Class Notes

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Oliver Saffir
(EE ’58), moved to Oregon to be with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.


Pete J. Pointner
(ARCH ’61, M.S. CRP ’62), Wheaton, Ill., served as an expert witness in his 74th case of land use litigation and in reviewing development plans for Glen Ellyn, Illinois.
Harley Feldman
(CHEM ’69), Chanhassen, Minn., joined the Illinois Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Jim Gagnard
(EE ’69), Westmont, Ill., rejoined the Illinois Tech Board of Trustees.

Tom Korzenecki
(FPE ’69, CHE ’70), Pasadena, Calif., was recently elected to the Carnegie Institute for Science Board of Trustees in Washington, D.C. Carnegie is an organization for scientific discovery whose founder’s intention was for the institution to be home to exceptional individuals—men and women with imagination and extraordinary dedication capable of working at the cutting edge of their fields. Carnegie scientists are leaders in the life and environmental sciences, Earth and planetary science, and astronomy and astrophysics.


Larry Phelps
(ARCH ’70), Bloomington, Ind., had his home, which he designed in 1976, featured by an Indiana Landmarks affiliate, Indiana Modern, on its Back to the Future Mid-Century Modern home tour this year. The virtual event also featured Indiana homes by Frank Lloyd Wright, John Johansen, and Evans Woollen III.

Peter Hanik
(CHE ’72), Houston, published a book, Type 3 Solutions: Problem Solving for Competitive Advantage. The book describes a process for innovative problem solving and a number of common business/technology applications.

Stephen B. Ruben
(LAW ’73), San Francisco, joined ADR Services Inc, where he will serve as a family law mediator, arbitrator, and private judge.

Elaine Cotsirilos Thomopoulos
(Ph.D. PSYC ’74), Burr Ridge, Ill., was the editor of Modern Greece, a thematic encyclopedia recently published by ABC-CLIO.

Dan Ephraim
(M.B.A. ’76), Wilmette, Ill., joined the Illinois Tech Board of Trustees.

James Flynn
(EE ’77), Chatsworth, Calif., together with his wife, Sharlene Katz, led a team of 70 students that designed, built, and flew a satellite to test a new low-temperature energy storage system for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). The satellite, CSUNSat1, successfully completed its mission, and the system will be used on future JPL missions.

Jack J. Carriglio
(LAW ’78), Glenview, Ill., was included in the 2022 edition of the Best Lawyers in America for commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense.

Steven Glickman
(ARCH ’78), Bethlehem, Pa., was elected chairperson of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission. He also celebrated the 22nd year of his firm, Steven Glickman Architect.

Raymond Nelson
(ME ’78), Pearland, Texas, joined the Illinois Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors.


Victor Tsao
(M.S. CS ’80), Newport Coast, Calif., joined the Illinois Tech Board of Trustees.

Mathai Varghese
(MATH ’81), was awarded the George Szekeres Medal, which is the Australian Mathematical Society’s most prestigious medal, recognizing outstanding research achievement and an outstanding record of promoting and supporting the discipline.

Kenneth Burns
(CHE ’82), Thornton, Colo., joined the Illinois Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Theodore L. Koenig
(LAW ’83), Highland Park, Ill., joined the Illinois Tech Board of Trustees.

Tanya Powell
(MGMT ’83), Fairfield, Calif., joined the Illinois Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Stan Schachne
(ARCH ’83), Davie, Fla., recently traveled to Chicago to attend a family wedding. A classmate, James Stapleton (ARCH ’83), hosted pre-dinner drinks in his apartment at 860-880 Lakeshore Drive, which was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and they were joined by four other members of the graduating class of 1983. A wonderful dinner followed with reminiscing about school, work, teachers, and family life.

Margherita M. Albarello
(LAW ’84), Arlington Heights, Ill., was hired as partner at Golan Christie Taglia.

Christopher Nemeth
(M.S. DSGN ’87), Evanston, Ill., was recently named a fellow of Applied Research Associates Inc. (ARA), a 1,500 member national science and engineering consulting firm. He leads ARA’s Cognitive Solutions Group, where he performs research and development to support individual and team cognitive work in high-hazard sectors. He was also inducted into the Illinois Tech chapter of Eta Kappa Nu, the national honor society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

Llewellyn D. Means
(EE ’89), Rochester, Minn., is the National Leadership Command Capabilities executive for the Defense Information Systems Agency. He oversees the Joint System Engineering and Integration Office, the Compartmented Enterprise Services Office, and the NLCC Services and Infrastructure Office in order to provide unified services and technical authority for presidential and senior leader communications; for Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications; for Continuity of Operations/ Continuity of Government communications; and for Special Access Program stakeholders.


Nicholas Dalmaso
(LAW ’91), Wheaton, Ill., is the founder and managing director of Sound Capital Solutions LLC.

Mark A. Nieds
(LAW ’94), Chicago, was honored in the September 2021 issue of Naples Illustrated magazine as a “Top Lawyer for Intellectual Property Law.”

Connie Chen-Simone
(DSGN ’96), Stow, Mass., and her husband, Christopher, welcomed the arrival of a baby girl, Cataleya, on April 15, 2021. She has one big brother: Cordell, who is four years old.

Krista S. Schwartz
(LAW ’96), Lafayette, Calif., joined Wilkie Farr & Gallagher LLP as a partner in the intellectual property department.

Mark T. Cumba
(LAW ’98), San Diego, was appointed to the San Diego Superior Court bench. Cumba was previously a supervising deputy attorney general with the California Department of Justice.

Bryan J. Field
(PHYS ’98), Yonkers, N.Y., was commissioned by MIT Press to write a book for its Essential Knowledge series. It will be called A Theory of Everything, and is expected to be published in spring 2023.

Howard L. Huntington
(LAW ’98), Naperville, Ill., joined Franco Moroney Buenik LLC as a partner in Chicago.


Peter M. Kelly III
(ME ’01, M.Eng. ECE ’04), Evanston, Ill., joined the Illinois Tech Board of Trustees.

Yvette C. Loizon
(LAW ’01), Chicago, joined Clifford Law Offices as a partner.

Priya A. Abraham
(M.S. CS ’03), Long Grove, Ill., works as an internal consultant on an enterprise architecture and strategy team, with a primary focus on mergers and acquisitions, standards, app portfolio, and app rationalization.

Carson Block
(LAW ’05), Austin, Texas, joined the Illinois Tech Board of Trustees.

Jorge T. Mihalopoulos
(LAW ’04, M.S. EM ’06), Glencoe, Ill., was appointed to serve as chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Environmental Law Committee after a year of serving as the chair of the Illinois Bar Association’s Environmental Section Council.

Rahul Sinha
(Ph.D EE ’07), India, was nominated to take the role of the chief technology officer for a commercial digital platform offered by Tata Consultancy Services.
Michael E. Holden
(LAW ’08), Park Ridge, Ill., has been named a partner with Romanucci & Blandin LLC.

Robert H. Patillo
(LAW ’09), Atlanta, was sworn in to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers at the association’s annual meeting.


David R. Doyle
(LAW ’10), La Grange, Ill., was recognized in the 2022 edition of the Best Lawyers in America in the “Ones to Watch” category.

Christopher Lee
(CE ’10), Boston, started his M.B.A., with a focus on social impact, at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business.

Si “Cindy” Miao
(M.S. PHRD ’11), Mount Prospect, Ill., joined the Illinois Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Courtney L. Nichols
(LAW ’11), Clarkston, Mich., was recognized in Super Lawyers as a Michigan Rising Star in 2021..

Robert Irons
(Ph.D. FIN ’12), Bloomington, Ill., has had two books published within the past two years: The Fundamental Principles of Finance (Routledge 2020), an undergraduate textbook, and The Preamble as Policy: A Guidebook to Governance and Civic Duty (Peter Lang, 2021), a critical analysis of the preamble to the Constitution that debates the role of government in the United States.

Bruno R. Marasso
(LAW ’12), Chicago, has been named a partner at Romanucci & Blandin LLC.

Angeline R. Babel
(LAW ’13), Middleton, Wis., was promoted to partner at the national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP.
Rodrigo Isasi
(M.S. DSGN ’13), Lima, Peru, is now the CEO at Delosi SA, Peru’s fastest-growing franchise restaurant chain.

Brigid M. Fox
(LAW ’14), Chicago, was included in the 2022 edition of the Best Lawyers in America in the “Ones to Watch—Trusts and Estates”category.

Martin D. Gould
(LAW ’14), Chicago, was named a partner at Romanucci & Blandin LLC.

Danielle N. Harris
(LAW ’16), Chicago, was recognized in the 2022 edition of the Best Lawyers in America in the “Ones to Watch” category.

Nicolette A. Ward
(LAW ’16), Chicago, has been named a senior attorney at Romanucci & Blandin LLC.

Bryce T. Hensley
(LAW ’17), Chicago, has been named a senior attorney at Romanucci & Blandin LLC.


Darsh Patel
(ITM ’20), Elgin, Ill., recently started a new job at Tata Consultancy Services, and he can see a lot of similarities in the work he does on a day-to-day basis compared to what he learned in courses at Illinois Tech. It has been a great experience thus far to work at this company, Patel says.

Jaclyn Carmichael
(M.P.A. ’21), Chicago, recently started a job with the world-renowned Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago as the director of youth programs and pathways.

Meredith Ludlam
(ARCH ’21), Omaha, Neb., joined CPL as an architectural designer. She will be responsible for all aspects of design, including drafting schematic drawings and preparing client presentations, for a variety of projects. With exceptional digital design skills in platforms such as AutoCAD, Revit, Rhino, V-Ray, and the full Adobe Suite, she is well equipped to create and maintain architectural models for assignments ranging in scope and size.

Michael Wojcicka
(CS ’21), Schaumburg, Ill., accepted a job as a software engineer at Google.