Alumni Magazine Summer 2014 - page 37-38

Summer 2014
Summer 2014
Timothy M. Thomas ’84
(IM) has joined
the Center for Advanced Materials
Processing (CAMP) as its new deputy
Thomas has held various positions
of increasing responsibility with IBM,
Loral and Lockheed Martin Corporation.
At IBM, he served as senior contracts
negotiator for aerospace and defense
projects and as contract relations
advisor for the Naval Systems Command.
Thomas was a program manager,
business manager and senior business
development representative at Lockheed
Martin and in 2011, appointed corporate
subject matter expert for multiyear
contracting. He has received numerous
honors and achievement awards,
including IBM’s coveted Customer
Champion Award and three NOVA awards, Lockheed Martin’s highest level of
professional recognition.
Thomas has maintained close ties with the University serving as a member of
Clarkson’s Board of Governors, Alumni Council, Class Reunion Activity Chair and Class
Campaign Chair. He has returned every year since graduating to sing the Alma Mater
and National Anthem at University events. In 2004, he was honored with Clarkson’s
prestigious Woodstock Award.
William J. (Bill) Cotter ’73
Each year, more than 40 flower-bedecked floats make their way down the
parade route during the Rose Parade on January 1.
William J. (Bill) Cotter
(ECE) and his wife, Carol, have had the thrill of seeing three of their
float concepts become reality for the City of Burbank. While most of the
floats are professionally designed, built and decorated, Burbank is one of
just six organizations that build their floats using all-volunteer crews.
The process begins when design drawings are submitted to Burbank
Association members who vote for their top design choices. The work
begins in earnest as soon as the winning design is approved by the Pasadena
Tournament of Roses Association. It takes about 60,000 volunteer hours to
build the float from the detailed designs, including steel work, carpentry,
wiring, and, finally, covering the float in thousands of flowers and natural
dried materials.
Lights! Camera! Action!
Bill and Carol first became involved with the float around
20 years ago. They’ve been the busiest when one of their
designs has been chosen (2005, 2009 and 2014), but each year
has been fun as Bill notes. “As you can imagine, we can’t miss
the parade start by even a few minutes, so it’s a wonderful
chance to put our project management skills from a real-
world job into place for the float.” All of the live flowers are
placed on the float in the last few days so they will look fresh
for the parade.
The Cotters say they’re always thrilled to see one of their
floats in the parade. They’re busy working on ideas for the
2015 parade, hoping to see #4 next New Year’s Day.
Robert A. Celli ’77
(CEE) has been
working as director of preconstruction
for the Richmond, Va., Regional office of
Construction Management firm Donley’s
LLC. Celli has been very active working
on higher education projects in the state.
Peter A. Takes ’79
(PhD By) has been
named editor-in-chief for the developing
book Device Regulatory Strategy. Takes
has also received an appointment
as adjunct instructor in the Clinical
Research Program at Washington
University in St. Louis, and will teach
graduate and undergraduate courses.
Michael J. Cook ’80, ’90
(Mkt, MS) has
returned to the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe
as the new director of health services.
He previously led the tribal organization
from 1980-90.
Gregory P. Evans ’81
(ChE), the CEO
of Indium Corporation, has received
the Mohawk Valley Community College
Alumni of Merit Award in 2013. The
award is presented annually to a
nominee who has contributed to the
improvement of the community, helped
the college, and otherwise demonstrated
professional leadership that symbolizes
MVCC’s mission of student success and
community involvement.
Timothy J. Reilly ’81
(Ac) has been
appointed senior vice president of
Institutional Outsourcing for its Institutional
Services division by SS&C Technologies
Holdings Inc., a global provider of
investment and financial software-enabled
services and software focused on the
global financial services industry.
Robert A. Kramer, CPA ’82
(ECE) has
been hired as controller for Atlantic
Testing Laboratories (ATL), a Canton,
N.Y.-based technical services firm with
10 offices throughout New York state.
Thomas G. Sullivan ’82
(Mkt) has been
named the new executive director of The
Business Development Corporation for
Greater Massena, N.Y.
Brian S. Yedinak ’82
(CEE) has
been promoted to assistant district
executive for design at the Pennsylvania
Department of Transportation District
1-0, which is headquartered in Oil City.
Theresa Sweeney ’83
After working in a corporate
environment for 12 years, Sweeney
earned a Ph.D. in Ecopsychology
from Akamai University, Hawaii, and a
Doctor of Education from San Juan de
la Cruz, Costa Rica. Today, she is dean
of Applied Ecopsychology at Akamai
University and an Eco-Art Therapist
at Call of the Wild Designs. She is the
founder of Eco-Art Therapy, the merging
of ecotherapy with art therapy.
Christopher C. O’Donnell ’84
(ME), a senior technologist at the Naval Surface
Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division
(NSWC IHEODTD), received the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for
Exceptional Civilian Service at the Pentagon in January. This prestigious honor is
the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s highest level career medaled award.
O’Donnell was recognized for “rapidly facilitating the resolution of joint
urgent operational needs from United States commanders in Afghanistan. His
direct support to the Executive Secretary of the Warfighter Senior Integration
Group greatly helped achieve the Senior Integration Group’s mission of
facilitating agile and rapid responses to combatant commander urgent
operational requirements.” His analysis helped lead needed retrograde of
U.S. troop equipment in Afghanistan, and his support of the Senior Integration
Group helped save lives and ensures mission success for deployed warfighters
Twenty Clarkson alumni from the Southern California Alumni Chapter
tour the float’s construction a few days before its completion.
Lights! Camera! Action! by the Burbank Tournament of Roses Association won the
Fantasy Trophy for Most Outstanding Display of Fantasy & Imagination at the 2014
Rose Parade. As an evil villain rode a train and chasing a young maiden while a hero on
horseback raced to save her, Garry Marshall (writer, actor, director, producer) sat in the
director’s chair shouting commands through a megaphone.
Martin A. Schwab Esq. ’83
(Ac) has been
named chair of Bond, Schoeneck & King’s
trust and estate department. Schwab
concentrates his practice in estate
planning and the administration of estates
and trusts with emphasis in related tax
matters. Bond, Schoeneck & King is a law
firm with 220 lawyers serving private and
public sector clients and individuals in a
broad range of practices.
David G. Campbell ’83, ’85
(ME) has
received the Career Achievement Award by
Microsoft Technical Community Network
(TCN) Awards and Recognition. This award
is given to an individual for exceptional
contributions to the technology industry
across the span of their career, for
contributions that are of lasting and major
importance to the industry.
Sanjeev R. Kulkarni ’83,
(Ma, CS, EE), professor of
electrical engineering and director
of the Keller Center, has been
appointed dean of the Princeton
University Graduate School. He
joined the faculty in 1991 and
has had a distinguished career
as a researcher and educator at
Scott D. Smith ’83
(Mkt) has joined
ModusLink Corporation as executive vice
president and chief commercial officer.
Steven P. Cummings ’84
(ME) has
been promoted to president at Dimplex
Thermal Solutions.
Steven J. Olmstead ’85
(ChE) has
been named a senior project engineer
of Barton & Loguidice, P.C.’s water/
wastewater group.
Neeraj Sahai ’85
(MBA) has become
president of Standard & Poor’s (S&P), the
world’s largest credit rating agency.
Christopher W. Roussos ’86
has joined Epic Health Services Inc. as
president and COO.
Carl M. Carlson ’87
(Fin) has been
appointed CFO and treasurer at
Brookline Bancorp Inc.
Steven Kokkoris ’87
(CEE) is the new
regional director of Region 7 for the
state Department of Transportation. His
office is in Watertown, N.Y.
Marc O’Brien ’87
(ID) is the new vice
president of business development at
David J. Cutitta II ’88
(ECE) has been
promoted to partner at the intellectual
property law firm Staas & Halsey LLP. He
and his wife, Irene, live in Chevy Chase,
Md., with their two sons.
Russel H. Marvin ’88
(ME) has
developed a way to make electric motors
smaller and his company, LC Drives Corp.,
has received state funding to study ways
to use this technology in hybrid buses.
Mark L. Tisdel ’88
(Ac) has been
appointed CFO at Model N Inc., the
leading revenue management solutions
provider to the life sciences and
technology industries.
In March, President Tony Collins spoke at the 24
annual Power Delivery Design
Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, hosted by POWER Engineers. The invitation-only
event featured industry experts speaking on a range of topics related to electric
power transmission. (l-r): Don Kerwin ’86 (ECE), President Collins, Frank Peverly
’85 (ID) and Rod Coffey ’83 (ECE).
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