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Binghamton University alumni Jim Kane '92 and Alecia Lashier '02 speak to Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science seniors over pie on March 14: Pi Day.
Photo by Ben Meyers
Watson celebrates Pi Day
March 14, 2016Tweet
Pi is a pillar of engineering and mathematics.
The ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter – approximately 3.14159 – is, of course, crucial to building things and solving problems.
Students, faculty and staff from the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science celebrated the constant value with cherry, apple, and blueberry pie in Old Union Hall on Pi Day – March 14 – otherwise known as 3/14.
Beyond the number, the day was an opportunity to celebrate the Watson School’s upcoming graduating Class of 2016 that walks across the stage in May.
“I am also reminded that today is Albert Einstein’s birthday,” Watson School Dean Krishnaswami “Hari” Srihari said. “Of course it is!”
The crowd of more than 150 chuckled.
“Today, as we celebrate circles, I am reminded of another constant,” he said, speaking directly to the students present. “The only thing as consistent as Pi is your dedication to engineering and education. The Watson School will be honored to call you all alumni.”
One of those Watson alumni was on hand to speak at the celebration as well.
Director of Enterprise IT with Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems and Global Solutions (IS&GS) business, Jim Kane ’92, spoke at the celebration.
“With the problem-solving skills that you get at the Watson School, you can really solve anything,” he said. “The background and education I got in the Watson School made everything possible for me.”
Kane oversees a portfolio of programs providing IT services such as desktop and mobile asset management, data center consolidation, managed cloud services, data analytics and cyber security to agencies such as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the U.S. Marshals Service, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs (JPL), the U.S. Mint and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
“We are the ‘geek squad’ for the United States government,” he said. “I encourage all of the seniors here to reach back to the Watson School whenever they can. It has always been there to help me and will be there for you.”
Also speaking to Watson seniors on Pi Day was Alecia Lashier ’02, a psychology major in Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, who also studied computer science during her time on campus. She is now the director of software systems engineering for Innovation Associates Inc. in Johnson City, a provider of pharmacy automation and software solutions.
“With the great education that you have from Binghamton you can feel confident that you will find success in your lives,” Lashier said. “The opportunities that you can create are endless and, as Bearcats, you are fearless and powerful!”
Lashier oversee the data analysis, software development, system test and customer engineering teams that apply an analytical approach to architecting, developing and sustaining Innovation’s intelligent hardware/software systems.
“The education I received at Binghamton University, my continued partnership with the Watson School and over 15 years of industry experience have positioned me as a leader in the pharmacy technology industry,” Lashier said.
The event was coordinated by the Watson School’s Alumni and Career Connections Office.