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Fall 2013

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Table of Contents

[Page] 2 Jerome J. Lohr For the College of Engineering, no one has left a larger impact than this 1958 alumnus.
[Page] 6 Architecture, Mathematics, Engineering Construction began in August of a 60,000-square-foot building that will complete an ambitious time of facility improvements within the college.
8 Brian & Jim Lawburgh These identical twins from Hendricks, Minn., also share common interests when working in the biofuels research laboratory at Crothers Engineering Hall.
[Page] 10 Extracurricular engineers Engineers turn up in the darnest of places, like band practice (Austin VanderWal), theater (Brian Schulte), dance class (Alyssa Clemen), Hobo Day (Casey Janisch), and the art studio (Mackenzie Fahy).
[Page] 12 Taylor Suess You might recognize him as a starting offensive lineman for the Jackrabbits, but he also is a top-end student and researcher in the mechanical engineering department.
[Page] 13 Megan Waytashek The Lino Lakes, Minn., junior is expected to lead the SDSU women’s basketball team this season, but the 3.97 GPA scholar envisions a future in biomedical engineering.
[Page] 14 Athletes and engineers Engineering students can be found in almost every sport that SDSU fields, and they’re doing much more than “just getting by” in the classroom.
[Page] 15 A successful algorithm The Research Experience for Undergraduates program has been the pathway for opportunity for math major Chris Galbraith.
[Page] 16 Undergraduate research Ryan Hahn has used his first taste of undergraduate research to crunch numbers from a government satellite, expand his knowledge and earn a check.
[Page] 17 Paid in full May graduate Caitlin Gerdes is pursuing her master’s in mechanical engineering at State on a $30,000 per year award from the National Science Foundation.
[Page] 18 Student competitions Whether its a racecar, a robot or a concrete canoe, students find contests a fun way to apply their classroom learning and experience teamwork.
[Page] 20 Senior design projects This capstone class not only puts application to countless courses, it can also lead to a patent as students at last year’s Engineering Expo discovered.
[Page] 22 Living Learning Communities Engineering students living and studying with other engineering students continues to pay dividends.
[Page] 24 Engineers Without Borders The fourth trip by students from this group to Carmen Pampa, Bolivia, included an old friend and students from his new school.
[Page] 26 Trevor Layh The mechanical engineering graduate from Winner becomes the sixth SDSU student to receive the $10,000 Tau Beta Pi fellowship for graduate study.
[Page] 27 National winners Students from several disciplines earn national scholarships.
[Page] 28 Scholarship dollars In a decade, the value of scholarships given to SDSU engineering students has almost tripled to $1.4 million for the 2010-11 school year.
[Page] 30 Faculty farewells/news Alfred & Madeleine Andrawis, Bruce Berdanier say goodbye.
[Page] 31 Alumni news


Copyright © 2013 South Dakota State University


Writers and Photographers: Dave Graves, Kyle Johnson, Karissa Kuhle, Madelin Mack, Eric Landwehr
Graphic Design: Virginia Coudron


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