Illinois Engineering to honor Distinguished Alumni, Outstanding Students on April 12
The University of Illinois College of Engineering will honor distinguished alumni and top students at the Student and Alumni Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 12 at the I-Hotel
The College of Engineering Alumni Award for Distinguished Service is conferred upon exceptional alumni each year. Recipients are recognized for professional distinction through outstanding leadership, contributions to the field of engineering, creativity, and entrepreneurship; as well as service to society, the professional community, and to the department, college, or university.
Thanks to the support of our alumni and friends, the College of Engineering is proud to grant a variety of awards to these deserving students. These awards are competitive and decided based on academic achievement, and outstanding participation in professional and service activities. A committee of faculty and staff selects the recipients.
2019 Distinguished Alumni
(degrees earned from University of Illinois are listed below)
BS, Engineering Physics, 1959; MS, Physics, 1960, PhD, Solid State Physics, 1964
For his seminal contributions to materials research, development and device characterization for semiconductor and photovoltaic technologies. Including the development of a unique technique to measure excess carrier lifetimes in materials, resonance-coupled photoconductive decay.
Pat A. Basu
BS, Mechanical Engineering, 2000
For his outstanding professional accomplishments, strong leadership in industry and medicine, and his enthusiastic service to the University of Illinois.
Richard J. Erickson
BS, Civil Engineering, 1969
Former COO and President of O’Neil Industrics, Inc.
For his distinguished leadership in the profession of Construction Engineering and Management, dedicated service to and mentorship of Illinois graduates, and exceptional entrepreneurship with vision, integrity, and innovation.
Larry J. Howell
BS, Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering, 1966; MS, Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering, 1968, PhD, Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering, 1971
Former Executive Director of Science at General Motors Research and Development Center
For his technical contributions and exceptional leadership abilities in Automotive Research & Development and his steadfast commitment to the University of Illinois and the Department of Aerospace Engineering.
Lynn Lencioni Reedy
MS, Electrical Engineering, 1987
Chairman and CEO of Vocareum
For leadership in semiconductor intellectual property solutions and electronic design automation for IC Design.
BS, Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois, 1976; MS, Electrical Engineering, 1977
Founder and President of Amazon’s Lab126
For his significant contributions to consumer electronics, particularly his role in developing the Amazon Kindle and Echo.
2018 Outstanding Student Award Recipients:
The recipients of the 2018 College of Engineering Student Awards are:
Harvey H. Jordan Award recognizes the scholastic achievement and character of an outstanding senior.
Jiahui Xiong, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Henry Ford II Scholar Award is supported by an endowment from the Ford Motor Company and given to an undergraduate student of highest academic achievement who intends to pursue graduate studies. Preference is given to candidates whose field contribute most to areas related to the automotive industry.
Piush Behera, Materials Science and Engineering
William R. Schowalter Award acknowledges a student who exemplifies outstanding character, creativity, and enthusiasm through leadership, encouragement of others, and dedication to the College.
Karolina Urban, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Andrea J. Culumber Award honors an individual with strong leadership skills as well as personal qualities such as enthusiasm, creativity, and kindness.
Kevin Halloran, Materials Science and Engineering
H.L. Wakeland Undergraduate Leadership Award recognizes a junior or senior who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and who has maintained a minimum 3.0 grade-point average. Leadership activities can include university, campus, college, departmental, local, and community involvement.
Daniela Markazi, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Stanley H. Pierce Award is given to an outstanding student and an outstanding faculty member in recognition of efforts to develop empathetic student-faculty cooperation.
Darren Liu, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Student Recipient
Kathryn Huff , Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering; Faculty Recipient
The Lisle Abbott Rose Award is given to an outstanding senior in the College who most nearly approaches the ideal of technical excellence combined with cultural breadth, depth,and sensitivity.
Nicole Jugovich, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
C.S. Larson Transfer Student Awards
Felipe Arias , Computer Science
Alex Prather, Materials Science and Engineering