University announces 2007 Scrugham Medal winners

10/3/2007 | By: Staff Report  |

The College of Engineering will award five James G. Scrugham medals to outstanding alumni Friday, Oct. 5. Scrugham was a distinguished Nevadan who was the first dean of the College of Engineering, a state engineer, Governor of Nevada, a U.S. Representative and a U.S. Senator.

Recipients of the second annual Scrugham Medal awards are:  

James N. Gardner is a 1960 mechanical engineering graduate and the CEO of Gardner Engineering and Gardner Mechanical.  He is also an award-winning leader in energy conservation.

Richard Smith Hughes, a 1960 electrical engineering graduate, helped design anti-radiation missiles at the Naval Air Warfare Station at China Lake.

Jan B. Packwood, retired president and CEO of IDACORP/Idaho Power Company and a 1966 electrical engineering graduate, is also the past chairman of the Western Electric Coordinating Council, an association of over 100 utilities and power producers.

William Pillsbury, a 1950 civil engineering graduate, founded William F. Pillsbury, Inc, Consulting Civil Engineers and Sierra Environmental Monitoring, Inc.  He was s the key consulting engineer for the Tahoe Keys, portions of the then Reno-Cannon International Airport and Tyrolian Village in Incline, Nevada.

J. Dietrich Stroeh is a 1960 civil engineering graduate known for his work in water conservation and creating the multi-disciplined firm CSW/Stuber-Stroeh Engineering Group, Inc. in northern California.

Medal winners from both 2006 and 2007 will hold a panel discussion entitled "Opportunities in Engineering: Then and Now" Friday, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. in the Harry Reid Engineering Laboratories building on the University's campus.  The winners will also be honored with a dinner Friday evening at the Circus Circus Hotel & Casino.


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