Engineering alums gain honors
The University of Nebraska Alumni Association
announced its spring 2009 slate of annual award
recipients, with several College of Engineering
graduates earning recognition.
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
Robert W. Brightfelt earned both of
his degrees in mechanical engineering
('65 B.S. and '67 M.S.) at UNL. He was
a founder and member of the board
of directors of Dade Behring, Inc., a
global clinical diagnostics company
that develops, manufactures, sells and
services equipment and test reagents for more than
30,000 hospital laboratories. He retired with more
than 36 years in the health care industry, including
29 years with DuPont. Brightfelt chairs the Dean's
Advisory Board and is a trustee of the University of
Ram Goel, '71, a native of India,
is president of Soney FM LLC, an
engineering consulting company
in Tampa, Fla. Goel has 40 years
of professional engineering work
experience on hydroelectric projects,
nuclear power plants, oil refineries, bridges, buildings,
land developments and more. Goel is a Fellow of the
American Society of Civil Engineers and received the
2006 Hind Rattan (Jewel of India) Award, presented
by the former prime minister of India.
OUTSTANDING ALUMNUS AWARD
Ken Jones founded Automated
Call Processing Corp., Ditech
Communications, and Globe Wireless.
Jones, who earned his bachelor's degree
in chemical engineering in 1968, is a
member of the Engineering Dean's
Advisory Board and a trustee for the NU
Foundation. He supports engineering scholarships,
academic programs, and the Engineering Learning
YOUNG ALUMNI AWARD
Anthony Baumgart, B.S. '06 and M.S.
'08, is a manufacturing engineer for
BD Medical in Columbus. As an
undergraduate, he majored in Industrial
and Management Systems Engineering
and became an Engineering Ambassador.
He then grew to serve as campus visit
coordinator introducing prospective students to the
college while he pursued his master's degree.