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David Fritchen received his B.S. in Construction Science (1971) from Kansas State University and M.S. in Civil Engineering (1977) from University of Washington. He joined the K-State engineering faculty in 1993, after a 21 year career as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps and Seabees, retiring as a Commander. He earned the academic rank of Professor and was promoted to head of the Department of Architectural Engineering and Construction Science in 1998. Under his leadership both academic programs in the Department grew by more than 30 percent. He proudly carried the distinction as the John W. & Dorothy M. Burke, Architectural Engineering Chair (2001-2012) in the College of Engineering. In 2010 he was the recipient of the Presidential Award for Outstanding Department head and was recognized as outstanding instructor, adviser, and mentor by KSU Mortar Board, the National senior honor society and he is the recipient of numerous other teaching, advising and service awards from student professional organizations and industry. He served on numerous College, University and State committees and was appointed by the governor to serve on the NBAF Oversight Committee and was also appointed by the Senate President to serve as a member of the Capital Restoration Commission for the State House renovation project. In January 2013 Prof. Fritchen stepped down as department head to serve as the College of Engineering project coordinator for the new $40 million Phase IV building addition to the engineering complex. David retired as Emeritus Professor in October 2015 after 22 years of dedicated and professional service to Kansas State University. He and his wife, Kay, reside in Manhattan. They have two grown sons Scott and Steven that also live in Manhattan.