Ten Under Ten Honorees

Six RIT alumni have been name recipients of Harris Corporation’s Ten Under Ten award.

Harris Corporation, a leading technology innovator has 21,000 employees worldwide. The Ten Under Ten award honors emerging leaders — all within 10 years of obtaining their undergraduate degree — for their professional success and demonstrated leadership both at Harris and within their communities.

The RIT alumni honored are listed below.

Joanne Aquilino Downs ’08

Joanne Aquilino Downs ’08

Joanne Aquilino Downs ’08 joined Harris in 2008. She led the launch of a suite of Daytona Eclipse radio accessories, earning her high praise from senior engineering leaders. She earned her PMP certification in 2014 and served as president of Harris’ Young Professionals group from 2008-2013.

Marissa Fox ’14

Marissa Fox ’14

Marissa Fox ’14 joined Harris in 2015. She is part of the electrical engineering team that compiled customer feedback and made adjustments to a system she was working on to better align Harris with its customer. She is a member of the Black Leadership Council on AIDS, the Rochester Women’s Choir, the National Society of Black Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers. Fox assists in recruiting relations at Cornell and Howard universities.

Matthew Legere ’12

Matthew Legere ’12

Matthew Legere ’12 joined Harris in 2011. He leads monthly business reviews and compilation of numerous executive-level Harris presentations and strategic growth plans. He is also part of a team that conducts research to support IRAD portfolio management and is president of SERVE. Legere also founded and serves on the board of UR Veterans Alliance.

John McIntyre ’08

John McIntyre ’08

John McIntyre ’08 joined Harris in 2005. He has been issued several patents which have manifested into designs currently being used at Harris Corporation. As a subject matter expert in his field, he has hosted several lunch-and-learns and mentors several junior engineers. McIntyre has held multiple leadership positions at Northridge Church, including a seat on the Board of Trustees. In 2011 and 2014, he received a Harris Innovation and Division Cooperation awards for several product developments.

Diana Solt ’10

Diana Solt ’10

Diana Solt ’10 joined Harris in 2011. She led an initiative that consolidated several work flows resulting in a savings of $668,000 for Harris Corporation. She is active in STEM programs, provides outreach to local area high schools, and serves as the RIT campus brand manager for Harris college recruitment. She is also the recipient of the Harris Technology Team Award for cost improvement by integrating packaging creation into the product development process.

Christopher Tumminelli ’13

Christopher Tumminelli ’13

Christopher Tumminelli ’13 joined Harris in 2007. He has been an active contributor on several process improvement projects that led to savings exceeding $1 million and increased efficiency in several manufacturing processes. He is a board member for SERVE, an employee resource group focused on the needs of veteran employees and fostering relationships between veterans, first responders and the business. He is president of his local Parent Teachers Association, a board member for GiGi’s Playhouse, vice president of education for Assured Communicators Toastmaster Club, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Miracle Field of Greater Rochester. Tuminelli is also former president of the Flower City Down Syndrome Network.