Skull Taps 15 at WPI

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WORCESTER, Mass._Skull, WPI's senior honor society, recently "tapped" 15 new members. Founded in 1911, Skull honors students, alumni, administrators, faculty and staff for their contributions to the advancement and betterment of the university.

Here is Skull's Class of 1998 (all of the students are seniors):

Alex Papianou of Foxboro, Mass., is director of business development for the Siebe Control Division of the Foxboro Company. He received a B.S. in chemical engineering from WPI in 1957, an M.S. in chemical engineering from Northeastern University in 1962, and an M.B.A. from Suffolk University in 1987. As a WPI undergraduate he was active in Theta Chi, the Glee Club, Masque, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the Skeptical Chemists. He is a past vice president of the Alumni Association and has served as Reunion co-chair on the Executive Council for the past 15 years.

Matthew Arner, a mechanical engineering major from Andover, Conn., is a graduate of RHAM High School in Hebron, Conn. He is president of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and a member of the Global Task Force for WPI's Strategic Planning Committee, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Tau Beta Pi, the Order of Omega and the baseball team.

MariLisa Billa of Rome, Italy, graduated from the American School in Rome. A biotechnology major, she works in the Registrar's Office and is a member of Alden Voices (formerly the Women's Chorale) and Phi Sigma Sigma sorority and is a Crimson Key tour guide.

Sean Dunn of East Longmeadow, Mass., is completing a double major in computer science and electrical engineering. A graduate of East Longmeadow High School, he chairs WPI's Fine Arts Committee and the Association for Computing Machinery's Facilities Committee. He is a member of Alpha Phi Omega, the national service fraternity, the Pub Committee, and the crew team, and is an assistant systems administrator for the Computer Science Department.

Kimberly Farrell, a chemical engineering major from Holliston, Mass., who graduated from Holliston Junior Senior High School, is president of the Social Committee, a member of Tau Beta Pi, plays the flute in the Concert Band, sings with the Chamber Choir, and is a peer-learning assistant.

Michael Fiorino of Revere Mass., is majoring in mechanical engineering. A graduate of Savio High School in East Boston, Mass., Fiorino is recording secretary of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity a member of the men's varsity basketball team and an Orientation leader..

Michael Kerns, a civil engineering major from Saugus, Mass., is a graduate of Saugus High School. He is president- of Theta Chi and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Student Government Association and the Student Alumni Society.

Philip Mousseau of Hudson, N.H., is a graduate of Alvirne High School. An industrial engineering major, Mousseau is a member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and the Student Alumni Society. He works in the Career Development Office, is a tour guide, rush chairman of Theta Chi, and a member of the Order of Omega. He recently received a National Collegiate Engineering Award, from the United States Achievement Academy.

Michael Olivieri of Somerville, Mass., who is majoring in mechanical engineering with biomedical interests, graduated from Matignon High School in Cambridge, Mass. He is president of Zeta Psi fraternity, a member of Tau Beta Pi and the Order of Omega, and a eucharistic minister and treasurer of the Newman Club.

Linnette Perales of Las Piedras, P.R., is majoring in chemical engineering with biomedical interests. A graduate of Colegio Nuestra Senora del Perpetuo Socorro, she is president of the EMSEP (Excellence in Mathematics, Science and Engineering Program) Advisory Board, vice president of the Society of Hispanic Engineers, and a member of the Hispanic Student Association.

Sommyr Pochan of Penfield, N.Y., graduated from Webster Senior High School in Webster, N.Y. An electrical engineering major, she is a executive at large and a disk jockey for WPIR, the campus radio station, co-captain of the women's varsity soccer team, a member of Eta Kappa Nu, the electrical engineering honor society, a tour guide, a pen pal, and an Orientation leader.

Jeevanadhar Ramapriya of Billerica, Mass., is a graduate of Billerica Memorial High School who is majoring in management information systems with a minor in computer science. He is the former president of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, is an Orientation leader, and participates in the Trustee/Student Mentor Program.

Jonathan Reynolds is a graduate of Classical High School in his hometown of Providence, R.I. An electrical engineering major, Reynolds is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu and a member and the business manager of Simple Harmonic Motion, the university's male a cappella group.

Jessica Sands of Yarmouthport, Mass., is a graduate of Tewksbury Memorial High School in Tewksbury, Mass. A computer science major, she is president of Masque, the university's theater group, and was executive producer of Masque's recent production of Veronica's Room. She is active in M.W. Repertory Theatre and is a member of Alpha Psi Omega, the dramatic arts honor society, and Alpha Gamma Delta sorority.

Jennifer Sapochetti of Salem, N.H., graduated from Salem High School. A civil engineering major, she is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Student Alumni Society, and is an Orientation leader and a tour guide.