Alumni quick update, November 2013

Catch up on Brophy alumni this month

  • Mike Haag ’92 made appearances on CBS This Morning on Nov 11th and NOVA on Nov 13th to talk about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
    Read Brophy’s blog post
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  • Paris Dennard ’00 has recently been appointed Events Director at ASU’s The McCain Institute for International Leadership.
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  • Robert Balint ’09 received a Fulbright scholarship this past June and will teach English in Uruguay this coming February. Additionally, he (and fellow Boston College alums) completed a southbound trek of the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia finishing in 131 days, walking 2186 miles and through 14 states. Read his trip blog.
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  • Marc Papakyriakou ’10 will be honored by the Loyola Marymount University Tau Beta Pi Engineering Society. This national engineering honor society was founded at Lehigh University in 1885 to honor students displaying excellence in scholarship and exemplary character as undergraduates in engineering and to foster a spirit of liberal culture in engineering colleges. The LMU chapter was established in 1974.
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  • RJ Silva ’10 and XCP ’12 grad Alex Nolen will play lead roles in Loyola University Chicago’s production of the Twelfth Night. See their rehearsal photos on Flickr.
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  • The Ashton Family dinner with the Jesuits! John Ashton ’87 and his wife Kim purchased “An evening with the Jesuits” at the Brophy Auction last spring and invited the entire Ashton clan including alumni Lynn ’81, Brett ’88, Marc ’84, and Joe ’83. Check out the photos Brophy’s Alumni Flickr

Brophy alumnus Mike Haag ’92 to appear on CBS, NOVA

Brophy alumnus Mike Haag ’92 will make an appearance on CBS This Morning on November 11th and an hour-long PBS NOVA program on November 13th to talk about his research and testing on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

1992 haag, mikeHis company Forensic Science Consultants will offer a 3-day course in February 2014 that breaks down a shooting incident reconstruction to include specific terminal ballistic events, examination of projectile penetration, perforation and deflection characteristics, shotgun ballistics analysis, 3D laser scanning, and more.

Mike grew up learning about the field of forensic firearms from his dad, Luke. He has presented and published numerous papers at AFTE conferences, presented in England, and interned with the German Federal Forensics Section (BKA) in Wiesbaden. He is a Distinguished Member of the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners, a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and many other forensic associations.

Mike is currently the Supervisor of the Firearm and Tool Mark Unit, Controlled Substances Unit, Blood / Breath Alcohol unit at the Albuquerque Police Department Crime Lab. He is a member of the Major Crime Scene Team, and a New Mexico State Certified Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor.

Mike’s expertise has been called upon to teach numerous sessions of trajectory analysis and shooting reconstruction at the BATF’s National Firearm Examiner’s Academy, as well as Shooting Reconstruction classes nationwide and Canada, the UK, and Switzerland. Some of his most notable cases have come from as far away as Taiwan and Iraq.

He is one of the few certified Forensic Scientists by AFTE in all three areas including

    Firearm Evidence Examination and Identification
    Gunshot Residue Analysis and Distance Determinations
    and Tool Mark Evidence Examination and Identification

He is also certified by IAI as a Crime Scene Reconstructionist and made appearances on Discovery Channel, NOVA, and has been interviewed by FOX News on firearm related issues. He is author of the authoritative text Shooting Incident Reconstruction.