College of Engineering Alumni Class Notes

 

Summer 2018

 

1980s

Dwight C. Johnson ’84 CE, DO

Dwight C. Johnson ’84 CE, DO, was ordained to the permanent diaconate for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia by Archbishop Charles J. Chaputis. He is a member of St. Agnes Parish in West Chester where he resides with his wife Kimberly. He is a physician with Penn Medicine.

 

1990s

Dana Rao ’91 EE

In June, Adobe appointed Dana Rao ’91 EE as executive vice president and General Counsel. In this position he will oversee all of Adobe’s legal and government relations matters.

During his six-year tenure overseeing Adobe’s intellectual property and litigation teams, Rao has managed the company’s litigation efforts as well as its patent, trademark and copyright portfolio strategies. Prior to Adobe, Rao was with Microsoft for 11 years, serving in a variety of roles including Associate General Counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing, where he oversaw all patent matters for Microsoft’s entertainment and devices division.

 

2000s

Adam Siegrist ’05 ME, PE

Adam Siegrist ’05 ME, PE, a senior project manager in the energy solutions group in the Fairfax office, was promoted to associate.

2010s

Austin Scaplen ’17 MSSE has been hired by the Maine Water Company as an engineer. He will provide technical support and service to all of Maine Water’s public water systems. His focus will be supporting the annual capital improvement program and operating the GIS, hydraulic simulation and asset management software systems employed to properly maintain and store Maine Water’s electronic records.

 

Spring 2018

 

1970s

Vincent Gallagher ’74 CE, PE

HNTB Corporation has added Vincent Gallagher ’74 CE, PE, to its team as a senior program manager in the firm's national program management and construction management practice for transit and rail, and senior vice president.

 

1980s

Joe Buggy ’85 ME

Joe Buggy ’85 ME has been named Chief Operating Officer for TaskUs, the leading customer support solutions provider for high-growth tech and legacy companies seeking digital transformation. Buggy is the company’s first COO and will play a pivotal role in the next phase of TaskUs’ growth.

Mark Plansky ’88 EE joined Janney Montgomery Scott’s Securitised Sales Group in Boston as Managing Director.

Steve Tarallo ’89 ME

Steve Tarallo ’89 ME has joined Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, as an associate vice president and manager of the water/wastewater practice in the firm’s Baltimore, Maryland, office. With more than 28 years of experience in the municipal water and wastewater industry, Tarallo has been involved in a wide variety of water and wastewater engineering solutions, including process technology selection and design for advanced treatment, energy efficiency, and resource recovery.

 

2000s

Ramana Kumar Vinjamuri ’04 MSEE, PhD

Ramana Kumar Vinjamuri ’04 MSEE, PhD, received the 2018 Harvey N. Davis Distinguished Teaching Assistant Professor Award at Stevens Institute of Technology where he is Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering.

Robert Liberato ’05 CE

Recently named to ENR MidAtlantic’s “Top Young Professionals,” Robert Liberato ’05 CE has been with IMC Construction for 12 years and has been promoted to partner and senior project manager. As a leader of technology innovation at IMC, Liberato has established a project implementation technical platform unparalleled in the industry. He has been responsible for some of IMC’s most complex projects, including the $150 million expansion of the King of Prussia Mall.

Lauren Ohotzke ’09 CE, PE

Lauren Ohotzke ’09 CE, PE has been named Young Professional of the Year for 2018 by the American Council of Engineering Companies’ New Jersey Chapter.

 

Fall 2017

 

1970s

Construction management firm Hill International appointed Michael V. Griffin ’74 CE, ’79 MSCE, PE, Regional President, Americas. Griffin, formerly the company’s Senior Vice President & Regional Manager for the U.S. Mid-Atlantic Region, started his career with Hill International in 1981 and most recently led Hill’s project consulting services for the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States.

 

1980s

John L. Buckley ’83 ChE

John L. Buckley ’83 ChE was named president and chief executive officer of Wilbur-Ellis Companies, leading international marketers and distributors of agricultural products, animal feed and specialty chemicals and ingredients. Buckley previously served as chief executive of the U.S. subsidiary of France's Air Liquide. 

Jonathan Meisel ’84 ME

Jonathan Meisel ’84 ME has been named senior vice president for CBRE’s Central New Jersey region. He has more than 30 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, having focused on data centers, collocation, corporate real estate and multi-market portfolio management.

 

1990s

Darlene Sullivan ’90 EE

Darlene Sullivan ’90 EE has been selected as director, Undersea Warfare Electromagnetic Maneuver Systems at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport, Rhode Island. 

Steve Alessi ’91 ME

Steve Alessi ’91 ME has been promoted to president of NJ Advance Media. He was previously the company’s Chief Revenue Officer. 

Tom Himmel ’91 ChE

Tom Himmel ’91 ChE has been named CEO of the RiteScreen Company. His 26-year career in the building products and chemical manufacturing sectors includes most recently serving as Vice President Americas and Engineered Foams for Armacell LLC. 

Christopher Hannum ’95 MSWREE, PE

Army veteran Christopher Hannum ’95 MSWREE, PE, was named a principal on Entech's executive leadership team. He joined the company in 2012, and oversees engineering for water and wastewater projects, helping clients make more informed decisions as they invest in their infrastructure systems. 

Ronald Jakominich ’95 CE, PE

Professional services firm Dewberry promoted Ronald Jakominich ’95 CE, PE, to associate vice president in their Fairfax, VA headquarters. Jakominich has more than 21 years of experience as a civil and transportation engineer, and is a member of the Design-Build Institute of America.

Steve Christini ’95 ME

Steve Christini ’95 ME is the president and CEO of Christini Technologies, Inc., a Philadelphia-based company which manufactures a range of All-Wheel Drive (AWD) bicycles and motorcycles. In October, he donated one of his new electric AWD Fat Bikes to Villanova’s Department of Public Safety. 

Thomas Hebner ’96 EE

Thomas Hebner ’96 EE has been appointed the new worldwide leader of CIG (Cognitive Innovation Group) within Nuance Communications, Inc.

April M. Barkasi ’96 CE, ’98 MSWREE, PE

April M. Barkasi ’96 CE, ’98 MSWREE, PE, president of Cedarville Engineering Group LLC, in Pottstown, Pa., was interviewed in the Reading Eagle

Dr. Latha Nataraj ’97 MSCpE

Dr. Latha Nataraj ’97 MSCpE, an engineering materials researcher with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Vehicle Technology Directorate, is also an accomplished artist and musician who donated her works in support of hurricane relief. You can read her story here

2000s

Deepthi Kalyanam '06 MSWREE, PE

Deepthi Kalyanam '06 MSWREE, PE received the PA Water Environment Association's award for in honor of her "extraordinary personal service to the association, while working to promote wastewater collection system understanding, operation and maintenance, training and continuing education."

2010s

Luis Gaitan ’10 CE

Luis Gaitan ’10 CE is changing lives as a mentor and running coach in Camden. His story appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer: “'Inspiring': Why these Camden youths trained for the Philly Half Marathon.” 

Paula Torres ’13 ME, ’14 MSME

Paula Torres ’13 ME, ’14 MSME was awarded a Continuous Improvement ‘Green Belt’ at Air Products for “Reduction of Helium Inventory Adjustments.” She identified the problem, listed root causes, and developed procedures that created solutions resulting in significant savings to the company.