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Shop designer brings research ideas to life
April 8, 2005

Gary Held’s father, an auto mechanic, wanted his son to attend college so he wouldn’t have to get his hands greasy and dirty, like him.Today, Held, armed with a degree in industrial education from Washington State University, spends his days plunging his hands into all types of electrical, mechanical and computerized construction and maintenance projects — including greasy ones — in the Dana Hall engineering shop. His efforts are focused on constructing devices to support university research projects.“I fix, build and design things, and sometimes teach students,” said Held, engineer technician III for the Engineering Shops Department. “I do a little bit of everything.”Held works … » More …