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The YSEA Award for Meritorious Service to Yale University: A Conversation with Elie Track and Joseph Cerro

July 29, 2021 @ 7:00 pm EDT

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Webinar – July 29th, 2021 at 7 pm EDT

The Yale Science & Engineering Association (YSEA), in association with Yale Alumni Association, is delighted to present the YSEA Award for Meritorious Service to Yale University to Elie Track Ph.D ‘88 in Physics and Joe Cerro ‘89 in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and hold a conversation co-moderated by James Lockman ‘89 and Luna Aguilar ‘24. The award is conferred upon a distinguished scientist or engineer who has given outstanding service to Yale University, or a member of the broader community who has given outstanding service to science or engineering at Yale University. Previous award winners include leading educators, advisors to United States Presidents, noted philanthropists, university presidents, and alumni volunteers who have helped to create an outstanding community for science, technology, engineering and mathematics at Yale.

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Elie Track Ph.D. ’88 received the 2020 YSEA Award for Meritorious Service to Yale University. Track 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 YSEA Executive Board 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 STEM initiatives.

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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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Luna Aguilar ‘24 is a rising sophomore and a prospective biomedical engineering major at Yale. Born and raised in Morristown, New Jersey, she has always been fascinated by the world of STEM. She served as the vice president of her school’s engineering club and attended STEM college programs every summer. At Yale, Luna is a co-founder of a mentorship program for underrepresented groups in STEM, connecting Yale undergraduate and graduate students of similar identities. She also serves as the Mentor Director for New Haven REACH where she mentors local high school seniors with their college applications and attending La Casa Cultural events. Currently she is serving as a YSEA summer intern and hopes to keep supporting YSEA in her undergraduate years and beyond!

James Lockman

James Lockman SY ’89 manages Adobe’s Enterprise Onboarding teams in the Americas, which builds and deploys integrations with core Adobe platform technology. James is an Adobe Founders’ Award winner, projecting the Adobe Core Values as a Scouts BSA leader, STEM Education advocate, and volunteer Game Announcer with FIRST Robotics. In 2019, he was named FRC Volunteer of the Year at the FIRST Detroit Championship. He lives in Maine, where he makes maple syrup each spring with his family.

Register for the webinar here.

This webinar has been brought to the Yale community by the Yale Science & Engineering Association, in partnership with the Yale Alumni Association Shared Interest Groups.


July 29, 2021
7:00 pm EDT
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