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( February 29, 2000)
TAMPA RESIDENTS HONORED AS 2000 SDSM& T OUTSTANDING RECENT GRADUATES
The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) recently honored Jeanne Berg as the2000 SDSM& T Outstanding Recent Graduate in Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Juan Villa as the 2000 Outstanding Recent Graduate in Geological Engineering.
After graduating from SDSM& T in 1990 with a degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering, Berg went on to earn her Master’s from SD Tech in 1992. She immediately accepted a position with Alamo/ Saxena Consultants, Inc., Lakeland, Florida, and has since advanced to the position she now holds. In her current position Berg specializes in geotechnical design for transportation, commercial and municipal projects. Ms. Berg has received several professional awards including the Young Engineer of the Year in 1995 from the Ridge Branch of the Florida Section of ASCE and an Excellence Award in 1998 from the Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers. She is involved with various community activities including judging for science fairs, coaching Odyssey of the Mind teams, serving on her local chamber of commerce and serving on an advisory board for her local school district.
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.
Berg, 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 Jeanne Berg ( Juan Villa) on being designated as the 2000 Outstanding Recent Graduate in Civil & Environmental Engineering ( Geological Engineering). ( i:\ univrel\ pressrele\ 0200\ Outstanding Recent Graduate – Berg Riverview, FL)
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