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Tepper School Alumni Awards

The Tepper School Alumni Awards recognize excellence in our alumni community for outstanding career accomplishments or achievements and for impressive service to the school and alumni community.

An awards committee of the Tepper School Alumni Board selected the 2020 and 2021 winners from a pool of nominations submitted by the Tepper community. Our 2020 and 2021 alumni awardees accepted their award at a special virtual awards ceremony on May 12.

Nominations for the 2022 Alumni Awards will be open until Jan. 5, 2022.

Submit Your 2022 Nomination

Watch the 2021 Alumni Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to the 2020 and 2021 alumni award recipients!

Tepper Alumni Award Categories

Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award

The Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award is intended to recognize both the longevity and consistency of professional achievement of the highest caliber over one's professional lifetime. These distinguished graduates have contributed significantly to their industries, companies, and communities and brought honor to the Tepper School of Business by upholding the highest values and traditions of the school.

Alumni Achievement Award

The Alumni Achievement Award recognizes the nominee's outstanding accomplishments and leadership in his or her profession, which brings honor to the Tepper School of Business upholding the highest values and traditions of the school. Alumni may be nominated for contributions such as industry innovation, significant impact in one's field or substantive value creation.

Alumni Service Award

This award recognizes volunteer service to the Tepper School community or its alumni organizations, including active participation in alumni or university affairs; faithful and continued effort in maintaining class, chapter, interest group or other alumni organizations; or assistance in expanding the influence and prestige of the Tepper School and Carnegie Mellon University. Breadth, length, and impact of volunteer service to the school will be considered.

Recent Alumni Awards for Achievement or Service

The Recent Alumni Award is intended to recognize either outstanding professional accomplishment and/or service to the Tepper School community by those who have graduated within the last 10 years.

The committee will award both a Recent Tepper Graduate Alumni Award and a Recent Tepper Undergraduate Alumni Award.

2021 Alumni Award Recipients

Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award: Francisco (Frank) D’Souza (MSIA 1992, T)


For his incredible career accomplishments and innovative leadership in his field, Francisco (Frank) D’Souza (MSIA 1992, T) is receiving the Tepper Alumni Award for Lifetime Achievement. Frank has had a stellar career in the technology field since graduating from the Tepper School in 1992.

In 1994, he co-founded Cognizant Technology Solutions, a New Jersey-based information technology, consulting, and business process outsourcing company, serving as the company’s CEO from 2007 through April 2019, and as the vice-chairman of the company’s board of directors until March 2020. In November 2019, he became Managing Partner and Co-Founder at Recognize, a private equity firm that builds technology companies by partnering with talented management teams and providing industry insight, operational expertise, and strategic capital to spur innovation. Frank is a member of the Board of Trustees for Carnegie Mellon University.


Lifetime Service Award: Frank Risch (MSIA 1966, BBA)

For his lifetime of faithful service and dedication to the Tepper School, the school is honored to present Frank Risch (MSIA 1966, BBA) with the Tepper Alumni Lifetime Service Award. Frank has been a dedicated and active alumnus since graduating from GSIA. A trusted advisor to more than five Tepper Deans, he has served as a member of the GSIA Council on Finance and later as a founding member of the Tepper School’s Business Board of Advisors.

Frank was active as recruiter for ExxonMobil throughout his career, assuring a steady stream of Tepper and CMU alumni at the company. A consistent annual donor to the Tepper School, he and his wife, Helen, have generously supported the new Tepper School building on the David A. Tepper Quadrangle, named the Office of the Dean, and established the Frank A. and Helen E. Risch Faculty Development Professorship in Business.


Achievement Award: Rajinder Singh (MSIA 1996)

For all his impressive accomplishments and innovation in his field, the Tepper School presents Rajinder Singh (MSIA 1996) with the 2021 Tepper Alumni Award for Achievement. Singh is the chairman, president, and CEO of BankUnited, as well as one of the founders. He has served on the board of the company since July 2013 and became president and CEO in January 2017.

Raj has had an impressive career in financial services before founding BankUnited. He was a managing director and led the financial services practice of Invesco's WL Ross & Co., a private equity firm with more than $8 billion under management and one of the original investors in BankUnited, Inc. A true Tepper success story, Raj bought a one-way plane ticket from his home in India to the U.S. at the age of 22 with only $700 in his pocket. His master’s degree from the Tepper School was instrumental in his career achievement.

Service Award: PJ Juvekar (MSIA 1996, ABA)

For his unselfish service and dedication to the Tepper School community, PJ Juvekar (MSIA 1996, ABA) is receiving the 2021 Tepper Alumni Award for Service. Juvekar is an outstanding example of a passionately dedicated alumnus who invested his time and energy in giving back to his alma mater. Breaking into financial services in Wall Street at a time when our alumni network was limited, PJ was instrumental in establishing the Tepper Wall Street Network and opening up recruiting opportunities for future Tepper students.

Professionally, he has been rated by Institutional Investor as the #1, #2, or #3 analyst consistently in a fiercely competitive industry. He continued his service to the school as a founding member of the Tepper School Alumni Board (2008-2013) and as President of the Tepper New York Alumni Chapter President (2009-2015).


Service Award: Barton O’Brien (MSIA 1981, ABA)

For his loyal service and unabashed enthusiasm as an ambassador for the Tepper School, Barton O’Brien (MSIA 1981, ABA) is being awarded the 2021 Tepper Alumni Award for Service. O’Brien stands out among our alumni as one of our most passionate advocates of Carnegie Mellon University.

Forever grateful for the education he received at GSIA which led him to a successful career as an entrepreneur in the technology field, Bart has always been ready to serve the Tepper School community. He and his wife, Barb, have hosted an annual summer networking reception for interns and alumni at their Napa Valley vineyard since 2004, leaving a lasting impression upon the attendees of their gracious hospitality and commitment to the school.

Recent Alumni Award: Elissa McGee (MBA 2011)

For her impressive career achievements and her dedicated service to her alma mater, the Alumni Board is honored to present Elissa McGee (MBA 2011) with the 2021 Tepper Recent Alumni Award. McGee stands out among our recent graduates from the Tepper School for her high level of career achievement and her dedicated service to the school and the alumni community.

Currently, she holds the role of general manager of Nalgene Outdoor at Thermo Fisher Scientific. Active as a student leader at the Tepper School, Elissa was President of the Tepper Marketing Club, Vice- President of Tepper Women in Business, and received the Distinguished Service to the Tepper School of Business Award. Upon graduation, she continued to serve, becoming active as a chapter volunteer in both New York and later in Boston.

2020 Alumni Award Recipients

Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award: William Lambert, MSIA 1990

William Lambert

William Lambert received the Tepper Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding achievements as a leader and innovator in industrial safety through a decades-long career MSA Safety Incorporated, where he is now non-executive chair of the board. He led the company through significant global growth and product innovation.

“I’m grateful to the Tepper School for giving me such an honor,” Lambert said. “I would not have enjoyed the successes I cherish without the excellent education and training I received at Carnegie Mellon.”

Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania elected Lambert to its Business Hall of Fame in 2019. Ernst & Young Global Limited named him Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012 in the manufacturing category for Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and Design News Magazine conferred Lambert with its 2002 Special Achievement Award.

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Lifetime Achievement Award: Cindy Padnos, MSIA 1980

Cindy Padnos

Cindy Padnos received the Tepper Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of her impressive career accomplishments and innovative leadership in the fields of technology, entrepreneurship, and venture capital. “I’m incredibly proud to accept this award from the Tepper School,” Padnos said. “I am grateful for the critical thinking skills I gained at Carnegie Mellon that enabled me to seamlessly transition from management consultant to tech entrepreneur and now to investor.”

She founded Illuminate Ventures in 2009, where she is Managing Partner and has been instrumental in deploying hundreds of millions of dollars in venture financing for dozens of early stage tech companies that have gone on to become market leaders.

The New York Times included Padnos among Influential Women in Silicon Valley in 2012, and Fast Company named her one of the Most Innovative Women in Technology in 2010. She is a lifetime advocate of diversity in the high-tech industry and the author of several white papers on the subject that were researched in collaboration with Tepper students.

Tepper Achievement Award: Shrinivas Dempo, MSIA 1995

Srinivas Dempo

Shrinivas Dempo received the Tepper Achievement Award in recognition of his influential roles as Chairman and Managing Director of the Dempo Group and in professional associations and civic organizations in India. Dempo assumed the leadership of the family business in 1998 as the third-generation head and gave a new direction to the conglomerate.

“I remain extraordinarily grateful to Carnegie Mellon University for empowering my professional success,” Dempo said. “I am pleased to continue to support the university and the Tepper School in educating future business leaders.”

Dempo received the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Programme Outstanding Entrepreneurship Award for India in 2014 and was named among the 50 most influential people in Indian sports in the 2010 Sports Illustrated Power list as president and chairman of Dempo Sports Club.

Alumni Service Award: Tammy Loucks, BSBA 2000, MBA 2005

Tammy Loucks

Tammy Loucks received the Tepper Alumni Service Award for committed service to the Tepper School since her time as an undergraduate student. She received a Carnegie Mellon University Alumni Association Student Service Award in 2000 and a Tepper MBA Spirit Award in 2005.

“My volunteering experiences have been as fulfilling as my time as a student at Tepper,” Loucks said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to give back and make sure other students and alumni have similarly positive experiences.”

As Business Leader of Direct Property and Comparison Rates Experience with Progressive Insurance, Loucks is an active career mentor. Loucks served two terms on the Tepper School Alumni Board and is co-chair of the Tepper Undergraduate Alumni Task Force, developing a strategic plan for increasing undergraduate alumni engagement with the school.

Recent Alumni Award: Daniel Angarita, MBA 2014

Daniel Angarita

Daniel Angarita received the Tepper Recent Alumni Award in recognition of his ongoing engagement with the Tepper School. As an MBA student, he was a Tepper School Consortium Fellow, an Accelerate Communications Coach, and active in student clubs, and he earned the Tepper Distinguished Service Award.

Since graduation, Angarita has participated as a Reunion volunteer, corporate recruiter, and admission ambassador. He has organized alumni events during MBA career treks and mentors students interested in consulting careers. He has also been a Tepper Alumni Philanthropy Volunteer, encouraging his classmates to connect back with the Tepper School. Currently, he is Senior Vice President at AlixPartners.

“I’m truly touched to receive this honor,” Angarita said. “Tepper has such a strong, tight-knit community, and I’ve really appreciated how that extends into my experience as an alumnus. I hope to remain connected to Tepper in the coming years.”

Past Alumni Award Recipients


Ann Marie Petach, MSIA '84
Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award

Brian Olsavsky, MSIA '89
Alumni Achievement Award

Ryan Baum, MSIA 1992 
Alumni Service Award

Justin Krauss, MBA '09
Recent Alumni Service Award 



2018 Tepper Alumni Award Winners

Devin Anderson, MBA '05
Alumni Service Award 

David Coulter, MSIA/BSIM '71
Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award

Gunjan Kedia, MSIA '94
Alumni Achievement Award

Michael Miller, MBA '11
Recent Alumni Service Award 


2107 Tepper MBA alumni award recipients

David Mawhinney, MSIA 1990
Alumni Achievement Award

James Ostry, MSIA 1994
Alumni Service Award

Swetha Arbuckle, MBA 2009
Recent Alumni Service Award

Tod Johnson, MSIA 1967
Lifetime Achievement Award


2106 Tepper MBA alumni award recipients

Manoj Singh, MSIA 1976
Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

Joel Adams, MSIA 1986 (T)
Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

Rimmo Jolly, MSIA 1995
Alumni Service Award

Geoffrey Bent, MBA 2007
Recent Alumni Award

Shamir Karkal and Joshua Reich, MBA 2006
Recent Alumni Award


2105 Tepper MBA alumni award recipients

Ian Buggs, MBA 2011
Recent Alumni Achievement Award

Per Lofberg, MSIA 1973
Alumni Achievement Award 

Suresh Sethi, Ph.D. 1972
Alumni Achievement Award


2104 Tepper MBA alumni award recipients

Daniel Jester, MBA 2009
Recent Alumni Achievement Award

John McCue, BS/CIT 1981, MSIA 1987
Alumni Service Award

Marc Onetto, MSIA 1975
Alumni Achievement Award


2103 Tepper MBA alumni award recipients

James Swartz, MSIA 1966
Alumni Achievement Award 

Jon Kinol, MSIA 1992
Alumni Service Award

Geoff Entress, MSIA 1988
Alumni Service Award

Patrick Macedo, MBA 2003
Recent Alumni Award

(T) denotes CMU Board of Trustees