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Henry Keck ’43 Tu’44 Th’44: Three years ago I retired from the firm Keck-Craig Inc., which I founded in 1951. Since then I’ve been very busy with inventors from all over the United States who need help in getting their inventions ready for production. I write business plans for them to help raise money. I’ve also written a new book, How Design Changed America.

Robert Sundblad ’44 Th’48: I retired from active engineering work in 1989. I moved to Florida in 1994 from Marion, Mass. I have served as president of our local engineering society for several years here in Florida. Otherwise, I enjoy a quiet retirement watching boats and the world go by from our waterfront property.

Bob Pretat ’46 Th’48: I just returned to Virginia from Dartmouth, where we drove for the class of 1946 65th reunion. I have only been to my 50th reunion, previously living farther away in Texas and Florida. I live in the Tampa area six months of the year but now have a home in southwest Virginia during the summer and fall. I called Paul Lacke ’46 Th’48 about the reunion, but he couldn’t make it. I haven’t been involved in engineering since I retired from a cement company in 1989, starting there in 1948 when I left Thayer School. Lafarge ended up being the largest cement company in the world—I helped a little. My life has been recently blessed with a new soulmate, Carol, after my wife of almost 52 years died in 2002. Between travel and hobbies—mine is genealogy—we keep busy. I’m working on my fourth book, and more beckon me.

Charles Quinn ’47 Th’47: I was one of the approximately 25 Navy and Marine Corp V-12 members, all Thayer classmates, who received our degrees in early 1946. It was a wartime program that compressed the eight college semesters into less than three years. Dartmouth, the Navy, and engineering have always been wonderful, happy memories for me. But after two more years in the Navy, I felt that I was being called to the priesthood. I was ordained as a Catholic priest of the Dominican Order at Washington, D.C., in 1955. My first assignment was to Pakistan, where I stayed for 16 years. I was then elected the superior of the Dominicans of New York Province. Following eight years as provincial, I then did much parochial ministry in the States (mostly in Jersey City, N.J., and Pleasantville, N.Y.). I also had another foreign mission assignment to the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. For the past year, I have been at the Dominican Priory in Cincinnati, Ohio, helping out at a large parish, but also being present for the young men who are here in our novitiate, beginning their years of study for the priesthood. I have not remained in engineering, except for those memorable years at Dartmouth and the great group that made up that V-12 portion of the class of Thayer School 1947.

Tad Comstock ’48 Th’48: We have moved into a very nice continuing care facility in Exeter, N.H., known as the Boulders at Riverwoods. I have met a number of Dartmouth grads here. We are looking forward to making my class of ’48 mini-reunion next fall.


Pete Knoke ’55 Th’56: I’m a full-time associate professor of software engineering at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. I teach graduate and undergraduate courses in computer science and software engineering, conduct and publish research in software engineering, mentor students, and perform the usual other university service activities. I’m working on a book titled Legal Issues for Software Engineers. For several years I have performed volunteer work for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society (test development for the IEEE computer software development associate and professional as well as the evolving nationwide software engineering professional engineer program). I do this work because I believe more professionalism might help in improving software quality. I am 77 years old and am thinking of retiring; my children and grandchildren in Florida complain that we don’t get to see each other very often.

Stanley Sklar ’55 Th’56: My first engineering job was as a summer intern at the Bell Telephone Laboratory, working on a vacuum tube project. After graduating from Thayer in 1956 my engineering career moved on to the design of aerospace data processing and display systems based on digital transistor logic circuits, then integrated circuits, then microprocessors, hybrid circuits to reduce size, and finally custom integrated circuits. In 1972–73 I designed the command/control display system for Boeing’s AWACS airplane that was based on the first 1,024-bit (128 byte) memory chip. We received the serial number 1 chip from National Semiconductor Corp. in 1973. Today chip capacities reach one megabyte and beyond. Since I graduated at a time of transition from vacuum tubes to the digital world, the components and digital system design techniques were not yet taught at Thayer. They had to be learned on the job and through night courses at local universities. I think there is a message here. In retirement my technical activities are limited to keeping up with the ever-growing advances in personal computing and communications. I am an avid follower of national and international affairs. Also, I have become obsessed with ballet. I attend a performance every week when one is playing in N.Y.C. I go to Broadway shows and museums and take long walks. When my wife was alive we took yearly trips, to Russia, China, Spain, England, Israel, Malta. For the last seven years I have been taking yearly trips to Europe with my youngest daughter. I have four grandchildren, ages 13 to 17.

Rick Burkhart ’56: I am owner and CEO of RMB Consulting, which I started 12 years ago after retiring from ExxonMobil Chemical (with more than 32 years of service). The consulting business continues to thrive and that, along with being the president of our local American Contract Bridge League duplicate bridge studio, keeps me active. My wife of 43 years and I enjoy travel and look forward to many more years of semi-retirement.

G. Leonard Neely Jr. ’56: For the past four years I have been confined to home and the local Kaiser health facilities. I now do not drive or take long vacations, so I couldn’t attend my class 55th reunion. For the same reasons I did not attend my 50th M.B.A. reunion at Stanford.

Jerry Allyn ’59 Th’60: I have been retired from engineering activities since 2003. Other than keeping all my equipment running (I take care of 10 acres of land) and maintaining my sailboat, I am not active in any engineering endeavors. Nevertheless, life is good, and I spend time with family, friends, and church. I enjoyed attending my 1959 class reunion in Hanover and found that most of my classmates have retired, too.


Classmates meet at Thayer
REUNION: Classmates meet at Thayer in June. Left to right (all ’61 Th’62 unless otherwise noted): Donald Bake, Daniel Paradis, William Berneking, Peter Tuschak, Arthur Beatty ’61 Th’62 Tu’67, George Whitehead, John Willis, Andrew Urquhart ’61 Th’64 ’71, George Breed, Pablo Gome, Lowell W. Bauer, and Ralph Spencer Jr. Photograph by Douglas Fraser.

Peter Tuschak ’61: Other than doing university teaching for several years, I have been an employee of the DuPont Co. for the last 38. Sometimes a person can prepare for one type of career for years and then circumstances move him into a somewhat different field, which ends up being the perfect fit. I was training to do research, accumulating two bachelor’s, a master’s, and a Ph.D. degree in engineering. I worked about 14 years in research, development, and teaching, but due to circumstances out of my control, I ended up in marketing. It still involves some engineering consulting, but the nature of this is quite different from pure engineering. It turned out to be the perfect fit for me. One never knows what lies ahead.

Mel Meyers ’63 Th’64: I own my own manufacturing company, Bry-Air Inc. We manufacture large equipment to precisely control humidity and temperature in mostly manufacturing operations. I have three children and two granddaughters. My youngest, a daughter, is a junior at Ohio State University. I have stayed in touch with the College through the alumni fund. Plans have been made to spend a week in Portland, Ore., with a group of my Phi Gam brothers.

John Kunz ’65 Th’66: I teach and lead a center in the civil and environmental engineering department at Stanford. I just finished an inspiring 100-person workshop on integrated facility asset planning and management that is enabled with virtual design and construction methods.

Steve Smith ’66 Tu’68 Th’68: I am president of the board of Chikaming Open Lands, a nonprofit land trust in southwest Michigan. We have protected 1,000 acres in the 11 years since four neighbors formed the land trust in 1999. We now have a small staff of three. I also have started a home energy inspection business in southwest Michigan. I conduct energy audits for homeowners that give them an analysis of the energy efficiency of their home and what they can do to improve the energy performance and consequently reduce their energy costs. Most owners of homes over 25 years old can usually save 25 percent of their utility costs if they follow up on my recommendations.


Bob Stevenson ’74 Th’76: I am the COO for TerraSpark Geosciences, a software provider to the oil/gas industry.

Will Fraizer ’78: I am continuing in my senior project engineering role with Chevron in Houston. We are completing the front-end engineering (FEED) phase for our new Wheatstone liquefied natural gas project, which will be built in northwestern Australia. Since Bechtel is providing the engineering support for our FEED, I spend most of my workdays in the Bechtel office near the Houston Galleria. I traveled to Australia for several weeks to assist our staff there in making presentations to the local regulatory authorities on our project. A Greenfield LNG project is a multibillion-dollar development, with a construction phase typically lasting around four years. I enjoy the challenge of continuing to work on world-scale projects. Outside of work, I take advantage of the various cultural activities in the Houston area, like the symphony, museums, and musical performances at the local pubs and clubs. I don’t see too many Thayer alums here in Houston, but I do participate in the periodic Dartmouth alumni events. The various alumni clubs of the Ivy schools, “Seven Sisters,” MIT, etc., also collaborate to sponsor a monthly “InterClub” social hour. I took advantage of my Australian trip to catch up with old friends in Perth (I had two prior work assignments in Perth and lived there a total of about four years). A pleasure of working in the international energy business is that you have friends in many corners of the world.

Martin Sklar Th’78: Presently my company, Automated Medical Instruments Inc., is in the early stages of developing a “game-changing” instrument for treating a major cardiac arrhythmia. We are presently seeking early financing. As we progress through this process I have seen a few Dartmouth alums referenced, and plan to connect with them soon. We will also be trying to connect with electrophysiologists (Drs. Gerling, Greenberg, Holzberger, and Sangha) at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Any contacts within Thayer or the greater Dartmouth community are appreciated. My wife, Janis, is helping along with a team of colleagues. Medical Development Group, which I co-founded in 2001, is the leading grass-roots med-tech business organization in New England, with more than 30 programs per year, almost 2,000 individuals in the network, and more than 400 dues-paying members. This June I am stepping down from the governing board, after serving on it as the organization’s first president and then as a board member for the past seven years. Our offspring Adam is heading back to school to learn and obtain a master’s in project management. Our daughter Jennifer and her husband, Evan, are doing well in a Boston suburb. She works as an account manager for a growing telecom firm and Evan for his dad’s healthy vending company.

Bill Hooper ’79: I’m married to Christy Reid Hooper and have two sons, Will (28) and Christopher (21). I’m a professor of computer science at Belmont University—not exactly engineering, but close!


Pat Guiney ’80: I just finished a nine-year stint at Hologic, managing new product development programs for the diagnostic division. Hologic focuses on women’s health, and my teams developed imaging/microscopy systems for cervical cancer detection as well as an analyzer for quantifying risk of pre-term birth. Next, I am moving on to Philips Medical Systems, where I will be senior program manager in the emergency care and resuscitation division.

Laurie Komornik Hartman ’80 Th’80: I did some engineering early in my career. However, in my journey I branched into a few other areas. I started my own baking business providing desserts for a natural food store. I then got an M.E. in counselor education with an emphasis in community counseling. And I am now working in pastoral care—and have been privileged to work with a few trauma survivors who suffer from dissociative identity disorder (DID). My Thayer education gave me tremendous tools and orientation that I use to this day. Someone with DID is someone with a system—albeit in a human body rather than in a machine.

Donald “Brad” Bradshaw ’82: I run a high-tech clean-energy company in the Boston area that manufactures systems used to power cell towers in developing countries. We manufacture hydrogen purifiers and hydrogen generators that feed pure hydrogen to fuel cells that deliver electricity to the radio transmitters in cell tower installations. The market for our technology is focused in areas of the world where power is either non-existent or unreliable. For context, about 1.5 billion people in the world have no electricity, but want cell phone service. The greatest growth in cellular subscribers in the world is in areas where power constraints are the most significant, especially in Africa, India, and Southeast Asia. The only alternative to fuel cells is diesel generators, which are expensive to operate and unreliable, hence the interest in fuel cell power systems. The company I run, Hy9 Corp., manufactures a system that efficiently and cleanly converts liquid methanol into pure hydrogen, which is fed into polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells to generate electricity. My engineering education at Dartmouth has helped me work with engineers to shape and integrate advanced technologies into practical business products and strategies. Applying sound engineering principles and process in a purposeful and focused manner is critical to overcoming technical challenges in high-tech startups.

Peter Lambert ’82: I am senior VP of Nordson Corp., a multinational company with direct operations in 30 countries. I lead the company’s adhesive dispensing segment, which includes the packaging, product assembly, nonwovens, and web-coating systems product lines. I joined Nordson in 1993 as product development manager in the powder systems group and in 1997 became managing director of Nordson Australia. In 2001 I was named director of corporate development and global business information, responsible for the company’s acquisition activities as well as the integration of information systems across all of Nordson’s geographic locations and businesses. I also chaired the company’s technology strategy committee. In 2003 I was named vice president of packaging and product assembly and was responsible for engineering, product development, product line management, marketing, and communications activities. I was named vice president of EFD Inc. in 2005 and served in that position for four years before being named to my current position in 2009.

Mike Adams ’83: I have been working for Bechtel, the global engineering, construction, and project-management company, for the past 20 years. I am a main board director and president of one of Bechtel’s five global business units, the civil infrastructure business. I am responsible for a number of exciting projects around the world, including a new airport in Qatar, a new offshore port and related industrial zone in Abu Dhabi, a new motorway in Kosovo, an extension of the Washington, D.C., metro toward Dulles Airport, and a new rail line across London. I have lived in London for the past 11 years with my wife and four sons. I have enjoyed my career at the sharp end of building infrastructure around the world, and in so doing, helping enable countries achieve stronger economic growth.

Thane Russell ’84 Th’85: We live in Alberta on a small ranch about halfway between Calgary and the Rockies. My lovely wife Kerri runs an equestrian center that we started about five years ago now and we have 65 horses that board and train there. We also have a small but growing herd of purebred Black Angus cattle. I work in the oil industry at Absolute Completion Technologies when I am not feeding animals, fixing fences, or haying. Every once in a while my partners and I seem to be able to come up with a new bit of kit that people want to pay for, so that’s what covers the bills. However, most of the people who want it seem to live in places like Venezuela, Indonesia, or West Africa, so I spend quite a good deal of time on airplanes. Kerri and I have two children, Paige (18) and Matthew (16). Paige is a freshman at Texas A&M and a member of the equestrian team there. Matthew is a gentle soul who was born with autism. He has a great sense of humor, attends high school (where he is in regular classes with the help of an aide), and generally keeps us smiling. His was a gift of a very unexpected sort, but a blessing all the same.

Mark Gies ’86 Th’88: John de Papp ’86 Th’88 and I were good friends at Dartmouth and Thayer, and we have been working together since 2009 at PanelClaw, a solar energy startup making commercial roof and ground-based solar panel mounting systems. I was the third employee and am VP of Technology and Innovation. John is VP of Western U.S. sales and is employee No. 5. The company is based in Massachusetts with more than 30 employees and offices in Texas, Vermont, and California. We’re always looking for people interested in a career in renewable energy.

John Rajala ’88: I have been keeping a blog as part of my role with Rajala Companies in Bigfork, Minn.


Durward Sobek ’91: I am a professor of industrial engineering at Montana State University, completing my 14th year here. I’ve been doing work in the areas of product development and healthcare delivery systems, applying lean and other industrial engineering principles to those sectors. Starting in September, I’ll be on sabbatical as a visiting professor at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. My wife, Sarah Robbins Sobek ’91, and I would love to connect with Dartmouth folks who may be in the area.

Maureen McGrath Hahn ’92 Th’93: What have Steve Hahn ’92 Th’93 and I been up to? Brendan (13), Clara (11), Eveleen (9), Maeve (7), Delia (5), Quinlin (4), and Tilley (2). We love our crazy life in South Carolina.

Takami Kihara Th’93: I work for Accenture as senior manager and am based in Tokyo. My current responsibility is to lead Asia-Pacific process improvement activities, such as quality assurance, high-risk engagement management, and Capability Maturity Model Integration appraisal and training. As everyone knows, Japan had the worst natural disaster in March. I had to stay at the office in Tokyo since all transportation was stopped. Luckily we are recovering from the disaster; however, we face an electronic power-saving challenge in the summer since we are heavily using air conditioning due to the hot and humid weather. Each company must establish some policies, such as shifting working hours or dates, forcing employees to take longer vacations, or adding extra days off during the summer to save the electronic power as much as possible. I have a wife and three kids. My hobbies are working out, fishing, and reading.

Michael MacAvoy ’93 Th’94: I am a hand surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in south San Francisco. I use my engineering skills both in surgery and in my publications pertaining to fracture fixation and muscle strength testing.

Jim McClellan ’93 Th’95: I’m the bald guy with glasses and blue shirt sitting next to Katherine Knapp Carney in the TIME video of Pratt & Whitney Co., “What it Took to Create a Job for One Bright Engineer.”

Ted Arons Th’94: After graduating from Thayer, I spent three years working as a research scientist for the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, doing geophysics fieldwork in polar regions. Then Fish & Neave, a major New York patent law firm, asked me for assistance understanding petroleum exploration technology. I went to work for the firm in 1998 and have been practicing patent law ever since. I spent about 10 years working for the firm and its successor, Ropes & Gray. For the last four years, I’ve been practicing in New York at my own firm, which I founded with a colleague. I advise major international corporations and startups regarding intellectual property in connection with product development, fundraising, litigation risk, and patent portfolio development. My Thayer education proves its value every day in both legal and technical analysis, whether I’m dealing with telecommunications, energy, mechanics, bioengineering, quantitative analysis, or finance. I invite fellow Thayer and Tuck community members to be in touch.

Ryan Bradeen ’94: I am the cultural affairs officer for education and exchanges for the U.S. State Department, based at the U.S. embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Jim Bradley ’94A: Even though I retired almost four years ago, I continue to work on patents for Navistar. I also continue to use and study the Russian Theory of Inventive Problem Solving. When we are able to slow down, Sue and I love to travel.

Dan Frem ’97 Th’97: I am starting off on a new career, my third, and I hope, last. I recently graduated with a doctorate of veterinary medicine from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and will be an intern next year in Ventura, Calif. I hope to obtain a residency in small animal surgery afterwards. I had worked at Ford Motor Co. with Chris Dorros ’97 Th’98, Sharon Spatz ’96, Jeremy Crane Th’98, and several other Thayer M.E.M. graduates, but after two-plus years I left Ford to return home to Massachusetts to help manage the family business, Cyprian Keyes Golf Club, a public golf and reception facility in Boylston, Mass. After seven years there, I needed a dramatic change and took post-bac classes and applied to vet school. Professor Kennedy wrote a recommendation for my application.

Jan Lammerding Th’97: I just accepted a joint faculty position between the Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. The research in my lab combines engineering and microfabrication approaches with cell and molecular biology techniques to probe the physical properties of cells and how they modulate cellular function under physiological conditions and in disease, with applications ranging from muscular dystrophy and cardiomyopathies to premature aging and cancer.

Stephen Lee ’99 Th’00: I’m working at a stretchable electronics startup, MC10 Inc., in Cambridge, Mass., as their senior electrical engineer. We have several projects but I spend most of my time developing stretchable circuits that lie on an elastomer. In one case, the elastomer is a polyurethane balloon catheter. Our electronics can stretch with the balloon. We map electrophysiological data and perform ablation at the same time on a balloon catheter, simplifying a pulmonary vein isolation procedure. I’m happy to note that we’ve had several Thayer interns here this year. They include Andrew Ceballos ’12, Robert D’Angelo ’08, Roja Nunna Th’12, and Nishan Subedi Dual-Degree ’12.


Joe Brown ’00: I finished a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2010. I’m currently employed as a post-doc research associate there. My research areas include microelectromechanical systems for nanomaterial tensile testing and mechanical and electrical characterization of nanoscale structures and materials. The company I helped start in 2004, NanoComp Technologies Inc., continues to improve its capabilities to produce bulk quantities of high-quality carbon nanotubes and is currently based in Concord, N.H.

Jonas Akermark Th’01: I work for AGA Gas AB (a member of the Linde Group) and market liquified natural gas (LNG) as a fuel for shipping. A major activity included in this work is the distribution net of LNG and being able to supply vessels with LNG from ship to ship. Coming regulations (from International Maritime Organization and the European Union) force shipowners to run their vessels on fuels that reduce sulphur emissions close to zero. The LNG environmental impact is also reduced for CO2 (25 percent), nitrogen oxide (85 percent) and particulate matter (about 0 percent) emissions as well. Apart from AGA, I’m trying to get involved in “early-bird” projects at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Family life dominates my spare time, with our daughter and two sons, 8, 6, and 3.

Mara Winn Th’01: I live in Alexandria, Va., with my husband, Rob Winn ’99, two children, and new puppy. I work for Zeichner Risk Analytics, a small cybersecurity and risk and security governance analysis government consulting firm. I act as the principal program manager, directing programmatic and strategic management support for Department of Homeland Security’s supply-chain risk management program and the management of programs within the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative.

Zac Carman ’02: I’m the CEO of ConsumerAffairs.com.

Gabe Farkas Th’02: We had our first child in September 2009 (a son, Jacob). In October 2010 I accepted a new position as coordinator of basketball analytics with Spurs Sports & Entertainment. It’s a bit of a divergence from engineering. My other grad degree is in statistics, which is what I’m using more in this position.

Jieli Li Th’02: After a few years working as an electrical engineer at Apple headquarters in Silicon Valley, I was assigned by the company to Shanghai, China. I helped establish the first local engineering team and am now the China office’s engineering manager. I manage a team of both hardware and software engineers and look to continue to grow the team in the region. When I’m not busy tinkering with Apple’s next cool gadgets, I devote my time to my twin toddlers, Jennifer and Andrew.

Bob Neill ’03: I spent the last four years working for an energy consulting firm in Atlanta. I left at the beginning of the year to travel in South America and am headed to MIT in August for a master’s in logistics. Although in my last job it varied a lot by project, I think you could say I’m still working in engineering.

Tom Byron ’04: Since my years in law school, I’ve been working as in-house counsel at the MathWorks, a company familiar to all Thayer engineers as the makers of MATLAB. (And Dartmouth is certainly not unfamiliar to us at MathWorks—we’ve got a conference room named Dartmouth, right next to conference rooms MIT and Stanford.) In my spare time, I write intellectual property law review articles. My latest offering was chosen for inclusion in Thomson West’s 2010 Intellectual Property Law Review publication, a collection of what they deem the best intellectual property law review articles of the year. Personally, I’m living in Allston, Mass., with my wonderful wife, Elise Robinson ’05, and two dogs, a 10-year-old Lab hanging around from my days at Dartmouth and a 3-year-old snaggletoothed terrier mutt that does half marathons with me.

Erik Dambach ’04 Th’05: I completed my Ph.D. in aerospace engineering at Purdue University. My dissertation’s title is “Ignition of Hypergolic Propellants.” I moved to Los Angeles to join SpaceX as a propulsion development engineer working on the Dragon capsule.

Tara Ryan Rahemba Th’04: In 2009 I joined the law firm Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP as a patent attorney. I practice in the firm’s Hartford, Conn., office and my focus thus far has been on patent litigation relating to pharmaceuticals and medical devices, as well as FDA/regulatory issues unique to pharmaceuticals.

Riad Khan ’05 Th’06: After graduation I spent five years outside of the engineering field and one and a half of those years searching for a job during the recession. In mid-June, I started a new position in energy management at Toronto Hydro, where the M.E.M. is certain to come in handy.

Min Song Th’05: I became a full professor in Central South University in Changsha in September 2010. And I was also named a New Century Excellent Talents in University by the ministry of education of the People’s Republic of China.

Adams Baker ’06: Improving the energy efficiency of commercial and industrial infrastructure can be a lot like buying a new hybrid car: It can be difficult to determine how much energy and money you’re actually saving. I work as an energy engineer and am developing statistical models for our customers who make large investments in energy-saving technology (often based upon our recommendations) so we can show them how much money and energy they are actually saving on an ongoing basis, even as conditions change going into the future.

Josh Kjenner Th’06: After four year of doing energy and daylight simulation and research at an architecture firm, I’m going back to school to become an architect. I’ll be starting school at the University of British Columbia in the fall.

Chuck Rosenwasser ’06: I earned a master’s of engineering in product architecture and engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., in 2010. The program is part of the mechanical engineering department and is directed by John Nastasi, a practicing architect. The program operates as a design studio, encouraging students to work on self-directed projects while applying theory from the coursework. Courses I took outside the core studio work were sustainable engineering, physical computing, numerical optimization, parametric design, and active and passive heating and cooling analyses. I am currently a product engineer at OXO, where I am part of a team that develops water bottles, travel mugs, thermometers, scales, baking tools, and other consumer products. It’s a great place to work and I’m really enjoying it!

Mukta Acharya Th’07: I use quantitative and analytical skills that I gained from my engineering education to solve real-world problems in the healthcare industry. I have been working with CVS Caremark since 2010. I started off working as an analyst in the retail strategic product development group, performing analytics to understand the performance of various pharmacy products and then help implement strategies to improve these products. Just this month, I was promoted to a senior analyst role in a different group, called enterprise strategy and analytics. I am working on a program called pharmacy advisor, which is focused on improving healthcare outcomes and reducing the overall healthcare costs. So far I really enjoy my job.

Jing Tan Th’07: I’m currently working in Bonn, Germany, for the logistics company DHL. I’m working on lean projects (Six Sigma, continuous improvement, etc.) in warehouses.

Wei Xing Th’07: I am currently working as a client manager at a Swedish financial technology firm in New York.

Ada Danaher Th’08: After graduating from the M.E.M. program, I was hired by Eaton for their engineering and technology leadership program. I was a product engineer for Eaton Automotive, supercharger division, for one year in Michigan, functional excellence product engineer for Eaton industrial sector in Minnesota for one year, and now I’m the lead design engineer for Eaton Aerospace, conveyance systems division, in Warwick, R.I.

Elizabeth Jensen Th’08: I just completed my third year of graduate school (out of five) for a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering at Princeton University. This summer I married George Young. I look forward to returning to Dartmouth next year for graduation to see friends graduate.

Watson Sallay ’08: For a little more than a year I’ve been working in Seattle at a company called Electroimpact. We specialize in providing assembly automation for aircraft manufacturers, both in tooling and robotics. The project I’m working on is an assembly line for the wings of a new business executive jet for Embraer. It has allowed me to work abroad in Brazil and Portugal and has provided some excellent design challenges.

Matt Wallach Th’08: After completing a two-year development program with BMW MC in Greenville, S.C., I moved over to Munich in January for an 18-month ex-pat assignment. I’m working on engineering development for the next generation X5, which should be released to the market around the end of 2013.

Katie Gray ’09 Th’09: I graduated in 2009 with the B.E. from Thayer and have been working as an engineer ever since. I currently work as a development engineer for Encana Corp., Canada’s largest natural gas producer. My current role is in the regulatory and government relations group where I am able to work across the company on many different projects. In my latest project I helped to submit 11 applications to the Ministry of Energy and Mines in British Columbia requesting $55 million under its infrastructure program. This program promotes putting production from stranded wells online by granting 50 percent of the project cost to the producer, which greatly helps the economics of certain projects within the Encana portfolio. We will hear back in early September on the results of the projects that we submitted. I hope they will grant us at least $30 million!

Andrew Herchek Th’09: I have been working in Taiwan for the last six months for their government, refurbishing and upgrading various government owned-equipment. Because of the island’s hot and humid climate, the mechanical equipment requires specialized maintenance and technology in order to keep operational. In addition to maintenance, we work with their government to install and upgrade communications equipment, hardware, and software to modernize their older equipment. Some of the challenges we face are collaborating between our offices in the United States and in Taiwan, time zone (12-hour difference, EST) and travel time (about 30 hours), and, of course, the language barrier and cultural differences. I’m grateful that I’m able to work directly or indirectly with fellow Thayer alums Andrew Pitts Th’08, Jason Rathbone Th’02, and Chris Castonguay ’96 Th’97.

Andrew Herchek Th’09 works with engineers in Pingtung City, Taiwan.
INTERNATIONAL TEAM: Andrew Herchek Th’09 (center, in the dark blue shirt) works with engineers in Pingtung City, Taiwan. Photograph courtesy of Andrew Herchek.

Emily Koepsell ’09 Th’10: I’m finishing up my Fulbright Scholarship studying sustainable energy with a focus on energy savings in the built environment at the Technical University of Denmark. I’ve had an incredible year here studying engineering, learning Danish, visiting museums and historical sites, and making friends with Danes and other international students. This opportunity has enabled me to learn a lot about a field of engineering that greatly interests me, but I think that the most valuable part has been the intercultural experience.

Emily Koepsell ’09 Th’10 visits Legoland.
STUDY BREAK: While in Denmark on a Fulbright Scholarship, Emily Koepsell ’09 Th’10 visits Legoland. Photograph courtesy of Emily Koepsell.

Lauren Miller ’09: I’ve been living in Chicago since last September and finished up my first year in a Ph.D. program at Northwestern University studying mechanical engineering (yes, still in engineering!). I’m working in the laboratory for intelligent mechanical systems there.

Nolan Reis Th’09: I live in San Francisco and work as an engineer for Tesla Motors. I am on the propulsion team designing the motor for our next electric car, the Model S. I am loving it.

Steve Walker ’09: I started a new position as a project engineer for Stanadyne Corp. in Windsor, Conn., as of June 6. Previously, I was working as a management trainee for Praxair in Austin, Texas, so this new job marks my transition back to engineering after a short hiatus to develop my project management skills. Stanadyne is a fuel systems manufacturer, and I’m working on developing their line of common-rail diesel injection pumps.


Claire McKenna ’10: I am enthusiastically employed as an energy engineer at Solar Design Associates in Harvard, Mass. We specialize in custom photovoltaic (PV) system designs, but we also work on solar thermal and wind power systems. It’s my job, as part of a small team of architects and engineers, to design PV systems from the feasibility stage through many iterations to construction documents. At home I’m attempting to make rustic furniture and assembling a portfolio for my application to M.Arch. programs.

For more photos, visit our Alumni Events and People and Summer 2011 sets of images on Flickr.

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