2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards

May 5, 2014

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 2014 distinguished alumni award winners are (front) Cassaundra F. Edwards, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award; William F. Resh, Mechanical Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award; Fred Killeen, John D. Ryder Electrical and Computer Engineering Alumni Award; Kin Keung Lai, Civil and Environmental Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award; Brian M. Kent, Claud R. Erickson Distinguished Alumni Award; and (back) Dave Lamp, Red Cedar Circle Award in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science; Doug Zongker, Computer Science and Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award; Lewis Martin Caves, Green Apple Teaching Award and his former student and nominator Nicholas Evans; and Eric Seger, Applied Engineering Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award.                                     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.

Nicholas Evans '14 successfully nominated his South Lyon High School teacher Marty Caves for the Green Apple Teaching Award, which honors K-12 teachers who inspired MSU Engineering students.