Alumni

Carole EdwardsCarole Edwards: NWC '75; UW '78, Petroleum Engineer; Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology; Masters in Petroleum Engineering

Carole graduated from Northwest College back in 1975 with Associate Degrees in Math and Spanish, and went on to graduate from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1978. She went to work for Conoco in Casper and from there to Billings where she worked for Patrick Petroleum and Meridian Oil as a production and reservoir engineer in various Rocky Mountain oil and gas fields. Carole earned a Master of Science degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Colorado State University in 1997. And in that same year, she was the recipient of the Northwest College Distinguished Alumni Award for Academic Achievement. She also earned a Master of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from Colorado School of Mines in 2000 and went to work for Chevron in Midland, Texas and ChevronTexaco in Houston. She came back to the Rockies in 2003 and went to work for Questar Exploration and Production Company in Denver and is currently a Staff Reservoir Engineer for Questar's Uinta Basin Division. She is responsible for strategic planning, tracking and reporting oil and gas reserves and numerous other reservoir engineering functions for the Uinta Basin Division. Carole enjoys golfing with Lee, her fiancé, and flies down to San Antonio, Texas very frequently to see her daughter Michele, son-in law Alfredo, and her four grandchildren.


Michael Burnett earns master's degree


Shawn WarnerShawn Warner: NWC '91, Professional Engineer; Civil Engineer; Employed at Graham Dietz and Associates, Cody, Wyoming; currently President/Division Manager, Sletten Construction of Wyoming

Along with frequently volunteering for various public functions Shawn Warner also serves on the State of Wyoming's Industrial Siting Council. The Industrial Siting Council reviews the socio-economic and environmental impacts of industrial facilities before issuing a permit for construction. Emphasis is placed upon social-economic impacts. The Council consists of seven members who are Wyoming residents. Members are appointed to six-year terms by the Governor with the approval of the Senate. The Council operates in conjunction with the Department of Environmental Quality.

Shawn Warner is also the Chairman for the City of Powell's Urban Systems Committee, which works in conjunction with the Wyoming Department of Transportation. The Surface Transportation Urban Program is a federally funded road construction program to assist Wyoming urban cities, address road and street needs created by increased traffic generation, changes in land use patterns, and other community development characteristics.

“You can ask anyone of us (engineers who began at Northwest) and they will all tell you nothing but positive things about their education at Northwest; and there are not many schools which can claim this kind of record.”


Photo: Shawn awarding bicycle donated by Graham Dietz and Associates to the High School winner of the Millennium Bridge Building Contest.



Kaia TharpKaia Tharp: NWC '93; Civil Engineer; Employed with the Wyoming Department of Transportation, Cody, Wyoming

My job title is Project Engineer with the Wyoming Dept. of Transportation (WYDOT). My job duties include contract administration of road construction projects for WYDOT; surveying for preliminary and construction projects using GPS and total stations; reviewing plans and specifications of the projects before they are let to contract; computing quantities; and final pay to complete a contract. I am also in charge of making sure that we have enough personnel to oversee the work taking place on a construction project.

One of the tools that I use to calculate quantities is Microstation and GEOPAK. Microstation is a CADD-like program and GEOPAK is a program used with Microstation to complete Earthworks, configure quantities and process our field surveys.

A Professional Engineering license is required for my position. I am also in training to become a Resident Engineer, which is the next step up from my current position.

“There were times in some of my junior-senior classes that I had a tough time with new engineering concepts, but since I had a good foundation in mathematics at Northwest, I could concentrate on engineering while my classmates struggled with the math.”


NWC Alumni from the Staff of Engineering Associates, Powell and Cody, Wyoming
NWC Alumni at Engineering Associates


Back Row, left to right: Cody Schatz, NWC Engineering Graduate, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, 2003, University of Wyoming; Licensed EIT/LSIT; Anthony Barnett, NWC Engineering Graduate, Master of Science in Civil Engineering (Water Resources), 2007, University of Wyoming; Licensed EIT; Ian Sporkin-Morrison, NWC Engineering Graduate, Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering, University of Wyoming; Scott Landwher, NWC Drafting Graduate, Bacherlor of Arts degree in Computer Arts with an Emphasis in Computer Animation, 2001, University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne Indiana; Gary Connor, NWC Engineering Graduate, Master of Science in Civil Engineering, 2003, University of Wyoming.

Front Row, left to right: Julie Miller, NWC Engineering Graduate, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines, Licensed as Professional Engineer; Tommi Williams, NWC Engineering Graduate, Bachelor of Science Degree in Architectural Engineering, 2005, University of Wyoming; Jessica Carter, NWC Graphic Arts Graduate, 1999; Amanda Wakely, NWC Early Childhood Education Graduate, 2002; Katie Christopherson, NWC Drafting Graduate,

NOT PICTURED: Lynn Stutzman, NWC Engineering Graduate, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Montana State University, Licensed as Professional Engineer



Peter WegnerPeter Wegner: NWC '88; Professional Engineer; Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering: Civilian employee of the U.S. Air Force, Tijeras, New Mexico; Director of the Joint Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) Office, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico

Dr. Peter Wegner was appointed to the position of Director of the Joint Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) Office, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, in May 2008.
Dr. Wegner was selected for this position based on his leadership, technical, engineering, and acquisition expertise, as well as significant experience in the evolution and activities of ORS.
In this position, Dr. Wegner will report directly to the Secretary of the Air Force, and will be responsible for developing low cost, rapid reaction payloads, busses, spacelift, and launch control capabilities to fulfill joint military operational requirements for on-demand space support.

“Northwest provided me with some of the best instruction I have experienced anywhere and helped me create a strong foundation on which to build my career.”