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Engineering Honors 3 Distinguished Alums

posted September 30, 1998

Three nationally known innovators in technology and management have been selected by campus' Engineering Alumni Society for the 1998 Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award.

They are Philip Condit, chairman and CEO of the Boeing Company in Seattle; Paul Gilbert, senior vice president of Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade and Douglas, Inc., in Seattle; and David Hodges, former dean of the College of Engineering and leader of an international study of competitive semiconductor manufacturing.

The annual award recognizes exceptional achievement in research, industry, education and public service.

Condit (BS '63, mechanical engineering) led the early development of the computer-designed Boeing 777 aircraft and was named CEO of Boeing in 1996, after 33 years with the company. Condit has transformed the way Boeing designs and manufactures airplanes, streamlining the process with computer simulation, incorporating substantial input from customers, and nearly doubling production in the past two years.

Gilbert (BS '59, MS '60, civil engineering) has developed and applied innovative technologies for large and complex projects for the engineering giant Parsons Brinckerhoff. He spent 10 years with the California State Water Project and led the effort to design and construct the Superconducting Supercollider, a massive, $7.5 billion research facility that stalled when Congress suspended funding. Gilbert currently heads a public-private partnership to create and operate new public transit facilities in the Seattle area.

Hodges (PhD '66, electrical engineering) is a world authority on integrated circuits and a founder of computer-integrated manufacturing. He served as dean of engineering at Berkeley from 1990 to 1996. In that role he led the way in improving undergraduate education, helped interdisciplinary programs grow, and spearheaded the successful $35 million campaign for a new computer science building. Hodges became professor emeritus in June of this year.

All three honorees are members of the National Academy of Engineering, the highest honor for a U.S. engineer.

The alumni awards were presented at a Sept. 24 dinner at the Claremont Resort Hotel in Oakland.


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