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Jomya Lei (BS '13)

Raymond and Jomya (both BS'13) got married at Tech in November. Prior to the ceremony, they decided to do a stack - "Journey to Space" - to capture the experiences they had at Tech and in the aerospace industry. The goal of the stack? Launch a satellite on a rocket to find the party favors!

(PC: Tiffany Wu Photography)
 

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Joe Devinny (BS '69, PhD '72)

After graduation I joined the Environmental Engineering faculty at USC and stayed there for 35 years. I taught courses in environmental biology and environmental chemistry, and did research on biodegradation of hazardous materials, and more recently, on biofilters for contaminated air. I retired six years ago. My wife and I have done a lot of traveling, particularly adventure cruises to places like Antarctica and the Amazon. My primary work at home is woodturning--I make ornamental bowl and vases on a lathe and sell them at art galleries and shows. But I have also tried writing science fiction. Please check out my book "E-suits" on Amazon.

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Michael Wong (BS '94)

It's hard for this Pageboy to believe that 20+ years have passed since I graduated from 'Tech! After further schooling in Boston and post-doc training in Santa Barbara, I landed in Texas and I've been teaching at Rice University ever since. There are quite a few Techers out here on the "South Coast", as I've learned! I live in Houston with my lovely wife Susan and my daughters Alexandra and Olivia. I'm now Professor and Chair of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department. Research is going well - I received the North American Catalysis Society/Southwest Catalysis Society Excellence in Applied Catalysis Award recently. I am developing catalysis concepts for clean water applications; studying new ways to upgrade biomass and heavy oil; and enjoying doing fun things in nano. I look forward to coming to a Reunion Weekend at some point! "Spe labor levis"


 

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Herb Schiller (MS '66)

Started as a Propulsion engineer at Grumman in 1965, then a Computer Systems manager, Operations Director, COO and finally Director of the Global Industrial Management graduate program at Stony Brook University.

Today I am enjoying golf, tennis, bridge and my 4 grandkids. My oldest grandson is a freshman at Northeastern University study Computer Engineering. Fortunately my entire family lives on Long Island allowing us frequent get-togethers. Once a year my family of 10 (4 grandkids, wife, 2 daughters, 2 son-in-laws and me) go on a vacation together to a Mexican or Caribbean resort.

Life is good!

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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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Stottler Starr (MS '62)

I'm still alive and well. Currently exploring ways to encourage parents to read the Bible to their children. In this county, 70-80% of children get no Christian teaching. They don't go to Sunday School or Christian schools, and we know they don't get it in public schools. Yet parents are key in teaching their children about God. We get our image of God the Father from our own earthly fathers, and fathers are the spiritual leaders of their families. Mothers play a role similar to the Holy Spirit in our lives. They teach us, pray for us (who prays more for us than our mothers?), and comfort us. Most strikingly, we are born physically by our mothers and spiritually by the Holy Spirit. God said "Let us make man in our image." The human family truly represents the Trinity - God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. I would love to reconnect with anyone.

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Vivian U (BS '06)

I'm currently a postdoctoral fellow at UC Riverside and visiting fellow at UC Irvine studying active black holes and measuring their masses via an extensive monitoring campaign at the Lick Observatory. I am currently looking for jobs and will hopefully land a permanent position within the next couple years. My husband and I are residing in southern California with our two boys, Caspian and Altair.

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John Cannady (BS '74)

Greetings to all in the class of 1974! Although both my wife and I are Southern California natives, we decided to remain here in Midland, Michigan upon retirement. Yes, the winters are a bit chilly (and snowy, and icy, and ...) but hey, so are most places. We have been doing just fine, thank you! We made it to the 35th reunion in 2009, but missed the 40th in 2014. We hope to be out and about for the 45th reunion in a couple of years.

After 30+ years working for Dow Corning Corporation as a scientist and a rookie trying-to-be patent agent, I called it quits in 2009 and have been relaxing a bit more, with family obligations and church-related volunteering taking up some time, with other time being spent on doing ab initio quantum chemistry calculations and refining the art of making bread.

 

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Kim Thomas (BS '76)

I retired early from an academic career spent mostly at Whittier College teaching in the Department of Economics. My husband Paul Thomas, another Caltech alum, retired last summer from Intel, where he had been Chief Economist for more than 10 years. Suddenly free for the first time to live wherever we wanted, we chose Port Townsend, Washington on Puget Sound. Established originally as a seaport during Victorian times, PT has found new life in the last twenty years as a weekend destination for tourists from Seattle. We have a lovely home south of town on 2/3 acre in the forest only blocks from the beach, where we walk three times a week and see bald eagles, otters and signs saying "Don't disturb the seal pups." (We've not been here long enough to see the pups themselves, yet.) Paul and I have formed a small consulting company, Economic Stories, LLC, and we continue to write and--in Paul's case--give invited talks on topics in economics and business.

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John Cooper (BS '60)

After obtaining my PhD in Chemistry from Berkeley, I taught at Makerere University College, Kampala, Uganda and at Carleton College Northfield, MN, before taking a permanent position at Bucknell.

I retired in 2003 and have since spent my time doing things I never had time for on the job: reading, thinking and writing, principally in that order. I wrote for the Axis of Logic, 2005-6, until I found that others were saying what I had to say, better and more thoroughly. I received commendations from the local ACLU and others for letters to the local rag but Orwell wrote that most writers don't know when to quit. I did. I took up the trombone again to see how good I could get and when I reached my limit I set that aside, too.

I have two daughters, one from each of my two marriages. They are each special, unique, distinct and separate individuals and I am very proud of both of them.

My second wife, now of 37 years, and I live in central PA, enjoying the substantial cultural advantages provided by the University and the pleasures of rural PA's meadows and 'mountains' without the hassles of urban or suburban environs.

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