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BACK FOR REUNIONS: Left to right, front row: Jim Lyons ’50 Th’51, Robert Kirby ’50 Th’51 Tu’51, Ward Hindman ’65 Th’68, Jerry Boyle ’60 Th’61, Duncan Wood ’70 Th’71; back row: Chris McConnell ’75 Th’76, Ed Keible ’65 Th’66, Dave Beattie ’65 Th’66, Bob Lichtenwalter ’65 Th’66, Peter Gulick ’55 Th’59, John Ballard ’55 Th’56 Tu’56, Dwight Macomber ’70 Th’71. Photograph  by Kathryn LoConte.
BACK FOR REUNIONS: Left to right, front row: Jim Lyons ’50 Th’51, Robert Kirby ’50 Th’51 Tu’51, Ward Hindman ’65 Th’68, Jerry Boyle ’60 Th’61, Duncan Wood ’70 Th’71; back row: Chris McConnell ’75 Th’76, Ed Keible ’65 Th’66, Dave Beattie ’65 Th’66, Bob Lichtenwalter ’65 Th’66, Peter Gulick ’55 Th’59, John Ballard ’55 Th’56 Tu’56, Dwight Macomber ’70 Th’71. Photograph by Kathryn LoConte.


Warren Daniell ’48 Th’50: One of my professors at Thayer was John Minnich ’29. In the fall of 1951, while working diligently but not too happily for a public utility, I got a call from John. In his folksy drawl, he said he was consulting at a “great engineering company” with an office in Concord, N.H., that needed structural engineers, and I would be a perfect fit. So I talked with Tad Comstock Th’48, who was with the firm (Anderson-Nichols), met with the office manager, negotiated a salary ($100/week), and started work in November. By 1955 I had been transferred to the Boston headquarters with management rather than engineering responsibilities, but I continued to work with John until the mid-1960s. In 1999, now co-owner, and having been responsible for engineering projects worldwide, I sold Anderson-Nichols, staying on with the new firm, Dewberry, as consultant until 2008. I owe it all to John!


Weston G. Bruner ’55 Tu’56 Th’56: I was a Tuck-Thayer major and in the Air Force ROTC. After graduation, I went to work for Westinghouse Electric Corp. A month later I was called to active duty in the Air Force. I spent one and a half years at Griffiss Air Force Base as a second lieutenant and studied radar. When I returned to Westinghouse, after I received an early out from the Air Force, I worked on advanced airborne radar. I was very involved in the development of the radar for the F-16 aircraft. In 1993, after 38 years, I retired from Westinghouse. My wife and I are very active in our church and I play bridge weekly with some friends I have known for a long time. We have done some traveling overseas and throughout Canada and the U.S.A. My son, a plastic surgeon, has three girls. My daughter, a teacher, has two boys.

Philip Coyle ’56 Th’57: For 33 years, from 1959 to 1979 and then later from 1981 to 1993, I worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which was originally called the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory, retiring in 1993. In 1979, during the Carter administration, I left the lab to serve as principal deputy assistant secretary for defense programs in the Department of Energy (DOE). In this capacity I had oversight responsibility for the nuclear weapons research, development, production, and testing programs of the department, as well as the DOE programs in arms control, non-proliferation, and nuclear safeguards and security. I’ve remained in engineering, although I haven’t been in a job that involved detailed engineering calculations and design work since I left the lab. From there, from 1994 to 2001, I served as assistant secretary of defense and director of operational test and evaluation in the Department of Defense (DOD), where I was the longest-serving director in the 25-year history of the office. As director of operational test and evaluation, I had responsibility for overseeing the test and evaluation of more than 200 major defense acquisition systems. This included reporting to the Secretary of Defense and Congress on the adequacy of the DOD testing programs, and on the results from those testing programs. At the DOD my responsibilities also included stewardship of the major range and test facility bases of the DOD, including the large test ranges and test centers the DOD operates from Maryland and Florida to California and Hawaii. After leaving the Pentagon I became a senior advisor to the president of the World Security Institute, and to its Center for Defense Information, a Washington, D.C.-based national security study center where I still serve. In 2005 and 2006, I served on the nine-member Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission appointed by President George W. Bush and nominated by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. The commission was responsible for determining those U.S. military bases and facilities to be closed or realigned beginning in late 2005. On October 28, 2009, the White House announced my nomination to become the associate director for national security and international affairs in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. I was appointed to the position in July of 2010.


Frank Barber ’62: Until two years ago I was at the National Center for Physical Acoustics at the University of Mississippi, directing an Army program trying to stop soldiers from bleeding to death on the battlefield using ultrasonic Doppler and imaging to locate internal bleeding, followed by high-intensity, focused ultrasound to cauterize the wound — all non-invasively. My retirement was concurrent with the loss of hope for early success, and the funding. Timing is everything! My wife, Debbie, and I now live in Golden, Colo., for our “golden” years. Life is hiking, biking, climbing, skiing, etc. With three kids (two Debbie’s and one mine) and two grandkids nearby we are blessed. Retirement feels more like being on sabbatical. I maintain usefulness by teaching cross-country skiing for the Colorado Mountain Club, volunteering at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and, to pay my REI bill, instructing and mentoring students at Red Rocks Community College in its medical imaging program. The Dartmouth Winter CarniVail is the greatest thing since the freshman trip and I recommend it highly to any of you out there who want to get together with old friends and a few faculty and staff from the College. It’s a three-day weekend every February, organized by graduates of Dartmouth and its affiliated schools who live in Vail, Colo. Skiing is optional, so they say.

John Pearse ’62: I married my childhood sweetheart two weeks after graduation — my best life decision. I founded a software company in 1979; grew it for 25 years to a very respectable size, and sold it for a bundle in 2004. Now I’m enjoying my wife and the good life in Florida during the winter, and the grandchildren in Connecticut during the summer. Who could ask for anything more?

Thomas E. Brady ’66 Th’68: I am the interim dean for the Judith Herb College of Education at the University of Toledo (UT). Prior to this I was the founder and chairman of Plastic Technologies Inc. and six related companies in plastic packaging, plastics technology development, and plastics recycling. Before that I was vice president of plastics technology for Owens-Illinois Inc., where I directed the technical activities for all plastic product lines. I sit on the Ohio governor’s Third Frontier Advisory Board and served as a trustee for the Medical University of Ohio and the New University of Toledo from 2005 to 2009. I’m active in the Society of Plastics Engineers and the American Chemical Society, and serve on the boards of the Ohio Polymer Strategy Council, the Regional Growth Partnership, the Toledo Symphony, the UT Innovation Enterprise Corp., and the engineering advisory boards for the materials science department at the University of Michigan and the College of Engineering at UT. My wife, Betsy, and I have three married children, and I spend my spare time playing the piano, restoring classic cars, and working in my woodshop with my grandchildren.

Tom Brady  and wife Betsy
Tom Brady and wife Betsy. Photograph courtesy of Tom Brady.


Chris Yule ’70: I am the president of Yule Development Co., a real estate development firm based in Newton Center, Mass., that focuses on energy-efficient commercial rehab projects. Our Abbot Mill project in Westford, Mass., looks like it’s finally about to go into its main construction phase. Securing financing has been difficult because of the financial and political climate, but now appears to be coming together via local banks. This will allow the final renovations to take place to convert the historic mill complex to residential housing. During the past three years we have been constructing two levels of parking underneath the existing structure, and also built a tunnel under a part of the building to gain access. This proved to be an extraordinary engineering challenge because of the complex structural issues and also because of the two canals running under the complex, but that work is now complete. (It had to be done before the rest of the work could proceed.) The project also includes one building that will be dismantled and moved across the site. Also, I wrote an article on energy conservation that was published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that proposes we consider recycling energy as a means of getting off our addiction to oil. This is done via hybrid vehicles, which are commonly misunderstood as an energy recycling technology. The article mentions Thayer School’s Formula Hybrid program as a powerful example of the progress already being made in hybrids.

Chris Yule will turn the historic Abbot Mill in Newton, Mass., into environmentally friendly housing. Photograph courtesy of Chris Yule.
Chris Yule will turn the historic Abbot Mill in Newton, Mass., into environmentally friendly housing. Photograph courtesy of Chris Yule.

J.R. Bartlett ’72 Th’73: I’m retired now. I currently spend my time totally involved in charitable activities — Habitat for Humanity, teaching life skills to those in need, community leadership, etc. A 180-degree about-face from a career in engineering. I managed to accumulate a sizeable retirement portfolio and now I am driven by two things: the desire to give back, and the God-inspired imperative of the parable of the talents.

Bob Tsigonis ’72 Th’73: I am the president and owner of Lifewater Engineering Co. in Fairbanks, Alaska. I started Lifewater as an environmental engineering consulting company in January of 1998. In 1999, some friends asked me to design an above-ground sewage treatment plant for their house on permafrost. They wanted a system that would not put heat into the ground, causing the permafrost to thaw. I designed a system and eventually received U.S. and Canadian patents on it. Lifewater morphed into a manufacturing company that designs and manufactures sewage treatment plants for extremely cold climates and harsh environments. We also offer cold regions engineering consulting and I teach portions of a cold region engineering short course at the University of Washington four times per year. I recently did the conceptual design and guided my small team of engineers and fabricators through detailed design and fabrication of a fun sewage treatment project on Mount Washington, N.H., “home of the world’s worst weather.” Waste-water treatment has been one of the greatest challenges on the mountain due to a steadily increasing number of summer visitors, large seasonal variations in flow, and the complexities of discharging into a sensitive alpine environment during harsh winter conditions. Now the effluent product is close to drinking water quality and much better for the environment.

Steve Askey ’76 Th ’77: I’m still with Schlumberger Oilfield Services, after 32 years, as an international accounts manager. I repatriated to Houston in February 2008 after about 10 years in Indonesia. I also came back with an Indonesian wife, the second one for me, after divorcing in 1998. I’ve been in the technical sales and marketing side of Schlumberger for most of my career, after spending five years as a field engineer working on rigs offshore in the Gulf of Mexico and a couple of years as an applications development engineer in New Orleans. I’m currently working on a retirement plan, I hope by 2011, with the idea of either working for an operator (the other side of the desk!) or hitting the beach and being a Walmart greeter to keep busy and out of the house (and keep my wife happy). I still play the guitar whenever possible, for sanity now rather than money. The louder the better. Also try to work out, golf, run, etc., although recent rotator cuff surgery has put a damper on that — can’t have anything to do with age.

Doug Cogswell ’77: I am using my Thayer School skills to lead Advizor Solutions, a well-regarded data discovery and analysis software company that leverages in-memory-data-management and data visualization technology, which I spun out of Bell Labs. Advizor is enabling business people to understand their business data without relying on others to prepare data or interpret the results. I live in the Chicago area with my wife, Kim. Our son, Dan, just received his Ph.D. from MIT and is working on advanced battery technology there. Our older daughter, Heather, is in Zambia working on HIV/Aids prevention programs and will attend grad school in public health at Johns Hopkins next year. Our younger daughter, Brenna, is a student at Mount Holyoke.


Kim Quirk ’82 Th’83: I recently moved from the Boston area back to the Upper Valley after 27 years in various high-tech jobs. I started a renewable energy company called the Energy Emporium. The goal of the company is to provide information, demonstrations, products, and support for people who want to decrease their dependence on fossil fuels and their energy use and help take better care of the environment. I have two retail stores and provide full-service sales, installation, and support for solar hot water systems, solar electric, and wind and water turbines as well as energy monitoring devices, LED bulbs, and energy-efficient and sustainable products. My husband and I are renovating an 1860s house into my business and our home (on the upper floors). This will be a zero-net-energy house, which means all of our energy usage for heating or running appliances will be generated onsite from renewable sources. We have built an annual water/sand storage tank that is being heated by thermal solar collectors all summer. It will provide the heat we need next winter. The house will be super-insulated, cutting down the requirement for heat to a lot less than the Energy Star rating for this house. The solar collector will continue to provide some heat in the winter, but most of the heat will come from the stored energy we are putting in there this summer. We will have solar photovoltaic modules on the roof to provide the needed electrical energy. I am blogging about conservation, renewable energy products and ideas, as well as details on the house renovation project.

Michael Collette ’84: I am CEO of Healthy Advice Networks, a provider of patient education programs for physician office and hospital environments.

Sumit Guha Th’88: I will complete 10 years with Intel this year and have a sabbatical planned for next year. I’m an engineering manager in the latest technology node (45nm), and lead two metals process technology groups. I’m about to complete my advanced program management degree from Stanford and am changing my career focus and coming back to Tuck School for executive education this summer. My wife, Aruna, is also an Intel employee, and we have two daughters, 11-year-old Indira and 2-year-old Ishya. Life is hectic. We’ve lived in New Mexico since 2009. I’m traveling a lot nowadays — Australia, Asia, and Europe in the past few years and Africa planned for 2011. My advice to other Thayer alums: It was awesome going back to Thayer after 19 years and meeting my professors. For those who haven’t done it, you should try it.


Brian Crounse ’94 Th’95: I’ve been appointed to the Concord, Mass., municipal light board. This board oversees the activities of the Concord Municipal Light Plant, our town electric utility. We’re implementing a smart-grid project and looking closely at a megawatt-scale solar installation in town. I was primarily an environmental engineer at Thayer and later at MIT. My day job is still principal at Carlisle & Co., a small supply chain consulting company in Concord, where I’ve been for a decade.

Vishal Gupta Th’94: I am a vice president at Cisco Systems and have completed two years of a three-year international assignment to Bangalore, India, where Cisco has established a globalization center and its second world headquarters. I lead global delivery of advanced services for Cisco and have established a network of global delivery centers in India, China, Jordan, and Mexico, with almost 700 engineers. I am also incubating innovative healthcare solutions for the East out of Bangalore to enable affordable access to healthcare for all. My family (wife Anjali and daughters Meera and Richa) and I are all having a great time in Bangalore.

Heather Harries Adv’97: I started a medical device consulting company in 2009 and am keeping quite busy! I am now the proud mother of a daughter who is 3 and a son who just turned 1. I live with them and my husband, David, in south Florida.

Heather Harries and family. Photograph courtesy of Heather Harries.
Heather Harries and family. Photograph courtesy of Heather Harries.

Andrea “Andi” Korber ’98: I’m an architect working in Colorado for Land+Shelter, a cross-disciplinary firm that does planning, development, and architecture. I’ve been here three years now, working on a mix of commercial, institutional, and residential projects, both new buildings and remodels, and have even been able to develop some renewable energy projects.

IN THE LEED: Andrea Korber ’98 helped design and build this residential project to LEED platinum standards. Photograph courtesy of Land+Shelter.
IN THE LEED: Andrea Korber ’98 helped design and build this residential project to LEED platinum standards. Photograph courtesy of Land+Shelter.

A LEED-platinum interior. Photograph courtesy of Land+Shelter.
A LEED-platinum interior. Photograph courtesy of Land+Shelter.

After Dartmouth I went to design school for an architecture master’s at Harvard, which I graduated from in 2002. I have been working since then in architecture.

My current job expands the architect title into planner/developer as well, and Land+Shelter is totally connected to the rural community where we’re located. We just finished remodeling the old elementary school into a nonprofit center, and I’m renting an art studio space in the building. I love knowing all the players in our projects — the neighbors, the town. We recently completed a super-efficient residential project that we designed and built to LEED-platinum standards. The home includes some pretty incredible geometry and structural moments that sprang from a site concept. We modeled the roof in-house and I worked with the structural engineer to design and size the visible members. It was a moment where my engineering background came in handy in my architectural career.


Kate Baus Bogumil Th’05: My husband Thomas and I would like to announce the birth of our daughter, Sophie, on May 4, 2010. We are still enjoying life in Germany!

Eric Gruber ’07: I started medical school in August at the University of Massachusetts. For the past two years, I’ve been working in a medical physics lab at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. At the lab, I did R&D work on several portable devices to detect muscle atrophy and elemental deficiencies in aging populations.

Mukta Acharya Th’08: I graduated from the M.E.M. program in December ’07. After graduating, I started working with Kaiser Associates, a boutique management consulting firm in Washington, D.C. At Kaiser, I worked on several strategy projects in the technology, telecommunications, and manufacturing fields. After almost two years with Kaiser, I am now working with CVS Caremark in their retail strategic product development group. In both my previous and current job, I have been able to put engineering and business concepts that I learned at Dartmouth into practice. For example: I was working on an operational strategy project for a global flour manufacturing company. I was the only engineer in my team and was able to understand and perform in depth analysis around their manufacturing process. At the same time, I was able to apply my business skills to give some recommendations on process improvements to increase efficiency and lower costs. Overall, this project was a success and my Thayer experience and learning played a key role in the final outcome of the project.

Elizabeth Jensen Th’08: I just finished my second year as a Ph.D. candidate in the mechanical and aerospace engineering department at Princeton University. I am working on designing instrumentation for telescopes to take pictures of exoplanets (planets orbiting stars besides our sun). Also, I recently got engaged and will be married next year in Princeton, N.J.

Laura Weyl Th’08: I’ve repositioned my trajectory since Thayer a number of times from product development to management consulting to ATDynamics (a Tuck/Thayer startup) and back to school for structural engineering. I graduated with my M.S. this spring from Stanford and am figuring out my next move. I hope to find something in northern California, allowing me to continue my love affair with the lifestyle here. Between Tahoe, Yosemite, Emigrant Wilderness, Big Basin, Marin, the Bay Area in general, I’ve found the ultimate playground for non-work time and am not ready to give that up. I’m spending time and in touch with a number of Thayer grads out here (there is a surprising number!). I hope to find a position with an environmentally conscious structural design firm in the Bay Area before I go broke paying off my student loans!

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