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December 18, 2003
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Tech Holds 148th Commencement
The following were candidates for degrees from South Dakota Tech during commencement
ceremonies held Dec. 20 in Rapid City. Approximately 120 students were candidates for
degrees during Tech’s 148th Commencement.
South Dakota Team alum Marv Truhe, a Rapid City attorney, delivered the commencement
address. Naomi Fossen of Pierre, S.D., gave the senior class message. Tech also awarded five
Distinguished Alumni awards to Tech graduates who have made tremendous contributions to
their professions and their communities.
Associate’s of Arts
General Studies: Shannon Clark, Rapid City; Marci Eden, Rapid City; Susan Gunderson,
Gillette, Wyo.; Pandora Hanna, Gregory; Justin Seidel, Bismarck, N.D.
Bachelor’s of Science
Chemical Engineering: Richard Hamilton, Warner; Jessica Kienow, Sioux Falls; Mitchell
Wendt, Rapid City
Chemistry: Joel Brink, Rapid City
Civil Engineering: Jonathan Brosz, Bowman, N.D.; Brandon Butorac, Maple Grove, Minn.;
Naomi Fossen, Pierre; Jay Keegan, Rapid City; Katie Kirsner, Rapid City; Rodney Mohr,
Aberdeen; Mark Rieger, Loveland, Colo.; Joshua Schurger, Lead; Cody Stahl, Port of Spain,
Trinidad; Annicia Streete, Sundance, Wyo.; Wesley Tschetter, Watertown
Computer Engineering: Ross Castelli, Newcastle, Wyo.; Matthew Moore, Rapid City; Chad
Nielsen, Thermopolis, Wyo.; Damian Schmidt, Elk Point; Ralph Whitley, Rapid City
Computer Science: Larissa Kenney, Hot Springs; Colin Murphy, Prior Lake, Minn.; Le Qian,
Beijing, China; Patrick Rich, Rapid City; Joshua Smith, Kinnear, Wyo.
Electrical Engineering: Mark Abraham, Champlin, Minn.; Luke Albers, Canton; Geoffrey
Fecske, Rapid City; Rodney Hauptmeier, Granger, Iowa; Andrea Johnson, Pierre; Eric
Minnaert, Madison; Theodore Peterson, Hot Springs; Michael Pridgeon, Gillette, Wyo.; Brian
Vander Lugt, Sioux Falls
Geological Engineering: Linda Foster, Hot Springs; Gregory Henrikson, Rapid City
Industrial Engineering: Stephanie Beck, Rapid City; Daniel Brinkman, Yankton; Robert
Brown, Casper, Wyo.; Jason Durst, Douglas, Wyo.; Steven Gardner, New England, N.D.;
Bradley Jensen, Pierre; Jody Maberry, Pierre; Daniel Mueller, Kearney, Neb.; Charles Murray,
Rapid City; Matthew Payne, Kearney, Neb.
Interdisciplinary Sciences: Erin Burrer, McLaughlin; Jessica Christensen, Rapid City; Shane
Hansen, Tripp; Dean Henderson, Rapid City; Kristin Lupo, Rapid City; Katie Norman, Aberdeen;
John Sommervold, Rapid City; Kiley Steffen, Rapid City; Christopher Surma, Rapid City
Math: Matthew Dahl, Dickinson, N.D.
Mechanical Engineering: Justin Dewey, Saco, Mont.; James Freeman, Diagonal, Iowa; Mike
Goodale, Woonsocket; Joseph Marshall, Gillette, Wyo.; Brian Pinon, Hitchcock; Douglas
Podraza, Council Bluffs, Iowa; Christopher Rudd, Rapid City; Adam Sick, Hysham, Mont.; Julie
Wasson, Rapid City; Jason White, Afton, Minn.; Jacob Zeller, Delmont
Metallurgical Engineering: David Brewer, Peoria, Ill.; Mark Moberg, Rapid City
Master’s of Science
Chemical Engineering: Sailaja Chada, India; Sowmya Talari, India
Civil Engineering: Patrick Deering, Brandon; Raghunandan Kadaba, India; Ethan Swanson,
Lake Norden; Patrick Schwickerath, New Hampton, Iowa; Sorrawas Boonyong, Thailand; Kasey
Jones, Thermopolis, Wyo.; Dola Erla, India
Computer Science: Yunfeng Yang, China; Ping Li, China; Mradul Mishra, India; Parameswar
Parasuram, India; Revathi Jayaraman, India; Shana Fliginger, Rapid City; John Rishea, Rapid
City; Timothy Jacobson, Rapid City; Sriram Kalagarla, India; Chad Hartsel, Gillette, Wyo.;
Christopher Orton, Yankton
Electrical Engineering: Saivaraprasad Murahari, India; Chandrika Sabhavat, India; Stian
Stenseth, Norway; Prithvi Muddagouni, India; Michael Gibson, Sheridan, Wyo.; Lance Gilmore,
Hermosa; Dion Barrick, Rapid City
Geology and Geological Engineering: Kyle Smith, Mitchell
Mechanical Engineering: Amber Barrick, Aberdeen; Lars Halvorsen, Norway
Technology Management: Stephanie Hummell, Hurley; Tracinda Yaw, Newport, Neb.; Kjersti-
Helene Bøe, Norway; Joshua Price, Selby; Olav Ingvaldsen, Norway; Shirleine Kleppe, Hot
Doctor of Philosophy
Materials Engineering and Science: Sreedevi Dawadi, India
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