Wayne Balta and Markus Klausner to Receive University Alumni Awards-Civil and Environmental Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Wayne Balta and Markus Klausner to Receive University Alumni Awards

CEE Alumni Wayne Balta (B.S. 1982) and Markus Klausner (Ph.D. 1998) will be honored with university-level alumni awards at Homecoming. Mr. Balta will receive the Alumni Service Award and Dr. Klausner will receive a Recent Alumni Award. The alumni awards ceremony is at 5:30pm on Friday, October 30, 2009 in the University Center. 

Cliff Davidson, Wayne Balta and Jim Garrett at the
CEE Alumni Awards Dinner in 2007

The Alumni Service Award is intended to recognize service to Carnegie Mellon or any of its alumni organizations, especially active participation in alumni or university affairs, faithful and continued effort in maintaining class, chapter or other alumni organizations, or assistance in expanding the influence and prestige of Carnegie Mellon. Wayne currently is the Vice President of Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety at IBM Corporation where he has global responsibility for environmental affairs, energy efficiency, chemical management and toxicology, as well as product safety and related hardware compliance functions. He is an active member of the CEE Advisory Council and has coordinated successful partnerships between IBM researchers and Carnegie Mellon faculty and students. In 2007, Wayne received the CEE Outstanding Alumni Service Award. 

Markus Klausner and Jim Garrett at the
CEE Alumni Awards Dinner in 2008

The Recent Alumni Award recognizes either professional accomplishment or service to the university by those who have graduated within the last 10 years. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon in 1998, Markus established and led a new Bosch Research Lab in Pittsburgh for several years. He returned to Robert Bosch GmbH in Stuttgart, Germany in 2001 as an Engineering Manager in their Chassis Systems Control Division to develop new technologies for vehicle stabilization systems. He now holds the position of Director at Bosch. Markus has remained involved with the university by serving on the CEE Advisory Council and on several PhD committees. In addition, he has been instrumental in arranging for research collaborations between Bosch researchers and Carnegie Mellon faculty and students. Markus is also the recipient of the 2008 CEE Recent Alumnus Achievement Award.