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December '19 Propeller









Please Join Us for Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres



6 P, TUESDAY, December 10th, 2019

Speaker:  Greg Matzat

Engineer and Offshore Wind Consultant

 “Harnessing Ocean Winds to Generate Clean Energy for NJ & the US”


Since 2016, northeast states in the US have committed to build 20,000 MW of offshore wind on the continental shelf --- enough to power every home and business in New Jersey.  Governor Murphy has set a goal of 3,500 MW of offshore wind by 2030; and this past June, the NJ Board of Public Utilities announced the winner of its first offshore wind solicitation:  Orsted’s Ocean Wind --- an 1,100 MW project to be built off Atlantic City. Offshore wind turbines dwarf those seen on land. The newest rise more than 850 feet above the water and have blades longer than football fields.  Their foundations may be “bottom-fixed” (to the seafloor) OR float. Greg Matzat, past manager of DOE’s Offshore Wind R & D program, will bring more than 30 years’ experience in marine and clean energy technologies to our discussion, ranging from construction to markets to policy.  In particular, he will plunge us into some surprising pros and cons of offshore wind, relating to:  the market for this clean energy source; the design of the turbines, foundations and balance of plant; how the huge turbines are actually installed; and responsible approaches that simultaneously serve the interests of electric customers; stewardship of the environment; and  the creation of good-paying jobs.

Registration Required via

NEXT PRINCETON PROPELLER:  Tuesday, January 14th (6 P)


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Princeton Propeller ( Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM )
Location: Quadrangle Club, 33 Prospect Avenue
Cost: free; donations gratefully accepted
Organized by: PA3

Posted by Teegger 10 months ago.


PA3 Officer Elections 2019


(A copy of the Constitution and of the by-laws of the Association describing the functions of officers and directors, terms of office and other matters may be found under the Governance tab)

Nominee for President  - Thomas M. Swift ‘76

Tom is currently Vice President of PA3, having previously served as a director.  He is also a member and past chair of the Alumni Council's Princetoniana Committee, an  ASC interviewer, and a P-rade marshal inducted into the Society of the Claw.  Tom is chief technical officer of Cat-Ears, a company that makes products that reduce wind noise.  He was formerly president of a privately held IT equipment manufacturer, and prior to that served in many capacities at Lucent Technologies, AT&T, and Bell Laboratories.  At Princeton Tom majored in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He also holds an M.S. from Stanford and an M.B.A from the University of Michigan.  In his spare time he is President of the local region of the Porsche Club of America and teaches high speed track driving.  He is married to Petra, and has a son Thomas and a daughter Logan.

Nominee for Vice President - Mo Chen ‘80

Mo is currently serving her first year of the Board of Advisors of the Asian American Alumni Association of Princeton (A4P) after serving 15 or so years as a governor, one term as chair and another as treasurer.  Within A4P she coordinated many events, including the annual Reunions and Lunar New Year activities. She was also an active supporter of the creation of the Asian-American Studies Program certificate. She has mentored new leaders for A4P by networking with alumni and students. Her other Princeton volunteer activities have been with the Friends of the Davis International Center as Coordinator of Individual English Instruction, Annual Giving as a participation solicitor, Alumni Schools Committee as an interviewer, and Council of the Princeton University Community as an alumni representative.   She is now a part-time event coordinator with the Department of Art & Archaeology at Princeton.   At Princeton, she majored in the Woodrow Wilson School and earned a certificate in the East Asian Studies Program.  She holds an M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts, with concentrations in International Business, International Finance, and Asian Diplomatic History and Foreign Policy. She and husband Arnold have two children.  

Nominee for Secretary - Frank Derby ‘84

Frank is a Montgomery-based trial attorney with thirty years of experience, now practicing on his own in New York and New Jersey.   Frank is the current chair of the Alumni Council’s Princetoniana Committee and has been deeply involved in the Committee's efforts to create a virtual museum of Princeton memorabilia. He has also served as the historian for the Class of 1984. He has volunteered for both the Alumni Schools Committee and Annual Giving and yet has no University building named in his honor. In addition to his volunteer work for the University, Frank was for many years a trustee of Trenton's Carolyn Stokes Preschool, the oldest active preschool in New Jersey, and is now a trustee and treasurer for the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library Foundation in Rocky Hill.  He also serves on his township's Environmental Commission. Frank majored in Soviet history, now passé, and rowed heavyweight crew badly before going to Duke to get his J.D. in 1987. His current hobby is cycling very slowly. He has two children, Lilly and Matthew.  Frank is currently serving as acting secretary of PA3 by appointment following a resignation.

Nominee for Treasurer - Dan Hayes Patterson ‘09

Dan currently serves as the acting treasurer of PA3 by appointment following a resignation. He also has served as the technology chair for PA3 since 2010, as well as for the Class of 2009 since '09's fifth reunion -- writing websites for both organizations. He is a former chair of the Technology Advisory Committee of the Alumni Council's Executive Committee (which has since been merged into Communications and Technology). Dan graduated with a BSE in computer science and a certificate in finance and is currently a senior software engineer at Google, where he has worked since 2012. He is married to Sara Hastings ’09.

Nominee for Director - Sev Onyshkevych ‘83

As a lifelong Princeton-area resident both before and after college, Sev has been associated with PA3 since its re-founding more than 10 years ago.   As a student, Sev’s mentor was Dr. Freddie Fox ‘39, who instilled a sense of service to, and admiration of, Old Nassau. Sev has been Vice-President and President of the PA3;  and Secretary, Treasurer, Class Historian and Technology Chair for the Great Class of 1983, as well as Chair of the Technology Advisory Committee, Chair of the Princetoniana Committee, Treasurer and Membership Chair of the Friends of the Princeton University Library, member of the Graduate Board of Colonial Club, Chair of the Alumni Schools Committee for Ukraine, an ASC interviewer in a dozen countries, and has numerous roles with entrepreneurial organizations on campus; he is a collector of all things Orange and Black, and recipient of the Alumni Council’s Award for Service.  

Posted by Dan 11 months ago.


First Friday Lunch - November 1, 2019

Please sign up for the December lunch here.


Join us for First Fridays, a monthly recurring event for undergraduate and graduate Princeton alumni, graduate students, and parents.  On the first Friday of each month, area alumni and their guests will meet to enjoy a prix fixe luncheon at the Nassau Club in downtown Princeton.  As a special bonus for PA3, a Princeton University PhD candidate will present his/her work to the group in this informal setting.  Topics vary monthly and are always interesting!  Have a look at our impressive roster of previous luncheons

Becca Napolitano is a graduate student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  With her thesis advisor, Professor Branko Glisic, she is working on the development and use of non-invasive 3D imaging technology in the assessment and preservation of historic structures, including the Palazzo Vecchio and the Baptistery di San Giovanni.  An overview of her work may be found here:

Becca’s research focus is at the intersection of civil engineering, computer science, and historic preservation as it pertains to diagnostics of historic infrastructure. In a world moving more and more towards green infrastructure and smart cities, she studies how we can use new tools such as convolutional neural networks, manifold learning, physics-based modeling, and cyber physical systems can to preserve and adaptively reuse older structures. She has received a variety of awards for her research, teaching, and mentoring including Female Innovator of the Year, Woman of Innovation, the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton Award for Excellence, and the Graduate School of Princeton University Teaching award. She received her Master’s in Civil Engineering from Princeton University in 2017 where her thesis was titled “3D and virtual documentation of cultural heritage structures.” Additionally, she received her bachelor’s in physics and Classical Languages at Connecticut College in 2015. 

Please join us!  As always, there is sure to be a lively discussion.

Specially priced at $28/person (or $32 if you choose not to pay PA3's annual dues).  Lunch includes an appetizer, entree, dessert and coffee/tea. Wine/beer offered a la carte - select Enhanced Lunch Ticket on the PayPal button below.


Pre-registration is required, by 9am on the day of the luncheon.

Date: Friday, November 1, 2019
Time: 12 noon - 2 pm
Location: Nassau Club, 6 Mercer St, Princeton, NJ
Nassau Club membership is not necessary to attend this event.
Dress is business casual.

Registration (if not via Paypal) or questions:  Send email to Tom Swift via:

>> Looking forward to seeing your orange and black! <<

First Friday Lunch Ticket
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First Friday Lunch ( Friday, November 1, 2019 - 12:00 PM to 1:45 PM )

Graduate student Becca Napolitano discussed her work using advanced engineering tools to assess the condition of fragile historic buildings, including the famed Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.

Location: Nassau Club
Cost: $28 per person for members, $33 others
Organized by: Thomas Swift

Posted by tmswift 11 months ago.


November '19 Propeller











Please Join Us for Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres



6 P, TUESDAY, November 12th, 2019

Speaker:  Andrew Voros


President, PrevenTive Conservation, LLC


“Technical Innovations in Conserving Museum Collections & Architectural Heritage Structures:  New Roles for Sunlight & Photocatalytic Agents”


Cultural treasures --- from outdoor sculptures and monuments to indoor museum collections and artifacts --- require continual diligent care and maintenance.  Though we seldom think about it, all are subject to soiling and biological attacks that degrade.  Outdoors:  cleaning techniques, especially pressure washing, and biocides are themselves destructive and have adverse environmental impacts.  Indoors:   storage cabinets and display cases “off gas” volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that contribute to deterioration and pose indoor air quality hazards to museum goers.  Following an overview of photocatalytic technology, speaker Andrew Voros will describe methods that outdoors passively make structures biostatic and self-cleaning; and which indoors render VOCs into carbon dioxide and water.  He will also address issues of difficult access, costs and insurance considerations.


Registration Required via


NEXT PRINCETON PROPELLER:  Tuesday, December 10th (6 P)

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Princeton Propeller ( Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM )
Location: Quadrangle Club, 33 Prospect Avenue
Cost: free; donations gratefully accepted

Posted by Teegger 11 months ago.


PWN Wine Tasting

PWN of the Princeton Area
Invites local alumnae to a
Wine Tasting


Please join the Princeton Women’s Network of the Princeton Area for an
Afternoon Wine Tasting
Sunday, November 17, 4-6 pm


Mark Censits from CoolVines will be running the tasting featuring women winemakers and wines that would be good for the holiday season.  Connect with area alumnae, continue She Roars conversations, and learn more about wine! Light refreshments—cheese tray and sweet treats— will also be provided.


Location:  Hosted by Anne Trevisan ’86 at her home on Hamilton Avenue in downtown Princeton, details provided after RSVP.  Street parking is available.

Tickets: $20 per person.  Register using the PayPal link below.

The event is capped at 25 attendees, due to space limitations.  Please register by Tuesday, November 12. 


Contact Diane at with any questions.

Please use the Google form to provide your preferred contact information:

Please use the PayPal button below to register. The cost is $20 per person.


Your name, class, and email
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PWN Wine Tasting - Will be rescheduled ( Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM )

Update: This will be rescheduled for after the holidays.

Location: This will be rescheduled for after the holidays.

Posted by dhasling 11 months ago.