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Summer 2015 Mechanical Engineering Newsletter


Dear Alumni and Friends of Mechanical Engineering,

It is with great emotion that I compose this letter, my last as the Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. I was appointed as Chair in February, 2009, and I will be stepping down in June to take a sabbatical. I have been with the University of Idaho since 1994 and have not had a sabbatical, so when the opportunity arose, we felt it was time to take one. I received a Fulbright Teaching and Research Fellowship, and my wife and I will be going to Guayaquil, Ecuador, where I will serve at the Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral (ESPOL) from September, 2015 to April, 2016. We are quite excited to have the opportunity to work abroad and learn about a new culture.

The last six years have been very educational for me, and it has been a pleasure and an honor to serve in this position. I can firmly attest that we have a faculty dedicated to teaching students and ensuring that they have the engineering fundamentals necessary to thrive and prosper in industry. The office staff is tremendous, and they make it a joy to come into the office every day. They work hard to make sure that the students are well taken care of and moving in the right direction. I have great associations with the students. I gave my final exam this semester and looked at the students and I realized that I had many of them in my Introduction to Mechanical Engineering class four years ago, and now they are graduating as trained engineers. I want to thank all of you for your support and encouragement, and I know that you represent the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the University of Idaho very well. I hear from our industrial stakeholders how much they like our graduates.

Professor Steve Beyerlein, a long time faculty member, will take over chair responsibilities in June. He is a dedicated, experienced and talented faculty member, who will serve with distinction. The department is in good hands.

Please keep in touch and let us know how you are doing.

Warmest Regards,

— John Crepeau,
Department Chair


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