James Armstrong ’88 was promoted to executive vice president and general manager at Symmetricon, a worldwide leader in precise time and frequency products and services headquartered in San Jose, Calif. Armstrong was previously vice president of engineering.

Cato Laurencin ’80 will become dean of the medical school at the University of Connecticut and vice president for health affairs at the university’s Health Center, effective Aug. 11. He also will hold the Van Dusen Distinguished Endowed Chair and will be a Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He was previously chair of orthopaedic surgery and professor of biomedical engineering and chemical engineering at the University of Virginia. Scientific American recognized him as one of the top 50 innovators of 2007 for his research in musculoskeletal regeneration and biomaterials.

Robert Saltiel ’85 was promoted to executive vice president for performance at Transocean Inc., the world’s largest offshore drilling contractor, located in Houston, Texas. He previously served as senior vice president of Transocean’s North and South America unit.

Tiffany Trunko ’87 has been named assistant general counsel for trademarks at Pfizer Inc. and now leads the Pfizer Trademark Department.