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Westrock Information Session and Interviews

Westrock is recruiting for Summer, 2018 internships in maintenance, operations and process control engineering departments. For mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering students from the sophomore class and above, an information session will be an opportunity to learn more about the company. Interviews will be held the following day for select candidates.

To apply, email a copy of your resume and cover letter to Jim Barnett by Monday, January 22nd 2018. Reference Summer 2018 internship and your major in the subject line, or bring your cover letter and resume to the information session.

Amway Nutrilite Vitamins

Amway Nutrilite Vitamins will be recruiting on campus Tuesday, November 7, 5-6 p.m., Wegner G70C, and conducting interviews November 8.  Check them out for ChemE job and internship opportunities in Washington.


About the company:

Amway is an American company specializing in the use of multi-level marketing to sell health, beauty, and home care products.

MME SEMINAR SERIES is excited to present two guest speakers this Thursday: Dr. Larry Ilcewicz, Federal Aviation Administration & Dr. Paul McConnaughey, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center

 Refreshments served in ETRL 119 at 10:30 to 11:00 am


Dr. Larry Ilcewicz

Federal Aviation Administration, Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Composite Materials

Scaling Crucial to Integrated Product Development of Composite Airframe Structure

Special Time– 9:30 to 10:30  in ETRL 101


Applications of advanced composite materials in aircraft products have spanned several decades.  These products include small airplanes, propellers,  rotorcraft, military jets, and transport aircraft.  Historical perspectives on  composites used in airframe structure will be summarized, including thoughts on product development, certification, production, and service difficulties.  This will include a review of critical design, manufacturing, maintenance, and cost issues for composite aircraft structures.  It will also summarize the service history, including thoughts relating to the American Airlines Flight Number 587 Accident in 2001.  An  introduction to the damage tolerance of composite aircraft structure will be  given some emphasis.  The technical challenges and barriers to expanding, new   applications will also be discussed as related to career opportunities and integrated product teams in the industry.


Dr. Larry Ilcewicz is the FAA Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Composite Materials.  He started work with the FAA in 1998 and has supported many small airplane, rotorcraft and transport aircraft certification programs.  He has also worked on accident investigations and service problems involving composites.  These experiences helped Larry develop an international plan for composite safety and certification initiatives to work with industry, academia and other government groups in pursuit of guidance, training and standardization.  These efforts formed the basis for a FAA Aviation Safety Composite Plan, which outlines efforts until 2021.

Larry came to the FAA from Boeing, where he worked 17 years on various programs in the commercial transport aircraft division.  This included support to 737, 757, 767 and 777 aircraft in various stages of development, production and service.  Larry was also principal investigator for a large NASA-funded research program to develop  composite design and manufacturing concepts for a wide-body transport fuselage in the 1990s.  He has authored/co-authored more than 80 technical publications.  He has been co-chairman for Composite Materials Handbook 17, CMH-17, since joining the FAA.  In 2013, he was the only member of the United States Department of Transportation to win the Presidential Rank Award.


Dr. Paul McConnaughey

Associate Director, Technical, In the Office of the Center Director at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama

The Future of Deep Space Human Exploration

11:00 – 12:00 noon in ETRL 101



Why explore deep space? And what technologies will it take to get there? Dr. Paul McConnaughey, associate director, technical, at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center will discuss the importance of engineering advanced technologies to  journey to deep space – to cislunar, the Moon, Mars and beyond. From the  evolvable heavy-lift capability of the Space Launch System to cutting edge lander propulsion technology, the journey to deep space will require innovation and the next generation STEM workforce to be successful.


Dr. Paul K. McConnaughey is the associate director, technical, in the Office of the Center Director at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Named to the position in August 2015, McConnaughey is responsible for ensuring the performance of Marshall’s programs and technical activities, with respect to cost, schedule and mission success.

Originally from the Midwest, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University in Corvallis, and his master’s degree and doctorate from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He joined Marshall in 1986 as an engineer in the Systems Dynamics Laboratory. McConnaughey has held various leadership positions of  increasing responsibility, including being selected as Marshall’s chief engineer in 2007 and serving as the director of System Engineering and Integration and the chief engineer of the Exploration Systems Development Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

McConnaughey has three daughters and resides in Huntsville, with his wife Angie and their two dogs.



Meet Mary

Mary Rezac is the new dean of Washington State University's Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture.

Mary Rezac is Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture’s new dean. She comes to Pullman from Kansas State University, where she served as Tim Taylor Professor of Chemical Engineering and director of Major Grant Initiatives in the College of Engineering.

Here’s a chance to get to know Mary and her thoughts on the future of Voiland College. » More …

Summer Program Offers Student Research Opportunities

Group photo of the Summer Undergraduate Research program students

This summer, 90 students from across the nation participated in WSU’s Summer Undergraduate Research program where they worked with award-winning professors in cutting-edge facilities. For many, the experience opened their eyes to the world of possibilities research offers. » More …

Taking a Risk

In 2006, Steven Saunders took a risk on research. Today, he’s reaping the reward.

It’s been a year of change for Steven Saunders.

In February, Saunders , an assistant professor in the Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, received a prestigious Career award from the National Science Foundation for his groundbreaking research.

In April, he received Voiland College’s Reid Miller Excellence in Teaching Award. » More …

Lab Safety Training

The Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture (VCEA), in partnership with WSU Environmental Health & Safety, created a specifically designed safety course to address the most common safety practices and areas of risk lab users may experience at WSU.

The course has been taken by numerous seasoned scientists, as well as those with no lab experience.  Both groups have noted they come away from the course pleasantly surprised at what they learned, and most make changes in their lab practices as a result.

VCEA strongly encourages all Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture personnel working or supporting a lab environment take this training, indifferent of their experience.

The training, already a requirement for any PACCAR lab user, provides an updated look at current lab practices in addition to three primary areas that influence risk within a lab.

  • Five Focus Areas and Chemical Compatibility
  • General Laboratory Safety and Hazard Communication
  • Dangerous Waste Generator, Chemical Storage, Emergency Response and Planning

The safety course is free of charge.

Leading the Way

Left to right: Dae Hyun Kim, Jean-Sabin McEwen, and Steven R. Saunders

Three Washington State University researchers have received young faculty awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Defense Advanced Research Program Agency (DARPA).

Jean-Sabin McEwen and Steven R. Saunders, assistant professors in the Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, and Dae Hyun Kim, assistant professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, each received approximately $500,000. Their awards are intended to provide significant research support to young faculty beginning their careers. » More …

WSU students take first place at health product contest

Emily Willard, left, and Katherine Brandenstein created the sterilized injection project, Engage.

Two Washington State University bioengineering students won first place and $10,000 in the inaugural, regional Health Innovation Challenge (HIC) at the University of Washington on March 3. They were the only non-UW affiliated entrepreneurs among the 18 finalist teams that pitched ideas to more than 100 judges from business and health science professions. » More …