Professional Achievement Award Winners

Professional Achievement Award recipients are alumni who have made important contributions to their careers or profession, to the social, political or economic well-being of the world around them and have shown continued community and civic involvement in addition to their association with and contributions to Idaho State University. Individuals selected for these prestigious awards have been out of school at least 10 years and have excelled in their chosen field, attaining significant success and accomplishments.

Kendal Ray Tanner - Professional Achievement Award, College of Science & Engineering- Engineering

A native Idahoan, Kendal Ray Tanner obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in engineering (interdisciplinary) from ISU in 1984. Tanner is the director of integrated delivery for the Resources Business Group of HDR. In this role he provides leadership, guidance, management and mentoring for all integrated delivery projects including construction management for fee, construction management at risk, design-build and engineer/procure/construct for the power, industrial, oil and gas, waste and mining market sectors. A professional civil engineer, Tanner joined HDR in 2006. He has 31 years of experience including serving in multiple levels of leadership. His career has included private and public client programming, planning, design, construction and various forms of integrated delivery. Tanner lives in Boise with his wife Julie and children Kyle and Kenzie.

Philip D. LaFleur - Professional Achievement Award, College of Science & Engineering-Natural and Physical Sciences

Born in Anaconda, Montana, and raised in Idaho Falls, Philip LaFleur earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry in 1955, when the University was still Idaho State College. As a student, he served as the chemistry stockroom manager and was a research assistant on an atomic energy project under Professor Al Taylor. He was a member of ROTC at Idaho State and was the distinguished military graduate in 1955. He earned a Master of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Idaho in 1962 after spending some time as an officer in the U.S. Army Security Agency. He continued his graduate education at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, focusing on radiochemical separations and X-ray yields from Uranium-233, Uranium-235 and Plutonium-239 and received his Ph.D. in 1967. LaFleur went on to establish himself as a well-respected research chemist at the National Bureau of Standards where he was appointed chief of the Analytical Chemistry Division where he worked until 1979. He moved to Eastman Kodak Co. as the laboratory head in the Structure and Characterization Laboratory in the Analytical Science Division and was later appointed director of the Analytical Sciences Division for Imaging Research and Advance Development. He retired from Eastman Kodak in 1997. LaFleur has authored or co-authored more than 20 publications in trade journals, organized and chaired several national and international conferences and given international invited lectures. He has been recognized with prestigious honors including a Silver Medal Award and a Gold Medal Award from the Department of Commerce for his pioneering work in nuclear analytical methods.

2015 Outstanding Student Awards

Kyle R. Gagnon - Outstanding Student Award, College of Science & Engineering- Engineering

Awarded the Department of Civil Engineering Top Student award, Kyle will graduate this May with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering and a 4.0 GPA. He is on the Dean's list and scored a perfect 170 on the math section of the GRE. He is the recipient of the Richard Deus Trust Scholarship and the Dr. Wes B. Smedley Engineering Scholarship.

Gagnon led an ISU engineering senior design team that looked at the best way to connect the Portneuf Greenway Trail and the Simplot Reach Trail in Pocatello. This team worked with an engineer from the Idaho Transportation Department to develop the best alternative. Gagnon also served as an undergraduate research assistant, a grader for engineering physics classes, and a tutor for the ISU Success Center in math, physics and core engineering courses. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Concrete Institute, the American Wood Council and the American Institute of Steel Construction.

Douglas R. Walker - Outstanding Student Award, College of Science & Engineering - Natural and Physical Sciences

A Pocatello native, Walker chose ISU over several options when making his college decision. This May, he will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and a 3.86 cumulative GPA. Walker will be the first member of his family to graduate from college. He has received multiple scholarships, including a four-year Presidential Scholarship, the Idaho Promise Scholarship, the Samuel H. Bennion Honors award, Chemistry Alumni Scholarship, National Science Foundation S-STEM and the Freshman Leadership Award. He served as a student researcher, seeking out research experiences to advance his education and future career. Two summers of IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) fellowships allowed Walker experience in the biomedical fields. His research productivity as an undergraduate has resulted in at least three publications as a co-author.

Walker has been a University Honors Program member since 2011. He serves as president of the Chemistry Club, is a member of Chi Alpha and committee member for the University Honors Program Opportuni-Tea event. Walker was the Organic Chemistry Student of the Year in 2013. He has been recognized by the American Chemical Society, the National Science Foundation and the Barry Goldwater Scholarship for achievement and competitiveness.


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