Six Inducted Friday into U of I Academy of Engineers
November 14, 2018
MOSCOW, Idaho — Nov. 14, 2018 — The University of Idaho College of Engineering will induct six members into its Academy of Engineers, a mix of U of I alumni and others recognized for their personal contributions to engineering achievement, leadership, education, service to the profession and advancement of society.
Inductees will be celebrated during a ceremony Friday, Nov. 16, in the Bruce M. Pitman Center Vandal Ballroom, Moscow.
The 2018 Academy of Engineers inductees are:
- Timothy Arnold: Arnold is vice president of operations for Pershing Gold Corporation in Lakewood, Colorado. He has more than 35 years of experience in open pit and underground hard rock mining, engineering and production, consulting and operations. He earned his bachelor’s in mining engineering from U of I in 1982. Arnold resides in Sparks, Nevada.
- Aicha Elshabini: A native of Egypt, Elshabini was a faculty member at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University from 1979-99, where she received three teaching awards. She served as chair of the University of Arkansas Electrical Engineering Department until 2006 and as dean of the U of I College of Engineering until 2007, where she remains a professor emeritus. Elshabini resides in Anchorage, Alaska.
- Dennis Keiser: Keiser has more than 40 years of experience in the energy sector involving nuclear, fossil and renewable energy options. He worked at the Idaho National Laboratory and spent more than seven years as president and CEO of Intrepid Technology and Resources. He is a faculty member and research professor at U of I Idaho Falls, where he works with the Center for Advanced Energy Studies. Keiser earned his doctorate in mining engineering and metallurgy from U of I in 1975. He resides in Idaho Falls.
- Steve Miranda: Miranda has served as the head of engineering at The Kraft Heinz Company since 2015 and as director of engineering since 2014. Miranda previously worked as the leader of the global manufacturing taskforce for the H.J. Heinz Company for two years. Miranda earned his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from U of I in 1985. He resides in Boise.
- Kirk Sullivan: Sullivan is founder and partner at Veritas Advisors, a philanthropic fundraising and political consulting firm in Boise. Sullivan retired from the Boise Cascade Company after 27 years. He also worked for the chemical manufacturing company FMC Corporation for 13 years as an engineer, technical superintendent and marketing manager. Sullivan resides in Meridian.
- Robert R. White: White has worked for Encoder Products Company (EPC) in Sandpoint, the largest privately owned encoder manufacturer in North America, for the past 36 years. He has written code for early customer relationship management systems, developed various databases and designed numerous critical outputs for EPC. Through strategic deployment of effective software, White enabled EPC to take the building-to-shipment process from four to six weeks down to three to four business days. He earned his bachelor’s in computer science from U of I in 1982. White resides in Sagle.
This year’s Inductees will join existing members of the academy to serve as judges for the college’s second annual Grand Challenge Scholars Program pitch event at 4:30 p.m. Friday in the Bruce M. Pitman Center.
The U of I Academy of Engineers has established an endowment to provide financial support for students participating in the Grand Challenge Scholars Program, which prepares students to take on the 21st century’s toughest engineering challenges. U of I is the state’s only engineering school approved by the National Academy of Engineering to educate grand challenge scholars.
Biographies of past inductees to the U of I Academy of Engineers are available at: uidaho.edu/aoe.
Media Note:Photos of this year’s inductees are available for download at the University of Idaho media gallery at uidahophoto.photoshelter.com/galleries/C00008pwKWpfuGDc/G0000Qy7jbMk1F7E/Academy-of-Engineers-2018-Induction-Ceremony.
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