The Swenson College of Science and Engineering inducted five new members into the Academy of Science and Engineering for 2011:
Mr. Samuel Beard
Nominated by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Mr. Beard received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota with a major in chemistry and a minor in mathematics. He also has a Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Washington and earned his master’s degree from MIT in management. Mr. Beard has worked extensively in chemical engineering and the nuclear energy field, including serving as President, Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of Exxon Nuclear Company.
Dr. Daniel Engstrom
Nominated by the Department of Biology
Dr. Engstrom earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in zoology and chemistry from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He went on to earn a Master of Science degree in zoology and a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Minnesota. Currently Dr. Engstrom is the Director of the St. Croix Watershed Research Station at the Science Museum of Minnesota. His research centers on the use of lake sediment records to understand long-term environmental change, particularly the effects of human activities on water quality, atmospheric chemistry, and biogeochemical processes on a global scale.
Dr. Randolph Koski
Nominated by the Department of Geological Sciences
Dr. Koski graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Geology. He went on to Standford where he completed his Master’s Degree and Ph.D. Dr. Koski is a Scientist Emeritus at the U.S. Geological Survey. His research interests include hydrothermal systems and mineral deposits on oceanic ridges and their analogs in ophiolites, minerology, geochemistry, and environmental impact of sulfide oxidation in coastal zones.
Mrs. Bridget Rogers
Nominated by the Department of Computer Science
Mrs. Rogers holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth in Computer Science and Mathematics. Her master’s degree in Computer Science is also from UMD. Mrs. Rogers works for Sandia National Labs in the Twin Cites, a government-owned/contractor operated facility. Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin company, manages Sandia National Labs for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration. Mrs. Rogers develops science-based technologies that support America’s national security.
Mr. Allen Rudeck Jr.
Nominated by the Department of Chemical Engineering Mr. Rudeck holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He also completed the Minnesota Executive Program Certificate from the Carlson Schools of Management. Mr. Rudeck works for Allete, an energy company based in Duluth, and serves as the Vice President of Minnesota Power, Generations Operations. Minnesota Power, an Allete company, generates and buys power generated from a variety of sources, including coal, gas, biomass and wind, in locations from North Dakota to Lake Superior's North Shore.