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Peter J. Buechi, M.S. 1970 & B.S. 1968, a regional environmental remediation engineer with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, has been elected president of the UB Engineering Alumni Association.

Thomas E. Carey, Ph.D. 1973, received the Distinguished Research Scientist Award from the University of Michigan in recognition of his outstanding research, his generosity as a colleague, teacher and mentor, and his distinguished service to that university.

Marsha S. Henderson, B.A. 1973, was named to New York Governor George Pataki’s commission honoring the achievements of women in 1998. She currently serves as president of Key Bank, N.A.’s Western New York District, where she is a career financial services executive. She also serves as director of the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY.

Robert E. Johnson, B.S. 1973, has been named interim dean of the William States Lee College of Engineering at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Charlotte. His appointment began January 1, 2000, following the retirement of Robert Snyder, who had headed the college since 1977. He joined the faculty at UNC in 1994 as chair of mechanical engineering, following 16 years on the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also began a motorsports engineering program at UNC-Charlotte that was featured on the December 29, 1998 cover of the New York Times sports page.

Roy W. Schonberg, B.A. 1973, has been promoted to the newly created position of director of information infrastructure in the Research Triangle Institute in Research Triangle Park, NC, where he will be responsible for network operations, telecommunications, server operations and network security.

Carol L. Sheffer, M.L.S. 1973, has been promoted to deputy director for planning and development for the Queensborough Public Library in New York, NY. She was formerly director of programs and services at the library.

Ronald J. Szatkowski, B.S. 1973, has been appointed vice president of Mesch Engineering P.C. in Lockport, NY, where he will be responsible for mechanical and structural project concerns.

James W. Beall, B.A. 1974, has been appointed an administrative law judge for the State of California Department of Social Services.

Richard J. Langenfeld, Ed.M. 1974, has been named outstanding educator in the criminal justice field by the criminal justice alumni chapter and the criminal justice department at Buffalo State College. An assistant professor of criminal justice at Hilbert College in Hamburg, NY, he was honored for his contributions to education and for creating innovative courses in police management on such topics as “Police, Politics and Professionalism.”

Ellen R. Pasternack, B.A. 1974, is currently director of public relations for Industrial Light and Magic and Skywalker Sound; both firms are owned by director/producer George Lucas and are located in San Rafael, CA.

Joseph A Calabrese, M.B.A. 1975, a nationally recognized transit expert, has joined the executive staff of the C&S Companies. As director of national business development, he will work closely with transit systems and communities to develop, fund and complete “smart growth” initiatives. In addition to his public transit experience, he was the executive vice president of a private corporation that served the nation’s largest transit and aviation agencies. Located in Syracuse, NY, C&S Companies provides comprehensive planning, engineering design, construction, project management and technical services to industry and government.

Carl J. Dyczek, B.A. 1976, has joined the law firm of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue in Cleveland, OH, as a staff attorney.

Mark M. Sieczkarek, B.S. 1976, has been named corporate vice president and president of Bausch & Lomb’s Europe, Middle East and Africa operations, where he will lead the integrated commercial regional team. Most recently acting president of the surgical business in the European region and vice president of finance/IM&T, he joined Bausch & Lomb in 1995 as vice president and controller of the former personal products division, and later for North American Vision Care. He has also served as staff vice president of corporate development.

Donna Jordan Dusel, M.A. 1978, currently serves as president of the Buffalo Society of Artists (established in 1891), one of the oldest artists organizations in the U.S. From 1994–1998, she was the president of the Western New York branch of the National League of American Pen Women. Since 1978, she has been operating a freelance photo business and exhibiting her photography and artwork. Now working in the field of computer graphics as well, she has taught photography, art and writing courses at the college level for more than a decade.

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