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Winter 2018: 2010s

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Albert J. (A.J.) King, BS ’11, Millbury, Ohio, has been promoted to virtual design and construction (VDC) team leader for GEM Inc., a Toledo-based company that offers design, renovation, upgrade, consolidation and relocation services for process manufacturing and industrial customers. He has worked with GEM Inc. since 2013 as VDC designer/laser scan technician. His added responsibilities include supervising and training designers in computer-aided design systems and laser scanning.

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Dave Herrington, BS ’13, BSN ’15

Dave Herrington, BS ’13, BSN ’15, St. Augustine, Fla., was engaged to Kristy Kurowski of St. Augustine in early 2017 on a cruise, and the couple celebrated their marriage on October 28, 2017, at Serenata Beach Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Joe Yusko, BBA ’13, and Lindsay (Ludlow) Yusko, BA ’13

Joe Yusko, BBA ’13, and Lindsay (Ludlow) Yusko, BA ’13, Broadview Heights, Ohio, were married on June 24, 2017. The couple met at a local Kent bar, the Zephyr, their junior year, and got engaged at the same bar in 2015. They took engagement photos around the campus and town. All photos by J & J Photography and Design (Jeff Florentine, BA ’11, and Jen Florentine). 

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Michael Daugherty, BS ’14, Owings Mills, Md., was recently promoted as site lead and subject matter expert for Amazon Robotics and Robotics Service Platform at the third largest AR Sortable Amazon site, BW12 in Baltimore, Md. 

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Chris Baum, BA ’16, Atwater, Ohio, wrote: “I am happily married to Melannie, my wife of 16 years, whom I met at KSU. We have two young, active boys, Michael and Alex. I majored in English, and my poetry has been published in Poetic Realm and Canto. I’m happy to report that my first novel, Surrender—a religious fairy-tale satire—was recently published by Covenant Books.”

Amanda Maxwell, BS ’16, New York City, N.Y., senior account executive at Hubb House Public Relations, shared her insight as an industry leader in an article on “What does business casual mean in 2017?” for fitsmallbusiness.com.

Prashanth Shanmuganathan, PhD ’16

Prashanth Shanmuganathan, PhD ’16, Colombo, Sri Lanka, was selected as one of two winners of the prestigious Thesis Award at the Annual Users’ Meeting at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Brookhaven, New York. The award recognizes the most outstanding thesis related to research conducted at the laboratory. Dr. Shanmuganathan, now a post-doctoral research associate at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, presented his thesis to 200 scientists and received an award of $3,000. His award-winning doctoral project findings unveiled the clearest and sharpest indication to date of a transition effect as the energy of nuclear collisions is scanned across the range that is available for study at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven. Pictured: Brookhaven National Laboratory Director Doon Gibbs presented Prashanth Shanmuganathan with the Thesis Award on June 22, 2017. 

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Lauren Rathmell, BS ’17

Lauren Rathmell, BS ’17, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, wrote: “I was recently hired as assistant editor for Lawn & Landscape Magazine, a publication of GIE Media, located in Valley View, Ohio. My first few months have been full of opportunities, like a trip to Green Bay, Wisc., where I was able to tour Lambeau Field [see above] and cover new equipment and product launches.”