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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2000
RAPID CITY RESIDENT TO DELIVER SDSM& T COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS
The South Dakota School Of Mines and Technology ( SDSM& T) will hold its 141st commencement this Saturday, May 13, 2000. The ceremony begins at 10: 00 am in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Arena. Dr. Bill Hughes, President of Dakota Alpha Inc., and former SDSM& T Vice President for Academic Affairs, will deliver this year’s commencement address.
Dr. Hughes is an electrical engineering graduate of SD Tech. He earned his M. S. and Ph. D. in electrical engineering from Iowa State University, and from 1952- 1960 he was employed as an assistant, associate, and full professor at Iowa State. From 1960- 1976 he served as Professor and Head, School of Electrical Engineering, at Oklahoma State University. In 1985 he received the SDSM& T Guy March award, and from 1988- 1993 Dr. Hughes was Vice President for Academic Affairs at SD Tech. Dr. Hughes is currently President of Dakota Alpha Inc.
While at Iowa State and Oklahoma State Hughes developed a number of special color television systems that included cameras, recorders, and many more. The first hand held color television camera used commercially in the world ( used at the Winter Olympic Games in 1967) was licensed under his patents.
A sample of his many accomplishments include being the founder and president of InEn Corporation. InEn is a developer and manufacturer of specialty high technology electronic and electrical equipment, primarily for the pipeline and oil industries, on a contract basis. He dealt with clients in Saudi Arabia, Australia, South Africa, England, Scotland, and at locations across the United States. Hughes also has served as consultant to various United States Government agencies and several foreign governments in the South Pacific, Asia, and Near and Middle East, on renewable energy source development and use. He has been named in 14 patents, and is an expert in many broad areas within the electrical engineering field.
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