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December 17, 2002
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Tech Honors Distinguished Alumni
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology will honor five alumni during Tech’s 146th Commencement scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Theater. Tech gives the “Distinguished Alumni” awards to graduates who have made outstanding contributions in their professions and to Tech.
This year’s Distinguished Alumni:
Bruce Bad Moccasin (Civil Engineering, ‘72, master’s in Civil Engineering, ‘86)
A native of Pierre Bad Moccasin received his bachelor���s and master���s degrees in civil engineering from Tech in 1972 and 1986, respectively. While at Tech, Bruce competed in basketball, track and cross-country. He earned nine varsity letters and was named to both all-conference and all-district honor teams in basketball. After graduating in 1972, he spent several years with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Aberdeen, and in Winnebago, Neb., where he held positions as highway engineer, facilities manager and area safety officer.
In 1977, Bad Moccasin joined the Indian Health Service as an environmental engineer. During his distinguished 25-year career, he rose through the ranks to become the director of the Aberdeen Area Indian Health Service, where he had the overall responsibility of 2,150 staff members and a $186 million annual operating budget. He was involved with the planning, design and construction of water supply and distribution, wastewater collection and treatment, and solid waster disposal facilities. He managed new construction programs for Indian Health Service health care facilities and had the overall responsibility for managing a comprehensive health care program serving 19 locations.
At his retirement in Dec. 2001, he received the U.S. Public Health Service Distinguished Service Medal for directing a major health program in the Department of Health and Human Services.
Douglas W. Fuerstenau (Metallurgical Engineering, ‘49)
After graduating from high school in Rapid City, Dr. Fuerstenau received his bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Tech, his master’s from the Montana School of Mines and doctorate from MIT. Fuerstenau has held many responsible positions in industries and academia throughout his career. After beginning his professional career as assistant professor of metallurgy at MIT, he worked for Union Carbide Metals Company, and later joined the Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation as manager of mineral engineering. Since 1959, Dr. Fuerstenau has been a professor with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California Berkeley. He has published more than 400 papers, most in the history of his area of research.
Fuerstenau has been very active in professional organizations and conferences around the world. He has been a member, officer and mentor to many organizations, both domestic and international. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1976. He is the founding editor of the International Journal of Mineral Processing, one of the most prestigious journals in the field. As a loyal supporter of Tech, Fuerstenau has served as a member of the Tech Advisory Board since 1994, as a Foundation Trustee since 1997, and as National Co-Chair of the Vision 2000 capital campaign.
George F. Garlick (Electrical Engineering, ‘58)
After graduating from high school in Curtis, Neb., Garlick received his bachelor’s degree at Tech, master’s degree from the University of Southern California and doctorate from Iowa State University.
Garlick is the founder, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Holosonic, Inc., founded in 1969. He is the principal inventor in the field of ultrasonic holography that is being used in the early detection of breast cancer. Garlick also was instrumental as a founder in the formation of the Tri City Science and Technology Park Association. The park has become the largest research park in the state of Washington.
He holds two patents in the field of Nuclear Instrumentation, a patent in the instrumentation for Geological Testing and 12 patents or patents pending in the field of holography. He is a Lifetime Contributor to Tech’s Alumni Association.
Steven P. Miller (Electrical Engineering, ‘69)
Steven P. Miller grew up in Beresford, and graduated from high school in 1965. Four years later, he earned his Electrical Engineering degree from Tech. Throughout his college years, he was active in both academic and student activities.
After graduation, he joined Texas Instruments. During his nine-year tenure, he held various positions, and in 1973, he became the Manager of the Surface Acoustic Wave Engineering and Development Laboratory. When Texas Instruments decided not to
pursue commercial SAW business opportunities in 1979, Miller and three of his coworkers formed Sawtek to provide SAW components for military and commercial applications. In 1991, he successfully formed what would become one of the nation’s largest Employee Stock Ownership Plans with assets of more than $600 million in Sawtek stock and a portfolio of 10 mutual funds. He also led Sawtek’s Initial Public Offering on the NASDAQ market in 1996 and two follow-on offerings in 1997 and 2000, raising a total of $490 million in the three offerings.
Miller established the first endowed chair at Tech, the Steven P. Miller Endowed Chair in Electrical Engineering, with a gift of more than $1.2 million in 1999.
Marlene D. Nelson (Mechanical Engineering, ‘74)
Born and raised in Martin, Nelson received her bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1974, becoming the first woman to graduate with a Mechanical Engineering degree from South Dakota Tech. She later obtained a master's degree in Business Administration from Seattle University in 1989 and later an Executive MBA from MIT. Marlene's 28-year career at Boeing has spanned nearly every phase of the commercial airplane business from sales and marketing to finished product testing. She currently has chief project engineer and engineering platform team leader responsibilities for the legendary Boeing 747.
In that position, she leads a $200 million business and the efforts of nearly 1,000 engineers. Major responsibilities include maintaining the safety of more than 1,000 747s in commercial airline service, creating value through design features for airline customers, improving the ability to produce airplanes and improving the efficiency of the design process.
She is Executive Champion for the Boeing Women in Leadership Affinity Group and recent past Board Member of Washington Manufacturing Services. Nelson was a National Leader in Tech's Vision 2000 capital campaign.
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