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Adaptable Engineering
Dan Aleksynas began his career as an engineer. He’s now a patent attorney, but it was his engineering degree that made it possible

Paper Expert
Charles Klass  (BA ‘62, Paper Technology & Mathematics) joined the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry while 

Globally Engaged in Ghana
Sean Bashaw has had a long-standing relationship with Global Host Project, a grassroots organization committed to development and 

Innovation Day 2013
In early December, you could find most students studying for their final exams, or at least thinking about it, but in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, students were showing the campus and engineering communities just how savvy they are. Innovation Day is sponsored by 

An Uncharted Journey
As an incoming WMU freshman, Michael A. Dunlap (BS ’71, Automotive Engineering) had it all planned out: he was going to take 

Reuse & Reduce
The Department of Chemical and Paper Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Western Michigan University welcomed a new faculty members for the fall semester. Several of the Department's programs, including 

Where Are the Jobs?
Right here in Kalamazoo County! An article on CNNMoney ( outlines the best counties in the U.S. for job opportunities. "It's still a tough job market, but opportunities have been on the rise in these counties, making them great 

Yupo America CEO
Paul Mitcham (BS '84, Environmental Engineering) is the first American CEO for Japanese synthetic paper maker Yupo Corp. America. Even though he's based in Chesapeake, Mitcham is learning Japanese to help bridge the cultural and language 

Meet the New Deans
Western Michigan University will begin the 2013-14 academic year with three new deans, and one new interim dean.The College of Fine Arts, the Lee Honors College, and the College of Education and Human Development all have new 

New Year, New Board
It's a new fiscal year and that means the Alumni Association Board of Directors has made some changes. Meet the new faces representing all 225,000 Western Michigan University Alumni!Phil Chludzinski (BBA '80, Accountancy) stepped down 

Grand Prix 2013 Results
Twelve teams were in Texas at the end of June to compete in the Formula Sun Grand Prix 2013. The Western Michigan University Sunseeker team finished fifth out of the twelve, just ten laps behind the team in first. The heat played a role

Formula Sun Grand Prix 2013
Update: See how the Sunseeker Team is doing by following the links contained in this post. The Sunseeker Team is heading to Texas! The 2013 Formula Sun Grand Prix is taking place in Austin, Texas from June 24-29. WMU will join 11 other teams 

Interim Dean Named
The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences has selected an interim dean effective July 1. Dr. Edmund Tsang currently serves as associate dean for the college. He will take the place of departing Dean, Dr. Anthony Vizzini. Vizzini will be leaving 

Sunseeker Support
There are a lot of people and companies that want to see the Sunseeker Solar Racing Team be the absolute best they can be, and another company has recently thrown in their support. Chem Link is a family of companies that provide product 

Outstanding Leadership
Michael Nienhuis (BS '09, Mechanical Engineering; MS '12, Mechanical Engineering) has been honored with the SAE International Rumbaugh Outstanding Student Leader Award. Nienhuis is now an engineer and involved in the Ford College 

Innovative Curriculum
The Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering has won the Institute for Industrial Engineers Innovations in Curriculum and Education Competition for 2013. Awarded by the Institute of Industrial Engineers, the event is currently in its 

Engineering Excellence
Eaton, a  global technology leader, has announced that in addition to an $8,000 gift to student engineering teams, several employees will personally mentor the Sunseeker solar race team, the Formula SAE team, and the SAE Baja team. All three 

Helios Solar
"I'm most proud of the fact that we're able to build economically viable solar installations for our community," said Josh Cook (BS '12, Engineering Management Technology), of Helios Solar. "We're developing economically viable, value driven 

Newell Rubbermaid at BTR Park
The Business Technology and Research (BTR) Park at Western Michigan University will welcome a new resident in early 2014. Newell Rubbermaid

Women on the Move
Betsy Sundalius was recently recognized by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers with a ‘Women in Manufacturing STEP’ Award

Concrete on Water
Did you know that in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences a group of students engineer and build a canoe—out of concrete? The Concrete Canoe team will compete in its 10th competition later this year. The team belongs to the American Society of Civil Engineers and the competition is 

Educator of the Year
Chair of the paper and chemical engineering department, Dr. Said Abubakr, was honored with a Educator of the Year Award from the

In November, Mitch Zajac (BS '12, Mechanical Engineering) had an exciting month. In case you don't recognize the name, here's a reminder. Zajac was a linebacker on the Bronco Football team for four years

Innovative Challenge

When the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences claims to value theory just as much as practical experience in academics, it's no lie. In December, teams from schools and businesses competed in WMU's Innovation Day, featuring Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering Presentations 

Noteworthy Achievements

Meritor, Inc. is a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets and they have just honored a WMU Alumnus with a lifetime achievement award.

Donating Goodwill
Paperworks Studio is a program of Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan that offers employment and training for people with special needs.

Technology All Star
Tonya Noble (BS '96, Electrical Engineering) is an Senior Engineering Manager at Boeing's Defense Services, and her accomplishments in this position recently put her in the spotlight. The Lee Honors College Graduate and Alumni Association 

Mainline Energy Consultants
Estes Parker (BS '06, Mechanical Engineering) and Dan Baggiani (BS '07, Civil Engineering) are co-founders of an energy consulting firm in Pennsylvania. They founded the firm in 2011 after working in the industry for several years. "We were having many difficulties being able to offer the type of services 

Enhancing Safety
Western Michigan University is among 12 Universities selected by the FAA to help enhance safety in the nation's aviation sector.  The Center for Excellence Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability 

Alumni of Distinction
During Homecoming weekend, many alumni were honored by their respective colleges, but two alumni were honored with the University's Distinguished Alumni Award, Jan Huston (MA '74, Psychology) and C. Wesley Smith (BS '61 Chemistry)

Making WMU Mobile
"This was a great real-life work experience for me," said Lance Danzy, Computer Science major. Danzy is among a handful of students 

Vote for Miss ISOC
Katie Fricker has worked successfully in the printing industry since graduation, while continuing her passion for snowmobile racing

A Nod from Starbucks
Starbucks has a new hot-cup 'EarthSleeve' which claims to be environmentally friendly—and the institution backing those claims 

Sportsmanship Award
The 2012 Solar Race has come to a close with WMU in eighth place, just 8 minutes after the winner. The Bronco team also captured the event's annual Sportsmanship Award

To Kalamazoo!
A mid- day checkpoint is scheduled for WMU's Parkview Campus today, between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Refreshments and free parking are available to the public. Visitors will also have the opportunity to see the Sunseeker shop and talk to student engineers. Brave the heat and come out to cheer on the Sun-seeking Broncos!

Solar Race 2012
1,600 miles; 18 teams; eight days. WMU's Sunseeker team is gearing up for the 2012 American Solar Challenge. Teams are expected to make several checkpoint stops on the cross-country race, one of which will be hosted by WMU's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Parkview campus

Lance Corporal Ongiyo
Douglas O. Ongiyo (BS '08, Aeronautical Engineering) had the ability to pursue a career in engineering when he graduated, but instead, he

Industry Impact
The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences is proving, once again, that they are one of the best of their kind in the nation. Dr. John Patten’s proposal, Micro Laser Assisted Machining (μ-LAM) of Infrared (IR) Optical Materials, was chosen as one of 21 proposals to receive a grant for the 2012-2013 year from the II-VI Foundation

Normal Railroad
One of the most iconic images associated with Western Michigan University is the trolley

ROTC Grad Top in Nation
Recent Western Michigan University ROTC graduate, Lt. Justin Soeder (B.S. ’12, Electrical Engineering) is receiving the Major Gen. Robert E. Sadler USAF Award.

MyWMU Minute: Margean Gladysz
Margean Gladysz is a great Bronco. Aside from being the first female to graduate from the Industrial Engineering Program at WMU, she has been a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors for eight years, traveling from New Jersey for bi-annual meetings

Top Success
Engineering graduates garner top salaries even in their first jobs—and such is the story of Western Michigan University Paper Engineering graduates. Paper Engineers earn the highest salaries upon graduation of all disciplines in WMU’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences—the average starting salary is now

TAPPI Award Winner
Dr. Do Ik Lee, an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Imaging at Western Michigan University, was awarded the 2012 TAPPI Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award – the highest honor that TAPPI can bestow upon individuals

Industry Road Trip
A group of WMU students toured industry-leading companies throughout the state of Michigan during their spring break, on the 

Boeing Sponsors Student
Guilherme Bastos, an Aeronautical Engineering and study abroad student from Brazil, has been chosen by Boeing to participate in an 8-week externship this summer. Representatives from Boeing traveled to WMU’s Parkview Campus in April to greet Bastos, Ken Shead and Tonya Noble (BA ’96, MA ’00)

First Place Winners
WMU’s student chapter of the Society for Automotive Engineers (SAE) finished in the top three of the SAE World Congress Student Exhibition

Governor Selects WMU Dean
Dean Anthony Vizzini will serve a four-year term on the board, which was created in 1980 to regulate the practices of professional engineers

BroncoBike Wins
A group of engineering technology students from Western Michigan University bested 11 other teams to become winners of the inaugural Human Assisted Green Energy Vehicle design competition. The competition is sponsored by the Parker Hannifin Corp., and calls on undergraduate and graduate students to design

100% Placement
Students who graduate from the Department of Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Imaging are 100% likely to find a job, and a good job, after graduation

Walking the Talk
Members of the Sunseeker Racing Team got the field trip of a lifetime a few weeks ago, when they received an inside look at Chrysler. Teams like this have had the opportunity to tour Chrysler before, but not like this —the sun-seeking Broncos got to see things that most people never get to see

Accelerating Michigan
The second annual Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition was a successful event for WMU—all around. In addition to a group of WMU students capturing third place (out of nearly 300) for their Quick Hitch design, a WMU alum was part of the second place team in the professional portion of the competition.

Worth Their Weight in Green
Everybody likes to save money. It makes good sense that the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences has created a venue for students to get hands-on experience doing just that.

Quick Hitch Wins!

Making Mobile Work

WMU Wins Stryker Challenge

Brown & Gold "Greening" Experts

Onyx Equals Opportunity

Love of Illumination

Silicon Valley to Solar Energy

Marketing Honda

Racing Around Campus

CEAS Dean Heads International Society

WMU's 'GREEN' Thought Leader

Visually Intriguing

Western's Sun Seeking Race Team!

Energy Thought Leader

WMU Shows Off "Generation Next"

WMU's "GMI" Saves Local Companies: $505,000!

One That Can 'Handle the Truth'

WMU Alum Taking Care of the Airwaves

Googling to the Top!

Sunseeker to Race at Indy

Broncos Accept Pizza Bowl Bid

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