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Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Engineering Alumni Council seeks nominations from fellow Duke Engineering graduates for our annual recognition awards.

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Award Criteria

Distinguished Alumnus Award

  1. Must hold an undergraduate or graduate degree from the School of Engineering at Duke University
  2. Must have achieved recognition for academic, scientific, or practical contributions in their chosen field of engineering, science or business
  3. Must have demonstrated exemplary service to Duke University and to their community

Distinguished Young Alumnus Award

  1. Must have received an undergraduate or graduate degree from the School of Engineering at Duke University within the last 15 years
  2. Must have achieved recognition for academic, scientific or practical contributions in their chosen field
  3. Demonstrated effort toward the promotion of the School of Engineering's excellence will be considered

Distinguished Service Award

  1. Any person, alumnus or not, who has exhibited an extraordinary effort in helping the School of Engineering achieve its goals and objectives
  2. Must have achieved recognition for academic, scientific or practical contributions in their chosen field of engineering, science, or business

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2020 Award Recipient Bios

Fred M. Fehsenfeld, Jr. E'73: Distinguished Alumnus Award

Fred FehsenfeldFred M. Fehsenfeld, Jr. E’73 is a third-generation Fehsenfeld family business leader. Fred currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of The Heritage Group, continuing a legacy of family leadership that began with his grandfather, John E. Fehsenfeld, in 1930. Fred’s career with The Heritage Group spans over 40 years, during which he has provided a breadth of experience in leadership and management across a wide variety of industries. In 1980, Fred became CEO of The Heritage Group, a title he holds today. Prior to joining the family business, Fred spent two years at ConocoPhillips. Fred is managing trustee of The Heritage Group Board of Trustees and chairman of the board of The Heritage Group Holdings Company Board, the board of directors of Calumet GP, LLC, and the board of directors of Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc. Fred also holds a seat on the Heritage Environmental Services, Inc. Advisory Board. In 2016, Fred’s daughter, Amy, assumed the role of president of The Heritage Group, marking the beginning of the transition to fourth-generation leadership – a rarity in the realm of family businesses – and a true testament to Fred’s dedication to the long-term success of the organization. Fred holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Duke University and an M.S. in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School.

Leslie Voorhees Means E’08: Distinguished Young Alumna Award

Leslie Voorhees MeansLeslie Voorhees Means E’08 is the Co-Founder and CEO of Anomalie, the first direct-to-consumer wedding dress company that utilizes forward-thinking technology to create custom, one-of-a-kind dresses for brides. Leslie started Anomalie out of her own frustrating experience as a bride. Fed up with the traditional bridal industry’s lack of accessibility, limited inventory, designs, sizes, high markups and few customization abilities, Leslie took the wedding dress search into her own hands. A mechanical engineer (and the youngest supply chain manager in Nike’s history), Leslie used her manufacturing expertise to make her gown directly with the world’s top workshops and quickly began receiving requests from friends to make their gowns. Three years later, Anomalie is pioneering a new model in retail supply chains uniquely fit for customization at scale while also solving all pain points for brides that the traditional bridalwear industry can’t. Prior to founding Anomalie, Leslie managed international manufacturing engineering and supply chain operations at Nike and at Apple, launching the Apple Watch 2. Leslie received a B.S.E in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University, and her MBA from Harvard Business School.

George A. Truskey, PhD: Distinguished Service Award

George TruskeyGeorge A. Truskey, PhD, is the R. Eugene and Susie E. Goodson Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University. He has been on the faculty at Duke University since 1987. His current research interests include the response of cells to physical forces, cardiovascular and skeletal muscle tissue engineering and the development of microphysiological systems to model disease and develop therapeutics. He served as the Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Duke from 2003-2011 during which he led significant growth in the department. Since 2011, he has been Senior Associate for the Pratt School of Engineering and facilitated the expansion in research and faculty and development of new educational programs. He was interim Dean in 2015-2016.

Past Award Recipients

Distinguished Alumnus Award

Each winner of this award holds a degree from the Pratt School of Engineering, has achieved recognition in their chosen field, and has demonstrated exemplary service to Duke and to their community.

  • Robert W. Anderson BSCE’59
  • Charles P. Ballenger, Jr. BSCE’36
  • William M. Bartlett BSCE’54
  • Walter J. Bishop BSCE’73
  • Shem K. Blackley, Jr. BSCE’54
  • Stephen R. Bolze BSEE’85
  • Emmett H. Bradley BSEE’49
  • Lewis Campbell BSME’68
  • Everitt A. Carter BME’40
  • John Cocke BSME’45, PhD’56
  • John M. Derrick, Jr. BSEE’61
  • Gary W. Dickinson BSME’60
  • Ray B. Duggins BSME’44
  • Robert R. Everett BSEE’42
  • Robert E. Fischell BSME’51
  • W. Kent Fuchs BSE’77
  • Robert L. Galloway, Jr. BSE’77, PhD’83
  • Robert A. Garda BSME’61
  • C. Gary Gerst BSME’61
  • Clair H. Gingher, Jr. BSME’43
  • James F. Girand BSEE’59
  • R. Eugene Goodson T’57, BSME’59
  • William H. Hall E’09 AM’14
  • Philip J. Hawk BSE'76
  • William A. Hawkins III BSE’76
  • Michael R. S. Hill BSE’86
  • Grant T. Hollett, Jr. BSME’64
  • Charles H. Holley BSEE’41
  • W. Kenneth Howard BSEE’35
  • John L. Imhoff BSME’45
  • Edwin L. Jones T’12
  • Edwin L. Jones, Jr. BSCE’48
  • Alan L. Kaganov BSME’60
  • John J. Karakash BSEE’37
  • Senator Edward E. Kaufman BSME’60
  • Clinton W. Kelly III BSEE’59
  • Theodore C. Kennedy BSCE’52
  • Kenneth T. Knight, Jr. BSE’33
  • Lawrence J. Lang BSE’86
  • Chester L. Lucas BSCE’38
  • Robert C. Marlay BSCE’69
  • Capers W. McDonald BSE’74
  • Larry K. Monteith MS’62, PhD’65
  • Billy B. Olive BSEE’48
  • Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. BSEE’47
  • James F. Rabenhorst BSME’64
  • L. Russell Ranson T’31
  • Randolph K. Repass BSEE’66
  • Patricia K. Scheller BSE'81
  • Kenneth T. Schiciano E'84
  • W. Brewster Snow BSE’32
  • J. Stephen Simon BSCE’65
  • William A. Stokes BSCE’53
  • W. John Swartz BSME’56
  • David S. Taylor, E’80
  • T. Edward Torgerson BSCE’49
  • Charles R. Vail BSEE’37
  • James W. Vaughan, Jr. BSEE’57
  • James L. Vincent BSME’61
  • Christopher R. Webster T’39
  • Arthur J. Wennerstrom BSME’56
  • Hugh E. Whitted, Jr. BSEE’39
  • Blake S. Wilson BSE’74
  • F. Thomas Wooten BSEE’57, PhD’64
  • Harold L. Yoh, Jr. BSME’58

Distinguished Young Alumnus Award

Each winner of this award earned a degree from the Pratt School of Engineering within 15 years of their award, achieved recognition in their chosen field, and demonstrated effort promoting Duke Engineering's excellence.

  • Benjamin S. Abram E'02
  • John A. Board, Jr. BSE’82, MS’82
  • Lewis C. Brewster BSE’86
  • Matthew Q. Christensen BSE'02
  • Max D. Cohen BSE'03
  • Karen E. Conover BSE’85
  • J. Michael Drozd BSE’89, PhD’97
  • Michael Feldman BSE’84
  • Jacob J. Flomenberg, E’05
  • Russell M. Glass BSE’98
  • David J. Gregory BSE’84
  • Robert J. Greenberg BSEE’90
  • Anita J. Hill BSE’85, MS’86, PhD’89
  • Lawrence D. Lenihan, Jr. BSE’87
  • Gregory R. Maletic BSE’90
  • Mia K. Markey PhD’02
  • Nicholas A. Millington BSE’98
  • Terry Myerson BSE’91
  • Ananth Natarajan BSE’90
  • Aaron T. Patzer BSE’02
  • Scott D. Olson BSE'91
  • Christophe H. Schilling BSE’95
  • Kristine M. Singley BSE’96, B’07
  • George S. Taylor BSE’78
  • Edward L. Trimble BSE’90
  • Jeffrey N. Vinik BSE’81
  • James H. Vogeley BSE’80
  • James G. Whayne BSE’90
  • Harold L. Yoh III BSE’83

Distinguished Service Award

The winner of this award may be any person, alumnus or not, who has made an extraordinary effort to help the Pratt School of Engineering achieve its goals and objectives, and who has achieved recognition in their field.

  • Donald M. Alstadt
  • Roger Coke Barr BS'64, PhD'68
  • C. Leland Bassett BSME’59
  • Sterling M. Brockwell, Jr. BSCE’56
  • Robert W. Carr, Jr. BSE’71
  • Howard G. Clark III
  • F. Hadley Cocks
  • James H. Corrigan, Jr. BSME’47
  • Daniel M. Dickinson E’83
  • Earl H. Dowell
  • Ernest Elsevier
  • F. Reid Ervin BSME’42
  • Harold L. Flowers BSEE’38
  • Stacy S. Gardner BSE’91
  • Suzanne M. Gregory BSE'87
  • Michael R. Gustafson II E'93, G'99
  • Fitzgerald S. Hudson BSCE’46
  • Alfred M. Hunt
  • Joseph H. Jarboe BSCE’69
  • Edward L. Koffenberger BSME’47
  • George D. McCeney BSCE’33
  • Martha Monserrate McDade BSE’81, MS’82
  • James H. McElhaney
  • Fred W. Neu BSCE’34
  • George W. Pearsall
  • Henry Petroski
  • Robert H. Pinnix T’24
  • Edward M. Reefe BSCE’68
  • Janis J. Rehlaender BSE’77
  • Marion L. Shepard
  • Constance E. Simmons
  • Wilbur S. Smith
  • Nello L. Teer, Jr.
  • R. Dillard Teer
  • Aleksandar S. Vesic
  • Seth A. Watkins BSME’92, JD’99, MS’93, PhD’96
  • Richard D. Webb T’51
  • Arthur E. Wheeler BSME’47
  • Jerry C. Wilkinson BSEE’67
  • William B. Wilmer VI BSEE’51
  • Howard M. Winterson T’39
  • Thomas M. Woodard BSEE’69
  • William H. Younger, Jr.