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( May 8, 1997)
135th SDSM& T COMMENCEMENT SATURDAY, MAY 10 / NASA ADMINISTRATOR DANIEL GOLDIN TO GIVE COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology will hold its 135th commencement ceremony this Saturday, May 10th, at 10: 00 a. m. in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Arena. 242 students are candidates for undergraduate or graduate degrees.
The commencement address will be given by Daniel S. Goldin, Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration ( NASA), Washington, DC. He also will be presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Aerospace Administration during the ceremony.
Prior to Mr. Goldin’s commencement address, Eric Broughton, an Electrical Engineering major from Canton, will deliver the senior class message. Broughton is a four- time letter winner in football and also was named to the All- Conference Football Team. In addition to being Senior Class President, his activities at South Dakota Tech include Junior Class President, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers ( IEEE), and the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity.
Dr. Richard J. Gowen, President of SDSM& T, and Regent Harvey C. Jewett IV will present degrees to the 196 Bachelor of Science, 46 Master of Science and four Doctor of Philosophy ( Ph. D.) candidates. Geraldean Loeleta Fluke ( Physics ’ 48) will receive the first Ph. D. degree from the Atmospheric, Environmental, and Water Resources ( AEWR) program, which is a joint doctoral program approved by the South Dakota Board of Regents in 1993 for SDSM& T and South Dakota State University. Other Ph. D. candidates are Bruce Alan Schumacher ( Geology), Rapid City; Huahui Luo ( Materials and Engineering Science), People’s Republic of China; and Linfa Yan ( Materials and Engineering Science), People’s Republic of China.
The Guy E. March Medal, which recognizes a distinguished Tech alumnus for outstanding professional achievement, will be awarded to Lowery J. Smith ( GeolE ’ 51). Smith currently is president and owner of Ag- Lime Sales Inc. of St. Paul. In 1989 he retired after 25 years as an executive with the J. L. Shiely Company, a construction aggregate sales company. In addition to his leadership in the St. Paul YMCA, Winter Carnival, his church and other civic organizations, Lowery Smith has been a very active supporter of SDSM& T over the years. He currently serves as National Co- Chairman of the SDSM& T Vision 2000: Leadership for the Next Century Campaign. His additional service to SDSM& T includes: Foundation Board of Directors ( 1995- 96); Foundation Trustee ( 1984- 96); President of Alumni Association ( 1989- 90); and co- founder of the Twin Cities Alumni Group ( 1962). He and his wife make annual contributions to the Lowery and Mary Ann Smith Athletic Scholarship. In 1988 he also
- 2- established the Lowery J. Smith Renewable Scholarship. While attending Tech, Lowery lettered all four years in both track and football. He has attended every five- year alumni reunion since 1965.
Dr. Gowen also will present 50- Year Graduate Certificates to the following members of the Class of 1947 who are returning for this year’s commencement: Art Colgan ( EE), Hill City; Lawrence Dugdale ( GenE), Edina MN; James R. England ( CE), Rapid City; James ( Tex) L. Ennenga ( CE), Omaha NE; Elton W. Geist ( MetE), Cleveland OH; William A. Griffith ( MetE), Coeur d’Alene ID; Ralph L. Henry ( Mine), White Springs FL; James W. Laughlin ( EE), Palmdale CA; V. Mitchell Liss ( ChemE), LaGrange TX; Jack A. Meeker ( EE), Seattle WA; Robert A. Mowrer ( ChemE), Pleasant Hill CA; Jack E. Nelson ( MetE), Morristown TN; and Sylvan K. Williams ( EE), Spearfish.
“ We are very honored to have Administrator Goldin as our commencement speaker,” said SDSM& T President Richard J. Gowen. “ His acceptance of our invitation further demonstrates Tech’s reputation as a nationally recognized science and engineering institution. His visit to Rapid City will enhance SDSM& T’s growing involvement with NASA activities.”
After becoming the ninth NASA Administrator in 1992, Goldin has earned a reputation as an agent of change in bringing reform and revitalization to America’s space agency. His first initiative was to bring NASA’s budget process under control. Some of the savings from the budgetary reforms were reinvested in NASA’s science and planetary exploration missions. He also started the Discovery Program, a new class of planetary probes.
Goldin has identified the environmental monitoring of NASA’s Mission to Planet Earth as one of the agency’s most important programs. He has promoted cooperative endeavors with the Russian Space Agency and also redesigned the Space Station program, reducing its life cycle costs by $ 15 billion. Recognizing the importance of the one million high- tech jobs related to the aeronautics industry, Goldin also has worked to form a consensus for a national aeronautics agenda.
Prior to becoming NASA Administrator, Goldin was Vice President and General Manager of the TRW Space and Technology Group, where he managed the development of advanced spacecraft and space science instruments. He began his career at NASA’s Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, working on electric propulsion systems for human interdisciplinary travel. Goldin has a mechanical engineering degree from City College of New York.
Following is the list of degree candidates and their hometowns: (* Honors, 3.40- 3.59GPA; ** High Honors, 3.60- 3.79GPA; *** Highest Honors, 3.80- 4.00 GPA, † Summer 1997 Graduate)
B. S. , Chemical Engineering: Dana Clark Bauer, Kulm, ND***; Tracy Rebecca Beckler, Aberdeen ***; Arlan Dean Burchett, Rapid City*; John Robert Clark, Billings, MT; Seth Boone Feyereisen, Gregory**; Jason Blair Fink, Tripp; LaDonna Lynn Fraser, Rapid City; Chad William Glaesman, Eureka***; Joel Lawrence Guillaume, Sioux City, IA; Joel Robert Hayes, Weatherford, OK**; Bret Douglas Horgen, Winner*; Colleen Renee Huber, Vernal, UT**; Thomas John Jackson, Sioux Falls***; Grete Lill Karlsen, Norway; Michael Jay LaMont, Sturgis; Kurt James Leibel, Timber Lake***; Brian Paul Lewis, Casper, WY; Joshua John Lien, Sioux Falls***; Joseph Charles Lincoln, Strawberry Pt., IA; James Cody Newbold, White River***; Ecaterina S. Platon, Rapid City†; Jeffery Theodore Widdel, Minot, ND; Curtis Allen Wong, Sioux Falls**; Michael Scott Zacher, Elgin, ND; Travis Wyatt Zimmerman, Sioux Falls***
Bachelor of Science, Chemistry: Cabot- Ann DiChiara Durrett, Austin, TX; Johnna Kay Galinat, Rapid City; Melissa Renay Reis, Winner; Christin Marie Sjomeling, Rapid City ***
- 3- B. S. Metallurgical Engineering: Benjamin Edward Dines, Omaha, NE; Angela Esther Dux, Stewartville, MN; DeAnna Marie Mahutga, Mandan, ND; Rebecca Louise Pope, Rapid City; Kurt Brian Stoel, Brandon; James Allen Williams, Tucson, AZ*
B. S. Civil Engineering: Patrick Shawn Baer, Rapid City; Brandon John Bourdon, Blaine, MN; Dain Michael Brandrup, Rapid City; David William Brucker, Olathe, KS; Joshua Christopher Daiss, Hill City; Guy Lynn Erlenbusch, Pierre*; Brenda Lee Flottmeyer, Doland*; Nicholas Edward Hoffman, Parkston; Steve Allen Horner, Sioux Falls***; Jeremy Dean Johannesen, Edgeley, ND***; Terry Chad Johnson, Hanna, WY; Brandon Waco Kandolin, Saratoga, WY †; Bill Chris Karras, Sioux Falls; Chad Richard Kramer, Crofton, NE; Clyde John Lipp, Rapid City; Jason Thomas Love, Rapid City*; Robert Francis Lundgren, Huron; Christopher Joseph Lutz, Lincoln, NE*; Travis A. Mason, Litchfield, NE; Lance William Mayer, Sioux Falls*; Christopher Thomas Miller, Rawlins, WY; Michelle Lynn Nielsen, Custer; Matthew Robert Nowka, Thornton, CO; Carl Bernard Osberg, Pierre**; Matthew Gregory Riley, Bismarck, ND*; Cory Wayne Risseeuw, White River; Brenden Kyle Schaefer, Platte*; Matthew Carl Seeley, Newcastle, WY***; Eric Christopher Tennessen, Sioux Falls; Jay Matthew Van Hove, Freeman; Ryan James Weaver, Pierre; James Fredrick Wulfekuetter, Hebron, NE
B. S. Geological Engineering: Gregory Carl Meszaros, Rapid City; Robyn Leigh Newell, Woodbridge, VA***
B. S. Geology: Melissa Marie Boettcher, Sioux Falls**; Scott Patrick Cooper, Rapid City***; Melvin Ernest Kemp, Ashley, ND; Takeshi Okunishi, Japan; Charles Michael Ray, Rapid City; Jeffrey Scott Richmond, Cranford, NJ †; Barbara Lynn Rowe, Rapid City
B. S. Mining Engineering: Donald Bacorn Anderson, Gillette, WY; Scott Lee Hauck, Rapid City; Kimberly Anne Kjelsrud Huether, Spearfish; Christopher Michael Klein, Aberdeen; Craig Michael Nelson, Blackfoot, ID; Joshua Christian Rickenbach, Oelrichs; Steven James Schaefer, Gillette, WY; Steven Jay Uecker, Rapid City; Shawn Gunther Wilczynski, Lead***
B. S. Interdisciplinary Sciences: Robert Dean Beshara, Rapid City; Christopher Lynn Brandenburg, Alpena; Stephanie Carisa Camp, Rapid City*; James Michael Durham, Louisville, KY; Steven Matthew Gassen, Rapid City**; Cody Michael Greenwaldt, Rapid City; Betsy Kim Michelle Henn, Douglas EAFB; Tim Andrew Herdt, Boulder, CO***; Jonathan Russel Mack, Rapid City; DeAnna Marie Mahutga, Mandan, ND Ryan J. Messick, Nyssa, OR; Matthew Ryan Parsons, Vancouver, WA*; Laura Lyn Rogers, Lead; Maureen Elizabeth Rudolph, Caribou, ME; Susan Jo Rutan, Douglas EAFB; Jennifer Lynn Sheffield, Platte; Robert Dean Small, Sioux Falls; Kristin Marie Walker, Gillette, WY †; Matthew Allen White, Sturgis; Jeffrey Michael Woodmansee, Fort Collins, CO**
B. S. Computer Engineering: Robert Phillip Denind, Rapid City; Jason Richard Erickson, Rapid City; Dean Edward McKee, Greybull, WY; James Earl Montgomery, Colorado Springs, CO; Matthew Paul Potts, Rapid City***; Bryan Douglas Scott, Gillette, WY; Nathan Allen Wiegman, McMinnville, OR**; Todd Jason Youngman, Germany
B. S. Electrical Engineering: Jason Alan Beens, Windom, MN; Gunnar Borge, Norway; Eric Richard Broughton, Canton; Patrick Lee Brueggeman, Highmore; James Brian Burd, Rapid City; Eivind Espe, Norway* †; Åge Faugstad, Norway***; George Alexander Gasaway, Cody, WY; Alejandro Gonzalez, Spain; Chinh Nam Ho, Norway; Oddvar Ims, Norway** †; Kevin Donald Kenworthy, Chicago, IL; Truls Kristian Knudsen, Norway***; Rune Langøy, Norway; Espen Mork- Knudsen, Norway; Duane Arthur Osterloh, Blair, NE; Matthew Paul Potts, Rapid City***; Bryan Joseph Roll, Mandan, ND***; Wajul Ghani Siddiqui, Pakistan†; Bartholomew Marcus Tschacher, McCamey, TX; Todd Jason Youngman, Germany
- 4- B. S. Computer Science: Joseph Micheal Antkowiak, Rapid City; Mark Jason Bean, Miles City, MT; Randall Grant Bretsch, Rapid City; Mary Louise Callen, Rapid City; Jeffrey Dennis Horton, Sioux Falls; David Earl Lloyd, Springer, NM***; Mark Anthony Lukes, Sturgis; Andre Mitrica, Norway †; Eskil Nordhaug, Norway †; Jerry Lynn Sorum, Canton; Todd Allen Wyman, Alliance, NE; Todd Jason Youngman, Germany
B. S. Mathematics: Lisa Marie Patterson, Rapid City; Andrea Marie West, Tripp
B. S. Industrial Engineering: Jacilyn Marie Bonhorst, Ft. Pierre; Michelle Lynn Claymore, Gettysburg; Michael James Felkey, Groton; Steven Matthew Gassen, Rapid City**; Erika Lynn Helms, Aberdeen; Ryan Gerard Howard, Cheyenne, WY; Brent Jason Klapperich, Conde; Morten Meldahl Knutsen, Norway*; Jill Way Likens, Martin; Jessica Jo Nielsen, Bowman, ND; Christine Louise Pakalski, Rapid City; Jeffrey Jay Uecker, Wagner
B. S. Mechanical Engineering: Curt Douglas Afdahl, Faith; Anthony David Baumgartner, Williamsville, NY; Mark Andrew Braithwaite, Dakota Adventist Ac.; Antoinette Rhudae Deets, Rapid City; Dana Duane Dominiack, Chamberlain; Daniel Lee Dungan, Torrington, WY; David Michael Fitzgerald, Marion*; Steven Allen Freeland, Rapid City; Chad William Gortmaker, Canistota; Timothy James Gross, Huron; James Jackson Hayford, Hardin, MT; Helge Henriksen, Norway* †; Brian Douglas Hoff, Bison***; Jose Iguaz, Marion; Adam John Kuper, Rapid City*; James Forest Lee, Casper, WY; Atle Håkon Lernes, Norway †; Bjarte Lien, Norway*; Ørjan Lothe, Norway; Daniel LaVern Machacek, Platte; Kenneth George Melichar, Ralston, NE*; Anthony Norman Merkel, Lead; Jeffrey Damian Merritt, Renton, WA; Ryan Alan Messer, Spring Lake Park, MN; Scott Joseph Moos, Sioux Falls; Wade Matthew Morris, Sturgis; Erik Vilhelm Nordenstam, Sheridan, WY; Jason Anthony Osborn, Mellette; Kerri Ann Pfeiffer, Freeman; Robert Wayne Pippenger, Culver, IN; Scott Norman Schuh, McIntosh; Darrick Lee Schuman, Rapid City; Chad Leroy Travnicek, Gregory; Will Ray Turnbow, Cody, WY; Jason Paul Zimmerman, Elgin, ND
Master of Science, Chemical Engineering: Ritesh Betala, India; Wayne John Owens, USA; Shannon Kirstin Stocks- Fischer, USA
M. S. Chemistry: Kamruz Md Zaman, Bangladesh
M. S. Metallurgical Engineering: Kamesh Peri, India
M. S. Physics: Tarek Abdalla Abdel- Monem, USA; William Patrick Power, US
M. S. Civil Engineering: David Alan Bender, USA; Corey Lee Haeder, USA; Scott Patrick Landguth, USA; Edward Naihua Liu, USA
M. S. Geological Engineering: Hillari Kaye Clark, USA; Jeffrey Meriwether Glick, USA
M. S. Geology: Vickie Anne Clark, USA; Gregory William Kruse, USA; Joseph Anthony Martinetti, USA; Thomas John Needs, USA; Geoffrey Gaylord Simonds, USA
M. S. Metereology: Trace Edward Bowen, USA; Charles Christopher Waits, USA; Allison Gail Wozniak, USA
M. S. Computer Science: Irene Sylvia Borsholm, Norway; Tor Inge Knag, Norway; Kjell- Arne Nygaard, Norway
M. S. Electrical Engineering: Hans Jørgen Fosse, Norway; Jørn- Otto von Haffenbrädl, Norway; Inger Margrethe Knudsen, Norway; Tron Lund, Norway; Morten Furuvald Palmgren, Norway; Alf- Kåre Eide Riisnæs, Norway
M. S. Mechanical Engineering: Hassan Fayyad Najdawi, Jordan; Kurt Lynn Petersen, USA; Nils Torer Skaug, Norway
- 5- M. S. Technology Management: Harald Bøyum, Norway; Brian Alexander Dudas, USA; Øyvind Finnesand, Norway; Thomas Merton Fuller, USA; Alf Johan Grevstad, Norway; Judy Wolff Høgset, USA; Tone Liljeberg, Norway; Douglas C. Noyes, USA; John Walter Staben, USA
Doctor of Philosophy: Geraldean Loeleta Fluke ( AEWR), USA; Huahui Luo ( MES), PRC; Bruce Alan Schumacher ( Geology), USA; Linfa Yan ( MES), PRC
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