Walter Maxwell Gibson College of Science & Engineering


Calendar IconApril 17, 2014 - 4 PM
CARAT Seminar (Center for Applied Research and Advanced Technology)
Sharwan Smith Center Theater

Guest Lecturer: Greg Martin, Integrated Construction Manager, Okland Construction
"Virtual Sticks and Bricks - Ways Technology is Changing the Construction Process"

Greg Martin is an Integrated Construction Manager for Okland Construction, based out of Okland’s Tempe office. Greg earned his BS in Construction Management (2004) from Southern Utah University and since graduation has filled the roles of Project Engineer, Project Manager, BIM Manager and Integrated Construction Manager with The Weitz Company, Mortenson Construction and now with Okland Construction. Greg has a passion for working with Project Teams, from the Architectural/Engineering design teams to the onsite Construction Management teams, and finding ways to increase their efficiencies and ways deliver value by integrating technology into the construction process. The sticks and bricks of construction have remained relatively constant over time but the use of technology as a tool to build the sticks and bricks safer, more efficiently, faster and with less rework is increasing exponentially every year and the future of technology in construction is limitless.
Greg Martin

Calendar IconMarch 25, 2014 - 7 PM
CARAT Seminar (Center for Applied Research and Advanced Technology)
Sharwan Smith Center Theater

Guest Lecturer: Randall N. Parker, CEO, Utah Farm Bureau Foundation
"Contributions of Food and Agriculture to our Society and Economy - Current and Future Challenges"

Randy N. Parker is chief executive officer and secretary-treasurer of the Utah Farm Bureau Federation and affiliated companies. He joined the organization November 1, 2003 after a 25-year career working in the agriculture industry.

A native of Utah County, Randy was raised on a Pleasant Grove farm. He earned an undergraduate degree in Agribusiness and an MS degree in Agriculture Economics from Utah State University. While at USU, he was awarded the US Army ROTC Reserve Officers Medal for Leadership and Scholarship.

Most recently, Parker served as Director of Marketing and Conservation for the Utah Department of Agriculture & Food. He was responsible for agriculture marketing programs traveling to many countries promoting Utah farm products to potential markets. He served as president of the North American Agriculture Marketing Officials 2002-03, on the board for the U.S. Livestock Genetics Export Association, worked on U.S. agriculture trade talks with Canada and Mexico and in 2003 was re-appointed to the Utah District Export Council by the Secretary of Commerce. In his conservation work, Randy co-chaired the award winning Utah AFO/CAFO program to help farmers and ranchers improve water quality. He also served on the state drought mitigation team.

A former FFA member, he is treasurer for the Utah FFA Foundation Board of Trustees, and as the Agricultural Representative on the Utah State Fair Board of Directors. Randy serves on several other committees working for agriculture. He was honored by the Utah High School Rodeo Association and the National Young Farmers Association. He is active in his community and church. Randy is married to the former Shelly Lind of Murray, Utah. They have two daughters, three sons and ten grandchildren.

Randall N. Parker

Calendar IconFebruary 20, 2014 - 4 PM
CARAT Seminar (Center for Applied Research and Advanced Technology)
Sharwan Smith Center Theater

Guest Lecturer: Chuck Taylor, President, SyberJet Aircraft
"The Future of Controlling Flight"

Charles K. Taylor is President of SyberJet Aircraft. Chuck earned a BS in Business Administration (1991) from Southern Utah University and was awarded an MBA (1995) from Utah State University. He joined Metalcraft Technologies, Inc. in 1990 and has broad hands-on experience in the aerospace business, having worked as a machine operator, quality control inspector, engineering programmer, materials and purchasing manager, and as marketing and customer service Vice President. He was named President of SyberJet Aircraft in 2012.

Chuck Taylor

Calendar IconJanuary 16, 2014 - 4 PM
CARAT Seminar (Center for Applied Research and Advanced Technology)
Sharwan Smith Center Theater

Guest Lecturer: Dr. Troy Stonely
"Modern Medical Imaging:  Why God is Right Handed and Why Radiologists Can’t Tell Their Right From Their Left"

Troy Brent Stonely was born in Salt Lake City, Utah.  He currently lives in Cedar City with his wife, Heather, and their four children.  Dr. Stonely received a Bachelor Degree in Microbiology, with a minor in Chemistry, from Brigham Young University in 2000.  He went on to obtain his Medical Doctorate from St Louis University School of Medicine in 2004.  He completed a transitional internship at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, Washington in 2005, his Radiology Residency at Medical College of Wisconsin in 2009 and a Digital Imaging Fellowship at Medical College of Wisconsin in 2010.  He has been a radiologist at Cedar City Radiology since 2010.  He is best known at Fiddlers Elementary School as "Mr Science".

Troy Stonely

Calendar IconNovember 14, 2013 - 4 PM
CARAT Seminar (Center for Applied Research and Advanced Technology)
Charles Hunter Room, Hunter Conference Center

Guest Lecturer: Michael Hofmann, PhD.
“Geological, Technological, and Environmental Challenges in a Transforming Energy Sector"

Michael Hofmann is an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Montana and the lead scientist and co-owner of AIM GeoAnalytics, LLC. He received his M.S. degree from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany), and his Ph.D. from the University of Montana. His current research focuses on understanding the sedimentary processes, stratigraphy, and diagenetic alterations that pertain to clastic and mudrock petroleum systems.

Michael Hofmann

Calendar IconOctober 10, 2013 - 4 PM
CARAT Seminar (Center for Applied Research and Advanced Technology)
Sharwan Smith Center Theater

Guest Lecturer: Ted McAleer
"The Scientific Method and How it Applies to Business Leadership"

Ted McAleer is currently the Executive Director of Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR). Prior to USTAR, McAleer was the Director of Business Development for The University of Utah's Technology Venture Development organization. Ted has more than 25 years of experience in technology innovation; business development; and product, services and operations management in both start-up and mature corporations. He has been COO for Teleoptic Digital Imaging, LLC and the Sr. Director of Implementation services at Campus Pipeline, Inc. He has also worked for SunGard SCT, Procter and Gamble, PepsiCo., and the US Army. He holds a MBA from Harvard Business School, a Master of Engineering from the University of Virginia and a BS in Engineering Management from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He currently serves as a Board Member with the Swaner EcoCenter, the Mountain West Capital Network and the Park City Angel Network. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, mountain biking and international travel with his wife Donna and their nine-year old daughter.

Ted McAleer

Calendar IconSeptember 26, 2013 - 4 PM
CARAT Seminar (Center for Applied Research and Advanced Technology)
Sharwan Smith Center Theater

Guest Lecturer: Dr. Barry Baker
"Ecosystem Management in a Nonstationary World: Can we do it?"

Dr. Barry Baker is the Director of the Canyonlands Research Center, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Environment and Society, and Ecology Center Associate Faculty at Utah State University. He received a Ph.D. from Colorado State in 1991 where his research focused on the effects of climate change on grassland/livestock ecosystems. Since then, he has worked in Argentina, China, Mongolia, and the US for the United Nations’ Development and Environmental Programmes, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Country Studies Program, and more recently The Nature Conservancy. His research interests include bioclimatology, biogeography, and the influence of climatic variability on the distribution and conservation of plants and animals in grassland and alpine ecosystems.

Barry Baker

Calendar IconApril 18th - 4 PM
CARAT Seminar (Center for Applied Research and Advanced Technology)
Sharwan Smith Center Theater

Guest Lecturer: Samuel Duncan
"An Introduction to Flash Memory, Non-Volatile Memory for Today's Computing Applications"

Sam is an Engineering Manager in the Dry Etch area of IM Flash Technologies (IMFT). IMFT is the technology leader in the manufacturing of NAND Flash memory. He manages a team of 60 Equipment Technicians and Process Engineers directly responsible for the Dry Etch processes which include etch geometries of 20nm. For the past 4 years, he has been leading his team in the implementation of Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) and 5s methodologies. Throughout his career, Sam has worked in the technical fields of Deceptive Electronic Countermeasures, communication, industrial maintenance, rocket propulsion and aviation. In 2006, after a successful career in the Aviation Maintenance industry, he joined the start-up of IMFT. Sam has appreciated living and working in states from Hawaii to North Carolina but eventually returned to his native Utah where here he enjoys camping and riding horses.

Samuel Duncan

Calendar Icon March 19th - 4 PM
CARAT Seminar (Center for Applied Research and Advanced Technology)
Hunter Conference Center, Charles Hunter Room

Guest Lecturer: Becky Low
"School is More than Hitting the Books"

Becky is the Vice President of the Dairy Council of UT/NV and has been providing nutrition research and educational materials for schools, health professionals, and nutrition educators for the past 12 years. Becky has also been the expert on a weekly KSL TV cooking segment since 1995 (Tune in to Studio 5 Friday mornings at 11:00). When she’s not helping consumers integrate the science of nutrition into their diets, Becky enjoys cooking, camping, and collecting books. Becky is in charge of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program in Utah - helping students, program advisors and schools to eat health, get active, and make a difference.

Becky Low

Calendar Icon February 21st - 4 PM
CARAT Seminar (Center for Applied Research and Advanced Technology)
Sharwan Smith Theater

Guest Lecturer: Jon Christensen

Jon Christensen is the Superintendent of Technical Services and Vice President of the Intermountain Power Services Corporation (IPSC) in Delta, Utah. IPSC operates and maintains a 1900 MW coal fired generating station, AC Switchyard, and DC Converter Station. As the Superintendent of Technical services, Jon is responsible for the engineering, computer, water & coal laboratory, environmental, and instrument & electrical groups.

Jon started his career in power generation as an electrical engineer at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. In 1984 he was assigned to the Intermountain Power Project as a quality assurance engineer for the construction of the Intermountain Converter Station and the Intermountain Switchyard. In 1986 he left LADWP and started working for IPSC. He has been an electrical maintenance supervisor, lead electrical engineer, supervising engineer, and the assistant superintendent responsible for all of the electrical and instrument technicians.

Jon has been the lead design engineer and project manager for the replacement of the induced draft fan variable frequency drives, generator excitation systems and rewinding both generators at the Intermountain Power Project. He is currently involved in a project to quantify the economic and operational impact of cycling coal fired generators, designed for base load operation, due to the addition of more renewable power to the electric system.

Jon graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering specializing in Power Systems. He has completed Master’s level classes in Power System Stability and Machine Dynamics from the University of Colorado. He is a register professional engineer in Utah and a member of Eta Kappa Nu and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Jon Christensen

Calendar Icon January 24th - 4 PM
CARAT Seminar (Center for Applied Research and Advanced Technology)
Hunter Conference Center Great Hall

Guest Lecturer: Dr. Gulbrandsen, D.O.
"Technology in Medicine"

Dr. Erik Gulbrandsen currently works for Intermountain Healthcare practicing at the Canyon View Clinic in Parowan. He graduated in June 2012 from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine A.T. Still University and received his bachelor’s of science in economics from Brigham Young University in 2004.

Performing his residency at Southern Illinois University, specializing in family medicine, Dr. Gulbrandsen is a member of American Academy of Family Physicians, American Osteopathic Association and American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. During his time at Southern Illinois University, Dr. Gulbrandsen was the only resident member on the Program Director Selection Committee as well a member of the Patient Centered Medical Home Committee, Information Technology Committee and Recruitment Committee. Dr. Gulbrandsen has presented at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine for his research in improving quality in family residency programs. He has specialized in technology advances in medicine and presented on the topic at McKesson Physician Practice Solutions, SIU School of Medicine Update in Primary Care and the Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants. Dr. Gulbrandsen was a two-time nominee for Student Doctor of the Year award at A.T. Still University and received the Above and Beyond Humanitarian Award at A.T. Still University.

Dr. Gulbrandsen, D.O.