Dan Beavens ’00
Integrated Test Solutions
(English Literature) was appointed by director of marketing and communications for
Pope Francis High School in
Springfield. She leads the
marketing efforts of the high
school and its legacy schools,
Holyoke Catholic and Cathedral High School. She was previously a content marketing
associate at Market Mentors,
LLC in West Springfield, MA,
and an editor for Turley Publications, Inc., in Palmer, MA.
MALIK CHAMPLAIN (history), a
former Golden Bear basketball
player and coach, released a
book: Passion Hunger Drive.
It focuses on his rise from
poverty and being
a special education
student to receiving
his master’s degree.
Malik is a motivational speaker and
a teacher at
ERICA (DODGE) BORNEMANN
(political science) was appointed director of Vermont
Emergency Management and
Homeland Security (DEMHS).
She was most recently chief
of staff at DEMHS.
DIANA (SIGONA) DODDRELL
(sport management) is now
the event manager at RFi
Group in Sydney, Australia.
She was previously project
manager, FIRST Morgan
Stanley in New York City.
What does your job as senior engineer at Integrated Test Solutions (ITS) entail?
ITS is a small engineering company owned by Western New England University
alumnus Frank Meunier ’84. A lot of our contracts come from the defense industry,
such as Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Telephonics. We work on everything from
missile control systems to radar platforms. I develop custom software to test and
identify problems with expensive electronics hardware. One week I might be coding
a tool to translate an old test language to C, and another I might be wiring up a
hardware model to simulate the functions of a board we need to develop tests for.
What inspired you to start your “passion project” of designing pet prosthetics?
I’ve always been an animal lover, and currently have a puggle and a foster dog.
I’ve been interested in 3D printing since I was a senior in college, but it was out
of reach financially until around 2012, when the RepRap project (which developed
self-replicating 3D printers) became popular. Since I couldn’t afford a commercial
3D printer, I got the DIY kit and assembled my own for about $800. I started blogging
about my 3D printing process at 3dprintzothar.blogspot.com. Hackaday.com even
featured some of my posts on their website.
3D printing created a lot of possibilities for my inventions. Making dog prosthetics
was a natural path for me, but now I am looking to design custom prosthetics. If
anyone is looking for low-cost prosthetics for a pet, contact me at email@example.com.
How did Western New England prepare you not only for your career,
but also to pursue your passions outside of your day job?
I’ve wanted to invent things since the age of 12. Professor Jim Masi set me up with
an inspiring work-study opportunity with his friend Emik Avakian, an inventor with
cerebral palsy who invented a self-propelled wheel for wheelchairs. He instilled in
me the desire to solve world problems. Once I graduated and settled into my career,
I wanted to keep learning and innovating on my own. It led to job offers, but most
importantly has led to me being able to bring my ideas to fruition.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?