Six Honored with
Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award
Dean Ross Corotis joined five alumni of the College of Engineering and Applied
Science in receiving the college's Distinguished Engineering Alumni Awards
April 14. Awards were presented in the categories of Education, Industry
and Commerce, Private Practice, and "Special," a category for non-alumni
who have provided outstanding service to the college. The awards, which
have a 35-year tradition, were presented by Judith Liebman, chair of the
Engineering Advisory Council.
William C. Caile (CivEngr'65) was recognized in the Industry and
Commerce category. He recently retired as chairman and chief executive officer
of Trautman & Shreve, one of the largest and most respected mechanical contracting
and engineering firms in the Rocky Mountain region. He has been an active
supporter of the university and received the Alumni Association's Outstanding
Alumni Award in 1998.
Vladimir Cervenka (PhD CivEngr'70) of Prague was recognized with
a DEA Award for his work in private practice. He is an international authority
in the field of concrete structures and computational mechanics, who has
consulted on such projects as the failure analysis of the Sleipner Platform
in the North Sea, analysis of the Adler Tunnel in Switzerland, and damage
analysis of historical buildings in Prague.
David E. Clough (MS ChemEngr '69, PhD '75), an alumnus and professor
of chemical engineering in the college, received a DEA Award in the Education
category. The award recognizes his significant impact on engineering education
through pioneering the active learning concept for the Integrated Teaching
and Learning Laboratory, and in leading the college in changing traditional
lecture courses to an active learning format.
Ross B. Corotis, a three-time alumnus of the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology ('67, '68, '71), received a DEA Award in the Special category
for his exceptional service to the college, especially in providing the
vision and leadership for the Discovery Learning Initiative and Center.
He holds many awards for his teaching and research, which focuses on the
application of probabilistic concepts to civil engineering problems.
Hari K. Pargal (MS ChemEngr '51, PhD '54) was recognized in the Private
Practice category, as a leader in the development and management of the
chemical process industry, working in his home country of India as well
as the Arab Gulf States. He built Engineers India into the premier design
and engineering consulting firm in Southeast Asia and has worked as a consultant
to many other organizations, including the United Nations Environment and
Kristy A. Schloss (CivEngr'86), a winner in the Industry and Commerce
category, is the president of Schloss Engineered Equipment, Inc., an environmental
equipment design and manufacturing firm in Aurora, Colorado. The firm has
achieved remarkable international success under her leadership, and in 1999
was named National Exporter of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Association.
left to right are William Caile, Vladimir Cervenka, David Clough and
Hari Pargal; sitting are Ross Corotis and Kristy Schloss.
Jr., Honored as Engineer of Distinction
Winner of the National Medal
of Technology, the Herbert Hoover Medal, and numerous other prestigious
awards in engineering, technology and construction, Stephen D. Bechtel,
Jr., has been a leader of outstanding achievement over his 30 years at the
helm of Bechtel Group, Inc.
Jr. (at right) with Dean Ross Corotis.
Established in 1898 as a small
Western railroad construction firm, Bechtel Group today provides a broad
range of technical and management services to clients in many industries
around the globe. Mr. Bechtel was elected president of the company in
1960, and chairman in 1965. Since 1990, he has held the position of chairman
Having started his engineering
education at CU-Boulder in 1943, Mr. Bechtel has been a friend and supporter
of the college for many years. This year, he accepted the college's Engineer
of Distinction award for his lifetime achievements in the engineering
profession. The award was presented at the college's Engineering Awards
Banquet in April.
Mr. Bechtel holds a bachelor's
degree in civil engineering from Purdue and a master's in business administration
from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He has been
honored as a distinguished alumnus of both schools, and he holds honorary
doctorates from CU-Boulder and Purdue.