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Bill Martin (MBA ‘93) was recently published as a guest opinion in “Electronics Design, Strategy, News (EDN)”. His article titled “IP: final straw that broke the camel's back, or opening Pandora's box?” is a commentary about the relationship between the future of integrated circuits and intellectual property. Bill has been with Mentor Graphics since 2000, and has held senior roles in Mentor Consulting and IP. To read more about his article, visit EDN.
Benny Bolin (MBA ’95) recently announced that he will seek a second term on Place 2 with the Allen Independent School District’s board of trustees. Bolin, along with his fellow school board members are all running unopposed in the next election. Bolin is a third generation Allen ISD graduate; his family has lived in Allen since the 1920s. Bolin Elementary is named after his grandfather, Luther Bolin. His grandfather was on the Allen school board from 1948 to 1952. Benny Bolin is the founding president of Bolin Elementary PTA and was on strategic planning committees for the school district. Bolin’s future goals for the board include maintaining high academic advances and keeping Allen ISD stay financially sound.
Jennine Lunceford (BA '96) was featured in the National Law Journal's March 11, 2009 article, "Giving Back." Jennine is a 7th year law associate in the Dallas office Fisher and Phillips, a firm based in Atlanta. She also volunteers at the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program. She attended Harvard Law following her graduation from UT Dallas.
Nikki Hamblin ('98) was recently announced as the new business manager at the Pilot Point school district. Nikki was previously with Richardson Independent School District where she worked for over 10 years and gained experience as a director of finance and as an accounting and cash manager. During her time with the finance department, the district earned excellence awards from the Government Finance Officers Association and the Association of School Business Officials.
Nicole Tucker (BA '04) was recently appointed as a board member of the Sachse Economic Development Corporation. Nicole is a Licensed Texas Realtor.
Zach Phillips (BA ‘08) is a computer programmer who ’s making a difference for the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Zach is an integral part of a seven-person simulation team at the Joint Training Counter-IED Operations Integration Center in Newport News, Virginia. The center, which started in 2007, is part of the Pentagon's Joint IED Defeat Organization and is managed by the Army's Training and Doctrine Command at the nearby Fort Monroe. His department creates realistic training scenarios that can be used by individual soldiers or platoons of 10 participants in a networked community. The games can be played multiple times and can produce different outcomes based on the decisions of the players. At the 2008 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference, his team was awarded an outstanding achievement award in the fields of modeling, simulation and training.
Christopher Rohleder (BS ‘08) and Amanda Roese (BA ‘08) are pleased to announce their engagement. Chris recently proposed to Amanda at the UT Dallas Spirit Rock,
which is located on the grassy area between Green Hall and the University Theater. Chris and Amanda met each other in F.O.C.U.S., a UT Dallas student organization. The couple have planned a summer wedding in San Antonio, Texas.