Alumni Achievement Award
Santanu Das received his Doctor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Washington University in 1973. Following graduation, Das joined ITT Corporation in Columbus, Ohio, and in 1976 joined the ITT Advanced Technology Center in Shelton, Connecticut. While at ITT, Das was responsible for the development of VLSI-based telephone switching systems and workstation-based CAD systems.
In 1980, Das assumed the position of Director, System Design and Technology, in ITT's Advanced Technology Center. In 1984, he was promoted to division director in the Applied Technology Division with responsibilities relating to the office communications systems as well as digital signal processing.
Das joined Spectrum Digital Corporation in 1986 as Vice President of Engineering and was soon promoted to Vice President of Engineering and Operations. After the merger of Spectrum Digital and Micom Digital, Das became Micom Digital's president, where he was responsible for all operation activities in the marketing, sales, engineering, and manufacturing of a network T-1 multiplexer for private corporate telecommunications networks.
In 1988, Das, along with three others, founded TranSwitch Corporation, based in Shelton, Connecticut. TranSwitch designs, develops, and markets proprietary highly-integrated digital and mixed-signal semiconductor solutions for the telecommunications and data communications equipment markets. TranSwitch had its Initial Public Offering in June 1995 and is listed in NASDAQ.
Das has held the position of president and CEO of TranSwitch since its inception and has been chairman of the Board of Directors since 1997. He is a strong supporter of education and has spent endless hours participating in several university boards, including Trinity College in Connecticut.
Das and his family have three foundations to support various causes, including an orphanage in Calcutta, India, and scholarship programs in the U.S. and India.
Das resides in Monroe, Connecticut, with his wife Kabita. They have two sons, Atanu and Arnab.
George M. Johnson
Alumni Achievement Award
George Johnson graduated Tau Beta Pi with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1952. Following graduation, George served as a lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers. After his discharge, he held several engineering jobs before going to work for Frazier-Davis Construction Company. With Frazier-Davis, he was an engineer on the construction of the diversion tunnels for Arizona's Glen Canyon Dam and was project engineer for the construction of the diversion tunnels for California's Oroville Dam and the twin 2,200 foot deep mine shafts in Cleveland, Ohio.
In 1972, George founded St. Louis Bridge Company and in 1984 Osage Constructors, which together have grown to an annual volume of $30-40 million. George also began fabricating the steel needed for his construction jobs and in 1996 formed a new division of Osage Constructors called Missouri Fabricators, which was awarded the highest level of certification by the American Institute of Steel Construction.
Projects of note include the 12th and 14th Street Viaducts, the recent construction of the Cole Street overpass, the current Eads Bridge deck replacement, the deck on the Daniel Boone Bridge across the Missouri River at Chesterfield, the Illinois approach to the Clark Bridge in Alton, reconstruction of Locks 24, 25, and 27 on the Mississippi River, multiple major projects to the Poplar Street Bridge, the saving of the Highway 240 Bridge over the Missouri River during the 1993 floods, and the repairs on Interstate 64 in Summer 1998, after a trash truck knocked out a bridge pier.
George is most proud of the fact that he is a builder rather than a construction manager. He is now transferring his company's management to the next generation—his three sons, a son-in-law, a nephew, and 13 grandchildren.
George is married to Shirley Ann Kabele, a 1954 graduate of the University. They have three sons and a daughter. He has been involved over the years with Boy Scouts of America and his church and has served as a bank director, subdivision president, and currently as a trustee for the Gaylord Foundation.
Alumni Achievement Award
Laurel Kaleda is a Senior Marketing Manager in IBM's Storage System Division. In her position, she is responsible for the development and coordination of strategies for disk-storage systems, including the integration of strategic planning and portfolio management into corporate product development. Laurel collaborates with engineers, marketers, and software developers to enhance IBM's disk-storage products portfolio. She is responsible for implementing new processes that integrate the knowledge and strategies of market management into the product development process.
Her wide-ranging career with "Big Blue" spans assignments as varied as technical customer support, software quality assurance, patent engineering, systems planning, development and architecture, and even standards development and application. She has worked on products such as PCs, mainframes and their storage systems, operating systems, and applications software. Laurel has held both managerial and technical contributor positions with IBM.
In addition to her work at IBM, Laurel has been actively involved in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the IEEE Computer Society. She has served as director of the IEEE, chair of the Audit Committee, president of the IEEE Computer Society, and numerous other volunteer positions in both organizations. Laurel is a Senior Member of IEEE and has received Computer Society Meritorious Service Awards in recognition of her contributions to the organization.
Laurel began her career with IBM in 1968 in St. Louis but transferred in 1970 to San Jose, California. Married to Ray Kaleda, a consulting engineer recently retired from General Electric, together they enjoy sailing, traveling, and photography.
Laurel holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Math and Computer Science from the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Washington University and an MBA from Golden Gate University, San Francisco. She is a Registered Professional Engineer in California.
James M. Mozley, Jr.
BSChE'43, MSChE'47, PhDChE'50
Alumni Achievement Award
After graduating from Washington University in 1943 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering, Jim was immediately inducted into the U.S. Army and served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the anti-aircraft artillery. Following transfer to the infantry, he saw combat in Germany. He returned to Washington University in 1946 and earned his Master and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Chemical Engineering.
Jim joined the Atlantic Refining Company in Dallas as a research engineer investigating oil reservoir discovery and secondary oil recovery. In 1951, he went to work for E.I. du Pont de Nemours and for seven years researched chemical process control systems and acted as an industrial consultant.
In 1957 Jim accepted a position as associate professor of radiology and director of the Radiology Research Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He did major research in measuring the radiation close to humans undergoing diagnostic X-ray radiographic and fluoroscopic examinations and pioneered in developing low-light level fluoroscopic imaging systems. Jim also was a major designer and developer of instrumentation and imaging systems for the newly forming specialty of nuclear medicine.
In 1961 Jim was appointed head of radiochemistry at Johns Hopkins, where he helped develop courses in nuclear instrumentation, radiochemistry, and radiological health. He also taught in the Department of Chemical Engineering, served on the Biomedical Engineering Committee, was a consultant to the U.S. Public Health Service, and served on the National Committee on Radiation Protection.
In 1965 he accepted an appointment as professor of radiology at Upstate Medical Center, SUNY Syracuse, and as director of the Division of Bioengineering. He concurrently served as professor of chemical engineering at Syracuse University. After 20 years of research, administration, and teaching at the Medical Center and Syracuse University, he retired in 1985. Mozley and his wife Betty Conzelman Mozley reside in Camillus, New York. Their daughter, Mary Mozley Robert, lives in St. Louis.
BSME '84, MBA '86
Young Alumni Award
Christopher Chivetta received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1984 and his MBA in 1986 from the John M. Olin School of Business.
Following graduation, Chris joined McClure Engineering Associates as a project engineer. His initial responsibilities involved building system analysis, mechanical engineering design and construction administration of commercial, institutional, and health care projects. Chris was quickly promoted to project manager and took on the task of overseeing several design teams specializing in post-secondary educational facilities. In 1988, he became McClure's Vice President of Business Administration directing the firm in the areas of business management and development.
In 1990, Chris joined Hastings & Chivetta Architects, Inc. The firm, founded by his father, Anthony, and Bryce Hastings, had built a reputation for designing educational, commercial, institutional and municipal projects. Chris' experience with building system design and analysis gave the firm the expertise to begin design of post-secondary education facilities for laboratory, science, and engineering programs. In 1995, Chris became President of Hastings & Chivetta Architects and the firm has seen steady growth in staff size and revenue. Under his leadership, the firm has designed projects for the University of Missouri-Rolla, Southwest Missouri State University, Illinois Wesleyan University and the University of Southern Indiana. As a result of Chris' guidance, the science and educational facilities designed by his firm have been recognized for their outstanding ability to promote undergraduate teaching and research.
The St. Louis Business Journal recognized Chris in 1998 as one of the Top Forty Under Forty business leaders in St. Louis. He has presented at over 13 national conferences, including the Society of College and University Planning, Central Association of Physical Plant Administrators, Athletic Business, and the National Association of Independent Schools. Active in the St. Louis community, he is a board member at Des Peres Medical Center, a committee member of Ducks, Unlimited, and serves on the alumni board of Chaminade College Preparatory School.
Chris has a long history with Washington University. He currently serves as a member of the Alumni Advisory Council for the School of Engineering. His wife, Anne, received her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from Washington University. His father, mother, brother and father-in-law are all Washington University alumni. The couple has three children and reside in St. Louis.
Dr. James M. McKelvey, MSChE'47, PhDChE'50
Dr. Judith H. McKelvey, BA'58
The School of Engineering and Applied Science is the fortunate recipient of the exceptional dedication and service of Judy and Jim McKelvey. Together and individually, the McKelveys have spent countless hours providing guidance and support to the School's students, faculty members, and friends. They have inspired the support of others as well, which has enhanced the School's progress and reputation.
Although officially retired since 1996, after 39 years of service, Jim McKelvey still spends many hours each week as part of the chemical engineering department. During his 27-year tenure as dean, Jim led the School of Engineering to a position of national prominence in engineering education. He was responsible for many innovations, including the Engineers' Scholarship Program, the Dual Degree Program, and the Cooperative Education Program. Under his leadership, the physical plant of the School was substantially expanded and upgraded. Jim's research has been in the field of polymer processing, and he is recognized as one of the early leaders in this field.
Judy McKelvey received her undergraduate degree from the University in 1958 and her M.D. from the University of Rochester. She is a psychiatrist with the U.S. government, where she manages an interdisciplinary team of medical and administrative officers in the selection and processing of applicants for government positions. Judy also provides consultation and guidance for psychologists and psychiatrists in evaluating employees' clinical and work-related problems. She has directed a study on career progression for professional women employees and established a screening program for spouses and dependents assigned to overseas locations. Judy was formerly in private practice working in child and adolescent psychiatry.
The School of Engineering and Applied Science is most grateful for their enthusiasm and support!