Engineering Alumni and Faculty Members Honored

Duke’s Engineering Alumni Association April 23 honored 1974 graduate Capers McDonald of Potomac, Md., with its Distinguished Alumnus Award and 1990 graduate Edward L. Trimble of Atlanta with the Distinguished Young Alumnus Award.

Professor F. Hadley Cocks of the Pratt School of Engineering Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (MEMS), received the Distinguished Service Award for 33 years of service to the School of Engineering, joining the school in 1972 as assistant professor after six years of industrial research. Cocks was promoted to professor in 1976 and served as chair of MEMS from 1994 to 2001. He also was the founding director of the Master of Engineering Management Program, leading that program from 1997 to 2003.

McDonald, the distinguished alumnus winner, was president and CEO for 12 years of BioReliance Corp., of Rockville, Md., a contract service organization providing testing, development and manufacturing services worldwide to companies in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. He left BioReliance in 2004 when it was acquired by Invitrogen Corp., and is now Executive-in-Residence and a practitioner faculty member of Johns Hopkins University in the Graduate Division of Business and Management. From 2001 into 2004, McDonald served as chair of the Technology Council of Maryland. He also is a member of the Pratt Board of Visitors.

Trimble, the distinguished young alumnus winner, is the co-founder and CEO of EzGov, an Atlanta-based firm that provides software and services for federal, state, local and foreign governments. Before founding EzGov, Trimble was founder and CEO of InterArch Technologies, of Atlanta.

In addition, the following Pratt School of Engineering faculty members were honored:


  • Associate Professor Donald Bliss of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, received the Klein Family Distinguished Teaching Award.

  • Associate Professor Ashutosh Chilkoti of the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) received the Stansell Family Distinguished Research Award.

  • Larry Bohs, assistant BME research professor, received the Lois and John L. Imhoff Distinguished Teaching Award.

  • Associate Professor Leslie Collins of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering was honored with the Capers and Marion McDonald Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research.

  • Michael Gustafson, Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received the Capers and Marion McDonald Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Advising.