Distinguished Alumni

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.

Past Recipients

Alumnus/a of Distinction

2015     Basil Khalil, BSIE ’94, MSIE ’97

2014     Manuel Miranda, BSME ’82

2013     Dr. Edward Dauer, BSEE ’72, MD ’75, MSBE ’01

2012     Salvador Jurado, BSCE ’73, MSCE ’76

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

*             deceased


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