#b#Management Moves: New VP at PPPL#/b#

Princeton has hired David McComas to be the new vice president of the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. A center for plasma science and fusion power research, the lab is owned by the U.S. Department of Energy and managed under contract by Princeton University. McComas also has been appointed professor of astrophysical sciences at Princeton.

McComas, the assistant vice president of space science and engineering at the Southwest Research Institute, will begin his new role on April 4. He succeeds A.J. Stewart Smith, professor of physics and former dean for research, who has served as vice president for PPPL since 2013.

The vice president for PPPL serves as the university’s primary liaison with the Department of Energy and is responsible for the management and operation of the laboratory.

McComas, who has worked at SwRI since 2000, helped lead the technical success and growth of the Space Science and Engineering Division.

McComas earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from MIT and a Ph.D. in geophysics and space physics from UCLA.

After earning his B.S. in 1980, McComas joined Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and held a number of roles over 20 years. He worked his way up to be founding director of the Center for Space Science and Exploration, responsible for leading all civilian space programs at Los Alamos.

Throughout his time at LANL, he served a range of customers including the DOE, NASA, Air Force and industry. He also served on the Nonproliferation and International Security Leadership Council. McComas’ scientific work includes numerous patents for mass spectrometry and other instruments.

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton University, James Forrestal Campus, Box 451, Princeton 08543; 609-243-2000; fax, 609-243-2751. Stewart Prager, director. www.pppl.gov.

#b#New at Artworks#/b#

Artworks Trenton, a visual arts center, has appointed Lauren Otis as executive director.

“We are delighted to have Lauren as our executive director,” said Jeff Stewart, chairman of the Board of Artworks Trenton. “Lauren brings a depth of knowledge of Artworks and the Trenton community, coupled with an exciting vision of what Artworks can become.”

“I am extremely excited to have been selected,” Otis said. “Artworks programming — including Art All Night, Art All Day, our exhibitions and educational offerings — is already amazing, and has been central to putting Trenton on the map as an arts destination.”

Otis is the founding director of Art All Day, Artworks Trenton’s annual artist open studio tour and creative showcase held each November. From 2009 to 2014 he was a member of the board of trustees of Artworks, serving as chairman from 2010 to 2011. He is a freelance writer, editor, photographer and artist, with B.A. in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania.

Artworks: the Visual Arts School of Trenton, 19 Everett Alley, Trenton 08611; 609-394-9436; fax, 609-581-8244. Lauren Otis, executive director. www.artworkstrenton.org.

#b#Crosstown Moves#/b#

Drucker, Math & Whitman, 758 Route 18, Suite 110, East Brunswick 08902; 732-821-5200; Sheldon Whitman, president. www.dmwcpas.com.

Drucker Math & Whitman, an accounting firm, has moved from Route 1 to Route 18 in East Brunswick.

ITECH Instruments, 816 Sylvia Street, Ewing; 609-323-7041; Thomas Kautzsch, vice president, R&D. www.itech-instruments.com.

ITECH Instruments, a nuclear instrumentation company formerly known as Berkeley Nucleonics Corp., has moved from Princeton Forrestal Center to Sylvia Street in Ewing. The company, now owned by a French firm, has downsized to just several people, an employee said.

Knite Inc., 501 Forrestal Road, Suite 119, Princeton 08540; 609-258-9550; fax, 877-822-9749. Artur P. Suckewer, president and CEO. www.knite.com.

Knite Inc., a manufacturer of advanced ignition systems, has moved from Piper Road at Trenton-Mercer Airport to the Forrestal Center.

MacKay Shields, 155 Village Boulevard, Suite 305, Princeton 08540; 609-750-8362; fax, 609-750-8365. John M. Loffredo CFA, senior managing director.

McKay Shields, the Princeton office of a New York-based investment advisor, has moved from 100 to 155 Village Boulevard in Princeton Forrestal Village.


Gordon Dix Griffin, 96, on January 29. A 1940 alumnus of Princeton University and a World War II veteran, Griffin was co-founder of the law firm, Mason, Griffin & Pierson. For many years the municipal attorney for the township and borough of Princeton, he later served as the first president of the residents’ association of Stonebridge at Montgomery.

Marietta Corallo, 71, on January 31. She worked for Regus Corporation, retiring in November, 2015.

Earl A. McCord, 71, on February 6. He worked for 28 years for Philips Electronics and then for AT&T as a consultant for 16 years before retiring.

Kenneth A. Nelson, 76, on February 5. He was an insurance industry professional and founder of Nelson Adjusting Company.

Peter Ogden, 70, on January 26. He retired from Roma Bank as a commercial loan officer three years ago. He was also a partner with Mo Rossi in Miramar Promotions.

Frank Whittaker Jr., 52, on February 2. He was president of FLW Wood Products at 100 Prince­ton South in Ewing.

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