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Alumni Awards

First presented in 1950, the Carnegie Mellon Alumni Awards recognize alumni, students, and faculty for their service to the university and its alumni, for their achievements in the arts, humanities, sciences, technology, and business. To date more than 750 individuals have been honored through the program. Current Award Categories »

Award Nominations

The Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Alumni Awards. Please note that nominations submitted between now and November 30, 2015, will be included in the pool of candidates for the 2017 Alumni Awards. Nominations may be submitted at any time of the year in all categories. View the nomination form for packet requirements and award categories. You can also view the award categories and listing of past honorees. 
Nomination Deadline: November 30

2015-16 Alumni Award Honorees

Join the Alumni Association as we honor the 2015-16 Alumni Award Honorees at a ceremony on Friday, May 13, 2016, during Commencement weekend. All alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents, friends and family are welcome to attend.

Alumni Distinguished Achievement

Daniel S. Nagin (TPR'71, '71, HNZ'76) Click to expand

Nagin is the Teresa and H. John Heinz III University Professor of Public Policy and Statistics at Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University. His research focuses on the evolution of criminal and antisocial behaviors over the life course, the deterrent effect of criminal and non-criminal penalties on illegal behaviors, and the development of statistical methods for analyzing longitudinal data. He authored Group-based Modeling of Development (Harvard University Press, 2005) and chaired and co-edited the report of the (US) National Academy of Science's Committee on Deterrence and the Death Penalty. He is an elected Fellow of the American Society of Criminology, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and American Academy of Political and Social Science and the recipient of the American Society of Criminology’s Edwin H Sutherland Award and the Stockholm Prize in Criminology. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife Rise who herself is a 1971 CMU alumna, as is their daughter Emily who graduated in 2011.

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Alumni Distinguished Service

Beverley R. Wheeler (DC'76, HNZ'78) Click to expand

Beverley is a Past President of the Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association. She is a 1976 graduate of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences and a 1978 graduate of the Heinz College. While at Carnegie Mellon University, Beverley was involved in WRCT radio station and was the President of Student Government. After graduation, Beverley served on the H. John Heinz III College Alumni Board and is currently serving on the Dean's Advisory Council. She is a member of the Andrew Carnegie Society, the Carnegie Mellon Black Alumni Association, the DC Alumni Network and is a lifetime member of Order of the May. She has also served as a mentor working with the Heinz DC program. As the President of the AAB, she served on the CMU Board of Trustees. In addition to her involvement with Carnegie Mellon, Beverley has worked professionally in both the public and private sector. Beverley has been the President and CEO of Center City Public Charter Schools, the Executive Director of the DC State Board of Education, Chief of Staff to a DC Council Member and a management consultant in education and community development. She is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Heinz College DC program.

Alumni Achievement

Anthony Caine (TPR'79) Click to expand

Anthony Caine graduated with university honors from Carnegie Mellon University in 1979 with degrees in Administration and Management Science, Economics and Mathematics, and was a member of the CMU varsity football program for four years. He spent the first 16 years of his professional career in the computer and software industries, including employment at Hewlett-Packard, Apple Computer and Trilogy Development Company. In 1990, he founded Spyglass, Inc. with scientists from the National Center of Supercomputer Applications at the University of Illinois, and served as its first president and CEO. Spyglass provided the first web browser technology, and was the first internet IPO.

Mr. Caine is founder and chairman of Chicago based LJM Partners, Ltd., an investment and hedge fund company. LJM manages $500 million in client and proprietary funds and has generated annualized returns exceeding 18% over its 18 year history. In addition to fund management, LJM Partners is active in philanthropy, supporting children and education initiatives globally, with a focus in Chicago.

Mr. Caine also founded Summit54, a 501c3 charitable organization with a mission to improve the society and economy of the State of Colorado via education initiatives. Summit54 established a college preparatory and scholarship program at Aurora Public Schools in Denver; provides summer education programming for 750 Kindergarten through 4th grade students in the Roaring Fork School District in Colorado; provides financial and advisory resources for Rocky Mountain Prep, a leading Denver based charter school; and responds to an array of grant requests for education not for profit organizations.

Mr. Caine has served as a board member of Rocky Mountain Prep, charter schools in Denver; an advisor to Colorado Governor Hickenlooper's staff for the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative; a board member of Aspen Community Foundation; board chair of Summit54; and has climbed all of Colorado's 54 peaks exceeding 14,000 feet in one season in the founding of Summit54. He lives with his wife Terri in Aspen, Co., and they have three children, Lauren (31), James (28) and Annie (21).

Dr. Kevin J. Handerhan (E'80, '86, '88) Click to expand

Dr. Handerhan runs his own consulting company which helps manufacturing companies improve their financial performance with emphasis on companies involved in specialty metals processing. Prior to forming his own company, Dr. Handerhan held the position of Chief Operating Officer for Ellwood Group, Inc. (EGI). EGI is a specialty metals producer headquartered in Ellwood City, Pa. He was responsible for all profit and loss activities for all divisions. Prior to being the Chief Operating Officer for Ellwood Group, Inc., he worked in various technical and operating roles within the steelmaking, casting open die and closed die forging companies that belong to EGI. He has published more than 20 technical articles. He received his B.S., MS and Ph.D. degrees from Carnegie Mellon University in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science. He has been affiliated with numerous professional organizations including American Society of Metals; Society of Manufacturing Engineers; Forging Industry Association Board of Directors; Forging Industry Educational and Research Foundation; International Forgemasters Steering Group Chairman. Dr. Handerhan lives with his wife, Kathleen in Cranberry Township, Pa., and is the proud father of three sons, Ryan (27), Jason (24) and Tyler (19).

Alumni Service

Dr. Marilyn Bracken (MM'57) Click to expand

Dr. Bracken is an Adjunct Research Staff Member at the Institute for Defense Analyses in Alexandria, Va. where she provides technical support to the Department of Defense on the testing and evaluation of chemical and biological detection and diagnostic systems. Previously she served as Senior Vice President, Air and Water Technologies and as Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Pesticides and Toxic Substances, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She received the Presidential Rank Award, Meritorious Executive, U.S. Government, is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the Society of American Military Engineers and a Distinguished Alumna of American University. Dr. Bracken holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Public Administration: Technology of Management from American University. She is married to Jerome Bracken, B.S. in Civil Engineering (1956). They have four children and nine grandchildren and live in Chevy Chase, Md. She served on the CMU Alumni Advisory Board from 2008 to 2012, the Annual Giving Committee and class reunion committees. She is a member of the Andrew Carnegie Society.  

Alumni Notebook Article in the Steinbrenner Institute Newsletter
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Carnegie Mellon Lecture: Global Climate Change
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Jon Hayden (A'80) Click to expand

Hayden is a native Atlantan, professional actor, member of AEA (Actor's Equity Association) and 2nd Vice President of SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists), Atlanta Branch. He has appeared in over 40 theatrical productions in summer stock and regional theater, as well as Off-Broadway. Jon recently completed the short film "The Eternal Youth of Everyone Else" by the creative team from the zombie spinoff The Originals. In 1986, Jon established Hayden Technologies, Inc. in New York City. As CEO/CFO, Jon built a fiscally strong computer consulting business assisting companies up and down the eastern seaboard in managing/deploying LAN/WAN, copper/fiber, VOIP and IP and POS systems working and managing NYC and Atlanta offices from 1995-2000. In 2011, Jon helped jumpstart the Atlanta Network of CMU Atlanta. He has been president since 2013. This vibrant group of officers won the prestigious Medium Network of the year in 2014. Jon has reconnected with hundreds of Loyal Scots who have pledged to continue to support and grow our excitement and amazement of all the future holds for: Nobel, Peabody, Tony, Academy, SAG and Emmy winners from CMU! Jon lives in Atlanta with his lovely wife Susan Carabetta Hayden (RISD, Graphic Design '84), son Nicholas Robert (Furman University class of 2018) and daughter Anna Victoria (IB Diploma candidate, Riverwood International Charter School class of 2016).

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Seth Pearlman (E'78, '79), P.E., D.GE Click to expand

Pearlman is the President and CEO of Menard USA, a developer and innovator in ground improvement and specialty foundation construction. He's worked on hundreds of design-build projects and has had 35 articles published both during his 12 year tenure at Menard and the 17 prior years at Nicholson Construction (an innovator in Geotechnical Construction). In 2014, he received the Henry Michel Award for Innovation in Industry from ASCE, and prior to that, an Alumni Service Award from the CMU Department of CEE, and several Innovation Awards from Soletanche Freyssinet and VINCI (the parent companies of Menard). He's held office for several professional groups and is the past President of the Deep Foundations Institute. He works diligently to sponsor scholarship programs for CEE undergrads interested in the field of foundation construction. Seth lives in Mt. Lebanon, Pa., with his wife, Pam, and has two sons, Isaac (Case Western, 2012) and Julian (CMU CEE, 2014).

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Recent Alumni

Bob Moczydlowsky (HNZ/A'07) Click to expand

Bob was the the Head of Music at Twitter until this past spring, and his new global music venture will be announced soon. In his role at Twitter, Bob focuses on building music industry partnerships and luring artists to the company's platform. Bob is the past SVP Product & Marketing at Topspin Media. He has dedicated his career to removing obstacles between artists and fans. He's managed bands and events and created artist web sites. In 1996, he created one of the web's first licensed streaming music sites. Prior to Topspin, Bob worked at Yahoo! Music, founded the media agency Closed System and worked closely with the Sundance Institute and the NEA to help musicians, filmmakers and educators. Bob holds degrees from The University of Kansas and Carnegie Mellon University, and teaches in CMU's Master of Entertainment Industry Management (MEIM) program, which is a joint degree program of the Heinz College and College of Fine Arts.


Shanna Tellerman (A'03, MET'05) Click to expand

Shanna is the founder and CEO of Pencil & Pixel, a startup currently in stealth mode focused on 3D technology and e-commerce. Her career has focused on the intersection of design and technology, especially in the realm of 3D platforms. She was most recently a partner on the investing team at Google Ventures. Previously, Tellerman was the founder and CEO of Sim Ops Studios, which created the Wild Pockets platform. A spinoff from Carnegie Mellon University, Sim Ops focused on democratizing 3D game development. It was acquired in 2010 by Autodesk, where Tellerman worked as a product line manager responsible for launching the cloud platform and Autodesk 360 applications. In 2012, she was featured in the book "Creating Innovators" by Harvard education expert Tony Wagner, and in 2009, she was named one of BusinessWeek's best young entrepreneurs. Tellerman holds a B.F.A. and a master's degree in entertainment technology from Carnegie Mellon University.

Silicon Valley Business Journal - Women of Influence 2014
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Student Service

Mariah Ondeck (E'15) Click to expand

Mariah graduated in May 2015 with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and biomedical engineering. While at CMU, she performed research in the Campbell Lab, supported by a BME SURG, and a CMU SURF. She worked with Carmell Therapeutics on her senior research project and was a finalist in the CIT Honors poster competition. Mariah was active in the engineering department as president of the First Year Advisory Board and as two-year director of the CIT Community Building Committee. She was also involved with CMU Student Life for two years as an upperclassman Resident Assistant. As a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, she sat as operations chair for two productions of the CASA fund raising talent show. Mariah was a member of Mortar Board, represented CMU as a Highland Ambassador and was a member of the engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi. Mariah plans on entering the medical field.

2014 Alumni Award Honorees

The Alumni Association recognized the 2014 Alumni Award honorees at a ceremony on October 10, 2014 on the Pittsburgh campus. Read more about each honoree below.

View photos from the 2014 Alumni Awards Ceremony & Reception

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