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.” 


Laura Diehl-Crowl '45


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


Robert Aiken '52


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


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

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

MAJOR: Engineering Science

Thomas C. Litzler ’53,
MS '62


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


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


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)

Steve Hasbrouck '62

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

Joseph B. Richey II ’62


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 &

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.

Ed McHenry ’67,
MBA '71

MAJOR: Mechanical Engineering
OCCUPATION:McHenry & Associates/ Retired President

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

William Feth ’68

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

Marv Schwartz ‘68,
PhD '73

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

Arun Varshneya, MS'68, PhD '70

MAJOR: Metallurgy
OCCUPATION:Saxon Glass Technologies Inc. President

Larry Sears ’69

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


Kenneth A. Barker '70

MAJOR: Computer Science
OCCUPATION: Santa Claus and
Mellon Financial Co./ Retired- SR. VP Research

Glenn Ricart ’71, MS '73, PhD

MAJOR: Electrical Engineering/BS, Computer Engineering/MS

Francis Merat ’72, MS '75, PhD '78

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


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

Thomas Tribone ’74

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

Myra Dria ’76, PhD

MAJOR: Polymer & Macro
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
Energy Harbors Corp./Co-Founder & CTO

Andrew Wasynczuk ’79,
MS '79

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


Michael Zink '81

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

Tien-Li Chia MS ‘82, PhD '85

MAJOR: Systems and Controls

James McGuffin-Cawley, PhD '84

MAJOR: Metallurgy
OCCUPATION: Larry Sears and Sally Zlotnik Sears think[box]/Faculty Director

Jeffrey Duerk PhD '87

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

Enrique Conterno ’89

MAJOR: Mechanical Engineering


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

Sunniva Collins, MS '91, PhD '94

MAJOR: Materials Science & Engineering OCCUPATION: Case School of Engineering/CWRU - Associate Dean of Professional Programs

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


Alex Derbes ’00

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

Jim Kilmer '00, MSE '00

MAJOR: Computer Engineering
OCCUPATION: The Opal Group/Division Director

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

Arkady Polinkovsky '08, MS '10

MAJOR: Mechanical Engineering
OCCUPATION: Altran/Sr. Mechanical Engineer


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