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Leviton's NYIT alumni: Marc Noest (B.S. '84), Ed Krajci (B.S. '73), Satya Bagchee (M.B.A. '83), Al Lombardi (B.S. '87), Steve Campolo (B.T. '82), Parimal Patel (M.S. '05), Joseph DeConinck (B.S. '87), Paul Endres (B.S. '95), Rony Jacob (B.S. '10), Chris Spano (B.S. '08), George Hatzigeorgiadis (B.T. '02), Rodolfo DeMera (A.A.S. '91), Ben Moadel (B.T. '05), Paul Fischer (B.S. '04), and Paul Soccoli (B.S. '94).
Just off exit 49 on the Long Island Expressway, nearly 20 NYIT graduates are designing the future.
Working at Melville, N.Y.-based Leviton, a global electrical and data systems manufacturer founded in 1906, they serve as part of an engineering legacy that is renowned for pioneering safe electrical products found in nearly every home and business. The company itself holds more than 600 patents for revolutionary designs such as the ground fault circuit interrupter and touch dimmer, with NYIT alumni responsible for approximately 100 of these innovations.
Take Steve Campolo (B.T. '82), who holds 30 patents. One of his first projects in the 1980s was to help improve the design of a commonplace household fixture. "We were called upon by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission to find a way to make hair dryers safer because people were being electrocuted when the devices came in contact with water," says Campolo. The result was an immersion detector that would interrupt the flow of electricity in the hair dryer when submerged in water. For his efforts, Campolo and his team received the Green Cross of Safety Award from the National Safety Council, and company founder Harold Leviton received a personal letter of appreciation from the chair of the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission.
"New products are the lifeblood of the company," says Campolo, quoting management's philosophy. "And it comes from creative people, many of whom are engineers. We encourage them to dream up new ideas and obtain patents. Many of those are engineers because of NYIT, and Leviton has always looked favorably upon engineers."
In addition to making hair dryers safer, Campolo chaired the technical committee for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, which was responsible for introducing warning tags on extension cords (now one of the safety requirements for Underwriters Laboratories, a global product safety testing and certification organization).
Campolo's story is one of many at Leviton's headquarters. Marc Noest (B.S. '84), senior director of product management, holds seven patents in the areas of lighting and weatherproofing, including one of the first Energy Star products (a compact fluorescent ceiling lampholder) approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
With 20 patents to his name, Senior Director of Engineering Alfred J. Lombardi (B.S. '87) recalls how his alma mater provided valuable career guidance. "NYIT prepared me by giving me practical knowledge of engineering and adjusting to the business world," he says.
Commodity Director Satya Bagchee (M.B.A. '83) agrees, noting how his NYIT professors provided a solid foundation of discipline and technical skills, including "marketing, identifying functions, and other business aspects," he says. "I did not have an understanding of this until I received direction when earning my M.B.A. degree."
Leviton and NYIT continue to work together training engineers and employing them to develop new and improved products, obtain patents, and blend electrical safety, energy savings, and technical excellence.
As Leviton's longest-serving NYIT alumnus, Senior Project Engineer Edward Krajci (B.S. '73) is proud of the electrical and engineering contributions Leviton and his fellow alumni have brought to the world.
"We have always been a family-oriented company and give people a feeling that they are part of a common goal," he says. His NYIT education, he adds, provided him with the engineering expertise to develop 10 patents for products that are still being sold today, such as incandescent and fluorescent dimmers as well as full-range motor speed controls for residential consumers and equipment manufacturers.
Krajci also credits NYIT with making his job interview with Leviton go smoothly. "I was sending out resumes after graduating from NYIT," he says. "I was interviewed by Leviton on Friday and started work the following Tuesday."
Leviton Patents Held by NYIT Alumni (Patent No./Title)
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Joe DeConinck (B.S. '87)
7370840 Laptop Computer Security Retainer Device
7327276 Security System for Power and Display of Consumer Electronic Devices
7209038 Security System for Power and Display of Consumer Electronic Devices
7101187 B1 Rotatable Electrical Connector
7002467 Alarm Interface System
6861953 B2 Security Device for Having a Releasable Electronic Connection
6459374 Anti-Theft Computer Security System
6285283 Securing Anchoring System
6215400 Tag Sensor
Marc Noest (B.S. '84)
7862350 Combination Device including a Guidelight and Electrical Component
7227079 Weatherproof Cover with Disconnect Switch
7431594 Telescoping Weather Resistant Box
D532380 Telescoping Weather Resistant Box
D564129 Ceiling Lampholder to accept a Fluorescent Lamp
D577854 Ceiling Lampholder to accept a Fluorescent Lamp
ZL2006800401937 Ceiling Lampholder to accept a Non-Incandescent Lamp (China Patent)
Paul Endres (B.S. '95)
7700888 Switch with Shaped Face
7513802 Lamp Base Adapter
7435903 Wall Plate with One Opening for One of More Wiring Devices
7265308 Rocker Paddle Switch with Semi-Rigid Cam Driver
7250580 Switch with Shaped Face
7247792 Wall Plate with One Opening for One or More Wiring Devices
7176380 Alignment Plate for Wiring Device
7126070 Rocker Paddle Switch with Flexible Cam Driver
7122754 Rocker Paddle Switch with Articulated Cam Driver
D519455 Mogul or Medium Base Lamp Holder
7034236 Rocker Paddle Switch with Semi-Rigid Cam Driver
7030318 Alignment Plate for Wiring Device
6979791 Rocker Paddle Switch with Articulated Cam Driver
6979790 Rocker Paddle Switch with Flexible Cam Driver
6875940 Robust Rocker Switch Mechanism
6290522 Fluorescent Lampholder
5964615 Snap-In Lampholder with Insulation Displacement Contacts
5711689 Reverse Wire Termination Device
5624287 Reverse Wire Termination Device
5533916 Reverse Wire Termination Device
D304716 Fluorescent Lamp Socket
Paul Soccoli (B.S. '94)
7800049 Adjustable Low Voltage Occupancy Sensor
6289404 Apparatus for and Method of Placing a Node in an Unconfigured State
6275163 Automatic Switch Dimmer Device
7164588 Snap-In Printed Circuit Board Holder
6031750 Constant Current Supply Over a Wide Range of Input Voltages
7560696 Adjustable Sensor
7211798 Occupancy Wall Sensor
Ben Moadel (B.T. '05)
7558034 Bi-Directional Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter
Ed Krajci (B.S. '73)
US2005/0211538 Architectural Rotary and Slide Controls
D479205 Rotary Dimmer and Fan Speed Controls
US5854519 Asymmetrical AC Trigger Simulation
US7170022 Architectural Rotary and Slide Controls
US5703458 Capacitor Type Motor Speed Controller
D380453 Rotary Switch Enclosure
D381313 Quiet Fan Controller Enclosure
Steve Campolo (B.T. '82)
4694223 Thermal Sensor for Lighting Fixtures
5255866 Apparatus for Isolating a Cord Member from Tension
5283429 Fiber Optical Monitoring System for Electrical Conductors
5642248 Electrical Safety Extension Cord
5758764 Zero Bounce Switch
5901027 Metal Oxide Varistor Having Thermal Protection
5967840 Receptacle Incorporating Fiber Optic Communication
6088205 Arc-Fault Detector with Circuit Interrupter
6176717 Electrical Safety Extension Cord with Interrupter
6252488 Metal Oxide Varistor having Thermal Protection
6290522 Lampholder for Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp
6433978 Arc-Fault Detector with Circuit Interrupter
6639769 Arc-Fault Detector with Circuit Interrupter
6864769 Lockout Mechanism for Residual Current Device
6937452 Reverse Wiring Detect in Circuit Interrupting Devices
7031125 Reset Lockout for Sliding Latch GFCI
7049910 Circuit Interrupting Device and Manufacturing Method
7136266 Leakage Current Detecting Extension Cord
D537745 Double Lampholder with GFCI
D538038 Lampholder with Front-Mounted GFCI
D539742 Single Lampholder with GFCI
7196886 Reverse Wiring Detect Interrupting Device
7400477 Method of Distribution (GFCI Lockout/Miswire)
7440246 Circuit Interrupter with Remote Test and Reset
7492558 Reset Lockout for Sliding Latch GFCI
7532444 Leakage Current Monitor
7558034 Bi-Directional GFCI
7558034 Over-Current Protection Device
7889466 Bi-Directional Fault Interrupter