School of Engineering & Applied Science
Annual Report 2010
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 the
variety of human societies, we seek to
understand the world we live in. It is a
world of great technological progress, sci-
entific complexity, and competing ideolo-
It offers great possibilities for cooperation
and interdependence, but at the same
time presents us with the fact of wide-
spread poverty, hunger, injustice, and the
prospect of degeneration and destruction.
We seek to provide our students some
understanding of contemporary civiliza-
tion; and we invite them to reflect with us
on the problems and possibilities of a sci-
entific 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 Christian
ideals of justice and peace.
Through its academic and student life pro-
grams, the Gonzaga community encour-
ages its students to develop certain per-
sonal qualities: self-knowledge, self-
acceptance, a restless curiosity, a desire
for truth, a mature concern for others,
and a thirst for justice.
We hope that all our graduates will live
creative, productive, and moral lives,
seeking to fulfill their own aspirations and
at the same time, actively supporting the
aspirations of other by a generous sharing
of their gifts.
School of Engineering
& Applied Science Engineering Advisory Council 4
2009-2010 Dean’s Message 5
School of Engineering Mission 6
Dr. Dennis Horn
Our Vision 7
SEAS News 8
Toni Boggan New Faculty Members 9
Contributing Kathie Yerion Receives Award 10
Gonzaga University Archives Engineering in Italy 12
Dale Goodwin 2010 Graduates 14
Mark Muelheim 75 Years of GU Engineering 16
Toni Boggan Student Clubs & Activities 18
Concrete Canoe, Janelle Bekkering 20
Gonzaga SEAS Staff:
Desktop Support Specialist,
Center for Engineering Design 22
Faculty Members 24
Center for Engineering Design, Civil, Mechanical News 26
CPSC, Eng Mgmt, CPE & EE, T&D 28
Manufacturing Support Engineer SEAS Donor Honor Roll 30
Assistant to the Dean
Desktop Support Specialist,
Herak Engineering Computer Services
Transmission & Distribution Program
Herak Engineering Computer Services
School of Engineering Advisory Council
JOHN ANDREW MICHAEL HERZOG FRED MOLLERUS
Retired Itron, Inc. Retired
Renton, WA Liberty Lake, WA San Jose, CA
DAVE COFFMAN THOMAS J. ILLICH MARLENE NELSON
Coffman Engineers Decision Strategies, LLC Boeing, Retired
Spokane, WA Spokane, WA Bellevue, WA
SAM DI RE DONALD JANS MARK OHLSTROM
Puget Sound Energy ABB Power T & D , Retired US Army Corps of Engineers
Bellevue, WA Spokane, WA Seattle, WA
BETH FIFIELD HODGSON TERRY JUDGE JEFFREY REED
Spring Environmental, Inc. Hotstart Inc. Basic Resources, Inc.
Spokane, WA Spokane Valley, WA Modesto, CA 95353
MARJORIE FRETT SCOTT KINNEY JERRY TOMBARI
Square D by Schneider Electric AVISTA Corporation Tombari Structural Products
Mercer Island, WA Spokane, WA Spokane, WA
DALE GARRETT JACKI KONESKY DAVID WALSH
Satori Software Boeing AT&T
Preston, WA Spokane, WA Las Vegas, NV
WILLIAM J. GEARY JERRY LENZI TOM WHITE
Boeing Canada Technology WSDOT Microsoft
Winnipeg, MB Olympia, WA Redmond, WA
GAIL HECK-SWEENEY KEITH METCALF KEVIN WILLIAMS
Agilent Technologies WSDOT ITRON
Liberty Lake, WA Spokane, WA Liberty Lake, WA
DONALD HERAK CURTIS MITCHKE
Herak Enterprises Poly Flow Engineering
Spokane, WA Albuquerque, NM
A Message from the Dean
Dear Friends of Gonzaga Engineering,
I recently visited the Gonzaga Campus in Florence, Italy to spend some time with our first
“Engineering in Florence” cohort. Twenty-two engineering students have participated in this in-
augural spring semester: seventeen of our own sophomores, three from Lafayette College, one
from Marquette, and one from the University of Michigan. With new students already registering
for next spring, and a growing scholarship fund to help some of these next students with travel
expenses, we are justifiably proud of how this initiative has developed and flourished.
As usual, it has been another hectic year as we’ve dealt
with issues ranging from a difficult economy, a threat of
H1N1 virus and the need to keep instruction rolling “in
sickness and in health”, and the realities of a fall fresh-
man class that almost taxed our resources. Over 600
students—a growth of more than 15% from the previous
fall—made up the population of our School this fall, in-
cluding 21 on-line students in our growing graduate pro-
gram in electric power Transmission & Distribution engi-
neering. Our freshman class of more than 180 students
represented the largest percentage of University fresh-
men opting to study engineering anytime in recent
In the category of summertime “good news”, last
August we finally received notification that all
four of our programs that had received an ac-
creditation visit by ABET in the fall of 2008 were
successfully re-accredited. Looking ahead, late
this year we will be requesting another visit from
ABET as we seek the initial accreditation of our
Computer Science program. These efforts are
always demanding of our faculty, but the positive
results are well worth the effort, and are essen-
tial to our students and to the maintenance of
high-quality, nationally recognized programs.
75th Anniversary of Gonzaga Engineering
Finally, many of those reading this report were
present as we celebrated our School’s 75th anniversary in late September. More than 200
alumni, friends, and Gonzaga community members gathered at this very special occasion where
we not only reminisced about the last 75 years, but also looked forward to the exciting potential
of the next 75. From an alumnus representing our first graduating class, to our first woman
alumna, to a group of 2009 graduates, this affair spanned eight decades of people, memories,
A hectic year? Yes, but rewarding in so many ways, thanks to our students, faculty, staff,
alumni, and friends. You make this place the unique and wonderful institution that it is, and I
again thank all of you for sharing Gonzaga engineering with me.
Dennis R. Horn, Dean of Engineering & Applied Science
Our Mission The School of Engineering
& Applied Science at
Gonzaga University Engineering
produces broadly educated and capable engineers ready School
to contribute innovative solutions for a better world.
Engineering is a profession that is especially suited to a Faculty
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; an engineering
management program which is taught cooperatively with the School of
Business; and a computer science program. The School also teaches
an online graduate Certificate program in electric utility transmission
and distribution (T&D) engineering.
Our Engineering Educational 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
3. Foster personal and organizational success in a dynamic,
globalized professional environment. Number of
4. Improve society by applying Jesuit, humanistic values to their
professional and civic responsibilities. Students
These four Objectives encompass the broad areas in which we believe
our graduates will contribute to society in their careers and 584
School of Engineering & Applied Science Our Vision
will be a leading edge innovator in high-
quality undergraduate engineering education for the global marketplace.
Our Goals for 2010—2011
Goal 1: Marketing SEAS and Its Programs Goal 4: Raise Funding to Meet School Needs
Continue to develop new marketing Participate in fund-raising trips planned
plans and materials to target prospec- in concert with University relations
tive students in Computer Science and staff and focused on specific SEAS pro-
Electrical and Computer Engineering. gram and facility needs.
Plan a new SEAS Newsletter, to be is- As a specific element of this, expand
sued electronically to alumni and the Florence Engineering Scholarship
friends each semester. fund to defray student costs and pro-
To supplement this newsletter, distrib- mote participation in this program.
ute the School’s 2010 Annual Report to Complete the fundraising efforts for the
the same list of alumni and friends dur- Communications Lab, and begin pur-
ing July, 2010. chasing new equipment.
Work with Marketing & Communica-
tions staff to update all major SEAS
Goal 2: Align the School with Global Engage-
Work with the Study Abroad Office to
expand the number of engineering stu-
dents studying in Florence for spring of
Continue marketing the Florence pro-
gram to other engineering schools.
Use the faculty reconnaissance trip to
Africa in the summer of 2010 to pre-
pare a short- and long-term strategy
document for SEAS involvement in Af-
Develop a similar strategic document
for our involvement with the Jesuit uni-
versities in Columbia.
Goal 3: Plan New Programs and Achieve Ac-
creditation of All Existing Programs
By the end of fall 2010 semester, ob-
tain approval for the proposed Masters
program in T & D Engineering.
Apply for accreditation for the Com-
puter Science program in January 2011.
Develop a plan, including milestones,
for the initial accreditation of the Engi-
neering Management degree.
Largest Freshman Class Ever!!!
In the fall of 2009, SEAS wel-
comed the largest group of
incoming students ever with a
total of 187 new freshmen.
The students were divided
into the following disciplines:
Civil Students 34
Computer Engineering 11
Computer Science 10
Electrical Engineering 17
Engineering Management 16
Mechanical Students 51
Undeclared Engineers 43
Gonzaga’s undergraduate engineering programs have continued to earn high
national ranking among peer institutions by U.S. News & World Report.
SEAS Seeing Double?
Walking the halls at PACCAR or
Herak, you might have done a dou-
ble take. Three sets of identical
twins studied engineering at GU
this year. All six brothers are ma-
joring in Mechanical Engineering. Sean and Patrick Moran, Class of 2010
Cody and Vaun Bartels, Class of 2011 Joseph and John O’Connell, Class of 2010
Meet Our New Faculty Members
Dr. Tailian Chen
Dr. Shawn Bowers Mechanical Engineering
Computer Science “This is a community that
“Since joining GU in the fall, cares about peo-
I have enjoyed the opportu- ple, cultivates people,
nity to get to know and and inspires people. In re-
work with many computer- turn, it is the people who
science students. I am im- will take Gonzaga to its fu-
pressed with the work they ture. I am glad that I made
have done and their eager- the choice to come here.”
ness to learn new material.
It has been very rewarding
to work with these stu- Dr. Patrick Ferro
dents.” Mechanical Engineering
“I’ve really enjoyed working
with our students in the
classroom and in the
labs. The students appreci-
ate the lab experiences and
so do I. I have also en-
joyed running with other
faculty runners, and run-
ning Bloomsday as part of a
team was a lot of fun.”
Fr. Dat Tran, S.J.
“What I have enjoyed about
Dr. Mara London my first year at GU is my
Civil Engineering sharing experiences in
Dr. London received her teaching and in Jesuit life
Ph.D. from the University of with the students in my
Texas at Austin and special- class. In addition, I am also
izes in environmental and grateful for the support of
water resources engineer- staff, faculty, chair, and
ing. Dean of the department.” 9
Kathie Yerion Named
Chair of Gonzaga’s Department of Computer Science
Professor Paul De Palma, writes about Dr. Yerion:
My relationship with Dr. Kathie Yerion is a long one. Through her example and guidance
over twenty years, I have learned the value of rigor leavened with compassion. Through
Kathie I have learned that students are grateful when their professors insist on the best work
possible. As this student says, “In addition to maintaining a harmonious balance between
challenging her students without overwhelming them, Dr. Yerion finds a wonderful balance
between being personable while remaining
And in the words of another, “I think most
students would agree that Dr. Yerion’s classes are
difficult, and that she expects a high level of
performance from her students. This rigorousness
… serves her students well and will give them an
advantage over their colleagues.”
This is no easy trick, persuading students of
one’s commitment while demanding their own
commitment to the material at hand. Dr. Yerion is
successful because her students are persuaded that
their welfare is her top priority. A former student
tells us that “Dr. Yerion is a magnificent teacher and
mentor…. She took a personal interest in me as an
individual and in my success…. She exhibited a
concern for my well-being and a desire for my
success in all areas of my life…not just the work we
were doing together….”
It should come as no surprise that, in my role as
Chair, Kathie is the person to whom I direct our
junior faculty. Her long and deep grasp of what it
takes to be a successful teacher, of the commitment
that is required, and of the rewards that accrue to
those who make that commitment, make her the
ideal mentor for our new colleagues.
Dr. Yerion’s commitment to Gonzaga is evident
beyond the classroom. In the mid-eighties, seeing
what was happening in universities across the
country, she retrained in computer science and with
her colleague, Dan Hughes, constructed a computer
science program. This was not easy. It required
that she put her own work in mathematical analysis
on the back burner for over a decade. We now have
a successful program, in no small part due to
Professor Rose Mary Volbrecht &
Professor Yerion’s prescience.
Professor Kathie Yerion in Antarctica
as Exemplary Faculty
In fact, it just this wisdom and foresight that
prompts me as Chair to seek her counsel again and
Teacher, committed colleague, scholar. Dr. Yerion is
the very essence of what makes GU special.
Professor Paul De Palma
In 1977, Professor Kathie Yerion was looking for a
job. She wanted to teach at a college with an empha-
sis on liberal arts and she wanted to be part of a
Catholic school. She was offered a position at Gonzaga
University and after 33 years of teaching here, she re-
mains pleased with her choice. This spring, Dr. Yerion
was honored by Gonzaga University as an Exemplary
Faculty Member, based in part by a letter of recom-
mendation from the Computer Science Chair, Dr. Paul
De Palma. (see facing page) Professor Kathie Yerion
When Dr. Yerion arrived at
GU, she was the only woman
teaching math or engineering.
“The men in the department were
a great bunch of guys and they
made me feel welcome,” she said.
And so she stayed.
“I enjoy life in Spokane. I
only planned to be here for a
short time but then I discovered
the mountains, the lakes, skiing,
almost no traffic and I can live
within 15 minutes of the school,”
says Yerion. She also developed
a love of travel and has been on
many trips including a visit to
Antarctica last Christmas.
Professor Yerion maintains
contact with many of her former
students. Known around campus
as a tough teacher, she finds it
gratifying when she hears from a
graduate who says thanks for the
extra career preparation.
Dean Dennis Horn, Dr. Kathie Yerion & Dr. Paul De Palma “Sometimes they send an email
to say, ‘Thanks for being tough!’ ” 11
12 Dr. and Mrs. Dennis Horn at the Ponte Vecchio Bridge in Florence
Our first Florence engineering semester this year exceeded all of our academic and enrollment ex-
pectations! Twenty-two students, including five from three other universities, obtained a study-abroad
experience without any loss of progress toward their engineering degrees. Students were able to
choose from four engineering and two math courses, plus a wide array of core offerings in various dis-
ciplines. They also took advantage of the travel experiences that are such an integral part of Gonzaga
In a visit with this first cadre of students at the end of the semester, the comment heard most fre-
quently was various versions of, “This was the greatest experience of my life!” The sincere expression
of appreciation by our students justified the hard work by so many people in planning and implement-
ing this wonderful new opportunity for our engineers.
With the financial support from our Engineering Advisory Council and others, several students ap-
plying for “Engineering in Florence 2011” will be able to take advantage of a new scholarship fund es-
tablished to provide additional travel-related support for students with financial need. As this fund
grows, our hope is that all students who wish to participate in this experience may be able to do so.
Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2010
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
Ian Jacob Anderson Erica Kathryn Jones
William C. Andres Randy Kim Jones
Alexander James Baird Rory Patrick Kilkenny
Nicholas J. Barclay Aaron Akira Lee
Tobia Lee Brewer II Mark Patrick Legier
John D. Ciepiela Mallory Miller
John Patton Davis Justin Dempsey Oldfield
Andrew T. Downing Therese Michelle Pflaum
Kyle P. Van Dyk Veniamin P. Radchuk
Nicholas Wolfgang Ebner Joshua D. Richards
John McCall Gills Brent J. Robinson
Megan Anne Gray Nikolas Lee Cassel Schriener
Eric M. Guerreiro Michael A. Torres
Julie Nicole Guthrie Jeremiah J. Woodard
Thomas E. Hergenrader Michael Yoshihara
Daniel D. Howe Nazzarena Maria Zorzi
Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
Tyler Joe Halva Emily Rose Parker
Thomas Berry Jones Evan S. Poncelet
Kevin Neil Morris Steven Andrew Rueckert
Robert Earl Nertney Reed A. Tompkins
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Ayman M. Al-Hagi Ryan Oliveira
Mohammad Alhayek Evan S. Poncelet
Mohammed O. AlRuwaili Daniel J. Seymour
John William Choma Matthew Quinn Stockinger
Alexander M. Kinney Nicholas C. Vigo
David A. Kleinschmidt James Wong
Jocob Scott Kubale
Bachelor of Science in General Engineering
Alexandra Marie Canavan
Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management
Julia Ashley Marshall
List of Graduates as noted in 2010 Commencement Brochure.
School of Engineering and Applied Science
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Honors
Clelia Marie Leopold George K. Miyata Stephanie Lynn Sabin
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Taylor Hall Bechtold Christine Leigh Goodrich Michael T. Palodichuk
Tyler Ray Bonnett Taylor Jessica Hall Kristen Jean Poehlman
John Eric Brownlee Julian Alexander Johnson Edgar B. Poza
Justin Richard Burnett Paul Michael Krupski Justin Ormsbie Roberts
Chad D. Chaffin Stefan Thomas Lauderback Philip J. Schmelzer
David Dennis Champoux John Patrick McDonagh Nathan Joseph Sevigny
Jonathan David Chrisman Patrick T. Moore, Jr. Kathryn Elizabeth Sims
Ryan William Davidge Sergey Moore Jeremy Ryan Stumetz
Timothy John Elder Patrick Ryan Moran Taylor Wagemans
Daniel Scott Ellis Sean Michael Moran John A. Wallace
Sean Martin Finerty Keith Edward Mowell Christopher Hans Wendel
Gerard Michael Finnegan Craig Alexander Murphy Daniel James Wiest
Alexander Byrne Friedman Nicholas Niedbalski Alex J. Wollin
Cassandra Rose Girvan John D. O’Connell
Joseph C. Goelz Joseph Patrick O’Connell
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Honors
Elliot Brendan Kraber
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Justin Daniel Lobdell Scott A. Pfeifer Molly Marie Van Ryn
Engineering began at Gonzaga in 1934 by The first women were admitted to
sharing labs with other programs. Gonzaga University in 1948.
Celebrating 75 Years of Engineering
Dean James McGivern helped develop the school. In 1948, 14 students graduated from 4
disciplines, paying tuition of about $140 per semester with a $10 engineering fee.
In 2009, the School of Engineering and Applied Science had an enrollment of 590 engineering students,
27 full-time faculty members and 29 adjunct faculty. Six disciplines are available.
at Gonzaga University, 1934-2009!
Don Herak, left, alumnus of GU Engineering. Today, GU Engineers study all over the US
and in several foreign countries.
Tau Beta Pi,
Members of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering
Engineering Honor Society honor society, have participated in a number
of service projects and community events over
Officers 2009—2010 the past academic year.
President- George Miyata A number of TBP members volunteer their
Vice-President- Mallory Miller time on Saturday mornings by tutoring local 3rd
Recording Secretary- Stephanie Sabin
to 12th grade students in math concepts and
Corresponding Secretary- Nick Niedbalski
providing homework help. Members have also
Treasurer- Alex Baird
assisted their fellow Gonzaga peers, through
both individual and group tutoring sessions in a number of engineering concepts. Furthermore, Tau Beta Pi members
have volunteered their time for the Center for Organizational Reform at the nearby Clare Center, helping in landscape
maintenance and any other necessary clean-up.
Tau Beta Pi provided assistance with teaching grade school children about the world of engineering, and they
were able to experience laboratory presentations in each of the disciplines. Gonzaga and Spokane were also host to
the 2010 Tau Beta Pi District 14 Spring Conference. Finally, a proposal is currently being prepared by TBP members
to hold the 2013 National Convention in Spokane.
Society of Women Engineers
President— Elizabeth Kuhn
Treasurers—Verona Bravo, Melissa Ripper
Gonzaga SWE has participated in a
number of activities this year, including Ex-
panding Your Horizons with the Girl Scouts
and a resume workshop SWE hosted for all
engineering majors at Gonzaga.
ASCE Officers, 2009-2010 Our most successful and rewarding pro-
ject was a Lego Robotics competition with a
President: T.L. Brewer; Vice President: Randy Jones; team of young ladies from Longfellow Ele-
Treasurer: Dan Parshall mentary School (this project was also coordi-
nated through the Girl Scouts). For over
This has been a busy year for ASCE. We kicked off the year three months members from our club met
with an over-night in Coulee City where we caught the laser light with a group of about 10 girls every Friday to
show off the side of the dam followed by a hard hat tour of Grand coach and mentor them through the process
Coulee Dam the next morning. Through the rest of the fall semester of building the obstacle course and robot for
ASCE coordinated its concrete canoe project with help from Central the competition, as well as prepare their pro-
Pre-Mix. At the last meeting of the semester in December we had ject presentation on transportation. By the
various members of the engineering community come and talk final couple of weeks it was amazing to see
about their experiences in the field. A special thanks to: Scott how much better the girls were at working
Nance (Coffman), Andrea Hougen (Integrus), Mary O’Hara (USKH), together as a team and how much they had
Freeman Thompson (Crux Subsurface), and Bob Turner (Spokane learned about transportation and energy
Transportation Department) our professional liaison to our parent through their research.
chapter Inland Northwest ASCE. At the competition the team was con-
In February ASCE got the canoe poured and lifted off the mold stantly in high spirits and working together,
in March. As a part of ASCE’s commitment to teaching engineering and despite not winning any of the five com-
students about engineering and an extension of Gonzaga’s commit- petition awards, had a lot of fun and were
ment to service, members donated their time to help two groups: eager for next year’s competition.
Mountain View High School in Rathdrum, Idaho with a pavilion de- Our primary goal this year was to in-
sign and a roof analysis for the Lilac Center for the Deaf and the crease interest and membership and this
Blind to install solar panels on its flat roof. goal was accomplished.
AASHE Officers, 09-10
Association for the Advancement of
Sustainability in Higher Education
President: Justin Robert
Secretary: Sarah Love
Ryan Davidge (Electric Chopper Project)
Taylor Hall (Green Bikes Project)
Goals of AASHE include:
Help instill appreciation for the Earth’s lim-
ited resources; Bring awareness to regional
and local communities of the significance of
sustainable practices; Compel awareness
among students of their role in the broader
community; Promote fair and proper use of
the Earth’s resources; Educate Gonzaga
students about the repercussions of their Ryan Davidge, Sarah Love, Cassie Girvan, Kirsten Poehlman,
individual choices. Patrick Ferro
ASME Officers, 09-10 2009—2010 ASME Projects:
Project 1 = ASME Human Powered Vehicle competition. This
American Society of Mechanical Engineers involves designing, building, and competing with a vehicle. One
Co-Presidents: Robert Bohannon & Robert primary criteria for success is aerodynamic efficiency. This, of
McCarthy Secretary: Tyler Spilker course, has many applications in the real world. Student contact:
Treasurer: Justin Larson-Miller Adam Pindler, Project adviser: Dr. Patrick Ferro.
Communications Officer: Alyssa Imai
Project 2 = Fuse Deposition Modeler also known as a 3D printer.
We are designing and building a machine that will fabricate plastic parts directly from 3D computer models. The
project integrates machine design and computer control. We will use the machine in coming years to make
prototypes of student designs. Student contact: Kyle Stanton-Wyman; Project adviser: Dr. Steven Zemke.
SME Speakers Competition
Four ME students represented Gonzaga in the
annual SME EWU/GU Speakers Competition in
April at the EWU Campus. The objective of the
competition is to get students to give presentations
on manufacturing topics. Six students (three from
each institution) gave presentations on manufac-
turing topics of their choice. It was a great opportu-
nity for all of us to network with manufacturing col-
leagues in industry and at EWU.
Ryan Davidge came in second place, Philippe
Garre placed third, and James Rooney fourth.
Ryan Davidge, James Rooney, Philippe Garre, Elizabeth
The Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers chapter at GU elected a new executive board
consisting of Michael Johnson, Elaine Schield, and Brian Waldron. In October, the board attended the
regional meeting Portland, Oregon where they competed in an ethics competition. In January, members
toured the Lockheed Martin facility in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. In February the club applied for the KEEN
Grant and was given an award to assist in the building of a generator. 19
ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition
Gonzaga University entered the 2010 Concrete
Canoe Competition sponsored by the American
Society of Civil Engineers with a canoe named
Concrestador. On April 24, 11 GU students competed
against 12 regional schools near Lewiston, Idaho.
The weather was so cold and windy, the judges
shortened the races from 600 yards to 300 yards. 32
mph winds caused 2 foot waves and swells on the
Snake River and 4 of the teams submerged their
canoes. Gonzaga students jumped in the cold water
to save the Concrestador and then helped other
schools rescue their canoes as well.
The Concrestador was disqualified after the canoe
slowly lowered its riders into the cold water for a
second time during a race. GU students convinced the
judges to allow them to continue racing just for the
experience. They adapted to the challenges by
paddling and bailing simultaneously. Team member
Therese Pflaum said, “I was afraid I would be
embarrassed but we had so much fun that nothing
else mattered. We learned so much.”
The Concrestador team learned about team work.
They learned to hold onto the teammates in your boat
because most people don’t spend their lives alone and
what makes a life rich is often relationships. “It was a
great experience regardless of the outcome,” said
student TL Brewer.
Prof. Noel Bormann and Janelle Bekkering
Janelle Bekkering Balances
Civil Engineering and Basketball
The best season in Gonzaga Women’s Basketball history found
the Lady Zags breaking into the Associated Press Top 25 in Febru-
ary and going all the way to the Sweet 16 Tournament in March.
In the midst of the excitement, engineering student and forward,
Janelle Bekkering maintained her composure and her GPA. For the
second-straight year, she was named to the West Coast Confer-
ence’s All-Academic Team for her 3.43 grade point average in Civil
Engineering. She started in 23 of the 25 games she has played in
for the team.
The calm, laid-back attitude Bekkering displays around the
School causes most of her classmates to forget what a celebrity
she is in the world of women’s basketball. A native of Canada, Bek-
kering was chosen last year as a member of the Canadian National
team. Bekkering and teammates toured China, Europe, and Cuba
last summer before playing in Brazil to qualify to play in the World
Championship of Basketball in Prague in 2010. If the Canadian
team reaches its goal of playing in the 2012 Summer Olympics in
London, Bekkering hopes to be on the 12 person team. She is fo-
cusing on staying healthy and strong.
The youngest daughter in a family of 5, she grew up on the
basketball court. All 5 siblings played college basketball and 2 of
her brothers play for European teams. Next year, she will com-
plete her Civil Engineering degree and a minor in business. Bekker-
ing would like to play basketball in Europe for a few years after col-
lege and then will probably return to Calgary, Alberta.
She credits good time management skills for her success and
professors that have been really helpful. “They haven’t given me
special treatment but teachers like Dr. Nowak and Dr. Bormann
who are always willing to help have kept me going.”
Photo by Mark Muelheim 21
Gonzaga University’s Center for Engineering Design was established in 1992 to enhance the design ex-
perience for senior engineering students. The Center obtains projects for the academic year that are de-
fined and provided by sponsors in the private and public sectors.
Project teams consist of three to five students, an engineering faculty advisor and a liaison 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 during the year, and a final report to the represen-
tatives of the Center’s Design Advisory Board (DAB).
The design topics and resources required to implement the
projects were provided and supported by the following sponsors:
Alliance Corporation, Spokane, WA Kimball Office Equipment, Post Falls, ID
AVISTA Corporation, Spokane, WA LHC2, Spokane, WA
The Boeing Company, Seattle, WA Mobius Science Center, Spokane, WA
City of Spokane, Spokane, WA NIOSH, Spokane, WA
Coffman Engineers, Spokane, WA Pend Oreille County, WA
DCI Engineers, Spokane, WA PowerData Corporation, Spokane,WA
Dept. of Transportation, Olympia, WA Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories,
Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA
Selkirk Schools,Metaline Falls, WA
Goodrich Corporation, Spokane WA
Society of Jesus, Juba, Sudan
IT Lifeline, Spokane, WA
Spokane County, Spokane, WA
Integrus Architecture, Spokane, WA
Civil Projects: Mechanical Projects:
CE1 Catholic University of Sudan ME1 NIOSH Particle Sampling Device
CE2 Spokane Bike Lanes ME2 LHC2 Antenna
CE3 GU Parking Structure ME3 LHC2 Rapid Prototyping
CE4 Selkirk School Water Treatment ME4 Goodrich Needler
CE5 SCC Tech Ed Building ME5 Goodrich Puller
CE6 Project HOPE ME6 Goodrich Loop Cooler
CE7 Kootenai Medical Center ME7 Boeing Debris Collector
CE8 Dept. of Transportation ME8 Kimball Office Router
CE9 Pend Oreille Park ME9 Alliance Tamper
ME10 Mobius Robotic Head
ME11 Boeing Fan Nozzle
Electrical Projects: Computer Science Projects:
EE1 Energy @ GU CPS1 B-Hive Test
EE2 Sweitzer Communication Analyzer CPS2 Power Data
EE3 Drug Reaction Reporting System CPS3 IT-Lifeline
SEAS Faculty Members
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
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.
John F. Dacquisto, Senior Lecturer of Engineering Management and CED Director; B.S., Electrical Engineering,
Marquette University; M.S., Engineering and Management, Washington State University.
Dr. Patrick Ferro, 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.
Dr. Paul De Palma, Chair and 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. Daniel Hughes, Professor of Computer Science; B.A., Mathematics, Merrimack College; M.A., Mathematics,
Boston College; Ph.D., Mathematics, Washington University.
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
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,
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
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.
Fr. 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, Chair and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering; B.S., Mechanical Engineering,
University of Washington; M.S., Northwestern University; Ph.D., University of Idaho.
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 – 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 University; M.S., University of Notre Dame.
Dr. William Ilgen, Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering; B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of
SEAS Departmental News
Dr. Mara London joined the civil engineering faculty. She completed her Ph.D. in August 2009 at The
University of Texas at Austin. She teaches environmental and water/wastewater treatment classes.
One of Civil Engineering’s Senior Design Teams prepared detailed designs for a USAID funding appli-
cation for construction of the Catholic University of Sudan in Juba, Sudan. The team included Megan
Gray, Alex Baird, Dan Howe, Erica Jones, Janelle Bekkering,
DeAnn Arnholtz, Kennet Bertelsen, and Fr. Schultheis.
Dr. Mara London traveled with four Junior civil students (Brian
Smith, Ashley Emerson, Maggie Janicki, and Greg Postle-
waite).to the EWB-US national spring conference in Den-
ver ,Colorado to learn best practices for accomplishing projects
in developing countries.
Dr. Jillian Cadwell has prepared three grant proposals for
NSF and presented her research work with three research stu-
dents at four separate conferences: 1) 6th International Confer-
ence on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustain-
ability, Virtual 2); 2010 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Portland,
OR; 3) Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference in Spo-
kane, WA; 4) Pacific NW Section American Water Works Asso-
ciation (AWWA) annual conference in Tacoma, WA. Dr. Cad-
well has also served on four university-wide committees: Mis-
sion Advisory Committee, Advisory Council on Stewardship
and Sustainability (ACSS), KEEN Steering Committee, and Ho-
gan Program Faculty Advisory Committee.
Dr. Anwar Khattak co-authored Integration of Optimum, High
Voltage Transmission Line Foundations for the Electrical
Transmission and Substation Structures Conference in Ft.
Worth, Texas held in November, 2009.
Dr. Sara Ganzerli continued to research optimal design of structures, Walser houses in the Italian
Alps, and local production of masonry building materials with the help of students in civil engineering
and computer science. In addition, Dr. Ganzerli was promoted to the rank of Professor. Congratula-
Dr. Paul Nowak, Associate Dean of SEAS, continued to advise numerous students, teach a large num-
ber of classes and perform a variety of consulting projects dealing with structural design in the Spokane
Dr. Noel Bormann presented a 12 hour continuing education course in the use of HEC-RAS to model
open channel flow and sediment transport that was offered through the Inland Empire ASCE Section,
Technical Education Committee. Dr. Bormann also prepared grant proposals to NSF, and attended a
HEC-RAS Training in Sacramento, California, and continued to serve as the Chair of Civil Engineering.
Activities & Publications
The Mechanical Engineering department welcomed two new faculty this year.
Dr. Patrick Ferro, with expertise in hydrogen storage, now manages and teaches the Materials and
Manufacturing courses. Dr. Tailian Chen, with expertise in experimental heat transfer, manages and
teaches the Experimental Measurements courses.
Dr. Steven Zemke assumed the responsibilities of Department Chair in January. This is his fifth year
at Gonzaga. The Department heartily thanks Dr. Massimo “Max” Capobianchi, the outgoing chair, for
his leadership over the past several years.
Dr. Abdul Aziz continued with his prolific research in the area of heat transfer. This year, Dr. Aziz
published or had accepted twelve journal papers and articles in a variety of scholarly publications. In
addition he participated in a National Science Foundation research project on thermal packaging and
reviewed several papers.
Dr. Massimo “Max” Capobianchi continued his studies of
flow and heat transfer problems with non-Newtonian fluids.
He and alumna, Ms. Darcy Wagner, published a paper in
the International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer. He
presented a talk at the 20th International Symposium of
Transport Phenomena held in Victoria, BC. and is currently
working with Dr. Aziz on the solution of a natural convec-
tion problem and with Dr. Labay in the design of substrate-
Dr. Tailian Chen produced three articles that were ac-
cepted for publication which included two book chapters
and a conference paper.
Dr. Patrick Ferro worked with students to produce Materi-
als Podcasts for a class project, and two of the teams sub-
mitted their podcasts to a national contest run by
ASM. The two podcasts were selected as winners, and
each of the two teams earned a prize of $500 respec-
tively. The podcasts will be on-air by this summer.
The podcasts are 3 minute long audio files that explain
a basic materials science process, for a target audience of
middle school science students. Science teachers across
the country have access to these podcasts and can freely
use them in their classroom to help explain materials sci-
ence concepts. The podcasts are part of Materials Radio,
sponsored by ASM International. The two award-winning
podcasts were: Bulletproof Vests and Choosing the Right Material.
The podcasts can be heard at http://www.materialsradio.org
SEAS Departmental News
Dr. Shawn Bowers joined the Computer Science faculty. Dr. Bowers received his Ph.D. from OGI
School of Science and Engineering at OHSU and specializes in computer science and engineering. Dr.
Bowers is a prolific author who participated in 13 publications last year.
Dr. Paul De Palma successfully defended his dissertation: Syllables and Concepts
in Large Vocabulary Continuous Speech Recognition which completed his degree
in Linguistics and Emphasis in Computational Linguistics from the University of New
Mexico. In addition, Dr. De Palma authored two publications and co-authored an
Dr. Patricia Crowley and her research team completed a paper entitled Dr. Paul De Palma
"Reconfiguration without Reprogramming in Wireless Sensor Networks" to be submitted for publication
this spring. This work was done under Professor Crowley's Defense Threat Reduction Agency
subaward for basic research in wireless sensor networks.
Another research group worked with Professor Crowley to implement Splintered TCP for which Pro-
fessor Crowley and her co-inventors have submitted a patent application. The hardware, driver and
Linux operating system will be demonstrated this summer at NASA.
Dr. Christopher Smith During the summer, Professors Smith and Crowley worked with three SEAS
students on sensor network reconfiguration and reprogramming for the Defense Threat Reduction
Agency. This work resulted in a conference pa-
per submission in February. Dr. Smith was also
funded by the City of Spokane's Solid Waste
Management Division to advise on the collec-
tion and analysis of data related to the effects
of driver behavior on garbage truck fuel effi-
Dr. Smith also continued working on real-
time techniques for the tracking of textures in
video sequences. This work led to a conference
paper submission in the Fall. Dr. Smith worked
with a collaborator from the University of Colo-
rado - Boulder on color-based tracking of ob-
jects in video sequences that led to a journal
paper submission in the Fall.
Senior Lecturer John F. Dacquisto is the Primary Investigator (PI) for the Kern Family Foundation
KEEN (Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network) Program Development Grant. The purpose of the
Grant Program is to strengthen a long-term initiative to foster the entrepreneurial mindset within the un-
dergraduate engineering students at selected private colleges and universities. Professor Dacquisto
has been acknowledged as a contributor to the seventh edition of “Engineering Economy,” a university
28 textbook published by McGraw Hill Companies Higher Education Division.
Activities & Publications
Computer and Electrical Engineering
Fr. Dat Tran, S.J., M.S. joined the Computer Engineering Faculty. He studied at Portland State
University and specializes in software engineering and system interface.
Dr. Vladimir Labay, Chair of Computer and Electrical Engineering coauthored
six journal papers which were accepted in a variety of international publications
and conferences. He was an invited lecturer at the IEEE MTT-S Int. Microwave
Symposium in Anaheim, California in May. Dr. Labay is a member of the
International Advisory Panel for the workshop on “Recent Advances in
Microwave and Optical communication Technology” and is a research
collaborator with the University of Victoria and SRM University in Chennai, India.
Dr. Steven Schennum worked on a grant from the National Science Foundation
for developing smart antennas and a start-up company called LHC2, Inc. Smart
antennas improve transmission of wireless data.
Dr. Yanqing Ji continued his research in biomedical informatics. He submitted
three peer-reviewed journal/conference papers that have been accepted and submitted a proposal to
NSF as well as reviewed papers and served on the Program Committee for IEEE’s International
Conference in Perth, Australia.
Transmission and Distribution
Dr. Peter McKenny, T&D Director, was invited by the Department of Energy to participate as a
distinguished panel speaker at an international workshop on Smart Grid Developments and Training.
Ms. Jillene McKinstry, Asst. T&D Director, traveled to Korea and China with an International Trade
Alliance team consisting of business representatives and Spokane civic leaders (including Mayor Mary
The Transmission and Distribution (T&D) Program continues to grow in both number of courses
offered and number of students registered. A total of eleven courses have been completed and are
currently being offered on-line, with the twelfth and final course being scheduled for completion this
summer. (T&D course listing provided at www.eng.gonzaga.edu/tandd.)
In this past year, seven students completed their program of study and have been awarded a
Certificate in T&D Engineering. Some of these students were between jobs and used the on-line courses
to enhance their educational background and to transition into a career in the power industry. Students
have expressed a strong desire to continue with T&D Program related courses to obtaining a Masters’
level degree. Universities across the country currently accept our T&D courses for graduate credit and
many former students are using the courses for credit towards engineering and management masters’
degrees programs elsewhere.
Due to the ongoing success of the certificate program a proposal to offer a Master of Engineering
Degree program in T&D Engineering was recently submitted to the faculty and university. The proposed
degree program will require a total of 12 courses, with the final course on Engineering Leadership and
Management requiring a three-to-four day on-campus component and attendance at graduation. If
approved by the various groups and committees within the university it is anticipated the program could
be in place by next spring.
2009—2010 SEAS Donor Honor Roll
AT&T Foundation Gerard Michael Finnegan (’10)
Agilent Technologies Michael and Jane Finnegan
American Society of Civil Engineers Arny (’61) and Elmira Forner
Barbara Anderson Marian (’76) and Mark Fuchs
Avionics Communications Inc. Daniel J. Galligan (’01)
Avista Foundation Peter and Suzanne Galligan
David and Marianne Ayers Dale (’83) and Lisa (’84) (Desimone) Garrett
Jim and Joyce Aylward Jamie M. Geis (’09)
BSC Engineered Systems Douglas and Mary Goelz
Kelly S. Bacon-Hord Joseph C. Goelz (’10)
Leeroy (’97) and Ginger Bailey Paul (’88) and Linda Graham
William and Emlyn Baker Ronald Grant (‘72)
Michael H. Bauer (’77) Vic (’50) and Paula Gray
Gary and Karen Belz Megan K. Haas (’12)
Larry (’72) and Anna Bennett Carl M. Hansen Foundation
John and Anne Bergman Randal and Gina Hardy
Kathy and Bruce Bixler William Harrington, III (’75)
James Blamey and Eva Sandelien Tamara Henry
The Boeing Company David (’03) and Anne (’03) Suminski Holt
Gerda Brown (’44) Dennis Huard (’73)
Gregory D. Burchett (’08) Richard and Leslie Huff
John (’71) and Rosemary (’73) Bury Dr. and Mrs. William P. Ilgen
John and Priscilla Cadwell Thomas Illich (’74)
Kevin (’87) and Marie Caldwell Inland Empire Chapter of A.S.H.R.A.E
John C. Campion (’76) Inland Northwest AGC
David (’01) and Paula (’00) Campion Inland Northwest Community Foundation
Drs. John and Sharon Cannon Itegrus Architecture, P.S.
Chad D. Chaffin (’10) Jeffrey and Stacy Jacques
Darwin and Mary Chaffin Don (’56) and Marilyn Jans
Edward Champagne Ning Jin (’95)
Timothy and Madeline Clyde Dr. Bernard R. Johnson (’57)
Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp. Wanda Johnson
Coffman Engineers Terrance (’87) and Meg (’86) (Reilly) Judge
Coleman Engineering, Inc. KPFF Consulting Engineers
Nicholas Coss (’07) Peter and Kathleen Kalapaca
John H. Courtney (’58) Thomas and Christina (’97) (Murrell) Kammerer
John and Therese J. Covert Dean Karcz (’87)
Hank and Norma Crawford Michael and Joan Keegan
James K. D'Aboy (’85) Alan J. Kempen (’70)
DEI Electrical Consultants, Inc. Jeritt Kent (’90)
Walter (RIP) and Betty Davis Gregory and Debra Ketchum
Leo and Ingrid DeGreef Matthew (’00) and Brianne (Jacobs) Kopp
Steven and Patricia Degracia Larryn Krause
Samuel (’81) and Concetta Di Re Ktech Corporation
Christopher (’98) and Stacye Dorrington Brian (’86) and Patty Kuhta
Renae Dougal (’07) Paul Kuntz (’94)
Mark Edwards (’82) Ryan Kuss (’02)
Ellingsen-Flynn Family Dentistry Lab-Volt Systems
Peggy Estey (’96) Namhan Le (’82)
Myra (McGillivrey) Farquhar (’57) Patrick Lettenmaier (’49)
Fidelity Investments Ronald (’64) and Grace Little
2009—2010 SEAS Donor Honor Roll
Allen and Peggy Litzenberger Thomas and Shelia Ripper
Guy E. Lounsbury (’93) Robert (’65) and Ann Rivers
David (’74) and Cyndi Lucke Craig and Karla Robinson
MW Consulting Engineers Jessie Rosauer
Dan Madden (’68) Satori Software, Inc.
Paul and Karen (’89) Malen-Hogle Donald (’65) and Cathi (’65) (Shaw) Schafer
Charles (’78) and Sandy Marr George and Ginny Schiel
Carroll (’68) and Patricia Martell John Seymour (’51)
Alan and Cynthia Matsumoto Steven Soos (’86)
Dan and Billie Mauss Tom (’53) and Patricia State
Nancy Mayalu (’08) Kenneth H. Stavenjord (’68)
Jack (’63) and Carol McElroy Jerry (’58) and Patricia Stebbins
Ray (’90) and Staci McGriff Steve's Auto Parts, Inc.
Vernon and Jean Melvin Tatjana Stojak (’98)
The Medtronic Foundation Jeffrey and Judy Stokes Lee and Andrea Strom
Curt (’90) and Janna Mitchke Structural Systems Design
Juan J. Montez (’08) Robert Swann (’79)
Barbara L. Moore James Swingley
Becky Mortensen Tomasz C. Szelagowski (’04)
David Muggli (’70) Ross and Noella Takahashi
Bill (’62) and Teree Myrhang Mason A. C. Talkington (’08)
Anthony J. Nelson (’10) Patrick Thiel (’58)
David J. Nelson (’07) Greg Thomas Consulting
Thoai D. Nguyen Joe R. Thomas (’58)
James (’73) and Melissa Nickolaus Jerry (’81) and Cathy Tombari
Richard J. Niederegger (’66) Art Tondini (’57)
David and Chris Nieuwenhuis United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties
Northwest Engineering, Inc. United Way of Central New Mexico
Irene Norwood Robert (’81) and Polly (’83) Urban
Marty (’87) and Maureen O'Toole Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program
Mark (’80) and Catherine Ohlstrom Vemco, Inc.
Wayne M. Oien (’71) Peter and Mary Vial
Donald (’57) and Joan Olson Ray Vollert (’63)
Lynn M. Olson (’95) Ryan (’01) and Shawna Wade
Roger Olson (’83) Darcy Wagner (’07)
PACCAR Inc Velvet Walker
POWER Engineers, Inc. David (’58) and Joyce Walsh
Gregory and Linda Paolino James Weston
Eric and Annette (’93) Parker Dennis Wheeler
J. James Perkins (’52) Mrs. Hester H. Whitcher
Cathy and Clarence Perry Norman and Patricia Wiegele
Donald and Jeannine Peterson Elizabeth Wilbur (’13)
Louis and Janna Pontieri Paul (’99) and Audrey Williams
John and Dianna Propson Paul and Pamela Wilson
Ermel (’70) and Christine (’70) Quevedo Danette Wollersheim
Robert (’68) and Judy Rangitsch David Wollersheim (’59)
Paul (’59) and Barbara Redmond Xcel Energy Foundation
Phil (’51) and Bev Reinig Richard (’62) and Sue (’72) Yorioka
Ed (’59) and Bunny (’59) Renouard Paul and Kathleen Zizza
Rob (’92) and Darlene Rich
School of Engineering
and Applied Science
of Service, Excellence,
and Purpose at an
September 25, 2009 in
As we look toward the
future, we wish to thank
all the faithful friends and
supporters of Gonzaga’s
who have contributed to
the education of
Your generosity has
helped secure a bright
future for the school.