Alumni Briefs

Carroll Abrams (B.S. Mechanical Engineering, ‘52) has further honed his artistic talents since retiring from his specialty advertising business. Carroll published a book of poetry, Diverse Verse, available as an e-book or soft-cover.

Shi-Chung Chang (Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, ‘86), a faculty member at National Taiwan University, was nominated to serve as a commissioner on Taiwan’s National Communications Commission. The commission is responsible for regulating the development of the communications and information industry, promoting competition, consumer protection, licensing, content regulation and other facets.

Joao Carlos Leandro da Silva (B.S. Electrical Engineering, ’89) has published a book entitled The Rainbow of Primes (Freund Publishing House Ltd.). Joao pursued graduate studies in theoretical physics at the Instituto Superior Técnico in Portugal and worked as a professional engineer in several countries. He currently consults in cryptography.

Bill Koch (B.S. Electrical Engineering, ‘55), whose career included 36 years with the FAA, was profiled in Parktakes Magazine, a publication of the Fairfax County Parks & Recreation department. Bill is a volunteer and paid engineer with the Burke Lake Park model train. Read his profile here (click to page 151, [listed as 149]):

In Memoriam

Fred Maryanski (Ph.D. Computer Science, ’74), died July 2, 2010. At the time of his death, Dr. Maryanski was president of Nevada State College, Henderson. He was previously a valued member of the UConn community. Dr. Maryanski served as the first head of the Department of Computer Science & Engineering (1986-89) and held administrative positions at UConn from 1989 until 2005, including terms as the Interim Chancellor, Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. Earlier in his career, he served on the faculty of Kansas State University and held a research position at Digital Equipment Corporation. He leaves behind his devoted wife Karen, his sons David and Peter, his daughter Krista, three grandchildren and countless friends.

LaVergne E. Williams (B.S. Electrical Engineering, ’40), died July 2, 2010. A resident of Melbourne Beach, FL, he was retired at the time of his death. Mr. Williams’ varied career spanned both industry and academia. He was Manager of Avionics for the Titan Program at Aerospace Corporation, Principal Engineer with Radiation Inc., an associate professor of Electrical Engineering at UConn, and an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh. He received numerous awards for his distinguished achievements in the field of aerospace engineering.

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