Better Men for a Better World
Daniel Groteke ’51, BH101 Reflects on Influence of Beta Eta Experience
For Daniel Groteke ’51, BH101, his time at Missouri School of Mine, now Missouri University of Science and Technology, became instrumental in developing his devotion to academic and exploration of all life’s opportunities. After arriving on campus, multiple fraternities sought to add Dan to their ranks. However, Beta Eta was the only one that made a lasting impression. “The Chapter was comprised of mature members who presented themselves well and with a great deal of integrity.”
Living in the Chapter House provided Dan with an opportunity to learn from all members and their individual experiences on a daily basis. This learning experience provided Dan with boundless opportunities. After he started working for the school newspaper, Dan quickly found himself promoted to a sports reporter and then editor-in-chief. “Tekes gave me confidence in my own abilities, and without my ΤΚΕ membership I doubt opportunities such as these would have presented themselves to me.”
Dan encourages undergraduate members to cherish the relationships and experiences they receive because they will support a successful academic and career path. The work ethic Dan exhibited while working several jobs in college served him well later in life. After a career in aluminum foundry management, he began his search for a new path.
With his experience at American Standard and as a metallurgist in multiple plants, Dan began forming ideas for new patents. It was then he found his calling as a consultant and inventor. With 16 U.S. patents and more than 60 publications and presentations given worldwide, Dan spread his knowledge and affinity for thinking outside the box. He even had the opportunity to become an ambassador for People to People, where he spent three weeks in China and Japan giving a wide variety of presentations.
Even still, Dan fondly recalls his days living in the Chapter House or attending dances hosted by the fraternity. “It’s where I learned to believe that the last four letters of my last name truly meant I was supposed to be a Τeke from birth. I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and every path it has offered me.”
Although he now considers himself a grounded pilot, Dan enjoys traveling around the world with his wife. “I have more than 50,000 hours of flight time with different flying clubs and own, partially and fully, two planes. I believe that being licensed in both Africa with safari trips and Australia was a good way to quit!” He still has many active patents, which can be viewed at www.qcdesignsinc.com. Dan lives in Saint Joseph, Mich., and can be reached at email@example.com.
To read past alumni spotlights click the name of the alumnus below.
Fall 2017 – Daniel Groteke ’51
Spring 2017 – Paul Telthorst ’74, James Burnette ’90, and David Kramp ’79
Fall 2016 – John Eash ’75
Spring 2016 – Mike Kirn ’73, Dean Lindstrom ’76, Jeff Steinhart ’76
Fall 2015 – Eric Dunning ’66, Daryl Brinkmann ’74
Summer 2015 – Mark Downer ’79, Tim Quinn ’03
Spring 2015 – Thomas McElyea ’69
Fall 2014 – Kevin Renfro ’82, David Bernstein ’69