2015 Engineering Alumni Awards
Steve Bolze, E'85
Steve Bolze is senior vice president at the General Electric Co., and president and CEO of GE Power & Water, the company’s largest industrial segment. His career at GE began in 1993 as manager for mergers and acquisitions. In 1995, he moved to GE Energy in Schenectady, NY. He has held several leadership roles, including as president and general manager of Energy Management Services. In 2002, Bolze moved to GE Healthcare as the general manager, and a year later, GE appointed him a company officer and vice president of Amersham Integration, based in London. Shortly thereafter, he then became president and CEO of GE Healthcare International, based in Paris. GE then appointed him to lead the power generation business, and in 2008 it made him a company senior vice president. Today he is a member of the senior Corporate Executive Council. As leader for GE Power & Water, he manages a $27 billion business with more than 37,000 employees across over 120 countries. He has led the GE Services Council of industrial business, and most recently played a critical role in GE’s announced $17 billion acquisition of Alstom Power & Grid, which will mark the largest acquisition in GE’s history. Bolze remains active upon the world energy stage by serving as the chair of the World Economic Forum’s Electricity Technology Community, a committee composed of global CEOs from across the electricity industry. Before GE, Steve was a management consultant and a project manager at Westinghouse. Steve has a BS in electrical engineering from Duke and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He is married with three sons, and lives in Duxbury, Mass.
Distinguished Young Alumnus
Mia K. Markey G'02
Mia K. Markey is a professor of biomedical engineering and Engineering Foundation endowed faculty fellow in engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as an adjunct professor of imaging physics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She earned her PhD in biomedical engineering, along with a certificate in bioinformatics, from Duke in 2002. The mission of her biomedical informatics lab is to develop decision support systems for clinical decision making and scientific discovery. She has been recognized for excellence in research and teaching with awards from organizations such as the American Medical Informatics Association, the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Cancer Society, and the Society for Women’s Health Research. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a senior member of both IEEE and SPIE.
Distinguished Service Award
Seth Alain Watkins E'92, G'93, G'96, L'99
Seth Alain Watkins is an intellectual property (IP) attorney with Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg LLP in Washington, D.C. He handles disputes concerning a wide range of technologies — often involving patents — including cases in the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), district courts, and appellate courts. Since 1997, Seth has served on Pratt’s adjunct faculty. Beginning in 2011, he has taught each spring semester, on a volunteer basis and now for almost 200 students, the required course "IP, Business Law, and Entrepreneurship" in the Master of Engineering Management Program. Among the other courses in which he has recently lectured, Seth teaches the IP segment of the Mechanical Systems Design/Energy and Environment Design courses for seniors. Seth was a member of Pratt’s Board of Visitors from 2008-2015, and the Engineering Alumni Council from 1995-2002. He regularly engages Pratt’s students, whether meeting with student engineering societies, providing academic and career counseling, or organizing other out-of-the-classroom events, such as a group service activity greeting veterans at the WWII Memorial in Washington.