Michael Baltzell ’71 is president of Baltzell Management Consulting LLC, which provides consulting services to companies in Canada, the Middle East, and China. An expert in the global aluminum industry, Mike began his career in 1971 as an industrial engineer with the Eastalco Aluminum Co., then owned by Howmet Corp. in Frederick, MD. He was named production services superintendent in 1977, potline superintendent in 1981, and senior vice president and general manager of Eastalco in 1987. In 1994, Mike moved to Norcross, Georgia, and was elected president of Alumax Primary Aluminum Corporation. In December 2001, he was appointed to president of Primary Growth at Alcoa, following that company’s acquisition of Alumax. Mike retired in September 2005 after more than 34 years of service in the aluminum industry. He received his bachelor’s degree in operations research and industrial engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1971, and a master’s in operations research from George Washington University in 1976. He conducted postgraduate studies at Hood College, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan Executive Program. Mike received the Johns Hopkins’ Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014.
William R. Bowles ’60 is a director of Minolta-QMS, Inc. He spent 40 years with IBM, retiring in 1999 as Vice Chairman and President of IBM Greater China Group. During his tenure there, Bowles served as Corporate General Manager of Worldwide Manufacturing, Vice President and General Manager of IBM Information Products and Vice President of Operations for the Asia Pacific, South American and Canadian divisions, among other positions. He is a member of the board of advisors at Trusted Edge, Inc. and sits on MercuryGate International’s advisory board. He is an active member of the University Alumni Council and is a former member of the Society of Engineering Alumni. Bowles received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2004.
Louis M. Brown Jr. ’65 is one of Washington’s most successful high-tech entrepreneurs. Over the past four decades, he has led a family of high-tech companies, from telecommunications and fiber-optic systems to big data analytics and leading-edge information technologies for hospitality and retail. Brown currently is participating in the founding, funding and/or growth of five start-up corporations. He also serves on the FastForward tech transfer board at the Johns Hopkins University. Additionally he serves on the Board of Directors of the Christ Central Institute in Wagener, S.C., and on the board of the John Leland Center in Arlington, Virginia. Brown graduated from the Johns Hopkins University in with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and started his engineering career with a position at Hewlett-Packard.
Chaomei Chen MS ’88 is a leading expert in risk management, a former business executive, and an independent consultant based in San Francisco. She serves as Chief Risk Officer at Lending Club, a front-runner startup in peer-to-peer lending. In her two decades in risk management, risk operations and database marketing in the financial services and payments industry, Chen has held various senior executive positions with major U.S. banks, including J.P. Morgan Chase/Washington Mutual, Providian Financial Corp. and PNC National Bank, as well as Household Credit Services, American Express and Citibank. Chen holds a master’s degree in mathematical sciences from the Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Southwest Jiaotong University, China.
Neil Cohen ’83 is the President of Cohen & Company, LLC, which he founded in 1994. At Cohen & Company, among other responsibilities, he co-founded, and is co-CEO of American Rock Salt Company LLC, which he developed from a green field site to a successful $100 million revenue company. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Waste Reduction By Waste Reduction, Inc., a leading developer of medical and biological waste equipment. Cohen previously worked as an investment banker at Dillon, Read & Co. Inc. specializing in M&A, leveraged finance, and restructuring. Cohen holds a master’s degree in management from the MIT-Sloan School of Management.
George C. Creel ’55 is an executive consultant specializing in change management, leadership development, executive coaching, strategic planning, and performance management. He was Executive Vice President and Acting Chief Operating Officer of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company when he retired in November 1997. Except for a brief tour of active duty in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he spent his entire career at the utility, rising from a Junior Engineer to Vice President of Fossil Energy in 1988, Vice President of Nuclear Energy in 1989, and Senior Vice President of Generation in 1992. He is the former Chair of the Board for the University of Maryland Center for Quality and Productivity. He is a Registered Professional Engineer-Retired in Maryland and a Life Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.
Matthew Daimler ’99, a general manager at Zillow, is an entrepreneur and angel investor. His first company, the award winning travel website SeatGuru, was acquired by Expedia in 2007. Daimler’s second company, Buyfolio, a web tool for real estate agents and homebuyers, was acquired by Zillow in 2012. Before starting SeatGuru and Buyfolio, Daimler worked in product management for start-up and technology companies in Silicon Valley and Seattle. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering with a minor in entrepreneurship and management from the Johns Hopkins University.
Gilbert F. Decker ’58 is a private consultant for clients including the United States Army, the United States Navy, as well as several corporations. Before embarking on his career as a consultant, he held a number of distinguished positions, including President and CEO of the Penn Central Federal Systems Company; President and CEO of Acurex Corporation; President and CEO of ESL, Incorporated; and Executive Vice President for Engineering, Manufacturing and Program Management for Walt Disney Imagineering. Decker also served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army and as a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University and a master of science, operations research, from Stanford University in 1967
Kenneth W. DeFontes, Jr. has served as Vice President of Electric Transmission and Distribution at Baltimore Gas and Electric Company since 2000 and as Senior Vice President at Constellation Energy Group Inc. since 2004. He currently also is Director of ClearEdge Power, Inc. He was CEO and President at Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (later, Exelon Corporation) from October 2004 to February 2014. He serves as a Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. DeFonte’s other memberships include St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees, the University of Maryland R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center Board and the Swarthmore College’s Presidents Council. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Swarthmore College and a master’s degree in business administration from Loyola University in Maryland (formerly Loyola College.)
Janet DiPietro is a professor in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, with a joint appointment in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. DiPietro also serves as Associate Dean for Research and Associate Dean for Faculty at the Bloomberg School. A developmental psychologist whose research focuses on the neurological development of the human fetus as well as the maternal and pregnancy factors that influence fetal development, DiPietro joined the Bloomberg School in 1988. She earned her doctorate in psychology from Stanford University, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in development psychophysiology from the University of Illinois.
Lynn Elsenhans was Chairman and CEO of Sunoco and Sunoco Logistics from 2008 until her retirement in 2012. Before joining Sunoco, Elsenhans had a 28-year-long career with Royal Dutch Shell and served in positions including Executive Vice President of Global Manufacturing, President of Shell Oil Company, and President and CEO of Shell Oil Products for the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions and the U.S. She currently sits on the boards of GlaxoSmithKline, Baker Hughes Incorporated, Rice University, the United Way of Greater Houston, the Texas Medical Center, and the First Tee of Greater Houston. Elsenhans earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematical sciences from Rice University in 1978 and her master’s in business administration from Harvard University in 1980.
Bahaa W. Fam ’79, MS ’80 is an independent financial services professional based in Boston. Previously, he served as a venture partner with Fidelity Biosciences and as a Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Pyramis Global Advisors, a Fidelity company. Fam joined Fidelity in 1994, where his positions included Director of Quantitative Research and Portfolio Manager. Before joining Fidelity, Fam was Managing Director and Consulting Scientist at MITRE Corporation. He also was a Director of US Genomics and Accuri Cytometers, Inc. and is a member of the International Society of Optical Engineers. Fam has published many articles in the areas of computer and communications security, image processing, computer architecture, digital mammography, parallel computing structures, and novel algorithms.
David Warren Gibbs ’85 became President and Chief Financial Officer of Yum! Brands Inc., on May 2, 2016. In this role, he leads business and financial strategies for the company to deliver profitable growth and long-term shareholder value, and sets direction for the finance, operations, supply chain and information technology functions. Previously, he served as CEO of the global Pizza Hut division, the world’s largest pizza restaurant company with more than 14,100 restaurants in more than 90 countries outside China. Prior to joining Pizza Hut, Gibbs was President and CFO of Yum! Restaurants International, where he led the finance, information technology, supply chain and development functions for the Yum! Restaurants International division, had general management responsibility for several international markets, and was responsible for growing KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell outside the U.S. and China. Gibbs has a strong track record as a CFO and in senior leadership roles in asset development, real estate, supply chain and information technology. Gibbs serves on the board of Sally Beauty Holdings. He received his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and holds a BSE in Applied Mathematics from the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
Natalie M. Givans MS ’89 is Senior Vice President of Booz Allen Hamilton and has 30 years of experience in system security engineering, cybersecurity, information, and mission assurance, as well as in communications, information, and transmission security. She also is a subject matter expert in cybersecurity and privacy in defense, national security, civilian agency, and health, and a senior leader in Booz Allen Hamilton’s Energy, Environment, Installations and Military Health account. A member of AFCEA International for 28 years, Givans chaired the Board of Directors from 2010 to 2012 and served as First Vice Chairman from 2008 to 2010. She was named Engineer of the Year by the District of Columbia Council of Engineering and Architectural Societies for 2009 and was one of Diversity Journal’s “Women Worth Watching” in 2011. Givans earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from MIT in 1984 and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
Charles Goldstein MS ’68 retired as Chief Scientific Officer Greater Asia for BD in 2016. He previously served as Vice President of International R & D, which included responsibility for BD Technologies. Goldstein joined BD in 1988. He led the Steering Committee responsible for BD’s Technology Leadership Development program, which is part of a broader initiative to provide a pipeline of talent for the company. Before joining BD, Goldstein led product development for Millipore Corp. in Bedford, Massachusetts. He has served on the boards of NC BIO, a local affiliate of BIO, the national biotechnology industry organization, and Ibiliti, a non-profit focused on supporting the med-tech industry in North Carolina. He was Chairman of the Board of the Singapore Bio Venture Center, a joint venture between BD and Johns Hopkins Medical. Goldstein earned a master’s degree and a doctorate from Princeton University, as well as a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the City College of New York. Johns Hopkins University recently honored Goldstein for distinguished alumni service.
Ronald L. “Ron” Gue is renowned throughout the healthcare industry as a major pioneer and knowledge leader in the field of hospital information systems. Gue earned a BES and PhD. in Mathematical Sciences from the Johns Hopkins University. He began his career as a college professor at the University of Florida, followed by three years at Southern Methodist University, where he founded and chaired the University’s Computer Sciences Department. He founded The Medicus Corporation, a hospital IT outsourcing company, which was eventually acquired by HBO Corporation (now McKesson Healthcare Services). Gue later acquired and led Medical Systems International Corporation. Gue also has served as a healthcare IT consulting practice leader/partner for national consulting firms, including Arthur Young & Co. and Dorenfest & Associates, working with U.S. and international healthcare organizations. He is the author of a textbook and many articles published in refereed professional journals. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Whiting School of Engineering of the Johns Hopkins University.
Roger Hajjar ’86 is the Director of the Cardiovascular Research Center, Director of The Helmsley Trust Translational Research Center, and is the Arthur and Janet C. Ross Professor of Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Hajjar’s laboratory has made important basic science discoveries that were translated into clinical trials. Most recently, Hajjar and his researchers have identified a possible new drug target for treating or preventing heart failure. Hajjar earned his bachelor’s in biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins and his M.D. at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health, Sciences and Technology in 1990.
Suzanne Jenniches MS ‘79, who retired as Vice President and General Manager of the Government Systems Division of Northrup Grumman Corp.’s Electronic Systems Sector in 2010, is a female pioneer in the field of engineering. Her 41-year career included a variety of positions at Westinghouse Electric Corp., where she was the company’s first woman engineer and where she began as a computerized test engineer and later managed Systems & Technology Operations. (In 1996, Northrop Grumman Corporation acquired the Westinghouse Electronics Systems.) Jenniches earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Clarion State College in 1970. She then taught high school biology for five years while pursuing her master’s degree in environmental engineering at the Johns Hopkins University’s evening college, where she was the only female studying engineering. Jenniches also did extensive post-graduate work in international affairs at The Catholic University of America, and she attended the Harvard Business School program in Management Development. She is past president of the National Society of Women Engineers and was honored in 2000 with that group’s Achievement Award. She was the founding chair of the Engineering Programs for Professionals Advisory Council at the Johns Hopkins University from 2003 to 2006 and was named a Johns Hopkins Distinguished Alumna in 2006.
Charles Johnson-Bey, Ph.D. ’89 is Senior Manager and Baltimore Site Lead for Engineering at Lockheed Martin, where he has worked for 12 years, with increasing levels of responsibility in areas of advanced technology and strategy. He also is the founder of Beysix Consulting.
Johnson-Bey has demonstrated experience in designing and executing projects that exist at the intersection of technology, strategy and business to create value and open up new opportunities. His expertise has spanned the commercial industry, the defense industry, and academia.
At Lockheed Martin, he recently served as the Corporate Open Innovation Program Manager for Corporate Engineering and Technology, where responsibilities included program performance and strategic coordination of the corporation’s innovative research activities through technology collaborations with the Department of Energy-funded National Laboratories, as well as Fortune 50 companies. He received his BS degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in 1989, and earned both a master’s and a doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware.
Landon S. King is Executive Vice Dean for Johns Hopkins Medicine, where he oversees research administration, policy coordination and the identification and coordination of technology transfer opportunities. He earned his medical degree in 1989 from Vanderbilt University and first came to Hopkins that year as an intern on the Osler Medical Service. As a postdoctoral fellow and later, after joining the faculty as an assistant professor in 1997, he undertook important studies of water channels in the lung with 2003 Nobel Laureate Peter Agre. In 2005, he was selected to be the Director of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation in 2006 for work on aquaporin water channels. His work currently focuses on mechanisms regulating repair of lung injury.
Jerry A. Krill is Assistant Director for Science and Technology and Chief Technology Officer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He joined APL in the 1970s, where he led the conception, enabling technologies and design of the Cooperative Engagement Capability for the U.S. Navy. (The CEC is a reconfigurable data-sharing sensor network that provides Navy battle groups with a common operating air picture.) In 1996, he served as technical lead for the Navy’s “Mountain Top” advanced concept technology demonstration in Kauai: an event that validated the cooperative engagement concept embodied in today’s Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air capability. Krill holds 20 patents and has written more than 100 papers and major technical documents. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Michigan State University and his doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Gilbert Levin ’47, MS 48, Ph.D ‘63, founded Biospherics Research Inc. (now Spherix Inc.), where he was CEO and President until 2003, and where he served as Chairman of the Board until 2007. He retired from the company in 2008. Levin’s innovative approaches to detecting microbial life led NASA to award him a series of contracts to develop methods for the detection of extraterrestrial life in spacecraft missions, including the Viking mission to Mars. Among Levin’s notable inventions are low-calorie sweeteners, therapeutic drugs, radioisotope methods for the rapid detection and identification of microorganisms, safe-for-humans pesticides, and wastewater treatment processes including biological nutrient removal. He has published over 150 papers in scientific and technology journals, and has been awarded more than 50 patents. Levin’s awards include the Distinguished Alumnus Medal from Johns Hopkins, the Public Service Medal from NASA, the Newcomb-Cleveland Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the IR-100 Award from Industrial Research Magazine. He earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, his master’s in sanitary engineering, and his doctorate in environmental engineering -all from the Johns Hopkins University.
Maria Maroulis ’96, MS ’01, currently leads the global animal health business at Depuy Synthes, the orthopedic device arm of Johnson & Johnson. She has worked for DePuy Synthes for more than 11 years, where she has successfully established businesses in adjacent and new market areas for the company. Maroulis has an extensive background in global marketing, channel development, product development and launch, manufacturing and sales, in both the medical device and defense industries. Previously, she worked as both a design engineer and proposal manager for Northrop Grumman’s Naval Division in Annapolis. Maroulis holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Johns Hopkins and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She served as a Young Trustee for Johns Hopkins from 1996 to 2000, and she also serves on the Visiting Committee for the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Aristides “Aris” Melissaratos ’66 is Dean of the School of Business and Leadership at Stevenson University. He also the Founder of The Aris Institute and served as the Senior Advisor for Technology Enterprise Development to the President of the Johns Hopkins University for eight years. Melissaratos was the State of Maryland’s Secretary of Business and Economic Development from 2003 to 2007. He worked for Westinghouse Electric Corporation for 32 years, retiring as Chief Technology Officer and Vice President for Science and Technology, responsible for research and development. Before that he was Chief Operations Officer for the company’s Defense Electronics Group, responsible for $3.2 billion dollars in sales. He also founded Armel Scientifics, LLC, which has invested in more than 30 start-up companies in advanced technology. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University and his master’s degree in engineering management from the George Washington University in 1969.
Terry F. Neimeyer MS ’80 is Chairman and CEO of KCI Technologies Inc. As a professional engineer registered in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas and North Carolina, he has co-authored two technical training manuals for the National Asphalt Paving Association and has written technical papers on designing above-ground landfills, protecting Delaware’s Inland Bays through the land treatment of wastewater, and using a dual-chemical treatment process to control the infestation of zebra mussels in Maryland waters. Neimeyer earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Delaware in 1977, a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins, and a master’s degree in business administration from Wilmington College in 1985. He has served many professional organizations at the local, regional, and national levels, including Chairman of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) and the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).
Nicholas Paraskevopoulos is Vice President of Advanced Maritime and Integrated Air and Missile Defense for the Advanced Concepts and Technologies Division of the Electronics Systems Sector at Northrop Grumman. He joined the company in 2003 and has held a variety of leadership positions there, including Vice President of Engineering, Director of Advanced Technology and Systems, and Director of CORE (Internal R&D) Technologies. Previously, he was Vice President of R & D and Engineering for Terk Technologies, where he headed up the development of projects ranging from the multi-satellite dish for DIRECTV to the first XM Satellite Radio car antenna to developing the HDTV specification standards for digital TV accessories. During his tenure in consumer electronics, his technical teams delivered more than 30 new products from concept to consumer. Paraskevopoulos has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s and doctorate from Rutgers University–all in electrical engineering. Additionally, he has completed the General Management Program at Harvard Business School.
George D. Pillari ’84 is Chief Restructuring Officer for the Nevada Cancer Institute and CRO and Interim Chief Executive Officer of 899 Charleston, a senior living facility in northern California. For more than two decades, he has worked as an advisor, CRO and CEO of hospital systems, clinics, laboratories, and other health care organizations, including as Chief Operations Advisor to Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System and at the Community Health Network of Washington. He also co-founded Solucient, leading it from start-up through its initial public offering and management as a public company for four years before its sale to The Thomson Corporation. In 1996, Pillari was named Entrepreneur of the Year for the health care industry in Baltimore. He is a charter member of the Society of Engineering Alumni and was recognized with the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2004.
Krishnan Rajagopalan ‘82, MS ’83, is the Global Head of Practices for Heidrick & Struggles and a member of the managing committee. Business Week recognized him in 2008 as one of the “100 Most Influential Executive Recruiters in the World.” Before joining Heidrick & Struggles, he was a vice president/partner with A.T. Kearney Consulting. During his tenure with A.T. Kearney, he focused on strategy, operations/procurement, and e-business across a wide array of industries including technology services, hi-tech, and manufacturing. Rajagopalan also worked as a consultant with Price Waterhouse and as a lead engineer with Harris Corporation. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Johns Hopkins University and a master’s in business administration from the University of Chicago.
Joseph R. Reynolds ’69 is the founder and President of RTI Group, LLC and Anamet, Inc. based in the U.S., as well as the founder and chairman of the London-based firm Reynolds Technological Inquiries Limited, RTI Ltd. Reynolds also is co-founder of FTI Consulting, Inc. He is an internationally recognized forensic engineer and an authority regarding the investigation and analysis of large-loss accidents and failures. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins and did post-graduate work there in physics and mathematics. He is the founding Chairman of the Johns Hopkins University Society of Engineering Alumni and is a guest lecturer and Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Whiting School of Engineering. He also serves as a member of the Biomedical Engineering Advisory Board, and the Applied Mathematics and Statistics Department Advisory Network and is the past president of the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association. He is an Emeritus Trustee of the Board of Trustees for the University.
Marshal L. Salant ’80 is the Head of Citi’s Alternative Energy Finance Group in the Capital Markets Origination Division. He previously worked at Morgan Stanley, where he was a member of the Capital Markets Management Committee, Head of the Global Structured Products Group, Global Head of the Structured Credit Transactions Group, and Co-Head of the New York Derivative Products group. Salant has broad experience as a financial engineer in structured finance and new product development of new and complex financial instruments. He holds both a B.A. and a B.E.S. degree in mathematical sciences from the Johns Hopkins University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Michael G. Stolarik ’73 is the president of QinetiQ North America, which develops, delivers, and supports technology products for defense, security, civilian, utility, and commercial customers worldwide. He previously served as the President of the QinetiQ North America Mission Solutions Group and as President and Chief Operating Officer for Analex Corporation, which purchased QNA in 2004. Stolarik began his professional career in 1975 as a staff member with BDM International, rising to the position of Corporate Vice President and eventually leaving to become President and CEO of Space Applications Corporation and then Executive Vice President and COO of GRC International. Other positions include Executive Vice President of the Technical Resources Sector of Titan Corporation and the managing partner of the INSIGHT Consulting Group.
William J. Stromberg ’82 is President and CEO of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., and is a member of its Board of Directors. He is the chairman of the firm’s Management Committee and Management Compensation Committee. Mr. Stromberg served as the head of Equity from 2009 to 2015 and the head of U.S. Equity from 2006 to 2009. He also served as a director of Equity Research from 1996 to 2006, as a portfolio manager of the Capital Opportunity Fund (2000 to 2007) and the Dividend Growth Fund (1992 to 2000), and as an equity investment analyst from 1987 to 1992. Prior to joining the firm in 1987, Mr. Stromberg was employed by Westinghouse Defense as a systems engineer. He earned a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Mr. Stromberg also has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He currently serves on the Johns Hopkins University Board of Trustees and the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering Advisory Council. Mr. Stromberg previously served nine years on the Catholic Charities Board of Trustees, with two years as Board President.
David E. Swirnow MS `93 is president of Quantum Capital LLC, Pinnacle Development Investors LLC, and Avenere Cladding LLC, as well as of Primary Acoustics LLC and Swirnow Structures LLC. His career started in construction product sales in 1980. He later acquired his family’s business and established Swirnow Building Systems℠. Swirnow received a Masters of Science degree in Real Estate from Johns Hopkins University in 1993. Two years later, he started making real estate investments. Over the last 20 years, Swirnow —or entities he controls— have been involved as investors, managers, or both, in more than 100 businesses. Today, he participates in more than 50 such active ventures. As of October 1, 2015 Swirnow and his partners have successfully launched the industry’s premier realty brand in the region. Between his real estate interests and building systems group, Swirnow has been involved in hundreds of commercial buildings of all types. Principal interests include multi-unit residential projects such as The Pinnacle at One Harborview Drive, as well as the Harborview Community.
George Sykes ’91 is Senior Managing Director for Guggenheim Partners in New York. He launched his hedge fund, GS Gamma Investments, which is affiliated with Guggenheim Partners, in 2004. The fund has been ranked in Barron’s top 100 hedge funds on three separate occasions, and is focused on agency mortgage-backed securities. George began his career in the Taxable Fixed Income division of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ) in 1991. From 1991 to 1993, he was a vice president in DLJ’s Mortgage Research Department, profiled as the #1 ranked mortgage research team in Institutional Investor magazine, and in 1994 moved into mortgage trading. He left DLJ in 1995 to co-found Links Securities Inc. (now Guggenheim Capital Markets), a broker-dealer focused on mortgage-backed securities, where he managed its trading desk until 2004. George’s research on mortgage-backed securities has been published in the Journal of Fixed Income. He serves as Co-Chair of the Whiting School’s Campaign Committee, and was one of its first members. George also has served on the advisory board for the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics’ Financial Mathematics Master’s Program. He earned a BA degree in mathematical sciences and economics from The Johns Hopkins University in 1991.
William F. Ward ’67 is a director and shareholder for Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc., a leading packaging automation group. Previously, Ward was sole stockholder and Chief Executive Officer of Ward Machinery Company, an innovative firm founded by Ward’s father, the late engineer William Ward Sr. ’40. Ward Machinery was acquired by Barry-Wehmiller in 2002. Ward has served since 1996 as a Johns Hopkins University Trustee and also sits on the campaign and Applied Physics Laboratory steering committees. He is co-chair of the Whiting School Campaign Committee. In 2004, Ward was honored with a Hopkins Alumni Heritage Award. In 1996, he established the William F. Ward Sr. Distinguished Professorship to honor his late father.
Daniel White ’74 is Executive Vice President at Whiting-Turner and has been with that company since 1969. He was promoted to Vice President in 1983, Senior Vice President in 1994 and to his current position in 2004. Before joining Whiting-Turner, White spent two years doing construction, surveying, and operating heavy equipment, and two years on active duty with the U.S. Navy “Seabees,” which included a tour in Vietnam. Over the years, his responsibilities have included completing many semiconductor projects for IBM, the Ravens’ football stadium, as well as other notable local projects, such as renovating the Hippodrome Theater.
Jun Wu MS ’98, Ph.D. ’03 is a research scientist with Google, working on the design and implementation of algorithms for information retrieval and natural language processing. Born and raised in Beijing, he earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science (’89) and a master’s degree in electrical engineering (’93) at Tsinghua University.
Michael J. Zinner, M.D. ’67 is Chief Executive Officer and the Executive Medical Director of the Miami Cancer Institute Baptist Health South Florida. He also serves at the Moseley Professor of Surgery Emeritus at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Zinner is the former Surgeon-in-Chief of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Clinical Director of the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center and the Crowley Family Distinguished Chair in the Department of Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is a member of the editorial boards of several surgical journals, including Annals of Surgery, Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery and the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. He is the past and current Editor for “Maingot’s Abdominal Operations”, a textbook and atlas used worldwide. Zinner is a past President of the Association for Academic Surgery, past President of the Society of the University Surgeons and past President of the Society of Surgical Chairman. He previously served as a Director of the American Board of Surgery, a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, and a member of the Board of Directors of Collegium Internationale Chirurgiac Digestivae. In 2008, he received the National Award for the Advancement of Women in Surgery from the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS). He was the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) from 2008 to 2010, and now is a Regent of the College. In 2004, Zinner established the Center for Surgery and Public Health, which focuses on health care quality, safety and effectiveness, as well as global surgical care. He is Chairman of the Health Policy and Advocacy Committee for the American College of Surgeons. He is an adjunct professor at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Zinner also has served on hospital and health care boards across the country, and is a member of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation National Advisory Committee beginning in 2013.
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