Three MAE alumni celebrated for exceptional achievements, service at College Alumni Awards

Posted: October 6, 2022
Front row, from left: Bonnie Hammersley, Colette Pierce Burnette, Dean Ayann Howard, Aimee Ulstad, Elizabeth Biddinger. Back row, from left: Paul Wood, Xi-Yong (Sean) Fu, Rudolph Frizzi, Christopher Meyers, Steven Arndt, Harry Kennedy and Kenneth Diller. Not pictured: Chuck Elgin, Ben Gilbert, Bryan Lee and Theodore Nicholson.
Front row, from left: Bonnie Hammersley, Colette Pierce Burnette, Dean Ayann Howard, Aimee Ulstad, Elizabeth Biddinger. Back row, from left: Paul Wood, Xi-Yong (Sean) Fu, Rudolph Frizzi, Christopher Meyers, Steven Arndt, Harry Kennedy and Kenneth Diller. Not pictured: Chuck Elgin, Ben Gilbert, Bryan Lee and Theodore Nicholson.

A barrier-breaking leader in higher education and the arts, an internationally recognized nuclear engineering expert and one of the nation’s leading design justice advocates are among the 15 alumni honored during the 25th Annual Excellence in Engineering and Architecture Awards on September 30, 2022.

The celebration recognizes alumni from across the College of Engineering who have achieved distinction in their fields or through their extraordinary service contributions since graduating from The Ohio State University.

“We are proud to recognize these 15 esteemed College of Engineering alumni who have distinguished themselves as changemakers, leaders, innovators and passionate volunteers,” said Dean Ayanna Howard, the Monte Ahuja Endowed Dean’s Chair. “Their impactful efforts to improve our world are an inspiration.”

American Nuclear Society President Steven A. Arndt (BS ’81, engineering physics; MS ’84, PhD ’10, nuclear engineering) was awarded the Benjamin G. Lamme Meritorious Achievement Medal. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory distinguished scientist led the United States’ support programs to the former Soviet Union following the Chernobyl accident and as part of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s response to the Fukushima accident.

Distinguished Alumni Award for Academic Excellence

  • Kenneth Ray Diller (BS ’66, MS ’67, mechanical engineering) is an experienced leader, accomplished scholar and innovator. A professor of biomedical and mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, his technology for simple and safe thermal methods helps people get to sleep more effectively and drop their overnight blood pressure without medication.
  • Aimee T. Ulstad (BS ’84, mechanical engineering) is an award-winning associate professor of practice in Ohio State’s Department of Integrated Systems Engineering who brings her 30+ years of professional industry experience to the classroom. She was also part of the core team that developed the four-year Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology degree program now offered on three regional campuses.

View photographs from the 25th Annual Excellence in Engineering & Architecture Alumni Awards celebration.

This article was repurposed and condensed from engineering.osu.edu.