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mechanical engineer , Construction executive

Gunnar Edward Sarsten, American mechanical engineer, construction executive. Registered professional engineer, 17 states. Recipient Thomas Alva Edison award, 1990; named Engineer of Year Engineering Societies Pennsylvania and New Jersey, 1988.


Sarsten, Gunnar Edward was born on January 5, 1937 in New York City. Son of Peder and Jenny E. (Brynthe) Sarsten.


Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, 1958. Postgraduate, University Pennsylvania, 1965. Doctor Engineering (honorary), Spring Garden College, 1988.


Test engineer, Duquesne Light Company, Shippingport, Pennsylvania, 1958;with, United Engineers & Constructors, Philadelphia, 1961-1990;engineering assistant, United Engineers & Constructors, Philadelphia, 1961-1964;supervising mechanic engineer, United Engineers & Constructors, Philadelphia, 1964-1967;supervising power engineer, United Engineers & Constructors, Philadelphia, 1967-1970;project engineering manager, United Engineers & Constructors, Philadelphia, 1970-1975;assistant chief mechanic engineering, United Engineers & Constructors, Philadelphia, 1975-1977;manager department power engineering, United Engineers & Constructors, Philadelphia, 1977-1980;vice president power, United Engineers & Constructors, Philadelphia, 1980-1983;president, chief Executive officer, United Engineers & Constructors, Philadelphia, 1983-1990;president, chief operating officer, Morrison Knudsen Corporation, 1990-1994;chairman, Chief Executive Officer, MK International Group, San Francisco., since 1994;now member board directors, Morrison Knudsen Corporation, Boise, Idaho. Deputy chairman Federal Reserve Bank Philadelphia, 1989-1990. Board directors Leopard Lake Farms, Inc., Pennsylvania, Allegheny Power System, Inc., New York City, Neutron Technology, Boise, Idaho.

Executive Committee International Energy Development Council. Presenter in field.


  • Registered professional engineer, 17 states.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor numerous technical papers to professional journals.


Board of directors, vice chairman Greater Philadelphia Economics Development Coalition, 1987-1990;board directors Penjerdel Council, Philadelphia, 1988-1990. Trustee Spring Garden College, 1988-1990. Member Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Baltimore, since 1987.

Lieutenant United States Air Force, 1958-1961. Member American Society of Mechanical Engineers (Delaware Valley Engineer of Year award 1988), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, American Nuclear Society, American Nuclear Energy Council, United States Council Energy Awareness, GibsonIsland (Maryland.) Club, Yacht Squadron Club, Tau Beta Pi.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: sailing, gardening.


Married Marie E. Smulktis, August 27, 1976. Children: Jan, Janine, Thomas.

Peder Sarsten

Jenny E. (Brynthe) Sarsten

Marie E. Smulktis

Jan Sarsten

Janine Sarsten

Thomas Sarsten