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Francis X. (Tim) BRADLEY Jr., (B.S., AME ’39; M.S., Mathematics ’49; and J.D. ’49) was honored for his distinguished service as a Notre Dame alumnus when the University presented him with the Rev. John Cardinal O’Hara Award during a special Reunion 2007 ceremony on June 1.
In May 2007, Robert J. MAY Jr. (B.S., AME ’68) was presented with the College of Engineering Alumni Honor Award by the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. Most recently, May served as the executive director of the Aeronautical Systems Center, Air Force Materiel Command, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. He is now retired.
Adrienne R.MINERICK (M.S., CBE ’03; Ph.D., CBE ’03), assistant professor of the Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering at Mississippi State University, received a 2007 Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation for her proposal, “ABO Blood Antigen Dielectrophoresis for Medical Diagnostics: Synergy with Desktop Experiment Modules.” As with other CAREER awards, Minerick’s integrates curriculum with research activities.
Dmitry KOPELEVICH (Ph.D., ’02, CBE) received a 2007 Faculty Early Career (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his proposal, “Multi-scale Modeling of Self-assembly and Structural Transitions in Amphiphilic Systems.” He is an assistant professor at the University of Florida. The CAREER award is NSF’s most prestigious award in support of junior faculty members.
Joseph W. TEDESCO (B.S., CEGEOS ’72) has been named the sixth dean of the Cullen College of Engineering at the University of Houston, effective January 1, 2008. He most recently served as professor and chair of the University of Florida’s Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering.
In May 2007, Celeste VOLZ FORD (B.S., AME ’78) was appointed to the board of directors of Foundry Networks Inc. Ford is the founder and CEO of Stellar Solutions, a provider of aerospace engineering products and services. She also launched Stellar Ventures, a venture investment enterprise, and organized the London-based Stellar Solutions Aerospace Ltd., a systems engineering and strategic planning support company. Ford is a member of the College of Engineering’s Advisory Council.
Jinhui XU (Ph.D., CSE ’00) was promoted to associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He also serves as the director of graduate admissions for the department.

The John F. Cushing Hall of Engineering was first dedicated in 1932. On Saturday, May 19, 2007, members of the University, the College of Engineering, and several generations of the Cushing family gathered for the rededication of the building and unveiling of the newly renovated memorial plaque. Among those in attendance was Vincent J. Cushing (B.S., Physics ’45; M.S., Mathematics ’46), one of Cushing’s sons.




Working in conjunction with Catholic Charities of New Orleans, James Hutchinson (B.S., ME ’68) and 11 other volunteers from several parishes in Webster, N.Y., spent a week in May 2007 gutting and cleaning up New Orleans homes in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Hutchinson, who retired from Xerox and now spends his time helping people understand their pension options, nicknamed the group the group “the dirty dozen.” Like many of the volunteers, he was struck by the devastation and is equally anxious about the future of the levee system and hurricane research and tracking.