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Achievements

I was pleased that you are including the 20 top engineering developments in Contacts. I served on the National Academy of Engineering committee that selected these 20 areas last fall. The committee membership was very impressive, including Nobel Prize winners, astronauts and the president of MIT.

I was responsible for some of the material in the No. 3 Aviation area and for section No. 7, Agricultural Mechanization.

William Splinter, ’50
George Holmes Emeritus Professor
Biological Systems Engineering

Thank you for including information on the top 20 engineering achievements. Could you please let your readers know our Web site address so they can find out more about the Greatest Achievements project?

Robin Gibbin
National Academy of Engineering
Washington, D.C.

Editor’s Note: The URL for the Greatest Engineering Achievements Web site is <www.greatachievements.org>

Family Connections

Your “slick” was handed to me from Donald C. Gallagher (EE ’50). Because he and Pop were mutual admirers, he wanted me to share his magazine. I am not a graduate engineer, but I am the second son of Olin J. Ferguson. (See Contacts Winter 2001 issue.)

I was supposed to be an engineer from the get-go, but my talent did not lay with mathematics beyond calculus. Physics was “Mom” to me but Dad brought me up with an Erector set, and that’s how I became an “Unrecognized Mechanical Engineer” (UME). I designed power transmission drives for industrial manufactured machinery. My degree and eventual income were garnered in business administration, though “administrators” are usually more interested in income than societal niceties. I prefer the term “business management.”

My wife (the former Joyce Lucille Junge, ’44) and I are hanging out in a retirement community in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where we have worked and lived since 1948.

E-mail: tpnopah@home.com

Robert Olin Ferguson
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Leisurely Reading

Just wanted you to know I appreciate the good work you do with Contacts. I read each issue faithfully. The large print is appropriate to read while I am on one of the machines at the gym.

Reading the Blueprint does bring back memories. I was the circulation manager for a year and then the business manager for a year. I believe we sold advertising to cover the cost of printing and distribution. Of course the labor was all student and free. We had a small office that never had enough space for all of us when we were laying out the edition.

I am now retired from GE’s nuclear power business, having spent most of my career in California. I graduated in ’59 with a chemical engineering degree and an ensign’s commission in the USN. After three years with the Navy, I began my career with GE. It is surprising how many alumni there are here in Wilmington. I often get comments when I wear my Big Red ball cap around town.

My wife and I recently returned from an alumni tour of South Africa. One of my traveling mates from Omaha convinced us to return to the campus for a football weekend (I have not been back since graduation). I thought I would combine that with the engineering weekend. Could you put me in contact with the person who could tell me the dates, activities, etc.?

Lee Miller, Chem E ’59
Wilmington, N.C.

Editor’s Note: The Engineering Alumni Reunion Weekend is scheduled for the fall of 2002. Join us this fall for our alumni golf scramble. Watch for details in the summer issue of Contacts.