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Samuel Davis ’56
Woodland Hills, California

Samuel’s latest book, Managing Electric Vehicle Power, was published in 2021 by SAE International. The book focuses on power management of electric vehicles. He is also the author of Computer Data Displays published by Prentice-Hall. Samuel worked for 25 years as an electronics design engineer and manager and for 35 years as an electronics trade press editor. He holds a patent for an innovation that simplifies electronic system integration in naval ship construction.


Joel Third ’60
Ridgefield, Connecticut

Joel was honored by the Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center for his years of volunteer service, including a term as president. The museum established a scholarship in honor of his late wife, Bettie Jane. Joel retired after 47 years as an international systems engineer and marketing director with ITT and Harris corporations and has been active in the Ridgefield community. An antique print collector and a birder, Joel is the past president of Ridgefield Rotary Club and Men’s Club and a board member of the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra.

Ted Ciszek ’64
Evergreen, Colorado

Ted is enjoying performing an eclectic variety of music as a guitarist and vocalist at local open mics, nursing homes and restaurants.  He retired in 2003 as a Principal Scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and is now a consultant focused on semiconductor silicon crystal growth and materials science. A physicist with 26 patents, Ted also founded a gemstone and jewelry business focusing on lab-grown gemstones. You can learn more about his art and music at

Charles Oprian ’65, PhD
Macomb, Illinois

Charles plays accordion with the Peoria Area Accordion Club. Under the banner, “Let’s Polka,” the club promotes the accordion for all types of music and occasions and fosters the enjoyment of the accordion as well as camaraderie among accordion aficionados. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Case Institute of Technology and taught math and statistics at Western Illinois University until retiring in 2001, when he was named professor emeritus and resumed playing the accordion.

Michael Diamant ’68
Shaker Heights, Ohio

Michael has again been named one of the World’s Leading Technology Neutrals by the Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center. He’s one of 51 professionals included in the 2023 “Tech List,” which identifies people deemed “exceptionally qualified” to mediate business disputes involving technology. An attorney for Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, Michael earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering science from Case Institute of Technology. He’s a member of the board of the Case Alumni Association and a former president of the CAA.


Stanley A. Mertzman, MS ’71, PhD ’72
Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Stan has retired from full time teaching after 50 years in the classroom at Franklin & Marshall College, where he was an award winning instructor in the Department of Geology.  He reports that he continues to pursue research, sometimes in partnership with his daughter, Karen. Outside of the classroom, Stan established an impressive legacy as a distance runner. He has completed 47 marathons, all but two in times under four hours.

Jennie Hwang, PhD ’76
Bedford, New York

Jennie was one of the presenters in January at IPC APEX Expo 2023, one of the leading technical conferences of the electronics manufacturing industry.  She delivered a pair of talks on manufacturing reliability, including one titled “Preventing Manufacturing Defects and Product Failure.” A materials scientist and international businesswoman, Jennie is CEO of H-Technologies Group, a consultancy focused on global business strategy. She made Case history as the first woman to earn a doctorate from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. 

Valentine Matula ’79, PhD ’87
Granville, Ohio

Val decided he wasn’t ready for retirement after all. He joined Assertion Inc., a maker of data security software, as Chief Technology Officer. He had retired in 2021 from Avaya Labs, where he worked for 33 years. A computer pioneer, Val holds nearly 100 patents and serves as president of the Kiwanis Club of Granville.


James Zizelman ’82, MS ’84
Novi, Michigan

Jim has been named president and chief executive officer of Stoneridge Inc.,  a leader in highly engineered electrical and electronic components for the commercial vehicle and automotive industry. He joined the company in 2020 as president of its Control Devices division. Previously, Jim was vice president of engineering and program management at Aptiv, where he had overarching responsibility for engineering and supported the company’s transition from Delphi. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Case Institute of Technology. 

V. Prakash Reddy, PhD ’86
Rolla, Missouri

Prakash has been elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a tribute to his contributions to the field of organic chemistry. He’s a professor of chemistry at Missouri University of Science and Technology, where his research group is working to mitigate the toxic effects of pesticides. Prakash earned his doctorate in chemistry from Case Institute of Technology.

Adriana Velazquez Berumen, MS ’86
Geneva, Switzerland

Adriana was honored by the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering for “significant contribution to Biomedical Engineering in the field of health technology assessment of medical devices.” She’s the lead engineer for medical devices at the World Health Organization. Adriana earned her master’s degree in biomedical engineering from Case as an international student from Mexico.

Lutfiye U. Yalcinalp, MS ’87, PhD ’91
San Francisco, California

Umit, an accomplished software engineer, is focused on next generation applications as an architect for Oracle. She helps other women following her path as co-founder of Turkish Women in Computing. She also paints and sings. Umit earned both of her advanced degrees in computer science from Case Institute of Technology.


Kara McMillan ’92
Auburn, California

Kara has joined Cisco AppDynamics as the Senior Product Manager, Security and Compliance. Previously, she was Senior Product Manager at Micro Focus. Kara earned her bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from the Case School of Engineering.

Brett Finley ’93
Riverwoods, Illinois

Brett was named CEO of PLZ Corp., North America’s largest independent specialty aerosol and liquid product manufacturer. He brings to the position more than 25 years of experience in specialty manufacturing.  Previously, Brett was president of outdoor security for Fortune Brands, a home and security products company. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Case. 

Scott Stiefel ’93, MS ’93, MBA ’03
Shaker Heights, Ohio

Scott has been named chief executive officer of Telos Alliance, the Cleveland designer and provider of audio broadcast technology and equipment. He has served Telos in various capacities for more than 20 years, starting as a hardware and embedded systems engineer and working his way up to co-CEO. He was named CEO in January. Scott earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Case and his MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management.

Tina Giammarco Wolff '93
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Tina’s new novella, Good For It, was published in February by Down & Out Books. A civil engineer and director of business development for Kokosing Industrial, Tina writes thrillers and mysteries under the name TG Wolff. She also has written three books in a romantic suspense series under the name Anita DeVito. “Writing mysteries and engineering isn’t as different as you’d think,” she says. “Both require using logic and process to get from a starting problem to a solution.” Find her books at

Yusuf Muhammad ’94, MS ‘01
Piney Flats, Tennessee

Yusuf is the president of ADPma, a maker of precision proprietary aircraft parts. Previously, he was the managing director of the Aerospace & Defense Sector of Ondes Sonaires Technologies. Yusuf earned his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and his master’s degree in mechanical engineering at Case.

Ryan Cahalane, MS ’96
Novelty, Ohio

Ryan is managing partner at Axiom Manufacturing Systems, a consultancy & systems integrator focused on operational transformation for mid-market manufacturers. Previously, he was president of FZ Industrial Tech. Ryan, an electrical engineer and a thought leader on smart manufacturing, earned his master’s degree in engineering management at Case.

Tusiime Ndyajunwoha ’96, MBA ‘04
Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Tusiime has joined OutSystems, a Boston-based software developer, as team lead of cloud financial operations. Previously, he worked for 15 years at Hyland Software. He’s also a teaching assistant for Microsoft TEALS, a volunteer effort to install computer science classes in more high schools across the country. Tusiime earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from the Case School of Engineering and his MBA from the Weatherhead School.

Jeremy Audino ’99
Solon, Ohio

Jeremy has joined Accuray, a designer of radiation therapy treatments for cancer patients, as a senior program manager. Previously, he was a program manager for MediView VR and the product manager for CoverMyMeds. Jeremy earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science at the Case School of Engineering.


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

Carmen has been promoted to vice president of operations at Augment Therapy, a Cleveland company developing technology to improve physical and occupational therapy, especially for children. Prior to joining the startup in 2021, she led the software delivery practice for Centric Consulting. A creative contributor to IEEE, Carmen received the Thomas P. Kicher ’59, MS ’62, PhD ’65 Meritorious Service Award from the Case Alumni Association at Homecoming 2022.

Stephanie Nogan Bailey ’03
Cleveland, Ohio

Stephanie helps translate VA technologies to the private sector as program manager of the Technical Transfer Assistance Program at the Cleveland VA Medical Center. She also facilitates the VA’s activities with Sears think[box], Case faculty and co-op students. Stephanie earned her bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from the Case School of Engineering.

Blake Driscoll ’05, PhD
London, England

Blake is a senior manager for Deloitte in London, where he specializes in management consulting and international development. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Case and his doctorate in technical policy from the University of Cambridge

Ya-Ting Liao MS ’07, PhD ’11
Highland Heights, Ohio

Ya-Ting is a presenter at the International Battery Seminar & Exhibit in Orlando March 21-23, where she’s scheduled to shed light on the burning behaviors of lithium-ion batteries. An associate professor for the Case School of Engineering, Ya-Ting leads the Computational Fire Dynamics Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Shardule P. Shah ’07, PhD
Walpole, Massachusetts

Shardule is CEO and co-founder of Lime Therapeutics, a cancer drug discovery company targeting lipid metabolism in cancer and neurodegenerative disorders. He’s building Lime with the support of the CWRU Alumni Venture Fund, which recently invested in his company.  Shardule earned his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Case, a doctorate from Emory and an MBA from Harvard.

Moiz Neemuchwala, MS ’08
Chicago, Illinois

Moiz has joined EY as a management consultant, bringing to the role more than 20 years of experience in technical product management. Previously, he was  the chief technology officer and vice president of digital solutions at Rite-Hite Digital Solutions. Moiz earned his master’s degree in electrical engineering at Case.

Randall Beck ’09, MS ’10
Northfield, Ohio

Randall was named an ENR Midwest Top Young Professional by Engineering News-Record in recognition of his work delivering clean water at home and abroad.  A senior project engineer for Shook Construction, Randall has led water resource projects valued at more than $200 million while planning mission trips that helped create safe water resources in Bolivia and Mozambique.  He said his passion for clean water sprang from his involvement with Engineers Without Borders while earning his degrees in civil engineering at Case.


Anna Borenstein ’15
Rockville, Maryland

Anna has been promoted to Principal Field Training and Education Specialist at Medtronic, where she’s a member of the Cardiac Ablation Solutions team. She’s also a volunteer firefighter in her community and an emergency medical technician.

Dylan Novisky ’15, MEM ’16
Atlanta, Georgia

Dylan has started a new position as Strategic Account Team Lead, Sales Engineering at Locus Robotics, a maker of autonomous robots for warehouses. Previously, he was Senior Sales Engineer.


Eric J. Stalcup, MS ’15
Cleveland, Ohio

Eric is a thermal engineer for the NASA Glenn Research Center, where he helped prepare the Orion spacecraft for the Artemis moon mission. He shares his research as an author for IEEE. Eric earned his master’s degree in aerospace engineering from Case.

Kristina Collins ’16, MS ’19, PhD ’22
Cleveland, Ohio

Kristina will be joining the Space Science Institute as a postdoctoral research fellow through the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs. Her research will tap her experience as a HAM radio operator (call sign KD8OXT) and a member of the Case Amateur Radio Club. She’ll be developing sonification and mixed reality tools to explore magnetometer data. In 2022, Kristina was awarded her doctorate in electrical engineering from the Case School of Engineering—28 years after her mom, Associate Professor Sunniva Collins, MS ’91, PhD ’94, earned her PhD from Case.

Niki Agrawal ’16
New York, New York

Niki has been elevated to data science consultant Level II at Pandata, a Cleveland-based artificial intelligence consultancy. She joined the firm in 2022 as a data scientist. Niki earned her bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering at the Case School of Engineering. 

Cal Al-Dhubaib ’16
Cleveland, Ohio

Cal was named a 2022 Notable Executive in Technology by Crain’s Cleveland Business. He’s the CEO of Pandata, a data science consultancy he founded while earning the first data science degree awarded by the Case School of Engineering. Pandata, based in Cleveland, helps companies and nonprofits create innovations with artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Rahma Sofiane ’16
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Rahma is an Analytics and Insights Manager for Procter & Gamble in Dubai, the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates of the Persian Gulf. Previously, she was a Senior Analyst of Product and Strategy for Willis Towers Watson in Montreal, a consultant for EY in Tunis, Tunisia, and a process engineer for Lubrizol in Cleveland. Rahma began her globe-trotting career with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Case School of Engineering.


Salena Torres '16, MEM ’17
Dallas, Texas

Salena, a transformation program director at AccentCare Inc., was elected vice president of the Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter of SHPE, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. She also serves on the NTX Council Board for Girlstart, a non-profit focused on increasing STEM interest among middle-school girls. Salena earned her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and her master’s in engineering management from the Case School of Engineering.

Jennifer L. DoVale '18, MS '18
Cleveland, Ohio

Jennifer is a civil engineer for the Cleveland office of Michael Baker International. She shared her professional insights with Case students at the annual luncheon of the Society of Women Engineers during the campus celebration of Engineers Week in February. Jennifer earned her Case degrees in civil engineering.

William Koehrsen ’18
Washington, D.C.

Will is now a senior machine learning engineer at Cortex Sustainability Intelligence, a company that helps businesses achieve sustainability goals with software and data science. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Case while volunteering at the Cleveland Food Bank, for which he was recognized as a Center for Civil Engagement and Learning (CCEL) Scholar.

Zhen Li, PhD ’18
Austin, Texas

Zhen has joined Tesla as a Senior Materials Test Engineer. Previously, he was a materials test engineer for Thyssenkrupp Dynamic Components. Zhen earned his doctorate in materials science from Case.


Sebastian Abisleiman ’21
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Sebastian is pursuing a doctorate in aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan, where he is a graduate research assistant. While earning his bachelor’s degree in aerospace and mechanical engineering at Case, he served as president of the Case Rocket Team.

Rachel Beller ’22, MS ’22
Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Rachel has the joined the Lubrizol Corp. as a process development engineer. She earned her degrees in chemical engineering at Case, where she was a member of the engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi, and was the drumline captain of the Spartan Marching Band.

Johanna Chikuni '22
Chicago, Illinois

Johanna has accepted a position as an associate quality engineer at Medline Industries, where she interned while earning her bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering. Johanna was part of the university’s Voting Outreach Team that encouraged students to register and vote.

Juan Perez de Jesus ’22
Cleveland, Ohio

Juan was named the University Athletic Association Athlete of the Week in January for his speedy performance at a track meet at Baldwin Wallace University. He broke his own school record in the 55-meter dash, crossing the finish line in 6.53 seconds. Juan earned his bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering at the Case School of Engineering and is now pursuing his doctorate at Case.

Lifan Deng ‘22
Chicago, Illinois

Lifan is pursuing a master of music in voice and opera at Northwestern University Bienen School of Music. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the Case School of Engineering and a bachelor’s degree in music, classical voice, from the College of Arts and Sciences. Lifan was a member of the Case Concert Choir and Mu Phi Epsilon.  

Jack L. Pistone '22
Norfolk, Virginia

Jack is serving in the United States Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer on the USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) on his first tour of duty. Afterward, he plans to attend the Nuclear Power School of the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command and be certified as a Reactor Officer. Jack earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering at Case.

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