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Harry L. Solberg

Harry Solberg
Harry L. Solberg

Distinguished Engineer

Hometown: Brookings

Mechanical Engineering,

Harry L. Solberg was the son of Halvor C. Solberg, former professor and head of the Mechanical and Steam Engineering Department and the namesake for Solberg Hall on the South Dakota State University campus. Following graduating from SDSC, Harry L. Solberg went to Purdue University where he earned his M.S. in 1923 and served on the faculty until his retirement in 1966. Among his positions at Purdue, he was the head of the School of Mechanical Engineering and associate dean of Engineering. He was a member of the Indiana State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors and a member of the Indiana State Boiler and Pressure Vessel Board. Solberg was chairman of the Engineer-In-Training Committee of the ASME; president of the Indiana Engineering Council and a fellow in the ASME. He was recognized as Engineer of the Year in 1960 in Indiana and was a well-known author in the field of thermal engineering. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by SDSC in 1955.