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Frontenac’s William Flies Receives Minnesota State Mankato Distinguished Alumni Award

William Flies of Frontenac, Minn., received the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Fitterer Service Award from Minnesota State University, Mankato last week.

2012-05-16
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [4-23-12]

William Flies of Frontenac, Minn., received the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Fitterer Service Award from Minnesota State University, Mankato last week.

Flies, who currently works with Chateau Frontenac, Ltd., a company he founded to develop a historic community on the shores of Lake Pepin in Frontenac, Minn., is one of 10 2012 alumni award winners. He was honored at an April 20 ceremony hosted by the Minnesota State Mankato Alumni Association.

Fitterer Service Awards go to graduates who have given distinguished service to Minnesota State Mankato and have used their time, treasure and talents to preserve and promote university programs.

Flies graduated in 1964 with bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and physics. He established the College of Science, Engineering and Technology Flies Fellowship to enable faculty to apply real-world research in cooperation with business. He has also served on the Foundation Board of Directors.

After graduating from Minnesota State Mankato, Flies was immediately hired by Univac as a systems engineer and helped to design the first virtual computers, their operating systems and languages. In 1969, he cofounded Technalysis Corporation, a firm specializing in program development for mainframe users. During that time, Flies led KET, Inc., a Technalysis subsidiary, in the development of systems that were used by the U.S. Army, the Internal Revenue Service, and U.S. Security agencies, among others.

Flies founded Datakey, Inc. in 1978 to design and produce personal portable information systems. He was granted more than 70 U.S. and international patents for his pioneering designs. Then in 1985, Flies founded XATA Corporation to design and produce mobile computer systems for non-office professions. He retired from XATA in 2003.

Those who want more information about the April 20 awards event may go to http://www.mnsu.edu/alumni/awards/ or call (507) 389-3235.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,649 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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