Twelve inducted into the Aerospace Engineering Distinguished Alumni Academy

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The Department of Aerospace Engineering in the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University inducted 12 individuals into the Aerospace Engineering Distinguished Alumni Academy during the Aerospace Engineering Annual Awards Banquet on April 1.

Receiving the Outstanding Young Engineer Award were Isaac Ekoto, Ph.D., Julie Parish, Ph.D. and Puneet Singla, Ph.D.. This award is presented to an alumnus under the age of 40 who has shown outstanding work in their field and is a promising leader for the future. Those elected must have a strong commitment and interest in the university and the department.

The Outstanding Aerospace Engineer award is presented to an alumnus 40 years or older who has proven superior professional achievement, community service and service to the university. Those elected are role models for all to follow, and their example of distinguished professional practice deserves recognition.  The alumni receiving this award were Paul Hill, Donald Ruhmann, Hanspeter Schaub, Ph.D,, Kirk Shireman, and John Vassberg, Ph.D.

The Aerospace Engineering Honorary Engineer Award is presented to non-Texas A&M University alumni who have made major contributions to the engineering profession and whose support of the department merits recognition. The two honorees given this distinction were Leland Carslon, Ph.D. and Donald Ward, Ph.D., Col. USAF (retired).

Two alumni were honored with the highest distinction in the academy, the Distinguished Aerospace Engineering Alumni award. This award is presented to an alumnus who is retired or near retirement with outstanding career records. This award also recognizes sustained and meritorious contributions to engineering and engineering management. The two honorees were Dennis Ray Deel and Elaine Mendoza.

For more information on the Distinguished Aerospace Engineering Alumni Academy, see /aerospace/former-students/alumni-academy/members.