These are challenging times to be in charge of 11 nuclear reactors at six stations in the State of Illinois. One might think all times would be challenging given that responsibility and Exelon Nuclear Senior Vice President of Midwest Operations Bryan Hanson (BSNEEP, ’88) would not disagree.
“It’s a great career but not for the faint of heart, certainly,” Hanson says. “These reactors obviously run 24/7. My weekends and holidays are most often disrupted but it’s a fascinating job.” Continue reading
With greenhouse gas emissions trending downward in Minnesota, Xcel Energy finds itself “ahead of the curve” in its proactive efforts to lower emissions from power plants around the state, according to Xcel Regional Vice-President Laura McCarten (BSEP, ’79).
Thursday McCarten, who has a degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Wisconsin, said that Xcel had taken significant steps in reducing emissions in the state, including converting two older coal-burning plants to natural gas (Riverside and High Bridge), and retrofitting the King plant with modern emission control technology to burn low-sulfur Wyoming coal. The conversions resulted in a significant drop in C02 levels and a 90% reduction in sulfur emissions, and were cost effective due to the current low price of natural gas. Read more…
Dahlia Mogahed, (BSCBE, ’97) was named the 32nd most powerful Arab woman by ArabianBusiness.com. The 2012 list includes both businesswomen and activists among others and ranks Arab women according to the number of people whose lives they have touched and influenced. Read more…
There have always been social and political considerations influencing engineering decisions, but if there is one thing Roger Cooley (BSCEE, ’76) could convey to today’s graduates, it’s that those considerations are now a much bigger part of the engineering profession. Continue reading
Major General Thomas A. Benes
Since age 8, Milwaukee native Thomas Benes always wanted to fly airplanes. Born into a long line of tool makers, fabricators and machinists, he also loved science, working with his hands, and figuring out how machines were put together.
First in his family to earn a college degree, Benes received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1974 and spent the next several decades flying fighter jets for the U.S. Marine Corps from aircraft carriers and bases in Japan, Europe and the Pacific. Continue reading
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) announced the election of an industry leader as its 2013 president. Dennis Bray (BSME, ’76, PhD, 89), FSME, was sworn in along with the rest of the 2013 SME Executive Committee and Board of Directors at the Society’s Awards & Installation Banquet held November 10, 2012, in Las Vegas. Read more…
Long before apps and email became the main reasons to keep a mobile phone in your pocket, James Thompson arrived at a then-small California startup called Qualcomm to begin work on implementing what would become one of the most common protocols for cellular phone calls in the world. Continue reading
Jeffrey Sprecher (BSCBE, ’78), 57, is co-founder, CEO and chairman of IntercontinentalExchange, firm headquartered in Atlanta that operates electronic trading exchanges in the U.S. and overseas. Founded in 2000, the company has grown to a roughly $9 billion exchange with $1.3 billion in revenue via approximately a dozen acquisitions.
As this article in USA Today explains, he is engineering a deal to purchase the New York Stock Exchange. Read more…
Five years into a successful career with John Deere, Tanya Higgins began looking for a way to “tie the bow on the package” of her professional goals. That desire led her in 2004 to the Master of Engineering Professional Practice (MEPP) program.
Since graduating from MEPP in 2006, Higgins has received an impressive five promotions in six years with John Deere. “I already had my undergraduate schooling as a solid foundation and my career experiences as building blocks,” says Higgins, a 1994 materials engineering graduate of Youngstown State University. “What I needed was a way to tie it all together to help me make the transition from executing the ideas of others to communicating my ideas to others and inspiring their engagement. MEPP helped me develop that.” Continue reading