alumni honored for career accomplishments
William H. Turri
'62 is RIT's Outstanding Alumnus for 2002. He received
this award and seven other graduates were honored as Distinguished
Alumni at a celebration Oct. 12 during Brick City Festival and
The Outstanding Alumnus
Award is given annually to a person who has excelled in serving
the needs of the RIT community. The Distinguished Alumni Awards
acknowledge the accomplishments of alumni in their career fields.
Turri, who retired
last year as president of Case-Hoyt Corp. after a distinguished
career in the Rochester printing industry, received a B.S. in
graphic arts from the College of Graphic Arts and Photography.
He serves on the RIT President's Roundtable, is a member
of the Nathaniel Rochester Society President's Circle and
is chairman of the NRS scholarship committee. Turri lives in Rochester.
In 1989, he and his
friend Peter C. Browne '64 established the Turri & Browne
RIT's 2002 Distinguished
Kenneth R. Bielenberg
'87(B.S., computer science), B. Thomas Golisano College
of Computing and Information Sciences. Bielenberg, who joined
PDI/Dreamworks in 1990, served as the visual effects supervisor
for the Oscar-winning animated feature, Shrek. In that position,
he provided both creative and technical supervision to the digital
artists who brought the big green ogre to the screen. He now is
working on Shrek 2. Bielenberg lives in the San Francisco area.
Sam Chebeir '96
(M.S., packaging science), College of Applied Science and Technology.
Chebeir founded Plastical Industries Inc. in 1978 with the invention
of the disposable automotive seat cover. In 1984, Chebeir acquired
Transamerican Plastics Corp. from Pillsbury and expanded the company
to become a major West Coast manufacturer of industrial, food
and medical packaging. He sold his shares in both corporations
in 2000 and serves on the board of the new entity that encompasses
both companies. He lives in Corona, Calif.
Gerald D. Pelano
'69 (B.S., business administration), College of Business.
Pelano is co-founder and co-president of Traditional Floorcovering
Inc., which provides contracting services to major homebuilders.
He also is a founding director and an executive board member of
Potomac Bank of Virginia. A resident of Fairfax Station, Va.,
he is active in community organizations and recently chaired the
$6.5-million capital campaign for Paul VI Catholic High School
Lee E. Berlik '92
(B.S., professional and technical communication), College of Liberal
Arts. After graduating from RIT, Berlik went on to earn his Juris
Doctor, cum laude, from American University's Washington
College of Law in 1995. He is a trial lawyer with Mintz Levin,
a 500-attorney firm with offices in Boston, New York City, Washington,
New Haven and Reston, Va., where he resides.
Jeffrey K. Harris
'75 (B.S., photographic science), College of Science.
Harris is deputy to the executive vice president of Space Systems
Co., a $6.8 billion business unit that designs, develops and operates
launch systems, ground systems, remote-sensing satellites, communications
satellites, ballistic missiles and missile defense systems for
military, civil and commercial customers. His previous assignments
include president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Missiles
and Space Operations, president of Lockheed Martin Special Projects,
and president of Space Imaging. Before entering the private sector,
Harris served in senior leadership positions for the U.S. defense
and intelligence communities. He lives in Arnold, Md.
Robert O. Frasca
'88 (B.S., mechanical engineering), Kate Gleason College
of Engineering. Frasca is CEO and president of Affinnova Inc.,
created to help companies develop new products. An Internet pioneer,
he was founder, chairman and CEO of Internet Venture Works; vice
president and general manager of Lycos.com; and executive vice
president of WiseWire Corp. From 1988 to 1994, he flew S-3B Vikings
for the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Forrestal
and was on active duty in Desert Storm. He lives in Newton, Mass.
W. Scot Atkins '92
and '89 (M.S., career and human resource development,
College of Continuing Education, and B.S., business administration,
College of Business), is being honored by the National Technical
Institute for the Deaf. Atkins, now senior vice president and
human resources officer for CSD in Sioux Falls, S.D., began his
career with Sprint-Relay Texas in 1992 and in 1995 became director
for the Lubbock Relay Center for the Sprint-CSD partnership. He
is involved in many professional and community activities and
serves as secretary for the Sioux Falls chapter of Sertoma, working
to provide funding for after-school activities for deaf and hard-of-hearing
For more information
about Reunion 2002, visit www.rit.edu/reunion.