We hope you'll join us for the 2016 Alumni Awards luncheon and ceremony on Friday, April 29, 2016! In the meantime, learn about this year's winners.
Friday, April 29, 2016
11 a.m. Reception | 11:30 a.m. Luncheon and Presentation of Awards
Hermann HallIllinois Institute of Technology3241 South Federal StreetChicago, IL 60616
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View photos from the 2015 Alumni Awards and watch the ceremony recording and the special alumni medal tribute video.
Alan "Bud" W. Wendorf (ME '71)Bud Wendorf earned his degree in mechanical engineering from IIT in 1971 is chairman of the Illinois Institute of Technology Board of Trustees and retired chairman of CEO of Sargent & Lundy. He has recruited many Illinois Tech graduates to work at Sargent & Lundy and sponsored IPRO courses based on real industry challenges. He supports Illinois Tech scholarships and has given $1 million to the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship.
Vasudevan "Raj" Rajaram (LAW '91)Vasudevan “Raj” Rajaram earned his juris doctorate from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1991. Among other service to IIT, he established a fund for international student scholarships and chaired the 2014 Global Alumni Gathering, the first of its kind for Illinois Tech.
Ronald R. Hochsprung (CS '72)Ronald Hochsprung, who earned his computer science degree from IIT in 1972, retired as a distinguished engineer at Apple. He established the first endowed chair in computer science at Illinois Tech.
Jules F. Knapp Jules Knapp has served as member of the Board of Trustees for more than 20 years. He founded the Jules F. Knapp Entrepreneurship Center at Illinois Tech in 2005, which has been instrumental in driving the success of University Technology Park and many Chicago start-ups.
Akihisa Miwa (M.S. OR '83) Akihisa Miwa earned his master’s degree from IIT in operations research in 1983 and now serves as vice president of the Japan Alumni Chapter. He has hosted alumni events at Obayashi Coporation, where he is the senior managing executive officer. He oversaw the construction of Skytree in Tokyo, currently the second tallest structure in the world, the tallest tower in the world, and the tallest structure in Japan.
Ted A. Erikson (CHE '52, M.S. CHEM '59) Ted Erikson, who earned his degree in chemical engineering from IIT in 1952 and his master’s in chemistry in 1959, became the first person to swim the channel from the Farallon Islands to the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge in 1967 and remained the only person to do so until 2014. He also set the world record for the fastest round-trip swim of the English Channel in 1965, a record he held until his own son bested him by three minutes in 1975.
Robert J. Bonthron (ME '44, M.S. MECH '52, Ph.D. MECH '62) Robert Bonthron served Illinois Tech for 44 years as a professor, dean of students, and director of placement and cooperative education, in addition to earning three degrees: mechanical engineering in 1944, master’s in mechanics in 1952, and doctorate in mechanics in 1962. He received two Clinton Stryker Distinguished Teaching Awards as well as an Excellence in Teaching Award, and both of his sons are Illinois Tech alumni.
Howard H. Kerhl (ME '44) Howard Kehrl earned his degree from IIT in mechanical engineering in 1944 and began a long career at General Motors where he held several positions, culminating as vice chairman. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in recognition of his contributions to automotive science and engineering.
Patrick Bourbon (M.S. FIN '00)Patrick Bourbon earned his master’s degree from IIT in finance in 2000 and is the founder of Bourbon Financial Management, LLC and chief investment officer at ProManage. He also dedicates much of his time to Stuart School of Business initiatives.
Derek Tarnow (M.DES. '12) and Zahra Tashakorinia (M.DES. '12) Derek Tarnow and Zahra Tashakorinia both earned their master’s degrees in design from Illinois Tech Institute of Design in 2012. As students, they worked together to develop an iPhone accessory called TidyTilt, which they later turned into a company called TTLabs with the help of a Kickstarter campaign. It became the first company launched on Kickstarter to be acquired by a larger firm—Logitech—and it also earned them a Gold Edison Award for Industrial Design Innovation.
Barbara Crane (M.S. PHOT '66) Barbara Crane, who earned her master’s degree in photography from IIT in 1966, served on the photography faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for nearly 30 years. She is the recipient of many prestigious photography awards, and her work has been featured in over 90 solo exhibitions and sever retrospective exhibitions.
Michael J. Graff (CHE '77)Michael Graff, who has 30 years of experience in the energy, chemicals, and polymers industries across the Americas, Europe, and Asia, serves as the president and CEO of Air Liquide USA and chairman of the board of Air Liquide Canada. He earned his degree in chemical engineering from IIT in 1977.
James U. Lemke (PHYS '59) James Lemke is a physicist, entrepreneur, and inventor with 111 patents including licensed patents to IBM, Seagate, RCA, and 3M. He founded Spin Physics , Chaos Telecom, and Achates Power and earned his degree in physics from IIT in 1959.
Know someone who should be an Alumni Award winner? Let us know! Nominations for the 2016 Alumni Awards are now closed. Submit your nominations for the 2017 Alumni Awards by October 31, 2016.
Learn more about Alumni Awards and view past winners.
The next Alumni Awards ceremony will take place on April 29, 2016.
We hope you can join us!