ChBE Alumni News
Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine published a story ("Building a Gas Pipeline Halfway Across the World") about Decie Autin's (BS ’80) leadership of ExxonMobil's $19 billion gas pipeline project in Papua New Guinea.
Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine recognized Vicky Polashock (BS ’90, Ph.D. ’95) for her leadership of the Georgia Tech North Metro alumni network. She has "brought new, young leaders to the group, led improvements to the network's scholarship activities and created new events while enhancing established ones," the magazine piece noted.
Hugh R. Gaston (BS ’98) was promoted to vice president of operations of Acumen Physician Services, which develops and delivers intuitive software tools to assist nephrologists in the practice of medicine. He joined Acumen in 2009 as a former director of client services.
Louis Darrouzet (BS ’05) is vice president of business development at cycleWood Solutions, a startup biodegradable and compostable plastics company.
Shannon Capps (Ph.D. ’12) will begin a faculty position in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at Drexel University in Philadelphia in fall 2016. Capps earned several highly competitive fellowships (including an NSF Graduate Student Fellowship and a NASA Earth Systems Sciences Fellowship) during her time at Georgia Tech.
Richard Moore (Ph.D. ’11) has been offered a civil servant position at NASA Langley. These highly coveted positions are given to only a small fraction of NASA employees who are considered strategically important to NASA's mission and goals. Moore got this position after serving in a two-year postdoctoral position at NASA. At Georgia Tech, he earned several highly competitive fellowships (including an NSF Graduate Student Fellowship and a NASA Earth Systems Sciences Fellowship).
Max Nguyen (BS ’14) has been granted a Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) opportunity to work at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Ill., in summer 2015.
Naechul Shin (Ph.D. ’13) has accepted a faculty position in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Inha University in Incheon, South Korea.
Gewin Walter "Bud" Flowers, BS ’40
Cecil Lyle Ramsey, BS ’51
C.J. "Pete" Silas, BS ’53
June 2013-August 2014
Darryl Aubrey (BS ’55) was elected mayor of North Palm Beach, Fla., for a second term. He has served on the Village Council for eight years. Previously he held several management positions with Exxon Chemical Co., was a tenured professor of management at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., and was vice president of Chem Systems, an IBM company, before retiring and moving to North Palm Beach.
Joseph “Ron” Coursey (BS ’59) was honored by the Dayton Section of the American Chemical Society for achieving emeritus status after 50 years of membership. His project at General Motors reduced energy usage and chemical emissions.
Curt Harrington (MS ’77) of Harrington & Harrington has been confirmed by the California Bar Board of Trustees to assume the chair of the State Bar’s California Board of Legal Specialization. Harrington is a high-tech patent attorney and a California Board of Legal Specialization Certified Tax Specialist. In addition to his J.D., he holds an LL.M. in tax and master’s degrees in chemical and electrical engineering and business. He has prepared and prosecuted hundreds of patents and has published and spoken widely on patent, trademark, licensing, intellectual property taxation and business start-up.
Susan A. Casnocha (BS ’81) has been inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows, which comprises the top 2 percent of medical and biological engineers in the country.
Tom Rollbuhler (BS ’85) was awarded the District Award of Merit for the Cherokee Pickens District of the Atlanta Area Council Boy Scouts of America. He is a Boy Scouts assistant district commissioner and works as a senior engineering specialist with AkzoNobel.
Bing Kao (BS ’97) completed his first Ironman triathlon at Ironman Texas on May 18. One week later, he finished his first 24-hour-plus Spread Your Wings race in Rocksprings, Texas.
Karen Kennedy (BS ’97) was selected as one of 81 engineers to participate in the National Academy of Engineers’ 19th annual Frontiers of Engineering symposium. She is a senior principal engineer at the Global Technology Center and lives in Breinigsville, Pa.
Charles “Chad” Pannell (BS ’99) was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by the Linn Inn Alliance in recognition for his work and contributions to the success of the alliance, which was founded in 2008 to unite the existing intellectual property law focused on American Inns of Court.
Birkin Weith (BS ’99) was promoted to vice president of aromatics and higher olefins at CB&I in Bloomfield, N.J.
John M. Goodman (BS ’02) was named partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP in Birmingham, Ala. He is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Construction Practices Groups.
Jason Hicks (Ph.D. ’07), who now is an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Notre Dame, received a 2014 National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Development Award, the most prestigious award given by the NSF to young faculty in engineering and science. This year he also was listed as a Leader in Engineering Education by the American Society of Engineering Education.
Padmini Rangamani (MS ’05) began a faculty position in the biomechanics group of the University of California San Diego Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering on July 1, 2014. She earned a Ph.D. from the Icahn School of Medicine in New York in 2010 and had been working as a postdoc at the University of California Berkeley. She has two children: a son, Tejas, and a daughter, Medha.
Michael Flanigan (BS ’10) joined Hypepotamus as operations manager.
John R. Abner, BS ’53
Clinton B. Bastin Jr., BS ’50
Philip E. Borger, BS ’49
James J. Bresnahan Jr., BS ’48
Robert E. Brooks, BS ’48
Harvey G. Cagle, MS ’48
William J. Camp, BS ’48
Gus J. Caras, BS ’58
Eric D. Culbreth, BS ’84
Leonard J. Daniels Jr., BS ’49
William R. Davis, BS ’56
William W. Dowdy, BS ’53, MS ’63
Alfred W. Ellerbee, BS ’56
Wallace R. Gambill, BS ’52
F. Michael Gilbert, MS ’66
David I. Gross, BS ’59
Isaac “Bud” Gurney, BS ’60
H. John Hagemeyer, BS ’76
John L. Hancock, BS ’48, MS ’49
Aubrey L. Hanna, BS ’49
Barton L. Hinkle, Ph.D. ’53
Charles J. Hinton, BS ’43
Mark Hollingsworth, BS ’86
James R. Holton, BS ’57
Alan E. Hoover, BS ’57
Lewis C. Latimer Sr., MS ’51
Ben Leightman, BS ’39
Jean F. Leon, BS ’80
Zelvin Levine, BS ’51, Ph.D. ’56
Jack Norman Lincoln, BS ’44
Victor O. Lopez, BS ’50
Robert Lurie, BS ’47
Lou Mason, BS ’52
Claude H. McIntosh, BS ’43
Allen C. Merritt, BS ’67, MS ’69, Ph.D. ’76
Leon H. Meyer, BS ’49
John G. Moss, BS ’54
Oswald Newell Jr., BS ’46
Samuel M. Norwood, BS ’73
Mark B. Nowack, BS ’81
Robert A. Pendergrast, BS ’43
Rogelio "Roger" S. Ribas, BS ’48
Jerry A. Richards, BS ’71
James C. Rivenbark, BS ’51
Walter C.G. Saeman, BS ’40
William H. Schloenback, BS ’50
Joseph V. Smarr Jr., BS ’77
Lewis F. Spitzer, BS ’48
George N. Spring Jr., BS ’38
Robert McKinley Stafford, BS ’42
James E. Stevens Jr., BS ’46
William R. Stevens III, BS ’66
David A. Stivers, BS ’45
Lloyd C. Thayer Jr., BS ’51
Dale L. Thornborough, BS ’56
Jon E. Tinsley, BS ’60
Samuel B. Vaughn Jr., BS ’50
Richard H. Volavka, BS ’67
Raymond C. Ward, BS ’50
Allan “Mike” Webb Jr., BS ’49
Charles M. White, BS ’51, Ph.D. ’55
January 2012-May 2013
Jack Powers, ChE ’53, has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 51 years. The couple has two children and two grandchildren. He owned and operated E-KAN, Inc. in Topeka, Kansas for 26 years. The business was acquired by the CINTAS Corporation in 2006. Today, Powers is an active sponsor of the non-profit Trash Mountain Project, which is allied with Kids With A Hope. The Trash Mountain Project is currently building a complete Christian community to serve needs of children who live around the Santiago garbage dump in the Dominican Republic.
William H. Winn, ChE ’57, was honored in November on National Philanthropy Day in Denver as Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser of the year for his work with Friends of the Haven. He founded and currently serves as president of the organization, which supports a Fort Logan, Colorado-area early childhood education center for children of women with substance abuse and mental health disorders.
Amit Roy, MS ChE ’71, PhD ChE ’76, received the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Indian Institute of Technology last fall. Roy is president and CEO of the International Fertilizer Development Center in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and has spent more than 30 years fighting the global war on hunger.
Laura Gimpelson, ChE ’79, was elected to the rank of fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. She is secretary of the Virtual Local Section and a past president of the South Texas Section. Gimpelson lives in Orlando with her husband, John Norris, Text ’67, MS IM ’79.
Cliff Hanna, ChE ’88, came out of retirement this past summer to play in the World Flying Disc Federation World Championship. The games took place in Italy and his team, the U.S. Grand Master’s, took home gold.
Kelli Booth, ChE ’93, cofounded SciGenesis, a biotechnology company that has developed camouflage face paint that delays the onset of third-degree burns. The prototype has been approved by the Department of Defense.
Chad Tarter, ChE ’98, and Jennifer Devens Tarter, IE ’99, welcomed twin daughters, Kate Aubrey and Brooke Finley, on September 5, 2011. They join big brother, Cole, 5, at home in Nashville.
Jennifer Stoudt Woodson, ChE ’99, and her husband, Damon, welcomed son Achilles Tobias on February 3, 2012. He joins sister, Persephone Kathleen, 6, and brother, Nicholas Perry, 4, at the family’s home in Macon, Georgia. Woodson is an adjunct business professor at Gordon College.
Billy Voelkel, ChE ’02, and his wife, Cathy, announce the birth of a daughter, Madison AnnMarie, on December 31, 2011. The family lives in Minneapolis where Voelkel is a quality & regulatory product manager for children’s cereal at General Mills.
Benjamin Balogh, ChE ’03, and Catherine Balogh, PFE ’05, welcomed daughter Julianne Janine on January 19, 2012. The family resides in Florence, Kentucky.
Kira Kuck, ChE ’04, married Rory Hersch on November 5, 2011, in Santa Barbara, California. The couple lives in Manhattan, where Kuck works for Pfizer.
Jason Hicks, ChE ’07, received the Frank O'Malley Undergraduate Teaching Award. This annual award is given to one member of the Notre Dame faculty by the student government and is based upon outstanding service to students. Of the fifteen previous awardees, Hicks is the first recipient from the College of Engineering.
Rebecca Shiels Hicks, ChE ’08, accepted a position as the Assistant Director for Research Support for the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Notre Dame.
Donifan Barahona, ChBE '10, was promoted to civil servant status at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center after serving two years as a postdoctoral researcher. He also received an adjunct position at the University of Maryland - Baltimore County where he will interact and work with graduate students.
Michael Flanigan, ChBE ’10, and William Mehserle Jr., ChBE ’10, launched The Expressionary (theexpressionary.com), a company that helps people find personal gifts for their loved ones using a word recommendation engine. Flanigan and Mehserle have committed to donating 10 percent of corporate profits to partner charities.
Rich Moore, ChBE '11, was accepted into the twelfth Atmospheric Chemistry Colloquium for Emerging Senior Scientists, also known at ACCESS XII. The Purpose of ACCESS is to bring together young researchers in atmospheric chemistry and representatives of the principal federal government agencies that fun atmospheric chemistry research to engage in scientific discussion and interaction. ACCESS XII will take place July 26-27, 2013, at the Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Donald Arthur Campbell, BS ’51
Maywood W. Chesson Jr., BS ’48
Alexandra Y. Cleary, BS ’82
Patrick P. Garvin, BS ’61
Herschel Willcox Godbee, BS ’52, Ph.D. ’63
James Walter Heatwole, BS ’40
Gordon C. Hicks, BS ’42
Jean Finison León, BS ’80
Robert McKinley Stafford, Jr., BS '42
Nelson August Stumpe Jr., BS ’49, MS ’50
Ricardo Louis Togna, BS ’53
Thomas Hamilton “Ham” Traylor, BS ’54
Joseph E. Watts Jr., BS ’66