Three Alumni Honored With the Distinguished Alumni Citation Award in Denver!

Thu Nov 07 2019

F. Dee Duncan ks64, Robert Hostetler pur62 and Denny Wellen ps70 were presented with the Distinguished Alumni Citation award at the Tour de Triangle in Denver on November 2, 2019.

Foundation Chairman, John Pritchard is82 and his wife Syndi hosted over 60 Triangle members and friends at their home on Saturday, November 2nd for an evening of brotherhood!

Brian Jarman pur01, Immediate Past National President, presented the awards to the deserving alumni and offered these thoughts on the recipients, "Triangle has a strong tradition of recruiting the best and brightest students to our chapters. After graduation, they go on to do amazing things to further the fields of engineering, science and architecture and these three gentlemen demonstrate the caliber of young men Triangle attracts for membership. I am honored to present these awards to three deserving alumni!"

Short bios of the award winners are as follows:

With a BS degree in Nuclear Engineering from Kansas State University, Dee Duncan has extensive experience in the design, application and integration of proprietary multi-stream brazed aluminum heat exchanger (BAHX) technology to the processing of industrial gases, natural gas and LNG, petrochemicals and helium and hydrogen liquefaction and refrigeration. Initial cryogenic experience began with NASA-Huntsville designing the Saturn V 2nd stage liquid hydrogen tank insulation system. Technology integration includes BAHX kettles, “cold boxes” and internal tower reboilers. Subsequent experience with BAHX technology included developing “cold” plates for the RCA TV camera on the first lunar rover and upgrading the replacement U-235 compression after coolers for three national uranium enrichment facilities. Knowledge and experience of this proprietary technology lead to the founding and sole ownership of two corporations: Energy and Environmental Equipment, Inc. and Applied UA, Inc. Acknowledgements include life AICHE membership, three U.S. patents and a paper presented at the Snowbird Compact Heat Exchanger Conference. Retirement from day-to-day activities has resulted in clients worldwide seeking consulting services for major multi-billion dollar projects.

After completing his Purdue studies, Hostetler took a position with CTS Corporation, an Indiana-based manufacturer of electronic components and subsystems. He remained there until 1987, rising in his 22 years with the company from director of corporate planning to a six year tenure as president and CEO. When a corporate takeover left him without a job, he and his wife decided to explore life as entrepreneurs and start their own company. The result was the Choice TV Group, a series of 13 companies that developed wireless cable television, then a fledgling technology. The couple was successful at drawing investors, raising $5.5 million to build up the companies. Then, in 1993, they merged the Choice TV Group companies into American Telecasting Inc. As CEO, Hostetler led the company into high-speed data transmission, selling the company to Sprint Corporation in 1999.

Graduating from Penn State in 1972 with a degree in chemical engineering, Denny started his career as a project engineer for Badger, a Raytheon Subsidiary where he worked on Design and Construction of several petrochemical facilities in Argentina, Iran, Taiwan, and North American. Based out of offices in Cambridge and Houston. Wellen then moved to the Stearns Roger Division of United Engineers and Constructors, a Raytheon Subsidiary where he managed design and Construction of several Oil and Gas production facilities including ones located on the North Slope of Alaska and elsewhere in North America, in Algeria, in Siberia, and Kazakhstan. The one in Siberia was the first new oil field to export from Russia after the fall of the Iron Curtain. 2004 saw Wellen named to the Vice President and General Manager postion of the Denver office of Washington Group Inc, which had acquired Raytheon Engineers and Constructors. Managed a group of nearly 1000 professional employees working on design and construction of a variety of facilities. He was then promoted to Vice President of Oil and Gas for Washington Group Inc. and managed a $400 million per year engineering, construction, and maintenance business. Wellen retired from the Washington Group in 2011.

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