EAST Honors and Celebrations
Dr. Christian Hearn - Utah NASA Space Grant Consortium Fellowship Recipient
Congratulations to Dr. Hearn for being selected for the 2023-24 Utah Space Grant Consortium!
Dr. Justin B. Jackson - Brady Presidential Distinguished Professor Recipient
Justin Jackson is lauded by students for his vast knowledge base, effective communication of course concepts, flexibility in course delivery and a willingness to help students succeed. He has supervised 29 senior projects, advised four graduate student projects and served on three graduate students’ committees. Jackson was instrumental in developing the Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and helped design the four-year plan for the degree, along with required and elective course options. In collaboration with his colleagues, he developed and designed the two-year plan for the Master of Science in Computer Engineering and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, and designed the four-year plan for the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering. He also developed two new graduate courses to support the Master of Science in Computer Engineering and helped advance an innovation center at Hill Air Force Base in collaboration with Lockheed Martin, Weber State and Hill. One of the highlights of Jackson’s 16-year tenure at WSU was working with the legislature to create the electronic engineering program. His current research includes software-defined radio, printed semiconductor materials, and very-large scale integrated circuit design. He currently works with undergraduate and graduate students on projects in these areas, including the development of networking protocol discrimination techniques in software-defined radio for antenna characterization and 3D printed solar cells. Beyond academia, Jackson serves as a technical advisor for an elementary school’s vex robotics team and as a recruiter for engineering programs at several area high schools, Salt Lake Community College and Hill AFB.
The Electric Vehicle Technician Program
Congratulations to the WSU Automotive Department for their award in the Intermountain Sustainability Summit for "The Electric Vehicle Technician Program"!
Awarded to Weber State University, UCAIR, Utah Clean Cities Coalition, Office of Economic Development, UDOT, GO Utah, and the Dept. of Government Operations.
Weber State Students in Kenya
37 Weber State Students, Faculty, Staff and community members traveled to Taru, Kenya over spring break to assist the Daruma tribe in constructing the foundation of a community learning center in partnership with a non profit specializing in empowerment through education.
Continue reading Weber State Students in Kenya.
John Kelly - Automotive - Presidential Teaching Excellence Award
OGDEN, Utah – Following a five-year tradition, Weber State University awarded the 2023 Presidential Teaching Excellence Award to 12 of its top teachers.
The award is based on nominations from students, faculty and staff who recognize the outstanding efforts of WSU professors from diverse fields of study – from the arts to the sciences.
Continue reading Weber State faculty receive prestigious award for teaching excellence
School of Computing professors on KUTV - channel 2
WSU, Hill Air Force Base partner to train military spouses for IT careers
OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University is partnering with Hill Air Force Base and Catalyst Campus to offer the Rosie Project, a tuition-free information technology program aimed at getting military spouses plugged into jobs within the Department of Defense.
For spouses of active duty members, it’s sometimes difficult to find employment due to frequent location changes. The partnership between WSU and Hill AFB will increase employment opportunities by teaching skills needed by the DOD. Continue reading WSU, Hill Air Force Base partner to train military spouses for IT career
Brad Naisbitt - Presidential Outstanding Staff Award
Congratulations to our EAST IT/Project Manager for being award these years Presidential Outstanding Staff Award!
Dr. Dustin Birch - 2023 AIAA UT Section Engineering Educator of the Year Nominee
Dustin Birch is a Utah engineering educator and Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He holds a BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah along with PhD Systems Engineering degree from Colorado State University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Utah with 25 years of engineering experience, his last industry position being a Director of Engineering at a Utah based environmental engineering firm. He continues to perform specialized consulting in the areas of reliability engineering, mechanical design, structural analysis, dynamic / vibration analysis, fatigue analysis, and thermal analysis. Since 2011 he has applied his real-world experience in the classroom as a Professor of Engineering at WSU, teaching 12 different courses across Mechanical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering, and Systems Engineering departments. He also serves his university in many ways: the Faculty Senate, Masters of Science Systems Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Program Proposal and Curriculum Development Committees, Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program Coordinator, WSU EAST Curriculum Committee, and the WSU Tau Alpha Pi Chapter Faculty Advisor. Through these efforts he has helped establish WSU’s Mechanical Engineering and Systems Engineering degrees. His on-going efforts continue to advance the practice of engineering education while cultivating highly versed mechanical and systems engineering students.
Alex Lawrence - Morning in America, The Wall Street Journal and CNN
WSU Professional Sales professor Alex Lawrence was interviewed in Morning in America and featured in The Wall Street Journal where he discussed ChatGPT.
Alyssa Mock - Finalist for the 2023 Curtis W. McGraw Research Award
Dr. Alyssa Mock is one of the 3 finalists for the 2023 Curtis W. McGraw Research Award in the Non-PhD Granting Program Category.
"We received many outstanding nominations for the McGraw Awards from across the country this year from which the finalists were determined and the award winner designated. My personal congratulations being designated as among the finalists this year. "
- Carrie Berger, Ph.D. (she/hers) | Executive Director, Purdue Online Academic Affairs
WSU opens MARS Center at Hill Air Force Base
Weber State University recently opened the Miller Advanced Research and Solutions (MARS) Center, formerly the USTAR Building, thanks to a generous gift from the Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation.
Students and faculty at the center, located at the Falcon Hill Aerospace Research Park, assist Hill Air Force Base in accomplishing national defense objectives by conducting research and completing engineering projects.
Dr. Bharath Babu Nunna at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (ASME IMECE-2022).
October 30th – November 3rd, 2022, Columbus, OH.
Below are the titles of his talks in the IMECE conference.
Highly Efficient Rapid Self-Separation of Blood Plasma from Whole Blood Using 3D Printed Nano-Structured Surface Engineering in Microfluidic Platforms. (IMECE2022-100196).
International Conference on Engineering, Science and Technology (IConEST)
Congratulations to Mary Foss, Manufacturing Systems Engineering professor, for her submission and acceptance of her article titled "AN EVALUATION OF MATHEMATICAL MODELS AND STABILITY ANALYSIS OF LEARNING BASED ON REACTION KINETICS". This article will be published in the International Journal on Engineering, Science and Technology (IJonEST): www.ijonest.net.
Once homeless, woman is now award-winning student at WSU
OGDEN, Utah – A few years ago, Jessica Stratton was living in her car with $2.08 to her name. Now she’s a 4.0 student studying computer science at Weber State University, and last month received the Student Pathway Award from Women Tech Council. Stratton left a turbulent home at 18. There were stretches when she survived on cereal, showering at a gym and sleeping only every other night because she worked graveyard shifts – all while trying to save money to reach her dream of going to college.
Continue reading Once homeless, woman is now award-winning student at WSU
Dr. Christian Hearn - 2022-2023 Ambrose Amos Shaw Endowed Chair Award recipient
The Ambrose Amos Shaw Endowed Chair Program is a prestigious university research award that provides support for faculty research and enhanced student engagement and collaboration. Endowed chairs are appointed each year with a funding of $7000 per recipient. Congratulations to this year’s recipients!
Weber State emerges as hub for internet safety resources
Weber State emerges as hub for internet safety resources
From school districts to airlines, anyone can be hacked — cybersecurity protects (Deseret News)
Experts say campaigns use 'roundabout way' to get voters' phone numbers, send texts (KUTV)
Weber State Students Build New Deck for Homeowner in Need
A woman in Ogden had needed a new back deck for several years. With its rotted wood, loose floorboards, and not being secured to the house, it was extremely unsafe. She was even tripping over a gap between the back door and the entrance to the deck. Jeremy Farner, Building Design & Construction Program Coordinator at Weber State University, brought his students to build her a new deck as part of hands-on experience for their major. In less than two days, they tore out the old deck and built a new, safe structure.
The Salt Lake Tribune features an article about The Automotive Technology Department
Almost a generation ago, John Kelly saw two waves coming.
The first wave began in 2000 when Toyota brought the Prius, the first popular hybrid car, to the United States.
“I was a late comer in 2004,” said Kelly, a professor of automotive engineering at Weber State University. That’s when he first got the chance to tear a Prius apart and learn about how it integrated electric power into an internal combustion car.
Weber State as CAE -- it's official!
President Mortensen, Dr. Ravi Krov, Dr. Matt Paulson, and Dr. Brian Rague receive the designation for the National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense from a National Security Agency of the United States of America representative at a regional event which took place at the University of Denver, Sept 9.
Computer Science student receives the Student Award at the Women Tech Awards
Congratulations to computer science student Jessica Stratton for winning the student award at the Women Tech Awards! She competed against students from all utah universities. Weber State is proud of you!
Taylor Foss received the Programmatic Impact Award
WSU's Rise Awards for research, impact success, and emerging research awarded Taylor Foss, Engineering Manager, from the WSU Concept Center, the Programmatic Impact Award!
The Mechanical Engineering Department is recognize with the “Student Persistence Award”
Academic Affairs and WSU provost, Ravi Krovi selected the Mechanical Engineering Department for the 2021-2022 Departmental Recognition for Student Persistence
New Deputy Director of the Rocky Mountain Center of Occupational and Environmental Health
Matthew Hughes, MD is the new Deputy Director of the Rocky Mountain Center of Occupational and Environmental Health (RMCOEH). The RMCOEH is one of 18 national education research centers designated by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). As a result of SB-172 legislative action, Weber State University (WSU) will be co-managing the center with the University of Utah. WSU will receive approximately $800,000 of continuing state appropriations and other corporate funds to provide a transformative interdisciplinary educational experience that will meet the urgent need for more occupational safety health professionals. Dr. Hughes will collaborate with our faculty to develop a post baccalaureate certificate in occupational health professions and an undergraduate degree in environmental health and safety. Conversations have already begun with faculty from Health Professions, Science, and EAST colleges.
New Director of the Advanced Research and Solutions Center
Ian Harvey, Ph.D. is the new Director of the Advanced Research and Solutions Center (formerly the USTAR Innovation Center). The Advanced Research and Solutions Center will provide access to resources that support the development and transition of new technologies, processes, and solutions, primarily in advanced materials and advanced manufacturing. The applied research at the center will enable new technology to transition to successful business and government enterprises while providing applied educational opportunities for students and faculty.
The funding for the Director of the Advanced Research and Solutions Center is from a state contract from the Governor's office of Economic Opportunity through EAST to fund a center for advanced composites materials and structures.
SciTech Now: Advanced Composites
Congrats to Taylor Foss (Concept Center Engineer Manager) and his participation in the UEN's SciTech video on plastic and composites with our Davis Tech partners. The video has been selected to be added to the DCMP library which will reach a national accessibility audience.
Eccles Fellowship: Randy Hurd
The Honors Eccles Fellows Program encourages faculty to develop their teaching and scholarly interests through teaching in the Honors Program. An Eccles Fellow develops and teaches a new class on a topic related to their scholarly interests. Eccles Fellows are compensated with 3 hours of teaching time and 3 hours of release time to pursue research related to the class.
2021 IOP Outstanding Reviewer Award
Congratulations to Assistant Professor, Bharath Babu Nunna, Ph.D. of the Department of Mechanical Engineering for being recognized by IOP Publishing. He received the Outstanding Reviewer Awards 2021.
Ivory Prize: Maria Rios Cabrera
Maria Rios Cabrera, a senior with a double major in mechanical engineering and economics and a minor in math, has a passion for helping students with learning disabilities.
Cabrera serves as the Student Coordinator for the CATT (creating achievement through transition) program, in the Disability Services Center, which helps students with learning disabilities transition from high school to college. Cabrera understands the challenges, at age 9, she immigrated from Honduras and struggled with the language, culture and her own learning challenges.
Super Staff Award: Christel Grange-Hicks
Congratulations to the School of Computing admin Christel Grange-Hicks!
Construction Management Ranked #3 and Automotive Ranked #16
Best Accredited Colleges ranked WSU number three in the list of Best Construction Management Associate Degree Programs
#3 on our list Best Construction Management Associate Degree Programs
#16 on our list Best Associate Degrees in Automotive Technology
Super Staff Award: Christel Grange-Hicks
Congratulations to the School of Computing admin Christel Grange-Hicks!
Construction Management Ranked #3 and Automotive Ranked #16
Best Accredited Colleges ranked WSU number three in the list of Best Construction Management Associate Degree Programs
#3 on our list Best Construction Management Associate Degree Programs
#16 on our list Best Associate Degrees in Automotive Technology
Cody Squadroni - Career Champion Award Winner
Each academic school year, Career Services has the honor of recognizing faculty and staff members at WSU who have significantly contributed to the professional development of their students. This year, the Career Champion award winners were nominated by WSU students, with the student's nominations including quotes about why they considered the individual they nominated to be a Career Champion, and then the final selections were made by the WSU Career Services Marketing Department. We sincerely appreciate and congratulate Cody, along with the other Career Champions on their continued support and dedication to their students. For more information regarding the program, feel free to check out our Career Champions for Faculty Webpage.
Alyssa Mock - Recipient of the Paul Drude Award
Dr. Alyssa Mock is currently an assistant professor at Weber State University, Ogden, Utah, USA. She receives the ICSE-9 Paul Drude Award for her pioneering work on generalized ellipsometric analysis of ultra-wide bandgap metal oxides with low-crystal symmetry. She has also worked to uncover the stress and strain relationships within low symmetry materials to provide a pathway to use ellipsometry in understanding of how these low symmetry materials behave under the influence of perturbations due to strain or stress.
Ruby Award 2021
Congratulations to Professor Kim Murphy (School of Computing) for being selected as the recipient of the Ruby Award of 2021. Soroptimist of Ogden is a women's non-profit volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to the education and professional training they need to achieve economic empowerment.
Annually, Soroptimist of Ogden presents the Ruby Award to honor women in our community who have worked to improve the lives of women and girls through their professional and/or volunteer work. Women who have a significant impact on women and girls' lives and inspire them to reach their full potential to live their dreams. Congratulation on receiving this recognition and thank you so much for everything you do to support other women!
CS FLEX Students on KSL and Fox 13
Dalton Orvis was recently interviewed by KSL's Studio 5 about the Learn and Work and CS Flex program.
High school teacher, Stacey King was interviewed by Fox 13 about how CS Flex has helped her economically.
WSU Engineering Degree Helps Graduate Work on Nation’s Defense
OGDEN, Utah – At age 5, Elaine Cope’s dad taught her to weld, while her grandma taught her to sew; she combined those interests and turned them into a manufacturing engineering technology degree at Weber State University in 2017 and a career at Northrop Grumman, working on a new defense system with the U.S Air Force.
The connections may not seem obvious, but design creativity is at the core of Cope’s interests.
Engineering Degree Helps Alum Work on Nation's Defense
2021 Entrepreneurial Spirit Award.
Alex Lawrence, assistant professor of Professional Sales, was selected by Weber State University for the 2021 Entrepreneurial Spirit Award. His contributions to developing an innovation ecosystem
in Northern Utah has been outstanding.
Utah Electric Vehicle Workforce Initiative
Weber State University professors, students and community members gather for the launch of the Automotive Strategic Workforce Initiative at Weber State’s Davis Campus on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. The new program is designed to prepare students to work on electric vehicles.
Electric Vehicle Initiative Photos
WSU program designed to give students the skills to work in the expanding electric vehicle world (Enterprise Utah's Business Journal)
U.S. News & World Report
- Best Engineering Degree in Utah (Schools without a PhD Program)
- No. 75 best undergraduate engineering degree in the nation
Mechanical Engineering gets accredited by ABET
The Mechanical Engineering (Bachelor of Science) program, administered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering, began in 2019 as an expansion of an existing two-year pre-engineering program. In fall 2020, the program enrolled 105 full-time and 111 part-time students supported by six full-time faculty members, one part-time faculty member and two staff members. The program had its first graduate in December 2019, and produced three graduates in the 2019-20 academic year.
Automotive professor on The New York Times
"But more engine power means more heat. That isn’t a problem for diesel engines, which are less finicky and burn cooler than gas engines, said Brandon Stevenson, who teaches advanced vehicle systems at Weber State University."
'Massive influx' of Utah moms training for tech careers with local nonprofit
Not too long ago Natalie Taylor, a disabled, recently divorced mother of two daughters on the autism spectrum, was somehow stretching $1,000 a month to meet her family's expenses. Now, with help from a Utah organization, she is on her way to a well-paying career in tech with skills she never knew that she could develop.
Instructor of the Year!
Congratulations to Rainie Ingram for getting selected by the First-Year Experience program for 2020-21 Instructor of the Year!
Professional Sales is #1
Study.com has published its 2021 rankings, and Weber State University has been ranked #1 on our list Best Bachelor's Degrees in Sales!
New Degree: Energy Engineering
Energy engineering is the branch of engineering that deals with energy efficiency, power generation, energy services, facility management, environmental compliance, sustainable energy and renewable energy. One of the more recent engineering fields to emerge, it combines the fields of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, environmental science and economics.
HAAS Donates to WSU for Manufacturing Scholarships
WSU has been ranked #1 on study.com for Best Bachelor's Degrees in Sales!
Weber State University, located in Ogden, Utah, is first on our list with its dedicated Department of Professional Sales, where students can earn an extensive Bachelor of Science in Professional Sales. Weber State University aims to ensure students on this degree path will learn everything necessary to succeed in the field of sales, from advanced selling techniques and negotiations to retail merchandising and the latest CRM technologies. Students can even tailor their degrees with specific emphasis in a wide variety of sales categories, including brokerage and medical equipment sales. To help students succeed in the real world and find employment, Weber State University partners with the Alan E. Hall Center for Sales Excellence to list job opportunities and offer positions upon graduation.
WSU Selected as Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense
OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University has been designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE), a program sponsored jointly by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.
The goal of the program is to reduce vulnerability in the national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in cyber defense and to increase the number of industry professionals.
Read WSU Selected as Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense
FLL 2021 Championship
This year's FIRST LEGO League tournament participants raised $2,895 for the Utah Food Bank. That equals over 10,000 meals for Utah kids. This virtual event did not stop the 51 Northern Utah teams from competing and having fun. Thank you to all of our dedicated volunteers!
Tech Moms Graduation
From High School Dropout to College Graduate, Weber State Changes Student’s Life
The first day Cory Britton tried to enroll at Weber State University, fear kept him in his truck. This week, at 42, he will proudly join nearly 6,500 other graduates as he picks up his diploma in computer science.
A first-generation college graduate, Britton and his family are still astounded at the accomplishment and transformation of a student who walked away from high school at the beginning of 11th grade.
Read Cory's Full Story
What did it take to turn a high school dropout into a software engineer? (Deseret News)
ABC 4 News (Youtube)
Congratulations to Giovanni Frias!
Automotive and Professional Sales student Giovanni won the CCEL's Presidential Award for Community engagement in the category of Community Engage Student of Student Group!
"I am Giovanni Frias a senior at Weber State University majoring in Automotive and in Professional Sales. I have been a part of many service projects over the years. Last year 2019-2020 I was the Done in a Day Chair a part of the Service Team in WSUSA. I would run weekly two hour long service projects for weber state students on campus.
WSU #2: 2021 Highest Paid Industrial Production Technology Graduates
For this year's Highest Paid Industrial Production Technology Graduates ranking, we looked at 34 colleges that offer a bachelor's in industrial production tech.
In this ranking, we use early career salaries - salaries 10 years from when a student started college. This is the salary typically earned 4-6 years after graduation, but may be different depending on how long a person takes to complete their degree.
WSU Engineering: Bronze Level Recognition for the ASEE Diversity Recognition Program
The Diversity Recognition Program was created by the American Society of Engineering Education to publicly recognize those engineering and engineering technology colleges that make significant, measurable progress in increasing diversity, inclusion, and degree attainment outcomes of their programs. Twenty-one applications were submitted in the Fall 2020 application cycle and reviewed to determine their acceptability for Bronze Level status, which at the moment is the highest level of recognition in the program. Each application was reviewed by 3 reviewers using a rubric drawn from the ADRP guidelines. An interactive panel discussion was also used to ensure that the reviewers were consistent in their recommendation on the acceptability of the application.
New program designed specifically for Utah women helps moms transition into tech careers
Valerie Witt could have stayed with what was familiar and comfortable for her and continued to work as an elementary school teacher.
After going through a divorce last year, though, and facing how to provide and care for her three young children as a single mom, Witt said she felt like “there was more out there for me.”
“It is a really scary leap to take,” the 34-year-old who lives in Layton said, but trying something new was “absolutely worth it.”
WSU's Engineering Programs #2 in the state of Utah
WSU's Computer Science at #10 in 2021 Best Online College rankings for OnlineU
OnlineU Bachelor's in Computer Science Ranking (#10)
OnlineU focuses on providing prospective students with data highly relevant to them — proven outcomes of real alumni. To provide this, we rank colleges by their 10-year return on investment, using salary and debt data that is specific to the program and degree level at each school. WSU Computer Science alumni had an impressive 10-year ROI, resulting in your placement among the nation’s top online schools.
WSU to Boost Hispanic Entrepreneurship Opportunities
"WSU’s Alan E. Hall Center for Sales Excellence, will offer a course targeted to Latino program participants that’s focused on augmenting their sales skills, also part of the new focus." - Standard-Examiner
“We are actively focused on community engagement and developing from within the Ogden area,” said Brock Adams, Hall Center director. “This program absolutely exemplifies that approach, and we will continue to see its success unfold in the coming years.” - WSU News
2021 H. Aldous Dixon Award
Congratulations to Kelly Stackaruk for winning the 2021 H. Aldous Dixon Award!
Please join the Weber State University Alumni Association as we honor Kelly Stackaruk and Yasmen Simonian
for distinguished service as members of the WSU Staff and Faculty.
An award celebration will be held on Wednesday, March 31, at 12:00 noon via Zoom
Please make your reservation at alumni.weber.edu/dixonrsvp.
Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research 2021
Four students in the College of EAST presented at the Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research.
- Shine: McCall Soifua ✱ Poster ✱ Engineering ✱ Weber State University
- Salty Digs: Sandra Call ✱ Poster ✱ Engineering ✱ Weber State University
- Clear Thinking: Kimberly Wright ✱ Poster ✱ Engineering ✱ Weber State University
- Evaluating The Performance Of Supervised Machine Learning Algorithms On Predicting Treatment Outcomes Of BRD: Jeffrey Gradner ✱ Oral ✱ Mathematical Sciences ✱ Weber State University
Weber State University Recognized for 7 Top Degree Programs in the U.S.
Weber State University has been awarded top ranking status for multiple degree
programs by Intelligent.com. Weber State University was listed among thousands of public institutions in the
nation, and the comprehensive research guide is based on an assessment of 2,277 accredited colleges and
universities. Each program is evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-
Colleges In Utah | 2 - https://www.intelligent.com/best-colleges-in-utah/
Computer Science Degree Programs | 6 - https://www.intelligent.com/best-computer-science-degree-programs/
The Most Affordable Colleges | 42 - https://www.intelligent.com/most-affordable-colleges/
Congratulations to Gina Naistbit!
Gina is one of this year’s Presidential Outstanding Staff Awards recipients!
Members of the campus community nominated 25 people for these awards and all of the nominees have made significant contributions to Weber State University over several years. A committee composed of faculty and staff members reviewed and recommended finalists. Thanks to the committee for their excellent work.
These five employees have provided a combined 71 years of extraordinary service to the students, faculty, and staff of Weber State, as well as the community. They are dependable, reliable, creative, innovative, and dedicated to accomplishing our WSU mission and promoting student success. They each have also made extraordinary efforts to contribute to campus through the pandemic.
Congratulations to Julie Christensen!
The NACADA Global Community for Academic Advising Region 10 selected Julie Christensen for the Region 10 Excellence in Advising - New Advisor Certificate of Merit Winner! Julie will be recognized at the upcoming Region 10 Virtual Conference!
Congratulations to Justin Knighton
Manufacturing Engineering Instructor Justin Knighton is one of the recipients of the Career Champions Awards. The Career Champion Awards is a program that recognizes and acknowledges faculty and staff members are WSU who have significantly contributed to student career and professional development. Career advisors nominate faculty from their colleges. EAST Career Advisor Kim Ealy nominated Justin.
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Automotive Professor John Kelly's video is featured in an MSN news post
"Weber State University Professor John D. Kelly breaks down the Bolt’s drivetrain into its core components, allowing us to understand the system from the inside out."
WSU ranks #4 and #6 on Most Affordable Online Bachelor’s in Computer Science
Congratulations to Weber State University's Computer Science for being the only USHE institution in the top 20 for the most affordable online computer science degree.
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Interior Design Student wins second place in the 2020 Opportunity Quest Competition
Weber State University's Goddard School of Business and Economics and the Hall Global Entrepreneurship Center are pleased to announce Willow Interiors, LLC. as the second-place winner for the 2020 Opportunity Quest Competition. Laura Bowers, an interior design student, entered her business plan for Willow Interiors, LLC from her IDT 3025 course in the 2020 Opportunity Quest Competition, winning 2nd place and a $3000 scholarship!
Honors Eccles Fellowship
Brian Rague, associate dean and computer science professor, and Jessica Greenberg, associate professor of Theatre, were selected for the Honors Eccles Fellowship to deliver our interdisciplinary class Creative Computing and Theatre Design: Performance in a Digital World.
Exemplary Collaboration Award is the Global Community Engaged Learning program
Weber State’s Global Community Engaged Learning program received the Exemplary Collaboration Award. The program is led by six Weber State faculty and staff: Kristen Arnold, interior design; Jeremy Farner, building design & construction; Jay Hill, football head coach; Jacie Johnson, interior design; Shauna Morris, interior design; Julie Rich, Social & Behavioral Sciences dean. The Global Community Engaged Learning program undertakes projects in developing nations to help alleviate poverty and helps Weber State students develop skills and confidence to be proactive global citizens. Every year 100+ WSU students are involved in the design, fundraising, planning and execution of an international humanitarian trip.
Women Tech Awards 2020: Jennifer Morales
Let’s give a big round of applause to Weber State’s Jennifer Morales, who recently won the Women Tech Council ’s 2020 STEM Pathway Award.
Jennifer is a first generation student double majoring in computer science and professional sales. She’s also a WSU ambassador and a member of four clubs on campus.
Advising Award Recipients
Congratulations to CS Flex advisor Julie Christensen for getting the Outstanding New Professional Academic Advisor award.
Experiential Learning Innovations
Yong Zhang, School of Computing - Jupyter Notebooks
Dr. Kyle Feuz, School of Computing - Pluralsight
Tariq Arif, Mechanical Engineering - MATLAB
Randy Hurd, Mechanical Engineering - Phyphox
Richard Fry, Computer Science - Canvas Modules for CEL
WSU Hosts Computer Science Program for Utah Mothers
OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University is partnering to offer a new community course to help working mothers get involved in the technology industry and advance their careers. Called MotherCoders, the course will run for eight weeks, from Sept. 26 through Nov. 21. Participants will meet each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Community Education Center (2605 Monroe Blvd, Ogden).
Professional Sales Annual Report 2019-2020
Dr. Steven Eichmeier retires after 52 years of service to Weber State
The Alan E. Hall Center for Sales Excellence Sales Speaker Series presented by England Logistics
National Collegiate Sales Competition Spring 2020
First Annual Networking - Speed Interview Golf Tournament at Top Golf
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Weber State net-zero home goes on the market
OGDEN — A central Ogden home built by a team of Weber State University professors and students that’s meant to represent the future of green building is on the market.
“I firmly believe this is what needs to happen,” said Jeremy Farner, an associate professor in the university’s building design and construction program.
U.S. News Best Colleges
Weber State made the list in the category "Best Undergraduate Engineering - No Doctorate: 72"
U.S. News & World Report 2021 Best Colleges rankings are published on www.usnews.com/colleges
WSU Offers Low-Cost, Flexible Learn and Work Courses
OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University is offering flexible, short-term training courses and certificate programs to help prepare and enhance career opportunities in high-demand fields. The classes are part of Utah’s Learn & Work educational initiative. The Legislature passed H.B. 5010 to encourage career development and workforce engagement for citizens recently displaced by COVID-19. The outreach and education initiative was created in partnership with the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), Talent Ready Utah and the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE). CARES Act funds are supporting the new and expanded programs and courses.
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.
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.
Opening 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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Weber 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.
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!
"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.
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.
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,
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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.
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."
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Interior Design Study Abroad 2019 Photo Gallery
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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