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Hileman Receives Texnikoi Outstanding Alumni Award

The College of Engineering held its 15th Annual Excellence in Engineering & Architecture Alumni Awards on October 5 amidst Ohio State's Homecoming Weekend activities. James I. Hileman, chief scientific and technical advisor for environment for the Federal Aviation Administration, received one of the college’s premier awards, the Texnikoi Outstanding Achievement Award. Hileman leads research at the FAA to evaluate and lower aircraft noise, emission and energy use. He is also a previous director of the Partnership for AiR Transportation Noise and Emissions Reduction (PARTNER) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A three-time Ohio State alumnus, Hileman received his bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD – all in mechanical engineering – in 1998, 2000 and 2004, respectively.

Among the twelve College of Engineering alumni receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award were two Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering alumni Darrel P. Kohlhorst and Vijay Kumar. Kohlhorst, BS ’70, aeronautical and astronautical engineering, is president and general manager of Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Group, managing unit for Y-12 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He has established a reputation for reaching out to the community, winning praise for his interest in finding ways to make the national security site more familiar and accessible to the public. Kumar, MS ’85 and PhD ’87, mechanical engineering, is the UPS Foundation Professor and the deputy dean for education in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at University of Pennsylvania. He is known for his research in the control and coordination of multi-robot formations. 

Justin Berger, a mechanical design engineer in refrigeration at GE, received the Alumni Imagination at Work Award. Berger played a starring role in GE’s advertising campaign to launch a new line of French door refrigerators, which he helped design. He can be seen in a national television commercial, as well as a series of webisodes at He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2008 from Ohio State.

Additional information about the awards program can be found on the College of Engineering web site.