Alumni Notes

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

Robert Eckel (B.S. Electrical Engineering, ’80) was appointed CEO of MorphoTrust USA, Billerica, MA.  The company was established in July 2011 from the acquisition of L-1 Identity Solutions by Safran.  Mr. Eckel will lead the former L-1 Biometric, Secure Credentialing and Enrollment Services businesses in the U.S. He will manage these businesses under a Proxy Board pursuant to an agreement developed with the U.S. government.  Previously serving as president of L-1’s Secure Credentialing Division, Mr. Eckel joined L-1 in August 2008 as part of the acquisition of Digimarc, where he served as president of Digimarc’s Identity System business since August of 2005. Prior to joining Digimarc, he served as vice president and general manager, Air Traffic Management Systems, for Raytheon Company.

John McGrane (B.S. Civil Engineering, ’78), P.E.,  joined GEI as a senior consultant in the company’s Hartford office after spending more than 20 years in the Department of Public Works for the City of Hartford. Based in GEIs Hartford office, he has extensive experience with public and private sector perspectives on infrastructure management and has been immersed in the capital project management, contract administration, and fiduciary activities related to complex urban municipal operations. He will be responsible for helping to expand GEI’s flood management and municipal engineering practices across the Eastern United States and elsewhere.

Brian Wolf (B.S. Mechanical Engineering, ’92) joined Hatch Mott MacDonald in Holyoke, MA as a principal project manager. He has experience in project management, compliance monitoring and benchmarking, using key performance indicators, to ensure that any operation is focused on excellence and efficiency, while meeting stakeholder goals.

Andrew Schaschl (B.S. Chemical Engineering, ’84) is the vice president of manufacturing at Covidien’s pharmaceutical unit. With over 26 years of leadership experience across a broad spectrum of functions, he served as assistant vice president of engineering, pharmaceutical operating unit at Pfizer (formerly Wyeth), and as a senior director of facility expansion for manufacturing and process development at Wyeth.

Peter R. Stepanishen (M.S. Electrical Engineering, ’66), Ph.D., professor of ocean engineering at the University of Rhode Island, was presented the Acoustical Society of America’s Trent-Crede Medal in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the science of mechanical vibration and shock. Dr. Stepanishen earned his Ph.D. in engineering acoustics from Pennsylvania State University. He has lectured in England, France and China, and was a visiting professor at Cambridge, Stanford, Scripps Institute of Oceanography and the University of Southampton in England.

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