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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.

MME Seminar Series Welcomes Dr. David L Boourell, University of Texas

Held in ETRL 101

Refreshments served in ETRL 119 at 10:30 am

Dr. David L. Bourell

Temple Foundation Professor of Mechanical Engineering Director, Laboratory for Freeform Fabrication, University of Texas, Austin


Metals for Additive Manufacturing



Additive Manufacturing (AM) has exploded into the public arena over the last seven years, although the first direct metal part was made using a modern AM fabricator over 25 years ago.  This presentation covers the development of metal additive manufacturing and provides a snapshot of the current state of the art in terms of process development and part service properties.  Current research will be presented on the use of elemental powder feedstock in AM to create crack-free metallic parts in otherwise difficult-to-process metal alloys.


Dr. David L. Bourell is the Temple Foundation Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He is a leading expert in materials for Additive Manufacturing (AM), having worked in this area since 1988. Dave was the lead author on the original materials patent for Laser Sintering technology (1990); this patent has been cited by over 200 other patents.  He holds 9 primary patents and has published 250 papers. He is a founding member of the ASTM F42 Technical Committee on Additive Manufacturing and currently serves on the ten-member ASTM/ISO Joint Group 51 on Terminology for AM.  Dr. Bourell is a Fellow of ASM International and TMS, and he is also a lifetime member of TMS. In 2009, he received the TMS Materials Processing and Manufacturing Division Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award. In 2017, he received the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Albert M. Sargent Progress Award for “significant accomplishments in the field of manufacturing processes”.

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.



Data Revolution with Andrew Kass, Tableau Software

Meet Andrew Kass, Vice President of Product Development, Platforms and Operations at Tableau Software, and learn about the company, its history, and the data revolution. Tableau helps people transform data into actionable insights. Explore with limitless visual analytics. Build dashboards and perform ad hoc analyses in just a few clicks. Share your work with anyone and make an impact on your business. From global enterprises to early-stage startups and small businesses, people everywhere use Tableau to see and understand their data. » More ...

EU support provides students, faculty with European research opportunities

Washington State University doctoral student Andrew Raub

A group of Washington State University students is participating in graduate studies in Germany, thanks to support from the European Union’s ERASMUS+ funding program. WSU is the first university in the state to receive such EU funding to support student and faculty research exchanges. » More …

Lyons’ Share

WSU student Heidi Lyons

This summer, computer science major Heidi Lyons had the unique opportunity to intern at eBay, the billion-dollar multinational e-commerce corporation based in San Jose, California.

Heidi recently sat down with us to share how her experiences in Pullman and Silicon Valley are setting her up for a bright career. » More …

Brian Lamb Fund Established

Dagmar Cronn poses at the South Pole.

Dagmar Cronn was working at her first research job in the Laboratory for Atmospheric Research at WSU when her mentor, Elmer Robinson, told her she could co-lead an important research project and would go to Antarctica to do it.

Afraid of the challenging conditions, she refused; she did not want to go to Antarctica. Robinson kindly threatened to fire her and told her that she had to bring a camera along to boot, which she also didn’t want to do.

“OK, I will donate my body to science. I will die of frostbite,” she told him.

Cronn went on to lead the project.

She endured survival school in an actual blizzard and didn’t freeze. She returned and spent 15 years as a scientist in the lab, traveling the world to take data from the Panama Canal to Malaysia, China, and Antarctica.

She fondly remembers the tremendous support, mentoring, and high expectations that helped her launch a successful career in academia.

To continue the long tradition of the lab’s supportive culture and to return the kindness to her, Cronn and her husband, Bob, have established the Brian Lamb Endowment for the Laboratory for Atmospheric Research.

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The fund, named for longtime faculty member and regents professor Brian Lamb, will support graduate scholarships, equipment, and research grant matches. Lamb, a member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences, is a leading researcher in regional grid modeling of photochemical air quality and wind-blown dust, application of atmospheric tracer techniques, biogenic emissions, 3-D turbulence modeling, and greenhouse gas emissions.

Cronn came to WSU shortly after completing her doctorate in atmospheric chemistry. She soon realized that as a student, she had received little of the critical support and mentoring needed for a successful career.

“I had sort of persevered by accident,” she said.

Her supervisors at WSU immediately gave her a raise, making sure she was well paid. The salary was important, particularly, to raise her stature as a woman in science, she said.

During her time at WSU, her colleagues made her part of the LAR team, so that she worked collaboratively on proposals. The group shared its resources, so that everyone had access to equipment. Staff and graduate students were part of the integrated team. The only thing that Cronn struggled with was football pools, since she didn’t understand the game. Someone on the LAR team always managed the voting for her.

Dagmar Cronn working in the lab in Antarctica.
Dagmar Cronn conducted research with LAR all over the world, including in Antarctica.

“I was a part of the Laboratory for Atmospheric Research — and, the ‘of’ is important,” she said. “In my education experience, I had been ‘in’ but not ‘of.’”

Her mentors pushed her to reach for new heights. They helped her with networking, introducing her to internationally known scientists around the world who were conducting research in areas such as acid rain and stratospheric ozone depletion. She soon became a well-connected member of these science communities, which was critical to  her success.

“You couldn’t get any better than that,” she said. “It was a really nice time in my life.”

And, when it came time to leave, her colleagues again supported her career. She remembers that President Sam Smith had become a mentor and advisor to her. He had nominated her for a fellowship and leadership training and had provided support for her to participate. He told her that if he couldn’t find an administrative position at WSU when she returned from her training, that he would help her find one elsewhere.

He kept his promise.

She went on to become dean of the College of Sciences at University of Maine and provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at the University of Oakland. She retired in 2007. Cronn hopes the new endowment will continue the collaborative and supportive spirit in the lab for many years to come and that others who benefited over the years will support it as well.

“I’ve always had the kind of relationship with WSU that people usually have with their alma mater,” she said. “I went off to other institutions over the years, but I always have had a soft spot for WSU.”

Support the Brian Lamb Endowment by giving online, or contact Bridget Pilcher at 509-335-0144 or