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Q: Why did you join Pennsylvania Delta Chapter in the first place?

A: Well I was looking at fraternities and my roommate, Ken Knipmeyer ’79, joined. He’s still my best friend.

Q: What’s your favorite memory from your time in the chapter?

A: We moved into a new house when I went into my senior year. The original house was on Spruce Street and we bought a house on Walnut Street.

Q: Do you still keep in touch with any of your brothers? Who?

A: Cliff Lee ’78 Also, Frank Carillo ’78 is someone I keep in touch with, even though I don’t see him that often. He was one of the most important members, I think. He’s an interesting guy. Frank was hugely influential to other students. Everyone looked up to him.

Q: Tell us about the company you work for and your role there.

A: My main role is signing checks. I own Water Analytics. It’s a small company. We manufacture instrumentation for water quality. We serve the waste water market.

Q: How did your time in SigEp help to prepare you for that role?

A:  The one thing that I took away with me from being in a fraternity was learning Robert’s Rules; that there is a way to run a meeting. It’s more than just a meeting. Once you realize there are tried and true methods for doing things in the real world, then you realize in life that you don’t just ‘wing it’. Robert’s Rules was a great example of ‘this is how you run a meeting.’ I took that home.

Fraternities have gotten a bad rap, especially when I was in school, with drinking. For some fraternities it was deserved, I think. It was not true for SigEp and, the one good thing about it is that we were in charge of our housing living arrangements. So, that pushed us toward adulthood faster than someone who lived in the dorms. I remember that we had to take turns serving dinner and cleaning up. I guess we grew up a little more, though you’d never know it.

Q: What have you been up to since graduation?

A: I certainly didn’t follow a straight line in life. After Penn I went to MIT to get my PhD in Chemistry. I was a Research Associate at SRI International.  Then I went to NASA Ames Research Center in California for about eight years. Then, I bailed out of science completely, and decided to open up a portrait photography studio, which was a little bit wild. I did okay, but then I got bored, so I decided to go back into science. I actually went back to MIT for a year as a refresher program to get back into science. After many years, I guess I finally decided what I wanted to do when I ‘grew up’ and, so, here I am.

Q: Tell us about your family/hobbies.

A: I’ve got three children, all grown up. I have a daughter who graduated this past year. I’ve got twin boys, who are about to go off to college in different directions. For hobbies, I still do a lot of running, although I’m slower and get hurt more often. I’m really big into community service in my town. And actually, what’s really interesting, is that one of my brothers, Domenic DiPasquale ’79, turned me on to classical guitaring. I never knew there was such a thing, but I was blown away by his playing it. So now, I’ve been playing it as a hobby myself.

Q: What advice would you give to future generations of SigEp members?

A: College is so expensive, I know that shouldn’t be an excuse, but getting drunk isn’t cool. Fraternities are a great place to make connections that will last a lifetime, so make sure you use it for that and not for the fun, party stuff.

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