Engineering at Nebraska Fall09
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In Memory

Tom Anderson, ’39 recalled that as an electrical engineering student back in the 1930s at UNL, it was challenging to go to college and then it took a lot of work to complete some classes. But when he needed help, he got it, and Anderson never forgot.

He went on to a career in the Army as a radar officer, and was part of the group that started what is now Sandia Labs in New Mexico. He also worked for Lockheed: on missile projects, then as director of spacecraft engineering, and ultimately as general manager of the Lockheed Electronics Company military systems division.

A lifelong learner, Anderson’s hobbies included an interest in computers that helped him advance productivity for Lockheed engineers in the 1970s. After he retired from Lockheed in 1983, he was active in politics and travel, and later worked on Web sites.

With his wife, he established the Thomas J. and Evelyn P. Anderson Student Support Fund for the College of Engineering. The couple never had children, and they were intent on helping deserving students in Nebraska Engineering.

The College of Engineering, and the students who receive assistance through the Andersons’ contributions, remember Tom Anderson ‘39 and honor his giving.

Martin Hemsworth ’40 was a lead engineer with GE Aviation. His team developed the TF39, the world's first large high-bypass engine, which advanced a group of CF6 commercial engines used in many aircraft including the Boeing 747. Hemsworth was an ASME Fellow and received ASME’s R. Tom Sawyer Award in 2000 for his important contributions to advance the gas turbine industry.

Hemsworth retired as chief engineer for GE Aviation in 1987, then served as a consultant and a mentor to his successor. In 1994 Hemsworth and his wife, Ann, established an endowed scholarship and fellowship fund: the Ann and Martin C. Hemsworth Endowment for Excellence Fund, which enables undergraduates, graduate students, and teaching support college-wide. He also provided the Martin C. Hemsworth Scholarship Fund for Mechanical Engineering, and the naming of an auditorium in Othmer Hall represents another instance of his generosity.

Rick McNeel, B.S. CHME ’69, is president and CEO of Lord Corporation with world headquarters in Cary, N.C.

Roger Helgoth, B.S. CIVE ’70 & M.S. CIVE ’73, is president of Kirkham Michael, a 60-yearold Nebraska firm among the top 400 U.S. design firms and specializes in transportation, airports, structural and land development projects.

Norm Newhouse, B.S. MECH ’73, M.S. MECH ’75, Ph.D. ’84, is vice president for technology with Lincoln Composites.

Jim Hansen, B.S. IMSE ’78, is North American leader of the Managed Services Business Development Group and Customer Technology for Alcatel Lucent.

Jeff Zvolanek, B.S. IMSE ’86, leads engineering sales for the company he co-founded: Industrial Maid, LLC.

Karen Stelling, B.S. MECH ’87, is associate vice president with Burns & McDonnell Corp.

Christopher M. Masek, B.S. IMSE ’96 and an industrial engineer at the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System-Omaha Division, completed requirements to receive the American Society for Quality certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

Stacy Modelski ’98 BSEN, is a design engineer with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Based in Lincoln, she designs watershed dams; her recent work includes the Hedgefield and Powder Creek projects.

Fred Polivka ’98 CNST, is a project superintendent with Kiewit Corp., in Irving, Texas. He has been working on the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) light rail project.

Jason Hajny ’00 MECH, is a senior process engineer with Pella Corporation. Based in Iowa, he leads a team that designs machines to build products in Pella’s Wood Windows and Doors Division.

Ben McCown ’01 CNST, is a project manager with JE Dunn Construction. He worked on a BryanLGH facility in Lincoln, and is currently working on a children’s hospital near Dunn headquarters in St. Louis.

Sherie Van Slyke ’02 IMSE, is a field engineer with FM Global. Working from Wahoo, she inspects facilities for the property insurance company based in St. Louis.

Jon Baack ’06 CNST, is a project engineer with Weitz Co. As a superintendent for project management and project engineering, he handles special projects and recently worked on the Midtown Crossing project in Omaha.

Nick Torgusson ’08 CNST, is a field engineer and LEED Accredited Professional with Adolfson & Peterson Construction. He is based in Aurora, Colo.

Norman Philipp ‘09 MAE, received the "Outstanding Young Presenter in Noise" award at the Acoustical Society of America meeting in Portland, Ore., in May 2009. His paper was titled "Comparison of apparent field sound transmission class (AFSTC) and outdoor indoor transmission class (OITC) as applied to modular classroom design and field analysis."


18 holes and 100 years
As a tradition, Nebraska Engineering’s alumni golf tournament needs a few more years to reach its centennial, but participants were happy to celebrate the college’s 100th anniversary (and an afternoon without rain) this year. Thanks go to the event sponsors, whose support helps engineering students network with alumni during the outing at Lincoln’s Firethorn Golf Club. To join the fun next year, mark your calendars for the first Monday in October, and contact the College of Engineering for more details. HDR’s Gretchen Dolson, a Nebraska Engineering alum who also has an MBA from UNL, coordinated the event and paused with fellow golfers John Miriovsky, Dennis Hirschbrunner and Jerry Obrist.