Category Archives: JNEWS

JNEWS: Celano, Fino [MC1985] Superintendent Herricks


Herricks Selects New School Superintendent
Dr. Fino Celano to replace retiring Superintendent Dr. John Bierwirth.
By Adina Genn (Patch Staff) December 17, 2014 at 10:05am
Herricks Selects New School Superintendent

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Submitted by the Herricks School District Board of Education

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The Herricks Board of Education is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Fino Celano as the successor of retiring Superintendent Dr. John Bierwirth. Dr. Celano’s resume is impeccable.

Dr. Celano graduated from Marist College with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1978, earned his Master of Arts in Reading Education in 1985 from Manhattan College, attended Hofstra University to earn his Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration in 1990, and in 2009 received his Doctor of Education in Educational Administration and Supervision from St. John’s University.

He began his teaching career in 1978 in Poughkeepsie and then in the Bronx. In 1985 he became a teacher at Calhoun High School, where he was later selected to be Assistant Principal at Grand Avenue Middle, in the same district and eventually Principal in 1997.

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Dr. Celano’s additional Professional and Development Highlights include the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Leadership: An Evolving Vision, Cornell University ILR School, Effective Collective Bargaining Skills and Strategies, Leadership for Educational Achievement Foundation (LEAF) and Supporting and Sustaining Instructional Leadership Workshops, 2013-14.

Besides his impressive credentials, what attracted us most were his thoughtful and genuine concerns for students and their educational needs. His warm hearted and intelligent responses to the many questions asked by the Board were met with agreement and common beliefs for a goal oriented plan for Herricks. While all the prospective candidates were of impeccable character and ability, Dr. Celano has the intelligence, temperament and personality that the students, residents and staff members have come to expect from our school leadership team.

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Celano, Fino [MC1985]

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JNEWS: Pappas, Peter [MC1991] AVP HNTB Corp


Peter Pappas, PE, Joins HNTB’s Growing Rail Transit Practice
December 16, 2014 1:01 PM

A continued demand for an expanded and improved rail transit service in the Northeast drives the firm’s ongoing hiring of transit engineers.

New York (PRWEB) December 16, 2014

HNTB Corporation continues to expand its rail transit engineering team throughout the region with the addition of Peter Pappas, PE, who joins as associate vice president and project director for transit and rail. Pappas is based in the firm’s New York City office.

He comes to HNTB with more than 25 years of experience with rail and highway bridge projects, and will apply his expertise to the firm’s transit programs for Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road, among others.

Pappas’ experience includes the design, construction, analysis, inspection and project management for rail and highway bridge projects.

“Peter has a very strong background in the construction and rehabilitation of rail and highway bridges,” said Mike Sweeney, PE, HNTB chairman of professional services and senior vice president. “His ability to find and implement effective solutions for the challenges of our aging transportation infrastructure is highly valued by transit agencies.”

HNTB’s extensive transit expertise serves the mobility needs of passengers throughout the tri-state region and across the country. Clients locally include New York City Transit, Metro-North Railroad, Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit.

A registered professional engineer in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, Pappas has a master’s degree in civil engineering from Manhattan College and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Bucknell University. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

In the past 12 months, HNTB has added more than 50 professionals to its rapidly expanding transit practice in the Northeast.

Since opening its office in New York City in 1922, HNTB has maintained a continuous presence in Manhattan and has expanded its practice in the state with offices in Albany and on Long Island. HNTB Corporation employs more than 400 professionals in multiple offices across the New York tri-state region, and has more than doubled in size in the past two years.

About HNTB

HNTB Corporation is an employee-owned infrastructure solutions firm serving public and private owners and contractors. Celebrating a century of service, including more than 90 years in New York, HNTB understands the life cycle of infrastructure and addresses clients’ most complex technical, financial and operational challenges. HNTB’s New York offices currently employ more than 400 full-time professionals in nine tri-state locations. Professionals nationwide deliver a full range of infrastructure-related services, including award-winning planning, design, program management and construction management. For more information, visit

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Pappas, Peter [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Peter received his Masters in 1991.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Pappas, Peter [MC1991]

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JNEWS: Reilly, James J. ‘Joe’ [MC1976] Laureate Award ACP


Newsmaker: Dr. James Reilly
Sunday – Dec. 14, 2014
By Megan Harris
Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, 10:10 p.m.
Updated 14 hours ago

Noteworthy: Internal medicine physician Dr. James J. (Joe) Reilly received the Laureate Award from the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College of Physicians during the chapter’s annual awards dinner this month in Hershey. The Laureate is the highest honor offered by the ACP.

Age: 60

Residence: Mt. Lebanon

Family: Wife, Kathleen Brannigan Reilly; children, Jim, Patrick, Caitlin; grandchildren, Connor, Claire, Annie

Background: Reilly joined Allegheny General Hospital as an attending physician in 1983 and now serves as vice chairman of medicine and general medicine division chief. He also teaches at Drexel University College of Medicine and Temple University School of Medicine.

Education: Graduated from Manhattan College in 1976, Hahnemann Medical College in 1980 and served his residency at the University of Pittsburgh in 1983.

Quote: “The American College of Physicians has always been the leading physician organization looking out for the welfare of patients and fostering education in internal medicine. Their mission has always been to promote patient care, so for them to recognize that same goal in me? It means a lot.”

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Reilly, James J. ‘Joe’ [MC1976]

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JNEWS: Banks, John [MC1985] Real Estate Board of New York president


Con Edison admin appointed next Real Estate Board of New York president

By Liam La Guerre | |

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A top Con Edison exec and former City Council chief of staff will take the helm as the next president of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), the organization announced Tuesday.

John Banks, vice president of government relations at Con Edison, will officially begin his new position next year after the current president, Steven Spinola, steps down.

Spinola, who has lead the association for three decades as its longest-serving president, believes Banks is a solid choice for the future of REBNY.

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Banks, John  [MC1985]

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JNEWS: Dixon, James J. [MC1982] Chair of the Energy Committee


Con Edison development’s James J. Dixon elected Chair of the Association of Corporate Counsel Energy Committee

December 10, 2014

James J. Dixon, vice president for legal and compliance services for ConEdison Development and ConEdison Energy, has been elected Chair of the Energy Committee of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), a global bar association representing more than 35,000 in-house lawyers in 90 countries.

ACC promotes the common professional and business interests of the in-house bar through information, networking opportunities, advocacy initiatives and education, and sponsors 18 practice-area committees, including the ACC Energy Committee. The Committee focuses on raising awareness of corporate domestic and international energy law. The Committee also spearheads the development of energy-focused educational resources for in-house counsel.

As the ACC Energy Committee Chair, Mr. Dixon will develop and implement the Committee’s strategic plan, propose and organize energy-related programs for the 2015 ACC Annual Meeting in Boston, lead the development of written and broadcasted resources, and help oversee membership development.

ConEdison Development develops renewable and energy infrastructure assets, and ConEdison Energy is a wholesale energy company. Both are subsidiaries of Con Edison Inc.

Mr. Dixon previously served as Vice President of Energy Services for ConEdison Solutions, an energy services company that is also a Con Edison Inc. subsidiary.

“Jim Dixon has an outstanding reputation for his legal and practical experience in the energy industry,” said Craig Johnson, Deputy General Counsel for Energy & Transportation at Caterpillar. “At a time when energy companies face a range of new challenges, the Committee is certain to benefit from Jim’s wisdom, legal expertise and first-hand knowledge of key areas in this dynamic sector.”

“The energy industry is one of the most rapidly changing business sectors in America today,” said Mr. Dixon. “Organizations like ACC play a critical role in ensuring the effectiveness and efficiency of in-house counsel serving energy-related businesses. It is a privilege to be able to play a role in helping energy firms fortify their legal infrastructures.”

Before joining ConEdison Solutions, Mr. Dixon held positions at Con Edison Company of New York – the utility commonly known as “Con Ed” — as an electrical engineer in its construction, operations and design organizations. He was also an attorney in the company’s Nuclear Regulatory and Commercial Litigation Services sections, eventually becoming Assistant Corporate Secretary. Mr. Dixon also served as ConEdison Solutions’ first dedicated legal counsel.

He is a registered professional engineer in New York State and a retired major from the U.S. Army Reserve, where he commanded a Combat Heavy Engineer Company and was Executive Officer for an Engineer Battalion. Mr. Dixon is an honors graduate of both the basic and advanced officer courses at the United States Army Engineer School.

Mr. Dixon received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Manhattan College and a law degree from New York Law School. He is admitted to practice law in New York and Washington D.C. and is a member of the New York State Bar Association.

Mr. Dixon also served as Chairman of NAESCO, the National Association of Energy Service Companies, from 2010-2012 the leading energy services industry trade organization that promotes energy efficiency nationwide on behalf of more than 80 member companies.

For more information about the ACC Energy Committee, visit

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JNEWS: Scarnati, Mike (MC2013) Business Development Coordinato


Mike Scarnati has a new job.
Now Business Development Coordinator at Manhattan Beer Distributors.

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Scarnati, Mike (MC2013)
Business Develoment Coordinator
Yonkers, New YorkFinancial Services

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JNEWS: Petroski, Henry [MC1963] John P. McGovern Award for Science


Petroski Honored With the 2014 John P. McGovern Award for Science
BY Doug Scott
December 8, 2014

Henry Petroski, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, an Aleksandar S. Vesic professor of civil engineering and professor of history at Duke University, as well as a well-known author of influential books on the nature of engineering, and in particular on why some engineering designs fail, received the 2014 John P. McGovern Award for Science from the Cosmos Club Foundation in Washington, D.C. The John P. McGovern Foundation Trustees annually select an awardee in the areas of science, literature, arts, and humanities whose endeavors have clearly distinguished them as leaders in their spheres of activity. Petroski, an ASCE Distinguished Member from the Class of 2008, will be presented a medal commemorating his selection, and also deliver a lecture at the Cosmos Club in an area of his expertise.

A distinguished author, Petroski’s landmark book, To Engineer Is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design, was published in 1985 and then developed into a BBC television documentary first broadcast in 1987. Petroski has continued to write and lecture on the topics of success and failure, drawing upon historic and contemporary case studies to illustrate his thesis about the central role of failure in the engineering design process. His celebrated books include The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance (1990), The Evolution of Useful Things (1992), Design Paradigms: Case Histories of Error and Judgment in Engineering (1994), Engineers of Dreams: Great Bridge Builders and the Spanning of America (1995), Invention by Design: How Engineers Get from Thought to Thing (1996), The Book on the Bookshelf (1999), Paperboy: Confessions of a Future Engineer (2002), Small Things Considered: Why There Is No Perfect Design (2003), Success Through Failure: The Paradox of Design (2006), The Toothpick: Technology and Culture (2007), The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems (2010), An Engineer’s Alphabet: Gleanings from the Softer Side of a Profession (2011), and To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure (2012). In addition, he writes an engineering column for American Scientist, a column on the profession for ASEE Prism (American Society for Engineering Education), and occasionally for the New York Times.

His books, articles, and lectures have earned Petroski a broad range of recognition, including 5 honorary degrees – from Clarkson University (1990), Trinity College (1997), Valparaiso University (1999), Manhattan College (2003), and Missouri University of Science and Technology (2011) – and a Guggenheim Fellowship (1990-1991). Among his other honors are the Washington Award from the Western Society of Engineers, the Ralph Coats Roe Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Civil Engineering History and Heritage Award from ASCE. He also the recipient of a Centennial Award as an Outstanding Engineering Graduate of Manhattan College and an Alumni Award for Distinguished Service from the College of Engineering of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

A graduate of Manhattan College with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, both his master’s and doctoral degrees are in theoretical and applied mechanics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; he has also taught at the University of Illinois and at the University of Texas at Austin.

In 1975 Petroski joined the staff of Argonne National Laboratory to start up and head a new group in fracture mechanics for the Reactor Analysis and Safety Division. Although the focus of his work at Argonne was on problems relating to the development of liquid-metal fast breeder reactors, while at the laboratory he developed a broad interest in failure analysis and began to write about issues in technology and society for such publications as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Technology Review and the New York Times. He moved to Duke University in 1980 in order to be able to devote more time to writing longer articles and books on engineering and design.

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