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2003-2004

Skull Honor Society Selects Students, Staff and Alumnus at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/MAY 20, 2004
Contact: WPI Media Relations, +1-508-831-5616

WORCESTER, Mass. -- May 20, 2004 -- The Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) senior honor society, the Skull, tapped 15 people including 13 junior-year students, one alumnus, and one staff member for the Skull Class of 2005. The society is one of the oldest traditions at WPI; it began in 1911 when a student felt that outstanding juniors should be honored for their dedication and contributions to WPI. Since then, nearly 1,000 members of the WPI community have been tapped for Skull and have persevered to unify the campus and preserve the traditions of the university. For those chosen to continue the legacy, it is both an honor and a responsibility. The following are new members of the Skull Society:

David Baker is a WPI alumnus from Rumson, N.J. He graduated with a mechanical engineering bachelor's degree in 1981 and a master's degree in 1985. Baker is currently the Principal Consultant for Blackstone Automation, LLC., a member of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), and the president of the Friends of WPI Rowing. He resides in Shrewsbury, Mass. with his wife and two children.

Ryan Carey is a biomedical engineering major and computer engineering minor from Southington, Conn. Carey is the treasurer of the Concert Band, music/drill coordinator for the Pep Band, a music tutor, and a member of the Jazz Band. He is also treasurer of the Newman Club, a peer learning assistant for the Physics Department, a member of the Student Alumni Society, and a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society. He was recently in Melbourne, Australia completing his Interactive Qualifying Project, one of WPI's three required undergraduate academic projects. The IQP challenges students to investigate issues that arise when science or technology interact with societal structures and values.

Adam Epstein, a mathematics major and international studies minor from Chambersburg, Penn., is the chair of the Student Alumni Society, a member of SocComm (WPI's Social Committee), and a member of the Student Government Association. Epstein also works as a senior orientation leader for incoming students and works for the Admission's Office as a Crimson Key tour guide. He completed his Interactive Qualifying Project in Venice, Italy last summer.

Jacob Given is an environmental biology and theatre double major from Douglas, Mass. Given is vice president of WPI's theatre honor fraternity, Alpha Psi Omega, and vice president of publicity for the Masque. As a founding member of KILROY, WPI's sketch comedy group, he directs publicity, is an actor, and writes sketches. He also is a member of the Guerilla Improv comedy group. He completed a project in London last year.

Joseph Gruttadauria is a mechanical engineering major and entrepreneurship minor from Derby, Conn. He is a member of the Order of Omega, a national Greek honor society, and Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, and is a brother of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He recently completed his Interactive Qualifying Project in Melbourne, Australia.

Christopher Hamman is an electrical and computer engineering major from Owensboro, Ky. He is president of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, vice president of the Student Government Association, a member of the Order of Omega Greek honor society, former community service chair of the Interfraternity Council, and former programs chair for the Student Alumni Society. Hamman has also worked as an orientation leader and peer advisor as well as an assistant for the WPI Career Development Center. He has also completed the Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge, and is a Crimson Key tour guide for the Admissions Office. He recently completed his Interactive Qualifying Project in Australia.

Katrina Hildebrand is a technical communications major and international studies minor from New Sweden, Maine. She is the historian of the Student Alumni Society and vice president of member development of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. Hildebrand also works for the Admissions Office as a Crimson Key tour guide, and for the Biology/Biotechnology Department as a peer learning assistant. She is an orientation leader and peer advisor to new students. To complete her Interactive Qualifying Project, Hildebrand went to Venice, Italy last summer.

Laura Holberger is a biology major and international studies minor from Grafton, Mass. She currently works in the Bio-Process Laboratory for the WPI Biology Department, and she also is a peer learning assistant. Holberger recently completed a two-month academic project in Thailand.

Megan Holmes is a biomedical engineering major and international studies minor from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. She is a sister of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority, scholarship chair for the Panhellenic Council, and is a member of the Women's Varsity Soccer team. Holmes also plays lacrosse, is a member of Tau Beta Pi, an engineering honor society, SWE (Society of Women Engineers), and the Order of Omega, a Greek honor society. She is also a member of Mu Sigma Delta, a pre-health society, BMES, WPI's biomedical engineering society. She completed a project in Thailand this past March.

Jocelyn Lally is a mechanical engineering major from Acushnet, Mass. She is the arts co-chair for the Social Committee (SocComm), former publicity chair of the Student Alumni Society, and a member of Pi Tau Sigma, the mechanical engineering honor society. She works as a peer learning assistant and a Crimson Key campus tour guide. She recently completed a project in London.

Thomas Nogueira is a chemical engineering major from Fall River, Mass. He is president of Zeta Psi fraternity and intramurals chairman of the Interfraternity Council. Nogueira also is a member of the men's rugby team.

Sid Rupani is a mechanical engineering major and mathematics minor from Mumbai, India. He is a resident advisor on campus, a peer learning assistant, and chair of the Student Government Association Committee on Academic Issues. He also is the new member educator of Alpha Chi Rho fraternity, a student representative on the Campus Hearing Board, and chairman of AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics). Rupani is a MASH (Math and Science Help) leader and a member of the Committee on Advising and Student Life and the Teacher of the Year Selection Committee. He also works for the Admissions Office as a Crimson Key tour guide.

Anthony Smith is an electrical and computer engineering major and management minor from Derby, Conn. He is demonstration coordinator for SOMA (the Society of Martial Artists), and is a brother of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. Smith also is a 2nd-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He recently completed a project in Australia.

Roger Steele works for the WPI Physics Department as assistant radiological safety officer, laser safety officer, and lab manager. He has been employed at WPI for 28 years and resides in Fiskdale, Mass.

Tony Wieczorek is a technical communications major and Spanish minor from Baltimore, Md. He is president of BiLaGA (Bisexual, Lesbian, and Gay Alliance), a brother of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, a member of the community council, and a residential advisor. Wieczorek is currently employed by the Admissions Office as a tour guide and intern. He also is a writing tutor and has completed academic projects in Madrid and London.

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