Lester Gerhardt, professor emeritus of electrical, computer, and systems engineering, received the Townsend Harris Award from the City College of New York (CCNY) at a ceremony in New York City on Nov. 5. Gerhardt was one of six alumni honored for outstanding post-graduate achievements at the CCNY Alumni Association’s 135th Annual Dinner. He was cited as being a major contributor at Bell Aerospace to the visual simulation system for the first Apollo moon landing.
Karen Hansen, associate athletic director for business/senior woman administrator, was recently inducted into her alma mater’s Athletic Hall of Fame. A former soccer standout at East Stroudsburg University, she was one of five individuals as ESU’s 38th class. Hansen, who graduated from East Stroudsurg in 1997, was a three-time All-Pennsylvania State Athletics Conference (PSAC) and two-time All-Region selection in soccer. As a sophomore in 1994, she was All-PSAC First Team, NSCAA All-Region First Team, and ESU’s team Most Valuable Player after scoring 15 goals with 11 assists. She repeated on the All-PSAC First Team in 1995 and was named to the NSCAA All-Region Second Team. As a senior, Hansen was All-PSAC Second Team and CoSIDA All-Region Second Team. Hansen was also ESU’s Coaches Award recipient as a junior and senior, an award that was renamed in her honor.
Assistant Professor of Architecture Nancy Diniz has been awarded a residency fellowship at the Eyebeam art + technology center in New York City, under the center’s newly launched program “New Works from Innovators at the Intersection of Art and Technology.” Diniz is an architect, researcher, and educator. Her main research and teaching interests question traditional scale boundaries between design disciplines—product design, architecture, and computer science. She teaches at CASE in New York City and in the Geofutures graduate program.