July I will be moving to Boston, where I would like to take up urban beekeeping. I would appreciate any pointers the Thayer community may have.

Coralie Phanord ’16 Th’17: I currently work as an engineer at Magnopus, a virtual reality and augmented reality company in Los Angeles. My latest project is Coco VR, Pixar’s debut into virtual reality. It’s an adventure into the Disney-Pixar film Coco. Players follow the magical alebrije, or creatures, into the world of Coco, filled with lovable characters and beautiful settings from the film. Here’s a link to the project.

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