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February 14, 2002
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Tech Honors Outstanding Recent Graduates
Tech will honor seven alumni who have achieved exemplary career progress and recognition within 10 years of graduation during the annual Outstanding Recent Graduate program. Tech will honor the alumni at 11 a. m. Thursday, Feb. 21, as part of the Engineers Week luncheon in the Surbeck Student Center Ballroom.
The individuals selected for this award are considered excellent role models to show Tech’s current students the importance of continued personal growth in a rapidly changing world.
Chemistry — Jaque M. Cranston, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in Dec. 1993 and has been employed with Tech as its Chemical Materials Manager since June 1994. During that time, she earned her master’s degree in Chemistry and completed her thesis in Inorganic Synthesis. She is an invaluable contributor to Tech’s teaching and research community as well as its financial operation by managing and maintaining a chemical and equipment inventory of $ 600,000. She also is an integral participant in Tech’s community outreach efforts. She delivers training to local law and safety professionals and provides learning assistance to local educators and parents.
Electrical Engineering — Doyle Heisler came to tech from Devils Lake, N. D., and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1991 and a master’s degree in 1992. He was awarded a patent, titled “ Golfer Weight Distribution Measurement System,” for his senior design project and master’s thesis work. He has been employed at Ramtron International Corporation in Colorado Springs, Colo. since he left South Dakota in 1993. He currently serves as MIS Manager. Ramtron is dedicated to the design, development, and sale of ferroelectric RAM “ FRAM” memory products. In 1995, he established a second business, Doyle Heisler Consulting. Heisler and his wife Deanne have two daughters, Allie and Taylor. He continues to be an active participant in his church and his children’s school.
Computer Science — Mark Ingalls graduated from Tech with a bachelor’s degree in computer science in Dec. 1992. He has held several positions at Microsoft since his graduation. In
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1993, he was picked to design and operate Microsoft’s web server infrastructure. During that time, he was responsible for a $ 10 million annual budget. Many of his designs and much of the software he wrote became part of Microsoft Internet- related products. He has authored numerous articles both on the Microsoft web server architecture and about web server architecture in general. He also has contributed to several books published by Microsoft Press. He is a nationally recognized expert in web and network infrastructure design. Mark has also been involved in numerous charitable activities and has kept close ties to Tech.
Chemical Engineering — William L. Patton graduated from Tech with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1991. He has been employed with Koch Industries since then. He has held 10 different positions with Koch in his 10 years there. He currently is responsible for all business aspects of a portion of the Koch oil refinery near St. Paul, Minn. He manages a staff of more than 60 people and a combined annual operating and capital projects budget of more than $ 40 million. He has always been active in his community and in the outreach activities of Koch Refining.
Industrial Engineering — Tara Roth came to Tech from Piedmont, and graduated in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering. She has worked in a variety of positions at Microsoft since graduation and most recently has been appointed to the position of Test Manager for the SharePoint Team Services Group. Recent activities include the development of a web based information exchange system that allows employees to share and create information necessary to develop and release Microsoft products more efficiently. Along with her husband Michael and their two children, Tara remains active in their church and community.
Geological Engineering — David G. Tully graduated from Tech with a bachelor’s degree in geological engineering in 1991. After graduation, he worked with METCO and was responsible for development and implementation of environmental programs. In 2001, he joined Groundwater & Environmental Services. He developed and currently manages the Chicago area office of GES, and is responsible for engineering, sales, marketing and human resources. GES clients include Exxon- Mobil and Citgo, with revenue of $ 52 million in 2001. He is active in Drug Abuse Resistance Education and the Red Cross.
Metallurgical Engineering — Richard Wensel graduated from Tech with a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering in 1991 and a master’s degree in 1994. Since graduation, he has continually risen in his technical abilities and responsibilities. Currently, he is a Senior Assembly Product Engineer for Micron Technology Inc., a recognized national expert in electronic materials packaging technology. In addition, he is currently a Senior Technical Member of Micron’s Technical Career Ladder and recently was chosen to be a representative in an employee exchange program for two months with Micron Semiconductor Asia. He continues to be active in the community by spending time with youth and women’s athletic programs.
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