LEONHARD RECHBERGER   JOHN E. RESIG   PETER J. ROCK   MICHAEL SANTORA   CATHERINE SWIFT SENNETT, ESQ.   MARY ANN SUSAVIDGE-KAISER  
                         
  Class of 2013
University of Applied Sciences Joanneum
Dipl.-Ing. (approx. equivalent to a MSc.), Engineering
  Class of 2005
Rochester Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Science, Computer Science
  Class of 1983
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering
  Class of 2005
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Architectural Engineering Technology
  Class of 1980
Drexel University BS, Humanities & Communications, College of Arts and Sciences
  Class of 1989, 1991
Drexel University BS, Civil Engineering, College of Engineering MS, Civil Engineering, College of Engineering
 
                         
  NOMINATED BY
Georg Wagner, PhD, Head of Degree Programme, Engineering and Production Management
University of Applied Sciences Joanneum
  NOMINATED BY
President Bill Destler
Rochester Institute of Technology
  NOMINATED BY
Dr. Ahmed Abdelal, Provost
University of Massachusetts Lowell
  NOMINATED BY
Dr. Zorica Pantić, President Wentworth Institute of Technology
  NOMINATED BY
President John Fry
Drexel University
  NOMINATED BY
President John Fry
Drexel University
 
                         
  After attending a technical college for electronic and telecommunication engineering, Leonhard Rechberger began at the University of Applied Sciences (Austria), majoring in environmental and process engineering. He completed internships at TANNPAPIER, a producer of tipping paper for the tobacco industry. International experience was gained via a company project in the Philippines, as well as a semester abroad at the University of Victoria in Canada. After graduating with highest honors, Leonhard was promoted to head of the slitting department and continues to optimize the slitting process. Leonhard loves outdoor activities like mountain biking, mountaineering, and playing the guitar.   John Resig is the creator of the transformational jQuery JavaScript library. He has also contributed to numerous other JavaScript libraries, and is the author of Pro JavaScript Techniques and Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja. John also contributed to research done at the Center for Discovery Informatics at RIT, primarily in Instant Messaging (Project: IMSCAN). In recognition of the revolutionary and global impact of his work, John was inducted into the first RIT Innovation Hall of Fame in 2010. Resig is currently the Dean of Computer Science at Khan Academy where he is leading an innovative project, Khan Academy Computer Science.   Peter Rock got his professional start through co-op jobs while a UMass Lowell undergraduate. Now chief consulting engineer for military products at GE Aviation, Rock has hired many students for engineering positions at his company, the worldleading provider of engines and integrated systems for commercial, military and general aviation aircraft. Rock earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from UMass Lowell’s Francis College of Engineering in 1983 and a master’s degree from MIT. At GE Aviation, Rock has held a number of engineering leadership positions. His involvement with student engineers continues through membership in UMass Lowell’s Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board.   Michael Santora serves as CEO and co-founder of Crown Design, a vertically-integrated design firm that performs architecture, engineering, and code consulting/expediting services. He is also the managing director of United Property Partners. Prior to Crown, Santora worked at M. Moser Associates as the youngest director in company history. He was also a Presidential Academic Achievement Award Winner under President Clinton and is active in the ACE Mentoring Program. As a Wentworth student, Santora completed three co-ops with Attick & Nystrom. He is currently working to create co-op opportunities in New York City for Wentworth students both at his company and through his network.   Ms. Sennett is a partner at Jackson Cross Partners (JCP), a commercial real estate company. An attorney and real estate broker, she manages a legal staff that works on abstracting and lease administration projects. It was her co-op experience working with the legal staff at the Environmental Protection Agency that sparked her interest in pursuing a legal career, changing the course of her life. Active in the community, Ms. Sennett has served on the boards of Chester County Fund for Women & Girls, Pathways, PA and Interfaith Housing Assistance Corporation. Recognized by the Pennsylvania State Senate, she received a Senate Citation for Excellence and Dedication to her community. In 2014, she was as one of 30 women in the Philadelphia region recognized by the Philadelphia Business Journal with its Women of Distinction award.   Ms. Susavidge-Kaiser is chief underwriting officer, XL Insurance, Environmental Division. She had valuable co-op experiences which were key to her success. From her first co-op at the City of Philadelphia Bridge Division, she decided that she did not want to be a structural engineer. At her co-op with TJ Trauner (known today as Trauner Consulting Services), she learned to prepare documents that could be used in mediation, arbitration, or court. Through this experience, she learned that she wanted more hands-on engineering work. Her co-op with Woodward Clyde Consultants, an environmental consulting firm (acquired by URS), allowed her to work on remediation projects and landfill design. She enjoyed this work and continued working there after graduation.