Alumni Accomplishments

Alumni Accomplishments

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Class of 2013

David Bassen - David was recently awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. The NSF received over 14,000 applications for the 2014 competition, and made 2,000 fellowship award offers. Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $32,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees (paid to the institution), opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education they choose. David is currently pursuing his graduate work at Cornell. 

Erin Barnes - Currently attending Temple University School of Medicine 

Matthew R Belina - Working for Soluxe Energy Solutions in Connecticut, working to get households to look at renewable energy to help conserve and reduce energy usage.

Chris Keil - Is working at Princeton University to improve software for DNA microarray analysis. 

Class of 2012

Tomasz Falkowski - PhD student in Ecological Engineering at SUNY ESF studying tropical forest restoration in Chiapas, Mexico

Class of 2011

Peter Ackerman - Medical student at University of Buffalo

Class of 2010

Ken Eng – "I am currently a graduate student in the biophysics, physiology and systems biology program at the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences."

Douglas Eggers – "I am currently employed as a process scientist at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals in Rensselaer, NY. I experiment with small scale bioreactors doing process development and mirror studies for the large scale production of FDA approved protein-based therapeutics."

Aryssa Hobbs – "I started working at Zimmer, Inc., a large orthopedic device company, in March 2011. I am a regulatory compliance specialist at their headquarters in Warsaw, Ind. When adverse events occur in the field (a knee implant fractures in vivo, a surgical instrument breaks during surgery, etc.) coordinators enter the information into our database and use a decision tree to decipher which cases need to be reported to the FDA and other international competent authorities. My position reviews each case to make sure that the coordinators, with the help of the decision tree, made the right call. And most importantly, making sure that reportable events didn't slip by as not reportable. I also correspond with the FDA and other competent authorities when they are suspicious of an event we reported and need more information/statistics/rationale, etc. to make sure that a recall or corrective action is not needed.

I really love it here so far, and still have a lot to learn to be able to take on my full job responsibilities. They have been sending me to amazing training courses; last week I was in Washington, D.C. learning about FDA recalls, corrective actions and device reporting. This month I will go to Boston to learn about quality systems regulations. I should also be going to observe live total joint replacement surgeries in the next couple of weeks. In the future I also plan on furthering my education through Zimmer's tuition reimbursement program but have not yet decided what I want to get my masters in."

Michael D. Tricario – "I graduated in May 2010 and got hired by Circonix Technologies ( in September 2010 as an office assistant but was promoted to software engineer in February 2011. Circonix is a systems integration company in the web manufacturing industry. I am responsible for learning how to program PLCs. The PLC allows the manufacturing process to be automated. I also have worked on human-machine interfaces (HMIs). These HMIs are generally touch screens that serve as operator panels for the machines. I design the user interface of the screens and program to communicate with the system. There is also some background programming involving C as well as Visual Basic.

Circonix Technologies' corporate headquarters is located in Ringwood, N.J. and has offices in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Being a consultant firm, our customers vary in size and location. We conduct business in over 40 countries. I'm currently in Wisconsin for my second project; my first was in Raubling, Germany. Our website is currently being redesigned by a fellow BE student, Julian Baldwin."

Terry Powell – "Currently, I'm working for IBM Microelectronics as a process engineer (Wet Chemical), starting July 2010 in East Fishkill, N.Y. The job ties into my knowledge of small scale systems, chemistry, statistics and basic physics from my time at BU."

Michael Vukovich - "Currently I am the Director of Marketing of Commercial Collection Consultants, however soon I will become an Administrative Assistant for a company called Bluewolf." (7-26-2011)

Class of 2009

Sheel Mehta – Associate practice consultant in program/project management at EMC Consulting, since September 2010.

Matt Arisohn – Matt received his MEng in energy systems engineering from Lehigh University and now works as an energy engineer with L&S Energy Services.

Ankesh Arora – Ankesh received his bachelors in bioengineering in 2009, and his master's in industrial and systems engineering with a concentration in healthcare in 2011, both from the Watson School. He is currently a research associate in healthcare management at UHS Hospitals. Among his accomplishments are:

Recipient of Southern Tier 20 in their Twenties Young Leadership Award (2011)
Research Project Assistantship & Full Tuition Scholarship, SSIE Department, Binghamton University (2009-11)
Faculty Student Scholarship, Watson School of Engineering, Binghamton University (2009-10)
Summer Internship, Cardiac Bioelectricity Research Group, Bioengineering Department, Binghamton University (2008)

Kristie Shirreffs – "I am still here at Binghamton and since completing the 4+1 MBA program, I have started my PhD in Business in the Department of Leadership and Organizational Behavior."

Laura Kinne – "Since graduating, I took post-baccalaureate classes at SUNY Buffalo for a semester, and after my classes were complete, I started working in research in the Physiology Department. My official title is "instructional support assistant", but I am basically a research assistant. I was also accepted to the masters program in Physician Assistant at Philadelphia University. I start the program this July (class of 2013)."


Class of 2008

Mark Joinnides – "I have worked with a strategy and marketing consultancy, Simon-Kucher & Partners since December 2010. I am also beginning my second year as Managing Director of my startup, China Your Way, which brings American high school students to Beijing for a four week language immersion program."

Danielle Barone – "After graduating from the Bioengineering program, I have been pursuing the Physician Assistant profession. I'm currently attending Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, and I'm scheduled to graduate at the end of this month with a Masters in Health Sciences for Physician Assistants. I have interviewed at Hospital for Special Surgery but I'm still waiting for their response. I'll update you at the end of this month and let you know where I end up starting my professional career."

Jennifer Spina – Jennifer is currently at the University of Maryland, pursuing her MBA. She will be spending the summer interning with Intel Corporation in Phoenix, Ariz.

Pierce Schiller – Pierce is a business development associate in the Office of Technology Development at Harvard University.

Josh Brandoff – Josh currently manages IT and application development at the Museum of Mathematics, the United States' only museum exclusively focused on mathematics. He received a bachelors in bioengineering and a masters in systems science, and has a background in biologically-inspired computing and machine learning. Josh recently co-authored a chapter of the forthcoming Bio-Inspired Self-Organizing Multi-Agent Systems (Springer/Computational Intelligence Series, 2011) describing "genetic stigmergy," a new swarm intelligence algorithm inspired by insects' use of pheromones to spontaneously self-organize and display collective behavior.

Passionate about education, Josh founded Binghamton University's first complexity science-based fair for children and has instructed engineering students in using advanced mathematical and computational modeling techniques to simulate complex social, biological and artificial systems.

At the Museum of Mathematics, he supports outreach events including the Math Encounters presentation series and middle school math tournaments in New York City and Long Island. He dreams that one day all students will realize that 'M' is the coolest letter in STEM.

Joshua Kay – "I am just graduating from Villanova Law School on Friday. In the fall (assuming I pass the bar) I'll be an attorney working in structured finance."

Kathleen Schauer – "Since obtaining my bachelors in bioengineering at Binghamton University, I was accepted into the Cisco Systems Associate Program in Raleigh, N.C. Upon completion of the program, I began working in New York City as a systems engineer for Cisco Systems. I enable Cisco's partnership with Verizon Business for the New England Territory."

Class of 2007

Nataliya Rozenfeld (née Davydova) – Graduated May 2011 from NYU College of Dentistry with a DDS. Nataliya will be starting a general practice residency at New Jersey Veterans Affairs Health Center in July 2011.

Adrian Granite – Graduated in 2010 from the New York Chiropractic College, Seneca Falls, N.Y. Owner/Chiropractor at Granite Family Chiropractic and Nutrition. Chiropractor at Revere Rehabilitation Center.

Shelia Saia – Shelia is a graduate student in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University. Since coming to Cornell she has assisted with a New York state groundwater quality study and is currently collaborating with researchers at Idaho University to develop an internet-based tool that will optimize agricultural management practices for a wide range of landscapes and climates across the country. Her PhD research will focus on understanding the linkage between soil microbes, hydrology, and the transport of nutrients (i.e. phosphorous) over the land and into the lakes and streams. Shelia's school webpage is:

Alda Mizaku – Alda is a scientific business analyst for Monsanto in St Louis, Mo since July 2009. She interacts with software developers, technical architects, business analysts, testers and support personnel to develop, deploy and support software solutions; conducts application usability studies to gather feedback from users; develops software platforms that enabled research and development efforts by working directly with scientists; works as a liaison with the research labs, and the information technology organization; and identifies opportunities by building systems solutions, and defined requirements for software platform development.

Jonathan Newman – Pursuing his PhD at Georgia Tech. See Jonathan's website at:

Hu Huang – Database Developer for the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital. The Ragon Institute is focused on creating a vaccine for HIV/AIDS. "I will be helping them maintain their core database and related applications," says Hu, who will also be starting a part-time MS degree in Computer Science at Tufts University this fall.

Adam Strong – Project Manager in the Global Support Services division of Red Hat Inc., in Raleigh, N.C. Adam says, "It's a fantastic and rewarding role that took me a long time and a lot of effort to achieve. On the road to getting here, I learned a great deal about the 'real world,' the meaning of hard work and how to persist through tough economic times.

Allison Moreno - Allison is a Biomedical Engineer for the U.S. Veterans Healthcare Administration Medical Center in Northport, NY. She functions as the technology manager for medical equipment systems. Allison works alongside the C-suite and clinicians, leads the planning process and assessment of new technology, assures regulatory compliance in the medical technology management area, investigates medical systems incidents, participates in training and education of technical and medical personnel, and ensures that the medical equipment is safe and effective. Other functions include financial or budgetary management, service contract management, and coordination of service agreements and in-house operations. Allison is currently attending SUNY Stony Brook and pursuing her M.S. in Technological Systems Management and is the Vice Chair for the Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society (EMBS) for the LI Chapter. (7/13/2011)

Class of 2006

Dene Farrell (November 10-2014 update) - Has published a paper in Nature, titled A positional Toll receptor code directs convergent extension in Drosophila, He is now at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC.

Earl Han - (March 27-2012 update) - Attended medical school at University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, located on the coast of Maine.  Earl was recently matched into an Orthopedic Surgery Residency program affiliated with Michigan State University.  During his time at medical school, Earl was also accepted into a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Anatomy and Manipulative Medicine which was a year-long program where he was a junior faculty at the University of New England and taught the Human Gross Anatomy course to first and second year medical students.

Natalie Rosenwasser – 3rd year of medical school at St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies

Suraj Balusu – Patent Attorney, Troutman Sanders LLP, New York City

Josh LeFevre – Software Engineering Manager, Gregg Engineering, Inc., Austin, Texas

Michael Brown – Co-founded with his twin brother, Life Cycle Solutions, Inc., a building energy efficiency consulting/contracting company. “Most of our work involves designing and implementing energy saving projects for small to medium commercial businesses (a lot of supermarkets), as well as comprehensive energy assessments of larger multifamily buildings. Along the way, I became a Building Performance Institute Multifamily Building Analyst (BPI MFBA),” says Michael. He adds, “I work regularly with several work force development non-profits in NYC that focus on training the next generation of “green collar workers. I typically function as a guest presenter of mentor.”

Tina Chang – Recently graduated from the Rutgers Biostatistics graduate program and will be continuing on into the PhD program at UMDNJ. Tina is currently employed by Novo Nordisk.

Ben Altman – Owner of JustBe Technology Tutoring


Last Updated: 11/10/14