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Rensselaer Alumni Magazine Spring 2006
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Army Dedicates Laboratory to Edward Poziomek ’54Army Dedicates Laboratory to Edward Poziomek ’54

The U.S. Army’s Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) dedicated a new $46 million laboratory to Rensselaer alumnus Edward Poziomek ’54, a former scientist at ECBC who died in June 2001. The Dr. Edward J. Poziomek Advanced Chemistry Laboratory (ACL), located at the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., was designed to enhance the center’s efforts to counter the threat of chemical warfare and terrorists’ use of chemical agents. At the dedication Oct. 7, 2005, U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes presented the Poziomek family with a United States flag that had been flown over the Capitol in commemoration of their father’s legacy of published and patented chemical agent research.

“Dr. Poziomek was a former ECBC chemist whose dedication to science and commitment to sharing expertise helped position the center as a principal research and development organization,” said Raymond Mackay, director of research and technology at ECBC. “He was a mentor, friend, and inspiration to everyone.”

ECBC is the Army’s principal research and development center for chemical and biological defense technology, engineering, and services.


Lambda Chi Alpha ReunionLambda Chi Alpha Reunion

Lambda Chi Alpha brothers from the Classes of 1950 to 1960 held their second Reunion the weekend of Oct. 27-30, 2005, in Williamsburg, Va. The first reunion of these classes was held in 1992. Jay Hawthorne ’39 was honored by the fraternity for his longstanding involvement. A founding member of the fraternity, who remained actively involved for more than 50 years as alumni treasurer, director, and adviser to the chapter, he died Jan. 13, 2006. “Jay lived an exemplary life of incredible, continuing service,” said Ray Ash ’60, who recalled Hawthorne’s monthly visits to campus when Ash was student treasurer, to help balance the books. Chet Martine ’58 wrote, in tribute to Hawthorne, “Across the country, and around the world, we will miss this fine man from Vermont, and are honored to have known him.”

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Chester Vogel ’58 Appointed to New York City Mayoral CommissionChester Vogel ’58 Appointed to New York City Mayoral Commission

In 2002 the New York City Mayoral Commission recommended that a new building code be created based on the International Building Code. Chester Vogel ’58, left, shown with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, was appointed chairman of the Mechanical/HVAC/Boiler Committee. He recently shared his committee’s recommendations with the City Council.


Ed Solomon ’68 Honored by ACS, NASEd Solomon ’68 Honored by ACS, NAS

The American Chemical Society awarded Edward Solomon ’68 the 2006 ACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry at the society’s national meeting in March.

An international leader in the fields of physical inorganic and bioinorganic chemistry, Solomon was recognized for advancing inorganic electronic spectroscopy through more than 25 years of teaching, writing, and research.

Solomon is the Monroe E. Spaght Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University, where he heads a research group that uses both experimental and theoretical techniques to define the electronic and geometric structures of biologically and catalytically relevant transition-metal sites.

In May 2005, Solomon was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, which cited him as “the principal figure of his generation in theoretical and experimental optical spectroscopy of inorganic systems and metalloproteins.” He has received numerous other professional honors, including the 2001 ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry, a Remsen Award, a Frontiers in Biological Chemistry Award, a Centenary Medal and Lectureship from the British Royal Society, and a Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Stanford.

Solomon has served as the physical inorganic associate editor of the journal Inorganic Chemistry since 1985 and has made his spectroscopic resources available to the inorganic community through extensive collaborations. Many of his past students have become leaders in academics and industry.

He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Yankees Fan John Lippold ’73Yankees Fan John Lippold ’73- Makes Big Trip to Boston Makes Big Trip to Boston

John Lippold ’73 and his wife, Mary, at left, joined Bob Baker ’73 and his wife, Linda, at Fenway Park in September. At a charity auction, Lippold had acquired tickets to the Boston Red Sox game along with the privilege of throwing out the first pitch. Since he is a Yankees fan, he invited his friend and fraternity brother, Baker, to do the honors of the ceremonial first pitch.


Former "Quadmates" Celebrate 50th BirthdaysJohn Bay ’78, JP Fasano ’78, Joey Liu ’78, and Tzu-Yin Chiu ’77

Former Pardee dorm and Quad residents, from left, John Bay ’78, JP Fasano ’78, Joey Liu ’78, and Tzu-Yin Chiu ’77 gathered in Dallas in January to celebrate the year of their 50th birthdays. While Dallas is home to John Bay, the others traveled from New York, Los Angeles, and Shanghai, respectively.


Women's Hockey Alumnae Meet at Game in PittsburghWomen's Hockey Alumnae Meet at Game in Pittsburgh

A group of women's hockey alumnae met at the RPI - Robert Morris University women’s hockey game in October ’05. Eddie Knowles, vice president for student life, and his wife traveled to Pittsburgh to watch the game. Also in attendance were the parents of senior Kari Rabatin. At the end of the exciting contest, RPI prevailed, 3-1.

From left, are Karen Wildhaber Pritz ’83, Jean Murray Stewart ’87, Eddie Ade Knowles, Cara Jones ’01, Michele and William Rabatin, and Christine Knowles.


-Joe Juneau ’91 Inducted into Rensselaer Athletics Hall of FameJoe Juneau ’91 Inducted into Rensselaer Athletics Hall of Fame

Rensselaer hockey great Joe Juneau ’91 was inducted into the Rensselaer Athletics Hall of Fame Nov. 12, 2005. In addition, Juneau’s Rensselaer jersey number (#9) was raised to the Houston Field House rafters. He joins Adam Oates (#12) as the only players in the school’s Hockey Ring of Honor.

Juneau, who was twice named a finalist for the prestigious Hobey Baker Award, went on to enjoy a successful professional career. In 12 years with the National Hockey League, he scored 572 points (156 goals, 416 assists) in 828 games for six teams. Above, Juneau was joined at center ice by Bob Conway (center), senior program administrator and former hockey team adviser, and Ken Ralph, director of athletics.

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Ian Marlow ’96 Named to 40 Under 40Ian Marlow ’96 Named to 40 Under 40

Ian Marlow ’96 made news as one of 40 Under 40 “stars of New Jersey Real Estate” in 2005. As president of Gale Global Facility Services, Marlow provides oversight of a global operation spanning 32 countries and 49 states, which administers over 60 million square feet of office space around the world.

Marlow’s accomplishments include centralizing Gale’s worldwide operations, opening new offices in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, London, and Seoul, building a new data center, and implementing technologies that will lead to a paperless environment.

Marlow earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and began his career with the Department of Defense and Department of Energy as a nuclear engineer. He was appointed to the board of trustees for Big Brothers Big Sisters in October.


Modern-Day Marco Polo: Eric Schmidt ’01Modern-Day Marco Polo: Eric Schmidt ’01

On Dec. 15, 2004, after biking nearly 5,000 miles across 15 countries over the span of 100 days, Eric Schmidt ’01 successfully retraced Marco Polo’s journey across Asia and Europe in the reverse direction, departing from Beijing, China (where Polo ended), and ending in Venice, Italy (where Polo started).

“In 2003 I saw footage of nine Italians who traveled Marco Polo’s route,” said Schmidt. “I’ve always had a bug for traveling, and thought retracing the route in the opposite direction was the perfect opportunity to visit new places and experience new things.”

A five-month planning process preceded Schmidt’s trip down the Silk Road (an interconnected series of routes through Southern Asia), and during that time, with the help of a few interns, Schmidt spent 12 to 15 hours a day planning the best and safest route for his trip.

Although he started the journey with a team of seven bicyclers, they were not able to continue with him for various reasons, and the team split up in Kashgar, China. Seventy out of the trip’s 100 days, Schmidt cycled alone.

Completing the journey in just over three months required riding for eight or nine hours a day, oftentimes through treacherous terrain and even more treacherous weather. On top of the fact that it rained for one-fourth of the trip, Schmidt got caught in a blizzard on the border of China and Kyrgyzstan, rode through masses of thick mud in Albania, got caught in a wind storm in Croatia, and found himself in the middle of a sand storm in China’s Gobi Desert.

“Getting up with the sun became a habit, but telling myself I had to get back on the bike for another grueling day of cycling was tough. It became a mind game,” Schmidt said. “There were times when I wanted to throw in the towel, but I knew that I worked too hard to get this far. For me, quitting was never an option.”

When his trip came to an end in Venice, Schmidt was met by members of Pedale Veneziano—the oldest cycling club in Italy—who rode with him for the last 37 miles of his trip, where he was received by the vice mayor of Venice and a host of TV reporters and newspaper cameramen.

“The trip was awesome and unforgettable,” said Schmidt. “Given even half a chance, I would do it all over again.”

Schmidt, who lives and works as a freelance business consultant in China, has published a series of articles about his trip in various magazines in Beijing. He also plans to write a book, documenting the highs and lows of his journey down the Silk Road.--AC

Photos (from top): Schmidt visited Hagia Sophia during a weekend in Istanbul; a wrong turn landed Schmidt in Croatia's Plitvice Lakes National Park; making friends in Ohrid, Macedonia.


Hoffman ’03 – Hasty ’02 WeddingHoffman ’03 – Hasty ’02 Wedding

Erin Hoffman ’03 and Leander Hasty '02 were married in San Diego at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park in May 2005. They honeymooned at Lake Crescent Lodge in Washington state. They both work for 1st Playable Productions, a video game company in Troy started by Tobi Saulnier '84; Lan is a programmer and Erin is a game designer.


António Gonçalves ’91 WeddingAntónio Gonçalves ’91 Wedding

António Gonçalves ’91 married Christina Shand in Washington, D.C., on July 30, 2005, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. In attendance were former classmates and fraternity brothers Bryan Frey, James Witkop, and Michael Bruckwick. Following the wedding they spent three weeks in Hawaii; they now live in Arlington, Va. Tony is with PRTM Management Consultants and Christina is the deputy assignment manager with Fox News Channel.


Andy Ho ’94 WeddingAndy Ho ’94 Wedding

Andy Ho was married May 28, 2005, to Yani Indrajana at the Raphael Winery in Peconic, N.Y. Alumni who attended are, from left, front row: Jason Suchman '94, Kate Alson, Fred Serricchio '94, Jeff Swinton '94, and Michael Marlatt '94. Second row: Jason Margiotta '94, Andy, Yani, and Carrie Marlatt. Back row: Issha Kwon, Patrick Hsu '94, and Craig Rosasco.

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