Distinguished Engineering Alumni Awards: 2009

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The College of Engineering and Applied Science will honor five distinguished alumni and a retired professor with the 2009 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award.

David DiLaura — Special
David DiLaura retired as professor of civil, environmental, and architectural engineering in 2007 after 26 years as the guiding force of the lighting engineering program at CU-Boulder. He was an outstanding teacher and scholar whose innovative research revolutionized the field of lighting design and manufacturing. DiLaura earned a bachelor's degree in physics at Wayne State University in 1970 and has more than 20 years of experience in industry as an illumination engineer. He joined the CU faculty as an adjunct instructor in 1981 and became a tenured full professor in 2004. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Illumination Engineering Society, the latter awarding him its Gold Medal in 1994. He has published two books and numerous papers, and is the recipient of several awards for outstanding teaching.

Dayl Larson (ArchEngr/Bus'53) — Private Practice

Dayl Larson is a retired architect from the prestigious Colorado firm H&L Architecture, where he specialized in the design of education and health care facilities for more than 30 years. He and former classmate George Haller established a partnership in 1962, and grew it into the successful firm H&L is today. Larson was the project architect on several major buildings for CU-Boulder, including the present-day Engineering Center, the Biosciences Building, and additions to Muenzinger Psychology and the Coors Events Center. His other projects include several school buildings for the Cherry Creek School District; Silver Creek High School in Longmont; and hospital buildings for Presbyterian-St. Luke's, Swedish Medical Center, and Craig Hospital. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and has served as president of both the Colorado and Denver chapters of AIA, in addition to teaching at the University of Colorado Denver's College of Architecture and Planning.

Kenneth May (MS ChemEngr'74) — Industry & Commerce

Kenneth May is a successful engineer and entrepreneur who made significant contributions to the field of solar energy through his dedication to solar energy concentration systems. As a senior chemical engineer at the Solar Energy Research Institute from 1979 to 1983, he analyzed the performance of large-scale solar industrial process heat projects and led the development of concentrating parabolic trough solar collectors. With Randy Gee, he then co-founded Industrial Solar Technology, Inc., a company that continued to develop and deploy this technology throughout the world during a period of declining interest in renewable energy. Their accomplishment was recognized by the American Solar Energy Society, which awarded them the Hoyt Clarke Hottel Award in 2000 for "unique contributions to make solar thermal technology a commercial reality." May is now a director of the industrial division at Abengoa Solar, which is planning to build the largest solar power plant in the world southwest of Phoenix.

Kile Morgan (CivEngr/Bus'69) — Industry & Commerce

A third-generation homebuilder, Kile Morgan is the former president and CEO of Ponderosa Homes, which built 3,500 homes in the San Francisco Bay area under his leadership in the 1980s and 90s. Morgan has continued to serve as chairman as the company has expanded with a branch office in Palm Springs. He also presides over his family foundation, which has established several endowments at CU-Boulder and awarded more than 30 full college scholarships to students from his high school alma mater in National City, California. Morgan is past chairman of the Home Builders Association of Northern California, served on the board of directors for the California Building Industry Association, and is a founding member of the Home Ownership Advancement Foundation. He was elected to the California Building Industry Hall of Fame in 1998.

Theodore W. Randolph (ChemEngr'83) — Research & Invention, Education

A professor of chemical and biological engineering at CU-Boulder since 1993, Theodore "Ted" Randolph is a world leader in protein stabilization and supercritical fluid technology in processes for enzymatic catalysis, particle formation, and drug delivery. He is a fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists and co-directs the Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, a joint research center involving the CU-Boulder and Denver campuses. His research innovations have been recognized by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers' Professional Progress Award in 2005, and the American Society of Engineering Education's Dow Lectureship Award in 2007. He also received the department's Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award in 2003, and has been active in technology transfer, having formed two companies, RxKinetix and BaroFold, that license CU technology. He is the second member of his family to win the DEAAhis father, Alan Randolph (ChemEngr'56), was honored with the award in 1999.

Nguyen Xuan Vinh (MS AeroEngr'63, PhD'65) — Research & Invention, Education

Nguyen Xuan Vinh, CU-Boulder's first PhD graduate in aerospace engineering, went on to lead a distinguished career as a professor at the University of Michigan. He also has been a leader in the worldwide Vietnamese community, recognized both for being a champion of the community and for his literary contributions as a published poet and novelist. His seminal work at UM on the guidance, dynamics, and optical control of space vehicles and their interaction with the atmosphere has played a fundamental role in space exploration and technological development. He has received numerous awards for teaching and research, including the 2007 Dirk Brouwer Award of the American Astronautical Society and the 1994 Mechanics and Control of Flight Award presented by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Vinh came to the United States in 1962 to pursue a scientific career after serving as the commander of the Vietnamese Air Force at the young age of 28.

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