October 3, 2007 - The Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science, Rob Ettema, is pleased to announce Patrick Tyrrell, a University of Wyoming Alumni and Wyoming State Engineer, as the 2007 H. T Person Homecoming Lecturer. The lecture, slated for October 12, will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the UW Classroom Building room 133. The lecture is entitled “Defending our Borders – Protecting Wyoming’s Water” and will address water issues affecting Wyoming with a look at the role of engineers in the process. Dean Rob Ettema, who joined UW in August, will introduce Tyrrell. Ettema also has a strong background in water resource engineering, cold-regions processes, ice formation and ice-related research.
Tyrrell received his B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1979 and M.S. in civil engineering in 1982 with an emphasis in hydrology and hydraulics, both from UW. He is a Wyoming native who grew up in Cheyenne but has also lived in Casper, Gillette and Laramie, Wyoming, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. His experience was entirely within the private sector until taking the appointment as State Engineer in January of 2001. In his role as State Engineer, Pat serves as Wyoming’s Commissioner to the Upper Colorado River, Bear River, and the Yellowstone River Compact Commissions, and he represents Wyoming on the North Platte Decree Committee, the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Forum, and the Western States Water Council, among other groups. He is past board member and past President of the Wyoming Water Association.
During his remarkable career as Professor, Dean and President of UW, H.T. Person touched lives, inspired his students and shaped the UW College of Engineering and Applied Science. He was beloved and respected by his colleagues, his peers and most importantly by “his” students. He was called by some the “finest teacher I ever had.” His students remembered his ability to make a complicated subject understandable. Affectionately known as “Prof.,” he was a mentor, father figure and friend — a teacher who listened, supported and cared.
Inspired by the impact H.T. Person had on their lives, the members of College of Engineering and Applied Science National Advisory Board Endowment Committee raised an endowment to support an H.T. Person Chair that would be dedicated to teaching. The purpose of this annual lecture is to recognize and support efforts of the H.T. Person Endowment Committee and the splendid generosity of the donors who leave their own lasting legacy to their College and University.