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Executive Officers
Board Members at-Large
District Vice Presidents
Committee Chairs

EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

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Elissa Dunn Levy, President

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Milton J. Young, Executive Vice President

Gail Kalison Reynolds, Secretary

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Joseph Cerro, Treasurer

BOARD MEMBERS AT-LARGE

(Terms expire in years indicated in parentheses.)

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Daniel R. Delmar (2021)

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David K. Gonda (2021)

Jonathan Hartman

Jonathan Hartman (2021)

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Elie K. Track (2021)

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John L. Troutman (2021)

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Anita I. Kishore (2022)

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Staci A. Leisman (2022)

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Andrew Reardon (2022)

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Laurel Reitman (2022)

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John Siemon (2022)

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Kristine Budill (2023)

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John Frank (2023)

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Rick Koster (2023)

James Lockman

James Lockman (2023)

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Michael Rosenberg (2023)

DISTRICT VICE PRESIDENTS

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Connecticut District: Jeffrey Sherman Katz

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East Asia & Southeast Asia: Hahn Chou

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East Asia & Southeast Asia: Ming Jing

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Empire District: Christopher Carosa

Waleed Nasir

Metropolitan District: Waleed Nasir

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Midwest District: Bob Kunkler

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New England District: Ingrid F. Russell

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Pacific Central District: Patrick Chase

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Pacific Central District: George Chen

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Pacific Northwest District: Mark Hulak

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Pacific South District: Jason Rabinovitch

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South Central District: Milton J. Young

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Southeast District: James Baird, B.S. 1963

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Southeast District: Theresa Wang, B.S. 2001

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Mid-Atlantic District: OPEN

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Mountain District: OPEN

COMMITTEE CHAIRS

James Lockman

Communication & Membership Committee: James Lockman

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Communication & Membership Committee: John Siemon

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YSM Liaison: John Siemon

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Activities Committee: Anita I. Kishore

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Industry Committee: Milton J. Young

Nominations Committee: Gail Kalison Reynolds

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Awards Committee: David K. Gonda

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Science Fair Committee: Rick Koster

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Grants Committee (Individual Grants): Michael Rosenberg

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Grants Committee (Group Grants): John Siemon

Elissa Dunn Levy, B.S. 2009, President

Elissa graduated from Yale (Berkeley College) in 2009 with a BS in Physics (Intensive). She spent 8 years in the hedge fund industry in a variety of analyst, project manager, and senior program manager roles. By day, she is now a high school physics and computer science teacher in East Harlem, New York. By night, she is a mom, a yogi, a teacher workshop leader, and - of course - a proud YSEA board member.

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Milton J. Young, M.S. 1984, Executive Vice President

Milton Young, MS ’84 Chemical Engineering, is Executive Vice-President of YSEA, as well as Texas Division Vice-President. He co-founded Yale’s STEM Career Fair and DallasWEST, an event to introduce Dallas-area middle school and high school aged young women to STEM fields, education and careers. He is a board member of the Yale Clubs of Houston and Dallas. Milton directs procurement activities for Enerflex Energy Systems. He lives in Houston, TX.

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Gail Kalison Reynolds, B.S. 1978, M.F.S. 1981, Secretary

Gail Kalison Reynolds (MC 1978, BS Biology, FES 1981, MFS Forest Ecology), directs the Middlesex County Master Gardener Program and the statewide Master Composter program for the University of Connecticut, Department of Extension. She also represents the University of Connecticut in several biological control research projects with the University of Rhode Island. Gail retired from a 30-year career in technology, where she served in senior manager and strategist positions. She holds five information security industry certifications. Her interests include natural areas, Yale, and fitness.

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Joseph Cerro, B.S. 1989, Treasurer

Joseph Cerro '89 received the 2020 YSEA Award for Meritorious Service to Yale University. After graduating from Yale with a BS in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, he earned degrees in Cell Biology and Anatomy from Columbia University. At Bayer Healthcare, Joe was Head of Informatics, ran a genomics laboratory, and held leadership roles in several groundbreaking research collaborations. As a consultant, he helped to develop some of the healthcare industry's first smartphone apps and wearable technology concepts. Volunteering for Yale, Joe presided over the launch of YSEA's pioneering alliance with FIRST Robotics, helped to establish an endowed fund to support STEM at Yale and in the community, supported departmental accreditation efforts, and has been an enthusiastic supporter of 1stGenYale programs. Joe currently serves as Vice President of Information Technology at Mnemo Therapeutics, a Paris-based biotechnology startup.

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Daniel R. Delmar, B.S. 1973

Dan Delmar (Yale BS 1973, Stiles) is an angel investor, entrepreneur and a mentor of startups. He is the chief mentor and a board director of the Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of New York, living in the Seattle area. He was a strategy consultant (Bain, Accenture, and for more than 20 years, his own firm). Dan’s most recent corporate position was as an executive in IBM's Corporate Strategy Department for six years. Dan has been a board member of YSEA for more than 30 years, as well serving on other non-profit boards over the years.

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David K. Gonda, Ph.D. 1986

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Jonathan Hartman, B.S. 2009

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Elie K. Track, Ph.D. 1988

Elie Track Ph.D. ’88 came to Yale from the American University of Beirut. After earning his Ph.D. in Physics from Yale, he joined Hypres, Inc., a superconductor electronics firm, and became its President and CEO. Following Hypres, Track co-founded nVizix LLC, where he develops innovative high efficiency solar cells, and serves as its CEO. His superconductor work has applications in communications, high-performance computing, and quantum computing. Dr. Track served as a Professor of Physics at Fairfield University and at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Track joined the Executive Board of the Yale Science and Engineering Association (YSEA) in 1999 and has been a prominent volunteer in service to the Yale community. Elie introduced annual strategic planning retreats, transforming YSEA into a more proactive, disciplined, and forward-looking organization as well as helped develop a fund which today provides support for Yale student research projects, YSEA Science Fair programs internationally, and other Yale STEM initiatives.

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John L. Troutman, B.E. 1965

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Anita I. Kishore, B.S. 1999

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Staci A. Leisman, B.A. 1999

Staci (Mesher) Leisman, MD (SY 99, BA English Language and Literature), is an Associate Professor of Nephrology, Medicine and Medical Education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  In addition to seeing patients, she is a co-director of curriculum at the ISMMS and the course director for the Human Physiology course. Staci also serves on the editorial boards of the American Society of Nephrology Kidney Self-Assessment Program and the Journal of Chronic Kidney Disease, as well as on the Education Committee for the International Association of Medical Science Educators.

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Andrew Reardon, B.S. 2021

Andrew Reardon (Pauli Murray ‘21, BS Electrical Engineering) is a recent graduate from Yale and a proud member of the YSEA board. He helped spearhead the inaugural YSEA pitch competition and is a part of the grants committee. Andrew won a NASA grant in 2019 for his research in soft robotics. He is passionate about entrepreneurial thinking and innovation.

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Laurel Reitman, B.S. 1999

Laurel Reitman (JE ’99, BS Electrical Engineering) is a General Manager at Microsoft. Laurel joined Microsoft from DocuSign where she was VP of Product. Prior to DocuSign, Laurel held Product Management leadership roles at Adobe, Joyent, and Microsoft developing products and services across a broad range of cloud technologies. Laurel is passionate about helping to improve diversity and inclusion in the technology industry.

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John Siemon, M.S. 1990

John is a licensed Professional Engineer with engineering degrees from the University of New Hampshire and Yale. He holds over 50 patents in the field of information technology (IT) infrastructure. In 2013, John was awarded the Astin-Polk International Standards Medal for distinguished service in promoting trade and understanding among nations through the advancement and development of international standards.

John also enjoys time with his family, cycling, skiing, ice hockey and is a Former President of the Yale Science and Engineering Association.

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Kristine Budill, B.S. 1989

Kristine has seven years of teaching experience in the areas of engineering, computer science, math and finance. Prior to her role as an educator, Kristine spent over ten years working at a private equity fund that invested university endowment funds and contributions from high net worth individuals in medical device companies. She also served as the Director of Business Development at Haemonetics Corporation, where she was responsible for analyzing, negotiating, and managing corporate investments in new technologies and businesses. Her early career included a variety of technical and managerial roles at General Electric Aircraft Engines and ITT Fluid Technology Corporation. Kristine holds a NYS Teacher Certification from Manhattanville College, a master’s in Management Science from MIT Sloan School of Management, a master’s in Electrical Engineering from MIT and a bachelor's in Electrical Engineering from Yale University.

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John Frank, B.S. 1999

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Rick Koster, B.S. 1982

Rick Koster graduated from Yale (Berkeley College) in 1982 with a BS in Electrical Engineering. Rick started his career at Texas Instruments, followed by work at the US Army, Ikos Systems, Bytex Corporation and a couple of startups. Returning to Ikos systems in 1996 he is now at the Siemens Corporation as Ikos was acquired by Mentor Graphics which was then acquired by Siemens.  His career focus has been around the functional verification of Integrated Circuits.  Rick is currently the awards coordinator for YSEA. He is also the Dallas area Yale Alumni Schools Committee (ASC) director in charge of coordinating local admissions undergraduate interviews. Rick is actively involved in politics running for office in 2006 and 2010 and is also an avid workout and sports enthusiast.

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James Lockman, B.S. 1989

James Lockman BS ‘89 is a former President of YSEA. He manages Adobe’s Enterprise Customer Onboarding programs in the Americas. His team also develops software integrations that close gaps in creative workflows. James is an Adobe Founders’ Award winner, projecting the Adobe Values as a Boy Scout leader, STEM Education advocate, and volunteer Game Announcer with FIRST Robotics. He was the FIRST Robotics Volunteer of the Year at the Detroit Championship event in 2019. He lives in Maine, where he makes maple syrup each spring with his family.

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Michael Rosenberg, B.S. 1972

Jeffrey Sherman Katz, GRD. 1989

Jeff Katz is the Connecticut District Vice President of the Yale Science and Engineering Association. He is the Technical Leader of IBM Global University Programs. Prior to that he was the CTO of the IBM Energy and Utilities industry, and the Manager of the Computer Science department at ABB Corporate Research US. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and a member of both the IBM Academy of Technology and the IBM Industry Academy.

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Hahn Chou, M.E.M. 2004

Ming Jing, B.S. 1992

Christopher Carosa, B.S. 1982

If you don’t know it, Chris Carosa is a man who wears many hats. He’s written thousands of articles (on topics ranging from global finance to white cream donuts) and more than a half dozen books (focusing on anything from finance to history, including the true story of the origin of the world’s first hamburger). An astrophysicist by training, he not only founded our local newspaper – the Mendon-Honeoye Falls-Lima Sentinel – where he serves as publisher, but he’s also President of Carosa Stanton Asset Management and Chairman of the Board of Bullfinch Fund, Inc, a nationally recognized family of independent no-load mutual funds. On top of that, he’s a past-President of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and is on the Board of the New York Press Association. He’s served in various official capacities (including President) for the Yale Alumni Corporate of Rochester, where he’s presently acting as its YAA rep. A proud member of Davenport College, he graduated in 1982 after majoring in Physics and Astronomy. Given all this, he’s probably best known as the “Hamburger Historian.”

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Waleed Nasir, M.B.A. 2015

Waleed Nasir, MBA ‘15 is the Metropolitan District VP at YSEA, where his role is to foster collaboration and engagement within the community through events and webinars. For ideas and suggestions related to events and community engagement, please feel free to get in touch with him.

Waleed is a seasoned technology and product management executive and has founded several technology ventures. He serves on the advisory board of a number of accelerators and venture capital firms.

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Bob Kunkler, B.S. 1988

Bob is Vice President, Global Commercial Operations for Abbott Diabetes Care, leading customer facing strategy and operations.

He began his career with Abbott’s Diagnostics Division in July 1993 and has led Commercial Operations for Abbott Point of Care and Abbott Molecular. Prior to this role, Bob served as Divisional Vice President & General Manager for Abbott’s Consumer Diagnostics business.

Bob has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University and a Masters in Management (MBA) from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Bob serves on the Boards of the Yale Science and Engineering Association, the Yale Crew Association and the National Rowing Foundation, and is a member of the Yale Alumni Schools Committee.

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Ingrid F. Russell, M.Phil. 1985

Ingrid Russell is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Hartford and has been a consultant on several industry and higher education projects. Her research interests are in the areas of machine learning, data mining, and computer science education. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Connecticut Space Grant Consortium. Russell is well published in her areas of research and is the recipient of several honors and awards. Russell has been invited to speak at numerous national and international conferences. She has served in editorial capacities for numerous journal special issues and computer science conference proceedings and has chaired several conferences in her areas of research. She has served in several board leadership positions of national and regional computing organizations. She served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education, as Vice President of the Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society, and as President of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC). She is a founding member and first president of the Northeastern region of CCSC and since its founding has served as a member of its board of directors.

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Patrick Chase, B.S. 2014

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George Chen, B.S. 1977

Mark Hulak, B.S. 1987

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Jason Rabinovitch, B.S. 2008

Jason Rabinovitch is a Mechanical Engineer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology, where he works in the Entry, Descent, and Landing & Formulation Group. He will soon be moving to Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, NJ) to start as an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Prior to JPL, Dr. Rabinovitch received a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University in 2008, a M.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 2009, a M.Sc. in Fluid Mechanics from École Polytechnique (France) in 2010, and a Ph.D. in Aeronautics from Caltech in 2014. His PhD research focused on computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for hypersonic flows and ablation modeling, and since then he has been fortunate to work on a variety of different projects at JPL since starting in 2014. These projects have ranged from delivering flight hardware to the upcoming Mars 2020 mission, designing, implementing, and testing a low-density low-speed open jet fan-array wind tunnel for the Mars Helicopter, to developing a hybrid rocket propulsion system for small satellites. His current research interests span a wide range of topics related to experimental and computational fluid mechanics applied to EDL, vehicle design, propulsion, and geophysical applications. In particular, Dr. Rabinovitch's current work focuses on modeling supersonic parachute inflations in the upper atmosphere of Mars, and using DSMC simulations to look at hypervelocity sampling in the upper atmosphere of Venus for the Cupid's Arrow mission concept. Jason is originally from Toronto, is a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and plays goalie for the JPL ice hockey team “The Rovers.”

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Milton J. Young, M.S. 1984, Executive Vice President

Milton Young, MS ’84 Chemical Engineering, is Executive Vice-President of YSEA, as well as Texas Division Vice-President. He co-founded Yale’s STEM Career Fair and DallasWEST, an event to introduce Dallas-area middle school and high school aged young women to STEM fields, education and careers. He is a board member of the Yale Clubs of Houston and Dallas. Milton directs procurement activities for Enerflex Energy Systems. He lives in Houston, TX.

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James Baird, B.S. 1963

Theresa Wang, B.S. 2001

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James Lockman, B.S. 1989

James Lockman BS ‘89 is a former President of YSEA. He manages Adobe’s Enterprise Customer Onboarding programs in the Americas. His team also develops software integrations that close gaps in creative workflows. James is an Adobe Founders’ Award winner, projecting the Adobe Values as a Boy Scout leader, STEM Education advocate, and volunteer Game Announcer with FIRST Robotics. He was the FIRST Robotics Volunteer of the Year at the Detroit Championship event in 2019. He lives in Maine, where he makes maple syrup each spring with his family.

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John Siemon, M.S. 1990

John is a licensed Professional Engineer with engineering degrees from the University of New Hampshire and Yale. He holds over 50 patents in the field of information technology (IT) infrastructure. In 2013, John was awarded the Astin-Polk International Standards Medal for distinguished service in promoting trade and understanding among nations through the advancement and development of international standards.

John also enjoys time with his family, cycling, skiing, ice hockey and is a Former President of the Yale Science and Engineering Association.

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John Siemon, M.S. 1990

John is a licensed Professional Engineer with engineering degrees from the University of New Hampshire and Yale. He holds over 50 patents in the field of information technology (IT) infrastructure. In 2013, John was awarded the Astin-Polk International Standards Medal for distinguished service in promoting trade and understanding among nations through the advancement and development of international standards.

John also enjoys time with his family, cycling, skiing, ice hockey and is a Former President of the Yale Science and Engineering Association.

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Anita I. Kishore, B.S. 1999

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Milton J. Young, M.S. 1984, Executive Vice President

Milton Young, MS ’84 Chemical Engineering, is Executive Vice-President of YSEA, as well as Texas Division Vice-President. He co-founded Yale’s STEM Career Fair and DallasWEST, an event to introduce Dallas-area middle school and high school aged young women to STEM fields, education and careers. He is a board member of the Yale Clubs of Houston and Dallas. Milton directs procurement activities for Enerflex Energy Systems. He lives in Houston, TX.

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Gail Kalison Reynolds, B.S. 1978, M.F.S. 1981, Secretary

Gail Kalison Reynolds (MC 1978, BS Biology, FES 1981, MFS Forest Ecology), directs the Middlesex County Master Gardener Program and the statewide Master Composter program for the University of Connecticut, Department of Extension. She also represents the University of Connecticut in several biological control research projects with the University of Rhode Island. Gail retired from a 30-year career in technology, where she served in senior manager and strategist positions. She holds five information security industry certifications. Her interests include natural areas, Yale, and fitness.

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David K. Gonda, Ph.D. 1986

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Rick Koster, B.S. 1982

Rick Koster graduated from Yale (Berkeley College) in 1982 with a BS in Electrical Engineering. Rick started his career at Texas Instruments, followed by work at the US Army, Ikos Systems, Bytex Corporation and a couple of startups. Returning to Ikos systems in 1996 he is now at the Siemens Corporation as Ikos was acquired by Mentor Graphics which was then acquired by Siemens.  His career focus has been around the functional verification of Integrated Circuits.  Rick is currently the awards coordinator for YSEA. He is also the Dallas area Yale Alumni Schools Committee (ASC) director in charge of coordinating local admissions undergraduate interviews. Rick is actively involved in politics running for office in 2006 and 2010 and is also an avid workout and sports enthusiast.

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Michael Rosenberg, B.S. 1972

John Siemon, M.S. 1990

John is a licensed Professional Engineer with engineering degrees from the University of New Hampshire and Yale. He holds over 50 patents in the field of information technology (IT) infrastructure. In 2013, John was awarded the Astin-Polk International Standards Medal for distinguished service in promoting trade and understanding among nations through the advancement and development of international standards.

John also enjoys time with his family, cycling, skiing, ice hockey and is a Former President of the Yale Science and Engineering Association.

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