Spencer Duin

Spencer Duin graduated from NDSU with a BS in Industrial Engineering in 1965.  Spencer went on to have a highly successful career at Westinghouse and Eaton Corporation.  Starting out as an engineer, he quickly advanced within the company and served as the youngest Division General Manager.  He then managed the Motor Control Center Division.  During his career, he oversaw the implementation of cutting edge industrial engineering techniques and managed thousands of employees, driving Westinghouse and Eaton Corporation as a leader in the industry. His passion and enthusiasm for process improvement touched the lives of millions.

Spencer has served the department and NDSU continuously by financially supporting NDSU advancements while also generously giving his time and expertise. He is a trustee of the NDSU Foundation and Alumni Association, chair of the Foundation’s investment committee and a founding member of the College of Engineering Advisory and Advancement Board.  

In the spring of 2018, Dr. Duin established the Spencer G. and Carol A. Duin Endowment Fund to support NDSU Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering faculty.  This Endowment has allowed the department to recognize faculty and enhance both research and education, increasing the strength of the department and the impacts made on community, state and students.  This significant gift speaks volumes to his vision and support for the department. However, a most impressive impact on the community is his long tradition of supporting foster children.  He has taken many children under his wing and given them opportunities that would never have been possible without his passion for others.

Dr. Duin has not only gained great respect and admiration in the IME department, but amongst NDSU and the College of engineering in its entirety.  In 2017, he received the College of Engineering’s Distinguished Alumni Award and at the 2018 winter commencement he received an honorary doctorate.  A true testament to his impact on the IME department, the College of Engineering, NDSU and society. 

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