EAST Honors and Celebrations

   EAST celebrates our impressive student, faculty and staff achievements and accomplishments!

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.

Continue Reading on the Standard-Examiner website

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. 

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.

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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.


KSL Article

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