2003

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 is presently a professor at Farmingdale University and is the Department Chairman of the Automotive Engineering Technology and the Automotive Management Technology Departments. His duties include managing the academic department with responsibilities to approximately 100 students, five faculty members and a technical specialist.

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.

Bob is a 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. He also serves as the Chief Judge of the SUNY Farmingdale Traffic Appeals Board. He is responsible for the operation of the Traffic Courts and supervises three other judges.

Married since 1970, Bob and his wife Florence reside in Northport, NY. They have two children, Andrea, 29 and Thomas, 26. He enjoys antique clock repair and woodworking.

Since becoming a Member in 1996, Bob has served on the Expo Committee, Arrangements Committee and has been a vital member of the Scholarship Committee. Bob was our Member of the Month in October of 2000. He currently holds the fifth place record in consecutive meetings attended.

We congratulate you on being elected Member of the Year, an honor you well deserve!

 


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