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Matt Schmidt



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Fall 2015

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[Page] 2 A new home Following dedication in April, several programs now are operating from a new three-story, 62,000-square-foot building.
[Page] 6 Family tradition—Rittershaus A third generation of RIttershauses is now pursuing an engineering degree at State.
[Page] 8 Family tradition—Solberg A new generation of Solbergs have enrolled at SDSU. They can trace a heritage all the way back to their great-great-great uncle Halvor Solberg.
[Page] 11 Halvor Solberg There is much more to engineering pioneer Halvor Solberg than a name on the building.
[Page] 12 Sport and science Time and time again, student-athletes are proving that success in the athletic arena and the engineering classroom are compatible challenges.
[Page] 14 Tau Beta Pi honors Megan Waytashek and Ryan Mahutga were among 30 people nationally to receive a $10,000 fellowship. Above and beyond that, Waytashek also was one of five people to receive a Laureate Award, only the second SDSU student to be so honored.
[Page] 16 Student news From racing teams to quiz bowl squads, students are finding extracurricular success.
[Page] 18 Dean’s Advisory Council Meet new council members Paul Bezdicek, Carla Gatzke, Gary Larson and Gene Sieve.
[Page] 19 Nadim Wehbe For the third time, Wehbe has been honored as a fellow. This time by the American Society of Civil Engineers at its national convention in New York City.
[Page] 20 In memoriam—Kevin Dalsted Dalsted, who served the college for nearly 40 years, died July 14, 2015, in a farming accident in Colorado. Colleagues remember his inspiration and dedication.
[Page] 22 Google Earth Award Imaging engineer Larry Leigh becomes the first SDSU researcher to receive a Google Earth Engine Research award, a one-year, $46,000 grant.
[Page] 24 Retirements David Galipeau, Susan Goens, Don Hosek, Ross Kindermann, Ann Monnens, Mike Monnens, Ken Skorseth and Donald Struck have all taken retirement.
[Page] 26 Not an ordinary camp A new electrical engineering camp for teens also had a focus on outdoor adventures.
[Page] 28 Mark Hegge Meet the mechanical engineer who had a role in photographing Pluto this summer.
[Page] 30 Carrie Hruska The electrical engineering grad has found success at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
[Page] 34 Derek Hengeveld The senior engineer at LoathPath in Albuquerque hasn’t lost his passion for music.


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