Distinguished Alumni Awards

Distinguished Engineering Alumni Awards

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.

2016 Alumnus of Distinction Award winner

Robert Sanchez, B.S.E.E. ’87, chairman and CEO of Ryder Systems

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 Visiting Committee.

2016 Young Alumnus of Distinction Award winner

Omar De Leon, B.S.C.E. ‘10, B.S.E.N.E. ‘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.

Award Ceremony

Awards were presented at the 2016 Annual Engineering Alumni Association Homecoming Breakfast & Awards Presentation held on Friday, November 4, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. at the Newman Alumni Center in Coral Gables, Florida. Winners must be present to receive their awards.

Nominate Someone

We are now accepting nominations for the 2017 College of Engineering Alumni Awards.

To nominate someone for the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Awards, please fill out the online nomination form. If your nominee is selected for an award, or we need more information, we will contact you. Nominations may also be mailed to Bronwyn Mills, Manager of Donor Relations, College of Engineering, University of Miami, 6200 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33134, or emailed to bmills@miami.edu. Thank you for your support of the University of Miami College of Engineering Alumni Association.

Award Categories

Annual Alumnus(na) of the Year Award

The Alumnus of the Year Award honors the achievements of University of Miami College of Engineering alumni who have brought distinction to the college and the profession. Please submit nominations for alumni who have led exceptional careers in their chosen field, made significant contributions to enhance the college, provided notable service to the community and the profession, and served as role models.

Inaugural Young Alumnus(na) of the Year Award

The Young Alumnus of the Year Award recognizes the early career achievements of our talented young alumni who have completed their undergraduate degree within the last 10 years (2006-2016). Please submit nominations for candidates who have made a significant impact in their field of expertise, including academia and industry; a commitment to mentorship; and notable service to the UM community and community where they live.

Recent Award Winners

2015  Basil Khalil, B.S.I.E. ’94, M.S.I.E. ’97

2014  Manuel Miranda, B.S.M.E. ’82

2013  Dr. Edward A. Dauer, B.S.E.E. ’72, M.D. ’75, M.S.B.E. ’01

2012  Salvador Jurado, B.S.C.E. ’73, M.S.C.E. ’76

2011  John Pittaluga, B.S.M.E. ’83