Alumni Newsletter - Spring 2009

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CU Students Focus on Health Concerns for Developing Communities

Providing safe drinking water

Aerospace Students Win Team Award for Underwater Vehicle

Squid gave inspiration for winning design

CU Students Focus on Health Concerns for Developing Communities

Providing safe drinking water without an abundance of resources is one of the key goals of CU-Boulder students working on Engineers Without Borders projects in Nepal, Rwanda, and Peru.

Civil engineering student Amelia Lyons, pictured at right, is one of many students putting their engineering skills to use while helping to bring sustainable solutions to a host of health-related concerns faced by developing communities.

Their work is organized through the national nonprofit Engineers Without Borders, which was started at CU-Boulder and is one of the many ways the college is offering hands-on, active learning and design experiences to enhance the engineering curriculum.

In Namsaling, Nepal, CU students are helping to develop a safe drinking water plan for the community, while also installing a wireless local network to enhance health care and education by opening up communication with doctors at a remote hospital, and teaching school children how to design and build LED lights for their classroom.

A second CU team is designing a potable water system for Llakamate, Peru, while a third group that has been addressing water issues in Muramba and Mugonero, Rwanda for the last several years is undertaking a new effort to introduce high-efficiency cooking stoves as a micro-enterprise.

EWB teams are comprised of students, faculty, and professional engineers who work alongside the communities to design and implement solutions. Want to get involved?

Learn more at the Engineers Without Borders-CU website.

Aerospace Students Win Team Award for Underwater Vehicle

CU aerospace engineering sciences students are designing vehicle systems not only for launch into space — but also under the water. And they can thank squid for the key to their winning design.

The KRAKEN senior design team won the $1,000 International Student Conference Team Award for its autonomous underwater vehicle at the AIAA Aerospace Sciences meeting in Orlando. The AUV uses a vortex ring thruster technology modeled on squid propulsion to maneuver itself.

The team previously received the award for “Best New Entry” in the 11th annual International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition in San Diego. Twenty-five teams from the U.S., India, Canada, and Japan participated in the event.

he CU-Boulder student team was advised by associate professors Kamran Mohseni and Hanspeter Schaub.

Morgan Family Scholarship Makes the Impossible, Possible for CU Engineering Student

It’s still three months before graduation and the economy has many people worried, but electrical engineering senior Jacob Oliver is all set to launch his career. In May, he’ll head back to his home state of California for a civilian job with the U.S. Navy, where he interned last summer.

“None of this would have been possible,” Oliver says, without the full scholarship he received from the Morgan family to attend CU-Boulder. "I am so grateful." A low-income student from National City, south of San Diego, Oliver is a graduate of Sweetwater High School, the same school attended by CU alumnus and successful homebuilder Kile Morgan (CivEngr/Bus ’69).

Morgan and his wife, Judy, established two scholarship endowments to assist qualified Sweetwater graduates in coming to CU to study engineering and business. The family has visited their scholarship recipients each year at the Scholarship Banquet and plans to attend spring commencement to see Oliver receive his degree.

Spring 2009 Classnotes

James Kastner (ElecEngr’47) is enjoying retirement from General Electric with his wife, Charlotte, in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

Orvil Jones (ElecEngr/Bus’48) is retired and living in Irvine, Calif. His career spanned work launching German V-2 rockets to managing the launching and control of U.S. spy satellites.

Robert Troxell (MechEngr’51) volunteers as a docent at the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur, Texas.

John Lund (CivEngr’58, PhD ’67) received the 2008 Pactricius Medal from the German Geothermal Association in November for his contributions as a pioneer in the direct use of geothermal energy and his international work over more than 30 years. He is co-founder of the Geo-Heat Center at the Oregon Institute of Technology, a campus largely heated with geothermal water, and he lives in a geothermally heated home.

Robert Widlar (ElecEngr’62, deceased) was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in February as part of a special group of 15 inventors whose work was either related to or enabled integrated circuit technology. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director John Doll joined members of Congress and Hall of Fame officials in making the announcement in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the integrated circuit. Widlar, who died in 1991, designed the first commercially successful analog integrated circuit. He worked at Ball Brothers, Fairchild Semiconductor, and then National Semiconductor Corp. and was a recipient of the college’s Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award. He also was a recipient of the college’s Centennial Medal in 1993.

Peter Teets (ApMath’63, MS ’65, HonDocSci ’90) was selected as the winner of the prestigious General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award. A former undersecretary of the Air Force, director of the National Reconnaissance Office, and former president and chief operating officer of Lockheed Martin Corp., Teets was selected for his numerous contributions to both military and commercial space programs. He is the first Coloradan to win this award, which will be presented at the 25th National Space Symposium in April in Colorado Springs. Teets also is a recipient of the college’s Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award and Centennial Medal.

Donald Cameron (MS CompSci’77) is retired from Hewlett-Packard and was recently appointed to a second three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado. He also serves as the orchestra’s webmaster.

Christopher Sherry (ArchEngr’85) has been promoted to vice president of corporate services at Merrick & Co. in Aurora, Colorado. He is responsible for the company’s financial services, information technology, risk management, and stock programs.

Paula Parker (ArchEngr’87) is a realtor with Re/Max Properties in Summit County, Colorado.

Christy Lopez Speed (ArchEngr’87) launched a lighting design firm called Visual Energy Design Studio in Reading, Ohio, focusing on architectural
interior and exterior applications and sustainable design.

Steve Metheny (MS ElecEngr’87) is working on energy-efficient projects and some renewable generation projects in western Colorado as assistant
general manager of the Delta-Montrose Electric Association.

Mike Moran (CivEngr’88) was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in November 2008. He lives in Hudson, Ohio.

Laura (Vallion) Macdonald (AeroEngr’88) got married last summer and lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon, where she is a major account representative with Ceridian.

Rick Goldman (MechEngr’88) is a real estate developer focused on urban infill and renewal projects in Chicago, San Diego, Milwaukee, and Albuquerque. His company, Golden Spike Development, is a design-driven developer providing sustainable buildings that improve their neighborhoods.

Scott W. Johnston (ElecEngr’89) was named one of IP Law and Business’ Top 50 intellectual property attorneys under the age of 45. He is trademark practice
chairman for the firm Merchant and Gould in Minneapolis.

David Velasquez (AeroEngr’97) is working on the online 3-D illustrated parts data catalog for customers of Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner. He lives and works in sunny San Diego and regularly commutes to Everett, Washington, where the 787 is being built.

Hosea Rosenberg (EngrPhys’97) was a recent contestant on the popular television show “Top Chef.” Rosenberg has been the executive chef at Jax Fish House in Boulder for more than four years. He has won numerous awards including Best Chef at the Denver International Wine Festival (2006, 2007) and is the seven-time undefeated winner of the Flatiron Chef Competition. After graduating from CU-Boulder, he decided to change course and become a professional chef, first working for Wolfgang Puck and then becoming a head chef three years later.

Steve Dundorf (CivEngr’97, MS ’01) and Karyn (Buhler) Dundorf (ElecEngr’97) of Boulder had a son last year. They sent this photo of Keaton James Dundorf “studying” for the P.E. exam in October.

Victor Nittolo (MS Telecom’01) is sole proprietor of Gencom in Naples, Florida. The company focuses on computer sales, service, and upgrades. Stephanie Chavez (MS ElecEngr’06) has been a software engineer at Lockheed Martin in Denver for the last six years.

Andrew Young (MechEngr’07) crossed the Pacific Ocean on a 110-foot schooner last spring. He later received his first- level captain’s license for sailing, and in the fall moved to Seattle and started work with Delta Marine building luxury yachts

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