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Bruce Pivic, Lori Sandberg and Jennifer Catchpole to Launch Engineering and Applied Science Commencement Program

November 30, 2010 — Bruce Pivic (B.S. electrical engineering 1984), owner of Infinity Power & Controls, Rock Springs, Wyo., will address more than 60 Engineering and Applied Science graduates during the December 3, 2010 commencement ceremony. Bruce will be joined by two student speakers, Joint Engineering Council Outstanding Senior Lori Sandberg of Albin, Wyo., and Wyoming Engineering Society Outstanding Senior Jennifer (Beman) Catchpole of Cheyenne, Wyo.

Bruce came to UW during his senior year from Western Wyoming Community College where he was studying music. Interested in electrical controls, he switched to engineering upon entering UW. He was able to gain valuable advice from Advisor and Professor John Steadman and guidance from Professor Kenneth R. Beach, to finish his degree program with a B.S. in electrical engineering from UW in 1984.

Bruce has a background working as a mine electrician with Black Butte Coal in Point of Rocks Wyo. He continued to advance his career, by working on a coal project in China, and later as a power systems project engineer. He relocated to be a power engineer with Allied Chemical (now General Chemical) for 15 years. Gaining valuable experience in the automation field, he branched out on his own, starting Infinity Power and Controls, in 1998. Infinity Power and Controls (IPC) writes code for paint booths for Ford and Basic Food Flavors, who makes the flavor packs for Top Ramen Noodles.

Lori is a mechanical engineering major at UW. She is a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society, American Legion Auxiliary volunteer for fundraising and local programs, Golden Key International Honor Society member, and a member of the UW Mechanical Engineering team for NASA’s Great Moonbuggy Race National Design Competition. She had the opportunity to work as a student researcher at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland this past summer where she assisted with cryogenic testing on window seal and thermal tri-support testing for space flight programs.

Jennifer is a senior from Cheyenne, Wyoming majoring in electrical and computer engineering at UW. In addition to her studies, Jennifer represented the College as ASUW Senator for two years and is active as secretary for the Joint Engineering Council student chapter. She is a member of Tau Beta PI and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society as well as the Wyoming Engineering Society and Big Brothers Big Sisters. She is also past-president of the UW IEEE student chapter. This past summer she interned with Union Wireless as a student engineer and upon completion of her undergraduate studies she plans to continue her education at UW in the M.S. program.

Congratulations seniors and the best of luck in your future endeavors!


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