Three Penn State engineers named Alumni Fellows

October 19, 2009

Three engineering alumni will be honored Oct. 21 for their outstanding professional accomplishments and given the lifelong title of Alumni Fellow. William H. Joyce, a 1957 chemical engineering graduate; Greg Lucier, a 1986 industrial engineering graduate; and Amitabh Srivastava, a 1984 computer science master's graduate, are among the 24 recipients this year of the highest award given by the Penn State Alumni Association.

Each Alumni Fellow will receive a commemorative award, designed and hand-cast by Jeanne Stevenes-Sollman, an acclaimed sculptor and medalist and an Alumni Fellow. Joyce is chairman and CEO of Advanced Fusion Systems. He is the retired chairman and CEO of Nalco Co., the world's largest water treatment company and manufacturer of highly specialized service programs for industry. Joyce also is former chairman and CEO of Hercules Inc., manufacturer of chemical specialties, and former vice chairman of Dow Chemical. After graduating from Penn State, Joyce joined Union Carbide Corp., where he worked for 40 years, rising to lead the company as chairman, president and CEO. He is widely recognized as a leader in plastics and chemical engineering. President Bill Clinton awarded him the National Medal of Technology in 1993.

Lucier is CEO and chairman of the board of Life Technologies, a global biotechnology tools firm in Carlsbad, Calif. The firm supplies tools and equipment to researchers in regenerative science, molecular diagnostics, agricultural and environmental research, and 21st-century forensics. Life Technologies was formed in 2008 when Lucier led a merger between Invitrogen and Applied Biosystems in a deal valued at more than $6.5 billion. Before the merger, Lucier served as president and CEO of Invitrogen Corp. Prior to joining Invitrogen, Lucier served General Electric in a variety of leadership roles.

Srivastava is a senior vice president at Microsoft in Redmond, Wash., overseeing Windows Azure, the company's new operating system for the cloud platform. Since joining Microsoft in 1997, Srivastava has served as corporate vice president of the Windows group and founded the Microsoft Programmer Productivity Research Center, now the Center for Software Excellence. Srivastava was named a Microsoft Distinguished Engineer in recognition of his performance, technical vision, expertise and world-class leadership in developing Microsoft products and standards. Before joining Microsoft, Srivastava was chief technical officer and vice president of engineering at TracePoint Technology. He began his career as a researcher at Texas Instruments Research Labs in Dallas.

Since the award was established in 1973, just 642 alumni have been honored with the title of Alumni Fellow, designated a permanent and lifelong title by the Penn State Board of Trustees. The Alumni Fellow program is administered by the Penn State Alumni Association in cooperation with the University's academic colleges, campuses and the Office of the President. Alumni are nominated by a college or campus as leaders in their professional fields and accept an invitation from the president of the University to return to campus to share their expertise with students, faculty and administrators.

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