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2015 Alumni Event Update

Posted: October 5, 2015

Alumni reunion highlights

On September 17 and 18 the Department sponsored a special Alumni Reunion – highlights of the two-day event included:

  • Alumni guest lectures in selected classes.
  • Companies and agencies interacted with students at contact sessions.
  • Dinner was enjoyed by over 65 faculty, alums, and friends in the Machine Fabrication Shop.
  • Dr. Paul Heinemann, Department Head, shared the plans for the NEW building that will replace the old facility with a new modern 21st century facility that will greatly enhance the teaching, research, and extension mission of this Department. Attendees also listened to faculty members, who shared their impressions of the cutting edge of the Agricultural and Biological Engineering profession.
  • Infiltrating Stormwater workshop was presented by Dr. Jarrett to alumni and other engineers from the area interested in improving their stormwater management skills.
  • Many participated in two tours on Friday; one was a stormwater tour and the second was a walking tour of the Department lead by Dr. Heinemann and graduate students and faculty responsible for the various areas of the building.

The “most experienced” alumnus at the event was Ernest Gingrich (’53), and the “furthest distance traveled” award went to retired department head Roy Young, who drove all the way from South Carolina.  On the younger side of things, Serena Wang organized a group of graduates from 2004-06 for a special get together. 

In all, over 75 alumni and friends of the Department had the chance to say “Farewell” to the old building. A good time was had by all.

The next big alumni event will be focused on the dedication of the new building projected for the fall of 2018.