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Passion and Persistence Are Persuasive: Distinguished Alumnus Receives AAES Norm Augustine Award

Congratulations to University of Miami alumnus John Hall, PE, BSCE ’74, who recently received the 2018 Norm Augustine Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Communications from the American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES).

The award is presented annually to an engineer who has demonstrated the capacity for communicating the excitement and wonder of engineering.

“I am honored of course, but beyond that, I’m pleased for the opportunity it presents to further spread the word about the integration of engineering into the K-12 curriculum,” Hall says.

Hall served on Florida’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Strategic Plan Steering Committee, advocating for the incorporation of engineering in the K-12 curriculum. He believes students can learn and use engineering problem-solving methods to tackle every-day predicaments.

“The engineering profession will not reflect the diversity of our nation until all students are exposed to it and afforded opportunities for advancement,” he says.

Hall has worked tirelessly to promote engineering in Florida’s schools and to advance engineering standards, nationally through speaking engagements to groups large (assemblies and keynote addresses) and small (K-12 Classrooms, dinners, social hours, one-one-one meetings, etc.)

He sees the role of engineering in the K-12 educational experience taking a big leap forward in the near future.

“Engineering and technology will be fully integrated into the educational experience and will be recognized as being essential to address the country’s —  and the world’s —  needs,” Hall explains.

Hall also attributes his time serving on the College of Engineering Industry Advisory Board and UM Alumni Association with helping him build a diverse network.

“Networking plays a huge role in solving problems and in getting things accomplished,” Hall explains. “My ability to connect networks in my work and social life, serves me every day.”

The Norm Augustine Award is bestowed on those rare individuals who can speak with passion about engineering — its promise as well as its responsibility — so that the public may have a better understanding of engineering and a better appreciation for how engineers improve our quality of life.  Prior recipients include astronaut Neal Armstrong, former US Secretary of Defense William Perry, former Congressman Vern Ehlers and engineer-author Henry Petroski.

Hall says “passion and persistence are persuasive,” and his leadership, dedication and service to the engineering profession clearly demonstrates it is.

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