College of Engineering Alumni Class Notes


In Memoriam

Thomas Hanratty, PhD, ’47 ChE

Thomas Hanratty, PhD, ’47 ChE, died on August 24, 2016. A leading researcher in the field of fluid mechanics, he invented electrochemical methods that allow measurement closer to a wall than had previously been possible. These provided new understanding of turbulence, mass transfer and the behavior of chemical reactors. He was a leader in establishing industrial important multiphase flows as a new academic discipline by relating macroscopic behavior to small-scale interactions. Dr. Hanratty was a member of the faculty of the University of Illinois from 1953 to 1997 and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. The American Institute of Chemical Engineers named him one of the most influential chemical engineers of the post-World War II era. More


Spring 2017



Fr. Paul Morrissey ’61 CE, OSA published an op-ed on forgiveness in the Philadelphia Inquirer.



James D. Adams ’84 CE

James D. Adams ’84 CE, PE has joined KS Engineers as a vice president. Mr. Adams is responsible for managing KSE’s Construction Engineering and Inspection and Quality Assurance services for the Port Authority of NY & NJ’s Goethals Bridge Replacement Project. 

Bill HagenBurger ’87 CE, plant engineer for Beaver Water District (AR), received an at-large appointment to the American Water Works Association’s Engineering and Construction Division. HagenBurger joined the water district in 2001. 

Babu Veeregowda ’87 MSCE

Babu Veeregowda ’87 MSCE, PE, PTOE, AVS, joined HNTB Corporation's Northeast Division as chief transportation/traffic engineer and vice president. He is based in the firm's New York City office.



Drew Lakatos’s ’92 EE

Drew Lakatos’s ’92 EE company ActiveProtective has raised $5.6M for its airbag for the elderly. It was featured on the Emmy-winning TV show Exploration Earth 2050 in November 2016, and in January exhibited at CES where it was awarded for “Technology that Improves Lives.”  ActiveProtective is backed by one of the largest airbag companies in the world, as well as several national senior care providers, and the company is gearing up for pilot while raising its Series A commercialization round.

Paul DuRoss ’94 CE has been named vice president at CTA Construction in Waltham, MA. In this role, DuRoss will lead the operations department, focusing on project execution, client satisfaction and overseeing project superintendents and project managers.


Fall 2016



William M. Brown ’84 ME, ’87 MSME

William M. Brown ’84 ME, ’87 MSME, President and Chief Executive Officer, Harris Corporation, has been named to the executive committee of the Aerospace Industries Association. As the voice of American aerospace and defense, AIA advocates for policies and responsible budgets that keep our country strong, bolster our capacity to innovate, and spur our economic growth.


Ron Salerno ’92 EE

Ron Salerno ’92 EE was named Vice President of Strategic Marketing for Red Lion Controls in York, Pa. More.

Drew Lakatos ’92 EE’s healthcare startup, ActiveProtective, raised its third round of funding and was featured on Season 3 of the Emmy-winning TV show Xploration Earth2050.  His company developed a belt that uses wearable airbags to protect the hips of older adults. The episode aired in October on FOX and is now streaming on Hulu.

David Wissing ’97 CE and his wife Meredith welcomed the birth of their daughter Addison on September 16th, 2016.  This is their second child.

Joseph Cahill, PE, ’98 CE has joined HNTB Corporation as project delivery officer and associate vice president for the firm's Massachusetts operations. He is based in HNTB's Boston office.  More.


Dennis McMahon ’05 ME

Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, one of the world’s leading intellectual property law firms, promoted Dennis McMahon ’05 ME to partner. McMahon practices general intellectual property law with an emphasis on patent litigation, where he has substantial experience representing clients in a variety of technologies, ranging from consumer electronics to pharmaceuticals.

TranSystems Corp., an engineering and architecture solutions consulting firm, has hired Dana Shaeffer, PE, ’09 MSCE as its new senior project manager.


Spring 2016


Wilmington-based intellectual property law firm Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel L.L.P hired IP attorney Paul E. Crawford ’61 ME, ’64 VLS. Crawford previously was a partner and member of the Asian Pacific practice at Novak Druce Connolly Bove & Quigg L.L.P. for nearly 45-years. 


Roger Heebner ’72 CE, ’78 MSCE

Roger Heebner ’72 CE, ’78 MSCE has been appointed freight rail market principal in the Philadelphia office of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global engineering and professional services organization. 

Loureiro Contractors, Inc. in Plainville, CT, has promoted Pasquale “Pat” E. Corsetti '75 CE to the position of vice president.



Capt. Michael Donnelly ’89 ME

Nelson Shaffer ’81 MSTE, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer at Pennoni, has been recognized as a “Legend” by the Philadelphia chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services. The award honors A/E/C professionals who have spent their career supporting marketing efforts of their firm.

Peter Fong ’86 ME

The National Automobile Dealers Association has hired Peter Fong ’86 ME as senior vice president of dealership operations.

Lou Belmonte, '88 CE has been promoted to be PennDOT’s Assistant District Executive for services in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Capt. Michael Donnelly ’89 ME

Capt. Michael Donnelly ’89 ME, U.S Navy, has been named commander of the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) based in Yokosuka, Japan. Capt. Donnelly is a naval flight officer with more than 3,000 flight hours and 990 carrier landings.

Deborah Watkins ’89 MSWREE

Aqua America, Inc. hired Deborah Watkins ’89 MSWREE as its new director of water quality and environmental compliance. 



Brian O'Rourke, PE '90 ME was named Outstanding Engineer of the year by the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers. O'Rourke is the Executive Director of Facilities at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, NJ.

Carl Valentino ’90 CE

Carl Valentino ’90 CE has been named Director, Construction Advisory Services for Vidaris, a leading building envelope, energy efficiency, engineering and code consultancy firm. In this role, he will lead and build out Vidaris’ Construction Advisory department.

Alex Houseal, PE, ’93 CE, MSCE

Alex Houseal, PE, ’93 CE, MSCE has been promoted to Regional Vice President for the Northeast Region at TranSystems Corporation. In this new position, Houseal will manage growth and market expansion, business development, client relationships, and the day-to-day operations of six offices in the region.

Charles Kahler '95 CE '00 MSCE was recently promoted to Vice President at the engineering firm MWH Global.

JoAnn Garbin '98 ME

JoAnn Garbin '98 ME has been named chief innovation officer at Aircuity in Newton, MA. Most recently she acted as Aircuity’s vice president of product management.


Andrew Blasetti ’04

Andrew Blasetti ’04, an associate with Thornton Tomasetti, was named one of Engineering News Record’s (ENR) MidAtlantic Top 20 Under 40.

Kristin Leese  '06 MSCE

Kristin Leese  '06 MSCE, The Philadelphia Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has cited Kristin Leese as its Young Government Engineer of the Year for 2016.

Michael Bacci ’07 ME

Michael Bacci ’07 ME co-founded Zippy Bites, an organic chocolate truffle energy snacks company that recently began its official national roll-out


Raquel Burlotos ’14 CE, ’15 MSCE

Raquel Burlotos ’14 CE, ’15 MSCE is a staff engineer-in-training in the Tacoma office of Landau Associates, a geotechnical and environmental engineering firm.