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September 20, 2017

Saint Martin's University's Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering announces a new speaker series focused on topics in engineering. 

LACEY, Wash. – Saint Martin’s University’s Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering has established a speaker series focused on exploring topics in engineering. The first two speakers will be Tim Moore, mega project bridge manager for Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), who will deliver a presentation entitled “Digging Deeper into the Alaskan Way Viaduct Program” on Wednesday, Sept. 27, and Scott Wilcox, Ph.D., hardware integration engineer at Amazon, who will speak about his experiences at Amazon on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

Both presentations will be held on the third floor of Cebula Hall on the Saint Martin’s University Lacey campus. A reception, starting at 5:30 p.m., will precede each lecture, and the presentations will begin at 6:30 p.m. The events are free and the public is invited to attend.

“We are excited! Guest speakers enrich the education of both our students as well as the lifelong learners in the community. We are especially pleased to begin the series with Mr. Moore, who has been involved in so many major engineering projects in the state. Dr. Wilcox offers our students and alumni insights into the engineering practices of one of the most successful companies in the country and an aggressive pioneer in robotics,” said David H. Olwell, Ph.D., dean of the Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering. “We invite the public to attend, and welcome them. We will continue the series in the spring with additional speakers. I thank our Engineering Advisory Board, chaired by Mr. Brian Ziegler, for their support of this series.”

Moore is the mega project bridge manager for WSDOT. He has 34 years of bridge design and construction experience with the WSDOT Bridge Office. His significant projects include: leading the design of the SR 509 Puyallup River balanced cantilever concrete segmental and the Foss-Waterway cabled-stayed bridge in the Tacoma Tideflats; serving as lead structural reviewer for the SR 16 new Tacoma Narrows suspension bridge; leading the bridge design effort for the two completed bridges on the SR 99 Holgate to King project and currently serving as the lead structural reviewer for the SR 99 Alaskan Way viaduct bored tunnel project. Moore’s areas of bridge design expertise include post-tensioned concrete, structured steel and cable-supported bridges. He earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Washington and he is a licensed professional and structural engineer in Washington state.

Wilcox is a hardware integration engineer at Amazon. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering working in the Precision Controls Laboratory at the University of Washington under the supervision of Santosh Devasia, Ph.D. His research focused on mechatronic systems with a specialty in large-range high-precision positioning systems with smart actuators (e.g. piezoelectric). He has a strong interest in mechanical engineering education and outreach in the hope that future students can be excited, successful, and innovative in engineering projects.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washing­ton. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedic­tine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 25 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 340 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and more students to its extended campus located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. 

For additional information:

David Olwell, Ph.D.
Dean, Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering
360-688-2731; dolwell@stmartin.edu

Hopie Lopez
Executive Assistant to the Dean
Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering
360-688-2731; hlopez@stmartin.edu

Kevin Hyde
Media Relations Manager
360-412-6126; khyde@stmartin.edu