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University Marketing and Communications and the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering, South Dakota State University

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Spring 2015

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[Page] 2 Two new doctorates: Terminal degrees in civil engineering and ag, biosystems and mechanical engineering were added to the list of Ph.D. programs at State in fall 2014.
[Page] 4 Minors meet major needs: Minors in construction, precision ag and engineering for precision ag began in fall 2014.
[Page] 6 Giving back to State: Thanks to a $250,000 gift, it is now the RIchard and Karen McComish Power and Energy Systems Laboratory in Daktronics Engineering Hall.
[Page] 7 Chris Schmit: The water/wastewater engineer was named as the college’s Outstanding Researcher
[Page] 8 Purple Heart: May 2014 graduate Richard L. Bogue was honored with the prestigious Purple Heart.
[Page] 10 Serving the serviceman SDSU ranks as one of the nation’s most veteran-friendly schools. The reasons are myriad.
[Page] 12 Patriotic professors: The resumes of seven members of the college list service with Uncle Sam, including Naval Academy graduate Janet Merriman, who joined SDSU three years ago.
[Page] 14 Forensic statisticians: Assistant professors Chris Saunders and Cedric Neumann are a rare breed—two of only about 25 forensic statisticians worldwide; and they’re doing major research here.
[Page] 16 Award winners: From basketball to fishing bobbers, SDSU students show national level ability.
[Page] 18 Engineering career fair: Record company turnout reflects strong job market for engineering graduates.
[Page] 20 By the numbers: Most popular programs? Number of female students? Percentage of international students? Numbers for those questions and more are listed here.
[Page] 22 Goodbye Galipeau: Endowed professor David Galipeau retired Jan. 21 after 23 years with the college.
[Page] 26 Mike Headley: The 1992 computer science grad directs Sanford Underground Research Facility.
[Page] 28 Nicole Tomaszewski: Young civil grad serves as development review engineer for the City of Rapid City.
[Page] 30 Distinguished Engineers Calvin Vaudrey, Donald Veal and Jane McKee Smith will be honored April 28.
[Page] 32 David Schiller: The 2010 mechanical engineering graduate holds a patent for ElastiTabs.
[Page] 33 Alumni news
[Page] 34 Dean’s Club
[Page] 36 Development Director’s column


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