1969 Award Recipients

ALFRED GRUHL
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

VALERIUS E. HERZFELD
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

RALPH H. ISBRANDT
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

CLEMENT P. LINDNER
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

WESLEY GRINDELL MARTIN
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

EDWARD J. WELLAUER
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

ALFRED GRUHL

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ALFRED GRUHL

Chairman of the Board, Wisconsin Electric Power Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Born, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 19, 1902.

B.A., 1925, The University of Wisconsin.

Recognized for his management of electric utility systems, contributions of advanced engineering concepts and techniques in the electric power field, and active promotion of extra-high-voltage transmission, large-scale nuclear power generation, and air-pollution control.

Started career with Wisconsin Electric Power Company, 1932. Became successively head of that company's Operating Research Bureau, Vice President in 1955, and President in 1962.

He was elected to his present position in 1967, as well as the company's subsidiaries, Wisconsin Michigan Power Company and Wisconsin Natural Gas Company.

He is past president of the Wisconsin Utilities Association and currently Chairman of the Executive Committee of Mid-America Interpool Network.

VALERIUS E. HERZFELD

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VALERIUS E. HERZFELD

Vice President, Research and Engineering, Univac Data Processing Division, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.

Born, Weyauwega, Wisconsin, March 1, 1921.

B.S.(E.E.), 1949, The University of Wisconsin.

M.S. (E.E.), 1951, The University of Wisconsin.

Ph.D. (E.E.), 1953, The University of Wisconsin.

Outstanding contributions to the technology of computers and data processing and their commercial applications.

Started career with Illinois Northern Utilities in 1949; Research Assistant, The University of Wisconsin, 1950-53.

Joined Univac in 1953 as an electrical engineer and progressed from Project Engineer through various supervisory levels to Manager, Commercial Operations, Twin City Area, in 1964.

Became Vice President, Engineering, Univac Data Processing Division, 1964. Has held present position since 1967.

He is the author of technical papers on computers, holder of four patents, and served as I.R.I. Lecturer in Rome, Italy.

He is a member of numerous honorary and technical societies, past president of the Wisconsin Alumni Association of St. Paul, and has devoted much time to the service of his church.

RALPH H. ISBRANDT

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RALPH H. ISBRANDT

Vice President, Automotive Product Staff, American Motors Corporation, Detroit, Michigan.

Born, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, April 9, 1905.

Responsible for major advances in automotive and aircraft design.

Started his career with A. 0. Smith Corporation and joined Nash Motors in 1929. In 1936 moved to Firestone Tire and Rubber Company as Assistant Automotive Research Engineer and advanced to Vice President and General Manager of Firestone Aircraft Company which achieved recognition for production of military aircraft wings and development of helicopters.

Joined Kaiser-Frazer as Chief Automotive Mechanical Engineer in 1947 and in 1949 became Chief Aircraft Engineer.

Returned to Nash in 1953 as Chief Design Engineer and was named Executive Engineer of American Motors Corporation in 1956, Vice President—Automotive Engineering and Research in 1961, and has served in his present position since February, 1968.

He is an active member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, being immediate past president, and has served as chairman of its Technical Board and several terms as a member of its Board of Directors.

He was recently appointed as member of the National Motor Vehicle Safety Advisory Council of U.S. Department of Transportation.

CLEMENT P. LINDNER

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CLEMENT P. LINDNER

Chief Engineer and Chief, Retired, Engineering Division, U.S. Army Engineer Division, South Atlantic, Atlanta, Georgia.

Born, Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, November 23, 1901.

B.S. (C.E.), 1925, The University of Wisconsin.

M.S. (C.E.), 1932, The University of Wisconsin.

Contributions of outstanding merit in research, design, and construction of flood-control and navigation projects and military facilities.

Started career as instructor in hydraulic engineering 1925-27, hydroelectric engineer with Consumers Power Company 1927-29.

Served with Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army from 1929 through 1966, both as a civilian and, during World War II, as an officer, advancing to the rank of Colonel. Served as enlisted man in World War I with AEF.

Major projects worked on include comprehensive studies of reservoirs in Mississippi River basin and flood-control design; Cross-Florida Ship Canal; over 20 multiple purpose dams, Central and Southern Florida flood-control project; development and design of facilities for Nike, Zeus and Nike X systems; NASA facilities at Huntsville, Mississippi, Test Facility and Cape Kennedy including the vehicle assembly building, the largest building cubage-wise in the world.

He is a member of numerous honorary and technical organizations, served on many committees, and is author of numerous technical papers.

Recipient of Army Commendation Ribbon, Army Certificate of Achievement, Army Decoration for Meritorious Civilian Service, Army Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service, and NSPE Certificate for Outstanding Service.

WESLEY GRINDELL MARTIN

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WESLEY GRINDELL MARTIN

Associate Director, Research and Development, A. 0. Smith Corporation, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Born, Platteville, Wisconsin, September 22, 1904.

B.S. (Ch.E.), 1926, The University of Wisconsin.

Pioneer in development of glass coating for steel products.

Began career with Carnation Milk Company in 1926. Started with A. 0. Smith Corporation in 1928 as director, Ceramic Laboratory; held successive positions as Superintendent, Welding Electrode Manufacturing; Project Engineer; Ceramics, General; Manager, Agricultural Research; Assistant Director, Research and Development. Held present position since 1957.

Developed corrosion-resistant glasses and manufacturing processes suitable for coating large single-piece storage tanks and water heaters. Originated and developed the Harvestore concept of sealed storage of agricultural crops.

Holder of 29 United States patents, author of numerous technical articles, member of many technical and honorary societies, registered professional engineer, and an active member of his church.

EDWARD J. WELLAUER

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EDWARD J. WELLAUER

Director, Research and Development, The Falk Corporation, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Born, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, March 19, 1911.

B.S. (E.E.), 1935, Marquette University.

M.S. (Met.E.), 1938, The University of Wisconsin.

Contributions of outstanding merit in the analysis, design and manufacture of gears and gearing systems, particularly in the fields of gear strength and durability ratings.

Served over thirty years as engineer and research executive with The Falk Corporation, responsible for standard product development, research, materials engineering, engineering standards, and cast-weld design.

Holder of many United States and foreign patents. Author of over sixty published papers and lectures. Member and active contributor to numerous technical and professional organizations; currently Vice President, Technical Division of the American Gear Manufacturers Association. Registered professional engineer.

Recipient of numerous awards including the Edward P. Connell Award from the American Gear Manufacturers Association; $2,000 award from Lincoln Arc-Welding Association; Golden Gear Award, AGMA's 50th anniversary award for power transmission design; Master Designers Award, the Product Engineering "Tribute to Excellence"; Engineer of the Year Citation from Engineers and Scientists of Milwaukee; 1965 citation of the Milwaukee Rotary Club for outstanding contribution to his profession.

Holder of Boy Scouts of America International Wood Badge and the Silver Beaver Award.




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