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Alumni achievements and contributions are recognized annually during the ECE Research Day. Nominations are sought from alumni, faculty, students, and friends. Awardees are chosen by a selection committee that reviews all nominations.

Achievements are recognized to the following awards:

Distinguished Achievement Award

The award is the most prestigious honor bestowed upon alumni of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Individuals receiving this award have distinguished themselves through notable significant contributions in engineering research, practice, education, or business.

Outstanding Service Award

The award acknowledges alumni who, through dedication and exemplary volunteer service, illustrate broad leadership in support of the aims and objectives of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Honorees recognized by this award have set a strong example to their fellow alumni through their exceptional contributions to scholarship, teaching, or other improvements to the faculty and students of the ECE department.

Entrepreneurial Innovation Award

The award is conferred upon Electrical and Computer Engineering alumni who have created an innovative business, developed a new product, brought to market a new venture, or expanded an existing business. Honorees recognized by this award exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit central to the ECE discipline.

Young Alumni Achievement Award

The Young Alumni Achievement Award recognizes Electrical and Computer Engineering Department alumni that have graduated within the past fifteen years and have excelled in their chosen profession. Awardees exhibit outstanding technical achievement, entrepreneurship, or leadership, with achievements that distinguish them among their fellow recent graduates.

2018 Alumni Awards

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) recognized outstanding students and alumni at ECE Research Day on May 2, 2018.

“ECE Research Day demonstrates the breadth of student innovative projects and research, as well as the accomplishments of alumni,” said Ken Barner, Charles Black Evans Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and chair of the department. Awards were given to the following alumni.

Distinguished Achievement Award: Edward J. Coyle (BEE ’78)

Outstanding Service Award: Richard Martin (MSEE ’93, PhD ’05, MBA ’07)

Entrepreneurial Innovation Award: Kurt Akeley (BEE ’80)

Young Alumni Achievement Award: Nicole Wells (BEE ’13)

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