Representing the engineering, science and math alumni and students of Case Western Reserve University.

PROFILES IN SUCCESS

 We’re proud of each and every one of our alumni but some stand out for their accomplishments, for their scientific innovations and inventions, or for their service to humanity. We invite you to learn more about these remarkable men and women. In these short videos, distinguished Case graduates offer insight into their extraordinary lives and times. Welcome to our “Profiles in Success.” 

1940s

Laura Diehl-Crowl '45

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MAJOR: Physics, First female undergraduate of the Case School of Applied Sciences

1950s

Robert Aiken '52

(d)

MAJOR: Mechanical Engineering OCCUPATION: DuPont, Retired/Group Vice President in Petrochemicals

Robert Corell ’56,
PhD '64



MAJOR: Mechanical Engineering OCCUPATION: Global Environment and Technology Foundation/Principal

WEN H. KO MS '56,
PHD '59

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MAJOR: Electrical Engineering
OCCUPATION: CSE/Professor Emeritus-Electrical Engineering

Thomas P. Kicher '59,
MS '62, PhD '65



MAJOR: Engineering Science
OCCUPATION: CSE/Professor
Emeritus-Engineering

Thomas C. Litzler ’53,
MS '62

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MAJOR: Mechanical Engineering OCCUPATION: C.A. Litzler Company

1960s

Roger Brockett ’60,
MS '62, PhD '64

MAJOR: Engineering Science
OCCUPATION: An Wang Research
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Russell Warren '60

MAJOR: Electrical Engineering
OCCUPATION: Edgepoint Capital Advisors/Managing Director

Lee Huff ’61

MAJOR: Chemical Engineering
OCCUPATION: Fibre Yarns & Fillers, Inc./Retired President

Carl Podwoski ’61

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MAJOR: Electrical Engineering
OCCUPATION: LG&E Corp./ Retired
Manager Project Development​

Walter Culver MS ’62, PhD '64

MAJOR: Electrical Engineering (MS),
Systems and Control (PhD)

Joseph B. Richey II ’62

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MAJOR: Electrical Engineering
OCCUPATION: Invacare Corp. 

President & Director

Donald Schuele
PhD ’63

MAJOR: CIT: PhD Physics,
John Carol University: BS & MS
OCCUPATION: CSE/CWRU Albert A. Michelson Professor of Physics/Emeritus

Thomas E. Baker ’64,
MS '66, PhD '68

MAJOR: Engineering Science
OCCUPATION: Atlantic Decision
Sciences, Inc. / CEO

Philip V. DeSantis ’64,
MS '66, PhD '70

MAJOR: Civil Engineering
OCCUPATION: DeSantis Engineering
Software Inc. / Retired President

Bill James ’64

MAJOR: Chemical Engineering
OCCUPATION: Proctor & Gamble: Retired Director Worldwide Research & Development; Director Food Product Development

Paul Stephan ’64

MAJOR: Mathematics
OCCUPATION: CWRU Lecturer, and
Director of Development, Case
Alumni Association: Retired

Clyde Walter ’64, PhD

MAJOR: Electrical Engineering
OCCUPATION: Iowa State University Professor of Transportation &
Logistics: Retired

Gerald "Mac" McNichols '65, PhD

MAJOR: Management Science
OCCUPATION: McNichols & McNichols,
Inc. / CEO

Paula Austin McNichols '65

MAJOR: Management Science
OCCUPATION: McNichols & McNichols, Inc. Treasurer: Retired

Robert Smialek ’65,
MS '67, PhD '70

MAJOR: Metallurgy
OCCUPATION: Applied Innovation, Inc. President & CEO: Retired

James C. Wyant ’65, PhD

MAJOR: Physics
OCCUPATION: University of Arizona
Professor Emeritus, Optical Sciences

Robert Herbold MS ’66, PhD '68

MAJOR: Mathematics-MS, Computer Engineering-PhD
OCCUPATION: The Herbold Group, LLC/Managing Director

Joshua Martin III ’66

MAJOR: Physics
OCCUPATION: Potter Anderson &
Corroon LLP/Partner

Grant Saviers ’66,
MS '68

MAJOR: Engineering/BS, Computer Engineering/MS
OCCUPATION: Retired Chairman & CEO of Adaptec, Inc.

Barry Romich ’67

MAJOR: Electrical Engineering
OCCUPATION: Co. Founder, Chairman and CEO Prentke Romich Co.

Thomas Esselman ’68,
PhD '73

MAJOR: Mechanical engineering
OCCUPATION: Lucius Pitkin, Inc./Principal, Former President of Altran of North America

Chung-Chiun "CC" Liu
PhD '68

MAJOR: Chemical Engineering
OCCUPATION: CSE/CWRU Wallace R. Persons Professor of Sensor Technology & Control, Distinguished University Professor,Professor, Chemical Engineering

Marv Schwartz ‘68,
PhD '73

MAJOR: Mathematics/BS, Computing and Information Science/PhD OCCUPATION: One Community/Chief Scientist


William Feth ’68

MAJOR: Management Science
OCCUPATION:
AESCO Holding LLC/Retired President & CEO


Larry Sears ’69

MAJOR: Electrical Engineering
OCCUPATION: Founder of Hexagram (now ACLARA WirelessTechnologies)

1970s

Glenn Ricart ’71, MS '73, PhD

MAJOR: Electrical Engineering/BS, Computer Engineering/MS
OCCUPATION:US Ignite/Founder& CEO

Francis Merat ’72, MS '75, PhD '78

MAJOR: Electrical Engineering
OCCUPATION: /CWRU- Associate Professor Electrical Engineering

KURT SWOGGER ‘72

MAJOR: Chemical Engineering
OCCUPATION:
Dow/Retired VP, CEO Biopact Cellular Transport

Thomas Tribone ’74

MAJOR: Chemical Engineering
OCCUPATION:
Founder and CEO of Franklin Park Inc.

Myra Dria ’76, PhD

MAJOR: Polymer & Macro
OCCUPATION:
CEO & President, Pearl Resources LLC

Susan Nagorney ’76

MAJOR: Mathematics
OCCUPATION: Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Cuyahoga Community College

Robert Gingell ’77

MAJOR: Computer Engineering
OCCUPATION:
Energy Harbors Corp./Co-Founder & CTO

Andrew Wasynczuk ’79,
MS '79

MAJOR: Electrical Engineering
OCCUPATION: Harvard Business School/Senior Lecturer of Business Administration

1980s

Michael Zink '81

MAJOR: Chemical Engineering
OCCUPATION: Citi-Managing Director/Retired

Tien-Li Chia MS ‘82, PhD '85

MAJOR: Systems and Controls OCCUPATION: Controlsoft/President

Jeffrey Duerk PhD '87

MAJOR: Biomedical Engineering
OCCUPATION: Provost and Executive VP/University of Miami

Enrique Conterno ’89

MAJOR: Mechanical Engineering
OCCUPATION: FibroGen, Inc./CEO







1990s

Joe Fakult ’90

MAJOR: Mechanical Engineering
OCCUPATION: Safron Power USA/Engineering Team Lead

Laura Flanagan ’90

MAJOR: -Systems and Control
OCCUPATION: Callaway Golf/Board of Directors, Core-Mark International/Board of Directors

Ram Fish ’95, MS '95

MAJOR: Computer Engineering OCCUPATION: 19 Labs/Founder & CEO


W. Todd Martin ’96

MAJOR: Mechanical Engineering
OCCUPATION: CapitalWorks, LLC/Managing Director

2000s

Alex Derbes ’00

MAJOR: Computer Science
OCCUPATION: Gilder Gagnon Howe & Co./Portfolio Manager

Fulter Hong ’02, MEM '03

MAJOR: Electrical Engineering
OCCUPATION: Google/Sr. Manager-Global Business Operations

Rebecca Hong ’03, MD

MAJOR: CWRU/College of Arts and Sciences
OCCUPATION: Pediatric Anesthesiologist/CS Mott Children's Hospital University of Michigan

Ian Charnas ’05

MAJOR: Computer Engineering/Mechanical Engineering
OCCUPATION: Sears think[box]/Director of Innovation and Technology

Hillary Emer ’07, MSE '07

MAJOR: Mechanical Engineering
OCCUPATION: Relias/Director of Strategic Programs, Business Analytics and Systems

Matthew Crowley ’08

MAJOR: Computer Engineering
OCCUPATION: Cyprus Lake/Co-Founder and Principal

2010s

Corey Wright ’11, MEM '13

MAJOR: Aerospace Engineering/Mechanical Engineering
OCCUPATION: DeveloCo/Project Manager & Salesforce Consultant

Stephanie Hippo ’16

MAJOR: Computer Science
OCCUPATION: Google/Senior Site Reliability Engineer & Manager

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