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Jenni King

For immediate release:
October 6, 2006

Carnegie Mellon To Present Alumni Awards During Homecoming and Reunion Weekend

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University will honor more than a dozen individuals with alumni awards for merit and service as part of its Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, Oct. 12-15. The Alumni Awards Ceremony will be held at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 13 in Rangos Ballroom in the University Center. Awards to be presented at the ceremony include:

Distinguished Achievement

Frederick H. Dill (S'54, S'56, E'58): A distinguished engineer at Hitachi, where he leads research and development of microdevices for data storage and retrieval, Dill holds more than 30 technology patents. He developed the semiconductor laser that became the basis for CD players and was the lead inventor of video RAM. Dill resides in San Jose, Calif.

Lawrence R. Sulak (S'66): A household name in particle physics circles, Sulak has been initiator and principle investigator on most of the significant large detector programs throughout the world. In the 1990s, he and his collaborators built a detector that revealed the first indication of science beyond the Standard Model of particle physics. Sulak is the David M. Myers Distinguished Professor and Chairman of the Physics Department at Boston University.

Distinguished Service

Virginia W. Schatz (A'43): Schatz has served the Carnegie Mellon community as a volunteer for years, donating her time to the Alumni Association Board, Carnegie Mellon Women's Association Board and Libraries Development Board, to name a few. A resident of Pittsburgh, she also volunteers with the Jane Holmes Residence and Gardens, Sigma Alpha Iota National Fraternity for Women in Music, and Shadyside Presbyterian Church.


Iris Rainer Dart (A'66): Combining her love for writing and the performing arts, Dart has crafted a career as a television writer and novelist. She worked on the writing teams for the sitcom "That Girl," starring Marlo Thomas, and wrote for "The Sonny and Cher Show" and its spin-off, "Cher." Dart is best known for her novels, including "Beaches," which was adapted into a film starring Bette Midler. She lives in Pebble Beach, Calif.

Raymond Gindroz (A'63, '65): Gindroz is co-founder and chairman of Urban Design Associates (UDA), and leads the architectural firm's efforts to revitalize cities by transforming inner-city neighborhoods and public housing projects into traditional mixed-income neighborhoods. The architect and urban designer also works with downtown areas to attract new development. UDA has received more than 70 awards for its work in urban design and architecture. Gindroz makes his home in Pittsburgh.

Aaronel deRoy Gruber (MM'40): During her 40-year career, this award-winning artist has had hundreds of solo art exhibits throughout the world. A Pittsburgh resident, Gruber's paintings, sculptures and photographs are part of the permanent collections of the Butler Institute of American Art, the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Frick Art Museum, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and the Kawamura Museum of Modern Art in Japan.

Wilbur C. Thomas (E'44): A prolific inventor, Thomas began creating solutions for the automobile industry in 1946. He developed the Theory of Shearing, which introduced new processes of separating metal; created the curved vector knife, which made manufacturing metal coils more efficient; and invented a cover for Ford's annealing furnaces that is still used today. One of his more recent inventions directed Thomas' attention to automotive stamping and helped his company become a major supplier for GM, Chrysler, Ford, Nissan, Honda, Ogihara and Toyota. Thomas lives in Detroit.


Ivan M. Faigen (E'48) and Sema Moskovitz Faigen (MM'49): The Faigens, who live in Wayland, Mass., have volunteered for the university in many capacities, each serving as president of the Boston Alumni Association and as class fundraising representatives. An entrepreneur, Ivan is chairman of Stainless Steel Coatings, one of seven companies that he founded. A former teacher, Sema remains committed to education through volunteer work with the League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women.

Student Service

Menna Mulugetta (TPR'07): A senior business administration major, Mulugetta has served as finance manager and president of Carnegie Mellon's Student College (StuCo), an educational organization that provides Carnegie Mellon students with the opportunity to share knowledge through self-designed courses. Mulugetta, of Ithaca, N.Y., has also lent her time and talents as a student representative to the Tepper School's President's Advisory Board and as campus liaison for Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, an organization that assists minority students applying for business internships.

Ramzi J. Ramsey (TPR'07): Ramsey, a senior business administration major, has served Carnegie Mellon as a community advisor and resident assistant. He has been president of the Carnegie Mellon Business Association, vice president of the Undergraduate Finance Association and scholarship chairman for Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Ramsey, of Sacramento, Calif., has also served the Pittsburgh community through involvement with Woodlands Camp for children with cerebral palsy.

Faculty Service

Cindy Limauro: A professor of lighting design in the School of Drama, Limauro is an academic advisor to 28 students, mentor to nine graduate lighting students and lighting advisor to nine doctoral candidates. Limauro, who resides in Pittsburgh, supports and educates Carnegie Mellon alumni by maintaining relationships with alumni and others in the lighting profession, providing a pathway for students to interact with industry leaders and an opportunity for alumni to continue their involvement with Carnegie Mellon.

Susanne Slavick: Slavick, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art, has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the support and education of Carnegie Mellon alumni by establishing a sense of community among art alumni and reconnecting them with their alma mater. In addition to teaching and maintaining her own artistic career, Slavick keeps in touch with alumni and works to promote their careers. A resident of Pittsburgh, she has more than 25 years experience teaching at the university level and an international exhibition record at venues in cities ranging from New York to Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

Honorary Alumnus

Arthur C. Schwotzer (HA'06): Schwotzer, who will turn 80 on Oct. 27, helped create Carnegie Mellon's Academy for Lifelong Learning and served as a director, study leader and lecturer. In 2000, he became a charter member and vice president of Cornerstones, the Center for Architecture, Development and Building, and later served as its president. The Pittsburgh resident has been involved in real estate, development and building since the 1950's and serves as chairman of Crossgates Inc. and CEO of A.C. Schwotzer Inc.

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