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September 15 , 2005

Final Mentor Protégé Program

The final Mentor Protégé program, a joint project between MAE department and Northrop Grumman Space Technology and KW Microwave, was held on Thursday, September 15th, 2005. MAE Graduate Students, Gabriela Acosta and Tran Phuong, received awards from NGST for their exemplary performance on the project.

The following individuals were in attendance:

KW Microwave

  • Shukdev Tantod, President & CEO
  • Dhiru Tantod, VP Engineering
  • Shashi Patel, VP Operations
  • Dan Czagany, Director, Sales & Marketing
  • John Johnson, Program Manager
  • Dave Henry, Program Manager
  • Olivia Rodriguez, Sales & Marketing
  • Bob Osborne, IT


  • Ronald DePace, Mentor/ProtégéProject Manager
  • Ken Rotunno, Materials and Processes


    Gabi Acosta, Graduate Student

2005 Mentor-Protégé Team


Dr. Hamid Hefazi, Dr. Barclary Gilpin, Mr. Ron DePace, Mr. Ken Rotunno, Ms. Gabriela Acosta and Ms. Tran Phuong

Dr. Hefazi and Mentor Protege Group Photo


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