Class Notes September 2012

Paul A. Wlodkowski sent a great batch of news – you can too! Here are Paul’s updates: “I am a Professor of Engineering at the Maine Maritime Academy (MMA). At MMA I am also
the Coordinator for the Marine Systems Engineering program and hold an appointment to the graduate faculty at the University of Maine. I live in Ellsworth, Maine with my wife, Alexandra, and three children Roman, Leo and Mila. Alexandra is the Director of Dirigo Montessori School. My oldest son, Paul Jr., just completed his freshman year at the University of Maryland where he is studying mechanical engineering. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, cross-country skiing and biking with my family in nearby Acadia National Park. Rex Hamilton is busy teaching medical students, ophthalmology residents and fellows as an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA. Rex specializes in cataract and refractive surgery. Rex married a UC Irvine College of Medicine classmate, Maria, who is now an internist at UCLA. Rex and Maria have a wonderful son William who turned 7 this past February. Steve Huettner still works at SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation) in northern Virginia, designing and writing information security software. Steve has been married to wife Teresa since 1995, and they have two kids. In his spare time, he is often umpiring his 12-year-old son Will’s baseball games or cheering on 9-year-old daughter Caroline at her softball and basketball games. Several years ago, Steve entrusted his eyesight to the laser knife of Dr. Rex Hamilton, and is pleased to report that he can still see with 20/20 vision. After getting his PhD from the University of Virginia (UVA), Jeff Crandall joined the UVA faculty and is currently a chaired professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. He directs a research group known as the Center for Applied Biomechanics that investigates how the body is injured when subjected to impact loading. When he is not researching car crashes and sports injuries, he enjoys living in the VA countryside and spending time with his wife Anna and two sons, Spencer and Myles.”

Did you know that 121 of us list our career in the category of education? That’s 12% of our class (which edges out the 10% of classmates involved in financial careers). Some 88’s have made mid-career moves into education, as did Elizabeth Fee (known to us in Hanover as Betsy Apple). Elizabeth shared this update, “I am in my second year teaching 8th grade math. It is a total change from my high tech days in Manufacturing Operations, but I am really enjoying it!”

Congratulations to Al Samuels, who is apparently still very funny. He helped to write a short pilot that won Comedy Central’s competition in this category during the New York Television Festival. Let’s hope “The Venue” gets picked up so we can all enjoy it.

Looking for a good book? Kirsten Gillibrand has started an online book club called Off the Sidelines, to “get more women involved in the issues they care about.” See to join or view her reading list on the class website.

Cheers, -Jane (Grussing) Lonnquist, 4510 Drexel Ave., Edina, MN 55424,