Princeton Area Alumni Association

Social Activities

This committee strives to organize and host events that appeal to a wide range of Princeton alumni. (More)
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What We Do


Established in 2016, the Princeton Propellers showcase technical innovation --- across the entire Princeton Gown & Vicinity ecosystem.  We do this by bringing together a diverse set of players whose paths would not normally cross:  faculty, students, alumni, venture capitalists, bankers, scientists, engineers, physicians, intellectual property attorneys, policy developers and other technical innovation stakeholders in the Greater Princeton area.

The Propellers are an initiative of the Princeton Area Alumni Association (PA3). We meet monthly at Quadrangle Club, 33 Prospect Avenue, adjacent to the Princeton Campus, the Second Tuesday of each month (September – June) 6 – 8 P, for a cocktail party anchored by an entrepreneur's issue-oriented talk and followed by vigorous Q & A.  Our slogan is "Getting Things Off the Ground --- and Bringing Them Back to Earth!"  That's what Propellers do.


Keep the Propellers Flying!

 The Propellers are entirely donations-funded.  


FULLY TAX-DEDUCTIBLE contributions can be made:
By check:  to “The Princeton Area Alumni Association (PA3)”
  Fouad J. Masrieh, Treasurer
1009 Barclay Blvd., Princeton, NJ
(Please stipulate “for the Propellers”)  
OR by PayPal or Credit Card (see Donate Button below).

Princeton Alumni may add $30 "for PA3 Dues"


Speakers & Topics
(click on dates below for details)

  • November 2018:José Avalos, Universidad Iberoamericana ’96, Assistant Professor, CBE, Princeton, Engineering Microbes to Sustain Planet Earth
  • October 2018: Jacob Loewenstein '11, The Phone is Only the Beginning: What It Will Take To Make AR Worth Wearing a Computer on Your Face
  • June 2018: Aly Cohen, MD & Clay Patterson, Equipping the Next Generation to Lead Long, Healthy Lives And Cope with the Velocity of Technological Advance
  • May 2018: Jonathan Lu '18, Stakeholder Mechanics in Shaping Climate Change Policy: Weighing Carbon Fee & Dividend Options for New Jersey
  • April 2018: Konrad P. Kording, Technical Innovations in Data Driven Medicine:  Cross Validating Methods in Disease Detection, Diagnosis & Treatment
  • March 2018: Neil Chatterjee '15, Democratizing the Internet:  Marshaling Blockchain for Wi-Fi Without ISPs
  • February 2018: Alain L. Kornhauser *71, Autonomous Vehicles: Where Are We Going & How Will We Get There? De-Fogging Your Shift from a Drive to a Trip
  • January 2018: Daniel J. Cohen '08, Crowd Control: Swarm Engineering for Medicine & Biotechnology
  • December 2017: Stephanie Thomas, Adventures in Astronautics:  From Fusion Rockets to Pluto – to Getting the Grants to Pay for Them
  • October 2017: Devin Walsh ’11, Beyond Bitcoin:  How Blockchain is Transforming: Cryptocurrency, Commerce and the Arts
  • September 2017: Christian Theriault ’07 *08, New Directions in Biomedical Screening: Adaptive Optics for Live Non-Invasive 3D Volumetric Imaging
  • June 2017: Joy Meserve, Jump-Starting the Entrepreneurial Drive in Children: Giving Them Space to Do Something Big
  • May 2017: Tyler Hopf *15, Remodeling Reality:  Designing for and with Virtual Reality
  • April 2017: Will Watts ’09, Accelerating Into the Future: Building Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
  • December 2016: Sherrie Preische *95, Harnessing Data Analytics to Drive Election Outcomes
  • October 2016: Megan Partridge ’14, Rebranding Sustainability: Social Entrepreneurship in the Creative Industries
  • September 2016: Kevin Wong ’05, The Outsider’s Innovation Advantage  
  • June 2016: Dora Mitchell *08, Talking vs. Doing: Successes in Applied Entrepreneurship
  • May 2016: Mark Tanner ’12, Rapid Growth in a Competitive Sector: A Cautionary Tale
  • April 2016: Andrés I. Perez-Benzo ’13, To Raise or Not to Raise: How to Capitalize Your Startup

Posted by Arlen 6 months ago.


Summer Science & Pizza for Middle & High Schoolers

Summer Science and Pizza returns this summer on July 10th fromm 5:30 to 7PM. This science outreach event is primarily for high/middle school students of local PA3 members and staff families. This year the scientific field is shifted from Material Science to Molecular Biology, and our topic will be Enzymes: The Biological Machines That Keep Your Body Moving! The content is fun and educational that all kids can relate to. It will last for about one hour and finished with pizza.

This event is free. However, registration is required by following the link below, which gives address:

Please register as soon as possible so we know how many pies to buy!

Related Events

Summer Science and Pizza ( Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM )
Location: Thomas Laboratory Room 118 Washington Road Princeton, NJ 08540
Cost: No Charge
Organized by: PA3

Posted by Teegger 7 months ago.


Post-Reunions Detox Yoga + Lunch




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The Princeton Integral Yoga Community Center at the Princeton Shopping Center

Sunday, June 3, 2018

12:30 - 1:30 pm - yoga session
1:30-2:30 pm light buffet lunch at IYCC

The yoga session will be taught by husband and wife team
Ron Cohen *89 S*86 and Noemi de la Puente *86 S*89
each with over ten years of teaching experience.

The IYCC is located in the Princeton Shopping Center,
upstairs from McCaffrey's next to the Princeton Ballet.

Wear comfortable clothing for yoga.
Changing rooms available if you prefer to change attire for dinner.

Yoga+Lunch is $5/person for PA3 Dues-paying members and $10 for others

Registration via PayPal below.
Questions: contact Lydia at


Yoga Ticket
Related Events

Post-Reunions Detox Yoga + Lunch ( Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM )

Join PA3 for a post-Reunions Detox Yoga session followed by a light, healthy buffet lunch at the yoga center.

Location: Integral Yoga Princeton Community Center
Cost: $5/person Dues-paying members; $10 others
Organized by: PA3 with Ron Cohen & Noemi de la Puente

Posted by lydia 8 months ago.


PA3 Book Club: June meeting

May 25, 2018 - The book club will meet on Thursday, June 28, from 7-8:30 pm in Lewis Libary 117. This will be our last meeting until September. Our June selection is:

The Control of Nature, by John McPhee '53.

The PA3 book club meets on the last Thursday evening of each month (except July, August & December) from 7-8:30, usually in East Pyne or Frist. Selections alternate (with occasional exceptions) between fiction and non-fiction, and the authors or books typically have a Princeton connection.

A list of all books the club has discussed can be found here.

To be added to the book club email list, please contact

Related Events

Book Club Meeting ( Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM )
Location: Lewis Library 117

Posted by Arlen 8 months ago.


All Ivy Summer Celebration

It's a day of outdoor activities followed by an evening of great food, an unlimited assortment of award-winning craft brews, door prizes, and a highly competitive inter-ivy-league-school billiards tournament.


Date: Saturday, June 30, 2018

Time: 6:00PM - Food and Beverages / 6:30PM - Billiards Tournament

Place: The Triumph Brewing Company, 400 Union Square, New Hope, PA




THE ALL IVY SUMMER CELEBRATION is sponsored by The Harvard Club of Philadelphia and will be a day of varied afternoon activities of your choice in and around the quaint town of New Hope, PA, (located only about an hour's drive from both Philadelphia, PA and Morristown, NJ).  Then everyone will rendezvous at 6:00PM at the Triumph Brewing Company (click here for more information) located in the heart of New Hope.  We will then move into the evening with great food, an "open beer bar" featuring Triumph's award-winning craft brews, and a highly competitive inter-ivy-league-school billiards tournament.  "A highly competitive billiards tournament" you ask? Yes, read on...

THE IVY CUP TOURNAMENT will be a "sudden death" bracket elimination wherein after each game the losing team is immediately eliminated from The Tournament.  Initial brackets will be established by a random drawing. Each winning team will play another team in the next round, until the final match wherein the winner will be declared "The Tournament Champions".  If you wish to be a member of your school's team, you will have the opportunity to indicate that when you sign up for this event.  We will put interested parties from each school in touch with each other via email on or before June 1st (and then add any new individuals after that date).  It will then be up to each school's group how to determine the two (or four) players who will represent their school in the Tournament.

THE PACKAGE that we have arranged includes all of the evening activities described above.  We will have a private room from 6:00PM to 9:00PM (click here to see it), exclusive use of two pool tables, an "open beer bar" featuring an assortment of Triumph's brewed-on-site award-winning craft beers, a quantity of appetizers sufficient to serve as dinner, and a variety of door prizes.

IN THE AFTERNOON you will have a choice of outdoor activities consisting of:

  • TUBING down the Delaware River and soaking up the sun...  Click here for more information!  Bets are this will be the favorite activity of the afternoon!

  • BICYCLING along the Delaware River canal's 200-year-old smooth and shady towpath...  Click here for more information including how to rent a bicycle for the day!

  • SOARING to new heights and experiencing barnstorming in vintage open cockpit aircraft...  Click here for more information!

  • EXPLORING New Hope's numerous and unusual shops and cafes...  Click here for more information!

We have tried to come up with something for everyone!  When signing up for The All Ivy Summer Celebration, please indicate which of these afternoon activities you would like to participate in.  You will be contacted via email on or around June 1st and then again on June 15th regarding logistics for each activity. Naturally, the cost of these diversions will be your responsibility and will be in addition to the cost of the evening event.

A ROMANTIC WEEKEND is possible (yes, we did think of everything) as there are many hotel and B&B options in the area. Click here for information.

TRANSPORTATION to New Hope is easy!  If you are driving, just follow the GPS in your car or on your smart phone.  If training it from Philadelphia, take SEPTA's West Trenton Line to the Yardley, PA station.  Then New Hope is about a 20 minute taxi or Uber ride. If training it from anywhere in New Jersey, take NJ Transit to the Trenton Transit Center.  Then New Hope is about a 30 minute taxi or Uber ride.

PLEASE RSVP ASAP The billiard teams will want to start practicing as soon as possible! Plus, as you can see, this event requires a great deal of coordination.  The earlier we have firm headcounts, the easier it will be for the individuals listed below who are doing the heavy lifting. Finally, space is not unlimited in our room at the Triumph Brewing Company and we don't want to tell you that you are SOL.  Therefore, please respond sooner rather than later!

ORGANIZERS Karina Kovalcik (

Laura Sturzenegger (

Fred Larcombe (

COST $85 per person through June 15th / $95 per person after June 15th

These rates cover a private room at the Triumph Brewing Company, exclusive use of two pool tables for the evening, an unlimited array of award-winning craft beers, appetizers, and door prizes.

REGISTRATION Go to or click here to go directly to the registration page

Once you have successfully registered, an email from will immediately confirm your purchase.

QUESTIONS? Contact Karina, Laura, or Fred at the email addresses above.

Related Events

All Ivy Summer Celebration : Harvard Club Invitation ( Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 11:59 PM )
Location: New Hope, PA
Cost: Package $85pp thru 6/15, $95 After - Plus Cost of Some Afternoon Activities (See Details)
Organized by: Harvard Club of Philadelphia

Posted by Teegger 8 months ago.