News About Alums
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News From Krista Anken

Krista Anken '17 writes that she has been working at a US Air Force lab and is applying to graduate school, where she plans to take courses part-time, leading to a Master's degree. Krista was a computer science major at William Smith, with a minor in mathematics.

About her job, Krista says, "I work at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Information Directorate in Rome, NY. Our Mission is to explore, prototype and demonstrate high-impact, game changing technologies that enable the Air Force and Nation to maintain its superior technical advantage. The first few months I've spent time performing research and development of technologies focused on text analysis, geo-spatial object tracking and multi-intelligence data fusion."

Posted 7 December 2017

News From William Bird

Billy Bird '17, who majored in computer science at Hobart, writes with some news about what he has been doing since graduation.

Billy has been working for the past three months for the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. His position there is DevOps Engineer, and he says that he really likes the work and his co-workers.

Billy writes, "I'm working on an NSF (National Science Foundation) project, and we support 15 different internal and public applications. DevOps is super interesting (google it!). We're sort of 'generalists,' or 'full stack;' we support every application team through continuous integration, continuous delivery, automated testing, and other cool stuff. There's a big learning curve, but I'm having a blast."

Posted 6 December 2017

Bochynski '08 Art Installation

Joe Bochynski (Hobart '08) has written to tell us that he is showing a new public work in the Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens in New York City. The installation is part of the Socrates Annual, which bills itself as "an annual exhibition of new public art that addresses the most urgent issues of today." Joe's work will be on view for the next six months. The title of the work is "POTUS, 2017". It is 12-by-12-by-5 feet in size and uses tile, cement, and stanchions. Two photos are shown below.

Joe was a double major in math and art who has gone on to make a career as an artist. Visit his web site at

Posted 3 October 2017

Luke DeLuccia '15 Does Robotics

Luke Deluccia '15, who majored in computer science at Hobart College, was profiled in an article on the HWS web site, DeLuccia '15 Pursues Career in Robotics.

Luke took a course in robotics and was inspired to pursue several independent studies on the topic with Professor John Vaughn. He also took part in a summer undergraduate research experience at the University of California, San Diego. He went on to graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania, where he completed an engineering master's degree in robotics in 2017. He has recently accepted a job with SRI International, a Stanford University spin-off that now serves as an independent, nonprofit research center. His position there focuses on vision and learning.

Posted 17 August 2017

Mathematics and Baseball

William Smith alum and math major Kimberly Oaks Holmes is Senior Vice President of Strategic Analytics, XL Group (Insurance and Reinsurance). She recently published an article entitled Winning in a Competitive Environment: Who knew Baseball and Insurance had so much in common? The article provides an overview of how analytics are being used in both baseball (Billy Beane of Moneyball fame) and the insurance business.

Posted 4 April 2015

iPhone Game by Shaun Viguerie '12

Hobart Alum and Computer Science Major Shaun Viguerie '12 reports that he has started writing mobile phone apps, working together with Marc Bertucci H'12. Their first entry in the iPhone store is a game called "Rocky River," in which the player tries to guide a salmon upstream through a river full of rocks. Shaun says, "Be forewarned -- the game IS difficult -- there is a rhythm to it -- once its figured out the game becomes quite fun and addicting." A version for Android should be coming soon.

For his regular job, Shaun works at Markit Financial Information Services, along with fellow HWS alumni Kathryn Middleton '14 and Joseph Howe '14.

Posted 24 November 2014

Joe Bochynski (Math and Studio Art, 2007)

Joe has an upcoming solo show at TFNF Gallery in Brooklyn. The show, entitled Permission, consists of a new series of figurative wall sculptures made with ceramic tile.

All are welcome to the opening reception this Friday, November 7, 2014 from 6 to 9 PM at
TFNF Gallery
89 Bridge Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
The show will be on view until November 28th. Open gallery hours are on Saturdays, 12 - 4 PM. See more at Relationships.

Posted 2 November 2014

Derrick Moore, H' 2005

Derrick reports: "I left my job at White & Case LLP (where I had been since I started practicing in November 2009) back in May, and in August started up at the New York office of an economic consulting firm called Analysis Group. Among other things, Analysis Group supports economic experts in litigation cases. They thought my background in mathematics and physics, and my law background would be perfect complements. So far it has been great, and I'm sure it will be even better once my technical skills get fully dusted off in my head."

Derrick is also a member of the Hobart Alumni Council.

Posted 7 October 2014

In Memoriam: Professor Larry Smolowitz

Dear Members of the HWS Community,

It is with great sadness that I write with the news that Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Larry Smolowitz passed away Friday, December 20, 2013 at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Professor Smolowitz retired from teaching in 2004 after nearly 40 years of distinguished service to the Colleges. A valued member of our community, Larry chaired the Department of Mathematics on a number of occasions and served important roles in faculty governance. He will perhaps be best remembered for his dedication to the intellectual development of his students and for the many kindnesses he showed them. I can recall many evenings when, during my walk home from Coxe Hall, Larry would be in his office meeting with students to help them better understand calculus, abstract algebra, and probability.

A gifted mathematician, Larry received his bachelor's degree from RPI and his doctorate from the University of Minnesota.

Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to Temple Beth-El, Geneva Scholarship Associates at HWS, the Parkinson Research Foundation, or a charity of one's choice.

Mark D. Gearan

Posted 24 December 2013

Joe Bochynski (Math and Studio Art, 2007)

I'm excited to say this June I graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with my MFA! The thesis exhibit has come down, however there was a review that included my work out of the 200 grads shown: Really Big Show.

This piece is entitled "William and Patty Hearst."

Also, if you are in New York this July, my class of painting grads have a group show at Projekt 722. in Brooklyn. The opening is July 13th while the show runs from July 6 - 28.

You should know I'm still using what I learned in math/CS: my thesis drew on some vector field ideas and I typeset it in LaTeX!

Posted 1 July 2013