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08-20-2013

Clarkson University Bestows Top Award for Young Alumni

Kathryn E. Campbell of New York, N.Y., vice president/senior analyst of product development at AllianceBernstein; Michael A. DiVirgilio II of Hermosa Beach, Calif., Mayor of the City of Hermosa Beach; Erroll L. Eaton of Dallas, Texas, Energy Solutions Performance Consultant at Johnson Control’s Building Efficiency Business; and Jody A. Markopoulos of Charlottesville, Va., president and CEO of GE Intelligent Platforms, have all received the Woodstock Award from their alma mater, Clarkson University.

Clarkson University President Tony Collins (left) and Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations Steve Newkofsky (right) with award winners Erroll Eaton and Kathryn Campbell. Given each year during Reunion Weekend, the Woodstock Award honors young alumni who have demonstrated outstanding loyalty and service to Clarkson and the Alumni Association and who have used their Clarkson experience to make a notable contribution to their careers.

Kathryn E. Campbell

Kathryn E. Campbell received her bachelor of science degree in engineering & management with a minor in technical communications from Clarkson University in 2003.  

While at Clarkson, Campbell was involved with the International Student Association, studying a semester abroad at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle, England.  Campbell was also a member of women’s soccer and the Delta Zeta sorority. She was an inaugural member of the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) organization, in addition to being a member of Sigma Tau Iota and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies.

Campbell has been a dedicated member of the Clarkson Alumni Council for the past eight years, five of which she has served on the executive alumni board, co-chairing the alumni outreach program targeting students, alumni and the Clarkson community.

After graduation, Campbell joined GE in the Information Management Leadership Program. After completion of the program in 2005, she moved to GE’s consumer & industrial division as a business analyst where she continued to lead a number of large technology and operational initiatives.  

In 2007, Campbell began working with AllianceBernstein, starting out as a global operations business analyst and working her way up to vice president/senior analyst of product development. Today, she leads a number of global product research and design efforts involving many facets of the firm, from ideation to legal and board presentations. She is also responsible for the ongoing framing of the firm’s product strategy as well as monitoring of the investment budget for new launches and commercial opportunities.

Campbell currently resides in New York, N.Y.
 
Michael A. DiVirgilio II

Michael A. DiVirgilio II received his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University in 1993. While at Clarkson, DiVirgilio served the school in many ways. He was inducted into the Phalanx honorary society and served as its president. He was also a recipient of the Phalanx Commendable Leadership Award, resident director of Ross-Brooks dormitory, resident advisor of Brooks II and Reynolds I, and brother and treasurer of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He also served in student government, including the office of class vice president; founded Clarkson’s Safe Spring Break Week; and was one of the founding instructors in the freshman Wellness Program. In 2005, he returned to provide the keynote remarks for University Recognition Day.

After a decade of engineering work with electronic companies and software start-ups, DiVirgilio redirected himself into the world of public service with several roles that culminated in a senior staff position as longtime U.S. Congresswoman Jane Harman’s district director. From there, he launched his own strategy and public affairs practice where he advises individuals and organizations such as Fortune 100 firms like Simon Property Group.  

DiVirgilio was also the official and unofficial Southern California alumni leader for almost a decade. He organized several fun alumni events as well as the largest concentration of alumni outside of the northeast. To maintain alumni connection and enthusiasm -- in the pre-Facebook age -- for such a sprawling geographic area (equivalent in size to Pennsylvania) was impressive.

In 2007, DiVirgilio won a seat on the Hermosa Beach City Council. Known for his friendly and calm attitude as well as his creative and analytical abilities, he applies his engineering training to solve problems in his community.  

As the mayor, he directed a regional visioning session that led to the City of Hermosa Beach committing to becoming carbon neutral, making Hermosa Beach one of only a handful of communities nationwide to do so and the first in Southern California.  

Now in his second term, DiVirgilio’s leadership and problem-solving ability recently helped end a 15-year-old lawsuit against the city that carried a potential judgment of 25 times the city’s annual revenue. He worked to negotiate an innovative settlement that reduced the potential cost per household from $105,000 to less than $3,000, required no upfront settlement monies, and includes the community in the final decision making.

Originally from Clifton Park, N.Y., DiVirgilio and his wife, Danay, live in Hermosa Beach, Calif., with their daughter, Amanda.

Erroll L. Eaton

Erroll L. Eaton received his bachelor of science, master’s and doctor of philosophy degrees in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University in 1993, 1994 and 1999, respectively. He was a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Physical Society-Division of Fluid Dynamics organizations. Eaton was a regular participant in Clarkson’s intramural sports programs where he organized teams for basketball and football.

Eaton also took on leadership roles outside of the classroom, serving as a co-founder of SPECTRUMM, the Clarkson chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, as well as the Diversity Alliance Group. He was also involved in founding a colony of the Xi Epsilon chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, the first African-American fraternity at Clarkson. Eaton also served as an assistant coach of the men’s basketball team for the 1995, 1996 and 1997 seasons.

In 1999, Eaton joined Delphi Automotive where he worked on the design and development of climate control systems for General Motors, Fiat, VW and Porsche. He was awarded a patent for the development of a more efficient and quiet centrifugal fan.

In 2003, Eaton joined Ford Motor Company where he led the design of new air-handling systems for all mid-size sedans. Before his transition to a new industry, Eaton was designated lead systems engineer for all climate control air handling applications.

Joining the Applied Research Division of Lennox International in 2008, Eaton filed for four different U.S. patents and was awarded patent US 8,151,931 B2, “Acoustic Noise Control in Heating or Cooling Systems.”

After years of team leadership, system development, project management and a dedicated commitment in achieving customer satisfaction, Eaton brings a great amount of knowledge and experience to his current position as an Energy Solutions Performance Consultant for Johnson Control’s Building Efficiency Business. In this role, he provides engineering guidance on Energy Savings projects and assists in the Business Performance Management of these projects for the states of Texas and New Mexico.

Since 2007, Eaton has served as a representative on Clarkson's Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering  Advisory Council.

Originally from Rochester, N.Y., Eaton currently lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife, Joanne, and three children: Elise, Exavier and Elijah.

Jody A. Markopoulos

Jody A. Markopoulos received her bachelor of science degree in interdisciplinary engineering & management from Clarkson University in 1993. During her four years at Clarkson, Markopoulos was an active member of University life, performed independent research and was a member of the Sigma Tau Iota Honorary Society.

GE Intelligent Platforms is a high-performance technology company with expertise in automation to optimize today’s growing Industrial Internet, and a global provider of industrial software, control systems, services and embedded computing. Markopoulos was appointed CEO in March 2011.

After graduation, Markopoulos joined GE Energy as part of the Management Development Program. Thereafter, she assumed various global supply chain management roles in GE Energy. In 1998, Markopoulos was designated a Certified Purchasing Manager by the National Association of Purchasing Management.

In 2002, she assumed the role of general manager of quality for GE Energy, a role she held for three years. In 2005, she was appointed general manager of sourcing where she led the management and procurement of more than $15 billion annually in material and services worldwide. Markopoulos was appointed a vice president and GE officer in 2007.

Markopoulos’s commitment to Clarkson has been long standing. She sits on the board of trustees and currently holds the position of secretary. She is active in Clarkson recruiting, representing GE as the company executive for Clarkson, and served from 2008-2012 on the Dean’s Leadership Council of Clarkson’s Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering.

As a volunteer and mentor, Markopoulos is passionate about mentoring young women interested in engineering and manufacturing as a career. She has been involved in Junior Achievement, Girls Inc., Sally Ride Science and worked with school-age girls in New York, Georgia and Virginia to promote math and science. Markopoulos also is active in GE’s Women’s Network and spearheaded one of the first Take Our Daughters to Work Day programs in GE Energy.

Markopoulos lives in Charlottesville, Va., with her family.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Four Clarkson University Alumni have received the Woodstock Award from their alma mater. Left to right: Clarkson University President Tony Collins (left) and Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations Steve Newkofsky (right) with award winners Erroll Eaton and Kathryn Campbell. Not present for photo: Michael DiVirgilio and Jody Markopoulos.

[A photograph for media use is http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/woodstock-2013.jpg.]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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