Class Notes

College of Engineering

Indi Young (Computer Science, ’87) published a book, “Practical Empathy,” that is aimed at software product managers, engineers and designers. It was published in February of 2015. Her previous book, “Mental Models,” was published in February of 2008. She’s done research and given workshops and presentations about the topic of practical empathy to companies such as Facebook, 3PillarGlobal, Sybase, Rackspace, McDonald’s, Motorola and United Airlines.
Mark Jacobs (Industrial Engineering, ’88) returned to academia and earned his doctorate from Michigan State University in supply chain management after many years in professional services. He joined the faculty at the University of Dayton, where he was promoted to associate professor of operations and supply management this past fall semester.
Ronald A. Coutu, Jr. (Electrical Engineering, ’95) retired from active duty with the U.S. Air Force in 2009 after 25 years of honorable military service. He then joined the electrical and computer engineering faculty at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) as an assistant professor. In 2014 Coutu was promoted to associate professor and earned tenure. He also won the AFIT Civilian of the Year Award. In 2015, he won the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) Faculty Excellence Award for teaching, research and service.
Christina Boeryd (Industrial Engineering, ’14) is engaged be married this October in Cleveland, Ohio. Her fiancé proposed to at Disneyland in September 2015, with the assistance of friends from her time at Cal Poly who work at the park. “It was a day to remember and it wouldn’t have happened without connections at Cal Poly,” she says.


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