Alumni Class Notes 2016

October 01, 2016

Hans Bode, BS ’60, received a PhD in biophysics at Yale and spent four years as a post-doc in Germany learning about the developmental biology of hydra. He continued this work at the University of California at Irvine for 36 years, retiring in 2006.

Philip Brinkman, MA ’74, has worked for the past 28 years in an office now within the Federal Aviation Administration that regulates the commercial space launch industry. Prior to that, he spent 15 years in highway safety research at the Federal Highway Administration.

John Capone, BS ’10, is currently completing his PhD in astronomy at the University of Maryland, College Park. In July of 2016, he will begin a postdoctoral research position in the Department of Physics at Oxford University. 

Karen Coleman, BS ’85, returned to GW in 2009 to take graduate information technology courses, with a concentration in cyber security. Before this, she worked at NASA, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. She left to start two LLCs.

Brendan Freehart, BS ’10, still lives in Washington, D.C., and works in technology close to Foggy Bottom.

Kangfei Gan, PhD ’11, is a software testing engineer working for Integrated Engineering Software in Winnipeg, Canada.

Derek Jones, BA ’11, BS ’11, is a lighting designer in Los Angeles, Calif. He collaborates with schools, theatres and other organizations in L.A., D.C. and New York. He is also the production manager and lead designer for his events company Awesome Action Inc.

Michael Mavrofrides, BS ’96, has worked for astronauts and applied a few times to NASA, but the closest he has gotten is a couple years back running a training for NASA at the Kennedy Space Center. These days, he travels each week running courses for developers and marketers.

Kerry Pribik (Nelson), BS ’96, completed work to receive a MS in systems engineering at GW in 2009. She has been supporting the Missile Defense Agency in Systems Engineering continuously since 1997.