Laura Dove   Lorisa Dubuc, B.C.Sc   Robert Falcone   Jeffrey B. Gibbs   Chris Hermann   Natalie Hirsch  
                         
  Class of 1998
Johnson & Wales University
Bachelor of Science, Hotel-Restaurant Institutional Management
  Class of 2002
University of Manitoba
Bachelor of Computer Science, Honours (Co-op Option)
  Class of 2006
Johnson & Wales University
Bachelor of Science, Networking
  Class of 1980
State University of New York at Oswego
Bachelor of Science, Business Administration
  Class of 1970
University of Louisville, Speed School of Engineering
BSME, Mechanical Engineering
  Class of 1996
Simon Fraser University
BSc, Kinesiology
 
                         
  Nominated by
Chancellor John Bowen
Johnson & Wales University
  Nominated by
Dr. Mark Whitmore, Dean of Science
University of Manitoba
  Nominated by
Chancellor John Bowen
Johnson & Wales University
  Nominated by
President Deborah F. Stanley
State University of New York at Oswego
  Nominated by
Dean Neville G. Pinto
University of Louisville, Speed School of Engineering
  Nominated by
Mr. Andrew Petter, President and
Vice-Chancellor
Simon Fraser University
 
                         
  As the founder of Dove Creative Concepts, an international hospitality consulting firm with offices in London, New York, L.A., Miami, San Diego and Sydney, Laura travels the globe helping hotel and restaurant clients hone their concepts and launch their properties. Since graduating from JWU, she has studied pastry arts at Le Cordon Bleu in London, wine at the International Sommelier Guild and rare wines at Christie’s, the prominent auction house. “I love the variety of projects – jumping between the wine world, restaurant world and event planning. You see immediate results with your guests and clients that inspire you to take on another project and strive to make each one grander than the one before.”

 

  Lorisa has combined industry roles (MOO Print, IBM, Google, Citrix) with research as a PhD in human computer interaction at the University of Cambridge. Supported by prestigious scholarships including Boeing and NSERC she is combining two passions from her undergraduate degree – Computer Science and Psychology – to dedicate her PhD work to Alzheimer’s patients, innovating in design research and technology to improve quality of life for those with dementia and their caregivers. Her strategic research at Google produced the first stages of the framework which became ‘Circles’ in Google+. Co-op was a factor in her success and she promotes it at every opportunity.

 

  Cyberattacks on U.S. media outlets, banks and corporations have been a big story in 2014 and of particular interest to someone with the skills of Robert Falcone. As a malware research engineer with VeriSign iDefense Security Intelligence Services, he investigates targeted attacks and cyber espionage campaigns. Call it high-level cyber-sleuthing in which Robert tracks down perpetrators by tracing key indicators within malicious files – essentially searching for digital fingerprints. Analyzing targeted email or finding infected “watering holes” – sites that attackers deliberately infuse with malware because they are considered likely to be visited by targets of interest – is as much a passion for Robert as it is a profession.

 

  Vice President of Internal Audit at Biogen Idec Inc, Jeffrey Gibbs has over 18 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and bio-pharmaceutical industry. Gibbs began his career at Ernst & Young, quickly progressing through a number of highly regarded corporations with his excellent financial skills. Gibbs consistently supports SUNY Oswego students by participating in the Alumni In Residence Program, the School of Business Alumni Symposium, and supporting the establishment of the School of Business Center for Accounting Research and Education. Gibbs is involved in summer internship and co-op programs at Biogen Idec.

 

  Chris joined Louisville Gas and Electric in 1967 as an engineering co-op, returned for several co-op assignments, then joined the company full time in 1970 as a plant staff engineer. He advanced to plant manager in 1978 and held senior management positions with responsibility for generation, transmission, plant construction and other key business activities.

In December 2000, he became senior Vice President, Distribution Operations and joined the Board of Directors in 2004. Chris retired from LG&E in 2013 after 43 years of service.

Reflecting on his career, Chris said: “I am convinced that the early experience and knowledge gained through my co-op assignments coupled with solid engineering knowledge were critical to my success.”
  Natalie Hirsch is a Project Officer in Operational Space Medicine at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), involved in exercise and nutrition activities and representing Canada on related working groups, including chairing the International Space Station Countermeasures Working Group. She is the strength and conditioning specialist for Canadian astronauts, providing them with pre-, in- and post-flight exercise support and has received several awards, including a NASA recognition award, for this work. Ms. Hirsch holds a BSc in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University (SFU), which included co-op work terms at CSA, and a Space Studies Graduate Certificate from the University of South Australia. She has been a wonderful mentor and supervisor for students by providing co-op opportunities in her projects at CSA.