Dirk Brady received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from The George Washington University and spent most of his career with Mohawk Brush Company, a division of the Fuller Brush Company, where he was a machine designer, chief engineer, plant manager, and vice-president in charge of plant management. Mr. Brady later began a second career working for Ziff-Davis Publishing in charge of special projects and later as a consultant. He also was chairman of the Red Cross Disaster Services, and later became active in politics, serving as a member of the Board of Adjustments and Planning and Zoning Board for Cocoa Beach, Florida.
Mario Cardullo earned a master's degree in engineering administration from The George Washington University, and after graduation served as the counselor on technology and entrepreneurship to the Under Secretary of Commerce for the International Trade Administration. Author of more than 130 papers, books, and articles in the fields of technology management, technology entrepreneurship, energy, and systems engineering, Mr. Cardullo also served as a technology advisor or consultant to companies or governmental commissions in China, Japan, and Italy, as well as the American Red Cross, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the International Energy Agency. Mr. Cardullo has also been the founder or principal in a number of technology companies and is the inventor of one of the basic patents for the RFID-TAG devices (E-Zpass, Fast Toll, etc.), for which he was nominated for the Lemelson-MIT Prize (2003) and the Presidential National Medal of Technology (2004). At Communications Satellite Corporation (COMSAT), he conceived of the Maritime and Mobile Communications Satellite Program (IMARSAT) and the highly successful Rescue Satellite System. Mr. Cardullo was awarded the Bronze Medal for Outstanding Service from the U.S. Department of Energy, in addition to numerous other awards and official recognition.
Stanley Crane earned his bachelor's degree in engineering from The George Washington University and began working in the railroad industry. He started as a hands-on railroad man and moved up to the chairmanship of Southern Railway Company before retiring in 1980. In 1981, he came out of retirement to take over the helm at Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail), a federally-owned and unprofitable railroad. He is credited with turning it around in the 1980s. Upon Mr. Crane's retirement from Conrail, the company established the L. Stanley Crane Professorship of Engineering at GW with a $1 million endowment gift "to acknowledge Mr. Crane's outstanding 51-year railroad industry career, and especially his unparalleled contributions to the success of Conrail." Throughout his life, Mr. Crane remained committed to GW. He was a member of the GW Board of Trustees from 1978 until 1991 and a member of the Medical Center Advisory Council in 1993. He was a governing board member of the GW Alumni Association and received the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award in 1978. Mr. Crane was Treasurer of the $75 million Campaign for GW launched in October 1995.
Emilio Fernandez co-founded Pulse Electronics during his senior year at the University of Maryland School of Engineering, where he earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. After earning his master's degree in engineering administration from The George Washington University, he devoted his full efforts to Pulse Electronics to develop railway monitors and control systems, where he remained the president and CEO until the company was acquired in 1995. Since then, Mr. Fernandez has established several ventures. The George Washington University has awarded him the Engineer Alumni Achievement Award and the University's Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. Mr. Fernandez is currently vice chairman of the Board of Visitors at the Clark School of Engineering and a trustee of the University of Maryland Foundation Board, and he is an emeritus trustee on the Board of Trustees of The George Washington University.
Michael Lorenzo graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor's degree and received his master's degree in engineering administration from The George Washington University. Mr. Lorenzo was appointed Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (International Programs and Technology) in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering in 1981. Prior to that, he served in a variety of application engineering and managerial positions at the Defense and Electronic Systems Center and Civil Systems Division of the Westinghouse Electric Corporation, which he joined following a distinguished civil service career with the United States Navy and United States Air Force. Mr. Lorenzo also had a distinguished military career, which included over 140 combat sorties flown as a naval aviator in combat zones during WWII and the Korean conflict. During this time, he was the recipient of 16 military decorations. Mr. Lorenzo is the author of approximately 70 publications including a book and a patent. He was awarded the Engineer Alumni Achievement Award by the GW Engineer Alumni Association in 1982.
Vernon Yates earned his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from The George Washington University. During his 38-year career, he was involved in early stage business activities in the radio, computer, telecom and software industries. He worked for Collins Radio and was intimately involved with the communications systems for the Gemini, Apollo, Lunar Lander, and Manned Orbiting Lab programs, as well as the Manned Space Flight Network built by NASA. Later, he joined NCR, where he was appointed vice president and general manger of the Personal Computer Division. After retiring from NCR, he was appointed CEO of a venture capital-backed telecommunications company. Mr. Yates subsequently started an angel investment group in San Diego that is now part of the Tech Coast Angels, the largest angel investment group in the United States.
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