Inductee and Daktronics Co-Founder Duane Sander born in February

Wishing Duane a Very Happy Birthday!

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2015 Inductee Duane Sander

2015 Inductee Duane E. Sander was born February 14, 1938, and grew up on a farm near Howard, SD. He graduated from Howard High School in 1956 and then South Dakota School of Mines in 1960, receiving MS and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University in 1962 and 1964.

His US Army ROTC commitment was served in 1965 and 1966 as an intelligence analyst in Washington, DC after which he became a professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at South Dakota State University (SDSU) in 1967. His entire teaching career was at SDSU. He retired in 1999 after serving as Interim Dean and Dean of Engineering for 10 years.

He and his wife, Phyllis were cofounders along with Al and Irene Kurtenbach of Daktronics, Inc. in 1968. He has been active in entrepreneur support activities in the community and state, and help found the Enterprise Institute in Brookings and participates in angel investment in South Dakota.

Read more about Duane’s Legacy of Achievement here.

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