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CLASS NOTES Paula Hahn, BS/MGE 1991 and MS/MIS 1994, was named a fellow at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in recognition of her technical excellence and leadership. She is an information technology architect with Lockheed Martin in Dallas-Fort Worth, where she has worked since 2000.

Don Pettit, PhD/ChE 1983, has compiled stunning photographs from three missions aboard the International Space Station for “Spaceborne,” his new book available at “If you’re gone for six months, you can’t spend all your time nose-tothe-grindstone working,” he said in December 2016 on National Public Radio’s “Science Friday,” describing his art as “orbital scrimshaw.”


Sub Culture—Gary George designed the internal model mover providing yaw, pitch and roll for this 22-foot-long miniature submarine for “The Hunt for Red October.”


Gary George, BS/ME 1984, worked on special effects for films like “Titanic,” “The Hunt for Red October” and “Die Hard” for years in California before relocating to Pennsylvania to care for his mother. He manages electromechanical programs at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. “I fully credit my UA education in helping to open doors my entire life to employment opportunities not strictly in my chosen field of study,” he said.


Phil Barnes, BS/ME 1978, in his 36th year at Northrop Grumman, is an internationally recognized author of technical papers on energy-efficient electric flight in which propellers regenerate power to act as airborne wind turbines. His theories, based on the wandering albatross’s ability to remain aloft indefinitely on shoulder-locked wings, are described on his website, Michael Popovich, MS/SIE 1973, is CEO of Scientific Technologies Corp., an information technology consulting firm, where he creates systems to help public health officials digitally monitor and report on issues such as the use of

Flight Plan—Phil Barnes is developing theories for regenerative electric flight based on how wandering albatrosses soar.

vaccines, immunization records and disease outbreaks.


Since retiring in 1999 from the plastics manufacturing industry, Malcolm Goekler, BS/ChE 1968, has been building steam engines – “functional steampunk art,” in his words – and he has earned five product design patents for his engine designs. He and his wife Susan live in Delaware. James A. Archer, MS/CE 1965, retired in 1993 as a city public works director in Texas and lives in Washington state.

Space Shot—Don Pettit’s collection of photographs from space instantly elevate any coffee table.

Mike Hoover, BS/ ME 1983, has been named president and chief executive officer of Sundt Construction. He succeeds longtime company CEO, Dave Crawford, BS/CE 1972. Mike Hoover


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Arizona Engineer | Spring 2017  
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