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December 21, 1999
Fort Pierre Native Honored at the
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology 140TH Commencement
Dr. Frank Aplan, a native of Fort Pierre, was among the five alumni honored as recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award during the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology’s ( SDSM& T) 140th commencement. Nominees were evaluated based on four categories – level of professional achievement, evidence of significant and creative professional activity, involvement in professional or business organizations, and balance of community and professional service and awards.
After Aplan earned his BS in Metallurgical Engineering from SDSM& T in 1948 and his MS from Montana Tech in 1950, he served as assistant professor at the University of Washington ( Seattle). Aplan earned his doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1057, and then spent ten years working for Union Carbide Corporation’s Mining and Metals Division. He then joined the faculty of Pennsylvania State University in 1968. He retired in 1992 as Distinguished Professor of Metallurgy and Mineral Processing. The Frank F. Aplan award was established by the Engineering Foundation in 1989 to annually recognize a scientist or engineer who has excelled in his or her field.
As an academic leader Aplan has been instrumental in defining and setting standards of the academic program in mineral processing. As an engineer and a scientist, he has made outstanding contributions to his discipline that have brought him many honors and widespread recognition, culminating in his election to the National Academy of Engineering in 1989.
Aplan’s other SDSM& T awards include the Centennial 100 Alumni Award in 1985, the Guy E. March Silver Medal in 1996, and he is currently a National Leader in the Tech Foundation’s capital campaign. Frank Aplan now resides in State College, PA.
The other recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award for this year are James V. Chittick ( Chemical Engineering ’ 63), William L. Reuter ( Electrical Engineering ’ 56 , MS EE ’ 58), ), Peter N. Stephans ( Electrical Engineering ’ 68, MS Electrical Engineering ’ 69), and Gary R. Veurink ( Chemical Engineering ’ 72).
The commencement address was delivered by Dr. Theodore Gull, Astrophysicist at the NASA Laboratory for Astronomy and Solar Physics at Goddard Space Flight Center. An Honorary Doctorate of Science degree will be conferred on Dr. Gull during the ceremony.
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