1975 Award Recipients

SOL BURSTEIN
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

LAWRENCE A. ERNEST
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

GERALD ESTRIN
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

THELMA ESTRIN
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

RICHARD S. HARTENBERG
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

MICHAEL W. MAIER
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

ROY F. WESTON
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

SOL BURSTEIN

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SOL BURSTEIN

Executive Vice President, Wisconsin Electric Power Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

For his many important contributions to the power industry, especially the needs of Wisconsin citizens and industry.

Born, Chelsea, Massachusetts, December 25, 1922.

B.S. (M.E.) 1944, Northeastern University.

After receiving his B.S. degree, he was concerned with the design and test of naval and merchant ships for the Bethlehem Steel Corporation. In April of 1947 he joined the staff of Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation. His assignments included engineering, design and specification work for many power companies in the United States, South America, Europe and the West Indies. In 1955 he was in charge of the engineering, design and supervision of construction for the largest steam electric generating unit undertaken to that time for the Commonwealth Edison Company. In 1962 he was assigned as an engineering consultant to the Wisconsin Electric Power Company for the design and construction of the Oak Creek Power Plant. In 1965 he was appointed Chief of Power Plants for the Wisconsin Electric Power Company, was elected Vice President in 1966, Senior Vice President in 1969, and Executive Vice President in 1973. He has been the single person most responsible for the construction and operation of the Point Beach Nuclear Plant and presently directs the technical effort of the four-utility combine which proposes to build the Koshkonong Nuclear Plant.

He has published numerous papers in the fields of power, energy, engineering, environment and conservation and is a member of many technical and honorary societies. He serves as a Director of the Wisconsin Electric Power Company, Wisconsin-Michigan Power Company and the Wisconsin Natural Gas Company. His interest in education is evidenced by his membership in the Engineering Advisory Committee of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and Committees on Education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Northwestern University. In 1974 he was named Engineer-of-the-Year by the Milwaukee Council of Engineering and Scientific Societies.

LAWRENCE A. ERNEST

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LAWRENCE A. ERNEST

Plant Superintendent, Sewerage Commission, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

For his successful solution of important and complex operational problems resulting in greatly improved methods of waste water treatment.

Born, Glidden, Wisconsin, June 20, 1925.

B.S. (Ch.E.) 1950 and M.S. (Eng.) 1957, University of Wisconsin.

Before attending the University he served in the United States Army (Infantry) from 1943-1945. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star by the U.S. Army in 1945. He started his professional career as a Drainage Basin Engineer with the Wisconsin State Board of Health in 1950. During the period 1956 to 1965 he served as a Chemist, Industrial Waste Engineer and Assistant Laboratory Director for the Milwaukee Sewerage Commission. He was appointed Laboratory Director in 1965 and to his present position in 1973.

He has published many research papers relating to the treatment and control of industrial and domestic waste water. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Wisconsin and a Diplomate in the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. He was recently elected First Vice President of the Central States Water Pollution Control Association. In addition he is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, Lake Michigan Water Analysts Association and other professional societies.

He was awarded the George Bradley Gascoigne Medal by the Water Pollution Control Federation in 1970 for his paper, "Full Scale Oxygen Transfer Studies of Seven Diffuser Systems." This medal is awarded annually by the Federation for an outstanding contribution to the art of waste water treatment plant operation.

GERALD ESTRIN

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GERALD ESTRIN

Professor of Computer Sciences, University of California–Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California.

For his internationally recognized work as a university teacher and researcher in the design and construction of computers.

Born, New York, New York, September 9, 1921.

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

After receiving his Ph.D. degree he joined the Institute for Advanced Study's Electronic Computer Group at Princeton University. In 1954 and 1955 he was awarded the Louis Lipsky Exchange Fellowship and served as Director of the Electronic Computer Group of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. Under his guidance the Group developed the WEIZAC computer, the first large-scale computer developed outside the United States and Europe. From 1956 to the present he has been associated with the University of California–Los Angeles, currently as Professor of Computer Sciences.

He has been a prolific writer with 15 reports, over 50 research papers and 5 textbooks to his credit. He was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers in 1968 "for outstanding contributions to university research and education in computers and to the design and construction of pioneering digital computers." He is a member of several other honorary and technical societies and also serves as a consultant to various industries and governmental agencies. He was awarded Guggenheim Fellowships in 1963 and 1967. In 1971 he was elected to the Board of Governors of the Weizmann Institute of Science. He organized the first international Jerusalem Conference on Information Technology in 1971; was involved in the organization of the Rio de Janeiro Symposium on Computer Education for Developing Countries; has been co-principal investigator of a USA-Brazil research exchange program; and has worked for several years with the Institute for Computer Science in Lagos, Nigeria.

THELMA ESTRIN

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THELMA ESTRIN

Director, Data Processing Laboratory, Brain Research Institute, University of California-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California.

For her pioneering work in the application of computers in biomedical research.

Born, New York, New York, February 21, 1924.

B.S. (E.E.) 1947, M.S. (E.E.) 1948, and Ph.D. (E.E.) 1951, University of Wisconsin.

While working for her advanced degrees at the University of Wisconsin she served as a teaching assistant and instructor in the Department of Electrical Engineering. After receiving her Ph.D. degree she served for two years as a biomedical research engineer in the Electroencephalography Department of Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. During the next two years she served as an electronics computer engineer at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. On returning to the United States, she served as an instructor in the Mathematics Department of Rutgers University and then as an instructor in the Department of Engineering at Valley College, before accepting a position as Associate Research Anatomist in the Brain Research Institute of the University of California–Los Angeles. Except for a one-year return as Fulbright Fellow to the Weizmann Institute of Science she has remained at the University of California–Los Angeles. She was appointed to her present position in 1969, and is also a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anatomy at UCLA.

She is listed in Who's Who of American Women and Two Thousand Women of Achievement, and is a member of several honorary and technical societies. Her extensive research work has resulted in many publications and in participation at several international symposia. She is Vice President of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Group on Engineering in Medicine and Biology and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Biomedical Engineering Society.

RICHARD S. HARTENBERG

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RICHARD S. HARTENBERG

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Emeritus, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.

For his outstanding contributions in the field of kinematics of mechanisms and for his excellent presentation of the history of technology.

Born, Chicago, Illinois, February 27, 1907.

B.S. (M.E.), 1928, M.S. (M.E.) 1933 and Ph.D. (E.M.) 1941, University of Wisconsin.

After receiving his B.S. degree he studied for two years in universities in Germany before he returned to the University of Wisconsin as an Instructor in Engineering Mechanics. In 1941 he accepted a position as Assistant Professor at Northwestern University, and was appointed to the position of Professor of Mechanical Engineering in 1956. He served for several years as Acting Chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Astronautical Sciences. In addition he has held short-term appointments with the Forest Products Laboratory in Madison and with the U.S. Air Force in the United States, France and England.

He is co-author of a well-received textbook, a contributor to Encyclopedia Britannica and the Dictionary of Scientific Biography, and has published over 35 research papers. He is the cofounder of the Matrix Method of Kinematic Analysis. In addition, he has had important roles in planning four U.S. Mechanisms Conferences, serving as Chairman in 1966. His research in the history of technology resulting in many publications and lectures has been highly praised by his colleagues.

He is a Life Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, member of the Verein Deutscher Ingenieure, member of the Newcomen Society, London, member of the Society for the History of Technology and other technical and educational societies. He holds several U.S. patents and is a registered Professional Engineer in Wisconsin and Illinois. In 1965 he received the Western Electric Award for outstanding teaching and the ASME Mechanisms Award in 1974.

MICHAEL W. MAIER

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MICHAEL W. MAIER

Vice President and Corporate Secretary, Malleable Iron Range Company, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

For his outstanding engineering leadership and administrative ability, and for his devotion to civic and educational activities.

Born, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, August 13, 1923.

B.S. (M.E.) 1944, M.S. (M.E.) 1949, D. Law 1949, University of Wisconsin.

From 1944-46 he served as a Test Engineer at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. In 1949 he accepted a position as Administrative Assistant with the Malleable Iron Range Company and has remained with that company in various positions of increasing responsibility to the present time. He was appointed to his present position in 1974. He has been granted seven patents relating to various features of oven range design and has been most instrumental in the engineering of his company's products as attested by the development, production and marketing of the self-cleaning pyrolytic oven.

He presently serves as an Industry Representative on Underwriters' Laboratories, Inc., as Vice President of Lisser & Maier, Inc., and as a member of the Board of Directors of the First National Bank and Trust Company of Beaver Dam. His community activities include services for both the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts, President of the Boys' Baseball Club of Beaver Dam, President of the Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce, President of the Beaver Dam Community Chest, Organizer and Past Commodore of the Pioneer Yacht Club, and presently Commander Flotilla 4-1 U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He has also served for four years as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Wayland Academy, Beaver Dam.

ROY F. WESTON

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ROY F. WESTON

Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Roy F. Weston, Inc., West Chester, Pennsylvania.

For his many important developments of techniques and equipment for waste water treatment and pollution control.

Born, Reedsburg, Wisconsin, June 25, 1911.

B.S. (C.E.) 1933, University of Wisconsin.

Public Health Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1937.

M.S. (C.E.) 1939, New York University.

After receiving his B.S. degree he worked for two years as a Junior Highway Engineer for the Wisconsin State Highway Department, and then for two years as a District Engineer for the Wisconsin State Board of Health. Subsequently he served as a Research Fellow and Instructor at New York University while working for his M.S. degree. From 1939 to 1955 he was a Sanitary Engineer for the Atlantic Refining Company. In 1952 he and several associates started a Sanitary Engineering Consulting Company. He served as president through several reorganizations and since 1957 has served as President and Chief Executive Officer.

A Diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, he served as its President in 1974. He is also a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Fellow of the American Public Health Association and a member of many more technical and professional societies. He has authored or coauthored more than 100 technical papers on pollution control, industrial waste disposal and related subjects. He serves as a member of: the Pennsylvania Solid Waste Management Advisory Committee; the Environmental Pollution Panel of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States; the Visiting Committee of the College of Engineering, Drexel University; and the Advisory Committee, Delaware Technical and Community College. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in 15 states and the District of Columbia. He was named "Engineer of the Year" by the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers in 1970 and by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1973. He was awarded the Industrial Wastes Medal by the Water Pollution Control Association in 1950, the Arthur Sidney Bedell Award by the Water Pollution Control Federation in 1959 and the George Washington Medal by the Engineers Club of Philadelphia in 1973.




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