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Class Notes

Congratulations to Paul Aeschliman, ChemE ’32, and his wife Mildred who celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary May 27. They live in McPherson, Kan.
Steve Kathol, CivE ’92 and ’94, has been promoted to manager of bridge design at The Schemmer Associates, Inc., a full-service architecture and engineering firm with headquarters in Omaha. Kathol joined the firm in 1994.
Knoland Plucknett, EE ’38, has been named Engineer of the Year by the Engineers’ Society of Tulsa, Inc. He was assistant administrator of the Southwestern Power Administration and worked for the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington,D.C. He and his wife, Carolyn (’39), are celebrating their 62nd wedding anniversary this year.
Many thanks to Rick McNeel, ChemE ’69, who traveled back to campus in April to give a series of lectures during E-Week. McNeel’s 32-year career with BP Amoco includes positions in Chicago, Houston, Hong Kong, Atlanta and England.
Rodney Clifton, CivE ’59, was named 2001 Civil Engineering Distinguished Alumnus at the Chi Epsilon banquet. He is Dean of Engineering and Rush C. Hawkins University Professor at Brown University.

Mike Headley, ME ’73, stands near a stone marker on a high-altitude slope of the Lirung 1, a mountain peak in Nepal’s Langtang National Park. Headley took a Simpson College geology class in May that included a hike through 120 miles of the Himalayan mountain range. His wife, Barb, signed him up for the trip as a combined 50th birthday/25th wedding anniversary gift. Headley is an engineer for Fisher Controls in Marshalltown, Iowa. Contact him at <mike.headley@emersonprocess.com>. Photo courtesy of Mike Headley.

The Schemmer Associates, Inc., has named Eric Dove, CivE ’93, manager of the firm’s water resources department. Dove is a registered professional engineer in Nebraska and Iowa. He is working with associate professor John Stansbury on the Ogallala project featured in this issue of Contacts.
Michael Kimmel, BSE ’01, has a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. He is working on a project with the National Cancer Institute and the Food and Drug Administration to develop methods to use human tissue from autopsy for lab testing of drugs and therapeutics prior to clinical trials.
Capt. Dale Stoehr, EE ’72, is Military Deputy Director of the Naval Aviation Science & Technology Office, Research & Engineering Group, Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, Md.
Kim K. Bily, DDET ’94, started his own business two years ago after stints at a structural engineering firm and Kiewit Engineering. His firm, Renovator, Inc., does renovations and new construction.
Jiann-Kuo Wu, Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, ’84, is president of the National Taiwan Ocean University in Keelung, Taiwan.
Michael Kauppert, ME ’99, is an ensign in the U.S. Navy stationed in Rota, Spain.
Robert Meckna, ME ’72, writes: “I have spent 25 wonderful years with Enron Corp.; however, good things must come to an end so that even better things can begin. I have worked and traveled all over the world, working on energy projects either as an engineer or a project manager. I would encourage all mechanical engineers to become involved in the energy industry. It is challenging and fulfilling. Now I am looking forward to the next exciting time of my life. I plan to relax a little, enjoy some hobbies and become more active with charitable organizations. I have been married for 30 years to my wife, Marge, and I have three wonderful children — Carrie, Shari and Robbie. We have lived in many places including Colorado, North Dakota, Texas and England. We live in Texas now, but we have never forgotten our Nebraska roots and enjoy supporting Husker sports.” Contact him at <bmeckna@yahoo.com>.

Sixth Annual College of Engineering & Technology Alumni Association Golf Scramble

Date: Monday, October 1, 2001
Place: Firethorn Golf Club, 9301 Firethorn Lane, Lincoln, Nebraska
Deadline: September 21, 2001
Warm-up: 11:00 a.m. at the driving range and on the practice green
Registration: 12:00 to 12:45 p.m.
Tee Off: 1:00 p.m., shotgun start
Format: Four-person scramble — sign up individually or in groups
Dinner: Awards dinner at Firethorn following scramble
Prizes: Team, flag and raffle prizes
Entry Fee: $65 per person for UNL students; $75 per person for Alumni Association members.
Entry fee includes green fee, cart, prizes and dinner.
$125 for non-members. Entry fee includes above and a one-year membership to the Alumni Association.
Corporate Sponsor: $500 for a four-person team. Please inform registration if a student is included in the foursome.
Tee or green flag on first-come, first-serve basis.
Sponsors will receive recognition in Contacts magazine.
Questions: John Matras, phone (402) 331-9131, cmatras@aol.com
All profits go toward student scholarships.

Rentschler attends NASA Academy

     --I'm at the Goddard Space Flight Center for this year's NASA Academy. The program is 10 weeks long and we work on individual research projects. My project involves working on a MEMS interferometer that may be used on the Next Generation Space Telescope. I'm changing the circuitry, then I'll start testing in the lab.
     We visited the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, several NASA facilities and spent a few days in Florida's Kennedy Space Center. We also spent a week in California visiting Edwards Air Force Base and other places. We met many high-ranking folks at NASA and got to hang out with astronauts when they came to Goddard for the Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission training.
     Another part of the program involves a group project. Our Academy is developing a craft that will be launched either from the ground or from space via the shuttle. We are trying to make it as small as a marble. The Academy is phenomenal.
                                         -- Mark E. Rentschler

Mark Rentschler, ME ’01, was one of 16 students nationwide attending the 2001 NASA Academy. Visit the Web page at <http://academy.gsfc.nasa.gov/2001/2001.html> or contact Mark via e-mail at <merdoc77@yahoo.com>.

Call For Nominations

Each year the College of Engineering and Technology presents awards to alumni, corporations and other persons who share their time and knowledge with our college or have made a significant difference in the engineering profession. The recipients are honored at the annual awards banquet. The awards committee invites your nominations.

The Distinguished Service Award is given to recognize individuals who provide the College of Engineering and Technology, its students and alumni outstanding examples of ethics, community responsibility and overall professional excellence.

The Outstanding Alumnus Award is given in recognition of exemplary service to the College of Engineering and Technology, its Alumni Association and the engineering profession. The recipients must be alumni of NU’s College of Engineering and Technology.

Return by February 1, 2002 to:
Kristi Routh, NU Alumni Association
Wick Alumni Center
1520 R Street
P.O. Box 80129
Lincoln, NE 68501-0129
Phone: (402) 472-4255 Fax: (402) 472-4635

Upcoming College Events • • • • • •

Sept. 1 ACM Chapter Tailgate Party, 9:30 a.m., e-mail <riedesel@cse.unl.edu> or call (402) 472-3486
Sept. 10 Husker Hire Link Help Session, Career Services, Lincoln campus, <www.unl.edu/careers>
Sept. 17 Engineering Day of Exploration, Nebraska Hall, e-mail <lgray1@unl.edu>
Oct. 1 Sixth Annual Alumni Golf Scramble, Firethorn Golf Course, registration 12 noon, e-mail <cmatras@aol.com>
Oct. 2 Engineering & Technology Career Fair, Nebraska Union, 1-7 p.m., <www.unl.edu/careers/engrfair>
Oct. 20 Engineering Alumni Tailgate Party, Nebraska vs. Texas Tech, e-mail <mattstryson@zhuskers.com>
Nov. 7 Engineering Information Night, Wick Alumni Center, e-mail <mattstryson@zhuskers.com>
Nov. 7-9 2001 Master’s Week, <www.unl.edu/alumni/>
Nov. 17 Motorsports and Kosiski Racing Products Workshop, e-mail <tspilker1@unl.edu> or call (402) 472-5600
Nov. 28 Engineering Information Night, Omaha, e-mail <mattstryson@zhuskers.com>
Feb. 14 Engineering & Technology Career Fair, Nebraska Union, <www.unl.edu/careers>
April 26 E-Week Open House, Lincoln Campus, <www.nuengr.unl.edu>
April 27 Annual Alumni/College Banquet, Cornhusker Hotel, e-mail <cwalter3@unl.edu>

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