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( December 19, 1998)
FOUR ALUMNI HONORED DURING SDSM& T’S 138TH COMMENCEMENT
Four alumni were honored as recipients of the newly established Distinguished Alumni Award during SDSM& T’s 138th commencement held Saturday, December 19. Ninety- two South Dakota Tech students were candidates for undergraduate or graduate degrees during the university’s winter commencement ceremony held in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Theater.
The first recipients of this newly established award are Douglas E. Aldrich ( ChemE ‘ 62, MS ChemE ‘ 68), Midland MI; James M. Christensen ( GenE ‘ 57), Rapid City; Robert F. Bob Flint MetE ‘ 37), Pittsburgh PA; and Thomas V. Malone ( GenE ‘ 40), Hartford CT. Nominees were evaluated based on four categories-- level of professional achievement; evidence of significant professional activity; involvement in professional or business organizations; and balance of community and professional service & awards.
In his career with Dow Corning, Doug Aldrich has excelled in every position from engineering to management, and currently is Global Manager for worldwide Laboratory Facilities. Additionally, he has remained very active through 29 years of recruiting at SDSM& T, hiring 75 graduates for full- time positions, and serves on the SDSM& T Advisory Council.
Jim Christensen’s career has been highlighted with numerous positions of advanced responsibility in the fields of engineering management and consulting engineering. Retiring in 1997, he has continued to serve SDSM& T in a variety of activities, including the Alumni Association, Athletics, and the SDSM& T Foundation.
Tom Malone received numerous awards, appointments and positions of responsibility throughout his career. The first recipient of SDSM& T’s prestigious Guy E. March Medal in 1976, he has been actively involved in the SDSM& T Alumni Association and currently serves as a member of the university’s Academic Advisory Board.
Bob Flint’s successful career with US Steel Corporation measured over forty years from an entry engineer to Director of Management Services. During the 1950’ s, without the use of computers, Bob lead a team of engineers and mathematicians in the development of a series of formulae, which became known within the steel industry as the “ Flint Formulae”, that explain the mechanisms within a blast furnace.
The commencement address was presented by Eleanor Swent, an oral historian specializing in mining history with the Regional Oral History Office of the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. A native of Lead, she organized and directed the oral history series, “ Western Mining in the Twentieth Century.” The series now numbers 47 volumes completed, with another seven volumes in process.
Dawn Recker of Gillette, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, gave the senior class message. Regent David R. Gienapp presented the message from the South Dakota Board of Regents. SDSM& T President Dr. Richard J. Gowen also presented Mrs. Swent with an honorary degree as Doctor of Letters and Literature.
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