Tom and Susan Skalak are both professors
of engineering at the University of Virginia, and Tom
heads the new Biomedical Engineering Department. Like
his fellow department head, Ray
Keller, he came to our school as a loyal husband,
not really being a horseman. He is now!
Tom and Susan Skalak are both new parents to their son,
Scott, who arrived in mid April 2001. Good
luck to all three of them!
Susan is writing a book on mechanical
engineering processes, while Tom is working on exciting
marriages of biomedical and engineering technologies.
Susan writes: "I have been riding horses
for over thirty years, but have never driven. The driving
course at Bundoran Farm taught me the skills I needed
to start me on my way to becoming a competent driver
as well as rider."
The Skalaks have an advantage; their
Suffolk Punch mare Jill, shown above, is fully broke
and quite willing to help train them. A beautiful, quiet
horse, she has just presented the Skalaks with a colt,
which has somehow been named Jack!
Jack and Jill ! Oh, well, that sounds
about right for a team, don't you think?