Golden Graduates from the WSU Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering
(l to r) James Petersen, Susannah Graedel, Tom Graedel, Jim Huff, Larry Petershagen, Dawn Petershagen, and Chuck Mackdanz in the Unit Ops Lab
(photo taken April 28, 2010, photo courtesy of Tom and Susannah Graedel)

Last month Golden and Diamond Graduates from the classes of 1950 and 1960 returned to Washington State University in Pullman, Washington as guests of the Alumni Association. The reunion spanned April 28–29, 2010 and included a variety of events all over campus. Alumni had an opportunity to tour WSU; meet current students, faculty, and staff; get a glimpse into some of the research being done here on campus; and reconnect with old friends.

The College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA) tour began with student presentations. Afterwards, alumni were welcomed by Dean Candis Claiborn and enjoyed lunch together with CEA students, faculty and staff. The rest of their time in the college was spent touring including a tour of the Unit Ops lab. As undergraduates, the alumni in the photo above spent many hours working together in the old Unit Ops lab.

Tom Graedel who was presented with the Alumni Achievement Award during the reunion stated, “It was a great pleasure for me to see my classmates of long ago, all of whom have had interesting and successful careers. Each of us obviously benefited from our years at WSU, and the enthusiasm and commitment of today’s students and faculty make it obvious that those benefits continue.”

“My wife Susannah joins me in thanking you for a truly memorable visit to the land of the cougars!”

“Finally, here is a picture from the great tour of the Unit Ops lab (see photo above). For several of us, the highlight was our reunion with the distillation tower. Apparently old soldiers and old equipment never die.”

Thank you to everyone who attended and to everyone who helped organize this memorable week at the WSU campus.