Medal of Excellence Dinner

October 2, 2014
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Trayes Hall - Douglass Student Center
100 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. | Cocktail Reception
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. | Dinner and Presentation
Dinner Chairs: Karen and Ralph Izzo, Chairman and CEO, PSEG

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  • Dress is business attire. 
  • For additional information, please contact Aileen Carroll at 848-445-4454 or 848-445-2214 or

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The Medal of Excellence Awards, established in 2006, recognize graduates of Rutgers University School of Engineering who have distinguished themselves professionally since graduation in industry, academia, government, research, and business. The awards also recognize alumni who have distinguished themselves in other areas including continued involvement in the School of Engineering and social responsibility.

Honorees are celebrated at a networking dinner event that is attended by alumni and SoE faculty and students, as well as an impressive representation of local industry members and other distinuguished guests.  In addition, the Rutgers Engineering Society (RES) presents its Distinguished Engineer Award at this event.

The 2014 honorees include:

Medal of Excellence for Overall Achievement
James W. Hughes, PhD ENG’65, GSNB'69, ’71
Dean, Edward J.  Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Distinguished Achievement in Industry and Commerce
Joanna L. Martinez ENG’75, GSNB’77
Executive Managing Director, Chief Procurement Officer
Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.
Distinguished Achievement in Education and Research
Mark C. Zimmerman, PhD GSNB'81, ’85
Venture Leader
BetaLogics Division of Janssen Research and Development, LLC
Distinguished Young Alumnus/a
Robert Stianchi ENG’05
Director, Commercial Bioventures
Dean's Award for Service
Charles Chang GSNB’75
Topline Products Company
Distinguished Engineer Award (Rutgers Engineering Society Award)
Charles "Chuck" Kurkjian, PhD ENG'52
Bell Laboratories (1959-1999)
National Academy of Engineering Member

Read the press release and honoree bios.

Click for information on the 2013 honorees and to see photos from last year's event.