Category: Engineering

school of engineering alumni included in note

Roland Boucher ’54 (ENG)

Roland Boucher ’54 (ENG) is still an active private pilot (bought his first plane in ’52 as a sophomore) and a volunteer instructor at a local Engineering charter high school. One of his hobbies is the study of ancient civilizations and he recently published an article on the use of the pendulum in the creation of a number of measurement standards of the ancient world.

William Rice ’94 (ENG)

William Rice ’94 (ENG) has been appointed Assistant Executive Director for Schools and Curriculum at Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES), a regional educational service center in New Haven, Conn. Before joining ACES, Mr. Rice was the Director of Mathematics for the Hartford Public Schools. He is certified in both Mathematics and Chemistry.

Shane Kelly ’14 (ENG)

Shane Kelly ’14 (ENG), who is currently working on his Ph.D in Physics at UC Riverside, was selected as an one of the inaugural recipients of the UC-National Lab In-Residence Graduate Fellowship in which he’ll have the unique opportunity to conduct research and receive training at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in a project titled ‘Strongly Coupled Atomtronics’.

Paul Agrimis ’79 (ENG)

Paul Agrimis ’79 (ENG) was awarded the Distinguished Practitioner Award by the Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Ron Ciak ’11 (CLAS, ENG) and Collyn Seeger ’08 (CLAS), ’09 MS

Ron Ciak ’11 (CLAS, ENG) and Collyn Seeger ’08 (CLAS), ’09 MS were married on Sunday, October 16, 2016 in Groton, Conn. at the Branford House on the UConn Avery Point Campus.

Len Simoni ’65 (ENG)

Len Simoni ’65 (ENG) received his MS degree in Mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in 1970.
Simoni retired from Westinghouse Electric Company in 2014 and previously worked for Combustion Engineering and United Technologies. Simoni is currently performing consulting engineering services.

Martin James Lewis ’79 (ENG)

Martin James Lewis ’79 (ENG) died in Costa Mesa, Calif. on June 2, 2016. Lewis lived in South Windsor, Conn. with his wife Karen where they raised their 3 daughters, prior to his death.

Chris dePascale, PE ’96 (ENG)

Chris dePascale, PE ’96 (ENG) was recently promoted to Associate Vice President of Dewberry, a privately held professional service firm. dePascale is a senior civil engineer with nearly 20 years experience.

Carroll Osborne “C.O.” Bennett

Carroll Osborne “C.O.” Bennett, a UConn engineering professor for 23 years who coauthored one of the fundamental texts of chemical engineering, died on Jan. 9, 2016 in Paris. He started his teaching career at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. as a professor of chemical engineering and, later, built the chemical engineering department from the ground up at the University of Nancy in France. Together with Purdue colleague Jack Myers, he wrote Momentum, Heat and Mass Transfer, a textbook that has become a worldwide standard classroom and reference work. In 1964, he became a professor at the UConn School of Engineering, where he did pioneering work in unsteady state kinetics and catalysis studies and built a unique high pressure research facility. In 1980, he was selected for the Warren K. Lewis Award, the American Institute of Chemical Engineering’s highest award for chemical engineering education.

Gregory Colla (ENG)

Gregory Colla, an eighth-semester civil engineering student from South Windsor, died on Feb. 12, 2016. Colla died at Manchester Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family. He is survived by his parents, Wayne and Carol (Turcott) Colla; his brother, Kevin; his sister, Kim, and his maternal grandmother.