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2018 Annual Engineering Alumni Association Homecoming Breakfast

During the 2018 University of Miami Alumni Homecoming Weekend, the College of Engineering Alumni Association (CoEAA) and the College of Engineering (CoE) hosted nearly 250 alumni and guests at the Annual Engineering Alumni Association Homecoming Breakfast.

On November 2, 2018, the UMCoE alumni community gathered to celebrate their alma mater and the many relationships formed during their time at the University. For so many, their time at UMCoE was more than a school, it was about the bonds, the people and the life experiences.

Highlights of the breakfast included the University of Miami becoming the first academic partner with Magic Leap to pioneer the next frontier in education and computing. By bridging the physical and digital worlds, the partnership will forge new ways to explore art, science, music, and other disciplines through a concept known as spatial computing

The College also honored other members of the CoE community. The 2018 Alumnus of Distinction Award went to Alan N. Sirkin, BSCE ’67. Sirkin is the president of the Sirkin Building Corporation and currently serves on the Department of Civil Engineering Advisory Board. The award recognized his achievements in engineering, his exemplary leadership and his service to the University of Miami, the College of Engineering and the community. Sirkin has been an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association hearing construction legal cases.

Scott D. Joseph, BSIT ’10, received the Young Alumnus of Distinction Award, which recognizes the early career achievements of an alumnus who has completed an undergraduate degree during the last 10 years. A senior software engineer at Google in New York City, Joseph works on ad products creating systems that link publishers with advertisers to create advertising deals.

“It was an amazing feeling to be honored,” Joseph said. “I hope that I inspire others to give back and help mold current students as we were molded at CoE.”

Faculty member Alice Tomei, an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and director of the Islet Immunoengineering Lab at the University of Miami Diabetes Research Institute (DRI), received the Alexander Orr Jr. Excellence in Teaching Award, selected and voted on by alumni. A dedicated teacher, mentor and academic, her research put her on a path to make breakthrough discoveries for curing type-1 diabetes. Tomei has mentored students from undergraduate through postdoctoral training, and those under her supervision have been awarded the prestigious Whitaker International Fellowship Grant.

The Dean’s Innovation Award was presented to M. Lewis Temares, Ph.D. and CoE Dean Emeritus. The award celebrates faculty, students, alumni and community leaders who are innovative and who embody the principles of the College of Engineering’s work “Transforming Miami into an Innovation Hub.” Temares simultaneously served as Dean of the CoE from 1994-2007, the longest serving dean thus far in the history of the College, and as Chief Information Officer for the University. Among the student organizations that flourished under his leadership – or received their UM charter from national chapters – are the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). He also created the College of Engineering Office of Career Services, the first dedicated career advisory program in any college or school at UM.

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