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College of Engineering to honor outstanding ECE alumni





Several alumni of the Department of Electrical Engineering will be among those honored this year as recipients of the 16th Annual Excellence in Engineering & Architecture Alumni Awards. The awards will be presented October 18, 2013.

Each year the College of Engineering honors alumni for extraordinary personal achievements, remarkable contributions to the field of engineering or architecture, or outstanding service to the college.

This year’s top honorees and the awards they will receive will include:

Thomas L. Thomas (BS’ 66, MS’ 66, electrical engineering) retired chairman and CEO of EJustice Solutions, will receive the Benjamin G. Lamme Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the college for meritorious achievement in advancing engineering. The Ann Arbor, Mich., resident is the former owner and CEO of Creative Solutions, Inc., which he helped grow into the leading supplier of integrated software applications for U.S. public accounting firms before selling it to Thomson Reuters in 1998.

Tamer S. Ibrahim (BS ’96, MS ’98, PhD ’03, electrical engineering) William Kepler Whiteford Associate Professor in bioengineering and radiology at the University of Pittsburgh, will receive the Texnikoi Outstanding Alumni Award, honoring achievements since graduation. The Sewickley, Pa., resident’s work has challenged old and established theories in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and led to new radio frequency techniques such as RF shimming and subject-insensitive RF transmit arrays.

In addition to these awards, two alumni will receive Distinguished Alumni Awards in honor of their outstanding professional achievement in engineering:

Robert J. Borel (BS ’65, MS ’65, electrical engineering) is CEO of private engineering firm BeamAlloy Technologies, LLC, in Plain City, Ohio, and a retired Worthington Industries executive.

Songsdhit “Joe” Chongsiriwatana (BS ’96, electrical engineering; MS ’98, biomedical engineering) moved his family to Thailand where he applies his engineering talents to stopping child trafficking and helping rescued children through his work at ZOE International.