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Distinguished Alumni Banquet

On March 2, 2017, we celebrated our 53rd Distinguished Alumni Banquet and awarded seven deserving Swanson School graduates for their outstanding achievements within the field of engineering. Click below to see all of the Swanson School Distinguished Alumni that we are proud to call our own.

PhD, MSCE '77, MS Math '77
Retired, President & CEO
The Aerospace Corporation

Wanda M. Austin

PhD, MSCE '77, MS Math '77 Retired, President & CEO The Aerospace Corporation

BSEE '87
CEO
itaas, a Cognizant Company

Vibha Rustagi

BSEE '87 CEO itaas, a Cognizant Company

MSCE '78
Retired, President & CEO
American Bridge Company

Michael Flowers

MSCE '78 Retired, President & CEO American Bridge Company

PhD, BSME '60, MSIE '66
Regents and Soldwedel Professor of MIS, Computer Science and Communication
University of Arizona

Jay F. Nunamaker, Jr.

PhD, BSME '60, MSIE '66 Regents and Soldwedel Professor of MIS, Computer Science and Communication University of Arizona

PhD, BSChE '80, MSChE '81
Professor of Chemistry
The Scripps Research Institute

Donna G. Blackmond

PhD, BSChE '80, MSChE '81 Professor of Chemistry The Scripps Research Institute

MSBIOE '99, PhD BIOE '00
COO, Cases By Source
President, Vista Management Consulting LLC

Mark DiSilvestro

MSBIOE '99, PhD BIOE '00 COO, Cases By Source President, Vista Management Consulting LLC

BSIE '75
Retired, Vice President of Operations
PPG Coatings Asia

John Richter

BSIE '75 Retired, Vice President of Operations PPG Coatings Asia

2010
Overall School Awardee- 
Francis J. Kramer, BSIE ‘71
Anthony A. Massaro, Jr., BSCHE ‘67
John Choma, Jr., BSEE ’64; MSEE ‘66’ PhD ‘69
Francis E. Novak, BSIE ‘66
Paul E. Fischione, BSME ‘78
Wesley C. Pickard, BSMIN ‘61

2011
Overall School Awardee- 
Roberta A. Luxbacher, BSChE ‘78
Eric A. Chen, MSBEG ‘02
Anthony V. Cugini, BSChE ’81, MSChE ’86, PhD ‘93
Anthony M. Parasida, BSCE ‘78
Robert K. Henry, BSEE ‘69
Nishan G. Vartabedian, BSIE ‘67
John P. Schoeppner, Jr., BSME ‘60

2012
Overall School Awardee-  
Wilson J. Farmerie, BSME ’68
Robert F. Labadie, M.D., PhD ’95
Nicholas J. Liparulo, BSChE ’71; MSChE ’74
Ronald J. Bonomo, BSCE ’66
John Durbin Husher, BSEE ’58
Kenneth D. Burnside, BSIE ’74
Raymond J. Labuda, BSME ’72

2013
Overall School Awardee- George W. Whetsell, BSIE ’72, MSIE ’73, MPH ’75
Gina E. Bertocci, BSME ’83, MSME ’91, PhD BioE ’97
Nai-Chiu Lai, PhD CHE ’73
Tamas S. Tanto, BSCE ’67
Alvin L. Hillegass, BSEE ’49
Venkatesh Padmanabhan, MSIE ’87, PhD IE ’91
Tony Treser Jr., BSMEE ’61

2014
Overall School Awardee
- Bruce M. Coull, BSCHE ’67, MSCHE ’68, MD ’72, James M. Coull, BSCE ’57
Jamy Patrice Hall, BSIE ’85
Donald H. Gillott, BSEE ’56, MSEE ’59, PhD ’64
Madhavan Lakshmi Raghavan, PhD ’98
Joseph “Joe” Szczur, BSCE ’84
Lloyd M. Yates, Jr., BSME ’82
Mary T. Zeis, BSCHE ’78

2015
Overall School Awardee
- Leonard K. Peters, BSChE ’62, MSChE ’68, PhD ’71
Madhavan Lakshmi Raghavan, PhD ’98
Mary T. Zeis, BSCHE ’78
Joseph “Joe” Szczur, BSCE ’84
Donald H. Gillott, BSEE ’56, MSEE ’59, PhD ’64
Jamy Patrice Hall, BSIE ’85
Lloyd M. Yates, Jr., BSME ’82

2016
Overall School Awardee
- Lester (Les) C. Snyder, III, BSCE ’79
Rebecca Gottlieb, BSME ’93, PhD BIOE ’01
Robert F. Savinell, MSCHE ’74, PhD ’77
Marcella (Marcy) Johnson, BSCE ’77, MSCE ’01
Michael J. Pietropola, Jr., BSEE ’83
Russell J. Corsi, II, BSIE ’70, MBA ’76
David L. Motley, BSME ’80 

2000
Overall School Awardee-
David L. Brown, ME ’63
Walter R. Arnheim, ChE ’66
John T. Lucey, Jr., CE ’84
Robert P. Colwell, EE ’77
Richard C. Frank, IE ’71
Robert E. Rumcik, Met ’68
Wilson J. Farmerie, ME ’68

2001
Overall School Awardee- Krish A. Prabhu, EE ’77; ’80
Roberta A. Luxbacher, ChE ’78
Lester C. Snyder, III, CE ‘79
Susan Zellmann-Rohrer, EE ’77
Ching-Wen Li, IE ’88
Jon C. Schaeffer, Met ’84; ’87; ’89
Wayne J. DiBartola, Sr., ME ’55

2002
Overall School Awardee- Richard J. Madden, EE ’56
H. Baird Whitehead, Pet ’72
Michael H. Dufalla, CE ’66; ’70
Herman E. Reedy, EE ’75
William B. Mallin, IE ’55
Mary Grace Burke, Met ’76
Harvey L. Cupp, ME ’40

2003
Overall School Awardee- Jack W. Shilling, MSE ’75
Paul R. Bridges, CE ’59
Roman Hlutkowsky, IE ’80; ’83
Eric J. Palmiere, MSE ’85; ’87; ’91
David J. Toth, EE ’78
Stephen R. Tritch, ME ’71
Humberto Vainieri, ChE ’70;’72;’74

2004
Overall School Awardee-  John C. Mascaro, CE ’66; ’80
James M. Coull, CE ’57
Charles E. Eckert, MSE ’76
Frederick L. Kocher, ME ’77
John W. Pavia, EE ’69
Kenneth Smialek, IE ’78
C.L. Mike Winget, Pet ’78

2005
Overall School Awardee-
Gerald E. McGinnis, ME ’60
Wanda M. Austin, CE ’77
Kenneth F. Cooper, EE ’59; ’80
Bruce M. Coull, ChE ’67; ’68
M. Roger Eshelman, ME ’62
John Innocenti, IE ’72
Dennis McGlone, MSE ’71 

2006
Overall School Awardee-  James. J. McGrath, ChE ’71
David W. Wohlfarth, ChE ’68
Joseph A. Massaro, Jr., CE ’58
Dennis Wisnosky, EE ’68
Glenn M. Foglio, IE ’83; ’90
Jack B. Allen, MSE ’71; ’80
Andy J. Benedict, ME ’71

2007
Overall School Awardee-  John A. Jurenko, EE ’56
Michael Bilirakis, Pet ’59
Dennis P. Yeskey, CE ’72; ’73
Thomas D. Mino, EE ’68
Aldo Zini, IE ’75
Craig Staresinich, AE ’69

2008
Overall School Awardee- 
Mahmoud K. Dabbous, Pet ’69; ChE ’71
Raymond P. Niro, BSCHE ’64
James J. Lombardi, BSCE ’72
Marlin H. Mickle, BSEE ’61, MSEE ’64, PhD ‘67
Barbara L. Shelton, BSIE ’79
Edward F. Sobota, BSMET ’67

2009
Overall School Awardee- 
Stephen R. Tritch, BSME ‘71
Richard C. Baxendell, BSCHE ‘80
James J. McCaffrey, BSCE ‘78
Ronald Stovash, BSEE ‘70
Timothy Shack, BSIE ‘72
Luke Gill, BSME ‘65

 

1990
William S. Barrack, Jr., IE ’50
Charles L. Cost, CE ’58
Paul A. Witherspoon, Jr., Pet ’41

1991
James W. Estep, ChE ’40
Val P. Peline, ME ’52; ’54

1992
Aloysius T. McLaughlin, Jr., CE’57
Donald A. Mosites, CE ’56
Ephraim Werner, ChE ’40

1993
Overall School Awardees -
Regis F. Filtz, ME ’58 (posthumously), Mitchell Kozikowski, ChE ’57
Industrial

James Shields, IE ’37

1994
Overall School Awardee - Edward F. Kondis, ChE ’62;’63
Edward J. Nemeth, ChE ’60
Donald H. Landis, CE ’52
J. Thomas Cain, EE ’64; ’66; ’70
Barry J. Wetzel, IE ’65; ’69
Jack W. Shilling, Met ’75
Gerald E. McGinnis, ME ’60

1995
Overall School Awardee- James J. Degnan, ChE ’59
Joseph Field, ChE ’44
John C. Mascaro, CE ’66; ’80
Gary T. Martin, EE ’67
Joseph Buster Weinzierl, IE ’69
Ronald Gronsky, Met ’72
Bernard Fedak, ME ’68

1996
Overall School Awardee- Teofilo J. Ramos Gonzalez, EE ’69; ’75
Mahmoud K. Dabbous, Pet ’69; ChE ‘71
Michael A. Gross, CE ’30
Richard P. Clark, EE ’69
George W. Whetsell, IE ’72; ‘73
James T. Staley, Met ’62; ‘68
William J. O’Donnell, ME’59; ‘62

1997
Overall School Awardee- Robert H. Luffy, CE ’72
Leonard K. Peters, ChE’62; ’68; ’71
Allen D. Biehler, CE ’67
Roger L. Barna, EE ’63
George A. Huber, IE ’65
Susan Wood, Met ’73; ’76
Leighton E. Orr, ME ’28

1998
Overall School Awardee- John A. Swanson, ME ’66
James J. McGrath, ChE ’71
Alex G. Sciulli, CE ’75; ’81
Larry P. Yermack, EE ’60
Rex J. Lysinger, IE ’59
Stan A. David, Met ’72
Richard J. Slember, ME ’58; ’61

1999
Overall School Awardee- Mark G. Papa, Pet ’68
James L. Gallagher, ChE ’58; ’69
Francis J. Kramer, IE ’71
Charles M. Russell, Jr., CE ’59; ’70
Henry F. Andrejasik, Met ’49; ’53
John A. Jurenko, EE ’56
Joel E. Peterson, ME ’67

1980
Robert L. Ferris, Pet ’41
William B. Goffe, Jr., Pet ’37
James R. West, ChE ’44

1981
Edward P. Czapor, EE ’48
Jameel Al-Jishi, IE ’66; ’74
George E. Moore, EE ’43

1982
Albert G. Holzman, IE ’49;’54;’58
John C. Marous, Jr., EE ’49
Edward B. Stuart, ChE ’48;’49;’58

1983
Stephen J. Botos, ME ’70
Charles W. Parry, EE ’48
Robert L. Schneider, EE ’49

1984
William M. Aiken, IE ’40
Gino P. Giusti, ChE ’49; ’53; ’59
Winthrop M. Leeds, EE ’30; ’45

1985
Murray A. Goldman, EE ’61
Joseph A. Hardy, IE ’47
Walter L. Henry, EE ’63

1986
Paul F. Fulton, Pet ’51
Paul E. Lego, EE ’58
William G. MacLaren, IE ’51
Thomas J. Usher, IE ’64; ’66; ’71

1987
Donald H. Jones, EE ’59
Clovis F. Obermesser, EE ’55
Lee A. Weaver, ME ’58

1988
George A. Davidson, Jr., Pet ’61
Frank E. Mosier, ChE ’53

1989
Selwyn D. Berson, ME ’49; ’54
Joseph F. Lagnese, CE ’51
Robert v.d. Luft, ChE ’57

1970
Charles R. DeCarlo, Jr., Pet ’48
Robert E. McMillen, Pet ’36
Charles F. Ryman, ME ’20

1971
None Awarded

1972
George M. Esler, Met ’49
William P. Smith, EE ’41
John W. Simpson, EE ’41

1973
Charles P. Showalter, IE ’33
Charles S. Cusick, IE ’43
Paul N. Kuzmich, Pet ’48
Mathias J. McDonough, EE ’43

1974
Alfred C. Ackenheil, CE ’39; ’54
William L. Horner, Pet ’28;’34;’51
Frank J. Lydick, Pet ’42

1975
Gordon F. Ahalt, Pet ’51
Edward H. Greenwald, Min ’42
G. Arthur Webb, ChE ’34; ’41

1976
James E. Davis, ME ’49
Donald E. Rathbone, EE ’62
Joseph Salvucci, ME ’43
Nels E. Sylvander, ChE ’44

1977
Edwin V. Clarke, IE ’48
Eugene E. Sillaman, ME ’50

1978
G. Raymond Fitterer, Met ’30
Vernon T. Houghton, CE ’32
Edward Slack, GenE ’56

1979
Harvey J. Trilli, CE ’50

1964
George M. Bevier, Pet ’13
Marcus A. Follansbee, Min ’14
Robert A. Young, EE ’23

1965
Robert G. MacDonald, EE ’31

1966
William E. Brinker, ChE ’40
Leland W. Cook, CE ’24
James M. Wallace, EE ’35

1967
George S. Dively, EE ’25
Robert M. Lloyd, EE ’36
Ronald B. Smith, ME ’37

1968
John M. Arthur, EE ’44
Paul W. Neuenschwander, Pet ’22
Robert J. Varga, ME ’54

1969
Russell M. Arnold, ChE ’34
Walter R. Turkes, IE ’34
William J. Veenis, EE ’48