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Alumni and Student Honorees


The 2024 Drexel Alumni awards recognize a select group of alumni and students for outstanding contributions to their chosen professions, communities, and Drexel University. This year’s recipients are entrepreneurs, researchers, mentors and leaders.

A full list of alumni and student award descriptions is available here.


A.J. Drexel Paul Award for Service to Alma Mater
Carole Stein Hochman, BS Fashion Design ’66, HD ’86, Former Trustee

Ms. Hochman has been an active and committed alumna participating in a variety of boards and councils. She joined the Drexel Board of Visitors in 2022. She has also been a member of the Westphal Dean's Council since 2021. She served as a Drexel trustee from 1993 to 1998 and was a member of the Westphal Dean's Advisory Board, Westphal Alumni Advocates, and the Nesbitt Advisory Board. In 2018, Ms. Hochman participated on a panel for the Drexel InSites: New York City event.  

Her generous philanthropic commitment provides Drexel students with supportive assistance in completing their education. In 2023, Ms. Hochman established The Yvette "Teddy" Stein and Herman Stein Endowed Memorial Scholarship, in honor of her parents, for the benefit of BRIDGE students in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at Drexel University. Established in 2013, The Carole Stein Hochman and Steven Stein Endowed Scholarship Fund, provides scholarship awards to students with academic merit and financial need enrolled in The Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and majoring in fashion design. 

For her work at Drexel, she has been named to a variety of awards. In 2021, she received the Harriett Worrell Award, and in 2009, Drexel's fashion program honored Ms. Hochman at its annual fashion show with the "Design Achievement Award." In 2002, nominated by Drexel, she was named to the World Association of Cooperative Education Hall of Fame; and in 1992, she was inducted in the Drexel 100, Drexel's Hall of Fame. A recipient of numerous other awards, in June 2018, Ms. Hochman was honored as a "Woman of Inspiration" by Delivering Good.  

Ms. Hochman has been one of the most respected and influential women in the intimate apparel and sleepwear business in the country. In February 2019, Ms. Hochman stepped down as executive chairman of Naked Brands Group Limited (in 2018, Naked Brands merged with Bendon Limited). She had previously served as chief executive officer and chief creative officer and as a member of the Board of Directors of Naked Brand since June 2014.  

Having created intimate apparel for more than 30 years, she founded Carole Hochman Design Group and served as CEO from September 1992 until its acquisition by Komar in 2010. After the acquisition, she served as chief creative officer until her departure in 2013. Under Ms. Hochman's leadership, Carole Hochman Design Group manufactured the Carole Hochman brand of sleepwear, loungewear and daywear and numerous sleepwear collections including Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren, Jockey, Donna Karan, Tommy Bahama and Betsey Johnson. Ms. Hochman's expertise is in translating brand identity into intimate apparel, and she has an innate ability to identify opportunities and trends and forecast successful endeavors that the rest of the industry quickly follows. She was one of the first designers to embrace the concept of QVC, recognizing the power of the home shopper. 

Ms. Hochman is a trustee for the Westport Country Playhouse, a member of the President's Council for the Sanctuary for Families, and a second vice president for the board of Project H.U.G. (Help Us Give). 

Alumni Entrepreneur Award Revenues Greater Than $1M
Gabriel Horwitz, BS Biological Science ’16

Gabe Horwitz is the co-founder and CPO at eqtble, a platform that uses data analytics to create healthier workplaces. Gabe previously worked as the head of people analytics at WeWork, a data scientist at Johnson & Johnson, and a specialist in the Israel Defense Forces. 

Gabe has always had a passion for data and analytics. His career began as an intern in the Supply Chain department at Johnson & Johnson, before becoming a data scientist in the Consumer Insights department. It was during their time at Johnson & Johnson that Horwitz developed a strong interest in people analytics. 

In 2017, Gabe left Johnson & Johnson to join WeWork as the head of people analytics. In this role, he was responsible for managing the Data Engineering, Data Science, Product Management, and Survey Center of Excellence teams. Gabe was with WeWork for four years, before leaving to co-found eqtble in 2021. 

At eqtble, Gabe is using their expertise in data and analytics to help businesses make more informed decisions about their employees. Gabe is passionate about using data to improve the workplace and help businesses thrive. 

In addition to his degree from Drexel, Gabe holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and is certified by Qualtrics as an EmployeeXM Expert, Wharton Executive Education in People Analytics, American Red Cross in CPR and AED, Delaware County Community College in Emergency Medical Technician, and Pro Board Fire Service in National Firefighting 1. 

Alumni Entrepreneur Award Revenues Less Than $1M
Robin Muldor-Engram, MS Library & Information Science ’07

Robin Muldor-Engram, MS ’07, has more than 30 years of dedicated experience in education and a decade in social entrepreneurship. As the founder of the Peaches and Sourcream Children’s Foundation, Inc. (PSCF), she is committed to transforming children's reading habits, providing opportunities for PreK through 3rd-grade children to enhance their reading frequency, fluency, and comprehension skills within their homes, fostering meaningful bonding moments with parents.  Since its 2019 inception, PSCF has flourished under Robin's leadership, serving more than 1,500 children, distributing 8,000 books, and securing seven grants, raising a combined $80,000.  

Robin Muldor-Engram's exemplary leadership and dedication have garnered her numerous accolades, including the United Negro College Fund “Share Your Love” Hall of Fame Award from Livingstone College in 2023 and recognition as the organization of the month by The Karen Hunter Show in 2024. Her commitment to literacy and education has led to system-wide recognition from the Free Library of Philadelphia, ranking 3rd out of 54 branches. She has contributed significantly to programs such as Philadelphia’s Read by 4th!, Building Bridges with Books, Read Across America Day, and State Senator Vincent Hughes’ “Save Our Skills” summer reading program. Robin’s volunteer work, including three years with the Philly Book Bank and serving as an intermediate moderator for the Philadelphia Reading Olympics, has earned her accolades such as the Free Library of Philadelphia Customer Service Award (2011), the Pennsylvania Library Association Best Practices Award (2011), and the Urban League Leadership Forum Recipient (2016). Additionally, she was honored with the Leeway Foundation Arts and Change Grant (2012) for her mentor writers’ workshop for young girls in foster care, showcased in the Alumni section of Saint Joseph University where she earned her first master's degree. She now resides in Southern Maryland with her husband, Wayne Engram, a retired government worker.  

Golden Dragon Society Award
Stephen Smith, BS Chemical Engineering ’72, MS ’74, PhD Mechanical Engineering ’92

Stephen V. Smith, PhD, has been with the Engineering Management program at Drexel since 1993, and he has held multiple positions, including associate dean, director, and professor. As associate dean of Online Learning, Smith, PhD, was responsible for effective administration and growth of online and on-campus graduate engineering programs. He developed and taught the first web-based asynchronous graduate engineering courses in College of Engineering in 1997.

Since that time, Smith, PhD, led the development of online learning for the College of Engineering and mentored faculty in distance teaching/learning techniques. As the director of Engineering Management until 2008, he was instrumental in making the MS in Engineering Management the first fully online degree program in the College of Engineering. Prior to his roles with Drexel, Smith, PhD, was vice president of Corporate Development for National Environmental Testing and also planning manager for ARCO Chemical Company.

Currently, Smith, PhD, is the course developer and subject matter expert for EGMT 531: Economics of Engineering Management; EGMT 535: Financial Management I; and EGMT 536: Financial Management II. He is also an executive consultant in Technical Leadership Development.

Golden Dragon Society Award
Rajakkannu Mutharasan, MS Chemical Engineering ’71, PhD ’73

Professor Raj Mutharasan received his bachelor’s degree from IIT Madras, India and his master’s and PhD degrees from Drexel University (1973) in chemical engineering. He has directed 30 PhD dissertations and more than 40 MS theses. His research has focused on process control, mathematical modeling of chemical engineering systems, biochemical engineering, process metallurgy and recently on biosensors. He has been funded by such agencies as NSF, NIH, EPA, USDA, DHS and private companies.  He has been awarded fellow status by AIChE, AAAS and AIMBE.  He has served on the Editorial Board of Met Trans. B, Sensors Letters, Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology. He has received such awards as Drexel’s Research Award, 106 Award, Distinguished Service Award and Lindback Teaching Award.  He has published more than 150 peer reviewed publications and has been awarded some 12 patents, bulk of them being on his invention of cantilever biosensor for cancer and pathogen detection.  He served as interim dean of College of Engineering (1997-2000), as a program director at NSF (2014-2017) and was awarded Frank A. Fletcher Professorship in 1999.  He received Distinguished Alumni Award from IIT Madras (2014) and has served on the scientific advisory board of ALCOA (MMT Division), MPT Technology Inc., BioChemTechnology, Cell Culture Divisoin of Schering Plough, United Nations Development Program, and as technical consultant to many companies.   

Harriet E. Worrell Society Award
Jaimie B. Dougherty, PhD Biomedical Engineering ’10

Jaimie Dougherty completed her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Drexel University in 2010. After her postdoctoral studies, she joined the teaching faculty and has been teaching in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems here at Drexel since 2014. Jaimie led the effort to found an affinity alumni group, the Drexel Biomed Alumni Network (DBAN) which now maintains nearly 400 active members. Jaimie established an alumni-funded scholarship targeting students within a year of graduating who are facing financial challenges, and assists the DBAN board in soliciting applications and disbursing funds. With teaching responsibilities that range from hands-on laboratories to Capstone Design, Jaimie connects the students to their wider professional community and maintains those relationships to help create active and engaged alumni who serve one another, Drexel and current students throughout their lives. 

Harriet E. Worrell Society Award
Meghan Berkenstock, MD Medicine ’11

Berkenstock, MD, is an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute. She specializes in ocular inflammatory and infectious diseases, cataract surgery, and comprehensive ophthalmology. She received her BA from Lehigh University in Behavioral Neuroscience and History in 2006. After completing an internship at St. Luke’s University Hospital in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, she returned to Drexel University for her ophthalmology residency from 2012-2015, where she served as chief resident. Thereafter, she completed a uveitis fellowship at UCLA Stein Eye Institute before joining the Wilmer faculty in 2016. She received the College of Medicine Emerging Leader Award in 2021, was named one of Drexel’s 40 under 40 in 2023 and serves on the College of Medicine Alumni Board.  

Joseph H. Jacovini Outstanding Service Award
The Lindy Family

Philip Lindy, HD ’10, had a long career as property manager, as well as an investor and contractor in the local construction industry. He was a partner with Lindy Communities, (also d/b/a as Lindy Property Management), founded by his mother and father. Today the company is a fourth-generation family-run firm that has managed residential properties since the 1930s. He and his wife, Annabel, expanded the company throughout the Philadelphia area, with Phil and his brother, Robert, responsible for building 2,000 homes. The company is now involved with new construction, student housing, condominiums and full-service senior lifestyle housing. They manage more than communities and apartment homes throughout Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery counties. Mr. Lindy graduated in 1952 from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He received a Doctor of Business Administration degree, honoris causa, from Drexel University in 2010. 
He served as a member of the Board of the Federation of Jewish Agencies, the Gershman Board of Jewish Community Centers and the American Jewish Committee. He was president of the Board of Directors of Tribe 12, which operates programs for young Jewish adults. He served on the Board of Overseers for the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences, where he founded the Philip and Annabel Lindy Research Fund. At the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, PA, the Lindy Study Area in the college’s library was named in his honor. In 1992, Lindy received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the American Jewish Committee. 

Phil's sons, Frank and Alan, joined the company in the 1980's, followed by their sister Elaine. Recent times have expanded with the 4th generation. Today, all their communities include nine solar power rooftops plus electricity generated from wind power, along with resident gas heat and hot water bills averaging under $25 monthly, all reflect environmental sensitivity. Their maternal grandfather, William Flesher, BS mechanical engineering 1922, was a Drexel alumnus. 

In January 2024, Alan, Elaine, and Frank were honored for their dedication to public service and their efforts in helping Philadelphia's youth. They received the Judge Edward R. Becker Citizenship Award. The award ceremony took place at the Community College of Philadelphia in Spring Garden. 

Elaine Lindy  
Ms. Lindy founded and serves as president of Fiesta Schoolyards, a nonprofit that she founded in 2018 with her brothers Alan Lindy and Frank Lindy. The goal of Fiesta Schoolyards is to transform 100 vacant, desolate public elementary schoolyards in ten years to provide safe outdoor play areas. Previously, Ms. Lindy worked in the real estate business for 30 years, including in development and property management with Lindy Communities. From 1985 to 2011, she served as a co-owner with her family. She founded and has served as president of Stories to Grow By, Inc., a website that presents stories for children with positive messages. The site has attracted over a quarter-million users per month.  

Additionally, Ms. Lindy serves as a board member on The Lindy Foundation, Philadelphia Jewish Film + Media, and First Person Arts. She previously served on the board of The Last Call Foundation and The Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History. At Drexel, Ms. Lindy serves on the Advisory Committee of the Lindy Scholars Program. She was previously a member of the Pennoni Honors College Advisory Board. She has supported The Citizen's Response Portal Project at the College of Computing and Informatics in the development of a web-based prototype civic engagement process and toolset to allow individuals to interact with federal, state and private programs. 

Ms. Lindy graduated Simmons College School of Management with an MBA. She also owns three U.S. patents. She has two grown daughters, Ariel and Hannah.  

Alan Lindy   
Mr. Lindy co-owns and serves as president and managing partner of Lindy Property Management, Previously, Mr. Lindy served as a property manager, providing residential services for adults with developmental disabilities in institutional and residential settings. 

Mr. Lindy serves as a trustee of the Lindy Family Charitable Foundation. He has served as a long-time board member and treasurer emeritus to LEGACY. He is also known for sponsoring summer campsites and hosting bus trips of LEGACYkids traveling to the US Open's Arthur Ashe Kids Day in memory of his tennis partner, Bobby Wexler. In 2022, Mr. Lindy was honored by LEGACY at their annual benefit.  

He also serves on the boards of Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition, Jewish Family and Children's Service of Philadelphia, and Federation Housing. He previously served on the boards of Liberty Museum and The Association for Independent Growth. He is past president of the Apartment Association of Philadelphia and served as co-chair of the Capital Campaign for Or Hadash Synagogue. 

At Drexel, Mr. Lindy serves on the Lindy Scholar Advisory Committee and the President's Real Estate Advisory Committee. He previously served on the Ad Hoc Committee for the Center for Jewish Life and the Pennoni Honors College Advisory Committee. 

Mr. Lindy earned his BA in Psychology and History from Drew University in 1977 and his MA in Education from Antioch University in 1979. He and his wife Carolyn Hirsh Lindy have three adult children, Jeremy, Joshua, and Jacob. 

Frank Lindy  
Mr. Lindy is co-owner and partner of Lindy Communities. He has served on the boards of Jewish community organizations, including serving as director and past interim president at Tribe 12 and former board member at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. He serves as the board president of Philachange, a non-profit organization based in Jenkintown, PA, and was board director of the Cheltenham Center for the Arts. Mr. Lindy is a trustee of the Lindy Foundation with his siblings and trustee of the Lindo Foundation with his spouse, Chung Do. At Drexel, he serves on the advisory committee of the Lindy Scholars Program. Mr. Lindy received his BA in Economics from Clark University in 1982. He has three children, Jason, Michael, and Rachel.  

Mary S. Irick Drexel Society Award for Civic Engagement
Felice Franklin, BS Operations Management ’77

Felice Franklin embodies the essence of dedication and service, with a remarkable career spanning both the financial sector and the military. Having retired from a distinguished tenure in the financial services industry, Felice's journey led her through esteemed institutions such as CIT, Deutsche Bank, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo. Her commitment to economic development also shone through her tenure at the City of Jacksonville's Office of Economic Development.

Felice's military service, spanning over three decades, is a testament to her unwavering commitment. Enlisting in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard's 193rd Special Operation Wing, she served with distinction for ten years, assuming pivotal roles such as equal opportunity officer and education officer. Her journey continued with a transfer to the Florida Air National Guard's 125th Fighter Wing in Jacksonville, FL, in 1992. Here, she held various leadership positions, including education officer, services flight commander, and equal opportunity director. Her tenure culminated in roles of significant responsibility at Florida National Guard State Headquarters in St. Augustine, where she served as programs officer and executive officer. Felice retired from her military service in 2010, holding the rank of lieutenant colonel and adorned with numerous military awards and decorations.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Felice is deeply entrenched in community service. She serves on the board of the Jacksonville Sister Cities Association (JSCA) and holds the position of vice president of the Nelson Mandela Bay Committee, showcasing her commitment to global connectivity and understanding. Felice's passion for fostering intellectual discourse and community cohesion led her to co-found the renowned book club P.R.I.D.E. (People Reading for Inspiration, Discussion, and Enjoyment) in October 1993. This enduring institution has been a beacon of enlightenment, meeting monthly for over 30 years. In additional to her Drexel education, Felice earned her Master of Business Administration from Webster University in St. Louis, Mo.

Outstanding Student Award (Graduate)
Leah Sodowick, PhD Clinical Psychology ’24

Leah Sodowick is a fourth year Clinical Psychology PhD candidate at Drexel University. She received her BA in Psychology from Barnard College, Columbia University in 2016. At Drexel, Leah is mentored by Pamela Geller, PhD, a professor of psychology and the director of the Women’s Health Psychology Lab. Leah’s master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation research examines secondary traumatic stress in nurses working in neonatal intensive care units. In addition to her research activities, Leah provides direct clinical services to diverse patient populations as a Behavioral Medicine Extern at Cooper University Hospital and as a student clinician at Drexel’s Mother Baby Connections program, an intensive perinatal outpatient program housed within Drexel University’s Psychological Services Center. Leah has served as a teaching assistant for a range of undergraduate psychology courses and as an adjunct faculty instructor for a post-baccalaureate course in Drexel’s College of Medicine. She is the president of the Drexel Chapter of the National Perinatal Association Student Society, where she engages undergraduate and graduate students from multiple disciplines in educational, community service, and social action activities aimed at improving perinatal care. In the 2024-2025 academic year, Leah will complete her pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship at Duke University Medical Center.

Outstanding Student Award (Undergraduate)
Kim Gui, BS Psychology ’24

Kim Gui is an international student from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. As the youngest of three siblings in their family, Kim often finds inspiration in their high-achieving brothers, looking up to them as role models. Since arriving at Drexel University, Kim has been grateful for the opportunity to learn from esteemed professors, connect with supportive advisors, and form enduring friendships. In addition to their academic pursuits, Kim takes on various roles, serving as a student ambassador, resident assistant, and member of the Club Tennis Board. During their free time, Kim enjoys indulging in activities such as traveling, watching documentaries, and attending performances by the Philadelphia Orchestra. 

Recent Alumni Emerging Leader Award
Josa A. Hanzlik, MS Biomedical Engineering ’13, PhD ’15

Josa Hanzlik, PhD is a multi-faceted leader with a passion for advocacy, promoting diversity in leadership positions and community building. Josa has an MS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Drexel. Josa served on the Drexel Alumni Board of Governors for two years, focusing her efforts to improve engagement with graduate degree alumni. She has served as a panelist on two SWE career events, three Frances Velay Fellowship Industry events and a Drexel Graduate Student Conference. During her time at ZSX Medical, she had three Drexel STAR students and one Drexel co-op. She has continually pushed herself to expand her knowledge by achieving the PMP certification in 2018 and becoming a Board-Certified Toxicologist in 2022. Hanzlik, PhD is currently the senior manager, Scientific Services at Haemonetics where she manages a 11-person globally remote team that maintains a portfolio of blood and plasma services products through global biocompatibility and sterilization compliance. Josa is a co-leader of the Remote/Hybrid Corporate Resource Group and runs a Women’s Leadership & Empowerment group at Haemonetics.  She is 2nd degree black belt in Isshinryu karate and a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu jit-su. As an instructor in both programs, she is helping guide and support young students to expand their self-discipline, resilience, and development into young adults.

Recent Alumni Emerging Leader Award
Orcel Kounga, BS Engineering ’17

Orcel Kounga, a distinguished leader in higher education, currently serves as the director of Admissions and Student Affairs at Drexel University College of Medicine. With a dynamic blend of ambition, creativity, and dedication, Orcel leads initiatives to recruit and nurture outstanding medical students for the College of Medicine. His primary objective is to foster a diverse student body that not only embodies excellence but also actively engages in addressing critical health challenges facing society. Since the inception of the West Reading inaugural class in 2021, Orcel has been instrumental in cultivating a vibrant learning environment at the campus, capitalizing on its proximity to Reading Hospital for innovative research opportunities. He envisions the campus as a focal point for education, innovation, and collaboration, fostering strong ties among students, faculty, and professionals. 

During his academic tenure, Orcel was actively involved in various student organizations, including Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity (Phi Psi), Interfraternity Council (IFC), and roles as an orientation leader and community assistant at University Crossings. His philanthropic endeavors extended to contributions to the Drexel Philanthropy Club and DUSCTeach. Notably, Orcel's extensive travels and residency in multiple countries have bestowed upon him fluency in three out of five romance languages. Elected to the Alumni Board of Governors, Orcel brings his fervor for advocacy and representation, poised to leave a lasting impact on the Drexel University alumni community, particularly among younger generations, ensuring a diverse and inclusive representation of alumni voices.