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Dartmouth Society of Engineers: The DSE and You

By Kathryn Miller '97, DSE President

Hello from the Dartmouth Society of Engineers. As president of the DSE, I’d like to invite you to take advantage of and get involved with the DSE.

The DSE is the best way I know to keep in touch with Thayer School and Thayer alumni. Thayer graduates share a special approach to engineering. Although we might call ourselves mechanical engineers or chemical engineers, we know how to apply fundamental concepts to problems in different disciplines — and that differentiates us from our peers from other institutions. As a graduate student at MIT in chemical engineering doing research in a biological engineering laboratory, I constantly rely on my Thayer training. Many engineering schools consider the multi-disciplinary approach new; Thayer grads consider it standard.

The DSE provides opportunities for us to get together to talk about what we like most: engineering. At the DSE’s 2004-2005 annual meeting, held in October in Boston, Professor Charles Wyman talked about his research progress toward achieving efficient conversion of biomass to ethanol. He gave a similar presentation in December at a DSE, Thayer, and Dartmouth Club event in Washington, D.C. In January professors Keith Paulsen and Brian Pogue discussed their research on alternative breast-cancer imaging techniques, including near-infrared hemoglobin tomography, at DSE events co-hosted by Thayer, Dartmouth Medical School, and the Dartmouth clubs of Los Angeles and the Silicon Valley.

I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to hear what our faculty are doing, and I’ve enjoyed reconnecting with classmates and meeting new alumni. When I am back in Hanover for DSE Executive Committee meetings, I look forward to the stories vice president Jolin Salazar-Kish ’88, Th’91 tells about her Upper Valley contracting and rental business. Treasurer John Kennedy ’53, Th’54 not only updates me on his work as a consultant on alternative-fuel vehicles, but also shares his tips on the best places to cross-country ski. I feel like I am back at Thayer, chatting with classmates around a table in the Great Hall.

If you would like information on how you can become involved with the DSE or how you can help host and plan a DSE event in your area, please call 1-877-584-2937, or e-mail

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