Joe Dickhudt

Joe Dickhudt

Title: Electrical Engineer

Company: McPherson College

Location: McPherson, Kansas, United States

Joe Dickhudt, Professor of Electrical Engineering at McPherson College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in engineering.

Whether talking on amateur radio, restoring automobiles, or designing a flight test system for the U.S. Air Force, Mr. Dickhudt has loved engineering, both professionally and in his personal time. He currently serves as a professor with McPherson College in Kansas while supporting a number of American engineering and humanitarian societies. Notably, he was named to the board of directors of the Humane Society of the U.S. in McPherson in 2007, and has received a 1997 Inventions Award from NASA, a 1993 Presidential Freedoms Award, and a 1992 Federal Leadership Award.

Mr. Dickhudt was born Gene Robert Dickhudt to his parents John Rodney and Margaret Colleen Dickhudt in St. Paul, Minnesota. He attended California State Polytechnic University while working with General Electric and NASA as an engineer in Downey, California, and ultimately earned the title of lead engineer. He is the designer of the U.S. Air force TIPS Flight Test System, and helped to develop computer systems for the U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Tracking System. Mr. Dickhudt also designed a real-time asynchronous memory network. After NASA, he joined a string of computer engineering companies, notably serving as vice president of Computer Sciences Corporation in Falls Church, Virginia, from 1992 to 2000. He joined McPherson in 2005, and has been honored for his business leadership with membership in Beta Gamma Sigma.

After assuming a teaching role, Mr. Dickhudt delved into automobile restoration at McPherson, and is a member of the Society of Automotive Historians, the Ford Model Restorer Club of America, the American Motorcycle Association, and the Ford Early V-8 Foundation. He is also a member of the International Radio Museum and the ASPCA, and still enjoys flying, as well as amateur radio and riding motorcycles. Mr. Dickhudt married Betty Ann Rogan in 1971 and raised two children, Beverly Ann MacKenzie and Kenneth Robert.

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