Alumni Awards

Distinguished Alumni Award

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The Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Illinois has established two awards to recognize the contributions and accomplishments of alumni: the Distinguished Alumni Award established in 2008 and the Young Alumni Achievement Award established in 2020. Information about the awards are below. 

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni who have attained outstanding success and national or international distinction in their chosen profession or life’s work, and whose accomplishments reflect admirably on, or bring honor to, the department, college, and university. The recipient will be invited to attend the department’s award banquet in Urbana-Champaign to engage with students and be recognized for his/her accomplishments.

Selection criteria inlcude the following:

  • Professional success and accomplishments
  • Active involvement and support of the ABE department, College of ACES, the Grainger College of Engineering, and/or the University of Illinois
  • Professional and public service

If you wish to nominate one of our alums, please email or complete the online nomination found by clicking here. We ask that you keep the nomination to a maximum of 2-page description of the ways in which your nominee has distinguished themselves according to the above criteria. Please be sure to include your name, contact information, and affiliation with the department along with the nominee’s name, contact information, current employment information, and graduation year, degree, and major if known. Email all nomination materials to abe@illinois.edu

 

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

  • Paul Ellinger - 2020
  • Allen Rider - 2019
  • Howard Wakeland - 2019
  • Jeremy Ross - 2017
  • LeRoy G. Hagenbuch - 2015
  • Robert Gustafson - 2014
  • Wendall Bowers - 2013
  • Roscoe Pershing - 2012
  • Jeff Arnold - 2011
  • Larry Huggins - 2010
  • Lyle Stephens - 2009
  • Doug Bosworth - 2008

 

Young Alumni Award

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The Young Alumni Achievement Award recognizes (living) alumni less than 40 years of age, as of January 1 during the year of the award, who have demonstrated outstanding achievement since graduating from the ABE Department at the University of Illinois. The recipient will be invited to attend the department’s award banquet in Urbana-Champaign to engage with students and be recognized for his/her accomplishments.

Selection criteria inlcude the following:

  • Professional success and accomplishment
  • Active involvement and support of the ABE department, College of ACES, the Grainger College of Engineering, and/or the University of Illinois
  • Professional and public service

If you wish to nominate one of our alums, please email or complete the online nomination found by clicking here. We ask that you keep the nomination to a maximum of 2-page description of the ways in which your nominee has distinguished themselves according to the above criteria. Please be sure to include your name, contact information, and affiliation with the department along with the nominee’s name, contact information, current employment information, and graduation year, degree, and major if known. Email all nomination materials to abe@illinois.edu

 

Young Alumni Award Recipients

  • Greg Trame - 2020