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1 From the Class President With classes now in full swing, I hope everyone is settling into their groups and getting comfortable with the new learning environment. Over the next two years, my goal is for the team to not only achieve success, but for us to learn more about each other. In the newsletters, you will find a profile of one of our members. I am going to start us off to create a baseline of what you may or may not want to include. We have 23 remaining months and 17 students. The six remaining slots will be filled by David and company or some miscellaneous column. I will run them in alphabetical order and request them a week or two in advance. Please write in third person (tough I know). Share your hometown, education, work experience, hobbies, achievements, and anything else you would like to share. Pictures are encouraged. This newsletter will post upcoming events, birthdays, FAQs, and anything else we can come up with. This is your newsletter, so any ideas, or requests are always welcome. Should you have any questions, concerns, or ideas feel free to contact me. Until then, I remain Sincerely Yours, Johnathan Foster SE-IV Class President x32679 The Mustang Monthly The Official Newsletter of SE-IV February 2004 Upcoming Events 2/16 – EMIS 7301 HW 1 Due 2/27 – EMIS 7300 Class 2 Case Study 1 Due Class Picture 2/28 – EMIS 7301 Class 2 Jan/Feb Birthdays January Jan 02 – Alicia Kacel February Feb 06 – Walter Storm Feb 26 – John Bui Feb 27 – Ryan Underbrink

2 February Profile: Johnathan Foster Johnathan Foster was born in Natchez, MS. Nestled on the Mississippi River, Natchez is located in the southwest tip of Mississippi and is known for its rich culture that includes the origin of the Natchez Indians, an illustrious collection of antebellum homes, and the start of the Natchez Trace Parkway. It was his home until he graduated from Trinity Episcopal High School in In high school he was a letterman on the Varsity Cross- Country team and the Varsity Track team. He also played church league softball during the summers and pick-up roller hockey whenever he could find the time. An avid outdoorsman, Johnathan was a member of the Dixie Bass Club and represented the club three times in the local Top Ten Invitational. Having been accepted to the University of Mississippi and Georgia Tech, Johnathan opted for Mississippi State University (MSU) having received a full scholarship, where he started in aerospace engineering. Within two years, he decided industrial engineering was better suited for his goals and career. After moving to the Department of Industrial Engineering, Johnathan hired on as a research associate in the NSF sponsored Industry/ University Cooperative Research Center in Ergonomics performing ergonomic evaluations and consulting to companies including United Technologies and Delta Pride Catfish Farms. While at MSU, Johnathan was involved with the Residence Hall Association (RHA) and the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). While holding increasing levels of responsibility, he served as chairman of each organization’s largest events – Spring Extravaganza and Super IE Weekend. In May of 2000, Johnathan graduated from MSU and was married the following week to Mandy, whom he had met in his first year at MSU. The two were married at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in New Orleans and then honeymooned in St. Lucia in the South Caribbean. Johnathan moved to New Orleans, LA where Mandy was already working for Arthur Andersen, LLP. Johnathan hired on with Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company – Michoud

3 Operations as an industrial engineer supporting mechanical assembly on the External Tank, the fuel tank for the space shuttles’ main engines. In his tenure, he proposed and established a cooperative ergonomic study with MSU’s Industrial Engineering Department through the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center. In his free time, Johnathan played softball with Lockheed Martin. In the fall of 2000, they won the New Orleans Corporate League Championship. In June of 2001, Johnathan transferred to Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control (MFC) in Grand Prairie, TX as a MRP Schedule Analyst in the Production Planning and Control organization. He and his wife moved to Bedford to begin their new life as Texans. With his transfer to MFC, Foster supported several NASA and military programs including International Space Station radiators, Space Shuttle programs, Line- of-Sight-Anti-Tank (LOSAT), and special requests on the Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC-3) missile. At MFC, Johnathan used his software knowledge and technical background to write several ad hoc programs to process information from database exports for analysis and to build schedules. Johnathan’s scheduling program reduced updating, appending, and statusing times for a schedule from one week to building and statusing in a matter of seconds. It earned him an Employee Improvement award and a nomination for a Quality Excellence Award. With a desire to get back to more technical work, Johnathan transferred to Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Fort Worth, TX as an industrial engineer in December Supporting the F-35 Airframe – Forward Fuselage team, Johnathan earned a Special Recognition Award (SRA) for his support of designing and developing Build- to-Package (BTP) release schedules. In February 2003, Johnathan and Mandy moved into their newly built home in Keller, TX and in April 2003 they welcomed their first child, Cassidy Paige Foster. Mandy is a CPA for a tax firm in Southlake and Keller. Johnathan has a younger sister, Melanie, who is a marketing assistant for River Oaks Hospital in Jackson, MS. His parents still live in Natchez. Johnathan enjoys fine dining and his hobbies include: softball, hunting, fishing, roller hockey, and playing on his brand new PS2. He is considered a Star Wars guru and a huge fan of the Lord of the Rings. Above: (Courtesy of Lockheed Martin) Michoud Assembly Facility – New Orleans, External Tank, International Space Station, LOSAT®, X-35 STOVL February Profile: Johnathan Foster

4 Team Questions What do I need to do for tuition reimbursement? Begin by downloading Form c-551 from the Corporate forms library. Fill out all of the personal information. You will need to go to the following SMU website and print course descriptions for all classes in the Executive Master’s curriculum. Also print out the program description from the above web page. The cost per class is $ You know what you paid for your books, so include that cost on the form. Also, request reimbursement for your application fee. Rie will be mailing me receipts for those of you who paid by credit card. As soon as I get them, I will get them to you either internally or at class in February. Mail this packet of information to EFS (address on form) for preliminary approval. You will need to include the $2500 deposit fee on this form. Through some additional research, this fee is part of actual tuition. SMU understands that tuition rates will increase by 3-7% a semester. To keep our tuition standard for the remaining semesters, the $2500 fee will be required this first semester. How you mark it is up to you. I would recommend adding $1250 to each class tuition cost. This requirement will no longer occur after this semester. Yes, EFS will cover this. This will put you over the $5250 mark, so be sure and add a piece of paper requesting full tax exemption. What is the $250 class allotment and how does it work? Each Spring and Fall, the SE-IV team will receive $250 to spend on ourselves. It may be used to apply towards social functions, charity, or most anything we would like to apply it towards. We will be having some discussions as to how we would like to spend it. We may decide to make a plan based on the two years and how we roll the money. I can’t find Systems Engineering Tools in the course descriptions. Is it still a class? If not, what is replacing it? Systems Engineering Tools is still a class. Dr. Stracener is working to produce a course description for us. It will be passed on to the class as soon as it is complete. What is the lunch status? Lunch is planned to continue. David is working with the catering company to fix a dollar amount per student. It may require cutting juices, water, etc. to get to a cost that will work. I did mention that some of you would be willing to sacrifice the breakfast for lunch. Donuts, coffee, and water work for me. You may want to mention something to David next class regarding your thoughts. If you have any questions you would like addressed for the next newsletter, please submit to one of the people below. If you have ideas for social gatherings, ideas for spending out monetary allotment, or want to volunteer for social events or newsletter work, let Johnathan know. Thanks. Johnathan Foster SE-IV Class President X David VonZurmuehlen Director of Marketing SMU School of Engineering Jeremiah Stoker SE-IV Vice President X 78821


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