Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management

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Robert Salmon

College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management
BS Computer Information Systems, Class of 1990
Honor Year: 2014

Current Position:
Executive Vice President, Worldwide Field Operations, NetApp

Rob Salmon was one of the first members of the sales organization at NetApp in 1994. Now, as the executive vice president of Worldwide Field Operations, Salmon leads a team of over 4,000 professionals in 50 countries. He is responsible for the strategy and execution of all sales and services operations including the ecosystem of go-to-market partners. While running a Fortune 400 global organization is time consuming, Salmon prioritizes the most important people in his life: his wife Patty and sons Michael, 14, and Greg, 11. He also takes pride in his involvement with the Asian American Donor Program, the Fairfield High School Staff Scholarship, and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, for which he has completely shaved his head three times in support of the fight against childhood cancers.

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Mark Fitzpatrick

College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management
BS Computer Science, Class of 1985
Honor Year: 2013

Current Position:
Co-Founder, CEO, and Managing Partner, FitzForm; Co-Founder and CEO, YOUnite, Inc.; and Co-Founder and CTO, BlueChipExec

Mark Fitzpatrick has a new venture called FitzForm that he believes might be the “beginning of the end” of the drudgery surrounding the filling out of paper forms. With more than 25 years experience in software design, architecture, systems implementation, and sales, Fitzpatrick currently lists three different organizations for his current employment. His company YOUnite holds patents on distributed patent sharing (Fitzpatrick says to think of it as a way to enable sharing of your Facebook profile without storing the data on Facebook servers), and BlueChipExec is a job site focused on the smartest and fastest way to find a job. In his spare time, Fitzpatrick teaches Catholic Confirmation classes, and he calls this his hardest job.

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John Strisower

College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management
BS Computer Science, Class of 1987
Honor Year: 2012

A serial entrepreneur, John Strisower has been founder and CEO of several companies, including Precision Resource, PRC Gaming Systems, Travidia, Inc., and PinPointe USA, Inc. He founded PathoLase, Inc. in 2006, and currently serves as CEO and chairman of the company that is dedicated to creating innovation in combination with emerging technologies for the treatment and identification of microbial pathogens. He serves on the City of Chico’s business advisory board and the CSU, Chico Center for Entrepreneurship Board. Strisower was named the CEPCO Entrepreneur of the Year, and New California 100 Innovator of the Year. He has climbed Mt. Rainier and Mt. Shasta, and is planning his scale of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

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H. Kit Miyamoto

College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management
BS Civil Engineering, Class of 1989
Honor Year: 2011

Under the leadership of H. Kit Miyamoto, more than 10,000 projects have been successfully completed worldwide at his current position as CEO and Structural Engineer at Miyamoto International and Global Risk Miyamoto. Known for innovative engineering, Miyamoto has worked on many projects that have received industry recognition, including the Structural Engineers Association of California’s Excellence in Structural Engineering Award. Miyamoto specializes in high-performance earthquake engineering, as well as disaster mitigation, response, and reconstruction. Dr. Miyamoto continues to work on major critical projects, including as an expert consultant to the World Bank on the seismic risk mitigation project for 2,000 schools in Istanbul. in 2011, Miyamoto worked with the government of Haiti, the United Nations, and various nongovernmental organizations to conduct assessments on more than 400,000 earthquake-damaged structures and to implement strategies for the reconstruction of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Miyamoto splits his time between United States, Haiti, New Zealand, Asia, and Europe, working on seismic risk reduction projects as a part of his global earthquake and structural engineering company, Miyamoto International. He reports that he always comes back to his family on weekends and is the world’s craziest frequent flier!

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Gene A. Keluche

College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management
BS Applied Engineering Science,
Class of 1954
Honor Year: 2010

A member of the Wintun Tribe from Northern California, Gene A. Keluche has long been active in assisting Native Americans and First Nations communities in the development of sustainable enterprises and health and wellness programs. Keluche has extensive experience in the development and management of technology and natural resource based enterprises. He is a Director of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Foundation and served as Co-Chair with the Secretary of the Smithsonian of the National Museum of Native American’s Founders Council. Keluche and his wife Freita founded the Native American Sports Council, and organization that assists Native American youth with their Olympic-class sports competition goals. Keluche is a former Naval Aviator, and received his MBA from Harvard.

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Martin J. Rapozo

College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management
BS Business Administration, Marketing,
Class of 1966
Honor Year: 2009

Martin (Marty) J. Rapozo has the distinction of being the first recipient of a master’s degree in construction management at CSU, Chico. Rapozo currently serves on the CSU, Chico Construction Management Industry Advisory Board. He is president at Abide International, a general construction firm specializing in federal government contracting. Projects completed by Abide International include the installation of nuclear weapon sensors at Arizona Border Stations, railroad construction for the U.S. Army munitions storage facility in Nevada, and the helicopter hoisting of mechanical equipment to the top of a 20-story building in downtown San Francisco for the FBI. Rapozo lives with his wife, Katie (class of 1984), in Sonoma, California.

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David B. McCallen

College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management
BS Civil Engineering, Class of 1979
Honor Year: 2008

David B. McCallen, PhD, is responsible for personnel and program development of a $100 million program aimed at supporting the National Nuclear Security Administration’s efforts in nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear materials management. This program includes the development of advanced remote sensing technologies, securing of nuclear materials in the former Soviet Union, developing collaborative nuclear cooperation in the Middle East and Central Asia, and providing technical support to the ground-based international nuclear explosion monitoring (seismic) system. McCallen is recognized at Lawrence Livermore for his expertise in software development, the design of nuclear material repository systems, seismic and blast analysis, and design of systems.

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Dennis P. Murphy

College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management
BS Civil Engineering, Class of 1994
Honor Year: 2007

Dennis P. Murphy designed his first subdivision at the age of 17, and by the age of 19 he had built his first two houses. Following graduation from Chico State, Murphy accepted a job with Hayden Homes, a company dedicated to building high-quality residential communities throughout Oregon and Washington. He was promoted to president of the company in 1996. Murphy decided to pursue a formal business education and enrolled in the three year Owner/President Program at the Harvard Business School in 2003, and graduated in 2006. Murphy is active in Big Brother Big Sister of Central Oregon and has served as Chairman of the Board.

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Farhang (Frank) Zamani

College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management
BS Computer Science, Class of 1994
Honor Year: 2006

In 1986, Farhang (Frank) Zamani hired a smuggler to help him escape from Iran (his birthplace) to Pakistan, where he lived for two years. He then ended up with his brother in San Francisco with $70 between them. Zamani would go on to CSU, Chico and earn a BS in Computer Science. Following graduation, Zamani founded Autoweb, a company which went public in 1999. Zamani left Autoweb to found Caspio, Inc. in 2000, which empowers end-users to quickly create online databases, Web applications and Web forms—all without writing code. Some of Caspio's clients include Capital One, ESPN, UPS, Deloitte and Century 21. Caspio earned a place in the top 1,000 companies on the 2010 Inc.com 5,000 list at No. 779, thanks to an extraordinary three-year growth rate of over 388 percent. Caspio is a self-funded company owned by its employees and is a certified green business.

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John F. O'Connell *

College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management
BA Industrial Education, Class of 1937
Honor Year: 2005

A Lifetime Member of the CSU, Chico Alumni Association, John O'Connell served as the first Alumni Trustee to the California State University Board of Trustees from 1977 to 1984. O'Connell was a long-term employee of the Bechtel Corporation, rising to the rank of executive vice president prior to his retirement in 1973. Following retirement, he served as vice chairman and president of Bechtel Incorporated and as vice chairman of the Bechtel group of companies. he was a director, member, or officer for as many as 16 different corporations, organizations, and councils. Opened in August 1993, the O'Connell building houses the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management.

* = Deceased

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Stephen Gonsalves

College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management
BS Civil Engineering, Class of 1981
Honor Year: 2004

Stephen Gonsalves serves as Vice President and Principal Structural Engineer for the firm of Nichols, Melburg, and Rossetto, the firm responsible for Nettleton Baseball Stadium, the expansion of the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, and the new NM&R office building in downtown Chico. The epitome of a self-made man, Gonsalves entered the foster care system at the age of eight, and has lived on his own since turning fifteen. Gonsalves received the Chico Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year Award for 1998, and the Boys and Girls Club Distinguished Service Award for 1999. In addition, Gonsalves has served on the boards of several engineering associations, including the CSU, Chico Civil Engineering Professional Advisory Board.

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Rick Hubbard

College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management
BS Computer Science, Class of 1974
Honor Year: 2003

Dr. Rick Hubbard finds himself once again living in Chico as the founder, CEO, and chief technology officer of Growth Systems, Inc., an educational and consulting company. Hubbard is also CEO and founder of Simply-Publishing Co. and is the principal author of the Simply-Living series, including the Simply-Wealthy for Teens multi-media program. Hubbard has an M.B.A. from Creighton University and a doctorate in computer science from Colorado Technical University. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a certified member of the Institute of Management Consultants, and is on the Industry Advisory Board, Department of Computer Science at CSU, Chico.

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Dan Gonzales

College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management
BS Civil Engineering, Class of 1986
Honor Year: 2002

Dan Gonzales graduated with a degree in civil engineering in 1986, and, after working as an engineer for six years, he started Aztlan Graphics, a graphics/t-shirt company that was targeted for the Latino population. Aztlan developed into a company with a full clothing line sold nationwide in major department stores. In 1998, Gonzales moved his growing company to a 22,000-square-foot facility in Chico, California, and changed the company name to Fifth Sun Graphics. Musician Carlos Santana chose Fifth Sun Graphics designs to use for his band’s tour shirts for his 1998 and 1999 tours, and is in development for a t-shirt for his 2002 tour.

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Ed Anderson

College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management
BS Civil Engineering, Class of 1964
Honor Year: 2001

Ed Anderson founded Rolls, Anderson & Rolls, a private engineering company, in 1970 with two other CSU, Chico grads Ellis Rolls, 1954, and Ray Rolls, 1963. After semi-retiring in 1996, Anderson began practicing as a sole proprietor. He continues to serve as City Engineer for several small communities that he has represented for more than 30 years. Anderson has served as the professional contact member for CSU, Chico’s American Society of Civil Engineers since its founding in 1969. In 1991 the Northern California Council of Civil Engineers named him “Engineer of the Year”. He currently writes the golf column for the Chico Enterprise-Record, travels throughout the world playing golf as a member of the International Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians, and is on their Board of Directors.

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Savio Woo

College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management
BS Mechanical Engineering, Class of 1965
Honorary Doctorate, Class of 1998
Honor Year: 2000

Savio Lau-Yuen Woo is the A.B. Ferguson Professor, vice chair for research, and director of the Musculoskeletal Research Center, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. A graduate of Chico State College in 1965 with a B.S. in mechanical engineering, Woo received his M.S. in mechanical Engineering in 1966 and his Ph.D. in bioengineering in 1971, both from the University of Washington. In 1998 Woo was awarded an honorary doctorate from CSU, Chico. While a student, Woo tutored in math, physics, and engineering; assisted with the admission of foreign students from Asia; gave talks about Hong Kong and China to organization such as Rotary and Lions; and never missed a football or basketball game. Professor Woo has been elected to the Institute of Medicine-National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Adademia Sinica. He received the GOTS-Beiersdorf Outstanding Scientific Achievement Research Award in 1996, the Olympic Prize for Sports Science and Gold Medal from the International Olympic Committee in 1998, and the Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award from the University of Pittsburgh in 1999. In addition, Woo has published 200 refereed journal articles, 89 book chapters, and more than 529 abstracts and extended abstracts.

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Bill Wattenburg

College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management
BS Electrical Engineering and
Mathematics, Class of 1958
Honor Year: 1999

Dr. Willard "Bill" Wattenburg is an inventor, consultant, researcher, best-selling author, and talk show host who is heard on KGO Newstalk Radio Saturday and Sunday nights. Wattenburg's show focuses on issues that affect everyone, such as determining practical sources of alternative energy or using technology for the improvement of safety. He delights in finding and sharing simple solutions to complex problems that plague the experts and confuse the public. Wattenburg earned his B.S. in electrical engineering and mathematics from CSU, Chico in 1958 and later received his M.S. in electrical engineering and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and physics from the University of California in Berkeley. He spent five years on the faculty at UC, Berkeley and has founded three successful high-tech companies in the Bay Area. Wattenburg's media career began in 1972 when he started hosting his late night Newstalk program on KGO. His approach to explaining technical wonders to the layperson is based on his belief that people are a lot smarter than they give themselves credit for. He has received much media attention for his inventions, such as a robot mine sweeper that may be used to protect U.S. troops. In March 1995, Wattenburg's design for a temporary bridge kit was implemented successfully to restore a bridge on Interstate 5 in Fresno County that had washed away during torrential rains. Dr. Watten burg is well known to many senior members of Congress as a respected scientist and well-informed individual on the frontiers of U.S. Technology in military, space, and medicine.

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Larry Gee

College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management
MS Computer Science, Class of 1976
Honor Year: 1998

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W. Gary Sitton

College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management
MS Business Administration, Class of 1967
Honor Year: 1997

Gary and Judy Sitton owned Bi-Tech for 20 years, and he also taught computer science at Chico State for 17 years. When Bi-Tech was acquired in 1995, the company had 220 employees. He and Judy stayed on to run the business until 2000 and then retired.

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Gary B. Borders

College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management
MS Computer Science, Class of 1978
Honor Year: 1996

Gary B. Borders is an Engineering Productivity Manager with the Vancouver, Washington Division of Hewlett Packard (HP). In addition to his current duties of improving the productivity of the site design engineering teams, Borders has managed the development of a number of software programs for HP. Under his direction the HP Mechanical Simulation program was developed. At the time, this is the leading program in the nation for applications to Structural Engineering, Dynamic/Kinematics Tolerances, and Mold Flow Analysis. In addition, Border's team is responsible for the development of a process improvement program (SPIDER) for firmware and software. Further, Border directed the Computer Aided Engineering team to act as the catalyst for major improvements in the Local Area Network (LAN). Border, an outstanding researcher and manager, continues to cultivate his relationship with CSU, Chico. He is responsible for management of all aspects of the relationship between HP and Chico State. With Border's assistance, CSU, Chico has received over $8 million in hardware and software support. He is also the author of The Adventure Companion, published in 1985.

Borders recently took an early retirement opportunity from Hewlett Packard after nearly 33 years of employment. He has a passion for product invention and business model development that keeps him involved with other engineers and business managers. His hobbies include amateur astronomy and custom furniture design and construction.

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Glen O. Toney

College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management
BA Philosophy, Class of 1966
Honor Years: 1995 and 2011

Glen O. Toney served as an executive of Applied Materials for 23 years before retiring in 2002 as group vice president of corporate affairs. Toney previously served as superintendent of schools for Palo Alto School District and for Ravenswood City School District. Toney received a BS in mathematics from San Jose State University, an MA in instructional technology and curriculum design from San Jose State, and a Doctorate of Organizational Behavior and Higher Education from the University of Southern California. Toney also holds honorary doctorates from Chico State and Santa Clara University. Truly committed to civic involvement, Toney is a former president of the Chico State Alumni Association, currently serves on the CSU Board of Trustees and the Gateway Science Museum Board of Directors, and is the recipient of numerous honors and awards.

Toney has been honored twice as a Distinguished Alumni; once in 1995 by the College of Engineering, Computer Science, & Construction Management, and again in 2011 for receiving the Distinguished Alumni Service Award.

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Keith Thomassen

College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management
BS Electrical Engineering, Class of 1958
Honor Year: 1994

Dr. Keith Thomassen worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (1977 – 1999), retiring as Deputy Associate Director in Laser Programs, responsible for magnetic fusion energy research. He was Professor-in-Residence in the Nuclear Engineering department at UC Berkeley (1986 – 2002) teaching fusion energy courses, and directed the Fusion Technology programs at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (1973 – 1977). He was Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering at MIT (1968 – 1973), taught a course at Harvard in 1970, and was Adjunct Professor of Physics at UCLA (1983 and 1985). He was a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow in Paris (Center for Nuclear Studies) in 1963. 


In addition to his research, he has managed major programs and large projects at LLNL, as program leader for the 400 M$ Mirror Fusion Test Facility in the 80's, and national Program Director of the 740 M$ Tokamak Physics Experiment, orchestrating a consortium of national laboratories and industrial contractors. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Fusion Energy and as a reviewer for a number of technical journals.



 

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