Distinguished Engineering Alumni Medal

Each year the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Medal recognizes alumni whose professional and personal achievements bring special honor to the College of Engineering.

These annual awards recognize outstanding UC Davis College of Engineering alumni who meet the following criteria:
  • 10 or more years since graduation from the College.
  • Record of outstanding achievement in any of the following areas: academia, business and public service. Nominations are not limited to these categories, but should recognize alumni with overall high distinction in their field. 
  • Distinguished service to the college, profession or the community.

Nomination Process

If you know of an Aggie College of Engineering alumni who is deserving of recognition, please submit nominations using our online form. You may also download and mail the DEAM Nomination Form (PDF).

Questions regarding the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Medal should be directed to:

Melinda Seevers, Assistant Dean for Development and External Relations
phone: 530-752-7412, email: mseevers@ucdavis.edu

The 2017 DEAM recipients are:

Margie Evashenk
Engineering Management Consultant, minds.ai, Vonzos Venture Partners, Open-Silicon
B.S. Electrical Engineering, ‘89

Katherine Ferrara
Distinguished Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, ‘89

Brian Horsfield
Retired Research and Development Engineer, Weyerhaeuser Company
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, ‘66, M.S. Engineering, ‘68, D.Engr., ‘71

Francis Lee
Board Chairman, Synaptics
B.S. Electrical Engineering, ‘74

Adam Steltzner
Chief Engineer: Mars 2020 Project, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, ‘90

Past DEAM Recipients

  • 2016: William L. Ballhaus, Ahmed M. Darwish, Layton S. Han, Paul C. Johnson, Elizabeth G. Loboa, Iman Oskoorouchi
  • 2015: Richard Corsi, Scott Maxwell, Carolyn Pura, Babak Taheri, Brian Underwood
  • 2014: April Fallon, Scott Johnson, William Milliken, Elaine Scott, John Wasson
  • 2013: Christine Gulbranson, Jeffrey C. Hoopes, Rose and Dave McCallen, Ted Odell, Earl Rennison, Humberto Rincon
  • 2012: Diane Bryant, Richard Chuang, Ron McGehee, Brian Maroney, Michael Ward
  • 2011: Alfred Chuang, Bryan Jenkins, David Kappos, Christopher Kane
  • 2010: Tim Bucher, Jeffrey G. Canclini, Michael Chajes
  • 2009: Howard Stone
  • 2008: Pamela J. Fair
  • 2007: W. Allen Marr
  • 2006: Robert H. Davis
  • 2005: Indira Samarasekara
  • 2004: Jose J. Granda
  • 2003: Richard Noble
  • 2002: Richard Miller
  • 2001: Arturo Lara Lopez
  • 2000: Bruce West
  • 1999: Karl Gerdes
  • 1998: Stephen Robinson
  • 1997: Giovannae Anderson
  • 1996: Ross R. Allen
  • 1995: Wilfred Brutsaert
  • 1994: Roy Imbsen
  • 1993: Frank Gill
  • 1992: Lucas Dobrzanski
  • 1991: William Gray
  • 1990: Randall M. German
  • 1989: William J. Porter