Hall of Fame 2007

Hall of Fame 2007

Lieutenant Colonel David M. Branham, Class of 1977

Branham earned his Bachelor Degree in Communications/Journalism from the University of Akron and his Master’s Degree in National Security & Strategic Studies from Naval War College. He is currently a Public Affairs Specialist/Spokesman for the United States Marine Corps. He has also worked as a Program Manager and Chief of Public Affairs for the Naval Surface Warfare Center;  the Director of Public Affairs for the 89th Airlift Wing ("The President's Wing") and the 459th Airlift Wing; a Liaison for the US Embassy  Office Baghdad; the Chief of Public Affairs for the Air Force Command, Control, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance Center(AFC2ISRC); and a Media Spokesman/Television-Movie Liaison for the US Marshals Service.

Branham has been published in Proceedings Magazine and the C4ISR Journal. He lives in Fredericksburg, VA.

Dr. William B. Herrmannsfeldt, Class of 1949

Herrmannsfeldt earned his Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics from the University of Illinois. His thesis, on Electro-Neutrino Angular Correlation Measurements, was the definitive experiment determining the nature of the beta-decay interaction. Herrmannsfeldt has worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center; he served as Acting Branch Chief for Research and Development (for Accelerator Technology) in the Office of High Energy Physics of the Energy Research and Development Administration; he was a member of the Fusion Power Advisory Committee for the Secretary of Energy; and he is a fellow of the American Physical Society, serving as a member of the Executive Committee of the Division of Physics of Beams.

Herrmannsfeldt has been featured in National Geographic. He was pictured on a 33 cent US postage stamp in which he was aligning laser beams from two miles away in order to focus an electron accelerator, a process he developed himself. Herrmannsfeldt lives in Los Altos, CA.

Kenneth J. Reid, Class of 1983

Reid earned his Bachelor Degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and his Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He worked at the Naval Surface Warfare Center as an undergraduate and the Naval Surface Warfare Center after graduating. He is currently an Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. Reid has won numerous awards for his teaching, including a regional Illinois/Indiana Outstanding Teacher Award from the American Society for Engineering Education.

Reid has been published in scholarly journals more than 30 times. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Engineering Education at Purdue University. Reid lives in Brownsburg,  IN.

Conrad J. Storad, Jr., Class of 1975

Storad earned his Bachelor Degree in Journalism/Environmental Science from the University of Akron and his Master Degree in Mass Communication, Journalism/Science Writing from Arizona State University. He is currently the Director of the ASU Office of Research Publications, the Magazine Editor for ASU Research Magazine and Chain Reaction Magazine, and an author of children's books. Storad has had 18 books published by various publishers. Titles include:Earth's Crust;The Circulatory System;Hippos;Saguaro Cactus;Scorpions;Lizards for Lunch;Tarantulas; and many more. His bookDon't Call Me Pigwas selected by Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano to be distributed to 90,000 Arizona first graders as part of that state's literacy program.

Storad worked early in his career as a Reporter, Sports Editor, and General Manager of the Barberton Herald. He lives in Tempe, AZ.

Congresswoman Betty Sutton, Class of 1981

Sutton earned her Bachelor Degree in Political Science from Kent State University  and her Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Akron. Sutton is the current representative for the 13th District of Ohio in the US House of Representatives. Sutton has served on Barberton City Council, Summit County Council, and in the Ohio House of Representatives. Sutton was honored as the Legislator of the Year by the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers and received the Friend of Education Award from the Barberton Education Association.

In November, 2006, Sutton was the first Barberton High School graduate elected to the US Congress. When not working in Washington, DC, she lives in Copley.

Lynne M. Tracy, Class of 1982

Tracy earned her Bachelor Degree in Soviet Studies from the University of Georgia and her Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Akron. She most recently served as US Principal Officer in Astana, Kazakhstan. She has extensive service in Central and South Asian affairs, serving abroad at the US Consulate in Peshawar and the US Embassies in Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan.  Tracy also worked in the Office of Newly Independent States and in the Office of Caucasus and Central Asian Affairs. She further played a key role in a post 9/11 counter-terrorism program focused on al-Qaida-linked terrorists operating alongside Chechan fighters in the Republic of Georgia.

Tracy has received several Superior Honor Awards from the State Department. She is currently stationed in Pakistan.

Dr. Gerald W. Young, Class of 1977

Young earned his Bachelor Degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Akron and his Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics from Northwestern University. Young is the Applied Mathematics Division Coordinator in the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mathematics at the University of Akron. He has authored more than 43 journal publications, and written nine refereed proceedings papers and book chapters. Young has received more than 5 million dollars in federal grants to fund his research, and has won several awards, including: Favorite Faculty of the Year Award; Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award; Faculty Recognition Award; and the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award. Young lives in Tallmadge.

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