Mech. Engineering Academy
The Mechanical Engineering Academy was set up to recognize people with outstanding representation of the mechanical engineering discipline.
William Schmitz (2009 Inductee)
Mr. William Schmitz graduated from the Mechanical Engineering department at RIT. As of 2009, he was Chief Operating Officer of Ultralife Corporation, which began as a battery company, and now offers products and services ranging from portable and standby power solutions to communications and electronics systems. Bill joined the Company in December 1999 as Vice President, Manufacturing, Primary Batteries, and became Vice President and General Manager, Primary Batteries in 2001 and Chief Operating Officer in 2002. Before this, Mr. Schmitz worked for Bausch & Lomb from 1985 to 1999 in several positions, most recently as Director, New Product Development in the Eyewear Division from 1995 to 1999. Mr. Schmitz has an M.S. in Operations Management from the University of Rochester and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Britta I. MacIntosh (2007 Inductee)
Ms. Britta I. MacIntosh graduated from the Mechanical Engineering department at RIT. At the time she was inducted, Britta was the Vice President of Business Development for NORESCO, LLC, Westborough, MA the nation's premier energy service company. She directs the sales and development staff to win, negotiate, and execute performance contracts in the Federal and Public Housing markets, with a focus on renewable energy projects. Britta holds the Professional Engineer's license in NY, MA, CT, ME, and NH. She is Past President and member of the Board of Directors of the Boston Chapter of ASHRAE. She is a frequent speaker and moderator at energy and engineering conferences and associations. Britta is a former volunteer firefighter, an avid cyclist and a triathlete.
Robert O. Frasca (2006 Inductee)
Rob Frasca has built extensive shareholder value in a publicly-traded company, and in venture-backed start-ups eight times! Frasca was a co-founder and CEO of GALT Technologies, one of the first companies focused solely on e-commerce. (Galt was sold to Intuit in 1995.) Rob's second company Wise Wire, an early-stage technology company with proprietary intelligent agent software for web based community-building and search optimization, was sold to Lycos in 1998. Post-acquisition, Frasca became Vice President and General Manager of Lycos.com. Some of Rob's other companies are: Internet Venture works (CEO), Affinnova (CEO), Viximo (CEO), Kaneva (COO), Khepera Group (CEO), and Drync (MD). Frasca earned a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business.
Michael G. Field (2006 Inductee)
Mr. Michael G. Field is the Vice President of Engineering for The Raymond Corporation, the market leader for electric material handling vehicles, headquartered in Greene, NY. Previously, Michael served as Vice President of Global Program Management for Brooks-PRI Automation in Chelmsford, MA, which led the semiconductor automated material handling industry with state of the art controls, vehicles and robotic solutions. Prior to that assignment, he was Vice President of Systems Integration at PRI Automation where he led their engineering systems organization. Mike began his career with Carrier Corporation in Syracuse, NY, where he had a progression of product development leadership positions in compressor design and manufacturing. He holds 4 US patents in compressor design. A graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Master of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Boston University and an MBA with a concentration in International Operations from Boston University. He lived and studied in Japan while attending the International Management Program at Boston University.
Dr. Charles W. Haines (2006 Inductee)
Dr. Charles W. Haines is Professor Emeritus of the Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics departments at RIT. Dr. Haines earned dual Bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and physics from Earlham College, and went on to earn his Masters and PhD from RPI. Dr. Haines has a long and distinguished career here at RIT, dating back to 1971. He has taught courses in mechanical engineering and mathematics throughout his career, and has played an important role in growing the mechanical engineering department into what it has become today. Dr. Haines has served RIT as a faculty member, as a Department Head (of both M.E. and Mathematics), as Acting Dean of Engineering, Associate Dean of Engineering, Assistant Provost, and as Associate Department Head of M.E. Since the beginning of his career, the ME Department has grown in size, depth, and national recognition. Dr. Haines has served as a reviewer for the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research, along with consulting to Xerox Corporation and conducting research at NASA Langley. Dr. Haines was responsible for developing and growing the BS/MS program in mechanical engineering, which became a role model for other programs around campus. Dr. Haines initiated, supported, and grew our international student exchange program whereby students from INSA, in France, study here at RIT, and students here are able to study abroad. Dr. Haines had a global vision of our ME department long before globalization was a household word.
Mr. Bart G. Guerreri (2006 Inductee)
Mr. Bart G. Guerreri is a 1967 graduate of Mechanical Engineering at RIT. Bart's career has been a full one, and he has a wealth of personal experiences to share. Bart's professional career includes experiences ranging from design engineering, to business trouble-shooter, entrepreneur, and inventor, to successful businessman. Bart Guerreri is a devoted husband and father whose thought provoking ideas continue to provide the Information Technology world with exemplary services, products and training. Bart Guerreri's creative innovations in broadband tele-communications played an integral part in the IT world's evolution. Following graduation from RIT in 1967, Bart went to work for Raytheon Company in Massachusetts, where he excelled as a design engineer and in program management for 13 years. He also worked at IBM's research laboratories in East Fishkill and Yorktown Heights, New York, on the advanced logic units for the IBM Mainframe computers.
Bart's creativity in development served the companies that he worked for very well, however, he needed to express himself on a more personal level so he left the Fortune 500 corporate world and started his own consulting firm, initially part time from his home in Framingham, Massachusetts in 1976. Bart was the only employee for three years as he worked in the field now known as commands and control. DSD Laboratories was incorporated on November 6th, 1978, and Bart remains there as President and Chairman of the Board today. In his early days at DSD, Bart designed interface systems for sensors, radars & satellites and their custom designed digital systems and displays. He would then add the custom software and hardware and plan out the usage.
Times were hard for Telecommunication entrepreneurs in the 1970's. After all, there were not that many computer savvy people, in fact, a very select few even endeavored to buy home computers. Keep in mind that this was long before the advent of the IBM personal computer. It truly took dedication and determination, not only from Bart, but also from his wife, Andrea, to nurture and support this start up company. Over time, Bart's company migrated into a prototype production company with DSD's first contract to design and manufacture a dual port memory system. Bart started production of this dual port memory system in the basement of his home while his wife recruited some of her friends to assemble the printed circuit boards. Ten people, including Bart, were producing the boards on top of sawhorses and plywood sheets in his basement. These systems garnered enough attention to warrant a published interview and feature article in Electronic Magazine. Two weeks following the appearance of the article, major interest sparked over 320 requests for technical information. As his company began to grow, Bart was busy developing and creating new products as well as writing and publishing articles. In late 1982 Bart began to develop a broadband Local Area Network (LAN) to enable the passing of video as well as voice and data thru the same cable buss. By 1983 DSD was growing with contracts. As the company gained momentum, word got out about Bart's latest broadband development and venture capitalists began to advise Bart of their interest.
To keep DSD focused on the projects at hand, Bart started another company in Westboro, Massachusetts, called Link Telecommunications, Inc. (LTI). LTI devoted itself exclusively to the development of LINKNET, a broadband local/wide are network system using buss interface unit (BIU) that would allow dissimilar computers to communication. Utilizing a broadband Cable TV based technology; LINKNET became a multi channel system capable of simultaneous data, voice and video transmission. LINKNET was so successful, that the House of Representatives and US Department of Defense adopted it. By 1984, with just over 50 employees, sales forecasts for LTI products were estimated to be in excess of $50 million by 1986. In addition, predictions indicated for the overall U.S. market for wideband networks would surpass $3 billion by 1990. LTI was fulfilling all of the stockholder's requirements and there was no way the venture capitalists could resist. In November, all the venture capital milestones were met, which triggered a second round of venture capital, funding for expansion. LTI was gearing up for a major market announcement and full production to commence in January 1985.
On Christmas Eve, 1984, at 2:20PM, Bart received the venture capital call that still rings in his ears today. The venture capital firm that had promised the January funding was going bankrupt, and Bart had to layoff all of his employees that very day. In the state of Massachusetts the CEO was personally liable for employee salaries. Bart contacted every company and investor he knew to offer for sale all of LTI's assets, including proto-types, designs, etc. Due to legalities, the company that bought Bart out will remain nameless, however, they became one of the largest suppliers of local area networking equipment in the industry.
With his assets sold and his employees paid, Bart came home from the office, put his children to bed, picked up the old shoe box containing all of his business and personal bills, and he and his wife began adding up the remainder of their debt. Bart found that he still owed over $273,000. Bart contacted every one of his suppliers, advising them of his situation and assuring them that he would pay every single dollar owed. Time dragged on as Bart was hit with 26 bankruptcy related lawsuits. On February 28, 1985, Bart declared Chapter 7 Bankruptcy closing the door forever on LTI. Two years later, with numerous consulting jobs, and working virtually seven days a week, sixteen to seventeen hours per day, and with the support of his Wife, Andrea, and employees from DSD Labs, all debts were paid in full. It was time to grow DSD.
That time in their lives evokes many memories for Bart and his family. Bart will tell you, however, that what is more important are the many lessons learned as a result of that experience. Bouncing back from bankruptcy in 1985, Bart led DSD Labs on to become one of the most successful and well respected IT firms in the nation, attracting federal government attention with it's ability to fulfill a contract above and beyond obligation and customer expectations. As DSD gained momentum, Bart branched off into locations throughout the US that specialized in specific areas like domain engineering, security engineering, system engineering and program management.
In 1999, Bart began to develop a new computer security company to address the growth of computer vulnerabilities. Bart incorporated "Backbone" security on September 11, 2000, and was able to bring the notably successful and accomplished computer security expert, Mr. Glenn Watt, to the team. At that time, it was obvious to Backbone, that there was a lack of highly trained computer security specialist in the United States. Not one school in America was training students in Security Engineering - Backbone quickly moved to fill that need, and developed and offered computer security courses. In 2000, Bart was named to the Dean's Committee for International Development at Harvard University's John F Kennedy School of Government.
By 2001 Bart garnered national notice and approval for Backbone's development of the nation's first Bachelor of Science degree in security engineering curriculum taught at East Stroudsburg University. That accomplishment was preceded by having the National Security Agency (NSA) evaluate and rate the qualifications and ability of his company to execute the NSA's assessment methodology. Many companies throughout the country were evaluated and most were rated as inadequate; in fact, only seven companies in the nation received a NSA approval rating and Bart's company Backbone Security is one of them. Bart received even more notoriety when, within hours of the September 11th terrorist attack, utilizing his company's secure virtual private network product, Ribcage®, Backbone, made a rapid response to the needs of the FBI, tightening and insuring cyber security by providing the FBI with secure links from it's intelligence sources to the Hoover building in Washington D.C.
In 2002 Ribcage(r), Backbone's Secure Private Network, won Bart honors as a security product of the year in one of the world's largest healthcare challenges for providing a HIPAA compliance solution for securely transporting patient information. He also received honors for Backbone receiving the "Company of the Year" award by academia's internationally renowned Association of University Research Parks (AURP) whose mission is to promote and support the development and operation of university research parks worldwide. In 2003, Bart proudly accepted security curriculum certification from the NSA and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) for Backbone's security training. Bart has been recognized with the "Entrepreneur of the Year" award, and holds over 30 patents and publications.
Recognized and honored for his contributions to his community and country, both philanthropic and as an active volunteer, Bart continues to play an integral lead role in the development of his community, of the IT world, and of his country. He is an adviser to the US Congressional Armed Forces Committee, a member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), The Board of Directors of The Kennedy School of Government - Harvard University, Association of Old Crows, American Electronics Association (AEA) and Security Affairs Support Association (SASA). He lives by the lessons taught to him by his parents and his life and he continues to give every task performed a quality of effort, believing a man is only as good as his word, and that a hand shake is as good as any written contract.
Mr. Jeff Bench (2006 Inductee)
GILBERT JAMES HATCH (2005 Inductee)
The first 2005 inductee into the ME Academy is a 1972 Bachelor of Science and 1980 Master of Science graduate of the mechanical engineering department here at RIT. Gilbert James Hatch was formerly president of Xerox Corporation's Production Systems Group. He passed away on August 26, 2004 after a long battle with cancer. Gil's wife, Bernice, his son, and daughter-in-law accepted the award on his behalf. Gil Hatch had a long track record not only of professional accomplishment, but also of service to the community. He was a member of the RIT board of trustees and of the Monroe Community College Foundation. He served as a board member of C-E-D-P-A, a non-governmental organization dedicated to empowering women in global leadership. He was awarded three patents in xerography and digital imaging. During his 35-year career with Xerox, Gil held a number of senior technical and general management positions in both the United States and the United Kingdom. In his last position, he had worldwide responsibility for high-end monochrome and color systems for the production publishing and transaction printing markets, including the DocuTech, DocuPrint, DocuColor and Nuvera product lines.
TED DIEHL (2005 Inductee)
The second 2005 inductee into the ME Academy is a 1988 BS/MS graduate of RIT who has been very successful in his career, has contributed to the Mechanical Engineering profession and is a positive role model for our current students. Upon graduation from RIT he spent seven years with Eastman Kodak as a Senior Engineer, investigating general non-linear, post buckling of extremely flexible structures for media support. In 1995 he received his Ph.D. from the U of R, where his thesis dealt with the Analysis of Non-linear NIP Mechanics with Hyper-elastic Material Formulations. After a brief period in "management' at Xerox Ted then joined Motorola, Inc. in Ft. Lauderdale, FL as Principle Staff Engineer. Ted is also a Co-Founder and President of Bodie Technology, Inc. which provides distinctive expertise deciphering complex problems in the fields of nonlinear structural mechanics and fluid mechanics. They are currently developing a Mathcad based toolbox designed to organize and analyze very large, complex data sets that occur in material law development, FEA analysis and system analysis.
GORDON TSENG (2005 Inductee)
The third 2005 inductee into the ME Academy earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1990 and his MSME in 1992. He is currently the Manager/Director of Sosuco Ceramic Co, Ltd, one of the major manufacturers of ceramic tile in Asia. The company was founded in 1991 and a recently announced expansion will bring its floor tile capacity to 20 million square meters. Its headquarters are located in Bangkok, Thailand.
STACY KALISZ JOHNSON (2004 Inductee)
This 2004 inductee to the mechanical engineering academy earned her Bachelor of Science and her Master of Science in mechanical engineering from RIT in 1996, and a Master's Certificate in Program Management from the George Washington University in 2000. After graduating from RIT in 1996, she went to work for Motorola Semiconductor Products in Phoeniz, Arizona where she participate in a year-long Engineering Rotation Program working in applications engineering for Sensor Products, in the MOS4 Powerfab, and in New Product Development for the Power Products division. She went on to become a project leader and package development engineer at the Motorola Digital DNA Laboratories in Tempe, Arizona until April of 2000. She joined Agilent Technologies in 2002, and began working for the Ireland Imaging Operations and Singapore Vision Operation from a base in Gilbert, Arizona. More recently, she has worked as Product Marketing Engineer, and is responsible for managing the world-wide market of solder paste inspection for the Ireland Imaging Operation. In addition to being very active in her career, Stacy is a role model for all of us when it comes to community involvement. Stacy was recognized in 2003 for "People Making an Impact", was voted "Phoenix Panhellenic Woman of the Year in 2000" and has received numerous other recognitions for her contributions to her community. She remains active in the Society of Women Engineers, the Alumnae Association, plays on three club soccer teams, and is a girl scout leader.
ROBERT L. SNYDER (2003 Inductee and Founding Member)
The founding member of the Mechanical Engineering Academy was inducted in 2003. Bob has made positive impacts on the lives of countless RIT mechanical engineers. He earned a BS in chemistry from RIT in 1956, and his Ph.D. in metallurgy from Iowa State University in 1960. He worked in industry for 6 1/2 years, and retired from the RIT mechanical engineering department after a distinguished career of 34 and 1 / 2 years. He was named as the Distinguished Alumni from the College of Science in 1979, received the Eisenhart Award for outstanding Teaching in 1979, and in the year 2000 was named the Distinguished Educator by the American Society for Metals. He serves on the RIT Alumni Board of Directors, and with his wife, established an endowed scholarship for engineering students at RIT in 2001. He has 2 daughters and 4 grand daughters, of whom he is right to be proud.