Thirteen to be honored as Outstanding Engineering Alumni

Thirteen Penn State engineers will be honored on April 25 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:

- Jian Cao of Shoreview, Minn., senior principle scientist at Medtronic, Inc. He received his doctorate in bioengineering in 1997.

- Mark Capone of Park City, Utah, president of Myriad Genetics. He earned his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1984. He also holds a master's degrees in chemical engineering and management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

- Eric Hennenhoefer of Austin, Texas, president and CEO of Obsidian Software. He received his bachelor's and master's in computer engineering in 1991 and 1993, respectively.

- George Imel of Pocatello, Idaho, dean of the College of Science and Engineering at Idaho State University. He earned his master's and doctorate in nuclear engineering in 1973 and 1977, respectively.

-Duncan Koerbel of Denver, president of Global Service at Suzlon Wind Energy. He received his bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering in 1983.

- Yanbin Li of Fayetteville, Ark., professor and Tyson Endowed Chair in Biosensing Engineering at the University of Arkansas. He earned his doctorate in agricultural engineering in 1989.

- Theodore Lynch of Leesburg, Va., CEO of Southland Industries. He received his bachelor of architectural engineering in 1992 and his doctorate in architectural engineering in 1996.

- Amos Morse of Palm Bay, Fla., vice president of Harris Corporation's Government Communications Systems Division?s (GCSD) Proprietary Programs Business Area. He received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1978. He also graduated from the Harris/University of Florida Graduate Program in Business in 1983. 

- Tom Roell of Sierra Madre, Calif., group executive for Operation and Risk at Parsons Corporation. He earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1969.

- Barry Schoch of Camp Hill, Pa., Secretary of Transportation for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He received his bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1982.

- Leslie Shuman of Davenport, Iowa, director of strategy and supply chain for Alcoa. She received her bachelor's degree in industrial engineering in 1985.

- Susan Tousi of Poway, Calif., worldwide vice president of engineering for Illumina, Inc. She earned her bachelor's degree in engineering science in 1991. She also holds her master of business administration from the University of California-Los Angeles.

- Jan Uhrich of Georgetown, Texas, vice president of the services and solutions group for Dell Services. She graduated in 1980 with her bachelor's degree in computer science. She also earned a master's in computer science from the University of California-Berkeley.

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 April 24, 2012