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Alumni Highlights

Oct. 17, 2017 Steven Kjar - Mechanical Engineering alumn (BS, '11)

Logan couple appears on ABC reality show" Photo and Story by the Herald Journal

Steven Kjar and his daughter

March 8, 2016 | Civil and Environmental Engineering alumn Justin Maughan (BS, MS '09) named operator of the year by the Rural Water Association of Utah for his handling of the Nibley water crisis.

"Nibley official wins award for water contamination crisis efforts" Photo and Story by The Herald Journal

Nov. 1, 2015 - Brian Crookston - Civil & Environmental Engineering

Brian Crookston
  • 2010, Ph.D., Water Resources Engineering
  • 2008, M.S., Hydraulics
  • 2008, B.S., Civil Engineering

Current job title: Project Engineer at Schnabel Engineering

Area of expertise: Advanced hydraulic modeling of rivers, hydraulic structures, and pipelines, labyrinth weir design

Lives in: West Grove, Pa.

What Student Experience Left an Impact? “I was team captain for the USU Steel Bridge team that was the ASCE/AISC Student Steel Bridge Rocky Mountain Regional Competition Champions.

Latest Accomplishment: Brian was recently named Young Engineer of the Year by the Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia.

Work Hard, Run Hard: Brian founded the Schnabel Running Club where he enjoys participating in local charity running events.

Nov. 1, 2015 - Nare Hayrapetyan - Computer Science

Nare Hayrapetyan
  • 2012, Master of Computer Science
  • 2010, B.S., Computer Science, Math minor

Current job title: Software Development Engineer II at Amazon

Area of expertise: Software development and cloud computing. Currently developing backend services for Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Lives in: Seattle, Wash.

Favorite part of life at USU: “I really enjoyed the campus experience and having a friendly and approachable faculty.”

What Memory Stands Out? “I got an award for always being late to class :D”

Latest Accomplishment: I recently launched a new AWS service called CodePipeline

Feb. 12, 2015 - Scott Lindsey - Civil & Environmental Engineering. 

Lindsey is the new hydrologist-in-charge of the National Weather Service’s Alaska-Pacific River Forecast Center in Anchorage.

Scott Lindsey, Ph.D., has been selected as the new hydrologist-in-charge of the National Weather Service’s Alaska-Pacific River Forecast Center in Anchorage. Lindsey replaces Robin Radlein who retired October 4, 2014. 

Scott LindseyBefore accepting the hydrologist-in-charge position, Lindsey served for four years as the service coordination hydrologist at the river forecast center. He launched his National Weather Service career as a research hydrologist at the Hydrologic Research Laboratory in Silver Spring, Maryland. He joined the river forecast center in 1994, and became the development and operations hydrologist in 2008.

During his tenure at the river forecast center, Lindsey played a key role in a host of efforts including National Weather Service Modernization activities, decision support services during the Yukon and Kuskokwim River spring breakup flooding and implementation of the Community Hydrologic Prediction Service. 

“Scott’s expertise is unparalleled in terms of our water-related services and mission and he has worked tirelessly to advance our scientific understanding and capabilities in hydrology operations,” said Aimee Devaris, director of NOAA’s National Weather Service Alaska Region. “Scott has played a critical role in our successful partnership with the State of Alaska for the River Watch program and in supporting all key decision-makers and core partners each flood season.” 

Lindsey earned a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering (CEE) from the Pennsylvania State University in 1981. He earned a master’s degree in CEE from Utah State University in 1984 with an emphasis in hydraulics and a doctorate in CEE from Utah State in 1991 with an emphasis in surface water hydrology and remote sensing. 

In 2014, Lindsey was selected to receive the Gregg B. Rishel award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the hydrologic services mission of the National Weather Service. He has also received numerous National Weather Service Isaac Cline awards. 

NOAA's National Weather Service is the primary source of weather data, forecasts and warnings for the United States and its territories. NOAA’s National Weather Service operates the most advanced weather and flood warning and forecast system in the world, helping to protect lives and property and enhance the national economy. Working with partners, NOAA’s National Weather Service is building a Weather-Ready Nation to support community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather Please visit the Alaska-Pacific River Forecast Center at and join NOAA’s National Weather Service in Alaska on social media at


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Matt Jensen
College of Engineering - Utah State University