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The Academy of Engineering is a formal recognition program for alumni, faculty, and friends who, by example, demonstrate the College’s values of education, engagement, inspiration and innovation.


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Categories for Awards

Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award

The recipients shall be UNLV engineering alumni selected in recognition of outstanding career achievement, and/or community service, and/or loyalty to the UNLV College of Engineering.

Distinguished Engineering Educator Award

Recipients shall have demonstrated achievement in teaching and/or research and/or service to the UNLV College of Engineering.

Distinguished Industry and Community Partner Award

The recipients shall be individuals or organizations recognized as having made outstanding contributions to the engineering profession and have demonstrated loyalty to the UNLV College of Engineering.

Nomination Procedures

Nominations are accepted year-round and can be submitted by any individual or group. Self-nominations are also accepted. Committees established for each award category review the nominations, with final selections announced by the Dean. A formal awards ceremony is held in the spring of each year.

Return nominations to:
Subject: Academy Nominations

Award Recipients

Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients


  • Robert Tuttle
  • Michael Rooney
  • Vamsee Pamula
  • Youssef Zakharia


  • Glen Maxwell
  • Suresh Vishnubhatla


  • Doa Meade Ross
  • Chad Miller
  • Howard Kent Vandermeer


  • Ken Ackeret
  • Jody Walker Belsick
  • Bradford Colton
  • John Fountain
  • Joseph Lombardo
  • Clark McCarrell, Jr.
  • Paige Russell
  • Douglas Seastrand
  • Kristina Swallow
  • Walter Vodrazka, Jr.

Engineering Distinguished Educator Award Recipient


  • Kwang Kim


  • R. Jacob Baker


  • Robert F. Boehm


  • Dr. William R. Wells (posthumously)

Engineering Distinguished Industry/Community Partner Award Recipients


  • 2020 Nevada State Senator Joyce Woodhouse


  • Arcata Associates
  • Selma Bartlett


  • Robert Mendenhall
  • Fred Cox (posthumously)