College of Engineering Valedictorians for Commencement 2010

Engineering Valedictorians 2010
Cal Poly Pomona College of Engineering Valedictorians for Commencement 2010 with Engineerings Deans: (front row from left to right) Ronald Ghanim Salloum, Andrew D. Tran, Paul Te Young, Nicholas Jay Miner, Nathan Shwe Tham, and Associate Dean Ontiveros and Dean Hohmann. (back row from left to right): J. Viranga Perera, Daniel Stephen Nutt, Adam Joseph Thomas, Peter Franklin Gazanian, Ismael Duran Favela, and Sakura Komuro.

Overall College of Engineering: Ronald Ghanim Salloum (Summa Cum Laude)
Ronald has earned a perfect 4.0 GPA in Electrical Engineering at Cal Poly Pomona, not even a single A-, and he is the Valedictorian and McPhee Scholar for the College of Engineering.  When asked why he decided to enter engineering, Ronald said he has always had a passion for mathematics and engineering. He enjoys solving mathematical and logical problems and exploring their applications to science and technology. He said that he has thoroughly enjoyed taking courses in the ECE department at Cal Poly Pomona, and he feels they have equipped him with the knowledge and skills necessary to accomplish his goals. Ronald believes that the ECE department has an excellent faculty and a rigorous curriculum, and provides hands-on practical experience in numerous laboratories.

Ronald said that many professors stand out in his mind. He would like to mention Professors Brita Olson, Kathleen Hayden, Thomas Ketseoglou, Tanya Faltens, Mohammad Massoudi, and Arthur Sutton.

For his senior design project, his group designed a high-speed, low-power readout integrated circuit. Their paper received the first place award at the IEEE Regional Student Paper Contest, and they have been invited to present their work at an IEEE competition in Salt Lake City. Ronald recently accepted a position at Northrop Grumman in Azusa as a Systems Engineer. He will begin work during the summer, and he is very interested in pursuing a graduate degree in the future. Ronald is an exemplary graduate of our Electrical Engineering program.

Aerospace Engineering: J. Viranga Perera (Magna Cum Laude)
For senior design projects, Viranga worked on the Solar System Positioning System and the Actively-Stabilized Hybrid Rocket, both advised by Dr. Donald Edberg. He received the Cal Poly Pomona President’s Council Scholarship in May 2008, and he is a graduate of the Kellogg Honors College. In the fall he will be attending UC Santa Cruz to work towards a Ph.D. in planetary science.

Chemical Engineering: Sakura Komuro (Magna Cum Laude)
Sakura’s senior project was on “Systematic studies of adsorption enhanced reforming process for hydrogen generation”. After graduation, she plans to travel to Japan to visit her family, who watched the commencement ceremony live on video streaming in Japan.

Civil Engineering: Andrew D. Tran (Summa Cum Laude)
Since starting at Cal Poly Pomona, Andrew set out to become the best engineer he can be personally, in the spirit of collegiality and integrity.  He is a member of the Kellogg Honors College. He was the Civil Engineering Job Fair chairman and team manager for his senior project.

Computer Engineering: Nathan Shwe Tham
Nathan’s Senior Project team worked on an Autonomous Helicopter. He was Java Club President and coordinated with BEAT for Quarterly Night Owl events, with the help of the Sine Cosine Theta club.

Construction Engineering Technology: Nicholas Jay Miner
(Magna Cum Laude)
Nicholas served as Engineering Council representative for the Construction Engineering Management Association. He was Project Manager for the Pre-Construction Senior Project Team for the Associated Student Competition and Recipient of an American Contractors Scholarship.

Electrical Engineering: Ronald Ghanim Salloum (Summa Cum Laude)
Ronald was our overall College of Engineering Valedictorian and recipient of the Julian A. Mc Phee Honor Award For Student Excellence.

Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology: Daniel Stephen Nutt
Daniel's senior project was The Object Visualization Display Unit which detects when an object enters its sensor area and then displays the object’s silhouette. He was treasurer for Southern California Engineering Technologists Association  and IEEE Circuits and Systems, and President of Tau Alpha Pi Honor Society.

Engineering Technology: Paul Te Young
Paul’s senior project was a pneumatic engine. He is a member of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America, and he has passed the E.I.T. exam.

Industrial Engineering: Peter Franklin Gazanian (Summa Cum Laude)
Peter’s senior project team completed their project on the improvement of a custom drawer manufacturing line in Fontana, California. In addition, he held the positions of Vice President for the Institute of Industrial Engineers and President for the Industrial Engineering Honor Society, Alpha Pi Mu.

Manufacturing Engineering: Ismael Duran Favela
Ismael served as Vice President and Treasurer for Associated Manufacturing Students. He led a team that competed in the WESTEC Challenge hosted by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. In 2008, his team placed 3rd among various manufacturing institutions from across the nation.

Mechanical Engineering, Adam Joseph Thomas (Summa Cum Laude)
Adam served as President of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers. For his senior project he was leader of a student design team that worked on the air-conditioning system design for a 15 story cardiovascular hospital in Florida. After graduation, Adam will be a mechanical project coordinator with HDR consulting. Adam is also the father of the cutest baby girl ever!

July 2010

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