Alumni/ae Notes - Summer 2010
Hawkins ’32 Inducted Into Inventors Hall of Fame
W. Lincoln Hawkins ’32, who died in 1992, and his team were recognized for their invention of polymer cable sheath, which greatly reduced the costs of building modern telephone systems and eliminated the use of lead, an environmental toxin.
Martin Weinstein ’57 Awarded Davies Medal
Renowned metallurgist and business leader Martin Weinstein ’57, the former vice chairman and chief executive officer of international manufacturer Sequa Corp., has been awarded the Davies Medal for Engineering Achievement from Rensselaer’s School of Engineering.
NAS Elects Richard Van Duyne ’67
Richard Van Duyne ’67, the Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University, has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer in the U.S.
Larry Fairchild ’72 Named Engineer of the Year
The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of New York honored Larry Fairchild, P.E., from East Greenbush, N.Y., with the state’s top award, Engineer of the Year.
Roderic Pettigrew ’73 Named to NAE
Roderic Pettigrew ’73, Ph.D., M.D., director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He was recognized for “the use of MRI in human blood-flow studies.
Mastracchio ’87 Returns to Space
Young Entrepreneurs Launch “Hip” Company, Again
NASA astronaut Richard “Rick” Mastracchio ’87 returned to space in April aboard space shuttle Discovery, as part of the STS-131 mission to visit the International Space Station.
Serial start-up entrepreneurs Pete Curley ’06, Garret Heaton ’07, and Chris Rivers ’05 are at it again: In January the creators of HipCal launched HipChat, an instant message service for companies that facilitates internal communication with chat rooms and file sharing features.
On The Bookshelf
Fifty Year Club Notes