Two graduates of West Virginia University were recently inducted into the Lane Department’s Academy of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at its 25th anniversary celebration.

The Academy of the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering honors graduates of the Department and others who have distinguished professional careers or who have been of outstanding service to WVU.

Yadin B. David, who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from WVU in 1974 and 1975, respectively, is a principal with Biomedical Engineering Consultants, LLC, in Houston, Texas. He previously held positions directing and teaching in biomedical engineering programs in hospitals in Texas, Mexico, China and West Virginia. In West Virginia, he served as research assistant professor, anesthesiology, and director, biomedical engineering, at University Hospital (now WVU Healthcare) from 1976-1982. He earned a doctorate in education from WVU in 1983. He went on to serve as director, biomedical engineering, at the Texas Medical Center from 1982-2008.

David holds an adjunct appointment at the University of Texas School of Public Health. He is a biomedical engineering advisor and consultant to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the World Health Organization and start-up medical product companies. He is the recipient of the FDA’s special commissioner’s award for protecting public safety.

Joan Boyle Kuehl is chief information officer, eBusiness, for the Travelers Insurance in Hartford, Conn. She earned a bachelor of science degree in computer science from WVU in 1978. Previously, she held positions with Bank America, Sabre Holdings and the NCR Corporation.

At Travelers, she led the development and now manages an enterprise-wide eBusiness technology organization that provides capabilities in web, mobile, and social channels for all business lines. At Bank America, possibly the most-visited financial website in the world, she led the organization to create, deliver, and support web and mobile channels for consumers and small business customers, managing a team of approximately 2,000 developers, analysts, and service delivery managers, performing more than two billion transactions per month. At Sabre, she created and managed their reservations system environment and related products supporting more than 70 airlines worldwide.

She was the national chairperson for Sabre Holdings’ 2001 United Way campaign, leading the largest employee donation in company history. She led the formation of the Charlotte Women in Technology and Operations organization for Bank of America. In Dallas, Girls, Inc. honored her for community service, mentoring, and serving as a role model for girls with the Girls Champion Award.

The pair were inducted at an event held on Friday, April 4, in Morgantown.



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