Don Murray   Adam Palmer   Wayne C. Plewniak   Samuel H. Pond, Esq.   Carver Albertus Pop   Maria Renz  
                         
  Class of 1990
Simon Fraser University
MSc, Computing Science
  Class of 2009
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Science,
Electromechanical Engineering
  Class of 1983
Rochester Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Science, Industrial Engineering
  Class of 1981
Drexel University
BS, Business Administration,
LeBow College of Business
  Class of 2016
Suranaree University of Technology
PhD, Cooperative Education
  Class of 1990
Drexel University
BS, Interior Design, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design
 
                         
  NOMINATED BY
President Andrew Petter
Simon Fraser University
  NOMINATED BY
Dr. Zorica Pantić, President
Wentworth Institute of Technology
  NOMINATED BY
President Bill Destler
Rochester Institute of Technology
  NOMINATED BY
President John Fry
Drexel University
  NOMINATED BY
Cooperative Education Unit
Namibia University of Science and Technology
  NOMINATED BY
President John Fry
Drexel University
 
                         
  Don Murray is the Co-CEO and President of Safe Software Inc., based in Surrey, BC, Canada. Alongside business partner Dale Lutz, Don created Safe’s FME platform, the recognized standard in spatial data transformation technology. For more than 20 years, Don has been leading the direction of Safe and guiding its product strategy. He has built strategic alliances with leading GIS vendors, integrating FME technology into their products to address the complex data interoperability challenges their customers face. Safe Software Inc. have hired numerous co-ops since 2002 and many of those students are now continuing employees at Safe Software.   Adam Palmer has been a Project Manager for J.M. Electrical Company since 2009. He first worked at the company as a co-op in 2008. Adam is certified by The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) for Solar PV installations and by the U.S. Green Building Council as LEED AP Building Design + Construction. He is also the President of the Wentworth Alumni Association and serves on the Board of Trustees.   Mr. Plewniak has more than 25 years of institutional money management experience. He is currently Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income for GAMCO Investors Inc. He began his engineering career at General Motors, as a co-op and went on to work with Goldome FSB, Paribas North America and Bell Atlantic Capital. While at Lehman Brothers/Neuberger Berman, he managed Lipper & Company’s high yield business after Neuberger’s acquisition. Mr. Plewniak serves on boards for Greenwich Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, RIT President’s Roundtable and College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council.   Mr. Pond is a founding and managing partner of the workers’ compensation law firm Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano. It was from his co-op that Mr. Pond first realized the importance of the rule of law in a capitalist democracy. This firsthand experience set the foundation for him him on a path to ultimately become an entrepreneur and a litigator in his field for the past 30 years. Mr. Pond is certain that his success would not have occurred without Drexel’s co-op program. He completed co-ops at Tasty Baking, Schmidt’s and a company that made blueprints, which helped him accumulate diverse experience before deciding on a career in law.   Carva Pop was the Director of the Centre for Cooperative Education at the Namibia University of Science and Technology from July 2010 to April 2016. He is a Board member and is the Treasurer of the Southern African Society for Cooperative Education (SASCE). He is also instrumental in shaping the initiative and providing focus to develop a National Strategy for Internships and is the Vice-Chairperson of the National Working Group tasked by the Minister of Education to develop a National Strategy for Internships in Namibia. Mr Pop presented several reviewed papers internationally on aspects relating to Human Resources Management.   Ms. Renz is a vice president at Amazon and serves as technical advisor to CEO Jeff Bezos. She was previously CEO of Quidsi, an Amazon.com subsidiary with ten unique shopping sites. Her other leadership roles at Amazon have included Vice President of Physical Media & Canada and leading Amazon’s consumables group where she launched popular customer categories such as Beauty, Health & Personal Care and Grocery. In 2011, she launched MYHABIT.com, an online private sale fashion site from Amazon. Prior to joining Amazon, she worked for Kraft Foods, Inc., and Hallmark Cards. Ms. Renz completed two co-ops at Drexel with Main Street Design and Space Design, Inc.