Alumni Notes

Stay in touch with fellow UConn engineering alumni. Visit our Engineering LinkedIn alumni page and fill us in on your latest activities or learn what your college friends are doing nowadays!  Some recent alumni news follows:

goldblattRonald D. Goldblatt (M.S., Ph.D. Materials Science, ‘84, ‘87) was appointed Vice President of Technology Strategy and Operations at SEMATECH, the global consortium of semiconductor manufacturers.  He joins SEMATECH’s executive management team to enhance technical development efforts, enhance member relationships and broaden industry engagement. In his new role, Ronald will drive strategic value creation for SEMATECH’s technical programs.  He previously spent 32 years at IBM Corp. and was most recently a Distinguished Engineer and senior manager of Advanced Silicon Science and Process Technology for the company’s Microelectronics Division and IBM Research in Yorktown Heights, NY.  An inventor who holds 13 U.S. patents, Ronald was inducted into UConn’s Academy of Distinguished Engineers in 2007.

Tom Martin (M.S., Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, ’71, ’74), Pierre Dufilie (B.S., M.S. ’70, ’71), Clement Valerio (B.S., M.S., Ph.D. ’70, ’76, ’84) and Richard Fraley – co-founders of Simsbury, CT defense contractor Phonon Corp., were highlighted in a September 6, 2013 Hartford Courant news story profiling Phonon. Dr. Martin, who is a member of the School of Engineering’s Advisory Board, was inducted into UConn’s Academy of Distinguished Engineers in 2006.

Chulwoo Park (Ph.D. Electrical & Computer Engineering, ‘11) will be promoted to Commander in the Korean navy in mid-2014.  He is a Missile Officer with the Naval Force Section in Seoul. Chulwoo’s dissertation was entitled “Multi-level Distributed Collaborative Mission Planning for the Maritime Operations Centers.”  In 2009, he was a co-author on a paper that garnered a Best Student Paper award in the Modeling and Simulation Track at the 14th International Command and Control Research and Technology Symposia (ICCRTS).  The paper describes work relating to the development of an analytic model for investigating intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) coordination mechanisms in the context of dynamic and uncertain mission environments, using hidden Markov models and multi-stage auction algorithms.

In Memoriam

Walter S. Zukowsky (B.S., M.S. Electrical Engineering, ’55, ’58; MBA ‘70) of Stamford died Aug. 15. He began a career in the defense industry in the 1960s with the Perkin Elmer Corporation. Throughout the 70s, and 80s, he worked in that company’s Norwalk, Wilton and Danbury plants before culminating his career in the 1990s working for the Hughes Corporation. He was a project engineer for the Hubble Space Telescope’s optical components.


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