Established in 1966, the DEAA honors graduates and friends who have distinguished themselves through outstanding personal qualities, knowledge, and significant contributions to their fields. Award winners may fall into several categories: Education, Research and Invention, Government Service, Industry and Commerce, and Private Practice. A sixth Special category is for alumni with distinguished careers outside those five categories or for non-alumni with distinguished service to the college.

2019

Steve Jolly

Steve Jolly

(AeroEngr’82, PhD’92) Chief Engineer Lockheed Martin Award Category: Industry & Commerce Steve Jolly is an extremely proud and accomplished graduate from CU Boulder, having received a BS and PhD in aerospace engineering. He also served as an adjunct professor before joining Lockheed Martin, where he is now the chief engineer for the Commercial Civil Space line of business. Jolly has held important positions in some of the most influential space...
Scott Palo

Scott Palo

(MEIEngr’90, PhD’94) Professor Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences at CU Boulder Distinguished Engineering Alumni Awardee Category: Education Scott Palo received his MS and PhD in electrical engineering from CU Boulder in 1990 and 1994, respectively. He joined the Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences shortly after as a research associate. From there, he progressed through the tenure ranks, becoming a full professor in 2013. From 2014 to 2017, Palo was associate...
Kristin Thunhorst

Kristin Thunhorst

(MChemEngr’96, PhD’98) Staff Scientist 3M Distinguished Engineering Alumni Awardee Category: Research & Invention After graduating from CU, Kristin Thunhorst joined 3M Corp. in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she has had a distinguished career full of exceptional professional achievements and recognition. Thunhorst has spent her time at 3M working across divisions and developing projects in numerous areas including optics, materials, aerospace and energy. She has had 22 U.S. patents issued, with...