URI College of Engineering announces Alumni Awards
KINGSTON, R.I. -- October 23, 2000 -- The University of Rhode Island
College of Engineering will induct eight individuals into its Hall of Fame
and present special awards to three others during the third annual Engineering
Alumni Awards Banquet at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown on
The College of Engineering Hall of Fame was established in 1997 to pay
tribute to those URI alumni who have achieved extraordinary success in their
careers in business and technology. The 2000 inductees are:
William R. Bisson ('49 B.S. electrical engineering, '89 honorary
doctor of laws) of Lincoln, retired president of Blackstone Valley
Electric and vice president of Eastern Utilities Associates. Among many
distinguished awards, Bisson was recently recognized by Ocean State Business
Magazine and Gov. Lincoln Almond for his efforts in forming and chairing
the Northern Rhode Island Private Industry Council.
Stephen Campanella ('43, B.S. mechanical engineering, '95 honorary
doctor of science) of Verona, Pa., retired executive vice president
of Emerson Electric. A long and generous supporter of URI, Campanella established
an engineering scholarship in memory of his brother, Joseph, and supported
construction of the University's Betty and Stephen Campanella Rowing Center.
John H. Fernandes ('49 B.S., mechanical engineering) of Tiverton,
founder and principal engineer of Fernandes & Associates and formerly
vice president of Combustion Engineering and vice president of the McGuire
Group. In his early career, he taught mechanical engineering at Lafayette
College and served as chairman of the mechanical engineering department
at Manhattan College.
Ralph B. Lightfoot ('35 B.S., mechanical engineering) of Chatham,
Mass., a retired engineer in the Sikorsky Aircraft Division of United
Technologies. Lightfoot served on URI's Engineering Advisory Council and
helped establish the Engineering Co-op Program. He was recently included
in the Baseball Hall of Fame for his testing and analysis of the curve ball.
Joseph A Piacitelli ('23 B.S., mechanical engineering) of Cranston,
whose long professional engineering career included counsel to commercial,
industrial and governmental organizations around the world. He was vice
president ofThompson & Lichtner Consulting Engineers in Boston and general
manager of Multi Fabrics Corp. of Warwick. Piacitelli is being inducted
Richard J. Pieranunzi ('63 B.S., electrical engineering) of Scottsdale,
Ariz., president and CEO of the Region America operations of ST Microelectronics,
which won a Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award in 1999 for quality,
performance achievements and successful performance strategies.
Francis C. Pierce ('48 B.S., civil engineering) of Punta Gorda,
Fla., retired executive vice president and corporate director of operations
of the Maguire Group. He was an original member of the College of Engineering
Advisory Council and currently serves as president of the Southwest Florida
chapter of the URI Alumni Association.
William F. Silvia ('55 B.S., civil engineering) of Narragansett,
retired president of the Engineering Products Division and the Catalysts
and Services Division of Union Carbide Corp. He is a member of the College
of Engineering Advisory Council and the board of directors of the URI International
The winners of the 2000 URI Engineering Entrepreneur Awards are:
Gary J. Bowen ('68 B.S., electrical engineering) of Boston,
whose many roles have included co-founder and senior vice president of MASSCOMP,
executive vice president of Wellfleet, founder of Bay Networks, chairman
of New Oak Communications and principal of Technology Investments.
Daniel L. Harple, Jr. ('86 B.S., mechanical engineering) of South
Dartmouth, Mass., president and CEO of ContextMedia, founder of InSoft,
and former senior vice president of Netscape. He helped to develop the
Real Time Streaming Protocol and the first generation of interoperable real
time audio and video.
The winner of the 2000 URI Distinguished Engineering Service Award is:
Paul J. Nordquist ('54 B.S., '56 M.S., electrical engineering)
of Framingham, Mass., retired director of research and development
of GTE Government Systems, where he designed military radar, antenna systems,
and international satellite and cellular telecommunications systems. He
is a member of the College of Engineering Advisory Council.
Also during the Engineering Alumni Awards Banquet, URI Distinguished
Professor Arun Shukla will be invested as the Simon Ostrach Professor
in Mechanical Engineering. A resident of Wakefield, Shukla is the
director of the URI Dynamic Photomechanics Lab, which uses high-speed cameras
to study fracture mechanics. The Simon Ostrach Endowed Professorship recognizes
Shukla's outstanding record of achievement in research and teaching during
his 19 years at URI. The professorship is named for a member of URI's Engineering
Hall of Fame who retired as director of the National Center for Microgravity
Research on Fluids and Combustion.
For Information: Todd McLeish 874-7892