1979 Award Recipients

FREDERICK 0. LEIDEL
Professor, General Engineering Department, Associate Dean - Freshman Office
The 1979 Benjamin Smith Reynolds Award

WALTER S. BRAGER
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

CHARLES S. BROWN
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

ERNST H. KRAUSE
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

FREDERICK J. MANCHESKI
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

NICHOLAS P. MILANO
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

DONALD E. PROCKNOW
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

CLARE I. RICE
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

KENNETH A. SMITH
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

HARVEY E. WIRTH
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

FREDERICK 0. LEIDEL

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FREDERICK 0. LEIDEL

Frederick Leidel received the BSME degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1940 and has been a faculty member for over 30 years. In that time, more than 4000 students from almost every engineering discipline have been enrolled in his classes. From incorporation of his industrial experiences as examples in his teaching and from his own enthusiasm, they have felt the sense of excitement and challenge of the engineering profession. They also learned that he has a deep personal interest in and concern for each of them as individuals. He tries new methods and examples in a continuous search for ways to make his teaching more understandable to his students. He was one of the first in the College to put his courses on videotape so students could restudy difficult areas individually.

His intense personal interest in students was an important factor in his appointment as Associate Dean with responsibility for the Freshman Office. In this position he not only continues teaching groups of students in formal classes, but "teaches" many others individually through counseling. He was one of the initiators of the Summer Orientation Program for New Freshmen, where he has made many contributions to their orientation to the campus. As one example, he began a new publication in the College entitled "Freshman Facts" to assist them in making the many decisions they face. One of his former students said he is "a man interested in students, interested in his teaching and work, and, most importantly, able to communicate with and help students."

He has been an outstanding example of good teaching to his colleagues. At the same time, he has given unselfishly to the College by his dedicated service on numerous College, University of Wisconsin–Madison, and University of Wisconsin System committees.

WALTER S. BRAGER

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WALTER S. BRAGER

Group Vice President, Regional Management Operations and Engineering, Oscar Mayer and Company, Madison, Wisconsin.

For his skillful application of engineering and management principles to the operation of a major food processing industry.

Born, Luxemburg, Wisconsin, October 20, 1925.

BS ME 1950; MBA (Industrial Management) 1951, University of Wisconsin.

Mr. Brager joined Oscar Mayer and Company as a Materials Handling Engineer in 1951. He has served that company continuously in positions of increasing responsibility and was appointed to his present position in 1978. He contributed significantly to improvements in work measurement and simplification, as well as cost control, production incentives, plant layout and materials handling in the meat processing and machine manufacturing plants. In 1962 he was assigned the additional responsibilities for package engineering and supervision of the plastics manufacturing division where annual sales exceeded one and one-half million dollars. Later his responsibility was extended to management of the company's Madison plant involving 3200 employees and the marketing in several distribution centers and in 1977 to the management of almost all of the company's meat processing plants in the United States. The following year the Operations Division and Engineering Division were added to his management responsibilities.

He has been a consultant on management training methods to industries in foreign countries. In addition, he has been an active leader in professional organizations and community activities. He was one of the founders of the Milwaukee Chapter of the American Materials Handling Society in 1953 and a national director as well as a founder of the Madison Chapter of the American Institute of Industrial Engineers in 1960. He has also been a leader in many community and business groups such as United Way and the Wisconsin Manufacturer and Commerce organization.

CHARLES S. BROWN

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CHARLES S. BROWN

Executive Vice President Administration, Abbott Laboratories, North Chicago, Illinois.

For his significant contributions to the international production and distribution of essential medical and pharmaceutical products.

Born, Orange County, Virginia, October 1, 1920.

BS ChE 1941, Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

PhD ChE 1946, University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Brown has served Abbott Laboratories continuously since he joined the firm in 1944 as a Chemical Engineer in the Fermentation Products Division. Initially, he was responsible for process development, plant construction and start-up operations for the production of penicillin. In 1954 he began work to solve a series of manufacturing-related problems, including waste disposal and production planning. Later he was promoted to Superintendent of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, appointed Chairman of the Waste Disposal Committee and elected to the Board of Directors. In 1965 he was promoted to Executive Vice President and had the major responsibility for a total conversion of the corporation structure from a centralized organization to one containing several separate divisions with a realignment of product groups. Manufacturing operations in 26 countries and more than 27,000 employees were involved. Under his leadership, corporate sales have tripled in the last ten years to approximately one and one-half billion dollars annually.

He is a member of several professional societies and was elected a Fellow in the American Association for Advancement of Science. He has also provided leadership to a number of organizations in the community and at the state and national level, including the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and the Health Industry Manufacturers associations. He serves on advisory committees to the University of Illinois and Northwestern University.

ERNST H. KRAUSE

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ERNST H. KRAUSE

Management and Technical Consultant, Newport Beach, California.

For his outstanding contributions to space exploration and to mankind's understanding of upper atmosphere phenomena.

Born, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 2, 1913.

BS EE 1934; MS (Physics) 1935; PhD (Physics) 1938, University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Krause began his career at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C., as a physicist and electronic engineer, and rose to Associate Director of Research. Included in his work was the development of communications and countermeasure systems and of rockets for upper atmosphere research. In 1954 he joined Lockheed Aircraft Corporation to become one of the founders of the Missile Systems Division and Director of the Research Laboratories. In 1955 he founded Systems Research Corporation to conduct research and development in space systems, communications and electronics, which was acquired in 1956 by Ford Motor Company as a subsidiary. From 1962 until his recent retirement he was associated with the Aerospace Corporation. For most of that time he served as Senior Vice-President responsible for all planning and technology development programs. These included such widely diverse areas as satellite communication and navigation systems, solar energy development and criminal justice systems.

A consultant to many government agencies, he served as Chairman of the Joint Air Force-Army-Navy Upper Atmosphere Research Panel and as a member of the U.S. Joint Research and Development Board Panel on the upper atmosphere. He has written many published reports and papers on electronics, communication, space systems and upper atmosphere research. He holds numerous patents in electronics and communications and has received the Navy's Distinguished Civilian Service Award for his technical achievements. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

FREDERICK J. MANCHESKI

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FREDERICK J. MANCHESKI

Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Echlin Manufacturing Company, Branford, Connecticut.

For his outstanding contributions to management and to the improvement, internationally, of automotive maintenance.

Born, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, July 21, 1926.

BS ME 1948, University of Wisconsin.

Mr. Mancheski began his career with the Timken Roller Bearing Company, where he served for nine years in a variety of manufacturing and engineering positions. In 1957 he became a management consultant with McKinsey and Company. Six years later he joined Echlin Manufacturing Company, a manufacturer and distributor of automotive parts, as Vice President of Manufacturing and Engineering. After being promoted to Vice President and General Manager, he was elected to his present position as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer in 1969. Under his management the annual sales of the company have increased one hundred fold to over $300 million annually. He has been quick to recognize technological advances and apply them to new or improved products manufactured by his company. His exceptional management skill is reflected in his company's growth and in his appointment by the President of the United States as a member of a panel to determine ways to reduce the inflation rate. He is the author of a book. Turn Around Management, published in 1974.

His many awards include the "Automotive Man of the Year" Award in 1973 from the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association; selection as Chief Executive of the Year in the Automotive Parts and Accessories Industry in 1975 and again in 1978 by Financial World Magazine; and the Outstanding Achievement in Management Award from the American Institute of Industrial Engineers, also in 1978. He has been an active community leader and presently serves on the board of directors of 14 community, business and industrial organizations.

NICHOLAS P. MILANO

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NICHOLAS P. MILANO

Director of Metallurgy, Illinois Gear/Wallace Murray Corporation, Chicago, Illinois.

For his significant contributions to advances in metallurgy and the metallurgical engineering profession.

Born, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 31, 1922.

BS ME 1950, Marquette University; MS MetE 1954, University of Wisconsin.

Mr. Milano joined the International Harvester Company in Milwaukee in 1942 as a toolmaker's apprentice. He continued with that branch of the company after graduation and was later promoted to Chief Metallurgist. In 1964 he was transferred to the Chicago office as Chief Engineer. Materials Specifications. Since 1971, he has served as Director of Metallurgy with Illinois Gear/Wallace Murray Corporation which is his present position. He has made major contributions to research on the wear of metal parts and development of heat treatment methods such as carburization to produce very hard surfaces. This research resulted in longer wear and lower maintenance costs for precision parts. His work to automate the heat-treating process has significantly increased production of these parts at lower cost.

Mr. Milano has also been an active member of several professional societies. He was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Metals in 1971 and served as national Vice-President of the Society in 1977 and as National President in 1978. He also served as Chairman of the General Materials Council of the Society for Automotive Engineers. The author of a number of technical papers on the heat treatment of metals, he regularly contributes to professional publications and frequently lectures on metallurgical subjects. He is a nationally and internationally recognized consultant on heat treating and materials problems. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and has been a leader in his church at both the local and national level and in the Boy Scouts.

DONALD E. PROCKNOW

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DONALD E. PROCKNOW

President, Western Electric Company, New York, New York.

For his notable contributions to technological progress in communications, control systems and electric power and to the economic stability of the nation.

Born, Madison, South Dakota, May 27, 1923.

BS EE 1947, University of Wisconsin.

Mr. Procknow began his professional career with Western Electric in 1947 as an engineer at the Hawthorne Works in Chicago. After a wide variety of technical managerial assignments he advanced into general management. He was elected Vice President of the company in 1965 and to his present position as President in 1971.

He is a director of Bell Telephone Laboratories, Teletype Corporation, Western Electric International, Inc., J. P. Morgan and Company, Morgan Guaranty Trust Company, CPC International, Ingersoll-Rand Company and Prudential Insurance Company. He is also Chairman of the Board, Independent College Funds of America. His wise counsel concerning the policies of these major financial institutions together with the policies established under his supervision for the operation of Western Electric have made an important contribution to the economic stability of the nation.

Mr. Procknow serves on the National Executive Board, Boy Scouts of America, and is a member of the New York Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Telephone Pioneers of America. Included in the many honors he has received are an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology where he began his engineering education before being called to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He has also received honorary Doctor of Law degrees from Oklahoma Christian College, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Morris Harvey College, Charleston, West Virginia; and Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, Mississippi.

CLARE I. RICE

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CLARE I. RICE

President, Avionics and Missiles Group, Rockwell International, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

For his notable contributions to aircraft communications and the development of navigation, guidance, control and communication equipment.

Born, Rice Lake, Wisconsin, November 3, 1918.

BS EE 1943, University of Wisconsin.

BS Law 1950, St. Paul College of Law.

Mr. Rice began his professional aviation career with the U.S. Navy in 1943. Three years later he joined Northwest Airlines as Supervisor of Aircraft Radio Engineering. In this position he was responsible for engineering and planning of aircraft electronics installations to convert the entire fleet from Morse code to voice communications throughout the Pacific operations area. In 1951, he became Vice Chairman of the Airlines Electronics Engineering Committee of Aeronautical Radio Incorporated. He joined Bendix Corporation in 1953 as General Manager of the Avionics Division, where he was responsible for the design and production of avionics products such as weather radar, Doppler radar, communications, and navigation equipment as well as audio navigation computer equipment and related systems. From 1962-1966 he was President, Sunbeam Electronics Incorporated, and from 1966 to 1968 Vice-President - Administration of Nova University of Advanced Technology. In 1968, he joined Collins Radio Company as Senior Vice President and General Manager. Promoted to his present position in 1977, he is responsible for 10,000 employees including more than 1000 engineers.

He is an active leader in community activities and a charter member of the Aviation Hall of Fame. Mr. Rice received an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and has served on various national technical committees.

He is also Vice-President of the Wisconsin Alumni Association and a member of the Bascom Hill Society of the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

KENNETH A. SMITH

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KENNETH A. SMITH

Vice President - Technology, Anaconda Industries Denver, Colorado.

For his significant contributions to the development of the nation's petroleum and mineral resources.

Born, La Crosse, Wisconsin, December 30, 1921.

BS ChE 1944; MS ChE 1947; PhD ChE 1948, University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Smith began his professional career as a Development Engineer with Sinclair Oil Corporation in 1943. After receiving his doctoral degree, he rejoined Sinclair in 1948 as a Project Engineer in the Research Laboratories and was promoted to Division Director of the Laboratories in 1952. He participated in a variety of research projects, including the improvement of catalytic cracking designs and the development of new gasoline additives and blending techniques. He also played a key role in adapting computer methods to optimize refinery operation which led to his promotion in 1960 to Manager - Electronics where he supervised the development of computer applications in the company. In 1965 he was promoted to Vice President and was responsible for the formation of Sinclair-Koppers Company and the production and marketing of industrial chemicals. He continued similar responsibilities when Sinclair merged with Atlantic Richfield Company in 1969. Promoted to Vice President - Research and Engineering in 1973, one of his many responsibilities was the complete project management of two new world scale olefin plants costing more than $600 million. The first plant, the world's largest, was in production 39 months after it was begun. He was appointed to his present position. Vice President for Technology, in 1978, where he is responsible for guiding research and development activities in several operating companies as well as the development of procedures to fulfill environmental, health and safety requirements.

HARVEY E. WIRTH

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HARVEY E. WIRTH

State Sanitary Engineer (Retired), Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services, Madison, Wisconsin.

For his outstanding contributions to the development of state laws and policies to protect the public health and the land and water resources of the state.

Born, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, April 14, 1913.

BS CE 1941; MS CE 1959, University of Wisconsin.

Mr. Wirth began his professional career in 1938 as a Junior Engineer with the Wisconsin State Board of Health. He advanced to increasingly responsible positions and in 1966 was promoted to State Sanitary Engineer. His association with the state's health agency involved original studies in the areas of sanitary, environmental and public health engineering, as well as management methods. During his forty years of service to the state, twenty-eight were in management and for eleven of those he was in direct charge of environmental programs. He served as Chairman of the Natural Resources Council of State Agencies Water Committee from 1966 to 1978, receiving a Governor's Commendation for excellence for the first of four widely distributed publications on Wisconsin's Management of Natural Resources. The Wisconsin Section of the American Water Works Association presented him its George Warren Fuller Award for distinguished service in the water supply field. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service in water and food control in Europe during World War II. When he retired in 1978, he received a Citation from the Wisconsin Senate for distinguished service to the state's citizens. In 1979 he received the Wisconsin Public Health Association Basic Prevention Award for his leadership in environmental health protection.

He is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, and an active member of many professional societies and the author of numerous papers, legislative proposals and regulatory standards.




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