1998 URI College of Engineering
announces Alumni Awards
KINGSTON, R.I. -- October 26, 1998--The University of Rhode Island College
of Engineering inducted 10 individuals into its Hall Fame during recent
ceremonies at the Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown.
In addition, the college presented special awards for distinguished engineering
service and engineering entrepreneurial efforts.
Russell Ide, a 1970 graduate of the College with a major in mechanical
engineering and president of RIDE Inc., was presented the 1998 Engineering
Entrepreneur Award. In 1983, Ide founded KMC Inc., which was named after
this three daughters: Kathy, Mary and Chrissy. Serving as president and
chief executive officer, Ide doubled sales annually at KMC Inc. In 1995,
the Coventry resident sold the company to Cookson America. Ide started
a second company, RIDE Inc., named in honor of his son, Russell C. Ide.
RIDE, Inc., which provides a line of patented shock absorbers, coupling
and isolators used on nuclear submarines, drilling platforms and other industrial
components. Ide has more than 600 patents.
Ralph Browning, a 1950 graduate of the college with a major in civil
engineering and former vice president of the Gilbane Building Co., was presented
the Distinguished Engineering Service Award. In 1955, he began his distinguished
career with Gilbane. In 1993, he was named assistant project director with
Cornish Realty Associates, LP, then returned to R.T. Gilbane Corp. in 1996
until the present as vice president of engineering. The Wakefield
resident has also has also served on the College's Executive Committee of
the Engineering Advisory Council as the chair of the Infrastructure Development
Committee on and CVE.
The Hall of fame inductees are:
Robert K. Andren '66 (B.S.-Chem. Engineering ), '72 (Ph.D.-Chem.
Andren, of Coventry, helped build a worldwide leader in biotechnology.
After working as a professor oversees, he returned to the United States
in 1984, and obtained a master's degree at the Wharton School of Business.
After a short stint at Wyeth Laboratories, he joined AMGEN, Inc., a biotech
company with 140 employees in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Today, AMGEN Corp. is
a worldwide leader in cellular and molecular therapeutics for the critically
ill. In little more than a decade, Andren helped AMGEN become a company
of 3,500 employees with more $2 billion in sales. In 1992, Andren advanced
to senior vice president of operations, and then retired in 1997.
Victor J. Baxt '38 (B.S. - Chemistry)
Baxt, of Providence, received his bachelor of science in chemistry from
URI in 1938, and a master's from Duke University in 1940. In 1946, Baxt
joined Thompson Chemical Co., later named Teknor Apex. From 1968 to 1993,
Baxt served as president of the company. Currently he is vice chairman of
the board of a company consisting of six major divisions, with 2,000 employees
in 10 locations across the United States, serving worldwide markets in
the plastics, rubber and chemicals industries. He served the on the board
of the URI Foundation and was also a member of the Patent and Intellectual
Alfred S. Budnick '59 (B.S.-Industrial Engineering), '97 (Honorary.
As president of Cherry Semiconductor Corp., Budnick has helped the company
achieve explosive growth in sales of its integrated circuits over the past
two decades. Started with only 20 employees, this $100 million company
employs about 1,000. Thanks to Budnick, Cherry provides the URI Cherry Academic
Scholarship and the Cherry Semiconductor Educational Scholarship at East
Greenwich High School. In addition to tuition reimbursement, the East
Greenwich resident offers employees on-site training and in-house degree
courses. He also serves on URI's Executive Committee of the College of Engineering
Advisory and in other volunteer capacities for the College.
Albert E. Carlotti '32 (B.S.-mechanical engineering), '97 (Honorary
After graduation, Carlotti served a year in the National Guard and then
became a drill press operator. He then established his own liquor wholesale
business. In 1942, he acquired and ran a screw machine plant, Peerless
Engineering Co. And in 1959, he retired to dabble in the stock exchange,
having the first Option Brokerage in New England. The Warwick resident
founded and served as president of The Century Club, now the Ram Club. He
helped establish the URI Foundation in 1957, for which he also served as
president. He has served as chair of the Investment Committee since its
inception. In 1973, he was named to the Board of Regents and subsequently,
chaired the Board of Governors for Higher Education until he retired in
1990. In tribute, the board named URI's Administration Building in his
Jeremiah F. Creedon '61 (Bachelor of science, electrical engineering)
, '63 (master of science in electrical engineering, URI), '70 (Ph.D.-electrical
Raised in Cranston, R.I. and now a resident of Yorktown, Va.,
Creedon was awarded the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal in 1990, and in
both 1989 and 1995, he received the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive
the Senior Executive Service for his contributions to the management
of NASA programs. Creedon began work for the Flight Instrumentation Division
of NASA Langley Research Center 33 years ago as a research engineer. In
1996, he was named as the seventh director of the Center.
Rodger B. Dowdell, Jr. '75 (M.S.-electrical engineering)
Rodger Dowdell, Jr. is chairman of the board, chief executive officer
and president of American Power Conversion Corp. (APC) which designs, manufactures
and markets globally surge suppressors, power conditioners, uninterruptible
power supplies (UPS), and related software for such applications such as
Local Area Networks (LANs), and minicomputers. Dowdell joined the company
in 1985 as a consultant, and then the East Greenwich resident was
named president and CEO. In 1986, net sales were $2.4 million. Net sales
for 1997 were $873.4 million.
William R. Ferrante '49 (B.S.-electrical engineering)
Ferrante started as a professor of mechanical engineering and applied
mechanics at URI in 1956, and served as dean of the Graduate School from
1967 through 1971, vice president for academic affairs from 1972-88, and
twice was acting president of URI. He developed the Rhode Island Manufacturing
Extension Services Center, which supports small Rhode Island manufacturers.
Ferrante was also named a National Science Foundation Faculty Fellow, a
Fulbright Fellow, was awarded the Rhode Island Regents Award of Noteworthy
Service to Education, and the Chester Kirk Distinguished Engineer Award.
The Saunderstown resident assumed faculty emeritus status when he
retired in July, 1997.
Edmund V. Marshall '98 (Hon. Alumnus)
Marshall, of East Greenwich, is a member of the board of the
URI Foundation, and has also been a member of URI's External Advisory Council
since 1984. He earned a bachelor of science degree, cum laude, from Notre
Dame University, and a master of science from Purdue University, both aeronautical
and aerospace engineering. He professional career culminated with an executive
position with Textron, Inc. Highlights of his career include work with
the NASA space program, and the first U.S. lunar landing. He was instrumental
in initiating URI's Distinguished Engineering Professorship program in 1995.
He continues to serve as a member of URI's College of Engineering Advisory
Council's Executive Committee, and is involved in other civic and community
Henry J. Nardone '43 (B.S.-mechanical engineering ), '93 (Honorary.
After graduating from URI, Nardone spent 12 years in the Navy, He became
project officer for the USS Nautilus,, and was technical leader for
the first missile-firing submarine. In 1955, Henry began a long and successful
career with Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics. He advanced to
facility manager at Quonset Point, then served as division program director
for Trident submarines. Currently, he is chief executive officer of American
Shipyard Corp. Nardone, of Westerly, was named to the Rhode Island
Board of Regents in 1971, then stayed on the Board of Governors for Higher
Education from its inception through 1997. He is a member of the College
of Engineering Advisory Council and is an Executive Committee Trustee of
the URI Foundation. He is also chairman of the URI Campaign for Green Hall.
John L. Slocum '50 (B.S.-chemical engineering)
Slocum's career began as a student aide working summers on U.S. Army
Corps. of Engineers harbor and dam projects in Connecticut and New Hampshire.
Upon graduation, he worked for Bethlehem Steel as a reinforcing bar detailer.
In 1952, he joined the firm of Charles A. Maguire & Associates as a
structural design. The Warwick resident progressed through the ranks
at Maguire from structural engineer to vice president of construction services.
In 1978, he was instrumental in purchasing the firm from its parent company
as he became majority owner, president and chairman of the board of employee-owned
Maguire Group Inc. Slocum is a fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers,
and is a volunteer consultant with the Executive Service Corps of New England.
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