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Class of 1930 - 1940

John H. Howell ’35 is a new resident at Arden Wood Christian Science home in San Francisco – moving from his south Charleston, WV, home in November 2009, where he was retired Associate Director of Chemical Engineering at Union Carbide Corp. (UCC), 1978, now Dow Chemical. (Spring 2011)

Peter C. Weinert ’36 is now living in Michigan, near his two daughters. His five boys are all over the US. He and his wife are still enjoying their association with the local historical society and their summer cabin and tree farm in northern Wisconsin. “Happy days for Jean and I.” (Spring 2011)

A couple of years ago David E. Acker ’38 moved from a condo on Cape Cod to Brooksby Village where I still qualify the rating of independent living. (Spring 2011)

Lewis W. Hull ’38 is slowing down some. He is still involved with business activities, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He flew in a sailplane and antique Navy P-35 recently. (Spring 2011)

John J. Phillips, Jr. SB ’38 SM ’40 is finishing a manuscript for publication soon on medical care in the United States. This is his second book. The first one was called Suppressed Science. The new one may be called Suppressed Medical Science. (Spring 2011)

After 95 years of experiencing many parts of our world and always in awe of our vast expanding universe, Maurice F. Gramville MS ’39 is limited, but happily, to a small part of it in mid-coast Maine. (Spring 2011)

Bill Hagenbuch BS ’40 MS ’41 passed away May 24, 2012, after a brief illness. During January 2012, he sent the following update to the Department, which was included in the Spring 2012 edition of XCurrents:

Bill Hagenbuch BS ’40 MS ’41[Here’s a copy of my 2011 Christmas card to share withmy fellow alumni. It features a picture of my four daughters and myself at a pre-Christmas celebration. Their visit followed my three-week visit to the hospital for a bunch of age related maladies. This was followed by my 93rd birthday on October 19th. Since then I’ve recovered very well, but I’ve stopped driving and use a cane for most of my walking.]
(Spring 2012)

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Class of 1941 - 1950

Harold A. Ricards, Jr. (MS ’41) thinks fondly of days at Ashdown House and the good friends there. Sadly, he says, few are alive today. All of his X-A Practice School class are departed except Hagenbush and Stern. He misses his days as a graduate assistant to Hottel and McAdams. (Fall 2011)

Akbar F. Brinsmade MS ’42After graduation, Akbar F. Brinsmade MS ’42 was employed by Shell Oil Company at their Houston Refinery, where he worked on Aviation Gasoline production and the development of Catalytic Cracking. There he met Juanita Phillips, a research chemist. They were married during the World War II year 1944. The photo was taken last year at the Beau Rivage local Casino in Biloxi. (Spring 2011)



Robert Rorschach BS ’43 MS ’50 is a retired process engineering consultant. He was president of Ajax Investment C. and general partner at Colonial Royalties L.P. He has six children, including Robert F. Rorschach ’70, Course 18. His five grandchildren include Katherine ’07, Course 2, daughter of Robert F. His memories are of Lewis, McAdams, Gilliland, Meissner, Sherwood, and Weber, the “Gods of Course 10.” (Spring 2011)

Ben Y. Mason ’44 lives with Betty, his wife of 65 years, in a small New Mexico village – in a pine forest at 7200 feet. We are still fit and well but miss our old MIT friends. (Spring 2011)

At 88++ career matters for Randall Nicoll Pratt ’44 have become,"Do I want to volunteer for this or that activity?" He writes, “(I have done some math tutoring recently but a serious operation last fall has ended that.) Mostly I like trading stories of our lives with newcomers into my retirement home (Once an elaborate hotel from which Gable and Loretta Young filmed The Call of the Wild) , where I get around mostly on a scooter (post-polio syndrome) or walker. This is my tenth year here. Other than that reading astronomy, astrology and number theory, and, of course, solving world problems. Just hope social security isn't cut too badly.” (Spring 2011)

Richard Braendle ’45 belonged to Kappa Sigma fraternity on Bay St. Rd. Tuition then was only $600/yr and he had a $200 scholarship. Richard will have been married 66 years in August 2011, and be 88 years old on June 29, God willing. He was captain of the MIT fencing team and later director of Dupont’s Petroleum Chemicals Division. (Spring 2011)

On May 10th, 2011, Eduardo Ochoa-Castiello’46 became 86 years old and, he says, is in good health, thank God. He has a big family: his wife, five sons, five daughters, and 24 grandchildren. All are alive and in good health. (Fall 2011)

Lawrence Shutzer ’47 has companies producing outerwear for men and ladies. He does extensive overseas traveling. Lawrence is a devoted golfer and fair bridge player. He’s been married 61 years with three children, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. (Spring 2011)

After graduation, John Yocom ’47 spent 3 years in process development at the Battelle Institute. In 1950, he got into environmental work specializing in air quality issues and worked for several other research and engineering firms and a regional air quality control agency. In 1969, Yocom co-founded TRC Envronmental Consultants. He retired in 1990, but continues to consult and, with a group of volunteer scientists and engineers here in CT, try to pound common sense into a reluctant public by questioning the myth that we humans are the principal cause of global warming. (Spring 2011)

Philip J. Closmann (SM ’48) and wife Madeline and their six children lived in Houston, TX, where Phil retired after 33 years with Shell Dev. Co. Some consulting and engineering workshop presentations followed, along with overseas pleasure travel. The last four years, they have lived in Austin, where they are near to three of their children. (Fall 2011)

John Steven Wilson Kellett SB ’47 (SM ’48)’s Kellett Foundation fights GLBT discrimination. The foundation’s new website about to launch. John is now Board Member and Nominations Chair of (Spring 2011)

John Steven Wilson Kellett ’47 (MS ’48)’s John Steven Kellett Foundation has recently gone online. For general inquiries, (Fall 2011)

Gabe de Roetth ’44 (MS ’48) retired in 2009 from substitute teaching in the public high schools on Maui. Now at age 86, he enjoys gardening and the beautiful Kihei, HI weather. (Fall 2011)

Willis B. Reals SB ’47 SM ’49 spent forty years with Texaco Inc. in 8 locations. He retired in 1990 as senior VP Texico Inc. and Chairman Texaco Chemical Co. He married 1953 and has two children and four grandchildren. Willis was widowed in 1989 and remarried in 1991. He has two homes, one in Lincoln, MA, and the other on Cape Cod. In retirement, Willis is chairman of Cape Cod Healthcare Inc. (two hospitals), President of the Marine Spill Response Corp. & President of the MIT Club of Cape Cod. (Spring 2011)

Jerry A. Lott ’48’s entire working career was with Pfizer Inc. He retired in 1985. He was a consultant to the pharmaceutical industry 1986-1992. (Spring 2011)

Verity Carlisle Smith ’48 just retired as the "Professional Chemical Engineering Representative" on the Board of Fire Prevention Regulations of the Department of Public Safety of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts after 55 years of being reappointed by the various governors. During that time he was on the Governor's Council on Radiation Protection for 40 years and served on the Fire Protection and Fire Prevention Subcommittee of the State Building Code. At the moment he is the treasurer of the class of '48 and is a Fellow of AIChE. (Fall 2011)

Ralph L. Wentworth ’48 joined Prof. W.H. McAdams’s MIT project in 1944 to develop a hydrogen generator. He became involved with C.N.Satterfield in hydrogen peroxide research – many theses and the ACS monograph in 1955. After service as Industrial Liaison Officer, he joined W.R. Grace & Co. in papermaking technology. In 1962, he began 27 years at Dynatech R/D C. undertaking a host of engineering and management assignments. Anaerobic Digestion became a technical specialty. (Spring 2011)

Antonio Armenante ’49 was originally class of ’46; he started his second term after World War II. He was phased out of Paterson Bleachery in 2001. He joined Activities Unlimited in town – it is all retired executives and keeps Fay and him very busy. (Spring 2011)

Benjamin D. Cowley ’49 worked for DuPont for many years in Louisville KY, Montague MI, Beaumont TX, Wilmington DE, and Victoria TX. He is retired now in Hockessin DE. (Spring 2011)

Wayman L. Calhoun SM ’49 was a process engineer for Reynolds Metals Co. Alumina Plant (AR), did paint research at Stebbins & Roberts, Inc. (AR) and was an instructor at Rose Polytechnic Institute (IN). He did rocket propellant research at Hercules Powder Co. (MD) and physical properties research at Union Carbide Corp. (WV). Wayman retired at the end of 1981 from UCC (23 yrs). He moved to MN at the end of 1996 to live near his daughter (his son lives in NM). He is currently ill from heart and lung surgeries with home care by nurses and his wife, Earline, of 60+ years. Hi is a life member of Tau Beta Pi and a member of AIChE and a 60+ member of ACS. (Spring 2011)

Eugene F. Biek ’50 attended Practice School at Bethlehem Steel near Buffalo and Eastern Paper Corp. in Bangor. After graduation from Course 10B in 1950, he was married to Mary Ellen Casey. They have six outstanding sons, seven grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. He retired in 1989 after 39 years with Kimberly Clark and Simpson Paper in Wisconsin and California. He was deeply involved with the development and production of coated printing and specialty papers. Eugene and Mary Ellen began bicycle touring about 30 years ago and traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe. They also bicycled in Mexico, Costa Rica and New Zealand. He has currently logged 157,000 bicycle miles. Eugene now enjoys wine making, duplicate bridge, and plays clarinet in the local community band. They are both in good health (for 82 years) and enjoying life in northern California. (Spring 2011)

It's been a long road and a great career for James J. Staikos ’50. He started just north of Boston at Monsanto's heavy chemicals plant (anyone remember the huge sulfur pile in Everett?), then a couple of years as a guest of the government at the QM R&D Natick, followed by 35 years with the late, great Arthur D. Little, Inc. working all over the world and variously resident in Cambridge, Algiers, Athens and London. He is now an annual commuter between homes in North Palm Beach and London, and actively enjoying friends, family and good health. (Spring 2011)

Robert W. Koch MS ’50 and wife Beth live in a retirement community called Longwood at Oakmont. Some of the top golf tournaments are right across the street. They have four children, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. They are active at the local church. (Spring 2011)

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Class of 1951 - 1960

Marc Leon Aelion ’51 (MS ’53 ChE ’54) Marc had originally arrived in Brazil in 1954 where he specialized in plant construction and erection (factories for production by fermentation of tetracycline antibiotic for Bristol Laboratories; foundry for production of stainless steel – his own investment, finally sold to Sulzer Brothers, a Swiss company for production of stainless piping material; fine chemicals for JT Baker Chemicals; cosmetics for Yardley of London; frozen grape juice concentrate for Welches; self-adhesive stock for the printing of self-adhesive labels). At this point, he changed venue to company finances, auditing, and financial valuation of companies and projects.
Marc now resides in Jaguariuna SP, Brazil, in a sugarcane growing area and is looking into production of ethanol and farmasene, a cleaner substitute for gasoline, diesel, and other combustibles. Farmasene is obtained by fermentation of sugarcane liquor. He says, “Funny how the world goes round and round, as I am back to production of chemicals by fermentation, which is where I started in 1954!” (Fall 2011)

Garth Coombs ’51 spent two years in the Army Chemical Corps., then 40 years at Johns Manville Research Center as manager and associate. He is active in AIChE and an elected fellow. He has ten patents and technical articles. (Spring 2011)

Paul Grady ’51 enrolled in Course X on July 5, 1945 to learn from the great professors Gilliland, McAdams, Sherwood, Whitman and the best lecturer, Doc Lewis, under the administration of Karl Taylor Compton. He joined the US Navy to help win WWII and returned to Course X to be graduated and leading his class in June 1951. He studied under Prof. Pigford at Delaware and worked in catalytic cracking processes as taught by Doc Lewis in the petroleum refining industry. He registered as a PE in June 1961 and practiced 50 years in engineerin; he is now enjoying politics in new Jersey and Florida, Sigma Nu fraternity in Virginia and Brookline, MA. (Spring 2011)

After MIT, Ronald Greenwald ’51 worked for Shell Oil, then in the Civil Engineering Corp of the Navy, and in 1957 returned to California.  For many years he owned a small company servicing the food industry.  Since retirement, he and his wife have led many foreign international volunteer groups for Habitat for Humanity, and they will now lead a group of volunteers for Fuller Center for Housing to build housing in Haiti. (Spring 2011)

Eugene B. McCord MS ’51: 1945-1947 US Army, one year in Italy; 1947-1950 BS from Johns Hopkins; 1950-51 MIT MS; 1951-1990 ChemEng – DuPont Senior Research Associate; 1990-2005 Retired – house on Chesapeake Bay; 2005-? Retirement Home. He is currently active in the academy of lifelong learning. He runs a duplicate bridge game and sailboat racing program. (Spring 2011)

The last notable thing Kenneth H. McCorkle BS ’51 MS ’53 did relating to ChemE was to get a PhD in ChemE from the University of Tennessee (1966) while working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He retired in 1994 and now considers himself “totally obsolete, technically.” (Spring 2011)

William B. Chandler ’52 graduated in uniform, having joined advanced ROTC in the fall after the Korean War broke out, and went to work for then-ESSO for three months before going into the Chemical Corps. Back to ESSO in September 1954 (which melded with Humble Oil and then became Enco under Standard Oil) until 1966, then on to Pure Oil, Sinclair Refining and Sohio. In 1985, he began with Bailey Controls Co., selling DCS systems overseas until his retirement in 2002. (Fall 2011)

Bob Damon ’52 “graduated June '52, Course XB. I worked three months at Texaco refinery, Lawrenceville, IL. Two years instructor of tactics, Army Chemical Corps, Ft. McClellan, AL. Married while there to wife Barbara, Wellesley '51. In Oct. '54 I joined Olin Corp, E. Alton, IL (near St. Louis). At first worked on developing solid propellants. After several years in the lab I became an applications engineer, working with prospective new customers for small gas generators (for missiles large and small) and starter cartridges (for aircraft). Titles changed but that is what I did until retiring after 38 years with Olin. The last three years were in Redmond, WA at a facility (Rocket Research) Olin purchased in 1985. We are still there, in Sammamish, a Redmond neighbor and Seattle suburb.” (Spring 2011)

We raised four children in Alton. Three went to Trinity University in San Antonio. Two sons (engineers) are still in Texas (Fort Worth) where we have five grandchildren. One daughter from Trinity is in Geneva, IL west of Chicago. Two grandchildren there, one at Trinity, the other is a high school senior. Our other daughter, Vanderbilt, is in Montgomery. Five grandchildren are there. One is in high school. The others are in, or have graduated variously, from Auburn and U of Ala. Our oldest grandkid is getting married in May. He is first one to marry. (Spring 2011)

Since retiring in 1992 I have trekked in the shadow of Mt. Everest in Nepal, hiked and Volksmarched all around the Pacific northwest, worked with Habitat for Humanity, been very active in Rotary and church committees. I have continued to play tennis. Took up golf at 70 (dumb idea). From age 40 until I was 66 I was a runner (18 ten-milers in Alton) and did triathlons. Since then it's been tennis, golf and the health club. Barbara (Bobbie) and I have traveled a good bit, mostly with Elderhostel and to visit our family. (Spring 2011)

William W. (Bill) Dunn ’52 received a Stanford MBA in 1956. He worked in the chemical industry from 1956-1976 as market analyst, technical sales, product manager, eastern sales manager, and VP of sales. Since 1976, he has been a real estate investment broker. (Spring 2011)

Joe Moore ’52 was first employed by Humble Oil & Refining Co. at their Baytown, TX refinery near Houston. He designed several refinery units and was asked to explore the potential of computers for refinery technical and economic calculations. In 1956, a colleague, John Bonner (X-50), and he formed Bonner & Moore Associates to consult in computer applications. The company existed for 43 years until sold in 1999. Joe then retired. (Spring 2011)

Robert M. Lurie ’52 (ScD ’55) writes, “Next year is our 60th reunion which is hard to believe. Hopefully many classmates will come back for a few days of renewal of friendships. I need to update the class of 52 website. I retired in 1990 (earlier than most)when an offer for our company (Nyacol Products Inc.) was difficult to refuse. Since then I've been active in the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement, where the members run 13 week seminars of each other on every conceivable subjects. Nancy and I are doing well and our three children, and six grandchildren are all terrific. I enjoyed seeing reminiscences in the last X newsletters; comments on Doc Lewis and others really brought back our time, which was certainly the "Golden Age of Chemical Engineering". Hope to see you all next June. (Fall 2011)

Clifford M. Sayre, Jr. ’52 retired from the DuPont Company as VP, Materials, Logistics and Services in 1992. Since that time did a little consulting, lived in California for several years. Mary and I now live in a Quaker retirement community. (Spring 2011)

Walter S. Scheib, Jr. ’52 has been fully retired since 1990. His wife Jean died February 23, 1994. He spends all of his time working with local charities. (Spring 2011)

Robert Walsh BS ’52 MS ’53 retired from Chevron in 1993 as president of Chevron International. Since then, it’s been travel, golf and dealing with MDs. (Spring 2011)

Robert (Bob) Anslow ’54’s MIT education has served him well, but not as a chemical engineer. He’s been in electronics and electromechanical engineering since 1956 and is still active in making real-time computers as chairman of Dynatem, Inc. in southern Califoria. (Spring 2011)

James McCauley ’54 was VP of Research and Development Engineering at Crucible Steel 1957-1969, then VP of Engineering and Development at Sharon Steel 1969-1979, and then owner of Emeco Inc. 1979 to 1995. (Spring 2011)

After retiring from Rhône-Poulenc Inc., Jean-Paul Jourdan ’54 became involved in Spirulina culture, a microalgae for human health and nutrition. There are now many small producers in Africa, India, and also in France (about 70). His site: (Spring 2011)

Lawrence (Larry) W. Nisbet, Jr. SM ’54 has lived in Tampa over 20 years; retired now from working for and with several engineering companies, including his own. He worked with development and process design of over 100 operating facilities here and around the world in petrochem, pharm, and chemical areas. He still now consults. Larry saw Roy "Whitey" Handwerk SM ’54 again about a year ago and we called Glenn Armstrong SM ’59, both old practice school buddies. Praise to the practice school! (Spring 2011)

H. Rowe Austin, Jr. ’55 is retired from Wentworth Institute as Professor Emeritus. He taught physics and chemistry. (Spring 2011)

James Thacher BS ’55 MS ’56 spent 40 years with solid rockets working for Hercules and ATK. He has three sons, is active in the local church, youth program and rescue mission. He’s been married to Pauline for 52 years. (Spring 2011)

John M. Roblin MS ’55 is retired and enjoying life. (Spring 2011)

Werner Glass SM ’51 ScD ’56 moved to the West Coast and escaped East Coast winters. His lifetime achievement is that he placed 3rd national amongst seniors in a Crossword Puzzle Championship (2008). (Spring 2011)

A. David Rossin (MS ’55) was inducted into the Cleveland Heights High School Alumni Hall of Fame on May 5, his 80th birthday. Over the past 20 years they have selected 10 alumni each year for this honor. His wife, Sandy, and he were able to attend the ceremony. (Fall 2011)

Thomas Unger ’55 (ScD ’58) worked at Institut Français de Petrole in 1959. He was director of Rhodia in Brazil (chemicals, synthetic fibers, pharmaceuticals, veterinary, cosmetics, household products, mining, pesticides) from 1960 to 1982. At the time, it was the largest chemical industry in Latin America. (Fall 2011)

Edward George Najjar BS ’56 MS ’57 Worked at Esso 1957-1958, then at W.R. Grace (Hampshire Chemical) where he was VP 1963-1983, then president (Organic Chemical) 1984-1992. He was president and CEO of Hampshire Chemical Corp. (Dow Chemical) 1993-1999. (Spring 2011)

Joe Neville SB ’56, SM ’65 worked for three different companies and decided to try teaching for a bit. He ended up teaching 30 years at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston as it grew from a two year school to one offering graduate degrees. He enjoyed every minute of it and writes, “Motivating students and preparing experiments were good challenges. Teaching subjects I had never taken, like Metallurgy and Strength of Materials lab were challenging but made easy by great faculty guidance. Ended up giving me a new hobby – making pewter castings. Sometimes you find it easier to teach something you had to teach yourself first. (Spring 2011)

I found the four good reasons for being a teacher were May, June, July and August as well as week-long vacations during the year. I “retired” each summer and did the things I dreamed of, like backpacking through Europe, hiking the Alps, and portions of the Appalachian Trail, going on 50-mile canoe trips, touring the US by car for seven weeks nine different times, visiting the famous sites, including sleeping at the bottom of the Grand Canyon and rubber raft rides and being a volunteer at the Catholic Shrine in Lourdes, France, for many summers. Winter trips included coasting four miles down the auto road on Mt. Washington, seeing Niagara Falls frozen and celebrating New Year’s Eve in Disneyworld.” (Spring 2011)

Robert Bishop MS ’57 has moved to a continuing care retirement village. (Spring 2011)

Donald A. Cameron MS ’57 is still alive, his wife has died. His two children are gone; he has four grandchildren. He’s retired from the Electric Boat Gen Dynamics as Chief of Engineering, Strategic Weapons, and LCDR US Navy. He is still sailing, dating, and having fun. (Spring 2011)

Herbert E. Klei ’57 has retired as a professor chemical engineering from the University of Connecticut. He is currently a potato farmer on family farms in northern Maine. (Spring 2011)

Joseph E. Leitgeb ’57 is in his 19th year of retirement where he enjoyed a great career in process engineering and human resources. Now he is enjoying playing golf and pursuing his hobbies of model trains and astronomy. He fondly remembers taking graduate courses from such chemical engineering icons as Lewis, Gilliland, McAdams and Sherwood. (Spring 2011)

Henri A. Slezynge ’57 (MS ’58) is very active as owner & CEO of Unigel, a US$ 2 billion chemical company active in acrylics & styrenics in Brazil & Mexico. He has just been elected for the 2011-2013 term as chairman of Abiquim - the Brazilian Chemical Association, and also a member of the ICCA Board. (Fall 2011)

Herschel Specter (MS ’57) just completed an analysis of our energy situation and what to do about it. Its title is "A Call to Action." Digital copies available upon request by writing to (Fall 2011)

NG Ashar SM ’58 worked as research associate on MIT’s Solar House IV under the guidance of Professor Hoyt C Hottel. On return to India, he joined a fertilizer and sulphuric acid company in 1961 at Mumbai. After 27 years he established his own consultancy. Currently his company has taken consultancy for a 4000 TPY liquid SO2 and 25000 TPY Sulphuric acid plant in Saudi Arabia. They have diversified in constructing Solar Power Plants using PV panels. (Spring 2012)

Robert H. Borgwardt ’58 enjoyed a long Career as research engineer with the Environmental Protection Agency at Research Triangle Park, NC. (Spring 2011)

At the age of 75, Bill Peter MS ’58 started a new innovation education business. For details, go to Technology is only one of the four types of innovation. (Spring 2011)

Jorge Alfert BS ’58 MS ’59 retired in 2001 as corporate officer and head of engineering/manufacturing at Borden Chemical. He and Mayra travel frequently around the world and enjoy the visits from three children and four grandchildren. (Spring 2011)

Alvaro Barrera-Rueda (SM ’59), as of July 2008, is general advisor and director of Canacol Energy Ltd. Canacol is a Canadian public company operating oil fields in the Llanos area in Colombia. Total production is 30,000 BPOD. (Fall 2011)

Norman Jacobs MS ’59 has served as a business and financial consultant to start-up biotech and medical technology companies, and also as an expert witness in IP litigation, since taking early retirement from Becton Dickinson in 2000. He was remarried on June 27, 2010 to Jane Greenspan of West Hartford, CT, after losing his wife of 46 years in 2005. He and Jane are now dividing time between Boca Raton in the winter and Manhattan in the summer, and would enjoy meeting classmates in either location. (Spring 2011)

Gerald Schroeder ’59 (SM ’61 PhD ’65) has a handful of kids and a baker's dozen of grandkids with that number changing. Barbara (his wife Barbara Sofer, see her at just back from a week's set of lectures in Hawaii, literally halfway around the world from his home in Israel. His fourth book, God According To God (HarperOne), made it to number 57 on Amazon for about 2 days after a radio interview on Michael Medved's program. He writes that it’s “fantastic what radio can do!! Now all we need is peace for all humankind.” His son Avi is currently a postdoc in the MIT Chemical Engineering Department. (Fall 2011)

In 1962, Joseph Cohen ’60 received an MS degree in Food Technology from UMass, Amherst. He married Marianne in 1962. He worked for the US Army until retirement in 1999 where he developed novel ways of preserving food and also microclimate clothing.  Marianne passed away suddenly in 2007.  Joseph has 3 children and 7 children and spends the warm months in Florida and the cold months in Holliston, MA. (Spring 2011)

Dave Kellermann ’60 got an MBA in economics and finance at the University of Chicago. His employment includes two years in finance at Esso, New York, 25 years in engineering, economics and marketing at Dow Chemical Europe, and then at Financial Services in Zug. (Spring 2011)

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Class of 1961 - 1970

Donald Easson ’61 notes that “I now can boast of three generations of Chemical Engineers:
1) Don Easson, 1961, SB ChE MIT
2) David Easson BS ChE USC, SCD BioChemical Engineering from MIT 1988.
3) John Easson, BS ChE Cornell 2010.” (Spring 2011)

Alfred E. Wechsler ScD ’61 finally retired (almost) but is always interested in advances in chemical engineering technology. He is still actively participating in AIChE and helping young chemical engineering professionals in their career development. (Spring 2011)

Inspired in part by Dr. Merrill’s blood rheology research in 1962, Greg Gehred SM ’63 changed course (SM in Course 10) and entered medical school in 1963. He worked in Native American health as a family doctor for 25 years, the at U.Wisc Health for ten. He is now retired and volunteering. (Spring 2011)

Thomas A. Massaro ’63 retired from the University of Virginia School of Medicine after completing 27 years of service there. Upon retirement, he began working at the University of Botswana to start a new medical school there. He is currently Founding Dean of that school. They have admitted two classes into the undergraduate medical program. They have begun post-graduate training (residencies) in six disciplines and expect approval for the Ph.D. program during this academic year. A medical education building is almost completed and construction of a university teaching hospital of 450 beds has begun. (Spring 2011)

Shintaro Furusaki SM ’64Shintaro Furusaki SM ’64 retired in 2008 after having worked in three universities, University of Tokyo, Kyushu University and Sojo University. Now he is partly doing a research on plant cell culture to produce paclitaxel at Kanto-Gakuin University. Recently he wrote a chapter on plant cell bioreactors in “Comprehensive Biotechnology, 2nd ed” which will be published by Elsevier in 2011. He is working as a member of Science Council of Japan and also Engineering Academy of Japan, contributing to the society. (Spring 2011)



Anthony Benis ScD ’64 has fond memories of Practice School in Oak Ridge, TN. He eventually obtained a medical degree and served for many years as director of cardiothoracic intensive care, Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York. (Spring 2011)

PJ Desai SM ’64 has been named new CEO of Mark Andy. Desai spent several years of his career in various engineering and manufacturing positions in business units of the Monsanto Company, including an assignment in Europe to design, construct and manage a new plant. During his time at Monsanto he managed several business groups, leading to the positions of CFO, president and CEO. Desai has an MBA from the University of Michigan. (Spring 2012)

Bernard Horn ’65’s book, Our Daily Words, winner of the Old Seventy Creek Poetry Prize, is a finalist for the 2011 Massachusetts Book Award in Poetry. In March he read his poems and translations from the Hebrew at Bar Ilan, Tel-Aviv, and Haifa Universities in Israel, and on November 16 he will be giving a poetry reading at the Marblehead Library in conjunction with an exhibit of paintings by his wife, Linda Klein. (Fall 2011)

Richard N. Leslie SB ’66 SM ’67 states, “My excellent Course X education served me very well in 4 years after college at Dow Chemical Company, Midland, MI, and then teaching at Tilton School, Tilton, NH. I received an MBA from Dartmouth College in 1977 and spent my "career" at L.L. Bean in Freeport, ME, in senior management. I found the very strong analytical and problem solving skills served me extremely well at L.L. Bean, allowing me to solve all kinds of business problems. I was in the Practice School in Spring 1967 where we did projects at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, American Cyanamid in Bound Brook, NJ, and 3 or 4 of us did a project at American Cyanamid in Willow Island, WVa, living in Marietta, OH.  The Practice School work was so intense, but it definitely drilled into us how to do research, how to analyze our work, and how to write it up and present it. My very first college all-nighters occurred at Practice School. Thank you, MIT! I've now enjoyed the Maine lifestyle for almost 34 years. Although I didn't continue in Chemical Engineering for a career, I really value all that the courses taught us, back in the slide rule days. I still remark to people that our final exams often consisted of just one problem - you may get the answer wrong, but if you explained your thinking process you got lots of credit. And working with the Steam Tables - I still can't believe I did those homework problems with a slide rule!” (Spring 2011)

Richard (Dick) Giberti SM ’67 is currently president and CEO of Artisan Industries in Waltham, MA, and will be retiring in October 2011 to the Cape. (Spring 2011)

Henry Heines ’67’s “Patent Update” is published in the February 2012 issue of Chemical Engineering Progress. He does three to four of these a year and will also be publishing a full-sized article in the same journal later in 2012. (Spring 2012)

Joseph J. Cramer SM ’68 was scheduled to retire on June 30th from his position as director, technical programming, AIChE, but the retirement has been postponed for six months. He’s busy with multiple meeting planning projects and also chair AIChE's Admissions Committee. Joe is also working hard to identify candidates for his current position. If anyone has a suggestion please contact Joe at (Fall 2011)

After leaving MIT, Joe Cramer SM ’68 received a PhD in Ch.E. from Penn in 1971 and then worked for Stone and Webster, Brown and Root and Bechtel as a project, department program manager for 25 years. More recently, he retired as Director, Technical Programming at AIChE on January 6th, 2012, after holding this position for 17 years but will continue to consult for AIChE as Director, Emeritus. (Spring 2012)

Robert W. Heinze SM ’68 retired from Cytec Industries in April 2010 after spending the past 35 years in California in the field of composite materials in various manufacturing and quality management positions. He is still married to wife Betsy, whom he married in 1967 while at MIT. Betsy accompanied Robert to both Practice School stations at Bound Brook, NJ and Oak Ridge, TN. Before coming to CA,he worked in Oklahoma City for Kerr McGee, Chicago for Amoco, and spent 4 years in Washington DC as an officer in the Naval Reactors program. They have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. (Spring 2011)

Douglas Cortez SM ’66 ScD ’69 retired from Fluor Corp. in 2006. He is Managing Director for Hensley Energy Consulting LLC serving the clean energy industry. (Spring 2011)

Lee P. McMaster ScD ’69 retired in 2004 after a 35 year career in the chemical industry. He spent seven years in R&D and the remainder in various business roles. (Spring 2011)

Debi P. Mukherjee ScD ’69 attended the 50 year reunion of her undergraduate class in Chemical Engineering in Jadavpur University, India, on January 2, 2011. (Spring 2011)

James Katzer PhD ’70 had great career: (chronologically) teaching chem engineering at Univ. of Delaware, R&D and Technology management at Mobil Oil Corp./ExxonMobil, Visiting Scholar at MIT, Affiliate Prof. at Iowa State Univ.; NAE, Cosmos Club (DC), and still doing analysis and presenting seminars. He lives in DC and on the coast of Maine. (Spring 2011)

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Class of 1971 - 1980

From 1971 to 1997, Shantaram Govind Kane ScD ’71 worked in the chemical industry R&D at senior and functional head levels. Since 1997, I have been totally engaged doing research in Ayurveda on my own and also at IIT Bombay. I have invented a simple kitchen process to make super-active extracts of natural products in edible oil. Based on this disruptive invention, I have a 'Affordable Healthcare' proposal. While developing applications of these extracts with the help of volunteers, I became acutely aware of the importance of dietary regulation for the prevention and management of diseases and its current neglect worldwide. I have now written a book 'Diet and Lifetyle for Health in the 21st century: A Self-empowerment Guide'. This book is an outcome of the knowledge accumulated and lessons learnt while indulging in my curiosity driven explorations of Ayurveda. (Spring 2011)

This is a book about empowering you - the Reader- to effectively plan your food intake and lifestyle to keep you free from day-to-day health problems, help prevent the onset of chronic ailments and also to help restore health after an illness. To help achieve this empowerment, the book provides extensive information on many topics, and explains with examples how this information may be used in a stepwise manner to develop your own quantitative diet plan.
The narration will introduce the reader to the simple common sense ideas of
- Compiling information
- Making and using simple tables to see a number of things at a glance
- Simple, easy to follow methods of calculation and estimation
- A quantitative approach in diet planning
- A holistic approach which looks at both what to do and what not to do
- How to use and how not to misuse evidence for decision making.
The book will be released at Pune, India on Saturday, 12th March, 2011. Dr. Shevgaonkar- Vice Chancellor-Pune University will be the chief guest. The book will be also available as an E-book.
Those interested in the 'Affordable Healthcare ' model and my other interests may please go to 'Affordable Healthcare' proposal may please contact me at or call me at +91-20-2567 2833 or +91-20-2567 6160. (Spring 2011)

Junichi Miyazaki MS ’71 has worked 26 years for Chiyoda Corporation, a Japanese contractor, then 12 years for The Foxboro Company, US process controls, and 2 years for Ranco, Japanese air-conditioning parts manufacturer, then retired in 2007. He is now enjoying fly-fishing, farm works, and travelling Asian countries. He has however have lost all contacts with his MIT friends and ex-classmates. “If I can find them thru this link, I would like to contact them again.” (Spring 2011)

Jefferson W. Tester PhD ’71, MIT Chemical Engineering Professor Emeritus, the Croll Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, director of the Cornell Energy Institute and associate director for energy in the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, was honored with the Geothermal Special Achievement Award from the Geothermal Resources Council Oct. 26, 2012 in San Diego. Tester was cited for his “outstanding contributions to the development of geothermal resources” over more than three decades. His most noteworthy contributions are pioneering work on many aspects of enhanced/engineered geothermal systems, including thermal energy conversion and utilization, tracer methods for characterizing reservoir thermal hydraulic behavior and geothermal systems analysis. (Spring 2012)

James S. Alder ’72 will retire in October2011 after more than 37 years with Celanese Corporation, a $6 billion technology and specialty materials company headquartered in Dallas. His most recent position was senior vice president, Operations and Technical, with responsibility for manufacturing, supply chain, and technology, plus participation on two joint venture boards. Jim will stay active in his retirement with travel and as a member of an external board. (Fall 2011)

Bradley Billetdeaux ’72Bradley Billetdeaux ’72 spent 20 years of his career working in petroleum refining, specializing in gasoline blending and inventory management. “Here's a neat statistic: the programs I developed blended over 100 billion gallons of products using nonlinear mathematics and techniques that MIT gave me a foundation to understand. My employers were Chevron and ExxonMobil. Now I am in the software business, focusing on web applications. My latest endeavor is a portal used by major energy marketers to keep track of their gasoline exchanges. I just love gasoline!” (Spring 2011)

Howard Klee (ScD ’72), After moving to Switzerland in 1999 to follow his wife's career (she was recruited by the UN to manage a team of lawyers dealing with environmental damages from the first Gulf War), Howard Klee has been working with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development in Geneva. While there he managed the startup and ongoing activities of a global program addressing sustainable develoment issues in the cement sector. They have grown from 3 to 23 companies (with more waiting to join) who have made addressing sustainability issues such as climate change and biodiversity management a critical part of their corporate business plans. For more details, go to He has hired a replacement as director of this program, but continues to deal with some aspects, particularly focused on new Chinese members. This takes him to China several times each year, which continues to develop at an amazing rate. (Fall 2011)

Dwight Davis ’73 retired two years ago from Lockheed after 29 years working on commercial communications satellites. He moved to Rio Vista, a small town on the California delta. (Spring 2011)

The company Paul C. Ahrens SB ’73 SM ’74 founded 30 years ago, Synthetech, was acquired by WR Grace in Nov 2010. Now, he is developing novel opto-electronic materials at Oregon State University. (Spring 2011)

Pieter Stroeve (ScD ’73) became Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at UC Davis in 2010. He has been a professor there since 1982. (Fall 2011)

Sergio C. Trindade PhD ’73 is a Nobel Peace Prize (2007) co-laureate as member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – IPCC. He is the former UN Assistant Secretary-General for Science and Technology. He is still working: (Spring 2011)

Since September 2009, Elsa Kam-Lum SM ’74 has been working in organic photovoltaic solar cell technology.  She loves “everything about working in this field, from the challenge, to working with bright colleagues, to feeling like I am contributing, even if it is the equivalent of a grain of sand, to help solve the impending energy shortage for our and future generations.” (Spring 2011)

Tim Montgomery SM ’74 retired from Chevron in 2007. Since then, he’s been building his wine knowledge (and cellar inventory) in addition to traveling. He doesn’t miss working one bit. (Spring 2011)

Gabriel F. Avgerinos MS ’75
“After earning my BS in Chemical Engineering from Brooklyn Poly (now NYU-Poly) in 1973, I graduated from MIT in 1975 with MS in Chemical Engineering, Practice School.  The additional year I spent as part of the MIT Practice School at the Atomic Energy Commission (in Oakridge, TN) and American Cyanamid Co (in Bound Brook, NJ) was well worth the benefit I received from practical work experience using my ChE education.   I then joined Exxon Chemical in New Jersey in 1975, where I worked for 6 years initially in Paramins Oil Additives and later Elastomers Division of Research & Development technology.  I had interesting R&D assignments in the laboratory, pilot plant, chemical plant start-ups, and manufacturing Analysis & Planning at Exxon locations in the USA, Europe, and Asia.  While working full-time, I attended NYU business school’s MBA program, majoring in international business.  Exxon allowed me to take an educational leave of absence for 12 months to complete NYU’s International Management Program (IMP) at Hautes Etudes Commerciales (Paris, France) and London Business School (London, UK) in 1977.  I returned to work for Exxon until 1981, when I then joined the energy consulting and brokerage firm Poten & Partners in NYC.  I spent 25 years at Poten, initially as Head of the LPG Consulting Dept, then in Special Projects, and later as General Manager of the LNG and Natural Gas Consulting Dept.  I focused on new business development in consulting assignments for client companies who were sellers/exporters, trading/shipping companies, or buyers/importers of LNG and LPG via ship transportation worldwide.  I developed my expertise in LPG and LNG demand and pricing studies, and later in development of contractual negotiations and commitments for long-term supply of LPG and LNG. Business travel took me around the world, including Asia, Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Russia, and Europe.  The advisory work was challenging, the people I met were interesting, and the overall experience was very satisfying.  I retired at the end of 2006 due to disability and I am now enjoying the company of my wife Eileen and the growth, education, and career development of our two wonderful children Christina (23) and Michael (17).” (Spring 2011)

Jeffrey N. Peterson ’76 (MS ’75), Twelve years after founding Target Discovery, Inc., to develop new enabling technologies  for proteomics (including their modification states, hence "isoformics"), Jeffrey N. Peterson is now developing personalized medicine diagnostic applications for treatment guidance in cancers. He writes:

“The "missing link" in the search for useful biomarkers has long been the inability to differentiate and leverage isoform differences, so our Isonostics(TM) technologies are opening many exciting opportunities.  There IS light at the end of the entrepreneurial tunnel! We have commercialized some enabling technologies along the way, and the still stealthy subsidiary company Veritomyx, Inc. will soon be commercializing an important breakthrough in de novo identification and characterization of unknown peptides/proteins/isoforms - an exciting enabling value proposition for Rx/Dx developers to academic researchers.  This turned out to be a fascinating development challenge, merging breakthrough insights from chemistry/physics, genetic algorithms, and FPGA hardware - a delightful cross-disciplinary brew of technologies.

Another fun development has been joining the Board of our strategic partner Pressure Biosciences, Inc. (PBIO), just south of Boston (more MIT visits coming up).  This clever company puts pressure cycling to work on a variety of biology and chemistry challenges, yielding profoundly enabling leaps forward in results (i.e. 7-transmembrane proteins liberated intact and functional from cell membranes).  Fellow Course X alumni would appreciate the thermodynamics behind this, but for many in the biotech world this seems close to magic.

Away from work, I'm still highly active on the tennis court and ski slopes, and took the time to teach about 40 new tennis players in the first half of the year, who are now competing in entry level USTA District Championships.  While this might seem to be a particularly magnanimous undertaking, the truth is that this is the smart way to teach your girlfriend to play tennis!” (Fall 2011)

Kenneth P. Mortensen ’77 is working in Kansas City in Plastics, Polymers, Water and Water Treatments, with several positions over the years. He says “MIT was a wonderful place and still is.” (Spring 2011)

In June 2011, Scott Berger ’78 will celebrate his 10th anniversary working for AIChE. He is currently the Executive Director of AIChE's Center for Chemical Process Safety, and will soon start a new Center focused on manufacturing excellence. He would love to hear from alumni, faculty, and students about what you like best about AIChE and how AIChE can help you be more successful. (Spring 2011)

For the last year Kevin Fallon ’78 MS ’79 has been Vice President of Technology and Strategy for Badger Licensing LLC, a joint venture between affiliates of Exxon Mobil and the Shaw Group.  Badger Licensing is a leading process licensor for cumene, BPA, EB and styrene technology. Personally he has been busy studying classical piano and preparing his next concert, as well as conducting a major renovation to his Boston South End town house that he bought many years ago. (Spring 2011)

Brian Maiorella ’78 has retired as Vice President of Process Development at Chiron. He now teaches biochemical engineering and pharmaceutical product development at UC Berkeley. (Spring 2011)

Marc Machbitz MS ’78 is living in Texas and working for Deloitte. (Spring 2011)

David Sudikoff MS ’78 writes that after leaving MIT in 1978, after the huge blizzards, to California for a planned one-year stay, he is still there. He is running a software company for industrial control. (Spring 2011)

Kenneth Wang SM ’79 is co-founder of Hybrid Silica Technologies, Inc. (HST). HST is providing nanoscale probes for a clinical trial at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.  The collaborative work is described in Tech Review (Feb 2011). The company moved from Ithaca, NY to Cambridge, MA in January 2010.  “We are located about five blocks away from where I used to live when I attended MIT.  Great to be back in the old neighborhood!” (Spring 2011)

Rakesh Agrawal ScD ’80Rakesh Agrawal ScD ’80, was named a National Medal of Technology and Innovation winner. Agrawal is currently the Winthrop E. Stone Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University. The award is the highest honor for technological achievement bestowed by the president of the United States. A citation for the award recognizes him for “an extraordinary record of innovations. These innovations have had significant positive impacts on electronic device manufacturing, liquefied gas production and the supply of industrial gases for diverse industries.” (Spring 2012)


Stephen Kamshun Fok MS ’80 has been working for 31 years in a utility company in areas of power generation, environmental compliance and energy efficiency. He and his wife, Nancy, are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. Their older son is attending Tufts Medical School and the younger son is entering Harvard graduate school this fall. (Spring 2011)

William Fraizer SM ’80 is currently performing a senior project engineering role for Chevron as they complete front end engineering design work on the Wheatstone LNG Project, which will be built in Western Australia. He returned to Houston in mid-2009 after several years working in London, and living in the West End. The MIT alumni club in Houston is an active group with a number of Course X alums involved. (Spring 2011)

Selahattin Gültekin PhD ’80 is currently the Dean of the Engineering School at Maltepe University, Istanbul. (Spring 2011)

Justine MacDonald ’80 is enjoying working for an outstanding Life Science Company: Sigma-Aldrich.  She is currently their VP, Procurment & Supply Chain.  Her husband, Doug is enjoying the empty nest.  Her son Alex graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St Louis and is now working for a design firm in South Bend, Indiana.  His fiance is attending graduate school at Notre Dame working towards a degree in BioMechanical Engineering.  Their daughter, Vicki is double majoring in Marketing and Accounting at St. Louis University.  (Spring 2011)

Stephen Oliva ’80Stephen Oliva ’80 has been named COO of Nesscap Energy Inc. Oliva has over 25 years of experience in operations and product development in the high-technology and energy technology industries. Throughout his career he has progressed through a series of technical and managerial positions and has held senior management positions for the last 15 years. Most recently he held the position of Vice President of Manufacturing and Materials for a major international control networking company, with responsibility for all manufacturing, purchasing, planning and logistics functions. Leading teams in the United States and the People’s Republic of China he was also responsible for all outsourced manufacturing subcontractors and ASIC suppliers. Also active in the company’s new product development efforts, Oliva led the commercial release of over 35 new products during his tenure. (Spring 2012)

Jasjeet S. Sood BS ’79 MS ’80 is launching an energy private equity fund to invest in conventional power, renewable energy projects and related infrastructure. (Spring 2011)

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Class of 1981 - 1990

Valerie Vitale ’81 has been in private practice in Otolaryngology for the last 17 years in Bristol, CT. Her husband, Armann O. Ciccarelli, MD, FACS (MIT MechE 1981 graduate) is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon also in practice with Valerie. They have three daughters (13, 15, 18). (Spring 2011)

Ronald Kurnik ScD ’81 is currently Principal Engineer II at Roche Molecular Systems in Pleasanton, CA. He has developed innovative algorithms for automated quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and Melting assays. His current research is in automated processing of hyperspectral tissue images containing Quantum Dots, with applications in cancer detection. He has 25 issued US patents. (Spring 2011)

Miren C. Salsamendi PhD ’82 is presently the North America Business Director, DTT, at Dupont. She is married to another alumnus and mother of a third, now an ER resident in NYC (Jose M. and Jose R. Torradas). (Spring 2011)

Jose M. Torradas PhD ’82 is a Technical Consultant at DuPont Packaging Business (27 years of service). He is married to and father of MIT alumni (Miren Salsamendi PhD ’82 and Jose Ramon Torradas ’05). (Spring 2011)

Howie Rosen SM ’82 has been living in the SF Bay Area since graduation and has been semi-retired since 2008. He has kept busy by working with his thesis advisor, Institute Professor Bob Langer, on two start-ups in the Cambridge area:  Entrega and Kala Pharmaceuticals.  He is also on the BoD of the MIT Club of Northern California and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2005 based on his work at MIT in drug delivery.  He still sees fellow Course 10 alums Horacio Valeiras ChE ’83 and Miral Kim-E PhD ’85 in SoCal. (Spring 2011)

Kevin Brown ’83 has been living and working in southern California since 1998. He is married to Sandee Paige (Course 16, '84) with a 4 year old daughter. Kevin moved from chemicals to electronics shortly after graduation, and is currently VP / GM for a business of Broadcom, a communications chip company in Irvine. (Fall 2011)

Deanna Carroll (Bushendorf) Miller ’83 just opened her own veterinary clinic, Rising Sun Animal Care, where they specialize in providing the individualized care your pet needs. The website is and facebook page (Spring 2011)

Deanna C. Miller ’83 opened her first business, Rising Sun Animal Care, a veterinary hospital on the east side of Denver, where she is enjoying taking care of animals. She says it’s quite a far stretch from ChemE, though the classes did count as pre-reqs for entry to veterinary school. (Fall 2011)

Douglas Ng ’83 (MS ’83) has been working in Hong Kong since 1992, when he moved there with the management consulting firm of Booz Allen Hamilton. Currently, he is with Headland Capital Partners, a private equity firm which spun off from HSBC late last year. His wife and he have three daughters and a son. Their oldest daughter is going off to college this year! (Fall 2011)

Lisa Faeth MS ’80 ChE ’84 has been working at the US Environmental Protection Agency in Washington DC for the last 26 years. (Spring 2011)

Ian A. Webster (ScD’84) writes, “Having grown a successful nationwide environmental consulting company in Project Navigator, Ltd., I've decided (what am i thinking!?) to try it all over again in the somewhat complementary business area of commercial-scale PV solar power development on Brownfield sites. "Got impacted land?" fellow industrialists, then see” (Fall 2011)

Jeffrey L. Collett, Jr.’84 began an assignment as Department Head of the Atmospheric Science Department at Colorado State University on July 1, 2011. (Fall 2011)

Selina Lin ’84 spent two weeks in January 2011 at a rural mission hospital in north India helping to train the OB/GYNs in laparoscopic surgery. (Fall 2011)

David Broecker ’85 has been named President, Research Models & Services (RMS), at Harlan Laboratories. Most recently, he was the CEO of BioCritica, a private biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of products for the critical care market. From 2001 to 2009, Broecker was a senior executive at Alkermes, including the last three as president and CEO. During his tenure, he led the strategic transformation of Alkermes from a partner-driven, drug-delivery company to an integrated biopharmaceutical company with the capabilities to develop and commercialize proprietary products.  (Spring 2012)

Arunava Dutta ScD ’85 is Head of R&D for Solid State Lighting (LED) for the Consumer Lighting division of Osram Sylvania, a Siemens Company. He is based in Danvers, Massachusetts. At Danvers, they develop cutting edge LED lamp designs that are much more energy efficient and have longer life and are environmentally green compared to the traditional lamp technologies that they will replace. He is also responsible for NAFTA interaction with EU and APAC colleagues for global LED lamp development. He has presently around forty US and EU patents with several more submitted. (Spring 2011)

Arunava Dutta (ScD ’85) is now the director of R&D for Solid State Lighting for Osram Sylvania North America Consumer Lighting Division. Osram Sylvania is a Siemens Company. His team is actively pursuing development of environmentally friendly LED based high efficacy light sources right here in the US. They recently launched the best LED PAR lamps in the industry with the highest CRI and lumen package. (Fall 2011)

Michael Flanagan ’85 has begun teaching his kids chemistry and doing labs in their basement, which brings back some memories and is a lot of fun. Covidien bought Aspect Medical Systems and is closing his facility, so he’s seeking a new process/product development role, which is not as much fun. (Spring 2011)

Michael Flanagan’85 is still enjoying engineering after all these years. Covidien acquired Aspect Medical Systems, and then, after a successful year, announced they are closing the Norwood facility. So he’s taken a new position at Medica, a medical diagnostics company that still manufactures in MA! (Fall 2011)

Arthur Lee ’85 writes, “My MIT chemical engineering education, with its core foci of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and chemical kinetics were very helpful in my early years of technical work and continue to serve me well with my approach to complex problems.  Beyond that, experience over the years became increasingly important as I navigate through issues that are not necessarily technical or solvable but are nonetheless important to be addressed. (Spring 2011)

From MIT, I went to graduate school at Caltech, obtaining my MS, also in chemical engineering.  In between, I did a summer internship at 3M working on a new polymer extrusion technology.  I then worked for a firm called Directed Technologies, based in Washington DC and in San Diego at that time, that did classified weapons and propulsion systems type research for DARPA, the Office of Naval Research, and other agencies.  While in graduate school, I also had a short stint related to graduate research done at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. (Spring 2011)

Then I worked at Fluor, a major engineering and construction firm, focusing on combined cycle power generation and fuel cells power generation.  I joined the US Environmental Protection Agency for about two years, soon after the US Clean Air Act Amendments were passed.  I helped write the first set of regulations for NOx controls for coal-fired power generation in the acid rain provisions of the Clean Air Act, and helped with some of the first provisions tracking the trading of sulfur dioxide allowances trading. (Spring 2011)

I met Jackie Lee, a graduate of George Washington University, in the Washington DC area and we were married in 1993.  In the same year, we moved to New York where I joined Texaco and Jackie joined IBM in the Fishkill and Poughkeepsie area as a financial analyst. (Spring 2011)

Texaco merged with Chevron in 2001 and I have been with the company now for 18 years.  Jackie and I lived in Houston, New York, Connecticut, and now the San Francisco Bay Area.  Throughout my career at Texaco and now Chevron, I worked on air pollution issues.  Then in 1998, I turned my focus to climate change and energy issues and have stayed with that focus. (Spring 2011) 

As part of my work, I became actively involved in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  From 2004-2005, I was a review editor of chapter 5 "underground geologic storage" of the IPCC Special Report on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage.  I was also an expert reviewer for the IPCC Fourth Assesment Report, focusing on the mitigation technological aspects of the assessment.  In 2007, the IPCC shared the Nobel Peace Prize with former US vice president Al Gore.  Along with several hundred others, the IPCC recognized my contriubtions to the Nobel Peace Prize.  (Spring 2011)

I am also serving a three year term on the Board of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, which is a steering and review body within the National Research Council of the US National Academy of Sciences, which as its name states focuses on climate and atmospheric sciences, including weather research.  In 2008, Chevron Corporation appointed me as Fellow, one of now 22 people within the Corporation's roughly 10,000 technical professionals with this honor. (Spring 2011)

My work continues to focus heavily on climate and energy issues, from the science, the technologies, to helping the Chevron enterprise set and execute its business strategies, from the business unit level to strategic directions at the enterprise level.  As the climate change issue grew from a relatively small environmental issue in the mid-1990's (from a business perspective) to a strategic and game-changing direction that is now integral to the company's business focus, I am thankful that the MIT (and Caltech) culture and education that I absorbed whether consciously or subconciously have helped me focus on the rigor of the underlying science and technologies that inform my work. (Spring 2011)

At the company, I also enjoy working with numerous other MIT alumni.  On my carbon management team, I have the pleasure of working with John Cain '82 and Gemma Heddle ESD '03.  We, as a team, also have gone back to MIT now for the last three years to recruit students for employment.  I continue to be amazed at the quality and quantity of work and play that many students have done in their few years at the Institute.  Sometimes it was their play that was even more impressive. (Spring 2011)

As my company also sponsors the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, I have the pleasure of visiting with the faculty and student researchers of the Joint Program.  Their work really helps to inform me, my company, and the larger society about the many aspects of climate change science, and the technologies for reducing or avoiding emissions.  Bob Armstrong's significant role in the formation of the MIT Energy Initiative also helped to put MIT chemical engineering at the fore front of MITei, and Chevron's support for this has been significant as well.” (Spring 2011)

Noelle Merritt ’85 recently celebrated her 25th anniversary with IBM. She is in Sales (not ChemE). She lives in LA with her husband, Art, and son Joey (10). (Spring 2011)

Fariba Fischel Ghodsian MS ’85 is happily married (since 1984) with 3 wonderful children, David, Daniella and Daphna. They live in Los Angeles and she is co-managing a healthcare fund, DAFNA Capital Management, that invests in biotech and medical devices. (Spring 2011)

David Karohl (MSCEP ’86) After the world financial meltdown in 2008 nixed funding options for Carbon Nanotechnologies, Rick Smalley's nanotube company, David Karohl founded My Best Plan, LLC, which uses patent-pending technology to make sure that residential customers in Texas' deregulated electricity markets always have the best plan from among the 250+ choices available. They do the work, and clients save on average $600 per year on their home electric bills, ranging from $60 to more than $6,000 per year. In addition, he serves as chief marketing officer for AgriTec Systems, which transforms waste rice hulls from rice mills into electricity, steam, precipitated silica, and activated carbon. Its primary markets are India, China, and Brazil, due to local availability of rice hulls and market demand for energy, silica, and carbon. (Fall 2011)

Phillip R. Westmoreland PhD ’86 has been elected president of AIChE for the 2013 term. Westmoreland is a professor at North Carolina State University in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and is Executive Director of the NCSU Institute for Computational Science and Engineering. His research focuses on reaction kinetics and engineering, obtained from molecularbeam mass-spectrometry experiments, computational chemistry, and reactive-flow modeling. The main technology driver is clean energy from fossil and biofuels, but he has also been involved with developing fire-safe polymers, hypergolic rocket fuels, and plasma processing of microelectronics. (Spring 2012)

Bernard L. Palowitch, Jr. ScD ’87 says, “Hi, everyone. I'm living and working in the Princeton area. I founded Iknow LLC, a knowledge management consulting and systems integration firm, in April 2001 and we're quickly approaching our 10-year anniversary. Some of the interesting work we're doing is in the areas of knowledge modeling and representation, cognitive neuroscience architectures, semantic processing, and sensemaking. On the personal side, my three sons are growing up too fast, with the second one entering college in this fall.” (Spring 2011)

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Class of 1991-2000

After spending the last 8 years away from the Northeast (first in Seoul, Korea from 2003-05, and then in Austin), Vivek Mohindra (MSCEP ’90 PhD ’96) finally returned back to CT/NY area. He and Debbie (MBA'96) now have 3 children - twin girls who are 10, and a 4.5 year old son. After 9.5 years at McKinsey, 3.5 years at Dell, 2 years at Freescale Semiconductor (a TPG portfolio company), he has now joined the world of private equity at TPG Capital (~$50B under management, 65+ portfolio companies worldwide). Vivek is an operating group partner focused on high-tech investments and portfolio companies. He also serves on the board of directors of GlobalFoundries - a leading semiconductor foundry in the world.  Vivek and Debbie look forward to renewing ties with all of their friends in the Northeast! (Fall 2011)

Stewart Hen ’91 is living in NYC with his wife and two kids (ages 5, 1.5).  That has been great fun. He recently started his own investment firm focused on health care companies.  He doesn’t get to use his chemical engineering knowledge much but at least he tells people that he once knew how to do it. (Spring 2011)

After 16 years of working in sterile dosage form development at Schering-Plough and living in New York City, Douglas Kline PhD ’93 in 2008 packed up and moved to Berlin with his partner Julien, who accepted a job with the Berlin State Museums. He started a pharmaceutical development consulting firm, Douglas Kline UG, and currently has several US-based clients. Most of the work is done via Internet and telephone and is really enjoyable, and his base in Berlin has allowed him to be the "man in the plant" for some critical project activities at European sites. While he does miss the face-to-face contact with co-workers, working out of his home office has its advantages (especially the commute). It has also allowed them to adopt a six-year-old rescue dog (Ella) who is a real sweetheart. Berlin is exciting and the quality of life there is very good. Unlike in NYC, they have a huge apartment with a guest room (visitors are always welcome!) and a balcony that is a riot of flowers in the summer. “Of course the language is always a challenge and the Berlin winters are long, dark, and cloudy, but living abroad has been a fantastic experience that I never thought I would get the chance to have at this point in life.” (Spring 2011)

Ridwan D. Rusli (MSCEP ’93) has had almost twenty years of work since MIT, initially as a chemical engineer in Germany, then as energy sector specialist and financial advisor to governments and firms in energy, resources- and infrastructure sectors across Asia and Europe. He is now fulfilling his dream of returning to academia. He writes, “To students of Course X and MIT-wide: beyond the unparalleled knowhow and contacts you win, what's most valuable from MIT is the confidence you gain in yourself. No matter what your dreams, all you need are passion and hard work.” (Fall 2011)

William (Bill) Arnold ’94 is still a member of the environmental engineering faculty at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Civil Engineering. He was promoted to full professor last year, and now holds the Joseph T. and Rose S. Ling Professorship.  His research focuses on the fate and transformation of pollutants in aquatic systems. His group has recently focused on identifying unexpected pollution problems caused by common household chemicals. He and his wife (Lori) have their hands full with two active boys Alex (9) and Ben (7). (Spring 2011)

Chonghun Han ScD ’94 was selected as the recipient of 2011 Young Engineer Award by the National Academy of Engineering of Korea (NAEK), equivalent to National Academy of Engineers in the US. The awards are given to only two engineers who are younger than 50 years old and have contributed to Korean industry and academia during their lifetime. Chonghun is the third chemical engineer in Korea who received this award so far, and would like to share this honor with other alumni from MIT Course X. (Spring 2011)

Chun-Hyuk Lee (PhD ’94) is currently CEO and President of Dongjin Semichem Co., Ltd. Dongjin is a fine chemical company making electronic materials for semiconductors, LCD, PDP, OLED, and solar cells, and a national R&D project leader for DSSC (dye sensitized solar cell). (Fall 2011)

Henry “Rick” Constantino PhD ’95 is currently Vice President of Research and Development at Energ2 in Seattle, WA. (Spring 2011)

In June 2010, Ivette Johnson ’96 packed up her family and moved to Geneva, Switzerland, with Procter & Gamble. She has been with P&G for more than 14 years and currently owns the Digital Reputation efforts for the Company.  Her husband Jose, the kids Gabriela (5) and Sebastian (2), and she are all learning the fine art of eating cheese and chocolate on a daily basis (tough life!). We also try to go skiing or ice skating every weekend and she now realizes her elective French courses at MIT came in really handy after all! They just came back from spending the holidays in Peru so they are trying to hold on to their tans despite the cold Geneva temperatures. If any other MIT grads are currently residing in the Switzerland area, she would love to hear from you. (Spring 2011)

Steve Rodgers MS ’96 is doing clinical research in the Medical Affairs Department at Becton Dickinson in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. (Spring 2011)

Richard Shandross (PhD ’96) recently (May 2011) joined Navigant Consulting as an associate director in the Energy Practice, specifically working in the Energy Efficiency Policy & Analysis group. (Fall 2011)

Kevin Agatstein ’97 is married and living in Washington DC, but moving to Boston in April 2011. He works as a consultant/temporary executive for healthcare technology firms, with a focus on clinical analytics. (Spring 2011)

Doron Levin (PhD ’97) received the 2011 Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) Gordon E. Moore Medal, which was presented to him at the 2011 Innovation Day at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia in September. (Fall 2011)

Jeb Keiper BS '99, MS '00 and Sonja Sharpe PhD '04 checked in together. They met at the Japan Practice School station in 2000, were married in 2004, and as of today have two boys with a third due anytime now. Both work for pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline outside of Philadelphia. Sonja works in the Chemical Engineering department on crystallization and process scale-up. Jeb left for the 'dark-side' after an MBA and works in R&D-based Business Development. (Spring 2011)

Donna Wrublewski ’00 received her PhD from UMass Amherst in 2011. She is now a tenure-track faculty librarian at the University of Florida, working with the chemical sciences disciplines. She misses Senior House, but not the weather. (Spring 2011)

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Class of 2001 - 2010

Anish Goel PhD ’02 is now in the government working on foreign policy toward South Asia. It’s a bit unconventional after ChemE, but it’s constantly fascinating and fun. (Spring 2011)

Michelle Wu (MSCEP ’02) and her husband welcomed their first daughter in January, 2011. She continues to work at Ximedica, a medical device company located in Providence, RI, in the design assurance department. (Fall 2011)

Jeff I. Abes PhD ’03 and wife Laurel just had their first child, Seth. Everyone is well. (Spring 2011)

Akua Asa-Awuku ’03Akua Asa-Awuku ’03 is a recent recipient of an NSF CAREER award and EPA-STAR award ( Akua says, “Of course, none of this would be possible without the support of Course X faculty (a special thanks to Prof. Armstrong who suggested I continue my education at Georgia Tech!) and my undergraduate training in engineering AND writing from MIT. (Spring 2012)

After many years in and out of training, Christopher Bettinger ’03 is currently starting up his laboratory in the Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He also teaches "Introduction to Biomaterials" for advanced undergraduates in the fall. He says that it's a great opportunity to pass on the knowledge and problem solving skills he acquired in Course X on to the next generation. (Fall 2011)

Daniel Burkey PhD ’03 recently joined the Chemical, Materials, and Biomolecular Engineering Department at the University of Connecticut as the assistant department head and professor-in-residence. (Spring 2011)

Benjamin F. Nicholson ’03 has been hired as a project manager for the start-up Micromidas in West Sacramento. Micromidas is harvesting the biodegradable plastic polyhydroxyalkanoate from bacterial fermentation of waste streams, such as sewage sludge. He is enjoying his new home in downtown Sacramento. (Fall 2011)

Stephanie Willerth ’03 recently joined the faculty at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, where she is a professor of biomedical engineering. Her research involves developing biomaterial scaffolds for directing the differentiation of induced pluripotent stem cells. Her lab website can be found at the following address: (Spring 2011)

After graduating from MIT, Arushi deFonseca ’04 studied medicine at UCLA and is currently completing internal medicine training at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles, after which she will be starting a fellowship at UVA this June. She and her husband are excited to be moving to Charlottesville. (Spring 2011)

After working as a post-doc and staff member at Sandia National Laboratories for five years, Ahmed Ismail PhD ’05 moved to Aachen, Germany last year. Now he is a Junior Professor in the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University. His research group focuses on using molecular simulations to study the thermodynamic and transport properties of biomass components. (Spring 2011)

Alexander Borschow ’06 is currently a VP on equity derivatives sales desk at BNP Paribas in NYC. He’s been in New York for the past 5 years, enjoying everything it has to offer. (Spring 2011)

Ben Fine SM ’06 is married to Ronit Ossip, a frequent visitor to Tang Hall residence from Toronto. He is a physician: Resident in Radiology at the University of Toronto. (Spring 2011)

Ingrid Lawhorn ’06 is a third-year PhD student in Clifford Wang’s lab at Stanford… about half-way there! Her first two years post-MIT were spent in the Bronx teaching high school science in TFA. (Spring 2011)

Dr. Oluwayemisi (Luwi) Oluwole PhD ’06: Aerodyne Research, Inc. (ARI), a provider of scientific research and development services and advanced instrument and software products in Billerica, MA, is pleased to announce the promotion of Dr. Oluwayemisi (Luwi) Oluwole PhD ’06 to Principal Engineer in ARI’s Center for Aero-Thermodynamics. Dr. Oluwole received his BS in chemical engineering from Michigan State University and his PhD in Chemical Engineering from MIT and joined Aerodyne Research, Inc. in 2006. (Spring 2012)

Nikhil Shenoy ’06 is graduating from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business MBA program and is starting at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati this summer. He and his wife Amy are also proud that Moose, their over-sized black lab puppy, earned an AKC medal for successfully completing basic behavioral training. (Spring 2012)

Heather Stern PhD ’06 and husband Nicolas Ortiz MS ’02 would like to announce the birth of their son, Samuel Nicolas Stern Ortiz, on October 27, 2011. (Spring 2012)

Andrea Dooley Thompson ’06 and her husband live in Ann Arbor, MI where she is pursuing an MD/PhD at the University of Michigan. They celebrated the birth of their daughter Ava in September 2010. (Spring 2011)

Patrick Underhill PhD ’06Patrick Underhill PhD ’06, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has won a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation. (Spring 2011)



Nupur Garg ’07 will finish up medical school at Yale in 2012. She plans to pursue EM with a special interest in global health. She is also the proud sister of an incoming MIT student! (Fall 2011)

Joel Moxley PhD ’07 was named a Technology Review top innovator under the age of 35 (TR35). Moxley’s team at Foro Energy has been developing long-distance laser transmission technologies that improves upon traditional drilling technologies, hopefully overcoming the technical and economic barriers to reaching the vast quantities of geothermal and other forms of energy that are trapped under ultra-hard rocks. (Spring 2012)

Bernat Olle PhD ’07 was a member of the founding team of Follica Biosciences, a company developing a novel therapy for hair growth. He was also a member of the founding team of Vedanta Biosciences, a company developing a novel class of immunotherapies, where he is currently the acting VP of Operations. (Spring 2011)

W. Shannan O'Shaughnessy (PhD ’07) is now the Chief Technology officer of GVD, a spin-out from Professor Karen Gleason's lab founded in 2001. GVD provides nanoscale polymeric coating solutions for industrial, biomedical, and aerospace applications. (Fall 2011)

Joe Shuga (PhD ’07) just finished a postdoc at UC Berkeley and is now working as an R&D scientist at Fluidigm in South San Francisco. He is developing methods for single cell genetic analysis in Fluidigm's microfluidic chips. He and Laura now have 2 kids: Zoe is now 4 years old and Max is 2 years old. They keep them very busy when they’re not at work. (Fall 2011)

Melike Yersiz ’07 moved back to Santa Monica, CA, after graduation and has been working as a process engineer in the Chevron El Segundo Refinery for the past 3.5 years, and enjoys it very much! In the fall of 2011, she is starting her studies as a Master's student in chemical engineering at USC while continuing to work full-time. Melike still juggles a variety of extracurricular activities, including choir, learning to play violin, and making websites, and sits on the boards of two clubs: MIT Club of Southern California (Secretary) and the LA Turkish American Association (Publicity). (Fall 2011)

Mariah Hoover ‘08 finished the MIT MSCEP degree in December 2011, was married in Orlando, FL to Kehl Mandt from Alexandria, VA a week and a half later, and then moved to Houston, TX with her new husband to work for Shell Oil Company. She now works as a project engineer working on front end LNG plant design in North America and looks forward to coming back to MIT in June 2012 for graduation (again)! (Spring 2012)

During the 2008 Senior Course X Dinner, Jessica Lam ’08 went up in front of the entire graduating class and Course X faculty to receive a $25 Starbucks gift card for the following 3 superlatives she had won: 1. Most likely to get arrested, 2. Most likely to be late for class, and 3. Most likely to be found all night in Lab the night before a project is due. Since then, she has graduated and is doing a D.Phil. in physical and theoretical chemistry at Oxford, where she is trying to build a quantum computer made of ultra cold molecules. (Spring 2011)

Kate Madden ’08 recently got engaged to Adam Sokolnicki (Tufts ChemE ’03) whom she met on one of Professor Hamel’s summer internships. Thanks JFH!! (Spring 2011)

After five years, Julie Shi ’08 is engaged to her fellow classmate and best friend, Sergio Haro (Course 6-2, class of ’08). They’ll be married in NYC this coming fall. (Spring 2011)

Ellen Eileen Sojka ’08 was recently promoted to Consultant at Stroud Consulting, a management and operations consulting firm. (Spring 2011)

Brian Mickus PhD ’09 is am currently working in the Exploratory and Translational Sciences Department at Merck Research Labs in West Point, PA, supporting biologics and vaccines production via molecular profiling. His wife, Kathleen, is a nurse at Grand View Hospital. They are getting used to caring for their house and yard. Brian enjoyed seeing classmates at AIChE in Salt Lake City this last November and generally misses playing Prof. Deen and other roles in the Christmas skits. (Spring 2011)

Natalia Rodriguez ’09 just started her PhD in bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania in the fall of 2011. (Fall 2011)

1st Lt. Stephen C. Toth ’09, USMC, just returned from a combat deployment as a Rifle Platoon Commander in Company E, 2d Battalion, 8th Marines to Sangin, Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation: ENDURING FREEDOM. (Fall 2011)

Mark Chew (SM ’10) is an internal consultant at PG&E in San Francisco, focusing on renewable energy and energy management. He is excited that his wife Catherine (Sloan MBA 2011) just graduated, moved to the Bay Area, and started at Google! (Fall 2011)

Class of 2011 - 2012

Allen Lin ’11 was named a Marshall Scholar Lin will pursue a master’s in technology policy at the University of Cambridge, followed by a master’s in science and technology studies at the University of Edinburgh. He hopes to eventually complete a PhD in synthetic biology and pursue a career in research and policy advocacy. (Spring 2012)

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