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Former International SAMPE President Awarded “Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology”

06 March 2012

Steve Rodgers, the International President (2009-2010) of the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) and founding principal of EmergeTek was awarded the Utah “Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology” at a special ceremony held in the Gateway Centre on the 10th January 2012.

According to SAMPE, the medal was given by Governor Gary Herbert “In recognition for outstanding achievements and contributions in science and technology with significant impact to the State of Utah.”

SAMPE explain that “Over the last 24 years, the State of Utah has recognised innovators, entrepreneurs, educators and science industry pioneers with the annual Governor’s Science Medals. With this prestigious award, we both celebrate those outstanding achievements and acknowledge their hard work and perseverance,” said Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert. “Each day we face challenges and solve problems. These honourees have found solutions and opened our eyes to new horizons. In countless ways, these award recipients exemplify the best in all of us.”

The medal was awarded to the Utah Advanced Composites Team. In the words of Governor Herbert, “The team of Gary Harter, Steven Rodgers and Jeff Edwards championed the cluster strategy with the Utah composites industry. As a result of the heightened awareness and collaboration among the Utah companies, the nation has noticed Utah’s excellence and leadership in all aspects of the composites industry from raw fibre to new product design and manufacturing. The Utah composites industry is adding literally thousands of high-value technology jobs. The combination of Government (Gary Harter), Industry (Steven Rodgers), and Public/Private partnership (Jeff Edwards) was absolutely critical in fostering the best and largest example of community partnership and industry cluster economic development in Utah’s technology history.”

SAMPE explain that the Governor’s Medal award program was initiated in 1987 to recognise those who made career achievements and/or provided distinguished service that has benefited the State of Utah in the areas of Science and Technology. Nominations are solicited from four general categories: Academia, Science Education, Industry and Government.