Medal of Excellence 2021

October 28, 2021
Thursday, October 28, 2021

Presented by TBD

The Palace at Somerset Park
333 Davidson Avenue
Somerset, NJ 08837
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. | Cocktail Reception Presented by Aircastle Limited
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. | Dinner and Award Presentations

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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 distinguished guests. In addition, the Rutgers Engineering Society (RES) presents its Distinguished Engineer Award at this event.


2021 Medal of Excellence Honorees

Medal of Excellence Award

Thomas A Kennnedy
BS'77, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
Executive Chairman
Raytheon Technologies Corporation


Distinguished Achievement in Industry 

Joel B. Reiss
BS'92, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Executive Vice President
TransDigm Group, Inc.


Distinguished Achievement in Research

Vita M. Lanoce
BS'85, Department Biomedical Engineering
Chief Executive Officer
Linical Americas


Distinguished Young Alumnus

Melissa Connor Guzik
BS'13, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Vice President 
JPMorgan Chase & Co.