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( February 29, 2000)
TAMPA RESIDENT HONORED AS 2000 SDSM& T OUTSTANDING RECENT GRADUATE IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) recently honored Juan Villa as the2000 SDSM& T Outstanding Recent Graduate in Geological Engineering. Villa, born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, graduated from SDSM& T with a Bachelor’s Degree in Geological Engineering in 1989 and a Master’s Degree in 1991.
Upon graduation, Villa accepted a position with Environmental Consulting and Technology in Tampa, Florida, where he was involved in environmental assessment and cleanup as well as power plant and pipeline permitting. He then accepted a position with TECO Power Services where he has held positions of increasing responsibility. He is currently the development manager for the Marketing and Development Department where he has been responsible for developing and acquiring energy projects in Central and South America. He is active in Hands on Tampa which helps build houses for impoverished families, and he has maintained involvement with youth groups in Bogota, Colombia. A native of Colombia, he is an example of skillful leadership and outstanding achievement in the energy and environmental fields.
Villa and alumni in four other engineering fields were honored as Outstanding Recent Graduates during a recent Engineers Week luncheon on the South Dakota Tech campus. The Outstanding Recent Graduate Program honors graduates who have achieved exemplary career progress and recognition within ten years of their graduation. The program was originated and is sponsored by the SDSM& T Alumni Association and the SDSM& T Foundation. The individuals selected for this award are considered excellent role models to show our current students the importance of continued personal growth in a rapidly changing world.
Photo Caption: Dr. Richard Gowen, president of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, congratulates Juan Villa on being designated as the 2000 Outstanding Recent Graduate in Geological Engineering.
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