Faculty Spotlights

Kirk D. Hagen Receives Brady Presidential Distinguished Professor Award

Department of Engineering chair Kirk Hagen, who has been with WSU since

1993, was instrumental in the creation of WSU’s first engineering program and

secured accreditation for that program after becoming chair. An expert in the

areas of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer, he has written

three books, one of which has sold more than 25,000 copies worldwide.

Weber State alumnus Steven Maughan said that Hagen made him realize that

anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

“I was blown away by the fact that he singlehandedly authored his textbook

‘Heat Transfer with Applications,’” Maughan said. “The textbook has 676 pages!”

Hagen also served as an inspiration to WSU alumna Camila Coria, who is now a doctoral student at the University

of Nevada, Reno’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.


“Dr. Hagen is more than just a professor,” Coria said. “He is a long-term devotee to his students’ education and to

the Department of Engineering at Weber State University. I can only hope to follow Dr. Hagen’s path and be

equally influential and dedicated to my students and university.”

Written By Shane Farver 

Rich Fry inducted into Phi Kappa Phi

Rich Fry has been inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society for

his work in the field of computer science. 

Phi Kappa Phi is the oldest all-discipline honor society in the country with

origins dating back to 1897.  It recognizes and encourages superior

scholarship without restriction as to area of study and promotes the unity and

democracy of education. 

Their mission is to "to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields

higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to


Membership is by invitation only and restricted to individuals with integrity and high ethical standards.  

Written By Adrien Covington

Diana Green Presentations
Diana Green and Dr. Blaszczynski made two presentations on April 16 and 17 in Los Angles, California.  

The first was for the Association for Research in Business Education Delta-Pi-Epsilon titled, "Perceptions of Business Communications Students About the Flipped Classrooms."  

The second was for the National Business Education Association titled, "Essential Skills for the Digitally Savvy Job Seeker."  

Both presentations were met with resounding approval.