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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 Feb. 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

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