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  • Bill KrantzProfessor Emeritus William (Bill) Krantz (pictured with wife June and a friendly stingray) retired in 1999 after 32 years in ChBE, but his life has not slowed down in the intervening years. Since 2008 Bill Krantz 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. He spends about three months each year in Singapore, which provides a great 'jumping-off-point' for travel to other countries in Asia.

  • Ron WestSince Professor Emeritus Ron West retired 18 years ago, he has co-authored the 5th edition of the Peters and Timmerhaus design text and written several technology- assessment type articles with Frank Kreith (formerly ChE faculty and still on the ME faculty). Lately he is having fun contemplating the interpretation of entropy.

  • 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!

  • 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.
     
     
  • 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.

  • Jeff Sczechowski (ChemEngr '85, PhD ’94) was recently promoted to the position of assistant dean for research opportunities in the College of Engineering and Applied Science 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.
     
  • 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.