The University of Texas at Arlington College of Science 2012-13  

Science Week celebrates alumni, student, faculty achievements

UT Arlington alumni Russ Spray, left, and Sue Brown spoke with math students about how to succeed using a background in mathematics.
The College of Science held its third annual Science Week from October 22-26, spotlighting the achievements of its alumni, students and faculty.
One of the event's main goals is to give College of Science alumni the opportunity to return to campus and interact with faculty and students.
Alumnus Dr. John Clements (B.S. Biology '74), head of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at Tulane University School of Medicine, met with faculty and with Freshman Interest Group (FIG) students and attended a Biology Undergraduate Research Mini-Symposium, where students presented their research projects.
Among his numerous accomplishments, Clements works to develop more effective and less costly delivery systems to vaccinate children in developing countries which potentially could save countless lives. He also returned to New Orleans shortly after Hurricane Katrina and helped salvage critical research data (see story on page 38).
A panel discussion on environmental careers gave students a chance to ask questions and get advice from a group which included UT Arlington alumni James Hoelke (B.S. Geology '09, M.S. Geology '11) of Lockheed Martin; David Long (B.A. Communications '82, B.S. Biology '85, M.S. Biology '89) of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 office; and Stephen Brooks (B.S. Engineering '86) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; as well as Meghna Tare, director of the UT Arlington Office of Sustainability; and Ellen McDonald, a consultant for the engineering firm Alan Plummer Associates.
Alumnus Brent Skillman (B.S. Psychology '74), co-founder and CEO of Irving-based Fun N Sun Pools, spoke with psychology students about his experiences in co-founding his own company and building it into one of the most successful in the commercial pool industry.
Alumni Russ Spray (B.S. '74, Medical Technology, with emphasis in Mathematics) and Sue Brown (B.S. Math '79, M.A. Math '81, Ph.D. Math '89) spoke with freshmen math students about their careers and how students can use a strong background in math to succeed. Brown, now retired, worked for Lockheed Martin as a senior engineering specialist, and Spray is president and CEO of SAFRAN Turbomeca USA, which provides maintenance, overhauls and repair of aircraft engines as well as manufacturing, testing and selling of new engines. He was formerly chairman and co-founder of the National EMS Operator's Forum and played a key role in the creation of the national network of emergency helicopters.
Thomas Windham, a psychologist, educator and diversity expert, talked with faculty members about ways to increase participation by underrepresented groups in science and technology education programs. He also spoke with students about opportunities to participate in summer research at the Colorado Center for Multi-scale Mapping of Atmospheric Processing (CMMAP) in Fort Collins, Colorado.