The UMass Amherst College of Engineering is proud to announce the recipients of its 2020 outstanding alumni awards. Awardees represent the college’s five departments, and include five Distinguished Alumni and four Outstanding Young Alumni.
This year’s honorees include:
Distinguished Alumni Award
Presented to visionary leaders who have reached exceptional levels of professional and personal achievement. The award recognizes distinguished leadership, service, teaching, innovation, and other exemplary accomplishments that positively impact society and the engineering profession.
Amir Amini ’83 Electrical and Computer Engineering (Biomedical Engineering)
Professor and Endowed Chair in Bioimaging
University of Louisville
Rena Bizios ’68 Chemical Engineering
Lutcher Brown Chair Professor Department of Biomedical Engineering
University of Texas at San Antonio
Nicholas Bowen ’92 PhD Electrical and Computer Engineering
Consultant and retired senior IBM Executive
Industry Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology
Executive-in-Residence at Brown University
Lizetta Fennessy ’92, ’94 MS Civil and Environmental Engineering
General Manager at Haley & Aldrich
Emanuel Melachrinoudis ’80 PhD Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Director of Industrial Engineering and Associate Chair
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Presented to emerging leaders in the early stages of their careers. The award recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements, and highlights the recipient’s ambitions and potential to positively impact UMass, the Commonwealth, the nation and the world.
David Babson ’04 Chemical Engineering
Program Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E)
U.S. Department of Energy
Ivan Bercovich ’09 Electrical and Computer Engineering
Senior Engineering Manager, Alexa - Amazon
Christina Jones ’07, ’09 MS Civil and Environmental Engineering
Deputy Director of Water Operations
Springfield Water and Sewer Commission, Springfield, Mass.
Paul Witherell ’04, ’06 MS, ’09 PhD Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Mechanical Engineer, Life Cycle Engineering (LCE) Group of the
Systems Integration Division (SID) of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
These outstanding alumni bring great pride and distinction to UMass Amherst Engineering. Read more about their accomplishments here.
For more information on the college’s outstanding alumni awards, please contact MK Young, in the Engineering Office of Development.