Class Notes: Spring 2016

Louis Withers, BSME 1951, is a retired engineer in Oxnard, Calif. During his career, he worked on nuclear weapons for the U.S. Navy. He also worked for Sandia National Laboratories and Lockheed Aircraft.

Edward Nairn, BSME 1965, is a governing board member of the Highlands Hospital Corp. and Highlands Health System in Prestonsburg, Ky. He was presented the Healthcare Governance Award for his nearly 40 years of dedication to Highlands and the region’s medical and health care needs. He is president and corporate officer of Nairn Inc., a building and design company, and was the owner of Elliot Co.

Ed Glasscock, BSCE 1966, is chairman emeritus at the law firm of Frost Brown Todd LLC in Louisville, Ky., where he was the managing partner. He was awarded a 2015 Presidential Medal by University of Louisville President James Ramsey, which recognizes organizations and individuals for advancing the mission of the University of Louisville.

Nicholas Nicholson, MSCE 1973, is the owner of Nicholson Engineering Associates in Brooksville, Fla. He is chairman of the Hernando County Commission and has served on the county’s planning and zoning commission and on the Hernando Waterway Restoration Council and the Florida Building Commission.

Robert Patterson, BSCS, 1977, lives in Nicholasville, Ky., and is a retired senior information technology specialist after nearly 31 years with IBM.

Ronald Foster, BSME 1979, is the owner and president of Foster Supply Inc., headquartered in Scott Depot, W.Va. He is also president of A+ Medical Equipment and a member of the Putnam Rotary Club.

Javaid Masoud, BSCS 1982, has been appointed as chief technology officer at Cellnovo Group, a medical technology company marketing the first mobile, connected, all-in-one diabetes management system. He previously worked at Sorin Group and Medtronic USA.

Anne Wright Hornback, BSCS 1987, is a managing partner of the women’s wealth division at Lamkin Wealth Management in Louisville, Ky.

Robert Osborne, BSEE 1988, is the chief operating officer of the Ohio Valley Electric Corp., in Piketon, Ohio. He was the managing director of field and support services for American Electric Power.

Nathan Boyd, BSME 1993, is the director of product integrity at Harley-Davidson in Milwaukee, Wisc. He previously worked for Brother International Corp.

John Leland, Ph.D. ME 1994, is the vice president for research for the University of Dayton and executive director of the University of Dayton Research Institute.

Charles White, BSCE 1994, is the senior managing engineer at Barton & Loguidice, headquartered in Syracuse, N.Y. He was elected president of the Syracuse section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Harsha Wijesiri, BSCE 1998, MSCE 2005, is president of Integrated Engineering, a consulting engineering firm he founded in 2006. The company was named the 2015 Small Business of the Year at the Commerce Lexington Salute to Small Business Awards luncheon.

Patrick Leighty, BSCE 2001, is an engineer for Lawrence County in Ironton, Ohio. He was an engineer with E.L. Robinson Engineering in Ironton.

Jason Lowe, BSCE 2001, is the office manager of the Huntsville, Ala., office of Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon, Inc., which is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. He was the civil department manager for SSOE Group and a civil engineer in the U.S. Air Force.

Casey Tyree, BSCE 2001, is a company vice president and the Knoxville civil group leader for Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon, Inc., which is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. He is also a U.S. Navy veteran and was a reaction propulsion division officer aboard the USS Nimitz.

Scott Walker, BSCE 2001, is a facility engineer at Toyota USA in Erlanger, Ky. He was previously a senior traffic engineer at Parsons Brinckerhoff. He was recently named a Rising Star by the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

Jeremy Arnold, BSCE 2002, is the vice president of Waldrop Engineering PA, which has offices in Bonita Springs and Riverview, Fla. He was the director of engineering in Waldrop’s Bonita Springs office.

Aaron Sprowl, BSME 2002, is a project engineer at the Louisville division of the M.G. Newell Corp. He was plant engineer at Dean Foods.

Jonathan Black, Ph.D. ME 2006, is an associate professor of aerospace and ocean engineering and associate director of research for aerospace systems at the Ted and Karen Hume Center for National Security and Technology at Virginia Tech. He was recently named a Northrup Grumman Senior Faculty Fellow by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

Tathagata Ghosh, Ph.D. MNG 2013, is an assistant professor of mining engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He was named to the executive committee of the Coal and Energy Division of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration.

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Alumnus Worthington Wins GE Edison Award

Thanks to 1982 electrical engineering alumnus Tim
Worthington, the college was presented with a $25,000
gift from GE last fall. The donation was part of GE’s
Edison Award program, which is presented each year to
individuals from across GE who demonstrate technical
excellence, customer impact and organizational

Edison Award recipients receive a $25,000 grant to fund
research at the university of their choice. Worthington,
who has been working with the College of Engineering
for several years on various projects, including the
Solar Decathlon and as part of the Power and Energy
Institute of Kentucky advisory board, chose his alma
mater to receive the monetary award.

At UK, Worthington also met his wife of 31 years. His
oldest daughter graduated from the university in 2012
and his youngest daughter is currently a junior.
“I have a lifetime of ties to UK through sports and
education,” Worthington said.

The funds will support research focused on developing
cost-effective zero energy housing—a renewable energy
system that can offset all or most of its annual energy
consumption. The funds will allow engineering students
to learn about sustainable energy sources that can
supplement the growing demand for larger power plants
and could reduce negative impacts on the environment.


in memorium spring 2016