Medal of Excellence 2021

October 28, 2021

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Thursday, October 28, 2021

Presented by Raytheon Technologies

The Palace at Somerset Park
333 Davidson Avenue
Somerset, NJ 08837
6 p.m. to 7 p.m. | Cocktail Reception Presented by EP2 Design Team
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. | Dinner and Award Presentations

Tickets and Sponsorships

​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.

2021 Medal of Excellence Honorees

Medal of Excellence Award

Thomas A. Kennedy, Ph.D. 
BS'77, Electrical Engineering
Executive Chairman (retired)
Raytheon Technologies 





Distinguished Achievement in Industry 

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




Distinguished Achievement in Research

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







Distinguished Young Alumna

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Melissa Conner 
BS'13, Biomedical Engineering
Vice President of Life Sciences Banking
JPMorgan Chase & Co.






Rutgers Engineering Society Distinguished Engineer Award

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Paul DelRocini
BS'86, Electrical Engineering
Principal Engineer
Lockheed Martin Corporation