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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
( August 25, 1998)
DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY AWARDS SDSM& T $ 5,000 GRANT FOR SDSM& T ALUMNUS’ TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE
Dow Chemical Company recently awarded the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) a $ 5,000 Dow Chemical College Grant based on the technical excellence of an SDSM& T alumnus who works for the company. Al Clark ( ChemE ’ 71), a senior control specialist in Dow’s Michigan Process Control Applications Group, recently received the 1998 Michigan Consultants’ Award for Technical Excellence. The award, which is the highest peer recognition achievable in Dow’s Michigan Operations, includes a monetary grant by Dow Chemical Company to a university of the recipient’s choice.
Clark selected SDSM& T’s Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Department to receive the $ 5,000 Dow Chemical Company College Grant. Clark, who is a native of Aberdeen, has worked for Dow Chemical Company the past 26 years.
“ The excellent technical education I received at South Dakota Tech provided the firm base to launch and support the efforts that made this award possible,” stated Clark, who also received his master’s degree in chemical engineering from SDSM& T in 1972. “ I hope this award will inspire other SDSM& T graduates and students to diligently apply the excellent education the university provides to their present and future careers.”
Clark received the award in recognition of his contributions to the development and standardization of safe and effective burner management control systems for waste stream combustion. The small boiler technology developed by Clark has been adopted by Dow Chemical for use in all its small boilers around the world. He also has developed a hot oil heater process control technology and is currently working on developing a new process control technology for thermal oxidizers. Clark also was recognized for his leadership in internal technology reports, burner management and small boiler workshops, and many consulting and advisory assignments.
Dr. Steven McDowell, Chair of SDSM& T’s Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Department, stated that the Dow Chemical Company College Grant will be used to enhance the education of the department’s undergraduate majors in the classroom and laboratory environments, as well as support students’ participation in professional competitions and meetings.
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