College recognizes 2017 alumni award winners

Published: May 4, 2017

The College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder recognized six alumni for contributions to their fields and to the university at a banquet April 28, 2017.

The recipients of the 2017 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Awards are:

  • Ron Blackwelder of Lafayette, Colo.
  • Marco Campos of Denver, Colo.
  • Robert H. Davis of Boulder, Colo.
  • Lisa Glatch of Denver, Colo.
  • Richard Taylor of Irvine, Calif.

The winners, who join a prestigious group of award recipients dating back to 1966, have distinguished themselves through outstanding personal qualities, knowledge and significant contributions to their fields.

The college also recognized Jill Seubert of Altadena, Calif., as recipient of the Recent Alumni Award, granted annually to alumni who have made exceptional contributions early in their careers and remained involved with CU Boulder within 10 years of graduation.

“These award recipients remind us of the significant achievement possible through imagination, determination and a sense of service to humanity,” said Dean Bobby Braun. “They are certainly engineers worth emulating.”

Blackwelder, who earned a BS in aerospace engineering from CU Boulder in 1964, guided and educated hundreds of future engineers as a 42-year faculty member at the University of Southern California. A visiting professor at CU Boulder in 2001, Blackwelder also remains involved with his alma mater as a member of the External Advisory Board for the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences.

Campos is the founder and managing principal of Campos EPC, an engineering, procurement and construction company headquartered in Denver that serves the oil and gas industry. A 1998 civil engineering graduate, Campos is a staunch supporter of future engineers, particularly those from underrepresented populations. He envisioned and funded CU Engineering’s first summer program that provides hands-on exposure to engineering for high school students from underserved populations. Campos serves on the college’s Engineering Advisory Council and served on the advisory board of the BOLD (Broadening Opportunity through Leadership and Diversity) Center.

Davis served as dean of CU Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science from 2002 through 2017 before returning to the chemical and biological engineering faculty. During his term, the college grew and improved in virtually every metric—enrollment, research grants, diversity and rankings—and created the GoldShirt Program, Earn-Learn and Discovery Learning Programs, the BOLD Center and the Idea Forge makerspace. Davis earned degrees from the University of California, Davis, and Stanford before joining the CU Boulder faculty in 1982.

Glatch is the executive vice president of growth and sales and board director of CH2M. Glatch guides the company’s growth through strategic planning, client account management, branding and marketing, and government affairs, drawing from her industry experience across the globe. In the wake of 9/11, she served as a loaned executive to the U.S. Department of Transportation and received the Medal of Honor for her work. Glatch earned her BS in chemical engineering from CU Boulder in 1984 and is incoming chair of the college’s Engineering Advisory Council.

Taylor, who earned his BS from CU Denver and master’s and doctoral degrees from CU Boulder between 1974-80, spent the bulk of his career as a professor at the University of California, Irvine. As a top contributor in the field of information and computer sciences, Taylor led a research group that produced the HTTP/1.1 protocol and other key technologies underpinning the web. Taylor previously served on the computer science advisory board at CU Boulder.

Seubert earned her MS (2009) and PhD (2011) in aerospace engineering from CU Boulder and joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory soon after. She gained recognition for her contributions to several Mars missions and the Deep Space Atomic Clock mission, quickly becoming one of JPL’s leading experts in one-way deep space radiometric navigation and onboard clocks. As a navigation and mission design engineer, Seubert is currently preparing for the 2018 InSight lander and 2020 Mars Science Mission rover projects.

Learn more about the awards.

Distinguished Engineering Alumni Awards

  • Ron Blackwelder (AeroEngr'64), professor emeritus, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Southern California, for Education
  • Marco Campos (CivEngr'98), founder and managing principal, Campos EPC, for Industry and Commerce
  • Robert H. Davis, Tisone professor and immediate past dean, in the Special category for non-alumni
  • Lisa Glatch (ChemEngr'84), executive vice president and board director, CH2M, for Industry and Commerce
  • Richard Taylor (CompSci MS'76, PhD'80), professor emeritus of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine, for Education

Recent Alumni Award

  • Jill Seubert (AeroEngr PhD'11), navigation and mission design engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Banquet Photos

View and download photos from the 2017 Engineering Awards Banquet on Flickr.