QCESC recognizes scientists, engineers, educator

Posted Online: March 02, 2011, 12:24 pm
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Press release submitte by David Smith.

At its 49th Annual National Engineers Week Banquet held Feb. 24, the Quad City Engineering and Science Council (QCESC) recognized six local engineers and scientists, a local educator and one of its member societies. The QCESC numbers 35 local engineering and technical societies with a total membership of 5,000 engineers and scientists. The QCESC also promotes engineering and science to area youth through scholarship and engineering competition programs.

Matthew Spencer, 2011 Junior Engineer of the Year -- Matthew Spencer, a Senior Engineer with the John Deere Harvester Works Worldwide Product Development Center, is the 2011 QCESC Junior Engineer of the Year. His engineering work in advanced electric power technology has led to new agricultural and construction Deere products and vehicle features. He has also played a leading role in Deere's global adoption and implementation of model based software develoment for vehicles. He has promoted science and engineering educationlocally as demonstrated by his involvementin leading Lego robotics workshops for junior high studentsand teaching engineering courses at Scott Community College.

Mr.Spencer received his B.S. (2005) and M.S. (2007) degrees inMechanical Engineering from the Universities of Washington and Wisconsin respectively. A resident of Davenport, he is amember of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Brad Keleher, 2011 Senior Engineer of the Year -- Brad Keleher, a Staff Engineer with the John Deere Moline Technology Innovation Center, is the 2011 QCESC Senior Engineer of the Year. He has played an instrumental role in applying virtual reality (VR) techniques to off-road equipment design. Brad designed an Immersive Collaboration Laboratory which included a multi-screen high-resolution projection display system. He continues to grow the use of VR technology in John Deere as new VR facilities are installed and existing facilities are updated throughout the world.

Having grown up on a farm near Orion, he received his B.S. (1977) and M.S. (1978) degrees in Agricultural and Mechanical Engineering respectively from the University of Illinois. He has been an active member of both the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) serving as Chair of both the local SAE and ASABE Sections and on the SAE International Board of Directors. He holds two patents and is a registered Professional Engineer in Illinois. Brad and his wife Theresa reside in Coal Valley, have six children and eleven grandchildren.

David Bunde, 2011 Junior Scientist of the Year -- David Bunde, an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Knox College in Galesburg, is the 2011 QCESC Junior Scientist of the Year. A faculty member

in Computer Science at Knox since 2006, he has strengthened that program with his innovative teaching in parallel computing and his involvement with Knox students in undergraduate research. He has also served as a coach for a FIRST Lego Robotics team in Galesburg.

David received his B.S. (1998) degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Harvey Mudd College and his Ph.D. (2006) in Computer Science from the University of Illinois. He lives in Galesburg with his wife Jennifer and young son Douglas. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the Association for Computing Machinery.

John Dooley, 2011 Senior Scientist of the Year -- John Dooley, Professor and Chair of Computer Science at Knox College in Galesburg, is the 2011 QCESCSenior Scientistof the Year.Combining 18 years in the computer industry (including Bell Labs and Motorola) with 17 years of college teaching, his refereed publications and numerous oral presentations explore small-team software development, cryptology and small college computing pedagogy.

He received his B.A. (1974) degree in Mathematics fromLindenwood Collegeandan M.S.(1976) in Computer Science from Syracuse University as well as an M.S. (1982) in Electrical Engineering from Rice University. A resident of Galesburg, heis a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the Association for Computing Machinery.

Bruce Warman, 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award -- Bruce Warman, retired Project Engineer with the John Deere Harvester Works, is the recipient of the 2011 QCESCLifetime Achievement Award.During a distinguished 35 year careerwith Deere,Bruce received four US patents. Among his most significant design work was the large glass combine cab, plastic corn head points, the 30 foot flex platform, the lateral tilt feeder house, the 36 foot draper platform, and hydraulic flex platforms.

He received his B.S. (1967) degree inAgricultural Engineering from Washington State University. A resident of East Moline, heis a member of theAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers and the Society of Automotive Engineers.He served in the U. S. Army in Korea and at West Point. He and his wife Maureen have opened their home to over 120 foster children over the past 25 years.

Jason Franzenburg, 2011 STEM Teacher of the Year -- Jason Franzenburg, a technology education teacher with the Davenport Community Schools, is the recipient of the 2011 QCESCSTEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Teacher of the YearAward. Jason is the cordinatorfor the Project Lead the Way (PLTW)pre-engineering curriculum at Davenport West High School which was namedas one of ten2009-2010 national PLTW Model Schools. He is also a coach for two FIRST Tech Challenge teams in which students design, build and program a robot to compete with similar robots from other schools.

He received hisbachelors degree in 2001inTechnology Educationfrom Northern Iowa and his mastersin 2006in Career and Technical Education from Ball State. A resident of Davenport, heis a member of theIowa International Technology Education Association who named hima 2010 Teacher of Excellence.

American Society of Civil Engineers, Quad Cities Section, 2011 Society of the Year -- The Quad Cities Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is the recipient of the 2011 QCESC Society of the Year Award. The Quad Cities Section of ASCE, consisting of approximately 200 members, sponsored or participated in 13 events in 2010 which included awarding two scholarships to local high school students, technical presentations, professional conferences, STEM outreach, tours and social events. The Section has been generous in contributing to QCESC scholarships and providing volunteers for QCESC events.

Tom Richmond, 2011 Award of Merit -- Tom Richmond was presented the President's Award of Merit for his outstanding contributions to the QCESC and service to the Quad Cities Community. Tom has served on the QCESC Executive Board since 1995 serving several consecutive terms as QCESC Secretary. Tom has been instrumental in the development and success of the annual Battle of the Bridges bridge building contest held at the Putnam Museum in February.

Tom received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from St. Louis University where he played varsity soccer helping them win two consecutive NCAA national championships. Tom has earned three masters degrees, including an M.S. and MBA from The University of Iowa and a Masters Degree from Florida Institute of Technology.

Tom has worked for nearly 30 years as an industrial engineer retiring from the Arsenal in 1990. Since retiring, Tom has worked as a value engineer and consultant. Currently, Tom works part-time for the Putnam Museum and IMAX Theater, volunteers with QCESC, coaches local soccer teams and plays old-boys rugby. Tom is a resident of Davenport, Iowa with his wife Mary.


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