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December 21, 1999
Pittsburgh Resident Honored at the
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology 140TH Commencement
Peter Stephans 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.
Peter Stephans earned as BS in Electrical Engineering in 1968 and his MS in Electrical Engineering from SDSM& T. Stephans, originally from Budapest, Hungary, served IBM Corporation for eight years upon graduating for Tech, and later joined Dynamet Inc., a manufacturer of titanium and special alloy products for the aerospace and medical implant industries. He quickly advanced up the corporate ladder being named President in October 1987. After Dynamet was acquired by Carpenter Technology Corporation in 1997, Stephans bought a division of Dynamet from Carpenter, now named Trigon Inc., and heads up the newly formed company. He is currently a Vision 2000 National Co- Chair for the SDSM& T Foundation’s capital campaign.
In addition to his corporate duties, Peter also serves on the Boards of Directors/ Trustees of the Pittsburgh Branch of Federal Reserve Bank Cleveland; Rose Technology Group Ltd., Willowdale, Canada; Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA; and World Affairs Counsil of Pittsburgh.
The other recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award for this year are Frank F. Aplan ( Metallurgical Engineering ’ 48), James V. Chittick ( Chemical Engineering ’ 63), William L. Reuter ( Electrical Engineering ’ 56 , MS EE ’ 58), 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.
( I: univrel/ pressrel/ 1299 Commencement Alumni Awards mailed to Pittsburgh)
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