Honorary Degree Recipient
Doctor of Laws
Institute of Technology, May 7, 2004
Jorge Manuel Dengo-Obregon, native of Costa Rica, earned his degree in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota (1943). He returned to Costa Rica and made significant contributions to public works and the economic development in Central America. He is described as a strong proponent of education, and has had a distinguished professional life as a civil engineer, entrepreneur, international expert, and politician. Over the course of five decades he progressed from highway engineer to vice president of Costa Rica. At the end of his four-year term, and a short retirement, he went on to head the National Emergency Commission. He has been an active member on several boards and professional organizations including EARTH University and the U.S. nonprofit fundraising organization, Amigos of the EARTH. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards such as the Rodrigo Facio Honorary Medal and the Doctor Honoris Causa by the Institute of Technology of Costa Rica.
Biographies are as-of time of award presentation.