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.

2016

Frank Buzzard

Frank Buzzard

(AeroEngr ’74) Owner Space Engineering Consulting Inc. Award Category: Government Service 30 years of experience at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, including service as chief engineer of the International Space Station from 1996 to 2002, working with and leading engineering teams from 16 nations during the ISS construction. Served as chief engineer of the Space Shuttle program and led the NASA Columbia Accident Task Force. After retiring from NASA, led Mission...
Paul Hamilton

Paul Hamilton

(CivEngr ’75, MS ’77) Founder and President Novello GTL LLC Award Category: Industry & Commerce Highly respected environmental engineer, entrepreneur and alternative energy specialist, and an expert in the areas of refining, petrochemicals, renewable energies and gasification. During a 32-year career at Shell Oil, supported recruiting efforts that created a strong pipeline of talent from CU-Boulder into Shell. Dedicated volunteer to the college, serving on the Engineering Advisory Council, Resource...
Moriba Jah

Moriba Jah

(AeroEngr MS' 01, PhD '05) Director Space Object Behavioral Sciences University of Arizona Award Category: Government Service International scholar and speaker in the field of tracking objects in space and space junk. Served for eight years as director of the U.S. Air Force Advanced Sciences and Technology Research Institute for Aeronautics (ASTRIA), leading satellite guidance, navigation and control projects, as well as the institute’s Space Situational Awareness program. Dedicated volunteer...
 Michael Mcatee

Michael Mcatee

(CivEngr ’75, MS ’77) Founder and president Novello GTL LLC Award Category: Industry & Commerce Highly respected environmental engineer, entrepreneur and alternative energy specialist, and an expert in the areas of refining, petrochemicals, renewable energies and gasification. During a 32-year career at Shell Oil, supported recruiting efforts that created a strong pipeline of talent from CU-Boulder into Shell. Dedicated volunteer to the college, serving on the Engineering Advisory Council, Resource...
Doug Smith

Doug Smith

(CivEngr MS ’75) Assistant Dean for Programs and Engagement College of Engineering and Applied Science at CU-Boulder Award Category: Industry & Commerce Serves on the Dean’s Cabinet and is responsible for the development and leadership of programs that support college growth and excellence, as well as implementation of the college brand and communications. Impacted thousands of engineers through leadership roles with the city of Boulder, Tetra Tech, MWH Global and...