COES awards distinguished alumni at annual banquet

January 30, 2008

by Danielle Hammett

Distinguished alumni of the College of Engineering and Science received awards at the second annual alumni ceremony Friday in the Biomedical Engineering Building.

The Engineering and Science Foundation presented awards to internal recipients, the faculty, staff and students, and to external recipients, alumni of the College of Engineering and Science.

The evening began with a reception and buffet provided by Tech’s catering service Aramark. Shortly after, Stan Napper, dean of the College of Engineering and Science, welcomed attendees and introduced presenters.

Napper said he felt the program was “a wonderful opportunity to express our admiration and appreciation of those who have gone before us.”

The chair of each academic program presented an award to an outstanding alumnus from their program.

Steve Jones, program chair for Biomedical Engineering, presented the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year Award to Deborah Wells, a 1988 graduate who is now associated with NASA.

David Templeton, a 1941 graduate and recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including two Guggenheim Fellowships, received the Outstanding Alumnus Award for chemistry from program chair Dale Snow.

James Palmer, program chair for Chemical Engineering, presented the Outstanding Alumnus Award to Dan Carter.

Aziz Saber, program chair for Civil Engineering, presented the Outstanding Alumni Awards to Gary Hubbard and Richard Durrett, and Per Kjeldaas presented the Outstanding Alumnus for Computer Science award to Bill Bradley.

Bill Bailey received the award for Electrical Engineering from Mickey Cox, and Jun-Ing Ker presented the award for Industrial Engineering to Bill Chew.

The Mathematics and Statistics award was presented by Bernd Schroder to Jon Coleman, and Charles Tullis received the Mechanical Engineering Award from David Hall.

The final Outstanding Alumnus award went to Billy Bonner for Physics and was presented by Lee Sawyer.

Arlene Hill, administrative coordinator for the Biomedical Engineering program, was recognized for her work with the new biomedical building project.

“I find it very inspiring to meet with our alumni and hear their stories and learn about the choices they’ve made,” Napper said of the recipients.

The LaTechSTEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program) team received an internal award for its development of a long-range plan to engage teachers and students in engineering curricula at the high school level.

John Dansby and Rich Kordel were honored by Dean Napper with external awards.

Kordel praised the school, saying, “Tech is by far the most innovative [university] I’ve worked at.”

Per Kjeldaas, program chair for computer science, presented the Computer Science Outstanding Service Award to Glen Runyon.

The final award of the evening was presented to Jack Painter for Mechanical Engineering Outstanding Service.

Painter, who retired from Tech in 2001, has received the honor of having a supercomputer named after him.

In response to numerous accolades to his teaching career here, Painter said, “I put as much into it as I could. Learning is a two-way street [and] good students make teachers look good.”