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Penguin colonies, a subterranean ice chapel, and sea ice were not top-of-mind military-related topics for Private First Class Thomas L. Pavlak (CE ’60) as he was visiting his family in Chicago’s Garfield Ridge neighborhood over the 1961 Christmas season. The frosty subjects became so, however, after he received a phone call informing him that his new duty orders had been changed from Texas to Antarctica. With his background in civil and structural engineering, Pavlak was selected to serve as a research program glaciologist with the United States Army Cold Regions Research & Engineering Laboratory, Experimental Engineering Division, at the South Pole Station from 1962–63.
Leslie Milton (DSGN ’79) never saw herself on national TV sifting through trash cans and filthy kitchen counters to concoct vibrant macaron towers and delicate croquembouche. But when her daughter, Emma, sent her an email with the subject line “IMPORTANT” and a casting notice for the FOX competition show Crime Scene Kitchen, the idea made sense: Emma was an actor and a self-taught baker, and Leslie an accomplished pastry chef with her own custom pastry business, Goodnight Kitchen, and an education from the French Pastry School in Chicago.
Jonte’ Williams (ASPY, PHYS 3rd Year) may have his sights set on a career that would allow him study the mysteries of space, but his focus right now is on something much closer to the ground—helping Illinois Tech Hyperloop design a subscale prototype pod vehicle and build 400 feet of track to compete in an annual hyperloop competition. Above, Williams works on the pod vehicle in a lab on Mies Campus.
[Left to right] Syrian Youth Empowerment Initiative co-founders Majed Abdulsamad (ARCH ’16), George Batah (BA ’15), and Toufik Simo (BA ’16) enjoy an evening out in Chicago. (Co-founder Abed Arnaout (EE ’14) is not in the photo.) Majed Abdulsamad’s last day as a student in Syria ended with his assault...
Theodore Brown (CHEM ’50), Bonita Springs, Fla., co-founded the new nonprofit, SWFL RESET Center, devoted to addressing environmental issues arising in southwest Florida. Initiatives are focused on clean water, systemic reforms in agricultural practices, implementation of new technologies in food production and distribution, and advocating for the rights of nature.
With seven colleges, four research institutes, and $56 million in annual research volume, Illinois Institute of Technology continues to make a difference through its groundbreaking work. New this year, Alumni University offers alumni the opportunity to “come back to class”—virtually—for a glimpse into how our faculty, staff, and researchers are making a real-world impact every day.
In Cutting the Cord: The Cell Phone Has Transformed Humanity, Martin “Marty” Cooper (EE ’50, M.S. ’57), “father of the cell phone,” recounts his storied career and the innovations that led to his invention of the world’s first practical cellular phone in 1973.
Since 1946 the Alumni Awards have been presented to Illinois Institute of Technology’s most accomplished, innovative, and influential alumni. Alumni Award winners add to the university’s rich history of visionaries who make the Illinois Tech community proud.
Sara Glade (CHE, M.S. ENVE ’15) says that she took for granted having accessible, safe, and affordable drinking water as a normal part of daily life until she visited Haiti and Nicaragua through the Engineers Without Borders USA Illinois Institute of Technology Student Chapter as an undergraduate.
Over the last year, I think it’s safe to say we’ve all become used to confronting daily change. These changes have come in all varieties: anticipated change, unexpected change, change we’ve hoped for, change we’ve feared, and some of which we’re still processing.
Joel T. Daly, William M. Hannay III, Narinder S. Kapany, Marilyn Kouba, Robert J. Krawczyk, Norman G. Lederman, David McKinney, James “Jim” Nagle, Brigitte Peterhans, Roy Sahlstrom