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1950s

Virginia Walters, MS ‘58, PhD ‘65
Shelburne, Vermont

Ginny celebrated her 95th birthday on May 26 and her family made sure she did it in fun style. They created a music video tribute inspired by her favorite composers, Gilbert and Sullivan, for the celebration at her retirement community. Ginny earned her master’s and doctorate degrees in physic from Case Institute of Technology. You can view her birthday tribute on YouTube, HERE.

1960s

William R. King, MS '62, PhD '64
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Bill recently received the Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his achievements and leadership in management science and information systems.  He retired in 2008 with the rank of University Professor from the University of Pittsburgh, where he taught in the graduate school of business for more than 40 years and redesigned the doctoral program. Bill and Fay, his wife of 62 years, are now “snowbirds” who winter in Florida and spend summers in Pittsburgh’s Fox Chapel Borough.

Bruce Banks ’64
Olmsted Township, Ohio

Bruce, the most patented researcher in the history of the NASA Glenn Research Center, was inducted into the 2020 class of NASA’s Inventors Hall of Fame. He has developed and patented numerous innovations in electric propulsion technology, including a method of hydroforming ion optics that enabled ion thrusters to be used to keep commercial telecommunications spacecraft in their orbits. Bruce earned his bachelor’s degree in physics at Case Institute of Technology and began inventing for NASA in 1966. Today, he’s a senior physicist for NASA contractor Science Applications International Corporation.

Clive Hohberger ’64, MS ’66, PhD ’73
Highland Park, Illinois

Clive, an expert on systems to track and monitor vaccines, shared his thoughts on the logistical challenges of distributing a Covid-19 vaccine with DC VELOCITY, a magazine for logistics and supply chain executives. He described the need for a massive global effort as “Eventually, all 7.8 billion people in the world will need to be vaccinated.” Clive retired from Zebra Technologies after 24 years and today consults for blood banks and pharmaceutical companies as Chairman of Midwest Medical Technologies of America.  He earned three degrees from Case Institute of Technology, including a doctorate in computer engineering.

John Berry III ’67
Joppa, Maryland

John has written two futuristic adventure novels: Jason Johnson and the Last Assignment and the sequel, Jason Johnson and the Return Home. They are available on Amazon.com. John and his wife, Marita, live in a waterfront retirement community where he enjoys Christian counseling, boating and weightlifting.

1970s

John Bertko ’71
Pacific Grove, California

John is the chief actuary for Covered California, the state’s insurance marketplace. Early in the pandemic, he led the mathematical modeling and prepared the policy brief on the potential financial impact of the coronavirus. His report, which was picked up by The New York Times, warned of staggering public health and economic consequences without more federal action. It contributed to strategies that helped the nation avoid the worst of the projections. John, the former vice president and chief actuary at Humana Inc., earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics at Case Institute of Technology.

Andrew Wasynczuk '79, MS '79
Westwood, Massachusetts

Andy shared his memories of Case as part of a 50th anniversary video commemoration of university athletics. He played soccer and threw the javelin for the Spartans while earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering. He became a top executive for the New England Patriots and today is a senior lecturer at the Harvard Business School. In 2014, Andy received the Meritorious Service Award from the Case Alumni Association. He shares his story HERE.

1980s

Karl Jacob ’81
Midland, Michigan

Karl is sharing his skills in retirement with fellow engineers. As an instructor for AIChE, he is teaching chemical engineering to non-chemical engineers. He also teaches solids processing and assists with process design at the University of Michigan. Karl retired from the Dow Chemical Company as a Fellow in Engineering Sciences. He is also an AIChE Fellow.

Sue Jacob ’82
Midland, Michigan

Sue recently retired from the Dow Chemical Company, where she developed heat exchange, distillation and ASPEN modeling expertise through years of experience in process design and manufacturing. She is sharing her expertise as an instructor for the AIChE Academy. Sue earned her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Case Institute of Technology.

Michael Coyle ’83
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Michael was elected to the board of directors of Boston-based Haemonetics Corporation, a global medical technology company focused on hematology. He’s the Executive Vice President and Group President of the Cardiac and Vascular Group for Medtronic, where he oversees four of the company’s business divisions. Michael holds six U.S. patents related to cardiovascular medical device products and technologies. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Case Institute of Technology and is an advisor to the BME Think Tank of the Case School of Engineering.

Anthony Ignagni ’83, MS ’89
Oberlin, Ohio

Anthony is the co-founder and CEO of Synapse Biomedical of Oberlin, Ohio, a medical device company helping fight the coronavirus pandemic. In April, the FDA gave emergency approval to its neurostimulation device that helps wean patients off of ventilators. Synopsis was founded in 2002 with technology developed at CWRU and University Hospitals. Anthony earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biomedical engineering from the Case School of Engineering.

Jeen-long “Daniel” Liao, MS ’84
Shanghai, China

Daniel has retired as Chairman of Asia Pacific Operations of Lam Research, a semiconductor processing equipment company, and is now Lam’s Senior Advisor of Asia Pacific.  Also, he has accepted a position on the board of directors of Photronics effective September 10, 2020. Daniel received his master’s degree in electrical engineering and applied physics from Case Institute of Technology.

Louis “Andy” Bodnar ’85
Livonia, Michigan

Andy recently retired from the U.S. Navy, where he was the Chief of Staff for a special operations task force in the Republic of Djibouti. He has also served in Bosnia, Azerbaijan, Israel, Hawaii, Albania, Kuwait, Bahrain, Tunisia, South Africa, Senegal, Ghana, Gabon, Niger, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Somalia, Yemen and throughout the continental U.S. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Case as well as an MBA from Eastern Michigan University, an MS in Engineering from Purdue, an MS in the management of technology from Rensselaer Polytech and a MA in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College.

Alex Ho ’85
Memphis, Tennessee

Alex joined Terminix, one of the world’s largest termite and pest control companies, as chief marketing officer for the residential business. Previously, he was chief marketing officer for American Greetings Corp. in Cleveland. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Case Institute of Technology.

Susan Bagen ’86
Plano, Texas

Susan is an Application Development Manager at Micro Systems Technologies, in Plano, Texas, and has extensive experience as a process and product engineering consultant focused on electronic applications. She holds five U.S. patents. Susan earned her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Case.

Gary Barkov ‘86
Skokie, Illinois

Gary is vice president, healthcare technology management, for Advocate Aurora Health based in Downers Grove, Illinois, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He also plays drums for jazz bands. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Case Institute of Technology. 

John “Jack” Daly ’89, MS ’91
San Francisco, California

Jack is a partner at TPG Global, where he heads the Americas Industrials Equity business in New York. Previously he was a partner and managing director at Goldman Sachs. From 1991 to 1997, Jack was an instructor in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Case, where he founded a nonprofit program that developed equipment for people with disabilities. On May 19, he shared his experiences with the CWRU Entrepreneurship Speaker Series.

Tim Schigel ’89
Cincinnati, Ohio

Tim, a serial entrepreneur, is the founding partner of Refinery Ventures, an early stage venture capital investment firm in Cincinnati. He shares his insight with aspiring entrepreneurs as a mentor for The Brandery, a startup accelerator in Cincinnati. Tim, the founder of the social media platform ShareThis, earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Case.

Scott Seidman ’89, PhD ’93
Webster, New York

Scott was honored by the University of Rochester with its Goergen Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. He has been a faculty member in UR’s Department of Biomedical Engineering since its creation in 2000. He earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in biomedical engineering from the Case School of Engineering.

1990s

Kamal Hathi MS ‘90
Redmond, Washington

Kamil took a new position as Chief Technology Officer at DocuSign, the pioneering electronic-signatures company. Previously, he was head of product and engineering at Trader Interactive. Kamal earned his bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering at the Case School of Engineering and worked for more than 20 years at Microsoft.

John Skabardonis, PhD ’90
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

John is in charge of Technical Marketing for Electronics, North America, at Covestro, a producer of advanced polymers and plastics. He joined the company in marketing and communications 19 years ago. John, who is also a public speaker and photographer, earned his doctorate in physical organic chemistry at Case.

Datuk Mohd Anuar Taib ’90
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Anuar has been appointed chief operating officer and CEO designate of Sapura Energy Bhd, where he will lead a six-month transition as current CEO Tan Sri Shahril retires, the company announced in September. Anuar began his oil and gas career with the Royal Dutch Shell subsidiary in Malaysia, Sarawak Shell Berhad, in 1990, after earning his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Case.

Christopher VanOrman, PhD ’92
Hillsdale, Michigan

Chris has accepted the position of provost at Hillsdale College, where he joined the faculty in 1992 as a professor in the Chemistry Department. He has twice been named Hillsdale Professor of the Year. Chris earned his doctorate in chemistry from the Case School of Engineering. He owns a Harley Davidson Heritage Softail Classic motorcycle, which he enjoys riding with friends.

Arnold Huffman ’93
Atlanta, Georgia

Arnold is the founder and CEO at Digital Yalo, which was named the Digital Marketing Agency of the Year by the Technology Association of Georgia for 2019. He’s also president of the board of the Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University. Arnold earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Case School of Engineering while playing basketball for legendary Coach Bill Sudeck.

Vinish Kathuria MS ’94
New Delhi, India

Vinish is the managing partner at SenseAI Ventures, an investment firm that specializes in AI entrepreneurs. Previously he was the chief operating officer of Digital Quotient, a mobile marketing firm in India. Vinish worked for Microsoft, Infospace and Spice Digital in the United States before returning to India in 2007 to launch and lead startups. He earned his master’s degree from Case in polymer and macromolecular engineering.

Tusiime Ndyajunwoha ’94
Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Tusiime is a volunteer for TEALS, a Microsoft-sponsored effort to get Computer Science curriculums installed in more high schools across the country. As a TEALS volunteer, he partners with classroom teachers to teach CS classes during the school year. He’s also a supporter of youth soccer programs. For his real job, Tusiime is a Solution Owner at Hyland Software, applying his bachelor’s degree in computer science from the Case School of Engineering.

Bradley Wertz '94
Akron,Ohio

Brad is a founding investor and the chairman and CEO of GemonOncology, a Cleveland biotechnology startup that develops software to analyze genomic data. The company recently made news with its move into new offices in Cleveland’s Warehouse District. Previously, Brad served as president and chief operating officer of Rosetta, as COO of Brulant and as president and co-founder of Xteric Technology Group.

Navin Kunde, MS ’96, Ph.D. ’98
Pleasanton, California

Navin, who leads Open Innovation efforts at The Clorox Company, shared his insight into corporate innovation as a featured presenter at Technical.ly’s Introduced|Virtual conference in May. His team connects Clorox employees with different departments and with external experts to solve problems and share best practices. Navin earned both of his Case degrees, including a doctorate, in materials science and engineering.

Nimesh A. Mehta '96, MBA ’99
Dallas Texas

Nimesh was promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at National Life Group. He is in charge of information technology operations at the Vermont-based life insurance company and a member of its executive management team. Nimesh earned his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the Case School of Engineering and his MBA from the Weatherhead School.

Scott Adams, MS ’98
Rochester, Michigan

Scott has been named president of eMobility at Eaton Corp., responsible for leading the division that provides zero-emissions solutions for electric vehicles. Scott joined Eaton in 1994 as a project engineering manager in Cleveland and has held numerous positions of increasing scope in his 26-year career. Most recently, he served as senior vice president of product strategy, sales and marketing of eMobility.

2000s

Vicki Burt ‘00
Northfield, Ohio

Vicki is the Managing Editor of Magazines and Digital Media at ASM International, the world’s largest association of materials engineers and scientists. She’s also a judge for the annual scholarship program of SWE, the Society of Women Engineers. Vicki earned her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Case.

Eric Hanson ’01
Palo Alto, California

Eric has become a partner in the corporate practice group at WilmerHale, an international law firm with offices in Dayton and Palo Alto. He specializes in startups, public companies and venture capital funds. Prior to going into law, Eric worked as a database manager and a software engineer. He earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Case.

Brian Schriver ’01
Solon, Ohio

Brian became the Sales Enablement Team Lead, Commercial Program Development, at Rockwell Automation. He joined Rockwell in 2002 out of Case, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, and has worked as a design engineer, a marketing specialist and a technical content developer

Jacquelyn Adams ’02
Palo Alto, California

Jacquelyn is the founder and CEO of the engineering consultancy Ristole, which offers employee training and development. As an IEEE Senior Member, she serves as the vice-chair of IEEE’s Continuing Education program.

Nikolay Belenky ’02
Columbus, Ohio

Nick joined Top of Mind Networks as executive vice president of sales. He will direct sales operations at the maker of customer relationship software for the mortgage lending industry. Nick earned his bachelor’s degree from Case in computer engineering.

Daniel McFadden, MS ’02
Canton, Ohio

Daniel, the Director of North American Manufacturing at The Timken Company, in July joined the board of Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio. He’ll serve a three-year term. A mechanical engineer, Daniel earned his master’s degree in engineering management at Case.

Stephanie Nogan Bailey ’03
Shaker Heights, Ohio

Stephanie is a biomedical engineer at the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center in Cleveland, where she’s part of the team developing an adjustable walker to help people navigate steps and inclines. CWRU and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs have partnered with LevelMed Technologies to commercialize the Self-Leveling Walker. Stephanie earned her bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering with a specialization in biomechanics at the Case School of Engineering.

Paul Tesar ’03, PhD
Wickliffe, Ohio

Paul is among 20 researchers nationally to receive a Research Program Award  from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of the National Institutes of Health. He’s a professor of genetics and genome sciences at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Paul earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from the College of Arts and Sciences and went on to earn his doctorate from the University of Oxford.

Fr. Humbert Kilanowski ’04, PhD
Providence, Rhode Island

Fr. Humbert is an assistant professor of mathematics at Providence College and a pioneering baseball statistician. His research broadening the scope of WAR formulas was published in July in the Baseball Research Journal of the Society for American Baseball Research. He was Philip Kilanowski when he studied mathematics and astronomy at Case. In 2018, he was ordained a Catholic priest and became a Dominican Friar.

Robert C. Roberts ’05, MSE ’06, PhD '12
El Paso, Texas

Chris is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). He earned three degrees from the Case School of Engineering, including a doctorate in electrical engineering, studying under the direction of Norman C. Tien.

Michael J. Fu, MS '06, PhD '11
Mayfield Heights, Ohio

Michael, an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Case School of Engineering, received a National Science Foundation Early Career Award of $549,000 to continue his research into using electrical stimulation to help stroke victims regain muscle movement. He does the bulk of his research in stroke rehabilitation at MetroHealth System, where he is a staff scientist. Michael is also an investigator for the Cleveland FES Center. He earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering.

Rebecca Spragg '06
Detroit, Michigan

Rebecca is an Assistant Professor of Health Promotion and Human Performance at Eastern Michigan University. She joined EMU in 2017 following several years in the clinical field. Rebecca is a certified prosthetist orthotist focusing on pediatric care. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Case and her master’s in Prosthetics and Orthotics from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Michael Ackermann, MSE ’07, PhD ’10
Palo Alto, California

Michael’s startup won the Biotech/Life Sciences prize at the Entrepreneur Challenge at the University of California San Diego in June. He’s president and co-founder of Oculeve, a company with an experimental device designed to treat dry eye disease. Michael was the executive chairman of Oyster Point Pharmaceuticals when he delivered the Ford Distinguished Lecture on campus in 2017.

Shaan Gandhi ’07, MD
Boston, Massachusetts

Shaan, a doctor and an entrepreneur, joined the CWRU Entrepreneurship Speaker Series May 20 as a featured presenter. He’s a principal at Northpond Ventures, a science-driven venture capital firm, and co-founder of Pyxis Oncology, a biotechnology company that develops cancer treatments. Shaan earned bachelor’s degrees in biochemistry and chemistry at Case before studying medical oncology at Oxford as a Rhodes scholar. He then earned business and medical degrees from Harvard.

Matt Sommer ’07
Venice, California

Matt accepted a position as Director of Technology at Valis Biosciences, a company that develops tools for clinical trials and digital therapeutics. Previously he was a lead engineer for electric-vehicle maker Cano and Senior Technology Architect of Tesla. Matt earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Case, where he was president of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity.

Victoria Ma '08
Portland, Maine

Victoria is a certified registered nurse anesthetist at Maine Medical Center. She earned her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Case and interned at GE as an Edison Engineer, then pivoted to healthcare. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Columbia School of Nursing.

Michael Tober, MS ’08
Avon, Ohio

Mike has been named a senior executive in charge of brake controls at Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems in Elyria, Ohio. He started his career at Bendix 22 years ago through an engineering co-op and today qualifies as a mechanical, electrical and software engineer. He earned his master’s degree in systems and control from the Case School of Engineering. 

2010s

Maria D'Agostino ‘10
El Paso, Texas

Maria is an operations associate at Evernex, a provider of IT infrastructure maintenance. She started the position in 2019, after serving as Operations Manager of North Asia, based in Hong Kong. Maria earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Case.

Jessica Palmer '10, MEM '11
Strongsville, Ohio

Please congratulate Jessica and her husband who have welcomed their daughter Paisley Ray Palmer, born June 13, 2020. Jessica is a  Project Manager at Vitamix and  was recently elected to a three year term on the CAA Board.    

Saeed Alhassan Alkhazraji ’11, PhD
Abu Dhabi Na, United Arab Emirates

Saeed is an associate professor of chemical engineering at Khalifa University of Science and Technology. Recently, he filed a provisional patent application for a method to prepare an artificial, customizable soil that resembles fertile soils in Thailand and Ukraine and allows users to grow different crops based on their need.

Victoria Rusnak ’11, MEM ‘12
Denver, Colorado

Victoria is a Reentry Systems Engineer for Lockheed Martin, having joined the defense contractor in 2019. Previously she was an engineer lead for Raytheon. Victoria earned her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and her masters of engineering management at Case.

Bryan Schmidt ’11, PhD
Milan, Ohio

Bryan is a new assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Case School of Engineering. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering at Case and his master’s and doctorate in aeronautics at California Institute of Technology. Bryan joined the Case faculty in January.

Cady (Walter) Henigin ’12, MEM '13
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Cady was promoted to senior manager at Accenture, in its Talent & Organization practice, where she has worked since 2013. In 2019, she was recognized as one of “30 Under Thirty” business leaders of note by Pittsburgh Business Times. She earned her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and her master’s of engineering management at Case, where she was a member of WISER and the Spartan Dance Team.

Liang Yue, MS ’14, PhD ’18
Cleveland, Ohio

Liang is a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at the Case School of Engineering. Working with Distinguished University Professor Ica Manas-Zloczower, he helped develop technology to break down and re-use rigid, long-lasting plastics that previously had defied recycling. The pair are working with the Great Lakes Energy Institute and CWRU’s Office of Technology Transfer to identify industry partners.

Jacob Antunes ’15, MS ’16
Cleveland, Ohio

Jacob is pursuing his doctorate in biomedical engineering at the Case School of Engineering while working as a research assistant in the lab of Anant Madabhushi, PhD, and the Center for Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics. Recently, he was named as an inventor on a patent awarded to the center for treating and evaluating rectal cancer with image analytics

Elizabeth Barrios, MS ’15
Orlando, Florida

Elizabeth is a NASA Space Technology Research Fellow at the University of Central Florida, where she is pursuing her doctorate in materials science and engineering. She has worked as a materials and process engineer at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center since 2015. Elizabeth earned her master’s degree in materials science and engineering at Case.

 

Paige Altemare ‘16
Los Angeles, California

Paige was promoted to Expansion Manager at McMaster-Carr, the venerable supplier of hardware, tools, raw materials, and industrial materials. Previously, she was a production team leader at Ecolab. Paige earned her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at Case, where she was a member of the Student Sustainability Council.

Nikhil Krishnan '16, MD
Cambridge, England

Nikhil is one of 88 students from around the world—and the third in CWRU history—to earn the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship, continuing a tradition that gives the Department of Physics something to crow about. All three CWRU winners have physics degrees. Nikhil went on to earn a medical degree from the CWRU School of Medicine. As a Gates scholar, he will study as a PhD candidate in physics at the University of Cambridge beginning this fall.

Abigail Walker ’16
Cleveland, Ohio

Abby is a software engineer with McKesson Specialty Health. Previously, she was a platform software engineer for IBM Watson-Explorys. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Case, where she was co-president of Newman Campus Catholic Ministry and a member of the Mather Dance Collective.

Ryan Chaban ’17
Williamsburg, Virginia

Ryan is pursuing his doctorate degree in physics at William & Mary, where he was selected for the inaugural Commonwealth of Virginia Engineer and Science Fellowship in summer 2020. In 2017, his essay, “Doublet Dudes: Shaping the Future of Fusion,” won first prize in the inaugural History of Physics Essay Contest sponsored by the Forum on the History of Physics of the American Physical Society. Ryan earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering physics at Case, where he was a brother of Sigma Nu.

Justo Karell ’17, MBA ’19
Stamford, Connecticut

Justo is a military engines data scientist for Pratt & Whitney and a co-founder of two social venture startups: SalHatesFoodWaste maps potential food waste and cheap and free food in the Hartford area. Mobility, launched in Cleveland in 2019, installs bike-sharing programs in low income neighborhoods. Justo earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering physics at the Case School of Engineering.

Andrew Cai '18, MS ’20
San Diego, California

Andrew is part of the 2020 graduate cohort at Johnson Matthey, a global leader in sustainable technologies. In August, he started his first rotation in San Diego working on medical coatings as a research and development engineer. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in materials science at the Case School of Engineering.

Jeffrey Salmans Jr. '18
Parkersburg, West Virginia

Jeff celebrated his engagement to Allie Madeleine Hammer in September. The couple plans to wed in 2021. He’s a laboratory analyst and process engineer at specialty chemical manufacturer ECO USA. Jeff earned his master’s degree in biomedical engineering at the Case School of Engineering.

Pranjal Vaidya, MS ’18
Cleveland, Ohio

Pranjal was named to the 2020 Class of SIGHPC Computational and Data Science Fellows, which recognizes her as one of the leading young scientists in high performance computing.  She’ll receive $15,000 annually to continue her studies toward a PhD. She’s a full-time doctoral student in the Center for Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Jered Butler ’19
Seattle, Washington

Jered, a design engineer for Boeing, recently joined the company’s Engineering Career Foundation leadership program as a rotational engineer. He earned his bachelor’s degree in aerospace and mechanical engineering at Case, where he was a leader in the Case chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers.

Emily Dickens '19, MEM ‘20
Cleveland, Ohio

Emily joined Cleveland startup Octet Scientific as the Head of Product Development. She’ll be creating novel molecules for zinc batteries and working towards the future of sustainable energy storage. Emily earned her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and her Masters of Engineering and Management at Case, where she was a Think Energy Fellow with the Great Lakes Energy Institute.

Lucas Fridman ’19
Palo Alto, California

Lucas’s startup, Workbench Technologies, was accepted into the 2020 class of Y Combinator, one of the nation’s leading startup accelerators. Workbench develops project management software for supply-chain teams. He launched the company with classmate Prince Gosh and serves as chief technology officer. Lucas earned his bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering and applied data science at Case, where he was a ThinkEnergy Fellow with the Great Lakes Energy Institute.

Prince Ghosh ’19
Palo Alto, California

Prince is co-founder and CEO of Workbench Technologies, which develops project management software for supply-chain teams. The startup was accepted into the 2020 class of Y Combinator, one of the nation’s leading startup accelerators. Prince earned his bachelor’s degree in aerospace and mechanical engineering and was a ThinkEnergy Fellow with the Great Lakes Energy Institute.

Andrew Jimenez ‘19
Cleveland, Ohio

Andrew is working as a graduate research assistant at the NASA Glenn Research Center while pursuing a master’s degree in mechanical engineering at the Case School of Engineering. He earned dual bachelor degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering at Case, where he was active in the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, La Alianza and Sigma Nu fraternity.

2020s

Akinola. D. Akinbote ’20
Barcelona, Spain

Akinola is pursuing his doctorate in tissue engineering and disease modeling at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Barcelona, Spain. The EMBL PhD program is fully-funded by the European Union and accepts less than 5 percent of applicants. An international student from Nigeria, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Macromolecular Science & Engineering from Case. With the help of the Case Alumni Association, he also studied tissue engineering at Rice University. He hopes to become a biomedical engineer specialized in regenerative medicine and tissue engineering.

Emily Hwang ‘20
Boston, Massachusetts

Emily has been accepted into the masters of mechanical engineering program at Boston University and starts classes this fall. In January, she’s scheduled to join GE Aviation as part of its Edison Leadership Development Program, an opportunity that was delayed because of the pandemic. Emily earned her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Case, where she was chosen as the first Joe Prahl Scholar and awarded a scholarship in honor of the late Professor Joe Prahl.

Humza Khan ‘20
Madison, Wisconsin

Humza joined Epic, the healthcare software giant, as a project manager. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from the Case School of Engineering, where he was a member of the Case Engineers Council.

Brianna Lemon ’20
Cleveland, Ohio

Brianna has accepted a position as a software engineer at JP Morgan Chase. She earned her bachelor’s degree in computer science from Case as well as a bachelor’s degree in marketing. As a member of the Spartan volleyball team, she became only the sixth player in program history to record 1,000 kills.

Emily Long ‘20
Washington D.C.

Emily has started a new position as a biomedical engineer at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Previously, she was an Edison Engineering Intern at GE Healthcare. Emily earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Case, where she was active in the Global Health Design Collaborative

Andrea Norris ’20
Cleveland, Ohio

Andrea has joined Thermo Fisher Scientific as an electrical engineer. She served as president of CWRUbotix, the Case robotics club, while earning her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

Tin Pham ’20
Boston, Massachusetts

Tin will be pursuing his doctorate in chemistry at Tufts University starting this fall. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Case, where he was an orientation leader and a student worker at Sears think[box].

Anna Sedlackova ’20, MS ’20
Cupertino, California

Anna accepted a position as a software engineer for the Siri Rotational Program at Apple. She will help establish the coding and engineering patterns for human-computer interaction and voice computing. She twice interned at Apple while earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science at the Case School of Engineering. Anna was also a researcher in the Biologically Inspired Robotics Laboratory at Case and an organizer of HackCWRU. She speaks five languages, including her native Czech and Slovak.

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