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MEAM Distinguished Alumni

Our alumni find themselves in all areas of engineering and academia. Whether they have been part of our undergraduate or graduate programs (or both), our students are prepared to enter the world as practiced professionals. Take a look below at our spotlighted alum, or use the links at the right to see some statistics on our graduates.

Alumni Spotlight:

Krishna P. Singh (MSE '69, PhD '72)
Founder, President and CEO, Holtec International

Singh is the founder, president and chief executive officer of Holtec International in Marlton, N.J., an energy-technology company he established in 1986.  Holtec customers include more than 150 U.S. power-generation stations and more than 80 commercial nuclear-power plants.  More than 80 percent of all spent nuclear fuel produced in the United States, South Korea, Mexico, Brazil, Taiwan and the United Kingdom is stored with Holtec equipment. Singh is a member of the Penn Engineering Board of Overseers and has served as an adjunct professor of mechanical engineering at Penn.  He is a member of the American Nuclear Society, a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a director of the Nuclear Energy Institute.  He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in 1972 from Penn and a MAster of Science in engineering mechanics in 1969, also from Penn.

Garrett Reisman (BSE '91)
NASA Astronaut

Reisman is a graduate of the Penn Management and Technology Program and holds a BS in both Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from Penn Engineering and in Economics from the Wharton School of Business. After graduating from Penn, Reisman went on to earn his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology.

Reisman served with both the Expedition-16 and the Expedition-17 crews as a flight engineer aboard the International Space Station. He launched with the STS-123 crew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on March 11, 2008, and returned to Earth with the crew of STS-124 aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery on June 14, 2008. During his three month tour of duty aboard the Space Station, Reisman performed one spacewalk totaling more than seven hours of extra-vehicular activity and executed numerous tasks with the Space Station robotic arm and the new robotic manipulator, Dextre.

Netta Gurari (BSE '04)
PhD Candidate, Johns Hopkins University

Netta is a mechanical engineer with interdisciplinary training in engineering and experiences in the neurosciences. Currently she is a member of the Johns Hopkins University Haptics Laboratory being advised by Professor Allison Okamura. Her interest lies in robotics along with human modeling and the neurosciences. As an undergraduate, her research focused on the biomechanics of the human body. For fifteen months, she worked in Dr. David Solomon's Vestibular Ocular Motor Research Laboratory as part of an ongoing project at Penn. The mission was to better understand the vestibular ocular reflex (VOR) and its contribution to orienting oneself with the ground. In her study, she revised a model of a pivoting motion into a more mathematically and anatomically accurate one, performed biomechanical testing, and created a simulation that supported her hypothesized turning model. Now in her fourth year of graduate studies, she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University. The focus of her research is robotics and haptics applied to prosthetics, especially investigating methods of providing upper-limb prosthesis users with haptic feedback, which includes the sense of touch, so that prosthesis users can better interact with their surroundings.