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( August 20, 1998)
DR. KENNETH HAN NAMED FIRST RECIPIENT OF DOUGLAS W. FUERSTENAU PROFESSORSHIP AT SDSM& T
Dr. Kenneth Han, SDSM& T Dean of the College of Materials Science and Engineering, has been named the first recipient of the Douglas W. Fuerstenau Professorship at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Established to honor Dr. Fuerstenau’s many professional accomplishments, the endowed professorship will enhance the mineral industries programs at SDSM& T with special emphasis on metallurgical engineering through support of a faculty member. Eminent scholars will be supported by the professorship, which will in turn help to attract outstanding undergraduate and graduate students.
Dr. Han has been a member of the SDSM& T faculty for seventeen years and has received many distinguished awards. In 1996 he was elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional engineering honors. Dr. Han has authored over 120 technical papers and has made over 100 technical presentations at national conferences. He holds four U. S. and several foreign patents. He and his wife, Helen, have two daughters and one son.
“ Professor Fuerstenau is an exceptional teacher, a sensitive counselor and an internationally renowned scholar in mineral processing and extractive metallurgy,” said Dr. Han, who was one of Dr. Fuerstenau’s students at the University of California- Berkeley over 30 years ago. “ I will try my best to uphold this honor through my continued teaching, research, and scholarly activities in the area of mineral processing and extractive metallurgy.”
A graduate of Rapid City High School, Douglas Fuerstenau is the son of the late Erwin and Hazel Fuerstenau, who were long- time residents of Rapid City. He graduated from SDSM& T in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science degree in metallurgical engineering. He then went on to earn his master’s degree in mineral engineering from the Montana School of Mines and his doctorate from MIT. In 1959 he became a faculty member of the University of California- Berkeley, where he currently serves as professor in the Graduate School.
In 1979 Dr. Fuerstenau received the Guy E. March Silver Medal, SDSM& T’s highest alumni award. He was named one of SDSM& T’s 100 Outstanding Alumni in 1985. Throughout his career, he has received many prestigious awards, including recently being named the first recipient of the International Mineral Processing Congresses Lifetime Achievement Award. He and his wife, Peggy, have two daughters and one son.
Initiated in 1995, the Douglas W. Fuerstenau Professorship Fund recently reached its Phase I funding goal of $ 100,000 through contributions by alumni, friends and corporations. Homestake Mining Company honored Dr. Fuerstenau, who has been a member of Homestake’s Board of Directors since 1977, by contributing $ 77,000 to the fund.
When the Phase II funding goal of $ 1 million is reached, an endowed chair will be established at SDSM& T that will support a prestigious faculty position at the full professor rank. Fundraising to meet this goal is ongoing.
“ Professorships such as this enable us to acknowledge our outstanding faculty and give the recipients resources with which to continue their work,” states Dr. Karen Whitehead, SDSM& T Vice President for Academic Affairs. “ A heartfelt thank you to Dr. Fuerstenau and all the contributors who have made this possible.”
Additional information about the Douglas W. Fuerstenau Professorship Fund can be obtained by contacting the SDSM& T Foundation at 394- 2436 ( toll- free 800- 211- 7591) or via email: foundation@ msmailgw. sdsmt. edu.
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