Academy of Science & Engineering


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Members represent amazing achievements in medical research, entrepreneurship, science and leadership.

Pictured above (l. to r.):  Dean Joshua Hamilton with 2015 Academy Inductees Mengtao Pete He, John Green and Phillip Powers and Chancellor Lendley Black

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The Academy of Science and Engineering was established in 2002 by Dean James P. Riehl to publicly recognize distinguished alumni and special  friends of Swenson College who have distinguished themselves through commitment and leadership in their chosen profession. It is the highest honor bestowed by the Swenson College of Science and Engineering. We have approximately 15,000 alumni and each year a handful are nominated by their departments for induction into the Academy of Science and Engineering. Since its inception, 63 members have been inducted into the Academy. 

2015 Inductees

Dr. John Green is an emeritus professor from UMD’s Earth and Environmental Sciences department and is known for his collaborative work. Green graduated from Dartmouth College and received his Ph.D. in Geology from Harvard University. He joined the UMD faculty in 1958 and specialized in studying the rocks of the Midcontinent Rift which run through Minnesota. Green has enjoyed many honors and was awarded the Goldich Medal by the Institute on Lake Superior geology for contributing to understanding of the Lake Superior area’s geology. “A famous British scientist once said the best geologist is the one who has seen the most geology, and thanks to my time at UMD, I’ve had the opportunity to see a lot,” said Green.

Dr. Mengtao He came to UMD as an international exchange student from China. Mengtao received a M.S. degree in Chemistry from UMD in 1989 and his Ph.D. from the U of M Twin Cities in 1993. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Dial Corporation/Henkel Consumer Goods Inc. and focuses on corporate sustainability interests in North America. Over the years, he has received many corporate diversity and sustainability awards. “My commitment to helping other people is something I took from my time at UMD into my career,” said Mengtao He.   

Phillip Powers is the founder of Lake Superior Consulting which provides engineering, design and integrity management consulting services to the oil and gas industry. Powers graduated from UMD’s Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering program in 1990 and has worked in the pipeline industry for many years. His experience covers all facets of pipeline integrity and he’s managed everything from small jobs to three billion dollar projects. Powers said, “I’m quite honored to be associated with such an esteemed group of people.”

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