GU Engineering 2012
School of Engineering and Applied Science
Contents Dean Dennis Horn Retires ............................................................................ 4 Record Enrollment Continues, EPA Award ............................................. 6 KEEN News & Outreach .............................................................................. 8 Outstanding Faculty Shawn Bowers & Alumna Kristine Snow ......... 10 Student Chapter News .................................................................................. 12 SEAS Graduates ............................................................................................. 14 Civil Engineering, Computer Science ....................................................... 16 Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering .......... 18 T & D, Engineering Management ............................................................. 20 Engineering Advisory Council ................................................................... 21 Center for Engineering Design & Entrepreneurship ........................... 22 Faculty Members ........................................................................................... 24 SEAS Donor Honor Roll.............................................................................. 26 New Dean, Dr. Stephen Silliman................................................................ 28
SEAS Staff: Toni Boggan Editor Assistant Director, Center for Engineering Design & Entrepreneurship Therese Covert Assistant to the Dean Beau Grillo Manufacturing Support Engineer Rob Hardie Desktop Support Specialist, Herak Engineering Computer Services Jilliene McKinstry Assistant Director, Transmission & Distribution Program Patrick Nowacki Manager, Herak Engineering Computer Services Jason Schnagl Desktop Support Specialist, Computer Science Larry Shockey Electronics Technician
Our Mission The School of Engineering & Applied Science at Gonzaga University produces broadly educated and capable engineers ready to contribute innovative solutions for a better world. Engineering is a profession that is especially suited to a University that prides itself on engaging the life of the mind and strengthening and refining a system of values. Gonzaga currently provides accredited undergraduate programs in mechanical, electrical, computer, and civil engineering; and an engineering management program which is taught cooperatively with the School of Business; and a computer science program. The School also offers an on-line Masterâ€™s Degree in Transmission and Distribution Engineering.
Our Engineering Education Objectives
Engineers educated at Gonzaga University will: 1. Develop engineered solutions that are well-conceived and carefully implemented to meet public and private sector needs. 2. Contribute effectively to organizations as leaders and/or team members. 3. Foster personal and organizational success in a dynamic, globalized professional environment. 4. Improve society by applying Jesuit, humanistic values to their professional and civic responsibilities. 2
School of Engineering & Applied Science
2011â€“ 2012 Annual Report
From the Gonzaga University Mission Statement: Gonzaga University belongs to a long and distinguished tradition of humanistic, Catholic, and Jesuit education. In the light of our own tradition and variety of human societies, we seek to understand the world we live in. It is a world of great technological progress, scientific complexity, and competing ideologies. It offers great possibilities for cooperation and interdependence, but at the same time presents us with the fact of widespread poverty, hunger, injustice, and the prospect of degeneration and destruction. We seek to provide our students some understanding of contemporary civilization, and we invite them to reflect with us on the problems and possibilities of a scientific age, the ideological differences that separate the peoples of the world, and the rights and responsibilities that come from commitment to a free society. In this way, we hope to prepare our students for an enlightened dedication to the Christian ideals of justice and peace. 3
Dean Dennis Horn guided the Gonzaga School of Engineering & Applied Science for 15 years from his arrival in 1997 with a total enrollment of approximately 280 students to a current student population of nearly 700. In 2010, he established an Engineering in Italy program for engineering students who would like to study for a semester in Florence and still complete their degree in four years. Dr. Horn helped institute new degree programs in computer science and engineering management as well as a graduate program in power transmission and distribution.
Dennis Horn Retires, Leaving Legacy of Growth The school earned high rankings from U.S. News & World Report under Dr. Horn’s leadership, rated as the 17th best undergraduate engineering program in the nation (among schools without a doctorate in engineering). Four programs were successfully accredited by ABET during his tenure. Major renovations occurred in the Herak Center as well as construction in 2008 of Gonzaga’s PACCAR Center for Applied Science, which received the prestigious Gold Certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system of the U.S. Green Associate Dean of SEAS, Paul Nowak and Dean Dennis Horn serving root beer floats Building Council. to students during a “Welcome Back to Campus” event, Fall, 2010 With a strong appreciation for art, Dr. Horn installed a variety of artwork in the halls of PACCAR and Herak so that the engineering students would be surrounded with art as well as engineering. “The artwork he has added to Herak, and some of the project displays downstairs have really added to the aesthetics of this building,” said acting Dean Paul Nowak. “Dennis has vision. He saw where we should go, and had the ability to lead us there. He never stopped pursuing his vision,” Nowak said. Dr. Horn will be remembered as a strong advocate for engineering students. He was known for taking time out of his busy day to visit with students and get to know them. For these contributions and many more, thank you, Dr. Horn.
From the Dean Dear Friends of Gonzaga Engineering, As this year draws to a close, I have been asked to provide a few final words to all of you prior to stepping down as Dean on June 30. My message in last year’s Annual Report included my “goodbyes” and my heartfelt thanks for everything that has been done by so many of you to support the School and me for the last 15 years, so I will keep my comments here very brief. For more than four months this semester, I have been on a sabbatical leave that enabled me to accomplish a few special projects and to refresh my body, mind, and spirit. I want to voice a special thank you to our Associate Dean, Dr. Paul Nowak, and to our dedicated faculty and staff (in particular my Assistant, Therese Covert) for their hard work in keeping everything running so smoothly on the many days I was not present. Now it is transition time. Although I want you to read this Report and see all the accomplishments and activities of this past year, I would like you to begin focusing on the future—a future with a superb new Dean, Dr. Steve Silliman, with new ideas and visions for our School and its programs. This Report includes a section introducing Steve and his many achievements at Notre Dame, and I trust you will have the opportunity in the coming months to meet him and see what a wonderful person he is. Gonzaga should rejoice at our ability to find such an outstanding person to carry our mission forward. Although I leave the Dean’s position, I may still be seen around the halls of the University next year, as I have agreed to provide some part-time support to the Academic Vice President and President on some assignments of their choice. I welcome this chance to maintain my connection to the Gonzaga community and its many constituencies. My thanks and warmest regards to all of you! Dennis R. Horn Dean of Engineering & Applied Science
Therese Covert and Dean Dennis Horn 5
The School of Engineering & Applied Science welcomed another record breaking class in the fall of 2011 with approximately 225 freshmen students. The freshmen are pictured here with Dr. Horn and Dr. Nowak.
A series of freshmen social events held during the first week of school helped introduce students to faculty and peers. Separate dinners were organized for each discipline. Â
34 Engineering-Track students studied in Florence in the spring of 2012 which included 30 GU students and 3 students from other universities. Pictured in this photo are (l to r) Ryan Andrade, Sam Hardison, Taylor Hara, Bennett McLaughlin, Drew McCurdy, Kevin Schalk, Damiano Seghetti and Andrew Schafer. The students were touring a castle near Bled, Slovenia. 6
SEAS News Gonzaga Senior Design Team Earns $90,000 EPA Award to Improve Health of Zambian Women and Children
L to R: Andrew Matsumoto, Ethan Bannister, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Melanie Walter, Spencer Fry, and Sidney Elmenhurst
A team of five Gonzaga University engineering students and advisor Noel Bormann traveled to Washington D.C. in April, 2012 and captured a $90,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 8th Annual People, Prosperity, and the Planet competition. The competition encourages college students to design environmental solutions for a sustainable future. The GU Students developed two methods for improving the health of Zambian women and children, and a plan to distribute devices in the African nation. The breakthrough involves the development of a simple ventilation system for kitchens in rural dwellings and a ceramic water filter made with local material to remove contaminants from drinking water in the home. The team will use the award money to establish a social enterprise in Zambia to support clean water and air.
Matsumoto Named Outstanding SEAS Student
Andrew Matsumoto working on award winning EPA stove
Andrew Matsumoto received the 2012 award for Academic Excellence from the School of Engineering & Applied Science. This fall, Matsumoto will begin work on his Ph.D. at Duke University with a concentration in Environmental Process Engineering. A Civil Engineering graduate, Matsumoto is primarily interested in soil and water treatment and hopes to pursue research that will result in a cleaner planet. During his four years at GU, Matsumoto built an impressive resume including being the Student Representative on the Board of Regents, graduating from the Hogan Program and working on the award winning EPA Project. Through the Hogan Program, he met Warren Buffet at a ‘meet and greet’ event with 25 other GU students. “He was different than what I thought. He seemed like a funny grandpa, very relaxed and telling jokes,” said Matsumoto. Matsumoto has a large network and knows almost everyone around campus from students and regents to faculty and staff. Not motivated by financial gain, he said if he won the lottery he would help his parents retire and then wait for Joe Poss to come calling so he can give back to GU. 7
Gonzaga University (GU) is one of twenty engineering colleges that comprise the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN) who work collaboratively together in creating the 21stcentury engineer by instilling the entrepreneurial mindset in all of the nearly 19,000 students they collectively teach in their colleges. In addition to the rigorous technical fundamentals they offer as part of their normal courses, the schools offer experiential opportunities aimed at instilling in the students a set of professional skills necessary for their future work. Those skills include: Effectively collaborating in a team setting, Applying critical & creative thinking to ambiguous problems, Constructing & effectively communicating a customer-appropriate value proposition, Persisting through and learning from failure, Effectively managing projects through appropriate commercialization or final delivery process, Demonstrating voluntary social responsibility, Relating personal liberties and free enterprise to entrepreneurship.
News at Gonzaga Gonzaga University (GU) was honored at the 2012 KEEN Annual Winter Conference in Orlando, Florida, with the 2011 Most Improved KEEN School award and 2011 Best Friend of KEEN was awarded to Dr. Patricia Killen, GU’s Academic Vice-President. These two awards are a reflection of the exciting activities occurring on campus related to KEEN this past year. Some highlights include: Drs. Talien Chen and Yanqing Ji participated in the faculty workshop on problem based learning techniques held at Lawrence Technical University (LTU), Southfield, MI in May. Five engineering management students travelled to Detroit, MI in August to join students from five other KEEN schools for a week-long student engineering boot camp at the Henry Ford Museum on Creativity, Innovation, and Ingenuity in America. One team consisting of four electrical engineering students competed in the Innovation Encounter held in October at LTU. A delegation of ten, including Dr. Thayne McCulloh, GU’s President, attended the KEEN Winter Conference in January. Ron Seubert, GU Alumni and President of RareCyte, traveled with Dr. Patricia Killen and KEEN Principal Investigator, Dr. Vladimir Labay to the Kern Family Foundation to meet with Dr. Robert Kern and the Foundation Board. Two teams (eight engineering students) competed in the I2P (Idea to Product) workshop/ competition at St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO, in early March. One team advanced to the finalist round. This spring semester, GU initiated monthly one hour lunchtime student innovation challenges. Due to the overwhelming success and attendance at these challenges, the number of offerings will be doubled this upcoming academic year. In late April, KEEN was awarded a Gold Edison Award in the category of Collaborative Networks and Support during the Edison Awards 25th anniversary celebration in New York City. - Dr. Vladimir Labay, KEEN P.I. 8
Chicago InnovaƟon Chase Comes to Gonzaga GU hosted The Chicago Innovation Chase student competition in late March. Five teams made up of 23 students competed from Friday afternoon until late Sunday to prove that their idea for incorporating sustainability into the GU campus was the most innovative. Six rounds of judging in various areas of engineering and business resulted in a tie, a highly unusual outcome, according to Jodi Houlihan and Danya Kamran, organizers of the “Chase” who came from Chicago to facilitate the weekend. Two Gonzaga teams, tied for first, will be competing in the final round this September to held in Chicago, IL. In addition, six students from GU were chosen from all universities in the “Chase” network as All-Stars and have been invited to participate in an all-expense paid week in New York City in August at PepsiCo headquarters. Go Zags!
Outreach AcƟviƟes Outreach activities brought over 530 students to SEAS during the academic year. Gonzaga Engineering and Computer Science students, faculty and staff shared their passion for science, technology, engineering and math with Girls Scouts, MESA (Math, Engineering & Science Achievement) students, First Robotics teams, and various classes and groups from area schools.
Dr. Shawn Bowers was named an Exemplary Faculty member in April, 2012 by Gonzaga University. Dr. Bowers, now in his third year as an assistant professor of Computer Science at Gonzaga, came to GU after six years as a full-time researcher. Computer Science Department Chair, Dr. Paul DePalma, wrote in his letter of recommend, “Dr. Bowers is a find. He is a fine teacher, an extraordinary scholar, and a committed academic citizen. I predict that in the years to come, his development as a teacher and scholar in the Ignatian tradition will bring honor to the University and contribute to what we value most at Gonzaga. I endorse Dr. Bowers, highly, and enthusiastically as an exemplary tenuretrack faulty member.” Dr. Bowers has taught six different courses in the past three years and works to engage students with active learning. He is also an extraordinary example of the teacher/scholar ideal. This past year, he published six peer-reviewed papers, bring the total to twenty such publications since joining the GU faculty. He has also brought in over $300,000 in grant money. Dr. Bowers serves as faculty advisor to the student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery and funds a team of student research assistants. L to R: Dean Horn, Dr. Shawn Bowers, Dr. Paul DePalma
Congratulations Dr. Bowers!
Outstanding Faculty Member, Shawn Bowers Dr. Shawn Bowers was recently invited to and a ended a week‐long computer‐science research seminar on the Principles of Provenance (h p://www.dagstuhl.de/en/program/calendar/semhp/? semnr=12091) at the Schloss Dagstuhl ‐ Leibniz Center for Informa cs, located in Dagstuhl, Germany. Schloss Dagstuhl is the world's premier venue for informa cs where world‐class scien sts, promising young researchers, and prac oners come together to exchange their knowledge and to discuss their research findings. Dagstuhl Seminars bring together interna onally renowned leading scien sts for the purpose of exploring cu ng‐edge topics in informa cs research. A endance at all Dagstuhl Seminars are by invita on only. The seminar was a ended by approximately 40 researchers, and Dr. Bowers was one of three invitees to give an invited talk and tutorial on provenance technology within scien fic workflows, which will be published as part of the Dagstuhl report series. The seminar was a ended by leaders in the areas of database theory, data modeling, programming languages, and informa on security and privacy, with a endees from world class research ins tu ons including the University 10
of Edinburgh, Harvard University, Cornell University, University of Manchester, University of Oxford, University of Wisconsin‐Madison, University of Illinois Urbana‐Champaign, University of California, and the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Bowers was the only invitee from a non research university, and this was the first me a faculty member at GU has been invited to a Dagstuhl seminar.
Gonzaga Alumna, Kristine Snow When Kristine Snow graduated from Gonzaga University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1982, she was one of seven female graduates in the School of Engineering. Now the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the program has grown significantly during the past 30 years with students of both genders, but the percentage of women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines still does not equal the percentage of men in these fields. As an executive in business technology, Snow is working to change these numbers. Snow describes herself as a naturally curious person with an interest in how things work. Her path to engineering was partially paved by relatives in the field: an uncle, and a brother who also graduated from Gonzaga. She praises the outstanding, Jesuit academic experience provided at GU. “My education at Gonzaga was instrumental in defining who I have become as a person, an employee, and a leader, as well as providing the basis for success in my career,” says Snow. Following her graduation, Snow worked in a systems engineering position supporting technology and technology sales in Silicon Valley before pursuing an Executive Master of Business Administration at St. Mary’s College of California, graduating in 1990. Her work in business technology and technology financing has led to her current position as President of Cisco Capital, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cisco Systems with a portfolio of assets exceeding $8 billion. Snow was recently recognized with a 2012 YWCA Tribute to Women Award, which honors women of Silicon Valley who demonstrate excellence in executive-level positions. Snow’s executive platform includes a focus on encouraging women in technology. As a member of the global business community with a focus on technology, Snow believes that “we need attract more young girls and more women to STEM disciplines so we can create an environment to really optimize a diversity of ideas and innovation.” As a Gonzaga alumna, Snow continues to support current Gonzaga students as a donor and mentor. She hopes to take a more active advisory role with the School of Engineering and Applied Science in the discussion about women in technology in the future.
The purpose of ASCE is to provide information regarding all fields of civil engineering. This year we have a total of 49 members. Dr. Sue Niezgoda has taken over as our faculty advisor. Her enthusiasm and guidance have helped the club expand and mature. Many professional engineers have given presentations relating to their specific field of study and current projects. For example, representatives from Kendall Yards gave an insightful look at the new land development in Downtown Spokane. At our Grad School Information meeting, Alex Maxwell and Dr. Sue Niezgoda answered all questions and offered great advice to those interested in continuing their education. We teamed up with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and created “Battle of the Sexes.” This competition is setup like Jeopardy with Team ASCE and Team SWE, and questions are taken from Fundamental Engineering Exam practice books. For the Fall Service project, ASCE participated in “Reforest Spokane Day” which planted 10,000 Ponderosa Pine Trees with the help of over 800 volunteers.
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS
The purpose of Gonzaga’s Chapter of ASME is to facilitate collaboration, skills expansion, and expand the knowledge of our members. We focus on all engineering disciplines with the goal of the development of our students and the betterment of the community by applying engineering comprehension. ASME partook in the Expand Your Horizons event provided for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho by assisting with lab activities to foster an interest for engineering and other sciences. One memorable station taught the Girl Scouts how to weld and fuse sheet metal pieces. ASME also engaged in MESA Day which prepared science labs throughout Herak’s facilities to familiarize middle schoolers with higher education science. One demonstration showed a working replica of a jetpropulsion engine. We have approximately 25 members, advised by Dr. Tailian Chen.
The goal of IEEE is to ensure the growth of skill and knowledge in the electricity-related technical professions and to foster individual commitment to continuing education among its members, the engineering and scientific communities, and the general public. The Gonzaga chapter consists of 10 student members and faculty advisor Dr. Vladamir Labay. In the 2011-2012 school year, the chapter assisted in cleaning up the neighborhoods surrounding the university, served as a resource to underclassmen, and assisted SWE in hosting a Christmas party open to all students in an effort to inform the community of IEEE and its goals. Officers attended the regional conference in Portland, Oregon, where they met with officers from other schools in the region to share ideas concerning topics such as membership, fundraising, and club activities.
GONZAGA WITHOUT BORDERS Gonzaga Without Borders is a club that is committed to providing others with the opportunity to advance their quality of life. Our chapter consists of approximately fifty club members working with the local community, nongovernmental agencies, private companies, and professions to help ensure people get the basic resources. This is done under the guidance of the advisor, Dr. Mara London. This year the chapter has sent a group to the Engineers Without Border Northwest Regional Conference and continued work on a proposal for a project on the Sigulu Island in Uganda. The goal of this project is to provide clean drinking water to the people on the island. 12
SOCIETY OF AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERS The Society of Automotive Engineers (S.A.E.) has had a busy 20112012 school year. The club began the year by growing from 20 to 57 members. S.A.E.’s purpose is to give students the opportunity to explore engineering concepts outside the classroom by working on hands on projects in teams. The club started the year with two projects: 1.To construct a radio controlled blimp and 2.To disassemble a lawn mower engine in order to learn about how a 4-stroke motor works. Midway through the school year, S.A.E. took on a third project: securing and retrofitting a car to be entered in the demolition derby at the Spokane County Fair. None of this would be possible without the guidance of the club advisor, John Dacquisto, P.E. and the officers. S.A.E. is looking forward to completing the club projects and embarking on an exciting 2012-2013 school year!
CHAPTERS SOCIETY OF WOMEN ENGINEERS Gonzaga’s Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers is an academic, service, and social club on campus. With Dr. Sara Ganzerli as advisor, SWE is a great resource for female engineers through programs such as “Big and Little” mentorship chains, FE review sessions, monthly guest speakers, career counseling, and various local service opportunities. Throughout the 2011-2012 academic year alone, SWE’s 59 official members have volunteered at a local community farm, three on-campus educational programs for young girls, and has helped a team of elementary school girls throughout a Lego robotics competition. Seven SWE members also fundraised their way to the National SWE Conference this year, which was held in Chicago. The conference was a fun weekend full of gaining technical and career knowledge, as well as a career fair.
TAU BETA PI The Tau Beta Pi (TBπ) chapter at Gonzaga University is dedicated to recognizing academic achievement in engineering and promoting the engineering profession. Under the leadership of advisors Dr. Mara London and John Dacquisto, the 50 members of the chapter engaged in more than 125 hours of service, volunteering with the Spokane Interfaith Hospitality Network; serving as judges and demonstrators for the MESA competition, Girl Scout Invitational, and Inland Northwest Regional Science Bowl; participated in the Saturday Math Tutoring Program to tutor local 1st-12th and provided weekly free tutoring to freshmen students. Most notably, the chapter was selected to host the 2014 Tau Beta Pi National Convention in Spokane, bringing 500 of the top engineering students in America to campus for the organization’s annual meeting.
UPSILON PI EPSILON
As a chapter of a national organization, Upsilon Pi Epsilon’s purpose is to recognize academic excellence at Gonzaga in the computing and information disciplines. We do this by bringing together 20 -30 high achieving individuals and organizing events such as programming practices and facilitating participation in the regional Association for Computing Machinery programming contest. Our faculty advisor is computer science professor Dr. Shawn Bowers. In the 2011-2012 year we sent 5 teams to the ACM regional programming contest held at Eastern Washington University and had 2 teams place in the top 3 in our region. We brought a speaker from the gaming industry to one of our bi-monthly meetings to give us a glimpse into industry practices. We also tutored lower division Computer Science students to give back to Gonzaga and the wider computing community. 13
Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2012 Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Jake Avella Patrick Barclay Stuart Barton Jacob Blanchette Andrew Brew Jacob Bushmaker Michael Clark Cale DeTevis Joseph Dodds Kayla Fix Nicholas Harmon Derek Holmes Kyle Johnson George Josten Andrew Joyce Nam Khuat
Steven Kuhlmeier Andrew Liljenberg Ryan Mathis Andrew Matsumoto Craig Mauss Matthew Meier John Meyers Jessica Monroe Nicole Moore Spencer Newins Logan Palmer Louis Paul Lee Ramsay Paul Rhoades Kyle Ryan Matthew Scarsella
Brent Schilperoot William Schuur IV Grace Sinaga Benjamin Stewart Megan Suter Matthew Theisen Cory Turney Evan Underbrink Bryan Vose Melanie Walter Angela Weiss Brittany Winant Alex Wong Nicholas Yagley Andrew Yee Drew Young
Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering Sarah Goicoechea Andrew Kilpatrick Michael Loofburrow
Aaron Manry Alexander Miller
McLaughlin Thomas Dean Stensrud
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Daniel Agun, Jr. David Bell-Garrison Zhia Chong Joshua Hardy James Hoover
Minnette Johnson Michael Jonaitis Rance Lammers Tiernan Oâ€™Rourke Matthew Peterson Andrew Pierce, with Honors
Wesley Saunders Matthew Scheffer Brendan Sowers Anthony Via, Jr. Elliot Weil
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Paul Adams Jack Barrett Amanda Brant Zachary Briggs Phillip Evander Jared Graham
Spencer Hand Ryan Hawkins Emily Hnatisin Jordan Hockensmith David Jones Ashley Meredith
Eric Nagel Keegan Sacry Ryan Sumpter Brandon Williams Charles Yamashiro
School of Engineering & Applied Science Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management Alexander Ballinger
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Nathan Adamski Ethan Bannister Verona Bravo Travis Dreyfoos Grant Ferschweiler Daniel Harmon Andrew Hunter Christopher Lomartire Robert McCarthy Cameron Mitchell Matthew Norris Jeffrey Renslo Vincent Schuetz Samuel Vial
Cooper Amsberry Aaron Berke Michael Camp Brandon Echeverria Colin Flynn David Hazelton Derek Klopp Christopher Lombardi Daniel McDonagh Brian Morisset Cameron Oâ€™Neill Jason Ross Ryan Silver Justin Jaspersen, with Honors
Peter Auerbach Theodore Blowe Justin Chin Sidney Elmenhurst Cory Geerdts Casey Hebert Spencer Larsen Kyle Martin Derek Mickelson Robert Munoz Zachere Priest Zachary Schneider Patrick Sinner
Marc Bales Robert Bohannon Sean Damon Cameron Erwood Oliver Grabb Michael Hilliard Ryan Leahy Timothy McCall Austin Miller Nathaniel Murphy Courtney Quinn Anthony Schoen Elizabeth Thompson
*List of Graduates as noted in 2012 Commencement Program
Civil Engineering This year saw continued growth in the enrollment of Civil Engineering. In the fall of 2012, we are expecting 62 sophomores, 49 juniors, and 50 seniors. We have hired an assistant professor in Geotechnical Engineering to help serve our increased student population. Mark Muszynski, P.E., will be completing his Ph.D. this spring at the University of Illinois. Mark is licensed in Michigan and Illinois and has over 10 years of experience. In August 2011, Dr. Sue Niezgoda, P.E., was hired to provide additional depth in Water Resources. Her Ph.D. (Penn State) was in 2004, and she is nationally recognized as an expert in stream restoration and has valuable experience in consulting, and previous academic appointments. She is a valued colleague and recognized as an energetic and skilled teacher and effective advisor of ASCE.
Dr. Sue Niezgoda, P.E.
Dr. Mara London has had an important journal article published in Water Research that has increased relevance as perchlorates enter the regulated universe. Dr. Sara Ganzerli is preparing a publication with senior students to quantify the behavior of bond strength of brick construction when materials are saturated. Dr. Paul Nowak has provided an enormous service to SEAS as the Acting Dean during the transition period as Dean Dennis Horn retires and the new Dean arrives. Dr. Noel Bormann, Chair of Civil Engineering, is administering an USAID grant ($500,000) to construct a building for the Catholic University of the South Sudan (initiated in senior design in 2009/2010). Dr. Bormann also had a winning student team competing in the 2012 Sustainable Design Competition (Washington D.C.) with a design to improve indoor air quality and water filtration for locations in Africa (see page 7). Dr. Anwar Khattak continues work on problems present in the transmission industry. Our lecturer, Mr. Alex Maxwell (â€™09) is teaching a group of students about sustainable infrastructure in developing countries this summer in Zambia. He is taking a Fulbright fellowship to earn a Ph.D. in the Urban Design Studies Unit at Strathclyde University Glasgow, Scotland for 2012-2016. -Noel Bormann, Department Chair Alex Maxwell in Zambia 16
Computer Science The Academic Year 2011-2012 has been a busy one for the Department of Computer Science. We are proposing program changes, hiring faculty, renovating labs, and continuing our research, all while graduating the largest class in several years.
We have asked the Academic Council to allow us to bring our core curriculum in line with that of the other engineering programs. We have also sought permission to develop a B.A. in Computer Science so that we can make our field available to students in the liberal arts, and in the social and natural sciences. The faces in the Department are changing too. Dr. Yanping Zhang of the University of Alabama will join us in September to take over the systems-related aspects of our program. A second new hire, Dr. Kefei Wang holds a Ph.D. in computer science with a specialty in data management. We are renovating two of our labs. One of the labs will have banks of flat screen monitors and work tables that encourage collaboration. A second lab will house a network unconnected to the outside world to support coursework in operating systems, data communications, and computer security. We have also been active professionally. Dr. Shawn Bowers is part of a team that received a $479,000 NSF award to investigate scientific data storage and classification. He has published several papers this year and given a number of lectures in Europe and the United States, all in his field of data management. Dr. Paul De Palma has a pending $497,000 NSF proposal to do research in speech recognition. He published two papers, both on aspects of artificial intelligence, and edited a book on the social impact of computing. Dr. Kathie Yerion has continued her work in computer science education and dynamical systems, having published one paper and submitted another. -Paul DePalma, Department Chair
Electrical & Computer Engineering This year the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) saw significant changes in program structure, laboratory facilities, and faculty. First, the computer engineering (CpE) program is now co-administered with the Department of Computer Science. With this program restructuring, the hardware and software aspects of the CpE have been rebalanced and enhanced by fully utilizing faculty strengths in each department, which in turns offers a broader educational experience to our students. Several modifications to the electrical engineering curriculum, including a streamlined circuit theory course sequence and a math/science option, have provided additional flexibility for the students to partake in the Engineering in Florence program and/or add courses/minors in other areas to enhance their EE degree. Second, the construction of the Smart Antenna and Radio Lab is completed. This facility includes two shielded anechoic chambers with automated 3D radiation pattern capture, a 40 GHz 4-port vector network analyzer with time domain, 40 GHz vector signal analyzer, software defined radios, and 3D electromagnetic high frequency structure simulation software (HFSS) with cluster computing. With this state-of-the-art laboratory, the ECE Department will be expanding its course offerings in wireless communications in the near future. Also, the communications laboratory have been remodeled to include a new LPKF ProtoMat S103 circuit milling machine. Students and faculty now the capacity inhouse to built and test printed boards. Finally, on faculty developments, Dr. Carlos Tavora retired. During his tenure at Gonzaga University, Dr. Tavora not only developed several courses and laboratory experiments, he designed the computer engineering degree program and successfully led the program through its first two accreditation cycles. Dr. Claudio Talarico will be joining us in the fall 2012 semester. His expertise is in the area of integrated circuit design and embedded computer systems. -Vladimir Labay, Department Chair Dr. Carlos Tavora began working at Gonzaga University in January 1989, after teaching at several other universities. He had an innate ability to make his students laugh and enjoy his classes even when teaching difficult material. Dr. â€œTâ€? as he is known at GU, will be missed by students, faculty colleagues, and staff. Now that he is retired, Dr. T is living in Texas and spending time with his wife, and is enjoying being more involved in his church and enjoying nature. He said that during his tenure at GU, he learned (at the suggestion of his students) not to take himself so seriously, to relax and have fun while teaching. We wish you many happy years of retirement!
Mechanical Engineering The Mechanical Engineering department continued to remain productive in teaching and scholarly activities. The department has initiated several collaborative projects within the department, and across the School of Engineering.
Several ME and CE faculty have initiated a widespread remodeling of teaching and research laboratories within the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Phase I of the remodel is expected to be completed by the end of Summer 2012, and will include at least two jointly-shared teaching spaces and one newly updated research laboratory. An existing research laboratory will be upgraded to allow for continued experimental research in heat transfer. Some of the proposed investigations to take place in the newly renovated research laboratory involve studies of heat transfer in hydrogen storage applications. Complementary research is currently underway in other SEAS laboratories to investigate the effects of hydrogen embrittlement on austenitic stainless steels. ME faculty members are involved in current research activities ranging from experimental studies of hydrogen processes to theoretical analyses of nanoscale convective flow heat transfer. During the most recent academic year, the ME faculty has been prolific in publications and in making presentations at conferences around the globe. In addition to maintaining a strong tradition in laboratory-based education, ME faculty are committed to continuous curriculum development and assessment. -Patrick Ferro, Department Chair
Transmission & Distribution Graduate Program The T&D Program’s new ME Degree has been enthusiastically received by power industry engineers. Eleven students were admitted to the program this year and course enrollment has nearly doubled from last year. One former certificate student continued towards the master’s degree while the program was awaiting approval and was our first ME graduate in May, 2012. Sixty-five students have taken more than 120 classes and most of our distribution courses were full. With more students registering for fall, the program is looking to offer several courses more frequently. The program also continues to offer the five course graduate T&D Engineering certificate. Twenty students have received the certificate to date and eight more are expected to earn it by May, 2012. Student evaluations continue to be excellent in all courses and companies like Sargent and Lundy, Black and Veatch, Avista, Clallum PUD, Puget Sound Energy, Energie Suriname, Eaton, and Power Engineers have sent multiple students through our courses. Our System Operator Training Facility (ZagOps) continues to be a busy place with specialized courses being developed and taught each year. Incremental Systems worked with the T&D Director to determine specific training for northwest utility system operators and they developed a 3-day course which will be offered May, 2012. The course will meet new NERC requirements for annual emergency response training. Larry Kite (Incremental Systems) taught several, one-day, simulator training sessions to students in power programs at Spokane Falls, Columbia Gorge, and Walla Walla Community Colleges. In addition, apprentices from the Army Corps of Engineers, Avista, and Power for Vets attended ZagOps courses to help them understand grid reliability issues. By developing these training sessions using a grid simulator the program hopes future power workers will understand the impact their work can have on the power grid.
Engineering Management Three Engineering Management (EM) seniors will graduate this year with their EM degree. While our earlier graduates tended to enroll in post-graduate courses, this year’s class is looking at both the work sector and graduate studies. Current EM juniors are pursuing varied internship experiences at Boeing, SEL, Avista, Power Engineers, and other regional companies. In the three years since Dr. McKenny was asked to chair this new program not only is enrollment growing but the curriculum is also evolving. Dr. McKenny is working with the School of Business to develop a minor in entrepreneurship and innovation, and with many of his industry contacts to develop another minor related to manufacturing. Geoff Glen, a superintendent with the City of Spokane’s Dept. of Waste Management, came to Gonzaga with an idea to better prepare engineering students for internships. The President’s office worked with EM students, Mr. Glen, and Prof. McKenny to develop a special topics course that covers aspects of “white collar management of blue collar projects.” The one-credit elective course involves industry experts leading discussion topics on labor unions, environmental regulations, career development and conflict resolution. Initial course registrations quickly grew through word of mouth from three to 14 students. To introduce EM students to a manufacturing facility Dr. McKenny took 12 students on a trip to Schweitzer Engineering Labs’ (SEL) in Pullman. Students were able to meet with engineers working in different areas, tour the manufacturing plant, and visit the research and development area. Students were able to hold a Q&A session with a recent GU graduate working in the R&D area. In preparation for an ABET accreditation visit in 2014 an Engineering Management self-study report will be completed by 2013. The chair is currently reviewing program strengths and weaknesses and setting goals toward presenting a strong accreditation submittal. -Peter McKenny, Department Chair 20
SEAS Engineering Advisory Council The GonzagaÂ School of Engineering & Applied Science is grateful to the following members of the Engineering Advisory Council who serve as volunteers and provide valuable guidance and support to our mission: John Andrew Beth Fifield Hodgson William Geary Michael Herzog Terry Judge Keith Metcalf James Moore Jeffrey Reed David Walsh
Dave Coffman Marjorie Frett Gail Heck-Sweeney Thomas Illich Scott Kinney Curtis Mitchke Marlene Nelson Ed Renouard Michael Walters
Sam Di Re Dale Garrett Donald Herak Donald Jans Jacki Konesky Fred Mollerus Mark Ohlstrom Jerry Tombari Tom White 21
Civil Engineering Projects & Sponsors CE1 CE 2 CE 3 CE 4 CE 5 CE 6 CE 7 CE 8
EPA P3 Sustainability Environment Protection Agency Waste Water Treatment CH2M Hill Lake Audubon City of Reardan Arsenic Removal Varela & Associates Covington Library Integrus Architecture Haiti Children’s Home MSAADA Architects Chaplaincy Office Building Structural Design Northwest Loading Bay & Hangar Drainage Metals Fabrication Co., & Taylor Engineering Chimfunshi, Zambia Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage & GU Cedar Mountain Cedar Mountain Farms Gonzaga Pedestrian Safety Gonzaga Campus Safety Committee
EE 1 Programmable Battery Cycler Commuter Cars EE 2 Dash Computer Display Commuter Cars EE 3 Arc Flash Analysis AVISTA EE 4 Zagbee Radio System LHC2
Molten Salts Team
COMPUTER SCIENCE PROJECTS
HotStart Engine Heater
Flow Boiling Test Fixture
Dowel Bar Retrofit
Double Layer Puller
Residue Removal Machine
CPSC 1 CPSC 2 CPSC 3 CPSC 4
Global Business Broadcasting Gibby Media Commodity Utilization ITRON 3-D Printer Software Crystalfontz Open Source Data Warehousing GE Healthcare
Mechanical Engineering Projects & Sponsors
ME 10 Mold Plate Alignment ME 11 Insert Attachment Process ME 12 Insert Fixture Automation ME 13 HVAC Coil Loading
IncSys HotStart Parker Aerospace Commuter Cars ACME Concrete Goodrich Goodrich LHC2, Inc. NIOSH Wagstaff RANDL Industries RANDL Industries HAAKON Industries
CENTER FOR ENGINEERING DESIGN & ENTREPRENEURSHIP Gonzaga University’s Center for Engineering Design was established in 1992 to enhance the design experience for senior engineering students. The Center obtains projects for the academic year that are defined and provided by sponsors in the private and public sectors. Project teams consist of three to five students, a faculty advisor, and an engineer from the sponsoring organization. The students generate a project plan and define strategies required to bring the project to fruition. They are required to make effective use of available resources to manage their project activities, provide written and oral presentations and a final report to the representatives of the Center’s Design Advisory Board.
SEAS Faculty Members, 2011—2012 Dr. Dennis Horn, Dean and Professor of Civil Engineering; B.S., Princeton University; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University. Dr. K. Akbar Ansari, Professor of Mechanical Engineering; B.S., Electrical Engineering, Osmania University, India; M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California – Berkley; PhD., University of Texas – Arlington. Dr. Abdul Aziz, Professor of Mechanical Engineering; B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Karachi University, Pakistan; Ph.D., University of Leeds, United Kingdom. Dr. Noel E. Bormann, Chair and Professor of Civil Engineering; B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Colorado State University. Dr. Shawn Bowers, Assistant Professor of Computer Science; BS., University of Oregon; Ph.D., M.Sc., OGI School of Science and Engineering, OHSU.
Dr. Grigore Braileanu, Professor of Electrical Engineering; B.S., Ph.D., Engineering (Specialization in Automatic Control Systems), Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest, Romania. Dr. Massimo Capobianchi, Professor of Mechanical Engineering; B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Dr. Tailian Chen, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, B.S. Henan University of Science and Technology, China; M.S. Jiangsu University, China; Ph.D., M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida.
Dr. Patricia Crowley, Assistant Professor of Computer Science; B.A., English, Duke University ; Ph.D., M.S., Computer Science, University of New Mexico. Lecturer John F. Dacquisto, Associate Professor of General Engineering; B.S., Electrical Engineering, Marquette University; M.S., Engineering and Management, Washington State University.
Dr. Patrick Ferro, Chair and Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering; B.S. Cornell University; M.S. Oregon Graduate Institute of Science & Technology; Ph.D., P.E. CMfgE, Colorado School of Mines.
SEAS Faculty Members 2011â€”2012 Dr. Paul DePalma, Chair , Professor of Computer Science; B.A., English, St. Louis University; M.A., English, University of California, Berkeley; M.S., Computer Science, Temple University; Ph.D. The University of New Mexico, Computational Linguistics
Dr. Sara Ganzerli, Professor of Civil Engineering; M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Utah; Ph.D., University of Pavia, Italy. Dr. Yanqing Ji, Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering; B.S., Industrial Automation, Quingdao University, China; M.S., Physical Electronics, University of Science & Technology, China; Ph.D., Computer Engineering, Wayne State University.
Dr. Anwar S. Khattak, Professor of Civil Engineering; B.S., Civil Engineering, Peshawar University, Pakistan; M.S., West Virginia College; Ph.D., Michigan State University. Dr. Vladimir Labay, Chair and Professor of Electrical Engineering; B.S., M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Victoria; Ph.D., University of Manitoba.
Dr. Mara London, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, Civil Engineering Dr. John J. Marciniak, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering; B.S., Engineering Science, University of Notre Dame; M.S., Ph.D., University of Illinois-Urbana.
Dr. Peter McKenny, Chair of Engineering Management and Director of Transmission & Distribution; B.S., Electrical & Electronics Engineering, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne; M.S., Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Clarkson University. Dr. Paul S. Nowak, Associate Dean and Professor of Civil Engineering; B.S., Civil Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo; M.S., University of Illinois-Urbana; Ph.D., Applied Mechanics, California Institute of Technology.
Dr. Steve D. Schennum, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering; B.S., M.S., Electrical Engineering, Montana State University; Ph.D., Washington State University. Dr. Christopher Smith, Associate Professor of Computer Science; B.S. Computer & Mathematical Sciences, Lake Superior State University; M.S., Computer Science & Engineering, University of Michigan; Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Minnesota. Dr. Robert Stiger, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering; B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh; M.S., California State University, Sacramento; Ph.D., University of Idaho.
Dr. Carlos J. Tavora, Professor of Electrical Engineering; B.S., Electrical Engineering, Institute Technology-Aeronautical, Brazil; M.S., University of Houston; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley.
Dat Tran, S.J., M.S., Lecturer, Computer Science: M.S. Portland State University Dr. Kathie Yerion, Professor of Computer Science; B.S., M.S., Mathematics, Northern Arizona University; Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Montana.
Dr. Steven Zemke, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of CEDE; B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington; M.S., Northwestern University; Ph.D., University of Idaho.
Emeritus Faculty Dr. Gail H. Allwine, Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering; B.S., M.S. and PhD., Electrical Engineering, University of Washington.
Dr. Raymond A. Birgenheier, Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering; B.S., Electrical Engineering, Montana State University; M.S., University of Southern California; Ph.D., University of California â€“ Los Angeles.
Dr. Sidiq M. Dar, Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering; B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Illinois; M.S., Applied Mechanics, Kansas State University; Ph.D., University of Oklahoma.
Professor Gary J. Hordemann, Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering; B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Gonzaga Universi-
ty; M.S., University of Notre Dame. Dr. Daniel Hughes, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science; B.A., Mathematics, Merrimack College; M.A., Mathematics, Boston College; Ph.D., Mathematics, Washington University Dr. William Ilgen, Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering; B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Nebraska.
2011—2012 SEAS Acme Concrete Paving, Inc. Air Products and Chemicals Brian Allen Jan and Susan Austermiller Debra Avella Avista Corporation Avista Foundation David and Marianne Ayers Leeroy (’97) and Ginger Bailey Dannielle S. (Haraldson) Ball (’96) Michael H. Bauer (’77) Rowena M. Beaudry (’05) Larry J. (’72) and Anna Bennett David Berry (’05) The Boeing Company Noel E. Bormann Frank (’57) and Ilse Bourbeau BP Amoco Foundation Toby L. Brewer (’88) James E. Bronder (’09) Gerda Brown (’44) BSC Engineered Systems John (’76) and Pat Campion Drs. John and Sharon Cannon Dick (’56) and Catherine Cochran Joe and Marjorie (’79) Cochran Frett Coeur d'Alene Mines Corporation John and Therese J. Covert Crystalfontz America, Inc. Steven and Patricia Degracia, Jr. Leo and Ingrid DeGreef Samuel (’81) and Concetta Di Re Patrick and Diane Dodds Christopher (’98) and Stacye Dorrington Richard (’64) and Jeanette Egge Jerry and Sally (’69) Epler Myra (McGillivrey) Farquhar (’57) James and Sharon (’81) (McMaster) Flynn
Arny (’61) and Elmira Forner Marian (’78) and Mark Fuchs Daniel J. Galligan (’01) Lucy Gedney General Electric Foundation Allen D. Gillette (’78) Larry and Jill Haakenstad Haakon Industries Inc. Carl M. Hansen Foundation Roy and Joy Hara Michael and Gail (’74) Heck-Sweeney Donald H. Herak (’46) Beth Fifield Hodgson David and Anne (Suminski) Holt (’03) HOTSTART, Inc. Kelly Hyde (’96) Dr. and Mrs. William P. Ilgen Thomas Illich (’74) Incremental Systems Corporation Inland Northwest AGC Terry (’59) Inman Darrell (’85) and Ruth Jackson Don (‘56) and Marilyn Jans Paul Dhani Johnson (’08) Johnston-Fix Foundation Terrance (’87) and Meg (Reilly) Judge Donald and Janet Justice Bob Kelley (’73) The Kern Family Foundation, Inc. Gregory and Debra Ketchum Kelly Ketchum (’08) William and Vicki Kissinger Mike and Jacki (’87) Konesky KPFF Consulting Engineers KTECH Corporation Paul Kuntz (’94) Patrick Lettenmaier (’49) Ronald (’64) and Grace Little David (’74) and Cyndi Lucke
Donor Honor Roll Max R. Magee (’11) Carroll (’68) and Patricia Martell Kathryn Ann Mautz Jack (’63) and Carol McElroy The Medtronic Foundation Metals Fabrication Co. William (’71) and Betty Miller Curt (’90) and Janna Mitchke Jim (’72) and Jean Moore Patrick E. Morin (’69) David Muggli (’70) MW Consulting Engineers Bill (’62) and Teree Myrhang Dale and Kathleen (’84) (Juenemann) Neer David J. Nelson (’07) Richard J. Niederegger (’66) Christopher J. Novick (’05) Mr. Donald O'Bannon David (’96) and Katheleen O'Claire Mark (’80) and Catherine Ohlstrom James (’64) and Jeanie Old Marty (’87) and Maureen O'Toole Kevin Owens (’76) PACCAR Inc Robert (’91) and Sabrina (Finer) Parnell, III Dr. Donald R. Paugh (’79) and Ms. Diedre L. Olin Randle and Roxanne Phelps Power Engineers, Inc. Ermel (’70) and Christine (Breitenbach) Quevedo Ed (’48) and Yvonne (RIP) Ralph Robert (’68) and Judy Rangitsch Jeff (’75) and Margaret Reed Wendell and Norma Reed Phil (’51) and Bev Reinig
Ed (’59) and Bunny (Suva) Renouard Rob (’92) and Darlene Rich Steven (’78) and Lori Robinson SCAFCO Corporation Donald (’65) and Cathi (Shaw) Schafer Ken and Deanna Schalk Ron (’72) and Sara Seubert Deborah Shanks (’94) Steven Soos (’86) Kenneth H. Stavenjord (‘68) Jeff (’81) and Veronica Steffan Dr. Tony (’63) and A.J. Sutey Ross and Noella Takahashi Dick and Barbara Taylor Patrick Thiel (’58) Jerry (’81) and Cathy Tombari United Way of Central New Mexico Janet Van Der Vegt Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program Ray Vollert (’63) Velvet Walker David (’58) and Joyce Walsh Joseph and Ann Wenger James T. (’77) and Eleanor B. Weston James Weston Dennis and Jackie Wheeler Paul (’99) and Audrey Williams David Wollersheim (’59) Jeff and Nancy Woodworth Woodworth Family Foundation Xcel Energy Foundation Mark E. Ziegler (’97) Paul and Kathleen Zizza
School of Engineering & Applied Science
Welcomes New Dean
Dr. Stephen E. Silliman Dr. Stephen E. Silliman officially becomes the new Dean of Gonzaga’s School of Engineering and Applied Science in July, 2012. Silliman, a hydrology engineer, has spent the previous 26 years as a faculty member of Notre Dame where he served as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs. Dr. Silliman has been recognized nationally and internally for his outstanding teaching, service, and research. In 2006, he received the ASEE Outstanding Teaching Award as well as the ASEE Global Engineering and Engineering Technology Award. In 2011, he was selected as the National Ground Water Association Distinguished Darcy Lecturer, an internationally renowned program. During the year, he presented 60 speeches around the world, in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and on this continent. Said Academic Vice President, Patricia O’Connell Killen, “Dr. Silliman brings to Gonzaga a passionate commitment to undergraduate engineering education, a track record of providing international research opportunities for engineering students, and professional networks that will benefit our students and our faculty.”
Welcome to Gonzaga, Dr. Silliman!
Dr. Stephen E. Silliman
Published on Jul 25, 2012
Gonzaga University School of Engineering and Applied Science currently provides accredited undergraduate programs inmechanical, electrical,...