Industry Leaders Elected to Wentworth’s Board and Corporation

October 14, 2016

Industry Leaders Elected to Wentworth’s Board and Corporation

Industry Leaders Elected to Wentworth’s Board and Corporation

BOSTON -- Six new members have been elected to Wentworth Institute of Technology’s Board of Trustees, including nationally recognized leaders in the fields of construction, water purification, and green technology, the school has announced.

The Institute also announced the election of five new members to the Wentworth Corporation.

Members of the board of trustees have vital leadership and governing roles at the Institute, overseeing policy, planning, and the financial welfare of the school. Members of the corporation serve as key advisors to the Institute, helping— on a broad range of issues—to guide, counsel, and advance the work of Wentworth and its board of trustees.

“These new members join a distinguished group of industry leaders whose governance supports and advances the Institute’s overarching mission, which is to prepare and empower our students,” said Wentworth President Zorica Pantić.

The newest members of Wentworth’s Board of Trustees are:
Mark Bamforth is the founder, president and chief executive officer of Brammer Bio, a cell and gene therapy contract and development manufacturing organization. Bamforth previously founded and led Gallus BioPharmaceuticals. He has 22 years’ previous experience in the United Kingdom and United States running a diverse, global manufacturing operation and a pharmaceutical CMO business for Genzyme Corp. Bamforth, who began his career as a petroleum engineer exploring for North Sea Oil, serves on the MassBio Board and is a Saltire Foundation founding trustee. He has a B.S. in chemical engineering from Strathclyde University and an M.B.A. from Henley Management College. He is the father of a Wentworth student.

David Blittersdorf, MDE ’77, DET ’14 (Wentworth honorary degree recipient) is the president, chief executive officer and founder of AllEarth Renewables, a company that designs and manufactures grid-tied solar PV tracking systems. AllEarth Renewables manufacturers the dual-axis AllSun Tracker, a complete grid-connected solar electric system that produces up to 45 percent more energy than fixed rooftop systems, and which is currently sold in 30 states via a national network of dealer-installers. In 1982 when the wind industry was in its infancy, Blittersdorf founded NRG Systems, his first entrepreneurial venture, which grew into an internationally recognized leader in wind measurement technology.

In 2015, Blittersdorf donated $1.5 million to Wentworth to fund an endowed professorship at the Institute.

He received an associate’s degree in mechanical design engineering technology from Wentworth and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Vermont. He volunteers his time to organizations connected with renewable energy, education, and preparing for a post-peak-oil world. He is a member of several boards and advisory groups, including the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas – USA, the Union of Concerned Scientists, Renewable Energy Vermont, the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, and the SUNY-Canton Engineering School, among others. He delivered the summer commencement address at Wentworth in 2014 and received an honorary degree from the Institute. He was elected to the Wentworth Corporation in 2013, and is currently serving on the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees.

Peter J. Davoren, CC ’76, DET ’15 (Wentworth honorary degree recipient) is president and chief executive officer of Turner Construction Co. He joined Turner in 1978 and has held a wide variety of assignments in the delivery of the company’s work.

Under Davoren’s leadership, Turner recently gave Wentworth a $100,000 gift to increase female enrollment at the Institute and help women pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Turner has expanded its North American operations into Canada and Mexico, and has increased its presence in Europe and Asia. The company is a recognized leader in the delivery of green building projects and for the utilization of building information modeling tools. The company has also been recognized for its supplier diversity program and as one of the top 50 organizations dedicated to developing multicultural business opportunities. Turner has been recognized as a top 100 diversity employer and, in a survey of entry level employees, the company has been recognized as a best company to work for.

Davoren serves as a director of the Contractors’ Association of Greater New York and vice chairman of the ACE mentor program. He is also a member of the Columbia Engineering Board of Visitors and was named one of the 100 CEO Leaders in STEM by STEMconnector. Davoren received a degree in civil construction technology from Wentworth. He gave the commencement address and received an honorary degree at the institute in August 2015. He was elected to the Wentworth Corporation in 2015, and is currently serving on the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees.

Anil Jha, MET ’68, DET ’15 (Wentworth honorary degree recipient) is the founder and former chief executive officer of HydroNovation, a company that he launched in 2008 to develop environmentally conscious HydroDI water purification technology for residential and commercial applications. Developed under an exclusive license from global industrial water leader Evoqua Water Technologies, HydroDI combines the benefits of a water softener and reverse osmosis system, enabling customers to save water and energy, eliminate chemical handling and reduce waste discharge.

Jha sold HydroNovation to Taiwanese based Kemflo International in November 2014. He is currently chief technology officer of HydroNovation. He is also a business advisor to several technology companies.

Jha earned his bachelor of science in industrial engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and an associate’s degree in mechanical engineering technology from Wentworth. He received an honorary degree from Wentworth in April 2015 and delivered the spring commencement address. He actively mentors up-and-coming entrepreneurs through the local non-profit Imagine H20, and students in Accelerate, Wentworth’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center. He was elected to the Wentworth Corporation in 2015, and is serving on the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees.

Lawrence LaFreniere is the president of Electric Supply Center (ESC), a leading regional distributor of electrical supplies, distribution equipment, and fixtures, which he acquired in 1997. Over the past 20 years, LaFreniere has developed a vast knowledge of building, improving, restructuring, and executing turn-around solutions in the electrical distribution industry.

During his early career, he worked as a sales manager at All Phase Electric Supply and as a sales engineer at Westinghouse Electric Co. He participates actively in the Muscular Dystrophy Association and serves as a director on the Affiliated Distributors US Electrical Division Board. LaFreniere received a degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He was elected to the Wentworth Corporation in 2012, and is serving on the Facilities Committee of the Board of Trustees.

Sylvia Price, MAC ’89, is the director of strategic sales programs at Pitney Bowes Software Inc. She was the director of presales solutions at the company and was responsible for all presales services for Pitney Bowes Software across North America, including business solution architecture and solution engineering services. Price received a B.S. in manufacturing engineering technology from Wentworth. She previously served on the Wentworth Board of Trustees (1999 to 2014), and is a former member of the Wentworth Corporation.

The newest members of the Wentworth Corporation are:

Scott Epstein, MDS ’78, is the chief executive officer and founder of Boston Scott Co., a privately owned business that incubates and develops, manufactures, and markets less invasive therapeutic and diagnostic products for the medical device industry in the areas of radiology, urology, gastroenterology, neurology, and cardiology. Q Urological, a wholly-owned division of Boston Scott, develops and markets new technologies in the urological medical device field that reduce or eliminate infection while increasing comfort.

Epstein is active with a number of professional organizations:  American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Society of Petroleum Engineers; American Society for Testing and Materials; American Association of Physicists in Medicine; and American Society for Microbiology. He holds an associate’s degree in mechanical design technology from Wentworth.

Thomas J. Hamill, CMC ’91, is a principal at Redgate, a multi-faceted real estate advisory, development, project management and investment firm specializing in risk mitigation and value creation. Hamill has special expertise within the institutional and life science sectors. Additionally, he has significant experience in pre-development planning, financial underwriting, and owner’s representation on large, complex projects. Before co-founding Redgate Real Estate Advisors, Hamill spent 10 years at Jones Lang LaSalle and Spaulding & Slye Colliers as a senior vice president with the development services group. He served as the life science regional practice lead for all of Jones Lang LaSalle’s regional business units. He led the firm’s most significant real estate projects, including the redevelopment of Technology Square in Cambridge, BioSquare, and Northpoint. He received his B.S. in construction management from Wentworth, and is a member of that program’s Industrial Professional Advisory Committee.

Daniel M. Holzer, BELM ’09, is a mechanical engineer at Shell TechWorks, an open innovation program that brings together entrepreneurs and technology start-ups from outside the energy industry.  Founded in 2013 and based in Cambridge, Mass., its goal is to find faster, more cost-effective ways to deliver technologies that the energy industry needs. Before Shell TechWorks, Holzer was a senior mechanical engineer at Ambri.  Before Ambri, Holzer worked at Ceradyne-Diaphorm Inc., Diaphorm Technologies, and Electromechanica Inc.

Holzer is a 2009 graduate of Wentworth in electromechanical engineering.  Holzer, primarily through his family foundation, has supported Accelerate, Wentworth’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center. In early 2016, the foundation pledged $10,000 to establish the Holzer Family Capstone Project Fund, which seeks to inspire students to become sustainable engineers whose work focuses on mitigating an environmental problem and/or promoting sustainability. 

Janice E. Piccarini is an administrator of the business retirement plan for Baker Testing Services. Piccarini’s son, Michael, was a 1998 Wentworth graduate. After his death in 2004, Piccarini and her spouse, Alan Smith, established a Wentworth scholarship in Michael’s honor. They formed the Piccarini Foundation to raise money for the scholarship, which supports a Wentworth student from Weymouth who is pursuing a degree in architecture or architecture engineering. Gifts to the scholarship total $119,481. In addition to their support of the Michael Piccarini Scholarship, they have donated $12,705 to Wentworth. Of this figure, $10,000 went to the Michael Piccarini ‘98 Recreation Room in The William H. Flanagan Campus Center.

Frederick F. Raymond Jr., EEC ’86, is vice president of Electric Project Management and Complex Construction at National Grid, an electricity and natural gas delivery company.  He is responsible for the creation, delivery, management and governance of a fully integrated project management process that manages significant construction projects. Raymond has worked with National Grid, or its predecessor companies, since the mid-1980s. He graduated from Wentworth with a B.S. in electronic engineering technology and earned a certificate of industrial engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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