Medal of Excellence Awards 2010

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Dev Ittycheria, ENG '89, along with fellow Medal of Excellence recipients Hugh Martin, ENG '78, John Tarbell, ENG '69, and Wilson Chiu, ENG '99 were honored at a May 2010 dinner. The School of Engineering Medal of Excellence was established in 2006 as a means to honor the exceptional achievements of members of the Rutgers Engineering Alumni community.

Alumnus of the Year

Dev Ittycheria’s career as a top technology executive began at AT&T where he quickly rose through the ranks to become one of the youngest product line managers in charge of that company’s $1 billion frame relay and ATM business. After leaving AT&T, Dev forged a future as a serial entrepreneur by launching Applica, an Application Service Provider that was one of the first companies on record to offer “hosted” applications that could be accessed via the web and paid for on a lease basis or, what is today referred to as Software as a Service or Cloud Computing. He later merged Applica with Breakaway Solutions and played a key role in taking the company public in 1999. Through experience managing large-scale data centers and web-based applications, Dev recognized a crucial problem to be solved: providing the proper tools to automate the task of provisioning and configuring servers and web applications in the data center. As Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Bessemer Partners, he launched BladeLogic, a software company that fundamentally changed how people provision servers and applications. Under Dev’s leadership, the company grew faster than any of its competitors. In July 2007, he led one of the most successful technology IPOs when he took BladeLogic public on the Nasdaq stock exchange. After BMC Software bought the company in 2008, Dev served as President of the Enterprise Service Management division of BMC where he was responsible for a business with $1.2 billion in annual revenue. After “retiring” in March of this year, Dev joined the Board of Directors of Bazaarvoice – a leader in hosted social commerce applications that drive sales.

Alumni Lifetime Achievement


As CEO of Pacific Biosciences, Hugh Martin leads a team of advanced optics engineers, advanced semi-conductor process design engineers, a parallel computing group, enzymologists, and a surface chemistry group in developing a DNA sequencing machine that can unravel an individual’s entire genome in minutes – a technology with enormous implications for more effective cancer treatment and drug delivery. Hugh has enjoyed a phenomenal 30 year career as an engineer and as a seasoned entrepreneur. From his first job as a design engineer in the CPU Group of Hewlett Packard following graduation from Rutgers in 1978, to his current role as the CEO of one of the hottest start-ups in Silicon Valley, Hugh has brought to bear on all that he does a depth of knowledge, keen intellect and, most importantly, a passion for innovation that are second to none. After leaving HP, Hugh co-founded Ridge Computers where he designed the world's first commercial reduced instruction set computing (RISC) minicomputer. After that venture, he took a position as Director running desktop engineering at Apple Computer. From personal computers, Hugh then moved on to the video game industry as President of 3DO. His next role of CEO-in-Residence for the preeminent venture capital firm of Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield & Byers led you in 1998 to launch ONI Systems, a high-speed optical telecommunications company which you took public on June 1, 2000, making it the first IPO following the dot com crash. Under his leadership as CEO and President, ONI was named the Fastest Growing Company in Silicon Valley in 2001. With great courage in facing the dominant telecommunications industry leaders, Hugh made a play for equipment for local applications. Later, he sold ONI to Ciena Corporation and then began his current undertaking, one that could potentially revolutionize the field of medicine.

Alumni Achievement in Academia


Professor John Tarbell has earned a reputation as a top-notch researcher, a much admired teacher and a productive citizen of the scientific community. He has focused his research on cardiovascular fluid mechanics, arterial wall transport, and artificial heart fluid mechanics, including the function of mechanical heart valves and blood-damage in mechanical devices. Dr. Tarbell’s pioneer work in the development of in vitro endothelial transport models for examining the permeability of the endothelial barrier has earned international acclaim. A prolific scholar, he has authored or co-authored over 140 articles, 239 conference publications, and 8 books. As an educator, he has earned distinction and numerous awards for his ability to interact with students. Dr. Tarbell was elected Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society, and Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. In 2004, he was awarded the H.R. Lissner Award of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), which is given in recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of bioengineering. Aside from these lifetime scholarly achievements, perhaps his greatest legacy lies in the more than 50 graduate students he has advised and taken under his wing - many of whom have gone on to complete their Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

Distinguished Young Alumnus


After completing his Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering in 1999, Dr. Chiu embarked on a career in academia that took him from an entry level position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Connecticut, as Visiting Professor at Columbia University Medical Center, to the post he holds today as Professor with tenure at the University of Connecticut. With over thirty-nine journal articles and sixty-nine conference presentations, proceedings and abstracts; two technical reports; and numerous invited lectures, Dr. Chiu has already begun to make significant contributions to the field of mechanical engineering. Through research on transport phenomena during synthesis and processing of nanostructured materials at both the fundamental research and application levels he has garnered highly competitive support from the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the Office of Army Research, the Department of Energy, and industry. In 2001, Dr. Chiu received the NSF Career Award, the ONR Young Investigator Award, and in 2005 the ARO Young Investigator Award. His work has also earned him the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Bergles-Rohsenow Young Investigator Award in Heat Transfer, an award in recognition of a promising young engineer’s commitment to research in heat transfer. In addition to his membership in ASME, the International Society for Optical Engineering, and the Electrochemical Society, Dr. Chiu also serves on numerous editorial boards of scholarly journals; as Session Chair or co-Chair of many professional conferences; as reviewer for journals, funding agencies, professional societies, and publishers; and, as advisor to thirteen graduate students, one post-doc researcher, a visiting scholar and twenty-one undergraduate students engaged in research. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE AWARDS CRITERIAS Please visit HERE