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Outstanding Alumni Awards 2013

College of Engineering 2013 Outstanding Senior Alumni Award Recipients

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 2013 Outstanding Junior Alumni Award Recipients

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

Outstanding Senior Alumni Award Recipients Bios

Massoud Amin, B.S. '82, M.S. '85, EE

Dr. Massoud Amin, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, holds the Honeywell/H.W. Sweatt Chair in Technological Leadership, is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor, and is the Director of the Technological Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Amin served as the founder and director of graduate studies for the security technologies program (2008-2012), and the director of graduate studies for the management of technology program (2003-2009).

At the University of Minnesota, Professor Amin leads a team of seven endowed chairs and 52 senior faculty members, government leaders, and industry executives at the Technological Leadership Institute (TLI), which develops local and global leaders for technology enterprises. Dr. Amin is a member of Academy of Distinguished Teachers at the university, where he teaches/researches in complex dynamical systems, smart grids, pivotal and emerging technologies, S&T policy, and critical infrastructure security.

Before joining the university in 2003, he held positions of increasing responsibility at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Palo Alto, California. After 9/11, he directed all EPRI's Infrastructure Security R&D and served as Area Manager for Infrastructure Security, Grid Operations/Planning, and Energy Markets. Prior to that, he served as head of mathematics and information sciences at EPRI, where he led the development of more than 24 technologies that transferred to industry, and pioneered R&D in "self-healing" infrastructures and smart grids. He is considered the "father of the smart grid."

In his leading work on technological infrastructure and security, Professor Amin has contributed to projects with the United States Air Force, NASA-Ames, Rockwell International, McDonnell Douglas, Boeing, MEMC, ESCO, Systems and Electronics Inc., United Van Lines, more than 94 percent of our nation's electric power industry, the government, universities, and other stakeholders, including U.S. DOD, DOE, NSF, NAE, NGA, OHS/DHS, and the White House OSTP.

His research focuses on two areas: 1) Global transition dynamics to enhance resilience, agility, security, and efficiency of complex dynamic systems. These systems include national critical infrastructures for interdependent energy, computer networks, communications, transportation and economic systems. 2) Technology scanning, mapping, and valuation to identify new science and technology-based opportunities that meet the needs and aspirations of today's consumers, companies, and the broader society. This thrust builds coherence between short- and longer-term R&D opportunities and their potential impact.

He serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Texas RE (TRE), and a member of the BoD and chairman of the hearing committee of the Midwest Reliability Organization. He served as a member of the Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment at the U.S. National Academy of Engineering during 2001-2007 and a member of the Board on Mathematical Sciences and Applications at the National Academy of Sciences during 2006-2009. He is a fellow of the ASME, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, and he is a senior member of IEEE, AAAS, AIAA, NY Academy of Sciences, SIAM, and Informs.

Professor Amin served as chairman of power and energy for ASME's Critical Asset Protection Initiative (2002-2005), a founding member of the IEEE Computer Society's Task Force on Security and Privacy (2002-2006), and on the Board of the Center for Security Technologies (CST) at Washington University (2002-2006). He is the founding chairman of the IEEE smart grid newsletter (2010-present) and the IEEE Control Systems Technical Committee on Smart Grids (2009-present).

Dr. Amin holds B.S. (cum laude) and M.S. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and M.S. and D.Sc. degrees in Systems Science and Mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis.

Dr. Amin is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and the editor of seven collections of manuscripts, and he serves on the editorial boards of six academic journals.

He was three times Professor of the Year at Washington University in St. Louis (1992-1995), received the 2002 President's Award for the Infrastructure Security Initiative at EPRI, and twice received the Chauncey Award, the institute's highest honor.

John M. Cryan, B.S. '58, Mechanical Engineering

Jack Cryan is a onetime mechanical engineer and a sometime residential real estate developer and rental manager.

He started his career in 1958 as a member of the professional staff at Arthur D. Little, Inc. with a bit of serendipity: The personnel manager's father was a faculty member in our very own Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department. His work at ADL centered around propellant loading systems for the Atlas IBCMs which were being deployed at that time. Three years later, when the operation was moved to California, Cryan secured a job at Dynatech Corporation in Cambridge, a consulting firm founded by Warren Rohsenow and JP Barger. At Dynatech, his areas of concentration were acoustics, shock, and vibration, empowered especially by one UMass alumni mentor, Dan Sobola, ME '85.

Three years later he joined the Mechanical Systems Laboratory of Raytheon's Missile System Division, performing analytical work related to the mechanics of flight structures. He then transferred to the Patriot Missile Program Management Office to take responsibility for design and integration of the launcher group.

Cryan made a career change to real estate in 1972, principally as an investor in residential rental property in northeastern Massachusetts. He remains active in that business on a daily basis, while enjoying the flexibility of self-employment. This lifestyle has provided opportunities to take French language and literature courses and to earn a land and seaplane pilot's license with an instrument rating. Following in his own footsteps, having served in the Student Senate at UMass, he has served on several Town of Merrimac boards, most recently as Chair of the Finance Committee.

"Over the last 30 years, I have increasingly recognized and appreciated the positive effect of my years at UMass," says Cryan. "Accordingly, I have increasingly supported the school so that others can benefit as I did."

He adds that "Although I'm pleased and honored to be a recipient of this award, I feel that someone has overestimated the magnitude of my professional footprint. I'm one of a large group of graduates of the College  who were prepared and trained to achieve far more than they otherwise could have hoped to, but who are in no sense stars. One of the gifts we enjoy as a result of our UMass experience is to, from time to time, associate with some real stars and to recognize it and appreciate it. I am gratefully accepting the award on behalf of that group, and especially my contemporaries."


Paul D. Engel, B.S. '74, Computer Systems Engineering

Born and raised in Athol, MA, Paul attended local schools and gained early business experience from a family-owned second generation business. After graduating from Athol High School, he attended Clark University where he studied business administration and was a member of the crew team and Lambda Chi Alpha. While at Clark he met Debi Berlin, a fellow student, and they married in 1967.

Beginning in 1967, Paul served in the U.S. Army for three years as a nuclear missile computer repairman and as an instructor at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL. He was also stationed for two years in Germany in the Pershing Missile Division. After serving his country, he attended UMass Amherst, where he was a member of IEEE and Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society and graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He continued post-graduate studies at UMass in computer science before co-founding Quabbin Wire & Cable Co., Inc.

During his college years, Paul worked summer jobs at a Worcester based wire and cable company and became interested in the manufacturing industry. In 1975, Paul and his partner started Quabbin Wire & Cable Co., Inc. by investing $30,000 and renting space in a loading dock of a woolen mill in Ware, MA. At the fledgling company, Paul took on the challenge of rebuilding salvaged insulated wire and cable equipment for the manufacture of general electrical and electronic cable products, and within two years annual sales topped $1 million. Paul took sole control in 1982; shortly thereafter his wife, Debi, joined the Company as Executive Vice President and was instrumental in the Company's growth and success.

Throughout its 38-year history, the Company has also been recognized with numerous awards such as Fabulous 50/Super 60, which recognized the Company's contributions to the community and its economic impact of the region, as well as distinguished supplier awards from key customers. In 1998, Paul received the Charles D. Scott Distinguished Career Award from the Wire and Cable Clubs of America.

Paul not only contributes to the College of Engineering through a scholarship endowment program but also supports many local organizations such as Mary Lane Hospital, River East School-to-Career, Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts, the Ware Community Chest, Ware's Jubilee Cupboard, Ware's Fuel Bank and area schools.

Today, Quabbin Wire & Cable has grown to over $20 million in annual sales with a team of more than 70 employees, including his son, Gregory, who joined the Company in 2011 as an IT specialist. UMass alumni comprise 100 percent of the degreed engineers at the Company and are also employed in the accounting and operations departments. Because of Paul's strong belief in supporting local colleges and universities, Quabbin Wire has utilized students and faculty for case studies, strategic consulting, work studies and internships.
In Paul's spare time, he enjoys fishing, golfing and spending time with family. As a member of the UMass Court Club, he enjoys attending and supporting UMass events.

Kenneth A. Lloyd, B.S. '73, Mechanical Engineering

Ken Lloyd is the Vice President and General Manager of the Switches and Relays Division of Electro Switch Corp a manufacturer and designer of electrical switches used in the utility, military and industrial markets. Prior to joining Electroswitch in 2001, Ken was Senior Vice President of the Switch Products Division of Stoneridge Corporation also a designer and manufacturer of electrical and electronic switches for the automotive industry.

Mr. Lloyd graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1973 and served for five years as a commissioned officer in the United States Army with service both domestically and overseas. Upon completing his term of service, he began his engineering career at Pratt and Whitney's Advanced Casting Facility as an Advanced Manufacturing Engineer. This full scale automated facility was constructed to commercialize the manufacture of directionally solidified or single crystal first stage turbine blades and vanes for high performance and high efficiency military and commercial aviation engines of the future.

The opportunity to combine his military leadership experience and technical skills lead to his next career step with his move to the Arrow Hart Division of Crouse Hinds working his way from Production Engineering to Operations Management gaining experience in Quality, Materials Management and Finance. The increasing levels of responsibility lead to executive jobs at industry leaders in the manufactured switch world like Stoneridge and Electroswitch.

Ken and his partner, Sylvia Loran have a daughter Savannah who graduated with a BS in Animal Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2012 and is currently entering her second of four years enrolled in the Doctor or Veterinary Medicine Program at Tufts University.

Michael S. Sarli, B.S. '75, Chemical Engineering

Michael S. Sarli is currently a Lecturer in the Chemical Engineering Department at UMass Amherst, with which he has a long affiliation. For many years he led ExxonMobil's recruiting efforts at the College of Engineering. He also chaired the ChE Department Advisory Board and also sat on the College Advisory Board. He was a periodic guest lecturer. Sarli has long been an advocate of career development and planning within the college and lobbied then Dean Mike Malone to initiate the creation of the Engineering Career and Student Development Center.

Sarli has also provided financial support to the College, funding a number of activities over the years, and endowing the Michael S. Sarli Scholarship for Chemical Engineering students.

Sarli retired from ExxonMobil Research & Engineering (EMRE) in 2011. He held a number of technical, supervisory, and management positions within EMRE and several of its predecessors since joining Mobil Research and Development Corporation in 1975. He holds more than 30 U.S. Patents in petroleum refining and has authored or co-authored eight technical papers on various aspects of refining technology. He has also given several presentations at industry conferences on the role of automation in refining and petrochemical manufacture.

Early in his career he focused on zeolite-based catalysis and process development, deployment, and manufacturing technical support. His activities ranged from small-scale pilot plant experimentation to grassroots refinery commissioning and start-up. Later in his career he held several management positions within Mobil and then ExxonMobil, leading activities across a broad spectrum of automation technologies

He holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from UMass Amherst (Class of 1975) and an M.S. in Engineering Management from Drexel University, Philadelphia. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New Jersey.

Outstanding Junior Alumni Award Recipients Bios

Anatoly M. Darov, B.S. '94, M.S. '96, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Anatoly Darov is Chairman of the Design & Construction group and a member of the Infrastructure & Public-Private Partnerships (P3), Environmental, Real Estate, and Schools & Colleges practice groups at Burns & Levinson LLP. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, he advises public and private sector owners, design professionals, and construction contractors in complex construction, government contracts, and project delivery and procurement matters, including all forms of dispute resolution arising from construction projects. Mr. Darov also counsels a number of architectural and engineering firms in connection with project-related and corporate matters.

In addition, Mr. Darov advises real estate developers on environmental land use, zoning and leasing matters associated with land development projects in various stages of development. He also works closely with several Massachusetts school districts, including public charter schools, on real estate, operational, and governance matters that impact schools and their supporting foundations.

Mr. Darov participates regularly in professional seminars and has written several articles on construction law, environmental law, and infrastructure/P3 topics. He is a registered professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and has worked in an engineering capacity on a variety of major infrastructure projects. In 2011 and 2012, Mr. Darov was selected among only 2.5% of Massachusetts attorneys for inclusion in Massachusetts Rising Stars®.

Mr. Darov is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He is a member of the American Bar Association's Forum on the Construction Industry and the Boston Bar Association's Real Estate Section. He is also a Region 1 Governor of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and past President of the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section of ASCE.

Mr. Darov received his J.D. degree in 2000 from the New England School of Law. He received his M.S. and B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1996 and 1994 respectively. While at UMASS, Anatoly served as vice president of the ASCE student chapter, as a member of the ITE student chapter, and as a member of the "Foggy Bottom" Concrete Canoe team that participated in the 1993-94 ASCE Concrete Canoe competition.

Thomas J. Laramee, B.S. '94, Mechanical Engineering, M.S. '97, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Tom Laramee is currently serving as Principal Engineer of Zulily, inc., an eCommerce company he helped start in late 2009. Zulily has seen tremendous growth since its inception and was valued at $1 billion by November of 2012 (after less than two years of operation).

Laramee received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Applied Mathematics from UMass Amherst in 1994.

Laramee 's undergraduate advisor was the late Dr. Al Russell and was a major influence on him while he was at UMass. Laramee found that Russell's class, "Theory and Design of Mechanical Measurements," was both invaluable and eye-opening in terms of teaching the realities of analyzing and designing mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic systems in the real world. Laramee later translated those lessons on consistency and rigor into a set of guiding principles for building, deploying, and maintaining software and software systems and continues to apply these principles to his work today.

Just prior to graduating, Laramee took Dr. Sandy Hill's "Algorithms & Data Structures" programming course and was inspired to pursue a master's degree to learn more about software development. He returned to UMass to study interactive graphics programming with Dr. Hill, and he received an M.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1997 from UMass.

During the first 18 months at Zulily, Laramee launched the initial version of the site in the original unmanaged hosting environment, provided technology services, site architecture & development, operations, and back-office development for This included software development for the website, internal tools, backoffice, automation, and fulfillment along with operational support for the NOC and Zulilys RDBMS. He oversaw the migration to a managed hosting environment (from four servers to thirty). He wrote many key site features and all backoffice automation for our fulfillment provider, along with providing senior technical leadership to the engineering team. He wrote most of the tools Zulily uses to release code, audit servers, and integrated these tools into Zulily's revision control system.

Before working at Zulily, Laramee was a member of the core engineering team at a start-up called Newsvine (acquired by MSNBC in 2007). He is a veteran of several other Seattle-area start-ups, including and Starwave. He is a strong advocate of open-source software and describes it as "the quiet revolution of Internet systems."

Laramee lives in Seattle with his wife and two daughters.

David M. Lucia, B.S. '92, Electrical Engineering

David Lucia has extensive experience with the test & measurement industry and has held a variety of positions. Lucia founded Sifos Technologies in 2003, a privately held company, focused on providing Power over Ethernet and Automated Ethernet Physical Layer Test & Measurement solution.

Through innovation, Sifos has been able to grow the business year after year since 2004. In 2001, Lucia was the Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of Azimuth Networks, a company developing cutting edge R&D and design verification test equipment for the Wireless LAN industry.

Lucia spent much of his career at Hewlett Packard and Agilent holding business development and sales positions. Prior to Hewlett Packard, he worked at The Gillette Company as a Manufacturing Systems Engineer and at MITRE as an R&D intern. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and an M.B.A. from Babson College.

Lucia is happily married, and he and his wife, Wendy, and two young boys live in the Boston area.