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Alumni

Michael Tonks

Graduation Year:
2008

Current Job:
Assistant Professor

Field of Work:
Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
Biography:
BYU alumnus, Michael Tonks (Class of 2002), received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), given by the former President of the United States, Barack Obama.
David Renfroe and His Wife David Renfroe

Graduation Year:
1972

Current Job:
Professor at the University of Arkansas

Field of Work:
Mechanical Engineering Professor
Biography:
David A. Renfroe graduated from BYU in 1972 with his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. He went on to receive his master's and Ph.D. at Texas A&M University. He taught mechanical engineering at both the General Motors Institute in Flint, MO, as well as at the University of Arkansas. He has 5 kids and 17 grandkids, with whom he enjoys spending time with. He is currently serving a two-year church mission with his wife in Ghana.
Troy Schank Troy Schank

Graduation Year:
1999

Current Job:
Bell Helicopter

Field of Work:
Aerospace Engineering
Biography:
Troy Schank is from Fallon, Nevada and was raised on his family's farm. From a young age he has had a passion for learning, taking things apart, and building new inventions (especially things that float or fly). Troy graduated from BYU's Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1999 and afterwards went on to receive his PhD from Georgia Tech in Aerospace Engineering. He now works at Bell Helicopter in the dynamics department doing research and design. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Megan, and they have four children.
Mike Trego Mike Trego

Graduation Year:
1986

Current Job:
Honeywell

Field of Work:
Jet Engine Design
Biography:
Trego graduated BYU in 1986 with his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering creating another link in a chain of Trego's involved in the discipline; Mike's father-in-law is a mechanical engineer, his younger sister Angie was the first female ME PhD at BYU, and his daughter Marsie is a sophomore in ME at BYU. Engineering is truly in the Trego blood. A 28 year long career with Honeywell and his leadership on engine designs for business aviation propulsion business pursuits just won him the Honeywell Aerospace President's Award.