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    November 30, 2004    
    Jean Wasp, Media Relations Coordinator, (707) 664-2057


SSU Dean Rahimi Honored With "Spirit of Sonoma" Award

The North Bay Technology Roundtable has chosen Saeid Rahimi, Dean of the School of Science and Technology at Sonoma State University, to honor at its "Spirit of Sonoma" luncheon on Dec. 2.

The "Spirit of Sonoma" honors outstanding people from different organizations throughout the county. The Roundtable found Rahimi's contributions to the NBTR and his efforts with his staff and faculty in establishing a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Science at SSU outstanding and worthy of recognition.

The event will take place from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m .at the DoubleTree Hotel in Rohnert Park.

This year marks the fourth annual Spirit of Sonoma event.  The honorees are chosen by the individual chambers and business organizations, which are partners in the Spirit award event.

Although each organization creates its own criteria for the businessperson to honor, in general, honorees are chosen for their contributions to the economic development and enhancement of the communities in which they live and work. This year, 19 organizations are participating in the Spirit of Sonoma including the NBTR. 

Previous winners of the award have been Curt Wheeling with ATG (2001), Bob Smith of Microsource, Inc (2002) and Michael Hatfield of Calix (2003).

The NBTR is a technology industry interest group that seeks to make Sonoma County an attractive place for tech companies to do business.  In addition to connecting members through social and networking events, the NBTR is involved in several county-wide education initiatives that seek to increase interest in math and science among K-12 students.

Among the supported programs are Lego Robotics and the Sonoma County Science Fair. For more information about the NBTR, visit their website at


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