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John Walkup ’62 Th’63: In 1998 I retired from my position on the faculty at Texas Tech University and my wife, Pat, and I returned to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1999. We had met and married out here when I was a graduate student at Stanford after I left Thayer in 1963. Since our return we have been directing a ministry to university professors at UC Berkeley, Stanford, UC Davis and San Jose State University. It is called Faculty Commons and is the faculty ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ, International, an evangelical but nondenominational ministry. I organize fellowship groups for Christian professors at all of these universities.While it’s true that many of the engineering professors I work with are engaged in energy research, my time is spent on encouraging them spiritually and helping them integrate their faith and their academic discipline. The latter can be a challenge, as you might expect. Looking back on my Dartmouth/Thayer educations, my graduate work at Stanford and my career at Texas Tech, I can only say how much I appreciate the broad liberal arts education I received at Dartmouth. As you might expect, I’m really a networker and people person. At Dartmouth I learned to think critically and take a big picture look at life as well as at engineering. This has been invaluable to me, both in my career and now in our ministry.

Robert A. Dalrymple ’67: Right now I am working on reviewing the Corps of Engineers’ efforts to provide hurricane protection to south Louisiana, water waves propagating over mud, and numerical modeling of breaking waves.

Dan Malwitz ’77: I have worked at Moog Inc. near Buffalo, N.Y., for the past 15 years. Right now I am designing the upper-stage Thrust Vector Control actuator for NASA’s Ares I spacecraft. This is the Crew Launch Vehicle that will replace the Space Shuttle. Moog is a fun place to work; seven hours from Hanover and two from Toronto. The Space and Defense Group, where I work, currently has 25 openings for mechanical, electrical, project and systems engineers at various experience levels. I have had a great engineering career since leaving Dartmouth: Five years at Split Ballbearing in Lebanon, N.H., designing ball and roller bearings; two years at Lockheed Electronics in Plainfield, N.J., designing antenna structures; and eight years at Contraves in Pittsburgh, Pa., designing motion simulators and telescope structures. While at Contraves I designed the 50,000-pound payload Crew Station/Turret Motion Base Simulator for the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Command in Warren, Mich. I also designed the primary mirror support system for the AMOS 3.67-Meter telescope that is now atop Mount Haleakala, Hawaii. Here at Moog I designed the electric flight simulator actuators that FlightSafety is now using. I have been fortunate to be able to apply my God-given design abilities that were awakened at Dartmouth. Andrea and I have been married for 29 years. We have two great children: Sarah (who with husband Scott have our firstgrandchild Haley) and Daniel, who loves to play ice hockey, is a freshman at Gordon College.

Jay E. Hole ’81 Th’82: At present I have two jobs. I’m helping another ’81 engineering major, Toby Reiley, start a new company offering financial services to automotive dealers. The offering is an innovative way to allow a small segment of the deep sub-prime market to purchase used vehicles that is beneficial to the buyers and the dealers. My “day job” is with ChemPak International LLC, a very small chemical company that does specialty packaging of specialty chemicals, mostly polymerization inhibitors, catalysts, and pigments. I work across the spectrum but mostly on procurement/supply chain, quality, operations, and strategy. Prior to ChemPak International LLC, I had an entrepreneurial “learning experience” with a company trying to make ethanol from waste liquids, primarily beverages. The start-up, management and technical team grossly underestimated the complexity of the operation, particularly as related to fermentation and waste treatment/disposal.

Erik Dambach ’04 Th’05: I completed my M.S. from Purdue University in aeronautics and astronautics in December 2007. I am now working on my fifth and final degree, my Ph.D. at Purdue. I have had a great time designing and testing rocket engines. This past summer, I worked at Edwards Air Force Base – testing advanced fuels in the high desert of southern California. And, I look forward to playing with even more fire over the next two years as I work on my Ph.D., investigating new non-toxic (or at least less toxic) propellants.

Daniel Hassouni ’05 Th’05: I completed my first marathon — the SunTrust National Marathon in Washington, D.C. back in March — in a time of 3:11:46 as a member of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. In the process I raised $5,608 to help in the fight against blood cancers. The group of 53 runners that made up Team in Training’s squad for this race surpassed $150,000!

Hannah Murnen ’06: I’m a graduate student just starting my second year at University of California-Berkeley in the chemical engineering department. My advisor is Dr. Rachel Segalman, and my project uses synthetic polymers to mimic the behavior of proteins. The end goal is to use these molecules to catalyze the growth of inorganic crystals into desired shapes and morphologies so that they can be utilized for optoelectronic applications (photovoltaics, semiconductors, etc). I’ll be here for about four more years. Right now I’m thinking that I’d like to go into academia at the end of it, but that’s a long ways off!

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