Distinguished Alumnus Award


The MAE Department has a rich heritage which reaches back over one hundred years and encompasses a number of ancestor departments including Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Mechanics, and Engineering Science. The alumni of the MAE Department and its forebears have traveled many roads since their graduation, and are a part of the University’s worldwide Gator Nation.  Students passing through our programs often wonder about how their careers will develop and whether their dedication and devotion to the highly technical aspects of engineering will provide a sound basis for success over a career that will span many years.

One beacon to light the way for our current students and to inspire them to do great things themselves, no matter where their career path leads, is the excitement generated by our many successful people that have come before them. To recognize exceptional personal and professional achievements of alumni of the MAE Department that brings credit to the alma mater and stimulates our newer members, we have created the annual MAE Distinguished Alumnus Award.

The MAE program is a particularly demanding one and success in navigating it shows one’s potential for making contributions not only as technical innovators, but also as business, government, and civic leaders.  Each year we seek to honor a select group of alumni who, by extraordinary effort, unusually creative endeavors, and remarkable success in whatever enterprise they set their hands to, are worthy exemplars of and ambassadors for the MAE department and all its alumni.


The Distinguished Alumnus Award is the highest honor the MAE Department bestows upon an alumnus/a and is in recognition of a particular achievement of noteworthy value, a series of such achievements, or a career of noteworthy accomplishments.

The Department will establish the alumnus award under two categories. The Distinguished Young Alumnus Award is established to recognize the budding accomplishments of young alumni.  The Distinguished Alumnus Award is established to recognize the significant accomplishments of senior alumni.


Each year a call for nomination will be issued and widely circulated among faculty, alumni, and friends. Nominations will close by a pre-announced deadline.  All eligible nominations will be considered by a committee appointed by the Chair of the Department and the committee will make final recommendations.  Decisions will be made by February of each year and communicated to the award winners.  The awards will be bestowed on the awardees at the MAE Annual Awards Banquet in April.


  • Nominations will be automatically considered for three years.  If another nomination is submitted, we will evaluate the most recent nomination packet.
  • Current UF faculty are not eligible for the Alumni Award
  • Distinguished Young Alumnus are approximately within 20 yrs. of graduating with their BS  

Nomination Form

Academy of Distinguished Alumni

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Gregg Abate MS 1989 PhD 1999
David Burris BS 2003 MS 2007 PhD 2006
Alison Dunn BS 2004 MS 2006 PhD 2013
Chuck Jackson BS 1995
Chris Lightcap MS 2006 PhD 2008
Angela Pitenis BS 2012 MS 2014 PhD 2016


Erin Anthony BS 2016
Dante Buckley BS 2006 MS 2009
Matthew Ferslew BS 2005
Rajat Mittal MS 1991
Balaji Sreenivasan MS 2021
Mark Tillman BS 1994 MS 1995


Luis Alvarez BS 2005 MS 2007
Tim Fetterman BS 1984
Patrick Griffin BS 2003 MS 2006
Frederick A. Leve BS 2005 MS 2009 PhD 2010
Martin Schmidt MS 1991 PhD 2003


Carlos Bravo BS 1981 MS 1983
Marianne Francois MS 2001 PhD 2002
Michael Gunger BS 1982 MS 1988
Ramesh Marrey MS 1991 PhD 1995
Shawn Martin BS 1986


Dale G. Bodden BS
Gregg D. Costabile BS 1985 MS 1993
Russ DeLoach BS 1987
Wayne F. Hallgren MS 1984
Peter S. Nicholas BS 1984
Matthew A. Palmer BS 1987
Benjamin P. Smarslok MS 2007 PhD 2009


Matthew J Bellman BS 2011 MS 2013 PhD 2015
David Boree BS 1980
Jan M. Jackman BS 1982
Arvid Mykleburst BS 1969 MS 1971 PhD 1974
Jim Sirkis BS 1984 MS 1985 PhD 1988


Keith M. Boyer BS 1987
Ronald J. Garan MS 1986
Tushar Goel MS 2005 PhD 2007
Yolanda T. Mack BS 2002 MS 2004 PhD 2007
Crystal L. Pasiliao MS 2005 PhD 2009
William T. Pennell BS 1964
Jennifer L. Rhatigan BS 1982


Richard Griffin BS 1967
Jennifer L Gustetic BS 2005
Mark Lowery BS 1990
Louise Scott BS 1986
Keith Soldner BS 1979 MS 1982
Stephen Sprigle BS 1982
Trase Travers BS 1991 MS 1999


Carl Ahlers BS 1988 MS 1992
David Jerome MS 1987 PhD 1996
Elisabetta Jerome PhD 1991
Sanjoy Malik MS 1985
Walter E Rose BS 1965


James Albritton BS 1952
Thomas Fortin BS 1984 MS 1988
Robert K Johnson BS 1965
Ronald Schlagheck BS 1967 MS 1969
Jeffrey Urlaub BS 1998
Carol Weber BS 1983


Edward Duran BS 1978
Brian Holloway BS 1992
Joe Kittinger MS 1948
Charles Myers BS 1968 MS 1970 PhD 1973
Jack Sparks BS 1965 MS 1967 PhD 1970
Adam Zaricki BS 1993 MS 1995


J.F. Stephen Elliott BS 1970
Roberto Garcia BS 1986
William Gattle BS 1984 MS 1987
Byron Knight PhD 2000
Carl Meece BS 1969
Gary Miller BS 1970 PhD 1977


Robert J ArnoldBS 1962
Sterrett CampbellBS 1955
Paul Halyard BS 1958
Ming Li PhD 1993
Karlin Roth MS 1986 PhD 1988
Mitchell WaldmanBS 1982


Charles Benedict BS 1968 MS 1969 PhD 1971
Kevin Byrd S 1998
Don Daniels BS 1964 MS 1965 PhD 1973
Kevin Ford MS 1994
Frank Gillette BS 1962
Andrew H. Hines, Jr.BS 1947
Edward Humbert BS 1990
Thomas O. Hunter BS 1965
William F. Powers BS 1963
Munir Sindir MS 1976
K. Scott Smith MS 1985 PhD 1987
Curtis Stanton BS 1940


William Bierbower BS 1987
Christina Bloebaum BS 1986 MS 1987 PhD 1991
Steve Butler PhD 1985
Alvin Edgar Holmes BS 1963
Jeffrey Riemer BS 1974
Mark Swinson PhD 1988


John Anderson BS 1959
Joaquin Castro BS 1978
Knox Millsaps BS 1983
Fareed Ossi BS 1958 MS 1964
Juan Santiago BS 1990
Craig Young BS 1993 MS 1996