Browsing: Alumni

Carl E. Heastie ’90, Assemblyman for the 83rd A.D. in Bronx, was elected in 2000. Assembly Member Heastie has been called one of the most active assembly members by his colleagues. He is the Chairman of the New York Assembly Committee on Cities. Since taking office, Assemblyman Heastie has become one of the leading negotiators for the construction of the new schools in his district. He has secured funds for his district in the seas of housing, education, after school programming, health and human services, jobs readiness and computer training. Assembly Member Heastie was the author of the Wage Theft…

Assemblyman Steve Englebright ’75 has an extensive background in science and education, which brings an important perspective to the State Legislature. With professional training as a geologist and biologist, Assemblyman Englebright’s skill at translating technical concepts and findings into innovative public policy has enabled him to shape laws that have practical relevance to our lives and health. For example, Assemblyman Englebright’s scientific background helped him successfully advocate for the New York State ban on the sale of baby bottles and other childcare products containing the estrogen-disrupting chemical bisphenol-A (BPA). First elected to office in 1983, Steve Englebright’s tenure in the…

Suffolk County Legislator Robert T. Calarco ’05 was elected to represent the 7th Legislative District in November 2011. Already, he has defined himself as an energetic leader who delivers solutions to the communities he serves. Legislator Calarco grew up in Auburn, NY. His father was a first-generation Italian-American, who served his community as a firefighter, and his mother, a stay-at-home mom, who helped support her family as a seamstress. Since a very young age, he has known the values of hard work and respect for all people. The legislator was heavily inspired by his father, who served 34 years in…

By Toby Speed Jon Oringer ’96 It was a time when few had heard of email. Yahoo was brand new, and the Internet as we know it was but a gleam in the public’s eye. It was the early 1990s, and while most of the world was trying to fathom the immensity of the new technology, Jon Oringer was building it. “I knew I wanted to create something,” said Oringer, who is the founder and CEO of the highly successful online stock photography marketplace Shutterstock, and the first billionaire to emerge from New York’s Silicon Alley. A 1996 graduate with…

Leveraging Silicon Valley Success, Entrepreneur Tristan Walker Aims to Make Shaving Simpler for Men of Color Tristan Walker ’05 is living proof that the saying “necessity is the mother of invention” still applies. While getting ready for work one day, he wondered what it would be like to shave without discomfort. “No brands of shaving products catered to people like me,” said the Stony Brook University economics graduate and valedictorian, who is originally from Queens, New York, and worked as a trader on Wall Street for a short time after graduation. And that was how Bevel, the pioneering shaving product…

You could say NBC Dateline producer and ’92 Stony Brook alum Dan Slepian covers the injustice beat. His job is to unearth stories where justice has not been served; where people are determined to right wrongs and find the answers no one else is giving them. During a recent interview in the blog “Crime Rant,” Dan explained that he likes to discover “Any other true crime story that desperately needs someone to listen…to bring a voice to the voiceless,” and ultimately achieve what Dan says makes it all worthwhile: “Finding the truth.” One of his proudest achievements, the controversial documentary…

By Toby Speed As Home Box Office’s Executive Vice-President & Chief Financial Officer, Robert Roth ’77 is making an impact not only in the entertainment world but at the university where he earned his undergraduate degree and launched his career. The ties he has maintained with Stony Brook over the years reflect a deep commitment to the arts and to the mission and vitality of the university he once called home. Rob has served as a member of the Dean’s Council of the College of Arts and Sciences and has become increasingly involved with his alma mater. He and his…

By Andrew Kahn Atefeh Riazi’s job keeps her up at night—every night. When you’re the information technology chief at the United Nations, sleep rarely comes easy. “I’m kept awake every night with the enormous responsibility it brings,” said Riazi, the U.N.’s Chief Information Technology Officer and Assistant Secretary-General since May 2013. “Every day, I wake up and think, ‘How can we use technology to bring peace, when it is also being used to bring unrest?’” Working out of the U.N. headquarters on Manhattan’s East side, Riazi, a 1984 graduate of Stony Brook University’s top-ranked electrical engineering program, heads up the…

U.S. District Court Judge, West Palm Beach Judge Kenneth A. Marra ’73 grew up in Queens and graduated from Stony Brook University with the intention of teaching high school on Long Island. While at Stony Brook, he played on the freshman basketball team and on the varsity baseball team for a year. However, what he remembers most about Stony Brook are the friends he made from living in the dorms and with whom he still stays in touch. “I’m proud to have gone to Stony Brook and enjoy reading about the advances the school has made and how far it…

In May 2009, Stony Brook alumnus and President of Flame-Spray Industries Keith Kowalsky was awarded the 36th National Inventor of the Year Award by the International Property Owners Association for his Plasma Transferred Wired Arc (PTWA) Thermal Spray Apparatus and Method. Keith shared the award with James Baughman, a retired engineer from Ford Motor Company and co-inventors at his company Flame-Spray Industries: Daniel Marantz, the founder of Flame-Spray Industries (and a mentor of Keith since his days at Stony Brook) and another Stony Brook alumnus, David Cook, PhD ’01. At Stony Brook, Keith earned his BE in Mechanical Engineering and…

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