CSE External Advancement Board Members

PH Bhatt

Pankaj (PH) Bhatt is Chief Technology Officer of Alpha Technologies Inc., world leading power systems provider headquartered in Bellingham, Washington.

PH leads an innovation and technology driven organization with a long history of delivering to our customers’ unique power solutions including alternate energy hybrid products. PH’s senior-level leadership experience in engineering R&D and product design of broadband network solutions used worldwide is an important part of Alpha Group of companies.

Throughout his career, he has built a track record of implementing forward-looking technologies and product development techniques. PH has held a number of leadership positions with leading innovative firms including Rockwell, Alcatel, AT&T Bell Labs, Siecor/Corning, Dell, Tellium as well as alternative energy start up building fuel cell systems.

PH holds four patents and received Masters in Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology and various continuing executive management credits.

Charlie BrownCharlie Brown

Charlie is employed as a Chemical Process Engineer at the BP Cherry Point Refinery. He began his career with General Atomic Company in San Diego, and then moved back to his home town of Spokane to work for Kaiser Aluminum. Next, he worked at Radian Corporation in Austin, Texas, and Seattle, Washington, and then moved to Bellingham to work for VECO Pacific. Charlie earned his BS in Chemical Engineering in 1973 and MSE in Engineering (Environmental) from the University of Washington in 1982. He taught Air Pollution Control and a few introductory engineering courses at Gonzaga University and Air Pollution at WWU. He is a past Chair of the Puget Sound Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and a past Director of the Environmental Division of the AIChE. Charlie lives with his wife Susan in Bellingham. His activities include sea kayaking and weight lifting.


Bob CartwrightBob Cartwright (Manufacturing Engineering Technology, 1980)

Bob graduated from Western in 1980 with a degree in manufacturing engineering technology which is part of the College’s Department of Engineering Technology. While he was a student, Bob was an active member of the men’s Crew Club.

He and his wife Kathy started Dimension Systems as a consulting company, and in 1995 they added the systems division which offers computer hardware, software and service solutions. The company is based in Woodinville where they are also raising their family.

Bob and Kathy recently made a generous gift to the College and to the Western Crew Club at the Presidents Club level. Kathy is a graduate of Purdue University where she has been a very active and supportive alumna over the years.

Matt Danielson ’05 Mathematics

Matthew is a Principal Research Software Engineer at Amplero, a big data analytics company based in Seattle with customers around the world.  He works with the data science team designing and implementing machine learning algorithms for their core personalization and recommendation platform. Matthew collaborates across teams, customising algorithms for the company’s solutions and troubleshooting implementations. Before Amplero , Matthew worked with a financial services company developing and deploying high frequency trading algorithms for futures, equities, and currency products.  Outside of work, Matthew has been a mentor and youth coach with Students Run Philly Style, and a volunteer leader with Bethany Wilderness Ministry in Seattle.  

Matthew has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Computer Science Minor from Western, receiving the 2005 Dean’s Award for Science.  He graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, with a M.Sc. in High Performance Computing in 2007.

Matthew is a senior research software engineer at Globys, a big data analytics company based in Seattle with customers around the world.  He works with the data science team designing and implementing machine learning algorithms for their core personalization and recommendation platform. Matthew collaborates across teams, customising algorithms for the company’s solutions and troubleshooting implementations. Before Globys, Matthew worked with a financial services company developing and deploying high frequency trading algorithms for futures, equities, and currency products.  Outside of work, Matthew has been a mentor and youth coach with Students Run Philly Style, and a volunteer leader with Bethany Wilderness Ministry in Seattle.  

Matthew has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Computer Science Minor from Western, receiving the 2005 Dean’s Award for Science.  He graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, with a M.Sc. in High Performance Computing in 2007.


Larry Graf ’81 Industrial Technology

Glacier Bay and Aspen Founder, Larry Graf, is a global adventure boater who has been designing, building, and selling boats for more than 25 years. He’s a Graduate of Western Washington University, majoring in Industrial Technology. He went to work as an automotive engineer for Subaru, as a Marine development engineer for US Marine, then as an R&D manager for Precor fitness equipment.

In 1987, Larry founded Glacier Bay Catamarans, building it into the world’s largest catamaran company with 225 employees, and over 35 dealerships around the world. By 2007, more than 3,000 Glacier Bay boats were sold world-wide, and are still being sold today.

In 2008, Larry started Aspen Power Catamarans based on his revolutionary new power Proa hull design. Aspen Power Catamarans is a high speed displacement hull, making it the most fuel efficient boat in its class. They offer this design in a 28’, 32’, and now a 40’. Larry is highly regarded within the boating community. He holds 27 patents, and has won numerous awards, including “Innovation of the Year” twice for his Proa hull design and high speed displacement catamaran. He enjoys new creative product development while working directly with his boat owners.

Pete GreenbergPete Greenberg (Biology, 1970)

Pete received his BA degree in biology from Western in 1970. In addition to his degree from Western, he has an MS in microbiology from the University of Iowa (1972) and a PhD in microbiology from   the University of Massachusetts (1977). After his postdoctoral at Harvard University, Pete was on the faculty at Cornell University and then the University of Iowa, College of Medicine, before moving to the University of Washington in 2005.

The professional honors Pete has received are many and include being elected fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences and the American Academy of Microbiology. He is widely credited for founding the quorum sensing field. His research has changed the way microbiologists think about the breadth of microbial activities.

Over the past couple of years, Pete has become increasingly involved with the College of Sciences and Technology and the Department of Biology. In the spring of 2008 he came to Bellingham as a distinguished guest speaker of the department and spoke with students and members of the faculty about his research in the field of microbiology. He is married to Dr. Carrie Harwood who is also a noted microbiologist at the University of Washington. They have two children and reside in Seattle. Pete and Carrie joined the Presidents Club last year.  They have now been members of the Presidents Club for two years and last year Pete was the College Alumnus of the Year.

Robin Halliday ’76 Psychology

Robin is a quality-driven, performance-oriented senior executive with over 25 years of technical and managerial leadership and a proven track record of successfully growing products, businesses, and people.

Robin retired after a 25 year career in the technology industry (software and network services), primarily as an executive, managing development and operations projects and people as a Vice President for DIS Corporation, and as a CEO for spinoff Rivetek, inc.

A certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Robin earned her B.S. from the University of Washington and her M.S. from Western Washington University. She has a passion for education and STEM initiatives, as well as mentoring startup company entrepreneurs.

She has taught PMP preparation and a Crash course in project management (PM) for WWU for more than seven years through the Extended Education program. More recently, she has co-taught Lean startup and entrepreneurship.  She currently serves on WWU advisory groups for CSE Computer Science, the IDEA Center, and the WWU Foundation @Home committee.

She is a Rotarian and a local angel investor, co-founder of BIG the Bellingham Innovation Group, and longstanding leader of TAG, the Technology Alliance Group for northwest Washington, a regional technology trade association.

She also serves as chairman of the board of CORD, the Center for Occupational Research and Development, a nonprofit organization dedicated to leading change in education.

Peter HallsonPeter Hallson (Biology, 1958)

In 1958, Peter graduated from Western Washington University with a BA degree in biology. He also attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Program for Senior Executives.

Peter joined Nalco in 1961 as a district representative in the company’s water treatment chemicals division. He was promoted to area manager in 1967 and to district manager in 1969. He was named regional manager of the pulp and paper chemicals group in 1971. Peter transferred back to the water treatment chemicals division as regional manager in 1974. In 1977, he transferred to WATERGY as regional sales manager and in 1982 he became sales manager for the whole division. Peter then transferred to Nalco’s international division in 1988 when he became the vice president of operations for Nalco Europe and in 1992 he was named division’s vice president, sales training. In 1996, he was promoted to president of Nalco’s Diversey Water Technologies Division.

Upon retiring in 1997, Peter moved on to become an avid bicyclist, crossing Iowa six times, and more recently touring the Pacific Northwest. He and his wife Judith moved from Chicago to Edmonds in 2000 to enjoy their retirement and further explore the region by bike. Peter and Judith have been long time members of the Presidents Club.

Lisa Hammond ’87 Chemistry

Lisa Hammond began her career in the pharmaceutical industry as a chemist synthesizing new drug candidates for NeoRx Corporation in Seattle.  She now works on the other side of the discovery pathway as a clinical program project manager for Eli Lilly and Company, based in Indianapolis, IN.  Working for 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry has enabled her to live in various parts of the country and travel extensively.  She is fortunate to have returned to Bellingham, where her story began, with her family at the beginning of 2015 while maintaining her position at Lilly. She is excited by the opportunity to support Western Washington University as this is where she obtained her B.S. in Chemistry. She holds two U.S. patents.


Paul Heydron

Paul Heydron is the Vice President of Engineering for the Industrial Group at Fluke Corporation, the world leader in the manufacture, distribution and service of electronic test tools and software headquartered in Everett, WA.  He joined Fluke as a firmware design engineer and has enjoyed diverse positions including product planner, engineering manager for the Biomedical business, and director of technology during his 20+ year career with the company.

Paul has lead and contributed to the development of award winning new products ranging from best-selling tools in China, to industry standard electricians’ tools in North America, to market changing power quality tools.  He currently holds six US patents and received a BS in Physics from Central Washington University and a BS in EE from the University of Washington

While not at work, he can be found with friends on his bicycle around Western Washington and the Cascades, travelling internationally to places with great food, or in his workshop learning (or pretending) to craft mixed media furniture.

Hannah Higgins ’10 Manufacturing Engineering

Hannah is a Manufacturing Engineer at the Boeing Company located in Seattle, WA.  She is currently working on developing carbon fiber technology for Boeing’s newest commercial airplane, the 777X, and will be directly involved in bringing the plane into production in 2019.  Hannah also serves as a resource for engineers at other Boeing sites around the world, traveling to help solve issues related to carbon fiber fabrication and recycling.  She also works with REACH, Boeing’s internal resource group for new employees.  REACH’s goal is to engage, retain, and develop new talent, preparing the company for its second century of success.

Hannah has a degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from Western and was the student representative on the Board of Trustees for the 2008-2009 term.  She is currently working on an M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering from New York University, with an expected graduation in 2016.


Stephen HooperStephen Hooper

Stephen believes that inspiring teams with information about people's unspoken needs and aspirations transforms the creative process. In addition to leading design programs for clients, Stephen has a strong personal interest in developing design strategies and future visions for their clients.
As president of designafairs USA, Stephen lead award-winning teams in Seattle and Silicon Valley, providing innovative product solutions to Siemens business units and external clients. Prior to designafairs, he was a director of design for Siemens Medical Solutions USA.
Stephen's design work has been recognized with several patents, as well as numerous awards from Business Week/IDEA, ID Magazine, GOOD Design, iF/Hannover, and MDDI. He is a graduate of Western Washington University, where he now serves on the advisory board of the ID program.


Bill Hurley

Bill Hurley is chairman of The Glosten Associates, Inc., a Seattle-based consulting firm of naval architects, marine engineers and ocean engineers serving clients worldwide. He is also President of PelaStar, LLC, a renewable energy development and delivery company. Hurley joined The Glosten Associates in 1977 after graduating from the University of Michigan with a B.S.E. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. He has served the marine industry for 37 years, specializing in commercial vessel design and construction.


Michelle Judson

Michelle Judson began her 32-year career as an International Exploration & Production Executive with BP as an operations geologist on the North Slope of Alaska in 1981.   Since that time, she has worked many of the world’s major petroleum regions, including the Gulf of Mexico, U.S. Lower 48, Western Canada, North Sea, and Caspian Sea.  Over her tenure, she has been instrumental to the success of a number of projects across the full upstream value chain, from exploration through production.  In January 2010, Michelle was appointed to position of Vice President of Resource Appraisal and a member of BP’s Exploration Function Leadership Team.

Considering herself an explorer by nature, she has a natural affinity for technology as a lever to drive business value. She has a deep understanding of the E&P business and expertise in resource appraisal and technology strategy development.  Michelle’s technical skills are complimented by her collaborative nature and experience as a multi-disciplinary global team leader.  One of her greatest joys is motivating people to reach out beyond what they thought was possible and embrace challenge in pursuit of an idea.

Michelle recently retired from BP and is currently focusing on motivating others to develop a passion for education.  Michelle has a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in Geology. 

Nona LarsonNona Larson

Nona Larson received her B.S in Chemical Engineering from Washington State University and went to work for Boeing in the area of hazardous waste minimization in painting and plating operations.   In addition, Nona was the finishes and sealing engineer for multiple military products and the corrosion engineer for the AWACS and other 707 derivative military airplanes.

Nona then moved to PACCAR as the Coatings and Corrosion Engineer at the PACCAR Technical Center. Since then she completed her MBA with an emphasis on Project Management. She is also a licensed Professional Engineer and a PACCAR certified Six Sigma Black Belt

Currently she is the department manager for Materials Engineering and Engineering Services at the PACCAR Technical Center, which includes the Technical Library, IT, Purchasing, Corporate Standards, and the Materials Analysis/Engineering Group.

Gil Lund, Jr

Gil Lund Jr currently works at Lund Engineering (LEI) where he manages the electrical, software, and embedded sensor teams. LEI specializes in custom, industrial robotic solutions. During his 19 year career Gil has held a variety of engineering and management positions in the fields of semiconductor manufacturing, electronic contract manufacturing, test engineering, software engineering, and quality engineering. He has managed many large projects and teams with significant technical risks. Gil earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Washington and lives in Bellingham with his wife and two kids. He has spent the last four years mentoring the Sehome FIRST Robotics team and is a strong advocate of STEM education in the K-12 public school system. His personal interests are cross-country sking and snowboarding.

Truc Thon (Chemistry, 1982 and 1985)

Truc graduated from Western with a BS in Chemistry in 1982.  After a short break, she returned to Western to pursue graduate work with Dr. Gary Lampman in organic synthesis and graduated with an MS in 1985.

During Truc’s studies at Western, she worked at Cherry Point ARCO Refinery (now BP) as a lab technician for six months then at Georgia Pacific as a chemist for almost three years.  In 1988, she moved to Seattle working for a small private company called NeoRx.  The company worked closely with other biotech companies in the region (e.g., Genetech and Immunex) and the University of Washington, studying cancerous breast, lung and ovarian cells. Melanoma was also closely investigated. As a research chemist, her job was mainly focused on labeling the protein with a tracer which was then administered to the cancer patient.  The goal was to locate the cancer cells, to increase the specificity of the labeled-protein and to study the best clearance time for the tracer.

Due to personal illness, Truc returned to Bellingham and taught part time at Whatcom Community College (WWC) and at Western Washington University.  At WCC, she helped to organize and to develop the general chemistry series for science students using similar curriculum as WWU.  Truc also tutored some high school students who struggled with the mathematics and science courses.

Truc stopped teaching when she started her family with her husband Jerry, but continued to be active in the community. She works as a Vietnamese interpreter in medical, social and legal issues.  In 2002, she became certified as an interpreter for medical and social matters. Truc and Jerry have two children. They have been long time members of the Presidents Club and Jerry is a member of the Western Foundation Board of Directors.   

Paul Van Metre ’96 Industrial Technology

Paul Van Metre graduated from the vehicle research Institute at WWU in 1996. In 1997 he founded Pro CNC, a manufacturing and engineering company, with several other Western alums. Paul and his partners grew Pro CNC for 17 years in Bellingham until selling it in 2014. Paul was voted young alumnus of the year in 2011. 

Paul currently is President of DFM Partners, a manufacturing consulting business and is also VP of Sales & Marketing at Adion Systems, a software company he founded with his partners from Pro CNC. Adion develops web-based ERP/MES software for medium sized manufacturing companies. He is an expert Design For Manufacturability and teaches classes in DFM around the world.  

Paul has been a longtime supporter of the VRI and the engineering technology department at WWU. He lives in Bellingham with his wife Kara ('97) and two sons. 


David Veith ’83 Computer Science

Dave Veith is a Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services (AWS), the top global cloud computing service provider. At AWS, Dave works with companies of all sizes around the world to optimize their adoption of AWS’s reliable, scalable, and inexpensive cloud computing, storage, and processing services, as well as its application frameworks and media delivery solutions.

Dave began his 32-year IT career at AT&T with Pacific Northwest Bell and continued post-AT&T divestiture to lead IT infrastructure transformations at US West Communications, Qwest Communications, and CenturyLink before joining AWS in 2012.

Throughout his career, he has inspired and motivated teams with his dedication to excellence and strong leadership and mentoring skills. His unique ability to communicate complex technical concepts to engineers and businesspeople alike sets him apart.  Dave has led organizations to dive deep and solve some of the most complex corporate IT challenges while always having fun along the way.