Engineering at Nebraska, Spring 2009
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In Memory

Ivan Baumgart, BS CHME '44, died Jan. 26, 2009 in Gainesville, Texas. He was born June 4, 1922 in Madison, Neb., to Otto and Evelyn (Preuss) Baumgart. A prestigious Regents Scholarship allowed Baumgart to earn a degree in Chemical Engineering at UNL. He spent his entire 40- year professional career as a chemical engineer for Shell Oil Company. Baumgart is survived by his wife of 63 years, two sisters, four children, 12 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. He will be remembered for his dedication to his family, hard work ethic, little-league baseball coaching, and love of working on mechanical things.

Douwe "Rex" Bleeker, MS CIVE '76, died Dec. 12, 2008. His career included employment for the City of Lincoln and for what is now Teledyne/ISCO. He worked for several environmental companies in Michigan before being disabled in a work related accident in 1992. He returned to Nebraska with his family in 1995 and spent his retirement years in Wahoo, Neb.

Eliot (Larry) Pyle, BS EE '56, wrote in response to the "Engineering Entrepreneurs" story in the Fall 2008 Engineering@Nebraska: "I was impressed with the introduction of JA Titan into the Engineering program. My career focused on the technical part of engineering, but early on I realized that real business experience and training would help me grow. I started my last leg of my career at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena California in 1963. It was quite a change from the comfort of pure engineering work and I knew then that I had to broaden my background to include a better understanding of the budget constrained business environment of space exploration. I learned ‘on the job' which worked fine for me, but more formal training such as the UNL online Master of Engineering program and JA Titan would have been valuable." He concluded, "All of this makes a small town kid from western Nebraska proud to be a graduate of the UNL engineering program."

1960s AlumniDave Eigsti
, BS CHME '61, worked for Dow Chemical for 35 years and has returned to Nebraska for his retirement.

Don Drickey, BS CIVE '69, worked 38 years in operations for the State of Kansas' Department of Transportation, leading several project engineering areas. He retired for three weeks, then began working for the State of Texas.

Jerry Husbands, BS CIVE '69 and MS '70, had a 30-year career with the railroads, focusing on structures management (specifically bridge design). Now retired, he lives in Lake of the Ozarks, Mo.

Jerry Obrist, BS CIVE '69 and MS '70, has worked for the Lincoln Water System since 1987, specializing in its wastewater areas for the past 12 years. He continues to enjoy skiing in Colorado each winter.

James L. Young
, BS IMSE '78 (JD '81), was elected president of the board of directors of the Minnesota Inventors Hall of Fame. The MIHF honors Minnesota inventors who have made significant contributions to society through their inventive efforts. Young continues to practice intellectual property law at the Minneapolis law firm of Westman, Champlin and Kelly.

Randy Carlson, BS AGEN '85, of Dixon, Ill., is a Senior Manufacturing/Quality Engineer with Borg Warner Automotive Turbo-Emissions Systems. "After 6 years of Process Engineering at a Ford Motor Co. transmission plant, our family settled into small town Illinois where I have helped Borg Warner develop assembly and quality systems to make engine components for cars to run ‘More Green,'" said Carlson. Throughout his 15 years of working in this auto components industry, he still finds time to raise specialty Icelandic Sheep on his family's small farm.

Kelvin A. Morrow, BS CENG '85, is a senior information specialist with EDS.

Leonard E. Marshall
, BS CNST '93, MEng '00, is an officer with the U.S. Navy, Civil Engineer Corps and lives in Bellevue, Neb. He is stationed with the Civil Engineer Corps at US Strategic Command and writes, "I use computer programs to simulate results of attacks by weapons of mass destruction or natural disasters."

Dwaine Voboril, BS CIVE '96, lives in Lincoln where he is a senior design engineer with Chief Industries.

Angela Lueking, BS CHME '96, is an assistant professor of Energy & Mineral Engineering at Penn State University. She writes: "The most recent ‘From the Dean' column in the Engineering@Nebraska magazine about women in engineering caught my attention. I became the most ‘senior' female faculty member in my engineering department only four years after my PhD. (I have to admit my PhD was NOT from UNL, but my BS was from UNL.) I feel I have a unique perspective on the ‘leaking pipeline' faced by women engineers, as I'm sure can be said by MANY women engineers who remain in the field. Perhaps one issue is that many engineering may still be seen as a male-dominated field by many, and perhaps a field that is not conducive to work-life balance, an issue of concern to many young women. I don't mean to over simplify the problem, but rather introduce an issue that can perhaps be easily addressed:

In addition to the three action steps outlined by the Dean in the column, I would like to suggest that the magazine and/or the SWE organization at UNL highlight several accomplished female alumni that have succeeded in engineering or have used their engineering degree as the foundation for a career in a related field. I think showing positive female role models--from similar backgrounds/upbringings/ UNL ties would serve female engineering students well. Plus, this is a bit self-serving, as I'd love to hear updates from other UNL female alums with whom I've (unfortunately) lost contact.

Greg Glunz, B.S. AGEN '96 and M.S. AGEN '98, is a professional engineer with URS Corporation in Denver, Col. He is currently a team leader and project manager specializing in the evaluation, design, and construction of dams and hydraulic structures.

Sarah (Goeller) Olson, BS CHME '98, M.Eng '03 MEng, of Canton, Mich., is North America Product Development Manager with Federal-Mogul. She writes: "In April 2008 I was promoted to my current position. My team is responsible for developing new friction materials for light vehicle, commercial vehicle and aftermarket brake pads. I have been with Federal-Mogul in various engineering roles for the past 5 years. Prior to that I worked as a formulator for Goodyear in Lincoln."

John Kastning
, BS CHME '00, has served with the U.S. State Department in Chennai, India. He writes, "I am now transferring to the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam, to work in the Economic Section as a Foreign Service Officer for two years."

Lim Kok Wah, BS CHME '02, is self-employed as a webmaster and web publisher. He currently running a few gaming related Web sites tailored for casualflash game market. He lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

In September 2008, Rich Siefken, M.S. MSYM '03, and his wife had their first baby, Colton Richard Siefken.

Yue "Joe" Zhou , MS CIVE '07, is a transportation engineer "back home in Beijing."As an "active reader" of this magazine while in Nebraska, he was happy to receive it on "the other side of the ocean" and added: "I would like to be posted with further interesting stories about Nebraska engineering!"

Amy Jorde, BS BSEN '06 and MS BSEN '08, lives in San Mateo, Calfi., with her husband, Matt. Amy works for SuccessFactors, a software company.

Manish Modi, M.S. BSEN '06, is working as a process system engineer for Bechtel Corporation in Houston, Tex.

Reggie Rector, B.S. BSEN '06, is the team manager for the Applications Engineering department at National Instruments. He oversees about 20 new engineers and makes sure they have all the tools and training needed to be successful at NI. Reggie's main role is being a liaison between the sales force, the support channels, and R&D. He lives in Austin, Tex.

Katrina Christiansen, B.S. BSEN '05 and M.S. BSEN '06, is a graduate assistant for Dr. Raj Raman while pursuing her Ph.D. in biorenewables at Iowa State University. Kat and her husband, Max, have a son, Henry Christiansen Post van der Burg, born in August 2008.

Jason Clark, BS ME '07, is a propulsion test engineer with SpaceX in McGregor, Tex., doing ground testing of rocket engines. SpaceX Falcon1 was the first privately-developed liquid fuel rocket to achieve Earth orbit (September 28, 2008).

UNL Career Fair draws engineering alums With graduating seniors entering a challenging economy, UNL's Spring 2009 Career Fair was a great place for Nebraska Engineering alumni to connect with students about jobs and internships.

John Giley
John Giley (B.S. MECH '04) with Black & Veatch talked with CHME senior Monica Mejia.
Scott Moellering
Scott Moellering (B.S. CNST '06) with McCarthy's St. Louis office caught up with construction management students.