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 Hall of Fame

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Inducting an individual into the COS Hall of Fame is one of the highest awards the College of the Sequoias can present to someone. It is reserved for those that have made significant contributions to the betterment of the College of the Sequoias, the community and society in general. The contributions take many forms, but always reflect positively on the college. 

2018 Inductees

                       Dr. Darin Padua

Dr. Padua serves as Professor and Department Chair of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He began working in 2001 and during his employment with UNC he has served as Program Director for the Undergraduate Athletic Training Education Program.  He has also served as director of the sports medicine research laboratory since 2009.​ 

Darin has received the medal of Distinguished Research in Athletic Training by the National Athletic Trainers Association Research and Education Foundation.  This is the highest recognition for lifetime research given by the association.  Darin also received the “Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer” award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.  He has served as chair for multiple national committees for research:  Research Committee – National Athletic Trainers’ Association Foundation; Research Advisory Group – National Academy of Sports Medicine; Scientific Advisory Board – Fuionetics; Scientific Advisory Board – Physimax.

                            Harry Tow

 Mr. Tow served as Visalia’s City Manager from 1958 – 1972 before entering into private practice in 1972 for Quad Consultants now known as QK Inc.

Mr. Tow is a diplomat of the American Academy of Environmental Engineering Intersociety Board and a member of American Society of Civil Engineers.  He has been awarded Visalia Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year in 1977; Water Environment Federation, Boy Scout Council Man of the Year in 1981 and 2015; Outstanding Civil Engineer in Private Sector, Northern California in 2016; Bishop’s Cross, Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin.  His other significant accomplishments is being a husband and father; Being a representative of California’s cities on the State Water Quality Board; Chair, St Paul’s School Board; Kaweah Delta Hospital Foundation; Visalia Industrial Park.  Harry served on the COS Foundation Board from 1991-1997.​

                      Alan Wiechman

Mr. Wiechman participated on the design teams for Have Blue (the first real flying stealth aircraft), F-117A Nighthawk (stealth fighter aircraft) and Sea Shadow (the first naval stealth ship) in the early conceptual design, where he and the teams were faced with designing and inventing concurrently. The designs were developed from practical experience, using new techniques in radar absorbing materials, sound suppression and reduction of visual signatures. This pioneering effort gave the Nation a 15-year lead over potential adversaries, a lead the Nation continues to enjoy because of the work that continues to this date. He has contributed directly on the F-15, F-18E/F, F-23, and the Bird of Prey. The Bird of Prey aircraft was donated to the National Air Museum of the Air Force, where it is proudly displayed in the Modem Flight Hanger. Mr. Wiechman is currently a partner and Chief Technology Officer for Eagle Aerie Inc.

Mr. Wiechman has been awarded numerous honors for his contributions to the nation's defense, including the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Aerospace Design Award and the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Combat Survivability Award for Technical Achievement. In 2004, he received the Pioneers of Stealth award, a prestigious honor bestowed by the industry and government founders of the Stealth technology.  Mr. Winchman's a consultant to MIT/LL in Boston, consultant to Dayton, OH for the Air Force and is currently on the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.​