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Five students inducted into the Leadership Hall of Fame
Release Date Tuesday, April 29, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (April 29, 2014) – Five School of Mines seniors have been inducted into the Leadership Hall of Fame at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. The Leadership Hall of Fame was created in 2000 to raise awareness about the importance of student leadership and to recognize the valuable contributions of student leaders.

Anne Christensen is a senior industrial engineering major from Sioux Falls. Christensen served as secretary, treasurer and president of the local Circle K International chapter, as well as Lieutenant Governor and District Governor for the Minnesota-Dakotas region, helping organize the 2013 Minnesota-Dakotas regional conference. Christensen has also been an active member of the music department, Professional Development Institute, racquetball club, Institute of Industrial Engineers and Society of Women Engineers. She plans to graduate in December 2014.

Spencer Ferguson, a civil and environmental engineering senior from Sioux Falls, has been an active member of the Student Association Senate, having served as junior class representative, president, senior class representative and finance committee chair. As president, Ferguson led the charge for the new student wellness and recreation center. He also served as president of CKI and is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Professional Development Institute. Ferguson was one of two students chosen to sit on the presidential search committee, was previously awarded the Gustafson Student Leadership Award and will speak as the student representative at Mines’ commencement ceremony on May 10. He will join Burns & McDonnell in Kansas City as an assistant structural engineer following graduation.

Benjamin Johnson, industrial engineering and engineering management senior from Rapid City, currently serves as president of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and Amplify College Ministries. Johnson has also been active with the Student Association Senate, Professional Development Institute, Graduate Student Society, Circle K International, Mathematical Association of America, College Republicans and Gamers for Service. He plans to pursue a master’s degree in engineering management at Mines this fall.

Kati Johnson, a chemical engineering major from Buffalo, currently serves as president of Tau Beta Pi and as Chile Trip Fundraising Chair for Engineer & Scientists Abroad. She has been an officer and member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, vice chair of Students for the Exploration & Development of Space and has also participated in the Society of Women Engineers. Johnson landed a full-time job as an assistant chemical engineer at Burns & McDonnell following graduation.

Carly Sandin, a mechanical engineering student from Greely, Colo., was one of four students responsible for reviving Students for the Exploration and Development of Space in 2011. She has served as an officer ever since, including leading the Moonrockers robotics team, which competes annually in NASA’s Lunabotics mining competition at Kennedy Space Center. She has served as secretary for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and as a member of the Professional Development Institute and the Lady Hardrocker volleyball team. After graduation Sandin will participate in NASA's fifth Annual Robotics Mining Competition with the Moonrockers and plans to pursue a master’s degree at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign this fall.

“These students have worked hard at this institution, and they take pride in the work they have done here, both inside and outside the classroom,” said Mike Keegan, director of the Student Activities and Leadership Center. “Each of these students has contributed to many different areas of campus to improve it for students, faculty, staff and the community.”


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