Trinity Engineering Advisory Council

The Trinity Engineering Advisory Council (TEAC) is comprised of a group of leaders from engineering industry and academia and serves as a professional resource and advocate for the Trinity Engineering Program.  TEAC conducts biannual professional awareness and "real world engineering" seminars for our students, as well as providing internship opportunities.

To reach  TEAC Members you may contact Nancy Fleming at 860-297-2517 in the Trinity College Engineering Department.


Frederico H. Borgenicht, M.S. (`79) 
Senior Technical Lead
Philips Medical Systems
Dover, MA
​Morton K. Pearson, M.S., P.E. (retired)
TEAC co-Chair
Mechanical Design Technical
Discipline Chief
Global Services Engineering
United Technologies - Pratt & Whitney   
East Hartford, CT
Eric R. Fossum, Ph.D. (`79)
Professor of Engineering
Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth
Hanover, NH
Harvey F. Silverman, Ph.D., BSE (`65), EE (`66)
Professor, Engineering
Brown University
Providence, RI
Monica E. Grewal, B.S. (`87), M.S.E.E, J.D.Partner
Boston, MA
Elizabeth Jane Garypie, B.S. (`99)
Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
Stratford, CT
Michael A. Guillorn, Ph.D. (`98)
Research Staff Member and Manager
IBM TJ Watson Research Center
Yorktown Heights, New York
Deborah M. Vernon, Ph.D. (`95) 
McCarter & English, LLP
Boston, MA
Susan M. Miller, Ph.D. (`83)
Technical Manager, Wireless Systems
Whitehouse Station, NJ
​Kevin R. Ryczek, MSME, MBA (`93)
Program Manager
Pratt & Whitney
East Hartford, CT
Alexandra B. Finnerud, B.S. (`03)
Senior Manager
New York, NYAccenture
Kate L. Klein, Ph.D. (`03)
University of DC
Edward P. Butler III, BSME, MBA (`87)
Vice President of Engineering
Seitz Corporation
Torrington, CT
Eric Rosow, B.S. (`86), MSBME (`88)
TEAC co-Chair
Diameter Health
Avon, CT
​​David R. Smith, B.S., MBA (`87)
Vice President
IBM Corporation
Ridgefield, CT
​David J. Ahlgren, Ph.D. (`64)
Professor of Engineering (emeritus)
Trinity College
Hartford, CT
Nancy M. Davis, M.S. (`79)
Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer
United Technologies
Farmington, CT
​Alan Mendelson, B.S., LLD (`69)
Managing General Partner
Axiom Venture Partners
East Hartford, CT
​Binay Poudel, B.S. (`12)
Delivery Lead
Managed By Q
New York, NY

Biographical Sketches

Frederico H. Borgenicht, M.S.  (`79) 

Fred Borgenicht earned the B.S. degree in engineering from Trinity College in 1979 and the M.S. degree in biomedical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  He began his career at Hewlett Packard Medical in 1981, and remained after the company’s restructuring into Agilent, subsequently sold to Philips. He has worked on a wide range of medical products including developing algorithms for the early detection of arrhythmias, cardiac catheter lab monitoring equipment, intensive care monitoring equipment, and currently defibrillators. Mr. Borgenicht has also held a number of positions within research and development, ranging from individual contributor, to senior technical lead, to systems engineer and project manager. He is currently a senior technical lead in the manufacturing organization of Philips Medical.

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Eric R. Fossum, Ph.D.  (`79)

Eric R. Fossum is best known for the invention of the CMOS image sensor “camera-on-a-chip” used in billions of cameras, from smart phones to web cameras to pill cameras to DSLRs.  He is a solid-state image sensor device physicist and engineer, and his career has included academic and government research, and entrepreneurial leadership.  He is currently a Professor with the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth.

Born and raised in Connecticut, he received his B.S. in Physics and Engineering from Trinity College in Hartford and the Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale University. He was a member of Columbia University’s Electrical Engineering faculty from 1984-1990.  In 1990, Dr. Fossum joined the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology and managed JPL’s image sensor and focal-plane technology research and advanced development. While at JPL, he invented the CMOS active pixel sensor (APS) camera-on-a-chip technology and led its development and subsequent transfer of the technology to US industry.  Dr. Fossum co-founded Photobit Corporation in 1995 to commercialize the technology and served in several top management roles including CEO. In late 2001, Photobit was acquired by Micron Technology Inc. From 2005-2007, he was Chairman and CEO of Siimpel Corporation developing MEMS-based camera modules with autofocus and shutter functions for cell phones. From 2008-2013 he was a consultant with Samsung Electronics working on 3D image sensors as well as strategic issues.  In 2010 he joined the faculty of the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth where he presently teaches, performs research and coordinates the School’s Ph.D. Innovation Program.

Dr. Fossum has published over 260 technical papers and holds over 150 US patents.  He co-founded the International Image Sensor Society (IISS) and is Past-President.  He is a Fellow member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), a senior member of the Optical Society of America (OSA), and a member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE).

Honors he has received include induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the Space Technology Hall of Fame, election to the National Academy of Engineering, and selection as a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.  Other honors are the Yale Becton Prize, the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, the Photographic Society of America's Progress Medal, the Royal Photographic Society's Progress Medal, the IEEE Andrew Grove Award, and an honorary degree from Trinity College at Trinity’s 188th Commencement, 2014. 

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Monica E. Grewal, B.S. (`87), M.S.E.E., J.D.

Monica Grewal earned her B.S. degree in engineering from Trinity College in 1987 and an M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  She began her career as a systems engineer at United Technologies Corporation, Hamilton Standard Division, where she was involved in a variety of United States space programs, including the advanced testing of the NASA spacesuit and shuttle environmental control systems. In 1995, she transitioned to the legal department of Pratt & Whitney Aircraft where she served as an in-house intellectual property attorney focusing on patent prosecution and litigation  She is currently a partner in the Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr's Intellectual Property Department, and a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group.  Her practice focuses on helping clients identify and protect their intellectual property with an emphasis on strategically building their patent portfolios and intellectual property litigation.

With respect to patent advice and prosecution, Ms. Grewal has written patent applications in a wide range of technology areas including: medical devices and procedures, imaging technologies for surgical and diagnostic applications, spectroscopic applications, semi-conductor fabrication, gas turbine engine applications, optics, control systems, computer networking, signal processing, business methods, and other software and telecommunications based technologies. Ms. Grewal has experience with patent litigation in the International Trade Commission (ITC) and in the Federal Courts, involving various aspects of digital camera technology, computer software and hardware, GPS technology, signal processing, electronic devices and wireless communications technology. 

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Michael A. Guillorn, Ph.D. (`98) TEAC Chair

Michael Guillorn  received his Bachelors of Engineering degree with a concentration in Electrical Engineering from Trinity College, Hartford CT, in 1998.  He received a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville TN, in 2003. While performing his PhD research, Michael worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a staff engineer from 2000 to 2003. His PhD and professional scientific work focused on the use of nanostructured carbon based materials as field emission electron sources. In 2003 Michael joined the staff of the Cornell Nanofabrication Facility. He supported users of the facility in the areas of electron beam and photolithography integration, mask making and thin film process integration. In 2006 Michael joined the IBM TJ Watson Research Center as a research staff member. His current research work involves pushing the limits of CMOS density scaling setting the record for SRAM bitcell density scaling demonstrations in 2009 and 2011.  In 2010 Michael became the manager of the Electron Beam Lithography and Nanofabrication research group.  Michael has authored over 50 publications in peer reviewed journals and holds 9 US patents. 

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Susan M. Miller, Ph.D.  (`83)

Susan M. Miller received a B.S. degree in 1983 from Trinity College, Hartford, CT, with majors in Engineering, Computer Coordinate with Engineering, and Mathematics.  In her senior year, Susan was a President’s Fellow, awarded for outstanding achievement in the major along with evidence of wide-ranging intellectual interests.   She received a Sc.M. degree in 1985 and a Ph.D. in 1988 from Brown University.  In 1988, Susan joined AT&T Bell Laboratories as a Member of the Technical Staff, which in 1996 became Lucent Technologies, Bell Labs Innovations.  From 1988 until 1994, she specified the design of real-time, multi-processor systems to be used in military intelligence gathering applications.  From 1994 until 2001, she worked in the wire-line business specifying the design of the HFC-2000 Broadband Access System (a hybrid fiber coax system for voice and video on demand) and the AnyMedia™ Access System (a next generation digital loop carrier for voice and data), where she was promoted to Technical Manager in 1996.  From 2001 until the present, Susan has been in the wireless business Open Innovations Laboratory where she has had responsibilities as a program manager for Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) for base station applications.  Currently she is responsible for front end engineering (Requirements and Architecture) for base station channel elements.

Susan has received 4 Bell Laboratories President’s Awards.  In 1997, she was recognized by Trinity College with a Century of Engineering Special Recognition Citation for uncommon professional achievement.  From 1998 until the present, Susan has been a member of the Trinity Engineering Advisory Committee (TEAC), providing guidance to the engineering program. 

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Morton K. Pearson, M.S., P.E., (retired)

Mort is retired from United Technologies, Pratt & Whitney, where he was Mechanical Design Technical Discipline Chief for Pratt & Whitney’s  aftermarket engineering business segment, responsible for insuring that the world wide staff of mechanical design engineers and practitioners, tools, and processes produced competitively superior mechanical solutions for PW’s aircraft engine maintenance, repair and overhaul business. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Connecticut in 1974 and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Hartford in 1982, and lives in Connecticut and Wyoming. He is a licensed engineer in CT and a member of SAE (Aerospace) International, focusing his time now on family, TEAC, bicycling and cross country skiing.  

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Harvey F. Silverman, Ph.D.  (`65)

Harvey Silverman graduated with B.S. and B.S.E. degrees from Trinity College in 1965 and 1966.  He attended graduate school at Brown University and received the Sc.M. in 1968 and Ph.D. in 1971.  In 1970 he joined the research staff at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights NY.  While there he initially worked on satellite image processing and computer performance before becoming a founding member of the speech recognition group.  From 1976-1980, he managed a group that was building speech recognition hardware.

In 1980 Dr. Silverman became a full professor at Brown University and was charged with the development of a computer engineering discipline within electrical engineering.  His research work was in the areas of speech recognition, architectures for digital signal processing and speech processing, and arrays of microphones.  In July 1991, Professor Silverman became Dean of Engineering at Brown and served in this capacity until 1998.  He continues as Professor of Electrical Sciences and Computer Engineering and focuses much of his current work in the area of microphone arrays.  Since 1980, Professor Silverman has been the advisor to 26 PhD’s.

Professor Silverman was made a Fellow of the IEEE in 1996 and he has served as a consultant for many companies.  He was a Charter Trustee of Trinity College from 1993-2003.  He has been a member of the Trinity Engineering Advisory Committee since its inception in 1992, and was the General Chairman of the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing in 1977.  He was also the Chair and a member of the IEEE ASSP Society’s Technical Committee on Digital Signal Processing from 1972 to 1983.

Dr. Silverman has over 150 archival journal and conference papers to date. In 1997 he received an Outstanding Engineering Alumni Certificate from Trinity College, in 1984 an IEEE Centennial Medal Award, in 1980 an IEEE ASSP Society Meritorious Service Award, and several patent and research awards while at IBM. 

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Elizabeth Jane Garypie, B.S. (`99)

Bio forthcoming.  

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Deborah M. Vernon, Ph.D.  (`95)  

Deborah M. Vernon, Ph.D. is an attorney on patent law and intellectual property.  She is a partner at McCarter & English, LLP.  Dr. Vernon received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Trinity College in 1995, her Ph.D. in Materials Science Engineering from Brown University in 2001 and a J.D. degree from Suffolk University in 2005.  Dr. Vernon’s doctorial thesis research concentrated on processing and analyzing ceramic materials.  While at Brown University, she developed new processing techniques for controlling grain growth during densification of nanophase ceramic compacts using chemical vapor infiltration and liquid phase infiltration techniques.

At McCarter & English, Deborah assists clients in obtaining and enforcing intellectual property rights both in the U.S. and abroad. She has experience in the technology fields of superconductors, photovoltaics, plasma science, ceramics, thin film technology, nanophase materials, medical devices, and mechanical engineering.  Deborah practice also includes conducting intellectual property due diligence in connection with corporate financing transactions, drafting licensing agreements, and performing patentability and product clearance studies. 

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Kevin R. Ryczek, MSME, MBA (`93)

At Pratt & Whitney, Kevin currently leads various strategic military initiatives across programs, planning organizations, engineering disciplines, and module centers.  Prior to joining Pratt & Whitney, Kevin spent the previous 13 years in the medical device industry.  Kevin has held various Research and Development and Product Development positions working on products such as permanent implants for the cardiovascular system and a single-use water-jet surgical instrument.  Kevin started his career after graduating from Stanford University in 1995 at Hewlett-Packard as a Design Engineer working on Inkjet cartridges in Corvallis, OR.  In 1997, Kevin transferred internally to H-P to Andover, MA to work on the HeartStart MRx defibrillator.  After a few years and several transitions to H-P, Kevin moved onto Thoratec Corporation as a Project Lead Engineer to work on the HeartMate XVE LVADs.  After receiving his MBA in 2005, Kevin transitioned to Smith & Nephew as a Senior Project Engineer working on their Versajet product line.  In 2008, Kevin decided to move his family from the greater Boston area back to Western Mass.  At the same time, Kevin was able to transition his R&D work at S&N to a small contract manufacturer called Vaupell as a Program Manager working on various medical products, including the VersaJet. 

Kevin currently holds 4 patents (1 personal) and received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Trinity College, Hartford, CT in 1993, his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA in 1995, and his Master of Business from Babson College, Babson Park, MA in 2005. 

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 ​​Alexandra B. Finnerud, B.S. (`03)

Alexa earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Trinity College in 2003.  During her junior and senior years at Trinity she also worked part time / full time at CES Consulting Engineering Services as an AutoCad technician and then Mechanical Engineer, working together with the Senior Engineers at CES on HVAC, Plumbing and Mechanical systems for renovation and new building projects.  After graduating from Trinity she started her career at Accenture as a consulting Analyst and has continued her career there to date.  She is currently a Senior Manager at Accenture, working primarily in Systems integration focusing on the business processes related to Supply Chain distribution operations for Products & Consumer Goods companies.  She has been a part of the full lifecycle of Analyze, Design, Build, Test, Deploy for major systems and process engineering implementations at Mercedes Benz USA, L’Oreal USA, Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific, Unilever, Ralph Lauren, and recently Cardinal Health.

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Kate L. Klein, (`03)

Bio forthcoming.

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 Edward P. Butler III, BSME, MBA (`87)

Edward Butler earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Trinity College in 1987 and was Tri-captain of the baseball team.  His career began with The Torrington Company (Part of Ingersoll-Rand) where he designed, applied, and tested automotive drive-train components for General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Caterpillar, Toyota, and Honda.  Shortly after his career began he enrolled in the MBA program at Rensselair Polytechnic Institute and received his MBA in Operations Management in 1992.  He has held positions in:  Product Design, Application Engineering, Engineering Manager, and Chief Engineer of Technical Problem Solving and Testing.

He later worked for Timken and is currently employed at Seitz Corporation as VP of Engineering and minority owner.  He leads a staff of (13) BS, MS, and PhD Mechanical Engineers and is responsible for worldwide engineering of design, analysis/simulation and testing, print/document control, estimating, and strategic planning for the company.  His company makes motion control devices in the injection molding industry for customers that are in:  Food and beverage equipment, automotive components, medical devices, and office automation equipment.  He is certified as:  Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Design for Six Sigma, Reliability Engineering, Statistical Engineering, and Lean Manufacturing.  He is also responsible for all corporate training in the aforementioned disciplines in which he personally conducts the formal training and maintains the standards of excellence for these disciplines.

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 Eric Rosow, B.S. (`86), MSBME (`88)

Eric Rosow has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare technology, new venture creation and executive management. He currently serves as CEO of Diameter Health, a healthcare IT company that provides predictive analytic solutions to healthcare organizations seeking to improve their clinical and operational performance.  Prior to this, Eric was a President of Scry Health, an analytics company that helps organizations “discover hidden knowledge” to optimize and transform operational performance through advanced mathematics. 

Eric has also served as the VP and General Manager of the Patient Flow business unit for Eclipsys and Allscripts. Preceding that, Eric was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Premise Corporation, a company he founded and led through its sale to Eclipsys. Before founding Premise, Eric was the Director of Biomedical Engineering at Hartford Hospital.

Eric earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at Trinity College, and a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Hartford Graduate Center/Rensselaer in Hartford. He holds several patents and has authored more than 50 academic papers and other publications.

Eric also serves on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Technology Council and is an active member of the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE) and the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI). Eric has previously served on the Executive Committee of the Trinity College National Alumni Association and the US Olympic Committee’s Sports Equipment and Technology Committee. 

At the community level, as a former member of the U.S. National Rowing Team and an active masters rower, Eric volunteers his time as a varsity crew coach for the Avon High School Rowing Program, which he helped co-found in 2007.  

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David R. Smith, B.S., MBA (`87)

David Smith earned his B.S. degree in engineering from Trinity College in 1987. He began his career at General Dynamics, Electric Boat Division, in Groton, CT where he was a design engineer for the four fluid systems which support the missile compartment of the Trident nuclear submarine. He went on to earn his Masters in Business Administration at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.  While in Ann Arbor, he volunteered as the business manager for the school’s solar car team which won the inaugural solar car race from Florida to Michigan.  Michigan’s interdisciplinary approach of teaming the School of Engineering with the School of Business was noted by Business Week and the New York Times as one of the reasons for the University’s success in the race.

Upon graduation, he joined IBM where he has spent most of his career on the services side of the business specializing in working with clients to transform their information technology operations through outsourcing.  He is currently a Vice President for Strategic Outsourcing. 

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David J. Ahlgren, Ph.D. (`64)

David J. Ahlgren ’64 received a B.S. in Engineering from Trinity, the M.S. E. E. from Tulane University, an the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  He joined the Trinity faculty in 1973, served as Engineering Department Chair from 1990-1999, and retired in 2014 as the Karl W. Hallden Professor of Engineering, Emeritus.  During Professor Ahlgren’s tenure as department chair the department chartered the Trinity Engineering Advisory Committee and sought and received ABET accreditation, He served as the faculty advisor to the Trinity Robot Study Team from 1995 until his retirement and was Director of the Trinity College Fire-Fighting Home Robot Contest from 1996 – 2014.  Professor Ahlgren designed a number of new courses including ENGR 120 (Introduction to Engineering Design—Mobile Robotics), a first year course for prospective engineering majors; ENGR 221L (Digital Circuits and Systems); ENGR 323L (Microprocessor Systems); ENGR 308L (Semiconductor Electronics II); and ENGR 314L (VLSI Design Projects).  He is active in the Connecticut Microelectronics and Optoelectronics Consortium, serving with faculty from UConn, Yale, and other Connecticut universities to organize the annual CMOC Symposium since 1992.  His interests include analog and digital electronics, simulation and modeling, and educational robotics. 

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Nancy M. Davis, M.S. (`79)

Nancy Davis earned her B.S. degree from Trinity College in 1979, majoring in Computer Coordinate with Engineering, and her M.S. degree in Computer Science in 1982 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  She began her career at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft as a structures engineering software developer and led the development of an advanced high performance computing capability utilized for a variety of advanced engineering analyses.

Nancy served as Vice President & Chief Information Officer at Sikorsky Aircraft from 2002-2003 and Vice President & Chief Information Officer of Pratt & Whitney from 2003-2010 prior to becoming Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer of United Technologies in 2010.  She has over 37 years of engineering and manufacturing industry experience including digital strategy and implementation, cybersecurity, large scale enterprise resource planning implementations and data analytics.

She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Trinity College, an Executive Committee member of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association and has served on the University of Connecticut advisory council for Project Management & Data Analytics.  Nancy has also been a member of United States Department of Defense industry cybersecurity committees.

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Alan Mendelson, B.S., LLD (`69)

Alan Mendelson is a venture capitalist in Connecticut where he was the founder and managing General Partner of Axiom Venture Partners.  Axiom had over $200 million under management and invested in both information technology and the life sciences.  Alan headed the life science practice where he invested in a number of successful biotechnology companies, including Aspreva Pharmaceuticals of Victoria, British Columbia, and BioMimetic Therapeutics of Nashville, TN.

Prior to founding Axiom, Mr. Mendelson spent about 25 years at Aetna Life and Casualty (Aetna), where he had a number of responsibilities in the investment area.  Among his responsibilities, he ran Aetna’s $65 million direct venture investing program generating $265 million of proceeds, helped create MBIA, the country’s largest municipal bond insurance company, worked directly on over $3.0 billion of corporate loans, and worked with the CIO to formulate strategy and policy issues with regard to Aetna’s $22.4 billion commercial mortgage loan portfolio.  During this time, he also initiated the concept for and served as President and CEO of Aetna, Jacobs and Ramo, a venture capital deal sharing arrangement among Aetna, Eli Jacobs and Company of New York, and Dr. Simon Ramo, (founder of TRW) of California.

Mr. Mendelson has been involved in technology policy and development in Connecticut for over 30 years.  He was the Finance Committee Vice Chairman of the state’s first High Technology Task Force in 1984, where he created Connecticut Seed Ventures and two Centers of Excellence.  He has also been on the Advisory Board of Connecticut Innovations since 1989, and is currently a Board member of the Connecticut Technology Council, the MIT Enterprise Forum and the CT Bioscience Fund.  In his industry roles for the State, he has received the Distinguished Service Award from Connecticut Innovations and the Leadership Award from the Connecticut Venture Group, of which he was a past president.  Alan also serves on the Advisory Council, and was its past chairman, of the Keck Graduate Institute, the Claremont College that offers a master’s degree in Bioscience.  He is actively involved in the local Jewish community, where he is the grants committee chair and former Trustee of the Jewish Community Foundation, a Community Director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, and Chairman of the Board of Trinity College Hillel.  He has a BS in economics from Trinity College (Phi Beta Kappa) and a LLD (Honors) from the University of Connecticut.

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Binay Poudel, B.S. (`12)

Bio forthcoming.

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