YEAR Award Recipients

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Diane Randall
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drandall@engr.wisc.edu

JOHN K. BABBITT
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

RAYMOND L. DICKEMAN
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

PHIL M. FERGUSON
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

HERBERT A. GOETSCH
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

ROBERT ROYCE JOHNSON
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

ARNOLD F. MEYER
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

GEORGE B. MILLER
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

GEORGE THODOS
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

JOHN K. BABBITT

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JOHN K. BABBITT

Vice President and General Manager, Wisconsin Michigan Power Company, Appleton, Wisconsin.

Born, Rock Island, Illinois, September 21, 1912.

B.S. (E.E.), 1936, The University of Wisconsin.

Responsible for advances in production and distribution of heat and power resources.

Began his career with Wisconsin Michigan Power Company in 1936, serving it continuously for more than thirty years. Promoted to Junior Engineer 1937, Senior Engineer 1942, and Chief Engineer 1957.

Became Assistant Vice President 1964, and was appointed to his present position and as a member of Wisconsin Michigan Power Company Board of Directors in 1967.

A member of many technical, professional and civic organizations, he is currently President, Appleton Chamber of Commerce, and is, or has been, a director of the First National Bank of Appleton; Kiwanis Club of Appleton; Wisconsin Utilities Association Research Foundation; Trees for Tomorrow; and the Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America.

RAYMOND L. DICKEMAN

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RAYMOND L. DICKEMAN

Vice President of Jersey Enterprises, Inc. and General Manager, Jersey Nuclear Company, Standard Oil (New Jersey), Bellevue, Washington.

Born, Lime Ridge, Wisconsin, August 9, 1922.

B.S. (Physics), 1947, The University of Wisconsin.

M.S. (Physics), 1948, The University of Wisconsin.

Outstanding contributions in the design and construction of nuclear-electric power plants.

Joined the General Electric Company in 1948 at Richland, Washington in the division of applied reactor physics. He held positions of increasing responsibility, becoming Manager, Applied Reactor Physics (1952); Manager, Process and Reactor Development (1956); General Manager, Fuels Department, for the research development and production of nuclear fuel (1960); General Manager of General Electric's Turnkey Project for the design and construction of seven major central nuclear power stations (1967). Accepted his present position in 1969.

He is a member of several professional societies, including American Nuclear Society, American Physical Society, Atomic Industrial Forum and American Management Association.

PHIL M. FERGUSON

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PHIL M. FERGUSON

Dean T. U. Taylor Professor of Civil Engineering, The University of Texas, Austin.

Born, Bartlett, Texas, November 10, 1899.

B.S. (C.E.), 1922, The University of Texas.

Professional Degree (C.E.), 1923, The University of Texas.

M.S. (C.E.), 1924, The University of Wisconsin.

Outstanding contributions to reinforced concrete design and frame analysis.

Began his career as structural engineer in the design of power plants and high-rise buildings (1924); since 1928 has served The University of Texas as Associate Professor, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Civil Engineering. Author of many technical papers and first American book on ultimate strength design (Reinforced Concrete Fundamentals), he also received the American Society of Civil Engineers Research Prize (1961) and the American Concrete Institute's Wason Award for Research three times (1928, 1954, 1968).

Member of many technical societies, including American Concrete Institute (President, 1959 and Honorary Member, 1968); American Society of Civil Engineers (President, Texas Section); National Society of Professional Engineers (Director).

HERBERT A. GOETSCH

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HERBERT A. GOETSCH

Commissioner of Public Works, City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Born, Random Lake, Wisconsin, April 3, 1919.

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

M.S. (C.E.), 1954, The University of Wisconsin.

Prominent for his many contributions to the solution of urban problems.

Began his career in the Corps of Engineers and Military Intelligence (1942-1946); received Bronze Star medal for meritorious service.

He joined the Engineering Department, City of Milwaukee, in 1949, and advanced to Engineer-in-Charge, Expressway Engineer, and City Engineer. Appointed to his present position in 1963.

The author of several technical papers, he has also served as a Director of the American Public Works Association; on various national advisory committees; and as a member of numerous major committees in the American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of Military Engineers, the Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers, and the City of Milwaukee.

In recognition of his contribution to urban development, he has received awards from the Engineers and Scientists of Milwaukee (1965); Kiwanis International (1968); Rotary Club of Milwaukee (1969); and the Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers (1969).

ROBERT ROYCE JOHNSON

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ROBERT ROYCE JOHNSON

Vice President, Engineering, Burroughs Corporation, Detroit, Michigan.

Born, Madison, Wisconsin, June 20, 1928.

B.S. (E.E.), 1950, The University of Wisconsin.

M. Engr., 1951, Yale University.

Ph.D., 1956, California Institute of Technology.

Outstanding leadership in the development of computing and data processing systems, a technology depended upon by American business and banking.

Began his career with Hughes Aircraft Company (1951) in the development of the airborne digital control computer.

Joined General Electric Company (1956) and pioneered the work on magnetic ink checks and time-sharing computer systems.

Joined Burroughs Corporation (1964) as Director of Engineering in the development of commercial computer systems and coordinating worldwide projects on computer language processors.

A Fellow in the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, he is the recipient of several professional awards and holder of at least five U.S. patents.

ARNOLD F. MEYER

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ARNOLD F. MEYER

Vice President, Engineering and Research, The Heil Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Born, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 26, 1910.

B.S. (M.E.), 1936, The University of Wisconsin.

Outstanding leader in the development of specialized automotive transport systems.

Began his career as a welding engineer with the Heil Company (1932). He successively advanced to Design Engineer (1938); Chief Engineer (1942); Vice President of Engineering (1948); of Tank Division (1956); and present position (1962). He invented and developed the frameless trailer tank design, used in the construction of all modern tank trailers; also responsible for engineering and developing many military vehicles during and after World War II. More recently has turned his talents to the solution of solid waste disposal problems.

He is a member of many engineering societies, and a national officer in the Society of Automotive Engineers and the National Truck Tank and Trailer Tank Institute.

GEORGE B. MILLER

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GEORGE B. MILLER

President, Racine Hydraulics, Racine, Wisconsin.

Born, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, February 24, 1916.

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

Made significant contributions to the progress of the fluid power industry.

Began his career as an engineer with Racine Hydraulics in 1940, advancing to positions of Chief Engineer, Vice President—Engineering, Executive Vice President, and to his present position in 1965.

A director of the Gorton Machine Company and Wisconsin Metal Products, he is also a member of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of the National Conference on Fluid Power.

He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy for four years, is a member of the Racine Environment Committee, and of the Boards for the Racine Boy Scouts, the Rapids Drive School District and the Chamber of Commerce, of which he is past Vice President.

GEORGE THODOS

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GEORGE THODOS

W. P. Murphy Professor of Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

Born, Chicago, Illinois, September 15, 1915.

B.S. (Ch.E.), 1938, Illinois Institute of Technology.

M.S. (Ch.E.), 1939, Illinois Institute of Technology.

Ph.D. (Ch.E.), 1943, The University of Wisconsin.

Outstanding contributions to the knowledge of fluid behavior and its technological applications.

Started his career as Junior Chemical Engineer with the Standard Oil Company (Indiana) (1939); transferred to Phillips Petroleum Company (1943) as Chemical Engineer, and then to the Pure Oil Company (1946).

Joined Northwestern University (1947) as Assistant Professor and served as Associate Professor and Professor. In 1963 he was appointed W. P. Murphy Professor, his present position. He was also Chairman of the Chemical Engineering Department from 1960 to 1964.

With his students he has authored numerous technical papers on the physical properties of gases and liquids, heat transfer, and chemical reaction kinetics.




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