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- Les W. Jochens, B.S. AGEN ’49, received the Heerman Sprinkler Irrigation Award, which the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers gives to individuals who have made significant contributions to the improvement of efficient and effective sprinkler irrigation. He also was recently named to the Department of Biological Systems Engineering Hall of Fame.
- Clay W. Crites, B.S. EE ’58, is retired and living in West Chester, Penn. He is enjoying his retirement by bugging pontificators in the mass media. Clay can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Gerald Riskowski, B.S. AGEN ’74, M.S. AGEN ’76, was named a fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.
- James Vigesaa, B.S. CM ’88, is owner of BleekerVigesaa General Contractors, a commercial construction general contractor in Brighton, Colo. The Denver Business Journal recently named BleekerVigesaa the third-fastest growing privately held company in Colorado. It was also named to the Top 50 Contractors In Colorado list by Colorado Construction Magazine and to the Top 200 Retail Contractors Nationwide list by Retail Construction Magazine.
- Gregory D. Jennings, Ph.D. ’90, won the G.B. Gunlogson Countryside Engineering Award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. The award honors outstanding engineering contributions to the development and improvement of the countryside.
- Constantine Tarawneh, M.S. MECH ’99, Ph.D. MECH ’03, was a visiting faculty member at UNL this summer. This is the fourth time he’s taught mechanical engineering and engineering mechanics courses during summer sessions. Tarawneh is an assistant professor at the University of Texas-Pan American.
- Randy Ahrens, B.S. AGEN ’00, is living and working in Waterloo, Iowa. He is a product test engineer with the John Deere Product Engineering Center.
- Amy (Pflanz) Dietz, B.S. BSEN ’00, is an engineer for George Butler Associates in Lenexa, Kan.
- Jeremy L’Heureaux, B.S. AGEN ’00, is an engineer with John Deere.
- Eric Zillig, B.S. ME ’00, lives in Muscatine, Iowa, and is a tailored products business manager for Allsteel. He will graduate from the University of Iowa’s executive MBA program in May 2007. Eric can be reached at email@example.com.
- Michael Butterfield, B.S. CIVE ’02, has been the project engineer at HDR Inc. since 2005 and lives in Omaha. His primary work at HDR has been as a resident engineer for a sanitary lift station in Council Bluffs and the new Metropolitan Utilities District Platte Water Production Facility in west Omaha. He spent 2003 and 2004 in Des Moines, Iowa, as a water/wastewater staff engineer for a sanitary company. Michael can be reached at Michael.Butterfield@hdrinc.com.
- Anna (Charron) Dugas, B.S. BSEN ’02, is a teaching associate/lab coordinator at Louisiana State University’s Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department. She is working on her master’s degree.
- Krista Evans, B.S. BSEN ’02, is an image-guided surgery support specialist for BrainLab Inc., in Westchester, Minn. She earned a master’s degree in biomedical engineering at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in August 2006.
- Ginger (Wingate) L’Heureaux, B.S. BSEN ’02, is an associate engineer with Quad Knopf in Visalia, Calif.
- Bingguang Li, Ph.D. IMSE ’02, is now a certified purchasing manager as designated by the Institute for Supply Management. To qualify for this designation, candidates with required working experiences must complete a rigorous course of study and pass comprehensive examinations. Li is an assistant professor of supply chain management and quantitative methods at the Harry F. Byrd School of Business at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va.
- Greg Wigington, B.S. BSEN ’02, will start medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center this fall.
- Matthew Helmers, Ph.D. ’03, received a Blue Ribbon award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers for producing an electronic educational aid. He is an assistant professor at Iowa State University.
- Girish Ganjyal, Ph.D. BSEN ’04, completed his master’s degree in business administration from Benedictine College in Atchinson, Kan. He is a principal scientist with Midwest Grain Products in Atchinson.
- Zack Kippenbrock, B.S. BSEN ’04, is a water resources engineer for Kimley-Horn and Associates in Fort Worth, Texas.
- Ivan Leaders, B.S. AGEN ’04, is a senior associate engineer with Caterpillar Inc. in East Peoria, Ill.
- Erich Scott, B.S. AGEN ’04, is a machine development engineer with Caterpillar Inc. in East Peoria, Ill.
- Josh Dodson, B.S. BSEN ’06, is a project engineer at WaterAirLand in Lincoln.
- Mark Pohl, B.S. IMSE, ’06, is the corporate performance and process engineer at Omaha Power District. He has kept very occupied working a full time job for OPPD, planning a wedding and moving into a new home, all within months of graduating. Mark can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Walter Daniel Leon-Sales, Ph.D. EE ’06, is an assistant professor of computer science and electrical engineering at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
- Bill Nosal, Ph.D. EE ’07, has a post-doctoral position with Professor Ravi Saraf in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
- Nick Sutko, M.S. BSEN ’07, is a water resources engineer for Black & Veatch in Kansas City, Mo.
Friends We Will Miss:
- Joseph E. Panarelli, emeritus professor of engineering mechanics, died June 14, 2007, in Lincoln. He was a faculty member for 31 years and won the UNL Distinguished Teaching Award in 1983. He retired in 1999 but taught courses as needed. Panarelli earned a B.S. in 1956 and a master’s degree in 1958 from Brown University. In 1962, he received his doctoral degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Panarelli is survived by his wife, Madeleine; daughter, Elizabeth; son, Stephen; brothers, Nicholas and Robert; and aunt, Mary Integlia.