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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 nearly 900 individuals have been honored through the program.

Current Award Categories

2017 Alumni Awards Highlights

On Friday, May 19, the CMU Alumni Association proudly honored the 2017 Alumni Award honorees for their outstanding achievements in their professional fields and dedicated service to the university. This year’s inspiring honorees featured award winning actors, leaders in entertainment, policy, technology and medicine, and those who are passionate and dedicated to service at CMU. View the 2017 CMU Alumni Awards slideshow below and visit The Alumni Association Facebook page to see video highlights from the evening.

Nominations for the 2018 CMU Alumni Awards are currently closed. You may nominate for the Student Engagement Award through November 30.
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Past Award Honorees

2017 Alumni Award Honorees

Alumni Lifetime Achievement
Judith E. Light
(A 1970)

Alumni Lifetime Achievement
Raymond W. Smith
(TPR 1959)

Alumni Achievement
Glen de Vries
(S 1994)

Alumni Achievement
William "Billy" Porter
(A 1991)

Alumni Achievement
Sachiko Takayasu
(DC 1985)

Outstanding Recent Alumni
Lee D. Hollin
(HNZ/A 2007)

Outstanding Recent Alumni
Elvin Ivan Yaw Uy
(HNZ 2010)

Alumni Distinguished Service
David M. Kirr
(E 1959, 1960, TPR 1962)

Alumni Distinguished Service

Jay E. Price
(S 1966)

Alumni Service
Adam G. Pennington
(CS 2001, E 2003)

Alumni Service
Wilfred T. Rouleau
(E 1951, 1952, 1954) &
Ruth Osborne Rouleau
(MM 1952, L 1953)

Faculty & Staff Impact
Mark Stehlik

Student Service
Angela O. Ng
(E 2016)

Student Service
Joshua J. Zak
(CMU 2017)

2017 Honoree Highlights

2016 Alumni Awards Highlights Click to expand

The Alumni Association proudly honored the 2016 Alumni Award Honorees for their outstanding achievements in their professional fields and dedicated service to the university at a ceremony on Friday May 13, 2016. View a slidehow from the evening and learn about the the Honorees and their many contributions to CMU and the world.

2016 Alumni Awards Slideshow


Alumni Distinguished Achievement

Daniel S. Nagin (TPR 1971, 1971, HNZ 1976
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.
Stockholm Prize in Criminology Announcement

Alumni Distinguished Service

Beverley R. Wheeler (DC 1976, HNZ 1978)
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 1979)
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 1980, 1986, 1988)
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 1957)
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
Announcement from College of Engineering Speaker Series (2008)
Carnegie Mellon Lecture: Global Climate Change
Maggie Murph Interview from Carnegie Mellon Homepage

Jon Hayden (A 1980)
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 1978, 1979), P.E., D.GE
Seth Pearlman, P.E., D.GE, is the North American Regional Manager and Board Member of Menard (France) and is responsible for the success of Menard USA, US Wick Drain and Geopac (Canada). As a developer and innovator in the design and implementation of ground improvement and geo-structural construction, he’s worked on hundreds of projects and has published 35 articles in his 30 year tenure in this field. 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 company 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 (A, HNZ 2007)
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 2003, MET 2005)
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

Siriana Abboud (DC 2016)
Siriana Abboud will graduate May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with concentrations in social/personality psychology, and an additional major in French and Francophone Studies. Siriana joined the alumni community as a Highland Ambassador in her first year. As Student Representative on the Alumni Association Board, she become the youngest to fill the role and the first to sit on the Board for two years. One of her initiatives was to increase student-alumni interactions by launching a mentor program between Highland Ambassadors and Board members. Among her campus involvements, Siriana has been active as a co-founder of CMU in Haiti; president of the Arab Student Organization; vice-president of the International Student Union; a French teaching assistant; a first year mentor and Orientation Counselor; and a member of IMPAQT, a selected group that cultivates relations with CMU's Qatar campus. Her work in Haiti has grown with internships at Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti (HAS) and Friends of HAS.

At the Children's School at CMU, Siriana works with preschool and kindergarten children, and she was recently award the Gretchen Goldsmith Lankford Prize in education. After graduation, Siriana is excited to follow her passion for teaching at Columbia University, Teachers College with a Masters in Early Childhood Education and bilingual extension. She eventually hopes to work in education policy and reform at home and abroad.

Ian Glasner (E 2016, TPR 2016)
Ian will graudate in May 2016 with two bachelor's degrees, the first in electrical and computer engineering and the second in business administration. While at CMU, Ian worked for the Student Life Office for three years, first as a resident assistant and then as a community advisor. In 2013, Ian founded CMU in Haiti, a student organization that travels to Port-au-Prince during spring break and meets with local organizations that focus on micro-credit lending, sustainable farming, and education. Ian served as student body vice president junior year and student body president senior year. Through this role, Ian founded the Proud to be Plaid Committee, an organization that focuses on recognizing students who demonstrate their CMU pride. In one year, Proud to be Plaid increased the senior student giving rate from 14.8% to an all-time record of 33.6%. Ian will join Hewlett Packard Enterprise in Palo Alto, California in June 2016.

Mariah Ondeck (E 2015)
Mariah graduated in May 2015 with a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. While at CMU, Mariah spent two summers researching in the Campbell Lab with support from a BME Summer Undergraduate Research Grant and a CMU Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Mariah completed the CIT Senior Honor's Research program with Carmell Therapeutics. She presented her work entitled "Determination of activity and cytotoxicity of DNase delivered from blood plasma based biomaterials" at the CMU Meeting of the Minds Symposium and was a finalist in the CIT Honors Research poster competition. Mariah was active in the engineering department as two-year director of the CIT Community Building Committee and president of the First Year Advisory Board. 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 co-chaired the operations committee for two productions of the CASA fund raising talent show. Mariah represented CMU as a Highland Ambassador; was inducted into the engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi; was an Andrew Carnegie Scholar; and, was a member of Mortar Board. Mariah currently works as a Lead Biomedical Engineering Reviewer at the FDA in the Division of Reproductive, Gastro-Renal, and Urological Devices.

Minnar Xie (CMU 2016)
Minnar Xie will graduate in May 2016 as a 5th Year Scholar and with a BHA in Art and Psychology, with an additional major in Human-Computer Interaction. At CMU, she became passionate about the intersections of the arts, humanities and technology for social change. Minnar was the President of Facilitating Opportunities for Refugee Growth and Empowerment (FORGE), launched a SAT/College Prep program, and conducted ethnographic study of resettled Bhutanese/Nepali refugee youth in Pittsburgh. Her interest in global issues was sparked through AltBreak, where she traveled to Guatemala to teach English, and Juntos, where she worked on cross-community art between Pittsburgh and Nicaragua. Additionally, Minnar spent a summer in India with TechBridgeWorld, evaluating and developing educational technology with the Mathru Educational Trust for the Blind. For the past two years she has been involved in CMU Partners Allied in Civic Engagement (PACE). Minnar's next step is working to apply design thinking and strategy to social issues.

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