December 9 2010
Michael D. Lepech, Ph.D. 1997 RHS graduate After graduating summa cum laude from Rockford High School in 1997, Dr. Michael Lepech attended the University of Michigan and earned a B.S.E. in civil and environmental engineering in 2000, an M.S.E. in structural engineering in 2002, and his Ph.D. in civil engineering and material science in 2006. He went on to earn his M.B.A. in 2008 in strategy and finance from University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business. He also served as a research fellow and research director at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment’s Center for Sustainable Systems from 2006 through 2008. Currently, Michael is an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and fellow at the Center for Sustainable Development and Global Competitiveness at Stanford University. His teaching and research focuses on the creation of new building materials for green infrastructures such as transportation networks, buildings, water infrastructure, and power transmission. He serves on numerous governmental and industry advisory committees in both the U.S. and European Union. Michael is well-published and recognized for his contribution to the development of “flexible concrete.” Apart from his academic contributions, he is a founding partner in the firm Li, Fischer, Lepech & Associates, specializing in the development and use of this unique concrete material. These engineered cementitious composites offer several advantages over conventional concrete materials. Improved durability, damage resistance, flexibility and sustainability provide new opportunities in the design and building of next generation highways, bridges, buildings and other infrastructure systems. Internationally recognized for his expertise, Michael has served as a founding director of MECC Technologies Inc., an energy infrastructure firm based in Guangzhou, China, and New China Infrastructure Technologies Inc., an infrastructure development and construction firm based in Dalian, China. He also sits on scientific advisory boards for numerous venture capital firms based in northern California.
Friday night, Dec. 3, the Rockford varsity ice hockey team took on the Falcons from West Catholic. In a penalty-laden game with a game total of 22 trips to the “sin bin,” each team found it difficult to get into a rhythm. Just 20 seconds into the game, Nathan Hill was checked from behind, sustaining a shoulder injury that knocked him out of the game for the rest of the night. With the Rams already being a team with a short bench, injuries to key players like Hill were not going to make it easy. The Rams were first to get on the board in what turned out to be a high-scoring affair. Ben Glass got his first goal of the night with the assist going to Keegan Knight. Just a few minutes later, Thomas Soupal lit the lamp with helpers from Zack Vandawater and Eric Datema to put the Rams up 2-0. The final tally of the period came from West Catholic, making the score 2-1 going into intermission; the shots on goal were West Catholic 10, Rockford 8. Both teams came out in the second period with scoring on their mind. West Catholic tied it up at 2, followed up shortly by another goal to take a 3-2 lead. The last four minutes of the second period were filled with plenty of scoring action. Soupal got his second and third goals of the night to complete his hat trick with assists coming from fellow senior Mike VanderVelde on one of the goals, while the second Soupal goal was assisted by Zach King and VanderVelde. West Catholic got an unassisted goal from Connor Kelbel for their last goal of the second period. The final minute, when the crowd thought five goals between the two teams would be enough, King blistered one to the back of the net with an assist by Justin Ullery, giving both teams three goals for the period and a score at the intermission, Rockford 5 and West Catholic 4. The final period was dominated by the Rams, with two goals from Glass to complete his hat trick for the night, with assists from King and Ullery. The final Ram goal was scored by Knight, his second for the contest, with […]
Rams shine at Comstock Park Tournament by TIM COOPER On Thursday, Dec. 2, the Rockford Rams opened the wrestling season with the annual Orange and Black intrasquad competition. Each year, this scrimmage decides who will wrestle in the varsity lineup for the Rams. All members of the wrestling team compete in wrestle-offs during the first few weeks of practice to determine who will participate in the Orange and Black meet. Unlike years past, where Rockford had many returning champions, this year’s edition returns only two state championship-qualifying wrestlers in juniors Tyler VanRooyen and Austin Scogg. Freshman Steven Jendritz won by major decision over sophomore Andrew Vanos. Jendritz will take over the 103-pound spot vacated by VanRooyen, who has jumped up to the 119-pound weight class. Returning to the varsity lineup at 112 pounds is sophomore Nate Rojas, who defeated freshman Aaron Stack by fall in 1:29. Rojas wrestled at 112 pounds last year, and is looking to stay in the starting lineup all season in 2010-2011. At 119 pounds, VanRooyen defeated freshman Terry Gant in the second period by way of pin. This season marks VanRooyen’s third year in the varsity lineup. VanRooyen is Rockford’s only returning All State wrestler. The Rams have another returning starter at 125 pounds, as junior Cullen Maksimowski is trying to stay healthy for the entire season. Maksimowski suffered a devastating injury at the Holt Invitational last year when he broke his arm, requiring surgery and ending his season. Maksimowski defeated Eathen Weaver to earn the position. Junior Trent Boyer will join Maksimowski, as he was unopposed in the Orange and Black. Boyer saw limited action in the varsity lineup last season. Senior Alex Padilla defeated freshman Braden Zych with a fall (3:29) in the 135-pound match. Padilla was in the varsity lineup full time as a freshman, but saw limited time the last two seasons. At 140 pounds, another senior, Mick DeBoer, built an early 12-point lead over junior Jacob Dollaway, before sealing the match with a pin in 2:29. Senior Peter Nugent defeated sophomore Wade Harrier by technical fall 17-2 at 145 pounds. Ram fans may remember Nugent, who saw limited time in the varsity lineup last year, including wrestling in last year’s regional finals with Lowell. Nugent’s […]