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South Dakota Tech Awards Degrees
The following were candidates for degrees from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology during commencement ceremonies held Dec. 21 in Rapid City. Approximately 130 students were candidates for degrees during Tech’s 146th Commencement.
South Dakota Gov. Bill Janklow delivered the commencement address. Seth Brakke of Presho, S.D., gave the senior class message. Tech also awarded five Distinguished Alumni awards to Tech graduates who have made important impacts on their professions and on Tech.
Associate’s of Arts Degrees
General Studies: Gavin Woltjer, Rapid City; Gabriel MacMurchy, Rapid City
Bachelor’s of Science Degrees
Chemical Engineering: Steven Hain, Rapid City; Terry Klein, Rapid City; Stephen Peabody, Rapid City; Jessica Schmahl, Rapid City; Jeffrey Hartman, Sioux Falls; Lori Glover, Sturgis
Chemistry: Joseph Marshall, Rapid City
Civil and Environmental Engineering: Matthew Fettig, Billings, Mont.; Anna Miller, Bloomfield, Neb.; Kurt Peppel, Butte, Neb.; Ryan Schmidt, Crofton, Neb.; Daniel Nebelsick, Mt. Vernon; Seth Brakke, Presho; Lars Anderson, Rapid City; Mario Dipasquale, Rapid City; Shirleine Kleppe, Hot Springs; Jeremy Leander, Rapid City; Aaron Hoff, Sioux City, Iowa; Kasey Jones, Thermopolis, Wyo.; Will Newbold, White River
Computer Engineering: Leslie Larsen, Bellevue, Wash.; Mary Harms, Canistota; Steven Spanbauer, Iroquois; Desmond Ottmar, Mott, N.D.; Luke Epperson, Piedmont; Elliott Harding, Rapid City; Mychal Hoffman, Rapid City; Cameron Crow, Stephan; Casey Jeffery, Sturgis
Computer Science: Klaus Heuser, Caputa; Austin Salonen, De Smet; Christopher Rickett, Highmore; David Florez, Rapid City; Chad Geidel, Rapid City; Christopher Holland, Rapid City; Jason Terry, Rapid City
Electrical Engineering: Scott Larson, Albert Lea, Minn.; Andrew Nelson, Cheyenne, Wyo.; Vivian Nelson, Cheyenne, Wyo.; Brian Scholl, Elgin, Neb.; Jason Nemeth, Elk River, Minn.; Paul Bauer, Piedmont; Benjamin Baker, Rapid City; Sally Halvorson, Rapid City; Angelo Ruggeri, Rapid City; Duane Steichen, Rapid City; Mark Fersdahl, Renner
Geological Engineering: Andrea Hornig, Custer; Steven Walker, Green River, Wyo.; Michael Brown, Rapid City; Ty Pivonka, Rapid City
Geology: Randolph Moses, Buffalo, Wyo.; Kimberly Butzin, Grand Forks, N.D.
Industrial Engineering: Eric Schweitzer, Black Hawk; Barbara Toering, Chamberlain; Jaime Rathjen, Hitchcock; Jennifer DeGroot, Ipswich; Krystal Kubas, Glendive, Mont.; Shane Simon, Rapid City; Nicole Stengle, Rapid City; Martin Cwach, Yankton
Interdisciplinary Sciences: Jolee Meredith, Rapid City; Sarah Radabaugh, Rapid City; Nicole Widvey, Rapid City
Mechanical Engineering: Jesse Ford, Alliance, Neb.; Dana Sander, Baker, Mont.; Payco Holecek, Bowman, N.D.; Ben Zimmerman, Bremerton, Wash.; Forrest Foster, Hot Springs; James Whittington, Inver Grove Heights, Minn.; Kevin Schuh, Isabel; Charlie Steger, Lead; Ann Kristin Baarnes, Norway; Kjetil Groven, Norway; Jason Harmon, Rapid City; Scott Schmidt, Rapid City; Jeremy Wentz, Rapid City; James Bremer, Walton, Neb.; Jeremy Boll, Watertown, Minn.; Sean Ernesti, West Point, Neb.
Metallurgical Engineering: Derek Rebsom, Rapid City; Gregory Thies, Rapid City
Physics: Andrew Rowcliffe, Rapid City
Master’s of Science Degrees
Atmospheric Sciences: Denise Dykstra, Elberon, N.J.; Jin Tao, China
Civil Engineering: Sol Brich, Rapid City; Jason Knapp, Rapid City; Jennifer Carter, Custer; Manoj Kotni, India; Karthikeyan Chockalingam, India; Murat Mazman, Turkey; Justin Fejfar, Rapid City; Srinivasan Neelamegam, India; John Henderson, Edgemont; Babu Ramaraj, India; Patricia Johnson, Rapid City; Sudharma Toyyeti, India; Ajmal Khan, Pakistan; Sucharitha Vatturi, India
Geology and Geological Engineering: John Knight, Rapid City
Paleontology: Marcus Ross, Matunuck, R.I.
Chemical Engineering: Benjamin Graham, Basin, Wyo.; Craig Steffan, Hazen, N.D.; Mahendran Kalukanimuttam, India; Batzaya Tumur, Mongolia
Materials Engineering and Science: Jagadish Akula, India; Siddartha Kondoju, India; Samuel French, Rapid City; Kiran Venkata Sairam Raparti, India
Computer Science: Luke Johnson, Rapid City; Troy McVay, Rapid City; Lauritz Torjul, Norway
Electrical Engineering: Chaitanya Kumar Kanaka Chandrana, India; David Merkel, Hill City; Kristopher Jensen, Rapid City; Steinar Thon, Norway; Omkar Kulkarni, India; Xiaolun Wang, China
Mechanical Engineering: Kyle Coleman, Rapid City; Harish Mariyappa, India; Gjermund Larsen, Norway; Torstein Thomassen, Norway
Technology Management: Mark Carda, Rapid City; Baron Fidler, Dundee, Mich.; Roar Engebretsen, Norway; Peiru Yin, Rapid City
Doctor of Philosophy Degrees
Materials Engineering and Science: Jiangtao Hao, China; Thein Swe, Burma
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