Karlene Hoo ’77
- Three chemical engineering degrees (bachelor’s, master’s,
- Former visiting scientist at NASA and Sandia National Laboratories
- First female engineering dean at Gonzaga
BTHS major: college prep
First career: chemical engineer (Exxon, DuPont)
Second career: academic curriculum vitae of 23 pages, with more than 65 published peer-reviewed articles
Areas of expertise: dynamical system theory, artificial intelligence/ machine learning, supervisory and model-based control synthesis, and fault identification and monitoring.
Tech taught her: I entered college a disciplined learner. My roommate did not know how to compete or study. I had already learned that. Tech put me a year ahead of my college peers.
In other words... “I was interested in big data long before it became popular.”
The engineer as dean: “I use data to develop analytical trends and inform such matters as enrollment and funding projections.”
It started at Tech: “Engineering seemed to be the converging point of pure mathematics and pure science.”
Student athlete: Tech swimming and volleyball teams: “It disciplined me about studying.”
On women in engineering... “We are advancing in environmental, chemical, and biological, but not so much in mechanical and electrical.”
...And in engineering academia (where 65 out of 1,074 accredited engineering schools have female deans): “I don’t see myself as a trailblazer. But the people I hire will grow up under a different kind of dean.”
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Larry Cary ’70
Larry Cary '70, past president of the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation, passed away on December 15, 2021 from complications from cancer.more