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Featured Alumni


September 2006

Loman Eng, MBA '96 Loman Eng, MBA '96, recently celebrated his 10-year Reunion by donating several of his pieces for a silent auction that benefited the Johnson School Annual Fund. Eng is a painter and portrait artist who studied under four masters, each one infusing in him a different set of styles and disciplines. He was born in China and raised in the Portuguese colony of Macao, a small peninsula jetting off the southern edge of China, west of Hong Kong. He began studying art at an early age. He first studied Chinese painting and calligraphy and by the fifth grade, he had done his own solo show. In the 1970s Eng and his wife, Petula, also an artist, emigrated from Hong Kong to the United States. Eng uses several different mediums but is most interested in including charcoal and oils. He paints from both live models and photographs and in many different styles. To inquire further about Eng and his art, you may e-mail him at

Burton H. Lee, MBA '04 Burton H. Lee, MBA '04, has been appointed a Senior Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Fellow at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. His principal affiliation is with the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board. "I am deeply honored to join the Academy as a 2006 S&T Policy Fellow," said Lee. "The NAS, which includes the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine, play a vital role in providing independent and objective advice to the Executive Branch, Congress and the nation in matters of science and technology policy."

Prior to joining the Academy, Lee spent 15 years in strategy consulting, industry, government, and venture-backed startups working in corporate development and strategy, business development, technology commercialization, program management, and computing systems research. His management and technical experience includes senior positions with organizations such as Hewlett Packard Corporation, General Electric Global Research, DaimlerChrysler AG and NASA in the United States, Europe, and Japan. His expertise spans commercial space systems, alternative energy/hydrogen, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, and robotics. Lee is the founder of Spaceport America in New Mexico, a $225 million economic development initiative supported by Gov. Bill Richardson.

Lee holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford, an MBA from Cornell, and an AB in Physics from Brown University. He also advises private equity firms on nanotechnology sector venture financing trends.

Alisa Cohn, MBA '96Alisa Cohn, MBA '96, was recently selected as one of the Top 10 Coaches in Boston according to Women's Business; she was noted as "absolutely brilliant, laugh-out-loud hilarious and a superhero." Cohn has been an executive coach for eight years and runs her own business; global headquarters are in Brookline, MA ( Cohn has conducted training and workshops and worked as a coach with teams, VPs and C-level executives, and boards of advisors for Fortune 500 companies, international banks and start-ups all over the United States as well as in India, Ireland, and Israel. She has also created special programs for global leaders engaged in peace activities from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Rwanda, Congo and other areas of conflict through her work with the Center for Inclusive Security and the International Rescue Committee. She is the Career Coach for the Artist's Professional Toolbox program sponsored by the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in Boston.

While at the Johnson School, Cohn was awarded the Albert J. Fried Fellowship for Leadership and Academic Excellence, and she was delighted to attend the Fried "Alumni" dinner hosted in New York by Fried in July.

After graduating from the Johnson School in 1996, Cohn joined PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Advanced Development Program. She left to follow more entrepreneurial pursuits, joining two different Internet startups. Cohn also teaches at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and is quoted in the national press, including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. She is a frequent speaker in the entrepreneur programs at Cornell.