Southeast Faculty Receive Kentucky Colonel Awards



Dec. 15, 2010 – Two Southeast Missouri State University faculty members in the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology have been named Honorary Kentucky Colonels.

Dr. Greg Boyd, professor of industrial and engineering technology, and Dr. Brad Deken, assistant professor of industrial and engineering technology, received the awards Dec. 8.

The Governor’s Office in the Commonwealth of Kentucky honored the two with the Kentucky Colonel distinction for their advisement and positive role in assisting the area solar company, StarGaze Energy. Being named a Kentucky Colonel is the highest honor awarded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The Governor and the Secretary of State give commissions for Kentucky Colonel to individuals to recognize noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to a community, state or the nation.

StarGaze Energy (SGE) is a clean energy company involved in solar technologies and its integration. The company, located in Paducah, Ky., strives to provide clean energy solutions by providing targeted paybacks and financial incentives. The company’s current markets include commercial, industrial and municipal site locations.

Boyd was nominated by the company’s leadership team and accepted as an Honorary Kentucky Colonel for his engineering and industrial advisement to the company’s executives. His positive role in assisting the company with information regarding engineering technologies and the energy industry has helped the company continue to succeed.

“Since starting my teaching career in 1995 here at Southeast Missouri State University, I have made it a personal priority to continually make professional contributions assisting local industry in remaining competitive, staying in business and working on new business opportunities,” Boyd said. “The majority of this professional and technical assistance has been on a pro bono basis, again a priority.  However, being recognized by not only StargazeGaze Energy but also the Commonwealth of Kentucky for professional contributions is truly an honor.”    

Deken was nominated by the company’s leadership team and accepted as an Honorary Kentucky Colonel for his professional advisement in micro-controls and robotics. Deken’s knowledge and experience in engineering allowed the firm to complete a design that ranked as one of the largest solar thermal air transfer systems in the world. The project is currently being reviewed to meet Underwriters Laboratory (UL) and North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) standards to be sold commercially.

“It was certainly a surprise and even more of an honor to receive this recognition from the Commonwealth,” Deken said. “The group at StarGaze is always looking forward and they made it easy to believe we could make a difference. They have great products that could be an economic asset to our region while helping to minimize our environmental impact. Our relationship with StarGaze is quite beneficial to our Sustainable Energy Systems Management program since these guys are out there on the front lines.”

Tyson Viniard, SGE president and chief executive officer, said, “We appreciate the amount of support we have received from all areas of our region. We also want to congratulate Greg and Brad for this level of award. As market demand continues to increase, we look forward to continuing our solid relationship with SEMO.”