College to honor 11 accomplished alumni during 69th annual Engineers’ Day

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During a banquet on Nov. 11, 2016, the College of Engineering will recognize 11 alumni for exceptional accomplishments and contributions to their field. Four young alumni will receive the college’s Early Career Achievement Award, while seven established alumni will receive the college’s Distinguished Achievement Award. The college bestows the awards as part of its annual Engineers’ Day celebration, which draws hundreds of alumni back to campus for activities that include lectures, courses, tours, an open house, and more.

Held in conjunction with Homecoming weekend, Engineers’ Day is an opportunity for the college to to celebrate the many successes of its alumni. The 2016 award recipients are creative, bold thinkers, and thoughtful engineers and leaders. They include:

Early Career Award


photo of Jon Baran
Jonathan Baran, Co-founder and CEO, healthfinch; BSBME ’08, MSBME ’10
photo of James Hillier
James Hillier, Chief of Staff for Global Manufacturing and Refining, LyondellBassell; BSChE ’00, BS Biochem ’00, BS molecular biology ’00
photo of Jenna Marquard
Jenna Marquard, Associate Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Massachusetts at Amherst; MSIE ’04, PhDIE ’07 (BSIE ’03, University of Iowa)
photo of Nicholas Balster
Nicholas Balster, Vice President of Industrial Applications,
Groom Energy Solutions; BSMS&E ’00 (MBA ’13, Babson College)
















Distinguished Achievement Award


photo of Stephen H. Siegele
Stephen Siegele, Chief Executive and Consultant; BSChE ’84
photo of Jun Lee
Jun Lee, President, SRI Design; BSCE ’68, MSCE ’69, PhDCE ’73
photo of Xingyi Xu
Xingyi Xu, Founding President, Shanghai Dajun Technologies; MSECE ’83, PhDECE ’90 (BSEE ’82, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China)
photo of Gary Krellenstein
Gary Krellenstein, Consultant; BSNE ’79 (MBA ’81, Cornell University; post-master’s degree, computer applications ’84, New York University)
















photo of Kim Christopher
Kim Christopher, Director of Product Management, Optum Solutions and Technology; BSIE ’81 (MBA ’88, University of Minnesota)
photo of Boyd Mueller
Boyd Mueller, Vice President of Technology, Alcoa Power and Propulsion; MSMetE ’83, PhDMetE ’86 (BSMetE ’82, Michigan Technological University)
photo of Frank Sanders
Frank Sanders, Vice President, Technology and Manufacturing Group, and Director, Global Systems Supply Chain and Technology Enabling, Intel Corp.; MSMSE ’92 (BSME ’89, University of Illinois; MBA ’07, Northwestern University)

Author: Engineering External Relations