MME Alumni Profiles

Read more about some of our many Mechanical & Materials Engineering alumni. They are successful and active in their communities. They are involved in large corporations and non-profits, run their own businesses, teach and do research.

Arnie Bauer

Bauer (’62 B.S. MECH, at left in April 1959 during his Nebraska Engineering studies) is retired and lives in Whidbey Island, Wash. and Chandler, Ariz. "My engineering degree landed me a job with the Boeing company. I stayed there for my whole career … involved in their aerospace and commercial aviation products, as a manufacturing engineer for 20 years and an operations manager for 15 years.” From engineering and his Nebraska farming experiences, he says he developed strong technical and practical disciplines. On the value of engineering in the world, he notes, “Imagine the world without computers, I-phones, B-2 bombers, 787 composite airplanes, the Internet, GPS guided farm equipment, etc.—an engineer was involved in all these.” With an engineering friend, Bauer authored and published The Legacy of District 22, about a one room school in Wayne County, Nebraska: a historical narrative of a German immigrant farming family that sent three generations of their children to the same one-room school in northeastern Nebraska. The book chronicles the contributions 19th and 20th century American farmers made to elementary education.

Kim B. Blair

Blair (’83 B.S. MECH; he also earned a B.A. in Psychology at UNL, and his M.S. and Ph.D. are from Purdue) is vice president of Cooper Perkins, Inc. and founding director of Sports Innovation @ MIT in Boston. Blair has focused on enabling innovation at the intersection of technology and sports, and leads the development of new products and technologies for sports performance analyses from concepts to final prototype design and testing. He enjoys teaching future engineers the "soft skills" in engineering such as innovation process, communication and teamwork.

Andrew Oliverius

Oliverius ('03 B.S. MECH) is a product development engineer with St. Jude Medical in St. Paul, Minn. He notes, "Designing innovative products that have an impact on human lives is very rewarding. It is very exciting to see the products I have helped develop used to improve the quality of life for many patients suffering atrial fibrillation around the world. I've worked on designing a heart catheter to be robot-driven and provide physician feedback to reduce patient injury due to over-driving of the catheter, which can puncture the heart wall requiring surgical intervention to repair. Applying engineering principles and the absence of limits on creativity for finding solutions in developing catheter-based technology reminds me everyday why I chose to become an engineer."