Engineering alumni named to WAA Forward under 40 list
Three College of Engineering alumni were named recently to the Wisconsin Alumni Association 2011 Forward Under 40 list. The honorees are making an impact on the world by living the Wisconsin Idea.
Mechanical engineering graduate Anthony Eggert (ME ’96) serves America’s most populous state by looking for solutions to climate change, energy security, and clean, renewable sources of energy. Eggert is the deputy secretary for energy policy at the California EPA, where he works on clean energy policy, including energy efficiency, renewable energy and low-carbon fuels and vehicles. Read his full bio.
Amidst the chaos of war, Major Rudy Quiles (MEPP ’09) worked to bring stability, opportunity and purpose to civilians in some of the most dangerous parts of Iraq and Afghanistan. A highly competent engineer and manager in the civilian world, Quiles took his skills overseas on two tours of duty as a civilian affairs officer with the United States Marine Corps to lead reconstruction and economic development projects in both Fallujah, Iraq and Afghanistan's war-torn Nawa District of the Helmand Province. There, he worked with local civilians to rebuild public infrastructure and rehabilitate local governance. He also built critical relationships to successfully manage complex partnerships between civilian authorities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and military forces. Read his full bio.
Dalia Mogahed (CBE ’97) is a senior analyst and executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, where she leads the analysis of an unprecedented survey of Muslims worldwide, including in the U.S. and Europe. She is also the founding director of the newly established Abu Dhabi Gallup Center. With John L. Esposito, she co-authored the groundbreaking book Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think.
In 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama appointed Mogahed to the White House Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, making her the first Muslim American woman to hold a position of this seniority. In this role, Mogahed joined other American leaders in offering recommendations to the U.S. president on how faith-based organizations can best work with government to solve society's toughest challenges. Mogahed was invited to testify before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on U.S. engagement with Muslim communities, and serves on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council. Read her full bio.