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College of Engineering Inducts Class of 2017 Academy of Engineers

October 24, 2017

The College of Engineering will induct nine members into its Academy of Engineers during a ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in the Bruce M. Pitman Center Vandal Ballroom. Now in its seventh year, the Academy of Engineers honors eminent engineers who are University of Idaho alumni or those connected to the university’s legacy of global engineering impact. Academy members are recognized for their personal contributions to engineering achievement, leadership, engineering education and a lifetime commitment to advancing the quality of life through service to the profession and society.

“Every year we induct an incredibly accomplished group of individuals into the prestigious Academy of Engineers, this year is no exception,” said Larry Stauffer, dean of the College of Engineering. “Our academy members are role models to our students and graduates as examples of fully using their engineering education and personal talents to make the world a better place.”

This year’s UI Academy of Engineers inductees are:

  • James R. Arnold of Fort Mill, South Carolina — B.S., Metallurgical Engineering, 1975

  • Mark L. Bathrick of Boise — B.S., Aerospace Engineering, U.S. Naval Academy, 1980

  • Candis S. Claiborn of Moscow — B.S., Chemical Engineering, 1980

  • D. Mark Durcan of Boise — B.S., M.S., Chemical Engineering, Rice University, 1983, 1984

  • Bryant W. Lemon of Corrales, New Mexico — B.S., Civil Engineering, 1958

  • Thomas J. Mueller of Hawthorne, California — B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1985

  • Yogendra N. Sarin of Plainsboro, New Jersey — M.S., Chemical and Materials Engineering, 1976

  • *George Simmons of Columbia, Maryland — B.S., M.S., Chemical Engineering, 1965, 1966

  • Patrick R. Taylor of Golden, Colorado — B.S., Metallurgical Engineering and Math, 1974

As part of their induction, the new academy members will spend the day touring U of I’s engineering complex. They will meet with faculty and students and have the opportunity to visit the college’s state-of-the-art facilities. Inductees will also join existing members of the Academy to serve as judges for the college’s second annual Grand Challenge Scholars Program pitch event at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Pitman Center.

The U of I Academy of Engineers has established an endowment to provide financial support for students seeking funding for projects that address one of the fourteen Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century. U of I is the state’s only engineering school approved by the National Academy of Engineering to educate Grand Challenge Scholars expressly equipped to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing society and the only university participating in Idaho.

Detailed biographies of the Academy of Engineers Class of 2017 are available at

*Inducted in 2015, but receiving academy medal in 2017.

Media Contact:
Rob Patton
Marketing and Communications Manager
College of Engineering, University of Idaho

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