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  • Louise Price Giersch (ChemEngr '48), a 1989 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award winner, is serving on the Local Agency Formation Commission of Tuolumne County, California. She andher late husband, Lauron Giersch (ChemEngr '48), retired to Sonora in 1993 and traveled the world together.

  • Warren L. Dowler (ChemEngr ’52) is retired and at “82+” years old, reports that he’s feeling great and is still working on several projects. Following a wonderful career developing technologies for the Military and NASA space program at the Cal Tech Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Stanford Research Institute Calaveras Test Site, Warren is now consulting part-time on Solid Propellant Rocket Motor current and historic technology. Warren splits his time between homes in Pahrump, Nevada, about 60 West of  Las Vegas, and Brookings, Oregon on the Pacific Coast.

  • Glenn Selch (ChemEngr '56) remains active as a manufacturer's agent and consultant. He is the owner of Selch Process Systems, based in Erie, CO.

  • Johnny E. JohnsonJohnny E. Johnson (ChemEngr ’67) reports that he is still working and loving what he does!
     
     
     

  • Harlan Bengtson (PhD ChemEngr  ’71) is retired and currently active in preparing and marketing low-cost, easy-to-use spreadsheets for engineering calculations through www.EngineeringExcelSpreadsheets.com.

  • Brian W. MacArthur (ChemEngr ’72) continues to work in Seattle, Washington, at The Chemithon Corporation, where he has been for more than three decades since completing his PhD at the University of Washington in 1977.

  • Mohamed H. Al-Mady Mohamed H. Al-Mady (ChemEngr ’73, HonDocSci ’12) was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science at the University of Colorado Boulder’s spring commencement. Vice chairman and CEO of Saudi Arabian petrochemical giant Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) and a 2010 CU Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award winner, Al-Mady also recently was named the new co-chairman of the U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council.

  • Neil L. Book (MS ChemEngr '74, PhD '76) was inducted into the Academy of Chemical Engineers in April. He is an associate professor emeritus at Missouri University of Science and Technology.
     
  • Michael MastersonMichael Masterson (MS ChemEngr ’77), a 2012 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award winner, is currently the managing director of Oxford Innovations, as well as the chairman and chief executive officer of ALD NanoSolutions, a spinoff company from CU-Boulder.
     

  • Douglas Eli (ChemEngr ’77) is retiring from Chevron after 34 years of service. Congratulations, Doug!
     
  • Rob Davis and Scott MartinT. Scott Martin (ChemEngr ’80) received a Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award from the College of Engineering and Applied Science for his work in Industry & Commerce. Four such awards are given annually to alumni across the college. Martin (left) is pictured with Dean Robert H. Davis in a photograph taken at the Engineering Awards Banquet in April.
     
  • Bart CarpenterBart Carpenter (ChemEngr '81) spent 30 years at Conoco and ConocoPhillips before joining Merrick & Company in 2008 and then URS in 2013. Read our 2013 interview with Bart to learn more his career and some of his thoughts on his CU education.
     
     
  • For his inMike Wirthfluential support of CU, Mike Wirth (ChemEngr ’82) received the University Medal at CU-Boulder’s Spring Commencement Ceremony May 9 at Folsom Field.
     
     
     
  • Nan JoestenNan Joesten (ChemEngr ’82), a 2012 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award winner, recently launched a new consulting firm, Rapid Evolution, LLC, which provides leadership training, professional development, and executive coaching. >>More
     
     
  • Alan WillenbrockAlan F. Willenbrock (ChemEngr/Bus ’83), CFA® is a portfolio manager, vice president, and financial advisor in Morgan Stanley’s Wealth Management office in Tucson, Arizona. He was named to the firm’s Pacesetter’s Club for 2012 and 2013, a global recognition program for financial advisors who, within their first five years, demonstrate the highest professional standards and first-class client service.
     
  • Erlinda Stafford (BS ChemEngr’84) has worked at Lockheed Martin for the last 28 years in Propulsion Engineering. She helped build the Cassini spacecraft propulsion system, worked the Athena launch vehicle, and now supports the Project Orion crew module propulsion system. She has two children (17 and 15 years old), likes to ride and sometime race her road and mountain bikes, and likes to garden.
     
  • Jeff Sczechowski (ChemEngr '85, PhD ’94) recently started as the Associate Director for the Office of Industry Collaboration at CU-Boulder.

  • William Beaber (ChemEngr ’90) is a successful orthodontist and owner of Beaber Family Orthodontics. He has practices in Westminster and Highlands Ranch and recently opened his third practice location in Parker, Colorado.
     
  • Brian KihnBrian Kihn (ChemEngr’92), currently a senior project manager at Amgen, was honored with the first annual ChBE Distinguished Mentor Award.
     
     
     
     
  • Jim KasicJim Kasic (MS ChemEngr ’93) is president and CEO of Sophono, Inc., a Boulder-based medical device company that received federal approval for its new Otomag Alpha 1 Bone Conduction Hearing System, designed to help patients with conductive hearing loss.

  • Kevin Green (ChemEngr’96) is currently an assistant winemaker at Apolloni Vineyards. Green contributes to all aspects of winemaking, including the estate and leased vineyards, grape analysis, laboratory, wine fermenting, blending, bottling, and finishing. Green received a degree in winemaking and viticulture from Chemeketa Community College in Salem in 2007.
     
  • Heath BriggsHeath Briggs (ChemEngr '97) was named to the Denver Business Journal's 2013 Forty under 40 list. Awardees include up-and-coming leaders who are recognized for their business success and community contributions. Heath works at Greenberg Traurig and also teaches the popular course Intellectual Property for Engineers here at CU Boulder as an adjunct professor. Read more about Heath.

  • Kris ThunhorstKris Thunhorst (PhD ChemEngr '98) is now a Senior Research Specialist in 3M's Industrial Adhesives and Tape (IATD) Division, and she is excited to currently serve as the Technical Program Manager for the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Pressure Vessel Product portfolio. Read our 2013 inverview with Kris.
     
     
  • AArun Tholudurrun Tholudur (PhD ChemEngr ’98) is now director of the Process Engineering Group at Amgen here in Colorado. He and his wife have four kids: a nine-year old and seven-year-old triplets. Read our 2013 interview with Arun.
     
     
     
  • Attorney Jeffrey Connor (ChemEngr ’99) was hired as an associate at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.

  • Rob Dahl (ChemEngr ’04) finished his PhD at the University of California Berkeley and got a job as a fermentation scientist at Amyris.

  • Andrew Schneider (ChemEngr ’06) moved to Houston to take a job as sales account manager for Trevida, an environmental services company.

  • Jason Bara (PhD ChemEngr ’07) is now the Reicchold-Shumaker Assistant Professor of Chemical & Biological Engineering at the University of Alabama and has been awarded grants from the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.

  • Tyler Silverman (ChemEngr '08) is working in the R&D department of Abengoa Solar in Seville, Spain, where he designs and develops new power tower projects for concentrating solar power.

  • Peter Landi (ChemEngr '09) lives in the Las Vegas area. He works in Mountain Pass, California, at a rare earth mining and chemical processing facility. His job includes plant design, product and process development, process improvement, operations support, controls and process engineering, production reporting, national and international travel and various project engineering work.
     
  • Jonathan Scheffe (PhD ChemEngr’10) has accepted an assistant professor position in mechanical engineering at the University of Florida. After leaving CU, Scheffe completed postdoctoral work at ETH Zürich in Switzerland under the direction of Professor Aldo Steinfeld.
     
  • Michael Polmear (ChBioEngr ’11) is looking forward to graduating from Tufts University with an MS in biomedical engineering. He plans to continue to work at McLean Hospital while he applies to medical school. Polmear says he and his wife, Stephanie, are enjoying the Boston area and looking forward to their next adventure.

  • Ibrahim Almadhi (ChemEngr '12) is working in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia as a production engineer at SADARA Chemical Company – a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Dow Chemical. He reports walking the plant with the CU logo proudly stuck to his hard hat.

  • Zach Nager (ChemEngr '13) was hired as a laboratory technician by Boulder-based Siva Therapeutics Inc.

  • Professor Paul Barrick passed away a few years ago in his early 90s.
     
  • Professor Lee Brown and his wife reside in Albuquerque, within walking distance of the University of New Mexico where Brown has an appointment as a Research Professor in the Ddepartment of Chemical and Biological Engineering. He confers with the department’s kinetics group as often as time and health permit.
     
  • Professor Jim Carley is living in Tucson, Ariz., at the distinguished age of 91.
     
  • Instrument Maker Willy Grothe is still machining from the comfort of home. He is listed on a 2014 patent for a process led by the Weimer group that uses concentrated sunlight to form syngas or hydrogen.
     
  • Professor R. Curt Johnson (retired 1986) passed away in 2003 at the age of 81.
     
  • Bill KrantzProfessor Bill Krantz (retired 1999, pictured with wife June and a friendly stingray) spent 32 years in ChBE; since 2009 he has been a visiting professor at the Singapore Membrane Technology Center at Nanyang Technological University where he is involved in research on water treatment and desalination. His idea for cryogels led to an Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T) paper voted as ES&T‘s 2013 Best Paper on Environmental Technology and highlighted by Nature.
     
  • Professor Frank Kreith left CU in 1977 to help establish the Solar Energy Research Institute. He eventually came back in 2001 to teach in CU’s Mechanical Engineering department. He currently spends his time in Boulder advising students, remaining active on the US energy policy front and working on his autobiography.
     
  • Professor B. Elmer Lauer passed away in 2004 at the age of 97. Among his many accomplishments, Lauer was a co-author of A History of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Colorado from Its Beginning in 1904 until August 1962.
     
  • Professor Max Peters (retired 1987) passed away in 2011 at the age of 90. During his time at CU, he led the engineering school through the construction of the Engineering Center and wrote the widely known Plant Design and Economics for Chemical Engineers.
     
  • Professor W. Fred Ramirez (retired 2008) is currently living in Boulder.
     
  • Professor Emeritus Bob Sani at the Thula Thula game reserve in South AfricaProfessor Bob Sani (retired 2012, pictured at the Thula Thula game reserve in South Africa) still lives in Boulder but is continually on the move. After 36 years at CU, he now has time to enjoy trips around the world – last month to Africa – and consult with colleagues in Singapore.
     
  • Professor Klaus Timmerhaus retired in 1995 after 42 years at CU. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1975 and in 2008 was named one of the Top 100 Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era, recognized for cryogenics science and practice by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He passed away in 2011 at the age of 86.
     
  • Electronics Engineer Norm Taylor (retired 1996) is still living in Boulder.
     
  • Ron WestProfessor Ron West (retired 1995) is living in Boulder. He co-authored the 5th edition of the Peters and Timmerhaus design text and more recently has co-authored several technology-assessment articles with Frank Kreith. Lately he is having fun contemplating the interpretation of entropy.