Tag Archives: MC1986

JFOUND: McGrath, Michele [MC1986] Dir Global Eng Grp @ Air Products



2019 WISE Forum Brings Female Perspectives to STEM Fields

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The Da Vinci Science Center will host a free panel discussion on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at DeSales University, Center Valley, Pa., as part of the 2019 Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Forum presented by Sanofi Pasteur.  Distinguished female leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) will discuss different perspectives women bring to these industries and challenges they face when pursuing a career in male-dominated fields.  

The public is invited to attend the free panel discussion scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Dining Room of University Center.  After opening remarks, panelists will each offer comments before inviting the audience members to ask questions.  Doors to the venue will open at 7 p.m.; Parking is available in the lot in front of the building. 

For more information, contact Sharon Alexander, CFRE, Campaign Manager, 484-664-1002, Ext. 125.

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Michele McGrath

Michele McGrath is currently a Director in the Global Engineering and Manufacturing Group at Air Products.  After graduating from Manhattan College in 1986 with a degree in chemical engineering, she joined Air Products as a participant in the Career Development Program. She began her career as a project engineer where she managed the engineering, construction, and start up of Air Separation facilities in North America, Mexico and Indonesia. 

Michele later moved to operations where she held various roles over 20 years including, Line Management for Plant Operations and Distribution, Operations Manager, Mexico and Latin America, and Director of Global Plant Process Engineering.   In her most recent operations role she was responsible for supporting the resolution of process technical issues at operating facilities and improving the productivity of assets in the areas of process efficiency and advanced controls and operability.

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McGrath, Michele [MC1986]

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JFOUND: Fossaceca, John M. [MC1986] “Transforming DoD IT”



Transforming DoD Information Technology Through Coalition Partner Trust
Sun, 12/30/2018 – 8:09am
Small Wars Journal
John M. Fossaceca


John M. Fossaceca, PhD, is currently a research scientist with the U.S. Army Research Lab’s Information Sciences Division. Earlier in his career, Dr. Fossaceca was VP of Engineering, Product management and Technology at 3e Technologies International (3eTI), a division of Ultra Electronics, serving as the Principal Investigator on several US government Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) programs and was instrumental in creating secure wireless systems for the U.S. Navy.  As Engineering Vice President and COO at Comtech Mobile Datacom he led modernization efforts for the U.S. Army’s Blue Force Tracking command and control satellite-based tracking system.  Dr. Fossaceca previously served as Technical Director for AT&T/Lucent Technologies in Holmdel and Murray Hill, NJ contributing to wireless telephony products and next-generation VoIP and packet-based communication systems. He has published recent research in machine learning for network intrusion detection and is co-inventor on six patents related to wireless communications, and adaptive signal detection. Dr. Fossaceca holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College, a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University, an MBA from Virginia Tech and a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from George Washington University.

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Fossaceca, John M. [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1986.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Fossaceca, John M. [MC1986]

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JNEWS: Stromberg, Pierre [MC1986] looks for proof of a visit by alien



Local News
Proof of alien visitors? Artifact from an ancient civilization? The truth is out there — in Seattle
Originally published December 1, 2018 at 6:00 am
By Erik Lacitis Seattle Times staff reporter

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For years, the strange object embedded in a rocklike formation sparked speculation and wonder. Was it proof of a visit by aliens? It’s at the Pacific Science Center for you to see for yourself. The truth is out there.

For 57 years, since its discovery by three rockhounds in the mountains of Eastern California, an oblong, 2- by 3-inch stonelike mass has been at the heart of speculation around the world.

Oh, how we want to believe that the truth is out there.

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Stromberg, 54, a 1986 graduate in computer science from Manhattan College in the Bronx, where he grew up, says that as a kid he read Erich von Daniken’s “Chariots of the Gods?”, which theorizes extraterrestrials influenced early human life. Pretty neat stuff, he thought back then.

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Stromberg, Pierre [MC1986]

JNEWS: Butler, John P. [MC1986] BoD Zynerba Pharma



Zynerba Pharmaceuticals Appoints John P. Butler to Board of Directors
April 16, 2018 07:00 ET | Source: Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

DEVON, Pa., April 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ZYNE), a clinical-stage specialty neuropsychiatric pharmaceutical company dedicated to developing and commercializing innovative pharmaceutically-produced transdermal cannabinoid treatments for rare and near-rare neurological and psychiatric disorders with high unmet medical needs, today announced the appointment of John Butler to its board of directors. Mr. Butler serves as the President, Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors at Akebia Therapeutics.

“We are excited to welcome John to our Board at such an important time in our evolution,” said Armando Anido, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Zynerba. “John is a recognized leader in our industry, and his extensive operational and commercialization experience in rare diseases will be instrumental as we execute on our vision to bring new therapeutic options to patients with rare and debilitating neuropsychiatric disorders.”

Mr. Butler has served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors of Akebia Therapeutics, Inc. since 2013, where he has led the company through its IPO and multiple strategic partnering transactions. Previously Mr. Butler served as the Chief Executive Officer of Inspiration Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. where he led the transactions that resulted in the sale of Inspiration’s hemophilia assets to Cangene Corporation and Baxter International for a total aggregate consideration that could exceed one billion dollars. From 1997 to 2011, Mr. Butler held various positions of increasing strategic importance at Genzyme Corporation, culminating in his tenure as President of the company’s rare genetic diseases business. Prior to his work at Genzyme, Mr. Butler held sales and marketing positions at Amgen and Hoffmann-La Roche. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Relypsa, Inc. from 2013 to 2016, and Chairman of the Board at Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, from 2015 to 2017. Mr. Butler received a B.A. in Chemistry from Manhattan College and an M.B.A. degree from Baruch College, City University of New York.

“This is an important and exciting time for Zynerba as they initiate a pivotal program in Fragile X syndrome mid-year and begin their transition into a commercial stage company,” said Mr. Butler. “I look forward to contributing to the Company’s success as they work to change the lives of people living with certain rare and near-rare neuropsychiatric diseases and their families.”

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Butler, John P. [MC????]  

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Dear John,

I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1986.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Butler, John P. [MC1986]

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JLINKEDIN: Daly, Mary Hewitt [MC1986] Air Quality & Enviro Consultant



Daly, Mary Hewitt [MC1986]
Independent Air Quality & Environmental Consultant
Surrey Environmental Consulting, LLC

A dedicated air quality engineer/project manager with over 30 years of experience in air quality regulatory compliance, permitting and negotiation with various regulatory agencies in multiple states across the U.S. Provides services for industrial, municipal, and federal clients for a multitude of sectors.

Specialties: Air Quality Regulatory Permitting, Compliance Evaluations/Strategies, Negotiations, Technology Assessments, Emission Inventories, Facility Wide Audits, Stack Testing Oversight/Management.

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JNEWS: Canavan, Ken [MC1986] CTO Westinghouse



November 30, 2017 08:30 AM Eastern Standard Time

PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Westinghouse Electric Company announced today that Ken Canavan has been appointed chief technology officer (CTO), effective January 2, 2018.

“We are excited to have Ken join us, especially during this strategic transition point in Westinghouse’s history,” said José Emeterio Gutiérrez, president and chief executive officer, Westinghouse Electric Company. “Ken brings expertise and rigor that will further solidify the technology that is a hallmark of Westinghouse.”

Westinghouse’s CTO role has strategic responsibility to drive next-generation technology and innovation solutions that align with the company’s global business strategy. Canavan will lead these efforts, as well as strengthen Westinghouse with regard to technology leadership development.
Canavan, 53, previously was director of engineering for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). There he was responsible for turning industry needs into compelling research and development plans. These plans improved safety and performance of the global nuclear fleet. He has more than 30 years of experience in key engineering and risk management roles. Prior to his work at EPRI, Canavan was responsible for risk applications at Data Systems and Solutions, ERIN Engineering and Research and GPU Nuclear. He also was a safety analysis engineer with Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Ohio (USA).

Canavan has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, with a nuclear engineering minor, from Manhattan College, New York. Ken, his wife, Paula and his two children will relocate to the Pittsburgh area.

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Canavan, Ken [MC????]

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Dear John,

             I beleive that Ken is a member of the class of 1986.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Canavan, Ken [MC1986]

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JNEWS: Schanz, John [MC1986] Congruex BoD



Congruex Appoints Robert Vrij And John Schanz To Board Of Directors
PR Newswire — November 28, 2017

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BOULDER, Colo., Nov. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Congruex, a company established for the purpose of building a nationwide platform that delivers end-to-end engineering, construction and maintenance services to broadband service providers and utility operators across the country, today announced the appointment of Robert Vrij and John Schanz to the Company’s Board of Directors.

Messrs. Vrij and Schanz will work closely with Congruex founders, Bill Beans and Kevin O’Hara, to build a best-in-class engineering and construction management platform, with the objective of becoming one of the largest pure-play network engineering firms in the nation.

We are honored to welcome Robert Vrij and John Schanz to Congruex’s Board of Directors, said Kevin O’Hara, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Congruex.  Mr. O’Hara continued, “Throughout their respective careers, Robert and John have consistently distinguished themselves as visionaries, earning the praise of their peers and the broader industry.  Their contribution to our Board will be significant, and we look forward to drawing on their unparalleled expertise as we build a best-in-class network engineering and construction platform.”

Brian Cassidy, Partner at Crestview and co-head of the firm’s media investment strategy, said, “Robert Vrij and John Schanz are a perfect fit for Congruex.  Their respective expertise as industry pioneers and leaders, will serve invaluable as Congruex builds a nationwide platform to deliver differentiated engineering and construction solutions.  We are excited for what the future of Congruex holds and look forward to our close partnership with the Company’s founders, Bill Beans and Kevin O’Hara.”

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Mr. Schanz is currently a Senior Advisor at BBH Capital Partners, Graham Partners and TDF Ventures, and a member of the Board of LiquidSky.  He previously held senior leadership positions at Comcast, Sprint, GE and AOL.  As the former Chief Network Officer of Comcast Cable, Mr. Schanz led a team of 5,000 FTEs, transforming the culture and talent to champion changes from historic norms.  Likewise, he scaled the world’s largest 24xForever network and infrastructure, which supports five multibillion-dollar business units.  Moreover, Mr. Schanz helped scale the global Internet core at Sprint, and along with his team, enabled AOL to grow into the predominant Internet Service Provider of its era.  Mr. Schanz has also been a leader in cybersecurity, streamlining risk management to protect customers, employees and technology infrastructure.

Mr. Schanz earned an Electrical Engineering degree at Manhattan College.  He is the recipient of the 2013 National Cable & Telecommunications Association Vanguard Award in Science & Technology.  In 2012, InfoWorld recognized Mr. Schanz with a Technology Leadership Award.  The Chairman of the FCC has also previously appointed him to chair the FCC’s Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council.

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