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2017 Engineering Honors Event
L. to R. Dean Robert H. Bishop, Kimberlee DeBosier, Jeremy Ramos, Julius Davis, Janice Ash, Christopher Schemel, President Judy Genshaft, Ted Heil, and Gordon Gillette
College of Engineering Celebrates Engineering Excellence at its Annual Event
Five alumni were among the those who received Engineering Excellence Awards at the College of Engineering's third annual Engineering Honors event held the evening of April 8, 2017, at the Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club in Tampa.
Mark Schreiner, producer and host of University Beat on WUSF, was master of ceremonies for the sold out event that recognized a distinguished group of engineers, all innovators, entrepreneurs, and inventors, for their contributions to the field of engineering. Those receiving Engineering Excellence awards were:
Gordon Gillette, president and CEO of Tampa Electric and Florida Operations, received the Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes an individual who has brought distinction to the College of Engineering and University through their contributions to society. Gillette also serves a co-chairman for the USF Unstoppable Campaign, which is nearing the one billion mark in donations over the length of campaign. Gillette received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and a masters degree in engineering management from USF.
Jeremy Ramos, vice president of Priatek and 1999 graduate in computer engineering, received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award given to an engineer under the age of 40 who has distinguished themselves through professional practice and service to the college, engineering profession, and society at large. Priatek provides internships for engineering students and Jeremy serves as a mentor to many young engineers.
Two engineers received the Distinguished Alumnus Award, which recognizes alumni who have provided distinguished contributions to the profession, field of engineering, college, or society at large. The alumni receiving this award include:
Janice Sands Ash, founder of Ash Engineering and a civil engineer with more than 30 years experience, received her BS in engineering science in 1987 and a masters in civil engineering in 1989. Jan provides internships for students and also mentors many young engineers, especially women. She and her husband Thomas support an endowed scholarship.
Dr. Christopher Schemel is the founder and president of Delta Q Consultants. He received both his bachelor and masters degrees in chemical engineering in 1992 and 1994 respectively. Delta Q specializes in process safety issues involving fire and explosion hazards.
The Corporate Impact Award, which recognizes a company that has made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of the College of Engineering, was given to Mini Circuits of Brooklyn, New York. Mini Circuits and its founder, Harvey Kaylie, have been strong supporters of the Center for Wireless and Microwave Information Systems (WAMI) lab since 1997. Mini Circuits also provides fellowships for engineering graduate students. The Harvey and Gloria Kaylie Foundation provided initial funding for the college's 4,000 square feet makerspace named the Mini Circuits Design for X Laboratory. The lab provides a collaborative, fun environment for undergraduate students to safely pursue meaningful multidisciplinary engineering projects that expand their creative design and project management skills.
Long-time support of the college through her activities in the Florida Engineering Society and support of engineering students through internships, Kimberlee DeBosier, vice president of Johnson, Mirmiran and Thompson, received the Dean's Distinguished Service Award. This award recognizes an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of the College of Engineering.
Julius Davis,a 1987 graduate in electrical engineering and founder of Volt Air Consulting Engineers received the Entrepreneurial Excellence Award. This award recognizes an engineering professional who best exemplifies the ideals of entrepreneurship.Volt Air provides mechanical, electrical and fire protection and technology services commercially throughout the United States.
In addition to the Engineering Excellence Awards, the new "We Empower Engineers" donor wall was unveiled at the event. The wall contains the names of 56 donors who have a cumulative giving history of more than $25,000. During the unveiling, 16 donors who were present at the event received recognition gifts in honor of their long-time support.
The College of Engineering at the University of South Florida was founded in 1964. It currently serves more than 6,000 engineering students and awards 29 degrees in 14 academic programs. Since 1966, the college has awarded more than 24,000 engineering degrees.