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Each year the School of Engineering and the Engineering Alumni Board (EAB) recognizes distinguished alumni and outstanding faculty by presenting special awards. This year the event was held in the late afternoon of June 8. It was the first time that the School hosted the event in a public ceremony in the Mayer Theater, as well as the first time that a keynote speaker was featured. Dr. T.J. Rodgers, Founder, President, and CEO of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation, concluded the ceremony by giving a speech, “Silicon Valley Attacking New Problems: Renewable Energy.” The advance publicity created for this speech definitely helped draw the attention of the Silicon Valley Community, but the overall success of the event was due mainly to the participation of the awardees and generosity of the sponsors.
Philip T. Go (MSEE ’83, BSEE ’81) and Gordon L. Stitt (BSEE/CS ‘80) were the recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Engineering Award, the highest honor bestowed by the School to an alumnus, for their contributions to society, the engineering profession, and SCU. Sergio Zarantonello received the Adjunct Lecturer of the Year Award. George Fegan was awarded the Markle Award for Teaching Excellence and Tim Healy was given the School of Engineering Award for Teaching Excellence. Weijia Shang was named the Researcher of the Year for her scholarship. Richard Pefley, retired professor, was the recipient of the Lifetime Teaching Achievement Award. In addition, Tokunbo Ogunfunmi, was presented with the Researcher of the Year Award from the previous ceremony in 2003, which he was unable to attend. Moreover, Richard Weber was awarded the Outstanding Service Award for his dedicated service on the EAB.
The event sponsors included Hewlett-Packard, BAE Systems (formerly United Defense), AMD/Spansion, Intel, and Apple Computer. We are most grateful for their financial support and their presence at the event, as well as the time each sponsor spent on making the event a productive collaboration between it and the University.
We also thank the students and faculty who displayed their projects during the event and took the time to present them to interested
Finally, we must acknowledge the leadership role assumed by the Engineering Alumni Board and the Office of New Initiatives and Partnerships from inception and detailed planning, to fundraising, organizing, and running the event.
For more information and photos from this event, please visit: http://www.scu.edu/engineering/about/engach.cfm