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UK College of Engineering Inducts Four Into Hall of Distinction

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Merl Baker

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D. Duane Gilliam

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Ralph J. Palmer

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Warren C. Pratt

April 25, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- University of Kentucky graduates inducted into the UK College of Engineering Hall of Distinction today include the chairman of the company that produces Oscar-winning 3D graphics software used in movies such as “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.” and the forthcoming “Finding Nemo;” an educator who began the first engineering education program in South Vietnam; a state and national leader in the promotion of engineering education; and a corporate leader who successfully merged two giant companies.

The 2003 UK College of Engineering Hall of Distinction inductees are:

  • Merl Baker, a native of Cadiz, Ky. An educator throughout his career, Baker has become nationally known as an expert in public higher education organizational management.
  • Ralph J. Palmer, a native of Trapp, Ky. A longtime resident of Clark County, Palmer has distinguished himself as a state and national leader in the promotion of engineering education and the engineering profession.
  • Warren C. Pratt, born in Lexington and raised in Hindman. Pratt heads Alias/Wavefront, which received a Special Merit Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement in March 2003.

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