Wentworth Institute of Technology’s University Advisers (formerly Corporators) is an advisory body comprised of alumni and friends who are dedicated to supporting and advancing the mission and highest standards of excellence for the university. Members act as informed advisers to the administration and trustees on issues of strategic importance. They serve as a university resource by volunteering leadership, expertise, and philanthropic support. They also act as ambassadors and promote the interests of the university worldwide.
Rick Grundy, '03, Chair
President and COO of AVTECH Software, Inc.
Rick Grundy joined AVTECH in 2001 as Product Development Manager and rose through several engineering and management roles, becoming President & COO in December 2015. Now growing at an average rate of 30% annually, he manages day-to-day operations of the business, including product engineering, manufacturing, and supply chain management. AVTECH celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2018 by opening its first international distribution facility in Ireland and is proud to have products in 186 countries around the world.
Rick recently led the acquisition of a standalone manufacturing operation based in Pennsylvania. This entity will provide contract manufacturing, warehousing, and logistics services supporting the growth of AVTECH and other customers.
Rick graduated summa cum laude from the computer science program at Wentworth Institute of Technology, with additional concentrations in mechanical and electrical engineering. He serves as VP of Governance on the board of directors for the Wentworth Alumni Association.
AVTECH has been recognized as an industry leader with awards including the US Small Business Administration Rhode Island Exporter of the Year 2018, IT Infra World’s Top 10 IT Infrastructure Monitoring Solution Providers, Internet Telephony Magazine’s Network Security Excellence, and consecutive Innovation in Manufacturing Awards from the Providence Business News in 2017 and 2018.
Jeffrey Altschuler, MDS '83, MT '84, P'14 (Parent)
Executive Vice President, Varitron-Altronics Manufacturing, Inc.
Jeffrey Altschuler is the Executive Vice President of Varitron-Altronics Manufacturing, Inc., a national electronic contract manufacturer that specializes in new product introduction and high-mix printed circuit board and chassis assembly. He was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the company before it was acquired by Varitron Group, Inc., a leader in electronic products assembly based in Quebec, Canada. Varitron-Altronics has robust assembly capabilities including flexible circuit assembly, backplane assembly, chassis integration, and manufacturing for commercial, medical and military industries.
Mr. Altschuler founded Altronics in 2003 as a “greenfield” factory and has grown the business to over fifty employees. He has more than twenty-five years of experience in high-tech electronics manufacturing and has held senior positions in the areas of quality, engineering, and operations. Mr. Altschuler’s experience ranges from mid-sized firms to small privately held companies, including a highly successful broadband telecom startup. An ’84 alumnus of Wentworth, Mr. Altschuler received a Bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology and an associate’s degree in Mechanical Design. He also received a master’s degree in Business Management from Lesley University. He was elected to the Wentworth Corporation in 2013.
Jacob Baron, MEC '98
Partner, Holland & Knight, LLP
Jacob K. Baron is a Partner at the law firm Holland & Knight, LLP, where he is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. His legal practice is focused on intellectual property litigation, portfolio development, counseling and strategic advice. Mr. Baron has litigated cases in federal courts around the country, at the appellate level, at the International Trade Commission and before the Patent Office.
Drawing from his engineering background and his passion for technology, Mr. Baron has litigated and counseled clients in matters involving a broad range of technologies, including 4G (LTE) cell phone technology, bar code readers, machine vision, computer hardware and software, telecommunications routing and networking, analog circuits, automobile navigation systems, antihypertensive and heart failure medications and general pharmaceutical formulation. He received a law degree from Boston College and his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Wentworth in 1998. He served on the Academic Affairs Committee of the Wentworth Board from 2014-2015. He was elected to the Wentworth Corporation in 2013.
Edward A. Bond, Jr.
Chairman and CEO, BOND, Inc.
As the fourth generation of family managing BOND, Ed Bond has over 35+ years’ experience in construction management and is a highly respected leader in the industry. The company has grown steadily since he assumed the role of CEO in 1984, and today boasts extensive portfolios in academic, healthcare and civil & utility work. Under his vision and leadership, BOND has become one of the leading full-service construction management and general contracting firms in the Northeast.
Ed has taken great pride building a client-focused, family-driven culture with a true sense of caring for employees and community. His catch phrase “our word is our bond” exemplifies his dedication to establishing shared values of integrity, respect and trust throughout the organization. In 2017, Ed was inducted to the National Academy of Construction (NAC). As a member of the NAC, Ed joins over 200 distinguished leaders from every segment of the engineering and construction industry. Ed received this distinguished honor for his significant contributions to the construction industry along with his strong leadership abilities and integrity.
Thomas Comeau, CET '88, CEC '90
Executive Vice President and CEO, Commodore Builders
Tom Comeau is currently the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Commodore Builders of Boston, an innovative leader in the real estate industry. Commodore’s work spans multiple markets including Commercial, Corporate Interiors, Academic & Institutional, Life Science and Retail, and Hospitality. Mr. Comeau was born and raised in Boston into a family immersed in the construction industry. He attended BC High School, graduated from Wentworth with a degree in Civil Engineering, and earned an MBA at Northeastern University.
When he graduated from Wentworth, he was hired at Kennedy and Rossi, where he had previously worked as a co-op. He stayed with them for fifteen years, progressing through the ranks from field engineer to a corporate officer. Towards the end of his tenure at Kennedy and Rossi, the firm was acquired by Linbeck. As a VP with Linbeck/Kennedy & Rossi, Mr. Comeau assumed responsibility for client development and construction execution working mainly with clients in the biotech and institutional markets. In 2003 he joined Commodore Builders and is a founding principal.
Mr. Comeau is active in the community and has served on several boards of non-profit organizations that focus primarily on homelessness. He is also a member of the Construction Management IAB. He was elected to the Corporation in 2015. He has served on the Investment Committee of the Board of Trustees since November 2015.
Past Senior Vice President and CFO, PC Construction
Michael Corbett has over 35 years of experience in construction management, real estate, and financial services businesses serving as Chief Financial Officer for construction and real estate organizations in Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Phoenix. Michael is a senior financial and operations executive with a proven track record of execution, consistently establishing credibility with lending institutions, and increasing profits.
Michael most recently was the Senior Vice President - Chief Financial Officer of PC Construction, Inc. in Burlington, VT. During Michael’s tenure as Chief Financial Officer of William A. Berry & Son, Inc., Michael helped establish the William A. Berry & Son, Inc. Scholarship for women and minorities who were pursuing a construction management degree at Wentworth.
Michael was elected to the Wentworth Corporation in 2009 and served on the Wentworth Board of Trustees from 2009 – 2015. During this time Michael chaired the Audit Committee and served on the Budget & Finance, Investment, and Development Committees. Michael is a graduate of Boston College and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.
Mr. Corbett has been active in the community having served as a member of the Audit/Finance Committee of Care Dimensions (formerly known as the Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston) and former Chapter President and Board Member of the Construction Financial Management Association of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
William Creelman, BC '64
Past Vice President, A.J. Martini, Inc.
William Creelman is a past Vice President at A.J. Martini, Inc., a sixty-year-old Winchester general construction firm, which has since merged with Commodore Builders in 2012. He began his career at A.J. Martini, Inc. in 1964 as a field engineer and developed professionally at the company to become a Vice President. In 1988, he began working as a Vice President and Construction Executive at another construction firm, George B.H. Macomber Co. and later in the 1990s as a Senior Vice President at R.L Jeannotte, Inc., another general contracting firm. He later returned to A.J. Martini, Inc. in the position of a Vice President before his retirement from the company. He is a former Captain in the Massachusetts Army National Guard.
Mr. Creelman received an Associate’s degree in Building Construction from Wentworth in 1964. He also received a degree in Structural Engineering from Northeastern University. He served on the Facilities Committee of the Board of Trustees from 2008-2010. He was elected to the Corporation in 1988.
John J. Curtis, BCS '86
President, Curtis Construction Company, Inc.
John J. Curtis is the President of Curtis Construction Company, Inc., a construction firm in Stoughton, MA, specializing in providing construction services to private sector clients including schools, colleges, churches, and residential projects. Prior to founding his construction firm in 1998, Mr. Curtis was a Construction Project Manager and a Construction Superintendent with Corcoran Jennison Construction Company, Inc. in Quincy for thirteen years.
Mr. Curtis received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Fairfield University in 1984 and an Associate’s degree in Building Construction Technology from Wentworth in 1986. He has served as a Corporator at Milton Hospital and is currently a member of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association. He served on the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees in 2011. He was elected to the Wentworth Corporation in 2000.
Norm Deinha, EET '68
Past Engineering Planning and Management Expert, Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation, Bechtel Power Corporation
Mr. Norman Deinha has over forty years (40) of engineering experience in the nuclear utility industry including a strong technical background in engineering design and construction. His plant design experience includes considerable expertise in the sizing and specification of major equipment for both ac and dc generation systems. This includes transformers, cables, switchgear, batteries, and battery chargers. In addition, he prepared the specification for the diesel generator load sequencers. Mr. Deinha has also performed fault and voltage regulation calculations to ensure proper operation of safety-related equipment and systems under degraded grid conditions. Responsibilities included supervising support engineers, review of both wiring and raceway drawings, and resolution of construction issues associated with the Electrical Installation Specification.
Mr. Deinha has performed various technical assessments concerning different technical issues. The following is a sampling of the types of reviews performed:
As an NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) inspection team member for several Electrical Distribution System Inspections (EDSFI) including Arkansas, Waterford, Calvert Cliffs, Perry, Prairie Island, Millstone 2, Byron and Braidwood Nuclear Stations. These 6-week inspections emphasized the review of plant calculations for the sizing of various plant equipment.
As an EPM technical lead, Mr. Deinha developed and performed a Safety System Functional Inspection (SSFI) for several power plants. These inspections were intended to precede the actual NRC inspections in preparation for a formal NRC team inspection. These inspections were conducted on any of the mechanical or electrical safety-related systems.
As an EPM technical lead, Mr. Deinha performed an assessment to address the seismic adequacy of safety-related relays. This effort required the review of elementary diagrams for safety-related equipment to determine which relays performed an “essential” function. This information was collected and the relays were evaluated for seismic capacity using the industry-accepted methodology. The information was collected and entered into a spreadsheet complete with the final determination on seismic adequacy.
Mr. Deinha established the Mason Scholarship Fund at Wentworth. He received his Associate’s degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Wentworth in 1968 and his Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University in 1972. He was elected to the Wentworth Corporation in 2015.
Dana DeMatteo, BCS '83, CC '83, BUC '85
Senior Project Manager, Structure Tone
Dana A. DeMatteo has returned to Structure Tone in the role of Senior Project Manager. He previously served as Senior Project Manager at the Lee Kennedy Company, Inc. Prior to joining Lee Kennedy Company in 2012, Mr. DeMatteo was a Project Manager and Estimator with Structure Tone, a provider of full-service construction services for organizations in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Asia between 1995 through 2012. He began his career at Lee Kennedy Company, Inc. as a co-op student, which led to a position after his graduation from Wentworth between 1985 and 1995.
He received two degrees from Wentworth including a degree in Building Construction Technology in 1983 and a degree in Building Construction Engineering Technology in 1985. Mr. DeMatteo joined the Wentworth Alumni Association in 2003. He served as the President of the WAA and was an ex officio Trustee on the Board of Trustees in 2009 through 2011. He was elected to the Wentworth Corporation in 2011.
Scott Epstein, MDS '78
CEO and Founder, Boston Scott Company
Scott Epstein is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Boston Scott Company, a privately-owned business that incubates and develops, manufactures, and markets less invasive therapeutic and diagnostic radiology, urology, gastroenterology, neurology, and cardiology medical devices. Scott has formed Q Urological, a wholly-owned division of Boston Scott to develop and market structural and thrombolytic complications increasing patient quality of life and decreasing health care costs.
Mr. Epstein is active with several professional organizations: American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Plastics Engineers, American Society of Test Methods of which he is the Chair of the Ureteral Stent subcommittee, and American Association of Physicists in Medicine. He holds an Associate’s degree in Mechanical Design Technology from Wentworth. He has served on the Long Range Planning Committee of the Board of Trustees since November 2016. He was elected to the Wentworth Corporation in 2016.
Martin D. Guyer, MEP '64, DET ’12 (Hon.)
Founder, MDG Associates Inc. and MDG Associates of Connecticut LLC
Martin “Marty” D. Guyer is the founder of MDG Associates Inc. and MDG Associates of Connecticut LLC, nationally respected firms specializing in the design, implementation, and administration of employee benefits programs. He has over forty years of experience in the insurance and consulting industry and is well regarded within his industry. Mr. Guyer has extensive experience in the public sector with an emphasis on labor negotiations in the welfare benefit arena and has frequently testified as an expert witness in arbitration cases. He is often called upon by the media to make comments as an industry expert.
Mr. Guyer is a current/past member of numerous boards, advisory councils, and insurance associations including Connecticut Business and Insurance Industry Association (CBIA), ConnectiCare, Advisory Committee to the Connecticut Office of Health Care Access (OHCA), Connecticut Insurance Department Agent Licensing Task Force, Aetna, and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Connecticut. He is also very active in his community acting as president/past president of such organizations as the Connecticut Benefit Brokers (founder), Hartford Life Underwriters Association, Marine Corps Reserve Officers Association of Connecticut, the Point O Woods Association, Hartford Rotary Club, VIP House of Hartford, Inc., and the Greater Hartford Consortium of Group Homes, Inc.
Mr. Guyer received an Associate’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Wentworth in 1964. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and graduated with Honors from what Marty refers to as “The University of Parris Island.” He was selected to attend Flight School at the Naval Air Training Command in Pensacola FL and graduated as a Naval Aviator with a rank of 2nd Lt USMCR. He was subsequently deployed to the Republic of Vietnam as a Pilot in support of combat operations. In 1970, he was released from active duty and remained in the Reserves through 1991, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Mr. Guyer received the prestigious “Paul Harris Fellow Award” from the Rotary International Club for Humanitarian Service. He has been actively engaged at Wentworth and was awarded an Honorary Degree in Engineering Technology from Wentworth in May 2012. He served on the Investment Committee of the Board of Trustees from 2012-2015. He was elected to the Wentworth Corporation in 2012.
Tom Hamill, BCS '90, CMC '91
Tom Hamill is a Principal at Redgate, a multi-faceted real estate advisory, development, project management, and investment firm specializing in risk mitigation and value creation. Mr. Hamill has a concentrated focus on complicated real estate strategy, development, and implementation. He has significant experience in pre-development planning, financial underwriting, and owner’s representation on large complex projects.
Prior to co-founding Redgate Real Estate Advisors, Mr. Hamill spent ten years at Jones Lang LaSalle and Spaulding & Slye Colliers as a Senior Vice President with the Development Services Group. He led the firm’s most significant real estate projects including the redevelopment of Technology Square in Cambridge, BioSquare, and Northpoint.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from Wentworth in 1991 and his MSc from Clemson University and University College London in 1996. He is engaged in the Construction Management Program’s Industrial Professional Advisory Committee (IPAC). He has served on the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees since November 2016. He was elected to the Wentworth Corporation in 2016.
Dan Holzer, BELM '09
Process Engineering Manager, Evolved by Nature
Dan Holzer currently works as Process Engineering Manager at a green chemical company named 'Evolved by Nature'. At this Medford MA-based startup, Dan works to transition new products and formulations from R&D into Manufacturing. Previously, he was Sr. Mechanical Engineer and Product Owner at Shell TechWorks; a Cambridge-based innovation center focused on rapid technology development within the energy sector. During this time he worked on a wide range of projects including an artificial intelligence-based safety alert system, and hardware innovations for a fleet of electric delivery vehicles. Prior to this, Dan held multiple roles at a battery technology startup (Ambri Inc) and composites product development company (Ceradyne-Diaphorm). He holds several provisional and full utility patents for his innovative work at these t companies. Dan received a Bachelor of Science in Electro-mechanical engineering from Wentworth in 2009.
More recently, as a Senior mechanical engineer for Ambri Inc, Dan lead a small team through the prototype design and construction of several high-temperature energy storage systems. His current role is Sr. mechanical engineer with Shell TechWorks; a Cambridge-based innovation center that works on technology development in the global energy ecosystem. Dan’s current project work supports Shell’s hydrogen fueling business. Dan holds several provision patents and filings for his innovative work at these three companies.
Gary Johnson, AET '72
Principal, Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc.
Gary Johnson joined Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc. in 1977 and has been a principal of the firm since 1987. He is the current firm president and CEO.
Mr. Johnson applies his versatility as an architect and urban designer to a wide range of projects at Cambridge Seven. Mr. Johnson's interest in urban design is utilized on projects in the United States and abroad. With clients ranging from developers, hospitality corporations, colleges, private schools, city planners, and airport authorities, Mr. Johnson has strength in helping his clients communicate their goals to the agencies, residents, and project stakeholders.
In recent years, his role he has helped propel Cambridge Seven to the forefront of the hotel design, working with such operators as Hilton, Sheraton, Marriott, Starwood, Radisson, as well as independent hotels of distinction. His projects include both 30 Dalton, 215-unit luxury rental apartment building, and One Dalton a 61 story Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences tower, both located in Boston. Other projects include the recently opened Liberty Hotel in Boston, Charles Square in Cambridge, MA, the Hanover Inn at Dartmouth College, TBI River Villa Tower and Residences luxury housing in Bangkok, Thailand, and Logan Airport Hilton at Boston's Logan Airport.
Mr. Johnson's projects have been the recipient of numerous design awards and his work has been widely published. He has also been active in architectural education and has taught, lectured, and served as a design critic at Harvard University, Wentworth Institute, Pratt Institute, and Rhode Island School of Design. He received a Master’s degree from Harvard's Graduate School of Design, and undergraduate degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design and Wentworth Institute of Technology. He served on the Facilities Committee of the Board from 2011-2012 and the Investment Committee of the Board from 2011-2015. Mr. Johnson was elected to the Wentworth Corporation in 2009.
Sharon Jozokos, AET '92, CMC '93, LEED AP
Director of Healthcare Services, Columbia Construction Company
Sharon Jozokos is the Director of Healthcare Services at Columbia Construction Company, a third-generation construction management firm. With more than 25 years of experience in the construction industry, she is responsible for the oversight and expansion of Columbia’s Healthcare Division. Sharon started her career in 1992 at William A. Berry & Son as a Field Engineer and transitioned into the office to manage several hospital projects in North Africa. Sharon stayed at Berry through the 2009 Suffolk acquisition and departed Suffolk in 2016. Throughout her career, she has been involved with various complex projects, from small-scale renovations to $200+ million new construction projects. Her in-depth experience of various means and methods to implement projects and hands-on approach make her a great team leader.
Sharon’s extensive portfolio includes projects for Lahey Health System, Fenway Health, Hallmark Health System, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Maine Medical Center, and multiple hospitals in North Africa.
Sharon has her Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Wentworth Institute of Technology and her MBA from Boston College. She was named Woman of the Year by Wentworth in 2013. She is currently a Wentworth University Adviser, serves on the Wentworth CM Advisory Board, and is also a member of the Engineering Council at Mass Maritime Academy.
David W. Kruger, DET ’04 (Hon.)
Past Group Executive, Bank of Boston
David W. Kruger graduated in 1960 from Phillips Exeter Academy and in 1964 from Dartmouth College, with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish. He then joined the United States Army, Military Intelligence Branch, as a commissioned officer. For the next four years, he was stationed in various posts within the United States and served with the First Cavalry Division in Vietnam for the year 1967. He was discharged in 1969, the same year he began a twenty-seven-year career with Bank of Boston. Mr. Kruger retired from Bank of Boston in 1995 as a Group Executive and a member of the management committee. His expertise in commercial lending led to several promotions in the Bank, including Division Executive and First Vice President of the Transportation Division. His experience in international banking resulted in a six-year appointment as Senior Vice President and Regional Manager of the Bank’s Asia/Pacific Division. Upon his return to the United States, he assumed the position of Department Executive in charge of the Bank’s Specialized Industries Department. In this capacity, he oversaw seven specialty lending divisions, including Communications, Transportation, High Technology, Energy and Utilities, Insurance, Entertainment, and Health Care. Besides his advocacy for quality technological education, Mr. Kruger has a lifetime of leadership accomplishments in the business and civic communities, including Trustee and Chairman of the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston and Chair of the Exeter, New Hampshire Historical Society, as well as a member of several other not-for-profit boards. Mr. Kruger served as a Trustee on the Wentworth Board of Trustees from 1990 through 2014. He served as Chair of the Board from 2006-2011. He was elected as a Trustee Emeritus by the Board of Trustees in November 2014. Mr. Kruger was elected to the Wentworth Corporation in 1989.
Dan Lanneville, BCS '95, CMC '97
Director of Special Projects, Skanska USA Building, Inc.
Daniel P. Lanneville is the Director of Special Projects in the Boston office of Skanska USA Building Inc., one of the largest construction and development companies in the US with expertise in construction, civil infrastructure, public-private partnerships and commercial development initiatives. Prior to joining Skanska USA Building Inc. in 2008, Mr. Lanneville worked at Gilbane Building Company for thirteen years in many roles, most recently as a Senior Project Manager.
Mr. Lanneville received a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from Wentworth in 1997. He received a Master’s degree in Construction Project Management from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2006. While at Wentworth, Mr. Lanneville received the Wentworth Bowl, the highest honor a graduating senior can receive. He has served as Chair of the Golf Committee, Chair of the Fundraising Committee of the Construction Management (CM) IAB, and chaired the Wentworth Centennial Committee in 2004. He served on the Long Range Planning Committee of the Board of Trustees from 2008-2010. Mr. Lanneville was elected to the Wentworth Corporation in 2004.
W. Boyd Leslie, IEC '58
Past Vice President of Sales, MicroTek Incorporated
W. Boyd Leslie was the Vice President of Sales at MicroTek Incorporated, a company providing custom cable and wire configurations for equipment used in the medical, scientific and security industries globally. Mr. Leslie oversaw a sales engineer and sales associate responsible for creating and building relationships with a diverse client base. He is both knowledgeable and resourceful, with a range of professional experience as an electrical engineer, business owner, corporate manager and sales director. Before joining MicroTek in 1995, he owned and ran Connective Technologies, a company that manufactured electrical connectors.
Mr. Leslie received a degree in Industrial Electricity from Wentworth in 1958. He is a former member of Wentworth’s Board of Trustees and former board member of the Wentworth Alumni Association. Mr. Leslie was elected to the Wentworth Corporation in 1998.
Kathleen MacNeil, AET '81, AE '83
Principal, MP Boston
Kathy is currently a principal at MP Boston, an urban real estate developer. Kathy’s work primarily as real estate development manager has included several complex urban projects in Boston, most recently, the redevelopment of the Filene’s department store into a 1.4 million square foot mixed-use, office, retail, and luxury condominium tower rebranded, Millennium Tower/ Burnham Building.
Kathy is a LEED Accredited Professional. She has her Massachusetts Construction Supervisor’s License. She received a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from MIT Center for Real Estate and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Architectural Engineering. She serves as President of the board of directors for Historic Boston, Inc. a local preservation organization. She received the Boston Society of Architects Award of Excellence in 2016.
Irene McSweeney, BCS '83, CEC '85, CE '88
Director of Construction, Boston Water and Sewer Commission
A three-time Wentworth graduate, AAS in Building Construction, BSCET, and BSCE, Irene takes pride in her alma mater. She is also a three-time recipient of the President’s or Dean’s Award. Irene received her Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Irene started her professional career as a coop and then hired as a Design Engineer in 1985 at Allen & Major Associates, a consulting firm in Boston, MA. In 1987 she was promoted to Senior Project Manager, designer, and construction manager of numerous commercial, industrial, and residential projects, specializing in theatre complexes, office parks, and residential subdivisions. Irene obtained her Civil PE License in 1990.
Irene joined the Boston Water and Sewer Commission in 1991 as a Project Engineer, where she oversaw water, sewer, and drain replacement and rehabilitation projects valued at $500,000 to $2 million. Projects included the cleaning and cement lining of five miles of 48-in. water mains on Tremont Street and Brookline Avenue, water main replacement of 6- to 16-in. water mains and appurtenances, sewer rehabilitation of the South Boston Interceptor-Shotcrete lining of 72-in. sewer and sewer rehabilitation projects in Jamaica Plain and Roxbury valued at $10 million.
Irene was promoted in 1995 to the Deputy Director of Construction, where her responsibilities grew beyond project management to include scheduling for 15 inspectors and the technical review of six project managers. The sewer and drain projects put under her supervision were valued between $1.5 and $17 million.
Irene was promoted in 1998 to Director of Construction, where her responsibilities included oversight of a staff of 40 and an annual construction budget of 50-60 million dollars per year. She obtained her Grade 4D Water Operator’s License in 2008. During the last twenty years, she acted as the Project Manager for the Commission’s sewer separation projects which were mandated by a Federal Court Order and constructed in concert with the MWRA’s Cleanup of Boston Harbor. In December 2015, the court proclaimed that the court order had been met, a large accomplishment.
Irene is an active advocate for trenchless technologies through her work through the North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT) and the Northeast Chapter for NASTT. Irene became a NASTT Director in 1998 and remained on the board for many years. Irene was the 2003 Trenchless Technology Person of the Year.
In addition, Irene has been on the IPAC committee for the Civil Engineering program since the early 1990s and served as a Corporator for many years as well. She mentors students within the NE Chapter and has taught courses at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Irene has given numerous project presentations during her professional life as well as written papers for NASTT and AWWA.
John M. Milone, CHE '71, AE '74 P'11
President, Milone & MacBroom, Inc.
John M. Milone is President of Milone & MacBroom, Inc., one of the largest consulting firms in the northeast, which provides civil engineering, planning, landscape architecture, and land survey services. He continues to maintain project involvement in areas such as conceptual design, troubleshooting, and quality control. Mr. Milone has a diverse background in both civil and architectural engineering with extensive experience in private and public real estate development, transportation, and infrastructure.
Mr. Milone received an Associate’s degree in Civil Engineering from Wentworth in 1971 and a Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering Technology in 1974. He is the Vice President of the Board of Directors for Family Services of Greater Waterbury, Inc., and he serves as a Corporator of Naugatuck Savings Bank of Connecticut. He served on the Long Range Planning Committee of the Board of Trustees from 2011 through 2015. Mr. Milone was elected to the Wentworth Corporation in 2011.
Casey Nickerson, MDE '72, MA '74
Past President, Spinnaker Contract Manufacturing Incorporated
Casey Nickerson is the Past President of Spinnaker Contract Manufacturing Incorporated, a leading, New England-based contract manufacturer whose services range from turnkey manufacturing, PCB Assembly, custom wiring harness assemblies, mechanical assembly, and a full range of test solutions.
Mr. Nickerson received a degree in Mechanical Design Engineering Technology in 1972 and a degree in Management Engineering Technology in 1974 from Wentworth. In 1992, he was named New England Small Business Person of the Year by the New Hampshire Small Business Advisory Council. In his retirement, Mr. Nickerson is an avid sailor. He served on the Investment Committee of the Board of Trustees from 2008-2010 and 2015-2016, and he served on the Long Range Planning Committee from 2014-2015. He began serving on the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board in November 2016. Mr. Nickerson was elected to the Wentworth Corporation in 1996.
Edward O’Leary, AC '48, DET ’06 (Hon.)
General Partner, Development Associates
Edward J. O’Leary is a General Partner at Development Associates, a company that provides development, leasing, brokerage, and management services for all types of industrial and commercial properties. Mr. O’Leary has been one of the most successful contractors in Western Massachusetts. Previously, Mr. O’Leary was an owner of the O’Leary Company, a company he founded in 1955, which specialized in the construction of pre-fabricated buildings. He sold his interest in O’Leary in 1982, retired briefly, and then co-founded Development Associates in 1986. He served in the United States Army from 1943 through 1945.
Mr. O’Leary received a degree in Architectural Construction in 1948 from Wentworth. He has been an active member of the Wentworth Alumni Association. He received the Gold Leopard Award in 1990. Mr. O’Leary was elected to the Wentworth Corporation in 1994.
Adam Palmer, EE '09
Project Manager, J.M. Electrical Co, Inc.
Keith Peden, DET ’09 (Hon.)
Past Senior Leader, Raytheon
Keith served for 23 years as a senior leader at Raytheon Company, a $25 billion aerospace and Technology Corporation with 63,000 employees. Over the last 14 years, he was Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Security as well participating on the four-member operating committee which provided strategic direction and operational guidance for the corporation.
In his role at Raytheon he was responsible for architecting an integrated system of Leadership Development and succession planning that led to Raytheon being identified as one of the Top 25 Companies for Leaders globally. He worked to create a culture of Diversity and Inclusion that led to the acknowledgment of Raytheon as a best practice company and one that diverse employees would most likely seek to join. He and his team championed numerous industry pioneering Diversity efforts that shaped the culture and fostered equitable treatment for all.
Peden is an acknowledged leader known nationally for strategic thinking that leads to transformational organization change through the engagement of others in value-based initiatives. Committed to lifelong learning and the development of others he started his career as a teacher and coach before a 35-year career in business. His business career saw him work with four multibillion-dollar enterprises, including Lotus Development, Alexander & Alexander and Honeywell as well as Raytheon.
He is a member of the Board of Trustees for Wheaton College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Year-Up and a past member of Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. His education includes a B.A. from Western Michigan University and an M.A. from Eastern Michigan University. He and his wife Mindy have been married for 40 years and have three adult children.
He retired from Raytheon in 2016 and continues his Board work in higher education, as well as participating in an investment group supporting technology start-ups.
Mr. Peden received an honorary doctorate from Wentworth in August 2009. He was elected as a Trustee Emeritus by the Board of Trustees in November 2017. He was elected to the Corporation in 2006.
Janice E. Piccarini, P'98 (Parent)
Finance Director, Mass. Fire Prevention Inc.
Jan Piccarini was employed as the Office Manager for Baker Testing Services, Inc. in Rockland for 18 years before retiring in 2016. Working part-time for Mass. Fire Prevention Inc. in Rockland since 1984, Jan is the Finance Director and continues to work in this position.
Jan’s son, Michael Piccarini, was a 1998 Wentworth graduate in the Architectural Engineering program. After Michael passed away in 2004, due to a motorcycle accident, she and her spouse, Alan Smith, established the Michael R. Piccarini Scholarship Fund at Wentworth.
Every year the Piccarini/Smith family hosts a golf tournament to raise funds for a Wentworth student who is studying Architecture and has demonstrated financial need. The tournaments are always a success, and to date, they have raised almost $200,000. Originally the scholarship was awarded to one student for $1,000. Currently, three students are awarded $5,000 each.
Mike’s family named the Recreation Room in The William H. Flanagan Campus Center in memory of him. Jan was elected to the Wentworth Corporation in 2016.
Kenneth Roberts, P'86 (Parent)
Past Vice President and CFO, Foster-Miller, Inc.
Ken Roberts is a retired financial executive with over forty years of experience with public and private high technology companies. He has served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Foster-Miller, Inc., of Waltham, MA, which provides engineering services for corporate and government clients; Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Massachusetts Computer Corporation of Westford, MA, a manufacturer of micro supercomputers; and Senior Vice President and Treasurer of Dynatech Corporation of Burlington, MA, a diversified manufacturer of high technology instrumentation. Mr. Roberts was formerly Chairman of the Board of Candela Corporation and director of a start-up technology company. An Angel investor, he has served as a financial and management consultant to several technology companies.
Mr. Roberts received a Bachelor of Arts degree with High Honors in Economics from Swarthmore College and holds a Master in Business Administration degree from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. He served as a Trustee on the Wentworth Board of Trustees between 1997 through 2015. He was elected as a Trustee Emeritus by the Board of Trustees in November 2015. Since leaving the Wentworth Board, Mr. Roberts has been serving on the Facilities Committee and the Development Committee since November 2015. He was elected to the Wentworth Corporation in 1987.
Michael Santora, BAET '05
Founder and Principal, Crown Architecture and Consulting
Michael began Crown Architecture and Consulting in 2008 with a vision to create a vertically integrated architecture firm capable of solving many of the inefficiencies between ownership, third-party professional service providers, and city agencies. The firm’s success and evolution into real estate development has been grounded in Michael’s unparalleled knowledge of building code, zoning, and the inner-workings of municipal agencies, while remaining committed to the creativity, design, and brand identity of each project.
Michael has advised and negotiated on behalf of many of New York’s most active developers on real estate transactions totaling over three million square feet. He is currently the lead on a million-square-foot mixed-use tower in Downtown Denver, CO, which will be the tallest building in the State.
Prior to starting Crown, Michael was Managing Director of the Americas for M. Moser Associates, a global firm with 15 offices worldwide and 4,500+ completed projects to date. In this position, he oversaw all operations in the Americas, managed a design team out of Hong Kong, and helped close many acclaimed projects, including the first voluntary LEED Gold Office in NYC. His promotion was the youngest to a Director role in the company’s history. Earlier in his career, he learned the inner workings of the NYC development industry at AEC Engineering, a design/build engineering firm, where he assumed the number two position in the firm. In this role Michael was active in every aspect of the field: Design, Architecture/Engineering, Municipal Legalization, and On-Site Construction Management.
Richard Sheridan, S&DE '55, P'77 (Parent)
Past President and Owner, Gateway Equipment Corporation
Richard Sheridan is the Past President and Owner of Gateway Equipment Corporation, a company he founded in 1966 and operated until his recent retirement in 2012. Gateway Equipment Corporation operated primarily in the construction and mining machinery and equipment merchant wholesalers’ industry. Prior to starting his own company, Mr. Sheridan held several positions with Westinghouse Air Brake Company.
Mr. Sheridan serves actively in leadership positions with government, non-profit, and community organizations. Mr. Sheridan received his associate’s degree in Steam and Diesel Engineering from Wentworth in 1955. He pursued additional education and study at Merrimac College, Bradley University and Boston College. Mr. Sheridan served as a Trustee on the Wentworth Board of Trustees between 1998 through 2013. He was elected as a Trustee Emeritus by the Board of Trustees in November 2014. He was elected to the Wentworth Corporation in 1995.
Al Spagnolo, AT '70
Co-Founder, Spagnolo Gisness & Associates
Al Spagnolo, AIA, NCARB, is a Co-Founder of SGA, a full-service architecture, interior design, planning, virtual design and construction, and branded environments firm. With more than forty-five years of architectural and planning experience, he is President of SGA and provides design leadership for the firm’s significant design commissions. The firm’s highly regarded portfolio reflects his ability to balance design excellence with responsible pragmatism. Al is Partner-in-Charge of Biogen Idec World Headquarters | 225 Binney Street, Cambridge; a dramatic 500,000 SF mixed-use tower in Kendall Square for Alexandria Real Estate Equities; the Edgerton Performing Arts Center, Sacred Heart University; the Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security, Northeastern University; the Flanagan Campus Center, Wentworth Institute of Technology; Graduate Student Housing and mixed-use complex on the Providence River and the Mathworks Campus.
Mr. Spagnolo received an Associate’s degree in Architectural Engineering Technology from Wentworth in 1970, and a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture (cum laude) from Ohio State University. He is an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Urban Land Institute (ULI), Boston Society of Architects (BSA), and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). Mr. Spagnolo was elected to the Wentworth Corporation in 2011.
In addition to his design and business development responsibilities, Al strongly promotes environmentally responsible design with all clients. He promotes active staff participation in community affairs through Building Impact and the United Way. His volunteer role at Massachusetts General Hospital is further testimony to the firm’s deep commitment to giving back to one’s community.
Paul Weiss, EEE '85, EEC '87, EE '88
Worldwide Accelerated Value Program Leader for Internet of Things, CLM Products
Paul Weiss is the Worldwide Accelerated Value Program Leader for Internet of Things, CLM Products. Paul and his teams are responsible for assisting the largest worldwide corporations with the optimization of their IT infrastructure and software development process. Paul has held positions as Senior Manager, supporting Development, Unleash the Labs, and Performance Engineering. Earlier in his career, Mr. Weiss held positions as a Section Manager and Senior Developer at Boston Technology and as a Radar-Systems Test Director and Senior Technical Staff Member at MITRE Corporation.
Mr. Weiss received a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and electrical engineering technology from Wentworth. Mr. Weiss believes that the combination of Wentworth’s challenging curriculum and his participation in cooperative education experiences were key factors in providing him with the foundation for his overall success. He served on the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees from 2011 through 2015 and was reappointed to the Academic Affairs Committee in November 2017. Mr. Weiss has recently accepted the role as Vice Chair to drive the University Adviser’s Industry Committee.