Joseph A. Ball (Grad ’70, Grad ’73 L/M) has been conferred the title of professor emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. A member of the university community since 1973, Mr. Ball made significant contributions to the development of a control theory known as robust control, which allows engineers to design for and ensure acceptable performance in the face of interference in sensor signals. His work in operator and systems theories was important to electrical engineering, and he has published more than 240 papers and presented in 26 countries on five continents. In 1997, he was also honored with the Virginia Tech Alumni Award for Research Excellence.
W. Louis Bissette Jr. (Darden ’70 L/M) has received the 2015 Wake Forest Distinguished Alumni Award for his exemplary service and leadership to Wake Forest University; he is now a university trustee. Mr. Bissette is an attorney with McGuire Wood & Bissette in Asheville, North Carolina. He practices in the areas of economic development, land use and zoning, serving clients ranging from individuals to large businesses and institutions. He is also involved in the community, having served two terms as mayor of Asheville, from 1985 to 1989, and eight years as a trustee of Western Carolina University and vice chairman of the UNC System Board of Governors.
Eugene “Gene” Facey (Engr ’70 L/M) has received the U.S. Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award for his exceptional commitment and substantial contributions to the Coast Guard while serving as chairman, vice chairman and a member of the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee from January 2004 to January 2015. Throughout Mr. Facey’s leadership, the committee made an unprecedented number of recommendations that helped the Coast Guard develop and implement regulatory standards and policies on a wide variety of topics.
Mark Krebs (Col ’70 L/M) has received the 2015 Senior Leader Award from Northwestern Mutual in recognition of an outstanding year of performance, serving the financial security needs of clients and policy owners throughout the region. Mr. Krebs is a financial representative in the Van Der Hyde network office of Northwestern Mutual in Richmond, Virginia.
Michael Ross (Col ’70, Law ’77 L/M) has published Ross’s Novel Discoveries (Rare Bird Books), a collection of 106 literary quotations on men, women, romantic relationships, love, sex and marriage. A bibliophile, Mr. Ross practiced corporate law before becoming senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Safeway in 1993. After retiring as executive officer in 2000, he began teaching practical seminars at UVA School of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law, Peking University School of Transnational Law, Dubrovnik International University and IE Law School. He is also the author of Ethics & Integrity in Law & Business: Avoiding “Club Fed,” published by LexisNexis in 2011.
Dennis Unkovic (Col ’70) has published a new book, Face: How Saving Face Changes Everything (Amazon Kindle Single, August 2016). Condensing more than three decades of experience from traveling to 59 countries, Mr. Unkovic provides anecdotes and practical advice to describe the pitfalls of conversation, showing that how you express yourself can be more critical than what you say.