SCSE Academy of Science and Engineering: 2008 Inductees
Dr. Antoinette Moran
Bachelor of Science - Biology 1980
Dr. Antoinette Moran graduated with a BS in Biology from UMD in 1980, and has gone on to a distinguished career in teaching and research in medicine. She received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Minnesota Minneapolis in 1984. She continued her training in medicine at the University of Minnesota completing her residency in pediatrics in 1987, and a fellowship in pediatric endocrinology in 1990. In 1990, she received an appointment in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. She has risen through the ranks to achieve the title of Professor of Pediatrics.
Dr. Moran is a leading researcher on cystic fibrosis and diabetes. She has published over 75 publications including articles in leading scientific journals, book chapters, invited review articles, and editorials. Her research has been extensively supported by research grants from a range of agencies and foundations including the National Institutes of Health, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She received the first Cystic Fibrosis Richard C. Talamo Distinguished Clinical Achievement Award for “research contributions that have had a significant influence on the course of the disease.” Dr. Moran’s stature in her field is demonstrated by the numerous invitations she has received to speak at national and international research conferences. Dr. Moran has also been active in speaking before many local groups and in community outreach. In addition to her research, she is also involved in teaching medical students, graduate students, and residents. She has held numerous administrative appointments and currently is serving as Director of the Pediatric Diabetes Program and as Division Chief, Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at the University of Minnesota. Recently, Dr. Moran was a visiting physician in Uganda as part of the University of Minnesota’s Global Health program.
Dr. Edward Ripley
Master of Science - Geology 1973
Dr. Edward Ripley received his BS in Geology from Illinois State University in 1971. Later that year he began work toward his Masters degree in Geology at the University of Minnesota Duluth. His MS research focused on ore petrology and structural geology of the Deer Lake igneous complex in northern Minnesota under the direction of D.M. Davidson. Following his graduation from UMD in 1973, Dr. Ripley went on to Penn State University where he studied the geochemistry and mineralogy of copper deposits in Peru and received his PhD in Geochemistry in 1976. Dr. Ripley took a position in the Department of Geological Sciences at Indiana University in 1976 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 1981 and professor in 1988.
Over his 32 year academic career, Dr. Ripley has established himself as one of the world’s experts in stable isotope geochemistry of igneous systems and magmatic ore deposits. Not only is Dr. Ripley an outstanding laboratory scientist, he is also a dedicated field geologist, having taught and supervised the very popular Indiana University Field Camp in Montana for 18 summers. His service to the geoscience community is without peer. He is currently an associate editor of Geochemica et Cosmochimica Acta and a former editor of Canadian Mineralogist. He has taught many short courses on applying isotopic methods to the genesis of magmatic ore deposits; and he has served on numerous National Science Foundation panels reviewing petrology and geochemistry proposals. Over his career, he has been a prolific writer, authoring or coauthoring over 100 peer reviewed papers and countless abstracts. The focus of Dr. Ripley’s research has ranged from the genesis of specific ore deposits to theoretical and experimental studies of the behavior of sulfide in magmatic systems. Dr. Ripley has worked on almost every major ore-hosting mafic igneous intrusion on Earth, but throughout his impressive career, he has continued to come back to his roots here in Minnesota. Over 40 of his 100+ scientific articles deal with the geology and ore deposits of the Duluth Complex and other intrusions of northern Minnesota.
Mr. William Lokke
Bachelor of Arts - Mathematics 1957
Bachelor of Arts - Physics 1957
Wiliam A. Lokke graduated from UMD in 1957 with a BA in Mathematics and Physics. Soon after, he began working at Livermore National Laboratory in Northern California. His tenure at the lab spanned almost 40 years, with a short break near the beginning when he entered a PhD program in Physics at the University of Minnesota, only to quickly return to the more exciting work of the lab.
Mr. Lokke retired from the lab in 1997, although he continued active in many projects there. During those 40 full-time years, with the sole academic credential of a BA from UMD, Mr. Lokke rose to many leadership positions. His responsibilities included directing large-scale computation projects at a time when several versions of the fastest computer in the world were at Livermore National Laboratory. One of his most important assignments at Livermore was leading the efforts in developing and testing nuclear warhead technology during the tense time of the nuclear arms race in the 1950s and 1960s. Bill has written a fascinating history of the early days of computing at the lab. In the early 1990s, he was Deputy Director of the entire Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and, thus, in charge of hundreds of PhD scientists and engineers.
In recognition of his work in theoretical physics, engineering, and technology, Mr. Lokke was awarded the prestigious Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award in 1975. The Lawrence Award honors scientists and engineers at mid-career who show promise for the future and for exceptional contributions in research and development supporting the Department of Energy and its mission to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States.
Dr. Thomas Jordan
Bachelor of Arts - Physics 1958
Bachelor of Arts - Mathematics 1958
Dr. Tom Jordan graduated from UMD in 1958 with a BA in Physics and Mathematics. He earned a PhD in Theoretical Physics at the University of Rochester in 1962. After a year as an NSF fellow in Bern, Switzerland, he joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, holding a Sloan fellowship from 1965-67. He returned to UMD in 1970 as a professor of physics. He has held visiting positions at many institutions in the US and Europe, including a Fulbright fellowship at the University of Goettingen in 1991-92.
Professor Jordan’s research interests throughout his career have revolved around basic issues in quantum mechanics with over 80 publications. He continues an active research program with recent theoretical work on the linearity of quantum dynamics and quantum entanglement, including collaboration with colleagues at Texas and New Mexico. Along the way he was also involved in early hydrodynamic modeling of Lake Superior with others in the Physics Department. He served as the head of the Physics Department at UMD for a decade. He invented two liberal education courses, quantum physics and Einstein's theory of relativity, accessible to a broad student audience. He also authored two textbooks.
Since he retired in 2001, Professor Jordan has remained active in the department, both in research and teaching, with essential contributions. He has developed a modern approach to the graduate classical mechanics course, part of the MS program’s core. He has a long-term interest in local environmental issues, including extensive involvement with the development of the Hartley Nature Center.