Employees of the month
‘Edwin V. Atchison
July classified employee of the month
at KU: Edwin Atchison joined the mechanical engineering department in
1990 as a machinist.
Current title: In 1997, Atchison moved to the Department of Chemical and
Petroleum Engineering as a microcomputer system support technician II.
Since 2000 he has been a research technologist in the same department.
What that means: Atchison is responsible for developing and maintaining
the CPE computing network and computer laboratories and the CPE undergraduate
laboratories. He also builds and repairs equipment in support of graduate
students and faculty research programs.
Notable: CPE faculty and students admire the fact that Atchison’s
technical skills in computer systems and laboratory equipment are self-taught.
Over the last five years, he supervised the renovation of the chemical
engineering laboratory. He developed the design for overall laboratory
renovation and was primarily responsible for solving problems in operating
the equipment. In the 2002-03 academic year, he redesigned the lab’s
distillation experiment to reduce the risk of accidental spills and fire
hazards. Atchison improved the computer control system that regulates
both the operation of the distillation system and the collection of data.
Recent feat: During the past academic year, Atchison developed a plan
to renovate space for the Petroleum Engineering lab, which was moved during
the spring semester. In the final step, he will relocate the Chemical
Engineering Computing Laboratory from the fourth floor of Learned to the
July unclassified employee of the month
at KU: Rodney Reynolds is a petroleum engineer who began his KU career
in 1990 as a member of the unclassified academic staff in the Tertiary
Oil Recovery Project.
Current title: Since 1997, he also has served as director of the North
Midcontinent Regional Lead Organization for the Petroleum Technology Transfer
What that means: Reynolds is responsible for managing technology transfer
activities, reservoir evaluations, economic analyses and design and field-testing
enhanced oil recovery projects. His technology transfer activities include
maintaining the RLO and managing its two employees, conducting technology
workshops for industry, publishing a semi-annual newsletter, responding
to industry inquiries and maintaining a regional Web site.
Notable: Since becoming director of the RLO, Reynolds has taken an active
role in delivering programs to oil and gas operators in the region. Under
his leadership, 65 industry workshops serving 3,515 participants have
been conducted in the region.
He has expanded the RLO mailing list to include all the licensed oil
and gas operators in Kansas, and his office has handled over 15,000 inquiries
to the Resource Center. He is editor of the University of Kansas Petroleum
Technology Newsletter, with a circulation of more than 4,800 readers.
Recent feat: In 2003, Reynolds earned an award from the national PTTC
in recognition of his outstanding dedication and leadership as the national
board representative for all the regional lead organizations in the country.