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Pre-Media Technologies students design mural for Interior Design hallway

Pre-Media Technologies students designed and printed a new mural now on display outside the Interior Design classrooms.

Before the start of spring 2014 semester Interior Design Program Manager Colleen Schmaltz approached Pre-Media Technologies Instructor Shelly Fitterer about creating a mural to display her students’ interior design work.

Fitterer said Schmaltz’s request came at the perfect time as her nine-week Wide Format Production class was about to start. She said the mural project was a great addition to the curriculum because it gave her students real world experience seeing a job go from concept to finished product.

Schmaltz presented the Interior Design team’s mural idea to the Pre-Media students and provided images of interior design student work.

“The Pre-Media students then each came up with their own designs based on the client’s needs,” Fitterer said. “They presented their designs to Colleen who shared the designs with her team and chose the final design.”

The winning design, created by Ellie Persian features 24 virtual Revit design drawings created by Dunwoody Interior Design students and the phrase “Design Changes Everything.”

The 90-inch tall and 119-inch wide mural was designed using Adobe Photoshop CS6. Students printed the mural on a Cannon ipf8100 wide format printer, cold laminated it and installed it on the wall.

Through the process Fitterer says her students learned about teamwork, file preparation, deadlines, machine operation, measuring, troubleshooting, wall mural layout and working with a client.

Persian said the project was a fun way to learn about new technology and gain experience collaborating with a client.

For more information about the Pre-Media Technologies program, visit

For more information about the Interior Design program, visit .

RDO Integrated Controls supplies Topcon equipment to Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology Program

Dunwoody’s Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology students are using state-of-the-art Topcon equipment thanks to RDO Integrated Controls.

Dunwoody’s Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology students are using state-of-the-art Topcon equipment thanks to RDO Integrated Controls.

RDO Integrated Controls provided the program with four Topcon HiPer SR GNSS receivers and Telsa data collectors with Magnet software at a low cost rental for the school year.  The HiPer SR is a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) used to measure and layout precise locations on the ground.

“The previous equipment was older technology–strictly GPS–and was not utilizing all of the satellites that are available,” said Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology Principal Instructor Kelly Ness. “Now the students are using the latest industry standard equipment.”

RDO Integrated Controls provided the Surveying & Civil Engineering program with four Topcon HiPer SR GNSS receivers and Telsa data collectors with Magnet software at a low cost rental for the school year.

The HiPer SR is able to connect to a network of base Virtual Reference Stations (VRS) that the Minnesota Department of Transportation maintains.  The VRS enables students to achieve centimeter level positioning without a local base station.

Ness said industry partnerships and donations are appreciated and ensure that graduates are familiar with the newest industry technology when they enter the surveying and civil engineering workforce.

For more information about the Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology program, go to

Architectural Drafting & Design students win Hole Design trophy at Skyway Open

The golf hole Dunwoody Architectural Drafting & Design students designed and built won the award for 2014 Top Hole Design at the eighth annual U.S. Bank Skyway Open Feb. 21-23.


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The golf hole Dunwoody’s Architectural Drafting & Design students designed and built will be featured at the eighth annual U.S. Bank Skyway Open Feb. 21-23.

This 18-hole scramble mini-golf tournament features professionally designed golf holes by leading Minneapolis-based architects and contractors set up throughout the downtown skyway system. Golfers can visit for registration and ticket information.

This year’s theme is “Minneapolis Neighborhoods — Putt the City.” Teams were challenged to create a golf hole that captures the personalities of the city’s communities.

Dunwoody’s team–Patrick Anderson, Nick Conniff, John Dwyer, Randy Iverson, Adam Krause, John Nelson, John Tilbury and Kyle Vogt–named their golf hole “The Spirit Lake Trail.”

This is the first year Dunwoody has participated in the charity event. Dunwoody’s team–Patrick Anderson, Nick Conniff, John Dwyer, Randy Iverson, Adam Krause, John Nelson, John Tilbury and Kyle Vogt–named their golf hole “The Spirit Lake Trail.”

“This structural metaphor claims Hennepin Avenue as the original neighborhood, the Minneapolis section of a Native American path through the Midwest known as the Spirit Lake Trail,” explained Senior Instructor John Dwyer. “The structure is composed to invert our common perceptions of the city. The top layers represent the less perceivable topography and geology. The lower layers represent the more easily perceivable streets and neighborhood delineations.”

The Skyway Open is hosted by the Downtown Network and benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities. For more information about the event, visit



Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology now offered during the day

Starting in August 2014 Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology will be offered as a daytime program at Dunwoody College.

The program has been offered at Dunwoody since the early 1920s, but starting in 2001 classes only became available in the evenings.

Dunwoody’s Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology Principal Instructor Kelly Ness (pictured center) works with students using Topcon HiPer SR GNSS receivers

Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology Principal Instructor Kelly Ness says the switch to days will result in larger class sizes. He says evening programs tend to attract smaller classes generally made up of non-typical students who are changing careers.

“We would like to have full classes of graduates,” Ness said. “We feel the switch to daytime classes is necessary to attract the number of students that the industry will need in the years to come.”

The switch to daytime classes isn’t the only change for the program.

“We are in the process of introducing an updated curriculum to keep up with an industry that is constantly in flux,” Ness said. “There is new equipment on the doorstep–imaging, laser scanning and unmanned vehicles–that will revolutionize the industry. We need to be ready to integrate these technologies into the curriculum when they become adopted by the industry.”

Ness says many of Minnesota’s licensed surveyors have graduated from Dunwoody. He’s confident the recent changes to Dunwoody’s program will ensure employers continue to have plenty of quality civil engineering technicians available for hire after graduation.

For more information about Surveying & Civil Engineering Technology, go to

DCT team performs well at Autonomous Snow Plow Competition

The College’s Robotic Snow Plow Team put on a great show last weekend at the St. Paul Winter Carnival.

This was Dunwoody’s fourth consecutive year competing against top engineering universities in the Institute of Navigation’s Autonomous Snow Plow Competition.

Team Members: Kevin Brown (ELTT), Will Jernigan (ELTT), Jerry Opp (ASRO), and Matt Silvernail (ELTT)

Faculty Advisors: E.J. Daigle (MANU) and John McShannock (ASRO/ELTT)

Final Standings: (and prize money)
1st ($7000): Miami University (Ohio)
2nd ($5000): University of Michigan (Yeti)
3rd ($2500): University of Michigan (Geili)
4th ($1000): University of Michigan (Zenith)
5th ($700): Dunwoody College of Technology
6th ($500): Case Western University
7th ($0): Iowa State University
8th ($0): North Dakota State University

Dunwoody College of Technology’s 2013 Fall Semester Dean’s List

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.

Jordan Altonen
Charles Anderson
Dane Anderson
Jacob Anderson
Michael Anderson
Trevor Anderson
Erik Andreska
Nicholas Arneson
Grant Aslakson
Tyler Bares
Drew Benson
Carl Bergerson
Stephen Berguetski
Amelia Blakeley
Wade Blanton
Thomas Bloch
Kyle Blouin
Blake Bodine
Aaron Boggs
David Bohnsack
Aaron Bolser
Travis Bonnstetter
Zachary Boyd
Aaron Breid
Nicholas Brenk
Christopher Brenna
Richard Brodala
Aaron Brooks
Andrew Broshat
Joseph Brown
Kevin Brown
Sarah Brown
Thomas Brown
Ethan Brule
Timothy Bryant
John Bungert
Jacob Bursott
Brett Butler
Scott Byzewski
Joseph Cadorette
Willie Cager
Darren Carlisle
Thomas Carmichiel
Boon Chang
Maxwell Chenoweth
Kevin Clausen
Derek Conavatti
Shannon Corpe
Jared Courtney
Jessica Curtis
Benjamin Cutter
Andrew Davis
Brian Dehn
Thomas DeMars
James Demos
Mesay Deyas
Mark Donlin
Kent Duffney
Timothy Easter
Jesse Elven
Erin Erickson
Nicholas Ernst
Christopher Ersland
Nathaniel Evenson
Kenyactha Favors
Steven Fay
Allison Fedie
Michael Felton
Michael Flahave
James Flannigan
Jon Fontaine
Brett Fredrichs
Nicholas Freeland
Jesse Gable
Jarrett Gardner
Kevin Geis
Mark Gerrits
Brian Giller
Joel Greimel
Mitchell Grosz
Jacob Gruber
Brady Grummons
Jacob Grundhofer
Bradley Guetter
Matthew Gustavson
Ibrahim Haji
David Hall
Josiah Hanka
Christopher Hansen
Logan Hapy
Christopher Harrington
Ryan Harstad
Danielle Haugen
Montgomery Have
John Hebrink
Dustin Heiling
Benjamin Hendrikse
James Herman
Justin Herman
Matthew Heshiser
Karl Hilde
Andrew Hill
David Hofgren
Nathan Hole
Samuel Holtberg
Ian Hubbard
Kyle Huberty
Ashley Hurner
Dustin Irmiter
Randy Iverson
Matthew Jaeckels
Jamison James
Joel Jameson
Ian Jarvis
Nicholas Jepson
Katelyn Johnson
Molly Johnson
Oladipo Johnson
Nicole Johnston-Vite
Evan Kangas
Nicole Kehren
John Kelliher
Robert Kennedy
Ryan Kessler
Zachariah Klein
Sean Knollmaier
Zeth Knyphausen
Joseph Kooiman
Anthony Kopp
Daniel Kranz
Hannah Kraynick
Nicholas Krenz
Maria Ksiazek
Andrew Kuehn
Esther Kwakye
Kyle LaCoe
Charlotte LaCour
Sean LaFontaine
Michael Lamm
Meghan Larson
Quinn Larson
John Lash
Jorel Latham
Jason Latts
Lucas Law
Vincent Lecuyer
Steven Leifson
Scott Leighton
Christopher Lester
Ari Levie
Alex Lichman
June Linnertz
Benjamin Little
Larry Littlefield
Tanner Luhm
Evan Makinen
Michael Mandler
Chad Marchetti
Joshua Matundura
Peter McCain
Daniel McCusker
Patrick McDonald
Peter McDonald
Benjamin Meister
Keegan Melton
Frank Mersch
Kera Messinger
Michael Miazga
Evan Miller
David Millman
Jason Millner
Jonathon Monson
Maik Mosbach
Brutger Mrozek
Daniel Mueller
Jade Murray
Celina Nelson
Matthew Nelson
Robert Neou
Benjamin Newkirk-Ledo
Jonathan Newstrom
Joseph Ngaima
Luan Nguyen
Maurice Nitti
Michael O’Connor
John O’Leary
Sean O’Leary
Nicholas Obermiller
Jacob Ogren
Paul Olson
Timothy Olson
Jerry Opp
John Paananen
Anthony Palo
Amanda Parshley
Brian Parsons
Alyx Paschke
John Pauly
Timothy Paynter
Fernando Pereyra
Marielle Persian
Anthony Petersen
Jon Peterson
Alex Pha
Khanchanh Phetprachanh
Hayley Piekkola
Robert Pierce
Daniel Piper
Ivan Piskun
Jesse Platzke
Joseph Pleskonko
Michael Plucinak
Chad Posusta
Evan Prokop
Noah Rabinowitz
Amber Rasmusson
Cody Reed
Wesley Reed
Lee Reiners
Kenneth Robinette
Nicole Rodriguez
Roberto Rodriguez
Jonathan Roorda
James Rowell
Andrew Ryan
Steven Sabalaskey
Ian Safranschi
Kirsten Sahl
Pete Sajadi
Cameron Sargent
Troy Schellinger
Michael Schlueter
Claire Schuebel
Daniel Schuler
Gregor Scott
Nicholas Sheridan
Matthew Shevich
Benjamin Shiek
Mark Shindler
Matthew Silvernail
Ross Skattum
Brady Skaurud
Nicolas Skrogstad
Nicole Slaminski
Dale Smith
Jeffrey Smith
Jacob Snyder
Matthew Snyder
Peter Sobolik
Joseph Sohns
Andrew Solberg
Danielle Sonksen
Jerred Speller
Stanley Sroga
Nicholas Stein
Mike Steinman
Karl Stoffels
Collin Sturdevant
Phoukham Supanhnapom
Stuart Sutton
Marc Svihel
Aaron Swandal
Joshua Taylor
Zaaj Thao
Christopher Thompson
Jesse Thompson
Joshua Tichy
Ryan Tobin
Thang Tran
Tyler Tucker
Patrick Van Benthuysen
Brian Vang
Bastian VanHofwegen
Anthony Verdeja
Preston Villavicencio
Adam Voelker
Kyle Vogt
David Vrchota
Shelby Walker
William Washatka
Anthony Watson
Robert Weckwerth
Caleb Wede
Jenna Weiler
Kenneth Weis
Daniel Wenderski
Scott Wessel
Derek Whitcomb
Jason White
Jacob Whiteoak
Curtis Wilcox-Schowalter
Laura Wiley
Thomas Willard
David Willenbring
Anya Williams
Michael Wilson
Jeffrey Wiplinger
Douglas Wojack
Jesse Wold
Craig Woodward
Peter Xiong
Vang Choue Kong Xiong
Joe Yang
Pheng Yang
Matthew Yank
Craig Yundt
Roman Zastavskiy
Mathias Zoubek


Tesla Motors visit sparks interest of automotive students


The Tesla car visit was made possible by two Dunwoody alumni who work at the new Tesla Motors dealership in Eden Prairie. Todd Teele, who graduated from the automotive program in 1997, is the service manager and 2012 graduate Noe Cardenas is a Tesla technician.

A 2013 electric Tesla P85 Model S pulling into the Warren Building sparked the interest of Automotive students Wednesday morning.

The luxury car visit was made possible by two Dunwoody alumni who work at the new Tesla Motors dealership in Eden Prairie. Todd Teele, who graduated from the automotive program in 1997, is the service manager and 2012 graduate Noe Cardenas is a Tesla technician.

Teele and Cardenas showed students and faculty the Model S and answered questions about its state-of-the-art technology.

The Model S is 100 percent electric and features a 17-inch touch screen display, which Teele says are just a few of the features that make it unique.

Dunwoody Automotive students enjoyed looking at various aspects of the 2013 electric Tesla P85 Model S brought to campus from Tesla Motors in Eden Prairie on Jan.

“Our students just love new technology, “ said Senior Instructor Lee Frisvold. “It’s not often they get to see and touch a $120,000 vehicle.”

Teele and Cardenas encouraged students to sharpen their electronic skills to keep up with advancements in automotive technology.

“The automotive industry is changing,” Teele said. “You need to be a strong person with electronics because you’re basically going to be a computer technician.”

Cardenas’ advice to current automotive students is:

  1.  Be punctual.
  2.  Go above and beyond.
  3. Learn more than just the fundamentals.
  4. Listen to your instructors.

MDES and Interior Design classes collaborate on furniture project

Dunwoody’s Engineering Drafting & Design (MDES) and Interior Design students worked together to create eight unique pieces of furniture that will be on display in the Hub on campus this week.

The idea for collaborative project came when MDES faculty member Andrew LeRoy and Interior Design faculty member Nada Sarraf-Knowles were discussing how they both wanted to incorporate use of the College’s 3D printer into their curriculums.

“We decided to work together since product design and furniture design have many areas of overlap,” LeRoy said. “Others from the College got involved as well. This year the welding instructors and students were a big help to one of the projects. Tim Flugum has been helpful with suggestions for the students in the new woodshop. Design & Graphics Technology helped with a corrugated chair.”

Students were put into teams of three or four and asked to create an original chair using a minimum of two materials, with at least four points of contact with the ground, be fully functional, and hold 200 pounds. Each team was given a $100 budget, supplied by the College, to spend on materials. They were also required to determine costs for a manufacturing run of 500 chairs.

Students learned a lot about communication and collaboration through the project.

“Since the students come from different programs they have expertise in different areas and need to rely on one another’s skills in their areas of knowledge. It also teaches them about negotiation,” LeRoy said.

Students said the project was fun and challenging.

MDES student Chris Brenner said it was interesting getting input from someone in another profession, “who thinks differently from the way we think in manufacturing.”

MDES student Nicole Rodriguez said the larger scale project was more challenging than just printing out 3D prints.

“We learned about process and prototyping in general.”

Last spring LeRoy and Sarraf-Knowles won an academic innovation award from the College for the collaborative project.