|Volume VIII No. 3||January 19 , 2007|
LETTER FROM DAVID
OTHER NOTEWORTHY HAPPENINGS:
CLARKSON ALUMNI UPDATES:
LETTER FROM DAVID:Read More...
This year's Sophomore Problem Solving course tackled quite a different problem than we have ever tried, the quality of life at Clarkson. Read More...
Changing Curricular Times:
As alums, you recall the Foundation Curriculum--Great Ideas I & II; four liberal studies courses, including a humanities or social sciences sequence; a course in every school; and a computing course among other things. Read More...
OTHER NOTEWORTHY HAPPENINGS:
Meg Clark Freebern '00 and Shawn Freebern: Congratulations to Meg and Shawn on the birth of their first child Eleanor Rebecca Freebern, born at 3:25 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5th, 8 pounds 2 ounces, 20.5 inches long. Mom, Dad and Ellie are doing great. For more information, about Meg, Shawn and Ellie, you can visit their weblog at http://www.freebern.net/log?id=260
Halimatu is in grad school at Carnegie Mellon in chemistry. Among other things, she reports: "Hali without research is hard, but I guess I have survived it so I should be fine and ready to start in January. I love teaching but hate the grading. I am teaching a sophomore lab this semester and there are 136 kids in my class so that makes for a lot of grading."
Since graduating in May, Danielle has been working for General Electric Global Research in Schenectady, New York. She is working currently in the Chemical Nanotechnology labs there and is really enjoying her time there.
Mike is working at Pratt & Whitney and will start graduate school in the University of Hartford in the fall.
Kirstin is finally on a mission for her church in Vitoria, Spain. She expects to be there for a few months teaching and learning all she can from her mentor. She sends thanks to Marianna Worzak for the package of granola and also thanks to everyone who has sent prayers and letters. If you would like information on how to contact Kirstin while she is in Spain, please contact Suzann in the Honors Office.
Marianna reports that she is enjoying medical school at the University of Miami and has found a group to run with. She has also run in marathons, in fact for one whose goal was to raise money for charity.
Kristin Beattie works for IBM consulting, lives in Hoboken, and loves the proximity to New York City. When we last heard from Kristin, she flew out to Wisconsin every Monday morning and back to the New Jersey every Thursday night.
Of the frequent flyer miles that she is accumulating, Kristin says: "I'm going to Chicago in a few weeks, Vancouver next weekend, Atlantic City this weekend, and Hawaii in November! The Hawaii trip is an added bonus -one of my best friends from high school just moved to Hawaii so of course I have to visit! If only Potsdam had an airport I could just fly there for the weekend."
We received a newsy e-mail from Onyinye who was also looking for strong Honors co-op and job applicants. She is currently on another rotation with GE Transportation, this time in Kansas City, Missouri. She says that "KC sounds more glam than Grain Valley," and so we suspect that she is really in Grain Valley.
After completing his Master's in Mechanical Engineering here at Clarkson, Dominick accepted a position with GE. He works on turbines for power plants.
Chris has left Lockheed Martin in order to pursue his Ph.D. at MIT.
Luke Dosiek stopped by on his way to the University of Wyoming where he will pursue his Ph.D. He would like to do research on fluctuations in the power grid and how to manage them.
Srabonti continues to stay in touch from India where she continues to enjoy being back home and works for Pricewaterhouse Cooper, Ltd.
Hayley ran into Brian at Cornell where he is working on his Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. He just passed his Ph.D. qualifying exam, and so we congratulate his success on this noteworthy milestone.
Eric Cote and Brian Schwerdt:
Eric and Brian helped the ECE Department for Clarkson's November Open House. Both work at Syracuse Research Corporation, which has such a concentration of Honors alums that it may soon become Honors south.
Bryan helped us out with the alumni session at Honors orientation. In April 2006, he joined C Speed, LLC, a hardware/software engineering design services firm in Liverpool, NY, as a partner. C Speed’s business focus is producing innovative design solutions to its customers and partners, over a wide variety of different markets and business sectors.
In October, Heather stopped by to say hello on her way to the attend the wedding of a Clarkson friend, Heather Thomas. Heather works for Systems Engineering Associates Corporation in Middletown, Rhode Island, and greatly enjoys working with the youth group at her church.
Dave Maragno enjoys his work at Boeing in Seattle. He stayed at Anna Sharpsten's (Honors '04) for a few stays when he first arrived, and she made him one of the invitees to her painting party, i.e. guests get to help her paint her condominium.
In May, my advisor set another graduate student and me to Puerto Rico to present our work at the Southeastern Conference on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics which was held in Mayaguez. After the conference we took a tour of the Arecibo Observatory. It is the largest single dish radio telescope in the world (currently operated by Cornel University and the NSF). Interestingly, the telescope dish is spherical rather than parabolic which enables the astronomers to adjust the direction they receive signals from by moving the receiver (located on the platform suspended above the dish) even though the telescope dish itself is fixed to the ground.
Rebecca was back to help us out with orientation again this year. She is still with Wyeth Labs and still has her pet parrot (who, we are happy to report, has not bit her again recently).
Matt is in his second year of law school at George Washington. He had his first internship over the summer at new patent law firm in Georgetown.
Karen and Kevin Roberg:
We think the picture says it all. While thanks to Solstice parties we have many favorite holiday pictures, this may be our favorite Honors related Christmas picture of all time. Karen will be starting a position as a Special Deputy Assistant State's Attorney this month in New Haven.
Sam was in town for usual Career Fair recruiting visit. He helped to arrange a special diversity event for November Open House on behalf of Procter and Gamble. He has begun work on his Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati.
Scott wrote recently; he is still working with GE Transportation.
I'm doing well, still working for Harris Corporation here in Rochester, NY. I am also going part time to the Simon school at the University of Rochester in an effort to get my MBA. I have 12 out of 20 classes completed so far. It felt good to get over the half way mark, and if all goes accordingly to plan I will be done by next Christmas. About a year and a half ago I switched out of Engineering at Harris and into the business side of the company which more aligns myself with the MBA degree I am getting. I am now an international program manager and get to interact with people from all over the world as well as getting the chance to visit them. I have been to Bahrain, Australia, and Kenya so far and it looks like I will get to go to Singapore and Australia again this fall.
Kim stopped by to say hello over the summer. She is still working with Harris Corporation and volunteering with First Robotics. She will earn her Master's in Electrical Engineering soon from RIT. She reports that Eric Eckhardt '02 enjoys his new job at a small technology company in Rochester.
John Paige III:
John wrote to say that he successfully completed his first semester of medical school at Stony Brook. Comparing Stony Brook and Clarkson, John misses the dining facilities (ARAMARK!) and the gym.
We heard from Armada Shehu continues to progress successfully toward her Ph.D. in mathematics at Rice University.
Since graduating from Clarkson, Beth spent 2 1/2 years at Caltech studying Materials Science and Applied Physics. Since graduating from Caltech, she started working for Northrop Grumman Mission Systems in Carson, CA as a systems engineer in software development. She is currently working on Technical Subcontracts Management. Beth's hope is to soon move into laser systems research at Northrupp Grumman Space Technologies in Redondo Beach.
Briana Salak stopped to say hello during the fall Career Fair. She recently has been promoted to a manager's position at Accenture and plans to begin work on an MFA in creative writing.
When Matt last corresponded last spring, he was still with Stellar Solutions, one of the companies working together with Lockheed Martin on a replacement for the space shuttle. Since Lockheed got the contract for the spacecraft, we presume that Matt is quite a busy fellow.
Katie wrote recently: "we're still in Boulder, and I'm well into my second year teaching at the Colorado School of Mines. I'm still trying to find the right research/teaching/service balance, but I've managed to survive so far."
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