October 2011

Robert Lagnese

Robert Lagnese was born in 1947 and raised in Westbury, NY. He attended Westbury High School and went on to obtain an Associate in Applied Science degree in Mechanical Power Technology at S.U.N.Y., Farmingdale, a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology at S.U.N.Y., Buffalo and a Master of Science degree in Applied Science & Engineering at S.U.N.Y., Stony Brook.

Bob has worked as an auto mechanic in a service station, at an auto body shop and an Oldsmobile Dealership. He was a professor at S.U.N.Y., Farmingdale and also was the Department Chairman of the Automotive Engineering Technology Department for 25 years. His duties included managing the academic department with responsibilities to approximately 250 students, five faculty members and a technical specialist. After 40 plus years of teaching at SUNY Farmingdale, he has officially retired. He still maintains a connection to the college and is a “Professor Emeritus” at the institution.

At the 1999 N.Y. Auto Show, the Greater New York Automotive Dealers’ Association presented him with the Automotive Educator of the Year award. He has co-authored a workbook entitled “Vehicle Engineering and Energy” that is used by Wharton Applied Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania. His knowledge in the automotive industry has aided private individuals, the Nassau, Suffolk and Queens Counties Consumer Affairs Departments and the District Attorney’s office during various fraud investigations as an automotive expert. He has also appeared on numerous radio and television programs and has been quoted in numerous newspaper articles. He is also certified by the courts in both New York and Florida as an expert witness in cases involving vehicle accident investigation.

Bob has also been a member of the Board of Directors for the Long Island Clean Cities Coalition, member of the School/Business Partnerships of Long Island Advisory Council, member of the Nassau County BOCES – Automotive Advisory Committee, member of the Suffolk County BOCES – Tech Prep Committee and a member of New York City Board of Education Advisory Council for Occupational Education.

Married since 1970, Bob and his wife Florence reside in Northport, NY. They have two children, Dr. Andrea Lagnese, 38 and Thomas Lagnese, 35 and a grandson Michael Lagnese, 2. He and his wife are currently completing the construction of their new beach house on Long Island Sound in Fairfield, Connecticut. He also enjoys antique clock repair and woodworking.

Since becoming a Member in 1996, Bob has been honored as our Member of the Year in 2003, and served as the Society’s Secretary from 2005-2007. He has also served on the May Expo Committee, Arrangements Committee, the Scholarship Committee and assists at the “Welcoming Table” at each monthly Society meeting. He is truly an asset to the Society.

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