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Timothy J. White Joins Bernardo|Wills Architects |

Categories: 1970s | Engineering and Architecture | Featured | Professional or career event

Timothy White. Courtesy Bernardo|Wills Architects

Timothy White. Courtesy Bernardo|Wills Architects

Timothy J. White ’76, AIA, has joined Bernardo|Wills Architects as an architect.

On behalf of the firm, White is currently on loan to Fairchild Air Force Base’s 92nd Civil Engineering Squadron, providing project management services for renovation and remodel work on the base. White, who has nearly 40 years’ professional architectural design experience, is presently managing the renovation of the Survival School’s gymnasium.

A member of the American Institute of Architects, he is a licensed architect in Washington. White holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree (1976) from Washington State University. He previously worked for ZBA Architecture.

Established in 1991, Spokane-based Bernardo|Wills Architects provides professional design services – including architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and master planning – to clients throughout the Western United States. Market sectors served include government, retail, corporate, commercial, higher education, K-12 education, healthcare, recreation and multi-family housing. For more information, visit www.bernardowills.com.

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WSU grad David Wilson to lead global innovation fund |

Categories: 2000s | Engineering and Architecture | Professional or career event

David Wilson ’06 Masters of Engineering and Technology Management graduate, has been named deputy Chief Innovation Officer for Bechtel, a global engineering, construction and project management company with $37 billion in annual revenue and nearly 60,000 employees. Wilson will manage Bechtel’s Future Fund, a new program designed to encourage employees across the company’s global sites to create, share, explore and develop new ideas to enhance performance and competitiveness. Wilson joined Bechtel in 2001 as a mechanical systems engineer at the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant in Richland, Wash. Since then he has held positions of increasing responsibility with leadership roles as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and as manager of a telecommunications mobility project. His most recent role was as manager of Innovation and Virtual Project Delivery. He is a certified Professional Engineer and certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Wilson received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Utah.

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Kyle Squires Named Dean of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering |

Categories: 1980s | Engineering and Architecture | Featured | Professional or career event

ASU Fulton Dean Kyle Squires. Courtesy Arizona State University

ASU Fulton Dean Kyle Squires. Courtesy Arizona State University

Kyle Squires ’84 has been named dean of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. Squires was named by the provost following a national search in which his plans to elevate the Fulton Schools’ global connections and emphasize innovation among students and researchers set him apart from other candidates.

“Kyle has distinguished himself as a leader, a researcher and a professor. He brings to this deanship the perfect combination of experience that our engineering programs need as they develop the inventors and problem-solvers of the future,” said ASU President Michael M. Crow.

“He has played a fundamental role in developing the educational excellence of our engineering program, and he understands where we need to take the Fulton Schools to provide the maximum benefit for the state and the nation.”

With an established record in research leadership and academic administration, Squires has served as vice dean and interim dean of the Fulton Schools and their 19,000 graduate and undergraduate students since June 2015, when then-Dean Paul Johnson was appointed president of the Colorado School of Mines. Over the next five years, Squires plans changes and initiatives that will raise the profile and impact of the Fulton Schools worldwide.

Central to this effort will be the creation of a Fulton Innovation Institute. This institute will allow the Fulton Schools of Engineering to scale its research enterprise creating an unparalleled innovation engine for the state and the region. By building on existing areas of excellence like cybersecurity, advanced communications and robotics and rehabilitation, the institute can substantially increase the impact of the Fulton Schools.

Squires plans to capitalize on the continued record enrollment in the Fulton Schools, allowing him to drive educational innovation at scale to deliver high-quality engineering degree programs online. Those steps will provide access to an exceptional engineering education to all.

“Over the next five years, our goal is to achieve global leadership in engineering education,” Squires said. “That means, people will not only admire and recognize what we do, they will adopt our methods and emulate our organization. Continued investment in the Fulton Schools of Engineering will pay dividends to ASU and the state in terms of use-inspired solutions and the preparation of a high-tech workforce.”

A Stanford-trained PhD, Squires’ expertise centers on fluid dynamics, turbulence modeling and high-performance computing. His work has helped improve aerodynamics and has broad impact in a wide range of applications ranging from jet aircraft performance to sports equipment. He taught mechanical engineering at the University of Vermont before joining ASU in 1997, and since then he has held a series of progressive leadership positions, including chair of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, director of the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, and most recently, vice dean and interim dean of the Fulton Schools. He has held visiting appointments in the U.S., Japan and France and was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society in 2008.

While interim dean, Squires steered the Fulton Schools’ continued growth in enrollment, diversity initiatives, freshman retention and strategic faculty hires. He has been actively engaged in increasing the scale and visibility of the Schools’ entrepreneurial programs and is working to promote an entrepreneurial mind-set and culture among the faculty and students in the Fulton Schools.

“The Fulton Schools have created an environment in which faculty can be nimble and quickly test new ideas in the classroom, and Kyle has played an important part in the establishment of that environment,” said Mark Searle, executive vice president and university provost. “That energy draws high-quality faculty whose enthusiasm, in turn, drives students to pursue their own passions.”

Squires has overseen the kickoff of two new Engineering Research Centers. Funded by the National Science Foundation, these enterprises are devoted to solving some of the world’s most challenging problems. These awards recognize ASU’s exceptional faculty and its ability to form interdisciplinary, multi-institution teams and make ASU one of two universities in the U.S. leading two ERCs while also partnering on a third Engineering Research Center led by Rice University.

The Fulton Schools’ focused growth in key research areas will elevate ASU nationally and globally, and result in increased recognition of students, faculty and programs.

In addition to a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford, Squires holds a Stanford M.S. and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Washington State University.

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Brett Emmons retires after 30 years at Cherry Point Refinery |

Categories: 1980s | Engineering and Architecture | Featured | Professional or career event

Brett Emmons '80

Brett Emmons ’80

BRETT EMMONS, PE (‘80 BS Mechanical Engineering) retired in June 2015 after 30 years at the BP (Formerly Arco) Cherry Point Refinery in Blaine Washington and 5 years working at Reynolds Aluminum Plant in Troutdale Oregon.  Brett hired on as a mechanical engineer with the Reynolds Aluminum Plant in 1980. In 1985 he took a job at the Arco Cherry Point Refinery.  In his first 15 years at the plant Brett worked as a Machinery Engineer,  Machine Shop Supervisor, and Project Engineering Superintendent . In his last 15 years Brett worked as the Reliability Engineering Superintendent for the refinery. During his career Brett also spent 1 year working in the Mechanical Engineering Department at WSU as an interim professor. The 1 year assignment was part of a program that Arco and the WSU School of Mechanical Engineering were working on together. Brett now enjoys days with his family hunting, salmon fishing and camping in Eastern Washington.

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Ed Schlect to Join Avista Corp as Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer |

Categories: 1980s | Award or honor | Engineering and Architecture

Avista Corp. (NYSE: AVA) today announced a change in its officer team, approved by the Board of Directors. Vice President, Controller and Principal Accounting Officer Christy Burmeister-Smith has announced plans to retire on Oct. 1, 2015, after serving the company and its customers for 35 years.

Ed Schlect, former executive vice president of corporate development at Ecova, will join the Avista Corp. officer team on Sept. 8, 2015, as vice president and chief strategy officer. In his role, Schlect will be evaluating growth opportunities and innovative services while applying his knowledge and expertise around data intelligence.

Schlect is a long-time industry executive and respected professional with 30 years of experience in the energy industry. Prior to his role at Avista, Schlect was one of the founding members of Ecova and served in a variety of senior leadership roles; most recently as an executive vice president of corporate development. He graduated from Washington State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Schlect is a licensed professional engineer, certified energy manager and green building engineer with an emphasis on project management and construction contracting.


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