Alumni Notes

Stay in touch with fellow UConn engineering alumni. Visit http://www.engr.uconn.edu/alumni/ and fill us in on your latest activities or learn what your college friends are doing nowadays!  Some recent alumni news follows.

Keith Bessette (B.S., M.S. Computer Science, ‘02, ‘03; MBA, ‘10) and Nick Jaensch (B.S. Marketing ’08; MBA, ’10), co-founders of the social networking website Shizzlr.com, won the 2010 Connecticut State Collegiate Business Plan Competition in venture enterprise.  Shizzlr.com, located in New Haven’s Science Park, is a web and mobile application that allows members to access Facebook to see social events and locales within a locale, explore who plans to visit them, and then share plans with networked friends via group conversations.  In 2000, Keith co-founded EStorrs.com, a university-based social network at UConn that preceded the ubiquitous social networking sites.  He also co-founded Mobile Link Solutions in 2004, a mobile workforce application for field technicians.

T. Scott Case (B.S. Computer Science & Engineering, ‘92), was appointed CEO of the Startup America Partnership, a private-sector alliance launched by the White House in January to celebrate and accelerate entrepreneurship.  Read his recent interview with the Nashville Business Journal. Scott also remains active in his roles as CEO of Malaria No More and Chairman of Network for Good.

Christopher Klesch (B.S. Mechanical Engineering, ‘07) works as a Process Engineer at Mott Corporation, a world leader in the manufacture of diverse porous metal products, based in Farmington, CT.

Peter H. Lewis (B.S. Mechanical Engineering and Materials Engineering, ‘83; MBA, ‘88) joined BioScale Inc., as Vice President of Finance and Administration. He is responsible for the finance, accounting, IT, human resources and facilities functions for the company.

Michael J. McKeon (B.S. Mechanical/Materials Engineering, ‘90), principal at the law firm Fish & Richardson in Washington, DC, serves as the co-chair of the Patent and Trademark Office Committee of the Federal Circuit Bar Association and on the International Trade Commission Committee of the Intellectual Property Owners Association.

Yingli Wen (M.S., Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, ‘89,  ‘93), who is a researcher with Con Edison of New York, received a prestigious Technology Transfer Award from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for developing a device that protects utility workers from arcing faults in manholes. She received an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

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