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Mechanical Engineering
Engineering Building Room 2052.
Postal: Dept. 3295 1000 E. University
Courier (FEDEX, UPS, etc); 16th & Gibbon
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307.766.2122
Fax: 307.766.2695
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Mechanical Engineering Board Members

Chair of the Board
Annette Lynch

Vice Chair
Rowland Linford

Member information:
Robert E. Ballard, Jr.
1966 - BS Virginia Tech (Mechanical Engineering)
1975 - MBA University of Pittsburgh

Engineering Related Experience:
10 years with Westinghouse Nuclear
10 years with Gibbs & Hill Nuclear - Project Manager for Comanche Peak
20 years in power project development

Current Position:
Project Manager for High Plains Gasification - Advanced Technology Center (UW/GE Partnership)


Patrick Burns, P.E. (Past Chair of the Board)
1973 - BS UW (Mechanical Engineering)
1977 - MS University of Southern California (Systems Management)

Engineering Related Experience:
Brigadier General USAF (retired)
30 years of Engineering experience in planning, design, and construction for the US Air Force across all 50 states and 21 foreign countries, including Director of Installations for all US-based fighter and bomber bases

Current Position:
Professional Engineer


Emily Beagle
2008-2012: BS degrees at UW in both ME and Energy Systems Engineering
2012-present: MS student

Current Position:
President - Energy Systems Club
Secretary - ASME Student Chapter


Jo Chytka

1979 - BS University of Wyoming (Marketing)
1981 -  MBA  University of Wyoming

Current Position:
Director, Center for Advising and Career Services, University of Wyoming

Peter R. Davis
1961 - BS UW (Physics)

Engineering Related Experience:
Safety & risk assessment and analysis for nuclear power reactors, nuclear weapons facilities, test and research reactors, and radioactive waste disposal facilities.

Current Position:
President, PRD Consulting


Amy DiRienzo
2011 - BS UW (Mechanical Engineering)

Current Position:
Pursuing MS ME at UW


William “Bill” T. Dolling
1964 - BS UW (Mechanical Engineering)
1967 - MS RPI (Mechanics)

Engineering Related Experience:
1964-1967 - Pratt & Whitney (Jet Engine Design)
1967-2002 - Thiokol/ATK
2002 - Retired as VP of Engineering

Current Position:
Retired - Teaching short course on “Teamwork” for the ME/ESE Senior Design course in the Fall term

Maureen Hand, PhD (Board Chair)
1994 - BS UW (Mechanical Engineering)
1999 - MS University of Colorado (Mechanical Engineering)
2003 - PhD University of Colorado (Mechanical Engineering)

Engineering Related Experience:
1995-Present: National Renewable Energy Lab engineer

Current Position:
Senior Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory


Ken Jensen, PhD
1971 - BS UW (Mechanical Engineering)
1973 - MS UW (Mechanical Engineering)
1975 - BS UW (Mathematics)
1979 - PhD UW (Electrical Engineering)

Engineering Related Experience:
FMC Corp., Project Engineer
1979-1987 - Sandia National Labs: navigation, guidance, and control of rockets; modeling of space-based missile defense system and Strategic Petroleum Reserve
1991-1994 - Dept. Head at New Mexico Highlands University, developing an engineering program
1994-1998 - Robotics Vehicle Department, Manager
1998-2000 - Robotics Vision Systems Department, Manager
2000-2005 - International Programs Center, Program Manager for the Megaports Initiative
2005 - Present: Missile Defense Agency, Lead Missile Engineer for STARS targets

Current Position:
Technical Advisor for an air-launched target for the Missile Defense Agency


Rowland B. Linford (formerly P.E. - registration not renewed)
1964 - BS. UW (Mechanical Engineering)
1966 - MS Michigan (Nuclear Engineering)

Engineering Related Experience:
43 years at GE in nuclear design and safety analysis, both engineering and management

Current Position:
Retired from GE, part-time consultant


Annette M. Lynch, P.E. (Board Vice-Chair)
1988 - BS UW (Mechanical Engineering)
1991 - MS UW (Mechanical Engineering)

Engineering Related Experience:
1991-2000 - Woodward Governor Company, Product Engineer, Supplier Quality Engineer
2003 - present - Jurisdata, Inc. - Independent contractor

Current Position:
Jurisdata, Inc. - Regulating Compliance Engineer


Don Slaughterbeck
1964 - BS UW (Mechanical Engineering)
1965 - MS UW (Mechanical Engineering)

Engineering Related Experience:
Systems safety and risk assessment specialist for Science Applications International Corp. Thermodynamics and fluid dynamic behavior of nuclear power systems for normal and off-normal conditions. Assessment of environmental impacts of on-going and proposed activities

Current Position:
Retired. Consulting in area of Safety and Risk Assessment.


Jean Vaniman
1984 - BS U. Alabama (Chemical Engineering)
1989 - MBA Utah State
1998 - MS Cal State - Dominguez Hills (Quality Assurance)

Engineering Related Experience:
1984-Present: Numerous management positions within Alliant Techsystems (ATK), Launch Systems (Morton Thiokol)

Current Position:
Manager, Procurement Quality Assurance for Alliant Techsystems

Kent Westedt



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