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Two receive MSU's Parkins Award for 2005

May 2, 2005 -- from MSU News Service

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Bozeman--Kyle Lyson of Redmond, Wash., and Brian Thimmig of Denver are the 2005 recipients of the William E. Parkins Engineering-Physics Award at Montana State University. The award honors the MSU students with the top grade point averages in engineering, math and physics courses.

Lyson, a senior in electrical engineering, will receive a $2,400 award. Lyson's cumulative GPA is 3.69. His physics GPA is 4.0, engineering GPA is 3.72, and math GPA is 3.97. He plans to graduate at the end of fall semester 2005.

Lyson attended Eastlake High School in Redmond, Wash., and is the son of Keith and Linda Lyson of Clancy, Mont. He has spent a year as an intern with AMI Semiconductor of Bozeman checking designs and preparing documentation of designs of electronic chips. He will continue his internship throughout the summer as well as work in an MSU lab on microwave design with James Becker, electrical and computer engineering professor. Lyson plans to apply to engineering graduate schools.

Thimmig, a senior in mechanical engineering, will receive a $1,200 award. Thimmig's cumulative GPA is 3.52. His physics GPA is 3.85, engineering GPA is 3.55, and math GPA is 3.29. He also plans to graduate at the end of fall semester.

Thimmig graduated from George Washington High School in Denver. While exploring his interests in advanced technologies such as fuel cells in energy production, Thimmig plans to work for Rooney Engineering in Billings this summer.

Parkins, a 1937 electrical engineering graduate of what was then Montana State College, established the William E. Parkins Award in 1996. After obtaining advanced degrees at Cornell, Parkins worked at the University of California, Berkeley during WWII and helped develop the electromagnetic process that was used for the separation of the uranium-235 isotope for the atomic bomb. Later, Parkins became the director of research at Rockwell International. Parkins saw the need for engineers to have a better understanding of underlying physical principles and for physicists to acquire the practical perspective required of engineers. His awards at MSU were set up to encourage MSU students to study across the disciplines. Parkins resides in Woodland Hills, Calif., where he remains active in the engineering and physics fields. He has an article scheduled for publication in the May 2005 edition of "Physics Today."

Contact Linda Wyckoff or 994-2223