People You Know, Oct. 2003 through Jan. 2004
Cecil Rhodes Wilks, Jr. (68, BS, physics; 73, MS, physics) is retired from U.S. Government Civil Service. Much of his work involved missiles and telemetry systems. In 1988, Cecil was awarded the U.S. Navy Superior Civilian Achievement Award for performance leading to TACTS Contract efficiencies, saving the Navy millions of dollars in operation and maintenance of TACTS (Top Gun) Ranges. In 1993, he was awarded a commendation from Commander Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, for innovative thinking to increase the effectiveness of aircrew pilot tactics training capabilities. In 1994, he was presented the Superior Civilian Service Award, the second highest award a US Government civilian may receive.
Cecil is active in the Church of Latter Day Saints, which he joined in 1959. He and Linda Sue Hill, whom he married in 1965, have three sons: Cecil Lynn, Edward Jacob, and J. Brady.
Dr. Terry Wallace (78, BS, geophysics; 78, BS, math) has returned to his hometown of Los Alamos after working as a professor at the University of Arizona from 1983 to 2003. Wallace now works for Los Alamos National Laboratory as division leader of Earth and Environmental Sciences. The EES team is researching geological systems over the past 10,000 years in order to design a structure that will remain intact for the next 10,000 years.
Dr. Charlotte Rowe (81, BS, geology; 00, Ph.D., geophysics) is a seismologist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She writes, "I've recently been converted from a postdoctoral research associate to permanent staff member at Los Alamos. Finally after the years of student funding uncertainty and year-to-year postdocs, a real job! It feels good. "
Dr. Scott Tyler (83, MS, hydrology) was named a Fellow of both the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America at an annual meeting of the organizations held on Nov. 2 - 6, 2003. Dr. Tyler is professor of Hydrology at the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and director of UNR's Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences.
Dr. Tyler's research focuses on vadose zone hydrology, with emphasis on water and solute dynamics in arid regions. His research on the use of arid vadose zones as archives of paleoclimate has led to significant advances in the understanding of past and present desert water balances. He serves as deputy editor of Water Resources Research and associate editor of Soil and Tillage Research, Groundwater and the Hydrogeology Journal.
Karen Brown (87, MS, geology) works for Willamette University in Salem, Ore., as tutoring coordinator for a high school outreach program. The program tutors students from under-represented groups, helping prepare them for college. Karen, her husband Bob, and their two teenage children, live in Independence, Ore., in an airpark where they can keep their Cessna 182 in the hangar attached to their house and taxi to an airport. Karen and Bob became private pilots in 1997.
Dr. David Roberts (88, BS, chemistry) brought us up-to-date on his life since graduation from Tech. Attending graduation at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, he met and married Jacqueline, a fellow chemistry graduate student. After they both received Ph.D.s in chemistry, they did post-docs at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Jackie received a faculty position at DePauw University in Greencastle, and the family moved there. Their daughter Jessica was born in 1998.
David writes, "Greencastle is a small town (10,000), and I wanted to get more involved with the town. I thought it would be cool to be able to volunteer some sort of service using my degree, so I found the fire chief and asked how I could help with haz-mat related responses. So, I became a firefighter. I do everything from dealing with burning buildings to car wrecks, but I'm also the town's haz-mat specialist. Since then, we have developed a haz-mat response team, which I help organize. I am a volunteer firefigher (we have a combination department, with both volunteer and career). Also, since doing all of this, DePauw has found a position for me as administrative staff (teaching, haz-mat specialist, etc.)
Brett Liggett (90, BS, petroleum engr.) writes, "After five years in Houston, my wife, Cary, and I decided to move home to Colorado. I worked a deepwater completion engineer assignment for ExxonMobil in Equatorial Guinea for the past year on a rotational basis. A new assignment will place me in Angola for the next few years. Cary continues to enjoy her career as the process improvement manager for EDS in Colorado Springs. Our son Andrew likes the high- country living and is a devout Taekwondo disciple."
Dennis Reda (91, BS, math; 94, MS, math) writes, "While working on a second bachelor's degree (computer science) at UNLV, I met my future wife Clare. She was working as a risk analyst in Las Vegas, and we met playing Ultimate Frisbee. We were married on November 24, 2002, and in the months since I've completed my studies, and we've relocated to Ridgecrest, Calif."
"I'm working as a warfare analyst at China Lake Naval Weapons Center. Clare, who has a BS in math from CSU Chico and a master's degree in statistics from the University of Kentucky, is working in the GPS Navigation Systems branch. No kids yet; we want to travel and see some of the world before starting a family. Europe is in the works for next year, after that, perhaps Turkey or South Africa."
Rico Espindola (96, BS, physics) and Teresa Espindola (97, BS, biology) would like to announce the birth of their daughter, Angelina Jayleen, born June 6, 2003. Rico is currently working as an Orbital Analyst with ASRC Aerospace on Kirtland Air Force Base. Teresa is enjoying staying home with the baby while running a home-based graphics design business.
Gabriel E. Martinez (96, BS, electrical engr.) married Carrie Arszman on Jan. 10, 2004, in Albuquerque. Gabriel works for Titan Systems, Inc., and Carrie, who has a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering, works for the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women.
Dennis Walsh (96, BS, business management) and his wife Delilah (Vega) Walsh (97, BS, psychology) report, "Our biggest news this year is the arrival of our newest family addition, Joshua Ivan Walsh on September 4, 2003. He was 19 inches long and weighed 7 lbs., 10 oz. He joins his 6-year-old big brother Jacob Daniel. We made the decision to remain in Socorro when Jacob was born and have enjoyed it tremendously. I currently work with NRAO as a systems analyst in the MIS department. Delilah is an assistant vice president for First State Bank, where she is in charge of Human Resources and Strategic Development."
Cory Cogdill (99, BS, chemical engr.) married April Roberts on July 12, 2003, in Roswell. Cory teaches high school at Faith Academy in Manila, Philippines, where April is a volunteer working with children.
Mason Hutchison (00, BS, engineering mechanics) married Cara Nichole Roberts on Sept. 27, 2003. Mason is a research engineer for Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp., and Cara, who has a degree in fine arts, is employed by Studios Contemporary Art Gallery.