Honorees by Name

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

P.J. “Jim” Adam, 1995 DESA Recipient
Chairman and C.E.O., Black & Veatch, 1995 DESA Recipient
James Rowland Andrews, 2012 DESA Recipient
Founder and Retired President of Picosecond Pulse Labs, Inc., 2012 DESA Recipient
Paul D. Barber, 1997 DESA Recipient
Retired, Chief of Engineering, Directorate of Civil Works, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1997 DESA Recipient
L. Joseph Bauman, 2005 DESA Recipient
Chairman and CEO Cardinal Brands Inc., 2005 DESA Recipient
Clarence J. Beck, 1992 DESA Recipient
Retired, Project Manager, Combustion Engineering, Inc., 1992 DESA Recipient
Frank J. Becker, 1991 DESA Recipient
Retired, Chairman of the Board, C.E.O., Becker Corporation, 1991 DESA Recipient
Stuart R. Bell, 2012 DESA Recipient
12th Dean of the KU School of Engineering, 2012 DESA Recipient
Bill Benso, 2010 DESA Recipient
Retired, president of Lockheed Martin Overseas Corp., 2010 DESA Recipient
J. Robert Benz, 2009 DESA Recipient
Retired, Vice President of International Business Development for Chemicals, Phillips Petroleum Co., 2009 DESA Recipient
Jack Boyd, 1998 DESA Recipient
Retired, Chairman, Boyd, Brown, Stude and Cambern, Chartered, 1998 DESA Recipient
David R. Boylan, 1989 DESA Recipient
Dean Emeritus and Professor, School of Engineering, Iowa State University, 1989 DESA Recipient
John C. Brizendine, 1990 DESA Recipient
Retired, Group President, Lockheed Corporation, 1990 DESA Recipient
Theodore J. Cambern Jr., 2001 DESA Recipient
2001 DESA Recipient
Michael Chun, 2010 DESA Recipient
President Kamehameha Schools, Kapalama Headmaster, 2010 DESA Recipient
Clarence L. Coates, 1994 DESA Recipient
Retired, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Purdue University, 1994 DESA Recipient
Linda Zarda Cook, 2007 DESA Recipient
Executive director, Royal Dutch Shell plc, 2007 DESA Recipient
Warren Corman, 2004 DESA Recipient
University Architect, Special Assistant to the Chancellor at KU, 2004 DESA Recipient
Jack F. Daily, 1995 DESA Recipient
Partner, Lutz, Daily & Brain Consulting Engineers, 1995 DESA Recipient
Joseph Davison, 1984 DESA Recipient
Retired Senior Vice President of Phillips Petroleum Co., 1984 DESA Recipient
William Douce, 1981 DESA recipient
Retired President and CEO of Phillips Petroleum Co., 1981 DESA Recipient
Duane E. Dunwoodie, 2001 DESA Recipient
Retired, President and CEO of Wiltron Company, 2001 DESA Recipient
Finis Easter, 1987 DESA Recipient
Retired Design and Development Engineer of RCA, 1987 DESA Recipient
Robert J. Eaton, 1995 DESA Recipient
Chairman and C.E.O., Chrysler Corporation, 1995 DESA Recipient
Thomas F. Edgar, 1990 DESA Recipient
Associate Dean, College of Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 1990 DESA Recipient
Paul Endacott, 1991 DESA Recipient
Retired, President, Phillips Petroleum Company, 1991 DESA Recipient , Deceased
Maj. Gen. Joe H. Engle, 1982 DESA Recipient
Retired NASA Senior Astronaut, Retired U.S. Air Force, 1982 DESA Recipient
Stanley Englund, 2008 DESA Recipient
Retired, Senior Process Consultant Dow Chemical Company, Retired, Midland Engineering Ltd., 2008 DESA Recipient
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
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
Gerald Frieling, 1986 DESA Recipient
Retired Chairman, President and CEO of National-Standard Co., 1986 DESA Recipient
Walter R. Garrison, 1990 DESA Recipient
Chairman, C.E.O., CDI Corporation, 1990 DESA Recipient
Harry Gibson, 2009 DESA Recipient
Retired, USA Refining Technical Manager, ExxonMobil , 2009 DESA Recipient
LaRoux K. Gillespie, 2012 DESA Recipient
Retired Quality Assurance Manager, Honeywell International, 2012 DESA Recipient
Frank Gordon, 2011 DESA Recipient
Head, Research & Applied Science Dept. (retired)
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, U. S. Navy
, 2011 DESA Recipient
Don W. Green, 2015 DESA Recipient
Deane E. Ackers Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Kansas School of Engineering, B.S., Petroleum Engineering, University of Tulsa, 1955, M.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Oklahoma, 1959, Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Oklahoma, 1963, 2015 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
Linton Grinter, 1984 DESA Recipient
Retired Dean Emeritus of Engineering at the University of Florida, 1984 DESA Recipient
William J. Hall, Ph.D., 1985 DESA Recipient
Professor and Chair of Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, 1985 DESA Recipient
Paul Haney, 1983 DESA Recipient
Research Engineer at Black & Veatch, 1983 DESA Recipient
Malcolm S. Harned
Former Sr. Vice President, Cessna Aircraft Co. , 1980 DESA Recipient
Forrest E. Hoglund, 1992 DESA Recipient
Chairman, President, C.E.O., Enron Oil and Gas Company, 1992 DESA Recipient
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
Thomas E. Jones
Retired, Chairman, CHAD Therapeutics, Inc., 2013 DESA Recipient
Gene R. Kendall, 2007 DESA recipient
Rear Admiral, retired, U.S. Navy, Director of Training GSO Corporation, 2007 DESA recipient
Kwang-Sun Kim, 2009 DESA Recipient
Professor of Mechatronics Engineering, Korea University of Technology and Education, 2009 DESA Recipient
Mou-Hui King
Retired, President and Chairman of the Board, China Steel Corporation, 1998 DESA Recipient
Robert A. Kipp, 2005 DESA Recipient
Chairman of Crown Center, Retired Vice president of Hallmark, 2005 DESA Recipient
Robert A. Kleist, 2002 DESA Recipient
President and CEO of Printronix, 2002 DESA Recipient
David C. Kraft, 2005 DESA Recipient
Professor of Engineering Management, Former Dean of the KU School of Engineering , 2005 DESA Recipient
J.B. "Bert" Ladd, 2006 DESA Recipient
Retired founder and CEO of Ladd Petroleum Corporation, 2006 DESA Recipient
Dale R. Laurence, 1991 DESA Recipient
President, Occidental Petroleum, 1991 DESA Recipient
Stanley Learned, 1980 DESA recipient
Retired President and Chief Executive of Phillips Petroleum Co., 1980 DESA Recipient
Leo G. LeSage, 1997 DESA Recipient
Research Program Director, Argonne National Laboratory, 1997 DESA Recipient
Carl E. Locke Jr., 2002 DESA Recipient
11th dean of the KU School of Engineering, 2002 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
Craig L. Martin, 2015 DESA Recipient
Retired CEO, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. , B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Kansas, 1971, M.B.A., University of Denver, 1981, 2015 DESA Recipient
Dean Anderson McGee, 1981 DESA recipient
Former Chairman and Chief Executive of Kerr-McGee Corp., 1981 DESA Recipient
John S. McNown, Ph.D., 1988 DESA Recipient
Professor Emeritus and Former Dean of the KU School of Engineering, 1988 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
Rear Adm. Wayne Meyer, 1981 DESA Recipient
Retired Director of AEGIS Shipbuilding Project, U.S. Navy, 1981 DESA Recipient
Paul H. Mitchell, 2006 DESA Recipient
Retired Vice President of Advanced Research and Development, Nike Inc., 2006 DESA Recipient
Alan R. Mulally, 1994 DESA Recipient
President, Boeing Co. Information, Space & Defense Systems, 1994 DESA Recipient
Thomas M. Murray, 2004 DESA Recipient
Montague-Betts Professor of Structural Steel Design, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2004 DESA Recipient
George E. Nettles Jr., 1985 DESA Recipient
Chairman of Midwest Minerals Inc., 1985 DESA Recipient
Donald J. Nigg, 1986 DESA Recipient
Retired Director of Engineering for Allied Bendix, 1986 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
Jim Patton, 2003 DESA Recipient
Retired President of the Americas Division of Black & Veatch, 2003 DESA Recipient
James C. Remsberg, 2013 DESA Recipient
President, Argent Energy, Inc., Petroleum Engineering Consultant, 2013 DESA Recipient
Harriett Rigas, 1983 DESA Recipient
Professor and Chair, Department of Electrical Engineering at Michigan State University, 1983 DESA Recipient
Allyn Risley
, 2011 DESA Recipient
Vice President, Global Shipping, BG Group
, 2011 DESA Recipient
John Robinson, 1988 DESA Recipient
Managing Partner of Black & Veatch, 1988 DESA Recipient
Thomas B. Robinson, 1982 DESA Recipient
Retired Managing Parnter of Black & Veatch, 1982 DESA Recipient
Stanley T. Rolfe, professor emeritus
A.P. Learned Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Interim Dean, KU School of Engineering, 2014 DESA Recipient
Stanley T. Rolfe, 2014 DESA Recipient
A.P. Learned Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Interim Dean, KU School of Engineering, 2012-2013, 2014 DESA Recipient
Dave G. Ruf Jr., 1996 DESA Recipient
Chairman, President and C.E.O., Burns & McDonnell, 1996 DESA Recipient
James E. Russell, 1993 DESA Recipient
President, James E. Russell Petroleum, Inc., 1993 DESA Recipient , Deceased
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
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
Mike Shinn, 2008 DESA Recipient
Certified Financial Planner, Retired Executive, General Electric Company, 2008 DESA Recipient
Milton D. Sills, 1992 DESA Recipient
Vice President, Engineering, Cessna Aircraft Company, 1992 DESA Recipient
Linda E. Sims, 2014 DESA Recipient
Retired North American Sales Manager, ExxonMobil, B.S., Chemical Engineering, 1979, 2014 DESA Recipient
Bob Smith, 2010 DESA Recipient
Retired Executive Vice President and COO Process Division, Black & Veatch Corp., 2010 DESA Recipient
Robert L. Smith, 1993 DESA Recipient
Retired, Professor Civil Engineering, University of Kansas, 1993 DESA Recipient , Deceased
Scott Smith
, 2011 DESA Recipient
Director of Strategic Initiatives, HNTB Corporation
, 2011 DESA Recipient
Charles Spahr, 1980 DESA recipient
Retired Chairman and Chief Executive of Standard Oil Company of Ohio, 1980 DESA Recipient
Charles Stephens, 1985 DESA Recipient
Former Vice President Electronics Group of TRW Inc., 1985 DESA Recipient
George W. "Bill" Swift, 1999 DESA Recipient
Emeritus Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, The University of Kansas, 1999 DESA Recipient
Gregs Thomopulos, 2002 DESA Recipient
President and CEO of The Stanley Group, 2002 DESA Recipient
Murli Tolaney, 2000 DESA Recipient
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Montgomery Watson, Inc., 2000 DESA Recipient
Kyle D. Vann, 2012 DESA Recipient
Retired, Entergy-Koch LP, CEO, Koch Industries, Senior Vice President, 2012 DESA Recipient
Kenneth J. Vaughn, 2007 DESA Recipient
Retired principal and president, Larkin and Associates, 2007 DESA Recipient
Richard Walker, 1980 DESA Recipient
Co-Founder and Director M/A-COM Inc., 1980 DESA Recipient


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