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February 8, 1999           

Contact: Bob Bruce, 503-725-5714:
Source: Bob Dryden, vice chancellor, 503-725-5718

Portland CEO Named to Engineering and Technology Industry Council

PORTLAND - Steven D. Pratt, president and chief executive officer of ESCO Corporation, has been named to the Oregon Engineering and Technology Industry Council. He replaces Steven H. Reichman, vice president of Oremet Titanium.

The Council was created by the 1997 Oregon Legislature to help increase capacity and meet the educational and professional needs of Oregon industry. It has driven statewide efforts to improve engineering education statewide and to leverage private funds as match money for research initiatives, including the Oregon Metals Initiative.

Pratt has been instrumental in focusing the manufacturing, marketing and administrative functions at ESCO. He joined the corporation in 1972, became executive vice president in 1992, was elected to the board of directors in 1993, and was named president and CEO in 1995.

He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington and a master's of business administration from the Wharton School of Finance & Commerce, University of Pennsylvania.

Active in civic affairs, he is executive vice president of the Cascade Pacific Council of the Boy Scouts of America; member of the Visiting Committee for the UW College of Engineering, Portland State University School of Business Advisory Council; board member of the Oregon Business Council, Concordia University Foundation; and executive committee member of the Associated Oregon Industries.

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