Ten Honored (VIDEO)

On April 3rd, the School of Engineering recognized 10 alumni and friends for their exceptional records of accomplishment in engineering.  The Distinguished Engineering Service Awards honor individuals who have generously provided service, time and resources to the School of Engineering. The Academy of Distinguished Engineers honors alumni whose careers are characterized by their sustained and exemplary contributions to the engineering profession.  Click on the image below to view the video.


This year’s Distinguished Service Award was presented to J. Michael McQuade, Senior VP for Science & Technology at United Technologies Corp., who has been instrumental in strengthening the symbiotic research partnership between UTC and the School of Engineering, in fostering engineering awareness by the general public, and in helping UConn attain a more sustainable energy footprint. In his role at UTC, Dr. McQuade is responsible for providing strategic oversight and guidance for research, engineering and development activities throughout the UTC business units and at the company’s Research Center. 

The Distinguished Professional Achievement Awards were presented to:

Anne Bartosewicz (B.S. ’81), Project Director in the Transmission Business Unit of Northeast Utilities, where she is responsible for the development of large-scale transmission projects, including the Northern Pass Project, which will enable the importation of competitively priced, low-carbon hydroelectric power from Canada into New England, supplying clean power to over one million homes while reducing CO2 emissions by six million tons.

Mark S. Bennett (Ph.D.’89), Program Manager for General Dynamics Electric Boat’s Independent Research & Development (IR&D) Program. As a chief technologist for Electric Boat, Dr. Bennett has built strong relations with Navy agencies and laboratories, universities and other industries, and is a nationally recognized leader in the naval community.

G. Clifford Carter (M.S., Ph.D. ‘72, ‘76), Senior Civilian and Technical Leader in the Sensors and Sonar Systems Department of the Naval Sea Undersea Warfare Center.  He has made important contributions to the field of sonar and underwater acoustics, including his Smoothed Coherence Transform (SCOT) signal processing algorithm and coherence and time delay estimation.

Janet H. Daniels (B.S.’84), President of Daniels & Associates, P.C. in Virginia. Among the early African American women to graduate from the School of Engineering, Ms. Daniels is also an entrepreneur who founded her civil engineering firm specializing in structural engineering design and analysis, construction management and inspections for a variety of commercial and municipal entities.

Ronald Jacoby (B.S.’87), Vice President of Yahoo! Inc.’s Connected TV.  Since 1999, he has also served as chief architect of Yahoo’s Connected Life and Platform Engineering, and Director of Strategic Technology.  The Yahoo! Connected TV platform enables televisions to be connected to the Internet and won the 2011 Primetime Emmy Engineering Plaque for Outstanding Engineering Achievement. 

Jackson E. Morgan (M.S. ‘70), Director of Propulsion Plant & Ship Systems Design & Engineering at General Dynamics Electric Boat. His organization is responsible for propulsion plant and ship systems design and development, supporting ship design and construction programs, ship upgrades and modernization.  Mr. Morgan has supported the design and construction of the Sturgeon, Narwhal, NR-1, Lipscomb, Los Angeles, Trident, Seawolf and Virginia classes of submarine.

Ryszard J. Pryputniewicz (M.S., Ph.D.’74, ’76), the K.G. Merriam Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), which he joined in 1978.  In addition, he is the Founding Director of the Center for Holographic Studies and Laser micromechaTronics.  In recognition of his seminal contributions in holography and photonics, he has received numerous awards and honors.

Paul H. Singer (B.S. ‘88), General Manager of Engineering for GE Energy’s Industrial Solutions business, where he leads the global engineering teams for GE’s electrical distribution, motors, and industrial services businesses. During his career with GE, he progressed through several technology leadership roles in areas of product quality, NPI and Six Sigma.

Yungquan Sun (M.S., Ph.D. ’96, ’08), President of the ENN Group North America, Inc. and Senior Vice President of the ENN Solar Energy Group, Ltd., ENN Group’s renewable energy business offering cutting-edge solar products and services.  Dr. Sun has more than 20 years of experience in research and development, notably in new robotics techniques and solar energy applications.

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