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December 15, 2004
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Tech Holds 150th Commencement
South Dakota Tech will hold its 150th Commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Theater. More than 85 graduates will receive associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees.
Dan Landguth will join Tech as commencement speaker. Landguth earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Tech in 1968. During the past 34 years, he has risen through the ranks of Black Hills Corporation to become the company’s Chairman of the Board.
At Black Hills Corporation, Landguth formed an aggressive and successful senior management team of diversely talented individuals who oversee the electric utility, independent energy, and communications business units. He leads by example, stressing the importance of teamwork, strong ethics, and commitment from all. Under his leadership, Black Hills Corporation has reached new heights in growth and earnings.
Landguth also has been active in the community. He is a former Trustee and Chairman of the Spearfish Canyon Foundation and Land Trust, has been a member of the Youth and Family Services fund-raising steering committee, has served as a trustee for the Crazy Horse Foundation and Rapid City Regional Hospital, and has participated in many other community organizations.
Lindsay Lipps, an Industrial Engineering major from Hay Spring, Neb., will represent the graduating class. Lipps has served Alpha Delta Pi Sorority in several offices, including president. She also served as president of the Interfraternity Council, Society of Women Engineers, and Alpha Pi Mu Industrial Engineering Honor Society. She has been a participant or member in Tau Beta Pi, Phi Eta Sigma freshmen honor society, Students Against Drunk Driving, M-Week, Order of Omega Greek honor society, and she was an orientation leader for three years. Her future plans include pursuing a master’s degree in ergonomics.
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:
Dr. Maurice Fuerstenau
Raised in Rapid City, Dr. Maurice Fuerstenau received his bachelor’s degree in geological engineering from South Dakota Tech in 1955. In addition to service as a professor at the Colorado School of Mines, the University of Utah, South Dakota Tech, and the University of Nevada, Reno, he chaired the Department of Metallurgical Engineering at Tech for 17 years. He currently serves as Foundation Professor of Metallurgy at the University of Nevada, Reno. Fuerstenau is an internationally acclaimed metallurgist. He has published more than 125 technical papers and been awarded three patents. He also has authored or edited six books. His professional accomplishments have been recognized with numerous national awards and honors.
Dr. James Martin
Dr. James Martin was born in Rock Springs, Wyo., and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Geology from South Dakota Tech in 1971 and 1873, respectively. After receiving his doctorate from the University of Washington, Dr. Martin’s love of western South Dakota drew him back here in 1979 when he became curator of vertebrate paleontology at Tech’s Museum of Geology and Professor of Geology and Geological Engineering.
Dr. Martin’s work in paleontology has established an international reputation for both himself and this university. He was honored by the Royal Geographical Society of London with the International Discovery of the Year Award in 1999. Also, his professional affiliations and consultant work have benefited numerous projects, companies, and organizations.
Dr. Duane Sander
Hailing from Howard, Dr. Duane Sander earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from South Dakota Tech in 1960, and a master’s and doctorate from Iowa State. In his more than 30 years of service to South Dakota State University, Dr. Sander has served as professor of electrical engineering, director of engineering extension, head of general engineering, and dean of engineering. In these roles, he accomplished much for the benefit of South Dakota, including the encouragement of numerous university-industry partnerships and the promotion of outreach and entrepreneurial activities.
He co-founded Daktronics, which has established a worldwide reputation for state-of-the-art scoreboard and programmable display products. Since 1999, he has been employed by SDSU’s Foundation as its director of special projects. Numerous publications and affiliations throughout his career mark his creativity and dedication. His professional involvement and accomplishments are balanced by his civic and humanitarian activities.
Patrick Tlustos graduated from South Dakota Tech with a bachelor���s degree in civil engineering in 1971. After completing his ROTC obligation, he accepted a position with the City of Rapid City. In 1979, he joined Hills Materials as an area manager, and was promoted to company president in 1986. Under his direction, Hills Materials became one of the largest and most profitable highway construction and building materials suppliers in the region.
Since the company’s sale in 1999, Tlustos has served as President of Hills Products Group, a managing partner of the Black Hills Surgery Center, and numerous property development groups. He is involved with numerous organizations that support the local community, including the Rapid City Club for Boys.
Dr. Richard Warder, Jr.
Dr. Richard Warder Jr. is professor of mechanical engineering and dean of the Herff College of Engineering at the University of Memphis. He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from South Dakota Tech in 1960 and master’s and doctorate degrees from Northwestern University. He was a faculty member at the University of Missouri-Columbia for 26 years and served as chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering for six years.
He also has served as an instructor at South Dakota Tech, as a faculty member at Northwestern University and George Washington University, and at Litton Industries and the National Science Foundation. During his academic career, he has mentored more than 50 honors, masters, and doctoral students and has served as principal investigator on projects that have received more than $2.5 million in research funding.
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