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Distinguished Engineer Honorees

SDSU Distinguished Engineer “Wall of Fame” Recipients of the Distinguished Engineer Award are honored at the annual College of Engineering Banquet, where an award plaque is presented.

The Distinguished Engineer Award was first awarded by the SDSU College of Engineering on February 26, 1976, under the direction of Dean Junis O. Storry. The purpose of the Distinguished Engineer Award is to recognize and honor those who have demonstrated eminent achievements in a field of engineering. Outstanding achievement in other fields is also given consideration, provided the nominee is an SDSU engineering graduate. Selection procedures were developed and implemented and the first awards were presented to 22 SDSU alumni of the College of Engineering in 1977. Since its inception, the coveted award has been presented to more than 141 Distinguished Engineers.

Distinguished Engineer Awards

Reece KurtenbachDistinguished Engineer Brookings, SD
Gregg StedronskyDistinguished Engineer Wagner, SD
Troy MeinkDistinguished Engineer Lemmon, SD
Dr. Niaz Latif Distinguished Engineer Bangladesh
Larry E. BellDistinguished Engineer Doland, SD
Delvin E. DeBoerDistinguished Engineer Milbank, SD
Jane McKee SmithDistinguished Engineer Rapid City, SD
Calvin VaudreyDistinguished Engineer Glendo, Wyoming
Donald L. VealDistinguished Engineer Chance, SD
Richard F. SayreDistinguished Engineer Madison, SD
Lynn G. SeppalaDistinguished Engineer Watertown, SD
Gordon D. NivaDistinguished Engineer Aberdeen, SD
Gerald C. BlazeyDistinguished Engineer Brookings, SD
Beth M. KasparDistinguished Engineer Brookings, SD
Curtis BrudosDistinguished Engineer Lake City, SD
Dale JansDistinguished Engineer White River, SD
Richard C. GustafDistinguished Engineer Sioux Falls, SD
Wallace J. HoffDistinguished Engineer Ramona, SD
Robert J. PurcellDistinguished Engineer Watertown, SD
Richard O. HeggDistinguished Engineer Bruce, SD
Francis KubDistinguished Engineer Ipswich, SD
Jeffrey L. NelsonDistinguished Engineer Marion, SD
Ramon Menon UnnikrishnanDistinguished Engineer Cochin, India
Kenton R. KaufmanDistinguished Engineer Mitchell, SD
John G. KappenmanDistinguished Engineer Sioux Falls, SD
Wanda K. RederDistinguished Engineer Nisland, SD
Ronald W. MielkeDistinguished Engineer Groton, SD
Edward L. CannonDistinguished Engineer Sioux Falls, SD
Albert “Bill” BillmanDistinguished Engineer Hanson County, SD
Loren B. WagenaarDistinguished Engineer Volga, SD
James MenteleDistinguished Engineer Spencer, SD
Arlo B. DeKraaiDistinguished Engineer Brookings, SD
David E. ChristiansonDistinguished Engineer Wayzata, MN
Kathryn A. WalkerDistinguished Engineer Aurora, SD
Jerome J. GasparDistinguished Engineer Bridgewater, SD
Jim MorganDistinguished Engineer Ellsworth, SD
Dennis MickoDistinguished Engineer Claremont, SD
Marwan HassounDistinguished Engineer Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Thomas WeaverDistinguished Engineer Brewster, MN
John MaddenDistinguished Engineer Mound City, SD
Alyn HoltDistinguished Engineer Clear Lake, SD
Virgil G. EllerbruchDistinguished Engineer Lander, WY
Robert G. DutcherDistinguished Engineer Sioux Falls, SD
A. J. Van DierendonckDistinguished Engineer Larchwood, IA
Roger M. LarsonDistinguished Engineer Boyd, MN
Leon B. EllweinDistinguished Engineer Roscoe, SD
Charles A. OnstadDistinguished Engineer Spring Grove, MN
Harold HohbachDistinguished Engineer Plankinton, SD
Donald J. EdwardsDistinguished Engineer Tracy, MN
John C. “Jack” MarshmanDistinguished Engineer Sioux Falls, SD
Ronald D. SchmidtDistinguished Engineer Pipestone, SD
Duane SanderDistinguished Engineer Howard, SD
Merlyn IsaakDistinguished Engineer Parkston, SD
Bruce L. MillerDistinguished Engineer Brookings, SD
Paul G. CummingsDistinguished Engineer Wessington, SD
Harlow J. MinerDistinguished Engineer Gregory, SD
Richard R. BellDistinguished Engineer Hecla, SD
Jerome J. LohrDistinguished Engineer Raymond, SD
Dennis R. LittleDistinguished Engineer Brookings, SD
Richard A. BerrethDistinguished Engineer Veblen, SD
Dale A. BucksDistinguished Engineer Doland, SD
Neil R. PattersonDistinguished Engineer Brookings, SD
Frank R. KnutsonDistinguished Engineer Brookings, SD
Wayne KnabachDistinguished Engineer Harrisburg, SD
Delvin D. EberleinDistinguished Engineer Volga, SD
Jerald A. TunheimDistinguished Engineer Langford, SD
Frederick J. RittershausDistinguished Engineer Freeman, SD
Donald KukukDistinguished Engineer Huron, SD
John L. WiersmaDistinguished Engineer Volga, SD
Robert F. RischDistinguished Engineer Brookings, SD
Leon D. CrossmanDistinguished Engineer Miller, SD
William G. BorghardDistinguished Engineer Brooklyn, NY
Byron J. AndersonDistinguished Engineer Lake Wilson, MN
Richard B. HayterDistinguished Engineer Brookings, SD
James N. DornbushDistinguished Engineer Pollock, SD
Aelred J. KurtenbachDistinguished Engineer Dimock, SD
Robert C. OlsonDistinguished Engineer Henry, SD
James A. LarsonDistinguished Engineer Hudson, SD
Russell E. ChristiansenDistinguished Engineer Jefferson, SD
Emory E. JohnsonDistinguished Engineer Ceresco, NE
Harold H. HallDistinguished Engineer Parker, SD
Junis O. StorryDistinguished Engineer Astoria, SD
Delbert M. LeppkeDistinguished Engineer Cresbard, SD
John A. SchmidtDistinguished Engineer Canistota, SD
James L. MannDistinguished Engineer Raymond, SD
Dale C. RymanDistinguished Engineer Aberdeen, SD
Dennis L. MoeDistinguished Engineer Sioux Falls, SD
Hans G. JepsonDistinguished Engineer Spencer, WV
Errol P. EerNisseDistinguished Engineer Rapid City, SD
Charles A. LundquistDistinguished Engineer Webster, SD
Leonard F. SwansonDistinguished Engineer Sioux Falls, SD
Albert L. PugsleyDistinguished Engineer Brookings, SD
Lawrence R. ThielenDistinguished Engineer Huron, SD
C. Milo ThelinDistinguished Engineer Sioux Falls, SD
Merlyn E. SchlenkerDistinguished Engineer Frederick, SD
Merle L. EsmayDistinguished Engineer Newell, SD
Kenneth H. SpiesDistinguished Engineer Valley Springs, SD
Frederick Harold Leinbach, JrDistinguished Engineer Washington, DC
Roland J. JensenDistinguished Engineer Lake Norden, SD
James S. BoydDistinguished Engineer Volga, SD
Mark E. BarberDistinguished Engineer Alpena, SD
Robert B. YuleDistinguished Engineer Brookings, SD
Ronald J. LaValleeDistinguished Engineer Lisbon, ND
Donald D. HaselhorstDistinguished Engineer Northville, SD
John D. DysonDistinguished Engineer Lemmon, SD
Henry H. DeLongDistinguished Engineer Redfield, SD
Jerome A. StorryDistinguished Engineer Astoria, SD
Milo A. DuddenDistinguished Engineer Clear Lake, SD
Ernest L. BuckleyDistinguished Engineer Lemmon, SD
John M. HansonDistinguished Engineer Brookings, SD
Richard T. BuesingDistinguished Engineer Lynd, SD
George H. OlesonDistinguished Engineer Lake Andes, SD
Ernest E. MichaelsDistinguished Engineer Watertown, SD
William S. LoweDistinguished Engineer Burlington, KS
Gene AmdahlDistinguished Engineer Flandreau, SD
Dewey J. DeBoerDistinguished Engineer Corsica, SD
Warren D. FishDistinguished Engineer Tyndall, SD
Leroy F. HarzaDistinguished Engineer Brookings, SD
Jack W. WildDistinguished Engineer Woonsocket, SD
Marvin J. WillrodtDistinguished Engineer Chamberlain, SD
Melvin L. ManningDistinguished Engineer Miller, SD
Charles L. CoughlinDistinguished Engineer Carthage, SD
Robert D. MitchellDistinguished Engineer Madison, SD
Donald E. CraigDistinguished Engineer Sioux Falls, SD
Calvin C. OlesonDistinguished Engineer Lemmon, SD
Harold M. CrothersDistinguished Engineer Arlington, SD
Wayne H. PetersDistinguished Engineer Humboldt, SD
Everett W. DunnDistinguished Engineer Summit, SD
Harry L. SolbergDistinguished Engineer Brookings, SD
William H. GambleDistinguished Engineer Wessington, SD
Raymond W. SundstromDistinguished Engineer Beresford, SD
Archie HigdonDistinguished Engineer Spencer, SD
Clifford W. WelshDistinguished Engineer Madison, SD
Robert G. HooverDistinguished Engineer Columbia, SD
Robert A. WilkensDistinguished Engineer Brookings, SD
Loys A. JohnsonDistinguished Engineer Brookings, SD
Donald A. WilliamsDistinguished Engineer Clark, SD
Leonard E. JohnstonDistinguished Engineer Bradley, SD
Stephen F. BriggsDistinguished Engineer Watertown, SD
Lesher S. Wing Distinguished Engineer Arlington, SD
Leonard J. LindeDistinguished Engineer Plaza, ND
David A. Christensen Distinguished Engineer Brookings, SD