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Dear Alumni,

This past academic year, we welcomed two distinguished alumni speakers to campus for our fall and spring Lyon & Bendheim Lectures: Neil Blumenthal, A02, co-founder and co-CEO of Warby Parker, who spoke about his socially conscious eyewear company and Reed Krakoff, A86, A17P, Creative Director, Reed Krakoff Collection, who discussed his experience designing for iconic fashion houses such as Coach, Ralph Lauren, and Anne Klein. In November, winners from the $100K New Ventures Competition traveled to New York to pitch their early-stage ventures to local alumni. In February, Kirk Loevner, E79, former Engineering Board of Advisor member, hosted a donor–volunteer reception with alumni at his home in San Francisco featuring Professor Linda M. Abriola. Other on-campus events included the third Stephen and Geraldine Ricci Interdisciplinary Prize Lecture, in which members from the prize-winning team presented their project to create a wireless device to monitor blood oxygen concentration in the brain. In April, the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering hosted a research symposium to honor the late Professor Emeritus Gregory Botsaris.

Engineering Alumni Networking Night - Images by Tufts University

Alumni Profile

Todd Chapin, E '97, GE '99
Voice User Interface Designer
Chapin clears up the noise in speech recognition technology.

Kullman, E'78, named CEO of Dupont Co.

Ellen J. Kullman, currently an executive vice president at DuPont Co., was named the company's president on Oct. 1 and CEO effective Jan. 1, 2009. Kullman has spent 20 years with the company and formerly led the unit that makes the material for body armor.