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Dennis Newhart ('68 IE)
Newhart retired July 2, 2018 after 50 years of service in the steel industry. He was also an adjunct lecturer for the MBA program at Lehigh University for 20 years.

Richard Tannenbaum ('92 IE)
Tannenbaum became chief supply chain officer and senior vice president of information technology at Fleet Farm, a Midwest retailer of outdoor products headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin in June 2018. 

Robert Pascuzzi ('50 IE)
Pascuzzi passed away on August 11, 2018. He was inducted into the Army, April 1, 1951 during the Korean War and rose to the rank of Corporal. He was honorably discharged on April 1, 1953. In 1991, Pascuzzi retired from GTE Sylvania in Winchester, Kentucky after 35 years as an industrial engineer. MORE

Jane Snowdon ('81 IE)
Snowden was among 50 members of the Society of Women Engineers that rang the NASDAQ Opening Bell on August 8, 2018. She is the associate chief health officer for IBM Watson Health. MORE

Iris Rivero ('96 IE, '98 M.S., '02 Ph.D.)
Rivero, an associate professor in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Iowa State University, was named department head of industrial and systems engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). She will begin her position within RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering on August 15, 2018. MORE

Anthony Talbert ('99 IE)
Talbert and his wife Erin created the Talbert Family Open Doors Honors Scholarship to support Schreyer Scholars who meet financial need requirements through the Complete Penn State program. MORE

Tim Schoener ('85 IE)
Schoener was featured in an article about the challenges Pennsylvania schools, businesses, and citizens still face when it comes to reliable broadband internet access. Schoener is vice president and chief information officer at UPMC Susquehanna, a seven-hospital organization with 350 providers in central Pennsylvania. MORE

John Jackman ('83 M.S., '86 Ph.D.)
Jackman was presented with the John L. Imhoff Global Excellence Award for Industrial Engineering Education at the American Society for Engineering Education Awards Ceremony on June 27, 2018. He is an associate profesor in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Iowa State University. MORE

Robert Creese ('63 IE)
Creese authored a book titled Strategic Cost Fundamentals: for Designers, Engineers, Technologists, Estimators, Project Managers, and Financial Analysts that was published in June 2018. He previously authored Geometric Programming for Design Equation Development and Cost/Profit Optimization in 2016. Creese earned a Ph.D. in Metallurgy from Penn State and a master's degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He retired from teaching at Penn State in 2014. MORE

Qais Hatim ('15 Ph.D. IE and OR)
Hatim, a computer scientist/statistician with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, earned a best paper award in the Analytics, Big Data and Statistics stream at the 2018 PhUSE U.S. Connect Conference. The paper, titled "Modeling and Text Analysis to Empower FAERS Adverse Event Mitigation," can be found HERE

Barrett (Barry) Caldwell ('66 IE)
Caldwell died on June 7, 2018 at Lancaster (PA) General Hospital. Caldwell started his career at the Hamilton Watch Company and retired from L-3 Communications in 2006. MORE

William (Bill) Waltz ('86 IE)
Waltz was appointed president of Atkore International Group Inc. Prior to joining Atkore in 2013, Waltz was the chairman and CEO at Strategic Materials, Inc., North America’s largest glass recycling company. MORE

Frank Peters ('91 IE, '94 M.S., '96 Ph.D.)
Peters was named to the C. G. “Turk” and Joyce A. Therkildsen Professorship in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Iowa State University. Peters is an associate professor in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineerin at Iowa State. MORE

Tucker J. Marion ('07 Ph.D.)
Marion, an associate professor in the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University, has a new innovation management book coming out in October 2018. MORE

Seong Wook Hwang ('16 Ph.D.)
Hwang has been named an assistant professor in the College of Business Management at Hongik University in Korea.

Susan O. Schall ('82 IE, '86 M.S., '88 Ph.D.)
O. Schall has been recognized for her dedication to industrial engineering by Marquis Who's Who. Schall currently serves as Founder/Operations Leader of SOS Consulting, LLC. MORE

Iris Rivero ('96 IE, '98 M.S., '02 Ph.D.)
Rivero, associate professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering at Iowa State University, organized a forum that brought together female academics from across the country to learn about emerging areas in advanced manufacturing in fall 2017. MORE

Rohan Shirwaiker ('11 Ph.D., '07 M.S.)
Shirwaiker was elected the new president of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers' Manufacturing and Design Division. Shirwaiker is an associate professor in the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at North Carolina State Univeresity. 

Omar Ashour ('12 Ph.D. IE and OR, '10 M.S.)
Ashour, an assistant professor of industrial engineering at Penn State Behrend, is the president of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers' newest division, Modeling and Simulation.

Nicola Palmer ('09 IE)
Palmer discusses her role as chief network officer at Verizon Wireless during crisis situations and talks about the impact, and importance, of women in STEM fields. MORE

Rob Carringer ('81 IE, '82 M.Eng.)
Carringer was selected to speak at The Annual, the Turnaround Management Association's 29th Annual Conference. Carringer is a partner at CR3 Partners, a national turnaround and performance improvement firm. MORE

Dika Handayani ('17 M.S.) 
Handayani was named an assistant professor in the Department of Engineering Technology at Texas State University.

Richard Tannenbaum ('92 IE)
Tannenbaum was named senior vice president for Mills Fleet Farm, an outdoor living retailer.

Pedro F. Ruiz ('06 IE, '07 M.Eng. ENGMNT)
Ruiz was named a regional sales manager at Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation. MORE

David Buckingham ('87)
Buckinham was named one of six finalists for the city manager position of Bozeman, Montana. MORE

Mark R. Ruh ('88 IE)
Ruh was named CFO for HomeStreet, Inc., the parent company of HomeStreet Bank. MORE

Samuel E. McKibben ('57 IE)
McKibben, of Valparaiso, Indiana, died on September 3, 2017 at the age of 82. MORE

Michael Miller (’58 IE)
Miller died on August 13, 2017 surrounded by his family at Hospice & Community Care, Mount Joy, Pennsylvania. MORE

Thomas E. Kapelewski ('82 IE)
Kapelewski has been appointed to the Alumni Council — the Penn State Alumni Association’s governing board — and began his three-year term July 1, 2017. Kapelewski is the environmental, health and safety manager for KYDEX, LLC. MORE

Sarela Herrada ('04 IE)
Herrada is featured in the College of Engineering's Alumni Spotlight. Herrada is the director of food and beverage at CAVA. MORE

Steve Reinhard ('96 IE)
Reinhard joined UbiQD, a nanotechnology materials development company headquartered in Los Alamos, New Mexico, as vice president of business development. Prior to joining UbiQD, Reinhard served as Nanoco Technologies' vice president of business development for more than eight years. He earned an MBA from Binghamton University and started his career at Lockheed Martin, working in engineering and new business development roles. MORE

Nicola Palmer ('90 IE)
Palmer was named one of 50 Women to Watch for 2017 by Global Telecoms Business. She is the chief network officer at Verizon Wireless. MORE

Severn McMurty ('85 IE)
McMurty was presented with a 2017 Captain of the Industry Award by the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers. McMurtry is the senior vice president of operations planning and engineering for FedEx Ground. MORE

Michael Catino ('70 IE)
Catino has been voted onto Alumni Council — the Penn State Alumni Association’s governing board — and will begin his three-year term July 1, 2017. Catino is president of Catino Associates. MORE

Christopher Solo ('09 Ph.D.)
Solo was promoted to clinical assistant professor of management information systems in the Smeal College of Business. MORE

Steven Butt ('91 M.S., '94 Ph.D.)
Butt was named a 2017 Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers Fellow. He is currently the chair of the Department of Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management and the Department of Engineering Design, Manufacturing and Management Systems at Western Michigan University. MORE

Stanley Aungst ('00 Ph.D.)
Aungst announced his retirement from the College of Information Sciences and Technology. MORE

Shannon McCully ('96 IE)
McCulley, manager of industrial engineering at Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts, was named the speaker for the Penn State York spring 2017 commencement ceremonies. MORE

Stanley Aungst ('00 Ph.D.)
Aungst was named the 2017 recipient of 2017 Barash Award for Human Service. MORE

Dave Mellott ('99 IE)
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 IE)
Bellow was named a 2017 Outstanding Engineering Alumnus by the Penn State College of Engineering. MORE

Abraham Mendoza ('04 M.S., '07 Ph.D.)
Mendoza was named the recipient of the 2017 Penn State Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Society's Graduate of the Last Decade Award. Mendoza is the director of research at the Universidad Panamericana in Mexico. Before assuming his current role, he went to the university as a professor before moving on to become head of the industrial engineering department and then dean of the school of engineering.

Corey Gomez ('01 IE) 
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 IE) 
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 IE)
Ruh was hired to lead corporate development and strategic investment functions for HomeStreet, Inc., the parent company of HomeStreet Bank. MORE

Nathaniel Bastian ('16 IE and OR)
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 IE)
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 IE)
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 IE)
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 IE)
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 IE)
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 ME, ’14 IE and ME, ’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 IE)
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 IE) 
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 IE, '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 IE)
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. IE and OR)
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 IE, '92 M.S. IE and OR)
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 IE)
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 IE, '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. IE and OR, '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 IE)
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 IE)
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 IE)
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 Memorial donations may be made to Hope Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Ft. Meyers, FL 33908.

Tim VanHorn ('92 IE)
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. IE and OR)
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 IE, '11 LIB)
Knoblach, a lean facilitator at Space X, is featured in the College of Engineering's December 2015 Alumni Spotlight.

Greg Lucier ('86 IE)
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 IE) and Frank Barber ('14 IE)
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 IE)
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 IE)
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 IE)
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 IE, '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 IE)
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 IE)
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 IE)
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 IE, ’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 IE)
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 IE)
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 IE)
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

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