Medal of Excellence 2021

October 28, 2021

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Thursday, October 28, 2021
Presented by Raytheon Technologies
Cocktail Reception Presented by EP2 Design Team
​The Medal of Excellence Awards, established in 2006, recognize graduates of Rutgers University School of Engineering who have distinguished themselves professionally since graduation in industry, government, and research, while also raising scholarship funds to support student success. Honorees are celebrated at a networking dinner event that is attended by alumni and SoE faculty and students, as well as an impressive representation of local industry members and other distinguished guests. 

The 2021 honorees have demonstrated outstanding leadership as innovators and business leaders in fields that include aerospace, defense, life sciences and clinical research, and commercial banking. Read honoree bios>>

2021 Medal of Excellence Honorees

Medal of Excellence Award

Thomas A. Kennedy, Ph.D. 
BS'77, Electrical Engineering
Executive Chairman (retired)
Raytheon Technologies 





Distinguished Achievement in Industry 

Joel B. Reiss
BS'92, Industrial Engineering
Executive Vice President
TransDigm Group, Inc.




Distinguished Achievement in Research

Vita M. Lanoce
MS'85, Biomedical Engineering
Chief Executive Officer
Linical Americas







Distinguished Young Alumna

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Melissa Conner 
BS'13, Biomedical Engineering
Vice President of Life Sciences Banking
JPMorgan Chase & Co.






Rutgers Engineering Society Distinguished Engineer Award

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Paul DelRocini
BS'86, Electrical Engineering
Principal Engineer
Lockheed Martin Corporation