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Theodore Brown
(CHEM ’50), Bonita Springs, Fla., celebrated his 90th birthday at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As the founding director of the institute, he enjoyed his birthday festivities, which included lectures on climate change as a tribute to his 1971 book, Energy and the Environment.

Ted Erikson
(CHE ’52, M.S. CHEM ’59), Chicago, was mentioned in the episode of the podcast BUCKiT that featured guest Kim Chambers, an open-water and ultramarathon swimmer, for his 1967 Farallon Islands swims.

James Albrecht
(FE ’53, M.S. ’55), Baltimore, serves on the board of directors for the World Trade Center Institute, and the boards of trustees for the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs and the International Advisory Council of the Monell Chemical Senses Center. Albrecht is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he councils and mentors international students studying food science and human nutrition.

Robert Moss
(MET ’56), Palo Alto, Calif., has spent more than 40 years developing materials and equipment for spacecraft and space exploration programs including the first missions to Mars, Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn, Venus, Uranus, and beyond the solar system. He has been married for 63 years and has five children, nine grandchildren, and one great grandson.

Donald Novotny
(EE ’56, M.S. ’57), Madison, Wis., is now fully retired after 59 years of teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and one year at Illinois Tech. He formally retired in 1996 and for the past 22 years of semi-retirement has taught live and recorded internet courses on a part-time basis.


Norbert “Pete” Pointner
(ARCH ’61, M.S. CRP ’62), Wheaton, Ill., had his essays “Attracting Good Development,” “Defensible Design Review,” “Rebuilding Urban Roadways,” and “We Need More Public Art” reprinted in newsletters of the Urban Design and Preservation Division of the American Planning Association. Pointner is a mentor for graduate students. He recently accepted an offer to teach a class of public administration graduate students at Northern Illinois University.

Donald Hervey
(ME ’63), Centerville, Texas, has been writing The Gravida 2 Saga, a series of sci-fi books about the first people to settle on a star. The books he has released thus far are Calypso Founding and Calypso Outward Bound, which are available as e-books. Hervey also has additional books in various stages of progress.

Michael Huth
(ME ’66, EE ’70), La Grange Park, Ill., is enjoying a diverse retirement after 33 years with Rockwell International. He and his wife, Pat, purchased an 1893 caboose that is now part of their bed-and-breakfast in southwest Michigan. Huth is currently pursuing hobbies such as theater—designing sets, playwriting, and directing—along with kayaking and playing tennis.

William Johnson
(LAW ’66), Northfield, Ill., a shareholder and president of Johnson & Bell, is also a litigator who focuses on injury and mass tort cases. He was given the Defense Attorney Lifetime Achievement Award at the Jury Verdict Reporter Awards for Trial Lawyer Excellence.

Charles Prysby
(PS ’66), Greensboro, N.C., is a professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He recently co-authored a computer-based instructional package on the 2016 election that was published by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan.

James Rohrbacher
(ME ’66), Downers Grove, Ill., has been retired for 20 years and volunteers as a DJ as he loves to dance.

David Wendtland
(ARCH ’67, M.S. CRP ’68), Muskegon, Mich., and his wife are busy as grandparents, keeping up with four grandchildren and two step-grandchildren that are 13 to 21 years old.

Robert Chorvat
(Ph.D. CHEM ’68), Newtown Square, Pa., has been working on developing a new therapeutic agent for liver disease. The investigational new drug application for the agent was recently allowed by the United States Food and Drug Administration for human clinical studies.

Leon Hoffman
(M.S. PSYC ’69, Ph.D. ’70), Chicago, continues to enjoy his clinical psychology private practice, counseling individuals and groups, as well as providing consulting services to organizations. He frequently contributes letters and commentaries to various lay and professional publications. Hoffman continues his lifelong involvement in chamber music as a cellist.

Robert Johnson
(CE ’69, M.S. ’71), Buffalo Grove, Ill., has been an active member for more than 30 years of the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois, which aims to bring an awareness of the structural engineering profession. His efforts include promoting a host of engineering competitions to students including being interviewed for a Chicago public-access television program called “Structural Engineering for Kids.”

Richard Laurent
(DSGN ’69), Chicago, recently released his new book, Laughing Matters: The Political Cartoons of Richard Laurent


Marilyn Boncela
(M.S. MT ’70), Willoughby Hills, Ohio, and her spouse celebrated 49 years of marriage. They have one daughter and three grandchildren. Boncela has been working as a certified public accountant for 44 years.

John Grillos
(MATH ’70), Sonoma, Calif., started Augmented Reality, Inc., a company focused on providing real-time task support to skilled trades workers using technology that reduces the amount of education and training needed to work efficiently and safely. Grillos is also heading a project on California cannabis testing labs, and teaches and coaches about entrepreneurship.

William Hansen
(MATH ’70), Castle Rock, Colo., has donated his private library containing the IT courses and professional articles he wrote between 1972 and 1994 to the Living Computers: Museum + Labs in Seattle. Thirty-six boxes of materials lighter, Hansen and his wife, Sandy, now travel between their homes in Littleton, Colorado, and Minnetrista, Minnesota.

Jeffrey Jones
(ARCH ’70), Leo, Ind., and his wife, Diane, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan. He retired from Verizon after a career in construction and property management. The couple has four children and 10 grandchildren.

Lester McKeever
(LAW ’71), Chicago, was awarded the 2018 American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Gold Medal Award of Distinction.The award, established in 1944, is the highest honor granted by the AICPA.

Robert Mayer
(EE ’72), Batavia, Ill., has retired from Diamond Rigging Corporation, a Chicago-area machinery moving company he founded 30 years ago.

Stephan Bellinger
(PSYC ’73), Chicago, won the 2018 Best Indie Book Award for science fiction for his novel, The Chronocar, a time-travel story in which the main character is an Illinois Tech student. Copies of The Chronocar are currently available at Paul V. Galvin Library and in the University Archives.

Michael Jackson
(LAW ’75), Shaker Heights, Ohio, was appointed to serve as chair of the Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association.

John Tolomei
(CE ’75, M.S. ’76, LAW ’83), Lake Zurich, Ill., has joined McCracken & Gillen as of counsel. He focuses his practice on patent counsel and other intellectual property issues.

Steven Meyers
(M.S. DSGN ’76), Durango, Colo., was awarded the Kathy Wellborn Outstanding Teaching Award at Fort Lewis College in Durango, where he has taught for the past 20 years and is currently a semiretired author and senior lecturer in English teaching semantics and creative writing. He was also honored as faculty marshal for the 2018 winter graduation ceremony at the college. Author of numerous books and articles, Meyers lives in Durango with his wife, Debbie.

Jeffrey Doman
(M.A.S. CRP ’77), Evanston, Ill., and his wife, Sue, celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary and became grandparents for the first time in 2017. He was a member of the Meteors basketball team that qualified for the 2019 National Senior Olympics in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In a professional career spanning more than three decades working in general contracting, Doman has worked on more than 300 awarded construction projects including, most recently, the Guarneri Hall recording studio in Chicago.

Richard Bumstead
(CRP ’78), Flossmoor, Ill., retired in January after a 35-year career as the landscape architect for the University of Chicago. During his tenure, the university undertook the Botanic Garden Initiative, which transformed the Hyde Park campus.

Frances Crean
(Ph.D. CHEM ’79), Oak Lawn, Ill., the longest-serving STEM faculty member at Saint Xavier University, retired after 47 years of service. A ceremony for her life's work and an endowment fund in the Department of Chemistry are being planned by the university in recognition of Crean.


David Bechtol
(EE ’80), Chicago, is showing his first major solo photographic exhibition, Panoramic Vistas, at the Chicago Cultural Center through May 3. The exhibition features large-scale panoramas from Alaska, the Hawaiian Islands, Iceland, Paris, Versailles, and various locations in Canada.

Brad Krygier
(MGT ’80), Savannah, Ga., was selected to be a member of the inaugural Illinois Tech Athletics Advisory Board in 2019.

Michael Mercer
(Ph.D. PSYC ’80), Barrington, Ill., was elected to the board of directors of Sky Las Vegas. Previously, he served for 16 years as board member of a publicly traded corporation. Mercer is an industrial psychologist and the author of six books.

Heidi Rank
(ARCH ’81), San Rafael, Calif., recently accepted a position at Swinerton Builders as assistant project manager for high-rise residential construction in downtown San Francisco. She describes the projects as logistically challenging and technically exciting. Rank also calls her commute to work interesting, as it involves taking a boat, buses, and the Bay Area Rapid Transit.

Nancy Paridy
(LAW ’83), Evanston, Ill., received the 2018 Top Women Lawyers in Leadership award through the Women's Bar Association of Illinois. Paridy is the senior vice president and chief administrative officer at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, where she serves as general counsel.

Michael Rogers
(CE ’83), Murrieta, Calif., vice president and global practice leader for dams at Stantec, was elected president of the International Commission on Large Dams at its annual meeting in Vienna, Austria, in 2018. As ICOLD president, he is leading the organization of 100 countries and more than 10,000 individual members that keep the current State of the Practice in international safe design of dams and levees.

Stanley Schachne
(ARCH ’83), Davie, Fla., and Donna Schachne, partners at Schachne Architects + Builders, were recognized by the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, chapter of the American Institute of Architects with an Honor Award for their design and construction of a condominium renovation in Hollywood, Florida. They also received a Gold Award for a house addition/renovation and a Bronze Award for a kitchen renovation during Qualified Remodeler magazine’s Master Design competition in its September 2018 issue.

Timothy Murphy
(CE ’84), Chicago, received the 2018 Barry Dempsey Bituminous Technical Contribution of the Year Award at the 59th Annual Illinois Bituminous Paving Conference. The award recognizes an industry employee for outstanding technical/engineering contributions to the bituminous paving field.

Naresh Shanker
(CS ’85, M.B.A. ’86), Menlo Park, Calif., has joined the board of directors of Clarizen, a project management software and collaborative work management company.

John Fijolek
(M.S. CS ’87), Naperville, Ill., joined Transpacific IP Management Group as chief technology officer. He is an award-winning inventor at companies including Bell Labs and CableLabs, where he developed and commercialized engineering inventions in Asia.

Gregory Kimura
(EE ’87), Pasadena, Calif., was elected by the Santa Clarita Valley International Charter School governance board as its new president. He was elected to the board in 2013 and served as vice president for four years. He also recently became senior consultant for the office of Direct Auto Sales and Lease.

Grant Leitma
(Ph.D. PSYC ’87), Frederick, Md., celebrated 35 years at Washington Adventist University. He chairs the undergraduate psychology program and the graduate master of arts program in clinical mental health counseling.

Tobin Anselmi
(M.S. PSYC ’88, Ph.D. ’94), Chagrin Falls, Ohio, joined Bridgepoint Education as its senior director of talent management and development. Prior to taking on his new role, Anselmi served as the director of global talent management and organizational effectiveness at Materion Corporation, and has worked for Aon Consulting, Frito-Lay, Dell, and Microsoft.

Cynthia Cobbs
(LAW ’88), Orland Park, Ill., was installed by the Illinois Judicial Council as its chair for 2018–19. Previously appointed as director of the administrative office of the Illinois courts in March 2002, she became the first woman and the first African American appointed by the state Supreme Court to serve as the Illinois courts administrator.

Mark Frey
(LAW ’89), Crystal Lake, Ill., president and chief executive officer of AMITA Health, was elected to the Illinois Health and Hospital Association Board of Trustees in 2018. Frey's term on the board will extend through 2020.


Eileen O'Neill Burke (née O'Neill)
(LAW ’90), Chicago, was installed as the secretary of the Illinois Judges Association. She served in the Law Division until her election to the Illinois Appellate Court in 2016. Prior to that she worked as a Cook County state's attorney for 10 years, and then had her own practice focusing on criminal defense until her election to the Circuit Court of Cook County in 2008.

Stephen Krull
(LAW ’90), Maumee, Ohio, joined La-Z-Boy as vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary. He has been responsible for mergers and acquistions, compliance, intellectual property, litigation, labor relations, government and public affairs, and security throughout his career.

James Schoell
(BA ’90), Lemont, Ill., a former Scarlet Hawks baseball player, held a baseball alumni golf outing and barbecue reunion at his home. Jim Darrah, former Illinois Tech baseball coach and athletic director, attended along with more than 20 former players. Schoell said that many stories were shared and that he will make it an annual event.

Peter Tonyan
(LAW ’90), Davie, Fla., has joined Seminole Hard Rock International as vice president of tax. He has a background in mergers and acquisitions as well as in tax strategy.

Scott Conwell
(ARCH ’91), Naperville, Ill., was elected a fellow of the Construction Specifications Institute in 2018. He is also a fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

Matthew Filippini
(M.A.S. ARCH ’91, M.A.S. CE ’94), Chicago, is the director of the Architecture and Building Science practice group for CTLGroup, an internationally recognized expert consulting firm in engineering, materials science, architecture, research, and testing.

Huan-Jung Fan
(M.S. ENVE ’92, Ph.D. ’96), Taichung City, Taiwan, is an award-winning professor in the Department of Safety, Health, and Environmental Engineering at Hungkuang University. He led the Illinois Tech Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering seminar on Occurrence and Treatment Efficiency of Pharmaceuticals in Landfill Leachates. Fan previously served as dean of student affairs, dean of research and development, and department chair.

Junjian Tang
(M.A.S. ARCH ’93), Lisle, Ill., gave the speech “The True Meaning of Success—A Chinese Immigrant's Story as an Architect” at the inaugural conference of the North American Entrepreneur Society of Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Silicon Valley last year.

Benedict Jones
(MATH ’94), Irvine, Calif., began his second year as director of information technology for the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, supporting government, gaming, and Rincon Enterprises.

Kathleen Mundo (née McDonough)
(LAW ’94), Chicago, has been appointed to the newly established 12-member women's advisory board serving the Chicago Lawyer and Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. McDonough is a partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, where she focuses her practice on transactional and business consulting.

Lonnie Nasatir
(LAW ’94), Chicago, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League's Greater Chicago/Upper Midwest area, has been named president-elect of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. He is the eldest son of Steven Nasatir, who has led the organization for almost 40 years.

Jessica Lipson
(CHE ’96), Southport, N.C., was promoted to partner at Morrison Cohen. She is a member of the intellectual property group and the corporate department, with a focus on technology transactions, intellectual property, and privacy/data security.

Phuong Vu
(CHE ’96), New Haven, Conn., was welcomed by the Dominican Sisters of Peace as a new sister of the Dominican Novitiate, a significant step on the path to a perpetual profession as a Dominican Sister of Peace.

Robert Brevelle
(CS ’98, M.S. ’98), Rowlett, Texas, has been appointed as an entrepreneur in residence at the intellectual property and investment firm Technium and Intellectual Ventures. He is a founding sponsor of the National Museum of the United States Army and a life member of the National Guard Association of the United States, and serves as president of the Dallas chapter of the Association of Old Crows.

Umer Khan
(CPE ’98), Orange, Calif., was promoted to vice president of information technology and information security at SpaceX, a company that designs, manufactures, and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. He also recently completed two master's degrees to become an Islamic Scholar. Khan is married and has four children.


Mitchell Gold
(Ph.D. PSYC ’00), Overland Park, Kan., joined Gallagher Integrated as a managing director and senior advisor for its Employee Engagement practice.

Michael Lee
(L.L.M. ’00), Hinsdale, Ill., was appointed senior vice president and regional wealth advisor in Northern Trust's Chicago office. He has almost 25 years of experience as an attorney and wealth advisor focusing on income and transfer tax planning and wealth management for ultra-high net worth individuals and families.

Andrea Wolfson (née Ricker)
(LAW ’01), Miami Beach, Fla., was elevated from Miami-Dade County Court judge to Circuit Court of Florida judge, Criminal Division, by former Governor Rick Scott.

Melissa Allen (née Sarmiento)
(CHE ’02), Lakeland, Fla., and her college sweetheart, Jason Allen (CS, ME ’04), have been married for almost 14 years. They are the proud parents of two young children.

Karen Williams-Blackman
(PPPY ’02, M.P.A ’05), Chicago, is married and is starting a travel company that she plans to launch in 2019–20.

Glenn Krell
(M.P.A. ’03), Chicago, is director of research integrity at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He is leading an initiative on responsible conduct of research for the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the nation's premier higher education consortium of top-tier research institutions.

Aman Sareen
(CPE ’03), San Francisco, was featured in Street Fight magazine for his role as a chief executive officer and co-founder of ZypMedia, a digital advertising technology platform that has been providing cutting-edge marketing technology services to local advertisers.

Jason Allen
(CS ’04, ME ’04), Lakeland, Fla., was promoted to software architect at Publix corporate information technology.

James Ciston
(AE ’04, ME ’04), Oakland, Calif., co-authored the study "Multiple Generations of Grain Aggregation in Different Environments Preceded Solar System Body Formation," which was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America in June 2018. The study found the existance of ancient dust particles that predate the formation of the solar system.

Izzet Kucukertunc
(M.B.A. ’04), Abbott Park, Ill., and worked for three years in Chicago and one year in Singapore, and then returned to his hometown of Istanbul at the end of 2010. He says that he now has a big family that includes two children and a dog.

Katherine Darnstadt
(ARCH ’05), Chicago, shared her experiences as founder of Latent Design—a progressive architecture and urbanism firm leveraging civic innovation and social impact—during the 2018–19 Visiting Artist Series, a collaboration between the College of DuPage Fine Arts Program and the Cleve Carney Art Gallery.

Angie Hamada (née Cowan)
(LAW ’05), Chicago, was appointed as a commissioner to the Cook County Commission on Human Rights.

Lyndsay Markley
(LAW ’05), Chicago, is one of Chicago Lawyer's 40 Under Forty for 2018. She is the founder of Lyndsay Markley Law.

Virgil Abloh
(M.A.R. ARCH ’06), Chicago, debuted his spring-summer 2019 menswear collection for Louis Vuitton at Paris Fashion Week in June 2018.

Gerald Bekkerman
(LAW ’07), Chicago, is one of Chicago Lawyer's 40 Under Forty for 2018. He is a joining member of Taxman, Pollock, Murray, and Bekkerman, where he focuses his practice on personal-injury litigation.

Jessica Boike (née Winkler)
(LAW ’07), Chicago, is one of Chicago Lawyer's 40 Under Forty for 2018. She is a partner at Beermann LLP, where she focuses her practice on commercial litigation, appeals, and family law.

Eric Choi
(LAW ’07), Glenview, Ill., is one of Chicago Lawyer's 40 Under Forty for 2018. He is a partner at Neal, Gerber and Eisenbeg, where he focuses his practice on complex business litigation.

Courtney Fong
(LAW ’07, M.B.A. ’07), Northbrook, Ill., is chief legal officer and chief privacy officer of the Computing Technology Industry Association.

Seth Herkowitz
(LAW ’07, M.B.A. ’07), Birmingham, Mich., is a Crain's Detroit Business 40 Under 40 honoree. He is a partner at Hunter Pasteur Homes, a real-estate agency that services various Michigan locations.

Chi Hwan Lee
(ME ’07), Stanford, Calif., led a team of researchers at Purdue University in creating a new fabrication method of electronic stickers that could allow Internet of Things devices to sense their environments and connect with other devices.

Juan Morado
(LAW ’07), Chicago, of counsel in the health care practice at Benesch, is the new president of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois. He was also recognized by Crain's Chicago Business as one of Chicago's Notable Minority Lawyers in 2018.

Katharine Netherton (née Pyles)
(PSYC ’07, M.S. REHB ’09), Louisville, Ky., and her spouse, Daniel Netherton (CE ’07, M.A.S. CM ’09), welcomed their second child in February 2018. She is a vocational rehabilitation specialist for Prudential Financial and supports the vocational team with return-to-work planning and long-term disability services.

Christina Lutz
(LAW ’08), Chicago, is one of Chicago Lawyer's 40 Under Forty in 2018. Lutz is a partner in Levenfeld Pearlstein’s litigation group, where she concentrates in general and commercial litigation.

Peter Smagur
(CE ’08), Arlington, Va., a lieutenant commander in the United States Navy, led recovery efforts on the island of Tinian in the Northern Mariana Islands after a typhoon hit in October 2018.

David Gosse
(LAW ’09), Naperville, Ill., a partner at Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery, has been appointed to a two-year term as co-vice chair of the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s PTAB Trial Committee. At Fitch, Gosse helps clients protect their intellectual property rights through litigation.

Rajesh Thangappan
(M.S. CS ’09), Chennai, India, was certified in the Russian language in 2012 after taking a course in reading and interpretation. He is planning to participate in a forum for engineers to be held in Russia this summer.


Robert Boyer
(BME ’10), Gladstone, N.J., was recently promoted to director of product development at HS Design, a user-centered product development firm. He and his wife, Risa Magid Boyer, celebrated the one-year anniversary of their restaurant, Vanillamore, in Montclair, New Jersey. Vanillamore was named New Jersey's Best Dessert Restaurant for 2018 by New Jersey Monthly magazine.

Timothy Bresnahan
(LAW ’10), Chicago, is one of Crain’s Chicago Business Notable LGBTQ Executives for 2018. Bresnahan is the senior director of gift planning at The Chicago Community Trust. He is a highly involved member of Rivendell Theatre Ensemble's board and is on the advisory committee of the Rogers Park Business Alliance.

Elizabeth Corson
(CHE ’11), Richmond, Calif., advanced to Ph.D. candidacy at the University of California, Berkeley in chemical engineering.

Adam Rayman
(M.S. TCID ’13), San Diego, is a user-experience designer for ICW Group, a workers’ compensation insurance company.

Sarah Ekblad
(M.Des. ’14), Chicago, and Matthew Messner were married last year in Sicily. She is a principal researcher and design strategist at IA Collaborative in Chicago.

Andrea Occhipinti
(ME ’14), Meridian, Miss., United States Marine Corps first lieutenant [front], and twin brother Captain Matteo Occhipinti—who both studied mechanical engineering—received their wings last July after years of training at Naval Air Station Meridian.

Vasilios Pappademetriou
(ITM ’14, M.A.S. ITM ’17), Harwood Heights, Ill., is adjunct faculty advisor of the Illinois Tech HAM Radio Club.

Scott Slone
(MSE ’14), Champaign, Ill., joined the United States Army Corps of Engineers as a federal researcher. His work focuses on computational materials studies to reduce construction costs in all services of the military.

Ryan Hynes
(BA ’15, LAW ’15, M.S. FIN ’16), Chicago, is pursuing a Ph.D. in economics, specializing in trade, at the University College Dublin in Ireland.

Ceola Oware
(M.P.A. ’16), Chicago, is the owner and principal of Oware Consulting, a business services company located in Accra, Ghana, that provides business strategy, coaching, and marketing solutions.

Brahadon Ramirez
(ARCH ’16), Blue Island, Ill., has a new position at Gresham Smith as an architectural designer.

Joseph Valio Jr.
(BME ’16), Bartlett, Ill., is a partner at Radiology Physics Solutions.

Emma Ghariani
(BA ’17), Chicago, transitioned from Chicago to Seattle to accept a position as a senior project engineer after completing a full seismic/structural upgrade of the historic former Hotel Deca, now the Graduate Seattle Hotel, as a joint-venture partner.

Leana Osmer
(AE ’17), Canoga Park, Calif., component project engineer at Aerojet Rocketdyne, is happy to report that she bought her first house, in Los Angeles.

Yusra Sarhan
(BME ’17), Oak Lawn, Ill., was featured in a Chicago Tribune story about young immigrants from 12 different countries. Sarhan currently works as an engineer in downtown Chicago and is one of more than 42,000 Illinoisans approved for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, since its 2012 inception.

Anthony Accove
(ME ’18), Chicago, was hired at Maestros Ventures on a three-month provisional internship upon graduation. Within six months he was offered a permanent, full-time position as a mechanical engineer specializing in mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems design.

Garrett Bernhagen
(ARCH ’18), Naperville, Ill., will be celebrating one year since joining Eastlake Studio as a technical coordinator.

Dinesh Ganesan
(M.A.S. ITM ’18), Brighton, Mass., interned at MathWorks, and is now celebrating his first-year anniversary of employment. He is working on multiple projects including MATLAB and Simulink.

Yonas Gebre
(PHYS ’18, AMAT ’18), Chicago, is pursuing a graduate degree in physics at the University of Colorado Boulder, with a focus on theoretical atomic physics.


Sandra Biedron
Chicago, had her residence in Morgan Park, also known as the Ingersoll-Blackwelder House—a historic home that she has rehabilitated—selected as part of the Chicago Architecture Center’s Open House Chicago tour. The Chicago Tribune ranked the home among the top 10 recommended sites of the more than 250 locations on the tour.

Haofeng Tang
Washington, D.C., is interning at Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi’s office in Washington, D.C., this spring. Tang is pursuing a master’s degree in international relations at The Institute of World Politics as the first Chinese student in the program. He was also previously invited to a discussion with the Luxembourg ambassador at that nation’s embassy.