Alumni Success Stories
By Kevin Gray For her teaching skills and work on curriculum to support the awareness and development of sustainable systems and retention of students in engineering and technology, Leah Figur Akins ’82 received the 2011 State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Professor and head of engineering, architecture, and computer technology, Dutchess Community [...]
By Kevin Gray Long intrigued by the notion that the mind and body interact in reciprocal ways, Ali Berlin Weinstein ’99 is conducting novel research into the effects of mental stress reactivity on cardiac patients. Weinstein, deputy director of the Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability, George Mason University, Fairfax, Va., and her [...]
Now in his 20th year, U.S. District Court Judge Joel Pisano ’71 presides over high-stakes cases in Trenton, N.J., involving virtually every aspect of the law. As he oversees a weighty caseload, Pisano is energized by the variety of his docket and the enthusiasm of young minds that come to his office to learn and [...]
By Matt Sinclair ’90 Today, Rick Lettieri ’69 focuses his law practice on the discipline he foretold more than 25 years ago. As founder of Lettieri Law Firm, LLC, in Pittsburgh, Pa., he is an electronic discovery counsel and a pioneer in this evolving legal field. Lettieri first glimpsed the current sea change in legal [...]
Superintendent of Abington School District in Montgomery County, Pa., Amy Silverstein Sichel ’75 is president-elect of American Association of School Administrators, the professional organization of more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and internationally. She will become president in 2013 and will be the first Pennsylvania school chief to lead the national association [...]
Alex Meis ’08 is part of a team that won the inaugural National Invitational Public Policy Challenge, with a $15,000 award, sponsored by the Fels Institute of Government, University of Pennsylvania. The winning entry details a mobile app to empower caregivers of students in the New York City Department of Education with timely student attendance information to ensure that all children are present in school all day, every day.
After working as a civil engineering project manager for Maser Consulting for 10 years, Anthony Fasano ’00 began to recognize aspects of the industry that seemed detrimental to young engineers’ professional development. “Some companies support career development, but many still do not and so younger engineers feel ‘lost’ early on in their careers,” says Fasano, [...]
As an operations analyst for Station Casinos, headquartered in the Las Vegas suburb of Summerlin, Nev., Amanda Smith ’10 mines a host of performance metrics to guide the company in its decision-making. “An operations analyst provides intelligence about how properties are doing financially and makes comparisons among them,” she says. “We’re a company that prides itself [...]
Prepared by their Lafayette experiences, Joseph Lanzot ’07 of Hoboken, N.J.; Anny Lopez ’10 of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Washcarina Martinez ’11 of New York, N.Y., have excelled at Rutgers School of Law, Newark, N.J. Lanzot was selected to serve on the staff of Rutgers Law Review and was an editor in 2009-10. A government and [...]
By Dan Edelen When students need a listening ear, Alberto Luna ’08 is there. Luna is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate and supplemental instruction supervisor in the school of psychology at University of Arizona, where he completed his master’s in 2010. He has also served as program developer for the honors college Xtreme Discovery Teams and [...]
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