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Release Date Thursday, October 27, 2016

Professor Logar Honored with National Mentoring Award

Antonette Logar, Ph.D. – and her Tau Beta Pi McDonald Mentor Award medallion – with students in a computer lab at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Oct. 27, 2016) – Antonette Logar, Ph.D., a computer science professor at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, has received the prestigious national Tau Beta Pi McDonald Mentor Award.

The award celebrates Tau Beta Pi educators for excellence in mentoring. It is presented to one college educator in the United States each year who has consistently supported the personal and professional development of students and colleagues.

Logar’s achievements “exemplify the diverse contributions that engineers make to society,” the Tau Beta Pi award letter said.

With a national membership of over 550,000, Tau Beta Pi is the oldest engineering honor society in the United States. It honors engineering students who have shown academic, personal and professional achievement. 

Logar is a long-time coach of the South Dakota Mines computer programming team. Along with Edward Corwin, Ph.D., she has coached the team to six qualifications for the world finals competition of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC). In 2013, Logar and Corwin were honored with a lifetime achievement award during the team’s fifth appearance on the international stage in Russia. 

In May of 2017, the international ICPC competition will be hosted in Rapid City, in part due to the influence of Logar and Corwin.

“Toni Logar is the kind of professor-mentor who makes a difference in every life she touches. She richly deserves this recognition,” said South Dakota Mines President Heather Wilson.

Logar received a B.A. in geology from Lehigh University, a B.S. in computer science from South Dakota Mines, a M.S. in computer science from the University of Minnesota, a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Texas Tech, and a law degree from the University of Louisville. She joined the Mines faculty in 1983 and has served as a professor of computer science, chair of the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science and dean of Graduate Education. She also serves on the executive committee of the Mount Rushmore Society.

This is the second time the McDonald Mentor award has been awarded to a Mines faculty member. Carter Kerk, Ph.D., industrial engineering professor, received the inaugural award in 2006. 

Logar attended the Oct. 7 award ceremony in San Diego, where she was presented with a $1,000 cash prize, $1,000 donated to the Mines Tau Beta Pi chapter in her name and an engraved medallion. 


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