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Ross A. Webber ’56 serves as a director and vice chairman of the Supervisory Board of ARCADIS, NV, the international engineering firm of 8,500 associates headquartered in Arnhem, The Netherlands. ARCADIS is a global, knowledge-driven service provider, active in the fields of infrastructure, buildings, environment, and communications. Its United States headquarters are in Denver. Mr. Webber continues as emeritus professor of management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his Princeton bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

Jack Wolf *60, the Stephen O. Rice Professor of Magnetics in the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego, received the 2004 Richard W. Hamming Medal from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Dr. Wolf was cited for his “fundamental contributions to the theory and practice of information transmission and storage.” Dr. Wolf is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the IEEE. He earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton.

Peter Palmer *62 is the new chairman of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, a 13-county agency responsible for allocating billions of dollars in federal transportation money. Mr. Palmer stated two goals for his administration: 1) the repair of existing roads and bridges and the construction of a second Hudson River rail tunnel, and 2) educating the public about the importance of funding transportation projects. Mr. Palmer earned his master’s degree in electrical engineering from Princeton.

Stuart Cooper *67 is the new head of the Chemical Engineering Department at Ohio State University. Previously, he was provost for North Carolina State University. He is an expert in polymer science and biomaterials. Dr. Cooper earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1963 and his Ph.D., also in chemical engineering, from Princeton in 1967.

R. Byron Pipes ’69 *69 has been appointed to the National Composite Center’s Technical Oversight Committee. He is the Goodyear Endowed Professor of Polymer Engineering at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. Committee members examine promising new technology and consider ways existing industry knowledge might fit other markets. The committee then evaluates recommendations and selects those projects they believe have the potential to produce the next commercial breakthrough and have broad appeal. Dr. Pipes earned his Princeton B.S.E. and master’s degrees in civil and geological engineering. His Ph.D. is from the University of Texas.

F. Thomson Leighton ’78 (Tom), was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for his contributions to the design of networks and circuits and for technology for Web content delivery. Mr. Leighton is chief scientist and director of Akamai Technologies Inc. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science.

William B. Binnie (Brian) *78 piloted the SpaceShipOne rocket glider during its sound barrier-breaking, 60-degree climb over Mojave, Calif., in December. This was the first time the sound barrier has been broken by a small company in a privately funded, nongovernment effort. SpaceShipOne is a project of Scaled Composites. Mr. Binnie earned his master’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton.

Eric F. Spina *88 is the new dean of engineering at Syracuse University’s L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science. He had served as the college’s associate dean since January 2000. Dean Spina identified his challenges as increasing the college’s grant-funded research, strengthening its alumni base, and increasing the number of doctoral students. Dean Spina’s research focuses on experimental fluid mechanics. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton.

Silvia Ferrari *99 *02, an assistant professor at Duke University, was featured in the February 2004 issue of IEEE Control Systems Magazine. Dr. Ferrari uses neural network methods to develop intelligent aircraft flight control algorithms. She earned her master’s degree and Ph.D. in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton.

 

 

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