Carolyn A. Brandsema ’80

Renton, Washington
Vice President, 737/767/777 Engineering
Boeing Company, Airplane and Production Systems

Carolyn A. BrandsemaBrandsema received her bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Clarkson in 1980. In 1988, she received a master of business administration from Seattle University.

Prior to assuming her current position, Brandsema was named vice president of engineering for the 737 Program. In addition, she served as vice president of airplane and production system development activity for the Single-Aisle Replacement Study, a position she held since March 2006. From July 2003 to March 2006, Brandsema was the director of engineering for the 737 and 757 programs, where she led a team of 1,200 design, manufacturing and tooling engineers responsible for all phases of configuration, design, manufacturability and support of 737 and 757 airplane models.

Brandsema started her career at Boeing in July 1980 as a manufacturing research and development engineer.

She has served on Clarkson’s Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering Council, advocating for the Department of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering. She currently serves on the College of Science and Engineering Advisory Board for Seattle University.

Larry D. Kingsley ’85

Bluff, Illinois
President and Chief Executive Officer of IDEX Corporation

Larry D. KingsleyKingsley received his bachelor of science degree
in industrial distribution from Clarkson in
1985. He holds a master of business administration degree from the College of William & Mary.

In 2006, Kingsley was appointed chairman and CEO of IDEX Corporation. IDEX is a manufacturer of pumps and metering products, dispensing equipment for color formulation, and other highly engineered products with leading positions in niche markets. Its products are sold to a wide range of industries throughout the world.

Kingsley was appointed president and chief executive officer of IDEX in 2005, having served as chief operating officer at the company since 2004. Prior to joining IDEX, he progressed through a series of increasingly responsible positions at Danaher Corporation, including corporate vice president and group executive.

Kingsley currently serves on the Cooper Industries board of directors, the IDEX board of directors, the Junior Achievement of Chicago board and as a trustee for the Museum of Science and Industry, as well as on the Clarkson Business Leadership Council.

Anthony J. Palumbo ’60

Utica, New York
Ophthalmologist, eye surgeon and medical director of the Dove Eye and Laser Center

Anthony J. PalumboDr. Palumbo received his bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Clarkson in 1960.

He received a doctorate in medicine and surgery, cum laude, from the renowned University of Bologna, Italy, and completed his residency at St. Mary’s Hospital/Rochester Eye Institute. He also completed an ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship at the prestigious Manhattan Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat Hospital. At Park Ridge Hospital in Rochester, he completed a fellowship in medical surgical treatments of anterior segment diseases, including glaucoma surgery, cataract and lens implantation surgery, corneal surgery, and refractive surgery.

He has received numerous awards in recognition of the exceptional patient care he has provided, as well as for his involvement in humanitarian efforts.

Palumbo has served as a Clarkson reunion giving volunteer in the past and established two scholarship funds: the Dick Pratt Endowed Prize Fund and the Palumbo Endowed Chemical Engineering Scholarship. He currently serves on the Clarkson Arts & Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council.

Gary C. Schmidt ’70

Monticello, New York
Chairman of Schmidt’s Wholesale Inc.

Gary C. SchmidtSchmidt received his bachelor of science degree in industrial distribution from Clarkson in 1970.

He is the chairman of Schmidt’s Wholesale Inc., a plumbing, heating, electrical, waterworks and HVAC supply house in Monticello, N.Y., with branch locations in Newburgh, N.Y., and Florida.

Schmidt has been active in the business community and wholesale industry for many years serving on the board and as president of New York State Plumbing and Heating Wholesalers and on the board of American Supply Association.

In 1990 Schmidt, along with a group of local business people, started Community Bank of Sullivan County, today the Catskill Hudson Bank, which opened in 1993. He served as director and corporate secretary of both entities. In 2006, he was elected to serve on the board of directors of the Mid-Hudson Cooperative Insurance Company.

Schmidt is the vice president of the Sullivan County Community College Foundation and on the board of the Sullivan County Community College Dormitory Corporation. He is a founding member and serves on the board of the Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development. In 2002, he was honored with their highest award, the Walter A. Rhulen Award for Service to Business, Community and Humanity.  Schmidt has dedicated much time to the Boy Scouts of America.

In 2007, he and his wife, Mary, were awarded the Leadership Award for Sullivan County from the American Red Cross of Greater New York.

The Woodstock Awards

Woodstock Award Winners 2010The Woodstock Award honors young alumni who have demonstrated outstanding loyalty and service to Clarkson and the Alumni Association and who have used their Clarkson experience to make a notable contribution to their careers. This year’s Woodstock Award winners are: (l-r) Juan Martinez ’95 of Brookline, Mass., senior program officer, communications, U.S. division, at The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (former press secretary to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick); Hannah J. Bell ’95 of Glen Allen, Va., southeast regional director of InfraMap Corporation; Monica J. Young ’00 of La Fayette, N.Y., director for the NSF IMPPACT Project at Syracuse University and Jill L. Thiemann ’90 of Toms River, N.J., associate for the law office of O’Malley, Surman & Michelini.