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1950s

Sesto J. Voce ’56
Rancho Palos Verdes, California

Sesto is enjoying traveling and spending time with his family in the Los Angeles area. He retired from TRW Systems after 31 years with the company. “In life, when everything is said and done, what remains is your family and the relationship you established with it,” he writes. “I do go to the gym to stay in shape. My wife and I enjoy our travels to Europe. We also enjoy our travels with my four children and my eight grandchildren. I don’t do much technical work anymore. I’m enjoying my family and God’s creation.”

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.

Thomas E. Sampson ’63
Carefree, Arizona

Tom has been awarded the Vincent J. DeVito Distinguished Service Award by The Institute of Nuclear Materials Management. The award recognizes his many technical contributions and achievements in the development of gamma spectrometry systems for nuclear safeguards.

1970s

Kenneth First ’71
Midland, Michigan

Ken recently retired from the Dow Chemical Company and is a part-time staff consultant with the AIChE Center for Chemical Process Safety and a part-time lecturer at the University of Michigan. In February, he addressed the Mid-Michigan Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and talked about process safety. Ken earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Case Institute of Technology.

Aklilu Demessie ’77, MS ‘81
Hudson, Ohio

Aklilu, a retired senior engineer with Goodrich Landing Gear in Cleveland, was honored by the Ethiopian Crown Council for a lifetime of achievement in community service with the Knight Grand Cross from Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie, the grandson of Emperor Haile Selassie.

Stephen Mraz ’79
Cleveland, Ohio

Steve was named senior editor of Hydraulics & Pneumatics, a trade publication of Endeavor Business Media. For more than 30 years Steve has been writing on engineering management, fastening and joining, tribology, motion control, materials and mechanical engineering. He earned his biomedical engineering degree from Case Institute of Technology, then entered the Navy, where he flew as a Naval flight officer in an airborne early warning squadron.

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

Thomas Botzman, ’81, PhD
Alliance, Ohio

Tom was named the 13th president of the University of Mount Union, starting in July 2020. He will step down as president of Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania. A former Mount Union faculty member and administrator, Tom began his career with a bachelor’s degree in polymer and macromolecular engineering from Case Institute of Technology. He worked in private industry before joining academia, including as a polymer engineer for Goodyear, and is the inventor on 12 patents.

James Zizelman ’82, MS ’84
Rochester Hills, Michigan

Jim has been named president of the Control Devices Division of Stoneridge, Inc., a maker of electrical and electronic components for the automotive industry headquartered in Novi, Michigan. He’s responsible for driving product development, innovation strategy and technical vision. Previously, Jim supported Stoneridge as a consultant, was vice president of engineering at Aptiv, and worked for more than 20 years at Delphi. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Case.

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.

Gregory F. Shay ’83, MS ’91
Mentor, Ohio

Greg won a technical Emmy in the 71st Annual Technology and Engineering Emmy Awards by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. His Emmy was to be presented in Las Vegas in April but the awards ceremony has been postponed because of the pandemic. Greg is the CTO at the Telos Alliance in downtown Cleveland. The award recognizes broadcast technology that he helped develop and that has become an industry standard.

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.

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 Wiencek, MS ’86, PhD ’89
Moscow, Idaho

John, an accomplished chemical and biochemical engineer, has been named provost and executive vice president at the University of Akron and is coming home. The Portage Lakes native, provost at the University of Idaho for the past six years, starts his new job May 29. John will serve as second-in-command at the university, reporting directly to the president and overseeing academics and the faculty. A professor of chemical education, he earned master’s and doctorate degrees in chemical engineering from Case Institute of Technology .

Samir Jadallah ‘87
Burlingame, California

Sam, a former Microsoft corporate vice president, recently joined Apple as its new leader of smart home technology. He talked about his journey from Case Institute of Technology to becoming the Head of Home at Apple April 8 as part of the CWRU Alumni Entrepreneurship Speaker Series. A Palestinian-American from New Jersey, Sam is the co-founder and chairman of the Institute for Middle East Understanding.

Aarti Chandna MS ’88
Atherton, California

Aarti is an executive board member and partner in the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund, which strives to make investments that have meaningful social impact. She was an online presenter in the CWRU Entrepreneurship Alumni Speaker Series April 9. Aarti, a member of the CWRU Board of Trustees, earned her master’s degree in computer science from the Case School of Engineering.

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.

1990s

Vicente Nazario ’90
Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

Vicente leads engineering operations as the Director and Site Leader for Honeywell Aerospace Puerto Rico. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and applied physics from Case Institute of Technology and joined Honeywell in 2007 as one of its first 12 employees on the island. Today, Honeywell’s workforce in the U.S. commonwealth nears 1,000.

Gabe Nelson ’92, ’95, PhD ’02
Wilmington, Massachusetts

Gabe has joined Massachusetts-based Berkshire Grey as a Senior Principal Roboticist. Previously, he was the Senior Robot Scientist at Boston Dynamics, where he worked for 16 years. Gabe earned three mechanical engineering degrees at Case, including his doctorate.

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.

Naci Ishakbeyoglu PhD ’94
Sunnyvale, California

Naci has accepted a position as Director, Engineerings at eHealth, Inc., an online marketplace for private health insurance. Previously, has was Engineering Manager and a staff software engineer at Vida Health, Inc. Naci earned his doctorate in computer engineering from the Case School of Engineering.

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.

Elliot Bendoly ’96
Worthington, Ohio

Elliot finished a three-year term as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Students and Programs at Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business and returned to the faculty ranks as a Professor of Management Sciences. He earned bachelors’ degrees in materials engineering and economics at Case.

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.

Jessica A. Gaskin, MS’ 98, PhD
Huntsville, Alabama

Jessica is the NASA-appointed study scientist for the Lynx X-ray Observatory mission concept. She’s leading a team focused on the next X-ray space telescope mission. Jessica is an astrophysicist in the Science Research Office of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. She earned her master’s degree in astronomy from Case.

2000s

Paul Adams, PhD ’00
Fayetteville, Arkansas

Paul, an associate professor in the department of chemistry and biochemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas, was named a Minority Access National Role Model by Minority Access, Inc. The group recognizes students and educators who inspire others to find cures or solve technological problems or address social disparities. Paul earned his doctorate in chemistry at Case.

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.

Carmen Fontana ’00, MSE ’05
Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Carmen leads the Modern Software Delivery Practice at Centric Consulting, where she focuses on the Cloud and artificial Intelligence offerings. She’s also a busy writer and speaker and an advisor to the Women in Tech Initiative at CWRU. Carmen earned her bachelor’s degree in systems and control and her master’s in computer engineering at the Case School of Engineering.

Eric Perreault, PhD ’00
Evanston, Illinois

Eric was a featured speaker at the BME Distinguished Lecture Series at the University of California, Irvine, in February. He talked about neural and musculoskeletal systems are how they are linked in the control of movement and posture. Eric, who earned his doctorate in biomedical engineering from the Case School of Engineering, is a professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University.

Carl Tashian ’00
San Francisco, California

Carl, a software engineer, writer and entrepreneur, is offering his services as an executive coach in the San Francisco Bay area via nerdcoach.io. He earned his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Case and has worked in the startup world for more than 20 years. Carl was the Head of Engineering and Co-founder at Yerdle.

Jacquelyn Adams ’02
Denver, Colorado

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.

Bill Rabbit ’03, MS ’06
Chesterland, Ohio

Bill is Engineering Project Manager at Nottingham Spirk Design Associates in Cleveland. Recently, he worked with staff at Sears think[box], the campus innovation center, to help design personal protective equipment for hospital workers caring for pandemic patients. Bill teamed up with a former classmate on the project, Ian Charnis ’05, the innovation lead at think[box]. Bill earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical 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.

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.

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.

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.

Elizabeth Altenau ’09
Medina, Ohio

Liz recently became Global Director of Marketing-Lower Extremity, for Integra LifeSciences, a global medical technology firm headquartered in New Jersey. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from the Case School of Engineering. Liz, who played soccer for the Lady Spartans, has shared her love for the game as a youth coach.

2010s

Katelyn Ballard ’10
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Katelyn is a Senior Engineer for Bechtel Plant Machinery. For nearly decade, she has served as a presentation judge for the Pittsburgh Regional Future City Competition, which seeks to increase public awareness and appreciation of the engineering profession during national Engineers Week. Katelyn earned her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Case and her master’s at the University of Pittsburgh.

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.

Colleen Konsavage ’12
New Albany, Ohio

Colleen has joined Zane State College in Zanesville, Ohio, as an assistant professor of electrical engineering technology. Previously, she was an engineer for American Electric Power, where she supported power generation at transmission stations in its Indiana-Michigan region. Colleen earned her bachelor’s degree in Systems & Control at Case, where she was a member of Engineers Without Borders.

Maryam Hashemian, MS ’13
Shaker Heights, Ohio

Maryam has moved into the position of Senior Systems Security Engineer at Rockwell Automation, which she joined in 2013. She earned her master’s degree in computer engineering from Case and is working toward her doctorate degree.

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

Stephanie Hippo ’15
Seattle, Washington

Steph was named a Women of Wisdom by the Women in Tech Initiative at CWRU for helping young women follow her path to success as a mentor and role model. She joined Google four years ago through its engineering residency program and today is a Site Reliability Engineer managing her own team. Steph earned her bachelor’s degree in computer science from Case, where she was a member of the Hacker Society and the Fencing Club. In 2016, she received the Young Alumni Leadership Award from the Case Alumni Association.

Abigail Sevier ’15, MS ’17
St. Louis, Missouri

Abby was the featured speaker at the Soar into STEM program of the St. Louis Science Center in April 2019. An aerospace engineer for Boeing Research and Technology, she talked about her experience with Boeing and the NASA Glenn Research Center to illustrate the team-based process of developing aerospace vehicles. She also staged a live demonstration of vertical lift aerodynamics using a small UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle), or drone. Abby earned her bachelor’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering and her master’s in aerospace engineering at Case.

Austin Engelbrecht ’16
Crown Point, Indiana

Austin recently became engaged to Caelainn Crnjak and the couple plans a June wedding. He’s a software developer for Applied Systems, where he is a member of the “tiger team” formed to expedite work on a feature in jeopardy of missing its target date. Austin earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Case, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Theta and sang with the a cappella choir Case in Point.

Bingying “Judy” Feng ’16
San Francisco, California

Judy is the co-founder of AntX Technologies, which she and a friend launched in 2019. The company has developed a “smart scale” that not only weighs food but provides calorie counts and nutritional information. She exhibited the technology at CES 2020 as part of the CWRU presentation team. An international student from China, Judy earned her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Case and her master’s in systems engineering at Penn.

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.

Daoning Zhou ’16, MEM ’17
Cleveland, Ohio

Daoning is a business analyst at Cohen & Company in Cleveland. He’s also an organizer of Cleveland’s popular annual GiveBackHack, where cash prizes are awarded for the best ideas for improving the community. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and his master’s in engineering management from Case.

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.

Nicholas Vitale ’17, MS ‘20
San Francisco, California

Nick is pursuing his doctorate at Stanford University, where he is working towards developing wearable integrated neural microsystems for applications in non-human primates. He earned two degrees in electrical engineering at Case.

Janet L. Gbur, PhD ’18
Canfield, Ohio

Janet, a research associate in materials science and engineering at the Case School of Engineering, was elected to the Leadership Council of the Microscopy Society of America. The society champions all forms of microscopy and the development of new imaging technologies. Janet will serve as its treasurer.

Turner Montgomery ‘18
Boston, Massachusetts

Turner is now a Field Clinical Engineer for Neocis Inc., a Boston company that develops assistive surgical robots. During the coronavirus pandemic, he volunteered for the Ventilator Project, an effort of engineers to develop and rapidly produce ventilators that could help patients stricken with COVID-19. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from the Case School of Engineering.

Jessica Powell ’18
Providence, Rhode Island

Jessica is an Associate Product Development Engineer at BD, formerly Becton Dickinson & Company, a medical technology firm in Warwick, Rhode Island. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering at Case and is working toward her master’s in biomedical engineering at Brown University.

Jeffery Sagerer ’18
Columbus Ohio

Jeffery is an Engineer Associate with Worthington Industries in the WIRED Rotational Program. He’s also a volunteer with the Ventilator Project, an effort of engineers to develop and rapidly produce ventilators that can help people stricken with COVID-19. Jeffery earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at Case.

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.

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.

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.

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].


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