Engineering Alumni Association

Welcome from the Engineering Alumni Association

May 2016

Richard Nordlund

The Board of Directors of the College of Engineering Alumni Association (EAA) welcomes you to our website. We are very committed to bringing our Engineering Alumni Association on par with the other PAC-12 schools in the western United States. In fact, with our new alliance with these other PAC-12 schools, we have been visiting with our engineering alumni association counterparts in order to improve our EAA activities.

It’s important that if you are not currently a member of the EAA, you plan to register on our website and join with the more than 1,500 members of the EAA. Membership is free. The mission of the EAA is to continue furthering and supporting the College of Engineering’s pursuit of excellence by fostering and preserving lifelong relationships with students, alumni, and community.

In addition to our already established engineering outreach programs, which involve reaching out to and encouraging future students to consider earning a degree in engineering as well as providing outreach opportunities to our currently enrolled engineering students, we are focused on providing new and exciting events and activities with our engineering alumni. We hope you’ll find a way to get involved and we look forward to future interactions.

We appreciate your visiting the EAA website, which will continue to be upgraded to provide an online platform for EAA members. This platform will enable EAA members to become more engaged and involved, and to network with our peers in the engineering community.


Austin Van Otten, President

Mission Statement

Celebrating the contributions of engineering and computer science in benefiting humanity and enhancing quality of life, the Engineering Alumni Association is hereby established by the College of Engineering to foster pride in the profession and a sense of community among its graduates. Through its affiliation with the College of Engineering, the association will help to advance the case for excellence in engineering education and professional practice.


Represent the College of Engineering in professional associations, legislative activities, workplace recruiting, etc. Act as ambassadors for increasing recognition of the contributions and accomplishments of the University of Utah.

Interact with other engineering alumni in academic, professional, casual and social activities, and through student oriented activities on campus.

Help to foster professional development, continuing education and best practices in the workplace.

Act as role models and encourage young people in our families, schools and neighborhoods to consider the benefits of an engineering education.

EAA Board Officers

Austin Van Otten
Austin Van Otten

BS ME ’03
MS ME ’07
MBA ’10

Current position:
Lead Engineer
Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies (SGT)

David Booth
David Booth

Vice President
Education Outreach Chair
(K-12 Students)

BS CvE ’93
MS Environmental ’02

Current position:
Director of Engineering
Energy Solutions

Erin Jepperson
Erin Jepperson

Networking/Social Outreach Chair

Current position:
Technical Sales Engineer

Brett Matsumura

Academic Outreach Chair
(Current Students)

BS ChE ’85

Current position:
Technical Services Manager

EAA Board Members

Dax D. Anderson

BS MSE ’01
BS English ’00
Juris Doctor ’04

Kirton McConkie

Michael Bobbe

BS BME ’11
MS BME ’14
MBA ’14
Quality Manager
Foldax, Inc

Brandon Brown

BS ChE ’93
Process Manager
IM Flash Technologies

Nick Ellerbeck

BS ME ’03
MS ME ’05

Structural Analysis Engineer
The Boeing Company

Jennifer Jacobsen

BS ME’03
Mechanical Engineering Manager
L-3 Communications

Eric Lundquist

BS EE ’09
MS EE ’09
PhD EE ’11
Business Development Engineer
L-3 Communications

Chad Mann

BS EE ’09
MBA ’12
President and CEO
MannMade Engineering

Rebecca McGowan

BS CE ’18

Peter Millson

BS BME ’13
Quality Engineer
Foldax, Inc

Ken Milne

BS Business Econ ’00
BS CE ’12
Project Engineer
Sunrise Engineering

Nate Rhodes

MS Bioeng ’14
Light Line Medical

Chris Spencer

BS EE ’06
MBA ’09

Technical Operations Manager
Rocky Mountain Power

EAA Board Ex Officio Members

Morgan Boyack

Academic Coordinator
U of U College of Engineering
(801) 581-4528

Richard B. Brown

Ph.D. EE ’85
U of U College of Engineering
(801) 581-6912

Jolie Coleman-Hardy

Asst. Director Development
& External Relations
U of U College of Engineering
(801) 587-9410

Josh Grant

Alumni Relations & Development
U of U College of Engineering
(801) 585-7173

Dianne Leonard

Academic Adviser
U of U College of Engineering
(801) 585-7769

Richard H. Nordlund

BS ChE ’64
MBA ’66

Senior Director
Commerce Real Estate Solutions

Engineering Alumni Association Events

Submit an Event to the EAA Calendar

Engineering Alumni in the News

Carlos Braceras, B.S. Civil Engineering
Carlos was selected as the new Executive Director of the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) by Governor Gary Herbert. Carlos the past twelve years has been UDOT`s Deputy Director and he will now be responsible for 1,800 employees and the design, construction and maintenance of Utah`s 6,000 mile systems of highways. He received a B.S. degree in geology from the University of Vermont and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Utah.

Richard H. Nordlund, B.S Chemical Engineering, MBA
Rich received the 2013 Outstanding Service Award from the College of Engineering (COE) at the COE`s Convocation on May 3rd. Rich has been on many non profit and college Boards throughout the Salt Lake Valley including being the President of the COE`s Alumni Association, the Athletic Department`s Varsity Club and the Utah Arts Festival. Other Boards he has been on include the Rotary Club of Salt Lake City, Crimson Club, Salt Lake Convention and Visitor (visit Salt Lake) and the Chemical Engineering Industrial Board. Both of his degrees were obtained from the University of Utah.

Zane Beadles, B.S. Mechanical Engineering
Zane was selected and played in the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl this past January 27th in Honolulu. Zane has been in the NFL for the past three years as a starting offensive guard for the Denver Broncos. In addition, he was the only player to participate in every offensive or defensive snap. He allowed only one quarterback sack for the season, which tied for the fifth best among guards who started all 16 games. Zane is involved in the Cakes for Cancer and the Colorado Associates of Black Professional Engineers and Scientists and was awarded the Broncos’ Walter Payton 2012 Man of the Year.

Stephen Jacobsen, Ph.D.
Steve was inducted in the Charter Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors in December of 2012. Steve obtained a BS and a MS in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah and a PhD from MIT. Steve is currently a Distinguished Professor in the Mechanical Engineering department at the U of U. Steve has developed a multitude of robotic devices, an exoskeleton that could be worn by soldiers, engineered and developed components for the fountains at the Bellagio Casino and developed characters for Disney.

Robert P. Huefner, Ph.D.
Bob will be honored on February 28, 2013 as a Founders Day Distinguished Alumni. This award will be given to him by the Alumni Association of the U of U. Bob graduated from the U of U in 1958 in Civil Engineering and then went on to receiving a master`s degree at MIT in city planning and a PHD. at Harvard in finance. He has served as a director of the Institute of Comparative Health Services Research and a professor emeritus of political science at the U of U. He formerly worked in city, county, state, and federal governments and held the Governor Matheson Presidential Endowed Chair in Health Policy and Management at the U of U.

More Opportunities to Get Involved

Host an industrial tour: Introduce your company to students by inviting them to tour the work-site. Teach students about the variety of jobs in your engineering work environment while you make them aware of your company and industry as a whole.

Sponsor a student research project: Provide and fund a real-world engineering project to give students a rewarding experience that both fulfills graduation requirements and prepares students for their first job.

Alumni/Student Dinners: Each semester, the College of Engineering hosts an alumni/student dinner where students can meet alumni engineers in a comfortable social setting to get educational advice, to discuss potential career paths, and to network. Alumni volunteers and company financial support are vital to the success of these dinners.

LEAP Program Support: Let current students participating in the Engineering LEAP Program shadow you at work for 4 hours per week over 4 weeks to experience an average day as a working engineer.


To submit your interest in volunteering in any of the above roles, please contact:

Josh Grant

Alumni Relations and Development

Office: 1875 WEB
Phone: (801) 585-7173

Join a Committee

If you would like to participate in any of the following activities, please designate that you would like to participate on the relevant committee on the member registration form. If you are already a member, contact Josh Grant ( to update your committee preferences.

Academic Outreach Committee

Chair: Brett Matsumura
Goal: Supports current engineering students

Seminar Series Speakers – Speak on campus to our current students about the engineering industry and careers.

Mentor Program – Pair with current students to encourage their academic and career success.

Career Development – Participate in career events where students learn interviewing and resume-building skills.

Poster/Project Competition Judge – Judge academic competitions held throughout the year on campus.

K-12 Education Outreach Committee

Chair: William Snarr
Goal: Promotes engineering literacy and enthusiasm for engineering majors/careers in K-12 students

K-12 Classroom Speakers – Visit a local school and talk about your career as an engineer.

Elementary Engineering Week (annually in March) – Help us host 2,000 middle school students on campus annually in March by leading activities, distributing materials, and coordinating events.

Networking/Social Outreach Committee

Chair: Erin Jepperson
Goal: Organizes events and networking opportunities for engineering alumni

Event Hosting – Organize and help host an event for EAA members. Events may range from casual social events for the whole family to formal networking activities in specific industries.

Social Media Administration – Enable, moderate, and lead online discussions using the EAA’s social media channels, which include a large LinkedIn group, a growing Facebook page, and a community on Twitter.

Join the Engineering Alumni Association

Benefits of Membership:

  • Attend social events
  • Grow your professional network and develop your career
  • Interact via social media with fellow alumni
  • Get all engineering publications – both online and in print
  • Help the College of Engineering inspire the next generation of engineers

Membership in the EAA is free – just fill out the registration form below to join the more than 1,500 engineering alumni who are getting involved.

Registration Form

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EAA Participation

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News and Accomplishments


Minutes from EAA Board Meetings

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March 3, 2015:EAA Board Meeting
September 10, 2014:EAA Board Meeting
March 14, 2014:EAA Board Meeting
December 11, 2013:EAA Board Meeting
September 11, 2013:EAA Board Meeting
May 9, 2013:EAA Board Meeting
March 14, 2013:EAA Board Meeting
December 6, 2012:EAA Board Meeting
September 6, 2012:EAA Board Meeting
May 31, 2012:EAA Board Meeting