Distinguished Alumni

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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. More information on the awards and how to nominate someone.


2018 Alumnus of Distinction: Alan N. Sirkin, BSCE ’67

Alan Sirkin is president of Sirkin Building Corporation, Sirkin Engineers and Sirkin Enterprises, a family-owned construction and real estate business. As president and founder of Sirkin Building Corporation, Sirkin has developed and built single-family and multi-family dwellings across South Florida. He is a registered professional engineer in Florida and Colorado.

A member of the Florida Engineering Society (FES), Sirkin is also a licensed real estate salesman. For more than 30 years, he has served with the American Arbitration Association (AAA) as a commercial/construction arbitrator and, more recently, as a Supreme Court of Florida certified mediator. In 2014, he was designated a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

For six years, Sirkin was the chair of the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Industry Advisory Board and is currently participating in a University of Miami research study on sustainable reinforced concrete. He has served on the University of Miami’s Citizens Board and also is a member of the Ibis Society, which honors those whose total commitment to the University has exceeded $250,000. Sirkin and his wife, Alicia, have endowed the Alan and Alicia Sirkin Professorship in Practice for Civil Engineering. The College of Engineering has recognized the Sirkins’ generosity by naming the main hallway of the civil engineering floor, as well as the conference room, in their honor.

2018 Young Alumnus of Distinction: Scott D. Joseph, BSIT ’10

Scott Joseph is a technical lead and senior software engineer at Google with more than 10 years of technical and leadership experience. Recently, he switched roles to become a senior site reliability engineer in Sydney, Australia, achieving his goal of test-running life in a different country. He supports a database used by 1,000 Google applications with hundreds of millions of queries per second. Previously, Scott worked at the Microsoft Corporation, Goldman Sachs and Johnson & Johnson.

Joseph is dedicated to making a lasting impact in the technology industry through community leadership. He taught Introduction to Computer Science at Howard University for 94 students, with several receiving internships and full-time offers at Google. As a lifetime member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), Joseph has recruited at countless career fairs, as well as at the Grace Hopper Celebration and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) conferences. Joseph has returned to the University of Miami (UM) multiple times to host resume workshops, technical interview preparation, mock interviews and tech talks for undergraduate, as well as graduate students.

Past Recipients

Young Alumnus of Distinction

  • 2017 Alfonso Dager, BSCPE ’07
  • 2016 Omar De Leon, BSCE ’10, BSENE ’10

Alumnus of Distinction

  • 2017 Geisha Williams, BSIE ’83
  • 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