John W. Braccio (M.S. Civil Engineering, ’82) has been named chief executive officer of the water and infrastructure engineering firm Wright-Pierce. Braccio has been with the company for 30 years, most recently as senior vice president in charge of wastewater engineering in southern New England. In his new role, he will oversee the firm’s seven offices in New England. Braccio succeeds William E. Brown, who will remain as chairman of the firm.
Jacob “Jake” Friedman (B.S. Chemical Engineering, ‘02) joined Schneider Electric as a senior combined heat and power engineer. In this position, Friedman will develop and prepare financial models for combined heat and power (CHP), energy efficiency and microgrid projects for federal, state, municipal, commercial and industrial customers. Licensed by the Association of Energy Engineers as a Certified Energy Manager and Certified Management & Verification Professional, Friedman earned his MBA in finance from the UConn School of Business.
Udayarka Karra (Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, ‘14) joined Wright-Pierce as a wastewater process engineer. In this position, he will focus on biological treatment process modeling and design for wastewater treatment plants. Karra recently completed his doctoral program at UConn with research focused on bio-energy production and Microbial Fuel Cells (MFC) technology. In 2012, he received the Environmental Leadership Award from the UConn Office of Environmental Policy.
Matthew F. Tellier (B.S. Electrical Engineering, ‘93) was the featured presenter in an educational webinar describing the basics of PLC-based stepper motion control sponsored by Advanced Micro Controls Inc. (AMCI). Hosted by The JOURNAL from Rockwell Automation, the webinar explained the basic parts of a stepper system, how they integrate with PLCs and how they compare with servos. Other stepper related topics included EtherNet/IP™, applications and case studies. Tellier, a motion control product manager at AMCI, has been selling and supporting PLC-based automation controls for over 15 years.
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