SJSU Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering 2020 Engineering Awards

Sun Rising over the horizon

Breaking Barriers

We warmly invite you to celebrate the 40th annual Davidson College of Engineering Awards. We chose this year's theme, “Breaking Barriers,” long before we knew just how extraordinary 2020 would be. Over the past few months we have moved our college and university online. Faculty, staff and students quickly embraced new technologies in order to continue with classes, labs, conferences, and visiting speakers -- even hosting a virtual open house for admitted students and their families! Like engineers, we turned to face challenges head on, and we broke the barriers of conventional schooling. This year, in light of the restrictions we all face, we invite you to hear a few words from Dean Sheryl Ehrman, read about our outstanding award recipients, and explore highlights of our student clubs from the comfort of your home.

Watch a message from Dean Sheryl Ehrman

Celebrating our Award Winners

Adam Sorich

Donald Beall Award for Engineering Accomplishment

Adam Sorich, Chemical and Materials Engineering

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Arman Toplu

Donald Beall Award for Engineering Accomplishment

Arman Toplu, Industrial and Systems Engineering

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Mohammed Salman Khan

Scott T. Axline Memorial Student Award for Excellence in Service

Mohammed Salman Khan, Aviation and Technology

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Belle Wei

The Newnan Brothers Award for Faculty Excellence

Belle W. Y. Wei, General Engineering

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Syed Zaidi

Outstanding Lecturer

Syed Sohail Zaidi, Mechanical Engineering

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Kaikai Liu

Award for Excellence in Scholarship

Kaikai Liu, Computer and Software Engineering

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Minnie Patel

Award for Excellence in Service

Minnie Patel, Industrial and Systems Engineering

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Saeid Bashash

Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching

Saeid Bashash, Mechanical Engineering

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Nima Abrishamkar

Staff Excellence in Service Award

Nima Abrishamkar, Aviation and Technology

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Lee Andersen

Dean’s Service Award

Lee Andersen, Engineering Computing Systems

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Eileen Chen

Dean’s Service Award

Eileen Chen, Engineering Extended Studies

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Neil Peters

Dean’s Service Award

Neil Peters, Engineering Central Shop

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Student Projects & Clubs

The College of Engineering has over 60 student clubs with a wide variety of topics and projects. Check out some of the amazing projects in this section.

Find out more about out student projects and clubs


Beall Family Foundation Logo

Platinum Sponsor

Beall Family Foundation

Cisco Logo

Platinum Sponsor 



Lockheed Martin


Lockheed Martin

Swinerton Logo



Synopsys Logo



Engage with Us

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.

Alumni, send us your news for future inclusion in Engineering at San Jose State

Past Awards