EAST Honors and Celebrations


Many summer youth programs went virtual or drastically changed because of COVID-19

Weber State’s Pre-Freshman Program (PREP), a free six-week summer course in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for junior high students in the Ogden, Weber and Davis School Districts, is being held in a virtual format this summer as opposed to previous summers.

And the first day of PREP went about how some might expect, given the challenges of putting a whole in-person class curriculum online in a short period of time.

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WSU students build all-electric, net-zero wonder house in east-central Ogden

OGDEN — College graduates often end their final semester of school with an in-depth research project culminating in a lengthy and detailed scholarly paper.


But for a group of students from the department of construction and building sciences at Weber State University, their 2020 senior project entailed designing — and building — a six-bedroom house.

From scratch.

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podcast on spotifyOpening Up a Net Zero Home with Jeremy Farner & Janae Thomas-Watson Podcast

In this episode, Jake and BJ discuss Weber State’s Net-Zero home project with Professor of Building Design and Construction, Jeremy Farner, and the home’s Project Manager, Janae Thomas-Watson. Hear how WSU became a top 10 finalist in the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon Competition, and how, with the cooperation of students, industry sponsors and Ogden City, built an all-electric home that showcases a new-zero energy lifestyle.

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Jeremy Farner in 2newsWeber State's new 'Net Zero' electricity home is full of surprises

The Net zero-project was the lead story on Channel 2

WSU team builds net zero electric home for international competition (KSL)
WSU team builds net zero electric home for international competition (Deseret News)

New Professional Academic Advisor Award

Congratulations to EAST advisor Julie Christensen for receiving the New Professional Academic Advisor Award at the online UAAC meeting!

The Best Computer Science Degree Online

An online magazine called "The Future of Things" has ranked WSU's online computer science degree, the best in the nation.

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WSU Heavy-Civil Team and Design-Build Team placed 1st and 3rd

The Associated Schools of Construction is the professional association for the development and advancement of construction education, where the sharing of ideas and knowledge inspires, guides and promotes excellence in curricula, teaching, research and service. Held annually the first weekend in February, student teams work intensely for 18-24 hours producing a bid package in response to a 60 million dollar plus proposal sponsored by a top 20, nationwide, construction company. Weber State University teams collaborated prior to the February event at the CM Challenge hosted by BYU. This past year, our Heavy-Civil Team and Design-Build Team placed 1st and Commercial took 3rd place for the region. Students who participate in the ASC Student Competition walk away with enhanced team building skills, understanding of the construction proposal process and networking opportunities with access to the largest construction career fair in the western United States. Thank you to our team sponsors: Hughes General Contractors, Big-D Construction and Staker Parson for their financial contributions, making it possible for students to attend year after year. 


Congratulations to the School of Computing, Associate Professor Spencer Hilton for getting the President's Outstanding Teaching Award!

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"Spencer’s courses are well prepared and not rush. His personality and humor really come through in his audio lectures. Even though we were not in a face to face course, I felt like I got to know him as a person. I know he really likes High C, he has young kids, and he likes to tell funny stories to keep you awake during the boring parts of the course. His videos are in short segments so that you can easily re-watch a section if you need to review something. He has an open classroom policy. If you are in his online session you can drop in on his face to face class for additional help. Even before Starfish, he would reach out and let you know if you were doing well or if you need it a nudge. Spring forward a few years and I still hear about Professor Hilton from students as we pick out courses for the next semester. His name always comes up at the end of the year the student surveys of professors who really made an impact on students."  

Jeremy Farner: AGCOU Award

Congratulations to Jeremy Farner for winning the prestigious Service to the Industry Award presented by the Associated General Contractors of Utah (AGCOU). EAST is so proud of the work that Jeremy does for Weber State, the wider northern Utah community and communities overseas. His enthusiasm, hard-work, compassion and creativity inspires all of us.

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Jeremy Farner AGCOU Award Slideshow (Youtube)
Jeremy Farner AGCOU Award Speech (Youtube)

WSU PREP in the shortlisted for 2019 Airbus GEDC Diversity Award

Congratulations to WSU PREP on being shortlisted for the 2019 Airbus GEDC Diversity Award! The quality of entries this year has been truly outstanding, and we are so pleased to have you as one of the 14 shortlisted projects.  

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WSU Computer Science Program Ranked #58 Intelligent.com

"Weber State University has been awarded top ranking status for multiple degree
programs by Intelligent.com. Weber State University was listed amongst hundreds of other competing
institutions across the nation. The student-focused comprehensive research guide is based on an assessment
of 1,604 accredited colleges and universities. Each program is evaluated based on curriculum quality,
graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment."

List of Best Online Computer Science Degree Programs


A middle school team mentor by WSU Networking Instructor Matt Paulson wins 1st place in the state

A team of middle school students from Quest Academy Charter School in Ogden, UT recently concluded an exceptional round of competition in the twelfth season of CyberPatriot – the Air Force Association’s National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.

Established by AFA in 2009, CyberPatriot is designed to educate and motivate students toward careers in cybersecurity and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future. 

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Taylor Foss (Concept Center) was recently featured in the UEN channel talking about plastics and composites.

"This segment explores how Davis Technical College and Weber State University are meeting the need for technicians skilled in the use of advanced composites. As Utah’s Aerospace, Medical, Outdoor Products and other industries which rely on composites grow, the prospects for students entering these in-demand careers look bright.

"There's a lot of outdoor industry here.There's a lot of aerospace here.
They hire a lot of students out of this program to go work at those companies."

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Engineer Mary Foss envisions the engineering workplace as a game—especially when it comes to women engineers—and she urges us to learn to play by a fair set of rules.

How many times have you heard or even used the expression, “Don’t hate the player, hate the game?” This mentality colors our professional experiences as well as personal ones. I have a suspicion that there really isn’t a game at all. If there were, it would imply some consistency and objective measures on how to play. These rules, just like a game of chess would be unbiased. In this expression, the idea of a game, allows for an idea of a player and the ability to detach personal accountability to your own actions, a kind of separation between the inconsistencies that are prevalent in human interactions.

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WSU Student Receives National Automotive Award

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University senior Thomas Witbeck was selected from more than 750,000 automotive professionals to receive the Subaru University/National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Technician of the Year award.

Witbeck was one of 54 technicians nationwide, only two of whom are students, selected this year. He is also the first student from Weber State to receive the award, which was presented on Nov. 13 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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WSU Cyber Security Team

Congratulations to the WSU Cyber Security Team for taking 2nd place at the NIATEC Invitation Cyber Defense Competition hosted at ISU on November 8th and 9th.

The theme this year was Lord of the Years. The trophy is a silver bust of Gollum.

Student teams of four from WSU's Cyber Security Club:
Dwight Mitchell
Joseph Worthen
Tathan Thacker
Shawn Parslow


Ogden City, Weber Housing and Weber State team up to build 4 new homes

Professor of Building Design and Construction, Jeremy Farner will be leading this project.

OGDEN — Ogden City will team up with a pair of local partners to build a series of new homes in the east-central portion of the city.

Earlier this week, the Ogden City Council approved two agreements — one with the Weber Housing Authority and one with Weber State University — for the construction of four new homes, and likely more in the future.

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WSU PREP is the recipient of the Exemplary Collaboration Award

The recipient of the Exemplary Collaboration Award is the WSU PREP Program. Members of this program include: Dana Dellinger, College of Engineering Applied Sciences and Technology, Yesenia Quintana, Center for Community Engaged Learning, and Jennifer Claesgens, College of Science.  Congratulations to this team who work together throughout the year to coordinate and host summer programs that motivate and prepare high-achieving jr. high students for future schooling and careers in STEM fields.


Solar-powered Pavilion

The concept center was approached by the Sustainability Group led by Jennifer Bodine, requesting a solar charging station for students and faculty to use. 

The basic requirements were that the tables are to be outside providing shelter from the elements and have a place where students can plug in and charge their electronic devices.   The units must be completely self-contained and be able to be put at various places around campus.    They are to be solar-powered, with battery storage and be lit up at night.   With these solar pavilions students will have a well-illuminated area to study, hang out and be able to charge their electronic devices using the suns energy.  In addition, the structures need to be very durable to take high winds and snow all while requiring very minimal maintenance year-round.

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Outstanding Researcher Award

Congratulations to Computer Science Instructor Dr. Luke Fernandez and Dr. Susan Matt (WSU History professor) for wining the Weber State University: Outstanding Researcher Award. 

Fernandez and Matt recently wrote a book called "Bored, Lonely, Angry, Stupid: Changing Feelings about Technology, from the Telegraph to Twitter".

WSU Professors Examine Connection Between Technology and Emotion in New Book (article)
Fernandez and Matt describe their work (Youtube)

Women Engineers: Be Your Own Feminine

Mary Foss, assistant professor in Engineering Technology, recently wrote an article that was published in the Society of Women Engineering website about how women engineers should set aside the pressure that they might feel to look and act a certain way so as to not upset the strong preconceived notions that surround people regarding women engineers.

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Professional Sales Instructor Making a Difference

Professional Sales Instructor Alex Lawrence was asked to join and accepted a seat on the Board of Directors for the First Tee of Utah. It is a volunteer position for two years and it helps kids with no money and/or difficult home situations learn to play golf, get to play golf for free, provides equipment for them to use as well as golf lessons and mentoring.

They help a few hundred kids a year in Utah. The First Tee is a national organization as well; this is the Utah chapter. It is a very hands on program and really does help a lot of these kids learn some important things outside of hitting a golf ball.  They do a lot to help the kids with their home life by involving their schooling and grades as part of the program in an effort to help them graduate from high school, and where warranted, helps them with college golf scholarships as well. 

Greg Smith received the SME Education Foundation

WSU Student received SME Education Foundation, including the SME Directors Scholarship

Greg Smith faced a decision. He was studying English at Utah Valley University but wasn’t enamored with the career options his potential degree provided. Greg had been studying welding, both technique and theory, for the previous 15 years. In high school he enrolled in as many welding classes he could handle. 

Two years into his studies at Utah Valley University Greg decided to try something else. He turned to his passion for and experience with welding for a pathway. Greg spent the next seven years as the lead welding instructor at Mountainland Applied Technology College where he trained students in techniques for welding sheet metal, plates and pipes using the welding knowledge he had acquired previously.

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WSU Student at the Utah NASA Space Grant Consortium

Recent graduate Shelby Chatlin (BSMET 2018) presented at the Utah NASA Space Grant Consortium in May 2019.  Shelby discussed the engineering and manufacturing of the non-conductive mechanical drive system for the Antenna Pattern Measurement System being jointly developed by faculty members Christian Hearn (Electrical Engineering) and Dustin Birch (Mechanical Engineering).


Interior Design Study Abroad 2019

The Interior Design program recently returned from their study abroad adventure focusing on ancient-18th century architecture and interiors.  The 42 participants had the good fortune to explore Italy (Venice, Rome, Pompeii); Croatia (Pula, Rovinj, Groznjan); Germany (Nuremberg, Regensburg and Schwangau); France (Colmar, Fountainbleau, Versailles and Paris).  In addition to wearing out students with walking, we also participated in a dragon boat and regatta experience in the canals of Venice and a bike ride through the vineyards of Colmar.  Some of the highlights were seeing the beautiful Colosseum in Pula, the Hall of Mirrors in Versaille and the Paris Opera House.  We were there for the 130th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower and enjoyed the festivities that accompanied that celebration (and the somber site of Notre Dame).  Many student attended an optional evening tour at the Nazi Rally Grounds in Germany and gained a better understanding of WWII's beginning. 

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Inspection Trends Magazine: Nondestructive Examination at Weber State University

by Jeffry Strahan
How the school’s Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology program (MFET) incorporates welding inspection classes. 
Students seeking to become engineers in structural, mechanical, or manufacturing disciplines need to have a good background in nondestructive examination (NDE). Engineers involved in systems technology or product development are required to conform to the integrity of a system, and the integral parts associated with that system, to have acceptable quality per contract documents. Continue reading on page 17.

Inspections Trends Magazine: May 2019 | Volume .22 | No. 2


Podcast: New Architecture, Engineering and Construction Pathway Program


WSU professor Jeremy Farner got invited to be in the Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development podcast.

He talked about the New Architecture, Engineering and Construction Pathway Program.

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Solar Decathlon 2020 -  WSU is one of 11 schools in this competition.

Golden, Colorado - Congratulations to the Building Design and Construction senior project students for qualifying to compete at the Solar Decathlon Building Competition at the National Mall in Washington D.C. in 2020! The team has been awarded $25,000 by the US Department of Energy to continue with the project and got the approval to proceed to build a duplex in Salt Lake City. 

Solar Decathlon 2020

Charitable Chair 2019

Friday night was the Interior Design Program's annual Charitable Chair event. Talented and dedicated students from the program professionally refinished chairs. The Charitable Chair event incorporates accreditation standards, design curriculum and public service.

As part of the course final project, students from five interior design courses participate by designing and enlisting the help of professionals to refurbish a chair of historical significance. Chairs are auctioned at a public event. Proceeds from this year's auction will be divided between Catholic Community Services-Bridging the Gap and the WSU Interior Design Program.


Design Build Day 2019

Over 400 students visited the WSU Davis campus for Build Design Day. The event included the announcement of the Utah Architecture, Engineering and Construction Pathway, mini house tours, workshops, interior design classes, excavator driving, booths, prizes, and a pizza buffet.


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Professional Sales students to compete in Orlando, Florida for DECA competition.

Students at Weber State University did an exemplary job at the state DECA competition in February, 2019. Seventeen of the eighteen students placed in their competitive events and qualified for the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) held in Orlando, Florida. This was a substantial growth from the seven students who placed at the state DECA competition the previous year.

DECA Competition

Students build a portable radio station for Weber County Sheriff’s
Emergency Communication Team

Jerry Catrell from the Weber County Sheriff's Emergency Communications team discovered that handheld radios did not keep his team consistently in commuicaitons while riding inside improvised ambulances.  Jerry met with Professor Kelly Harward who invited him to meet with his MFET 3460 Engineering Design class.  This lead to students building protypes of specialized airtight and watertight containers to carry portable, powerful ham radio stations in.  Students Alex Richins, Brand Foust, Michael Kidman, Jared Paskins, Riker Porter, Russell Schuh, Kaden Strate, Jake Wilson, and Daniel Wiseman came up with a winning design that when field tested was confirmed to be a perfect solution.  

Portable Radio

Inspection Trends Magazine Cover

WSU welding instructor and student in the front cover of Inspection Trends

Pipeline Hot Tapping

Cover photo: Welder and CWI Jeff Strahan performs an API 1104 branch test for qualification on pipeline welding. (Photo by WSU Welding Student: Sam Sievert.) Page 20

by Jeffry Strahan, WSU Engineering Technology Instruction
Learn about this pipeline modification and repair method and how the expertise of an experienced CWI makes it safer.

Inspection Trends Magazine (pdf)

Top 5 Nationally ranked Interior Design Student

Interior Design student, Natalie Gneiting, ranked in the top five nationally in the FORM Student Innovation Competition by Formica Corporation. Her work will be displayed with fellow Interior Design student Mallory Bouchard’s in March 2019 at the competition exhibit in Cincinnati, Ohio at the Contemporary Arts Center.

FORM Student Innovation Competition

Interior Design Student Ranks Third Nationally

Mallory Bouchard, a second year student, placed third in the FORM Student Innovation Competition by Formica Corporation. Her success in the competition earned her prize winnings. Not only did she receive a prize from the competition, but her work will be displayed in the Contemporary Arts Center located in Cincinnati, Ohio in March 2019.  

FORM Student Innovation Competition List of Winners

View Her Competition Work