Tykeson Faculty Scholar in Energy Systems Engineering

A $250,000 gift from the Tykeson Family Charitable Trust established the first endowed faculty position at OSU-Cascades in 2010 and helped launch its Energy Systems Engineering degree program.

The Eugene, Ore.-based charitable trust is operated by the owners of BendBroadband, a family-owned business which provides phone, video, and Internet services in Central Oregon. The business was founded by Donald Tykeson, who established the Tykeson Family Charitable Trust to create a mechanism to give back.

One of the first programs of its kind in the nation, the Energy Systems Engineering program at OSU-Cascades represents a growing career field that requires professionals to understand both complex engineering as well as business concepts in order to identify solutions for maximum energy efficiency.

Robin Feuerbacher

Robin FeuerbacherIn 2011 Robin Feuerbacher was named the inaugural holder of the Tykeson Faculty Scholar in Energy Systems Engineering. He joined OSU-Cascades the year before as an assistant professor to lead its new Energy Systems Engineering program.

For the previous decade Feuerbacher taught operations management, quantitative methods, and engineering economics at Oregon State University, Washington State University, and University of Portland as well as algebra at Columbia Gorge Community College. He worked for more than 25 years in the private energy industry. The majority of that time was with Siemens Power Corporation, where Feuerbacher was vice president of engineering and manufacturing; the company designs and manufactures fuel to produce electricity in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He also worked as a manager of operational support engineers and fuel design at the Columbia Generating Station, which provides electricity to southeastern Washington.

Feuerbacher graduated from OSU with a bachelor's degree in nuclear engineering and earned two master's degrees from the University of Washington. He later returned to OSU to earn his doctorate in industrial engineering. He was inducted into OSU's Academy of Distinguished Engineers in 1999.


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