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Minnesota State University, Mankato
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83 Seniors Take Order of the Engineer Oath

Order of the Engineer is an oath engineers take to vow to use their profession to benefit humanity.


On February 22, 150 people attended a banquet to celebrate the induction of graduating engineering students into the Order of the Engineer. Mechanical, civil, electrical, computer and integrated engineering spring graduates participated. The ceremony is an historical event in which the engineering students take an oath that they will use their knowledge and skills to protect nature’s resources for the good of all humanity.

Mr. Joe Duncan, currently employed as Principal Civil Engineer in the Mankato office of Bolton and Menk, spoke to the graduates and their guests about the importance of their role as engineers. He then led them in reciting the oath. Joe is licensed as a Professional Engineer in Minnesota and North Dakota with a background in city infrastructure reconstruction projects, municipal state-aid and state cooperative projects, residential and commercial developments, storm sewer and detention basin design and construction administration.

Also recognized at the event were three distinguished alumni who have used their profession to benefit humanity in a variety of ways. The Mechanical and Civil Engineering Department recognized Jeffrey Javens, a 2006 mechanical engineering graduate who passed away suddenly in January. During his life Jeff had a successful career as an engineer and supported our institution by advising and instructing our students, hiring our students as interns, sponsoring senior design projects, and serving as chair of the mechanical engineering advisory board. Members of Jeff’s family were in attendance to receive the award.

The Mechanical and Civil Engineering Department also recognized Kyle Dushane, a 2006 civil engineering graduate. Kyle is Senior Project Engineer with SAGE. He is a key contact for a major utility client in California where he helped to expand the hydropower services for SAGE. As senior engineer he provides structural design and inspection services, business development activities, and junior staff mentoring. As the Rope Access Manager, he authored and presented the technical design and unique rope access procedures used for the design of rockfall-hazard mitigation and retaining wall design at the famed Folsom State Prison.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department recognized Dr. Steve Kuehne, a 1990 electrical engineering graduate. He continued his education at Stanford University, where he received an MS and PhD. After finishing studies at Stanford he was with Lucent Technologies, a subsidiary of AT&T Bell Lab. He moved to Minnesota and joined Agere Systems, then went to LSI as Preamp Design Manager, and now he is Product Development Director at Broadcom Limited in Minneapolis. He has made his name in the semiconductor industry and in analog and mixed circuit design. Dr. Khaliq described him as a student that one comes across once in decades—well-organized, intelligent, and innovative.

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