Recognizing Achievement in Infrastructure Engineering, Corporate Project Management, and Pharmaceutical Development and Commercialization
Rutgers University's School of Engineering will recognize the achievements of six alumni at the annual Medal of Excellence and Distinguished Alumni Awards event on October 11, 2018. Established in 2006, the awards honor School of Engineering graduates who have distinguished themselves since graduation through professional and/or civic achievement. The 2018 awardees have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the areas of infrastructure engineering, corporate project management, and pharmaceutical development and commercialization.
Awards include the Medal of Excellence for lifetime achievement, Distinguished Achievement in Industry, Distinguished Achievement in Research, and Distinguished Young Alumnus, along with the Rutgers Engineering Society’s Distinguished Engineer Award which recognizes lifetime technical achievement.
“The 2018 honorees showcase the outstanding achievements of the school’s alumni and also the diversity of careers an engineering degree makes possible,” said Thomas N. Farris, Rutgers School of Engineering dean. “Rutgers University’s engineering graduates make an important contributions, sparking innovations that strengthens our economy and enhances lives around the globe.”
The 2018 Medal of Excellence honorees include:
Medal of Excellence Award
Frederick "Fred" Werner's professional career in the field of civil engineering spans nearly 40 years. He is currently president of major pursuits for AECOM, an international infrastructure firm that designs, builds, finances, and operates assets for governments, businesses, and organizations. He is responsible for leveraging AECOM's leadership capabilities in pursuit of new business opportunities. Werner previously served as AECOM group president for design and consulting services, Americas, where he led the group's technical services practice areas, including architecture, cost consultancy, design, engineering, environmental, planning, and program management. He is also a member of AECOM's Europe, Middle East, India, and Africa (EMIA) executive board, which oversees operational performance and drives strategic growth, as well as a member of AECOM's executive leadership team at the enterprise level. Prior to earning his master's degree at Rutgers, Werner received a bachelor's degree from Manhattan College.
Distinguished Achievement in Industry
The FlexPro Group is a project management consulting company, leading projects in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical devices. The firm has been instrumental in guiding key clients from start-ups to "Big Pharma" companies in developing and commercializing new products, optimizing supply chains, and managing complex integration projects. Since the company's inception in 2008, FlexPro Group has been recognized as a leading and fast growing company by a number of publications, including Inc., SmartCEO, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Co-founders—and twin sisters—Rose Angulo Cook and Lynn Angulo Faughey, were also named "Top Female CEOs" and "Top Asian Entrepreneurs" by Inc. magazine.
Cook serves on the board for the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs, focused on scaling high-growth women-founded businesses. She has held various technical and managerial positions in large Fortune 500 companies, including Johnson & Johnson, Colgate-Palmolive, and Nabisco. Faughey previously held technical and managerial positions at Colgate-Palmolive and Johnson & Johnson. After earning her degree at Rutgers, she received a master's degree in secondary education from Arcadia University.
Distinguished Achievement in Research
Christopher Sinko’s research is rooted in materials science, solubilization, and the use of fundamental scientific principles in risk-based approaches to commercial technology development. In his role as senior vice president and head of product development at Bristol-Myers Squibb, he is responsible for exploratory and commercial development of the chemistry, manufacturing, and control technologies for all new medicines. Sinko also serves on the global product development and supply leadership team, pipeline strategy committee, and R&D executive leadership team for which he was tasked with facilitating BMS’s transformation from a broad-based, diversified pharmaceutical company to a focused “BioPharma” company.
Prior to joining Bristol-Myers Squibb, Sinko spent 17 years at Pfizer where he held various leadership roles in global materials science, analytical R&D, and pharmaceutical R&D. After earning his bachelor's degree at Rutgers, Sinko earned both a master's and doctoral degree in pharmaceutics from the University of Michigan.
Distinguished Young Alumnus
Nasir Uddin is a senior core team leader at BD Medical, responsible for delivery of customized self-injection devices for pharmaceutical company clinical trials and commercialization of the device. Prior to BD Medical, Uddin worked in new product development at Ethicon, a Johnson & Johnson company, and founded two start-up companies; one focused in health and medical device integration for developing countries, the other on helping start-ups bring their products from the concept to commercial phase. Uddin is involved in a number of non-profit organizations that support STEM enrichment for minorities and is a board advisor for Youth Achiever's Committee, Florida PolyTechnic University, and Rutgers University iJobs Program, among others. He is the recipient of the Henry P. Becton Volunteer Impact Award and Coca-Cola Scholar Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Award.
Rutgers Engineering Society Distinguished Engineer Award
Over the course of his professional career, Grant Lu has distinguished himself as both a research scientist and a business leader. Following early career positions in research and development as a scientist at the Naval Research Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Norton/Saint Gobain, Lu pursued his interest and aptitude in business, becoming a product manager at Norton/Saint Gobain before joining Heraeus Amersil as a business manager for specialty fiber.
In 2001, he was named president of Heraeus Quartz North America (HQNA), a manufacturer of silica glass for fiber optics telecommunications as well as other applications such as high-power laser optics. Fiber optics are a key enabling technology for voice, data, and video transmission to the home and via cell phone. HQNA is part of the Heraeus Group—a Global Fortune 500 company and one of the largest family owned companies in Germany—providing at least a portion of the glass in one-quarter of the world's total fiber optics production. Lu has also led Heraeus' support of the North Gwinnett Co-op ministries which provide food, clothing, and utility assistance to local residents. The company was named one of Atlanta's Top 100 Workplaces by the Atlanta Journal Constitution.