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March 8, 2004
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Tech Honors Outstanding Recent Graduates
Five South Dakota Tech alumni were honored recently as recipients of the 2004
Outstanding Recent Graduate Award. The Outstanding Recent Graduate
Program honors graduates who have achieved exemplary career progress and
recognition within 10 years of graduating from Tech.
The program is sponsored by the Tech Alumni Association and the Tech
Foundation. 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.
The winners of the 2004 Outstanding Recent Graduate Award:
Michael Binfet graduated from Tech with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical
Engineering in 1993. He has gone on to work for Honda R&D, Americas, bringing
distinction not just to himself, but to Tech in the process. In addition to his
technical and leadership abilities, Binfet has kept his connection with Tech
through additional post-baccalaureate education and by acting as a recruiter for
Honda. He is an outstanding example of a good community citizen, working with
his local church and other community organizations.
U.S. Army Capt. John W. Henderson graduated from Tech with a bachelor’s
degree in Civil Engineering in 1994 and a master’s degree in Civil Engineering in
2002. Henderson has excelled in his career, both as a professional engineer and
as an Army officer. A good example is his work with the Army Corp of Engineers
in Vicksburg, Miss., where he manages more than $60 million in Corps projects.
Henderson is currently serving in Iraq.
Andrew J. Long graduated from Tech with a bachelor’s degree in Geological
Engineering in 1993, a master’s degree in 1995, and a doctorate in 2000. At the
U.S. Geological Survey’s District Office in Rapid City, he quickly rose to the
position of project chief, with responsibility for several major water-resources
projects, including Rapid City’s water supply from the Madison aquifer. He is the
author of numerous publications, including peer-reviewed journal articles, U.S.
Geological Survey water-resources investigations, conference papers and final
technical reports. Long is an active member of the community in the Black Hills
area, both within and outside science and engineering circles.
Tony J. Oehlerking graduated from Tech with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical
Engineering in 1993. He has worked for Midcom Inc. in Watertown for the past
10 years, and is currently manager for the Power and LANDatacom products.
Oehlerking’s main responsibilities are to manage and implement new products
from proposal justification, research and development through marketing,
implementation and technical support phases. Oehlerking and his family are very
active in their church activities. He has accepted leadership roles at New Life
Church in Watertown where he contributes as a ministry leader, Sunday school
teacher and daycare development leader.
Deborah L. Sloat graduated from Tech with a bachelor’s degree in
Interdisciplinary Sciences in 1994 and from the University of South Dakota with a
master’s degree in Administrative Studies—Human Resource Option in 1998.
Since graduation, she has shown a rapid rise in her professional responsibilities
as a human resources expert, culminating with her current position as director of
Human Resources at Tech. Her leadership and commitment to creating and
maintaining a positive work environment for employees at Tech has been
exemplary. Her career has included numerous professional presentations and
the initiation of many training and motivational programs. Sloat’s expertise and
caring about others has influenced all aspects of the university and has impacted
the community and the state.
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