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Dave Mellott ('99 I E)
Mellott and Brian DiPasquale, partners of New America Financial, opened a new branch of the company in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Established in 2006, New America Financial also serves clients in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. MORE
Rohan Shirwaiker ('07 M.S., '11 Ph.D.)
Shirwaiker, an assistant professor in the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at NC State University, was awarded a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. This is his fifth CAREER award since 2014. MORE
Gary Bello ('69 I E)
Bellow was named a 2017 Outstanding Engineering Alumnus by the Penn State College of Engineering. MORE
Corey Gomez ('01 I E)
Gomez was appointed a senior contract project manager at Advanced Concepts and Technologies International (ACT I) to oversee the company’s multiple Defense Department contracts. MORE
Dan Giordano ('14 I E)
Giordano was promoted to project manager at Laboratory Testing Inc. to oversee the implementation of an enterprise resource planning system. MORE
Mark R. Ruh ('88 I E)
Ruh was hired to lead corporate development and strategic investment functions for HomeStreet, Inc., the parent company of HomeStreet Bank. MORE
Nathaniel Bastian ('16 I E and O R)
Bastian and three current graduate students were named recipients of the Koopman Prize by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) at the 2016 INFORMS annual meeting. MORE
Sean Lynch ('93 I E)
Lynch published his first children's book, titled Little Robin, Flying South for the Winter. MORE
Lourdes Medina ('09 M.S., '12 Ph.D.)
Medina, an assistant professor at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, was named an "Emergent Leader" by the College of Engineers and Land Surveyors of Puerto Rico.
William L. Weiss ('51 I E)
Weiss, the retired chairman and CEO of telecommunications pioneer Ameritech, died on Oct. 10 in Sarasota, Florida, at the age of 87. Weiss was a philanthropist and a passionate supporter of Penn State. MORE
Peter Phillips (’97 M.S.)
Phillips received the President’s Achievement Award from The Aerospace Corporation for his outstanding leadership in program execution on several high-priority NASA programs. MORE
Joseph Geunes ('99 Ph.D.)
Geunes was named the John and Mary Lib White Systems Integration Chair in the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Arkansas in September 2016. MORE
Greg Yahn ('85 I E)
Yahn and his mother Patricia gifted Penn State Behrend with $50,000 to improve and expand the campus's annual student art show. MORE
Keith Grim ('92 I E)
Grim joined Graham Architectural Products as a quality manager in fall 2016. He previously worked as customer quality manager at JLG Industries and as supplier quality manager at Tyco Electronics.
Minseok Seo ('09 Ph.D.)
Seo, a principal engineer for Samsung Electronics, was recognized by Marquis Who's Who for "Excellence in Industrial Engineering." MORE
Norbert Gaelen (’47 I E)
Gaelen of West Orange, New Jersey died on Aug. 10, just shy of his 90th birthday. Gaelen led his family business, O. Berk, for 59 years and retired in 2006. MORE
Christine Toh (’11 M E, ’14 I E and M E, ’16 Ph.D.)
Toh was named an assistant professor of IT innovation in the School of Interdisciplinary Informatics in the College of Information Science & Technology at the University of Nebraska Omaha. MORE
Chris Deegan ('85 I E)
Deegan has been appointed president and chief executive of Gibbs & Cox, Inc. (G&C) as of June 2016. He previously served as vice president of G&C's Engineering Group. MORE
Greg Lucier ('86 I E)
Lucier, CEO of NuVasive, was featured on the June 2, 2016 episode of CNBC's Mad Money. WATCH
Omar Ashour ('10 M.Eng., '12 Ph.D.)
Ashour, an assistant professor of industrial engineering at Penn State Behrend, has been named the recipient of the William and Wendy Korb Early Career Professorship in Industrial Engineering. He is the first faculty member from Behrend to receive the professorship. MORE
Ettore (Ed) Coringrato Jr. ('80 I E, '82 M.B.A.)
Coringrato was appointed to the board of directors at EMCORE Corporation in June 2016. Coringrato is a consultant and a member of Nanowave Technologies' board of directors. MORE
Jayme Fullerton ('04 I E)
Fullerton is featured in the College of Engineering's Alumni Spotlight for June 2016. Jayme earned her MBA from Villanova and is now a financial analyst at Estee Lauder.
Lourdes Medina ('09 M.S., '12 Ph.D.)
Medina received the prestigious Manufacturing and Design Division's Outstanding Service Award from the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers in May 2016. Medina is currently an assistant professor at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez.
Sam Davanloo Tajbakhsh ('15 Ph.D. I E and O R)
Currently a visiting professor in the Department of Statistics at Virginia Tech, Tajbakhsh has accepted a tenure-track position in the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering at Ohio State. His appointment will begin fall 2016. MORE
Robert E. Pozesky ('91 I E, '92 M.S. I E and O R)
Pozesky has been hired by Reinsel Kuntz Lesher LLP as a manager in its business consulting services group. MORE
Pisut Koomsap ('01 Ph.D.)
Koomsap, an associate professor in the Design and Manufacturing Engineering Department at the Asian Institute of Technology, co-authored a paper that was selected by the Rapid Prototyping Journal's editorial team as a Highly Commended Paper in the 2016 Emerald Literary Network Awards for Excellence. Details of the award winners can be found on the MORE
Greg Kester ( '08 I E )
An operations program manager at Thermo Fisher Scientific for five years, Kester recently cofounded the health promotion and dietary supplement company, Ubiotic Health. This company aims for education on glycemic health, nutrient deficiency and blood sugar support products. Additionally, Kester continues to write, record and perform music as an independent artist based in San Diego, California.
Lauren Knobloch ('15 M.Eng. ENGMNT, '11 I E, '11 LIB)
Knobloch was named the recipient of the 2016 Penn State Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Society's Graduate of the Last Decade Award. Knobloch has been a lean facilitator at SpaceX since March 2014.
Miranda Keeney ('91 M.S. I E and O R, '96 Ph.D.)
Keeney was named a 2016 recipient of the Penn State's College of Engineering Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award. MORE
Mary Kate Kloeblen ('13 I E)
Kloeblen, now a distribution analyst at J. Crew, was featured in the College of Engineering's Alumni Spotlight for April 2016.
Hyojung Kang ('15 Ph.D.) and David Muñoz ('15 Ph.D)
Kang and Muñoz co-authored a book titled "Healthcare Systems Engineering" that was published by Riley in March 2016. Kang is a research assistant professor in Systems and Information Engineering at the University of Virginia and Muñoz is an associate at McKinsey & Company.
Derek Goodlin ('92 I E)
Goodlin is running as a Republican candidate for the Arkansas State House of Representatives District 81 seat. He is president of Stein LTC, a health care management company focused on longterm care, with previous experience as director of operations for an automobile products manufacturer. He also holds a master's of business administration from the College of William & Mary. MORE
Kenneth Ishler Jr. ('59 I E)
Previous owner of Demmler Machinery in Etna, Pennsylvania, Kenneth H. Ishler Jr. died on December 9, 2015 in Ft. Meyers, Florida. After leaving Penn State, Ishler went on to earn his MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. Expressions of condolences are welcomed at www.harvey-engelhardt.com. Memorial donations may be made to Hope Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Ft. Meyers, FL 33908.
Tim VanHorn ('92 I E)
VanHorn was named vice president of operations at Zippo, effective January 1, 2016. He had been the director of manufacturing at Zippo for eight years prior to his recent promotion. MORE
Michael G. Headly ('80 M.S. I E and O R)
Headly, senior vice president for global marketing, sales and service at Allison Transmission Holdings Inc., will retire from his position effective March 31, 2015. MORE
Lauren Knobloch ('11 I E, '11 LIB)
Knoblach, a lean facilitator at Space X, is featured in the College of Engineering's December 2015 Alumni Spotlight.
Greg Lucier ('86 I E)
Invuity, Inc., an advanced medical technology company, appointed Lucier its Chairman of the Board of Directors, effective December 31, 2015. MORE
R.T. Custer ('14 I E) and Frank Barber ('14 I E)
Custer and Barber are co-owners of Vortic Watches which was featured in The Manual for "...repurposing antique pocket watches into some of the most beautiful pieces you’ve ever seen." MORE
John Samuels (’68 M.S., ’72 Ph.D.)
A former associate professor of industrial engineering at Penn State, Samuels has focused his career on helping the U.S. railroad industry. MORE
Bernie McConnell ('96 I E)
U.S. Navy Veteran McConnell was named executive vice president-commercial at Greenleaf Corporation, a cutting tool technology and ceramic materials developer, in September 2015. McConnell also earned an M.B.A. from Duquesne University following his time at University Park.
Andrew DeFalle ('01 I E)
DeFalle was named senior director of business development at Pristine Environments, a leading provider of smart facility and intelligent energy solutions, on October 7, 2015.
R.T. Custer (’14 I E)
Custer was featured in this New York Times article for his start-up watch company, Vortic Watch Company, of which he is president and CEO. Custer started the company with the help of two fellow Penn State alums including Frank Barber ('14 I E).
Inki Kim ('15 Ph.D.)
Kim was named an assistant professor in the Department of Systems & Information Engineering at the University of Virginia, effective September 2015.
Gretchen Macht ('07 I E, '09 M.S., '14 Ph.D.)
Macht was named an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical, Industrial & Systems Engineering at the University of Rhode Island, effective September 2015.
Raymond F. Treml ('63 I E)
Treml passed away on May 15, 2015, in his Mercersburg, Pennsylvania home. Treml earned his professional engineer license in 1968 and went on to graduate from the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Graduate School of Business. In 1980, Treml was named senior vice president of operations and an officer at JLG Industries, Inc., a position he held until his retirement in 1999. Treml stayed active in the engineering community after his retirement, serving on the advisory committees for industrial engineering at both Penn State and Lehigh University.
Richard Tannenbaum ('93 I E)
Tannenbaum, senior vice president for supply chain and information technology at the Vitamin Shoppe® and a member of the Industrial and Professional Advisory Council for the Marcus department, was recognized by DC Velocity for his contributions to the logistics field.
David W. Grzelak ('71 I E)
Grzelak has been appointed to the board of directors at the Sun Hydraulics Corporation. Since his retirement in June 2014 as the chairman of the board and CEO of Komatsu America Corporation, Grzelak has been an executive mining advisor for Komatsu Ltd.'s Global Mining Business Division in Tokyo.
Sanjay Ramaswamy (’95 Ph.D.)
Ramaswamy has been named a managing director and co-head of the Life Sciences Practice at global advisory firm AlixPartners. Prior to joining AlixPartners, he was a global vice president of enterprise business systems and analytics at Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and before that, vice president and global chief information officer of supply chain at J&J.
Paul Lynch (’04 I E, ’07 M.S., ’11 Ph.D.)
Lynch joined the faculty of the Penn State Behrend School of Engineering as an assistant professor in August 2015. Prior to his appointment at Behrend, Lynch was a popular lecturer and undergraduate adviser in the Marcus department at Penn State.
Peter Phillips ('98 M.S.)
Phillips was named a recipient of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center 2014 Robert H. Goddard Exceptional Achievement Award for Leadership. He is currently a contractor for the Aerospace Corporation, working as the systems director of the Geostationary Operational Environment Satellite (GOES-R) Ground Segment at Goddard Flight Center.
Tim Dickson ('92 I E)
Dickson has been named the vice president of front office information technology at Motorola Solutions. Prior to his appointment at Motorola, Dickson was the executive director and chief information officer for emerging technologies and user experience at Dell, Inc. He was also named a recipient of the College of Engineering’s 2015 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award. MORE
Caitlin Zankowski ('10 I E)
Zankowski was named the recipient of the 2015 Penn State Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Society's Graduate of the Last Decade Award. Since 2014, Zankowski has been a product manager in GE's commercial global locomotive organization.
Garret Finocchiaro ('87 I E)
Finocchiaro has been promoted to director of IT operations support at Oneida Nation Enterprises, Turning Stone Resort and Casino.
Sungsu Kim ('10 Ph.D.)
Kim joined the faculty of the Kyungpook National University School of Business in February 2015. Kim will be teaching Business Operations Management.
Arun Raman ('11 M.S.)
Raman named a "30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Star" by ThomasNet, the Institute for Supply Management, and Inbound Logistics magazine. MORE