The morning began with a brief welcome from Drosdick Endowed Dean of Engineering, Gary A. Gabriele, PhD, followed by the invocation by Alexis Parillo ChE. Dean Gabriele then congratulated Kathleen Ayuk ChE who delivered the student address at University Commencement, and acknowledged a number of retiring faculty members with combined 150-plus years of service. They include Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty Ronald Chadderton, PhD, professor, and Edward Glynn, PhD, assistant professor; Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty Anthony Zygmont, PhD, professor, and Frank DiMeo, PhD, associate professor; and Young Chun, PhD, associate professor, Mechanical Engineering.
The first two awards announced by the Dean also recognized outstanding faculty or staff members. Gayle Doyle, Student Support Programs, received the Reverend William F. Farrell Award, chosen by a vote of undergraduates for demonstrating exemplary personal concern for students. The College of Engineering Teaching Award, established last year, was presented to Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Shawn Gross, PhD, for demonstrating innovation in the classroom, excellent student learning outcomes, and advancement in the field of engineering education.