Alumni Awards

Thirteenth Annual College of Engineering Alumni Award Banquet

2016 distinguished alumni award winners

The Annual Michigan State University College of Engineering Alumni Awards Banquet honored a third grade teacher from Midland and a group of eight distinguished alumni whose significant accomplishments reflect positively on Michigan State University and the College of Engineering.

The alumni were recognized at MSU’s Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on May 7.

View award winners' bios in the 2016 Program Booklet. (.pdf)

Dean Leo Kempel presents the 2016 Claud R. Erickson Distinguished Alumni Award to Martin C. HawleyThe Claud R. Erickson Distinguished Alumni Award

Receiving the 2016 Claud R. Erickson Distinguished Alumni Award was Martin C. Hawley (BS ’61, PhD ’64, chemical engineering) of East Lansing.

Hawley is a professor and recent past chairperson of the MSU Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (CHEMS). He is currently senior associate to the dean of engineering and director of the MSU Composite Vehicle Research Center. During 2010-2012 he was also director of MSU’s Office of Sponsored Pro¬grams. Earlier, he was co-director of the MSU Composites Center—a National Science Foundation, State of Michigan, and industry-supported center—for 10 years.  

The Erickson Award is the highest honor conferred by the College of Engineering. First awarded to its namesake, Claud R. Erikson in 1982, the award is given to a graduate with at least 15 years’ professional experience who has attained the highest level of professional accomplishment; provided distinguished and meritorious service to the college and the engineering profession; and has engaged in voluntary service at the local, state, national and/or international level.

Seven other alumni received departmental honors and the Green Apple Teaching Award was presented:

  • Anthony A. Messina of Troy, Mich., vice president of Global Engineering for Borg Warner, received the Applied Engineering Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award.
  • John W. Larkin of Falcon Heights, Minn., research director for the Food Protection and Defense Institute at the University of Minnesota, received the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award.
  • Bruce E. Anderson of Silverthorne, Colo., who is now retired, co-founded two companies – MAXAL, Inc., and ALCOTEC. He received the Red Cedar Circle Award in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.
  • Joseph Anthony Sopko Jr. of New York City, director of Ground Freezing for Moretrench American Corporation, received the Civil and Environmental Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award.
  • Qian Huang of Ashburn, Virg., is a partner in the international law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and recognized by Legal 500 as a top intellectual property lawyer, received the Computer Science and Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award.
  • Rachel S. Hutter of Orlando, Fla., vice president of Worldwide Safety for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, received the John D. Ryder Electrical and Computer Engineering Alumni Award.
  • Dianna Dickie Cody of Houston, Texas, deputy chair of the Department of Imaging Physics and clinical operations director at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, received the Mechanical Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award.

The Green Apple Teaching AwardThe Green Apple Teaching Award was presented to Mary Anne Forgach of Midland, (right) third grade teacher at Carpenter Street Elementary School in Midland. Kayla Grotsky, a Computer Science and Engineering Senior, (left), submitted her nomination.

The Green Apple Teaching Award was presented to Mary Anne Forgach of Midland, third grade teacher at Carpenter Street Elementary School in Midland. This award was established in 2006 to honor K-12 teachers who are inspiring students to study math, science, and engineering. Kayla Grotsky, a Computer Science and Engineering Senior, submitted her nomination.

For more information about these awards or the College of Engineering Alumni Awards Banquet, please contact Kaleigh Jaeger-Hale, Assistant Director for Alumni Relations, jaegerk1@egr.msu.edu.

Alumni Awards Program Booklets

The following booklets will open in a new window as a PDF (.pdf).

Departmental Alumni Awards

Each year, the College of Engineering gives awards to distinguished alumni in each department who have brought honor to the college through their exceptional achievements, both professional and philanthropic. The awards are presented at a banquet each spring during commencement weekend.

Claud R. Erickson Distinguished Alumni Award

The College of Engineering gives its highest honor, the Claud R. Erickson Distinguished Alumni Award, to one alumnus or alumna each year. The awardee is recognized at the spring alumni awards banquet and again at the commencement ceremony, where he or she addresses the graduating students.

MSU Alumni Association Alumni Awards

Each year the MSU Alumni Association annually seeks and accepts nominations of alumni for the Distinguished Alumni Award, the Honorary Alumni Award, and the Alumni Service Award. These are the highest awards bestowed by the MSUAA and are presented to MSU graduates and friends who have demonstrated outstanding volunteer service and have achieved the highest level of professional accomplishment, including special honors or recognition, and who demonstrate personal integrity and character.

Joon S. Moon Distinguished International Alumni Award

Each year, the MSU Office of International Studies and Programs sponsors the International Awards Ceremony to bring together MSU faculty, staff, students, community volunteers, and others from the wider Michigan community to recognize and celebrate outstanding contributions toward international understanding. One of these important awards is the Joon S. Moon Distinguished International Alumni Award, which recognizes international alumni who have brought especial credit to MSU through their professional achievements.