Eleventh Annual College of Engineering Alumni Award Banquet
The Michigan State University College of Engineering recognized an influential teacher and eight alumni whose “breadth and depth of their accomplishments have brought so much to their profession and Michigan State University.”
The group was honored at the 11th Annual College of Engineering Alumni Awards Banquet at MSU’s Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on May 3.
Receiving the Claud R. Erickson Distinguished Alumni Award was Dr. Brian M. Kent of Dayton, Ohio, acting chief technology officer (CTO) of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. 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 an alumnus 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:
- Eric Seger of Birmingham, Mich., a principal at Integrated Capital Management and a Certified Financial Planner™, received the Applied Engineering Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award.
- Cassaundra F. Edwards of Omaha, Neb., a research and development manager at ConAgra Foods, received the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award.
- Dave Lamp of Dallas, Texas, and Phoenix, Ariz., chief executive officer and president of Northern Tier Energy, received the Red Cedar Circle Award in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.
- Kin Keung Lai of Hong Kong, a Chair Professor of Management Science at City University of Hong Kong, received the Civil and Environmental Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award.
- Doug Zongker of Mountain View, Calif., a senior staff software engineer at Google, received the Computer Science and Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award.
- Fred Killeen of Rochester Hills, Mich., global chief technology officer for General Motors Information Technology, received the John D. Ryder Electrical and Computer Engineering Alumni Award.
- William F. Resh of East Lansing, Mich., senior manager for the Chrysler Powertrain Virtual Analysis Department, received the Mechanical Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award.
The Green Apple Teaching Award was presented to Lewis Martin (Marty) Caves, a teacher at South Lyon High School in South Lyon, Mich. This award was established in 2006 to honor K-12 teachers who have inspired MSU College of Engineering students to study math, science and engineering. The award is selected from nominations submitted by members of the College of Engineering senior class each year. Caves’ nomination was submitted by his former student Nicholas Evans, who graduated from MSU on May 3 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.
For more information about these awards or the College of Engineering Alumni Awards Banquet, please contact Mary C. Mertz-Smith, Assistant Director for Alumni Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- 2004 Alumni Awards Banquet Booklet
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.
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.
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.
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.