Alumni Profiles

Aubrey Kelley-Cogdell ’10

December 5, 2013

Kelley-Cogdell ’10 Named Future Leader in Manufacturing

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Finding manufacturing solutions for aerospace companies is daily fare for Aubrey Kelley-Cogdell ’10. A computer-aided manufacturing programmer, she has been recognized for her skill in saving manufacturers thousands of dollars each year by being named to the “30 Under 30” list by Manufacturing Engineering Media, which spotlights future leaders in manufacturing. Kelley-Cogdell, who works at [...]

Chantal Pasquarello '02

November 15, 2013

Chantal Pasquarello ’02 Defends Human Rights

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By Kate Helm No risk, no reward. That’s what Chantal Pasquarello ’02 has learned working to promote freedom and social justice around the world. “I try to remain open to opportunities that arise. They may seem terrifying or risky at the time, but generally, nothing worth doing is easy,” says Pasquarello, deputy director of Freedom [...]

S. Robert Roth '81

November 8, 2013

Capt. S. Robert Roth ’81 Commands USS Harry S. Truman

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By Matt Sinclair If the domestic steel industry hadn’t gone through a major correction during the early 1980s, Bob Roth ’81 might still be working as a civilian engineer in the field. Instead, he stands atop a massive steel structure, leading the crew of 5,000 sailors and Marines as captain of the USS Harry S. [...]

Chicago Bears linebacker Blake Costanzo '06 runs down the field during a game

October 24, 2013

Catching Up with Chicago Bears’ Blake Costanzo ’06

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Blake Costanzo ’06 is in his second season with the Chicago Bears and his seventh in the National Football League. He has played some games at linebacker but has been known as a standout special teams performer his entire career, once earning selection to SI.com’s All-Pro team on special teams. GoLeopards.com recently caught up with him. GoLeopards.com: What [...]

Karen A. Pompanella '88

September 20, 2013

Karen Pompanella ’88 Manages $6 Billion USPS Transportation Budget

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“Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” reads the inscription on New York City’s James A. Farley Post Office. That motto is literally enabled by Karen A. Pompanella ’88, United States Postal Service manager, transportation portfolio, who manages a $6 billion [...]

Chris McCumber '89

September 13, 2013

Chris McCumber ’89 Named President of USA Network

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Creator of the transformative slogan “Characters welcome” and head of the team that made USA Network the number one cable TV destination, Chris McCumber ’89 became president of USA Network Sept. 9. Co-president for the past two and a half years, McCumber was previously executive vice president of marketing, digital, and brand strategy. He and [...]

Chemical engineer Pat Myers ’82

September 2, 2013

Pat Anderson Myers ’82 Oversees Computer Systems for Oil Refining

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By Bill Kline A future class valedictorian from Southern New Jersey who wanted to be a math major, Pat Anderson Myers ’82 visited Lafayette for a one-week program called Minority Introduction to Engineering (MITE). The program changed her life, inspiring a switch from math to engineering that led to a highly successful career and to [...]

Dave Roper '60

August 26, 2013

Jazz Pianist Dave Roper ’60 Has Charmed Lehigh Valley Crowds for 54 Years

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By Geoff Gehman ’80 Ballads and boogies are played with an elegant fire, an easy zest. This pianist sounds so comfortable, so deep in the pocket; he could be meditating. Flanked by a bassist and a drummer, Dave Roper ’60 has turned the Hotel Bethlehem’s Tap Room into a jazz nest on first Thursdays and [...]

Rosemary Konner Steinbaum '74

August 22, 2013

Rosemary Steinbaum ’74 Curates Philip Roth Exhibit

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“Newark has been to Philip Roth’s writing what whaling was to Melville,” said Rosemary Konner Steinbaum ’74 in an article in the Huffington Post about a photographic exhibit on the acclaimed American author, one of a number of events staged in his hometown to honor his 80th birthday. The city is a nexus for Roth [...]

Silas Beane '88

August 16, 2013

Physicist Silas Beane ’88 Researches Simulated Reality

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By Matt Sinclair ’90 What if the world we live in is simulated reality, and just what does that mean? That is one of various questions on the mind of Silas R. Beane ’88, who has spent the past year conducting pure research as the Mercator Professor of Physics at the University of Bonn, Germany. [...]