On September 20 the College of Engineering celebrated its alumni and announced the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards at a ceremony featuring a champagne toast, buffet dinner, keynote address by Associate Professor Catherine Klapperich (BME, MSE) and commanding views of Boston from the top of Boston University’s Student Village 1. The awards recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to their profession, community and alma mater.
Peter Cocolis (ENG’64), former senior director of Business and Government Affairs at Boeing, Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and negotiator in the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks, received the Service to Alma Mater award, which honors alumni who have enhanced the College of Engineering’s stature through voluntary service to BU. Cocolis has served as a member of the BU Alumni Club of Washington, D.C., regularly meeting with students and assisting them with career advice; and as president of the Cape Cod and Islands BU Alumni Network. He has also collaborated with the College of Engineering Career Development Office, helping to review resumes with students and prepare them for interviews.
Paul Karger (ENG’00), co-founder and managing partner of his own investment firm, Twin Focus Capital Partners, and a former vice president at Paine Webber, received the Distinguished Young Alumni award, which honors outstanding alumni within ten years of graduation for outstanding service to their profession or community.
Karger holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst, the gold standard in the financial world, and of Certified Investment Management Analyst (from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Finance). Within a few years of founding Twin Focus, he was named #7 on the Institutional Investor News “20 Rising Stars – Wealth Management” list. Twin Focus has grown to a 15-person team that manages over $1.5 billion in assets for a select group of ultra-high-net worth families, individuals and institutional investors.
The product of an economically disadvantaged upbringing, Karger is engaged in several philanthropic efforts aimed at empowering disadvantaged children to lead healthy, productive lives. He has contributed funds to and/or taken major leadership roles at the Epiphany School in Dorchester, the Bridge Boston Charter School and the Grow Clinic at Boston Medical Center, which provides comprehensive specialty medical, nutritional and developmental services to young children diagnosed with “failure to thrive.”
Rao Mulpuri (ENG MS’92, PhD’96), CEO of Soladigm, an emerging technology company that makes “smart windows,” and a member of the Dean’s West Coast Alumni Leadership Council, received the Service to the Profession award, which honors alumni whose work has significantly contributed to the advancement of their profession and brought them recognition within their field.
Soladigm’s highly energy-efficient dynamic glass switches from clear to tinted on demand to reflect or admit sunlight, resulting in significant energy cost savings and environmental benefits. One of the world’s biggest glass manufacturers, Guardian Industries is partnering with Soladigm to introduce its Dynamic Glass in a range of applications. In 2010, GE selected Soladigm as one of 12 winners in their first GE Ecomagination Challenge, beating out 3800 ideas from 150 countries for $200 million in funding.