Team Member Biographies

Victoria Kampfer

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Name: Victoria (Tory) Kampfer
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Year: Senior
Role: Team Manager

Tory Kampfer will be graduating from the University of Idaho in May, 2012 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. She spent the past summer interning at BP's Cherry Point Refinery in Blaine, Washington, and intends to acquire her master's degree in mechanical engineering, with a thermal systems emphasis. Originally from Wilson, Oregon, Tory enjoys playing sports, spending time outdoors, and traveling. 


Zach Browning

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Name: Zach Browning
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Year: Senior
Role: Client Contact

Zach Browning is a senior in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Idaho and will be graduating in May, 2012. He has lived in Moscow for the past 12 years and enjoys everything about the outdoors. He loves the sun, snow and all you can do in both environments. Zach's work experience includes three summers working construction as a Framer, and interning last summer as a Project Manager intern for Janicki Industries.



Kirkwood Hines

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Name: Kirkwood Hines
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Year: Senior
Role: Treasurer

Kirkwood Hines will be graduating from the University of Idaho in May, 2012 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He is working on  the SEL Phase Shifting Transformer because he enjoys designing innovative products with large scale applications. Kirkwood has interned at URS Engineered Products Division for two summers. At URS he worked on building nuclear-grade transport cases for fuel rods, copper baskets for spent fuel disposal, and glove boxes for the processing of fuel pellets. In his spare time Kirkwood enjoys board sports, Frisbee, and painting. 

Thomas Long

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Name: Thomas Long
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Year: Fourth
Role: Resident Genius

Thomas Long was  born and raised in Boise, Idaho, and will be graduating in December, 2012 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He enjoys researching alternative energy, listening to  music and crunching numbers in his spare time. He chose this project because he likes coming up with new designs specifically for mechanical or electrical components. He loves challenging  himself to come up with new solutions to problems.

Mike Smith

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Name: Mike Smith
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Year: Senior
Role: Web Designer

Mike expects to graduate in  2012 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He has lived in both northern and southern Idaho, and looks forward to working with his peers on this project and taking on  engineering design challenges in the future.