Congratulations UEC 2018 Award Winners
ARW Engineers, SEAU
The Structural Engineering Association of Utah nominated Brent White of ARW Engineers as Utah Engineer of the Year for the year 2018. Brent has been employed at ARW Engineers since 1983 and has been a Principal since 1990. He became President in 2002. He has been an adjunct professor at Utah State University and currently serves as a member of the USU Department of Civil Engineering Advisory Board. He has served as the Structural Advisory Committee Chair to the Utah Uniform Building Code Commission for many years. Brent speaks extensively on risk management. His community service also includes Plain City Council, Plain City Planning Commission, church leader, and post-earthquake assessment volunteer here and in Haiti and Japan.
Dr. Masood Parvania
University of Utah Professor, IEEE
The Utah section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers nominated Dr. Masood Parvania, an assistant professor at the University of Utah as their Engineering Educator of the Year. Dr. Parvania supervises and trains six PhD students and three Master students. He has addressed problems at Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) due to harmonics generated by agricultural irrigations systems. He has performed groundbreaking work in sustainability studying integration of renewable energy and storage devices. He has also modernized power distribution on campus. Example Research Projects: Continuous Flexible Scheduling/Pricing of Wholesale Electricity; Western Plugin Electric Vehicle Community Partnership; Automated Monitoring/Control of Electric Vehicle Charging; Smart Water Data Acquisition and Analytics; Modeling/Performance of Compressed Air Energy Storage; Hierarchical Resiliency Control for Smart Cities; Impacts Analysis of Irrigation Systems on Power Distribution.
KLOS Innovations LLC, SAMPE
The Utah Chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering nominated Ian Klosowiak, owner of KLOS Innovations, for Utah’s Fresh Face in Engineering for 2018.
Ian designed a carbon fiber composite material travel guitar prototype in 2014 for a school project, and won a 2015 Princeton University business startup award for mentorship to start a company for production of the guitar. He founded the company (KLOS Innovations LLC) in 2015 and remains an owner and the CTO. Ian has overseen continual optimization of both the design and production process of the guitar. A carbon fiber composite guitar usually involves expensive materials and process methods, but Ian has engineered a low-cost process to sell the most affordable carbon guitar in the world. This has required a significant amount of seeking out and learning from other experts, researching the internet, and M+P experimentation. He now employees over 20 people at KLOS, many of whom are former student peers at BYU. In just over two years, Ian already has already raised over $620,000 in crowd funding campaigns, in addition to web sales. He has been featured in various consumer publications, review websites, and local television media (www.klosguitars.com/press).
The MESA Teacher of the Year is Carly Stirland, a STEM teacher at Oquirrh Hills Middle School in the Jordan District. Carly earned her bachelor’s in technology and engineering education. In her 5 years as a technology and engineering teacher, she has co-founded the Oquirrh Hills MESA club, started the after school STEM Academy, co-taught robotics, led a project to build a robot to deliver notes to teachers around the school, and been advisor for PTSA . Her students earned money for cancer research. Carly helped write new state standards for the Engineering and Technology class. Each year she takes 50 students to USU Physics Day Lagoon to compete in STEM games. Carly says, “The best thing about teaching is seeing my students figure out solutions after trying so many times.” The mission of MESA to increase the number of females and ethnic minorities who pursue course work, advanced study and possible careers in math, science, engineering, and related technical fields. Key elements of MESA include hands-on math, science, and engineering exploration, development of academic strategies, college and career information, promotion of life skills, parent outreach and information, role models from higher education and the business community, and special events including competitions, campus visits, and field trips. Carly Stirland excels at all these important factors and was awarded a $500 check sponsored by the Society of Plumbing Engineers.
Charlie Vono is a retired USAF colonel and retired defense contractor manager. He earned his BS in Astronautical Engineering from the USAF Academy in 1976. He also has an MS in Systems Management from USC and Mechanical Engineering from Utah State University. He is a graduate of Air War College. In the Air Force, Charlie was a pilot, space systems engineer, F-16 structural engineer, and served on the staffs of the Ogden Air Logistics Center and the Combatant Commander of the Pacific Theater. In his civilian career, he sustained our nation’s Intercontinental Ballistic Missile force. Charlie is a member of SAME, INCOSE, and AIAA, where he is an associate fellow and a distinguished lecturer (see charlesvono.com). For over 20 years, he has donated countless hours to his engineering societies and the Utah Engineers Council. He has been AIAA Utah Section Chair and Western Region Communications Deputy Director in the UEC, since 2010, he has served as AIAA rep, Treasurer, Scholarship Chair, Vice Chair, Banquet Committee Chair, UEC Chair, UEC Journal Chair, and fund-raising chair. Charlie is a member of the Knights of Columbus where he served as financial secretary. He is enjoying his retirement with a lot of various adventures with his wife, three children, their spouses, and 3 grandchildren.