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December 12, 2003
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Tech Holds 148th Commencement
South Dakota Tech will hold its 148th Commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Theater. More than 120 graduates will receive associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees. This will be the first commencement for new Tech President, <b>Dr. Charles Ruch</b>.
<b>Marv Truhe</b> will join Tech as commencement speaker. Truhe, of Rapid City, was born in Winner, and knew early on that he wanted to attend South Dakota Tech. He majored in Mechanical Engineering, and received a bachelor’s degree, with honors, in 1967. He received a law degree in 1970 from Northwestern University Law School. After law school, he served four years in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps during the Vietnam War. After a brief stint in the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office, he began practicing law in Rapid City, specializing in civil and construction litigation, and mining and environmental law. Truhe is a loyal supporter of South Dakota Tech, and has given the university countless hours. He has served the South Dakota Tech Foundation for more than 20 years, and helped raise millions of dollars for scholarships and capital projects.
<b>Naomi Fossen</b> will represent the graduating class. Fossen, of Pierre, will receive a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering with honors. She has served as a resident assistant, as a driver for Students Against Drunk Driving, and as a member of the Society of Women Engineers, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, and other organizations. This year, she was elected as one of Tech’s two Homecoming queens. Naomi also has excelled in the classroom, regularly making the Dean’s List. After graduation, she will pursue a master’s degree in Civil Engineering at Tech.
Also during the ceremony, Tech will honor five alumni with “Distinguished Alumni” awards, given to graduates who have made outstanding contributions in their professions and to Tech.
This year’s Distinguished Alumni:
<b>Dr. Everett E. Bloom</b> (Met, ‘63) Everett E. Bloom, from Doland, earned his bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering in 1963. Bloom then earned his master’s and doctorate degrees, also in Metallurgical Engineering, from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He joined the staff of the Metals and Ceramics Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1964, and now serves as director of the division. The division has a staff of approximately 250, and conducts materials research and development for the Department of Energy and other government departments and agencies, in addition to participating in cooperative programs with U.S. industry, academia, and many foreign research laboratories. Bloom has conducted research and written more than 200 papers. He has represented the national laboratory on numerous national and international committees and working groups established for the purpose of planning program strategies for materials development.
<b>Dr. Wayne F. Echelberger</b> (CEE, ’56)
Wayne F. Echelberger, Jr., originally from Pierre, earned his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in 1956. After graduation, he continued his education and earned his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Michigan. Echelberger’s teaching, research, and administrative career spanned three decades at five universities, including the University of Michigan, University of Notre Dame, Indiana University, the University of Texas at El Paso, and the University of South Florida. Echelberger’s research and teaching experience and interests include environmental engineering, environmental quality planning and management, water quality engineering, environmental health and sanitation, solid and hazardous waste management and public works administration. In addition to his academic experience, Echelberger has consulted with government and industry in water and air quality control, solid and hazardous waste management, occupational safety and health and environmental planning management and impact assessments.
<b>Thomas J. Flakoll</b> (EE, ’68)
Thomas J. Flakoll, of Forbes, N.D., began his career at Honeywell after graduating from Tech with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1968. He joined Bowmar Instrument Corporation in 1970, and progressed to the position of director of engineering in 1977. He held similar positions with Dynamics Corporation of America prior to joining Technitrol in 1980 as general manager of their Components Division. He excelled in the company to the positions of vice president, president and chief operating officer, and president and chief executive officer. He also served on Technitrol’s board of directors. He expanded the Technitrol’s focus internationally and aggressively pursued acquisitions in growth markets. Technitrol sales grew from $73 million in 1993 to $449 million in 1998, through a combination of acquisitions and internal growth. During his tenure, Flakoll helped propel Technitrol from a small domestic manufacturing company to a truly international corporation with more than 21,000 employees in 29 locations in 15 countries.
<b>Dr. Chao-Ning Liu</b> (EE, ’56)
Chao-Ning Liu, raised in Taiwan, earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering fin 1956, and master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Illinois. Liu enjoyed a distinguished career with IBM Research beginning in 1961 in pattern recognition techniques, and expanded the methodology throughout the next decade to build the first multifont optical reader for the Social Security Agency. He continued research into the design and use of hardware and software systems for the field of image processing, automatic programming for small business applications and on signature dynamics for personal verification. He was co-inventor of a signature verification system based on writing acceleration and pressure waveforms, and developed an experimental system based on this technique. In 1989, this technology became a component of the IBM Transaction Security System. Liu then focused his research on medical imaging, scientific and engineering visualization and virtual reality. Evidence of Liu’s creative endeavors includes his more than 40 publications and seven U.S. patents.
<b>Frank H. Richardson</b> (GeoE, ’55)
Frank H. Richardson, a Wood native, graduated in 1955 with a degree in Geological Engineering, and joined Shell as a petroleum engineer. In 1967, he became division petroleum engineer for the Houston Production Area, and in 1971 was named manager of Engineering for the Western Exploration and Production Region in Houston. The following year, he transferred to Los Angeles as a production manager for Shell’s Western Exploration and Production Region. In 1974, he returned to Houston as division production manager, and then became general manager for production, Western Exploration and Production Region. He was elected Vice President for Corporate Planning in 1978, and in 1980, became Senior Vice President for Administration. In July 1982, he became Executive Vice President for Administration, and in 1983, executive vice president for Products. In 1984, he was elected a director of the company. In 1988, Richardson was elected as Shell’s President and Chief Executive Officer, a position he held until his retirement in 1993. Richardson currently serves as vice chair of the Board of Trustees of Baylor College of Medicine, and chair of Baylor’s Finance Committee. He is also a director of Sysco Corporation and chair of Sysco’s Finance Committee. Richardson also serves as an honorary director of the American Petroleum Institute Board of Directors.
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