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Wesley Brown

M.S. EE ’55, worked for Hughes Aircraft as an engineer and manager on missiles, airborne systems and satellite programs. After retiring from Hughes, he went to work with Citicorp as its principal systems engineer. Currently, Brown is a freelance woodwind musician in Los Angeles and assistant concertmaster for the Los Angeles

John Daly III

M.S. ISSM ’79 has served as the manager director of the Genesee County Road Commission in Michigan since 1999. On April 20, he received a Fulbright Specialist Grant by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in the Academic Discipline of Engineering Education to study public infrastructure asset management at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. Police Concert Band. 

William R. Wilcox

B.S. CHEM ’56, was named distinguished professor emeritus at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, in May. During his 42 years at Clarkson, Wilcox served as chair of the chemical engineering department, led efforts to organize a materials research center, was named as Clarkson Distinguished Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, and served as Dean of Engineering.

Carl Berglund

B.S. ME ’52, was recently profiled by the Planetary Society, the preeminent space science and exploration organization founded in 1980 by Carl Sagan, Louis Friedman and Bruce Murray. The article details Berglund’s role in NASA’s 1976 project to send the first large-scale solar sail to Halley’s Comet to harness the pressure of sunlight for propulsion. The project laid the foundation for future solar sail constructions.

John Latas

B.S. ISE ’82, retired from Netjets Aviation after 25 years in the cockpit. He currently lives with his wife in St. Augustine Beach, Florida.

Scott Harger

M.S. ISSM ’91, is a range conservationist for the Coconino Natural Resource Conservation District surrounding Flagstaff, Arizona. He recently received the Good Hand Award from the Arizona Association of Conservation Districts. He also won the Two Chiefs Award from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and the United States Forest Service.

Cole Grundstedt

B.S. ISE ’03, received his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification after 10 years in product manufacturing and management. He and his wife, Mary Meoli Grundstedt, recently welcomed their first child, a son named James Cole.

Gunnar Gundersen

B.S. CEE ’04, and his wife, Wendi Mangiagli Gundersen, B.S. LASS ’03, have created a
firm focusing on estate plans, business succession, intellectual property and litigation. The couple met at USC.

Jeremy Hercher

B.S. CS ’07, is a computer programmer/developer for Avanade, a Seattle-based company that works to deliver innovative services and solutions to enterprises worldwide using the Microsoft platform. Hercher currently resides in Huntington Beach, California, with his wife.

Andrew Borba

B.S. CS ’14, is a software development engineer II at Amazon in Seattle.

Zheng Yang

M.S. CEE ’15, Ph.D. CEE ’16, has been named one of 10 2017 New Faces of Civil Engineering Professionals by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Yang is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in urban informatics lab at Stanford University.

In Memoriam

Jacob Dekema

B.S. ’37, passed away peacefully in La Jolla, California, in April. He was 101 years old. He is survived by his wife, a son, a granddaughter and two great-grandchildren.

Stanley Charles Nelson

’50, passed away on February 20.

Alan Mescon

’54, passed away on January 29, 2015. Mescon is survived by his loving wife, two daughters, son, 14 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Edward C. Hohmann Jr.

B.S. ’66, Ph.D. ’71, passed away in February. Hohmann grew up in West Hollywood and graduated from Fairfax High School in Los Angeles. He earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from USC in 1966, an M.S. from Michigan State University in 1967, and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering in 1971 from USC. Hohmann joined Cal Poly Pomona in 1971 as an assistant professor in the chemical engineering department and eight years later became chair of the department. In 1984, he became dean of the College of Engineering. Hohmann retired in 2010 as the longest-serving dean of an engineering college within the CSU system. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, three children, seven grandchildren, his mother and three younger brothers.