Harvey appointed as president and CEO of Kaiser Aluminum
Kaiser Aluminum Corporation appointed Keith Harvey as president and chief operation officer. Harvey, an industrial engineering alumni of the Statler College, has served as the company’s executive vice president — fabricated products since 2014 with full responsibility for the sales, marketing, manufacturing and advanced engineering functions of the company’s fabricated products business. He joined the company in 1981 as an industrial engineer and has held positions of increasing responsibility in engineering and sales at several locations and was named vice president in 1994.
Chemical engineering grad leads Dow Chemical team in fight against COVID-19
Jamin Jones completed his chemical engineering degree from the Statler College in 2016 and was offered a position at Dow’s South Charleston facility. In just four years, he advanced to senior production engineer for the specialty surfactants plant. As the coronavirus pandemic swept across the nation, Dow became involved in many initiatives to help supplement the shortage of personal protective equipment across the globe. The company produced personal protective equipment, such as gowns and face shields, and found innovative ways to make hand sanitizer at multiple facilities globally. Jones led the production team that brought together employees who worked around the clock to aid in the fight against COVID-19.
WVU Alumni Association welcomes new members to board of directors
The WVU Alumni Association announced the addition of five people to its board of directors, including two Statler College alumni — Sharon Flanery and Bill Gray. They will offer their time and experience to the Association as of June 2020.
“Our new board members represent a wide breadth of expertise across five very different industries,” said Sean Frisbee, President, and CEO of the WVU Alumni Association, “their unique perspectives will help us to navigate the challenges facing our organization and our alumni.”
Flanery earned her Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering from WVU in 1978 and was the first female graduate of the program. She began her career as a petroleum engineer before attending law school at Duquesne University, while continuing to work full-time. Most recently, she has taken on the role of vice president of exploration at Columbia Natural Resources in Charleston and currently works at Steptoe & Johnson PLLC as a member of the executive committee and as chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Department.
Gray earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering in 1991. After graduating, he completed a Master of Engineering in Engineering Management from the University of Colorado in 2004. Throughout his career, Gray has operated businesses and sales teams in six countries. He specializes in teambuilding and has held senior leadership positions in both private and public companies. Currently, he is the global business development director for industrial markets for Amphenol Corporation’s Information, Communications, and Commercial Division.
Underwood keeps us safe on the ground
Statler College aerospace engineering alumnus Nick Underwood’s career is not for the faint of heart. As a hurricane hunter for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Underwood, alongside his crew, can be found flying into the eye of a hurricane during hurricane season to collect data to help improve weather forecasting models. In his short career, he has acquired 600 plus hours aboard NOAA aircraft. Underwood has taken 61 “pennies,” or a pass, through a hurricane and has flown through 15 hurricanes and three tropical storms. During a mission, Underwood’s crew collects fall data temperatures, pressure, humidity wind velocity to send back to the Hurricane Center. “It’s all we can do to collect data to improve forecasts to keep people safe on the ground,” he said.
Statler College alumnae launches show on Netflix
Since Emily Calandrelli graduated from the Statler College in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering, she has added many impressive titles to her resume, such as, Emmy-nominated TV science host for her work as a correspondent on “Bill Nye Saves the World” and as host of FOX’s “Xploration Outer Space,” author of a children’s science book series, professional speaker, and now co-executive producer of her own Netflix series “Emily’s Wonder Lab.
Her new show premiered on Netflix in August and focuses on inspiring children’s scientific curiosity by introducing experiments incorporating STEAM topics that children could conduct at home with their parents. As the host, Emily works to explain science-related topics in an easily digestible and entertaining way and hopes to inspire more females to pursue careers in science.
Brad Parrish named IISE Fellow Award
Industrial engineering graduate, Brad Parrish, received the prestigious Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers Fellow Award.
Parrish has served as vice president of operations of the FedEx supply chain since 2017. He holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering and a master’s in business administration from Robert Morris University. He is the past chairman of WVU OIMSE Visiting Committee and was inducted into the WVU Academy of Industrial Engineer in 2005.
The IISE celebrates outstanding leaders for their significant, nationally recognized contributions to the industrial and systems engineering profession and is the highest classification of membership in the organization.