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John Cummings (BS '69, MS '70, PhD '73)

I left Caltech and joined TRW in 1973.  In 1975 I was hired by Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque, NM. I worked at Sandia for 32 years in several R&D and management positions. One of my more interesting Sandia assignments was serving in Washington DC as the Director of Critical Infrastructure Protection for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology division (2003-2005). I retired from Sandia in 2008. My wife Ellen and I split our time between WA and CO because our 2 sons and their families (8 grandkids) live in those 2 states. In addition to spending lots of time with our extended family, we also do volunteer work and are active in our church.

Dana Powers (BS '70, PhD '75)

Dana Powers (BS '70, PhD '75) worked with Sandia National Laboratories as a Senior Scientist for more than a decade, and is now on the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards for the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He has contributed to a variety of nuclear safety advisory panels over the years, including the International Nuclear Safety Advisory Group after Chernobyl. In 2015, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineers.

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Bill Bradley (BS '70)

Bill Bradley (BS '70) is soon to step down from a 13-year tenure as Chair of the Department of Radiology at UCSD. As one of the first radiologists to to get involved with Magnetic Resonance Imaging, he recalls that he was "very lucky to hit the 'MRI' wave." He is looking forward to continuing his work in clinical neuroradiology and research, which he pursued before his time at UCSD.

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Philip Cassady (PhD '70)

Philip Cassady (PhD '70) is retired from a distinguished career as Senior Technical Fellow with Boeing, where he chaired the Boeing Technical Fellowship from 2003-2005. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Aeronatutical Society and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He has recently been recognized by the AIAA with the 2015 Plasmadynamics and Lasers Award for “distinguished contributions to the development of aero-optics and high power laser fluid dynamics.”

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Dennis Pocekay (BS ’70)

Dennis Pocekay, M.D. (BS ’70) retired from his full time medical practice 6 years ago because he “wanted to do more teaching.” He is now an Assistant Clinical Professor of Public Health Sciences at UC Davis, a tutor for pre-health high school students, and a preceptor for first-year medical students at the Paul Hom Asian Free Clinic in Sacramento.

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