College Awards: Alumni
The College of Engineering recognizes outstanding alumni each year for their accomplishments, contributions to the college and service to society. Department awardees for each category are listed below for the past five years. To view additional awardee names or to submit nominations, visit the archives.
The "Distinguished Alumnus" Awards were established by the faculty of the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University in 1954. Their purpose is to recognize distinguished achievement in one's profession by reason of significant inventions, important research or design, administrative leadership, or genius in production. The award category was updated in 2018 to better reflect the diverse careers of the college’s alumni base.
2017: Daniel L. Wieczynski, Kris Joshi, Bassam Homsi
2016: S.V. Sreenivasan, Lara Harrington
2015: Frank Paluch, Ardeshir Contractor
2014: Paul Cody Phipps, Liz Tinkham
Distinguished Alumni Award for Academic Excellence
The Distinguished Alumni Award for Academic Excellence recognizes alumni for significant achievement in an academic setting with an emphasis on teaching, research and contributions to education.
2020: Rick Freuler
Distinguished Alumni Award for Career Achievement
The Distinguished Alumni Award for Career Achievement recognizes alumni for significant achievement in administrative leadership and professional accomplishments.
2020: Margaret Mkhosi
2020: George Pantalos
2020: W. Norm Shade
Distinguished Alumni Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
The Distinguished Alumni Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation recognizes alumni for significant achievement in research, design, creation or ideation of an original idea or concept, or achievements in a startup or self-made business.
2018: Kevin Hrusovsky, Dennis Guenther
Lifetime Achievement Awards for Leadership
This special award honors an exceptional individual whose sustained pioneering spirit and outstanding leadership has inspired others and has had a profound economic, environmental or societal impact. The award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated ingenuity, creativity and dedication to improving our world. This award may not be awarded every year.
2017: Robert M. Nerem
2016: Ralph A. Rockow
Meritorious Service Citation
This special citation was established by the faculty of the College of Engineering in 1975 to recognize people "whose sustained and extraordinary personal service has had significant and lasting effect on the advancement of the College of Engineering." Members of the faculty and the Dean of Engineering may nominate people to be recognized.
2016: Daniel Kimmet
Texnikoi Outstanding Alumni
The Texnikoi Award was first presented in 1955 and has been given annually since then. The requirements of the recipient are as follows: A person who has risen rapidly in the field of engineering. A person who has made outstanding contributions through civic and social activities. Approximately 40 years of age or under. A person from one of the engineering departments not recognized in the recent past. The precedence has been established that a department should not be considered for two years after one of their alumni receives the award.
2018: Cullen Buie
The Benjamin G. Lamme Meritorious Achievement Medal
Benjamin G. Lamme, ME 1888, achieved international acclaim as a pioneering inventor and engineer for the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company in Pittsburgh. For 21 years he served as chief engineer for Westinghouse. Among his 162 patents were new inventions on railway motors, induction motors, converters, and the developments pertaining to the first Niagara Falls power system. In his Will he provided that a gold medal be presented annually to a technical graduate of his alma mater for "meritorious achievement in engineering."
2020: Colin Philip (Phil) Combs
2018: John D. Anderson, Jr.
2014: Robert (Bob) Lee