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1980-1989 :: WSU celebrated its Centennial and branch campuses officially opened in Spokane and the Tri-Cities (with a Vancouver campus approved). Mount St. Helens erupted and dusted campus with one-half inch of volcanic ash and graduate Col. John Fabian became the first Cougar astronaut to fly in space. Mel Hein was touted the “greatest all-around player the game of football has seen” and kicker Jason Hanson was named first team academic All-American, while WSU athletes won four medals in the Los Angeles Olympic Games. Enrollment at WSU reached a new high at 19,303 and the 100,000th student graduated.

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Don Ott (’82 Communications) |

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Named the first full-time Commissioner of the California Pacific Conference of the NAIA. Ott worked four years as a student assistant in the WSU athletics department, including an internship with the Pac-10 Conference. He worked for 16 years with the West Coast Conference, before transitioning to full-time ministry as a pastor in California. He oversees 12 colleges/universities in three western states with the Cal Pac.


Memoir published |

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Eric Dieterle (’80 History) published a memoir, “Where the Wind Dreams of Staying” (Oregon State University Press) in October 2016. In November, the book was named to the High Country News recommended reading list. Eric is an assistant professor of practice at Northern Arizona University.

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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 |

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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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Dwight D. Dozier named CIO of the Georgia Tech Foundation |

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Dwight D. Dozier, has been named CIO of the Georgia Tech Foundation in Atlanta, GA.  As CIO, Dwight sets strategic direction and provides leadership for all Georgia Tech Foundation information technology initiatives.  Prior to his role at the Georgia Tech Foundation, Dwight served as the Senior Associate Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations at the George Washington University, the associate vice president of university advancement and advancement services at the University of Louisville and as the assistant executive director of alumni services at The Pennsylvania State University.  Dwight started his Advancement career at WSU as manager of biographical records and systems analyst.    In addition, Dwight remains a very active jazz drummer and fondly recalls days as a drummer in the WSU bands, Exact Opposite, Second Wind and Eclipse.

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My Story authors from the 1980s

Last name First name Year graduated Major
Carson Kevin 1981 Fine Arts
Ott Don 1982 Communications, Public Relations
Dieterle Eric 1980 History
staff My Story 2012
Dozier Dwight 1986 Social Science
Hayes Kevin 1982 English
Collons Brenda 1987 Humanities
Helfen Allison 1988 Hotel Restaurant Admin
Bacon John 1981 Business Administration
Alumni Education 2011
Volk John 1986 Electrical Engineering
Coats Nelson Allison 1990 Elementary Education
Drinkwine Jim 1988 Communications
Sharpsteen Bill 1980 communications