1972 Award Recipients

WESLEY J. BURMEISTER
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

FARRINGTON DANIELS
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

HENRY P. EHRLINGER
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

LEON K. KIRCHMAYER
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

JAMES W. MOHR
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

RALPH E. PURUCKER
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

MELVIN J. STERBA
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

ROBERT E. SUTHERLAND
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

WALTER H. TACKE
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

RANSOM TYLER
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

WESLEY J. BURMEISTER

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WESLEY J. BURMEISTER

State Highway Engineer (Retired), Wisconsin Division of Highways, Madison, Wisconsin.

Born, Middleton, Wisconsin, November 21, 1906.

B.S. (CE) 1929, University of Wisconsin.

Contributed significantly to the planning and construction of the Wisconsin Highway System.

Started his career with the Wisconsin Highway Commission in 1929, serving in various capacities, until his appointment in 1954 as District Engineer for the Waukesha area. In 1957 he was appointed Chief of Maintenance Engineering for the Wisconsin Highway Commission and in 1960 to the position of Director of Planning and Research. He was appointed State Highway Engineer in 1965.

He has been active in many professional organizations; President of the Southwest Chapter of the Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers and Director of the State Chapter of the same organization; Chairman of a number of committees of the Highway Research Board, Member of the Board of Directors of the American Road Builders Association, Vice-President and President of the American Association of State Highway Officials. He also served as President of the Mississippi Valley Conference of State Highway Departments.

Upon his retirement, he was honored with the Governor's Award for Distinguished Service, a Citation from the Wisconsin County Highway Commissioners and Committee Members Associations, an official commendation from the Wisconsin Legislature, and a written tribute in the Congressional Record by Congressman Vernon W. Thomson. In 1971 he was named Engineer of the Year by the Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers.

FARRINGTON DANIELS

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FARRINGTON DANIELS

Professor Emeritus, Chemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.

Born, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 8, 1889.

B.S. (1910), University of Minnesota. Ph.D. (1914), Harvard University.

Outstanding contributions in chemistry, in the development of nuclear energy and the applications of solar energy.

Taught physical chemistry at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (1914-1917). He then served for one year as First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and two years in the Bureau of Soils, Washington, D.C.

In 1920 he joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin, progressed through the ranks and became Department Chairman (1952-59). He was appointed Professor Emeritus in 1959.

From 1944-46 he was associated with the Manhattan District Atomic Energy Project (Chicago) and served as Director of the Metallurgical Laboratory in 1945-46. He played a key role in establishing the Solar Energy Laboratory in the College of Engineering and conducted research therein, 1959-70.

Awarded Honorary Doctor of Science degrees by the Universities of Rhode Island, Minnesota, Dakar (Africa), Louisville, and Wisconsin. Awarded the Priestly Medal, The Willard Gibbs Medal, and received the Norris Award of the American Chemical Society. Authored or co-authored approximately 300 scientific papers and eight books.

Served as President of the American Chemical Society, President of the Geochemical Society, Vice President of the National Academy of Sciences, and President of the Solar Energy Society.

HENRY P. EHRLINGER

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HENRY P. EHRLINGER

Consultant in Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, Associate Professor, Metallurgical Engineering, University of Texas—El Paso, El Paso, Texas.

Born, Chicago, Illinois, February 2, 1903.

B.S. (M&ME) 1931, University of Wisconsin.

Responsible for notable contributions to the methods used in the production of lead and zinc.

He initiated his career in 1925 as a Research Engineer and Plant Superintendent for the Bunker Hill Company of Kellogg, Idaho. In 1928 he joined the Evans Wallower Zinc Company as Superintendent of the Electrolytic Zinc Plant. He joined the Portable Power Tool Corporation of Warsaw, Indiana, in 1931 and he served as General Manager of the Peru Mining Company at Deming, New Mexico from 1935-39.

In 1939 he was appointed Captain, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and served almost three years in Europe during World War II. He was promoted to the rank of Colonel before he left the Army in 1945 to become President and General Manager of Operations with the Lead Carbonate Mines, Inc., of Silverton, Colorado.

In 1957, he retired to a very active consulting practice and in 1959, in addition to his consulting, he was appointed Associate Professor of Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Texas—El Paso. He was recently chosen by a combined faculty and student poll as one of the five "Most Honored Faculty Members" at the University of Texas—El Paso.

LEON K. KIRCHMAYER

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LEON K. KIRCHMAYER

Manager, Systems Planning and Control Section, Electric Utility Division, General Electric Company, Schenectady, New York.

Born, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 24, 1924.

B.S. (E.E.) 1945, Marquette University.

M.S. (E.E.) 1947 and Ph.D. (E.E.) 1950, University of Wisconsin.

Pioneer in the field of electric power and control systems.

He joined the Analytical Engineering Section of the General Electric Company in 1948, served as Manager of Power Systems Operational Investigations 1956 to 1958; as Manager, System Generation Analytical Engineering, 1958 to 1963. He was appointed to his present position in 1968. He is currently also serving as an Adjunct Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

His special activities have included: operational planning of electric power control systems, dynamics of automatic control of tie-line power and frequency, and economic optimization of operations. He holds several patents in the electric power computer control systems field and has written two books on the economic operation and control of power systems. He has also written more than 70 papers in his field of interest. Served as a board member and Group Chairman of many Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers activities.

Named Engineer of the Year (1966) by the Schenectady Chapter of the National Society of Professional Engineers. Elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and also a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

JAMES W. MOHR

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JAMES W. MOHR

Director of Research, Outboard Marine Corporation, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Born, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 5, 1921.

B.S. (M.E.) 1948 and M.S. (M.E.) 1949, University of Wisconsin.

Outstanding leader in the development of outboard marine motors.

In May, 1943, he joined the U.S. Army Signal Corps as a private and he left the Army in 1946 as a First Lieutenant. He served in Hawaii, Japan, and the Philippines. He then completed his academic work at the University of Wisconsin.

After leaving the University in 1949, he worked for the Kiekhaefer Aeromarine Motors for one and one-half years and then joined the Outboard Marine Corporation. He held positions as Research Engineer, Administrative Engineer, Assistant Director of Research and was appointed to his present position in 1967.

He has been active in professional organizations, having served as Chairman of the Milwaukee Section of the Society of Automotive Engineers, and as a National Director for that society. Author of papers on vibration and noise control of motors; listed in Who's Who in Engineering and Engineers of Distinction.

Active in community service, he has served the Boy Scouts of America (Milwaukee Council) as Scout Master and Committee Chairman, the School Board and PTA in many capacities, and the Milwaukee School of Engineering and the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee College of Engineering and Applied Science as Chairman of their Industrial Advisory Committees.

RALPH E. PURUCKER

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RALPH E. PURUCKER

Chief Engineer and Administrator (Retired), Engineering Division, Wisconsin Public Service Commission, Madison, Wisconsin.

Born, Jefferson, Wisconsin, September 7, 1902.

B.S. (E.E.) 1924 and M.S. (E.E.) 1925, University of Wisconsin.

Outstanding contributions in the field of utility regulations.

His professional life has been largely with the State of Wisconsin. Starting in 1926 as an Electrical Engineer in the Engineering Department, Public Service Commission, he advanced to Assistant Chief Engineer, and in 1963 to Chief Engineer of the Department, a position from which he recently retired.

He served as a consultant with the Tennessee Valley Authority, the War Production Board, and the State Rural Electrification Authority. He also served on the Legislative Council Committee on Nuclear Energy, the Sanguine Committee and the Federal Power Commission Bulk Power Committee.

Member and active contributor to the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, American National Standards Institute. He is also a member of the American Water Works Association, Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers, and the Wisconsin Association of Professions, Inc.

MELVIN J. STERBA

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MELVIN J. STERBA

Assistant to Vice President for Engineering Research and Development, Universal Oil Products, Chicago, Illinois.

Born, Hillsboro, Wisconsin, May 13, 1910.

B.S. (ChE) 1932, University of Wisconsin.

Responsible for the development, design, and servicing of process equipment in petroleum refining and petrochemical manufacturing.

Began his career in 1932 with C. F. Burgess Company of Madison, now Research Products Corporation. In 1935 he joined the Universal Oil Products Engineering Research and Development Department. He served as head of the department from 1952-63 and was appointed to his present position in 1963.

He is the author or co-author of about fifty papers in the petroleum and petrochemical field, and has personally presented at least twenty-five of them to a variety of national and international technical society meetings.

He has been very active in the fight against pollution, serving on the Illinois Pollution Control Board, as well as providing technical testimony to a California Legislative subcommittee on Air Pollution in Los Angeles. Also active in community affairs, he has served as Director, Secretary, and Vice President of the Illinois Lutheran Welfare Association and as Director and Secretary to Lutheran Welfare Services of Illinois, the largest Lutheran Welfare agency in the United States.

ROBERT E. SUTHERLAND

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ROBERT E. SUTHERLAND

Vice President for Engineering and Development (Process Division), Universal Oil Products, Chicago, Illinois.

Born, River Falls, Wisconsin, April 27, 1910.

B.S. (ChE) 1933, University of Wisconsin.

Responsible for the development, design, and servicing of process equipment in petroleum refining and petrochemical manufacturing.

Began his career in 1933 with the Sinclair Refining Company. In 1935 he joined the Universal Oil Products Corporation Engineering Research and Development Department. He served as head of the department from 1945-52 and was appointed to his present position in 1952. In 1960 he was appointed Senior Vice President.

Listed in Who's Who in America.

He is the author or co-author of fifteen papers on processes for petroleum refineries and petrochemical industries. He served as a section chairman for the Fifth World Petroleum Congress in 1959. He is an active member of the American Chemical Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Petroleum Institute, the Society of Automotive Engineers, the Air Pollution Control Association, and the Industrial Research Institute.

WALTER H.TACKE

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WALTER H. TACKE

Deputy Commissioner of Public Works (Retired), City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Born, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, April 2, 1908.

B.S. (C.E.) 1930 and M.S. (C.E.) 1932, University of Wisconsin.

He provided outstanding leadership to the City and County of Milwaukee in the development of an expressway system and subsequently in directing the wide variety of activities for the Department of Public Works of the City of Milwaukee.

After graduation, he served for five years as Instructor in Civil Engineering at the University of Wisconsin. In 1935 he joined the City of Milwaukee as Planning Engineer. From 1938 to 1943 he served as Office Engineer in the Bureau of Street Construction in Milwaukee and then was appointed Supervising Engineer. From 1951 to 1954 he served the City of Milwaukee as Expressway Engineer and from 1954 to his retirement in 1970, as Deputy Commissioner of Public Works.

Served as Chairman, Executive Committee of the Highway Division, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1963 to 1964.

He developed the imaginative "City of Milwaukee Road Life Study" which provided the basis for a perpetual inventory of the street system and life expectancy for street pavements which is now being used by many cities as part of an overall study of transportation needs.

Resolution by the Common Council, City of Milwaukee, commended him for his 37 years of exemplary service to the City of Milwaukee.

RANSOM TYLER

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RANSOM TYLER

Director of Engineering and Vice President, Oilgear Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Born, Maniti, Puerto Rico, July 23, 1906.

B.S. (E.E.) 1928, University of Wisconsin.

Responsible for major technical advances and improvements in the use of fluids.

After graduation in 1928 he became associated with the Oilgear Company and has served as Application Engineer, Chief Engineer (1961), Vice President and Chief Engineer (1967), member of the Board of Directors (1968) and in his present position since 1971.

He has played an important role in the development of fluid power components and fluid power circuitry. He has contributed greatly to the standardization of hydraulic symbols and terminology. He holds many patents on hydraulic components and systems and has written numerous technical articles on hydraulics.

He is a member of many honorary, technical, professional, and civil organizations. He has served as a member of the Board of Governors of the National Conference on Fluid Power. He has worked for years with Boy Scout and Girl Scout organizations and is also an ardent worker in the American Field Service Program. He has also been active on elementary and secondary school boards as a member and director.




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