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Dr. Anthony Schwaller

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Photo of Anthony Schwaller

Position: Professor and Department Chair of Environmental and Technological Studies

Family: Anthony grew up in Sheboygan, Wis., with a brother, Gregory, and his parents. His brother now lives in Three Rivers, Calif., and his parents recently returned to the Midwest after living in Florida. Anthony married his wife Renee in 1968. She is a registered sanitarian for the public health department in Little Falls, Minn. Anthony and Renee have two sons, Joshua and Matthew, and two grandchildren, Alex and Kate. Anthony and Renee now live in the Brainerd lakes area.

Education and experience: Anthony attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial education. He attended Indiana State University to earn his Ph.D. Anthony worked for General Motors in Detroit, Mich., as a specialist on diesel engines before becoming Assistant Professor in Power Technology at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill., for eight years. He teaches transportation/energy and technology education courses at SCSU, where he is in his 27th year.

Recent recognition: This month he received the "Academy of Fellows Award," the highest honor bestowed by the International Technology Education Association (ITEA). It is bestowed to a professor who has gained prominence in and brought honor to the technology education field. Anthony received the surprise honor at the 2005 ITEA Conference held in Kansas City, Mo., April 2-5. He had been nominated by someone in the profession and received eight letters of recommendation from leaders in the discipline.

Something special about your department: Anthony helped the department receive a $45,000 donation from Polaris Industries at the end of last summer, when Polaris donated six Twin V 1200 CC engines to the department. He is currently teaching a course where students take the engines apart and then rebuild them. He said that the donation has provided students with a wonderful opportunity to learn about the internal design, which is helpful in understanding how engines operate. In class he asks students to question why each part was designed the way it is.

What would you do if you won the lottery: “I would not tell anyone, I would buy a house in Palm Desert, Calif., and give the rest away.” Anthony said he would give the money to schools to improve or start technology programs.

How do you spend your Sunday afternoons: Anthony enjoys working in the yard, garden, and his workshop where he works on furniture and automotive projects. Every five years he rewrites the textbook, “Total Automotive Technology,” now in its fourth edition, and has written 10 other textbooks.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years: After retiring after spring semester 2006, he would like to start his own e-commerce business called The site would provide step-by-step information (a clearinghouse) about the building of a street rod, technological and educational information, and a swap system for information and parts.

- Susannah Zitur

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