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Outstanding Alumni Awards 2018

College of Engineering 2018 Outstanding Senior Alumni Award Recipients

Recipients of the Outstanding Senior Alumni 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 2018 Outstanding Junior Alumni Award Recipients

Recipients of the Outstanding Junior Alumni Award are worthy ambassadors for the UMass Amherst College of Engineering and have shown extraordinary effort and notable success in their early careers.


Outstanding Senior Alumni Award Recipients

Mark BradleyMark Bradley ’79
Chemical Engineering

Mark Bradley owns and runs K2 Urethanes, a specialty urethane chemical distributor, and Springton Urethanes Monitor, a specialty newsletter business. Additionally, he runs the North American chemical business for a Chinese specialty chemical company called Jiahua Chemical Inc.

Previously, he started up and ran China-based Wanhua Chemicals’ North and South American business from 2004 to 2015. The subsidiary grew from start-up to over $300 million in less than ten years.

Before Wanhua, Bradley had more than 20 years of experience in the chemical industry in various R&D, technical, sales, supply chain, marketing, and business management positions. Most recently, he was the TDI business manager for Lyondell Chemical Co. Prior to that, he was the business manager for Lyondell’s Aliphatic Diisocyanate Business and the business manager for ARCO Chemical’s Slab Polyol Business. He has a BS degree in chemical engineering from the University of Massachusetts and an MS degree in chemical engineering from Villanova University. He is married to June Wispelwey, and they have one son, who is also a chemical engineer. He lives in Media, Pennsylvania, and Orlando, Florida.


Sadiye GulerSadiye F. Guler ’96 PhD
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Sadiye Guler is the founding president of intuVision Inc., established in 2006 to develop intelligent video solutions and products for both government and commercial markets.

Guler has over 25 years of R&D and industry experience in computer vision technology development and successful transition of new technologies into operational products. She served as the principal investigator on several U.S. government-funded research programs developing video content extraction technology and systems with applications in defense, security, business intelligence, and education. Currently she is a Co-PI in an NSF-funded project “Empowering Teachers through VideoReView” bringing video content analysis into science classrooms to support a new model of professional learning in which teachers learn in and from their own classroom video. As a result of these R&D efforts, intuVision has deployed robust yet easily customizable video analytics products for video surveillance in security, retail, traffic, and parking applications. The sustainable business strategy earned the company a unique position in the intelligent video arena. intuVision’s real-time video event detection and video forensic video investigation technologies have received top ranks in government and organizational evaluations, including the first place in video event detection evaluation run by the National Institute of Standards (NIST TRECVid08).

Prior to founding intuVision, Guler was the lead scientist of the Advanced Video and Security Technologies department at Northrop Grumman Information Technology. In this capacity, she oversaw several successful video and image analysis programs, from research of new algorithms to design and development of deployed systems in areas ranging from precision agricultural imagery to video including surveillance, broadcast, and unmanned air vehicles.
Guler served as an area editor for Machine Vision Applications Journal and organized workshops at VLDB and CVPR conferences. She has several publications and U.S. patents in video content extraction. Guler received the Northrop Grumman Best Technical Paper Award in 2001 and 2004 and Massachusetts High Technology Council’s 2008 Women-to-Watch Award for developing and commercializing a new technology, growing and shaping the future of intelligent video industry. She holds a PhD in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, preceded by a visiting scientist position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Jennifer JordanJennifer Jordan ’93, ’96 MS
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Jennifer Jordan is the cofounder, president, and CEO of JCK Underground Inc., a program management, engineering, and construction management firm specializing in underground infrastructure. As a renowned professional with 25 years of experience in geotechnical and tunnel engineering, Jordan has been an essential contributor to complex, high profile infrastructure projects around the United States.

Jordan received her bachelor of science degree in civil engineering, followed by her master of science degree in civil engineering (environmental geotechnics) from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1993 and 1996, respectively.

Throughout her career as either the lead geotechnical engineer or project manager, Jordan has had key roles and contributed invaluable expertise to the success of projects including the Narragansett Bay Commission Combined Sewer Overflow Abatement Program, the Central Artery (I-93)/ Third Harbor Tunnel (I-90) Project, Route 7 Moveable Wittpenn Bridge over the Hackensack River in New Jersey, and the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority’s DC Clean Rivers Project. In additional to her technical project work, Jordan has been the department head and office manager for large and mid-sized engineering firms, including Jacobs Engineering and McMillen Jacobs Associates. Focused on developing future generations of engineers, Jordan has dedicated considerable time and energy toward mentoring and developing young engineers in underground engineering and project management. Today, in addition to her strategic and operations role at JCK Underground, Jordan is the geotechnical and tunnel design manager on Alexandria Renew Enterprise’s $550 million combined sewer overflow abatement program.

Beyond her corporate responsibilities, Jordan has served as the chair of the Boston Society of Civil Engineer’s Geo-Institute Committee, is an active member of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Civil and Environmental Engineering Advisory Council, is a member of Underground Construction Association Women in Tunneling, and is a registered professional civil engineer in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. She is also an avid fan and coach for youth baseball and softball. She lives in Lexington, Massachusetts, with her husband John Baron (’96), and two children, Christopher and Isabelle.


Frank RiordanFrank Riordan ’91
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Frank Riordan founded DMC, a custom engineering and software development firm with a focus on factory automation, in 1996. DMC has enjoyed steady, incremental growth over 22 years in business. It’s grown from the first two employees to over 170 employees and offices in Chicago, Boston, Denver, Houston, New York, Reno, Seattle, and St. Louis. DMC engineers implement projects across the globe in industries including food and beverage, automotive, oil and gas, aerospace, product development, and more. DMC’s four primary service areas are manufacturing and automation intelligence, test and measurement automation, custom software and hardware development, and digital workplace solutions.

Since the company’s inception, Riordan’s guiding motivation has been, “What can I do to help everyone at DMC reach their potential?” DMC’s culture was recognized as one of Chicago’s Best Places to Work by Crain’s Chicago Business in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. DMC is proud of its employee cross-training, diversity of work, and flexibility. By sponsoring a culture built by and for employees, DMC attracts and retains a staff that makes it one of the best places to work in the country.

The “DMC Cares” initiative invites employees to plan events that make a difference in their communities and to donate to charitable causes with a corporate match. DMC also sponsors university robotics competitions. Other charities that Riordan supports include the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and Chicago Youth Centers.

Riordan previously worked with Cinch Connectors, Pratt & Whitney, and Whistler Corporation, and was also vice president of controls and automation technologies. He holds a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an MS in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He has been a member of the Siemens User Advisory Board since 2010 and the cochair of the Siemens Solution Partner program since 2009. Riordan is also a proud member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and was inducted into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame in 1996.


Outstanding Junior Alumni Award Recipients

Daniel AmichettiDaniel S. Amichetti ’12
Chemical Engineering

Dan Amichetti is the manager of manufacturing engineering at Bristol-Myers Squibb in Devens, Massachusetts. He graduated from UMass Amherst in 2012 with his BS in chemical engineering, with a concentration in biochemical engineering. While at UMass, he was active on campus and in the College of Engineering working in the Engineering Career Center as a career advisor, as well as holding various positions of leadership in the student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

After graduating, Amichetti went to work as a technical support engineer at AbbVie in Worcester, Massachusetts. There, he supported commercial manufacturing of biologic medicines and specialized in downstream manufacturing processes and equipment.

In 2015, Amichetti began working at Bristol-Myers Squibb as a manufacturing engineer supporting production of therapeutic protein-based medicines. His focus on process and equipment improvements streamlined manufacturing operations ensuring high quality medicines are produced safely and efficiently. In 2018, he became manager of the manufacturing engineering team. While at BMS, Amichetti has been a key team member helping to build a university relations program, which has created strong relationships between BMS and core universities in the area, such as UMass Amherst.


Seth BerkowitzSeth J. Berkowitz ’05
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Seth J. Berkowitz, M.D., is an interventional radiologist and the director of Radiology Informatics Innovation in the Department of Radiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC).

Berkowitz received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and his medical degree from John Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his internship at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts, before completing a residency in diagnostic radiology and a fellowship in vascular and interventional radiology, both at BIDMC.

Berkowitz is an interventional radiologist with a passion for technology and clinical informatics. He performs a wide range of minimally invasive procedures, including arterial, venous, biliary, urinary, enteral, and spinal interventions, with a particular interest in vertebral augmentation and complex venous reconstruction.

As the director of Radiology Informatics Innovation, Berkowitz ensures that the technical infrastructure of the department meets the demanding needs of BIDMC’s physicians. In this role, he pushes the envelope of technology and keeps the department at the leading edge of innovation. Berkowitz has been quoted widely in trade press for his views on machine learning and mobile innovation. In particular, he is interested in the ways that software facilitates communication between clinicians and between providers and patients. He has developed mobile and web applications that empower patients to make informed healthcare decisions guided by data. He also builds tools that connect physicians with data to improve efficiency, reduce variability, and guide better treatment decisions. His applications enable bedside image viewing (eyeRad), facilitate radiology education, capture visual light images (PhotoConsult), and enhance radiologist communication. He also led a multidisciplinary effort to build and deploy BIDMC@home, a revolutionary telemedicine mobile application that leverages the Internet of Things to engage patients in their own health care and extend the continuity of care beyond the bounds of the hospital and physicians’ office.


Kenneth CantyKenneth B. Canty ’98
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Kenneth Canty, P.E., is president and CEO of Freeland Construction Company Inc., a Charleston, South Carolina–based general contractor specializing in civil, mechanical, electrical, and renovation, restoration, adaptive reuse, and rehabilitation work. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, where he attended East Elementary, Dedham Country Day, and Thayer Academy. He attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst and received his bachelor of science in civil engineering degree in 1997 and earned his professional engineer status in South Carolina in 2008.

During and after college, he worked for Modern Continental Construction Company as project engineer on construction of the Multilevel, Precast Segmental Interchange, which was the largest and most complicated part of the Central Artery/Tunnel Project part of the “Big Dig” in Boston. He moved on to South Carolina and worked for Flatiron Structures Company as a field engineer, coordinating, designing, scheduling, supervising, and developing procedures for methods and procedures for the Arthur Ravenel Bridge Replacement Project over the Cooper River. From there he went on to be assistant project manager for the demolition of the Silas N. Pearman and John P. Grace Memorial Bridges in Charleston, South Carolina.

Canty has been able to grow and expand his company in spite of the economic downturn. Freeland Construction has its headquarters in Charleston, South Carolina, and regional offices up and down the eastern seaboard, including New England, Washington, DC, and Florida.

Canty was married in 2002 to Aretha Canty from New York City and is the proud father of two children, ages eight and nine. The family resides in Charleston, South Carolina. Canty is a member of the Charles Metro Chamber of Commerce, Society of American Military Engineers, National Association of Small Disadvantaged Businesses, and the Greater Charleston Business Alliance.

Canty’s long-range goal is to develop and expand his company throughout the east coast. Because of his respect for the quality of the education he received at UMass, he would like to use the close proximity to UMass to recruit, mentor, and train engineers for the future.

He is also active in the autism community, as both of his children are on the autism spectrum, and he is driven by the hope of an eventual cure to this condition that affects so many families.


Brian MullenBrian Mullen ’04, ’07 MS, ’09 PhD
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Brian Mullen is an entrepreneur, design engineer, and researcher with a passion for designing innovative medical products and assistive technologies.
His passion for early stage new product development, innovation, and entrepreneurship started as an ungraduated at UMass while receiving his BSME. It was his experience on an independent study focused on assistive technology design that Mullen found his area of focus and led him to stay at UMass to continue studying design with Sundar Krishnamurty and resulting in a MSME and PhD.

As a graduate student Mullen studied the early stages of design, going from clinical research to product and new business design. The work focused on how to take a multidisciplinary approach to designing products for people with mental illnesses, neurological disorders, and cognitive disabilities.

Mullen founded an early stage medical device company, Therapeutic Systems, to translate the technology he developed in graduate school to the market. The mission of the company was to help people across the life span who are struggling with brain disorders such as autism, ADHD, PTSD, and anxiety-based disorders by providing them with evidence-based and insurance-reimbursed medical quality technologies. The initial focus of the company was therapeutic wearable technologies that included a unique way to provide a neuromodulation intervention through the sensory stimulation. As CEO, Mullen led Therapeutic Systems in winning the MassChallenge in 2011, the UMass Innovation Challenge, and a VentureWell E-Team award; raised seed investment, launched a class I product and generated revenue through sales; and gave a TedX talk on designing for people with mental illness.

Beyond his work as strategy manager at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Digital Innovation Hub (iHub), Mullen currently serves on the Industry Advisory Board for the Center for Personalized Medicine at UMass, is the interim president of the board for the Institute for Human Centered Design, is an assistant professor at MassArt as part of the Master’s of Design Innovation program, and coaches and mentors entrepreneurs and start-ups in top national programs. He continues to advocate to improve care for people with mental illness and brain-based disorders. His advocacy’s focus is working on legislation to advance innovation in the field with the simple message: “we will not have parity in care until we have parity in innovation.”