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Alumni Awards

First presented in 1950, the Carnegie Mellon Alumni Awards recognize alumni, students, and faculty for their service to the university and its alumni, for their achievements in the arts, humanities, sciences, technology, and business. To date more than 750 individuals have been honored through the program. Current Award Categories »

2014 Alumni Award Honorees

The Alumni Association is pleased to announce the 2014 Alumni Award honorees. We hope the CMU community will join us for the Alumni Awards ceremony on October 10, 2014 at 5:30 pm to celebrate their achievements.

Alumni Distinguished Achievement
John Maxwell Cohn, E'91

Alumni Distinguished Service
Joseph F. DiMario, E'54, TPR'60
Gregory P. Polansky, S'74, TPR'76

Alumni Achievement
Renée L. Stout, A'80
Jim Tetlow, A'77
Jeff C. Kunins, DC'95

Alumni Service
Rachel Keeler, TPR'94
Jon R. Kinol, TPR'92
Jongwoo (JW) Kwak, TPR'87
Samuel A. Swift, CMU'04, TPR'09, '12
Suzanne Rothfeld Steven, TPR'93

Recent Alumni
Bowei Gai, E'06, '07
Linda Mariel Kaplan, E'07
Dawn Weleski, A'10

Faculty Service
Allan H. Meltzer

Student Service
Michelle Lin, DC'14
Christine Marie Sidoti, E'14

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Congratulations to the 2013 Alumni Award Honorees

The Alumni Association honored the 2013 Alumni Award recipients at the Alumni Awards Ceremony on Friday, September 27 as part of Cèilidh Weekend.


Alumni Distinguished Achievement

J. Renato Iturriaga (S'64, '67)
Renato, who was born in Mexico City, received both his master's degree in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from CMU. In the world of academia, he was professor at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), where he founded and headed the Center for Applied Mathematics and Systems. He was the George Miller Visiting Professor at the University of Illinois. In the corporate sector, he worked at Banamex, the largest Mexican bank. He has been an independent consultant as well as member of the board of directors of different private and public institutions. In the government, he has held executive positions in a number of Mexican government agencies: Workers Housing National Institute, Ministry of Budgeting and Planning, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health, Attorney General's Office. He was recently appointed liaison between the Federal Ministry of Education and the Governor of the state of Morelos.

Alan Washburn (E'62, '63, S'65)
Alan is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Operations Research Department at the Naval Postgraduate School. His teaching and research have concentrated on decision making in competitive situations with large elements of randomness, especially applications of search theory and game theory. He has published three books and about 50 papers in scholarly journals, the most recent of which is titled "Blotto Politics." He is an active member of the National Academy of Engineering. He is outdoorsy and regularly goes backpacking and fishing in California's mountains. He lives in Monterey, Calif., with his wife, Anne Moser Washburn (MM'64), and their two dogs, Cookie and Pepper.

Alumni Distinguished Service

Richard Creech (E'84)
Rick is president and principal of Creech Engineers, a 50-person civil engineering, surveying, and mapping firm headquartered in Stuart, Fla. He has served in numerous roles on behalf of the university, including Board of Trustees, Dean's Leadership Council, Alumni Association Board (member and president), and Civil Engineering Advisory Board. Rick is a licensed professional engineer in Florida and North Carolina and a professional land surveyor in Florida. He was designated Engineer of the Year by the Florida Engineering Society (Treasure Coast Chapter) and FES Young Engineer of the year (Treasure Coast Chapter). He was awarded the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society award for "Outstanding Civic Contribution." Rick, a licensed pilot and an avid historian, enjoys fishing, golfing, hunting, painting, tennis, and diving. He has been married since 1984 to Jill and has two daughters, Audra and Rachelle.

Alumni Achievement

Kathryn L. Beers (S'96, '00)
Kate is leader of the Sustainable Polymers Group in the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where she has focused in the area of soft matter research for the last 13 years. She has published more than 60 peer-reviewed journal articles in controlled polymer synthesis, microfluidic technology for the production and analysis of new materials, and creative approaches to advance green polymer chemistry. She has served in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President to promote and coordinate interagency and international cooperation, and communicate administration policy and priorities in the physical sciences. Kate is recipient of the 2012 Arthur S. Flemming Award, 2006 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), 2005 Department of Commerce Silver Medal, and is a Fellow of the Polymer Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society. She lives in Bethesda, Md., with her husband, J. Harman (E'95, '96), and their children, Barny (7) and Penelope (4).

James M. Lally (HNZ'00)
James is president and chief medical officer, Chino Valley Medical Center, is recognized in the local community as a charitable and giving physician, who leads by example. Early to work and late to leave, he serves as a role model to his management and staff as someone willing to "walk the walk." Board certified in Family Practice, with a master's degree in Medical Management from CMU, he is responsible for the daily operations of the hospital. His leadership was instrumental in the hospital being selected as a Truven Top 100 Hospital for the second year in a row. He serves as team physician for the USA Shooting Team, as well as its president, chairman of the Medical Committee of the International Shooting Sports Federation, and member of the International Olympic Medical Committee. He acts as the medical director to indigent clinics in Chino and Montclair. He serves on the Board of Trustees for Chino Valley Medical Center, Montclair Hospital Medical Center, and Canyon Ridge Psychiatric Hospital. He lives with his daughter, Kaitlyn Bai Lally (age 17), in Upland, Calif.

Terry F. Yosie (DC'75, '81)
Terry is president and CEO of the World Environment Center, a global non-governmental organization that works with multinational companies, governments and other stakeholders to develop business solutions to societal challenges. He has authored more than 70 professional articles and has served on a number of committees of the National Academy of Sciences and other professional bodies. He has held senior executive positions at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the private sector, and is frequently called upon by national governments, global companies and non-governmental organizations to provide strategic counsel and advice on issues related to strategy, innovation, governance and collaborative initiatives. He currently lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Ann Hegnauer. Learn more:

Alumni Service

Brian T. Olsavsky (TPR'89)
Brian is the CFO for the Worldwide Consumer Business at and leads a team of over 300 finance professionals who support the main Amazon businesses in 11 countries throughout the world. He has been at Amazon for 11 years in various global financial roles as the company has grown annual revenues from $3 B in 2002 to over $60 B in 2012. A 1989 graduate of the Tepper School, he has been very involved with the school for the past 25 years as a corporate recruiter, a founder and first president of the Seattle Alumni chapter, and most recently as a member of the Tepper Alumni Board which was established in 2008. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Susan, and youngest daughter, Gracie (15), and has daughters who are currently studying at Cornell (Katherine, age 21) and Michigan (Alexandra, age 19)

Marullus A. Williams (E'95)
Marullus is the president of Limbic Systems, Inc., a Washington, D.C. based IT consulting firm. Marullus graduated from CMU's Information Networking Institute (INI) in 1995, and since graduating, he has served in a number of volunteer roles on behalf of the department. Since 2007, he has been a volunteer recruiter for INI with a specific focus on recruiting minority and women students. In recent years, Marullus has supported the CMU Information Assurance (IA) Capacity Building Program, a program to help build IA capacity at minority-serving institutions. Marullus has advised the INI's MySecureCyberspace outreach initiative on the Carnegie Cadets online safety game. In 2010, Marullus was selected as the initial chair of the INI Alumni Leadership Council, and he remains an active member of the Council. In 2012, Marullus was the commencement speaker for the INI Diploma Ceremony. He is active in his local community and serves as a board member for Think Local First, an advocacy group which promotes local, small businesses. He is also a DC Mayoral Appointee to the Board of the DC Workforce Investment Council. He lives in Maryland with his wife, Yamma, and two daughters, Ella and Zora. Learn more:

Anne Witchner Levin (DC'73)
Anne is assistant dean of Student Affairs at Carnegie Mellon and also director of Orientation and First Year Programs. She has served in the role of assistant dean since 1990. Over the past 35 years, Anne has served in a variety of roles in Student Affairs. She first served as director of Skibo (the former Student Union) and Student Activities (from 1977 until it was raised). She then worked as the director of Student Activities in the University Center from 1996 until 2000, when she moved to the Office of Orientation. She has had the privilege and wonderful opportunity to help develop and sustain a number of programs and initiatives, including: the Winter Activities Fair; the Kiltie Band Holiday Concert; Madrigal Dinner; Graduate Student Orientation; First Year Orientation; Black History Month; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day programming; and development of Sweepstakes Alumni Group. Anne has been involved in many local tennis groups and teams in Pittsburgh, served on the Board of Hillel Student Union, and remained active with many programs at Children's Hospital. Her favorite time is spent with her family, husband, Michael, and son, David.

Recent Alumni

Rory O'Malley (A'03)
Rory is best known for starring on Broadway in the original company of "The Book of Mormon," for which he received both Tony and Drama Desk nominations and is featured on the cast album performing the showstopper, "Turn It Off." His Broadway debut was in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" and, regionally, he created the role of Richie Cunningham in Garry Marshall's "Happy Days The Musical." Rory can be seen in the Paramount Pictures film "Dreamgirls" and on the small screen in episodes of "Nurse Jackie," "Law and Order: SVU," and "1600 Penn." Rory is a co-founder of Broadway Impact a grassroots organization of the theatre community mobilized in support of marriage equality. Since its inception, Broadway Impact has organized large rallies, phone banks, theater events, and it is currently producing the play "8," conceived by Rory and edited by Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black. Learn more: and

Student Service

Lenny An (E'11, '12)
Lenny graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in December 2012 with a master's degree in Engineering & Technology Innovation Management. He also obtained his bachelor's degree, studying Chemical Engineering with a minor in Supply Chain Management. During his time at CMU, he complemented his studies by staying involved with various student organizations. He was the vice president of Programming among other positions for his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon, a co-lead for the Student Planning Committee for Cèilidh Weekend 2012, a Highland Ambassador, an orientation counselor/leader, and a choreographer for Dancers' Symposium. In addition, he was also involved a variety of community service initiatives, most notably serving as the president of CUTIES (Carnegie United Towards Increased Effort in Service) for two years. After graduation, Lenny joined Accenture as a consultant, focusing on Systems Integration. In addition, he is involved with the Accenture NYC Analyst Volunteer Service Committee and the CMU NYC Alumni Board.

Shivani Anand Arora (CMU'13)
Shivani is a graduate from the Carnegie Mellon Qatar campus. She has lived across eight different countries throughout her life, experiencing a diversity of cultures, people, environments, shaping her to a truly international personality. During her college years, she was an active member of the debate society and represented the CMU-Qatar campus in local and international tournaments. Shivani has also been heavily involved in service initiatives. She served at the president of the Development Solutions Organization, Qatar chapter, and led service activities during her time. She organized English classes for migrant workers in Qatar for two consecutive years, worked on fundraisers, and participated in international service trips. Shivani has also been a Student Ambassador at the Qatar campus, introducing university life to prospective students and served as the on Student Advisory Committee, where she worked on promoting integrity initiatives. Shivani has also had the opportunity to spend a semester studying abroad at the CMU main campus, where she had a wonderful experience.

Sangita Sharma (E'13)
Sangita is currently working for Accenture in Philadelphia, Pa., as a systems integrations analyst. During her time at CMU, she was active in various areas on campus, including the Student Life Office from sophomore to senior year, where she served as a resident assistant, a mentor and finally a head orientation counselor for a first-year residence hall. She spent some time in student government during her junior year as the vice president of the Student Body, where she had the opportunity to sit on various committees and advisory councils. She spent most of her remaining time as a dancer for the CMU Bhangra team through her entire four years, during which time she attended 12 dance competitions in nine different cities. During her senior year, she served as the student representative for the Alumni Association Board.


Do you know a student or alumnus that you feel is deserving of an Alumni Award? We encourage you to review the categories and nominate individuals!

The Alumni Association is currently accepting nominations in all categoriesfor the 2015 Alumni Awards.

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