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VOLUME 11, NO. 1     MAY 1997

1997 Alumni Award Winners

The Citations Committee is pleased to report that the followng individuals will receive awards at Reunion '97:

The Robert H. Goddard Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement

Robert L. Brass '57
President, Development II, Woodbury, Conn.

Co-founded a profitable consulting firm that specializes in business-to-business market strategies and planning. Holds more than 70 patents and created many commercially successful products including toys, tools, artificial intelligence systems, software, semiconductors, office products, computers and computer peripherals. Founder and CEO of Cauzin Systems, Inc., a computer peripherals company. Also an international speaker on business development, including the application of artificial intelligence and statistical analysis to market research and opinion surveys.

Charles C. Johnston '57
Chairman, Ventex Technology, Inc., Riviera Beach, Fla.

Also chairs AFD Technologies, Jupiter, Fla.; UltraClenz Corp., Boston; and J&C Resources, Nashua, N.H. Founded ISI Systems in 1969, a subsidiary of Teleglobe of Montreal and a pioneer in insurance industry software. A WPI trustee since 1993; benefactor of the Charles C. Johnston '57 Scholarship.

David K. Heebner '67
Major General, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C.

Thirty-year military career distinguished by his role as commander of United States forces in Israel (Task Force Patriot Defender) during Operation Desert Storm. Currently serving as director, Program Analysis and Evaluation in the Pentagon's Office of the Chief of Staff, Army. Served in the U.S., Germany, Vietnam and Korea. A 1991 U.S. Senate proclamation praised his meritorious service in the Gulf War. Heebner officiated as Commissioning Officer of ROTC graduates at WPI's 1995 Commencement.

The Herbert F. Taylor Alumni Award for Distinguished Service to WPI

Donald G. Craig '57
Former Alumni Association President (1993-95); Vice President 1991-93

Led the Alumni Association through a vital phase that put the Venture Forum on firm footing, laid the groundwork for the Alumni Gateway online network, enacted a master plan, initiated a comprehensive survey of alumni, and revised the association's by-laws. Established the Matthew Andrews Craig Memorial Scholarship in memory of his son, who died in a boating accident in 1992. Craig has chaired the Revenue Committee and belonged to his Reunion and Class Gift committees. He has also served WPI through the Class Agent, Alumni Admissions, Corporate Contacts and Regional Club programs. Presidential Founder; lifetime member, President's Advisory Council; charter member, Alden Society; and Poly Club member. A retired American Airlines pilot, he continues his tax-preparation practice.

Douglas W. "Dusty" Klauber '67
Former Alumni Association Vice President (1989-91); PAC Co-Captain

Has chaired Homecoming, Class Reunions (15th, 25th and 30th), and the 25th Anniversary Gift Committee. Member of the Fund Board, and the Master Plan, Nominating and Educational Programming committees. A former Class Council Representative and Head Agent, Klauber is a lifetime President's Advisory Council member and belongs to the Alden Society.

The John Boynton Young Alumni Award for Service

Joseph P. Vignaly, Jr. '82
Class Board of Directors, Class Representative to Executive Committee

Alumni Council member since 1989; has served on Class Board of Directors since 1994. Class Agent; member of the Nominating and Evaluation and 15th Reunion committees. A current member of the Alpha Tau Omega Alumni Association, Vignaly has also served as treasurer and president of the board of directors. He is employed as a market manager at GTE Cyber Trust Security Systems and is married to 1994 Boynton Award winner Kathy (Kruczek) Vignaly '84.

The Ichabod Washburn Young Alumni Award for Professional Achievement

Robert W. Bean '82
President and CEO, Baystate Technologies, Inc., Marlborough, Mass.

Co-founded with wife Karen Bean '86 (M.B.A.) in 1989, Baystate was rated a Top 15 Growth Company for Central Massachusetts (Worcester Business Journal, 1992). Products include CADKEYTM and DRAFT-PAKTM software for mechanical engineering applications, with more than 235,000 installations and product sales estimated at $6 million for fiscal year 1997. CADKEY is used worldwide for product design by the automotive and aerospace industry.

Kenneth A. Beck '82
Vice President, Acupac Packaging, Inc., Mahwah, N.J

After graduation, Beck and a partner launched a small contract packaging company with two employees and a single packaging line. Today Acupac is a market leader, servicing 25 packaging lines from its 60,000-square-foot facility, with sales exceeding $10 million and more than 100 employees. The company provides innovative single-dose package formats to major marketers of consumer products. Beck is also president of the Contract Packaging Association, the industry's trade organization.

Ernest E. Cormier, Jr. '82
Senior Vice President, Grolier Electronic Publishing/Matra Hachette Multimedia, Danbury, Conn.

Manages product-related operations for Grolier's Interactive division, developing, acquiring and marketing all reference and game products for worldwide distribution, including the award-winning Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia on CD-ROM, online and soon to be DVD. Cormier is responsible for all product planning, development and financial management of Grolier's multimillion dollar product budget. He has been with Grolier for nearly seven years, helping Grolier Interactive to grow from a small unit within the company to division status with worldwide presence and reach.

James A. Gobes, Jr. '82
President, Intrinsix Corp., Westborough, Mass.

Head of the largest independent ASIC and ADA consulting company in the U.S. With sales of $10.3 million last year, Intrinsix was ranked the third fastest top-growth company in Central Massachusetts (Worcester Business Journal, 1996). Clients include Digital, IBM, MIT, Texas Instruments and Viewlogic. Gobes started as sales manager in 1986 and rose to president in 1990.

Douglas E. Sieber '82
Vice President, Operations, The Haartz Corp., Acton, Mass.

Sieber's 20-year career with Haartz began with summer work on R&D projects while still a WPI student. Haartz, a family-owned manufacturer of thermoplastic and rubber-coated fabrics and foams, is best known for automobile tops, from the turn-of-the century "horseless carriage" to today's classic convertibles. Customers include Jaguar, BMW, Ford and Chrysler. Operations run 24-hours a day, realizing worldwide sales revenues of $90 million. As vice president, Sieber oversees manufacturing, purchasing, personnel, engineering and environmental compliance functional areas, administering a $20 million budget.

WPI Award for Outstanding Service to WPI by a Non-Alumnus

M Howard Jacobson
Senior Advisor, Bankers Trust, Westborough, Mass.

A Presidential Founder and a WPI trustee since 1977, Jacobson chaired the Board of Trustees from 1990 to 1995. A graduate of Harvard College and the Columbia Graduate School of Business, he retired in 1986 as president, treasurer and director of Idle Wild Foods Inc., the family business, when the Fortune 500 company was sold. A longtime member of the Executive Committee, Jacobson currently serves on the Budget and Finance, Executive Compensation and Investment committees.

New Tech founder wins Schwieger Award

John E. Larsen (SIM '80) received the Albert J. Schwieger Award, given by the School of Industrial Management at its annual banquet and reunion on March 4. Larsen is president and owner of New Technology Precision Machinery Inc., in East Brookfield, Mass.

Formed in 1977 to offer traditional machine shop services, "New Tech" launched a state-of-the-art laser facility in 1979, when laser machining was still in the embryonic stages of development. Larsen forsaw the potential of this undeveloped market, with applications in welding, cutting, hermetic seals and thermal treatment of materials. In 1995 New Tech added a fourth laser, with drilling capacity for high-temperature super alloys. Customers represent a broad cross section of industries, from aerospace and medicine to microwave and military.

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