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Alumni: Career Highlights

Michael J. Cadigan,  B.S. ‘79

photo of Michael J. CadiganMike joined IBM in 1979. He is currently the General Manager of OEM Microelectronics Systems and Technology Group. Mike has spent the majority of his career in the Technology Group where he held a number of executive positions including general manager of the Interconnect Business Unit, several site location executive positions, plant manager and engineering positions. The majority of his assignments have been in manufacturing and supply chain operations.  He holds several US Patents in the electronic packaging area. He is currently a member of UB Engineering’s Deans Advisory council.

Eric Hans Gassenfeit,  B.S. ’83, M.S. ‘86

photo of Eric Hans Gassenfeit Eric began his career in 1984 at CALSPAN Corporation working on electronic countermeasures and flight control systems. In 1988, Eric joined the General Motors Advanced Engineering Staff in the Powertrain Control System department and worked on the development of advanced automatic transmissions. From 1993 to 1998, Eric was the Leader of the Controls Modeling, Simulation and Analysis Technical Resource Center, which was part of the GM Powertrain Control Center. From 1998-2001, Eric was the Engineering Group Manager for Electronic Systems and Mechatronics, which was part of GM Powertrain Electronics Integration and Software. Eric’s group was responsible for electronic control system modeling, analysis, HWIL modeling and rapid proto-typing. From June 2001- May 2007 was the Information Officer for GM Global Powertrain Product Development Information Systems & Services. Eric was responsible for all IT systems, applications, infrastructure and support services used in Global Powertrain product development. In May 2007, Eric was appointed to the position of Global Director – Electrical, Controls & Software Information Systems & Services. Eric has global responsibility for all development / deployment of all IT required for the development of electrical, electronic systems for GM Global Product Development.

Mark Glauser, B.S. ’82, Ph.D. ‘87

photo of Mark GlauserMark Glauser, Professor at Syracuse University in Mechanical, Aerospace and Manufacturing Engineering, also serves as Director for Integrated Multidisciplinary Partnership for Research in Industrial Turbulence (IMPRINT), a consortium of universities, corporations and government agencies whose goal is to bring a modern understanding of turbulence and fluid mechanics to improving manufacturing processes in traditional New York state industries. Dr. Glauser was Program Manager for "Turbulence and Internal Flows," at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research for three years. He conducted research at NASA Langley Research Center as a Visiting Senior Research Scientist, as well as at the Laboratoire d'Etudes Aérodynamiques (Université de Poitiers, France) as a Fulbright Fellow and Visiting Senior Research Scientist. He is a Fellow of ASME, a member of the New York State Academy of Sciences, and an Associate Fellow of AIAA.

Robert H. Goldsmith, B.S. ‘51

photo of Robert H. GoldsmithRobert H. Goldsmith started his career at Allied Chemical & Dye and worked there for three years before entering the Army. In 1956, he began a 26-year career with General Electric Co. He started as an engineer and left as a corporate vice president, having had responsibility for the commercial aircraft engine and the gas turbine divisions. In 1984, Mr. Goldsmith joined Rohr Industries as senior vice president for operations.  He was named president and CEO in 1989, and then assumed the title of chairman in 1990.  Under his leadership, Rohr Industries grew to 273 on the Fortune 500 list, and captured 46% of the world market share for large aircraft nacelles (100-plus passengers). He retired from Rohr Industries in 1993, and continues to work with, and finance various “start-up” companies.

Zhou Ji, Ph.D., ‘84, M.S. ‘81

photo of Zhou JiUB Distinguished Alumnus Zhou Ji (Ph.D., 84, M.S.’81) was appointed Minister of Education of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on March 17, 2003, during the 10th National People’s Congress (NPC) in Beijing. Some 3,000 deputies of the NPC elected a new leadership under President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jinbao. Zhou had served as Vice Minister of Education since May 2002.

As minister, Zhou is a member of the State Council, or cabinet, of the PRC, the highest executive unit of state power and administration in the country.

Zhou will oversee the largest system of education in the world, serving more than 250 million students at the primary and secondary level and a rapidly growing number of students in higher education—now estimated to exceed 13 million. China educates 25 percent of the world’s students on 1 percent of the world’s education budget.
Zhou, who received his doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in 1984, was honored as a UB Distinguished Alumnus in April 1999 for his major contributions to higher education and the promotion of closer ties between China and the United States.

Before his appointment as vice minister under President Jiang Zemin, Zhou was mayor of Wuhan, a major industrial city in Southern China. From 1999 through 2001, Zhou was president of Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) in Wuhan, one of the top five technical universities in China. He was a professor in the School of Mechanical Science and Engineering and had served as the school’s dean from 1993 to 1999.

A distinguished researcher and prolific scholar, Zhou was elected to the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1999. His fields of expertise include computer-aided design, optimization design, intelligent design and manufacturing, and computer integrated manufacturing. He has directed many major research projects and has received four national research awards. He has authored or co-authored 11 monographs and more than 200 papers published in academic journals or presented in important international conferences.

Gina Lee-Glauser, B.S. ’82, M.S. ‘88

photo of Gina Lee-GlauserDr. Gina Lee-Glauser is an Vice President for Research, and Research Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Her area of expertise include Structural Dynamics and Control; Active and Passive Vibration Control; Learning Control; System Identification.

Dr. Lee-Glauser is responsible for the Syracuse University’s Research Services Enterprise to promote and support University’s scholarly activities through grantsmanship and compliance.

Her educational endeavors consist of the ABET Board of Director; Involved in undergraduate engineering curricular reform; Institution-wide interdisciplinary forum facilitator; promotion and support of Underrepresented Minority Students and Women in STEM. 

Catherine (Kitty) Pilarz, B.S. ’80

photo of Catherine PilarzSenior Director, Worldwide Product Safety, Mattel, Inc, responsible for safety policies for Mattel and Fisher-Price; Chairman, Board of Directors and Fellow of ASTM International, Vice-Chair of ASTM F15 Executive Committee; in 2010, she received the ASTM Dana Award in recognition of her commitment to children’s safety through development of global standards. Pilarz serves on numerous committees that oversee safety standard development for children’s products. She is a board member and past president of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO).


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