At its May meeting, the WPI Board of Trustees elected Alfred A. Molinari Jr, '63, president and CEO of Data Translation Inc., and Frederick D. Rucker '81, group vice president, Long Distance Bell Canada, to membership.
Molinari founded Data Translation in 1973. Today the company is a leading developer and manufacturer of computer peripheral equipment for data acquisition, image processing and multimedia production. After earning a bachelor's degree at WPI in electrical engineering, Molinari worked as an engineer for Pacific Telephone and Telegraph, Germeshausen and Grier Inc and LFE Electronics. He joined Analog Devices in 1970, becoming vice president for marketing before leaving to start Data Translation.
Molinari holds a master's degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He is a member of WPI's Alumni Fund Board and is chairman of the Advisory Committee for the Entrepreneurs Collaborative.
Rucker, who earned an M.B.A. at Columbia University in 1989, began his career in telecommunications as an engineering manager for AT&T Long Lines. He continued at AT&T Communications until 1990, ultimately becoming manager of international marketing. He then joined Sprint Corp. as director of carrier operations and was vice president for overseas marketing opportunities for Sprint International before joining Bell Canada in 1995.
Rucker has long been active in the WPI Alumni Association. He served on the association's Executive Committee from 1987 to 1993 and helped the organization draft a new master plan. In 1991 he received the John Boynton Young Alumni Award for Distinguished Service.
Gordon H. Sigman Jr. '59, vice president, Business Development and Marketing, Hamilton Standard, and John F. O'Brien, president and CEO, Allmerica Financial, were elected trustees emeriti.
Ronald L. Zarrella '71, vice president and group executive, General Motors Corp., was elected trustee at large, while William Marshall Jr., president and CEO, Springfield Institution for Savings, and John M. Nelson, chairman, Wyman-Gordon Co., were re-elected at-large trustees.
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