College of Engineering Valedictorians for Commencement 2011

Engineering Valedictorian 2011
College of Engineering Valedictorian & McPhee Scholar Adrian Yong
with Engineering Dean Donald Coduto.

Overall College of Engineering: Adrian Yong (Summa Cum Laude)
Mr. Adrian Yong earned a 3.93 GPA in Electrical Engineering at Cal Poly Pomona, and he is the Valedictorian and McPhee Scholar for the College of Engineering.  Adrian traveled several thousand miles to complete his degree: he is a stellar international student coming from Malaysia. 

Adrian was an active member of several engineering clubs on campus.  He was a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He accepted invitation into the Electrical Engineering honor society, Eta Kappa Nu, as well as the overall Engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi.

He worked on a software defined radio and PCB design for his senior design project.

Adrian is looking forward to a career in consulting and plans on pursuing a Masters in Business Administration. He plans to seek an investment banking position and attempt entrepreneurship.  Adrian is an exemplary graduate of our Electrical Engineering program.

Aerospace Engineering: Daniel Joseph Rowe (Magna Cum Laude)
Daniel will be spending this summer in Texas working on a NASA ESMD internship at Boeing. After working in industry for a few years he plans on going back to school to pursue a doctorate and eventually teaching.

Chemical Engineering: Tung-Sheng Tu (Summa Cum Laude)
Tung-Sheng has been accepted to the Chemical Engineering graduate program at UCLA, beginning Fall 2011. Tung-Sheng is interested in energy conversion and the environment and hopes to complete some publications while pursuing a Master's Degree at UCLA. Congratulations Tung-Sheng.

Civil Engineering: Thomas Tran (Summa Cum Laude)
For his senior project, Thomas worked with a team on the Lenwood/ BNSF railroad track grade separation. He will return to Cal Poly Pomona in the Fall to pursue a Master's degree in Civil Engineering, with a Geotechnical emphasis.

Computer Engineering: Anthony M. Drake (Magna Cum Laude)
Anthony is currently working as a Test Engineer at Western Digital Corporation and is starting his graduate studies toward a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at UC Irvine He would like to thank his girlfriend Melanie, his parents and family, and his professors and mentors for inspiring him to work harder and learn more than he ever thought he could.

Construction Engineering Technology: Ivan Galaviz (Summa Cum Laude)
Ivan placed second in the 2011 Associated Schools of Construction Competition held in Reno, Nevada. He spent the summer of 2010 interning with Austin Commercial on the LAX Tom Bradley Terminal Extension Project. He started a full time position in January as a Field Engineer with Hensel Phelps Construction Company and is working on the Kaiser Permanente Replacement Hospital in Anaheim.

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

Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology: James Henry Schenkelberg (Magna Cum Laude)

Engineering Technology: Shahriar (Shawn) Shadkam (Magna Cum Laude)

Industrial Engineering: Martin B. Moehl (Magna Cum Laude)
Martin grew up in Germany, where he was diagnosed with dyslexia. The German school system said he would never be able to complete high school. However, through discipline, support, and grace, he not only finished high school, but is now valedictorian of Industrial Engineering.

Manufacturing Engineering: Michael Magallon
Michael is a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, and he attained a Six Sigma Green Belt certification last summer. His 2 year long research project in investment casting processes yielded two published papers by the Investment Casting Institute, and he is preparing a third paper to be published. He will be attending UCLA this fall in pursuit of a Masters Degree in Engineering Design & Manufacturing.

Mechanical Engineering: Frerick Widjaja (Summa Cum Laude)
Frerick plans to attend USC to pursue a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering, with emphasis in dynamics, control, and robotics. Frerick was selected as a Boeing Company Scholarship recipient in 2010, was an active Cal Poly Robotics officer, and was involved with NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition.

June 2011

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