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Current brother Tadas Antanavicius SEAS '16 recently shared with us a unique connection he made during a recent interview. He writes, "I had a mock interview with a Penn Engineering alumnus to prepare myself for On Campus Recruiting interviews in the coming weeks. We began the mock interview, and a couple minutes in, the alumnus noticed that I was a SigEp. Coincidentally, he was also a SigEp: Hank Guckes '61. He went on to tell a little tale about one of his memories of SigEp." 

 

Hank serves as treasurer of Penn's Engineering Alumni Society Board, which he joined to have some fun and also help support the University and its faculty and students. We reached out to Hank to learn a bit more about him and the role he plays mentoring engineering students at Penn.

"The most rewarding part of the role is the interaction with a lot of smart, interesting people a feeling that I am helping, in a small way, to improve the University," Hank said. "I enjoy the mock interviews as they allow me to meet the students and hopefully help to prepare them for their interviews."

On the unique SigEp experience he recently had with Tadas, Hank said "It was great to meet Tadas and make the connection with SigEp. I suggested to him that he continue to be himself in his interviews since he has very good communication skills and very good presence.

Following graduation, Hank's career led him on a path from the Philadelphia Electric Co., to IBM, to technical support and management within insurance companies. He retired from Independence Blue Cross as Senior Director of Technology, where he was responsible for the technical areas within the Information Systems Organization, and currently works at Allied InfoSecurity as a consultant.

"I have a very satisfying career and there is nothing like hard work and good luck to accomplish that," he said. "But watching Conrad Eberstein and Jim Luther operate was an education in itself!"

Of his SigEp experience, Hank says that his best memory is of the many great conversations with friends, and also when his brothers asked if they could nominate his girlfriend Ida for Interfraternity Ball Queen. She was selected for Queen's Court. They have now been married 53 years!