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Outstanding Alumni Awards 2010

College of Engineering 2010 Outstanding Senior Alumni Award

Recipients of this award have brought recognition and honor to the College of Engineering through their professional achievements, leadership, and service to the profession, university, and society.

College of Engineering 2010 Outstanding Junior Alumni Award

Recipients of this award are worthy ambassadors for the UMass Amherst College of Engineering and have shown extraordinary effort and notable success in their early careers.

Michael G. Hluchyj
BS '76, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Chief Technology Officer
Verivue, Inc.
Westford, Massachusetts

As CTO of Verivue, Inc. Mike Hluchyj is responsible for setting the company's technical direction and promoting ongoing innovation.

He was previously CTO for Sonus Networks, a leading provider of voice-over IP (VoIP) infrastructure solutions for carriers, which he founded in 1997. Before Sonus, he was Vice President and CTO for Summa Four (acquired by Cisco), a leading supplier of intelligent, programmable switches for use in carrier networks. Prior to that, he was Director of Networking Research at Motorola Codex and on the technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories.

He is a Fellow of the IEEE and is widely published on subjects such as switching and traffic management in multimedia packet networks.

Hluchyj has been awarded 29 U.S. patents. He received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the UMass Amherst, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

David C. Jeanes, P.E.
BS '73, Civil and Environmental Engineering
President (Retired)
Steel Market Development Institute

David Jeanes served as the first president of the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of AISI. He was responsible for developing and implementing the industry-wide Market Development Strategic Plan to advance the competitive use of North American steel in the marketplace. 

Results from the SMDI/customer partnership have resulted in achievements such as the UltraLight Steel Auto Body, which helped to define the next generation of vehicles; the development of durable, cost-effective High-Performance Steel for bridges, which is now in use in more than 300 bridges in 44 states; and the engagement of the food processing industry in promoting canned food nutrition.

Jeanes’ professional career concentrated on management, engineering, marketing research, and construction. He joined AISI in 1976 and held positions as Codes and Standards Engineer; Senior Engineer; Research Associate at the National Institute of Standards and Technology; Manager of Engineering Operations; Director of Construction Codes and Standards; Senior Vice President of Market Development; and President of the SMDI.

Jeanes received his education at the UMass Amherst in civil engineering (cum laude), the Wentworth Institute of Technology in architectural engineering, and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in engineering administration.

Jeanes was presented with the AISI 2010 Market Development Lifetime Achievement Award in May 2010. The award recognizes steel industry professionals who have made significant contributions over the course of their careers in advancing the competitive use of steel in the marketplace. Jeanes was also presented with the AISI Leadership Award on behalf of the AISI Board of Directors for his 34 years of service with the institute.

Paul C. Washburn, III
BS '81, Industrial Engineering & Operations Research
MBA '84

Paul Washburn’s 30-year career includes working for such notable technology companies as Digital Equipment Corporation, Quantum Corporation, Maxtor Corporation, and Seagate Technology, LLC. He has held positions leading site and corporate quality systems, business systems, industrial engineering, and configuration management organizations. He has also been an independent consultant. As an expert in Lean, ISO 9001, and other quality and business process improvement tools, he led major initiatives to improve competitiveness, achieve high levels of customer satisfaction, reduce cost, and ensure regulatory and systems compliance.

Washburn graduated from the College of Engineering in 1981 with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research, earning both Tau Beta Pi and Alpha Pi Mu honors. He also received his MBA from the University of Massachusetts in 1984.

Since graduation, Paul has remained involved with the College of Engineering. He served as an advisory member to the College for the Engineering Academy of Southern New England. He has been a member of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering’s Industry Advisory Board since its inception, and was elected co-chair in 2006. As its co-chair, he also serves as a member of the College of Engineering’s Advisory Board. Paul has helped the department prepare for, and successfully pass, its last two ABET accreditation audits.

As a strong advocate for undergraduate student education, Paul endowed a scholarship that provides awards to several deserving Industrial Engineering students each year. Most recently, Paul is working with the head of the MIE Department to develop and implement strategies to increase undergraduate student enrollment in the Industrial Engineering major.

He lives in Hopedale, Massachusetts, with his wife Beth. They have two grown sons, Frank and Paul Scott. He enjoys traveling throughout North America and Europe.

William E. Woodburn, Jr.
BS '56, Chemical Engineering
Area Director, Western and Eastern Europe (Retired)
Pratt & Whitney

Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Bill spent most of his youth in the Lawrence- Methuen area and graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1952. He majored in Chemical Engineering at UMass Amherst and received his B.S. in 1956.

After a short stint in the Army as a 2nd Lt. (Armor), Bill joined Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies, as a development engineer for Research & Development on high temperature nuclear fuels and reactor materials for aircraft and space applications. Later projects included the development of reduced emissions combustion systems for several military and commercial turbojet engines, followed by commercial fuel cell test and development with several U.S., Canadian, and Japanese utilities.

His fluency in French and working knowledge of several other languages landed Bill an assignment in the International Marketing arena where he worked for a number of years as an Area Director in Western and Eastern Europe and interfaced with major airlines, aerospace companies, and government agencies until his retirement.

Alaina B. Hanlon
MS '05, PhD '08, Mechanical Engineering
President & CEO, PhenotypeIT, Inc.
Boston, Massachusetts

Alaina Hanlon is the President and CEO of PhenotypeIT, Inc. PhenotypeIT provides health and wellness software solutions to help individuals and organizations better identify and manage chronic health issues.

PhenotypeIT is Dr. Hanlon’s second entrepreneurial venture. While pursuing her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering on condition monitoring in spacecraft, she co-founded a civil engineering company that offers distributed monitoring of the condition in earthworks such as dams, levees, and tunnels. This company, Condition Engineering, Inc., has been honored with many awards, including winning the 2007 UMass Amherst Innovation Challenge and a grant from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance.

Dr. Hanlon has been awarded fellowships from NASA, the Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium, and the Isenberg Fellowship from UMass Amherst.

Since completing her doctoral degree in 2008, Dr. Hanlon has continued on a steep career trajectory in engineering-related ventures. She co-founded PhenotypeIT with a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School who also serves as the Director of the MGH Program in Nutritional Metabolism and the Clinical Director at the Neuroendocrine Clinical Center.

PhenotypeIT uses Dr. Hanlon’s experience in developing risk assessment and predictive technologies to provide solutions that help businesses manage and reduce their healthcare costs. The technology co-developed by Dr. Hanlon identifies the causes of individuals’ current and future health problems by using novel risk-predicting methodologies. Incorporated into insurer- and employer-supported wellness programs, such personalized, evidence-based services have the potential to use engineering methods to change the way we as a society deal with the maintenance of health and treatment of chronic disease.

As President and CEO since February 2009, Dr. Hanlon has recruited 12 employees and raised over $1-million in seed funding for PhenotypeIT.

Dr. Hanlon enjoys staying active in the engineering and entrepreneurial community by serving as an invited speaker, including the Women in Business Lecture Series at UMass Amherst in 2009, and the Innovative Thinking & Entrepreneurship Lecture at Bay Path College.

Dr. Hanlon received her B.S. from Maine Maritime Academy, her M.S. and Ph.D. from UMass Amherst, and currently lives in Boston.

Willard S. MacDonald
BS '94, Electrical and Computer Engineering
MS '96 Computer Science
President and CEO, Solmetric Corporation
Sebastopol, CA

Willard MacDonald is the president and CEO of Solmetric Corporation. Solmetric designs and manufactures sophisticated tools for the solar installation industry (www.solmetric.com). Solmetric has 27 employees and had revenues in 2009 of $2.67 million.

Before co-founding Solmetric in 2005, Mr. MacDonald had nine years of experience as a senior hardware and software design engineer for Hewlett Packard and Agilent Technologies. There he helped to develop a new line of precision electronic measurement devices, including high bandwidth oscilloscopes.

He holds nine patents for new technologies in the test and measurement field.

Mr. MacDonald received his M.S. in Computer Science (’96) and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering (’94), Magna cum Laude, from UMass Amherst, where he was the Tau Beta Pi 1994 Outstanding Engineer. Mr. MacDonald lives in Bolinas, California.

Stephanie Raimondeau
PhD '02, Chemical Engineering
Engineer Associate
ExxonMobil
Fairfax, Virginia

Dr. Stéphanie Raimondeau is currently an Engineer Associate with ExxonMobil in their downstream headquarters in Fairfax, VA. Dr. Raimondeau currently works in their Research & Engineering Company in the Lubes and Specialties Process Division, focusing on project, licensing, and modeling activities.

Dr. Raimondeau obtained her baccalauréat (French high school diploma) in 1993. After graduating from high school, Dr. Raimondeau pursued engineering studies in France, including two years of general engineering preparation school, followed by three years of an engineering school.

In 1995, Dr. Raimondeau attended the “Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs en Génie Chimique (ENSIGC),” which stands for National Superior Engineering School of Chemical Engineering in Toulouse, France.

In the fall of 1997, Dr. Raimondeau joined the graduate chemical engineering program at the University of Massachusetts, which had an exchange program with her French school. Dr. Raimondeau obtained her Ph.D. with Professor Dion Vlachos on “Development, Optimization, and Reduction of Hierarchical Multiscale Modeling” in 2002.

While in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Dr. Raimondeau met her future husband, Mr. Joseph Watson.

In 2002, Dr. Raimondeau joined ExxonMobil in Fairfax, Virginia, as an Advanced Engineer in their Research & Engineering Company working on refinery optimizable models. From 2007 to 2008, Dr. Raimondeau had the opportunity to work in the Lubricant & Specialties Laboratory in ExxonMobil’s refinery in Normandy, France, focusing on asphalt manufacturing and product quality. In 2008, Dr. Raimondeau came back to Fairfax as the Global Basestock, Specialties, and Asphalt Planning Advisor, focusing on long-term margin and preparation of the Planning & Budgeting cycle. In 2010, Dr. Raimondeau came back from maternity leave to her current position.

Stephanie enjoys her free time with her husband, Joe, and two children, Sean (born August 22, 2006) and Océane (born December 22, 2010). Dr. Raimondeau remarks that she and Mr. Watson enjoyed their time in Amherst, especially hiking trips, scenic fall foliage, shopping at Atkins Farm. She also enjoys scrapbooking, reading, swimming, body pumping, and cardio-kickboxing classes, but, with two young children, time is often lacking for those activities. The Raimondeau and Watson family also really enjoys traveling and hope to continue in years to come.

Joseph Watson
MS '00, Chemical Engineering
Senior Chemical Engineer, Eastern Research Group, Inc.
Chantilly, VA

Joseph Watson is a Senior Chemical Engineer with Eastern Research Group, Inc. (ERG) in their Chantilly, Virginia, office. Mr. Watson leads the waste and chemical enforcement team focusing on process analysis and regulatory compliance. He directs support of the Mining and Mineral Processing Priority, as well as underground storage tank inspections. He provides the Department of Navy with hazardous waste and air compliance support. He also conducts multi-media compliance audits.

Mr. Watson joined the U.S. Army after graduating from high school in 1986. There he served as a communications specialist in the 51st Chemical Company in Nellingen, Germany. After receiving his honorable discharge from the army in 1988, he attended the University of Florida, where he received his B.S in Chemical Engineering, with High Honors, in 1994. During his undergraduate studies, he completed a co-op with General Electric Aircraft Engines in Cincinnati, Ohio.

After his B.S degree, Mr. Watson joined Golder Associates as a consultant in their air resources group in Gainesville, Florida. He conducted air emission source surveys for companies in many industrial sectors to assist in development of Title V permit applications. In 1997, he decided to attend UMass Amherst, where he received his M.S. in Chemical Engineering with Professor Jan van Egmond in 2000 after writing his thesis on “Shear-Induced Structures and Flow Instabilities in Polymer Solutions.” While in the Department of Chemical Engineering, he met Stéphanie Raimondeau, who was working on her Ph.D. Joe and Stéphanie were married in Corsica, France, in June 2004.

After graduation from the University of Massachusetts, Mr. Watson worked as a process engineer in the optical storage media industry focusing on bonding. He worked for Steag Hamatech in Saco, Maine, but moved to its corporate headquarters in Sternenfels, Germany, to assist with the development of the company's next generation of replication lines. While in Germany, he started training for long distance running. Once Stéphanie graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 2003 and accepted a position with ExxonMobil in Virginia, he moved to Virginia and accepted a position with ERG.

 Joe currently enjoys spending his free time with Stephanie and his two children, Sean (four) and Océane (six months). He can be found most Saturdays with Sean at the National Zoo in Washington, DC. He enjoys running half marathons, his goal being to participate in as many half marathons of world capitals as possible. He is currently registered for the Stockholm half marathon in September 2010 and already participated in the Vienna, Paris, and Washington, DC half marathons.

Prabhjeet Raj Singh
MS ’01, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Vice President
Infinity Engineering Group, Ltd.
North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Infinity Engineering Group, Ltd. specializes in the design and erection engineering of challenging bridges and other structures.

Prabhjeet Singh specializes in the design and erection of concrete and steel bridges, including prestressed concrete box, straight and curved steel place and box girders, and cabled stayed bridges.

Before joining Infinity Engineering’s leadership team, Singh was a Project Manager with Buckland & Taylor Ltd. He has also worked as a Design Engineer with URS Corporation in Florida and began his career as a Field Engineer with Era Constructions India, Ltd., New Delhi, India.

Prabhjeet Singh graduated with a Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, India, and received his M.S. in Civil Engineering from UMass Amherst.

He is a licensed professional engineer in Washington State, as well as in British Columbia, Alberta, and the Yukon.