Award Winners

Each year, the College of Sciences names winners of its Distinguished Alumnus Award, Zenith Medal for Service and Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.

(Affiliations listed are as of the date the award was received)

2017 John Sall
Honorary Ph.D. ’03 – Statistics
Co-founder and Executive Vice President, SAS

2016 Christina Koch
B.S. ’01 – Physics (also B.S. and M.S. from the College of Engineering)
Astronaut, NASA

2015 John Sanders
B.S. ’87 – Zoology
Head of Infectious Diseases, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

2014 J. Tift Mann III
B.S. ’65 – Zoology
Cardiologist and Co-Founder, Wake Heart & Vascular

2013 Saundra Williams
B.S. ’85 – Mathematics, M.S. ’87 Applied Mathematics (also a Ph.D. from the College of Education)
Senior Vice President and Chief of Technology, North Carolina Community College System

2012 Sung-Won Lee
Ph.D. ’67 – Experimental Statistics (also a master’s degree from the College of Textiles)
Founder and president, Asian Ski Federation

2011 David Montgomery
B.S. ’68, Ph.D. ’82 – Physics
Senior Physicist and Technology Manager, Becton Dickinson Technologies

2010 Lawrence Ives
B.S. ’73, M.S. ’76, Ph.D. ’84 – Physics
President, Calabazas Creek Research

2009 Cathy Sigal
B.S. ’76 – Chemistry
Director of International Research, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (retired).

2008 LeRoy Martin
M.S. ’52 – Mathematics
Professor Emeritus, Department of Mathematics, NC State University

2007 Jun Zhu
Ph.D. ’89 – Statistics
Vice President, Zhejiang University

2006 W. Donald “Don” Johnson
B.S. ’69 – Applied Mathematics (also M.S. and Ph.D. from College of Engineering)
Chairman and Representative Director, DuPont – Japan

2005 Robert L. Bryant
B.S. ’74 – Mathematics
J.M. Kreps Professor of Mathematics at Duke University

2004 J. Stuart “Stu” Hunter
Ph.D. ’54 – Experimental Statistics
Professor Emeritus, Princeton University, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

2003 Christine Hemrick
B.S. ’74 – Mathematics
Vice President for Technology Policy and Consulting Engineering, Cisco Systems, Inc.

2002 Eric Doggett
B.S. ’89 – Physics
Serves on the board of directors for the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association and on the board of advisors for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

2001 Eric Bigham
B.S. ’69 – Chemistry
Research Investigator, GlaxoSmithKline

2000 Robert M. Steinberg
B.S. ’64 – Applied Mathematics. Vice Chairman of Reliance Group Holdings, Inc.

1999 Suzanne Gordon
B.S. ’75 – Mathematics, Computer Science, M.S. Statistics
Director of Management Information Systems at SAS Institute. Member of NC State Board of Trustees.

1998 David F. Bocian
B.S. ’72 – Chemistry
Distinguished research in biophysical, physical-organic and materials chemistry. Professor at the University of California at Riverside.

1997 James W. York, Jr .
B.S. ’62 – Physics
Agnew H. Bahnson Jr. Professor of Physics at UNC-Chapel Hill.

1996 W. Michael Peirson
Ph.D. ’83 – Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Established Cherrystone AquaFarms in eastern Virginia.

1995 Anthony J. Barr
B.S. ’62, M.S. ’68 – Physics
Founder and major developer of the Statistical Analysis System from 1966-72; along with three others, formed SAS Institute Inc., in 1976; founded Barr Systems in Florida in 1978.

1994 William Mendenhall III
Ph.D. ’75 – Experimental Statistics
Started the University of Florida’s Department of Statistics in 1963; prolific textbook writer.

1993 Jacob C. Belin, Jr
B.S. ’70 – Applied Mathematics
President of Kern Oil & Refining Company in California.

1992 John E. Bercaw
B.S. ’72 – Chemistry
Professor, California Institute of Technology; member, National Academy of Sciences.

1991 Charles D. Case
B.S. ’72 – Physics
Environmental attorney and active community citizen.

1990 James H. Goodnight
B.S. ’65, M.S. ’68, Ph.D. ’72 – Statistics
Founder and CEO of SAS Institute, Inc.

(Affiliations listed are as of the date the award was received)

2017 Leigh Wilkinson
Alumnus and longtime member and former chair of the college’s Foundation Board who has enriched the college with significant contributions of time, leadership skills, energy and financial support.

2016 Robert Starbuck
Alumnus and longtime member of the college’s Foundation Board whose generous financial support of the college includes helping establish a distinguished professorship in statistics and endowing a Solomon Scholarship.

2015 Linda Balfour and Robert Hill
Key supporters of the college who have endowed merit-based scholarships for college students and served on the Alumni Advisory Board.

2014 Charles Case
Longtime member of the college’s Foundation Board of Directors who has also served on campaign committees, reviewed bylaws and provided invaluable advice and counsel.

2012 Benton Satterfield
Longtime supporter of the college and member of what is now the Alumni Advisory Board.

2011 Damon Butler
Leader in the ongoing efforts to increase participation in STEM opportunities among underserved and underrepresented populations.

2010 Michael Thompson
Vocal and influential champion of PAMS and The Science House for more than a decade.

2009 Dick Ambrose
Longtime supporter of NC State who has been instrumental in establishing partnerships between PAMS and the Lord Corporation.

2008 Nancy Ridenhour
Member of the PAMS Student Council as an undergraduate student who has been a highly engaged supporter of PAMS and NC State for more than 30 years.

2007 Greg Fishel
Highly visible champion of the college who is especially engaged with the Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and the State Climate Office of North Carolina.

2006 Bob Morrison
Instrumental in completion of the Marye Anne Fox Undergraduate Science Teaching Laboratory building; also has established two scholarship endowments for the college.

2005 Ginger Sall
Advocate of the college known for her far-reaching community service and leadership in areas of education, the environment, and women’s and children’s health.

(Affiliations listed are as of the date the award was received)

2017 Tobi Baker
B.S. ’01 – Meteorology and environmental science
Aerial Reconnaissance Weather Officer, U.S. Air Force

2016 Aimee Smart
B.S. ’00 – Microbiology
Associate Vice President for Clinical Development and Regulatory Processes, Lung Biotechnology

2015 Jamila Simpson
M.S. and Ph.D. ’07 – Science Education
B.S. ’00 – Meteorology
Assistant Dean for Diversity and Student Services, College of Sciences, NC State

2014 Steve McCall
Ph.D. ’07 – Organic Chemistry
Agricultural Research Scientist, BASF