May, 2008 Vol. 33 No. 2
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Engineering a Family Tree

Quan Yuen Ching and Ethan Young
Quan Yuen Ching ’32, left, Ethan Young, a UH Mānoa engineering freshman working to be the 11th program alumnus in his family, right

Quan Yuen Ching appears serious and confident in his picture in the 1932 Ka Palapala annual. He must have been a good role model—four nephews followed in his footsteps as University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa engineering students: Hung Joong (’41), Thomas Hung Tung (’50), Leonard Hung Leon (’59) and Reginald Hung Fo Young (’59), emeritus professor of civil engineering and interim dean of the college from 1989 to 1993. Their cousin Walter Hee (’61) is also an engineering graduate. Four Young nephews then followed suit: Jeffrey (’76), George (’78), Jon (’79)—who married engineering classmate Linda Katsura (’79)—and Bruce (’80), the lone mechanical engineer among all the family civil engineers.

That’s 11… and counting. Professor Young’s grandson, Ethan Young, just finished his freshman year with every intention of adding to the family’s UH engineering tally.

Only slightly less prolific is the engineering family dynasty of Wallace Endo, who earned his UH civil engineering degree in 1954 and co-founded SEY Engineers. Endo’s three children also graduated from UH Mānoa’s College of Engineering. Son Howard Endo (’78) now serves as SEY president. Daughters Sheryl (Endo) Nojima (’80) and Carolyn (Endo) Len (’92) got more than their degrees at UH; both married engineering classmates—Michael Nojima (’81) and Peter Len (’91), respectively. Sheryl, who at one time served as the college’s assistant dean, and her husband are with Gray, Hong, Nojima and Associates. Carolyn is with Belt Collins Hawaiʻi; her husband is with NAVFAC Pacific, and her father-in-law Raymond Len is a 1962 UH grad, albeit in mechanical engineering, now retired.

But wait, there’s more! Howard Endo married Linda Hihara-Endo (’78), a UH engineering alum now with the US Army Corps of Engineers. Linda’s siblings are also UH engineering graduates—Mānoa Professor of Mechanical Engineering Lloyd Hihara (’83) and Shirley (Hihara) Matoi (’80), presently with NAVFAC Pacific.

Lost count? That makes 10 engineers in the Endo/Nojima/Hihara/Len clan, all UH alumni.

Save the Date: The College of Engineering will celebrate its centennial with a homecoming event Oct. 7, 5:30–9 p.m., in the Stan Sheriff Center. Watch the college website for details.


Engineering honor society celebrates anniversary

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Engineering’s centennial year opened with the 50th anniversary of the UH Chapter of national civil engineering honor society Chi Epsilon.

More than 180 students, alumni and guests gathered in December 2007 to initiate new members and recognize the founders. Net proceeds, totaling more than $10,000, were donated to the endowed scholarship honoring founding advisor Arthur N. L. Chiu.

Attendees included founding members, from left, Edward Lau, Hisao Yamada, Allen Matsuoka, Richard Sato, Hanako Kuniyoshi (representing her late husband Shinki) and Ed Hirata, with Katherine Chiu, Dean Peter Crouch, UH Mānoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw and Hawaiʻi Chi Epsilon Alumni Association President Carl Iwasaki.

For information on the association, contact Iwasaki at 808 841-8024.

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