WPI Wire, Vol. 10, No. 1 - Spring 1996

Alumni Chronicle

Awards honor distinguished alumni

Alumni whose accomplishments or dedication to WPI have brought honor to themselves or their alma mater have been selected to receive awards on June 1 during Alumni Reunion Weekend '96.

Robert H. Goddard '08 Award

For Professional Achievement. Goddard pioneered liquid fuel rocketry and set the stage for space exploration. This award is being presented this year to five alumni.

Dr. Martin G. Bromberg '51

has been involved in the transportation machinery industry for more than 40 years. After graduating from WPI, he worked in Germany, France and Brazil, absorbing the theory and practice of mass production and quality control. He is currently chairman of th e board of Industria e Comercio Brosol in So Paulo, Brazil, which he founded in 1959 with $200 in capital and two employees. With 2,400 employees and more than $130 million in sales, the firm is the largest manufacturer of carburetors and fuel pumps in t he Southern Hemisphere. Bromberg also serves as director of Bromberg & Cia Ltda., Montemor Inda e Como Ltda, Bromonte Ltda., Fosfazin, Carter do Brasil, Montesol Electronica and MGB Empreedimentos Imobiliarios S/C Ltda.

A native of Germany, Bromberg was educated in Brazil before earning a B.S.M.E. at WPI, a B.A. in business administration at the University of Wisconsin, an M.B.A. at Fund Armanda Alvares, and a D.Sc. in engineering administration from Pacific Western Univ ersity. He is also a licensed real estate broker and an insurance broker.

Bromberg, a veteran of the Brazilian army, married Massume Watanabe in 1984. He has two sons and a daughter from a previous marriage. He is a life member of the President's Advisory Council and a Presidential Founder.

George C. Messenger Jr. '51

is vice president of Messenger & Associates, which he owns and manages with his wife, Priscilla. In addition to his B.S. in physics from WPI, Messenger earned an M.S. in electrical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in engineering a t California Coast University. He began his career with Philco Corp., where he worked on solid-state device electronics, then moved to Hughes Semiconductor, where he served as engineering manager. He then joined Transitron Corp. as division manager. After five years as a staff scientist at Northrop Corp., he became a consulting engineer. Messenger also served as a lecturer at UCLA, a vice president of the American Institute of Finance, and a general partner in the Dargon Fund.

A recognized authority on transient radiation effects on electronics, Messenger holds numerous patents in the microwave diode and hardened semiconductor fields. He is an IEEE fellow and has published widely in technical journals. His previous honors inclu de the 1986 Dean's Award for Academic Excellence from California Coast University, the 1986 Annual Merit Award of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society, and the 1991 Peter Haas Award for outstanding technical contributions to U.S. hardened military and space systems. He lives and works in Las Vegas, Nev.

Hans H. Koehl '56

began his career at Spirol International Corp. in 1959 after graduating from law school at Stanford University. He became executive vice president and counsel in 1962, president in 1965, and chairman in 1986. With subsidiaries in Canada, United Kingdom an d France, the firm conducts $40 million in sales of industrial metal fasteners to more than 3,000 accounts in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Koehl also serves as director of New London Trust, a subsidiary of Sun Life U.S., and of Prym-Dritz Corp., LineMaster Switch Corp., and Crystal Water Utilities. He is a former director of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association and a former trus tee of the Connecticut Public Expenditure Council. He is a member of the President's Advisory Council and a former member of the Steering Committee. Married to Christina Haiss since 1988, he has two children from a previous marriage.

John C. Petrillo '71

is president, Business Communications Services, at AT&T in Basking Ridge, N.J., a post he has held since 1993. Petrillo joined the company as an operations manager after graduation from WPI and held a series of management positions before reaching the ran k of vice president in 1982. He has served the company in divisions throughout the country, from Atlanta to California.

Petrillo earned a B.S.E.E. at WPI, and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1979. He attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration and was a fellow in International Studies at Salzburg Institute, A ustria, in 1985. In 1986 he received the Ichabod Washburn Young Alumni Award for Professional Achievement. He and his wife, Jane, live in Bernardsville, N.J. They have two children.

Ronald L. Zarrella '71

was appointed vice president and group executive of General Motors Corp. in 1994. He was previously president and CEO of Bausch & Lomb, Inc., where he worked for 10 years. Zarrella began his career with Bristol Myers Co., entering the manufacturing manage ment training program right out of WPI and rising to director of engineering in 1980. In 1981 he joined Esmark's Danskin Division as vice president of manufacturing and later serve din the company's Playtex Division, managing all consumer products busines s in Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia.

Zarella completes an eight-year term as trustee this year. He is a Presidential Founder, a charter member of the George I. Alden Society, and a member of the President's Advisory Council. He has been active in regional alumni affairs and has been a keynot e speaker at many WPI events. He was honored in 1986 with the Ichabod Washburn Young Alumni Award for Professional Achievement, and in 1993, when he received the Hobart Newell Award for Outstanding Contributions by an Alumnus to the Electrical and Compute r Engineering Profession. Zarrella and his wife, Linda, have two daughters.

Herbert F. Taylor '12 Alumni Award

For Distinguished Service to WPI. Two alumni will be honored with this award, named for WPI's first secretary-treasurer.

Edward S. Coe, Jr. '31

has faithfully served his class and his alma mater as co-chair of his 65th and 60th reunions, and as a member of his 50th Reunion and Anniversary Gift committees. His dedication earned him the 1991 Distinguished Service Award. Coe also represented his cla ss on the Alumni Council from 1987 to 1989, and chaired the Evaluation Committee in 1981.

In 1990, Coe, an avid gardener, initiated a program to beautify the WPI campus with a generous gift designated for landscaping and the purchase of trees. A lifetime member of the President's Advisory Council, Coe belongs to Skull and Tau Beta Pi. He is a retired vice president and general manager of Farrel Corp., a subsidiary of Black & Decker. He and his wife, Mary Jane, live in Charlotte, Vt.

Bradley E. Hosmer '61

has devoted 20 years of service to the Alumni Association as a volunteer for many committees and class functions. A member of the Executive Committee, he joined the Nominating Committee in 1987 and served as co-chair in 1995. Hosmer served as class agent for several years and has been a leader in class affairs through the Class Board of Directors since 1991. He organized his 30th Reunion and has led his class as a member of its Board of Directors since 1991. He was corporate contacts chairman in 1988 and has been an alumni admissions volunteer since 1988.

Hosmer, a member of Skull, Pi Delta Epsilon and Scabbard & Blade, holds a B.S.E.E. from WPI and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He is president of Beta Consulting Group Inc. and resides in Concord, N.H., with his wife, Juanita. They have three chi ldren.

John Boynton Young Alumni Award

For Service. Named for one of the Institute's founders.

Mark S. Coggin '86

has been a major force in the regional clubs program, championing it as chair from 1992 to 1995 and serving as chair of the Worcester County Club in 1991-93. Coggin revitalized the Worcester County Club by drawing students and alumni together for Communit y Workdays to undertake volunteer projects at local schools and agencies twice each year, and launched the club's newsletter, now titled Radical Pi, .

Coggin, who served on the GOLD Council during its formation, is an Alumni Admissions volunteer and a member of the Executive Committee. The recipient of a B.S.M.E. and an M.S.M.E. from WPI, he also received an S.M. in management from MIT's Sloan School of Management and an S.M. from the School of Engineering at MIT in 1995. Coggin is manager of strategic programs for the Workstation Business Segment of Digital Equipment Corp. in Maynard, Mass. He and his wife, Johnna, live in Westborough, Mass., with thei r two sons, Nicholas and Alexander.

Ichabod Washburn Young Alumni Award

for Professional Achievement, also named for one of WPI's founders, The award is being presented this year to three members of the Class of 1981.

Douglas R. Norton,

vice president of engineering at Henschel Inc., in Newburyport, Mass., received a B.S.E.E. from WPI in 1981 and an M.B.A. from the Institute in 1996. Prior to joining Henschel, Norton spent 12 years at GTE Spacenet, where he progressed from application en gineer to department manager to director of engineering and program management. He and his wife, Kathy, who is also a former GTE electrical engineer, have three children and live in Byfield, Mass.

Stuart E. Ross

is vice president and director of engineering at Target Technologies in Wilmington, N.C. He holds a B.S.E.E. from WPI. Ross joined Target in 1994 after acting as an independent consulting engineer to the company, through New Potato Technologies, Inc. (NPT ), an engineering consulting and creative design firm that specialized in electronic media, software design, consumer electronics and communications systems. From 1984 to 1987 he was manager of research and development at GridComm Inc., a LAN manufacturer , and prior to that was employed at the CBS Technology Center, where he worked on projects that involved electronic entertainment media technologies. He and his wife, Maria, live in Wilmington.

Frederick D. Rucker

joined Bell Canada in August 1995 as group vice president-long distance. The position is accountable for Bell's long distance and data services portfolio and reports to the president and CEO of Bell Canada's Horizon Services business unit. Prior to joinin g Bell, Rucker was vice president, major projects, with Sprint Corporation's International Long Distance Division, based in Reston, Va. At Sprint he held various senior marketing positions in sales and marketing. Prior to Sprint, he spent 10 years at AT&T , where he held management positions in engineering, network operations, human resources and international sales and marketing. Rucker, who majored in mechanical engineering at WPI, holds an M.B.A. in finance/marketing from Columbia University.

In 1991, Rucker won the John Boynton Young Alumni Award for Service. He currently lives in Oakton, Va., with his wife and five children.

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