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Ilesanmi Adesida (M.S. 1975 EECS, Ph.D. 1979 EECS)
Ilesanmi  Adesida
, the Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering, was named dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He joined the Illinois faculty in 1987 and holds appointments in the departments of electrical and computer engineering and materials science and engineering. A native of Nigeria, Adesida has been recognized worldwide for his extensive and innovative work in semiconductor processing and microelectronic devices. At Illinois he is also director of the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory and the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology.
of Paris, France, is cofounder of Kappa Group International Consulting Engineers, consultants in energy engineering and project management.
John Barnsdale (B.S. 1972 EECS, M.D. 1976)
John  Barnsdale
writes, "After graduating from Cal I went to Medical School at UCLA, followed by internship and an Anesthesia residency. I now live and practice in Auburn just east of Sacramento. I hope to resume studies in Berkeley at CDSP in the next year or two as I go part time in my practice. Hope to Cal in the Rose soon, GO BEARS!!!"

of Jacksonville, Florida, recently received his Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Florida and celebrated 19 years as president of his company, J.W. Buckholz Traffic Engineering. He's also an adjunct professor at the University of North Florida.


is chief scientist and president of research and development and strategic planning for General Motors, where he's worked since 1969. Last year, Burns received the ASM International 2007 Medal Award for the Advancement of Research, which honors an executive active in the use of metals and other materials. He is an expert on GM's next-generation cars, including their experimental hydrogen-powered vehicle, their Hybrid 2Mode and the new E-Flex Fuel Cell variant, which uses fuel cell propulsion technology and a lithium-ion battery to provide up to 300 miles of petroleum- and emissions-free electric driving.


of Issaquah, Washington, got his master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington, then went to work at Boeing, where he was elected a technical fellow after working there for 30 years.

directs structural engineering at Zentech, Inc., in Houston as partner and vice president of engineering. He visits India every year with his wife, Tapashi, and enjoys photography and astronomy.
Patrick Farrell (B.S. 1974 EECS)
Patrick  Farrell
was appointed provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he joined the mechanical engineering faculty in 1982. He previously served as director of the Engine Research Center and then as associate dean for academic affairs and executive associate dean of the College of Engineering.
Frank R. Finch (M.Eng. 1977 CEE, M.S. 1977 Management Science )
Frank R. Finch
president of engineering consulting firm Greenhorne and O’Mara, Inc., in Laurel, Maryland, was named the company’s CEO in November. He has more than 30 years’ experience in engineering consulting and construction.
ALBERT S. GLENN (B.S. 1974 ME, M.S. 1976 ME)

is an assistant U.S. attorney doing criminal prosecution in Philadelphia.

Steven J Greenfield (M.S. 1972 EECS)
of Palm Harbor, Florida, has been recognized as a fellow of Catalina Marketing Corporation of St. Petersburg, Florida. He is also vice president of research and development in Catalina’s Information Technology Department.
BARBARA J. GROSZ (M.S. 1971 EECS, Ph.D. 1977 EECS)

has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering for 2008 for her pioneering research in human–computer communication. She is interim dean at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the Higgins Professor of Natural Sciences, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, at Harvard.

Bob Guletz (BSCE 1970 Civil Engineering)
Bob  Guletz
of Albany, CA. After 15 years with the cities of Oakland and Albany (Public Works/Planning Director), I joined Harris & Associates, consulting civil engineers and construction managers (Concord CA) in 1985. I am Vice President and manager of our Municipal Services to Northern California agencies. I'm celebrating my 40th year in the profession with no end in sight, thanks to being a 'late bloomer' with 17 year old twins heading off to college in fall 2010. Looking forward to reconnecting with 1970 Civil classmates at our 40th anniversary this year.
Sunil Gupta (M.S. 1976, Ph.D. 1980 CEE)
of Walnut Creek, California, is president and CEO of OLMM Consulting Engineers, a structural engineering company based in San Francisco. He writes, “Our firm has designed highly acclaimed projects, such as the new Contemporary Jewish Museum by Daniel Libeskind and the base-isolated San Francisco Main Library.”
KEITH D. HJELMSTAD (M.S. 1979 CEE, Ph.D. 1983 CEE)

was named vice president and dean of the College of Technology and Innovation at Arizona State University's Polytechnic Campus. Hjelmstad was formerly professor of civil engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he also served as associate head of the department and associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Engineering.

Revis W. James III (B.S. 1979 EECS, M.S. 1981 NE)
of San Ramon is program manager of the Strategic Science and Technology Program at the Electric Power Research Institute.

of Martinez, California, retired in 2002 from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he was a project engineer and head of the Electronics Engineering Department.


was appointed the second chancellor of UC Merced, the first Korean American to lead a major research university, according to the newest UC campus's news office. Previously, Kang served as dean of the Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz for six years and as professor of electrical engineering and computer engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

KA K. KWONG (B.S. 1978 CEE)
lives in Hacienda Heights, California. He’s president of K.K. Kwong & Associates Consulting Structural Engineers, Inc., and cofounder of Pacific Online Limited.
Glen Langstaff (B.S. 1977 ME/NE)

Glen is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Alpha Research & Technology, an aerospace company in the Sacramento, CA area that supplies airborne electronics to the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense. Before that he was President and Chairman of IMDEC Inc., a designer and integrator of food processing and packaging systems for domestic and overseas food processing companies. Glen is married to Sue (Albright) Langstaff (AB Genetics 1978) who is a widely recognized sensory expert in the US wine industry.

CHOK-KAU B. LEE (M.S. 1974 NE)

writes, "I am working in Mountain View and living in Cupertino. Anyone in my class want to get together?"


is owner and principal of MLA Engineering, PLLC, a structural engineering consulting firm specializing in seismic improvements to existing buildings. He lives on Bainbridge Island in Washington state.

of Fremont, California, writes, “After 30 years in engineering and business, I switched careers into public education, teaching high school math. It’s extremely rewarding.”
of San Anselmo is senior vice president of Creegan + D’Angelo Engineers and was elected president of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California. Born in Germany and raised on a rural farm in Seneca County, New York, he writes, “I am a country boy from New York State, now one of the national leaders for structural and earthquake engineering.”

is currently project engineer for design of the terminal expansion at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California.

Thomas R. Wolf, MD (M.S. 1972 EECS)
Thomas R. Wolf, MD
I always draw on my great experiences and education at Cal even now in clinical Neuro-ophthalmology. I lecture the Mayo Clinic (Scottsdale) and Barrow Neurological Institute neurology residents, and practice clinical neuro-ophthalmology in Phoenix, Arizona. Never a dull moment, also working with Mayo Clinic Aerospace Medicine in their Vestibular Lab studying effects of hypoxia and gravity on the Vision, and maintaining flight currency as a Comanche pilot.
Stephen Monismith (BS 1977 CE, MS 1979 CE, PhD 1983 CE)
Stephen  Monismith
writes, “After leaving Berkeley in 1983 for the distant shores of Australia, I ended up on the even more distant shores of Palo Alto, where, since 1987 I have been a professor in Stanford’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. I currently am department chair and hold the Obayashi chair in the School of Engineering. I return to Berkeley frequently to work with colleagues there and to maintain my 30+-year relationship with Top Dog on Hearst Avenue.
MICHAEL G. OLIVA (M.S. 1975, Ph.D. 1980 CEE)

was named Distinguished Educator of the Year for 2007 by the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute of Chicago. He is associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Grant E. Hoag, P.E. (B.S. 1979 CE)
is providing municipal utility financial planning services as the manager of financial services for Brown and Caldwell Engineers. He finished his MBA in 1982 and lives in Irvine, Calif. E-mail:
John Palmerton (M.S. 1971 CEE)
of Vicksburg, Mississippi, died of lung cancer in February at age 64. He had a 30-year career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and owned Geosynthetic Applications Simulations. He played violin with the St. Joseph Symphony Orchestra of Louisiana and was an active member of First Baptist Church of Vicksburg, where he sang in the choir and played hand bells.
of El Cerrito, California, recently retired and says he now has more time for reading, writing and volunteer activities.
Richard Prima (B.S. 1974 CE)
is public works director for the city of Lodi, Calif.
works in research and development at Telecordia Technologies in Piscataway, New Jersey.
RICHARD RUBY (B.S. 1977 Eng. Physics, M.S. 1977, Ph.D. 1984 EECS)

of Menlo Park, California, holds more than 50 patents for major inventions, including the thin film bulk acoustic wave resonator (FBAR) technology used in cell phones. He's married with three children, one at UC Santa Cruz and one at UC Berkeley. He still plays the violin.

Bruce Sabacky (Ph.D. 1978 MSE)
Bruce  Sabacky
was appointed chief technology officer of Altair Nanotechnologies, a supplier of advanced ceramic nanomaterials. Sabacky will continue as vice president of research and development and, as chief technology officer, will direct overall science strategy and technical development for the Reno-based company.
received the Global Indian of the Year Award last January, part of the 2009 Economic Times Awards for Corporate Excellence, presented by India’s prime minister in Mumbai. Since graduating from UC Berkeley, Sarin has served as president and CEO of AirTouch Communications and CEO of Infospace and Vodafone Group Plc; he was appointed to a three-year term at the Bank of England’s Court of Directors in 2005.

is president of Scheffer Andrew LTD, a 70-employee consulting firm of planners and engineers based in western Canada.


was appointed CEO and member of the board of directors of Trident Microsystems, a digital TV technology provider headquartered in Santa Clara, California. Trident designs, develops and markets digital media for high-definition and LCD televisions.

of San Luis Obispo, California, is an engineering consultant on new nuclear power plants in Texas and Maryland.
DENA R. TRAINA (B.S. 1979, M.S. 1980 CEE)
writes, “After 17 years in Ohio, my husband and I are back in California.” She is office manager for Kennedy/Jenks Consultants in their Reno office, and her husband, Samuel J. Traina (B.S.’78, Ph.D.’83 Soil Science), is vice chancellor for research at UC Merced.
Chuen-Horng Tsai (M.S. 1975, Ph.D. 1981 NE)
Chuen-Horng  Tsai
Dr. Chuen-Horng Tsai was sworn in as the Minister and Chairman of the Atomic Energy Council in Taiwan on May 20, 2008, under the new administration of the R.O.C. government. Dr. Tsai, 58, has devoted most of his career life to teaching and research in the fields of nuclear engineering and nuclear materials. Before joining AEC, he was distinguished professor of the National Tsing Hua University. From 1982 to 2008, Dr. Tsai worked and served at NTHU as associate professor, professor, chairman and director of nuclear engineering programs, dean for the office of student affairs and dean for the college of nuclear science.
GERALD F. WIECZOREK (B.S. 1971, M.S. 1972, Ph.D. 1978 CEE)
of Herndon, Virginia, works on landslide hazards for the U.S. Geological Survey. He has published about 120 articles on the subject, many of them available online.

retired in 2005 after more than 30 years as a civil engineer in both public and private practice. She writes, "I am now enjoying my retirement with my husband, Frank, also a retired civil engineer. I spend my time golfing, doing home improvement projects, traveling and taking care of my new granddaughter. Our daughter is a landscape architect, and our son is a deputy sheriff. I am ever hopeful that someday Cal will get to the Rose Bowl again! GO BEARS!!!"


of Sacramento is manager for the High Average Power Laser Program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

BOND M. YEE (B.S. 1972, M.S. 1973 CEE)
is director of Parking and Transportation for San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. He’s worked for the City and County of San Francisco since 1982 in areas including residential permit parking, red light camera enforcement, the Third Street Light Rail Transit Priority Project and SFgo, a real time, intelligent transportation management system. Under his watch, the city demolished and removed the Embarcadero Freeway, the Terminal Separation Structure and the Central Freeway, projects he says helped to revitalize several dormant neighborhoods.

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