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Outstanding Young Faculty Award
Dr. Tonina joined the Center of Ecohydraulics Research and the Department of Civil Engineering at our Boise Campus. Dr. Tonina is engaged in extensive collaborative research with the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and most recently has received a large award with the National Science Foundation. His commitment to students is reflected in his leadership, and he is the faculty liaison for the IAHR Student Chapter. Dr. Tonina is helpful and communicative and is an excellent mentor to his students and a strong researcher.
Outstanding Senior, Agricultural Engineering
Doug graduated with a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering. In 2007 he began coursework in Agricultural Engineering at the College of Southern Idaho and in 2009 transferred to the U of I. At the U of I he participated in the Honors Program, served as a CALS ambassadors and peer mentor, and served as vice-president of the ASABE student club. Following graduation, Doug and wife will be relocating to Twin Falls and in November he will become a dad! He is also slated to begin work later this month as a Management Trainee with Glanbia Foods Inc., the largest producer of American cheese in the U.S.
Outstanding Senior, Civil Engineering
DeAnn is a senior in Civil Engineering with only one semester left. Her dad works for the City of Spokane as a Civil Engineer and is probably the main reason she chose to be an engineer. DeAnn says that her and her dad often designed and built many small projects at home. Her favorite was their red green project of building a solar heating panel out of a 10 ft satellite dish and sprinkler piping. She says it does an exceptional job of heating their pool in the summer. DeAnn will be working in Portland for Stacy and Witbeck this summer and will be graduating from the University of Idaho in December 2012. After graduation, she hopes to attend a water resources graduate program. DeAnn says she loves working with the professors and students at this University and she will always be a Vandal.
Outstanding Senior, Industrial Technology
Kevin graduated with a B.S. in Industrial Technology. Previously Kevin graduated from Eastern Idaho Technical College, from the Health Physics Technician program in 1983. Kevin began his career in radiological control/health physics in 1983 at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL). Kevin worked as a Health Physics Technician until 1990 when he accepted an instructor position in Health Physics/Radiological Control Technician (HPT/RCT) Training. In 2000, Kevin assumed duties as the Technical Lead for the INEEL Radiological Safety and Industrial Safety Training Programs. Kevin served as a member of the INEEL Emergency Response Site Monitoring Team from 1995 to 2004, with duties in identifying, confirming and tracking radioactive material in the event of a release. In 2002, Kevin became a member of the Department Of Energy (DOE) Region 6 Radiological Assistance Program (RAP) Team. In 2004, Kevin accepted a full time position as the Region 6 RAP Training and Outreach Coordinator and in 2006, his current position of Equipment Coordinator. Kevin plans to enjoy some time with his family who have been very supportive of his schooling and may someday come back for his Master’s degree.
Outstanding Senior, Materials Science and Engineering
Patrick graduated with a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering. He plans to enter the aerospace industry after graduation and eventually pursue an MBA, and one day start a successful small business of his own (with days off during hunting season of course!) Patrick would like to thank my friends and family for their support, and the wonderful instructors and staff at the University of Idaho for their outstanding contribution to his educational development and success.
Outstanding Student Publication
Ondrej Linda was our recipient for the outstanding student publication award this year. Ondrej is a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at our Idaho Falls campus. He is the primary author of two peer-reviewed papers accepted for publication in proceedings of the IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems, to appear in 2012. Fuzzy logic, or probabilistic logic, is a formalism for automated reasoning about systems whose parameters are approximate rather than exact. Fuzzy logic systems are used to model and control complex real-world systems such as those encountered in nuclear engineering and many other areas of great importance. Ondrej is originally from Prague, Czech Republic. He obtained B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science with the focus on Computer Graphics in 2007 and 2010 from the Czech Technical University in Prague. Since 2008 he has been working as a Graduate Research Assistant at University of Idaho, where he obtained M.S. in Computer Science with focus on Machine Learning in 2009.