Current DEAA Awardees

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The following individuals have been selected to receive the 2014 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award. The awardees have distinguished themselves through their outstanding personal qualities, knowledge, and significant contributions to their fields.

Jean Becker — Special Category

As managing director at Accenture, Jean Becker is a first-generation college graduate with 23 years of experience as a business professional in the professional services, storage, telecommunications, energy management and health care industries.  

She has an associate's degree in nursing from Spokane Community College, as well as a bachelor’s degree in engineering and an MBA from Portland State University. She has been a registered nurse on a neurology and neurosurgery floor at Good Samaritan Hospital, chief technology officer at U S WEST Communications, president at Qwest Solutions, senior vice president of engineering at McDATA Corporation, and, most recently, an operating group chief financial officer at Accenture.

Her responsibilities at Accenture include managing the financial strategy and profits and loss for a $7 billion global business unit. Becker is also responsible for the corporate citizenship activities for the Minneapolis office.

Additionally, she has volunteered with Accenture’s coaching-based leadership program to target top performers and has been a sponsor and speaker for the company’s women’s interest group. Outside Accenture, Becker is on the advisory board for LiveQoS and has served as a judge advisor for First Robotics. She is also the vice president of the board of Theater Latté Da in Minneapolis.

Although not a graduate, Becker’s continued engagement with the College of Engineering and Applied Science at CU-Boulder is admirable. She has served on the Engineering Advisory Council and the BOLD Advisory Council, demonstrating a strong passion for advancing opportunities for women and other students underrepresented in engineering fields. 


Colonel David Goldstein (PhD Aero ’00) — Government Service

Colonel David Goldstein serves as director of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate and commander of the Phillips Research Site at Kirtland Air Force Base.

He first joined the Air Force as an academy cadet in 1984, was commissioned as second lieutenant in 1988, and has served our country admirably since. Goldstein has an engineering science degree from the United States Air Force Academy, a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Houston and a PhD in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Goldstein has more than 25 years of Air Force experience leading large, complex, technically-oriented organizations and teams conducting satellite, launch vehicle, ground control system and user terminal/receiver acquisition. He has served as deputy director for the Military Satellite Communications program, a $46 billion Department of Defense enterprise leading 14 different programs, including some of the military’s most advanced and critical satellites.

He also was named chief engineer for the Global Positioning Program, arguably the most ubiquitous space program with more than a billion users. He has employed his distinct blend of unmatched technical prowess and his proven ability to lead large organizations to achieve incredible outcomes.

Since his graduation from CU-Boulder, Goldstein has continued to engage with the university and the Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, advising graduate students in technical areas of importance to the Air Force. He regularly gives lectures to classes and encourages top Air Force students to consider graduate school at CU-Boulder.


T. Scott Martin (ChemEngr ’80) — Industry & Commerce

As chairman and CEO of EEC LLC, T. Scott Martin is a longtime entrepreneur in oil and gas exploration and production.

Martin has a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder, as well as a degree from Colorado College. Upon graduation, he became an expert in evaluating oil and gas fields at Amoco’s Denver location. He then took a position as a consulting engineer for BWAB, Inc. and developed world-leading expertise in the use of enhanced recovery techniques such as horizontal drilling. He moved on to great success as CEO of TPEX Exploration and, subsequently, COO of Alta Energy Corporation.

In 1995, Martin founded Ellora Energy, Inc. which went on to develop more than 1,000 potential drilling locations in the southwestern United States. Ellora was ultimately acquired by ExxonMobil for almost $700 million. Martin is currently on his third venture, EE3 LLC, which is also focused on the enhanced recovery of oil and gas.

At CU-Boulder, Martin has served as a member of the External Advisory Board for the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, focusing on improving the department’s fundraising strategy and student employment opportunities.

Martin’s commitment to community involvement runs deep. He is a founding board member of the Boulder Country Day School, a highly regarded independent school, and the Common Sense Policy Roundtable, a nonprofit think tank devoted to economic competitiveness for the state of Colorado.

F. Dave Zanetell, PE (MS CivEngr ’93) — Government Service

F. Dave Zanetell, PE, is senior vice president and chief operating officer for Edward Kraemer & Sons, a 100-year-old national contractor specializing in technical structures, rail and alternate delivery. In pursuit of the “next challenge,” Zanetell joined Kraemer’s executive team in 2012 after 25 years of distinguished public service.  

He was project manager for the Central Federal Lands Division (CFL) of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), leading a multi-agency coalition on the $240 million Hoover Dam Bypass responsible for consultant, contracting and construction management efforts. The project includes the longest concrete arches in the western hemisphere and the world’s tallest precast segmental columns, and incorporates many unprecedented engineering firsts. It was completed under original budget without dispute or claim and received the American Public Works Association’s Outstanding Major Project and the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Outstanding Project and Leader Award.  

During his public sector career, Zanetell served as CFL’s first chief of project management and later as director of engineering. He guided a staff of 180 engineers responsible for projects across 14 western states and was the signatory engineer on more than 250 projects. Zanetell credits an incredible group of committed professionals who tirelessly transformed CFL into an industry leader, focused on cradle-to-grave management, staff development, technical excellence, consultant and contracting processes. He also led implementation of forward-looking programs, including a “futures” team to recruit and develop emerging future leaders. CFL was recognized by the Project Management Institute as a Top 25 project management organization worldwide. Zanetell is frequently called on as an industry pioneer in alternate delivery and major project management best practices.  

He holds an undergraduate degree from the Colorado School of Mines and a master’s from CU-Boulder. He twice received FHWA’s Engineering Excellence Award and is a National Society of Professional Engineers Outstanding Agency Engineer.


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