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The University of Utah College of Engineering recognized 2014 graduates and their friends and family at the Jon M. Huntsman Center on Friday, May 2.

“As graduates in engineering or computer science, you are well prepared for the challenges and opportunities of our time — and there are plenty of both,” said Dean Richard B. Brown.

Acknowledging the education, experiences and training the graduates have received, Brown reminded them of the College’s rich legacy of alumni who have truly changed the world for the better. He encouraged the graduates by saying, “the world is waiting for you to make it a better place.”

Annicka Kae Carter was recognized as the College of Engineering Graduating Student Leadership award. Carter, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in bioengineering, was commended for serving fellow students and her success in the artificial heart program at the Intermountain West Heart Institute at Intermountain Medical Center.

As the ceremony’s student speaker, Carter shared her insight on the roles inspiration, creativity and imagination have in engineering and problem solving. Quoting famed artist, Pablo Picasso, Carter reminded her fellow graduates that, “inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”

In addition to recognizing twelve students for graduating with Honors, Brown recognized the following College faculty and alumni for their excellence and service:

  • Harold W. Milner, mechanical engineering alumnus and member of the College’s Engineering National Advisory Council, received the Outstanding Service Award. Milner was recognized for his extraordinary service to engineering education at the University of Utah. In addition to a plaque, the college awarded a $2,500 scholarship in Milner’s name to bioengineering student Kyle Burk.
  • Alan “Chuck” Dorval (bioengineering), Mathieu Francoeur (mechanical engineering), Jeff Phillips (School of Computing) and Berardi Sensale-Rodriguez (electrical and computer engineering) were recognized for receiving the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award.
  • Erik L. Brunvand (School of Computing) received the University Professor award, and was commended for his exceptional ability to challenge and stimulate undergraduate students.
  • Bruce K. Gale received the Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Scholar Distinguished Mentor award.