Seaton Society

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The Legacy

Roy Andrew Seaton, the longest-serving dean in the history of the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering at Kansas State University, filled that position from 1920-1949. His illustrious career was one of commitment and leadership to both engineering education and the engineering profession.

During his tenure Seaton established the curriculums of architectural engineering, chemical engineering, landscape architecture and industrial arts; formed and organized Steel Ring; and began the tradition of the annual Engineering Open House.

He actively promoted the upgrading of engineering education that eventually led to the accreditation of engineering schools across the country, and laid the foundation for the Kansas law that required those practicing as professional engineers to be licensed and registered as such. He received the prestigious Lamme Medal for Achievement in Engineering Education.

The Seaton Society Award Celebration

In the spirit of this legacy, the annual Seaton Society Award Celebration recognizes exceptional individuals with Hall of Fame induction and the Professional Progress Award. In addition this event recognizes individuals who have made extraordinary philanthropic contributions in support of the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering. Indeed the impact of these donors can be seen in every aspect of the college’s pursuit of academic excellence as evidenced by the following:

  • Endowed naming of units such as departments and centers
  • Endowed positions to recruit and retain high-caliber faculty
  • Endowed scholarship funds to recruit and retain undergraduate students
  • Endowed excellence funds for student leadership and creative inquiry opportunities

2019 Seaton Society Award Celebration