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Waleed JOHNSON (B.S., CSE ’15; B.A., ART '15) works as an engineer by day. He develops mobile apps for Ford Motor Company in Detroit, Mich. At night he creates art. To date Johnson's work has been shown in galleries in Chicago, Detroit, and Washington, D.C.

On March 12, 2018, Biocoat, Inc., announced that Robert HERGENROTHER (B.S., CBE ’87) has joined the company as senior director, research and development.  Based in Horsham, Pa., Biocoat develops and licenses biomaterial coatings for medical devices. In this new position, Hergenrother will oversee research, development and new product innovation for the company. Prior to his appointment at Biocoat, Hergenrother served as director of medical technology development at Southern Research; he was also a professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Lawrence J. KUPFER (B.S., AME ’80) will serve as the next executive director and chief executive officer of the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority, effective March 1, 2018. He joins the WAPA after having served more than 20 years with Hess Corporation and its affiliated companies. He is also a former president of the Virgin Islands Next Generation Network and, most recently, chief operating officer of FarmPod, LLC, a Virgin Islands company working with startup businesses.

Effective January 2018, Damian MARSHALL (B.S., AME ’82) was promoted to vice president and added to the board of directors for Hallstar, a global specialty chemical company. Marshall began his tenure at Hallstar in 1997 as a product manager, most recently serving as general manager of Industrial Solutions, when he was responsible for the P&L, product development and strategic direction of Hallstar's specialty ester modifiers business.

M. Brent  McMICKELL (Ph.D., AME ’04) has been appointed senior vice president of global product development for AgJunction Inc., a leader in automated steering and machine control technology for precision agriculture. Prior to joining AgJunction he held various management positions, including senior director of program management at Honeywell Aerospace. He also led the development of strategic and operating plans for Honeywell's Orion space programs.

Dava NEWMAN (B.S., AME ’86) has been named a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Newman, the Apollo Professor of Astronautics and Engineering Systems at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and former deputy administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, is one of 22 in the Class of 2018 Fellows who will be honored Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at the AIAA Fellows Dinner in Hilton Crystal City, Va.

Larry ROONEY (B.S., AME ’04) has been promoted to president of Manhattan Construction Group, whose flagship company is Tulsa-based Manhattan Construction Co. He is the fifth generation of the Rooney family to work at Manhattan and will continue to serve as the regional manager for Manhattan Construction Co. in Oklahoma.

Michael SHEPHERD (B.S., CSE ’02) was elevated to principal at Fish and Richardson, effective January 1, 2018. A global patent prosecution, intellectual property litigation, and commercial litigation law firm, Shepherd focuses his practice on client counseling and patent prosecution in the areas of software and other computer-related technologies.

Peter WITTY (B.S., AME ’89; J.D. ’97) will join Cable ONE as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary on April 2, 2018. He currently serves as general counsel and secretary from the Gas Technology Institute and had previously spent several years with Abbott Laboratories, werving in various positions. Prior to returning to Notre Dame to attend law school, he served as an officer and helicopter pilot in the 101st Airborne Division during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

Steve ZAYKO (B.S., AME ’92), was named the 2017-18 Engineer of the Year by the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers. He currently serves as manager of Technical Services and Senior Engineer at PM Environmental, Inc. Zayko is registered as a professional engineer in nine states and is also a certified professional geologist.

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