Distinguished Engineering Alumni
The College of Engineering Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize graduates’ professional achievement in the field of engineering, exemplary leadership, demonstrated service to the University of Miami and/or to the College of Engineering, and demonstrated service to the community or public. For more information on the awards and how to nominate someone, click here.
2016 Alumnus of Distinction
Robert Sanchez, BSEE ’87
This award recognizes Robert’s professional achievement in the field of engineering, his exemplary leadership and his demonstrated service to the University of Miami, the College of Engineering (CoE) and the community. He was instrumental in establishing the Ryder System Capstone Project, a program that offers seniors valuable real-world engineering experience. Robert also is a member of the University of Miami President’s Council and the College of Engineering Advisory Board.
2016 Young Alumnus of Distinction
Omar De Leon, BSCE ‘10, BSENE ‘10, a construction engineer at ExxonMobil
Prior to joining ExxonMobil, Omar served as the 2011-2012 Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute STEM Graduate Fellow. Currently he serves on UM’s Young Alumni Leadership Council and was a College of Engineering Alumni Association board member. Omar has written several articles, including a popular piece on how to increase the number of Latino engineers.
Alumnus/a of Distinction
2015 Basil Khalil, BSIE ’94, MSIE ’97
2011 John Pittaluga, BSME ‘83
2003 Pete Martinez, BSEE ‘75
1992 Arthur Finkelstein, BSIE ’55
1990 William R. Beattie, BSCE ’52
1989 William Allen Lotz, BSME ’56
1988 Tony Novo, BSEE ’67 *
1986 John Stevens, BSCE ’50
1985 Rafael Gonzalez, BSEE ’65
1984 Frank J. Nola, Sr., BSEE ’58
1984 Alec Courtelis, BSCE ’55 *
1982 Jose Bared, BSME ’64
1982 Carmen Lunetta, BSCE ’59