Presidential Rank Award, Remembering Dr. Golding, & ARTBA Division President

Jeff G. Arnold, Ph.D. (IL A ’81), was recently named a recipient of a Presidential Rank Award. According to the article, the awards are given to members of the government’s administrative classification known as the senior executive service. He will receive a framed certificate signed by the President of the United States of America.

Dr. Arnold has served the federal government as agricultural engineer for Grassland Soil and Water Research Laboratory for 33 years. He works for the Agricultural Research Service division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. His research includes studying the effects that the agricultural industry has on water supplies.


In August of this year, Brage Golding, Ph.D., passed away at the age of 96. Dr. Golding, IN A ’41, was a believer in learning and became a prominent figure in academia. Beginning as the head of the chemical engineering school at Purdue University, he went on to serve as the first president of Wright State University (OH), president of San Diego State University (SDSU), and president of Kent State University (OH).

Click here to read the obituary from The San Diego Union-Tribune, including this quote from current SDSU President Elliot Hirshman, “Brage Golding’s vision of the role of research and graduate education at San Diego State remains central to our university today. We are deeply grateful for his many contributions to San Diego State.”


The Kane County Chronicle (IL), is reporting that Carl Schoedel, P.E. (MO G ’86), has been elected president of the Transportation Officials Division (TOD) of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). Schoedel is Kane County engineer and through his leadership completed the Stearns Road Bridge Corridor project, “a 4.6‐mile improvement extending from Randall Road in Kane County to the DuPage County line, which received numerous regional, state and national awards.”

Read the article for more information about the ARTBA and the TOD. Schoedel earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.


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