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Jennie Stephens (MS '98, PhD '02)

In 2016 I started a new Professorship at Northeastern in Boston which is an innovative, exciting University that is a leader in interdisciplinary engaged research and experiential education. In addition to my research on social and political dimensions of the renewable energy transition moving away from fossil fuels, I am also playing a leadership role in facilitating new collaborative interdisciplinary research in the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern. It's been fun! My daughters - who were both born in Pasadena while I was a graduate student at Caltech - are now 16 and 17 with the oldest heading off to college this fall. Time flies!

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Patrick Piccione (PhD '02)

Everyday life saw a major change with our April move to Basel. Our son Giovanni now gets around very comfortably on his own, and we have recently started running around the house as the new game "where's Papa?" We have an apartment close to the zoo, to which a season's pass has proven a great idea. Basel itself is a compact city with a lot to offer, we quite like it. The one thing we need to keep working on is our German. Giovanni is now starting to talk which is very interesting & exciting!
Work has been going well: projects in both traditional chemical engineering science and the newer seeds engineering. I also lead the strategy on "maths and data science" for "Technology & Engineering" (~1000 people). We are putting more emphasis on creating tools so I need to think more about software and interfaces. In parallel several papers on modelling have come out via external collaborations. Syngenta has been the target of an acquisition bid from ChemChina, the implications of which will take time to become apparent.

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Joseph Kiniry (PhD '02)

Over the past four years I have been (1) the Full Professor of Computer Science and Head of the Software Engineering Section at the Technical University of Denmark, (2) a Principal Investigator at Galois in Portland, leading R&D work for the federal government and large public corporations on topics in formal verification, high assurance cryptography, rigorous systems engineering, and applied formal methods, and (3) the founder, CEO, and Chief Scientist of Free & Fair. Free & Fair creates open source high assurance elections systems, and is meant to-based upon my last sixteen years of work in elections integrity in four countries-revolutionize the global market of proprietary, insecure, election systems though transparency. I was also involved in the scientific work behind the recount and audit activities in the Presidential Election, am on the Board of Advisors of Verified Voting, am in the Coordinating Committee of the Elections Verification Network, am involved in crafting new federal standards for election systems and cryptography, and have co-written two books, one on end-to-end verifiable internet voting and the other on Cryptol, Galois's open source tool suite for high assurance cryptography.

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