Class of 1971, BS in Chemical Engineering
Class of 1973, MS in Chemical Engineering
I worked for 13 years as a process design engineer, followed by 29 years as an environmental engineer and manager in Southern California. From 2000 to 2015, I worked for the Navy managing contaminated site investigation and remediation projects, primarily at Naval Air Station Alameda, and then managing the air quality compliance program for the naval bases in California and Nevada. I retired to a small community north of Escondido in San Diego County, California, in 2015.
In addition to my chemical engineering degrees, I received an MBA in management from California State University, Los Angeles and a DBA in strategic management from Alliant International University in San Diego. For the last 22 years, I’ve taught business and environmental science classes, and enjoyed the opportunity to teach senior chemical engineering design classes at the University of California, San Diego.
In 1987, I took up homebrewing – a hobby well-suited to chemical engineers – and I have encountered many other chemical engineers in the hobby. My interests have expanded to meadmaking, the craft brewing industry, and in the last 16 years, the craft distilling industry. These industries are particularly vibrant in San Diego County. I am assisting California State University, San Marcos in developing a new brewing certificate program in their extended studies program.
My fascination with distilling alcohol makes me think back fondly of the alcohol distillation problems we were assigned in the unit operations class, using McCabe-Thiele diagrams and stepping-off stages.
Greg Ogden informed me that the CHEE department was considering buying an alcohol still to supplement the old glass distillation column I operated in the unit operations lab way back in 1970. That compelled me to earmark my 2014 donation to the department specifically for the purchase and installation of the still. The still is now located in “the pit,” next to the glass column, and is used in chemical engineering lab courses.