Colorado State University’s College of Engineering and Dean’s Council board of directors recognized nine leaders in the engineering field at the 17th annual Achievement Awards banquet during Homecoming weekend.
The annual awards ceremony honors alumni and friends who have made outstanding contributions to the engineering field and to the College of Engineering.
This year’s Individual Achievement Award was given to Allen Rider, who graduated from Colorado State in 1966 with a master’s degree in agricultural engineering. Rider is president of New Holland North America.
Personal Service Awards were given to Sam Clowney, director of research at Tennessee Gas Pipeline; Edwin McDowell Jr., who graduated from Colorado State in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and is managing partner at Flatiron Companies; and Darell Zimbleman, who graduated from Colorado State in 1966 with a master’s degree in civil engineering and is the chief engineer, associate general manager and treasurer of the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District and Municipal Subdistrict.
The Achievement in Academia Award was given to Otto Helweg, who graduated from Colorado State in 1975 with a doctorate degree in civil engineering and is currently the dean in the College of Engineering and Architecture at North Dakota State University.
Distinguished Service Awards were given to Whitney Borland, who graduated from Colorado State in 1938 with a master’s degree in civil engineering, and who is retired from the Denver Bureau of Reclamation; and Commander Kent Rominger, who graduated from Colorado State in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and is a NASA astronaut at Johnson Space Center.
The Public Service Award was given to A. Ray Chamberlain, who, in 1955, earned the first doctorate degree in civil engineering ever given by Colorado State. Chamberlain is vice president for Freight Policy of the American Trucking Associations and a former president of Colorado State.
The Corporate Enterprise Achievement Award was given to the Hewlett-Packard Company. In addition to working with Colorado State in ongoing mentoring, scholarship and internship programs, HP has been the university’s most generous corporate donor.