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Distinguished  Researcher  Awards

The Research Office would like to congratulate this year's recipients of the Montana Tech Distinguished Researcher Awards. The awards were established by action of the Montana Tech Research Advisory Committee. The purpose of the awards is to recognize outstanding contributions to current research and scholarly activity by the faculty and staff of the Montana Tech campus. The program makes annual awards in the amount of $1,000 to members of the Montana Tech faculty and members of the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology.

Award Criteria

In establishing these awards the Research Advisory Committee set three criteria:

  1. Awardees should be nationally or regionally recognized in their field of research or scholarly activity.
  2. Awardees should have demonstrated a commitment to student involvement in the research enterprise at either the undergraduate or graduate level.
  3. Awardees should have demonstrated their campus leadership in research and scholarly activity.

The Research Advisory Committee issues a call for nominations in the spring of the year to the campus at large. Nominations are evaluated by a sub-committee.


  • Matt Donnelly, SME
  • Katie Hailer, CLSPS
  • Colleen Elliot, MBMG 
  • Dan Trudnowski, EE Lifetime
  • Chris Gammons, Geological Engineering Lifetime


  • Jerry Downey, Metallurgical Engineering
  • Elyse Lovell, Highlands College
  • Katie McDonald, MBMG
  • Marisa Pedulla, Biological Sciences
  • Courtney Young, Metallurgical Engineering (Lifetime)


  • Ginette Abdo, MBMG
  • Waleed Al-Rawashdeh, Statistics
  • Stephen Parker, Chemistry
  • Jack Skinner, Mechanical Engineering
  • Susan Vuke, MBMG (Lifetime)


  • Keith Vertanen, Computer Sciences
  • Amy Kuenzi, Biological Sciences (Lifetime)


  • Suzan Gazioglu, Mathematical Sciences
  • Raj Kasinath, Environmental Engineering
  • Nick Tucci, MBMG
  • Richard Rossi, Mathematical Sciences (Lifetime)


  • Chris Danielson, Professional & Technical Communication
  • Chris Gammons, Geological Engineering
  • Jeff Lonn, MBMG
  • Robin McCulloch, MBMG (Lifetime)


  • John LaFave, MBMG
  • Martha Apple, Biological Sciences
  • Bob Ziegler, Liberal Studies (Lifetime)


  • Gary Icopini, MBMG
  • Xiaobing Zhou, Geophysical Engineering
  • Rick Douglass, Biological Sciences


  • Steve Parker, Chemistry
  • Susan Vuke, MBMG
  • Courtney Young, Metallurgical Engineering


  • Amy Kuenzi, Biological Sciences
  • Dan Trudnowski, Electrical Engineering
  • Andrea Stierle, Chemistry (Lifetime)
  • Tom Patton, MBMG (Lifetime)


  • Richard Donovan, General Engineering
  • Larry Smith, MBMG


  • Mary MacLaughlin, Geological Engineering
  • Jon Reiten, MBMG
  • Robert Bergantino, MBMG (Lifetime)


  • John Wheaton, MBMG
  • Corby Anderson, CAMP
  • Dick Berg, MBMG (Lifetime)


  • David Lopez, MBMG
  • Don Stierle, Chemistry
  • Wayne Van Voast, MBMG (Lifetime)
  • Robert Ziegler, Liberal Studies (Lifetime)


  • Mike Stickney, MBMG
  • Kumar Ganesan, Environmental Engineering
  • Ted Duaime, MBMG (Lifetime)
  • Rick Douglass, Biological Sciences (Lifetime)


  • Karen Porter, MBMG
  • Chris Gammons, Geological Engineering
  • Marv Miller, MBMG (Lifetime)
  • Larry Twidwell, Metallurgical Engineering (Lifetime)