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Guest Lecturers to Present X-Ray Imaging in Surgery; Science and Engineering; and How to Beat the Market November 28

November 22, 2005

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MACOMB, IL - - Western Illinois UniversityÂ’s College of Arts and Science physics colloquium Guest lecturers Thida Lwin, a Western pre-engineering alumna and lead program integrator for GE Healthcare, and her husband, Matt Crouse, portfolio manager for a hedge fund in Salt Lake City, UT, will make presentations at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28 in Currens Hall 205.

Lwin will discuss “Use of X-ray Imaging in Minimally Invasive Surgery” and Crouse will speak to the topic “Science and Engineering - - The New Liberal Arts?” Refreshments will be available before the presentations at 3 p.m. in Currens Hall 210. The event is open free to the public.

LwinÂ’s presentation will include an overview of the divisions of GE and their products, which specific emphasis on GE Healthcare and its modalities, including a detailed description of surgery mobile x-ray machines and their applications.

Crouse will present his theory that “Nowadays, it can be argued that science and engineering provide a similar, yet distinct, benefit (as a liberal arts education), as students are equipped with critical problem solving, teamwork and technology skills that transfer well to a variety of modern careers.

“I will discuss the benefits of a science and engineering background within the context of business and finance, sprinkling in some advice for those considering a move outside science and engineering,” he added.

Lwin earned her bachelorÂ’s and masterÂ’s degrees in electrical engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and she is scheduled to receive her MBA from the University of Utah in May 2006. As lead program integrator at GE Healthcare, Lwin manages engineering projects for invasive cardiology and surgery modalities. She previously worked as a hardware design engineer at BF Goodrich Aerospace and at Prucka Engineering, Inc., which was acquired by GE Healthcare.

Crouse earned his masterÂ’s degree in electrical engineering at UIUC and his bachelorÂ’s and doctorate in engineering at Rice University, where he decided he enjoyed the stock market and transitioned into the financial industry. He has been a researcher and market risk analyst for the energy trading operations of Duke Energy and NewPower Holdings. Crouse earned an MBA from the University of Houston and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Western’s marketing and finance department also is sponsoring Crouse’s talk, “How to Beat the Market By Exploiting Your Professors,” to College of Business and Technology students and faculty at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 28 in Stipes 506.

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