1977 Award Recipients

THOMAS F. AIRIS
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

R. ROSS BLACKWOOD
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

ROBERT L. CATTOI
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

EDWIN J. DUSZYNSKI
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

RONALD H. FILLNOW
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

ROBERT W. FLUGUM
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

TORU IURA
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

JAMES R. RANDALL
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

ROBERT G. SACHS
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

THOMAS F. AIRIS

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THOMAS F. AIRIS

Professional Engineer, Tippets-Abbett-McCarthy-Stratton, Washington, D.C.

For his outstanding record of construction of major public works throughout the world.

Born, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, May 2, 1906.

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

After graduation he worked for twelve years as an Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in the Detroit District. During the next five years he served in the U.S. Army, as captain and later as colonel, in the Continental U.S. and in Okinawa. From 1947 to 1949 he was an Engineer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers engaged in the construction of public works in Greece and for the next four years he served in the Detroit District and in Saudi Arabia. From 1953 to 1959 he was in charge of construction of the U.S. International Section of the St. Lawrence Seaway Project. In 1959 he joined the Department of Highways and Traffic for the District of Columbia where he served as Deputy Director and Director for fifteen years. He assumed his present position with Tippets-Abbett-McCarthy-Stratton in 1975.

He is a Life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association. He is also a member of the Society of American Military Engineers and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (President 1973). He has received several public service awards, was named Engineer of the Year in the Washington, D.C. area (1966) and was named Public Works Man of the Year by the American Public Works Association in 1967.

R. ROSS BLACKWOOD

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R. ROSS BLACKWOOD

President, Tenaxol, Inc., Vice President and Chief Metallurgist, T. H. Cochrane Laboratories, Ltd., Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

For his development of polymer quenchants used internationally in heat treating metals.

Born, Windsor, Canada, September 12, 1928.

B.S. (Metallurgical Engineering) 1953, University of Wisconsin.

He started his professional career as an Assistant Chief Metallurgical Engineer for the A-C Spark Plug Division of General Motors. In 1954 he associated with the T. H. Cochrane Laboratories in Milwaukee and was appointed Vice President and Chief Metallurgist in 1974. At the same time, he was associated with Tenaxol, Inc., as Vice President in 1962 and as President since 1964. He is an active member of the American Society for Metals, American Society for Testing Materials, American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers, and the Society of Automotive Engineers. He is a registered professional engineer in Wisconsin.

He invented water-polymer heat transfer fluids and in 1974 he received an award from the Union Carbide Corporation for outstanding service to the polymer quenchant industry. He is widely known nationally and internationally as one of the top experts in the heat treatment of metals, especially in the application of water-polymer quenchants. His metallurgical consulting activities on heat treatment failures, product applications and training of personnel have been important to many American corporations as well as to corporations in Canada, Mexico, Japan, Europe and Brazil.

ROBERT L. CATTOI

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ROBERT L. CATTOI

Vice President, Engineering, Rockwell International Electronics Operations, Dallas, Texas.

For his outstanding achievements in aircraft navigation systems, message switching, computer and microwave communications systems.

Born, Hurley, Wisconsin, April 18, 1926.

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

Since 1950, most of his professional career has been with the Collins Radio Company and his contributions to its growth have been highly praised by its founder. The company was merged with the Rockwell International Corporation in 1973. He participated in the design of avionics communications and flight control systems for commercial aircraft and communication-navigation identification systems for high-performance military aircraft. He subsequently directed the design and development of a computer-controlled communications network. He was appointed Director of Engineering in 1963. In 1964 he was appointed Assistant Vice President and Director of Data Systems Engineering Division and in 1966, Vice President, Computer Systems Division. He was elected to the Collins Board of Directors in 1970 and named Senior Vice President, Engineering, in 1971. In his present position, assumed in 1976, he is responsible for strategic technology planning, related technology development and the coordination of all research and development programs. The electronics operations for Rockwell International in 1976 had sales of over one billion dollars.

He is a member of several honorary societies, a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and is currently a member of the Development Board of the University of Texas at Dallas.

EDWIN J. DUSZYNSKI

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EDWIN J. DUSZYNSKI

Director of Public Works, Madison, Wisconsin.

For his meritorious service to public works engineering on local, state and national levels.

Born, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 1, 1913.

B.S. (C.E.) 1937, University of Wisconsin.

For eleven years after receiving his degree, he worked for the Department of Public Works in Milwaukee. In 1948 he became City Engineer, Engineer of Public Works and Manager of Water Utility of Cudahy, Wisconsin, and served until 1954 when he accepted the position of Director of Public Works in Appleton, Wisconsin. He assumed his present position as the first Director of Public Works for the City of Madison in 1963. He has been very active in the field of solid waste management on such projects as the development of a refuse shredding plant, salvage of clean newspapers from municipal refuse, reclamation of ferrous metals from pulverized refuse, reuse of crushed concrete as an aggregate for road construction, alternate methods of disposing of sewage sludge, and the utilization of prepared solid waste as a fuel supplement at power plants.

He is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the American Public Works Association and the Engineering Public Works Section of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities. He has participated as a faculty member on programs sponsored by the University of Wisconsin and has also been a member of the faculty at seminars in Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. In 1975 he was named one of the top ten Public Works Men of the Year by the American Public Works Association.

RONALD H. FILLNOW

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RONALD H. FILLNOW

General Manager, Advanced Reactors Division, Westinghouse Corporation, Madison, Pennsylvania.

For his contributions to the development and applications of nuclear energy.

Born, Clintonville, Wisconsin, November 29, 1921.

B.S. (Met. Engr.) 1949 and M.S. (Met. Engr.) 1950, University of Wisconsin.

His entire professional career has been devoted to the development and application of the uses of nuclear energy. He accepted a position in 1950 with the Westinghouse Corporation and has remained with Westinghouse in positions of increasing responsibility. He has been responsible for the development of core alloys, the operation of radiation test facilities, the fabrication of alloy and ceramic test fuel elements, the operation of four reactor prototypes at the Naval Reactor Facility in Idaho, and the technical support of operating nuclear-powered submarines and surface ships. He participated in the development of an advanced design high-performance reactor plant for destroyers. Recently he has been responsible for the design of the reactor, the primary heat transport and the safety systems for the large-scale liquid metal fast-breeder reactor.

He is an active member of the American Society for Metals and the American Institute for Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers. He has published many papers concerned with nuclear energy and has three patents. He gave invited papers at the American Power Conference meetings in 1975 and 1977.

ROBERT W. FLUGUM

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ROBERT W. FLUGUM

Assistant Director, Transmission Division of Electrical Energy Systems Energy Research and Development Administration, Washington, D.C.

For his leadership in the nation's electric power research programs.

Born, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, June 12, 1924.

B.S. (E.E.) 1948, University of Wisconsin.

After graduation he worked as an engineer with the Westinghouse Corporation for nine years and then as advisory engineer for an additional ten years. He became Director of Applied Research of the Ohio Brass Company in 1967 and assumed his present position in 1974. His work has been primarily concerned with applications, design testing and standardizing activities of power transmission and distribution equipment. His 30 papers on power systems have been published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers and the International Conference on Large High Voltage Electric Systems. Three of his papers have won prize awards from the Power Engineering Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

He is a registered professional engineer in Wisconsin, a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Secretary of its Transmission and Distribution Committee and former chairman of its Lightning and Insulator Subcommittee. He is also a member of the International Conference on Large High Voltage Electric Systems and has served as Chairman of the Evaluation Panel to the Electricity Division of the National Bureau of Standards. He has served as a member and chairman of many National Electrical Manufacturers Association and American National Standards Institute committees. He has lectured at a number of universities in the United States, South Africa and Brazil.

TORU IURA

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TORU IURA

General Manager, Environment and Energy Conservation Division, The Aerospace Corporation, Germantown, Maryland.

For his significant contributions to the solution of complex engineering problems involving supersonic compressors, nuclear propulsion, pollution control and energy conservation.

Born, San Francisco, California, August 2, 1923.

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

M.S. (M.E.) 1949 and Ph.D. (M.E.) 1953, California Institute of Technology.

After receiving his degree, he joined the Rocketdyne Corporation for three years as a Senior Research Engineer. Subsequently he worked for two years for the Propulsion Research Corporation as a Senior Engineer on supersonic compressor research and rocket turbo pump design. In 1958 he accepted a position as Head of the Propulsion Analysis Section of the Space Technology Laboratory and was concerned with analytical studies in support of Air Force ballistic missiles and space programs. Since 1960 he has been associated with the Aerospace Corporation and is presently responsible for all corporate activities relating to problems in environmental sciences, pollution control and energy conservation. In this capacity he has been responsible for the direction of many studies for the Energy Research and Development Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Transportation, the National Science Foundation and several company-sponsored research projects. His studies have included technical assessment, state-of-the-art review, planning, laboratory analysis, policy investigations, feasibility analysis, cost benefit analysis, statistical analysis and program management functions.

JAMES R. RANDALL

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JAMES R. RANDALL

President, Archer Daniels Midland Company, Decatur, Illinois

For outstanding engineering leadership and administrative ability resulting in increased productivity of the food processing industry.

Born, Augusta, Wisconsin, September 25, 1924.

B.S. (Ch.E.) 1948, University of Wisconsin.

After graduation, he took a position with Cargill, Inc., and remained with them for 20 years during which time he served as Superintendent of four of their plants. He then served as Manager of Research Activities and finally as Technical Director for the company. In 1968 he accepted a position as Vice President of Production and Engineering of the Archer Daniels Midland Company. From 1971-1975 he served as Executive Vice President and was appointed to his present position in 1975. His unique ability to quickly evaluate plant equipment and personnel and to recommend technical innovations led to substantial increases in productivity. As a result of his administrative ability and technical innovations, the net sales of the Archer Daniels Midland Company have increased over sixfold since 1960.

He has served as Chairman of the Board of the Lakeland Engineering and Equipment Company and also as the Chairman of the Board of the Control Assemblies Corporation both in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is presently a member of the National Soybean Processors Association and the Corn Refiners Association.

ROBERT G. SACHS

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ROBERT G. SACHS

Director, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois, Professor of Physics University of Chicago.

For outstanding contributions to education and to our national programs in nuclear engineering and fusion technology.

Born, Hagerstown, Maryland, May 4, 1916.

Ph.D. (Physics) 1939, Johns Hopkins University.

During the four-year period after receiving his Ph.D. degree, he served in research and teaching positions at George Washington University, Purdue University and the University of California–Berkeley. He then served for three years as Section Chief at the Ballistic Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground. In 1946 he became Director, Theoretical Physics Division, of the Metallurgical Laboratory at the University of Chicago and the Argonne National Laboratory. He joined the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1947 as an Associate Professor of Physics, was promoted to Professor in 1948 and remained at the University until 1964. While associated with the University he held off-campus appointments as a Visiting Professor at Princeton University, the University of Paris and Argonne National Laboratory. From 1964 to 1968 he served as Associate Director, Argonne National Laboratory and as Professor at the University of Chicago. He then served as the Director of Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago for five years. He was appointed Director of the Argonne National Laboratory in 1973. For several months in 1974 he served as a Visiting Professor at Tohoku University, Japan. Over the years he has published two books and approximately 75 articles in scientific journals and has been a member of numerous learned societies, holding office in many. He is a member of the National Academy of Science, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was awarded an honorary D.Sc. degree by Purdue University in 1967.




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