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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.

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.

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.

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.


Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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.

Abby Shepard (B.S., CEEES ’16) has been awarded a grant by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program to learn or teach abroad in 2018-2019. She was one of 26 University of Notre Dame students and alumni who were so honored. A native of Dayton, Ohio, she was awarded an English teaching assistantship to the Slovak Republic. She serves as marketing director at Delaware State Parks and photographer at Abby Shepard Photography.


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.

Teng WU (M.S., CEEES ’12; Ph.D., CEEES ’13) was awarded the 2018 International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) Prize. The award honors an early career IABSE member under 40 years of age for outstanding achievements in the field of structural engineering in research, design, or construction. At 32, Wu is one of the youngest recipients to receive the prize. He will receive the award at the 40th IABSE Symposium in Nantes, France, in September 2018.

Wu is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at the University of Buffalo in New York.


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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