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UW College of Engineering and Applied Science Announces 2008 Hall of Fame Inductees
October 7, 2008 — Three outstanding alumni will be inducted into the College of Engineering and Applied Science Hall of Fame during University of Wyoming Homecoming activities.
Thermopolis native Dale E. Ellis, Riverton native James Goodman and a long-time Cody resident Lloyd Taggart (posthumous award) will be inducted Saturday, Oct. 11.
High School graduate Ellis received B.S. degrees in petroleum geology and general engineering with an industrial option from UW in 1961. For his entire career he was a civil service employee for the Department of Defense. Ellis helped design the first automated production planning and control system for maintenance and repair of Army equipment. A modernized version of this system is currently used throughout the entire Army.
In 1985, he became the first civilian director of logistics in the U.S. Army, managing a civilian/military work force of more than 800 personnel with an annual budget of $45 million. He received numerous recognitions for his initiatives including Key Process Champion for Presidential Quality, Best Directorate of Logistics in U.S. Army, Commanders Award and the Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the highest award for civilians. Ellis and his wife, Jan, have three daughters and seven grandchildren.
Riverton High School graduate Goodman obtained his B.S. in civil engineering at UW in 1955. He began his career as a bridge designer for the Wyoming Highway Department. In 1957, he began teaching full time at Colorado State University (CSU), while pursuing an M.S., which he completed in 1961. Goodman obtained a Ph.D. in 1967 from the University of California, Berkeley. He was co-founder and president of the engineering firm EDM (now EDM International) in Fort Collins, Colo.
From 1992 to 1997 Goodman was head of civil engineering and later served as academic vice president at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He also conducted collaborative research on wind issues for manufactured housing with faculty and students at UW. Goodman returned to classroom teaching and taught several classes at UW and CSU. He now resides in St. George, Utah, with his wife, Evalynn and is actively publishing music. Together he and his wife have five children and 10 grandchildren.
Taggart, a civil engineering graduate of UW (1939), was born and raised in northern Wyoming. In 1940, he married Adele Shields of Casper, who was also attending UW. Taggart resided in Cody with his family until his death in 2002. Taggart began his career with the Bureau of Reclamation in Fresno, Calif., and during World War II worked for Boeing Aircraft as a technical representative for B17's and B27's. In 1945, he joined Taggart Construction Company in Cody, where he served as president and was promoted to chairman.
Among his leadership positions, Taggart was president of the Associated General Contractors of Wyoming, the Wyoming Engineering Society, and the Wyoming National Right to Work Committee. He also served on the UW Alumni Association Board, UW Art Museum Board, College of Business Advisory Council, and UW Campus Advisory Board. In 1988, he was honored as a UW Distinguished Alumnus for his many years of outstanding leadership, service and career accomplishments at UW.