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KUDOS & COMPLIMENTSHonors for Alumni and Friends Awards celebrate service and achievement.

Arts, Sciences & Engineering

Dean’s Medal

mw_honorsRonald Rettner (Photo: Courtesy of University Advancement)

Ronald Rettner, president of Rettner Management and managing partner of Baron Associates in Yonkers, New York, received the Dean’s Medal from Arts, Sciences & Engineering. Widely regarded as an entrepreneur, business executive, and developer, Rettner has worked with organizations throughout New York on redevelopment projects to revitalize business districts and neighborhoods. His higher education leadership roles include service as a University trustee since 2012. He provided the lead gift for Ronald Rettner Hall for Media Arts and Innovation, which opened in 2013 as a hub for the arts, sciences, and engineering on the River Campus. A member of the Advancement, Facilities, and Strategic and Financial Planning Committees of the board, he has also established the Ronald Rettner Campus Improvement Fund to help refurbish historic academic buildings and spaces. He and his wife, Karen, are members of the George Eastman Circle, the University’s leadership annual giving society. Karen Rettner is also a member of the Eastman School of Music National Council.

Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences

Distinguished Alumnus Award

mw_honorsStuart Elby (Photo: Courtesy of University Advancement)

Stuart Elby ’82, senior vice president of Cloud Network Strategy and Technology at Infinera Corporation, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences. A 30-year veteran of the telecommunications industry, he is credited with bringing to market the first disposable plastic fiber-optic delivery system. Elby joined Infinera, a California-based company that provides optical networking equipment, software, and services to telecom, cable, and Internet providers, from Verizon Labs, where he served as vice president and chief technologist. A member of the George Eastman Circle, Elby has served on the Dean’s Advisory Committee for the Hajim School since 2013. He’s also actively involved in several professional organizations, including the Optical Society and the Open Networking Foundation, and he has served on advisory boards of the New York State Centers for Advanced Technology.

Simon Business School

Distinguished Alumnus Award

mw_honorsRam Sundaram (Photo: Courtesy of University Advancement)

Ram Sundaram ’91S (MBA), a partner and global head of principal funding and investment at Goldman Sachs and Company in New York City, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Simon Business School. Since joining Goldman Sachs as a vice president in 2001, he has held a number of leadership positions, including tenure as cochair of the firm’s bank capital committee, as well as serving on the finance committee, the securities division executive committee, and the securities division’s U.S. operating committee. Together with his wife, Preethi Krishna Sundaram ’01S (MBA), he has served on the board of directors at the Child Mind Institute in New York City. Sundaram has supported the Goldman Sachs Scholars Fund at Simon, helped sponsor the school’s New York City Conference, and as a volunteer, has made several keynote presentations at Simon events and activities.

Alumni Service Award

mw_honorsRobert Dorr (Photo: Courtesy of University Advancement)

Robert Dorr ’97S (MBA), senior member of the high yield credit sales team at J. P. Morgan Chase in New York City, received the Alumni Service Award from the Simon Business School. Since joining J. P. Morgan in 1999, Dorr has held several leadership roles for the company in the United States and Great Britain. He has served on the Simon Executive Advisory Committee, the Simon Alumni Council, helped sponsor Simon’s New York City Conference, and hosted events for Simon students. An active volunteer, Dorr has mentored students, organized and supported networking opportunities, and worked to guide Rochester undergraduates and Simon students interested in working at J. P. Morgan. He is a member of the Westchester-Fairfield Counties Regional Cabinet. He and his wife, Lori Weiser, are charter members of the George Eastman Circle.