Class Notes

2011 Updates

John Boyer (BS '69) is retiring from Kansas State University, where he is a Professor of Statistics and the former head of the Dept of Statistics. Boyer was named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association in 1995 and was a recipient of the ASA Founders' Award in 2006. Boyer earned his MS ('72) and Ph.D. ('76) from Michigan State University in Statistics.
David Brown (Ph.D. '71, MS '67) is retired from Boeing Aircraft. He would like to get in contact with other graduate students from 1965-71, so please submit your news online. Brown, whose Ph.D. was in Commutative Rings, earned his B.S. in Mathematics from North Texas State University in 1964.
Brian Buhrman (MS '76, BS '70) is now retired after teaching mathematics for 38 years, including more than 30 years at Iowa Western Community College. He has good memories of his time at UNL, everything from a modern algebra class by John Meakin with no book, just his class notes, to playing on an intramural basketball team with Jim Lewis.
Daniel Edwards (BS '89) is a Weather Officer for the United States Air Force and was promoted to Colonel in December 2010. Edwards earned his M.S. in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University in 1997.
Darren Holley (Ph.D. '97) is a mathematics teacher at Omaha North High School and has taught at the school for 29 years. In 2011, he won a $10,000 Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award.
Ryan Sanford (MS '03) is in the 333d Fighter Squadron and is an Evaluator Pilot in the F-15E, teaching others to fly the Strike Eagle. Sanford has been accepted in the USAF Test Pilot School at Edwards AFB where he will fly up to 35 aircraft and will earn an MS in Flight Test Engineering. Ryan and his wife, Erica, have three children.
Mohsin Soliman (BS '99) is a General Surgeon specializing in Minimally Invasive (Laparoscopic) Surgery for St. Joseph's Hospital/Carondelet Surgical Associates in Kansas City. Soliman earned his M.D. from UNMC in 2005 and was a surgical research fellow at Harvard Medical School from 1999-2001. He is married to Sara (Kuhn) Soliman, RN, BSN. They are die-hard Husker football fans and enjoy spending time with their bulldog, Dozer.
John Sweeney (BS '95) is a mathematics teacher at Geneva North High School in Geneva, Neb. John married Paige Lindstedt on July 16, 2011, at Tower Hall in Malcolm, Neb. Paige is a 1995 UNMC-Kearney College of Nursing graduate with a certification in Emergency Nursing and works at St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln. John earned his MA in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) from Concordia University Irvine in 2004.
Barbara Zach ('01) is Executive Director of Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra. She joined the orchestra staff in 2001 as Operations/Personnel Manager & Music Librarian, taking responsibility for all details of concert production, and was appointed executive director in 2005. She secured major multi-year underwriting to allow the Orchestra to move to a new home in the Lied Center for Performing Arts. In 2007, the League of American Orchestras invited Barbara Zach to be one of twelve national participants in the inaugural class of the two-year long Executive Leadership Program. Zach serves as chairman of the Downtown Rotary music committee and is the Vice President of Membership for Nebraskans for the Arts. She was a recipient of the Lincoln Business Journal's "40 Under 40" award, a finalist for Lincoln's Non-Profit Executive of the Year Award, and received the Governor's Award for Emerging Leader in 2010. Zach graduated from UNL with dual degrees in mathematics and piano performance.

2010 Updates

Dan Augustyn (BS '99) is an attorney with DeCamp Legal Services in Lincoln. Augustyn earned his juris doctor from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2003 and practices personal injury, trademark and copyright law. He ran his own firm from 2005 to 2008. Augustyn, and his wife, Lindsay (who works for the UNL Center for Science, Mathematics & Computer Education directed by Jim Lewis), have a son, Grant (age 2). Augustyn is an avid bridge player and college football fan.
Daniel Brox (BA '97) is a management consultant/associate principal with ZS Associates in Princeton, N.J. For the past 11 years, Brox has worked with and for pharmaceutical and biotech companies, helping them improve their sales and marketing effectiveness. Brox is married and has two sons, and enjoys running, hiking, swimming and watching Nebraska football.
Karna Bryan (BS '94) is a Senior Scientist at the NATO Undersea Research Center in La Spezia, Italy, where she has worked for more than 10 years. She is currently Project Leader of the Maritime Situational Awareness project, which aims to provide better knowledge of maritime shipping activities to increase global security. Bryan holds a M.A. in Statistics from Yale University. Bryan lives in Sarzana, Italy, with her husband, Gianfranco, and three sons, Dario, Giordano and Marco. She is fluent in Italian but likes to connect with her American side by watching original language TV and films.
Bobbi Buchholz (MS '04, Ph.D. '07) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Hastings College in Hastings. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband, Jim, and two daughters (Kaylee, 4, and Zoe, 2).
Brad Carlin (BS '85) is the Chair of the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Minnesota, where he joined the faculty in 1991. Carlin earned his Ph.D. in statistics at the University of Connecticut and completed a postdoctoral position at Carnegie Mellon. Brad and his wife, Caroline (see following), have three sons, ages 18, 16 and 12.
Caroline (Tuttle) Carlin (BS '85) is a Professor in Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota, where she focuses on modeling consumer choice, particularly in the health care and child care environments. After completing a Fellowship in the Society of Actuaries, Carlin worked for Target Corporation (then Dayton Hudson Corporation) in 1996 and became its benefits director. She left Target in 2001 and went on to earn her Ph.D. in Health Services Research from Minnesota in 2006.
Teena Carroll (MS '02) is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis. Her husband, Dave, is continuing the music studies he began at UNL and is ultimately planning on receiving certification to teach both high school math and music. They have a daughter named Lucy (2). whose favorite number is "eleventeen."
Megan (Sheets) Drayton (BS '01, MA '03) is a Strategic Research Analyst at Fiserv in Lincoln. Since 2009, she has worked for the CIO to assist in the company's development of long-term strategies. In 2005, she founded eChef, a recipe software company that expanded to include a desktop tool and the eChef Share online repository. Drayton is married with two sons, and enjoys photography and home remodeling projects.
Mary (Else) Hegemann (BS '96) works for Wakely Consulting Group as the Senior Consulting Actuary in Denver, where she specializes in consulting on health care issues. Currently, she is working with several states on initiatives involving health care reform. Hegemann and her husband, Greg (they met the first day of college in Honors Calculus class), have two children, Shannon and Austin. She remains involved with the university through Cather Circle.
Matt Koetz (Ph.D. '05) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y. He has been appointed to the Seaway NExT Advisory Committee and enjoys trying to keep up with his two kids (Julia, 4, and Isaac, 2).
Graham Leuschke (Ph.D. '00) is an Associate Professor in the Mathematics Department at Syracuse University. He still enjoys smashing a bottle with his Ph.D. adviser, Roger Wiegand, and his academic brethren and sistren. This year he hopes the whole family (wife Moira and son Conor, 3) will join in the fun.
Mike McQuistan (BS '99) works for the Department of Defense and lives in Maryland. McQuistan received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005. McQuistan enjoys playing bridge and various sports.
W. Frank Moore (MS '04, Ph.D. '08) is an H.C. Wang Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Cornell University. He also has taken a tenure-track position at Wake Forest University to begin in Fall 2011. He enjoys playing board games with his wonderful wife, Elizabeth, and proving theorems.
Joyce Yen (BS '95) is the Program/Research Manager for the ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she joined the staff as an assistant professor in industrial engineering in 2000. Yen has been PI or co-PI on eight proposals that have brought more than $2.5 million in funding. She received her M.S. ('99) and Ph.D. ('01) in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She lives in Seattle with her husband and two small children.