Omer Blodgett 

Omer Blodgett (BSE 1941, MS 1974) died at the age of 99. He is remembered as a world-renowned authority on the design of welded connections. Blodgett earned his Bachelor of Science in metallurgical engineering (1941) and his master's degree in mechanical engineering (1974) at the University of Minnesota and then became a welding superintendent at the Globe Shipbuilding Company. He later worked with Lincoln Electric Co. where he spent 60 years. Blodgett was influential in the development of national standards for the code of the American Welding Society. He authored several significant papers and is particularly well known for two books: Design of Welder Structures and Design of Weldments. These books, originally published over 40 years ago, are considered the foundation for the entire field of design for welding. Blodgett received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Institute of Steel, the T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award, and in 1999, Engineering News Record identified him as one of the top 125 engineers in the the past 125 years. Additionally, the University of Minnesota gave Blodgett the Outstanding Achievement Award in 2007. Blodgett's spirit will live on through all he has done.

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