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Salina, KS 67401-8058


Alumni Fellows History

1993: Robert Miller (’68, Civil Engineering Technology) 
Robert was retired from Black and Veatch in Kansas City, Missouri, and was one of the first 10 graduates of the campus in 1968. He passed away in the summer of 2015.


1994: Bill Ballou (’69, Civil Engineering Technology) 
Bill is retired from Koch Materials in Salina and formally served on the Dean’s Advisory Council.


1995: Melvin Bergkamp (’70, Mechanical Engineering Technology) 
Melvin is the owner of Bergkamp Inc. in Salina.


1996: Russell Savage (’68, Civil Engineering Technology) 
Russell is a manager and does research and analysis at InfoNetrix. He resides in Tampa, Florida.


1997: T A Mindrup (’69, ’73, Electronic Engineering Technology) 
T A lived in Lawrence and was retired from Westar Energy when he passed away.


1998: Jay Parker (’82, Aviation) 
Jay is a consultant for CAVOK International and lives in Denton, Texas.


1999: Shah Bhatti (’82, Computer Engineering Technology) 
Shah was an engineer for Hewlett Packard and Samsung before teaching at National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences in Lahore, Pakistan. He currently lives in Lyons, Colorado.


2000: Doug Oliphant (’83, ’90, Electronic Engineering Technology) 
Doug is the vice president of engineering for KASA Industrial Controls in Salina.


2001: Julie Martin Maher (’84, Data Processing)
Julie is the business operation manager for Hewlett Packard. Julie and her family live in Plano, Texas. 


2002: Mel Kejr (’79, Mechanical Engineering Technology)
Mel is the founder and president of Kejr, Inc. in Salina. Kejr Inc. sells products around the world under the brand names of Geoprobe and Veris Technologies. 


2003: Roger Fortmeyer (’74, Electronic Engineering Technology) 
Roger is retired from ABB TotalFlow. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 


2004: Rex Eberly (’83, ’84, Civil Engineering Technology) 
Rex is the director of sales in the contractor business unit at Bergkamp Inc. in Salina, Kansas. He currently resides in Ohio.


2005: Justin “Reggie” Redetzke (’96, Professional Pilot) 
Reggie is First Officer for Emirates Airlines and he lives in Dubai.


2006: Terry Krause (’86, ’01, Computer Engineering Technology/Technology Management) 
Terry is a nuclear quality manager for Burns & McDonnell. Terry lives in Leawood, Kansas. 


2007: Jennifer Johnson (’83, Data Processing) 
Jennifer is the executive vice president/chief operations officer/chief information officer for Equity Bank in Wichita. Jennifer lives in Salina with her family.


2008: Bob Moeder (’71, Computer System Technology) 
Bob is retired from serving as the central division president for Kroger and lives in Indiana.


2009: Bob Kuhn (’72, Civil Engineering Technology) 
Bob works for Ark Wrecking Company of Oklahoma and lives with his wife, Linda, in Broken Arrow.


2010: Alan Cordel (’77, Aviation) 
Alan is a chief pilot for Kansas City Life Insurance Corp. and lives with his wife, Loleeta, in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. 


2011: Dennis Shreves (’72, Civil Engineering Technology) 
Dennis is retired from his position as civil engineer with the Black Hills National Forest and lives with his wife, Sue, in South Dakota.


2012: Lee Gatton (’71, Electronic Engineering Technology) 
Lee is a research engineer at GRD Robotics in Overland Park, where he lives with is wife, Beverly.


2013: Joshua Brungardt (’02, Professional Pilot) 
Josh is the director of unmanned systems at n-Link in Bend, Ore., where he lives with his wife, Emily, and their children.


2014: Weston Thompson(’04, '06, Professional Pilot/Aviation Maintenance)
Weston lives in Scott City, Kansas where he is the co-owner of Scott City Aviation. He is also a flight instructor, pilot and mechanic.


2015: Beverly Gatton (’86, Computer Engineering Technology) 
Beverly is an information technology project manager for Fidelity Information Services in Lenexa, Kansas, where she oversees banking software implementation projects across the United States. She lives in Overland Park, Kansas, with her husband, also an Alumni Fellow, Lee.


2016: Kate Fraser (’09, Professional Pilot) 
Kate lives in Washington, D.C., where she is an operations research analyst for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Accident Investigation and Prevention. She is also a commercial pilot and certified flight instructor.


2017: Andrew Talbott ('05, Airway Science)
Andrew is based in Hanford, California, where he is a strike fighter pilot for the U.S. Navy and a former member of the Blue Angels. 


2018: Robert Wood ('80, Data Processing Technology)
Robert lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and is currently the chief operating officer at Hearts for Hearing Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children and adults with hearing loss.

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