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CECS distinguished alumni are our shining stars

Every year, CECS recognizes and honors distinguished alumni for their remarkable professional contributions and their dedication to the college and UCF. The University of Central Florida was established in the spirit that if we reach for the stars, dreams come true.

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Meet the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients

Thomas “Tom” Riordan

CECS

Class of ’78 ’79MS

Nicole Stott

CECS

Class of ’92MS
Astronaut/ Director
Retired NASA/ Space for Art Foundation

Taylor Lochrane

CECE

Class of ’08 ’09MS ’14PhD
Deputy Director and Chief Scientist
US Department of Transportation – Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, HASS COE

Timothy “Tim” Smith

CECE

Class of ’98
Executive Vice President
Wharton-Smith, Inc

John Sparkman

MAE

Class of ’13 ’15MS
Associate Director and Vice President
Limbitless Solutions

Jennifer Lyons

MAE

Class of ’92MS
Deputy Manager, Deep Space Logistics
NASA Kennedy Space Center

Angela Balles

IEMS

Class of ’95
Branch Chief
NASA

Christal LaVecchia

IEMS

Class of 01 ’03MS
Lockheed Martin

Osama Abdel-Rahman

ECE

Class of ’05MS ’07PhD
Principal Application Engineer
Infineon Technologies

Samuel M. Richie

ECE

Class of ‘80
Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Central Florida

Omar Javed

CS

Class of ’05PhD
Vice President of Applied Science
Twitch

Steve Leonard

CS

Class of ’04
Northrop Grumman Fellow
Northrop Grumman

Islam Salama

MSE

Class of ’03PhD
Vice President
Intel Corporation

Othmane Benafan

MAE/MSE

Class of ’08 ’09MS ’12PhD
Materials Research Engineer
NASA Glenn Research Center

Brianna LaBarge

Ad Astra

Class of ’13
Sr. Operational Excellence Engineer
ASML

Kadi Gashlin

Ad Astra

Class of ’19
Lead Design Engineer
Axiom Space

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Past Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science
Distinguished Awardees
2011 – Benjamin Patz ’85MS
2012 – Oscar Rodriguez ’86
2013 – Vinod Philip ’00MS
2014 – Angel Ruiz ’78
2015 – Ian Ippolito ’93
2016 – Dr. Arun Ramaswamy ’92MS ’94PhD
2018 Spring – Dr. Ankush Oberai ’83 ’18PhD
2018 Fall – Frank A. St. John ’87 ’91MS

Ad Astra Awardees
2015 – Jason Dunn ’07 ’09MS
2016 – Justin Corini ’09

Dept. of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering
2012 – Leila Jammal ’82
2013 – Dr. Tyng-Lin Yang ’92PhD
2014 – David Mulholland ’93
2018 Spring – Jeremy Dilmore ’02 ’05MS
2018 Fall – Dr. Anurag Pande ’03MS ’05PhD
2019 – Denver Stutler, Jr. ’87, ’89MS

Dept. of Computer Science
2011 – Lee Carrick ’80
2012 – Jay Hackett ’87 ’89MS
2013 – Dr. Robert Franceschini ’92MS ’99PhD
2014 – Craig Miller ’89MS
2018 Spring – Dan Schiappa ’87-’90
2018 Fall – Dr. Kathryn Kinsley ’79MS ’83PhD
2019 – John Stevens ’96

Dean’s Award
2013 – Dr. Robert Kersten
2018 – Dr. Martin Wanielista

Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
2011 – Dr. James Vinson ’98PhD
2012 – Brian Crutcher ’95
2013 – Dr. Richard Hull ’93MS ’96PhD
2014 – Terence Murphy ’85 ’89MS
2018 Spring – Dr. Shamik Sengupta ’07PhD
2018 Fall – Herb Gingold ’91 ’14MBA
2019 – Philip Dumas ’05

Dept. of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems
2011 – Dr. Grace M. Bochenek ’98PhD
2012 – Dr. Adedeji Badiru ’84PhD
2013 – LTC Gregory Fortier ’06MS
2014 – Dr. Thomas O’Neal ’96MS ’96MBA ’05PhD
2018 Spring – Amanda Mitskevich ’92MS
2018 Fall – Dr. Lucy Morse ’82MS ’87PhD
2019 – Tandreia Bellamy ’98MS

Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering
2013 – Dr. Christina Drake ’07PhD
2014 – Ajay Kale ’99MS
2018 Spring – Dr. Petya Georgieva Fernlund ’06PhD
2018 Fall – Dr. David Reid ’12PhD
2019 – Dr. Catherine Kammerer ’13MS, ’15PhD

Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
2011 – Dr. Munir Sindir ’73
2012 – Joanne Puglisi ’73
2013 – Dr. Daniel Rini ’95 ’97MS ’00PhD
2014 – Paul Mirabella ’75MS
2018 Spring – Zachary Quandt ’84
2018 Fall – Mark Blue ’89 ’08MS ’10MBA
2019 – Michael Piatek ’02, ’05MBA