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Announcing Our 2023 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Medalists

Seven distinguished Aggie Engineers to be celebrated at Alumni Celebration on November 2

The University of California, Davis College of Engineering today (May 30) announced the recipients of the 2023 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Medal, the highest honor presented by the college to alumni. 

Outstanding alumni are selected as Distinguished Engineering Alumni Medal, or DEAM, recipients every other year. DEAM recipients are recognized for having a record of outstanding achievement in business, academia and/or public service, making substantial contributions to the UC Davis community, and having at least 10 years of professional experience. 

DEAM recipients will be recognized at the college’s Alumni Celebration, which will take place at the Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center at UC Davis on Thursday, November 2.

7 College of Engineering Alumni in a collage
Top row, from left: Andrew J. Botka, Robert D. Caligiuri and Michael P. Coffey. Bottom row, from left: Kerry A. Kinney, Terry C. Lowe, Richard R. Neptune and JoAnn Silverstein.

The 2023 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Medalists are: 

Andrew J. Botka 

B.S. '87, Electrical Engineering | VP of Strategic Planning, Keysight Technologies 

Robert D. Caligiuri 

B.S. '73, Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering | Corporate VP & Principal Engineer, Exponent, Inc. 

Michael P. Coffey 

B.S. '84, Electrical Engineering | Senior VP of Mass Markets Product Management, AT&T 

Kerry A. Kinney 

B.S. '88, Chemical Engineering; M.S. '93, Ph.D. '96, Civil and Environmental Engineering | Professor, The University of Texas at Austin 

Terry C. Lowe 

B.S. '78, Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering | Research Professor, Colorado School of Mines 

Richard R. Neptune

B.S. '91, M.S. '93, Ph.D. '96, Mechanical Engineering | Professor, The University of Texas at Austin 

JoAnn Silverstein 

B.S. '77, M.S. '80, Ph.D. '82, Civil Engineering | Professor Emerita, University of Colorado, Boulder 

Due to unforeseen circumstances, John Bissell's award has been deferred to 2025. The College of Engineering is proud of his accomplishments and can't wait to honor him at the 2025 Alumni Celebration.

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