Thirteen honored as College of Engineering Outstanding Alumni

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Thirteen Penn State engineers were honored on April 9 at the annual Outstanding Engineering Alumni Awards ceremony at the Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus.

Established in 1966, the Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award is the highest honor bestowed by the College of Engineering and recognizes graduates who have reached exceptional levels of professional achievement.

This year’s recipients are:

  • Timothy Baldwin of Bethesda, Md., program director of National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. He earned his master's and doctorate degrees in bioengineering in 1987 and 1990.
  • Wesley Blakeslee of Westminster, Md., executive director, Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer. He earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering science in 1969.
  • Jacqueline Hinman of Denver, Colo., president of International Division of CH2M HILL. She earned her bachelor's degree in environmental engineering in 1983.
  • Pierson Holcombe of Advance, N.C., aerospace consultant and former president of Grumman Data Systems. He earned a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering in 1956.
  • Igor Jablokov of Charlotte, N.C., entrepreneur-in-residence at the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network. He earned his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering in 1997.
  • Heung-Nam Kim of Daejeon, South Korea, president of Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute. He earned his doctorate in computer science in 1996.
  • Thomas Lancaster of Sharon, Pa., vice president of research and development for Akston Biosciences corporation. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1999.
  • Roberta Levy Liss of Arlington, Va., executive vice president of BECO Management, Inc. She earned her bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering in 1983.
  • Gregory Lucier of Carlsbad, Calif., chairman and chief executive officer of Life Technologies Corporation. He earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering 1986.
  • Jennifer Rauhofer of Parkton, Md., president of Stormwater Consulting, Inc. and Stormwater Maintenance, LLC. She earned her master’s degree in agricultural and biological engineering in 1998.
  • Robert Rugh of Tehachapi, Calif., an entrepreneur following more than 37 year career in numerous operations management, services and sales assignments in the nuclear, fossil, and wind power industries. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1975.
  • James Tusar of Media, Pa., manager of boiling water reactor design for Exelon Generation's nuclear fuels department. He earned his bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering in 1984.
  • Dick Williams of Houston, Texas, president of Shell Wind Energy, Inc. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1980.

In addition to receiving their awards, the alumni will meet with faculty, speak with students and tour facilities during their visits to campus.

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Last Updated May 14, 2013