College of Science & Engineering


Distinguished Alumni

College of Science & Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award 2017

Dr. Jeffrey Stuart Wiggins - Industrial Technology 1988

Director of the School of Polymers & Associate Professor, University of Southern Mississippi

Jeff received his BS at WWU and then went on to get his MBA.  Soon after, he was General Manager for Nike at a time of significant environmental regulations, which he helped the company emerge with a completely new product line.  He later went back to school to receive his PhD in Polymer Science and Engineering from the U of So Mississippi.  He is currently a faculty member at USM in Polymer Science and Engineering.  He directs a multi-million-dollar research group with multiple industrial partners while also helping create a pipeline for WWU undergrads to consider research as a career (through NSF’s REU program and by recruiting WWU graduates to USM’s grad programs which he does by visiting campus once a year). He has published 23 papers since 2010 relative to his current work at U of So Mississippi.


WWU Outstanding Graduates 2019

Faculty members from dozens of academic departments and programs select one graduate to honor as the Outstanding Graduate of the year. Selection is a high honor based on grades, research and writing, service to the campus and community, and promise for the future.

Levi Hamernik, Plastics & Composites Engineering

Levi Hamernik of Boulder, Colorado, graduated in June with a Bachelor of Science degree and majored in plastics and composites engineering. Hamernik contributed to a variety of research projects ranging from characterization and recycling of collected ocean plastics, to synthesizing materials for aerospace composite applications. He presented research at two conferences and both times won second-place awards for technical merit even while competing against graduate students. He also served as an officer in WWU's chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering and worked with younger students to provide guidance in their research. Next, he plans to pursue a Ph.D. in polymer science and engineering at the University of Southern Mississippi. Hamernik graduated from Fairview High School and is the son of Jubal Hamernik and Michelle Erks.

Georgia Donaldson, Manufacturing Engineering

Georgia Donaldson of Whitefish, Montana, graduated cum laude in June with a Bachelor of Science and majored in manufacturing engineering with a minor in mathematics. She was a member of the Society of Women Engineers and president of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). During her presidency the club received first place for the 2018 SME Digital Manufacturing Challenge. She also was a full time engineering assistant for Assistant Professor David Gill, partnering with Zodiac Aerospace to research tool life expectancy and cost reduction in machining aerospace honeycomb crush cores. Donaldson interned for John Deere as a manufacturing intern during summer quarter 2018 at their engine works plant in Waterloo, Iowa. After graduation, she will work as a manufacturing engineer in propulsion for Boeing in Seattle. Donaldson is a graduate of Whitefish High School and is daughter to Mark and Lynnette Donaldson.

Annelise Payne, Industrial Design

Annelise Payne of Salt Lake City graduated in June with a Bachelor of Science and majored in industrial design with a minor in art history. At Western, Payne completed her senior thesis researching and creating a composite material from seaweed that had been collected nearby. Using bull kelp, she designed a collection of home goods products aimed to ignite a conversation on the origin and impact of the materials used in people's homes and lives. Her work sheds light on the environmental impact humans have on the world and proposes alternative materials, methods and design solutions that can help redefine people's impact on the planet. During her sophomore year, Payne also won first place in the 2017 Mount Baker Plywood Furniture Design Competition. Payne was a member of the Industrial Design Society and was selected as a 2018 Junior Student Merit finalist and a Senior Student Merit nominee in 2019. After graduation, Payne will work as an industrial design intern for Ecovative in New York state, researching the uses and applications of natural material made from mycelium, a type of mushroom spores. Payne is a graduate of West High School and daughter of Derek and Kim Payne.

Logan Slack, Industrial Technology - Vehicle Design

Logan Slack of Puyallup graduated in December 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree and majored in industrial technology - vehicle design. Slack spent long hours building cars in Western's Vehicle Research Institute and helped reinvigorate Western's Formula SAE team, bringing the team back to competition for the first time in several years. During his senior year, as powertrain team leader, the team placed 10th out of 80 teams in competition. Slack also served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve while attending Western, keeping up with his studies and Formula SAE team commitments while fulfilling his training obligations. Today, Slack is a propulsion engineer with the Blue Origin space launch vehicle company, designing engine parts for the next-generation BE-4 engine. Slack, a graduate of Puyallup High School who also attended Pierce College, is the son of Robert and Jennie Slack.

Arthur Marechal, Electrical Engineering

Arthur Marechal of Brussels, Belgium, graduated cum laude in June with a Bachelor of Science degree and a major in electrical engineering with an energy focus. Marechal was the co-founder and leader of Project Dionysus, the first legacy project in the Electrical Engineering Department that will bring sustainable solar power to the Outback Farm on Western's campus. He secured funding for development from the Sustainability Equity and Justice Fund and the technology used in the project is currently being documented for publication at the IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting. Marechal also taught French in Western's Employee Language Program. After completing an internship at Pika Energy, a company that makes residential solar power systems in Maine, he will now work with Pika over the next three years before heading to graduate school for a master's degree in either power systems or agriculture. Then, he hopes to work in Africa or Asia developing local energy solutions that are free from fossil fuels in order to make sustainable farming more accessible in isolated regions.

Previous Outstanding Graduates

Outstanding Seniors are nominated and selected by faculty in each major in the Engineering & Design Department.  In addition to academic achievement, students are selected for their leadership roles, involvement in student clubs and/or research, and contributions to the department, the university and beyond.



Kyle DeWitte, Electrical Engineering 2018
Erica Eggeman, Manufacturing Engineering 2018
Chris Croshaw, Plastics & Composites Engineering 2018
Scott Patton, Industrial Design 2018
Ryan Peabody, Industrial Technology - Vehicle Design 2018
Chris Carpenter, Plastics & Composites Engineering 2017
Myann Refai, Manufacturing Engineering 2017
Cole Rogers, Electrical Engineering 2017
Justin Janczakowski, Industrial Design 2017
Aidan Kane, Industrial Technology - Vehicle Design 2017
Jolee Nebert, Industrial Design 2016
Victor Perez, Electrical Engineering 2016
Kyle White, Manufacturing Engineering 2016
Jacob Blagg, Industrial Technology - Vehicle Design 2016
Andrew Hollcraft, Plastics & Composites Engineering 2016
Mauricio Romano, Industrial Design 2015
Isaiah Ryan, Electrical Engineering 2015