School’s Annual Medal of Excellence Award Event Recognizes Innovation in Industry, Infrastructure, Education, Research, and Service
Six distinguished Rutgers University School of Engineering alumni have been selected to receive the school’s most prestigious awards for professional achievement and service to the community. The Medal of Excellence and Distinguished Alumni awards recognize the contributions made by School of Engineering graduates in advancing innovation and technology across a diversity of professions and disciplines. The awards will be presented on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at a dinner event with alumni, faculty, students, and industry and government leaders, on the Rutgers Livingston campus in Piscataway.
This year’s honorees include alumni whose contributions in infrastructure, pharmaceutical research and development, and medicine, biomedical, and materials innovation have contributed to technologic advancements and economic development for New Jersey and the nation. In addition, a Dean’s Award for Service is presented to a School of Engineering alumnus who, through personal commitment and dedication, has contributed to advancing the engineering profession. The Distinguished Engineer Award is given by the Rutgers Engineering Society, the official alumni group for the School of Engineering.
“The 2015 honorees showcase the outstanding achievements of the school’s alumni and also demonstrate the diversity of careers that encompass an engineering degree,” said Rutgers School of Engineering Dean Thomas N. Farris. “Rutgers University engineering graduates make an important impact, sparking innovation that strengthens New Jersey’s economy and shapes lives around the globe.”
The 2015 Medal of Excellence honorees include:
Medal of Excellence Award
Distinguished Alumnus in Industry and Commerce
Distinguished Alumnus in Education and Research
Distinguished Young Alumnus
As a graduate student at Rutgers University pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering, Eric Jayjock was a member of the National Science Foundation Center for Structured Organic Particulate Systems (C-SOPS) team, contributing to the development of scalable manufacturing processes for oral solids dosages. A culmination of this work included designing and coordinating the construction of the C-SOPS continuous direct compression line in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson. Since the successful completion of that project in 2013, Jayjock joined Janssen as staff engineer, bringing continuous manufacturing into the Janssen manufacturing and development portfolio in a way that maximizes value for the industry, company, and, most importantly, the patient.
The Dean’s Award for Service
Tracy Espiritu left a career as a product engineer to become a science and STEAM teacher (science, technology, engineering, architecture, math) in the Elizabeth school district. Motivated by her passion for science and a desire to train the next generation of innovators, she supports and trains other teachers to be effective STEAM educators. She serves as a mentor to colleagues, providing ongoing professional development and evaluating curriculum and its implementation so that students can develop higher-level thinking skills. Espiritu has forged partnerships with universities and serves as the NASA Explorer School Team Leader. During summers, she has taken fellow educators to JPL and Houston and Kennedy Space Centers. In 2014, she was awarded a Milken National Educator Award. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.