|Jerome Svigals '49EE
Jerome Svigals is one of first 50 programmers of electronic digital computers (trained on ENIAC); One of the team of 10 that created the IBM 360 family of computers; Developer of the second ATM in the industry (the IBM 3614); Developer of the first distributed computer system (the IBM 3600); Father of the magnetic striped transaction card and ticket; Developer of the first airline self service ticketing unit; winner of two IBM patent level awards; author of 25 books on electronic payments, electronic branch banking and Smart Cards; His personal computer card library has been acquired by the Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA;
Jerome has been assistant director of marketing, domestic IBM; Systems Manager for onethird of IBM World Trade; and, at the age of 82 years, chairman of a new silicon valley start up providing a new high speed internet access solution for unskilled users. He has filed six patents this year.
Mr. Svigals says, “I have had a fabulous career. I owe it all to the basics I learned at City College and to the Internet, and its access to a rapidly changing technical world.”
Dr. Daniel Dicker, PE '51CE
Practical, solid contributions in both the realms of public service and of scholarship mark Dr. Daniel Dicker’s distinguished career as a civil engineer. The American Society of Civil Engineers accorded him its highest honor, the Norman Medal (also referred to as the Gold Medal) in 1967, and its Arthur M. Wellington Prize in 1972.
project, dealing with flood control and other problems, at the same time that he was working on his doctoral dissertation at Columbia University. President Dwight D. Eisenhower attended the opening of the hotel grounds, which had been a devastated area.
Dr. Dicker later supervised the engineering design for the complex construction of the Prospect Expressway interchange of the Gowanus Expressway, funneling traffic from one roadway to another. He went on to devote 32 years to his distinguished teaching and research career at SUNY Stony Brook. During those years, he received awards from the American Society of Civil Engineers for his papers explaining the causes behind the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows and the Silver Bridges. He became a Fellow of the Society and of the New York Academy of Science, was elected to Sigma Xi and is included in "Who’s Who in Engineering" and the Engineers Joint Council’s "Engineers of Distinction." In addition to being Professor of Engineering and Applied Mathematics, Dr. Dicker served SUNY Stony Brook as assistant dean of the Graduate School, acting dean of the College of Engineering and director of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences’ Post Graduate Extension Programs. He has been a visiting professor and scholar at Harvard, MIT, the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London and the University of the West Indies
Dr. Dicker has never forgotten his Alma Mater (where he graduated Summa Cum Laude). Dr. Dicker has served on the CCNY Dean of Engineering Advisory Committee, is currently serving on the Advisory Committee of the Civil Engineering Department, and is a founding member of the Civil Engineering Alumni Group (ceag) which provides extracurricular advising and services to CCNY engineering undergraduates. He is past president of City’s Engineering School Alumni, received the Alumni Service Award and has served as president of the Alumni Association since 2007. Countless people have benefited from Dr. Dicker’s tireless efforts to literally build a better world.