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College of Engineering Honors Outstanding Volunteers

Posted: October 24, 2012

Last month, the College of Engineering awarded four volunteers, listed below, with the 2012 Shining Star award in recognition of the hard work and countless hours they have generously given to the college. Special thanks to Dr. Gongyin Chen, Stan Goldfarb, Richard Jennings, and Dr. William Savage; we couldn't do it without you!

Gongyin Chen has been with Varian Medical Systems, Security & Inspection Products as a senior scientist since 2007. Prior to joining Varian, Dr. Chen was a principle engineer at L-3 Communications, Security & Detection Products from 2002 to 2006. He has also previously served on the faculty of Tsinghua University (Beijing) in the Engineering Physics Department. Dr. Chen received his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from MIT.

Stan Goldfarb has been an active member of the NCCAVS since 1974, and of the AVS since 1960. He was also the 2003 Chairman of the Vacuum Science and Technology Division of the AVS. Stan's experience includes working with Veeco Instruments, Airco-Temescal, and UTI, all before co-founding US, Inc., a sales and marketing organization serving the high-vacuum and thin-film markets, and eventually founding Exxus and Exxustech.

Richard Jennings is a scientists and engineer with a passion and enthusiasm for the science and engineering worlds. He has worked as a scientific assistant in nuclear weapons testing and has worked with scientists in research at UNLV for seven years - in his words, "living a dream."

William U. "Woody" Savage is an earthquake seismologist who holds emeritus status with the US Geological Survey. In his capacity as adjunct faculty with the Applied Geophysics Center, he is actively involved in graduate student advisement and research collaboration. Dr. Savage has taken the lead on a project to instrument UNLV's Science and Engineering Building (SEB), and a separate "free field" station on campus for earthquake ground motions; the SEB will be the first building in Southern Nevada, and second state-wide, to receive this instrumentation.