imagination and persistence graced the stage of the Dibner Auditorium
as 18 PolyThinkers came to the MetroTech campus and were awarded the
University's Sesquicentennial Medal commemorating Poly's 150 th
Jerry M. Hultin thanked the medalists for all they have done for the
school, the nation and the world. He urged students to think about how
they are going to build on the base that the alumni medalists have
provided. â€œShake their hands, listen to their stories and learn from
them,â€ Hultin said. â€œWe want to be able to celebrate your
accomplishments one day.â€
Medalist Charles J. Carmada '74AE, a crew member on the historic
mission of the space shuttle Discovery, credits Poly for his career as
an astronaut. â€œThe education I received at Poly,â€ he said, â€œstarted it
all for me.â€
Cecilia A. Meza-Chipps '98AE, the
first woman flight test engineer for Northrop-Grumman Corporation,
spoke about the rigors of flight school and noted: â€œPoly gave me the
perseverance and dedication to pursue my career in aeronautical
Trustee William L. Friend '56ChE '05HON, recalled his mother and father
and being raised in modest circumstances. â€œPoly is home to the American
Dream,â€ he declared.
selection of the medalists was based on nominations from
administrators, faculty and staff at Poly. The Sesquicentennial
Committee reviewed the nominations and selected 37 alumni to receive
sesquicentennial medals at the award ceremony on September 29 were:
Daniel H. Berry '74 EE; Franklin H. Blecher '49 '50 '55 EE; Martin H.
Bloom '46 '49 '51 AE; Charles J. Camarda; Joseph A. Castellano '64 '69
ChEM; Randy W. Frey '79EE; William L. Friend; S. Steve Greenfield
'43ME; Richard A. Gross '86 ChEM; Joseph G. Lombardino '57 ChEM;
Cecilia A. Meza-Chipps; Herbert Morawetz '51 ChEM; Eli M. Pearce '58
ChEM; Joseph C. Salamone '61 '67 ChEM; William Schuster '73EE; and Paul
Soros '50 ME.
Below are some of the honorees attending the event:
Franklin Blecher '49 '50 '55EE
worked at AT&T Bell Labs for 37 years, during which he oversaw the
development of the L4 and L5 long-haul telephone carrier systems, which
served as the AT&T backbone wire communication systems for over two
decades. He is currently a consulting engineer and elected member of
the National Academy of Engineering.
Martin Bloom '46 '49 '51AE
was a longtime Polytechnic faculty member and dean of engineering from
1966-74. He conducted pioneering research in hypersonic flow and
thermodynamics and was among the first to ever use a personal computer
for engineering research. A consultant on the army missile program, he
received an outstanding civilian service medal from the U.S. Army.
Charles Camarda '74AE
is a recognized expert on thermal structures with many patents and
awards. He was selected for the astronaut corps in 1996 and became the
first Polytechnic alumnus in space as a member of the crew of the space
shuttle Discovery STS-114.
Joseph Castellano '64 '69Chem
was a member of the RCA team that developed the liquid crystal display
(LCD). He holds several patents on LCD technology and oversaw some of
the first commercial applications of LCD technology before moving into
Randy Frey EE '79
founded Autonomous Technologies, which developed the LADARVision System
bringing advanced tracking, scanning and customized technology to LASIK
surgery worldwide. He holds 25 patents, is a member of the NASA Space
Technology Hall of Fame and is a founding board member of the Rollins
College, Crummer School, Center for Entrepreneurship.
William L. Friend '56ChemE
had career spanning more than 20 years at Bechtel Group Inc., where he
oversaw engineering and construction operations on six continents.
Today, he is chairman of the University of California President's
Council on the National Laboratories. He is also an elected member and
treasurer of the National Academy of Engineering.
Jay H. Greene '64EE
has a distinguished career at NASA, including working in mission
control on virtually every Apollo mission. He was the flight director
for several shuttle missions and played a key role on the safety panel
following the Challenger disaster. Most recent, he was chief engineer
of the Johnson Space Center.
S. Steve Greenfield '43ME
built the first hardened underground military facility in the United
States and went on to design the ventilation system for San Francisco's
BART system. He retired as the chairman of Parsons Brinkerhoff and is
now a consultant. Richard A. Gross '86Chem
is the Herman F. Mark Professor of Polymer Science and recipient of the
2003 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award. As the director of
the nation's first Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing of
Macromolecules, he investigates new ways of producing environmentally
friendly polymers using natural systems.
Cecilia Meza-Chipps '98AE
is the first woman to ever be a flight test engineer for the
Northrop-Grumman Corporation, working on the E-2C Hawkeye aircraft for
the U.S. Navy.
Joseph G. Lombardino â€˜58Chem
during his 41-year tenure at Pfizer he focused on developing
anti-inflammatory drugs such as Feldene. He holds 57 patents for
Eli M. Pearce '58Chem
is a leading authority on polymers and inventor of fire-resistant
polymers. He is the former president of the American Chemical Society
and holder of the prestigious University research professor title at
Stanley Prill '53CE
was president of Blake Construction, where he oversaw the construction
of the National Holocaust Museum, the Sackler Gallery for Asian Art and
the National Museum of African Art for the Smithsonian Institute.
Joseph Salamone '61 '67Chem
is credited with being one of the principal developers of the soft
contact lens, as well as a wide range of other medical products. He is
currently the vice president for research and development at Bausch and
William Schuster '73EE
had a 22-year career with the CIA where he was instrumental in
developing several satellite-based surveillance systems. He is
currently the chief operating officer of Orbimage, a leader in global
Paul Soros '50ME
founded Soros Associates, which pioneered revolutionary bulk handling
equipment for ports. He has also become a well-known philanthropist;
his $50 million Paul and Daisy Soros Foundation supports the education
of immigrant students.
The following were also awarded medals, but were unable to attend the
event: Leonard Bergstein '59 PH; Bruno Boley '45 AA; Vincent Calarco
'63 ChE; John J. Farber '57 ChEM; Rachelle Friedman '71 ChEM; John
Gilbert '53 '55 ME; Jay H. Greene '64EE; Shelley Harrison '66 '71 EL;
Rudolph Marcus '86 HON; Rajiv Mody '82 InSE; Joseph Owades '44 '50
ChEM; Sang Kuen Park '77 '80 EE; Martin Perl '48 ChE '96 HON; Stanley
Prill '53CE; Richard Santulli '66 '67 MA; Vincent Santulli '63 EE '70
MG; Joseph Singer '53 '57 AA '83 HON; James M. Smith '71 EE; Shivan
Subramaniam '72 OR; and Jerome Swartz '63 '69 EE.
medals were presented to the families of Bern Dibner '21 EE '59 HON;
Jerome H. Lemelson '47 '49AA '51 IE '95 HON; and Joseph J. Jacobs '37
'39 '42 ChE '86 HON.