DESA Honorees by Year

The KU School of Engineering and its Advisory Board are proud to recognize the contributions of these esteemed men and women.

Recipients by Year


2018

Robert H. Jensen, 2018 DESA Recipient
  • Retired, UOP Honeywell
  • 2018 DESA Recipient
Harold A. Phelps, 2018 DESA Recipient
  • President, Phelps Engineering, Inc.
  • 2018 DESA Recipient


2017

Dave Kohlman
  • Principal, Emeritus for Engineering Systems Inc. (ESI), and Director, Kohlman Systems Research, Inc.
L. William Zahner III, 2017 DESA Recipient
  • Chief Executive Officer/President, A. Zahner Company
  • Co-Founder & Chairman, MetaLABS


2016

Ross McKinney
  • N.T. Veatch Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Kansas School of Engineering
Jan Roskam, 2016 DESA Recipient
  • Ackers Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Aerospace Engineering, University of Kansas


2015

Don W. Green, 2015 DESA Recipient
  • Deane E. Ackers Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Kansas School of Engineering
  • 2015 DESA Recipient
Craig L. Martin, 2015 DESA Recipient
  • Retired CEO, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.
  • 2015 DESA Recipient


2014 

Linda E. Sims, 2014 DESA Recipient
  • Retired North American Sales Manager, ExxonMobil
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, 1979
  • 2014 DESA Recipient


2013 

Harold L. Finch, 2013 DESA Recipient
  • Project Director, NASA Apollo
  • Principal Engineer, MRI-Global
  • Founder of Padgett-Thompson, CottageCare, Unlimited Films
  • “Unlimited Success” Trainer, Author, Speaker, and Theatrical Producer
  • 2013 DESA Recipient
Thomas E. Jones
  • Retired, Chairman, CHAD Therapeutics, Inc.
  • 2013 DESA Recipient
James C. Remsberg, 2013 DESA Recipient
  • President, Argent Energy, Inc.
  • Petroleum Engineering Consultant
  • 2013 DESA Recipient


2012

James Rowland Andrews, 2012 DESA Recipient
  • Founder and Retired President of Picosecond Pulse Labs, Inc.
  • 2012 DESA Recipient
Stuart R. Bell, 2012 DESA Recipient
  • 12th Dean of the KU School of Engineering
  • 2012 DESA Recipient
LaRoux K. Gillespie, 2012 DESA Recipient
  • Retired Quality Assurance Manager, Honeywell International
  • 2012 DESA Recipient
Kyle D. Vann, 2012 DESA Recipient
  • Retired, Entergy-Koch LP, CEO
  • Koch Industries, Senior Vice President
  • 2012 DESA Recipient


2011 

Frank Gordon, 2011 DESA Recipient
  • Head, Research & Applied Science Dept. (retired)
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, U. S. Navy

  • 2011 DESA Recipient
Allyn Risley
, 2011 DESA Recipient
  • Vice President, Global Shipping, BG Group

  • 2011 DESA Recipient
Scott Smith
, 2011 DESA Recipient
  • Director of Strategic Initiatives, HNTB Corporation

  • 2011 DESA Recipient


2010

Bill Benso, 2010 DESA Recipient
  • Retired, president of Lockheed Martin Overseas Corp.
  • 2010 DESA Recipient
Michael Chun, 2010 DESA Recipient
  • President Kamehameha Schools, Kapalama Headmaster
  • 2010 DESA Recipient
Dean Grimm, 2010 DESA Recipient
  • Retired Assistant Director Engineering and Development Directorate, NASA
  • Retired Program Engineering Manager, Lockheed Missiles and Space
  • 2010 DESA Recipient
Bob Smith, 2010 DESA Recipient
  • Retired Executive Vice President and COO Process Division, Black & Veatch Corp.
  • 2010 DESA Recipient


2009

J. Robert Benz, 2009 DESA Recipient
  • Retired, Vice President of International Business Development for Chemicals, Phillips Petroleum Co.
  • 2009 DESA Recipient
Harry Gibson, 2009 DESA Recipient
  • Retired, USA Refining Technical Manager, ExxonMobil
  • 2009 DESA Recipient
Kwang-Sun Kim, 2009 DESA Recipient
  • Professor of Mechatronics Engineering, Korea University of Technology and Education
  • 2009 DESA Recipient


2008 

Stanley Englund, 2008 DESA Recipient
  • Retired, Senior Process Consultant Dow Chemical Company
  • Retired, Midland Engineering Ltd.
  • 2008 DESA Recipient
Charles W. Salanski, 2008 DESA Recipient
  • Executive Director, The CENTER, a Samaritan Counseling Center
  • Retired President and COO, Wire Rope Corporation of America Inc.
  • 2008 DESA Recipient
Mike Shinn, 2008 DESA Recipient
  • Certified Financial Planner
  • Retired Executive, General Electric Company
  • 2008 DESA Recipient


2007

Linda Zarda Cook, 2007 DESA Recipient
  • Executive director, Royal Dutch Shell plc
  • 2007 DESA Recipient
Gene R. Kendall, 2007 DESA recipient
  • Rear Admiral, retired, U.S. Navy
  • Director of Training GSO Corporation
  • 2007 DESA recipient
Kenneth J. Vaughn, 2007 DESA Recipient
  • Retired principal and president, Larkin and Associates
  • 2007 DESA Recipient


2006

J.B. "Bert" Ladd, 2006 DESA Recipient
  • Retired founder and CEO of Ladd Petroleum Corporation
  • 2006 DESA Recipient
Michael K. Loose, 2006 DESA Recipient
  • Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy
  • Commander of Naval Facilities Engineering Command and Chief of Civil Engineers, U.S. Navy
  • 2006 DESA Recipient
Paul H. Mitchell, 2006 DESA Recipient
  • Retired Vice President of Advanced Research and Development, Nike Inc.
  • 2006 DESA Recipient


2005

L. Joseph Bauman, 2005 DESA Recipient
  • Chairman and CEO Cardinal Brands Inc.
  • 2005 DESA Recipient
Robert A. Kipp, 2005 DESA Recipient
  • Chairman of Crown Center
  • Retired Vice president of Hallmark
  • 2005 DESA Recipient
David C. Kraft, 2005 DESA Recipient
  • Professor of Engineering Management
  • Former Dean of the KU School of Engineering
  • 2005 DESA Recipient


2004

Warren Corman, 2004 DESA Recipient
  • University Architect
  • Special Assistant to the Chancellor at KU
  • 2004 DESA Recipient
Thomas M. Murray, 2004 DESA Recipient
  • Montague-Betts Professor of Structural Steel Design, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • 2004 DESA Recipient


2003

Marjorie A. Franklin, 2003 DESA Recipient
  • Co-owner and Principal Engineering of Franklin Associates
  • 2003 DESA Recipient
William E. Franklin, 2003 DESA Recipient
  • President of Franklin Associates, Ltd.
  • 2003 DESA Recipient
Jim Patton, 2003 DESA Recipient
  • Retired President of the Americas Division of Black & Veatch
  • 2003 DESA Recipient


2002

Robert A. Kleist, 2002 DESA Recipient
  • President and CEO of Printronix
  • 2002 DESA Recipient
Carl E. Locke Jr., 2002 DESA Recipient
  • 11th dean of the KU School of Engineering
  • 2002 DESA Recipient
Gregs Thomopulos, 2002 DESA Recipient
  • President and CEO of The Stanley Group
  • 2002 DESA Recipient


2001

Theodore J. Cambern Jr., 2001 DESA Recipient
  • 2001 DESA Recipient
Duane E. Dunwoodie, 2001 DESA Recipient
  • Retired, President and CEO of Wiltron Company
  • 2001 DESA Recipient


2000

Madison "Al" Self, 2000 DESA Recipient
  • Chief Executive Officer and Owner, Bee Chemical Company
  • Co-Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer, Tioga International, Inc.
  • Founder and President, Allen Financial, Inc.
  • 2000 DESA Recipient
Murli Tolaney, 2000 DESA Recipient
  • Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Montgomery Watson, Inc.
  • 2000 DESA Recipient


1999

George W. "Bill" Swift, 1999 DESA Recipient
  • Emeritus Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, The University of Kansas
  • 1999 DESA Recipient


1998

Jack Boyd, 1998 DESA Recipient
  • Retired, Chairman, Boyd, Brown, Stude and Cambern, Chartered
  • 1998 DESA Recipient


1997

Paul D. Barber, 1997 DESA Recipient
  • Retired, Chief of Engineering, Directorate of Civil Works, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • 1997 DESA Recipient
Leo G. LeSage, 1997 DESA Recipient
  • Research Program Director, Argonne National Laboratory
  • 1997 DESA Recipient


1996

Rear Admiral J.T. Hood, 1996 DESA Recipient
  • Vice President, Strategic Planning, Lockheed Martin Government Electronic Systems
  • Retired U.S.N., Program Executive Officer, Theater Air Defense
  • 1996 DESA Recipient
Dave G. Ruf Jr., 1996 DESA Recipient
  • Chairman, President and C.E.O., Burns & McDonnell
  • 1996 DESA Recipient


1995

P.J. “Jim” Adam, 1995 DESA Recipient
  • Chairman and C.E.O., Black & Veatch
  • 1995 DESA Recipient
Jack F. Daily, 1995 DESA Recipient
  • Partner, Lutz, Daily & Brain Consulting Engineers
  • 1995 DESA Recipient
Robert J. Eaton, 1995 DESA Recipient
  • Chairman and C.E.O., Chrysler Corporation
  • 1995 DESA Recipient


1994

Clarence L. Coates, 1994 DESA Recipient
  • Retired, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Purdue University
  • 1994 DESA Recipient
Alan R. Mulally, 1994 DESA Recipient
  • President, Boeing Co. Information, Space & Defense Systems
  • 1994 DESA Recipient


1993

James E. Russell, 1993 DESA Recipient
  • President, James E. Russell Petroleum, Inc.
  • 1993 DESA Recipient
  • Deceased
Robert L. Smith, 1993 DESA Recipient
  • Retired, Professor Civil Engineering, University of Kansas
  • 1993 DESA Recipient
  • Deceased


1992

Clarence J. Beck, 1992 DESA Recipient
  • Retired, Project Manager, Combustion Engineering, Inc.
  • 1992 DESA Recipient
Forrest E. Hoglund, 1992 DESA Recipient
  • Chairman, President, C.E.O., Enron Oil and Gas Company
  • 1992 DESA Recipient
Milton D. Sills, 1992 DESA Recipient
  • Vice President, Engineering, Cessna Aircraft Company
  • 1992 DESA Recipient


1991

Frank J. Becker, 1991 DESA Recipient
  • Retired, Chairman of the Board, C.E.O., Becker Corporation
  • 1991 DESA Recipient
Paul Endacott, 1991 DESA Recipient
  • Retired, President, Phillips Petroleum Company
  • 1991 DESA Recipient
  • Deceased
Dale R. Laurence, 1991 DESA Recipient
  • President, Occidental Petroleum
  • 1991 DESA Recipient


1990

John C. Brizendine, 1990 DESA Recipient
  • Retired, Group President, Lockheed Corporation
  • 1990 DESA Recipient
Thomas F. Edgar, 1990 DESA Recipient
  • Associate Dean, College of Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin
  • 1990 DESA Recipient
Walter R. Garrison, 1990 DESA Recipient
  • Chairman, C.E.O., CDI Corporation
  • 1990 DESA Recipient


1989

David R. Boylan, 1989 DESA Recipient
  • Dean Emeritus and Professor, School of Engineering, Iowa State University
  • 1989 DESA Recipient


1988

John S. McNown, Ph.D., 1988 DESA Recipient
  • Professor Emeritus and Former Dean of the KU School of Engineering
  • 1988 DESA Recipient
John Robinson, 1988 DESA Recipient
  • Managing Partner of Black & Veatch
  • 1988 DESA Recipient


1987

Finis Easter, 1987 DESA Recipient
  • Retired Design and Development Engineer of RCA
  • 1987 DESA Recipient
Paul M. Pankratz, 1987 DESA Recipient
  • Retired Vice President and Director of U.S. Area Operations for Dow Chemical USA
  • 1987 DESA Recipient


1986

Gerald Frieling, 1986 DESA Recipient
  • Retired Chairman, President and CEO of National-Standard Co.
  • 1986 DESA Recipient
Donald J. Nigg, 1986 DESA Recipient
  • Retired Director of Engineering for Allied Bendix
  • 1986 DESA Recipient


1985

William J. Hall, Ph.D., 1985 DESA Recipient
  • Professor and Chair of Civil Engineering, University of Illinois
  • 1985 DESA Recipient
George E. Nettles Jr., 1985 DESA Recipient
  • Chairman of Midwest Minerals Inc.
  • 1985 DESA Recipient
Charles Stephens, 1985 DESA Recipient
  • Former Vice President Electronics Group of TRW Inc.
  • 1985 DESA Recipient


1984

Joseph Davison, 1984 DESA Recipient
  • Retired Senior Vice President of Phillips Petroleum Co.
  • 1984 DESA Recipient
Linton Grinter, 1984 DESA Recipient
  • Retired Dean Emeritus of Engineering at the University of Florida
  • 1984 DESA Recipient
Dwight Metzler, 1984 DESA Recipient
  • Retired Chief of Water Supply and Development for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment
  • 1984 DESA Recipient


1983

Paul Haney, 1983 DESA Recipient
  • Research Engineer at Black & Veatch
  • 1983 DESA Recipient
Harriett Rigas, 1983 DESA Recipient
  • Professor and Chair, Department of Electrical Engineering at Michigan State University
  • 1983 DESA Recipient


1982

Maj. Gen. Joe H. Engle, 1982 DESA Recipient
  • Retired NASA Senior Astronaut
  • Retired U.S. Air Force
  • 1982 DESA Recipient
Thomas B. Robinson, 1982 DESA Recipient
  • Retired Managing Partner of Black & Veatch


1981

William Douce, 1981 DESA recipient
  • Retired President and CEO of Phillips Petroleum Co.
  • 1981 DESA Recipient
Dean Anderson McGee, 1981 DESA recipient
  • Former Chairman and Chief Executive of Kerr-McGee Corp.
  • 1981 DESA Recipient
Rear Adm. Wayne Meyer, 1981 DESA Recipient
  • Retired Director of AEGIS Shipbuilding Project, U.S. Navy
  • 1981 DESA Recipient


1980

Malcolm S. Harned, 1980 DESA Recipient
  • Former Sr. Vice President, Cessna Aircraft Co.
  • 1980 DESA Recipient
Stanley Learned, 1980 DESA recipient
  • Retired President and Chief Executive of Phillips Petroleum Co.
  • 1980 DESA Recipient
Charles Spahr, 1980 DESA recipient
  • Retired Chairman and Chief Executive of Standard Oil Company of Ohio
  • 1980 DESA Recipient
Richard Walker, 1980 DESA Recipient
  • Co-Founder and Director M/A-COM Inc.
  • 1980 DESA Recipient

 


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