College Honors Alumni at 18th Annual Alumni Awards Celebration

Posted: October 16, 2015

Two Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering alumni were honored with the College of Engineering’s Distinguished Alumni Award on Friday, October 9 at the 2015 Annual Excellence in Engineering & Architecture Alumni Awards reception and dinner, held at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI).

Ardeshir Contractor (BS ’84, MS ’86, mechanical engineering) and Frank Paluch (BS ’86, aerospace engineering) received the Distinguished Alumni Award for outstanding professional achievement in engineering and architecture.


The Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize distinguished achievement on the part of alumni in the field of engineering or architecture by reason of significant inventions, important research or design, administrative leadership or genius in production. 

Contractor is the CEO and founder of Kiran Energy, India’s leading solar energy utility.  Paluch is president of Honda R&D Americas, Inc.

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