SJSU Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering 2021 Engineering Awards

City of San Jose 1936 - Transforming Silicon Valley

Transforming Silicon Valley

We warmly invite you to celebrate the 41th annual Davidson College of Engineering Awards with us. This year's theme is, “Transforming Silicon Valley,” because our alumni have been builders and powerhouses of innovation for the 75 years we’ve been here. In fact, Money Magazine ranked San José State University as the #1 Most Transformative University in the United States in 2021. That title indicates how students have improved their lives, their horizons, and their families by attending San José State. But as a college of engineers who ‘make stuff’, our journey has also transformed the Valley. This year, we invite you to celebrate 75 years with us, online of course!

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Jim Puzar

Alumni of Distinction Award

Jim Puzar (‘85)
Senior Operations Development Manager at Jabil

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Erica Lockheimer

Dean’s Service Award

Erica Lockheimer
Vice President, Software Engineering - LinkedIn Learning & Talent Solutions/Careers; Women In Tech Founder - LinkedIn WIT

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Afreen Chaus

Donald Beall-Rockwell Award for Engineering Accomplishment

Afreen Chaus
Industrial and Systems Engineering

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Joshua Paul Bevis

Scott T. Axline Memorial Student Award for Excellence in Service

Joshua Paul Bevis
Mechanical Engineering

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Hiu Yung Wong

Newnan Brothers Award for Faculty Excellence

Hiu Yung Wong
Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering

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Crystal Han

Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching

Crystal Han
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

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Samuel Obi

Faculty Award for Excellence in Service

Samuel Obi
Professor and Director of Technology

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Nima Karimian

Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship

Nima Karimian
Assistant Professor, Computer and Software Engineering

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Michael Larkin

Award for Outstanding Lecturer

Michael Larkin
Computer and Software Engineering

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Lisa Francesca

Staff Excellence in Service Award

Lisa Francesca
Communications Specialist, Dean’s Office

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Karen Tang

Staff Excellence in Service Award

Karen Tang
Financial Analyst, Dean’s Office

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Fabiola Arellano

Staff Excellence in Service Award

Fabiola Arellano
Administrative Analyst, Industrial & Systems Engineering

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Tributes

Don Newnan

Don Newnan graduated in engineering with honors from San Jose State College and went on to receive his MS, MBA, and a PhD in civil engineering from Stanford. He worked as a design engineer before serving as an officer in the US Army in Korea. In 1959, he joined the San Jose State Industrial and Systems Engineering in 1959  and from1978 to 1979 he was the interim Dean. He is the author or co-author of more than a dozen books. 

David Brown

A Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Engineering, David Brown (Mechanical Engineering 1968) was passionate about providing equality and access to STEM education to underserved communities. The David Brown Fellowship in Mechatronics was established in 1996 to promote the professional development of students in the area of mechatronics, and to advance the development of the mechatronics program. The recipient of the $2,000 award contributes to mechatronics laboratory development and laboratory instruction during the fellowship year.

Charles W. Davidson

Charles W. Davidson graduated from Civil Engineering in 1957, after working nights in local railroad yards and attending classes during the day. An entrepreneur who founded and managed five thriving companies, he built thousands of homes, was a pioneer in creating and enabling affordable housing, and provided San José State with the largest private grant in its history: $15 million to the College of Engineering.

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There are many ways to engage with us. We invite all alumni news and updates. Or, sponsors and alumni can sign up to sit on one of our career panels, be a guest speaker, or engage as a mentor.

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