Santa Clara University


2014 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Awards

The School of Engineering honors alumni whose accomplishments in their professions, communities, and University services have set them apart in any of the following categories:

Service to the Profession
To honor alumni whose work has brought them recognition within their professions or fields of endeavor or whose work has significantly contributed to the advancement of their professions.

Service to the Community
To honor alumni who, whether through volunteer service or paid work, have made exceptional contributions to the betterment of their communities or to the circumstances of a group of people.

Service to the School of Engineering
To honor alumni who have enhanced the stature of the School of Engineering through their voluntary association with the University.

The School of Engineering is proud to announce the 2014 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award recipients, who will be recognized at the Senior Engineering Awards and Honors Convocation, Friday, June 13, 1 p.m., Locatelli Student Activity Center:


Steven Chiesa, B.S. Civil Engineering, 1975

ChiesaFor the past 26 years, Steven Chiesa has been a champion of student learning in the School of Engineering, not only within his own department, where he is associate professor of civil engineering, but also through his leadership as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, a position he held for more than a decade. Throughout his tenure at Santa Clara University, Dr. Chiesa has mentored numerous student organizations and provided countless EIT/FE study sessions, and has received many University, School, and professional awards for outstanding teaching and service to his community. For his long and valued service to the School of Engineering and to the scores of students who have benefited from his teaching, advising, and generous offering of time and talent, Dr. Steven Chiesa was selected to receive this honor.

John Maydonovitch, M.S. Applied Mathematics, 1973

MaydonovitchIn recognition of his exemplary model of service, leadership, mentoring, and entrepreneurship, John Maydonovitch was selected for the School of Engineering's Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award. As chair of the Industry Advisory Board, he has provided outstanding leadership and secured donations to support engineering programs. In 1999, he established two awards to honor the late Professor Gerald Markle, founder of the Applied Mathematics Department—one recognizing excellence in teaching, and one supporting student scholarship. As CEO of MCE, a local manufacturing company, he regularly recruits Santa Clara engineering students for internships, providing important mentoring and job experience, while exemplifying the Jesuit model of giving back.

Timothy K. Shih, Ph.D. Computer Engineering, 1993

ShihSince obtaining his Ph.D. at Santa Clara, Dr. Shih has become a full Professor of Computer Science and Information Engineering at National Central University, which is ranked among the top eight research institutions in Taiwan. Throughout his career, he has made major research contributions in the areas of intelligent distance learning and video technology on video repair and special effects production, garnering numerous international research and best paper awards. A prolific researcher, he has more than 480 publications and is the founder of the International Journal of Distance Education Technologies, where he served as coeditor-in-chief. He also served as associate editor and area editor for more than 40 journals, including IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, and ACM Transactions on Internet Technology. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Aleksandar Zecevic, M.S. Electrical Engineering, 1990; Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, 1993

Zecevic(1)As Professor of Electrical Engineering at Santa Clara University for the past 20 years, Dr. Zecevic also serves as Associate Dean for Graduate Engineering Programs. His research in the control of complex dynamic systems has resulted in a book and more than 40 publications in leading journals. His interest in the intersection between science and religion has opened the door to a constructive dialogue that transcends simplistic arguments of religious fundamentalism and radical secularism, and has resulted in the publication of two books on the subject, as well as the development of a unique course, "Chaos Theory, Metamathematics and the Limits of Knowledge: A Scientific Perspective on Religion." An excellent educator and a deeply thoughtful collaborator, Dr. Zecevic's search for truth, beauty, and knowledge honor Santa Clara's Jesuit tradition.

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