Automotive body paint booth upgrade complete

Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing recently celebrated the completion of major upgrades to the program’s paint booth. The booth upgrade means students and faculty can use waterborne paint, an environmentally friendly paint that is gaining traction in body shops across the U.S. and internationally.

The booth upgrade was made possible by a matching grant from the Minneapolis Green Business Matching Grant Program and sponsors PPG Industries, ABRA Autobody and Glass, Luther Collision and Glass, and Master Collision Group.


Dunwoody faculty, first and second year Auto students, and industry friends celebrating the upgrade

Waterborne paint, which uses much less solvent than previous paint, provides multiple environmental and economic benefits including lower anthropogenic VOC emissions and reduced job and material costs.


Lynn Engmark of PPG Industries discusses waterborne paint.

The program celebrated the installation by hosting a “Waterborne 101” presentation, including a brief history of collision instruction at Dunwoody by Bruce Graffunder; a presentation on waterborne paint by Lynn Engmark of PPG Industries;  and some observations on using waterborne paint from Pete Latuff of Latuff Brothers Auto Body.

With so many advantages for both the shop and the customer, “there’s absolutely no reason to not shoot waterborne [paint],” Latuff said when describing his shop’s successful shift away from solvent based paints towards water based paints.

Graffunder explained that this new piece of equipment will also change the Automotive program’s curriculum. As auto body shops across the country transition towards waterborne-based paint practices, Dunwoody Automotive students can expect the same. Graffunder now expects close to 75% of painting time will be devoted to using and learning waterborne based painting techniques. This change in curriculum will better train and prepare Dunwoody students as they progress towards a career in automotive collision repair.


Lynn Engmark showing how to properly apply waterborne based paint to a car panel.

The afternoon presentation concluded with refreshments and a demonstration from Lynn Engmark on how to properly apply waterborne-based paint to a car panel.


Dunwoody Design & Graphics Technology students take first place in ICPF “Best of the Best” Student Design Competition

The results are in! Congratulations to Design & Graphics Technology Students: Stephanie Burdorf, Charlotte LaCour, Dan Mueller, Finn Pearson, Noah Rabinowitz and Jenna Weiler, winners of the annual International Corrugated Packaging Foundation’s (ICPF) “Best of the Best” Student Design Competition!

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Featured left to right: Noah Rabinowitz, Jenna Weiler, Charlotte LaCour, Dan Mueller, Finn Pearson and Stephanie Burdorf.

The 2015 “Best of the Best” Competition was held Thursday, Feb. 19 via a live teleconference during the Design & Graphics Technology 2015 Internship Showcase.

Competing against Dunwoody was 2014 AICC Structural Design Competition runner-ups California Polytechnic State University and Millersville University, Pennsylvania.

The objective of the 2014 AICC competition– won by Burdorf, LaCour, Mueller, Pearson, Rabinowitz and Weiler last summer– was to create real-world marketing materials to assist with their college’s student recruitment and retention efforts. The final project was to be tailored to each team’s corresponding schools and stay within the branding guidelines of that institution. This required students to work with the college’s admissions and marketing departments to ensure the end result was something their college could realistically use.

The Dunwoody team’s project, titled “Recruiting Standee,” was comprised of a student recruitment mailing envelope/folder, a 3-D floor display to be used during college events and a “first day” experience box to be given to new students. The box, purposefully designed to fit inside each new student’s locker, included room for a Dunwoody T-shirt, pens, pencils and a USB flash drive. The Dunwoody team explained they also hoped the box would drive locker sales, helping increase overall revenue for the College.

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The “Best of the Best” competition took the AICC competition a step further by requiring the top three contenders to successfully “sell” their completed projects to a panel of industry experts. The teams were then judged not only on their project’s overall design creativity, but also the team’s ability to communicate effectively and exercise strong persuasion techniques during their presentation.


Weiler, LaCour and Rabinowitz shortly after they discover they have won!

The competition winners were announced during the telecast, shortly after each school finished presenting. Stephanie, Charlotte, Dan, Finn, Noah and Jenna leave with a $500 cash prize and an incredible addition to their portfolios and resumes.

For more information on next year’s competitions, visit or

Zech Bradach and Ollie Reller place in Behind the Mask welding competition

Zech Bradach earned second place in Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and third place in Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW). Reller earned third place in the GMAW division.

L-R: Ollie Reller earned third place in the Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) division. Zech Bradach earned second place in GMAW and third place in Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW).

Twelve Welding Technology students participated in the Behind the Mask Welding Competition sponsored by the American Welding Society (AWS) on Feb. 26. Around 100 students from Minnesota and Wisconsin colleges competed in the event held at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.

Students competed in several categories utilizing such welding processes as Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW), and Oxy-acetylene Cutting (OFC). During the timed events students were presented with a blueprint and the metal components required to complete a weldment in 20 minutes. The weldments were then inspected by AWS Certified Welding Inspectors who scrutinized the dimensions, weld size and weld quality.

Each division placed the top three individuals to receive prizes. First place won an auto darkening welding helmet (worth $500) and $100 cash, second place winners earned $50 cash, and third place winners took home $25 cash.

Dunwoody student participants were: Zech Bradach, Ben Browne, Jacob Dommer, Lucas Hoglund, Curtis Mattson-Laurent, Max Mertans, Brendan Pliego, Ollie Reller, Austin Reuter, Kristen Schafer and Nikki Umpleby, Wyatt Werner.

Bradach earned second place in GMAW and third place in SMAW. Reller earned third place in the GMAW division.

Dunwoody Instructor Michael Reeser said he’s proud of his students’ performance in the competition.

“This is an excellent opportunity to reinforce the advanced skills that we teach on a daily basis and allows students to apply those skills in a timed event. It motivates students to produce quality work as it is scored by industry-certified welding inspectors,” he said.

To learn more about Dunwoody’s Welding Technology program, visit





Students start Institute of Industrial Engineers chapter

Three industry professionals involved with IIE attended the Dunwoody chapter’s kickoff meeting on Feb. 10. They are pictured with the student members and Faculty Advisor Janet Nurnberg.

Three industry professionals involved with IIE attended the Dunwoody chapter’s kickoff meeting on Feb. 10, they are pictured with the student members and Faculty Advisor Janet Nurnberg.

Students in the Industrial Engineering Technology (IENG) bachelor completion program have started a student chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) at Dunwoody College of Technology.

IIE is a professional society dedicated to the support of the industrial engineering profession by providing leadership for the application, education, training, research and development of industrial engineering.

Dunwoody’s IENG program provides a 2+2 bachelor degree completion option with the skills and theoretical knowledge needed to advance graduates into engineering and management positions in their respective industries.

Three industry professionals involved with IIE attended the Dunwoody chapter’s kickoff meeting on Feb. 10 to discuss how involvement in industry organizations can enhance students’ learning experience: Nate Andrican – Industrial Engineer, Boston Scientific, IIE Twin Cities Student Liaison; Dan Thury – Industrial Engineer, Andersen Corporation, IIE Regional Vice-President; and Jeromy Knapp – Quality Engineer, Stratasys, IIE Twin Cities President-Elect, IENG PAC Member.

Faculty Advisor Janet Nurnberg says the College’s IIE student chapter helps prepare IENG students for careers after graduation by providing members with networking opportunities, tours of local facilities that hire IENG students and professional development.

The chapter of around 15 members is student-led: President Micah Thorson, Vice-President Dylan Olson, Treasurer Richard Brodala, and Secretary Matt Backus. The chapter will host meetings at least twice a semester. Because of students’ daytime work hours, meetings will be held in the evenings.

Thorson says the IENG students are excited for the opportunity to start an IIE student chapter on campus, and are looking forward to the seeing real-world examples of theories they’re learning about in the classroom during IIE business tours and events.

For more information about IENG or the IIE student chapter at Dunwoody, contact Nurnberg at 612-381-3351 or

Heating & Air Conditioning Engineering Technology students attend ASHRAE Conference, AHR Expo

Heating & Air Conditioning Engineering Technology students Kevin Clausen, Jared Courtney and Bill Bobick attended the 2015 ASHRAE Winter Conference Student Program and AHR Expo in Chicago, Ill., Jan 24-26.

Heating & Air Conditioning Engineering Technology students Kevin Clausen, Jared Courtney and Bill Bobick attended the 2015 ASHRAE Winter Conference Student Program and AHR Expo in Chicago, Ill., Jan 24-26.

Three Heating & Air Conditioning Engineering Technology students attended the 2015 ASHRAE Winter Conference Student Program and AHR Expo in Chicago, Ill., Jan 24-26.

For the last four years, Dunwoody College of Technology—with financial assistance from the Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Heating Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)—has sent students to the ASHRAE Winter Meeting in various U.S. cities. This year, students Kevin Clausen, Jared Courtney and Bill Bobick attended the meeting in Chicago with HVAC Program Manager Chuck Taft.

Dunwoody’s Student Chapter of ASHRAE was started in 1988—Taft, then a student, was the first president of the College’s chapter. According to its website, ASHRAE is known for its research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education to shape tomorrow’s built environment. Bobick, who received a HVACR Systems Servicing degree at Dunwoody and worked in industry before entering the Heating & Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program, says ASHRAE’s standards and publications are “the gospel of HVAC” so you know you’re learning from the best when you attend an ASHRAE seminar.

Stephanie Mages, ASHRAE Student Program Staff, is pictured with HVAC Program  Chuck Taft and students Kevin Clausen, Bill Bobick and Jared Courtney.

Stephanie Mages, ASHRAE Student Program Staff, is pictured with HVAC Program Manager Chuck Taft and students Jared Courtney, Bill Bobick and Kevin Clausen.

Taft says the ASHRAE and International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating (AHR) events expand students’ understanding of what they’re learning in the classroom, while exposing them to innovative technologies they’ll be using as the industry continuously innovates to become more energy efficient.

During the ASHRAE Student Program, the students listened to project presentations and a panel of young engineers discuss their experiences in the HVACR industry, toured the mechanical spaces of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital and participated in technical talks about the HVACR industry.

The students toured the mechanical spaces of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital.

The students toured the mechanical spaces of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital.

Clausen, Courtney and Bobick said the ASHRAE and AHR events were not only educational, but also great for networking with industry professionals and potential employers. They agreed the greatest educational takeaway at the ASHRAE Student Program was a greater understanding of the thermal storage processes—making cold water at night when the electric rates are low to cool buildings during the day.

More than 2,000 vendors were present at the AHR Expo.

More than 2,000 vendors were present at the AHR Expo.

Taft said he’s glad the students have the opportunity to attend the events to see the reality of where the HVACR industry is, where it’s going and what they should do to become sought-out professionals following graduation.

“Knowledge is power, and the knowledge they gain from experiencing nationally-recognized industry events will make them more valuable employees,” he said.

According to ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability within the industry. Through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. ASHRAE was formed as the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers by the merger in 1959 of American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHAE) founded in 1894 and The American Society of Refrigerating Engineers (ASRE) founded in 1904.

Newly-launched Jackson Lecture Series has leadership focus

Photo of some of the key organizers of the Jackson Lecture Series. From left to right: Cutlines: 5281: Michael White, Dean of Applied Management; Richard Thomson, Assistant Provost; Board of Trustees Past Chair Ted Ferrara, ’77 Refrigeration; Dr. Bruce Jackson, CEO of The Institute of Applied Human Excellence; and President Rich Wagner

L-R: Michael White, Dean of Applied Management; Richard Thomson, Assistant Provost; Board of Trustees Past Chair Ted Ferrara, ’77 Refrigeration; Dr. Bruce Jackson, CEO of The Institute of Applied Human Excellence; and President Rich Wagner

More than 50 alumni, students, faculty and friends attended the first ever C. Charles Jackson Leadership Lecture Series on Thursday, Feb. 5 at Dunwoody College of Technology. The event featured Dr. Bruce Jackson, a talented speaker and expert in Leadership and Human Performance. Dr. Jackson kicked off the lecture series by providing a framework for leadership at any level of the organization.

Dr. Jackson serves as the CEO of The Institute of Applied Human Excellence, a training firm dedicated to helping individuals, teams and organizations achieve peak performance. He is also the Executive Director of the C. Charles Jackson Foundation.

The Jackson Leadership Lecture Series features prominent speakers on leadership topics and is being offered the first Thursday of every month. The next event will take place at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 5, at Dunwoody College of Technology, 818 Dunwoody Boulevard, Minneapolis.

Construction Management students create fabric tension structure models

creating-fabric-tension-structures-1Construction Management students in the Construction Materials & Methods 2 course recently created fabric tension structure models, some of which will be constructed on a larger scale later in the semester.

Senior Instructor Jim Strapko says the project mimics what students will experience in industry.

“With each new project, construction professionals are presented with opportunities to use materials and tools in novel ways to improve the construction process,” he said. “One example is a fabric ‘sail’ system used to provide temporary enclosure for a pair of high-rise office towers currently under construction in the Minneapolis Downtown East project. A Dunwoody graduate, who is an assistant superintendent, is working on ways to more efficiently unfurl fabric strips to cover five stories of a building at a time.”


Students used basic structural concepts derived from tents and sailboats to create fabric tension structure models. The initial models were created using basic tools and materials like needle-nose pliers, side-cutters, awls, hammers, hot-melt glue guns, two-way stretch fabric, florist wire, T-pins, push-pins, and wood dowels.

The students exceeded Strapko’s expectations for the model project. “The Construction Management students were adept at model-building and showed a surprising sensitivity to aesthetic design,” he said.

The next phase is to design and build a mobile hard-shell structure with an optional fabric component. After completion of the concept and model phases, some of the designs will proceed to construction at a larger scale.

The multiple-phase project gives students experience taking an idea from concept through completion.


Students benefitted from the experience and guidance of Bruce N. White, past editor of the international journal Fabric Architecture and American Institute of Architects (AIA) member, who visited the class on multiple occasions to provide insight and feedback on the student’s designs.

Strapko invites more industry professionals to get involved in the project: “Students value the opportunity to interact with industry professionals especially in a lab environment,” he said. “They like learning how to do things and getting feedback from experts.”

Students are currently working on the concept phase of the hard-shell structure. The evaluation of drawings and models is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on campus (room to be determined). Larger scale construction of prototypes will follow during the final 10 weeks of the spring semester.

Industry professionals interested in getting involved during any of the project phases can contact Jim Strapko at or 612-381-3383.



Congratulations to the following students who have been named to Dunwoody College of Technology’s fall semester dean’s list.  The students listed received this honor by upholding a 3.5 grade point average or higher.

Aaron Abbott
Jay Abrahamson
James Adams
David Adey
Samuel Ainsworth
Alexander Al-hilwani
Nathan Anders
Benjamin Anderson
Braden Anderson
Charles Anderson
Matthew Anderson
Nicholas Arneson
Grant Aslakson
Justin Aune
Matthew Backus
Lawal Bada
Joshua Baldvins
Tyler Bares
Maria Bebel
Jake Benson-Devine
Alexander Biggs
Ryan Blaha
Macklan Blankenship
Joseph Blessing
Kyle Blouin
Jacob Blue
William Bobick
Blake Bodine
Alex Boline
Jeffrey Bonneville
Alex Brand
Tyler Brezinsky
Richard Brodala
Brett Broekema
Amanda Bronson
Benjamin Browne
Ethan Brule
Jeremy Brunell
Jacob Bursott
Miranda Butler
Samuel Cain
Robert Carson
Kurt Christianson
Margaret Chun
Kevin Clausen
Shannon Corpe
Jared Courtney
Jessica Curtis
Beau Dailey
Brady Dalton
Brandon Davis
Brian Dehn
Joshua Dehncke
James Demos
Timofey Demyanovskiy
Damien Dicken
Jacob Dolezal
Jacob Dommer-Koch
Nathan Donahoe
Mandi Drevlow
Jamie Dulebohn
Ruben Duran
Timothy Easter
Alan Eilola-Grey
Sabrina Eisert
Christopher Ellingboe
Scott Emerson
Daniel Emery
Alexandra Erdahl
Ryan Fales
Kenyactha Favors
Allison Fedie
Nicholas Felix-Carlson
Matthew Ferguson
James Fishbeck
Rachel Fisher
Andrew Flagg
Nicholas Freeland
Jesse Gable
Sarah Gagnon
Martin Garcia
Craig Gorman
Travis Granlund
Joel Greimel
Andrew Gremillion
Benjamin Grieger
Ryan Grigoleit
Jacob Gruber
Brady Grummons
Charles Guelcher
Matthew Gustavson
David Haerle
Bryant Hale
Keven Halloran
Brandon Halonen
Jeffrey Hambidge
Josiah Hanka
Cory Harmening
Christopher Harrington
Benjamin Harvey
Andrew Haug
Brandon Hedberg
Mollie Heil
Andrew Henry
Josh Henry
Thomas Her
Christopher Herd
James Herman
Heriberto Herrera
Matthew Heshiser
Aidan Hicks
Karl Hilde
Vincent Hoang
David Hofgren
Nathan Hole
Justin Hollermann
Nicholas Holman
Samuel Holtberg
Andrew Hoogenakker
Megan Howell
Kyle Huberty
Ashley Hurner
Jacob Huseby
Ross Irestone
Chase Jessen
Michael Jindra
Bradley Johnson
Matthew Johnson
Andrew Kampa
Evan Kangas
Nicole Kehren
Norbert Keil
Michael Kerber
Eryn Kivo
Zachariah Klein
Benjamin Klenke
David Klinkner
Tylor Klish
Ian Klug
Zeth Knyphausen
Jake Krueger
Maria Ksiazek
Ryan Ksiazek
Anthony Laylon
Scott Leighton
Joseph Lerum
Alex Lichman
Lucas Lindahl
Eric Lindenfelser
Thomas Lunda
Joseph Machtemes
Alex Maciej
Timothy Malkovich
Chad Marchetti
Jon Mart
Zachary Martell
Max Martens
Benjamin Marti
Nicholas Martin
James Matthes
Aaron McCauley-Aburto
Daniel McCusker
Patrick McDonald
Samuel McGlennen
Paul Mealey
Scott Mellgren
Laila Merten
Matthew Meyer
Michael Miazga
Evan Miller
Lewis Miller
Rajan Mohinani
Jonathan Moreno
Jade Murray
Yohana Nalingigwa
John Nelsen
Celina Nelson
Joseph Ngaima
Lee Nguyen
Stephanie Nguyen
Joseph Niewendorp
Maggie Nordlocken
Grady O’Gorman
Nicholas Obermiller
David Olson
Evan Olson
James Olson
Robert Olson
Maxfield Orman
Elisabet Pace
Joseph Packer
Alyx Paschke
Taylor Paschke
Patrick Patrias
Jacob Paulus
Samuel Pederson
Brian Peterson
Nathan Peterson
Ivan Piskun
Jesse Platzke
Chad Posusta
Bernie Prigge Rodriguez
Evan Prokop
Michael Prudhon
Shannon Raines
Oliver Reller
Travis Renstrom
Mark Reznikov
Collin Ripley
Jade Robinson
John Rochon
Madelyn Rodewald
Roberto Rodriguez
Andrew Roegiers
Jonathan Roorda
Randal Rue
Jonathon Ruiz
Dianna Ryan
Jessica Ryan
Nicholas Saeko
Abigail Saffert
Ian Safranschi
Mohammed Salman
Saad Salman
Sean Schaefer
Matthew Schon
Daniel Schuler
Brady Schuster
Jesse Seese
Kurtis Seurer
Matthew Shephard
Nicholas Sheridan
Shaun Sheridan
Benjamin Shiek
Lloyd Show
Peter Singleton
Nicolas Skrogstad
Nicole Slaminski
Megan Smalkoski
Ian Smith
Thomas Smith
William Snyder
Ryan Solheim
Wyatt Spencer
Greda Staples
Pierce Stavish
Tanner Stearns
Mike Steinman
Daniel Stellburg
Brian Stewart
Aaron Stoehr
Karl Stoffels
Alexis Strausser
Alyson Stumbo
Collin Sturdevant
Donavan Sullivan
Eric Sundberg
Phoukham Supanhnapom
Marc Svihel
Matthew Svihel
Anthony Swanberg
Aaron Swandal
Joseph Swanson
Sheldon Taylor
Arianna Tejeda
Ross Theisen
Hunter Thome
Jonathan Thoreson
Micah Thorson
Thang Tran
Timothy Trembulak
Aaron Triplett
Andrea Triplett
Miles Tristani
Nichole Umpleby
John Vaccaro
Eric Van Otterloo
Alex Vander Heul
James Vanderbosch
Peng Vang
Seck Vang
Nicholas Villafania
Marcos Villalobos
Michael Vojacek
John Volinkaty
Kristin Warren
Isabel Waryan
Eli Wass
Max Weber
Thomas Webster
Caleb Wede
Kenneth Weis
Justin Weldon
Katelyn Welle
Justin Wenz
Wyatt Werner
Jason White
Jacob Whiteoak
Rita Widmer
Kimberly Wieting
Michael Willems
David Willenbring
Blake Wilson
Michael Wilson
Jeffrey Wiplinger
Jacob Witt
Keith Wojciechowski
Jesse Wold
Craig Woodward
Gregory Woolsey
Timothy Wright
Samlee Xiong
Pierre Yang
Matthew Yank
Ryan Young
Craig Yundt
Austin Zimmermann
Mathias Zoubek