McKelvey Engineering presents alumni, dean’s awards

The McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis recently honored outstanding alumni and friends of the school for their service to the school, thought leadership, business acumen and impact at two awards ceremonies.

McKelvey Engineering Dean Aaron Bobick presented the McKelvey Engineering Awards to honor the professional accomplishments and service of distinguished alumni and friends during an event held April 30 in Whitaker Hall.

The recipients of the Alumni Achievement Award are:

  • Andre Audi, BS ’84, MS ’84, president and partner of Alper Audi Structural Engineers
  • Mariah Weyland-Gratz, BS ’02, chief executive officer of Weyland Ventures and co-founder of Common Bond Hotel Collection
  • Craig Kaufman, BS ’86, MS ’87, founder and president of Kaufman Capital Partners
  • Andrew Schiermeier, BS ’91, chief executive officer at AvenCell Therapeutics Inc.

The recipient of the Engineering Entrepreneurship Award, which recognizes an influential figure in the global proteomics community based on innovative research and entrepreneurial success, is Parag Mallick, BS, ’97, co-founder and chief scientist at Nautilus Biotechnology and associate professor at Stanford University.

Recipients of the Dean’s Award are Jan Avent, professor emerita in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at California State University, East Bay, and Dave Rossetti, BS ’74, retired vice president of university relations and research at Cisco Systems.

For bios and videos of the award recipients, visit the McKelvey Engineering website.

At the McKelvey Engineering Awards held April 30 in Whitaker Hall are award recipients (from left) Andrew Schiermeier, Mariah Weyland-Gratz, Andre Audi, Dave Rossetti, Jan Avent, Craig Kaufman, Parag Mallick, with Dean Aaron Bobick (right). (Photo: Jerry Naunheim Jr./Washington University)

Bobick also presented the Emerging Leader Award to four alumni during an event held April 14 in Brauer Hall.

The Emerging Leader Award honors recent alumni of McKelvey Engineering who exemplify leadership and continued service through scientific excellence, innovation and collaboration. The award highlights the positive impact alumni make on their local community, the country and the world.

Recipients of the 2023 McKelvey Emerging Leader Award are:

  • Frank Bergh, BS ’08, founder/CEO of Beyond the Grid and senior engineer at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association International
  • Craig Goergen, BS ’05, the Leslie A. Geddes Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University
  • Kate Nevin, BS ’09, MS ’09, director of health system operations at Mount Sinai Health Systems
  • Fiona Turett, BS ’09, flight director at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

For bios and videos of the award recipients, visit the McKelvey Engineering website.

At the Emerging Leader Awards event, held April 14, are (from left) Associate Dean Chris Kroeger, alumni Craig Goergen, Kate Nevin, Frank Bergh and Fiona Turett with Dean Aaron Bobick (right). (Photo: Jerry Naunheim Jr./Washington University)