Duane Allan Schmeeckle, BS MECH ‘47, Calgary, AB, Canada, died March 31, 2010 of cancer.
He was born April 3, 1920 in Eustis, and spent most of his childhood in the nearby town of Cozad. He graduated from high school after the Great Depression and attended the University of Nebraska before joining the Army Corps of Engineers in June of 1942. He served in Europe until the end of WWII, and received a Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service.
Schmeeckle completed his bachelor’s degree mechanical engineering in 1947. He worked for Shell Oil in the Gulf Coast region, then relocated with Shell to Alberta, Canada. He met and married his wife, Barbara, in Calgary, where they raised six children.
He founded Cantech Corporation and developed it into a national instrumentation and process control company. After the sale of Cantech in 1998, Schmeeckle remained active in Calgary’s Rotary Club. He led the development of the Rotary Challenger Park, a modern sports facility for handicapped and disabled athletes. He often volunteered for community and charitable events, once serving ‘Stampede’ breakfast to a group of seniors at a retirement home (he was 85 at the time). He was a member of the Calgary Petroleum Club and the Instrument Society of America.
Schmeeckle returned to Nebraska for visits and family reunions, and enjoyed watching Cornhusker football. He is survived by his wife, six children, and 16 grandchildren.
Mary Jane Craig, 66, Lincoln, died Nov. 14, 2010. She was born in Hastings and worked 25 years with UNL’s electrical engineering department. She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Bruce; a son, daughter, and five grandchildren.
Gary Golter’69 B.S. ELEC of Mercedes, Texas. is retired. He spent the past 22 years as an instructor at a technical college in Harlingen, Texas., where he taught "basic electronics and later computer information systems." He’s interested in reconnecting with Nebraska’s EE alumni from the late '60s; contact him at Garyalfa@yahoo.com.
Bob Tupper ’71 B.S. ELEC, is president of RVW, Inc. in Columbus. Toby Goc ’97 B.S. ELEC, is a project coordinator for RVW. The company handles telecommunications engineering and electrical engineering power systems for their clients. They expect a busy summer for 2011, installing fiber networks throughout Nebraska and Kansas.
Randy Schmidt ’79 B.S. MECH, supervises lab tests for John Deere.
Jan L. Bostelman ’80 B.S. CHME, is a partner in a new firm, Northeast Professional Engineering Consultants, with headquarters is in New London, Conn. She notes she is busy "growing this new business in electrical power block, nuclear power, failures analysis, and materials testing."
Paul Crist ’93 B.S. ELEC, is a substations manager with Lincoln Electric Systems and Jonathan Jakub ’05 B.S. ELEC, supervises transmission distribution and design for LES. They are looking forward to a SMARTgrid implementation project for Lincoln that starts in 2011.
Rick Stava ’01 B.S. ELEC, is an engineering technician lead with Nebraska Public Power District.
Caleb Tschetter ’04 B.S. CHME, is an energy and utilities manager with Cargill in Wichita, Kan.
Drew Luebe ’04 B.S. CHME, is a process engineering with Archer Daniels Midland in Columbus, Neb.
Adam Lucasfinger ’05 B.S. MECH, is a senior production operations engineer with OPPD.
Mark Pohl ’06 B.S. IMSE, is a senior corporate performance and process engineer for OPPD.
Brandon Fleischmann ’06 B.S. ELEC, is an electrical engineer with Burns & McDonnell in Kansas City.
Neal Baumert ’07 B.S. ELEC, is an electrical engineer with Kiewit Engineering Company, focusing on industrial projects such as natural gas combined cycle power plants and providing engineering, design, and estimating services for 30 Kiewit districts in North America.
Christina Knapp ’07 B.S. AGEN, is an environmental superintendent with Cargill in Dodge City, Kan.
Andrew Parr ’07 B.S. CSE and ELEC, is a project manager and design engineer in the environmental division at LI-COR in Lincoln. He is working to complete his M.Eng. degree at UNL.
Jack Bayer ’07 and Stephen Brogan ’08 (both B.S. ELEC) are assistant electrical engineers at Burns & McDonnell.
James Johnson ’08 B.S. MECH, works for Gyrodata, a Houston company that specializes in wellbore navigation worldwide.
Zach Biggs '09 B.S. CNST, and Trevor Eickhoff and Mike Barrera (both '08 B.S. CNST) represented Archer Western Construction at a 2010 UNL Career Fair. With Archer Western they use their UNL studies to work on light rail, bridge and water treatment facilities.
Eric Ohnoutka ’09 B.S. CHME, is a product engineer with ADM in Fremont, Neb.
Rorric Pfalzgraf ’09 B.S. MECH, is a mechanical engineer with Burns & McDonnell.
Eric Pohl ’09 B.S. MECH, is an engineer with Becton Dickinson’s Manufacturing Development Program. His MDP rotations began at BD’s Columbus, Neb., site.
Matt Kasprzak and Ryan Goughnour (both ’10 MAE) work in product development with the Omaha office of Bes-Tech/DTL, enhancing control systems efficiency for HVAC systems. The company, founded in 2003, also has offices in Dallas, San Jose and Philadelphia.
Travis Schafer ’10 MAE, is an associate with Wiss, Janney, Eltsner Associates. He enjoys his work and living in Denver, where he has been climbing in the mountains “just about every weekend this fall.”