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Alane ALVAREZ DE RIVERA (B.S., CEGEOS ’96) has published a children’s book, “Rocks, Jeans, and Busy Machines,” the first in a series of storybooks designed to help children understand what engineers do and encourage an interest in engineering fields.

Rocks, Jeans, and Busy Machines

Paul Brenner

Paul BRENNER’s (Ph.D., CSE ’07; B.S., CSE ’98) work on green computing was featured in the March 4, 2010, issue of The Economist. Brenner’s work focuses on “heat scavenging,” recycling heat that was generated for other purposes, such as locating computers in the South Bend Botanical Conservatories and Greenhouse in order to help heat the greenhouse and simultaneously reduce cooling costs in a traditional machine room.

John BRUNO (B.S., AME ’63) owns and operates Oak Summit Vineyard in upstate N.Y. He ran his family restaurant for 33 years and then “retired” to start the vineyard. He says the thermodynamic properties of compressible fluid flow come in handy when vinifying batches of his award-winning Pinot Noir.

John Bruno

Mark Comerford

Mark COMERFORD (B.S., MET ’84) currently serves and president and chief executive officer of Haynes International, a leading developer, manufacturer, and marketer of technologically advanced, high-performance alloys, primarily for use in the aerospace, land-based gas turbine, and chemical processing markets.

Michael DAHL (B.S., EE ’85) was appointed head of Vehicle Safety and Regulatory Compliance by FCA US LLC. Prior to this appointment, he held the position of director of Gasoline/Diesel Engine programs and Global Powertrain Coordination. He joined the company in 1985 as part of the Chrysler Institute of Engineering program.

Kevin A. FORD (B.S., AME ’82) served as pilot on the Space Shuttle Discovery Mission STS-128 that launched on August 28, 2009. He carried a jacket of the book “Aeronautics to Aerospace at the University of Notre Dame,” written by faculty members Thomas J. Mueller and Robert C. Nelson, with him on the 13-day flight.

Kevin Ford

Colonel Michael T. Good

Colonel Michael T. GOOD (B.S., AME '92) served as mission specialist on the Space Shuttle Atlantis Mission STS-125, which lifted off on May 11, 2009.  Good carried a Notre Dame pennant with him on the flight. His second shuttle mission, also aboard the Atlantis as a mission specialist, lifted off on May 14, 2010.

Joel HYPOLITE (B.S., CSE ’98) received one of two Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) at the 2010 BEYA Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Global Competitiveness Conference in February. Hypolite is a senior information security engineer and scientist and expert in computer security.

Joe Hypolite

Jason KEITH (Ph.D., CBE ’01) has been named interim dean of Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University. He had most recently served as MSU's Swalm School of Chemical Engineering director. He had also been serving as the director of the MSU Energy Institute. Since joining the MSU faculty he has been active in developing innovative teaching methods in engineering, which have been honored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Prior to joining the Bagley College, Keith spent 11 years on the faculty at Michigan Technological University.

Xenofon D. Koutsoukos

Xenofon D. KOUTSOUKOS (M.S., EE AND APMA ’98; Ph.D., EE ’00), associate professor of computer science and computer engineering at Vanderbilt University, participated in the National Academy of Engineering’s first Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium in November 2009.

Scott KRISCOVICH (B.S., EE ’88) was named president of TrueBridge Resources, a national professional staffing company based in Atlanta, Ga.

Scott Kriscovich

Joseph P. Lacher Jr. (B.S., AME ’91) joined Kemper Corporation as president, chief executive officer, and a member of the Kemper Board of Directors. He previously served in several senior executive roles in the insurance industry including Allstate Protection and Travelers Companies.

Stainless Steel for Design, Michael McGuire

An adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University and consultant with extensive steel industry experience, Michael MCGUIRE's (B.S., AME ’89)  book, "Stainless Steel for Design Engineers," has been published by ASM International.

A senior mechanical engineer with the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company in Chicago, Natascha NEPTUNE (B.S., AME ’99) was a nominee for the Exemplary Leadership Award for Wrigley’s 2010 Global Innovation Award Ceremony. She led the vibration data acquisition project for the company’s tab packaging system, the machine that produces the Orbit® brand. She is currently the Region 3 Director for the Black Alumni of Notre Dame.

Natascha Neptune

Percy A. Pierre

Percy A. PIERRE (B.S., EE ’61 M.S., EE ’63), professor emeritus of electrical engineering at Michigan State University and member of the Notre Dame board of Trustees, was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering for “his service to the Army in research and development, his contributions to engineering education, and his leadership in creating a national minority engineering effort.”

Stephen POWER (B.S., EE ’83) was recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for his dedication, leadership, and excellence in all aspects of travel services. Power is the chief executive officer of Business Travel Systems ASIA, Inc.

Stephen Power

Matt ROBINSON (B.S., AME ’96; Ph.D., AME ’01), has received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for his work on the Mars Curiosity rover mission. He was the Lead for the Mars Science Laboratory Mission Robotic Arms Team and the Lead Robotic Arm Rover Planner, but he has recently been appointed the Deputy Product Delivery Manager fro the Sampling and Caching Subsystem on the 2020 Mars Rover, which is under development. The 2020 mission will acquire rock cores and cache them for return to Earth via a follow-up  mission. Working on Mars related missions is not new for Matt; during his first Mars project he served as lead software engineer for the 2007 Phoenix lander robotic arm.

Cheryl B. SCHRADER (M.S., EE ’87; PH.D., EE ’91), currently serves as chancellor of Missouri University of Science and Technology. Passionate about STEM education, her research interests focus on developing and assessing innovative learning methods for students of all ages. She has served as Missouri S&T chancellor since 2012. Prior to that she was associate vice president for strategic research initiatives at Boise State University.

Michael TRELA (B.S., AME ’04), vice president of satellite systems at Skybox Imaging of Belmont, Calif., has been awarded the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 2014 Space Systems Award. He was honored for his “leadership and the Skybox Satellite Team for the innovative development of a low-cost high-performance earth imaging satellite.” Before joining Skybox, Trela was a space systems engineer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, worked on NASA’s MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) probe as the in-flight propulsion engineer, and also served as the in-flight fault protection lead on NASA’s Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) project.

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