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Outstanding Alumni Awards 2014

College of Engineering 2014 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 2014 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

Daniel Adams, B.S. ’86, M.S. ’88, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department

President and CEO
Jacobs Associates

Daniel Adams is the President and CEO of Jacobs Associates, a heavy civil underground engineering firm with 13 offices in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. He has 26 years of experience providing detailed design, construction management, and dispute resolution on tunnels and underground structures.

For the past three years, he has primarily been focused on strategy and operations of the firm. Prior to becoming President, Mr. Adams worked almost exclusively as Project Director, Manager, or Principal Engineer for the design of light rail transit, road, water, and wastewater projects delivered under both design-build and bid-build delivery methods.

Mr. Adams earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from UMass Amherst in 1986 and, after working a brief stint at GZA, returned to complete his M.S. with a Geotechnical Concentration in 1988.

Following six months working with Union Pacific Railroad (thanks to Dr. Ernie Selig), he went to work for H&A on Boston’s Central Artery. After working on the Ted Williams Tunnel, I90/I93 Interchange, and the Fort Point Channel crossing, Mr. Adams needed a break from the design of slow-moving mega projects. He moved to San Francisco to work construction management in various roles on several tunnel projects.

In 1996, he joined Jacobs Associates, relocating soon thereafter to Australia to serve as Tunnel Designer on Melbourne City Link and Tunnel Design Manager on Sydney’s M5 East Motorway. Mr. Adams returned to the firm’s San Francisco office in 2000 and, after working for several years there, moved to Seattle to work on what became the Pacific Northwest region. In keeping with the firm’s tradition, he continues to provide expertise to several clients across the country. At present, Mr. Adams oversees design or construction management delivery on projects worth approximately $3.5 billion in construction value.

Mr. Adams has authored numerous professional papers on tunnel design and construction and is a registered professional civil engineer in Washington, California, Idaho, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Utah, and Australia. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Lisa, and two children, Ella and Wyatt.

Robert (Bob) Hagerty, B.S. ’74, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department

Chief Executive Officer
Icontrol Networks

Bob Hagerty is the Chief Executive Officer of Icontrol Networks, a technology company that is making the connected home a reality through its software platforms, which are deployed by home security companies and service providers, and the all-in-one Piper Home Awareness device for consumers. Since his arrival in 2011, he has transformed Icontrol from a startup to a worldwide leader in the smart home industry.

Mr. Hagerty has a long history of business transformation and product-line diversification and expansion and has played a key role in creating several technology industry giants.

Prior to Icontrol, he was the Chief Executive Officer for Polycom, where he delivered 50 sequential quarters of non-gap profit and 49 sequential quarters of positive operating cash flow. He grew the business from a speakerphone company to a market-maker in the communications industry with a broad range of collaboration tools, including telepresence, VoIP, video, and voice solutions. He increased revenue from $37 million to $1.1 billion through organic growth and 11 key acquisitions—including Voyant Technologies, ViaVideo, Accord Networks, PictureTel, MeetU, ASPI, and Circa-Communications— to build the largest collaborative communications company in the industry.

Before joiningPolycom, Hagerty held executive roles managing operations, sales, marketing, and engineering for several of the world’s leading technology companies. Early in his career at Digital Equipment Corporation, he managed many of the bestselling product lines, including mini-computers and workstations. From there, he joined Signal Corporation as a key executive in its broadcast equipment division. He played a significant role in the turnaround of the company, the expansion of tape recorders to broadcast solutions, and in driving the industry transition from analog to digital.

After that, he joined Conner Peripherals as an early executive and helped grow the computer disk-drive business from $180 million in 1987 to $2.2 billion in annual revenue in 1991. After only three years of sales, Conner was highlighted as one of the fastest growing companies ever to be named to the Fortune 500. Bob later joined Logitech, Inc. as a top executive where he helped to transform the company as the computer market became mainstream. He did so by expanding Logitech’s product lines from mice and scanners to webcams, computer cameras, computer-gaming devices, and multi-media upgrade products.

Hagerty holds a B.S. degree in operations research and industrial engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an M.S. degree in management from St. Mary's College of California. He has served on the Board of Directors for Palm, Inc. and Modulus, and he currently serves on the boards of Smart Technologies, Inc. and Plantronics, Inc.

Dave Barry, B.S. ’73, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department

Executive Management Consultant

Dave Barry is currently an Executive Management Consultant and is partnering with CLT Joules as a mentor to its budding startup companies in the energy sector.

He graduated from UMass Amherst with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1973 and has over 40 years of engineering, construction, and project management experience. He has had the opportunity to work in a variety of business sectors including nuclear, fossil and alternative fueled power plants, telecommunications, water, wastewater, electrical distribution, oil and gas, petrochemical, and pipeline projects.

His career spans domestic and international assignments in both the commercial and government sectors and includes Iraq reconstruction in a war zone, directing corporate Middle East affiliated offices, and assembling resources to form new project organizations to execute large design build projects.

Mr. Barry’s previous assignment was President of the Shaw CBI Nuclear Division, where he oversaw an organization of over 5,000 professional and craft personnel in the project management, engineering, and construction of newly built nuclear units. These projects, including four in China, two in South Carolina, and two in Georgia, represent $8 billion in backlog and over $1 billion in annual revenues.

Prior to joining Shaw, he was employed by Bechtel as Principle Vice President based in London and by Stone and Webster Engineering Corporation in a number of positions, ranging from field engineer to project manager and executive in charge of multiple projects.

In addition to his B.S. at UMass Amherst, Barry has taken Wharton Business School Seminars in Effective Executive, Finance, and Accounting for the Nonfinancial Manager.

Mr. Barry has been a professional engineer in Louisiana (1982), Texas (1987) (inactive), and Virginia (expired), and has held Louisiana Contractor's Licenses in Building Construction, Heavy Construction, and Municipal and Public Works.

He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Project Management Institute, and the American Nuclear Society.

David White, B.S. ’77; M.S. ‘78, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department

Retired Senior Vice President–Global Supply Chain
Campbell Soup Company

David White was appointed Senior Vice President–Global Supply Chain of The Campbell Soup Company in March of 2004. He oversaw the management of Campbell's global supply chain, including engineering, procurement, manufacturing, logistics, and customer service. He had responsibility for 11,500 employees at 30 plants in 12 countries at the $8.6-billion food business, which produces Campbell’s soups, V8 Beverages, and Pepperidge Farm cookies and crackers. He was also a corporate officer and member of the Executive Team. He drove dramatic improvements in cost, quality, employee safety, reliability, customer service, and organizational capability. He retired in April of 2014.

Mr. White joined Campbell from Procter & Gamble, where he was the Vice President of Product Supply for the company's Global Family Care business. He was responsible for all manufacturing, engineering, purchasing, and customer logistics for the $4-billion global division with leading brands such as Charmin and Bounty paper products. In his 25 years at Procter & Gamble, he held a variety of positions, with responsibility for supply chain activities for major brands including Sunny Delight juice, Pampers diapers, Tide and Cheer detergents, Ivory soap, and Always feminine products. He worked in six different U.S. locations and spent seven years living in Europe.

A native of Massachusetts, Mr. White earned both his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and his Master of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Andersen Corporation (Andersen Windows and Doors) for the last seven years and is on the Board of Trustees of The Franklin Institute. He and his wife Evelyn live in Haverford, Pennsylvania, and their daughter and two grandsons live in New York City. He enjoys golf, tennis, wine collecting, and world travel.

Outstanding Junior Alumni Award Recipients Bios

Rakesh Keswani, B.S. ’95, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department

Leadership Team
The Anklesaria Group

Rakesh Keswani joined the Anklesaria Group in 2006 and is a member of the Leadership Team. His current responsibilities include developing and managing key accounts, delivering all of Anklesaria’s training courses, and facilitating customer-supplier workshops implementing the AIM&DRIVE® process.

With the Anklesaria Group, Mr. Keswani has developed sourcing processes, enhanced internal capabilities through training, and delivered sustainable benefits that enhance shareholder value through negotiation strategies, post-award management, and pricing models.

Mr. Keswani has worked with companies including Chevron, BP, Shell, Sakhalin Energy, Nigeria LNG, Freeport-McMoRan, and HP. His experience in manufacturing, operations management, and supply chain has resulted in millions of dollars of sustainable savings for clients.

Prior to joining the Anklesaria Group, Mr. Keswani worked for General Motors Corporation for 10 years and was prominently involved in operations management, production, and supply chain management.

Mr. Keswani has been a guest speaker at the University of California San Diego’s Rady School of Business, Russia’s Presidential Management Training Program (U.S. Department of Commerce), and the Utility Supply Management Association. He currently serves on the Rady Business School’s Employer Advisory Board.

He has an MBA in Operations & Strategy from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Bing Mei, Ph.D. ’08, Chemical Engineering Department

Manager of Strategic Alliances
Avon Products, Inc.

Bing Mei is currently the Manager of the Strategic Alliances Group in Avon’s Global R&D. His group is responsible for discovering, developing, and commercializing active ingredients to drive skincare innovation via internal research programs and external collaborations.

Dr. Mei joined Avon in 2008 and led several upstream technology scouting teams that have identified many technologies from adjacent industries and applied them to personal care products to offer novel consumer benefits. He has been awarded three U.S. patents and has over a dozen patent applications pending. As a result of his contributions at Avon, he was awarded the David H. McConnell Award for Scientific Excellence and a Distinctive Achievement Award in 2012.

He earned his Chemical Engineering Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2008 and a double B.A. degree in Physics and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001. During his graduate studies at UMass Amherst, he conducted research under the tutelage of Professor T.J. Lakis Mountziaris on developing novel nanoparticles for biological imaging and detection.

Leveraging the support of an NSF IGERT Grant, he collaborated on research with Dr. Hedi Mattoussi at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. As a result of this fruitful collaboration, he has co-published more than 20 peer reviewed journal articles, which have been cited over 800 times. He also received the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s Technology Transfer Royalty Award in 2010.

Vishal Misra, M.S. ’96, Ph.D. ’00, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science
Columbia University

Vishal Misra is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Columbia University. He is credited with inventing live-microblogging at Cricinfo, a company co-founded by him while he was a graduate student at UMass Amherst, thus predating Twitter by 10 years. Cricinfo was later acquired by ESPN and is still the world’s most popular sports portal.

Dr. Misra has received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a Department of Energy CAREER Award, and Google and IBM Faculty Awards. His research emphasis is on mathematical modeling of networking systems, bridging the gap between practice and analysis.

He served as the Vice-Chair of the Computer Science Department at Columbia University from 2009 to 2011, and in 2011 he spun out a company called Infinio in the area of datacenter storage. After raising $24 million from top-tier venture capital firms and recruiting a professional executive team, he has transitioned to the role of Chief Scientist of the company. Infinio is based in Boston and employs over 45 people.

Misra received his B. Tech. from IIT Bombay (1992) and an M.S. (1996) and Ph.D. (2000) from UMass Amherst.

Huiya Wu, B.S. ’96, Chemical Engineering Department

Kenyon & Kenyon LLP

Huiya Wu is a partner in the law firm of Kenyon & Kenyon, has practiced intellectual property law for more than a decade, and focuses on patent and related litigation. She has successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants before numerous federal district courts, as well as in state court. She has also practiced before the Patent and Trademark Office as well as the International Trade Commission. Ms. Wu has handled all phases of U.S. patent litigation, including pre-trial investigation, fact and expert discovery, motion practice, trial, and appellate practice. She has also coordinated activities on large multi-defendant litigations and supported foreign patent litigation and related proceedings.

Ms. Wu represents clients in a wide range of business fields and has litigated patents in a variety of technologies, including pharmaceuticals, fungicides, analytical devices, medical devices, automotive parts, roofing products, and internet business methods. She has particular expertise in generic drug “ANDA” litigation under the Hatch-Waxman Act. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the New York Intellectual Property Law Association.

Ms. Wu is a member of Kenyon & Kenyon’s Associates Committee and Diversity Committee. She has been actively involved in pro bono work and is a recipient of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s Thurgood Marshall Award.

She has also spoken at numerous legal seminars and has appeared on panel presentations sponsored by various organizations; most recently, she spoke at MCCA's 12th Annual Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference and at the 6th Product and Pipeline Enhancement for Generics Conference in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Wu has earned a J.D. from George Washington University in 1999, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and B.A. in Chemistry from UMass Amherst in 1996.