Each year the Department of Materials Science and Engineering recognizes outstanding alumni at the Alumni Celebration in May. Past recipients of the Early Career Achievement Award (within 15 years of NU degree) and the Distinguished Career Achievement Award are found here.
Early Career Achievement Award
Jinliu “Grace” Wang (PhD,’01), Deputy assistant director of the Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation, for her significant contributions to advanced magnetic disk drives while working at IBM and Hitachi and in playing a leadership role at the NSF to successfully promote academic and industry partnerships so that concepts from universities can get to market reality more quickly.
Distinguished Career Achievement Award
Anil V. Virkar (PHD ’73), Distinguished professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Utah, for his significant contributions in developing ceramic materials for use in energy conversion and storage applications.
Deepak Ahuja (PhD) is the chief financial officer for Tesla Motors, the automotive company that has buyers salivating over high-end electric vehicles that go from 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds—with zero emissions.
Carolyn Duran (PhD ’98), conflict minerals program manager and supply chain director at Intel Corporation, has worked to curb her company’s direct relationship to conflict minerals.