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JUPDATE: Coen, William (MC1984) updates his class year


Original Post: 2015-May-13


Conversations with Basel Committee Secretary General William Coen
May 13, 2015

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Coen, William [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that William is a member of the Class of 1982.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Coen, William [MC1982]

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 William Coen commented on JFOUND: Coen, William [MC1982] Basel Committee Secretary General

For the record, I was class of 1984.

[JR: Thanks.]  

Coen, William (MC1984)

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JNEWS: Piccinich, Edward V. [MC1984] building One Vanderbilt mega-tower



How Ed Piccinich Is Living The American Dream
New YorkOffice
Jan 12, 2016 Amanda Marsh, Bisnow NY

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With the entire block west of Grand Central Terminal nearly demolished, work will soon begin in earnest on SL Green’s 1.7M SF mega-tower, One Vanderbilt. This means a few exciting years ahead for Ed Piccinich, the 2016 recipient of REBNY’s George M. Brooker Management Executive of the Year Award.

For Ed—who as EVP leads SL Green’s property management, construction, acquisition underwriting and technology, among other roles—this is the American Dream. The son of immigrants from present-day Croatia and the former Yugoslavia, Ed says his success is in large part due to his parents’ guidance and tenacity. After spending two years in refugee camps throughout Italy, including Trieste, Latina, Aversa and Naples, his parents never thought they’d even make it to the US. They endured hardship along the way, but finally arrived here in the late 1950s.

Ed was born in 1962 among a community of immigrants in which adults were either construction workers, longshoremen or seamstresses. After “watching one too many episodes of The Brady Bunch and wanting to live that dream,” Ed eventually set his sights on Manhattan College, where he received his BS in Mechanical Engineering.

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Piccinich, Edward V. [MC1984]

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JNEWS: Knudsen, Tom [MC2010] NYPD 13th Precinct Cop of the Year



2015 12Dec 18 Knudsen

Knudsen, Tom [MC2010] 

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Paul Knudsen That’s my son.

Jeanne Barron Knudsen We’re so proud of our son Tom!(Jeanne Barron Knudsen ’83 and Paul Knudsen ’84!)

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Knudsen, Jeanne Barron [MC1983]

Knudsen, Paul [MC1984]

[JR: I can see the pride bursting out from here. Laugh! And well deserved.]

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JNEWS: Richardson, Lizette [MC1984] superintendent Lake Mead



New superintendent named for Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Posted: Friday, August 21, 2015 1:16 am
National Park Service 

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SAN FRANCISCO — Lizette Richardson has been appointed as superintendent of Lake Mead National Recreation Area, a large and heavily visited park that straddles the border between Nevada and Arizona.

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Richardson worked at Lake Mead National Recreation Area from November 2004 to June 2013 as the chief of maintenance and engineering. In this role, she was responsible for the planning, design, construction, and oversight of many varied projects, including more than $200 million in funding for park infrastructure improvements and visitor enhancements, as well as day-to-day park maintenance operations. She also served as the acting superintendent at Joshua Tree National Park in 2010, where she oversaw operations for the 790,000-acre park.

“I’m looking forward to the challenges in protecting the world-class resources at Lake Mead National Recreation Area,” said Richardson. “I feel truly blessed to be able to come back to the park where I started my NPS career and work with such a dedicated, professional team.

“It’s an exciting time with the NPS centennial right around the corner, and I also look forward to working with the community, partners, and stakeholders, as well as the newly established park, Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument, and Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument.”

Prior to coming to the National Park Service, Richardson was a project manager with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, where she was responsible for multi-million dollar civil works projects, including a $344 million flood control project. Richardson has managed several offices at U.S. Air Force installations and has also worked as an engineer in the private sector for Holmes and Narver and TRW, Inc. She holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Manhattan College and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Nevada.

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Richardson, Lizette [MC1984] 

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JBLOGGER: Rodriguez, Vincent [MC1984] versus Myrtle Beach Parking Meters



Myrtle Beach and Parking Meters

Rodriguez, Vincent [MC1984] 

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I called the Myrtle Beach police department and told them I would like to speak to Officer Smith and explained why. First, in my anger I actually dialed 911 and ranted about what had taken place. 911 transferred me, so somewhere in South Carolina there is a recording of me ranting about getting a parking ticket on tape. I had to leave a message for Officer Smith who did call me back the next day and told me to just drop off the ticket at the precinct and he would take care of it. However, I listened to him in the first place which is how I got into this predicament to begin with.

So I did go to the police department, dropped off the ticket, put it to his attention, and hoped for the best. The next day, I received a voicemail from Officer Smith saying not to worry about it, he had taken care of it. The bottom line is I am expecting that in 60 days I will receive a notice in the mail that I owe the city of Myrtle Beach $60.

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[JR: Laugh. Tell the judge. And pay more. Of course, it’s a scam. By the gang we call Gooferment!]

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JFOUND: Badding, John [MC1984] PSU Faculty Scholar Medal



John Badding awarded Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement
June 18, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — John Badding, professor of chemistry and physics at Penn State, has been selected to receive the 2015 Penn State Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Physical Sciences. Established in 1980, the award recognizes scholarly or creative excellence represented by a single contribution or a series of contributions around a coherent theme. A committee of faculty peers selects candidates after reviewing nominations together with outside evaluations from peer institutions.

Badding is a materials and solid-state chemist whose research focuses on using high pressures to synthesize or characterize microscale and nanoscale materials. Because of their unusual properties and unprecedented chemical structures, these materials have applications in telecommunications, in photovoltaic solar technology and in high-strength materials. Badding investigates the properties and potential applications of high-pressure supercritical fluids — hybrids that share the properties of liquids and gases. His work with optical fibers synthesized at high pressure has the potential for technological impact by creating tunable infrared lasers with unprecedented power, fiber-based electronic devises and solar fabrics. Recently, Badding and his research team developed a new form of carbon nanotube — diamond-like threads that they suspect may be stronger than conventional carbon nanotubes.

Badding’s previous honors include a David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship from 1993 to 1998 and a National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award in 1993. He is the author or coauthor of more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications and holds several patents related to his research.

Badding earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Manhattan College in 1984 and a doctoral degree in chemistry at the University of California at Berkeley in 1989. Prior to joining the Penn State faculty as an assistant professor of chemistry in 1991, Badding was a postdoctoral fellow at the Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution of Washington from 1989 to 1991. He became associate professor of chemistry at Penn State in 1997 and professor of chemistry in 2007. In addition, Badding became a professor of physics at Penn State in 2014.

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JNEWS: Gatto, James G. [MC1984] joins Sheppard Mullin



IP Team Joins Sheppard Mullin
By MICHELLE FOX Press Releases No Comments

June 15, 2015

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LOS ANGELES, June 15, 2015— Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has added three partners to the firm’s growing Intellectual Property practice group: James G. Gatto, D. Benjamin Esplin and Bradford C. Blaise. Gatto and Blaise join Sheppard Mullin’s Washington D.C. office and Esplin joins the firm’s Del Mar office.

“As extremely well-regarded IP specialists, they are sought out coast-to-coast by technology and game companies for patent portfolio strategy and business model advice. We are delighted to welcome Jim, Ben and Brad to the firm. They are first-rate attorneys that significantly add depth and breadth to our existing IP and technology capabilities, especially in the games, social media, internet, open source, mHealth and FinTech industries,” said Guy Halgren, chairman of Sheppard Mullin.

“We are thrilled to join Sheppard Mullin. We have found the attorneys here to be talented, entrepreneurial and tech-savvy. We are impressed with the firm’s successful strategic growth, particularly in its top-tier IP practice and its digital media and games practices,” Gatto commented. “The firm’s presence and profile in California, coupled with its commitment to expand its IP capabilities on the East Coast and social media and games practice firm wide, were critical factors in our decision to join Sheppard Mullin. Sheppard Mullin offers us a dynamic and exciting platform to expand our practices, especially with high profile litigation and transactional matters.”

“Our clients are facing increasingly complex IP challenges in a dynamic and evolving technical and legal landscape,” said Daniel Yannuzzi, chair of the Intellectual Property practice group at Sheppard Mullin. “Jim, Ben and Brad will enhance our ability to serve our clients’ needs in this rapidly-developing environment. They share our focus and will help us to continue to build a premier intellectual property practice to serve our clients’ diverse needs.”

Gatto leverages his unique combination of over 30 years of IP experience, business insights and attention to technology trends to help companies develop IP and other legal strategies that are aligned with their business objectives. His practice focuses on all aspects of intellectual property, internet and technology law, including patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and open source. Gatto advises clients of all sizes (start-ups to Fortune 100 companies) on key legal and business issues relating to the use of social media, video games, mobile and social games, eSports, fantasy sports and online gambling (gamblification), virtual goods and currencies (including bitcoin), social networks, virtual worlds, augmented reality, virtual reality, cyber security, open source, user-generated content, mHealth and FinTech Apps, location-based services and gamification.

Gatto has been in the intellectual property field since 1984, when he started as a patent examiner while attending Georgetown University Law School at night. His practice encompasses a full range of IP and technology issues, including: patent, trademark, copyright, open source and trade secret litigation; counseling and technology transactions; developing and implementing IP strategies to protect and to monetize IP assets; creating and implementing IP programs; conducting IP audits; conducting complex patent prosecution, including patent appeals, interferences, Inter Partes Review (IPRs), reissues and reexaminations; handling patent enforcement issues, including licensing and litigation; conducting IP due diligence in and negotiating IP aspects of mergers, acquisitions and financings; rendering opinions concerning the infringement, validity and enforceability of patents; handling trademark prosecution, domain name, copyright and trade secret matters; handling IP aspects of employment issues; handling IP aspects of government contracts; negotiating and drafting technology agreements; negotiating and drafting development, licensing, publishing and partnership agreements; advising clients on legal issues associated with open source software including open source audits and remediation, open source patent issues, open source licenses, open source compatibility issues, indemnity issues, open source license compliance, open source contributions, and developing and implementing corporate policies on use and approval of open source software; advising clients on the legality of cutting edge Internet business methods and technology, such as gambling/contests/sweepstakes-related issues, eSports, Fantasy Sports and real money skilled-based contests; preparing terms of service, end user license agreements and privacy policies; and advising clients on computer law issues such as screen scraping, computer fraud and abuse and SPAM-related issues; and many issues related to social media, including IP ownership in social media accounts, content and followers, employee-related aspects of social media, including the role of social media in non-solicitation and trade secret matters, conducting social media audits and developing corporate social media policies.

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Gatto received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1988 and a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College in 1984. Esplin received a J.D. from George Washington University Law School in 2007 and a B.S. in Engineering Physics from Colorado School of Mines in 2001. Blaise received a J.D. from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in 2002 and a Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering from Catholic University of America in 1996.

Sheppard Mullin has 60 attorneys based in its Washington D.C. and 110 attorneys in its Intellectual Property practice group firmwide. The arrival of Gatto, Esplin and Blaise at Sheppard Mullin continues the expansion of the firm’s Chambers-ranked Intellectual Property practice group and follows the addition last month of IP partner William Lambert, who joined the firm in Palo Alto.

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Gatto, James G. [MC1984]

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