Outstanding Graduates

Engineering and Design

Outstanding Graduates 2022


Dylan Willis


Industrial Design

Dylan played a key role in creating the student Makerspace on campus, an unforgettable legacy from his time as a Western student. He also served as the treasurer and fundraiser lead for the Industrial Designers of America Club. He was even part of the Viking Band. On top of everything he did on campus, he interned for General Electric as their industrial design intern and the skills he learned there helped catapult him to a similar role at Pensar Development. He plans to continue his career as an electronics and medical equipment designer at a consultancy in Seattle.

Rose Solway


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Rose has excelled within the Electrical and Computer Engineering Program, with a 3.96 GPA even while maintaining several community engagement, professional service, and peer mentoring activities, including mentoring newer students throughout the transition to and from remote learning. Rose has been an early and active mentor in the BEES program — which works to recruit and retain academically talented, low-income students from diverse backgrounds — sharing her knowledge of her discipline and the program and helping to create a sense of belonging. She also served as president of IEEE-HKN, the engineering honor society. She continues her balancing act outside of school as an aerial performer with the Bellingham Circus Guild. After graduation, she will begin working as an embedded systems validation engineer for PACCAR.

Juliana Covarrubias


Plastics & Composites Engineering

Juliana is not only a gifted scholar and researcher, but an excellent mentor to other students. She was a mentor in the BEES Program and even set up a scholarship fund. She was a well-regarded teaching assistant in an introductory plastics course and CAD courses. She participated in research on ocean plastics, earning a lead authorship on a paper presented at SPE-ANTEC, a professional plastics conference. She also developed a chemical recycling technique to depolymerize carbon fiber-epoxy composites and then reused the reclaimed carbon fibers in new thermoset composites. Next, she’ll work for Janicki Industries as a research and development project engineer.

Robert Butnar


Manufacturing Engineering

When Robert entered his major, he hit the ground running and never slowed down, driven by a lifelong interest in manufacturing and automation. Despite starting the major as the pandemic hit, Robert excelled in his classes with one of the highest GPAs in his graduating class. He has been a leader on his senior project team as well as on Western’s Formula SAE team, where Butnar is the technical director, focusing on the design, manufacture, and testing of the formula-style electric race car, while fostering an inclusive environment and healthy team dynamic. After graduation, Robert will work for Janicki as an automation engineer.

Previous Outstanding Graduates



Kevin Hjelstrom, Plastics & Composites Engineering 2021
Daichi Tamai, Electrical and Computer Engineering 2021
Adam Hess, Industrial Technology- Vehicle Design 2021
Matthew Koscica, Industrial Design 2021
Gina Kim, Manufacturing Engineering 2021
Jacob Newer-Thurber, Industrial Technology - Vehicle Design 2020
Ben Lorimore, Industrial Design 2020
Nathan Bock, Electrical Engineering 2020
Mikaela Sadri, Plastics & Composites Engineering 2020
Austin Ball, Manufacturing Engineering 2020
Arthur Marechal, Electrical Engineering 2019
Georgia Donaldson, Manufacturing Engineering 2019
Levi Hamernik, Plastics & Composites Engineering 2019
Annelise Payne, Industrial Design 2019
Logan Slack, Industrial Technology - Vehicle Design 2019
Kyle DeWitte, Electrical Engineering 2018
Erica Eggeman, Manufacturing Engineering 2018
Chris Croshaw, Plastics & Composites Engineering 2018
Scott Patton, Industrial Design 2018
Ryan Peabody, Industrial Technology - Vehicle Design 2018
Chris Carpenter, Plastics & Composites Engineering 2017
Myann Refai, Manufacturing Engineering 2017
Cole Rogers, Electrical Engineering 2017
Justin Janczakowski, Industrial Design 2017
Aidan Kane, Industrial Technology - Vehicle Design 2017
Jolee Nebert, Industrial Design 2016
Victor Perez, Electrical Engineering 2016
Kyle White, Manufacturing Engineering 2016
Jacob Blagg, Industrial Technology - Vehicle Design 2016
Andrew Hollcraft, Plastics & Composites Engineering 2016
Mauricio Romano, Industrial Design 2015
Isaiah Ryan, Electrical Engineering 2015