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James Devald (BS Chemical Engineering 1970) has retired from the Niagara County Health Department, where he was the director of environmental health since 1988. He started with the agency on June 1, 1970 as a junior engineer.

Hratch Kouyoumdjian, SE (MS Civil Engineering 1970) joined the University at Buffalo’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) Dean’s Advisory Council. He is the founder, president and CEO of the KPA Group, a well-respected small engineering and architectural consulting practice headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Norm J. Hirschey (BS Mechanical Engineering 1977) was elected to the board of the Engineering Society of Buffalo. He is currently a professional engineer at An-Cor Industrial Plastics in North Tonawanda, New York.

Richard J. Kotecki, P.E. (BS Civil Engineering 1977) received the Basinski-Wohler Distinguished Service award from the Erie Niagara Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE). He is the immediate past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers Buffalo Chapter and recently retired from the New York State Department of Transportation.

Joseph S. Frandina, P.E. (BS Civil Engineering 1978) received the Engineering Manager of the Year award from the Erie Niagara Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE). He is the director of construction management for the Buffalo Bills and his most recent project consists of overseeing the recent $130M upgrade to Ralph Wilson Stadium (now New Era Field).

Ronald C. Kraemer (BS Civil Engineering 1978) has been promoted to senior vice president of National Fuel Gas Company. He will also continue in his role as president of Empire Pipeline, Inc.


Richard Schad (BS Engineering Science 1969) passed away on July 25, 2015 at the age of 93. He was the vice president and chief engineer at Rigidized Metals Corporation for over 30 years.

Allen Scott Pleban (BS Aerospace Engineering 1987, MS Mechanical Engineering 1992) passed away on December 15, 2015. He was employed by the Navy to work on weapon systems in California and Virginia. He won two bronze medals in World Masters ski orienteering competitions, a winter endurance sport that combines navigation and cross-country skiing, often over extremely rough terrain. He was 51.

Gloria Koontz passed away on August 13, 2016. She worked in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences for 17 years, and retired in 1999 after serving as secretary to the chair of the Department of Computer Science.

Class of 2016: Off to a great start!

"I work with an amazing team of engineers and software developers in the Runtimecore team, which builds the core API for all the products Esri offers.”
Gela Malek Pour (BS Computer Science 2016), product engineer, Esri, Redlands, Calif. and former president of Scientista.

Joe Pace.

"I’m working in plant operations while also being trained in other facets of Praxair’s business including project planning and execution, plant start-ups or shutdowns, maintenance, project management, sales and planning.”
Joe Pace (BS Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 2016), Leadership and Technical Orientation Program engineer, Praxair, Deer Park, Texas. Joe is a former engineering clubs coordinator and treasurer for UB’s Student Association.

"I am working on a project to develop a mobile application for biomedical engineering technicians in developing countries to help them troubleshoot and repair hospital equipment.”
Katherine Czerniejewski (BS Biomedical Engineering, 2016), graduate student at Johns Hopkins University Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design, Baltimore, Md. and former president of Tau Beta Pi.

"I am responsible for the entire development life cycle of the Infotainment software, which includes the screen in the center console and the instrument cluster.”
Nolan Foster (BS Computer Engineering 2016), software engineer, General Motors, Warren, Mich. and former president of the National Society of Black Engineers.

"I am assigned to the Schenectady City School District School Capital Project, which is a $70 million multi-school renovation project. I am onsite every day working with the contractors to solve problems and manage the project so that it is completed on time, on budget, safely, and in accordance to the contract documents.”
Brianne Stasiak (BS Civil Engineering, 2016), field engineer, Turner Construction Company, Albany, N.Y. As a senior, she was the engineering clubs coordinator for UB’s Student Association, and as a junior, she was president of the Society of Women Engineers.

Brianne Stasiak.

"I work on large capital projects for the HVAC industry, specifying, selecting, and pricing pumps, heat exchangers, and other equipment as well as traveling to meet with contractors and engineers to discuss technical details of projects.”
Robert Pettitt (BS Chemical Engineering 2016), integrated project engineer, Armstrong Fluid Technology, North Tonawanda, N.Y. and former president of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Did you know?

Quadgen Wireless Solutions, located in King of Prussia, Pa., near Philadelphia, has been hiring our recent Master’s level graduates from the Department of Electrical Engineering’s communications and networking research group. At least nine graduates from the Class of 2015 have started their careers as network engineers and related roles at the company.