SJSU Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering 2021 Engineering Awards
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!
Alumni of Distinction AwardJim Puzar (‘85)
Senior Operations Development Manager at Jabil
Dean’s Service AwardErica Lockheimer
Vice President, Software Engineering - LinkedIn Learning & Talent Solutions/Careers; Women In Tech Founder - LinkedIn WIT
Donald Beall-Rockwell Award for Engineering AccomplishmentAfreen Chaus
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Scott T. Axline Memorial Student Award for Excellence in ServiceJoshua Paul Bevis
Newnan Brothers Award for Faculty ExcellenceHiu Yung Wong
Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering
Faculty Award for Excellence in TeachingCrystal Han
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Award for Excellence in ServiceSamuel Obi
Professor and Director of Technology
Faculty Award for Excellence in ScholarshipNima Karimian
Assistant Professor, Computer and Software Engineering
Staff Excellence in Service AwardLisa Francesca
Communications Specialist, Dean’s Office
Staff Excellence in Service AwardKaren Tang
Financial Analyst, Dean’s Office
Staff Excellence in Service AwardFabiola Arellano
Administrative Analyst, Industrial & Systems Engineering
Don NewnanDon 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 BrownA 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. DavidsonCharles 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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