Title: Mechanical Engineer (Retired)
Location: Rapid City, South Dakota, United States
Gordon Scofield, Retired Mechanical Engineer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in engineering education and consulting.
Dr. Scofield’s achievements have largely been driven by his desire to educate and inform the future generations of engineering professionals through his work as a professor and as an executive at a mining organization. He began his work in mechanical engineering as an instructor at SDSU in 1946. Dr. Scofield remained in this position for a year before joining the faculty at the University of Missouri, where he would go on to teach for more than two decades in roles such as graduate assistant, assistant professor, associate professor and professor. Following this work, he worked at Michigan Tech from 1969 to 1980 in the engineering department. He spent the remainder of the 1980s with the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, working in administrative roles. In addition, he became the president of the South Dakota Mines Foundation from 1982 up until his retirement in 1990.
On top of these positions, Dr. Scofield has consulted for the Naval Air Weapons Stations at China Lake for the United States Navy, providing his expertise from 1956 to 1971. From 1994 to 2000, he served as a member of the board of directors of ABET. All of these positions would not be possible without his education, where he first earned a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering from Perdue University in 1946. He had been selected for the V-12 program at the institution which is for students who wish to become officers in the United States Navy. He continued his academic pursuits at the University of Missouri-Rolla, earning an MME in 1949. In 1968, he earned a PhD in the field at the University of Oklahoma under a fellowship. Dr. Scofield is also a veteran, serving with the Naval Reserve with the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946.
Throughout his career, Dr. Scofield has been recognized with several awards and accolades. In 1999, he received the Excellence in Engineering Education Award from SAE International. In 1975, he was recognized with the Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Missouri. He was also selected as a Science Faculty fellow from 1966 to 1967 with the National Science Foundation. Throughout his career, he has maintained affiliation with a variety of organizations that have aided in his professional development and growth, some of these include SAE International, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education and the Scientific Research Honor Society. Marquis Who’s Who has recognized him with a Lifetime Achievement Award and as an Industry Expert. Growing up in the small town of DeSmet, South Dakota, Dr. Scofield never imagined having a career and life so rewarding as his own. Throughout his career, he was inspired by his wife Nancy, along with his colleagues and friends.
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