We hope you'll join us for the 2017 Alumni Awards luncheon and ceremony on Friday, April 21, 2017! In the meantime, learn about this year's winners.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Noon luncheon and presentation of awardsBeginning at 10 a.m., browse the exhibits at the Spring 2017 IPRO Day, where Illinois Tech students will display their work as part of the Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) Program.
$50 per person
Hermann Hall Illinois Institute of Technology3241 South Federal StreetChicago, IL 60616
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View photos from the 2016 Alumni Awards and watch the ceremony recording and the special alumni medal tribute video.
Adrian Nemcek (EE ’70)Adrian Nemcek is an Illinois Institute of Technology trustee and a former member and past chair of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. In 2006 Nemcek retired as executive vice president of Motorola, Inc., having previously served as president of Motorola Networks and CEO of the Global Telecommunications Solutions division. In 2011 he established the Nemcek Family Scholarship and has given generously to many areas of the university. In recognition of his contributions to Illinois Tech, he received the Alumni Service Award in 2014.
Jeffrey Karp (CE ’79)Jeffrey Karp, retired CEO of Power Construction Company, is an Illinois Institute of Technology trustee and a long-time and active member of the Stuart School of Business Board of Advisors. He also has served as a member of the Advisory Board for the Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering department for more than 20 years and is a former member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. He established Illinois Tech’s Jeffrey & Molly Karp Family Scholarship Fund to benefit students from the Chicago metropolitan area majoring in civil engineering.
Arthur Hill (CHE ’71)Determined to earn his Illinois Tech degree no matter how long it took, Arthur Hill worked full time to pay his way through college, earning his bachelor’s degree at the age of 34. He spent many years as a process engineer at CPC International and later found great success in the investment world. Hill has been very generous to Illinois Institute of Technology as one of the lead donors to the Ed Kaplan Family Institute For Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship and a provider of student scholarships.
Rosemarie MitchellA member of the Illinois Institute of Technology Board of Trustees, Rosemarie Mitchell, retired CEO of ABS Associates, has served on the Stuart School of Business Board of Advisors for over 20 years. In 2008 she became its chair, increasing Board membership from 7 to 20 advisors while developing many key initiatives, including the formation of the Board of Advisors Mentorship Program. She has given generously to the university and in 2015 led a fundraising effort to establish the Harvey and Dianne Kahalas Undergraduate Scholarship. Mitchell has served on numerous committees for the university and is committed to increasing awareness of the institution and its programs in the non-alumni population as well as in the greater community.
Robin Chaurasiya (PPPS ’06, PSYC ’06)From Robin Chaurasiya’s IPRO project at Illinois Tech grew Kranti, a nonprofit for young women aged 12-20 from Mumbai, India who are survivors of human trafficking and daughters of sex workers. Chaurasiya was recognized as a top 10 finalist for the 2016 Global Teacher Prize, a $1 million prize known as the Nobel Prize for teaching and announced by Pope Francis. Robin and Kranti have been featured by multiple renowned media outlets. Kranti students have led workshops for more than 10,000 people, delivered 11 TEDx Talks with more than 15,000 views, and have performed at Chicago’s Field Museum and the headquarters of Google and Facebook.
Brad Krygier (MGT ’80)In 1979 Brad Krygier was the first Illinois Tech athlete to be invited by the U.S. Olympic Committee to compete in the National Sports Festival, where he received a gold medal. He was the first Illinois Tech CCAC Conference Champion in cross country, the first Illinois Tech athlete to compete in three straight Cross Country National Championships, is a 29-year Illinois Tech record holder, and was Freshman Athlete of the Year in 1977. Today Krygier is a senior financial analyst for Adventist Health System and previously served as vice president at Wachovia Bank, assistant vice president at SunTrust Bank, and national sales manager at System Innovators, Inc. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Hospital Credit Union.
Robert Growney (ME ’74, M.B.A. ’82)A life trustee for Illinois Institute of Technology until his passing in 2016, Robert Growney was a former chair of the Stuart School of Business Board of Advisors and served on the IBIS Board of Advisors. In thanks for his service to the university, he received the Alumni Service Award in 2007. Growney served as president, COO, and vice chairman of Motorola, Inc. and a partner in Edgewater Funds, a private equity firm with over $1 billion under management. He was also the former director of Alion Science and Technology, an R&D company formerly affiliated with IITRI.
Gertrude Lempp Kerbis (M.S. ARCH ’54)Gertrude Lempp Kerbis began her career in 1954 as one of few women at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and went on to design many award-winning buildings, including the Skokie Public Library in 1959 and O’Hare Airport’s Rotunda Building. In 1967 she started the first female-owned architectural firm in Chicago and founded Chicago Women in Architecture in 1974. One of her best known buildings, the Greenhouse condominiums, received an AIA Chicago distinguished building award in 1976. Lempp Kerbis was the first female president of the Chicago chapter of American Institute of Architects and, in 2008, became the third recipient and first woman to be awarded the AIA Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award. She served on the Mies Society Board of Advisors until her passing in 2016.
Alireza Khaligh (Ph.D. EE ’06)Alireza Khaligh serves as director of the Maryland Power Electronics Laboratory at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and the Institute for Systems Research at University of Maryland at College Park. His research on modeling, analysis, design, and control of power electronic converters has led him to receive three prestigious best journal paper awards, among other international recognitions. Khaligh has over 150 technical papers and has received numerous honors that are highly unusual for a researcher so early in his career, including serving as an expert for the Energy, Power, Control and Networks (EPCN) program at the National Science Foundation.
Wesley Leggette (CS ’12)Wesley Leggette has been described as “a critical driving force in the evolution and success of … the data storage industry globally.” As the director of development systems engineering and performance at Cleversafe, Inc., Leggette is the technical authority on several components of Cleversafe’s ClevOS software product and one of the most prolific software authors in Cleversafe’s history. He holds 104 patents with another 112 pending, contributing to the 2015 IEEE Spectrum ranking of Cleversafe’s patent portfolio as the 10th most powerful in the world.
Judson Althoff (ME ’95)Recently named executive vice president for Worldwide Commercial Business at Microsoft, the world’s largest software company, Judson Althoff has become “one of the most powerful sales executives in the world.” Previously he was president of Microsoft North America and held several sales executive positions at Oracle Corporation (ending as a senior vice president) and EMC Corp. Althoff is a member of Illinois Tech’s Computer Science Advisory Board and served as commencement speaker in 2015.
Sherrie Littlejohn (M.S. CS ’82)Sherrie Littlejohn, an Illinois Institute of Technology trustee and member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, has been a leading executive in information technology for more than 30 years. Currently she serves as Wells Fargo’s executive vice president, Internal Innovation Strategies, Innovation Group. She has been named one of the Bay Area’s "Most Influential Women in Business" by the San Francisco Business Times, one of the "50 Most Important African Americans in Technology" by eAccess Corp., and one of National Diversity Council’s 2016 “Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology.”
Michael Romalis (PHYS ’93)A professor of physics at Princeton University, Michael Romalis is considered one of the leaders of his generation of atomic physicists and one of the world's experts on precision measurement. He has developed instruments that have achieved unprecedented levels of sensitivity and which now have applications in medicine, paleomagnetism, and inertial sensing. Romalis is a fellow of the American Physical Society—a title awarded to less than 1% of APS members—and a recipient of a Packard Foundation Fellowship as well as the APS’s 2011 Francis M. Pipkin Award.
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