Engineering at Nebraska, Spring 2009
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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 BrightfeltRobert 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 Nebraska Foundation.

OUTSTANDING INTERNATIONAL ALUMNUS AWARD
Ram GoelRam 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 JonesKen 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 Community trip.

YOUNG ALUMNI AWARD
BaumgartAnthony 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.

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