Brian Clarke, FA class of 2012, came to campus last week. He visited with Kinsley Rausch, Pete Govert, Byron Crozier, and me. We learned that Brian earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Central Connecticut State University in 2020. Brian controlled the timeline of his post-secondary education. He combined part-time jobs with a reduced schedule of classes for a while as he sorted through his academic aspirations. Now, RGBSI employs him as an engineer. Go to for an overview of this company that delivers “business solutions that close the gap between strategy and execution for global organizations of all sizes.”

Brian’s work focuses on improving the production of an item, whether through making product design changes or creating more effective manufacturing processes.” Towards this end, RGBSI has outsourced Brian to Pratt & Whitney to address some long-overlooked manufacturing challenges. Brian finds these career opportunities to be energizing.

He also looks back on his Franklin years with great fondness. Brian joined us at the beginning of his sophomore year. By senior year, he was hitting his stride. One highlight was winning the Digit Contest during Pi Day (186 digits that he memorized in chunks of four, starting the morning of the celebration!). The second highlight was receiving the Phoenix Award, Franklin Academy’s highest award, at graduation. Pete and Byron, two important mentors, are pictured above with Brian.