1973 Award Recipients

Engineers' Day Information:
Diane Randall
608/265-4048
drandall@engr.wisc.edu

N. J. BECK
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

SIMON K. CHEN
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

WILLIAM H. FERRIS, SR.
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

MAURICE O. HOLTAN
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

RONOLD W. P. KING
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

ELIZABETH JACKSON MC LEAN
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

GORDON H. MILLAR
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

ALDEN J. PAHNKE
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

EUGENE C. RAGATZ
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

LINDON EDGAR SALINE
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

WILLARD W. WARZYN
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

N.J. BECK

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N. J. BECK

Vice President, Transportation Systems, Rohr Industries, Incorporated, Chula Vista, California.

For his significant contributions in the fields of diesel engine design and mass transportation.

Born, Fresno, California, November 2, 1925.

B.S. (M.E.) 1947, University of Colorado.

M.S. (M.E.) 1948, California Institute of Technology.

Ph.D. (M.E.) 1952, University of Wisconsin.

After completing his graduate work at the University of Wisconsin, he became a Senior Research Engineer at the General Motors Research Laboratory. From 1953 to 1956 he served as Research Engineer and from 1956 to 1959 he was Chief Propulsion Engineer for the Douglas Aircraft Company. He then joined the Cummins Engine Company and became Vice President, Research, in 1960. In 1961 he took a position as Chief Engineer for the McCulloch Corporation, and in 1964 he became President and General Manager, Advanced Products Division, of the White Motor Company. He became associated with Rohr Industries, Incorporated, in 1970, and was appointed to his present position in 1971.

He has several U.S. patents and has published many papers in his field. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (Director 1971-1973), American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi. He was responsible for all research while at the Cummins Engine Company and started the research and development laboratory for the White Motor Company. He currently has complete operating and financial responsibility for the transportation business of the Rohr Corporation including the cars for the new San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit System. His outside interests have included extensive church activities and service as District Chairman of the Boy Scouts.

SIMON K. CHEN

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SIMON K. CHEN

Vice President, Engineering-Power Systems Division, Fairbanks-Morse Division, Colt Industries, Beloit, Wisconsin.

For his contributions as inventor and mechanical engineer which have resulted in improved diesel engines.

Born, Shanghai, China, November 13, 1925. Naturalized American citizen 1955.

B.S. (M.E.) 1947, National Chiao-Tung University.

M.S. (M.E.) 1949, University of Michigan.

Ph.D. (M.E.) 1952, University of Wisconsin.

During 1949-1951 he served as an Instructor in the Mechanical Engineering Department of Northwestern University. In 1952 he joined the International Harvester Company as Project Engineer, was promoted to Chief Project Engineer in 1955, and served as Divisional Chief Engineer during 1965-1969. In 1969 he joined Colt Industries as Vice President and General Manager (Large Engine Operation) and in 1971 he was appointed to his present position as Vice President of Engineering (Power Systems Division).

He is a member of many organizations including the Society of Automotive Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, The Combustion Institute, Sigma Xi and Beta Gamma Sigma. He has several U.S. patents and has published papers in the field of combustion engines. Besides his responsibility for a new line of highspeed diesel engines, he also has responsibility for all Colt Industries' power systems as well as operating responsibility for large engines operation. Through his promotion and effort in working with the Diesel Engine Manufacturing Association he has developed industry-wide standards for exhaust emission and noise abatement. He has received the Arch T. Colwell Merit Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers.

WILLIAM H. FERRIS, SR.

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WILLIAM H. FERRIS, SR.

Senior Vice President, Engineering Systems Operations, Wisconsin Power and Light Company, Madison, Wisconsin.

For outstanding contributions to the development of reliable and economic power in Wisconsin.

Born, Madison, Wisconsin, September 26, 1909.

B.S. (E.E.) 1931, University of Wisconsin.

Essentially all of his professional career has been with the Wisconsin Power and Light Company. He has served in various capacities as: Survey Party Chief; Junior Engineer; Janesville District Engineer; Planning Engineer—Construction; Assistant Chief Electrical Engineer; Chief Electrical Engineer; Vice President—Engineering and Systems Operations, 1965; and Senior Vice President—Engineering and Systems Operations, 1968. In addition, he has served on the Board of Directors since 1968. During the years 1943-1946 he served as a Radar Maintenance Officer (Lt.) on the USS Chenango.

He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Wisconsin. He is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Wisconsin Utilities Association. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Atomic Power Development Association and the Wisconsin Valley Improvement Corporation. As chairman of the Wisconsin-Upper Michigan Systems Coordinating Committee, he is active in the overall planning of generating plants and transmission systems in Wisconsin. He has also been active in the Mid-America Interpool Network planning studies.

MAURICE O. HOLTAN

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MAURICE O. HOLTAN

President
Slinger Foundry Co., Slinger, Wisconsin.
Hartford Manufacturing Co., Hartford, Wisconsin.
Holtan Axle and Transmission Co., Juneau, Wisconsin.
Sparta Manufacturing Co., Sparta, Wisconsin.

For significantly advancing the manufacture of small engines and transmissions.

Born, Stoughton, Wisconsin, September 10, 1901.

After completing high school in 1919 he was employed by the First National Bank of Stoughton. About one year later he joined the Stoughton Wagon Company and in December, 1920, he was transferred to the Great Lakes Malleable Company in Milwaukee. He left that company in 1927 and remained in real estate and mortgage financing until 1944. With his brother he started the Slinger Foundry Company, concentrating on the casting of cylinder sleeves for small lightweight engines. This activity led to the formation of a machine shop, Hartford Manufacturing Company, and later to a machine shop and foundry, Sparta Manufacturing Company. Shortly after 1960, again with his brother, he developed and patented a unique type of cylinder sleeve known as "Ribondex" sleeve which has been adopted by almost all of the small engine builders and outboard motor manufacturers. These sleeves are used in lawn mowers, tractors, outboard engines, snowmobiles, chain saws, etc. The Holtan Axle and Transmission Company was started to manufacture transmissions, differential axles and transaxles. The development of these products evolved from seven patents that he holds.

He has been very active in Masonic work and is an honorary 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason. He has served on various school committees, been active in church programs, and has been a loyal supporter of the Shriners' hospitals for crippled children.

RONOLD W. P. KING

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RONOLD W. P. KING

Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics (Emeritus), Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

For fundamental developments in the transmission and reception of electrical signals and in recognition of his international reputation as an engineering educator.

Born, Williamstown, Massachusetts, September 19, 1905.

B.A. (Physics) 1927 and M.S. (Physics) 1929, University of Rochester.

Ph.D. (E.E.) 1932, University of Wisconsin.

During 1932-1936 he served as an instructor and assistant professor in physics at Lafayette College. He then spent a year in Berlin, Germany, as a Guggenheim fellow. His career at Harvard started in 1938 as an instructor in physics and he was appointed to the rank of professor in 1946. He remained at Harvard until his retirement in 1972, except for a second year as a Guggenheim fellow spent in study and travel abroad.

He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a corresponding member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, and a member of the American Association of University Professors, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Modern Language Association, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, International Scientific Radio Union, Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi.

He is the author or co-author of eight technical books and about 170 papers. He has served as an Associate Editor of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Transactions on Antennas and Propagation. He has also served as a consultant to many organizations and has provided valuable service to many governmental groups. Over 50 of his Ph.D. students hold responsible positions all over the world.

ELIZABETH JACKSON MC LEAN

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ELIZABETH JACKSON MC LEAN

Assistant Commissioner, Department of Public Works, Chicago, Illinois.

For providing outstanding leadership in the planning and development of Chicago's public works programs.

Born, Mineral Point, Wisconsin, April 26, 1931.

B.S. (C.E.) 1954, University of Wisconsin. She is married to Charles H. McLean, Operations Engineer, Illinois Division of Highways, and has two daughters.

Her entire engineering career has been with the City of Chicago, starting in 1954 as a Planning Associate in the City Planning Commission. From 1956 to 1965 she served as a Traffic Engineer in the Department of Streets and Sanitation and from 1965 to 1967 as Chief Research and Planning Engineer in the Department of Public Works. After a short period as Assistant City Architect she was appointed to her present position in 1967.

She is a member of many organizations including U.S. Committee of Transportation Quality, Commission of Urban Area Government, Chicago Beautiful Committee (Co-Chairman), Lincoln Park Renewal Corporation (Secretary), Department of Public Works Interprofessional Committee (Chairman). Chicago Plan Commission, American Society of Public Administration, Institute of Traffic Engineers, National Housing and Redevelopment Association. She is a Registered Professional Engineer in Wisconsin and Illinois.

She has made important contributions to the following Chicago area projects: Kennedy rapid transit project, Dan Ryan rapid transit project, Lincoln Park urban renewal project, Englewood transit terminal, and various other projects concerned with the lakefront, air-rights development, central area subway, park malls and traffic planning and programming.

GORDON H. MILLAR

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GORDON H. MILLAR

Vice President, Engineering, Deere and Company, Moline, Illinois

For many distinguished contributions to the manufacture of equipment and machinery used in agriculture, construction and recreation.

Born, Newark, New Jersey, November 28, 1923.

B.S. (M.E.) 1949, University of Detroit.

Ph.D. (M.E.) 1952, University of Wisconsin.

Served in the 78th Infantry Division in Europe, 1942-1946. During the period 1952 to 1957 he was employed as a Supervisor in the Mechanical Engineering Laboratory of the Ford Motor Company. From 1957 to 1959 he was Engineering Manager of the Meriam Instrument Company. From 1959 to 1962 he served as Assistant Chief Engineer and Chief Engineer of the Marine Division, McCulloch Corporation, Los Angeles. In 1963 he joined Deere and Company as Director of Engineering Research. After six years he served as Assistant to the General Manager, Engine Engineering, and later as Assistant General Manager, Product Engineering. In 1971 he was named as the representative of Deere and Company for negotiations in Italy with the Fiat Company, regarding a combined overseas company to include all out-of-country operations of Fiat and Deere. He was appointed to his present position in 1972.

He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (Director 1968-1970), American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and Sigma Xi. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio. He has twelve patents and numerous technical papers in his field of interest. His devotion and interest to higher education is demonstrated by his service as Chairman of the Board of Regents, State College of Illinois. He is a member of the Army Weapons Command, Weapons Advisory Group, Rock Island Arsenal.

ALDEN J. PAHNKE

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ALDEN J. PAHNKE

Assistant Director, Petroleum Laboratory Manager, Research and Development, E. I. du Pont Company, Wilmington, Delaware.

For research leading to a better understanding of the combustion of fuels in engines and for the development of a method for reducing pollutants in exhaust emissions.

Born, Green Bay, Wisconsin, November 29, 1926.

B.S. (M.E.) 1948, M.S. (M.E.) 1949 and Ph.D. (M.E.) 1951, all at the University of Wisconsin.

His entire professional career, starting in 1951, has been with the E. I. du Pont Company. He became Supervisor of Combustion Research in 1954, Technical Assistant in 1958, Senior Research Engineer in 1960, Senior Supervisor in 1964 and has served in his present position since 1968. He is a member of many organizations including the Society of Automotive Engineers, American Chemical Society and the Combustion Institute. He has authored a number of publications on various aspects of engine combustion and performance including knock and exhaust emissions.

He has been instrumental in experimentally determining and elucidating chemical reactions leading to knock in an engine and how they are affected by tetraethyl lead. He is also responsible for the concept and development of the exhaust thermal reactor used to reduce pollutants which may be used to meet 1975-1976 emission standards.

His outside interests have included service as a Committeeman for the Boy Scouts, President of the Civic Association and Team Manager and Council Representative for the Concord Baseball League for Boys.

EUGENE C. RAGATZ

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EUGENE C. RAGATZ

Vice President and Technical Director, Allen-Bradley Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

For the development of electrical equipment which has led to many industrial advances.

Born, Potosi, Wisconsin, February 25, 1908.

B.S. (Ch.E.) 1929, University of Wisconsin.

In 1930 he joined the Allen-Bradley Company as a Research Chemist. He was named Chief Metallurgist in 1939, Chief Chemist in 1947, and Technical Director in 1955. He was elected Vice President in 1968. His current memberships in professional organizations include American Association for Advancement of Science, American Ceramic Society, American Chemical Society, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Management Association, American Society of Lubrication Engineers, American Society for Metals, American Society for Testing and Materials, Electrochemical Society, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, National Association of Corrosion Engineers, Engineers and Scientists of Milwaukee, and Industrial Research, Inc.

He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Wisconsin and has several patents related to electrical equipment. He has served as President of the American Society of Metals (1966) and as President of the Metal Powder Core Association (1965-1967). He has been very active in working with high school students in applied science projects and providing vocational guidance, and has also been concerned with the development of postgraduate and professional courses for university graduates.

LINDON EDGAR SALINE

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LINDON EDGAR SALINE

Manager, Corporate Education Services, General Electric Company, Crotonville, New York.

For contributing significantly to the development of electrical and electronic systems and to the development of the professional growth of engineers in industry.

Born, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 16, 1924.

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

M.S. (E.E.) 1948 and Ph.D. (E.E.) 1950, University of Wisconsin.

During 1946-1947 he served as a Development Engineer for Cutler-Hammer, Inc. He left that position to continue his education at the University of Wisconsin. Since then his career has been with the General Electric Company. From 1948 to 1955 he served as an analyst in the Analytical Engineering Section and then in the Project Analysis Section of the Research Laboratory. From 1955 to 1958 he was Manager in the Engineering Recruiting Service. He then served as Manager—Operations Analysis in the Computer Department from 1958-1959 and as Manager—Information Systems Section from 1959 to 1962. During 1962 to 1965 he was Manager—Engineering of the Apollo Support Department and in 1965-66 he served as Consultant—New Business Planning on the Corporate Engineering Staff. He then served as Manager—Educational Systems and Technology of General Learning Corporation (educational affiliate of Time, Inc., and General Electric) and then as Manager—Professional Manpower Recruiting Operation. He was appointed to his present position in 1970.

He is a member of many technical and honorary societies and is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York, Arizona, Maryland and Florida. Over 20 of his papers have dealt with power system design concepts and performance, applied mathematics, technical education and information systems technology. He received the General Electric Managerial Award and an award for an AIEE paper.

WILLARD W. WARZYN

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WILLARD W. WARZYN

President, Warzyn Engineering and Service Company, Madison, Wisconsin

For distinguished service to the engineering profession.

Born, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, June 5, 1918.

B.S. (C.E.) 1942, University of Wisconsin.

He started his engineering career in 1942 with the Dravo Corporation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as a Field Engineer. From 1944 to 1946 he worked as a Structural Design Engineer in the same organization. In 1946 to 1947 he worked as a Structural Design Engineer for the Rust Engineering Company in Pittsburgh. In 1947 he joined Mead & Hunt, Inc., in Madison as a Structural Engineer and served as Chief Structural Engineer and Project Coordinator from 1951 to 1955. In 1955 he started his own company and has continued as its president. He is a member of many professional and technical societies including Consulting Engineers Council, American Concrete Institute, American Society for Testing and Materials, American Institute for Steel Construction, American Public Works Association, American Railroad Engineering Association, American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, and Madison Area Surveyors Council. He is a registered engineer in Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

He has served as President of the Southwest Chapter of Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers, as President of the Wisconsin Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, as President of the Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers and as a National Director to the National Society. In 1966 he was honored as WSPE Engineer of the Year in Private Practice. In 1971, through the United Church Board for World Ministries, he gave two months of volunteer structural engineering service at Tarsus and Istanbul, Turkey.




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