Emerald Heights resident Tom Stoebe grew up in an orange grove in southern California, went on to earn bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in engineering from Stanford, and then worked as a lecturer and researcher at Imperial College, London, England. In 1966, he joined the engineering faculty at the University of Washington, beginning a distinguished, 40-year career, teaching in areas as diverse as metallurgy and ethics and developing research programs in radiation detection and semiconductor processing.
Mr. Stoebe served as Chair of the UW Materials Science and Engineering Department for nine years. He also served as Associate Dean of Engineering for five years, coordinating outreach programs, facilities and building space. Mr. Stoebe has played an active role in many community organizations related to education. He served as a board member of ASM International, a materials technical society, and as Chair of the ASM Materials Education Foundation, he led a successful fundraising campaign doubling the Foundation’s endowment to $10M, which was then applied to the development of programs for students and teachers in science and technology. His work in education included outreach to K–12 teachers, helping them make science and math courses more interesting. He developed outreach programs in science and engineering for disadvantaged students, both locally and across the state. These efforts, which focused on showing students that science and engineering are viable, exciting and available career choices, continue today under the leadership of the University of Washington and the ASM Foundation.
Mr. Stoebe has also served as Chairman of the Board of a startup company in Seattle, and continues to serve as a consultant for educational programs in the region.
Over the span of his career, Mr. Stoebe has received many awards and recognition for his teaching and his community service. Recent awards include the 2012 Albert White Lifetime Teaching Award from ASM International and the 2013 Diamond Award for Outreach from the UW College of Engineering.
Longtime residents of Bellevue, Mr. Stoebe and his wife Jan moved to Emerald Heights in 2009, which they consider to be the best decision they have made. Mr. Stoebe served as President of the Emerald Heights Residents’ Association, 2013–14; he continues to provide input to the Residents’ Association and works as an engineer on the Emerald Heights Garden Railway. The Stoebes are also active in the Presbyterian Church, where both have served as Deacons and Mr. Stoebe as an Elder.
The couple has traveled extensively, including memorable trips to Antarctica, China and France. Avid boaters, they spent time recently living on their boat, exploring the Inside Passage. Together they have six children and 14 grandchildren who provide them with continuing joy and chaos.