Alumni News: August, 2016

By Heidi Douglas

Alumni News


Mark Austin

Mark I. Austin, P.E. (B.S. Civil Engineering, ‘93) has been appointed as a municipal engineer for Hamden, CT.  Most recently, Austin served as the director of public works for Southbury, CT and, previously, the town of Bristol, CT as both a civil and environmental engineer.  A member of the Connecticut Society of Professional Engineers for 22 years, he earned a Masters of Public Administration at Norwich University in 2012.

Ada Liz Gabancho-Soto

Ada Liz Gabancho-Soto

Ada Liz Gabancho-Soto (B.S. Environmental Engineering, ‘14) recently joined the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) as a conservation crew leader.   VYCC is a statewide nonprofit organization serving youth ages 16-24.  This summer, Gabancho-Soto is leading local teens restoring historical trails at the Gettysburg Quarry in the Dorset Town Forest.  Prior to joining VYCC, she was a Long Island Sound Water Quality Communication GLOBE Intern at The Nature Conservancy.


Lise Moloney

Lise Moloney (B.S. Chemical Engineering, ’97), Director of Business Development at Sciessent, LLC, recently had an article published in Med Device Online, a resource for manufacturers involved in medical device design.  In her commentary, “5 Antimicrobial-Related Trends In Medical Device Design,” Moloney explores the factors driving healthcare providers to compel medical device manufacturers and other suppliers to share liability for high hospital infection rates.  Prior to joining Sciessent in 2011, she was a group leader for advanced technology at Covidien.

Jim Nichols

Jim Nichols

Jim R. Nichols (M.S. Environmental Engineering, ‘94) was selected as city manager for Des Moines, Washington.  He previously served as county manager of Douglas County in Nevada, Las Vegas deputy city manager, and assistant city manager in Midland, Texas.  Nichols has more than 17 years’ experience in local government management with expertise in public works, engineering, public safety, community services, parks and recreation and capital improvement programs.


In Memorium


Edward Keough

Edward C. Keough, Sr. (B.S. Electrical Engineering, ’56) of Sandy Hook passed away July 16, 2016 at his home.  His career spanned over 50 years beginning at CT-based Burndy Electrical Products. Other corporate roles moved his family up and down the east coast before returning to CT, spending 30 years in Wilton.  Keough retired from Keough’s Paint and Hardware, the business he and his wife founded in 1972 and now owned by their youngest son.  He was 83.


Daniel Lehn

Daniel A. Lehn (B.S. Chemical Engineering, ’81) of North Liberty, Iowa, died on July 19, 2016 following a vehicular accident.  Lehn was a professor of psychology at Coe College and also served as associate dean of the faculty.  He had been with Coe since 1993.  Lehn attended high school in Fairfield, Connecticut and earned his Ph.D. in Experimental Social Psychology at Dartmouth College in 1993. He was 58.

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