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Clarkson University Honors Three Young Alumni With Woodstock Award

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M. Fram Akiki of Williston, Vt.; Lori Parisi Butler of Ballston Spa, N.Y.; and Michael E. Caporali of Endicott, N.Y., have each received the Woodstock Award from their alma mater, Clarkson University. woodstock01

Given each year during Reunion Weekend, the 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.

M. Fram Akiki followed his two older brothers’ footsteps in deciding to attend Clarkson, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1986.  He began his career with IBM Microelectronics in the area of analog design and development working on IBM’s first token ring communications products. 

In 1993, Akiki obtained his first management assignment with IBM, leading a 20-person chip design group that successfully produced the complex X86 based chip, for which he was recognized with the IBM Division Award for Management Excellence.  Akiki has also served as North American Field Applications Manager for IBM Microelectronics; manager of an IBM Custom Solution Team focused on contract manufacturing of semiconductor designs; and, in 1999, was promoted to his current position as manager of the semi-conductor contract manufacturing business line with worldwide responsibility for $500M in OEM revenue. 

Despite his busy business schedule and extensive international travel, Akiki has given generously of his time and energies to support his alma mater.  He has been involved in recruiting Clarkson graduates for IBM since his graduation and serves as the Clarkson campus relationship manager for the IBM Microelectronics Division in Burlington, Vt.  In this role, he has been instrumental in orchestrating numerous gifts to Clarkson from IBM to support various academic initiatives, laboratory equipment upgrades, and support for student scholarships.  He also serves as an industry representative on the Clarkson School of Engineering Advisory Council. 

When time permits, Akiki enjoys a number of hobbies including playing ice hockey, a passion he acquired while at Clarkson.

Lori Parisi Butler received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Hygiene from Clarkson in 1996.  Since graduation, she has been a site Industrial Hygienist with the Morrison Knudsen Corporation in Massena, N.Y.; C&H Engineers, P.C. in Syracuse, N.Y.; and Arthur D. Little, Inc. in Cambridge, Mass.  Butler has recently joined the General Electric Company in Schenectady, N.Y., as an Environmental Health and Safety Specialist.

Butler has truly distinguished herself as an Alumni Association volunteer in her five years since graduation.  She has regularly supported the Clarkson Fund and is a Class Partner for The Campaign for Clarkson.  She has volunteered as her class reunion co-chair, and has served on the board of the Delta Zeta housing corporation, of which she was president for two years.  Thanks to her dedication and leadership, the Greek Alumni Council (GAC) has become a successful organization that, in recent years, has provided the forum for alumni of the Greek system, undergraduate members and University administration to work together for the improvement of Greek life on campus.

Butler also served the Greek Alumni Council as both secretary and vice president, and played a critical role in the drafting and adoption of the organization’s constitution and by-laws that guide the Council today.

Michael E. Caporali received his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Distribution from Clarkson in 1981 and completed requirements for a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1982.  Since graduation, Caporali’s career has focused primarily in the area of distribution technologies where he has served in a number of engineering and management roles for IBM Federal Systems and the Loral Corporation.  He is currently a Senior Technical Staff member and the Manager of Postal Products Engineering for Lockheed Martin Federal in Oswego, N.Y.

During his years after graduation, Caporali devoted considerable time to Alumni Association activities in the southern tier.  He assisted as a regional chapter board member and was a regular participant and host for regional alumni activities.  A member of the Clarkson Roundtable, Caporali also served as both a chair and volunteer for the Clarkson Fund regional phonathons and helped with regional outreach activities to prospective students from the southern tier as an Alumni Admission Volunteer.

PHOTO CAPTION: Lori Parisi Butler (third from left), Michael E. Caporali (third from right) and M. Fram Akiki (second from right) are presented with the Clarkson University Woodstock Award by Donald R. Dangremond (left), executive director of alumni and parent relations; Elmer E. “Stub” Estey (second from left), president of the Clarkson University Alumni Association; and Clarkson University President Denny Brown (right).

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