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Bradley Novacek

Class of 1982
Recently joined the Town of Queen Creek, Arizona as Capital Improvement Program Manager.

Michael Mores

Class of 1999
Recently moved to Overland Park, KS to become a Workplace Consultant for Scott Rice Office Works.

Benjamin Zelle

Class of 2014
Accepted a position as Diagnostic Engineer for John Deere.

Andrew Albinger

Class of 1997
Andrew Albinger accepted a position as Director of Information Security Operations at Iowa State University

J. Mark Schmidt

Class of 1971
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J. Mark Schmidt (L)('74 Masters of Architecture) has retired from full-time status with Invision Architecture in Des Moines after 7 years as a senior architect specializing in writing construction specifications. Mark worked for most of his career with Charles Herbert and Associates, which became HLKB Architecture, also in Des Moines.

Krystal Jones

Class of 2012
Krystal Jones passed the Bar Examination and is a licensed attorney in the state of Texas. She is now the Regulatory Affairs Manager for Globe Life and six other insurance companies.

Craig Potter

Class of 1976
Craig Potter, BS Chem '76 - Retired from Avery Dennison, Mentor Ohio in June 2016 - 40 years after graduating from ISU in Feb 1976.

Jayme Uden

Class of 2003
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Park University has announced the promotion of Jayme Uden (MS '03 ed) to the position of associate vice president and dean of students, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

As associate vice president and dean of students, Uden oversees student services and retention efforts for Park’s 40 campuses across the country. He also supervises the University’s Office of Student Success, Office of Student Life and Engagement, Office of International Students and the Department of Military and Veteran Student Services. In addition, he oversees student conduct, residence life, student counseling and dining services.

Since joining Park in 2011, Uden has served the university as assistant dean of student life, associate dean of students and most recently as dean of students the previous one-and-a-half years. Prior to coming to Park, he was the assistant director for residence life at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, for five years, and residence life coordinator at Kansas State University, Manhattan, for three years.

Craig Lentzkow

Class of 1978
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Hilscher North America, Inc., a provider of industrial network connectivity solutions, has appointed Craig Lentzkow ('78 mech engr) business development manager. In the newly created position, Lentzkow will be responsible for developing business opportunities for Hilscher’s netIOT Edge Gateways through partnerships with global cloud service companies, large end-users, and IT and automation integrators. Hilscher netIOT Edge Gateways are factory-floor data collectors for the IIoT, supplying data to cloud-based business analytics software by leveraging existing plant-floor network infrastructure and IIoT data standards such as OPC UA and MQTT.

"Craig’s background in both the IT and automation arenas makes him uniquely qualified to bridge the IT/OT gap we hear so much about. He will provide the strategic vision and execution to help our customers improve their business performance through use of netIOT solutions,” says Phil Marshall, CEO, Hilscher North America, Inc.

Lentzkow brings more than 30 years of experience to the position, having most recently served as a channel manager for Hilscher North America. He has held various executive-level sales, marketing, and strategy positions with global automation suppliers and IT companies, such as IBM, GE, Rockwell Automation, and Wonderware.

Matthew Mahler

Class of 2008
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Matt Mahler ('08 civil engr) has been appointed by the Waterloo (Iowa) Water Works board of trustees to replace retiring general manager Dennis Clark. Mahler comes to Waterloo Water Works after previously serving as a project engineer with Snyder and Associates Inc. in Ankeny, Iowa. His roles at Snyder included planning, designing and overseeing construction of municipal drinking water projects.

Shelby Fields

Class of 2016
Shelby Fields (’16 animal science) is a new swine account manager for Cargill.

Jacob Swanson

Class of 2014
Jacob Swanson ('14 global resource systems) has joined the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship as special assistant to the Secretary of Agriculture.

Beth Irlbeck

Class of 2013
Beth Irlbeck (’13 public service and administration in ag) has been named Region 13 regional manager for the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. She will work with Adair, Cass, Union, East Pottawattamie, Audubon and Guthrie counties.

Jenna Alme

Class of 2012
Jenna Alme (’12 ag studies) has joined the ANIMART Midwest sales team.

Stacie Turnbull

Class of 2003
Stacie Turnbull (MS '03 ag and life sciences ed) has been named program director of the new agri-business program at York College in York, Neb.
Cheryl Morris ('02 animal sci, animal nutrition) has been named chief conservation officer for the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Neb.

Paul Anton

Class of 1989
Paul Anton ('89 ag studies) has been named vice president of business banking for BankIowa in Waterloo, Iowa.

Vincent Lawson

Class of 1975
Vince Lawson ('75 horticulture, MS '83) has retired as superintendent of the Iowa State Muscatine Island Research Farm in Muscatine, Iowa.

Shaobin Zhu

Class of 1999
Shaobin Zhu (MS '99 computer sci) has been promoted to partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dummer, LLP, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the world.

He focuses his practice on patent litigation in U.S. district courts; Section 337 investigations at the ITC; and client counseling and patent prosecution, with an emphasis on technologies related to computer software, business methods, Internet technologies, telecommunications, smartphones, video processing, Internet television, LEDs, wearable devices, robotics, 3D printing, and electronics.

Shaobin has participated in many aspects of patent litigation, including patent validity and infringement analysis, technical discovery and production, depositions, Markman hearings, briefing, motion hearings, and trials. He has handled all stages of patent prosecution and administrative post-grant proceedings challenging validity of disputed patents.
Barbara A.M. Howard (BArch 1995) recently launched Stonebridge Learning, providing online continuing education for the heritage industry, including preservation, architecture, history, and planning professionals.
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