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Jonathan Topliff – Distinguished Graduate

Jonathan TopliffJonathan Topliff
B.S.E. in Industrial Engineering
Graduated from Horizon High School in Scottsdale, Arizona

Jonathan Topliff was heavily involved in student organizations. His leadership achievements include serving as president of the Engineering Student Council for two years, co-director of the National Conference for the National Association of Engineering Student Councils and director of the Engineering Open House, an annual outreach event hosted by the Fulton Schools.

What was a memorable moment at ASU for you?
I always enjoyed taking the Fulton Schools of Engineering Student Council’s 20-foot trebuchet, named Sheila, to outreach events. Teaching the children about historical engineering, while launching various fruits and vegetables across football fields was always a great experience for my team and I, and all of the onlookers.

Can you name a professor who was particularly instrumental in helping you grow as a student? How and in what way did they impact you?
Professor of Practice Dan McCarville and Professor Dan Shunk, in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering, were definitely the two professors that had the largest impact on my college career and goals. I took several of their industrial engineering classes prior to switching into industrial engineering. Those classes, and the discussions I had with them, convinced me to pursue industrial engineering as a career. I always walked out of their classes a better engineer than when I entered. Their words of wisdom will stick with me throughout my career and aided my accomplishments at the Fulton Schools.

What are your plans after graduation? Graduate school? Do you have a job lined up?
Upgrade from cheap ramen to the slightly more expensive ramen and attend graduate school for industrial engineering at ASU.

About The Author

Erik Wirtanen

Erik Wirtanen graduated from Arizona State in 2001 with a BS in Recreation Management and Tourism. He got his start in the communications field as an undergrad with the ASU Athletics Media Relations office. He worked at UC Irvine from 2002 until 2014 in the Department of Athletics and then The Henry Samueli School of Engineering. In August of 2014, Wirtanen joined the communications office at the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Media Contact: [email protected] | 480-727-1957 | Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Communications

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