Class of 2016
The University of Idaho recognizes these individuals for their personal contributions to engineering achievement, leadership, engineering education, and service to the profession and society.
We salute engineering leaders for their lifetime commitment to advancing the quality of life through achievement, high ethical standards, innovation and commitment.
Richard Allen's career has ranged from utilizing his engineering degree in irrigation and operation/maintenance activities for Bureau of Reclamation built dams in the Pacific Northwest to management and business ownership focused on agricultural based products. Allen spent 13 years involved in irrigation delivery, project management, river operations and flood control, dam safety inspections, scheduling, report writing and coordinating with other agencies and personnel. Inspections ranged from small earthen dams to Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River.
In 1986 Richard bought his own business, the Gellert Company, and remained involved through 1997. This business focused on both raw product storage and an industrial division. The Gellert Company industrial division provided HVAC equipment and industrial burners to the food processing industry. The raw product storage business specialized in potatoes and onions with distribution across the northern part of the US as well as Canada. This business included design, manufacturing, distribution, sales and service. During Allen’s time in the business it was transformed from electromechanical control systems to fully computerized control units with remote control, record retention, system monitoring, and alarm capability. The resulting ability to control temperatures to a much tighter tolerance was quickly adopted as industry standard especially in the food processing industry. The growth in the business was substantial and all accomplished organically through product development and business profits. This was a UL registered shop for electrical products directly developed and manufactured. Allen was involved in all aspects of the business including design, manufacturing, sales and marketing. He also wrote technical manuals to support the company’s products and articles for industry specific publications. Allen’s career also included brief stints in commercial real estate and as the general manager of a brass sand casting foundry with a broad product line primarily tied to agriculture, including pumps and impact driven rotating sprinklers.
Allen was involved in an Angel Investment group for many years while living in Pasadena, California. Having invested in a number of start-up companies, he led due diligence on numerous prospective investments and served on the board of directors. This was a very rewarding experience allowing for the utilization of his education, career experiences and management skills in a new and influential way.
Notable University of Idaho Involvement and Accomplishments
- Current Chair of University of Idaho Foundation
- Member of University of Idaho Foundation since 2010
- Served on Presidential search committee resulting in the hire of Duane Nellis as President
- Chaired Event Center and Arena evaluation Committee
- Member of the “Campaign for Idaho” Campaign Committee
- Co-Chair of the “Inspiring Futures – Invest in the University of Idaho” Capital campaign
- Recipient of the Jim Lyle Award
- Recipient of the President’s Medallion in May of 2016
- Member of the U of I Athletics Ada County chapter for several years
- Helped start a U of I Athletics chapter in Portland/Vancouver area
- Served on National Board for Vandal Scholarships
- Served as President of the National Board for U of I Athletics
- Remained involved since college with the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity
- Chaired a $2 million dollar fundraising effort to remodel the Chapter House completed in 2008
- B.S., Agricultural Engineering, University of Idaho, 1973
Corby Anderson is a professionally registered engineer with 37 years of experience in process, chemical and metallurgical engineering, engineering services, engineering design, teaching, research, professional service, consulting, management and industrial plant operations. His global experience has included assignments in Namibia, Slovakia, Kazakhstan, Chile, United Kingdom, Myanmar, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, Honduras, Zimbabwe, Panama, Costa Rica, Pakistan, Ireland, Belgium, China, India, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Ukraine, Republic of Georgia, Russia, Peru, Tajikistan, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Japan, Canada, Norway, Philippines, Mongolia, New Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Indonesia, Nigeria, UAE, Turkey, Romania, Portugal, Greenland, Poland, South Korea, New Zealand, Morocco, Malaysia and Australia.
Industrially experienced and trained in pyrometallurgy, he also has in depth industrial experience in hydrometallurgy, electrometallurgy, environmental, recycling and mineral processing. He has developed and implemented new hydrometallurgical technologies for pressure leaching, agitated leaching, precious metal recovery, base metal recovery, process control, separations, purifications, refining and electrolysis. As chief process engineer of Sunshine Mining and Refining Company, he was an inventor of and is now a holder of industrially applied and globally recognized Nitrogen Species Catalyzed (NSC) Pressure Oxidation Technology and Alkaline Sulfide Leaching (ASL) Technology. He was also instrumental in the financially successful recycling and refining business at Sunshine. As director of the center for advanced mineral and metallurgical processing at Montana Tech, he lead the development of a financially self-supporting world class technical Center of Excellence interacting globally with industry, academia and government while providing multimillion dollar annual revenues. He has been responsible for lab work, pilot plant work, research, process development, engineering design, start-up, industrial operations, management, corporate budgeting, feasibility studies, contracting and environmental affairs for mineral processing and metallurgical plants producing metals such as silver, PGM’s, gold, antimony, nickel, cobalt, zinc, lead, germanium, gallium and copper.
He has authored and delivered nearly 600 formal presentations and published materials combined of which about 100 have been peer reviewed with over 60 as published and pending archived journal articles or invited papers. This includes 17 books, theses and edited proceedings. Indicative of publication quality, his peers awarded him and his colleagues the 1996 Extraction and Processing Technology Award from TMS for a series of key publications on the fundamentals and the industrial application of the ASL and NSC technologies he was instrumental in the development of. As well, has authored over 400 applied industrial laboratory, pilot plant, engineering, design, plant operation, due diligence, consulting, valuation, expert witness, financial evaluation, feasibility and NI 43 101 compliant professional reports.
With 21 global patent applications in his career, five of which are current, he holds 11 international patents covering six innovative technologies several of which have been reduced to successful industrial practice. He has also successfully served in an expert and testifying role in over 30 legal matters. He has served as a director, executive and advisor for both private and publicly traded companies in the US, Canada and internationally. He owns a successful private consulting engineering business. He has been an editor and reviewer for the publications such as Mineral and Metallurgical Processing Journal, International Journal of Mineral Processing, Separation and Purification Technology Journal, Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Minerals, Minerals Engineering, Hydrometallurgy and Metallurgical Transactions B.
As both a full research professor at Montana Tech and as a tenured full professor at the Colorado School of Mines, he has directed or co-directed about two dozen doctoral and master's students. His university teaching expertise is in mathematics, x-ray diffraction, mineral processing, extractive metallurgy, chemical metallurgy of nickel and cobalt, hydrometallurgy, nano-technology, fire assay and precious metal analysis, particulate sampling, coal processing, engineering design, chemical processing of materials, chemical metallurgy of copper, gold silver and PGM’s, rare metals production, transport phenomena, reactor design and chemical kinetics. He has developed and taught in over 50 global professional service courses. He teaches mineral and metallurgical engineering fundamentals to candidates seeking professional mineral engineering registration and to registered mineral examiner candidates within the US Department of the Interior and to several other professional organizations.
He is active in many professional organizations serving as an SME director, executive committee member and vice president, as an IPMI director, and as a trustee for North West Mining Association. He has been honored as a fellow of both the Institution of Chemical Engineers and of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. He registered as a chartered chemical engineer, a European engineer, a founding registered member of SME, a competent person of IOM3 and a qualified professional with SME, MMSA and IOM3. He is also a peer reviewer for IOM3 for the professional registration of engineering applicants. He has participated with the National Materials Advisory Board, National Academy of Science, National Research Council, National Science Foundation, US EPA and National Academy of Engineering. He was appointed by the Secretary of the U.S. DOI and has served on a BLM RAC. Recently he worked with the National Research Council on the Uranium Mining in Virginia study.
He has assisted in the organization of and chaired about 25 global conferences and symposiums. In 1999 and 2004, he was technical chairman for the 23rd and 28th International Precious Metals Institute meetings. In 2001, he was co-organizer of a TMS International Symposium on Cyanide. In 2002 he was a co-editor and organizer for the Mineral Processing Plant Design, Practice & Control International Symposium. In 2003 he was a co-organizer of the Fifth International Ian Ritchie Symposium on Hydrometallurgy and for the Symposium on Global Development of Copper and Gold Deposits. In 2005 and 2012 he was co-chairman for the Northwest Mining Association Annual Meeting. In 2005 he was an invited plenary speaker at the 27th meeting of the Institute of Mining Engineers of Peru. He was again a plenary speaker at PERUMIN 2011. In 2006 he was the chairman for the first Northwest Mining Association meeting held in Reno, Nevada. In recognition, he received the NWMA Presidents Award. Again, in 2013 he was chairman for the Annual NWMA Meeting. In 2007 he served as co-chairman for the SME-TMS-IPMI Precious Metals Symposium. In 2008 he served as co-organizer for the Sixth International Symposium on Hydrometallurgy. He was the Canadian Institute Chairman for the 2008 and 2009 Clean Coal Symposiums and the 2009 Uranium Symposium. He was the awardee as the TMS EPD Luncheon Speaker in 2009. He was also on the organizing committees for HydroCopper 2009, COPPER 2010, HydroProcess 2010, HydroCopper 2011, HydroProcess 2012-17, MME 2014-17. He gave a plenary lecture and short course on the hydrometallurgy of arsenic, antimony and mercury at the Hydro Process 2010 and 2016 meetings in Santiago, Chile. He also provided a comprehensive hydrometallurgical copper concentrate treatment course at HydroCopper 2011.
In 2013, he offered short courses and invited lectures in Peru. In 2008 and 2012 he was an invited speaker at the ALTA Hydroprocessing of Sulfides Symposium In 2013 he was an invited plenary speaker for international symposiums in Belgium, Peru, Poland and Japan. In 2013 he was the SME MPD programming chair which included the development of a symposium and publication of a Metallurgical Innovations Symposium book. He was also a co-organizer and co-editor for the TMS-CIM Ni Co Symposium in 2013. He was also an invited speaker for Antimony 2013 in Guilin China. In 2014, he was the CIM As Hydrometallurgy Symposium Plenary speaker. In 2015 he made invited plenaries in Morocco, UK, Italy and Zambia.
In 2002 he received a Montana Tech Distinguished Alumni Award and in 2005 the Montana Tech Distinguished Researcher Award. SME awarded him the Milton E. Wadsworth Award for Chemical Metallurgy in 2009 and the MPD Millman of Distinction Award in 2014. In 2015 he was awarded the IPMI Jun-ichiro Tanaka Distinguished Achievement Award. He received the SME Distinguished Member Award, the George S. Ansell Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Outstanding Faculty Award and became a distinguished member of the Academy of Engineering in the University of Idaho College of Engineering in 2016. In 2017, he will receive the TMS EPD Distinguished Lecturer Award.
- B.S., Chemical Engineering, Montana State University, 1979
- M.S., Metallurgical Engineering, Montana Tech, 1983
- Ph.D., Mining Engineering — Metallurgy, University of Idaho, 1987
Lynn Davis graduated from Payette High School in 1967 and enroll that fall in the College of Mines with the help of an Army ROTC scholarship. He completed his undergraduate course work in December of 1971 and was subsequently commissioned a second lieutenant in the U. S. Army assigned to the Field Artillery Corps. He accepted a fellowship from the Idaho Bureau of Mines and Geology and completed his graduate work in the fall of 1972. After officers basic course at Ft. Sill, Okla., he was assigned as a Vehicle Test Officer at the Army’s Cold Regions Test Center in Ft. Greely, Alaska. In 1977, after his second tour of duty at Greely, he resigned his commission as a captain in the Ordnance Corps to take a process engineering position with Teledyne Wah Chang in Albany (TWCA), Ore. TWCA was a company which refined and manufactured zirconium, hafnium, titanium, vanadium, niobium and tantalum and their alloys for nuclear, aerospace, medical and corrosion applications.
In 1979, he was selected to layout and construct a high purity niobium chlorination and hydrolysis plant at TWCA. In 1983, he was again selected as project engineer to layout and construct a superconducting wire and cable plant for TWCA in Huntsville, Alaska. In 1984, he was named director of plant engineering and maintenance at TWCA. In 1987, he completed his registration as a professional engineer in metallurgical engineering with the State of Oregon. From 1989 to 1998, he held five different director positions involving melting, Zr/Hf chemical operations, maintenance, plant engineering, titanium sponge production and Zr/Hf business unit management. From 1998 to 2000, he held four different vice president positions in the combined Oremet Titanium and Wah Chang companies involving R&D, process engineering, environmental compliance, chemical operations, quality, operations and finally general plant manager. In September of 2000, he was named president of Wah Chang which was a wholly owned subsidiary of Allegheny Technologies Inc. In 2003, in addition to his duties as a company president, Davis became program manager for the restarting and rebuilding of the idled Oremet Titanium sponge plant.
In 2006, Davis again was assigned the additional duty of program manager for the construction of a 505 million dollar green field titanium sponge plant in Rowley, Utah. To that end, he became a general engineering contractor in Utah in 2007. The peak of his career was in 2008, when he was named group president of ATI Primary Metals and Exotic Alloys over seven manufacturing plants across the United States employing 1800 workers. Davis retired from full time work in 2011 although he consulted for two more years at the Rowley plant working on process optimization and sponge quality qualifications.
Many people helped Davis during his career and he certainly had some luck with his assignments, but he feels that the majority of credit for a successful engineering career goes to the United States Army.
- B.S., Metallurgical Engineering, University of Idaho, 1971
- M.S., Metallurgical Engineering, University of Idaho, 1972
Bill Eisinger spent his career of 41 years in the electric utility industry. Following graduation from the University of Idaho he held various positions with Pacific Gas & Electric Company and Idaho Power Company. In 1989 he joined POWER Engineers. During his career Eisinger has been involved in the management and design of electric utility transmission and substation projects ranging from 46 kV to 500 kV and capital costs exceeding $1 billion. During his tenure with POWER, the firm grew from approximately 75 employees to over 2000 employees and is the largest engineering firm in the state of Idaho and one of the top 50 largest in the United States. Eisinger retired from POWER in July 2016 having served as executive vice president for the last ten years of his employment.
With support from his employer, Eisinger helped established the U of I's POWER Center for Power Engineering Excellence. This high-tech laboratory supports research that advances the field of power systems technology and helped develop a power systems engineering education program able to train the rising generation of power systems engineers. Eisinger was the 2009 U of I College of Engineering Design EXPO honorary chair and is a current member of the College of Engineering advisory board. He received the U of I Silver & Gold award in 2012, an award that recognizes living alumni who have a distinguished record of achievement and service in a specialized area of endeavor that brings honor and recognition to the university.
- B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Idaho, 1975
- M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Santa Clara, 1979
- M.B.A, Boise State University, 1983
Marjorie Hatter began her career at Unocal's Science and Technology Division in Brea, California. At the research center, she worked in several areas, including geothermal energy, pilot plant processing, and catalytic process development. In 1992 Hatter joined Unocal's Corporate Environmental Remediation Department as Manager of Environmental Technology and in 1994, transferred to Unocal's Refining Division and became the Manager of Technical Services and Engineering at the San Francisco Refinery. With the purchase of the Refinery by Tosco Corporation in 1997, Hatter accepted a position as Operations Manager of the Chemical Plant at Tosco's Refinery in Martinez, California. She later worked as Manager of Engineering and Manager of Health, Safety and Environment at the Martinez and San Francisco Refineries.
In 2000, Hatter transferred to Tosco's Los Angeles Refinery, where she was Manager of Operations and Maintenance for the Carson Plant. In 2004, she became the Manager of Excel Paralubes, an independent joint venture of ConocoPhillips and Flint Hills Resources, located in Westlake, Louisiana. She became Refinery Manager the Phillips 66 Refinery in Ferndale, Washington in 2007 and retired from this position in 2014.
During her career, Hatter has also held roles in many community organizations including the United Way of Orange County, California and Leadership Long Beach also in California. She is past Treasurer and current Chair of the Western Washington University Foundation Board and is a past Chair of the Advisory Board for the Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering at Washington State University. She has participated as an EXPO judge and guest speaker at the University of Idaho. Hatter grew up in Grangeville, Idaho and graduated from the University of Idaho with a B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering. She is married and has two children and currently resides in Blaine, Washington.
- B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Idaho, 1977
- M.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Idaho, 1980
Deceased Mar. 20, 2017
In 1956, David Kohli earned a BSME from the University of Idaho and graduated with a ROTC commission in the U.S. Army. He studied leadership training at Ft. Devens, Mass., and then was assigned to the Army Security Agency as a communication officer. This work involved mechanical oversight of the development of communication equipment endurance (shock and vibration/corrosion) and its testing, where at MIT he studied vibration and shock testing. Most of his work was at the National Security Agency and the Naval Ordinance Testing Station in Washington D.C. His great advisor and friend, U of I Engineering Dean Janssen had helped to secure his military assignments.
Kohli returned to Spokane where he began a career with Carrier Air Conditioning Company. He traveled to Carrier headquarters in Syracuse, New York, to attend their highly-regarded school learning about application and investigation of the inside design, and trouble-shooting, of all equipment, from the largest central station to the smallest residential units. After six years Kohli decided to start his own business, Parrott HVAC, Inc., by buying out an existing outfit in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Kohli successfully secured the largest HVAC commercial work in the area including banks, schools, factories, hotels, restaurants, auto dealerships, meat processing plants for well over 15 years. His shop expanded to include sophisticated sheet metal fabrication, architectural metal roofs and large commercial kitchen installations. The Silver Valley mining companies in North Idaho became Kohli’s main business. They needed the sophisticated cooling of the underground developments that they were mining. Working with their engineering teams Kohli designed and installed quite large air conditioning systems at all levels including 4,000 feet below the ground surface. He designed and installed large horsepower surface fans, underground booster fans and refrigeration plants utilizing controlled recirculation. He worked on assignments including shaft design, strategic planning, pumping, and refinery ventilation.
In 1983, Kohli worked for a full range consulting business Bovay Northwest in Spokane as a consulting engineer planning ventilation requirements and designing and installing HVAC systems upgrade for the Inland Northwest area. One assignment was to oversee the design and construction of a clean room for Advanced Silicone Materials, Inc. a semi-conductor wafer plant in Moses Lake, Wash. He was responsible for developing a large clean room class 10,000 to house their furnaces that grew the silicone rods that eventually became computer chips. This job also involved a large air cooling system in that these furnaces produced heat during the process. The job was complete at a class of 13,000 and after about nine years of these types of consulting projects, Kohli retired.
- B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Idaho, 1956
Jim Linford is principal and owner of Eagle Creek Consulting, Inc., which specializes in the food industry, technology systems, manufacturing technology, project management, operations management, logistics and supply chain management.
After graduating from the University of Idaho with a BSME in 1971 Linford worked for a small civil engineering consulting firm in Caldwell, Idaho, until shipping off to boot camp for the Idaho Army National Guard. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1973. In 1971, he joined the engineering department at Intermountain Gas Company in Boise, Idaho. Linford left Intermountain Gas Company in 1974 to work for The Amalgamated Sugar Company in Nampa, Idaho.
In 1977, Linford joined the engineering department of Ore-Ida Foods, Inc., at that time a wholly owned affiliate of H. J. Heinz Co., in Ontario, Oregon, and served in many capacities during the next sixteen and one-half years. He was responsible for process design, new technology development and application, new factory design and construction and project management as an engineering department manager. He then assumed the position of general manager of engineering and was responsible for all company engineering, project management and construction. Finally, he became general manager of operations for the formulated food side of the business and was responsible for nine factories across the U.S. that produced frozen food products. He also served on numerous committees of the Heinz world organization, including new technology development and application and world-class factory development.
In 1993 Linford joined Ocean Spray Cranberries in Lakeville, Massachusetts, as director of manufacturing where he was responsible for eight fruit receiving stations and seven factories for Ocean Spray and all co-pack operations.
In 1995 Linford joined CH2M-Hill in Portland, Oregon, as vice president and general manager of its food engineering division, The Food Group, to grow the engineering and construction management division to support the food industry.
In 1997 Linford became vice president of operations for Gardenburger, Inc., of Portland, Oregon. He spent nine years at Gardenburger during which the company moved plant operations from a manual batch operation to a totally automated operation producing meatless burgers, breakfast items, meals, sandwiches, and foodservice ingredients. In 2000 Linford became Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In 2006, Gardenburger was acquired by Kelloggs.
Since that time, Linford has operated his consulting business, Eagle Creek Consulting, Inc., working on projects in Portland, Oregon; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Boston, Massachusetts; Pahala, Hawaii; Seattle and Cashmere, Washington, designing and building a seafood manufacturing plant, a coffee roasting plant and two macadamia nut drying plants. He also was a principal for development of a technology for tracking and monitoring product movement and plant operations globally. Linford also was involved in a business designing, developing and implementing processes and packaging of shelf-stable fresh food products.
Linford is a charter member of the Treasure Valley Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and served as its chairman in 1975-1976. He held leadership roles for the Idaho Society of Professional Engineers and also served on the Board of the American Frozen Foods Institute. He served three terms on the College of Engineering Advisory Board at U of I. He was on the management board at Ore-Ida Foods/Heinz, and was a member of the Heinz Global Technology and Operations Boards. Also he has served on the Gardenburger Board of Directors. Linford especially enjoyed his term on the board of Portland Brewing Company.
Linford enjoys fishing, gardening, bicycling and skiing in his spare time.
- B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Idaho, 1971
Arnfinn Rusten serves as the BergerABAM Inc.’s senior vice president and as a director on the company board. A graduate of the University of Idaho, he has 39 years of professional engineering and management experience. He started his career with BergerABAM in 1977 as a junior design engineer. Through hard work and vision, he increasingly advanced his role and in 2005 became president and CEO of this 250-person consulting firm. After becoming CEO, Rusten expanded BergerABAM's formal strategic business process, which established and achieved significant growth goals, allowing the company to continue to prosper and grow amidst challenging economic times. His leadership continues to spawn initiatives that are advancing technologies and efficiencies for clients and the engineering industry. During his professional career as a licensed civil and structural engineer in several states, Rusten managed the planning and design of transportation projects, primarily tied to waterfront, marine, and offshore structures focusing on promoting environmentally friendly methods and materials. Rusten has made direct contributions to industry-critical technology especially through his work in the Port Industry. He was awarded the Precast Concrete Industry's (PCI) Robert J. Lyman Award for the technical paper "Design-Construction of a Breakwater/Pier Structure at the U.S. Naval Station Everett, Washington" in 1998. This award recognizes papers published in the PCI Journal for contribution on design, production, and erection of precast/prestressed concrete. He has guided the development of the Northwest developed precast concrete wharf and pier construction technology now widely used world-wide. In 2014, the American Council of Engineering Companies, Washington State, awarded Rusten the prestigious Engineer of the Year Award for his outstanding contributions to the engineering community. In 2016 Rusten was awarded The American Society of Civil Engineers' Kenneth M. Childs, Jr. Ports & Harbors Practitioner Award for his technical innovation, inspiring management, integrity and commitment to the profession, which have established him as a visionary leader among his fellow professionals. Rusten stepped down as president and CEO in May 2014 and now serves as part-time senior vice president and director of the company board. He is also on the board of directors for Manson Construction Company, a Seattle based transportation construction company.
- B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Idaho, 1975
- M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Idaho, 1977