Outstanding Young Engineering Graduates 2007

Michael Smart

Michael Smart

M.S.C.E.. 1996 (Structural Engineering)
Senior Bridge Engineer, International Bridge Technologies, Inc.

As a masters degree student in the Colleges structural engineering program, Michael Smart was known for his strong work ethic, for helping out his fellow research students at the J.J. Pickle Labs, and for his record four interceptions in the annual structural engineering football game.  As a senior bridge engineer with International Bridge Technologies, Smart is known for his perseverance and leadership on challenging bridge engineering assignments and for his ability to pick off tough problems.

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Amarpreet Sawhney

Amarpreet Sawhney

B.S.E.E 1989, M.S.E.C.E. 1991
Chief Executive Officer, I-Therapeutix, Inc.

Amarpreet Sawhney is the founder, president and chief executive officer of I-Therapeutix, Inc., a company focused on solving unmet needs in ophthalmic surgical wound closure and drug delivery.  Prior to founding I-Therapeutix, Sawhney founded two successful biosurgical companies; Confluent Surgical, a medical device company that is pioneering the development of in-situ polymerized biomaterials, which was acquired by Tyco Healthcare in 2006; and Focal, Inc., a medical sealant maker which was acquired by Genzyme Corporation in 2001. 

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Blake Battaglia

Blake Battaglia

B.S.E.E., 1996
Principal, ABRY Partners, LLC

As an undergraduate student in electrical and computer engineering, Blake Battaglia was a member of Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi engineering honor societies.

In 1998, Blake joined ABRY Partners, one of the most experienced and successful media-focused private equity funds in North America with over $2.8 billion of total equity capital under management.  During his nine-year career at ABRY, Blake has worked extensively in sourcing, structuring, financing and monitoring numerous investments in a variety of media and communications sub-sectors including broadcast television, cable television, broadband communications and outsourced business services.

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Laura O'Donnell

Laura O'Donnell

B.S.A.S.E. 1990
Owner, Synthese, LLC

Laura Johnson O'Donnell graduated with highest honors with a bachelors degree in aerospace engineering.  Not a typical aerospace engineer, ODonnell has used her business and technology strategy skills to bring the magic of satellites into millions of homes and cars.  As founder and owner of Synthese, LLC, O'Donnell specializes in business, technology and organizational strategy, as well as consumer electronics product usability and design for major clients such as Sirius Satellite Radio.

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DEG Honorees

A "Distinguished Engineering Graduate" (DEG) is a graduate who has presented him or herself to the world as a consummate professional and dedicated engineer. Learn more about past DEG honorees.