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Keith McLaurin (MS '75 and PhDNE '84) sent us a message that he is now with Seagate in Fremont, California.

Andy Klein (MS '79 and PhDNE '83) has been elected to the ANS Board of Directors. He is currently head of nuclear engineering at Oregon State.

Gary Gray (MS '88 and PhDEM '93) was recently promoted to associate professor of engineering science and mechanics at Penn State. Gary also received the 1999 New Mechanics Educator Award from the ASEE. He currently lives in the State College, Pennsylvania, area with his wife, Suzanne Mahoney (MS and PhD in Materials Science from UW-Madison) and can be reached at gray@engr.psu.edu. Gary would love to hear from former EM grad students.

Karl Bzdusek (BSEM '97) and Matt Zernicke (BSEM '98) wrote that they are currently working for Orbital Sciences in Chandler, Arizona. Karl and Matt are in the Launch Systems Group and working on guidance navigation and controls; they wrote, "We use a lot of the skills we acquired at Madison in EMA."

Kate Comer (MSNEEP '97), who is continuing on for the PhD in NEEP, was the winner of the campuswide Graduate Women in Science Research Seminar Competition. Her seminar was titled, "Improving Ideal Magnetohydrodynamic Stability in Magnetic Fusion Energy Experiments." Congratulations, Kate!

Robert Agasie (BS '97 and MSNE '97) has joined the department as associate director of the nuclear reactor laboratory. After finishing his graduate work with us, Bob went to work at Commonwealth Edison's Quad Cities nuclear plant and then moved to the staff of the Missouri-Columbia research reactor. Upon returning to Madison in late 1999, Bob worked closely with Richard Cashwell, our reactor director, in preparing the relicensing application for the UW-Madison nuclear reactor. The application was approved by the campus administration and submitted to the NRC last summer.

Dave Chapek (BSNE '90 and PhDNE '95) wrote, "I'm now working at Conexant Systems, and this job is by far my most challenging and fulfilling. There are two of us from Madison working in my department, and hopefully I can help to expand that in the future. On a personal note, I've been married for four years and have an 18-month-old daughter. Life has certainly been good so far."

Do you have a new job, address, spouse or child? Please, let us know what good things are happening with your lives and careers—and we'll share it with EP alumni in this column.

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The Fusion Technology Institute maintains a web-based list of fusion alumni and their current employers; you can access it at fti.neep.wisc.edu/db-cgi/@grads. You also can send in updates through that webpage.


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