Monthly Archives: November 2012

Iron Man Gary Gigante Pours Himself Into His Work

Gary Gigante

Gary Gigante was inspired to pursue engineering after taking a woodworking and metalworking course in high school. He designed a pattern in wood shop to make a casting of an eagle in the foundry lab, and his teachers acknowledged his talents and encouraged him to consider college.

Today, Gigante is the president and CEO of ThyssenKrupp Waupaca Inc., the largest iron foundry in the world. (more…)

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Willoughby Named Regional VP

Denita Willoughby

Denita Willoughby, (BSIE, ’88) the founder and CEO of a management consulting firm has been named regional vice president of external affairs for the Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), the company announced last week.

As vice president of external affairs for SoCalGas, Willoughby will lead the company’s community relations, public affairs and media and employee communications efforts. Read more…

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Barthel Elected SMTA President

Bill Barthel

Bill Barthel (BSCBE, ’84) is the new president of the Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA). The association is an international network of professionals who build skills, share practical experience and develop solutions in electronic assembly technologies, including microsystems, emerging technologies, and related business operations.

Barthel is the manager of manufacturing technology development at Plexus Manufacturing Solutions and has been involved in the electronics manufacturing industry since 1985 with both printed circuit fabrication and printed circuit assembly.  Read more…

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