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By Doug Tattershall

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The six inductees are Elaine Duncan, Herman Harrison, Richard Holloway, Roger D. McDaniel, Gregory L. Summe and Paul Y. Thompson.

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April 14, 2000 – (Lexington, Ky.) – Six University of Kentucky alumni were inducted today into the UK College of Engineering Hall of Distinction . This year’s inductees are:

        Elaine Duncan, a 1974 mechanical engineering alumnae and founder and president of Paladin Medical Inc. of Stillwater, Minn. Duncan oversaw the clinical programs and regulatory submissions for the JARVIK-7, the first artificial heart, in 1982, as director of regulatory affairs and quality assurance at Kolff Medical Inc. in Salt Lake City.

        Herman Harrison, a 1955 mechanical engineering alumnus and president of the Harrison Corp. of Cincinnati. Harrison was the lead engineer on the design of the first transonic jet engine fan compressor while working for General Electric. He led several other groundbreaking projects, including the adaptation of a jet engine to operate on nuclear power and the design of an outdoor site to test jet engines burning on high-energy fuels intended to extend the range of American aircraft.

        Richard Holloway, a 1964 electrical engineering alumnus and president of Teledyne Brown Engineering of Huntsville, Ala. Holloway started his career as an instrumentation design engineer at the Boeing Co. -- working on NASA’s Apollo program -- and went on to become general manager of Boeing Military Aircraft Co. and director of its high-technology programs.

        Roger D. McDaniel, a 1962 chemical engineering alumnus and a member of the board of directors at SpeedFam-IPEC Inc. of Chandler, Ariz. McDaniel is a former president and chief executive officer of Monsanto Electronic Materials -- the world’s second largest producer of silicon wafers -- and former president and CEO of Integrated Process Equipment Corp. (IPEC) -- a $144.7 million company when it merged with SpeedFam.

        Gregory L. Summe, a 1978 electrical engineering alumnus and CEO and chairman of the board of PerkinElmer Inc. of Norwalk, Conn. Summe began his career as a semiconductor design engineer and within 22 years was head of a Standard & Poor 500 high technology company which saw its stock value increase 250 percent under his leadership.

        Paul Y. Thompson, a 1958 civil engineering alumnus and associate dean for research and administration for the University of Florida College of Engineering in Gainesville, Fla. Thompson joined the Florida faculty in 1987 and has published more than 30 refereed papers and 200 technical reports.

The Engineering Hall of Distinction was founded in 1992 to honor distinguished alumni. Forty-three members have been inducted, including this year’s honorees.

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