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Michael Dolan ’74 was promoted to president of ExxonMobil Chemical Co. Dolan returned to WPI last spring to discuss the future of the oil and petrochemical industry, in a forum called New Frontiers in Chemical Engineering … Dean Kamen ’74’s Segway continues to garner media attention, pro and con. An ABC News “Silicon Insider” commentary predicted that 2006 would be “the year of the Segway” … Judy Nitsch ’75, president of Judith Nitsch Engineering Inc., received the 2004 Society of Women Engineers Entrepreneur Award … Randy Wheeler ’79 was the subject of an Entrepreneur Profile in the San Francisco Business Times. He is founder and CEO of Oak Systems, an insurance applications software company … Will Emmet ’80, a Yale University senior mechanical engineer, developed the astronomical camera used to capture images of Sedna, an enigmatic celestial body nearly the size of Pluto. The Economist speculates that Sedna might be proclaimed the 10th planet—or it might cause Pluto to be demoted from full planetary status … Olivia Pereira-Smith ’81(Ph.D.) was profiled in the May 28 issue of Science of Aging Knowledge Environment (SAGE KE), a companion publication to Science magazine. She continues her research on cell aging at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio … During the World Series, Bruce MacWilliams ’84’s analysis of joint stress was used to illustrate The New York Times’ coverage of Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s ankle injury … Apple CEO Steve Jobs called Aran Anderson ’93 to the podium at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in June. Anderson’s satellite-tracking simulator won an Apple Design Award for the Most Innovative Apple Technology Performance Demo … Chuck Cimalore ‘94, CTO and CEO of Omnify Software, was profiled in Mass High Tech in July … Becky Hoffman ’98 shared her reactions to the popular advice book He’s Just Not That Into You on NBC’s Today Show on Oct. 26. She is director, program operations, cable, for NBC Universal … The Wall Street Journal used Simon Donkor ’03’s success story to illustrate the career value of professional science master’s degrees. After earning his PSM at WPI, Donkor found a lucrative position in financial modeling with Fidelity Investments in Boston.

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