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Two alumni join Kansas State University College of Engineering Hall of Fame

Friday, March 18, 2016


MANHATTAN — The Kansas State University College of Engineering Hall of Fame will induct two new members on April 2.

Induction to the hall is the highest honor bestowed on its alumni by the college. The honorees will be recognized for their professional success and accomplishment, involvement with and support of the College of Engineering, dedication to Kansas State University, and professional and public service.

The following are members of the class of 2016:

Glen Fountain, Laurel, Maryland, is a 1965 and 1966 graduate of Kansas State University with his bachelor's and master's degrees, respectively, in electrical engineering. He is project manager for the New Horizons mission to Pluto, leading the engineering team during the initial concept work and recruiting many of the key engineering staff that later developed the mission. He led the completion of the spacecraft development and worked with NASA to see that all other activities necessary to meet the January 2006 launch date were completed. Since launch, he has been overseeing flight operations and is guiding the tasks that will carry the project through the eight years of flight from Jupiter to Pluto. Fountain was a member of the program committee for the Maryland Space Grant Consortium, which is part of the NASA Space Grant Fellowship Program. From 1996 to 2008, he was an instructor in the Johns Hopkins University Engineering School's master's degree program in technical management. Fountain is a member of the advisory board for the electrical and computer engineering department at Kansas State University.

Fred Stiers, Roundup, Montana, is a 1975 graduate of Kansas State University in civil engineering. In 2008, he retired from the position of general manager, downstream projects, for ConocoPhillips Co. in Houston, Texas. In that position he had global responsibility for capital expansion projects totaling more than $7 billion under construction and another $25 billion of projects being developed. His areas of responsibility included planning, front-end development, setting execution strategies, staffing, design engineering, and construction for ConocoPhillips's refining, pipeline and specialty power divisions. Earlier in his career he was president of General Mechanical Construction Co. in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and manager of two of Conoco's refineries in the U.S. He has served as chairman of the Montana Safety Services Council, on the Montana Petroleum Association board, and with the Mid-Continent Oil & Gas Association. He is a certified professional engineer in California.


College of Engineering Hall of Fame

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Laurel, Maryland, and Roundup, Montana

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Mary Rankin

At a glance

Two distinguished alumni of Kansas State University's College of Engineering, Glen Fountain and Fred Steiers, will join the college's Hall of Fame in an April 2 ceremony.