A South Dakota School of Mines and Technology doctoral candidate is this year's recipient of the 2013 Mines Medal Fellowship Award.
Parker Norton was recognized Thursday at the 5th Annual Mines Medal Dinner and Award Ceremony. His research has proven to be a critical resource to experts in forecasting weather and climate changes.
Along with Norton, Anna Balazs, Ph.D., a pioneer in the area of predicting the behavior of complex polymeric materials through her theoretical predictions, was the recipient of the 2013 Mines Medallion. The national award is presented to honor engineers and scientists who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and innovation.
"Dr. Wharton established this while he was president of the university," said Norton. "It's an honor for me being a Mines Medal Fellow to be here tonight and just be a benefactor of what he started at the school."
"It's such an air of excitement and buzz," said Balazs. "It's so lovely that tables have been sponsored and the whole community is engaged, it's amazing how everyone has bought into this activity and this event and the community cares about it. There are so many people which is incredibly exciting."
Due to the impending blizzard, The School of Mines held its inaugural celebration to swear in new School of Mines President Dr. Heather Wilson along with the medal ceremony.
The inauguration ceremony was slated to be held Friday.