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.

2017 Alumnus of Distinction
Geisha Williams, BSIE ’83 

Geisha J. Williams is chief executive officer and president of PG&E Corporation. She joined the company in 2007 and has more than three decades of experience in the energy industry.

Under Williams‘ leadership, PG&E is responsible for providing safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy to 16 million people in northern and central California. In her prior role as president, electric, Williams led PG&E‘s electric business, including transmission, distribution, power generation, nuclear operations, energy procurement and customer care. During her tenure at PG&E, the company has become a leader in renewables integration, grid modernization and smart-grid technologies while also achieving the best electric reliability in company history.

Williams came to PG&E from Florida Power and Light Company (FPL), where she was vice president of power systems, electric distribution. Prior to that, she served as FPL‘s vice president of distribution operations and held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility in FPL‘s customer service, marketing, external affairs and electric operations departments.

In addition to serving on the PG&E Corporation board of directors, Williams is a director at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO). At EEI, she also serves on the executive committee and is the CEO co-chair of the Customer Energy Solutions Policy Committee. In addition, she is on the board of the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD).

Williams is a trustee of the University of Miami and a member of the President‘s Council.

2017 Young Alumnus of Distinction
Alfonso Dager, BSCPE ’07

Alfonso Dager is a technical advisor and architect at FedEx Express in the Latin America and Caribbean Division based in Miami. In this role he works with FedEx business partners to evaluate requirements and determine best design practices; he also brings corporate solutions to the regions as well as connecting solutions between FedEx regions.

In 2016, Dager received the Professional Engineering in Software license from the state of Florida. He graduated with a master‘s in electrical and computer engineering from Georgia Tech and a bachelor‘s in 2009. Previously, and more importantly, he graduated from the University of Miami with a bachelor‘s in computer engineering.

As a volunteer with the University of Miami, he served as president of the College of Engineering Alumni Association from 2011 to 2014, a uShadow mentor and a member of the Young Alumni Leadership Council. Dager has been a football season-ticket holder since 2009 and is an avid tailgater and pig roaster.

Past Recipients
Alumnus of Distinction

2016     Robert Sanchez, BSEE ’87

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

1996     Leonard Pinchuk, MSBE ’79, PhD ’84

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

Young Alumnus of Distinction


2016    Omar De Leon, BSCE ’10, BSENE ’10

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