Engineering Alumni News: Spring 2017

By Karen Updyke, School of Engineering

Wayne Hogrefe ‘72 (BT) lives in Lake Forest, Calif. He writes, “I’m now working with a new joint venture of our parent firm, Quest Diagnostics, taking on the challenges of a new company integration. I enjoyed yet another biannual reunion in June in Hocking Hills, Ohio, with close UD friends from throughout the United States. Lake Forest will remain home for at least a few more years until retirement comes into closer focus. It’s hard to believe that it has been 45 years since we bid farewell to the campus where such close friendships were forged and remain strong today.”

Patrick Charbonneau ’75 (MEE) and his wife, Rosanna, live in South Barrington, Ill. He writes, “I retired from Navistar after 38 years. My executive roles included director of purchasing, vice president of engine engineering and vice president of government relations. During my time as vice president of engine engineering, I led Navistar’s development of green diesel technology, which is still used today in all modern low-emissions car and truck diesel engines in the United States and Europe. I look forward to traveling and consulting.”

Dave Taylor ’77 (BT) lives in Columbia, Md. He writes, "I recently retired as a technical writer, but like so many people, seem to be busier than ever. Since 2000, I have volunteered with Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (www.ariss.org), which promotes STEM education by working with NASA and ham radio operators worldwide to allow students to talk with an astronaut aboard ISS. We have completed more than 1,000 radio contacts so far. In addition to being one of the program managers, I am currently helping develop a new ham radio system that is scheduled for launch to ISS later this year."

Edward Matthews ’82 (CME) and Paula Reynolds Matthews ’83 (HEC) live in Upper Saint Clair, Pa. They write, “In November, we celebrated 33 years of marriage. As the song says, ‘Don’t blink,’ because one day you’re holding hands in KU, and 33 years later you’re looking back at three children and three relocations, wondering where the time has gone. Edward travels the globe in his role as a technical marketing manager for Kemira Chemicals.”

Mike Zernic ’85 (MEE) lives in Cleveland. He writes, “On Sept. 24, 2016, a small group of Phi Sigma Kappa brothers gathered from the Cleveland-Hudson-Pittsburgh area at my house to celebrate a bit more free time as our children become more independent. Joining me were Rich Alt ’85, Mike Castello ’86, Pat McKeon ’89, Mark Werderber ’86 and Eric Hendrickson ’88.”

Douglas Hanahan ’91 (IET) and Lisa Patterson Hanahan ’85 (SWK) live in Oak Ridge, Tenn. He writes, “I am truly grateful for my UD education. Our oldest daughter, Jennifer Hanahan ’11, is also a UD graduate. My career has taken me to Oak Ridge as a waste acceptance manager for RSI, a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy. I have a number of responsibilities, including interfacing with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the Environmental Protection Agency. I also serve as waste management lead supporting environmental cleanup at the East Tennessee Technology Park. I plan, direct and monitor multiple projects.”

Vaneet Kumar ’92 (ELE) lives in Dublin, Ohio. This past fall, he began a new job as project engineer in the Columbus, Ohio, office of S-E-A Limited.

Steven Nathaniel ’10 (MEE) and Heather Petrie Nathaniel ’12 (CME) announce the birth of Byron Andrew (7-13-16), who joins brother Cormac at home in Bloomington, Ind. Steven is a doctoral candidate at Indiana University.

Heather Petrie Nathaniel ’12 (CME) and Steven Nathaniel ’10 (MEE) announce the birth of Byron Andrew (7-13-16), who joins brother Cormac at home in Bloomington, Ind. Heather is a process engineer for Cook Pharmica.

Alysa Scherer '15 (MEE) emailed: "I just recently moved to Munich, Germany, to work for BMW's Research and Innovation Center. I am working in quality assurance and helping to launch new vehicles."

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