Carnegie Mellon University
October 08, 2012

Alumni Honored at 2012 CEE Alumni Awards Brunch

Alumni Honored at 2012 CEE Alumni Awards Brunch

The CEE department recognized the achievements of four of its alumni at this weekend’s CEE Alumni Awards Brunch, which was held at the Pittsburgh Athletic Club. Alumni, students, and current faculty and staff attended the event.

Lisa Kaplan Alumna Linda Kaplan (CE ’07) received the Recent Alumnus Award, which recognizes CEE alumni who have made noteworthy achievements within ten years of earning their highest degree from CEE. The recipient of this award must be a role model for students and demonstrate exemplary leadership in the public or private sector. In addition to working as a bridge designer for Gannett Fleming, Inc., Kaplan regularly mentors students in the CMU chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). As part of her role as mentor, she has organized professional development seminars for ASCE members, encouraged students to participate in Young Member Forum events, and guided student officers to take part in the annual ASCE conference. Kaplan cited her own experience with ASCE as a motivation for her efforts, saying, “It’s been a great privilege over the last few years to be able to work with the student ASCE chapter. I had wonderful mentors through ASCE while I was a student at Carnegie Mellon, and I appreciate the opportunity to continue being a part of the organization.”
Betsy and George Kane Alumni George and Betsy Kane (CE ’74) were honored with the Outstanding Alumnus Service Award. This award recognizes CEE alumni who have provided sustained, outstanding service to the engineering profession. The Kanes are enthusiastic champions of the CEE department, and have been active in recruiting CEE students on behalf of their employer, Turner Construction Company. Their involvement has led to internships and full-time employment opportunities at Turner for many CEE students. Upon receiving the award, Betsy said, “We’re very humbled to receive this award. We both benefited from strong role models while we were growing up, and we have tried to be good role models for our five children.” George also stressed the importance of leading by example, adding, “Service is found not so much in words as in actions. Service was a very important part of my father’s life, and Betsy and I feel a great duty to pay it forward.” 
Russel Jones Alumnus Russel C. Jones (CE ’57, ’60, ’64) received the department’s Distinguished Alumnus Award, which is given to an alumnus whose work has positively affected the engineering profession and improved people’s lives. Jones is a passionate advocate of engineering education, and has been involved in education in a variety of capacities. He has held many academic leadership positions, including academic vice president of Boston University and president of the University of Delaware. He served as executive director of the National Society of Professional Engineers, and also spent several years with the World Federation of Engineering Organizations improving engineering education programs in developing countries. Jones spoke highly of his time at Carnegie Mellon, saying, “My undergraduate years at CMU were extremely beneficial. I’m so pleased that the CEE department that I know, which was always so supportive, is not only alive and well but moving forward.”

The department congratulates the award recipients on their achievements.

(Pictured in header from left to right: Dave Dzombak, Russel Jones, Linda Kaplan, Betsy Kane, George Kane, and Jim Garrett)