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Dear Friends of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, It has truly been a remarkable year for us in this transition period to a new SEAS Dean. This report includes just some of the accomplishments of our outstanding students, faculty and SEAS friends. I am thoroughly impressed with the growing number of SEAS faculty who significantly engage with undergraduate students in their research activities. I appreciate the faculty who also invited experts in their fields to speak on campus, sharing their knowledge and experiences not only with students and faculty but also with other professionals in the area. The quality and innovation of the Senior Design Projects exhibited in the Design Exposition Day in May was outstanding. Nearly 60 teams enthusiastically presented their prototypes and posters to scores of faculty judges and community members all around the Foley Lawn.. It was an honor to participate in the commencement of all our great senior students. Special awards went to three senior SEAS students who in particular warrant praise: the Governor’s Civic Leadership Award to Mr. Ivan Jimenez, the SEAS Excellence Award to Ms. Siniva Areta, and the Garrigan Award to Mr. Damon George. Dr. Karlene Hoo is now working with the SEAS departments and staff to build on the School’s very strong foundation. Dr. Hoo is most recently Professor of Chemical Engineering at Montana State University, and was selected to be the School’s new Dean from a notable pool of candidates across the country. My heartfelt thanks go to two notable alumni, Joe Lincoln and Kris Snow, for their dedicated service on this successful SEAS Dean Search Committee and for their leadership roles on the SEAS Engineering Advisory Council. Having been an engineering faculty member and administrator at another Jesuit university for over a decade, my experiences here at Gonzaga have truly helped me internalize that motto, “Engineering with a Purpose.” That ‘Purpose’ has been acutely exemplified in countless conversations with the entire SEAS community. I am immensely proud of the contributions that all of these individuals have made in support of the mission of Gonzaga University. In closing, I wish to express my deep gratitude to all of you for the privilege of serving as the Interim Dean. This incredible School that I have come to know and greatly admire clearly has a very bright future.

Joseph J. Fedock Interim Dean of Engineering and Applied Science 2 | SEAS 2019

Meet the Dean Karlene A. Hoo, Ph.D. began leading the School of Engineering and Applied Science in June 2019. As dean, she is dedicated to preparing students for careers in engineering and computer science while retaining the values inherent in a humanistic liberal arts education. Also, she is committed to recognizing and supporting the outstanding faculty and staff’s achievements. Dr. Hoo received all her degrees in chemical engineering. She earned her B.S. at the University of Pennsylvania and her M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to entering academia, she worked as a chemical engineer with Exxon-Mobil and DuPont. Her academic career crosses over three large public universities: University of South Carolina, Texas Tech University, and Montana State University. At Texas Tech, she served in multiple administrative positions, including co-director of an industrial consortium of Texas industries and businesses, Associate Dean of Research (College of Engineering), and Associate Vice President for Research. She has been the recipient of competitive funding from the National Science Foundation, NASA Johnson Space Center, the American Chemical Society, and other federal agencies. Dr. Hoo also served as a program director at the NSF in the Engineering Directorate and as a visiting scientist with NASA Johnson Space Center and Sandia. At the NSF, her programs were the first to support entrepreneurship activities for graduate students and funding for faculty to consider startups, patents, and licensing opportunities. She has an accomplished research record, which resulted in over 100 peer-reviewed and contributed publications and the supervision of 11 doctoral students. Dr. Hoo enjoys running and spending her free time with her family and her beagle, Barney. SEAS 2019 | 3

SEAS by the numbers

Gonzaga’s School of Engineering and Applied Science


Seniors Passed the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam



Nation’s Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs where a doctorate is not offered

(2018-19 U.S. News & World Report)

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First Destination Survey 2018: Average Salary


(based on 46 respondents)



Tenured/Tenure Track


Female Faculty


1. Boeing 2. David Evans & Associates 3. Avista 4. McKinstry





24.5% FEMALE





Bachelor of Science degrees awarded

Female Graduates


Masters of Engineering degrees awarded


Certificates in Power Transmission & Distribution awarded


Graduate Students in the online Transmission & Distribution programs

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SEAS News Shorts Gonzaga In Delft GU’s first engineering-specific study abroad course took a dozen students to the Netherlands to explore sustainable cities. Led by civil engineering faculty Rhonda Young, Ph.D., and Alex Maxwell, Ph.D., the group of experienced alternative transportation planning, hydroponic agriculture, urban planning and flood control efforts. The students regularly discussed which practices could work in the Pacific Northwest.



See photos of the students’ adventures at

Ivan Jimenez SEAS is exceptionally proud of Ivan Jimenez, an engineering management graduate who received the Governor’s Civic Leadership Award for exceptional leadership and commitment to addressing critical issues on their campus and/or community. Only one student in a Washington state four-year private institution is selected each year. One of his outstanding projects was arranging for guest lecturer Woodrow W. Winchester III, Ph.D. to lead SEAS student and faculty workshops in designing for diversity inclusion. Jimenez also worked with the Zag Volunteer Corps throughout his four years at Gonzaga to serve low-income and marginalized populations in Spokane. “I came to Gonzaga for the mission, to be educated as person for others. I knew I was not going to be able to live that out simply by being in my

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classrooms,” he said. “So, I found a way to actually put this into action and meet different people from different perspectives.” See the video of Ivan Jimenez created for the awards ceremony and learn more about the Winchester workshops at

Cybersecurity Event Organized by Computer Science Senior In March, Max Dulin (’19) created a unique intercollegiate event to highlight cybersecurity. The ‘Spokane Cyber Cup’ in Gonzaga’s PACCAR Center allowed 16 teams of regional students the experience of legally ‘hacking’ into other teams’ systems while protecting their own data codes. Area professionals and Gonzaga faculty served as judges and offered guidance to make this a learning experience. See photos from the Cyber Cup event and learn more about Dulin’s event at

Awards for NIOSH-sponsored Senior Design Project, Advisor For the fifth time, a SEAS senior design team received top honors from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Safety Engineering, Risk and Reliability Analysis Division (SERAD). Olivia Bridston (’18) traveled to Pittsburgh to represent Gonzaga and accept the award for 1st Place Undergraduate Paper in the Student Safety Innovation Challenge. She presented on the vibration system she and her teammates developed for their Senior Design project. That team and GU’s four past SERAD winners all had Arthur Miller, Ph.D. as an advisor. In May, Miller received the CEDE Excellence award for outstanding contribution to the Senior Design Program for advising more than 30 teams, offering internship opportunities and recommendations for post-graduation employment. Miller leads the Automation and Technology team at the Spokane office of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Read Bridston’s account of the conference and more about Dr. Miller at

Adapting Toys for All In March, Assistant Professor of Engineering Brianna Dorie, Ph.D. teamed with the Engineering & Computer Science Living Learning Community to lead the Pacific Northwest’s first adaptive toy workshop. Approximately 50 people, including students, faculty, and community members, learned how to add an adaptive port to electronic toys so children with special needs can use them. More than two dozen toys were prepared for distribution. See photos from the workshop and learn more about the need for adaptive toys at

Damon George receives 2019 Garrigan Award Computer engineering graduate Damon George managed to do more than excel in his classes. His four-year Gonzaga GPA was higher than any other graduating seniors, earning him the Garrigan Award at the May 12 undergraduate commencement ceremony. George will pursue a Ph.D. in computer science with a focus on Artificial Intelligence at Oregon State University. Read a Q&A with Damon George at seasnews

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Faculty Profiles:

Schenum & Conley Pursue New Tech Through the SARL On a summer day in the lower level of the PACCAR center for Applied Science, Crystal Murray-Weston (’19) prepares a test on a prototype antenna. She connects a small tube wrapped with flat copper wire to the mast inside an anechoic chamber – the walls absorb any electromagnetic waves, so the waves can’t bounce or echo, which would confuse the test readings. Gonzaga is one of the few institutions where undergraduate students can work with an anechoic chamber and its associated test equipment. Dr. Stephen Schennum and Robert Conley manage the lab; they were also responsible for its inception nearly 10 years ago. Unlike many labs on campus, their Smart Antenna & Radio Lab (SARL) includes local business development in its mission. It furthers academic research and provides a valuable service to outside organizations such as Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, F5, and ChronoTrack. “SARL does what we call pre-compliance – our tests give a good indication of whether new products will pass RF (radio frequency) standards,” says Conley, an adjunct faculty member who helps organize the needs of partner businesses. “We also make antenna measurements. Electromagnetic power comes out of an antenna in different directions, so the chamber can find where the power comes from and measures how much,” says Schennum, a professor of electrical & computer engineering whose own research focuses on smart antennas that will improve communications for first-responder emergency personnel. Tinkering towards a career Conley’s family has deep roots at Gonzaga, dating back more than a century to his grandparents’ generation. Growing up in Spokane, Conley spent much of his time at his parents’ popular store, the White Elephant. “The surplus aisle was full of electronic modules that would otherwise just be thrown out – resistors and capacitators, meters, all of it fascinating,” he remembered. By the time he finished high school, Conley had learned to repair all of the store’s electronics and toys, ranging from walkie-talkies to model cars and trains. Electronics repair seemed like a natural career choice. He enrolled at Washington State University, but added summer courses at Gonzaga in

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microprocessors, something his summer job at KeyTronic convinced him he needed to learn about. His career included 20 years at Hewlett-Packard, where he came up with technology that is still used in cell phones and radios. He eventually began an entrepreneurship journey by combining smart antenna technology with Wi-Fi networking. That in turn led him back to Gonzaga and the School of Business’s New Venture Lab. In search of a project that could aid start-ups in engineering, Conley approached Schennum about their common interest. What if the School of Engineering could offer a research opportunity for its students and faculty while providing businesses the capability to precisely measure radio frequencies, which in turn could expose those SEAS students and faculty to new product concepts, applications, and challenges? Musical influences Professor Schennum had already been teaching at Gonzaga for more than a dozen years when he answered Conley with his typical easygoing attitude, “Yeah, we could do that.” The Montana native had a much different path to electrical engineering than his SARL colleague. As a teenager, Schennum wanted to experiment with his electric guitar. “I was interested in the sounds it could make.” His love of music led to learning how to install and repair the audio equipment of the mid-1970s – especially car stereos, tape decks and amplifiers. “I got a job at a stereo store repairing stuff like Marantz amplifiers – those things would blow apart and all the parts would fry, and this technician showed me how to test and fix them. I thought that was pretty cool, I wanted more!” He went directly to the source – academic electronics theory. It didn’t come easily. “When I finally decided to try college I found that if I go to class and do the work, this isn’t so hard,” he says. His first time teaching a Gonzaga course came in 1986 as a visiting faculty on his way to receiving his doctorate in electrical engineering. A few years later he was back at the School of Engineering full-time.

Bob Conley (standing, left) and Dr. Steve Schenum (standing, right) guide their lab and senior design students through a test of an omnidirectional antenna.

“I didn’t think I would stay in Spokane because I really liked it in Bozeman. I like the outdoors: fishing rivers, skiing. Then I found you can do all that here, too, and you don’t get lakes like this near Bozeman,” he says. His summer lab students hear about Schennum’s outdoor activities, his home life caring for his animals (including pigs and goats), and performances with his latest band, the Sock Puppets. Ironically, he’s left the electrical aspects of music behind, preferring acoustic bluegrass and blues. Murray-Weston says Schennum and Conley may have different approaches, but both are excellent to work with. “They are both super-excited about what happens in the lab, which makes it a lot easier to talk to them,” she says. “Dr. Schennum likes seeing us figure things out. He gives us input, but I think he really enjoys watching our creativity.”

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Transitions Two long-time professors retired from Gonzaga in spring 2019. We are grateful for their service and leadership through times of transition and growth. Peter J. McKenny oversaw the growth of Transmission & Distribution and Engineering Management.

“Dr. Peter J. McKenny was one of the most influential mentors I have had on my career,” said Carlos Limon

Peter J. McKenny came to Gonzaga to develop the online Transmission and Distribution power engineering program. Within a year, Gonzaga’s T&D program offered its first courses and over the next 13 years grew to nearly 1600 course enrollments.

(’16, BS Electrical Engineering).

While developing the T&D program, Dr. McKenny also helped build SEAS’s Engineering Management program. He oversaw its accreditation by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and mentored students in both undergraduate and graduate programs while at Gonzaga.

Dr. Peter McKenny lectures in 2005

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“In lecture he would bring industry experience for us to learn from and prepare for professional careers. He helped me develop a true passion for Electrical Engineering so it became a vocation. He helped me understand that the world is constantly changing and you are responsible for what the future looks like. He is the most influential professors, mentor, and friend.” During Dr. McKenny’s tenure, the power industry has seen sweeping changes, with advancements in renewable energy, microgrids, SmartGrids and cybersecurity. His steadfast dedication to quality education and collaboration with industry helped ensure the T&D program will continue to thrive.

Since the Transmission & Distribution program’s start in 2006:


Master of Engineering in Transmission & Distribution Engineering degrees awarded

Katherine A. Yerion joined Gonzaga in 1977 as an instructor in the Mathematics and Computer Science department. In 2006, as the university folded the Computer Science program into the School of Engineering, Dr. Yerion made the transition and eventually served as the department chair.

119 Certificates in T&D Engineering awarded

11.6% Female Master’s Enrollment

Dr. Kathie Yerion in 1998

“My Gonzaga Hero is Dr. Yerion, she’s worked in the field, faced a lot of adversity, but never compromised. As a woman in computer science, I really look up to her.” Britta Smith (’18)

New Faculty:

SEAS Welcomes Kyle Shimabuku, Ph.D. to Civil Engineering More than two billion people around the world still don’t have access to safe drinking water. This fall, Kyle Shimabuku, Ph.D. joins a growing number of Gonzaga faculty who want to fix that problem. He will teach courses in environmental engineering, sustainability, and wastewater treatment as the newest Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering. Shimabuku completed his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and was a USEPA-STAR fellow. His PhD focused on developing lowcost, sustainable technologies to remove chemical contaminants (e.g., pesticides, hydrocarbons) from drinking water, wastewater, and storm water. Most recently, he worked as a water process engineer for Corona Environmental Consulting, LLC in the San Francisco Bay Area. “My time at Corona Environmental Consulting exposed me to a number of issues that many drinking water utilities face where there was no blueprint to solve. I am excited to develop solutions to these problems that need to be explored initially in less risk-averse environments in the lab, which will provide excellent opportunities for students to get involved in real-world challenges,” Shimabuku says. “In addition to building upon my Ph.D. research, I am excited to incorporate new research topics involving disinfection and distribution system water quality inspired by my consulting experiences.”

After receiving his B.S. in Civil Engineering from San Diego State University, he served as an aid engineer in South Sudan and then worked for the Department of Environmental and Water Resources at the City of Ventura, California. These experiences opened his eyes to water scarcity vulnerabilities around the world that he hopes to address by designing water treatment technologies that can be applied in developed and developing communities. “I believe my research has been successful in improving low-cost, sustainable technologies to remove contaminants that could increase access to safe water resources,” he says. “I hope to expand on these efforts to address growing waterrelated issues, whether that be treating new water sources, such as storm water, or controlling emerging contaminants – such as perfluorinated chemicals, which contaminated groundwater near the Fairchild Air Force Base.” Shimabuku says he is thrilled to join the thriving teacher-scholar community at Gonzaga, where the emphasis on student learning and mentoring is so important. “My ultimate goal is to develop students inside and outside of the classroom, whether through research or involvement in student/professional organizations. When I visited GU, I was very impressed with the students I met. They asked excellent questions that demonstrated their intellect and – most importantly – their curiosity and desire to learn,” he says.

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Senior Design An app to improve academic planning for studying abroad. A towable power generator for an electric vehicle. A small-scale water purifier that makes sea water drinkable for an entire family in a few hours. These were a few of the innovative projects presented at the Senior Design Expo on May 1, 2019. The Center for Engineering Design & Entrepreneurship (CEDE) leads teams of seniors through the capstone project process. The CEDE Academic Director, Toni Boggan, coordinates with industry professionals throughout the region to provide resources, funding, and mentors for projects involving engineering and computer science. All projects are regularly reviewed by the Design Advisory Board, an instrumental group of volunteers who complement the faculty’s experience. By the Design Exposition Day, the seniors have practiced and developed skills needed for successful careers.



Project Teams

Industry Advisors



Projects Proposed by Students

Sponsoring Companies/ Regional Organizations

35% Increase from 2018 Sponsors include:

The team project “Putting Food Waste to Work” worked with the Washington State Department of Ecology to test an anaerobic digester – breaking down organic waste to create methane gas. 12 | SEAS 2019

• Boeing

• Nick’s Boots

• Kaiser Aluminum

• SKOPE Project at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

• Buck Knives







1) Breyana shows off a water cleaning filter made from spent coffee grounds. 2) Daniel talks about the automatic refuling station the team built for existing agriculture machines. 3) Will’s team let Exposition Day visitors experience a virtual bicycle ride.

5) Risa holds a girder abutment model, designed to support the end of a bridge deck. 6) A visitor tries a prosthetic arm, made to adapt to changes in children’s growing bodies.

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Outstanding Student: Siniva Areta By Dale Goodwin (’86)

In the Beginning Siniva Areta (’19) still remembers the first time she felt that engineering was the right path for her. Dr. Timothy Fitzgerald (mechanical engineering) showed her a pair of robot arms and asked her if she wanted to pull them out of retirement by programming them to play chess. “I jumped at the opportunity,” recalls Areta, a student with a vivid curiosity. She developed computer code that enabled each robot to move chess pieces on a chess board, changing its grip depending on a piece’s shape, and recognizing where each type of piece can go. That mix of inquisitiveness, academic excellence, and commitment to social justice earned her the SEAS Outstanding Student of the Year award. “She exemplifies the very best student that Gonzaga can produce: an intellectuallycurious, competent engineer who is passionate about working for the good of others,” said Fitzgerald, one of two professors who nominated her for the honor. Areta enjoyed troubleshooting problems with the robot and researching solutions. “It was the perfect marriage between applying theory and working hands-on with the equipment. Integrating multiple components – mechanical hardware, electrical hardware, and software – is difficult, but when you get to a place where everything works together seamlessly, the feeling is indescribable,” says Areta, who graduated in May with a degree in mechanical engineering. Now, following four years in engineering classes and labs, plus working on several service projects to make life better for others, she looks forward to her career with Sedron Technologies in Sedro Wooley, Washington. At Sedron, she intends to focus on bioenergy and creating systems and processors that will take in fecal matter and garbage and output clean water, energy and ash. “I’m excited to work toward more sustainable practices that will improve the lives of individuals while improving the condition of the planet,” Areta says.

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Areta was first introduced to the world of engineering through family circumstance. Both of her brothers and her father relied on medical devices to maintain their health. “I had to learn how to use the devices in order to help take care of them. It became vital for me to understand how things work. Along the way, I also developed an interest in how design contributes to functionality, durability and ease of use,” Areta says. She credits her father, Lex, as her biggest inspiration. “He dropped out of school in the seventh grade and has been through more trials and tribulation than most people can dream of. Yet, he found a way to get his GED and later graduate college at the age of 49. He helps me believe that I can overcome anything that comes my way and reminds me to have confidence in where I come from and what I bring to the table,” Areta says. Her mother, Michelle, is just as inspiring. “Even though she’s not an engineer, she becomes whatever she needs to become, learning what she needs to know and bringing passion to whatever she does. She doesn’t make excuses why she can’t do something; she learns what she needs to do, talks to the right people, and finds solutions. That’s the kind of person I want to be,” Areta says.

Supporting Women in the Profession As she enters the workforce, Areta is sensitive to the low percentage of women in her field. “Diversity is so important; broader perspectives give us a chance to look at things in a different way. Women are the ones challenging what is traditionally accepted in engineering, pushing the envelope,” Areta believes. Just like taking cluttered robotics in a closet and transforming them with an efficient, productive function.

“She exemplifies the very best student that Gonzaga can produce: an intellectually-curious, competent engineer who is passionate about working for the good of others,�

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Zag Success Profile:

Doing Things Right By Dale Goodwin (’86)

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It’s a rare person who can say she had a role in a stealth jet’s systems

design. Darice Brayton is one of them – and talking about it still quickens her pulse with excitement. While at Tektronix, she was part of the team that successfully achieved flight qualification status of the fiber optic transmitter/receiver system for the F-35 stealth fighter. “This accomplishment represented the culmination of efforts of a team of engineers over multiple years with more than one technical setback,” says Brayton, who earned both her bachelor’s (‘87) and master’s (‘89) degrees in electrical engineering at Gonzaga. “The team kept working the issues and this product continues to be manufactured today.” Brayton recently retired following a highly successful 29-year career as an electrical engineer and industry leader most of that work with Tektronix in Beaverton, Oregon. She has been a significant player in developing several innovative processes and procedures with an emphasis on efficiency in the production industry, but she says she finds the rate of innovation astounding. “The tools available today with simulation, modeling and rapid prototyping allow iterations through multiple scenarios. If you must fail, fail fast and learn from it. This will continue to enable advancement of unique solutions and compression of development cycles,” she says. But perhaps the thing that has changed engineering the most, she says, is data analytics. “Being able to determine what data can be collected, analyzed and interpreted creates big opportunities in industry.

A Pioneer in the Industry Brayton was one of very few women in the School of Engineering at Gonzaga during the mid-’80s. Indeed, her close-knit group of friends from her engineering class are all men. But she has been inspirational to, and a catalyst for, other women to embrace this once-male-dominated profession. “Twenty years ago, participants in our ‘bring your kid to work day’ would have been primarily boys. Today the ratio is 50/50 for children visiting our engineering facility,” Brayton says. Her daughter, Bridget McShane, is currently a mechanical engineering student at Gonzaga.

“There is an increase in the number of women in the engineering field and in positions of leadership and influence. While we’ve made great progress, women are still under-represented. The more women are visible and influential, the greater opportunity for others to see that a technical career is a viable option,” Brayton says. “I looked for thought/skill diversity in the teams that I engaged with. Having more women pursue a technical field creates a larger pool of people to draw from.” Much of Brayton’s work focused on keeping manufacturing technologies and capabilities in the United States. It allowed her to view things as part of bigger opportunities and broader objectives – “solving problems as part of a larger ecosystem,” she says. In addition, she had the pleasure of mentoring many engineers, both male and female, throughout her career. “The ability to share lessons from my own set of experiences to enable other people’s continued growth and success is very rewarding,” she says.

Her Building Blocks Brayton’s older brother, Dwight, was already studying at GU’s School of Engineering. That connection, coupled with small class sizes, made Gonzaga an easy choice for her schooling. When she arrived, she was surprised to see people smiling at her and saying ‘hello’ even though they didn’t know her. “At the time, I remember thinking, ‘Are people really this friendly or is this because it is freshman orientation?’ Turns out it was – and still is – an integral part of the Gonzaga culture,” she says. She received a fellowship to pursue her Master of Science at Gonzaga’s School of Engineering, and as a young graduate, she found she had a heads-up on other job applicants because of the school’s engineering partnerships with industry professionals, plus her experience in the Computer-Integrated Manufacturing lab. Through her Gonzaga experience and a highly-successful career in the field, she offers this advice to future engineers: Learn to communicate effectively with other people, including those who are not engineers, persevere through challenging times, and be a good person – listen first, talk later. Brayton leaves us with this thought: “Good engineers do things right. Great engineers know how to figure out what the right things to do are, and then they do them right.”

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Renouard Distinguished Lecture Series 2018-19

Peter Veloo, Ph.D.

John Ciepiela (‘10)

Yousi Zheng, Ph.D.

Stephen M. Morse, Ph.D., P.E.

Edmon Perkins, Ph.D.

As long as the world’s energy portfolio includes fossil fuels, they need to move from their source to the place they will be consumed. In North America, we rely on more than two million miles of pipelines to transport natural gas, crude oil, and refined products from production sources to end users. Dr. Veloo of Exponent, San Mateo, specializes in pipeline reliability. His presentation for SEAS discussed technologies that probe in-service gas and liquid pipelines for threats.

Cross-laminated timber (CLT) is a sustainable material gaining popularity with the building industry, especially in the Pacific Northwest. Panels made of alternating layers of wood offer an environmental alternative to concrete and steel. Ciepiela, who earned his civil engineering degree at SEAS, manages CLT projects for Swinerton Builders in Portland, Oregon. His SEAS presentation highlighted recent office and parking buildings using CLT construction, demonstrated new techniques with pairing CLT with concrete, and discussed real-world construction challenges.

As a senior software engineer for Oracle, Dr. Zheng’s work focuses on a sales and marketing database product called Responsys. The business to consumer (B2C) software relies on cloud-based computing and processes a high volume of transactions. This lecture included a sample of the complex problems involved in such a cloud system, and examples of a software engineer’s varying responsibilities.

Contemporary architecture rethinks the use of glass as a building material. Dr. Morse of Michigan Tech University studies the strength of weathered window glass, numerical modeling of laminated glass interlayers, and determining the material’s load resistance. His lecture argued for more structural engineers to research possibilities in the growing glass construction industry.

Vibrations are one of the most prolific dynamic phenomena in the universe. Dr. Perkins of Auburn University (Alabama) discussed “Ubiquitous Vibrations” with SEAS students. Orderly vibrations include music, seemingly-unpredictable vibrations include chaotic communication encoders. The students particularly enjoyed demonstrations of Asphaltophones – musical pitches created when a tire rolls across carefully-spaced cuts in asphalt roads.

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Integrated Science & Engineering Facility On Track for 2021 Opening Students can find science and engineering programs anywhere. But Gonzaga infuses whole-person, Jesuit perspectives into STEM education, opening the doors to inspiration and deeper discovery. Our students, and today’s industries, require investment in innovation, research, teaching, and infrastructure. That’s what makes the new Integrated Science & Engineering (ISE) facility so critical. To encourage benefaction, a group of forward-thinking Gonzaga supporters have collectively made $1.5 million available to match all donations to the ISE facility. Now, gifts at every level are effectively doubled for greater impact.

Exciting funding opportunities: The ISE Zag Nation Classroom A community-funded space that will demonstrate to future students the collective power of Gonzaga alumni, faculty, staff, families and friends.

Impact Seen & Experienced Transparent spaces put science and engineering on display, encouraging engagement with all fields across campus. Inspired Structural Elements Dedicated to innovation in teaching, learning, and research, flexible spaces and laboratories are both symbolic and practical. Investment in Student Engagement

Name Your Own Space Starting at $5,000 annually for five years (half of the typical commitment to make possible a Faculty Office) up to $100,000 or more per year for five years, you can show that the teaching, learning, and discovery taking place in the ISE facility is made possible by you. Options for naming include labs, classrooms, offices, and collaboration spaces. Inquire at Equipment, Lab Materials, and Research Support Fund the tools, technology, and materials essential to a cutting-edge learning environment for today’s STEM students.

With your support, this ISE facility realizes a vision to: • • • •

Provide vital space for students and faculty for cross-disciplinary research Engage students to innovate in energy, materials, computing, sciences, and more Foster entrepreneurial endeavors that align with Gonzaga students’ passions Meet the workforce needs of the future as 79,000 STEM jobs are anticipated in Washington State by 2030*


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