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Willett Kempton (left) with Haley Northrup, the John W. Estey Power and Energy Society Scholar in the Mid-Atlantic region for 2015-16. See HONORS

For the Record, Dec. 18, 2015

University community announces new assignments, honors, media


9:47 a.m., Dec. 18, 2015--For the Record provides information about recent professional activities of University of Delaware faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Recent assignments, honors and media recognition include the following:

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New assignments

Jennifer Becnel-Guzzo has been named associate vice president and deputy general counsel at the University of Delaware, effective Nov. 19.

Becnel-Guzzo joined UD in 2013 as associate general counsel. She succeeds Laure Ergin, who was appointed vice president and general counsel on Nov. 18. 

Before coming to UD, Becnel-Guzzo spent nine years in the Wilmington, Delaware, offices of two national law firms representing commercial entities, charter schools and higher education institutions in all of the Delaware courts. 

Previously, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable William L. Witham Jr. in the Delaware Superior Court. She is admitted to the bars of the state of Delaware, the District of Delaware and the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Becnel-Guzzo earned her bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Vanderbilt University and her law degree from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University. 


The IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) recently named UD senior Haley Northrup the John W. Estey PES Scholar in the Mid-Atlantic for 2015-16. Recipients of the award are deemed by IEEE to be “high-achieving undergraduate students in electrical engineering programs who have committed to exploring the power and energy engineering field through both coursework and career experiences.”

Northrup, a senior studying electrical and computer engineering, is advised at UD by Willett Kempton, professor in the School of Marine Science and Policy in UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment and research director of the University’s Center for Carbon-Free Power Integration. Kempton also has appointments as professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the School of Public Policy and Administration.

As part of Kempton’s Vehicle-to-Grid research group, Northrup documented wiring in the V2G designed Charging Station for assembly and programming a microprocessor for bidirectional metering in the charging station. 

Northrup also received a scholarship from IEEE Power and Energy Society’s Scholarship Plus Initiative, which provides “scholarships and real world experience to undergraduates who are interested in power and energy engineering careers.


William A. Sullivan, managing director of Marriott’s Courtyard Newark at the University of Delaware campus hotel, is quoted in a Dec. 15 Newark Post article about a special program in which the facility on the Laird Campus provides a special Santa’s Mailbox for letters bound for the North Pole. The hotel has been involved in the Santa’s Mailbox project since 2007.

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Photos by Evan Krape and Kathy F. Atkinson, and courtesy of the Courtyard Newark-University of Delaware

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