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Student Spotlight: Aaron McCauley-Aburto

Student Spotlight
Aaron McCauley-Aburto, Bachelor of Architecture
Expected Graduation: May 2019

Aaron McCauley-Aburto is a military veteran and part of the first group of students who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Architecture program here at Dunwoody.

“There is a huge sense of ownership in the program,” McCauley-Aburto said. “Not only do we get to be founders in a new architecture program, but we get to have ownership in a new architectural style of learning, where we place emphasis on technical abilities and learning our tools first and then we transition into theory. I respond really well to that.”

Women in Technical Careers (WITC) scholarship recipient Jessica Hertel testifies in Minnesota State Legislature to help student parents

Hertel joins MN Representative Ilhan Omar, author of both bills, to advocate for additional support services to parents pursuing postsecondary education.

Jessica Hertel

Dunwoody College Student Jessica Hertel

Dunwoody College of Technology student Jessica Hertel testified before the Minnesota House of Representatives Higher Education Committee earlier last month, encouraging the passing of two new bills that would provide additional support services to pregnant students or student parents.

The first bill, House File 2257, which would increase the amount of the child care grant for college students from $2,800/per child, per semester to $3,000/per child, per semester as well as increase the eligibility to students who attend college from 8 semesters or less to 10 semesters or less.

The second bill, House File 1577, would fund grants to colleges for student parent support programs. Grants could be used for campus childcare services, Student Parent Programs such as support groups of other student parents, and additional assistance with childcare, housing, and transportation.

Childcare stipends help makes postsecondary education for parents possible
Hertel testifying in Minnesota State Legislature with MN Representative and Bill Author Ilhan Omar 

Hertel testifying in Minnesota State Legislature with MN Representative and Bill Author Ilhan Omar

Hertel shared that her reason for testifying was to advocate for other student parents, like herself, who need and have benefited from extra support. Hertel has received the existing child-care grant for the last two years.

“This bill hits home for me,” Hertel said. “I don’t know if I’d be here right now if it wasn’t for that grant. That’s what it comes down to.”

Dunwoody’s WITC scholarship program provides additional support services to women

Hertel applied to Dunwoody’s HVACR Systems Servicing associate’s degree program in May of 2015. Shortly after being accepted to Dunwoody, she was accepted into the College’s Women In Technical Careers (WITC) scholarship program. Led by Program Manager of Women in Technical Careers Maggie Whitman, the program was created to help women students succeed in degrees often defined as “non-traditional” for women. The program also serves as a strong peer support network for women, approximately 1/3 of whom are also parents.

Hertel measuring conduit at Dunwoody College

Hertel measuring conduit at Dunwoody College

Program participants receive up to $20,000 in scholarships, $1,500 of which can be put towards a childcare stipend.

Hertel said that this level of support not only sold her on Dunwoody but college in general.

“After talking with Maggie about WITC and all of the support [we’d receive]—that was exactly what I needed,” Hertel said. “I was so nervous. I was so on the line about even going to college, but, after talking to her I was like, ‘I’m in. Let’s do it. This is my place. This is where I belong.’”

Hertel is set to graduate this May.

Learn more

A video of Omar and Hertel at the House Health and Human Services Finance Committee can be found on the Minnesota House of Representative’s website.

Learn more about Women in Technical Careers (WITC).

Dunwoody Surveying takes 2nd in 2017 NSPS Student Competition

Dunwoody students place in competition for second year in a row.

Second-year students and soon-to-be-graduates Patrick Kowal, Francis Maranga, and Curtis Meriam took home a 2nd place trophy in the associate’s degree category at the 2017 NSPS Student Competition earlier this month.

Photo of Dunwoody Surveying students at the 2017 NSPS CompetitionThe annual event is organized by the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) and is held in various locations across the country each year. This year the competition was held in Silver Spring, Maryland. This is the second time Dunwoody College has participated. 

Competition, critique from judges helps students prepare for their career

Nine teams of students enrolled in surveying and geometrics associate and bachelor degree programs participated in the 2017 event.

In order to participate, student teams were required to complete a project on the topic of “high-precision vertical control applications” prior to the competition. At the event, the students presented their project and findings to a general audience and a panel of four judges. They also took questions and received project feedback from the panel.

“Dunwoody students chose to study the effect of moisture and frost on the vertical position of surveying monuments,” said Kelly Ness, Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology Principal Instructor and Team Leader.

“The group concluded that survey points could move up to an inch and a half vertically between pre-frost and post-frost. This phenomenon could have large impacts on surveying projects that span through the Minnesota winters.”

A press release by NSPS said that event judges and audience members were impressed by the poise and organization of the student teams. Professional surveyors in the audience also commented on the great promise shown by all of the students.

An interview with the Dunwoody student team at the competition can be found on the NSPS YouTube channel.

Kowal, Maranga, and Meriam are set to graduate in May.

Learn more about Dunwoody Surveying.

Changing Lives Through Scholarships: Paige Fischer

Scholarship Spotlight
Paige Fischer, Industrial Engineering Technology
Expected Graduation: May 2019
Women In Technical Careers (WITC) Scholarship, Graco Scholarship

Industrial Engineering Technology student Paige Fischer always knew she wanted a hands-on career. Now in her second year at Dunwoody she is looking forward to a career as a manufacturing engineer in the medical device industry after she graduates.

“I’m excited to be a manufacturing engineer with a machinist background. My dream job is a medical manufacturing engineer,” Fischer said. “The motivation is being able to be a woman who makes differences.”

Dunwoody teams win Third and Fifth at 7th Annual Autonomous Snowplow Competition

Dunwoody teams also received the Dr. Nattu Natarajan Best Sportsmanship Award


Dunwoody College of Technology recently competed in the Institute of Navigation (ION)’s Autonomous Snowplow Competition held during the St. Paul Winter Carnival in Rice Park January 26-29. The College entered two robotic snowplows–the Snow Devil and the Wendigo.

The Snow Devils earned fifth place and a $700 prize, while Team Wendigo placed third, earning a $2000 prize and the Bronze Snow Globe Award.

The College, as a whole, also brought home a $500 prize for the Dr. Nattu Natarajan Golden Smile Award for best sportsmanship. The Award is named after University of Michigan-Dearborn professor Dr. Narasimhamurthi Natarajan (often called “Nattu”) who was known for his quick, insightful analysis followed by a joke and a smile.

Nattu passed away from a lung illness on the Saturday morning of the 2016 competition while his two teams were competing. ION renamed its team sportsmanship award in honor of his leadership.

This year, thirteen teams from the top engineering universities in the Upper Midwest participated. Dunwoody is one of just two schools that have been competing in the annual event since it first began in 2011. The College has since taken home several awards, including a third place prize in 2016.

Dunwoody adds new robot to roster

This year, Dunwoody decided to try something new by adding a second robot to its snowplow roster.

“With the new engineering programs coming online, we had a lot of interest from our Mechanical Engineering students,” Dean of Robotics & Manufacturing E.J. Daigle said. “We always have interest from our Automated Systems & Robotics students. We even had a welder interested in it this year. So we had a lot more interest up front.”

From To to Bottom: Team Wendigo, Snow Devils

From To to Bottom: Team Wendigo, Snow Devils

 The Snow Devil was built to compete in the first year of the competition. Since then, students have refined and added to this original design. The robot functions by following magnetic strips that can be installed on any sidewalk or driveway.

The new Wendigo machine was created to complement the Snow Devil.

“When I found out they were letting us build a whole new robot, I thought, okay, we need to make this separate from the Snow Devil,” Automated Systems & Robotics student William Hiniker said. “Wendigo sounded cool and scary, so we went with Wendigo. Hopefully, you know, people see it move snow and they say, ‘wow that looks cool’”

The Wendigo uses a combination of a machine vision system and an inertial measurement unit to navigate up and down sidewalks and driveways.

The teams presented their designs to a panel of judges on Thursday evening at the Minnesota Science Museum. After safety checks on Friday night, the teams competed on the sidewalk-clearing course on Saturday and then took on the driveway course on Sunday.

Learn more about Dunwoody’s School of Engineering and Robotics & Manufacturing Department.

Congratulations to our 2016 December Graduates!

Dunwoody College of Technology is delighted to recognize the following students who graduated from the College in December 2016.

Dunwoody’s Commencement ceremony for both winter and spring graduates will take place Saturday, May 20, at 11 a.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Applied Management
Anderson Mark
Cole Alan
Automotive Technology
Davis Ryan
Flowers Martice
Gatlin Dondrell
Gerold Mark
Shorter Zachary
Sorensen James
Toenjes Zachary
Wood Parker
Yang Sher
Computer Technology
About Alexandra
Arrington Kyle
Autey Brandon
Chamberlain Connor
Curry Sean
Duncan Scott
Dunn Parker
Felix-Carlson Nicholas
Holmgren Benjamin
Jackson Tanner
Januszewski Paul
Jones Erric
Miller Nicholas
Mroue Kareem
Peterson Jon
Rumpza Nathan
Schopp Benjamin
Seese Jesse
Thormodsgaard Jacob
Wilson Christopher
Construction Sciences & Building Technology
Allen Jacob
Becker Kaitlin
Dilts Stephen
Flagg Andrew
Gabler Zachary
Giese Parker
Guild Luke
Henry Andrew
Henry Josh
Her Peng
Johnson Briana
Johnson Chris
Knutson Kyle
Lee Fu
Littlejohn Brent
Mandt Kerry
Mannella Matthew
Miller Charles
Monson Christopher
Ofsthun Justin
Oldenburg Jared
Pevensie Brian
Pliego-Geniz Brenda
Poindexter Elijah
Rodriguez Brandon
Rodriguez Roberto
Rudolph Henry
Silverberg Stanley
Strand Jason
Swanson Gene
Trask Keith
Weinberger Max
Weinberger Samuel
Witzany Brian
Design & Graphics Technology
Stephens Michael
Health Sciences
Bachmeyer Summer
Boie Brittney
Canfield Kayla
Erickson Rami
Gulden Andrhea
Kotila Kimberley
Olson Joshua
Robotics & Manufacturing
Bauer Christopher
Bigham Wynn
Bloom Jacob
Blossom Thomas
Busse Derek
Conley Ryan
Edwards David
Eitrheim Jacob
Erickson Corey
Hanson Steven
Houngsombath Oudomphone
Hruby Nathan
Hurrle Andrew
Johnson Jeffrey
Kelly Spencer
Klebs Michael
Landvik-Geyen Carson
Lee Kao
Lofgren Rene
Ngaima Momo
Posthumus Christopher
Reese Richard
Ross Jason
Sang Houn
Shaw Jeffrey
Sheforgen Ryan
Stafford Mark
Steiner Gary
Theis Jesse
Vang Choua
Wayman Marcus
Zierke Meicyn

Students compete in Autonomous Snowplow Competition at St. Paul Winter Carnival

This weekend, two teams of students will be competing in the 7th Annual Autonomous Snowplow Competition in Rice Park, St. Paul.

Come support Dunwoody College of Technology students at the 7th Annual ION Snowplow Competition during the St. Paul Winter Carnival in Rice Park this weekend! Snowplows will be competing from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

Dunwoody students have competed in the Institute of Navigation (ION) Autonomous Snow Plow Competition every year for the last six years. The competition challenges college students to design and build a robotic snowplow that can clear both a sidewalk and a driveway without any human interaction.

“This competition gives us a good chance to apply what we’ve learned in our courses,” said Automated Systems & Robotics student Nick Hajlo.

From To to Bottom: Team Wendigo, Snow Devils

From Top to Bottom: Team Wendigo, Snow Devils

This year, Dunwoody will compete with two robots – the Snow Devil and the Wendigo.

The Snow Devil was built to compete in the first year of the competition. Since then, students have refined and added to this original design. The robot earned Third Place in last year’s competition and students hope their design improvements will place them in the top two this year. The robot follows magnetic strips that can be installed on any sidewalk or driveway.

The Wendigo; however, was designed and built just this year. Students from Welding, Automated Systems & Robotics, and Electronics Engineering Technology collaborated to bring this robot to life from the ground up. The Wendigo uses a combination of a machine vision system and an inertial measurement unit to navigate up and down sidewalks and driveways.

Dunwoody students will be competing alongside teams from Case Western Reserve University, Iowa State University, Michigan Technological University, North Dakota State University, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of St. Thomas, and Wayne State University.

The teams will present their designs to a panel of judges on Thursday evening at the Minnesota Science Museum. On Friday night, they’ll go through final safety checks before competing on Saturday and Sunday.

Learn more about Dunwoody’s Robotics & Manufacturing Department.

Dunwoody College of Technology’s 2016 Fall Semester Dean’s List

Congratulations to the following students who have been named to Dunwoody College of Technology’s 2016 fall semester dean’s list. The students listed received this honor by upholding a 3.5 (or higher) grade point average, while being a full-time student*.

About Alexandra
Albers Samuel
Al-Hilwani Alexander
Allen Jacob
Anderson Benjamin
Anderson Katelyn
Anderson Tyler
Andreas Ryan
Arndt Angela
Arnold Alysa
Arrington Kyle
Augustine Megan
Autey Brandon
Bachman Bryce
Bachorik Benjamin
Bailey Nicholas
Bares Tyler
Barkley Paul
Barnum Wendy
Barrett Chayse
Bates Kelly
Bautch John
Becker Ikaria
Beery Kyle
Benton Andrew
Biros Hannah
Blaha Ryan
Blesener Andrew
Blommer Dillion
Boie Erik
Booth Adam
Bosak Jack
Boyer Madeline
Bredeson Jordan
Brinkman Joshua
Broadston Joseph
Brownson Alex
Brummer Brandon
Burg Anthony
Caddy Chad
Campbell Matthew
Carlin Samuel
Carlson Anna
Cassidy Brandt
Cha Melysia
Chang Ma
Christian Brady
Christner Samantha
Clark Trenton
Clipperton Elijah
Coffin Nathan
Coleman Peter
Connoy Paul
Curtin John
Dahlquist Aaron
Dallman James
Dao Tommy
Darden Jazmine
Davis Michael
DeCurtins Adam
Dehnke Nathan
Deluna Walldo
Dillie Kyle
Douty Jacob
Duncan Scott
Dunn Parker
Durdahl Daniel
Edgerton Marydithe
Eineke Michael
El Hmamsi Adam
Ellison Joseph
Emly Cole
Enoch Jacob
Erickson Jon
Erickson Travis
Ernst Erik
Evans Conner
Evans Dustin
Factor Noah
Fahey Kaela
Fanslow Jared
Faraone Dale
Fischer Paige
Fisher Rachel
Fjerstad Benjamin
Flaherty Connor
Fletschock Rachelle
Forslund Ryan
Frantti Bret
Frederick Hans
Freeland Angela
Friendshuh Dustin
Frisbie Eric
Fujitake Mark
Gainous David
Gandrud Alexander
Gaona Genesis
Gatzke Caitlin
Gedion Sisay
Genzler Michael
Gerold Mark
Gonzalez Isai
Grindahl Robert
Grommersch James
Grzeskowiak Jason
Guild Luke
Guion John
Haak Samantha
Hajlo Nicholas
Halbert Lonnie Joe
Hall Erik
Halloran Keven
Halvorson Neil
Hammerlund Sandra
Hammond Kaitlyn
Hammond Robert
Hannover Danial
Hansen Chad
Hansen Karl
Harein Joshua
Harris Ryan
Hart Jessica
Haugen Brann
Hawks Anthony
Hays Caleb
Heitman Robert
Her Peng
Herber Logan
Herrick Matthew
Hertel Jessica
Hibbs Andrew
Hiepler Michael
High Anina
Hill Joshua
Hill Tiara
Hiniker William
Hlavka Eric
Ho Tan
Holmgren Benjamin
Hruby Nathan
Humphrey Katherine
Hunerberg Benjamin
Hurd Daniel
Huycke Megan
Hyland Troy
Isackson-Rod Indigo
Isetts Blake
Itkonen Jonathan
Janda Peter
Janiak Jordan
Jenkins Katherine
Jensen Leo
Jeske John
Jocelyn Jeremy
Johnson Andrew
Johnson Brent
Johnson Jacob
Johnson Kari
Johnson Kyle
Keizer Brandon
Kelliher John
Kelly Stephen
Keohanam Souvanno
Kerner Thomas
Kieger Michael
Kij Jan
Kiltinen Shelby
King Nathan
Klegstad Jacob
Kloos Brian
Knoll Adam
Koerner Megan
Koren Alexis
Kostelecky Lucas
Kowal Patrick
Kragt Saige
Kretsu Michael
Kromschroeder Kasey
Kuchta Benjamin
Kuennen Connor
Kuhnley Wesley
LaFrance Collin
Larkin Kyle
Larsen Benjamin
Larson Maria
Le Ngoc Khanh
Le Thanh
Lee Fu
Lehman Connor
Leistico Jonathan
LeMay Ashley
Levine Charles
Levine Isaak
Lewis Dexter
Liend Bryan
Linahon Alex
Lofgren Chad
Lord Alexander
Luangrath Bennieco
Lueddecke Alec
Lutz Ashley
Mabusth John
Machtemes Joseph
Madden Daniel
Madison Andrew
Magnuson Scott
Maier Dana
Malenke Jay
Mandt Kerry
Maranga Francis
Matejka Brennen
Maupin Erik
McGinn Patrick
McLaury Lacy
McNamer Patrick
McReynolds Anthony
Meier Shane
Meyer Jacob
Meyer Mickie
Miazga Michael
Miller Charles
Mingo Tanner
Mitchell Christian
Mitchell Steven
Molenaar Michael
Monson Christopher
Montgomery Madison
Moore Bradley
Morales Emily
Moyer Sean
Moynihan John
Mrdjenovich Maranda
Muckala Jonathan
Mulqueeny Sean
Nakada Michael
Naslund Zachary
Nelson Celina
Nelson Jenna
Nelson Matthew
Nelson Nathaniel
Ness Davis
Newby Duncan
Nguyen Son
Nordstrom Jay
Northway Travis
O’Brien Brandon
Oldenburg Thomas
Olson Andrew
Olson Steven
Orenge Gaudencia
Pagel Tyler
Parker-Greene Taylor
Pearson Joshua
Peltonen Cody
Peraza Karina
Petersen Andrew
Peterson Ben
Peterson Henning
Peterson Jon
Peterson Matthew
Peterson Nolan
Petrie Kristofer
Pevensie Brian
Phandanouvong Sylvester
Poitra Jason
Posterick Donald
Pysher Mitchell
Regenscheid Steven
Richey Michael
Roberts Cory
Robinson Blake
Rodewald Madelyn
Rodriguez Marcos
Roeun Saray
Rog Matthew
Rogers Joshua
Rono Makto
Rosecrans Caleb
Rue Nicholas
Ruelle Paul
Rumpza Nathan
Salcido Alejandro
Samrith Dona
Sapp Justin
Schafer Taylor
Schmitz Andrew
Schneider Lucas
Schon Matthew
Schulz Patrick
Schumacher Brianna
Sebesta Taylor
Seurer Kurtis
Sheforgen Ryan
Sheppard Jason
Shoemaker Ethan
Skattum Ross
Sloan Adam
Smeaton Kyle
Smith Gabriel
Smith Katrina
Smith Luke
Smoter Devyn
Snyder Matthew
Sorensen James
Spartz John
St. Martin Isaac
Stafford Mark
Steffens Paul
Stolp Craig
Swanson Gene
Syrstad Luke
Teipel Holly
Thao Jesse
Thiery Anthony
Thompson Andrew
Thompson Kathleen
Thompson Seth
Thompson Tyler
Toenges Bradley
Tomann Alek
Torma Garron
Towne Peter
Tran Jacob
Treat Daniel
Trembulak Timothy
Tungseth Anton
Turnbull John
Unger Andrew
Valley Jesse
VanderVorste Adam
VanderWal Julie
VanDoeren Julian
VanRoekel Garrett
Vath Rachel
Villalobos Marcos
Virnala JJ
Vue Tou
Wakeham Shannon
Walczak Joel
Waldof Karen
Waller Justin
Wallin Marc
Wambach Daniel
Weiler Jerilyn
Weinberger Max
Weinberger Samuel
Welch Braden
White Beverly
White Reid
Wieden Darren
Wiisanen Christopher
Williams Michael
Wilson Christopher
Winget Andrea
Wittrock Erica
Wood Lynnette
Xiong Cheenou
Xiong Jewell
Yamada Cortez
Yang Cha
Yang Pierre
Yardley Shoshana
Zdon Christopher
Zentner Ryan
Zmuda Charles

*Student must take a minimum of 12 credits to be considered full-time.