Engineering Alumni Society Board

Any student or alumnus is automatically a member of the Engineering Alumni Society.  There are no membership fees or fees to participate in most of the programs we organize throughout the year.  It is one of the benefits you receive for being a student or graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. The Engineering Alumni Society supports special events and programs at Penn and is always looking for a few good engineers...

The Engineering Alumni Society is managed by a Board of Directors, and includes graduates from the Class of 1951 right up through the Class of 2008.  The Board meets every month to organize and develop a series of activities that are of interest to alumni and students alike. We welcome and encourage you to join us at all of our events. The Board members for 2012-2013 are listed below. Don't hesitate to touch base.

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 CURRENT OFFICERS Matt Quale
   Sevile Mannickarottu

Sevile Mannickarottu
Secretary
Phone: (215) 573-5631
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Sevile graduated with a BSE in Electrical Engineering. While at Penn, Sevile served as Co-President of Penn's IEEE student group, a member of the Hexagon Engineering Society, a peer advisor and also spent a year as a DJ for Penn's Student run radio station. He worked for several years as a design engineer before returning to Penn to obtain a Masters degree in Liberal Arts. He currently works for Penn Engineering, managing the Bioengineering Undergraudate Laboratories while pursuing a Ph.D. in the Religious Studies department.

  Jason Rifkin

Treasurer
Phone: (917) 733-1542

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Jason Rifkin, Esq. joined Delcath in June 2007. He was named Vice President Clinical Operations and Secretary of Delcath in December 2008 and was recently named Vice President of Commercial Programs. Prior to joining Delcath, from 2006 to 2007, Jason practiced law at Fox Rothschild LLP, where he was an Associate in the Corporate Department - Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology Group. There, Mr. Rifkin worked extensively on intellectual property matters, including domestic and international patent applications and regulatory and licensing issues. From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Rifkin practiced at a boutique litigation firm in New York City, Goldstein & Weinstein, where he served as trial and appellate counsel in a wide array of cases in both federal and state courts. Prior to that, Mr. Rifkin worked for the Legal Aid Society. Mr. Rifkin holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and a Masters in Biotechnology from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Past Presidents  Farnia Fresnel

Farnia Fresnel
Past President 2010 to 2013
Phone:  (267) 536-9389

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Farnia graduated with a BSE in Systems Science Engineering and completed an MBA at NYU Stern School of Business. While at Penn, Farnia was a mentor with the University City Mentoring Program and chapter historian and activities co-chair on the board of the National Society of Black Engineers. She received the Raymond Pace Alexander award for achievement upon graduation. Farnia has served the alumni board as a Director, member of the Yarnall Award selection committee, a judge for the Senior Design competition, a mentor, and as the facilitator and panelist for the alumni career panel. She is currently the Sponsorship Co-Chair for the 2013 Penn Spectrum Diversity Conference and Founder of The Lenserf Group, a business consultancy and coaching (Lenserf Coaching) firm.

   Harris romanoff

Harris Romanoff
Past President 2007 to 2010
Phone: (215) 382-3300 ext 107

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Harris graduated with a BSE in Electrical Engineering in 1998. In his senior year, he was awarded First Prizes in the Electrical Engineering senior design competition, the overall Penn Senior Design Competition, and the Harold Berger Award. As an undergraduate, Harris was Vice President of Penn's IEEE student group, a member of the GRASP robotics lab, and a member of the Hexagon Engineering Society. While on the Board, Harris has served as Chairperson of the Undergraduate Committee, Chairperson of the Alumni Society Mentoring program, Chairperson of several annual event committees and is a past Director and Vice President of the Board. Harris is currently the Vice President of Product Management at The Neat Company, which sells integrated software hardware solutions that transform static, paper-based data into easy-to-use digital information. Harris received the Young Alumni Award of Merit in 2010.

   Timothy J. Carlsen

Tim Carlsen
Past President, 2004 to 2007
Phone: (732) 225-0360, ext. 240

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Tim graduated with a BSE in SSE in 1992, and received an MSE from the University of Notre Dame in 1993. While a student at PENN, Tim was the President of the Hexagon Engineering Society, skied on the PENN ski team, participated in the William Penn Scholars program, tutored freshmen engineering students, and received the David S. Fine Memorial Award in Civil Engineering at time of graduation. Tim has served as the Chairman of the D. Robert Yarnall Award nominating committee, Chairman of the Alumni Society Mentoring program, Chairman of the Senior Design Competition and is a past Director and Vice President of the Board. Tim currently works for Affiliated Engineering Laboratories in Edison, New Jersey as a consulting forensic engineer, specializing in civil, environmental and structural engineering matters. Tim received the Young Alumni Award of Merit in 2007.

   Mickey Kaufman

Mickey Kaufman
Past President, 2001 to 2004
Phone:(732) 524-3630

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Mickey graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1970 and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 1971. Went on to earn an MBA in 1972 and a JD in 1975. He is in his 25th year with Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick, NJ, where he is currently Vice President - Law for the Vision Care Franchise and Assistant General Counsel.
   Brad Abrams
Brad Abrams
Past President, 1998 to 2001

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Brad graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics. Having worked for years in building products wholesale distribution, he now manages product strategy and vendor relations for Philadelphia based Sonepar Management, USA. Sonepar is the world's largest privately-held electrical distributor and since 1998 has grown in the US to operate 16 regional companies with over 450 stores. While at Penn, Brad was the President of Penn's first Solar Powered Race Team that successfully competed in the 1990 GM/DOE Sunrayce from Florida to Michigan. Brad and his family live in Cherry Hill, NJ.

   Walt Korn
Walt Korn
Past President, 1995 to 1998
Phone:(215) 236-7745

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Walt graduated with a BSEE in 1957 and an MSEE in 1968. Registered Professional Engineer and Certified Manufacturing Engineer retired from GE/Lockheed Martin Aerospace. Now an independent consultant working in the areas of Manufacturing and Facilities Management.

   Eric Benshetler
Eric Benshetler
Past President, 1993 to 1995
Phone:(215) 542-9121
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Eric graduated with a BSE in CSE in 1977 and an MSE in CIS in August 1977. Earned an MBA in International Business at Temple University in 1986. Also involved at Penn as co-president of the Class of 1977, member of the Alumni Class Leadership Council, and an interviewer for the Secondary School Committee. Works as a software development manager at Unisys Corporation in Malvern, Pennsylvania, where he's also on the Penn relationship team.

   Dick Fallows
Dick Fallows
Past President, 1990 to 1993
Phone: (610) 933-7963

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Dick graduated with a BSME in 1951 and with GEE in 1967. Retired from the Unisys Corporation as Staff Engineer in Secure Communications. Other major experience as Engineering Manager in Air Traffic Control System Design with Unisys.


   Marion Hubing

Marion Hubing
Past President, 1986 to 1987
Phone:(215) 864-7025

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Ms. Hubing received her BS in chemical engineering in 1964 from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating magna cum laude with awards from the American Institute of Chemists, the American Society for Testing Materials, and Pi Mu Epsilon, the mathematics honor society.  She was the first female from Penn to become a member of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society.  She was also the first female to be elected president of the Engineering Alumni Society for the University of Pennsylvania.  She worked as a chemical engineer for Rohm and Haas and Sun Oil Company for over twenty years.

Ms. Hubing received her JD, magna cum laude, in 1990 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  Her honors include the Order of the Coif and membership on the Moot Court Board.  She is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and is admitted to appear before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the District of New Jersey, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Association of Alumnae of the University of Pennsylvania. 

   Dick Mulford
Dick Mulford
Past President,1965 to 1967
Phone:  (215) 985-5701

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Dick worked at the Philadelphia Electric Company in a range of capacities from 1952 to 1991.He has been the Executive Director, Secretary, and Treasurer of the Engineers' Club of Philadelphia since 1991. Dick graduated the Tuck Executive Program at Dartmouth College in 1985 in addition to receiving an MSME in 1957 and a BSME in 1952 from Penn.


Board Members  
  Dawn Becket

Dawn Becket
Director

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Dawn graduated with a BSE in Computer Science in 1991. While at Penn, Dawn served as President of SWE, as well as member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, and Hexagon Engineering Societies. She worked for several years as a technical consultant before returning to Wharton for an MBA in Marketing and Strategic Management in 1996. She has since worked in the fields of product management, new product development, and advertising. Dawn has served on the Alumni Board's Student Engagement committee as the primary liaison with Penn's AWE (Advancing Women in Engineering), as judge for Senior Design competition, and she also currently works with the Penn Admissions Alumni Interview program.
  Robert Berkovits

Robert Berkovits
Director
Phone:(410) 703-0713


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Bob earned his BSEE from Penn in 1961 and an MS Systems Eng. from Boston U. in 1977. Most of his career was with Northrop Grumman and GTE Sylvania in systems and hardware EMI/EMC. Bob is a Life Senior member of the IEEE and is currently the EMC chapter chair of the Baltimore Section Bob has held that position for several years in the Boston and Long Island IEEE. He is an active member in the IEEE product safety and EMB societies and also in the Chesapeake chapter of INCOSE. At Penn, Bob was the program chair of the AIEE-IRE student branch. He was also a member of the Amateur Radio Club - W3ABT.

   Jim Brennan

Jim Brennan

Director
Phone: (484) 410-5003


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Jim graduated from Penn in 1970 with a BSCE degree.  He also holds a M.S. in transportation engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA from the Wharton School.

Jim was an engineer and planner for highway and transit projects in the Boston area for 6 years.

He was employed by Conrail for 20 years, where he held a variety of positions in finance, marketing and business development.

Subsequent to Conrail’s sale, he was CFO of a small technology company for 3 years. Afterwards, he shifted into the education industry and directed $1 million annual giving campaign at a private school in the Philadelphia area for 9 years.

He is currently a private trader of equity and index options.

   Dane Carswell

Dane Carswell
Director

Phone: (215) 776-9840

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Dane graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics in 2003. He currently works as the Engineering Manager for new product development at Masco Bath. While at Penn, Dane participated in the 2001 American Solar Challenge, a cross-country solar car race following old Route 66 from Chicago to L.A. He went on to lead the team for the 2003 race. Also during his time at Penn, Dane served as Co-Director for the Engineering Peer Advisory Council and Student Coordinator for Transfer Orientation and Advising as well as working in Kings Court / English College House as a Resident Advisor his senior year.

  Ernest Churchville

Ernest Churchville
Director
Phone: (610) 265-6376

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Ernest graduated with a BSME from Drexel in 1983 and an MSE from Penn in 2004. Formerly an Engineer with Philco-Ford Corporation, General Electric Company, Lockheed Martin Corporation and The SI Organization, Inc., since 1965 as a project leader and subject matter expert, skilled in concepts of operation, systems engineering, systems analysis, system design and validation.


Currently an Engineering Consultant, licensed to own and operate Churchville Engineering, LLC which specializes in mechanical and systems engineering, systems analysis, hardware and software design, and has the resources to provide clients with consultant services under contract to deliver solutions.

  Carl Clyde

Carl Clyde
Director
Phone: (215) 663-9273

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Carl graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1983.  While at Penn Carl was a member of the Light Weight Crew team and Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Carl currently is a Manufacturing Automation Manager at Merck & Co., Inc. working in the Vaccine Manufacturing area.
   Hank Guckes

Hank Guckes
Director
Phone:  (215) 514-7662

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Hank received a BSEE in 1961 and an MSEE in 1973. Upon graduating in 1961, he worked for the Philadelphia Electric Co before joining IBM in 1963 as a Scientific Systems Engineer. He helped lead the team that installed the first large scale digital computer used in the Penn Jersey Maryland (PJM) Power Interconnection Organization. Hank spent 16 years with IBM in various technical, marketing, and management positions. He joined the Reliance Insurance Company in 1980 as assistant Vice President of the technical support organization within IT. In 1985, He joined the Continental Insurance Company as Vice President of Technology. Hank left Continental upon its merger with CNA in 1995. He joined IDP (A privately held Insurance software and services firm) as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In 1998, Hank joined Independence Blue Cross as Senior Director of Technology where he was responsible for the technical areas within the Information Systems Organization. In 2008 Hank retired from Independence Blue Cross and currently works at Allied InfoSecurity as a consultant.

  William McGill


Director
Phone: (484) 423-4022

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Will received a BSE degree in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics and Materials Science and Engineering in 2011 and a MSE degree in Materials Science and Engineering in 2012.  He started working as a product design engineer in the area of commercial seating and water-based fire suppression systems.  In 2013, he began working as an engineer at PECO Energy on the Transmission and Substation Equipment Health System.  While at Penn, Will was co-president of the MSE Society, involved on the boards of ASME and TEC, and worked in the GRASP Lab.  Currently, Will serves on the EAS Board as a member of the Student Engagement Committee and a Senior Design Competition Judge.

  Paul McLaughlin


Director
Phone: (267) 481-0719

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Paul McLaughlin is the Director of System Architecture for Honeywell Process Solutions, leading a global Architecture team . Paul holds a Master of Science in Engineering degree from the University of Pennsylvania for Computer and Information Science (1986), and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Delaware in Mathematics and Computer Science (1980). Paul has over 30 years of experience in industrial automation working at both Honeywell Process Solutions and Leeds and Northrup. His experience includes both senior architecture and design projects, as well as departmental management of a 125 person design center. Paul's significant design projects include lead HPS architect for ExperionPKS(tm), lead HPS architect for OneWireless(tm) , lead architect for Honeywell's PlantScape Hybrid Control and SCADA System, and various TDC-3000 designs. Paul has been awarded over 30 patents. He is 6Sigma Green Belt Certified and Rational Unified Process Trained.

  Jay Olman
Jay Olman
Director

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Jay graduated with a BSE in mechanical engineering in 2008.  Since the start of 2010, he has been working with Bashpole Inventions,    Inc., of which he is a co-founder, inventing consumer products.   His   interest is in product design, and he's worked on everything  from patents to prototyping to marketing.

 

Matt Quale
President

Phone:  ( 215) 592-2073


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President of the EAS. Matt received a BSE degree in Chemical Engineering in 1998 and began working in Process Research for Mobil Oil Corporation in Paulsboro, NJ. Then in 2000, he went to work for Rodel, a company based in Newark, DE that provides consumables for the semiconductor industry. In 2005, after Rohm and Haas bought Rodel, Matt transferred to the corporate research facility in Spring House, PA where he managed two Process Development groups in the Specialty Materials Division. Matt completed his MBA at Villanova University and became the Global Process Automation Technology Leader for Dow Coating Materials in 2009. Matt is now a Business Development Manager in Dow's Ventures and Business Development group.

   Stan Warchaizer

Stan Warchaizer
Vice President
Phone: (484) 278-4938
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Stan retired from the Lockheed Martin Co. in February of l998. Mr. Warchaizer worked for 36 years for the General Electric Aerospace Group, which eventually became a part of Lockheed Martin. During his time with the company, Mr. Warchaizer advanced through the engineering management chain and worked as both functional manager and program manager on a number of notable projects, including Program Manager of the Air Force primary communications satellite, DSCS III and Program Manager of design and fabrication of the present NASA primary satellite ground station at White Sands, New Mexico.
 
In his last position at Lockheed Martin, Mr. Warchaizer managed the classified data systems business area for the Management and Data Systems Co. of Lockheed Martin, with yearly sales in excess of $500,000,000. Since his retirement, he has been involved with volunteer work at the Philadelphia Art Museum and the University of Pennsylvania, in addition to his efforts with Congregation Or Ami.

   Russ Miller

Russ Miller
Vice President
Phone:
(610) 431-1384

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Russ graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1969. He worked for Western Union Telegraph Company in various technical and management positions from 1969 to 1985. He worked at SEI Corporation, now SEI Investments, from 1985 to 1990 where he was responsible for the design, installation, maintenance and operation of the data network and three US based data centers. From 1990 to 2000, he was a Senior Manager at Shared Medical Systems. From 2000 to 2004, he was Vice President of Network Services for Siemens Medical Solutions Health Services. He was an independent consultant at RRM Communication Consulting from 2004 to 2012 and is now retired.

  Alan Schultz

Alan Schultz
Vice President
Phone: (215) 677-6645

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Alan earned a BSME degree from Penn in 1959 and a MME degree from Villanova in 1964. Retired from Automated Test Labs in 2002, after working 43 years mainly in the HVAC field.

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