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Outstanding Staff Award - Marvin C. Perry, III
June 3, 2011 — Marvin Perry was raised in Indianapolis, Indiana and fell in love with Wyoming during a backpacking trip in the Wind River Range. After attending Purdue University, he earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering at UW under the direction of Dr. David Walrath. Before returning to Laramie in 2007, he held several positions with Toray Industries, primary supplier of composite material to the Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” airplane. He worked in Alabama and Washington as composite materials research engineer and process engineer, and was appointed R&D liaison to Boeing and other 787 partner companies.
Marvin now stays occupied designing and maintaining specialized equipment in support of broad experimental research in the Civil & Architectural Engineering Department. He spends much of his time assisting graduate students in setting up their experimental apparatus, usually involving custom software and instrumentation. He is a member of the College’s Staff Council and currently serves as Vice Chair for the Council.
“Marvin provides exceptional design and programming for a diverse range of applications, but more importantly, he instructs our students on “real world” engineering topics,” said Jonathan Brant, Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering. “He is a valuable contributor to our mission to teach and instruct our students on the topics that they will need to be successful engineers.”
He is married to Jessica Perry, a graphic designer & adjunct faculty in the Art Department. They have a toddler named Seth, and like to take advantage of the great trails located at Happy Jack. Marvin plays trumpet in the Laramie Community Band, and participates in the music ministry at the Newman Center.