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For Alumna Alumni Spotlight A Friend We Will Miss
10th Annual Golf Scamble Class Notes Upcoming Events

For Alumna, It’s All About the People

“With the constantly changing marketplace and technology, continuous improvement of business processes is the key to delighting the customer.
—Karen Lundquist-Malkewitz

About the time her friends were becoming grandparents, Karen Lundquist-Malkewitz began attending parent/teacher conferences. Of course, while they were becoming parents, she was pursuing a career. “The corporate world had my total focus, I just couldn’t slow down,” she says. But she finally did slow down and at 43 had a daughter. “I’m glad I made the shift. Now I have this great joy in my life.” That “great joy” is now 6.

Over her 25 year career, Lundquist-Malkewitz held positions such as Plant Manager for a Dupont automotive refinish paint plant, CEO of a business consulting company she started with two partners and Officer/VP-Manufacturing for Louisiana-Pacific, a building materials company. Now, as the Operational Excellence & Product Line Competency Mgr. for Intel Customer Fullfillment, Planning and Logistics, she focuses on implementing new business processes and automated supply chain applications.

A chemical engineer (BSChE, ’77, MSChE ’78), it seems odd she would work for a company that focuses on the computer industry. But Lundquist-Malkewitz says it’s just another field of chemical engineering. In fact, one of the Intel founders was a chemical engineer, she says. Her specialty is supply chain, something that has always fascinated her and a theme that has carried throughout her career. “With the constantly changing marketplace and technology, continuous improvement of business processes is the key to delighting the customer.”

“It’s particularly complex in high-tech industries because of the many materials, parts and global locations,” she says. But the benefits are tremendous. “It’s a matter of balancing product supply with customer demand in a highly dynamic environment. We can create computer models of business operations the ‘what if” questions, just as we do in chemical and mechanical operations.”

Some of the challenges facing Lundquist-Malkewitz are how to get people to adopt a new program when they are comfortable with the existing ways. It requires applications that are highly intuitive, rigorous training and management support. That’s where I’ve always thought the saying high-tech, high-touch came from,” she says. “The higher the tech level, the more training and interpersonal relationships come into play.” Some of the keys to organizational readiness are creating a safe zone where employees can learn new things without fear of failure, and turning the learning process into a win-win situation. Once that occurs, people will take ownership of the new tools, use them, protect them, and make sure things go right, she said.

One challenge made easier for Lundquist-Malkewitz is playing the part of working mother. Lundquist-Malkewitz periodically works from her home in Hillsboro, Ore. “The high-tech possibilities are great,” she says. Employees have net meetings, where they can see slides and overheads, and do simultaneous conference calls.

“Intel allows flexibility for parents and they really appreciate the family structure,” she says. “It’s been a huge benefit. They encourage people to participate with schools and do community outreach.” So scheduling time for those parent/teacher conferences shouldn’t prove too tough, after all.
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Alumni Spotlight

Daniel Pope, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Minnesota Duluth, since August 2004.

Graduated: University of Nebraska–Lincoln: BSME ’89, MSME ’93, Ph.D. 2001. Doctoral thesis: fuel combustion (funded by NASA) under the supervision of Professor George Gogos.

Born: Bismarck, N.D. Lived in Lincoln, Neb., from fourth through tenth grade and while going to UNL; he considers Lincoln his hometown. Lived in Wahpeton, N.D., for the last two years of high school; his mother still lives there; his father passed away.

Military Service: Naval officer for two years before returning to UNL for a master’s degree.

Industry Experience: Worked for two years at Black & Veatch in the power division before returning to UNL for his Ph.D.

Area of Teaching: Thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer.

Area of Research: Numerical simulation of chemically reacting flows and the description of the fundamental phenomena present in these flows.

Hobbies: Remodeling his 1924 Bungalow.

Marital Status: Single
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A Friend We Will Miss

John “Jack” Drake Provost (BSME ’49), died Feb. 2 in Gulfport, Miss.

Provost was born in Hanson, Idaho, and moved to Lincoln with his family when he was 4 years old. A veteran of World War II, he served as a TBF pilot, flying from the carrier U.SS Sargent Bay in Iwo Jima and Okinawa landings. He was shot down at Chichi Jima and awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with clusters. Following the war, he continued his studies at the University of Nebraska, graduating with honors from mechanical engineering. He was a member of Sigma Tau and Pi Tau Sigma honorary fraternities and Phi Gamma Delta social fraternity.

He worked for General Electric as a manager in Indiana, Ohio, Idaho, New Mexico, California, Alabama, and at the NASA Test Site (now Stennis Space Center), where he was the first GE engineer to work with construction management. He also worked for the Gordon Myrick and Ray C. Weaver companies, as a construction manager for the Anaconda Mining Company in Iran, and the Ralph M. Parsons and Owens Corning companies in Saudi Arabia.

An active member in his community, Provost worked with Habitat for Humanity, Feed My Sheep, and Prison Ministries. He also was a volunteer for the United Methodist Committee on Relief and served in nine locations. He did mission work in Senegal, St. Croix and Jamaica.

Provost is survived by his wife of 57 years, Alice Greenslit Provost; four daughters and sons-in-law; and 13 grandchildren.

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10th Annual Engineering & Technology Golf Scramble

Monday, October 3, 2005

Firethorn Golf Club, Lincoln, Nebraska

Sponsored by: The Friends of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Engineering & Technology
Corporate Sponsors from last year: Farris Engineering, Speece-Lewis Engineers, HDR Engineering, Mid American Energy, Jacobson Helgoth Consultants, Westergren Quarter Horses, HWS Consulting Group, Telex Communications, and Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather LLP

For information: Gretchen Livingston, phone 402-323-6226, E-mail gretchen.livingston@hdrinc.com

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Class Notes

  • Donald, F. Chmelka, MECH, ’63, worked in the automotive industry for three years and then in aerospace until retiring in 1997 as president of L&S Machine, Co. in Wichita, Kan. After seven years of “retirement” he has published two books: Matej’s Journey to America creatively follows his Czech ancestors from biblical Iraq to an 1871 homestead in Nebraska; Matej’s Legacy covers the past 100 years of history, including Chmelka’s life progressing from farm boy to engineer to corporate executive and, finally, to published author. His writing focuses on the role technology plays in mankind’s progress (and misery) over the past six millennia. He also offers insights on current-day challenges based on the lessons of history. For more information about Chmelka go to www.geocities.com/donchmelka/Matej.html; for more information about his books, go to pressreleases@authorhouse.com.

  • Gary S. Westphal, P.E., CIVE ’71, began serving as General Manager of Butler Public Power District in David City, Neb., Jan. 1, 2004. He is President of NeSPE Northeastern Chapter and resides in Valparaiso, Neb.He can be reached at gwest@butlerppd.com

Upcoming College Events

June 5-10 MESA Summer Camp on UNL Campus
June 6-17 TENTATIVE...Creighton Upward Bound Summer Program...Portion of their activities will be in E&T on Omaha Campus
June 9 UNMC Science Camp participants explore E&T on Omaha campus
June 16-24 PKI Academy of Excellence
June 27-28 UNO “Circle of Nations” Youth Conference... Selected Native American students visit PKI
July 1 College Bound Students Explore IT and Engineering
Career Fair Week 2005: 3 Days, 3 Big Events
Oct 4 Business, Liberal Arts, Non-Profit, and Government Career Fair, Nebraska Union.
Oct 5 Engineering & Technology Career Fair, Nebraska Union.
Oct 6 Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Career Fair, East Campus Union.
Oct 11 Graduate and Professional School Expo: Recruiters from graduate and professional school programs in all areas will discuss educational opportunities.
Other Fall Events Women Interested in Engineering, Lincoln and Omaha Information Nights, Engineering Entrepreneurship Day, Speakers Bureau
Contact Information For information about college events, contact Ann Koopmann at (402) 472-7094 or e-mail her at akoopmann1@unl.edu.

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