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The Trend - College of Engineering - University of Washington

Legends of the Jet AgeLeft to Right:Maynard Pennell got Boeing’sfirst passenger jet off theground and launched awhole family of models.Hard-driving Jack Steinerearned his legend status asthe “father of the 727.”Joe Sutter won worldwideaviation fame amd respect asthe “father of the 747.”Photos © Boeing.© BoeingIn this same generation of engineers, Robert Brownwas an aerodynamicist and inveterate inventor whosolved a serious pitch problem with the prototype forthe B-47 Stratojet. His ingenious idea to install vortexgenerators literally rescued the plane and company fromthe brink of failure. Every plane since then has includedvortex generators. Brown was chief designer for thecommercial division during development of the 757 and767, and retired in 1990 as a corporate vice president.Two aerodynamicists, Lynn Olason and Joe Sutter,moved on parallel tracks through the 707, 727, and 737programs. Sutter, admired as an outstanding organizerof people and projects, took on the enormous challengeof heading design for the world’s first jumbo jet. Heconceived the idea for the twin-aisle wide body, andguided the first 747 into production. Sutter then directeddevelopment of the 757 and 767 and retired as a seniorvice president. Olason worked with Sutter on the earlystages of the 747, designed the cross-section for the 767,and then managed the 747 program after Sutter.A next-generation engineer, John Roundhill, was ahighly regarded expert on noise mitigation. He workedon the first 747, then with the 737 and 757 programs.Roundhill headed product development, customer configuration,and marketing for the long-range 777, thenserved as vice president of product development andstrategy in the commercial division.All UW Engineering alumni can be proud of theseexceptional leaders, who had pivotal roles in advancingaviation and the worldwide reach of Boeing and Seattle.The 707 prototype, now at the Smithsonian, sweeps over campus and the engineering buildings.2007 Diamond AwardDistinguished Group AchievementRobert Brown (BSAE ’47, MSAE ’52)Richard FitzSimmons (BSAE ’46)Robert Hage (BSAE ’39)Lynn Olason (BSAE ’43)John Roundhill (BSME ’67, MSME ’73)Joseph Sutter (BSAE ’43)PosthumousMaynard Pennell (BSAE ’31)John Steiner (BSAE ’40)Read more about these pioneers athttp://www.engr.washington.edu/awards/diamond_winners.html#group© BoeingCOVER PHOTOS:Boeing 747-400 on the Tarmac at Sunset.Inset: Jack Steiner, third from right, consultswith engineers on the design of the 727.Joe Sutter is third from the left.All photos © Boeing.TREND • Vol 57:1 • Spring 2007


CAMPAIGN UW: CREATING FUTURESCould Anything Top His Talking Toaster?Yes! Corey Anderson Has Created anEven Bigger Buzz with His EndowmentsThe “Talking Toaster” generated a hot buzz in ComputerScience & Engineering’s senior capstone designcourse in spring 1996. Voice-activated and programmedto respond to instructions and talk back (no need to setdials or push levers), the popular gizmo remains firmlyand fondly embedded in CSE’s cultural memory and invideo format on the department’s website.Its co-designer, Corin (“Corey”) Anderson, recentlyset off another buzz around CSE when he simultaneouslyestablished both fellowship and scholarship endowmentswith a substantial gift through the UW’s new StudentsFirst program (page 7). Now a software engineer atGoogle, he is, at age 29, CSE’s youngest donor at thislevel. With a 50 percent match from the UW, his endowmentswill support undergraduate and graduate studentseach year, in perpetuity.Corey earned bachelor’s degrees in math and computerscience in 1996 and a PhD in computer science in2002. As an undergrad he explored computer graphics,and his graduate research included machine learning,planning systems, data mining, and applying artificialintelligence to problems on the Web. His well-roundedtraining has made him a perfect fit for Google, where heworks with a team improving its Web search property.“Campaign UW topped its $2 billion goal onJanuary 26 — cheers and thank you!Now onward to meet Engineering’s goal andto support exceptional students through thenew Campaign UW Students First initiative.”Steven R. Rogel, Chair, COE Campaign Executive CommitteeChairman & CEO, Weyerhaeuser CompanyFrom his undergraduate days through his years asa grad student, Corey had heard about efforts to raisemoney for the new CSE building. It left an impression.“The idea just stuck that I wanted to give back to CSEsomeday,” Corey says. “It’s a friendly place and a lot offun, too. Setting up a fellowship to aid future graduatestudents who also appreciate and contribute to thisculture sounded like a great idea.”The Anderson Family celebrates graduation in 2002. From left are Craig,Casey, Cory, and Cathy.Still, it felt a little odd to be creating an endowmentin just his own name, so after consulting with his dad,Craig, he also decided to honor his family by establishingthe Anderson Family Endowed Scholarship forundergraduates. “This idea was just perfect,” Corey says,“because my entire family was involved with my educationand my brother, Casey, overlapped with me at CSE.It would be wonderful, for example, if families withmore than one member at the UW could benefit fromscholarships so the recipients can have a richer collegeexperience, shared with family.”Corey, Casey, and their mother, Cathy, started takingmath classes together at Highline Community Collegewhen Corey was 12 and Casey was 13. “I thoughtthey were too young to go on their own, so I enrolledtoo,” says Cathy. By 1993 all three had AA degreesand had entered the UW. Their motto might well be,“The family that studies together, succeeds together.”Cathy earned her bachelor’s degree in technicalcommunication and works at Microsoft as a contentrelease manager for its email and messaging server. Shehails from a family full of engineers dating back to hergreat grandfather. Craig is an electronic technician, soCorey and Casey received technological encouragementfrom both sides. Casey earned a bachelor of science incomputer engineering in 1996 and in 2002 completedhis professional masters degree in CSE. Like Cathy,Casey works for Microsoft, as a software developmentprogrammer for K-12 products.To announce the scholarship endowment to hisfamily, Corey hatched a plan to present it as a surpriseChristmas gift. “We were dumfounded,” Cathy says.“Speechless,” Casey adds. “It was absolutely cool andawesome. It’s impressive to be able to give somethingback as a family, and we have a lot to be thankful for.”10 TREND • Vol 57:1 • Spring 2007


Engineering Leads UW in Students First EndowmentsEngineering is running far ahead of the dawg packin creating new endowments to provide support fordeserving undergraduate and graduate students. Alumniand friends have established 17 endowments since theStudents First Matching Challenge Initiative launchedlate last year — close to 40% of the endowments establishedcampuswide as of March 31.The new initiative addresses a critical universitygoal to increase access by removing financial barriersfor deserving students. Corin Anderson (page 6) is anexample of the engineering alumni and friends listedhere who are front-runners in embracing this challenge.Students First affirms the Husky Promise, a commitmentthat students from all economic backgroundsshould have the opportunity to attend the UW. Beginningin fall 2007, the UW will bridge gaps in financialaid for qualified undergraduate students.Students First helps build private support to makethis possible. New endowments with a minimum contributionof $100,000 are eligible for matching funds of50 percent on the principal. All departments need moreundergraduate and graduate student endowments todraw exceptional students who otherwise could notafford to attend the UW. The challenge continuesthrough the conclusion of Campaign UW in June 2008.Let’s ensure Engineering remains the leader of the pack,and engineering students benefit from Students First.To learn how you can establish an endowment, contactJan Labyak, labyak@engr.washington.edu or 206-543-8779.u Students First Endowments in EngineeringFellowship EndowmentsCorin Anderson Endowed Fellowship in Computer Science& EngineeringHacherl Endowed Fellowship in Computer Science & EngineeringPurvis Family Endowed Fellowship in Mechanical EngineeringScholarship EndowmentsAnderson Family Endowed Scholarship in Computer Science& EngineeringShelley and Jonathan Bagg Endowed Scholarship inChemical EngineeringCrawford Family Endowed Scholarship in EngineeringRon Crockett Endowment for Undergraduate Scholarships inMechanical EngineeringGoogle Endowed Scholarship in Computer Science & EngineeringDavid and Cathy Habib Endowed Scholarship in ComputerScience & EngineeringVerelynn M. Hewett Endowed Scholarship Fund in EngineeringJewell Endowed Scholarship in EngineeringRobert B. Pearce Endowed Fund for Students inCivil EngineeringPedrizetti Family Endowed Scholarship in Computer Science& EngineeringRealNetworks Endowed Scholarship in Computer Science& EngineeringAlfred C. Weaver Endowed Scholarship in Computer Science& EngineeringCraig and Gretchen Wittenberg Endowed Scholarship inComputer Science & EngineeringThey Bonded in Chem Lab and Now Catalyze a LegacyShelley and Jonathan Bagg withdaughters Suzy (left) and Eve.A chemistry lab lit the spark between Jon and Shelley Bagg. Shelley (née Garrett) wasone of just two women in her 50-member chemical engineering class. Jon was completingan MS in chemistry and serving as lab TA. They became closer lab buddies the nextyear when Jon stayed on to complete credits for a BS in chemical engineering. Theygraduated in 1971 and moved to California’s Bay Area, Shelley becoming one of thefirst female engineers at Chevron’s Richmond refinery and Jon signing on with GeneralElectric’s Nuclear Power Division and later working for several units of Chevron.Fast forward 36 years through challenging engineering work, raising daughters, acareer shift (Shelley), and a “failed” retirement (Jon). Shelley established a successfulbusiness offering financial planning and investment services. Jon consults on engineeringdesign projects and enjoys part-time work at an independent bookstore.Now they have forged a new bond with the UW by establishing the Shelley andJonathan Bagg Endowed Scholarship in Chemical Engineering. The Students FirstMatching Initiative boosts their $100,000 gift with an additional $50,000.“A scholarship enabled me to earn a degree that catapulted me to a better life,”Shelley said. “We credit much of our success to our UW education, and the StudentsFirst initiative gives us the opportunity to pass this legacy on by helping deservingstudents obtain chemical engineering degrees.”TREND • Vol 57:1 • Spring 2007 11


MSE chair Fumio Ohuchi officially opens thelab with help from Scott DeBoer (left), Micron’sdirector of process research and development,and Dean Matthew O’Donnell.Postdoctoral fellow Kunakorn Poochinda talkswith Scott DeBoer about use of the 2D microdiffractionXRD purchased with Micron funding.UW and Micron Launch Materials Testing LabA quest for ever faster and smaller semiconductor devices is driving the computerchip industry to develop and incorporate new materials in chip structure.As chip components shrink, nanoscale effects change the behavior ofmaterials and affect performance. “Smaller devices will require new combinationsof materials,” said Fumio Ohuchi, professor of materials science andengineering and director of the new Micron Laboratory for CombinatorialMaterials Exploration, officially dedicated on March 19. Boise-based MicronTechnology, Inc. and the Micron Foundation helped launch the new lab withmore than $400,000 in equipment and $500,000 in cash. “By collaboratingwith the UW, we have a unique opportunity to enhance research activities todrive material development efforts and digital technology innovation,” saidScott DeBoer, Micron’s director of process research and development.New Systems EngineeringCertificate Program MeetsIndustry, Education NeedsEighteen UW students and fourBoeing engineers completed a newcertificate program in Global IntegratedSystems Engineering (GISE)during the 2006 summer quarter.Funded with a grant from Boeing,the new program meets a growingindustry need for engineers who cantake a big-picture look at the interplayof technology, engineering, thebusiness environment, management,finance, and other factors.A collaboration of the Collegeof Engineering, Boeing, and theBusiness School, the nine-weekcourse encompassed lectures, casestudies, and seminars presented byindustry and academic leaders. Leaddepartments are Industrial Engineeringand Aeronautics & Astronautics.The program is accepting applicationsfor fall quarter: www.engr.washington.edu/epp/gise/apply.html.http://www.engr.washington.edu • Tel: 206.543.0340 • Fax: 206.685.0666The Trend in EngineeringMatthew O’Donnell, PhDDeanJudy MahoneyAssistant Dean for External RelationsHeather HoeksemaDirector of CommunicationsSandy MarvinneyEditorHannah HickeyContributing WriterMary LevinUW PhotographySend address comments or corrections to:Editor, The Trendtrend@engr.washington.eduU N I V E R S I T Y OF WA S H I N G TO NCOLLEGE of ENGINEERINGA Community of Innovators371 Loew Hall, Box 352180Seattle, Washington 98195-2180

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