South Dakota Tech To Honor Outstanding Recent Graduates
Seven South Dakota Tech alumni will be honored as recipients of the 2005 Outstanding Recent Graduate Award during an Engineers Week luncheon scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in the Surbeck Center Ballroom.
The Outstanding Recent Graduate program honors graduates who have achieved exemplary career progress and recognition within 10 years of graduation. The program was originated and is sponsored by Tech’s Alumni Association and the SDSM&T 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 2005 winners:
Staci Bogue-Buchholz graduated from Tech with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1994. She works for Archer Daniels Midland Company as divisional manager environmental for ADM’s milling division, which has over 50 facilities in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and the United Kingdom. She is responsible for all environmental issues at facilities within the division including permitting, strategy, technical support, legislation/rule review and applicability determination, guidance development, training development, project review and approval, project management and engineering support. She has successfully balanced a busy career, travel and her family life.
Hillari Clark earned her bachelor’s degree in geological engineering at Tech in 1994 and her master’s degree in 1997. She then accepted a position as reservoir engineer with CalResources and quickly rose in responsibility as team leader, including management of major development projects with annual budgets of $80 million. She currently is a development engineer for Aera Energy (formerly CalResources). She is the author of numerous reports, resource evaluations and production plans. She has successfully balanced work and family and is an outstanding example of achievement in her field of petroleum production.
Cale Groen graduated from Tech with a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering in 1994. Cale leads the Caterpillar effort in developing technologies to meet EPA Tier IV diesel emissions standards. He has been recognized as an expert in induction heat-treating processes, QS9000 quality standards and team leadership. In his various career roles, he has improved products and processes, resulting in annual company savings exceeding $1 million. Groen also strives to maintain a work-life balance and always puts his family first.
Dave Muck graduated from Tech with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1994 and a master’s degree in civil engineering in 1995. He is co-owner of Ferber Engineering Company of Rapid City, where he uses his unique technical capabilities to contribute significantly to both team and individual engineering efforts. He gives freely of his time to the professional and local communities while devoting himself to his wife and daughter.
Dale Nuttall graduated from Tech with a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering in 1994. He started his career after graduation with AMAX Gold where he progressed from entry-level mining engineer to project engineer. He next joined Wyo-Ben, Inc. as a mining engineer and has risen to his current position as mine superintendent and was instrumental in developing a state-of-the-art data collection and database system. He is active professionally with the Society of Mining Engineers and the Wyoming Mining Association, with family activities and in his church and community.
Lonnie Snyder earned bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and computer science in 1994, taking only four years to do so. While at Tech, he was a founding partner, computer programmer and consultant for Blaze Technologies. He is currently vice president of sales and marketing for Zeotek, Inc. in Broomfield, Colo., where he works as an applications programmer and is responsible for project leadership, implementing core components, configuration management expertise and training. He and his brother, Ronnie, have received copyright protection for several software programs written during the past 10 years. Lonnie is active in professional and community organizations and in their church.
Ronnie Snyder graduated from Tech with bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and computer science in 1994, taking only four years to do so. While at Tech he was a founding partner, computer programmer and consultant for Blaze Technologies. He currently serves as vice president of operations for Zeotek, Inc., in Broomfield, Colo., where he works as an applications programmer, firmware engineer and lead software engineer for organizations in the software development, intelligence, and process manufacturing industries. He and his brother, Lonnie, have received copyright protection for several software programs written over the past 10 years. Ronnie is active in professional and community organizations. He and his wife Amy are active members of the Tri Baptist Church of Westminster.
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