College of Engineering Alumni Class Notes

Cyril E. Daly ’39 CE

In Memoriam:
Cyril E. Daly ’39 CE of Cherry Hill, a retired civil engineer whose passion was performing with Mummers string bands for more than half a century, died Wednesday, Dec. 13. He was 101.


Fall 2017



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.



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.



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


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."


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.


Spring 2017



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

Alberto Sanchez ’65 ME, PE, FASHRAE

Alberto Sanchez ’65 ME, PE, FASHRAE, received the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers’ 50 years Distinguished Service award. 



Gerald Edwards ’81 ME

Gerald Edwards ’81 ME has accepted a position as Chief Technical Officer  of The Sourcing Group,  LLC in New York City.  They specialize  in omni-channel communications, transactional print and premium promotional materials.

Larry (Lawrence) Scally ’83 EE, ’85 MSEE, ’06 MBA

Larry (Lawrence) Scally ’83 EE, ’85 MSEE, ’06 MBA is President and Chief Technical Officer of Colorado Engineering, which recently won a $3M contract from the U.S. Navy for a radar system for the Lockheed Martin joint strike fighter. Read more

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.

Chris Giglio ’88 EE

Chris Giglio ’88 EE has been named CEO for Hartford insurance software and analytics provider Insurity, Inc. 



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.

Chris Schalleur ’94 ChE

Chris Schalleur ’94 ChE will join other leading cyber security experts to release the new book, Sitting Duck, by TechnologyPress™. Chris is the founder of Christo IT Services, which provides professional IT support to small businesses in the Philadelphia region. More

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.

David J. Cappelleri ’98 ME

David J. Cappelleri ’98 ME was promoted to Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.  


Dr. Kelly Pitera ’01 CE

Dr. Kelly Pitera ’01 CE is an associate professor at NTNU, an engineering school in Norway. She was recently presented with the Norconsult Prize for best lecturer in Civil & Environmental Engineering. .

Francis Homer ’03 CE, PE

Francis Homer ’03 CE, PE, was named one of Engineering News-Record’sTop Young Professionals” (formerly “20 Under 40”) in the Mid-Atlantic region for 2017. Homer is a project manager for Whiting-Turner Contracting Company in Virginia.


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.