Class of 2016
- Xavier B: Research and Development Engineer, Procter & Gamble
- Joseph C: BME PhD student, Penn State
- Michael R: Data Analyst, adMarketplace
- Linjun Y: BME PhD student, University of Iowa
Class of 2015
- Sanjar E: Pfizer, Inc.
- Michael G: Engineering Project Manager at Sonic Blocks
- Sree K: Director of Engineering Research at BioElectronics, Product Development Engineer
- Jonathan R: Scientist, Oncobiologics, NJ
Class of 2014
- Ohad BarSimanTov: The 34-year-old from Tel Aviv, Israel, will receive his doctorate in bioengineering/electrical engineering this month after earning his undergraduate degree in 2007, and his master's degree in 2009. Both were in electrical engineering from Binghamton University. Explore Ohad's Story
- Ashley R: American Systems Corporation
- Arnab R: Postdoc, Department of Psychology, Penn State University
- Anthony L, BME: Intern at ZertrOZ, Inc.
Class of 2013
- Erin Barnes: Doctoral Student, Temple University School of Medicine
- Matthew R Belina: Soluxe Energy Solutions, Connecticut
- Nithin Kumar Dandamudi: SAP ABAP Developer, Atlanta, GA
- Amber Ferger: Graduate Student, Systems Science, Binghamton University
- Chris Keil: Software Improvement for DNA Microarray Analysis, Princeton University
- Wai Fai Lau: Technical Service Representative, Epic
- Spencer Lederer: Software Solutions, eClinicalWorks, a company that specializes in software solutions for hospitals and other medical practices, Boston, MA
- Wyman Zhao: Graduate Student, Computer Science, Binghamton University
- 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
- Kevin Buschle: Software Development and Print Production, Rochester, NY
- Noora Chaar: Doctoral Student, Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester
- Tomasz Falkowski: Doctoral Student, Ecological Engineering, SUNY ESF studying forest restoration in Chiapas, Mexico
- Mike Greco: Quality Engineer/Project Manager, Devon Medical Products
- Shane McIntyre: Healthcare Software EMR, Epic, Madison, WI
- Nika Ogievetsky: Doctoral Student, Materials Science and Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- Joe Perez-Rogers: Doctoral Student, Bioinformatics, Division of Computational Biomedicine, Boston University Medical Center
- Ariel Poser: R&D Associate Engineer, Global Packaging & Engineering Technology, PepsiCo Global R&D
- Elizabeth Thompson: Technical Support Representative, Eppendorf North America, a manufacturer of science lab equipment
- Aristo Wong: Graduate Student, Industrial Engineering and Systems Science concentrated in Health Systems, Los Angeles, CA
- Chun Wong: Technical Services, Epic, Long Island
- Tomasz Falkowski: - PhD student in Ecological Engineering at SUNY ESF studying tropical forest restoration in Chiapas, Mexico
Lauren Slomovich (Commencement Speech)
Good morning friends, family, faculty, and fellow graduates.
After today we all will be entering a very exciting yet intimidating phase of our lives. This bubble that we live in will disappear. I will no longer have my parents adding money to my meal card or my entire social network in a 5-mile radius. I know, it's depressing...there is a point to this though. I think we can all agree the security of college is quite comforting. So...while panicking about my future, I was asked to speak on behalf of the bioengineering department at the Watson Ceremony, and here I am. Luckily this speech has allowed me to put all of my experiences here at Binghamton University in perspective. I would like to take this time to remind each and every graduate here today how valuable Binghamton University has been in shaping who we are and where we will go. So...how did we make it here?
I can only answer this question through my own experiences. I came to Binghamton University as the shy girl. I walked into the classroom full of fear; professors were monsters and office hours were my worst nightmare. I believe the growth that my classmates and I have experienced over the past four years comes from the unique and powerful perspective that bioengineering has to offer. During the rough patches it may have seemed like bioengineering was just writing genetic algorithms with no coding experience, praying that Professor Laramee was going to answer your e-mails the night before the homework was due, Professor Land telling you the industry will eat you alive, reading Professor Sayama's code wishing we understood what it meant, being "more good" rather than "less bad" for Professor Catalano, doing Odyssey of the Mind skits for Professor Lesperance, or being told by Professor McLeod that "There are no problems, only opportunities". Today, as fellow graduates, bioengineering means much more.
Bioengineering is the power of collective intelligence; it is what binds all disciplines together, the collaboration and competition of individual components that interact and give rise to complex behavior. In a classroom setting we studied this phenomenon on a microscopic level; outside the classroom we experienced this phenomenon. There are 37 diverse individuals in our bioengineering senior class. Together we were challenged, together we worked on teams, and together we gave rise to powerful solutions. With this being said I would like to set the record straight once and for all, bioengineers are REAL engineers. We are different but equal; we are modern day engineers applying our knowledge of living systems to solve a wide range of real-world problems in areas such as healthcare, finance, sustainability, social systems, and the list goes on. I think I make my point.
Everybody here today is an individual agent. Today is the start of a new simulation for all of us. We shall leave Binghamton, each going down our separate paths. We will take with us the invaluable skill set that we have gained and we shall interact non-linearly to conquer the challenges that our world faces. In the words of Professor George Catalano, "the emphasis is on the verb 'do'. Don't think about it. Don't talk about it. Do it.
Congratulations senior class of 2012! We made it!
Class of 2011
- Peter Ackerman: Graduate Student, Medical School, University of Buffalo
- Rob Atwell: Dental Student, School of Dental Medicine, University at Buffalo
- Sree Koneru: Doctoral Student, Bioengineering, Binghamton University
- Bob Mart: Technical Marketing Engineer, Teledyne LeCroy
- Albaraa Salama: Project Manager, Epic, a leading vendor in enterprise electronic medical record database and software
- Michael Weinlein: Pharmaceutical Market Access Consulting
- Peter Ackerman: Medical student at University of Buffalo
Yann Ilboudo (Commencement Speech)
Welcome everyone and congratulations for making it to this day! I am sure most of you have said at least once so far: “WOW! These years of college were unbelievable!” Whether you spent much of your time in the library, like I did, or in the bars on State Street, like I did, you will never forget these college years. I am sure I won’t; I can still remember my first day here on campus. I was so excited to take classes at “the premier public university in the Northeast.
Having been born in Burkina Faso in West Africa, and grown up in Italy, coming to Binghamton University was like going to Harvard at a reasonable price. Plus, I was so excited to study in the United States, the country of opportunities so many people told me about. The country where if you dress like a monster, and the lyrics of your most popular song are “rah rah, roma roma ma, gaga ooh la la, I want your bad romance” (lyrics from Lady Gaga) you can be today’s most recognized pop singer. The country where football is played with your hands instead of your feet, and professional football players are gigantic human beings.
Going back to my first day on campus… it was the most memorable day of my college years. Everybody was so nice to me, I made many friends, and the campus was just gorgeous. But there is one moment that day that sticks out in my mind as the pivotal moment for me. It was the speech the president of the student association gave during the opening ceremony. I do not remember every detail of what he said, but I remember being moved and inspired by his words.
I also remember setting a goal that day to become the president of something, and to be able to speak in front of people the way he did. So, I worked at that. Needless to say, as an engineering student it was not very easy. I spent many of my nights and weekends studying and doing my physics, chemistry and engineering homework. Like most of my engineer friends, I called the library my second home because of the many hours I spent there. Still, I managed to join a few clubs and groups.
My favorite one was the Center of Excellence in Student Leadership (Xcel). There, I learned what it means to be a leader.
I learned that being a leader is not about being the one who speaks the most, but the one who listens the most.
Being a leader is not about delegating tasks to your teammates or your colleagues -- it’s about empowering them.
Being a leader is not about doing things better - - it’s about doing what’s right. Being a leader is not about showing off - - it’s about being authentic.
Finally, being a leader is not about the position you hold. It’s about the positive influence you have on the people around you.
So being a leader is easy; sometimes all you need to do is take the initiative to speak up when something is wrong, or to ask someone in difficulty if they need help.
Finally, you are a leader when you make meaning.
But what does it mean to make meaning? Well, you decide that for yourself. It could be by creating a technology that will save people’s lives, starting a business that will change the world, educating the generations to come, fighting for a cause or marrying your college girlfriend, but I know one thing for sure when you make meaning -- you will wake up every morning with a lot of enthusiasm ready to take on the world.
When you make meaning, you will go the extra mile and reach levels of success you never imagined you could reach before. Therefore, as you start your careers, or start a new degree or as you just go back home, think about how you will make the world a better place, think about how you will make your life more meaningful. Whether you decide to spend more time with your family, get married, or start a business or a new profession, do it in a meaningful way.
Now that I am graduating, I am sad to leave Binghamton University -- although I admit I am happy that I won’t have to deal with this weather any longer!
My parting message to you, the Class of 2011, is to be leaders, to take initiative and to make meaning.
I want to leave you with this quote one of my professor wrote on his syllabus: “Some people make things happen, some watch things happen, while others wonder what just happened.”
Which one are you?
Steven Nowicki (Commencement Speech)
Good morning everyone! I'd like to first extend a warm welcome to all of our families and friends who were able to join us here for this awesome day. A great big welcome also to all the faculty and professors who helped us get here. And finally, welcome and congrats to the Watson class of 2011! We did it!
The main thing I wanted for this speech was to present “Bioengineering for the Common Man”. All of the bioengineers here will get the subtle puns and nuances along the way, but what I really want is to share my experiences and what I learned with everyone else.
I also wanted to make this speech as memorable as possible, so I thought, how do I usually remember stuff? Well, the morning of every test or quiz I make a list of the first letters in all of the definitions I need and memorize them in some absurd, made-up acronym. And since that's always “worked” for me, I wanted to lay out this speech in pretty much the same way. So I came up with three different lessons that I've learned through bioengineering, but that really apply to all of us.
It may sound simple, because it's one of the first things we ever hear on the playground as kids; we hear it from our parents, our teachers, our babysitters. “Play nice”. But for me, it's come to mean so much more than it did when I was a 4-year-old on the swing set. In college, almost every project was a team project, and I quickly learned how important it was to get along with other people in your group; especially in our small class, where, odds are, you'd be working with the same people over the next few years. And once we're out in the real world, those same rules will still apply.
Acting presentable, and just going out and networking will play such a major role in our lives that they should be given top priority. As you travel through life, you're going to meet a lot of new kids on the playground of life, and playing nice may be the smartest thing you ever do. You never know when you just might need to call in a favor, ask for a recommendation, or need a friend to console you. So go out and meet new people! Make new friends! Because the more people you know on the playground, the better your kickball team will be.
Life is Complicated
We always need to remember to look at ourselves as more than just simple machines, because we are so much more than that. Especially when emotions come into play, everything gets a little more complex. Graduation is naturally a bittersweet event; we're saying goodbye to a whole group of classmates, professors, and all around friends who have shaped the past four years of our lives. Life changes, and instead of being afraid of all these changes, they should become something we embrace.
Life may be complicated, but life is beautiful! And when we look at our lives as a complex, beautiful, thing we become more than just the gears ticking in a clock; we become this organic, ever-changing system. And complex systems, although a lot harder to understand, are just a lot more fun than simple systems; there's just so much more to them.
And all of these thoughts about changes brings me to my last lesson:
Learn How to Deal with Surprises
Every day, we come across something surprising, something new; something that's changed since last time we saw it. As a quick example, I'm pretty sure my parents are surprised I'm up here at the podium because I didn't actually tell them I was giving a speech =] (Hi, mom) But even as we've gone through college, I'm sure we've all had these surprises.
Like these: Wake up and SURPRISE I have no idea where my dress shoes are for my presentation in 20 minutes. Or: You're leaving the library and SURPRISE it's pouring outside and you don't have your umbrella; which, in Binghamton, isn't really surprising at all. But as we go on after graduation to the “real world”, these surprises tend to get a little bigger and more daunting.
And even though these changes may seem a little scary, what I've come to realize is that they're always good. All of these unexpected circumstances give us the opportunity to show what we're made of. The more and more we face these changes, the more and more we'll be prepared when they come around again. So I implore you, go out and find new surprises every day! Don't just think about new things; try them! And yes, you may stumble every now and then, but FDR once said that “true success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm”. So even when you may feel like you're in the negative, stay positive.
The last point I want to leave you with is...never forget to surprise yourself; because when you do something that you didn't even know you could do, the possibilities are endless.
Thank you....and congratulations again to all the graduates!"
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, NJ 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, NY. 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."
Douglas Eggers (Commencement Speech)
"Good morning ladies and gentlemen, fellow graduates, family and friends.
I just want to begin by saying that it is nice to see that the Watson School of engineering, in keeping with the rich traditions of engineering education, is holding this ceremony at the earliest possible time on a Saturday...
I mean I guess if an engineer is going to be shaping the future, they may as well start the absolute first thing in the morning.
Yes, this speech is riddled with cheesy jokes, some famous quotes and definitely some clichés because, well, that's just the way I do things.
Seriously though, it is a great honor to be up here speaking to all of you on behalf of Bioengineering. I think that I speak for many, if not all of the students in our department when I say that Professor McLeod and the rest of the bioengineering faculty have provided us with a very unique (or as we like to say "Complex") perspective and a broadly applicable (or "Adaptive") skill set that I am proud to carry with me as I move forward from here.
I feel that this result is not exclusive to bioengineering either. Engineering in general provides us with the tools to sift through ambiguity, to address problems that have no definite answers, to continuously redefine the line that separates the impossible from the possible. We are the innovators of tomorrow, the ones with not only the knowledge, but the gumption to do the thing – and have the power. That's kind of a butchered Ralph Waldo Emerson quote.
What I mean is that as engineers we are not afraid to try, to experiment and perhaps most importantly to fail. My experience here at Binghamton University has shown me this. I also want to add that my experience programming autonomous robots really emphasized the "fail" part.
I think one of the things that makes education in an engineering field so special is that as students we are relentlessly challenged. It's like this high frequency, seemingly endless stream of projects, homework, tests and presentations that everyone in the Watson School experienced. It can be discouraging at times, but as you overcome the diversity of obstacles you face you begin to realize just how capable you really are.
It's tough, sure but the workload also generates a sense of camaraderie, a sense of mutual struggle that draws us closer to one another. We proudly trudge through the lovely Binghamton weather to hours of lab, lecture and discussion not just because we're up for the challenge, but because we know we’re not going it alone. The result, especially for our small group in bioengineering, is a set of friends and teammates that have shared that experience, that have helped one another through those impossible assignments, that have procrastinated, complained and endured alongside you.
It's not just the struggle that we've shared either, I like to think there's a few things we can laugh about too. Who remembers the first floor of the engineering building completely flooded with rainwater? Why isn't addressing that issue a senior design project? I mean I'm pretty sure that it'll rain like that again in Binghamton.
Poking fun at the facilities and the weather aside, this is one of the greatest public universities in the nation and we should all be incredibly proud of our accomplishment. Whether you are continuing on to graduate school, have a job lined up or like myself are going to explore the world, I wish you all the best and thank you all for sharing this time with me. In the words of the great inventor and innovator Thomas Edison – "Be brave as your fathers before you. Have faith! Go forward!"
Class of 2009
- Matt Arisohn: Energy Analyst, L&S Energy Services, Clifton Park, NY
- Vinny Chacko: Graduate Student, Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University
- Caitlyn Chiofolo: Associate Research Engineer, Philips Electronics North America, Briarcliff Manor, NY
- Kyle Fried: Surgical Engineering Sales, Proficient Surgical, New York, NY
- Kristen Greco: Graduate Student, MBA Fast Track Program, Binghamton University
- Dan Lin: Graduate Student, Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia
- Sheel Mehta: Production Planning Engineer, AIA Engineering, Ahmedabad, India
- Benjamin Murphy: Graduate Student, Adolescence Education-Biology, Binghamton University
- Kristie Shirreffs: Graduate Student, MBA Fast Track Program, Binghamton University
- Kara Sobieniak: Energy Engineer, TRC Energy Services, Ithaca, NY
- 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 master's program in Physician Assistant at Philadelphia University. I start the program this July (class of 2013)."
Matt Hoffman (Commencement Speech)
I stand before you today looking out upon my peers, friends, and fellow engineers. I speak before proud parents and family members, here to pause for a moment in reflection of our journey here at Binghamton.
While college is seen as a path taken for a degree and the pursuit of a career, it is so much more than that. College provides us with simple skills to further our development and be successful in our everyday lives. It is through these lessons that the simple question of "what is bioengineering?" becomes so much more complex. Bioengineering is not just the study of complex systems and emergent behavior. It is the study of your role in the world and how you will affect it.
Bioengineering is learning how to apply what you know in an innovative and new way.
Bioengineering is working more as a team and not just as a group.
Bioengineering is being ready for the unknown and embracing it.
Bioengineering is even at times, figuring out how to pull an all-nighter to get some work done...
We have all taken this path together, and through our department, we have found more than just a degree, we have found a community. Today we would like to thank our professors within the department there daily to ensure that this community was fostered in the classroom. For it is by this community, the lifelong friendships made and support present that this department becomes more than just a sum of its parts.
For us graduates, our lives are just beginning. As we look on towards our future, we are pursuing graduate school, professional schools, or even the start of our careers. It is through this department that a passion for our individual interests has been fostered. It is by this passion that I know that our success will become evident. I leave here with you knowing that there is no need to worry, for no matter what problems the future has in store, I know we bioengineers will only think of them as opportunities.
So, Congratulations Bioengineers and thank you!
Class of 2008
- Josh Brandoff: Graduate Student, Systems Science with Biosystems concentration, Binghamton University
- Katelyn Colacino: Graduate Research Assistant, Biomedical Engineering, Virginia Tech
- Michael Connolly: Process Scientist, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Rensselaer, NY
- Kathryn Fletcher: Graduate Student, Biomedical Engineering, Binghamton University
- Mark Joinnides: Graduate Student, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania
- Josh Kay: Student, Villanova University School of Law
- Maxim Ossipov: Laboratory/Research Technician, Vermont Cancer Center, University of Vermont
- Thomas Raway: Graduate Student, Biomedical Engineering, Binghamton University
- Brian Sanderson: Systems Engineer, Sensis Corporation, Syracuse, NY
- Kathleen Schauer: Associate Systems Engineer, Cisco Systems, Research Triangle Park, NC
- Nicolas Scuadroni: Field Engineer, Schlumberger Limited, Weston, WV
- Jennifer Spina: Engineer, Maryland Department of the Environment
- 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
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, NC. 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."
Danielle Barone (Commencement Speech)
When I was first asked to be the student speaker on behalf of the Bioengineering Department, I was extremely excited. Then I realized I actually had to write a speech. Well, here it is:
What is Bioengineering?
It is a question we as bioengineers have been asked a countless number of times. And I’m sure the majority of this room was just wondering the same thing.
I could answer it with the technical definition, by explaining complex systems and emergent behavior. However, bioengineering is so much more than just that.
Until recently, I thought bioengineering was just a major. It was pulling all-nighters for Craig, thinking like DaVinci for Catalano, using the word comprises for Leann, playing that game for Gause, training our computers for Walker, repeating the same lab over and over for Jacques, shutting the blinds for Hiroki, removing the word "problem" from our vocabulary for McLeod and lastly, defending our intelligence to the mechanical engineers.
But now, as a graduate, I have come to the realization that bioengineering is about embracing opportunities. It is not being afraid of change. It is understanding the importance of the unexpected and the unknown. And, most of all, it's about recognizing that life is unpredictable.
Today I stand before you as a graduate of Binghamton University, but who knows where I will be tomorrow?
In the words of the girls from 61 Oak Street: YOLO -- You only live once.
Congratulation to the Class of 2008!
Thank you, everyone!
Class of 2007
- Laura Baron (nee Cossean): Manufacturing Facilitator/Supervisor, Merck Pharmaceuticals, West Point, PA
- Daniel Dauer: Development Programmer, Medical Information Technology, Canton, MA
- Nataliya Davydova: Dental Student, College of Dentistry, New York University
- Adrian Granite: Student, New York Chiropractic College
- Swati Gupta: Graduate Student, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University & Radiology, Northwestern Medical School
- Hu Huang: Database Developer, Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard, Charlestown, MA
- Michael Joseph: Service Desk Express Consultant, Column Technologies, Inc., New York, NY
- Richard Kan: Environmental Engineer, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, New York, NY
- Daniel Kinney: Medical Student, SUNY Upstate Medical University
- Rahul Kumar: BioAutomation Specialist, Broad Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
- Angela Love: Medical Student, St. George's University
- Christopher Mamrosh: Pharmaceutical Analyst, Strategy and Analytics, Decision Resources, Waltham, MA
- Ashley Raba (nee McBride): Graduate Student, Biomedical Engineering, Binghamton University
- Alda Mizaku: Scientific Business Analyst, Monsanto, St. Louis, MO (formerly Graduate Student, Biomedical Engineering, Binghamton University; received a Clark Fellowship for graduate studies)
- Allison Moreno: Biomedical Engineer, Department of Veterans Affairs, Northport, NY
- Jon Newman: Graduate Student, Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology; received NSF Graduate Research and IGERT Fellowships for graduate studies.
- Adi Perry: Account Executive, DKI Direct, Montvale, NJ
- Mary Pulla: Graduate Student, Biomaterials Science, New York University
- Sheila Saia: Graduate Student, Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University
- 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, NY. 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.
- 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.
- 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, NC. 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 MS in Technological Systems Management and is the Vice Chair for the Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society (EMBS) for the LI Chapter.
Jonathan P. Newman (Commencement Speech)
I am especially honored to stand before you today, because I represent the talent and dedication of this graduating class as well as the faculty of the Bioengineering Department at Binghamton. Although I could ramble through a synopsis of the past four years, of how hard we have worked and all the things we have learned, I won't. Instead, I would like to speak of something that doesn't often manifest within a competitive technical program, but that I found in this department and that every bioengineer in this class holds dear.
The dedicated friendships and strong community which have evolved over the past four years between the students and the faculty in our fledgling department provide a good explanation of the growth and success of this graduating class. Although graduation represents a great personal triumph, I truly believe that the feeling of accomplishment among the BioE graduates is greatly vested in the achievement of the community as a whole. Speaking personally, I know that without the insight and thoughtfulness I have found in my peers and professors, I would never have grown to love this line of study and knowledge.
So firstly, on behalf of the BioE graduates here today, I would like to offer heartfelt thanks to the BE staff and faculty who have toiled to produce such an outstanding undergraduate education. We thank Ellen, Nick, Guru, Mike, Hiroki, Leann, Craig, Don, Jacques, Ken and Walker for the care and passion for teaching so evident in their everyday conduct.
Finally, and most importantly, I would like to state my utmost appreciation and admiration for my peers. With such a passionate and unique group of students, it is no wonder why the last four years have been marked with such creativity and why our innovative department has already begun to carve an indelible mark in the world of bioengineering education. Working with this group allowed even the hardest and most tedious tasks to be enjoyable, and for this, I am so grateful. We have worked together, helped one another, and complained together, and finally, we have truly succeeded together as the second graduating bioengineering class at Binghamton University.
As my good friend Brendan says constantly, "Keep it real and don't let the man get you down." Congratulations bioengineers.
Class of 2006
- Giya Abraham: Graduate Student, Biomedical Engineering, City College of New York
- Benjamin Altman: President, JustBe Technology, Queens, NY
- Elliot Alyeshmerni: Financial Restatement and Remediation Consultant, Protiviti, New York, NY
- Suraj Balusu: Student, University of Virginia School of Law
- Zenon Borys: High school math teacher, New York, NY
- Michael Brown: Environmental Engineering Analyst, Impact Environmental Consulting, New York, NY
- Tina Chang: Chromocell Corporation, North Brunswick, NJ / Graduate Student, Statistics & Biostatistics, Rutgers University
- William Erdman: Traffic Engineer, Wiley Engineering, P.C., Hauppauge, NY
- Dene Farrell: Graduate Student, Systems Science with Biosystems concentration, Binghamton University
- Earl Han: Medical Student, University of New England
- Joshua LeFevre: Software Engineer, Gregg Engineering, Inc., Woodlands, TX
- Mike Lever: Student, Seton Hall University School of Law
- Dan Margolis: Graduate Student, Systems Science with Biosystems concentration, Binghamton University
- Ian McHugh: Project Manager, New York City Department of Environmental Protection
- Stephanie Mikowicz: Administrative Assistant, Leeman Designs, Woodbury, NY
- Natalie Rosenwasser: Medical Student, St. George's University
- Sam Thomas: Research Fellow, National Institute of Aging, NIH, Baltimore, MD
- 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 workforce 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