Gallery of Success

College of Engineering Gallery of Success Archives

Gallery of Success

Pictured from left to right: Timothy Reese, Daniel Dirscherl, Scott Mckeown, Ronald Kerins, Kevin Carmak, Lynne Tarka Ewell (second row) Michael Britton, Carol Martsolf

Timothy A. Reese, BS ‘90

As Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Timothy A. Reese serves as Chief Executive of the Treasury Department and oversees an operating budget of $40 million and a staff of approximately 325 employees. His powers and duties involve the receipt and disbursement of funds, as well as the deposit, investment, and safekeeping of monies and securities belonging to the Commonwealth.

Treasurer Reese serves as custodian of the funds of virtually all State agencies. Such funds totaled almost $100 billion including the unclaimed property program with $2.3 billion in assets and the $4 billion PA 529 College Savings Program.

Treasurer Reese is the Chair of the Board of Finance and Revenue, which selects banks to serve as state depositories; sets interest rates paid on Commonwealth deposits; and hears and decides state tax appeals.

Prior to his appointment, Treasurer Reese managed multiple investment firms focused in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, and information technology sectors. His past responsibilities included investment strategy and execution, deal sourcing, and channel development. He has constructed portfolios across start‐ups, early‐stage and public companies. A successful entrepreneur, he founded six companies. Treasurer Reese has regularly consulted to businesses and reviewed investment opportunities for venture capital firms, private equity, family offices, and angel networks.

Increasingly interested in helping other entrepreneurs, Treasurer Reese helped launch the Minority Angel Investor Network, the first formal angel network focused on minority entrepreneurs in IT, life sciences or physical sciences in the mid‐Atlantic region. He also founded the National Minority Angel Network, LLC (NMAN), to focus on financial literacy and investing for veterans, minorities, and women entrepreneurs. To date, NMAN has provided financial literacy workshops to more than 800 entrepreneurs across seven cities. 

Treasurer Reese holds a BS in electrical engineering and electronics technology from Temple University and was a Fellow at Temple University Fox School of Business. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission. He and his wife, Sara, live in Montgomery County and are the parents of three sons.

Daniel R. Dirscherl, BS ‘83

A prominent leader in the construction industry, Daniel Dirscherl has more than 31 years’ experience managing large, complex projects in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey region. He currently serves as executive vice president of the Philadelphia Office of Hunter Roberts Construction Group, where he is responsible for the overall operations and sales as well as the firm’s regional growth.

Mr. Dirscherl began his career at the Mellon Stuart Company where he served as assistant project manager and superintendent on numerous construction assignments in the region. His career continued at Keating Building Corporation, where he progressed to vice president of operations before joining the newly formed Hunter Roberts team in 2005.

Initially serving as vice president of operations at Hunter Roberts, he took on his current position in 2010. Highly respected in the industry and within the construction community, Mr. Dirscherl has grown the Hunter Roberts Construction Group to be the 4th largest contractor in the Philadelphia region.

Mr. Dirscherl holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Temple University. He is also active in the American Society of Civil Engineers, Temple University College of Engineering Board of Visitors and serves as a Board Member, March of Dimes – Transportation, Building & Construction. 

Scott A. Mckeown, BS ’93, JD ‘99

One of the most preeminent post grant practitioners in the United States, Scott A. McKeown is a partner in the Electrical and Mechanical Department at the intellectual property law firm of Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P. McKeown is a member of the firm’s Management Committee, and co-chairs the Post Grant Patent practice group focusing on post-grant counseling, litigation and related prosecution issues. He is lead post grant counsel to some of the largest corporations in the world, and has been identified by Intellectual Asset Management as a global “thought leader” in the field and as a recommended patent attorney according to the Legal 500.

McKeown is the editor of the firm’s Patents Post-Grant blog, the leading legal blog on the topic, regularly contributing insights and commentary on United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) post-grant patent proceedings, trends, practice tips and news. He lectures and writes extensively on post-grant proceedings at the USPTO and is a member of the teaching faculty of the Practicing Law Institute. Currently, McKeown is the chair of the American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section Committee 104 (Post Grant USPTO Proceedings).

A former electrical engineer and current member of the College of Engineering’s Board of Visitors, McKeown has worked with a wide range of technologies, including computer software, wireless telecommunication protocols and network architectures, e-commerce applications, analog and digital signal processing and consumer electronics.

Ronald C. Kerins JR., BS ’84, BARCH ’84

Ron Kerins is a certified construction manager and principal at GREYHAWK, an award-winning construction program management and consulting firm. He is responsible for regional operations as well as business development in the greater Philadelphia market.

Kerins earned two bachelor’s degrees, one in architecture and another in civil and construction engineering technology, from Temple University. He also earned a master’s degree in business administration with focus in leadership studies from the Pennsylvania State University.

He remains connected to Temple’s College of Engineering as a member of the Alumni Board, where he served as president from 2008 to 2010, as well as on the Industrial Advisory Board and Board of Visitors. Kerins is also a director at large member of the Temple University Alumni Association and a member of the university’s Conwell Society.

Kerins provides educational guidance to today’s students as an adjunct professor at Temple’s College of Engineering and Widener University’s School of Engineering. Additionally, he serves as secretary of the board for ACE Mentor Program of Eastern Pennsylvania Board of Directors and as an instructor with the Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia.

Kevin K. Carmack, BS ARCH ’84, BS MET ‘84

Kevin K. Carmack currently manages one of the largest manufacturing projects at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. This International Space Station project involved designing, manufacturing, testing and delivering five large science platforms that were used to carry more than 40,000 pounds of equipment and science experiments to the Space Station before the shuttle was retired. More than 500,000 parts were used to fabricate the platforms.

Prior to graduating from Temple with dual bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering technology and architecture, Carmack participated in two co-op experiences at the RCA Aerospace & Defense facility in East Windsor, N.J.

When he began his career at the same facility, Carmack designed communication satellites for commercial and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration customers for five years. Subsequently, he spent two years in Toulouse, France, working for Matra Espace on satellites and launch vehicles. In 1992, Carmack relocated to the Washington, D.C., area to work at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on numerous space projects, including the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS), repair and servicing of the Hubble Space Telescope, robotic servicing missions and interplanetary science missions. He designed and built hardware that flew on nine different space shuttle missions.

Carmack shares his expertise with future engineering professionals. Over the past five years, he has hired 30 co-op students, many of whom are from Temple. Carmack received the College of Engineering’s Certificate of Honor in 2007.

Lynne Tarka Ewell, BS ‘86

Lynne Tarka Ewell is the co-founder and chief financial officer of Prism Engineering Inc., a design, engineering and manufacturing software firm headquartered in Pennsylvania.

Upon graduating from Temple University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, Ewell set out to combine her interest in business with her technical skills as an engineer. She spent the first five years of her career with a small company learning business and industry basics, selling design software and visiting other firms to learn how they designed, engineered and manufactured their products.

In 1990, Ewell founded Prism Engineering Inc. with her husband John Ewell, BA ’87. For many years, Ewell was the sole engineer at Prism and the creator of all its manuals, databases and demos. Today, Prism Engineering employs 31 people at its facilities and training centers in Horsham, Allentown and Pittsburgh, Pa., and is a leading provider of CAD/CAM design software and training to businesses in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia. Prism’s products and services include SolidWorks for 3D modeling design, Mastercam for CNC Machining and Dimension 3D printers, as well as Prism-certified training and technical support.

Ewell maintains strong ties to Temple and is a generous supporter of the College of Engineering. She serves on the college’s Board of Visitors and, in 2007, she was inducted into the Temple University Women’s Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. She received the Certificate of Honor from the College of Engineering in 2009.

Michael Britton, BS ‘85

Michael Britton is a patent lawyer in Washington, D.C., whose clients rank among the leaders in industry and technology.

A native of the Oxford Circle section of Philadelphia,
Britton was educated in the city’s public school system. After completing studies in mechanical engineering technology at Temple in 1985, he designed control systems for Honeywell before attending law school at Rutgers School of Law–Camden. Following law school, he worked in general practice law in Philadelphia before moving to Washington, D.C., to practice patent law at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He currently is employed at Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney and has represented high-profile clients such as Mitsubishi, Konica Minolta, Sony, Toyota and Lockheed Martin. 

Michael is a board member of the Washington, D.C. Temple University Alumni Club and also serves on the board of visitors for the College of Engineering. He lives in the District of Columbia with his wife, Tomoko. 

Carol Martsolf, BS ‘92

Carol Martsolf is a licensed professional civil engineer with more than 16 years of experience.

As a project manager, she has overseen various largescale civil engineering projects for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and the city of Philadelphia. She is most proud of her work on a trail at a state park, which brought new paths and facilities for the public in a way that preserved the natural integrity of the grounds.

In her current position at Urban Engineers, she uses her experience in the field to manage the firm’s professional development courses. Outside of her workday, Martsolf is active in numerous professional organizations and is a member of Engineers Without Borders, which dispatches engineers around the world to provide basic necessities such as clean water, power, sanitation and education to underserved communities.

Martsolf lives in Lansdowne, Pa., and is the parent of a 14-year-old daughter, Catherine.