University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of EngineeringOnline: Autumn 2012
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1970s
Daniel N. Wolf, P.E., ’70 MECH of Waverly, Neb., received the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Safety Codes and Standards Medal. Wolff is a staff engineer with The Manitowoc Company’s Crane Division, based in Manitowoc, Wisc., and was recognized for more than 25 years of service on ASME’s B30 Standards Committee as well as related leadership contributions.

mme reunion pic Scott Kratzer and Ron Kratzer

Ronald B. Kratzer, P.E. ’73 EE (right) was joined at the Fall 2012 UNL Career Fair by his son, Scott Kratzer ’06 MECH. While recruiting alongside 140+ employers at the Career Fair’s Engineering Day, Ron shared that he is a manager of System Planning with Lincoln Electric System, and Scott is a mechanical design engineer with Emerson in Marshalltown, Ia. With Emerson, Scott works on smart wireless capabilities for industrial instruments and controls; his team recently earned a patent for an antenna application.

Ron shared that he is a manager of System Planning with Lincoln Electric System, and Scott is a mechanical design engineer with Emerson in Marshalltown, Ia. With Emerson, Scott works on smart wireless capabilities for industrial instruments and controls; his team recently earned a patent for an antenna application.

1980s
Mark Hoffman ’85 MECH is director of 787 Engineering with the Executive Program Management Office at Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. in Wichita Kan. He’s responsible for “Section 41”: the aircraft’s front end cabin. He also led development of the Dreamliner’s pylon suspension for mounting the aircraft’s engine under the wing.

1990s

Tom Pick ’93 BS MECH, ’97 MS IMSE is the engineering manager for BD in Columbus, Neb. He led tours for 100 of the 400+ Nebraska Engineering Learning Community students who visited Columbus industries on an afternoon in September. At the east and west sections of BD’s local operations for consumer health industry products, the students saw needle manufacturing assemblies and robotics

2000s

mme reunion pic
At UNL’s Fall 2012 Career Fair,
Glen Stach ’00 and Jeremy Baum ’01 (both CONM) added their perspectives on behalf of JE Dunn.

Alex Person ’07 CENG is a product support engineer with National Instruments in the Compact Rio software group based at Austin, Tex.

Bryan Ingram ’08 MECH is a mechanical engineer with Sega Engineering & Technical Services in Overland Park, Kan. His work includes stress analysis and piping design for power plants.

John D. Smith, E.I. ’08 CIVE is a roadway engineer with HDR in Omaha. He has worked on improvements in the Qwest Center field area for the College World Series, and on projects for Ellsworth AFB in South Dakota. He’s currently studying to take the P.E. exam.

Kate Hinsley ’09 CHME is a process engineer with Koch Nitrogen Co., LLC in Beatrice.

Ryan Hulme ’09 AGEN is a design engineer with product marketing for Orthman in Kearney. He works on GPS guidance serving implements for strip tillage and precision nurient placement applications.

 

Burton picAlumnus Burton earns OPPD Engineer of the Year honor
Omaha Public Power District´s Society of Engineers (OSE) has honored Tom Burton, OPPD's manager of Design Engineering, as its 2012 Engineer of the Year. The annual award recognizes an OPPD engineer for his or her significant contributions to the engineering profession.

Burton, who earned his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering at UNL, has worked 32 years for OPPD and currently leads its Mechanical/Civil and Electrical Engineering areas. He has demonstrated “technical ability and attentiveness to the needs and development of fellow engineers,” according to an OPPD release. Burton was project manager on the $10 million North Omaha Coal-Handling Upgrade Project in 2000 that modernized the system and allows the plant to move coal faster. Burton also mentors young engineers, volunteers at the Stephen Center homeless shelter and is a deacon with Holy Cross Catholic Church in Omaha.

Stelling welcomed at 2012 Masters’ Week
When a vice president of Burns & McDonnell speaks to a Nebraska Engineering class, students listen. When that VP is an alumna of your college, her words carry even more meaning.

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That was the case when Karen Stelling returned to UNL in November for 2012 Masters’ Week. Each year, the Nebraska Alumni Association invites graduates who’ve excelled in their careers to return to campus and engage with current UNL students, faculty and staff.

During her visit, Stelling talked with students about the opportunities of challenges (“with a tight deadline, you learn more at a faster rate”) and teamwork (“you know you’ll finish the project—the question is, will your contributions be remembered for making the time more or less productive”).

Stelling, a 1987 UNL graduate who majored in mechanical engineering, joined Burns & McDonnell 24 years ago as a design engineer, working her way up in a male-dominated field. Today she encourages young people to pursue engineering by co-chairing the Kansas City Metropolitan Area Industry Council for Project Lead the Way, an engineering curriculum for middle and high school students. Stelling also serves on Nebraska Engineering's Executive Advisory Board.

2000s
Scott Barker ’10 BSE is an environmental engineer with Koch Nitrogen Company

Eric Jonza ’10 BS, ’12 MS CIVE is a bridge engineer with HDR.

Holly Lohmeier ’10 IMSE is a manufacturing engineer with Schneider Electric North America. She works on LEAN project materials handling, plus developed and oversees the Lincoln site’s train system for production supplies. She also focuses on continuous improvement for the company.

Dave Painter ’11 CHME is a project engineer focused on maintenance and reliability for Cargill in Ottumwa, Ia.

Brock Weeldreyer ’12 CHME is a process engineer with POET Plant Management. He works on optimization for making today’s plants more efficient. He interned two summers with the company and was hired soon after he graduated.


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