Presented to alumni under 40 years old at the time of selection who have accomplished remarkable early career success with their professional field or industry.  The award complements the already well-established Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy, design to recognize alumni well into their careers, typically over 40 years old.

The award will be presented annually for each of the six programs in the College of Engineering. Departments will accept and evaluagte recommendations in September, and will present the department nomination to the Dean for final selection by October 1.  The recipient of each academic program will be invited by the academic program to present an undergraduate professional seminar during spring semester, at which they also will receive their award.

Elizabeth Bernard

Elizabeth Bernard
BSE 2000 Chemical Engineering
Senior Corporate Counsel, Litigation
Rimini Street, Las Vegas, NV
Awarded November 3, 2016


Bradford Conlan
BSE 2004 Biomedical Engineering
Founder and CEO
Puregraft LLC
Kerastem Technologies
Awarded May 5, 2015

Jay Dittman

Jay Dittman
BSE 2001 Biomedical Engineering
Quality and Regulatory Director
NICO Corporation
Awarded March 2, 2017

Michael Elgin

Michael Elgin
BSE 2006 Mechanical Engineering
Engineering Supervisor
Deere & Company
Awarded April 9, 2015

Toby Hunemuller

Toby Hunemuller
BSE 2002 Civil Engineering, MS 2010 Civil and Environmental Engineering
Chief, Hydrologic Engineering Section (EC-HH)
US Army Corps of Engineers - Rock Island District
Awarded February 19, 2015

Anne Ryerson

Anne Ryerson
BSE 2000 Electrical Engineering
Staff Electrical Systems Engineer
Deere & Company
Awarded April 16, 2015

Dr. Ashish Sahai

Dr. Ashish Sahai, M.D.
BSE 1997 biomedical engineering, MD 2001
Founder, Spine specialist and Biomedical Engineer
Spine and Orthopedic Center
Awarded April 26, 2018