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2015 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Awards

Stephen Sifferman '93, MS '98, and Sheryl Staub-French '93, Ph.D., P.E., have been named recipients of this year's Distinguished Engineering Alumni Awards.

With great pleasure, the School of Engineering announces recipients of the 2015 Distinguished Engineering Award. This award honors alumni whose accomplishments in their professions, communities, and/or service to the School of Engineering have set them apart. The two individuals receiving the award this year reflect the qualities and characteristics that best define the ideals of a Jesuit education: a passion for and commitment to excellence.

Stephen Sifferman: B.S. Electrical Engineering, 1993; M.S. Computer Engineering, 1998
For the past 20 years, Steve Sifferman has had a distinguished career in the wireless communications industry.  Beginning as a senior software engineer at Northrop Grumman, he moved on to ArrayComm, where he worked his way up the ranks to eventually taking on the role of President of the world leader in multi-antenna signal processing software products for wireless communications. During his time with ArrayComm, he helped develop cutting-edge technologies and holds numerous patents in recognition of his work.  Respected not only for his technical ability, Steve is also lauded for his managerial and leadership abilities. In his current capacity as President and Chief Executive Officer of Tarana Wireless, Inc., Steve is guiding the company’s evolution from its successful first phase of technology development into broad commercialization and growth. Beyond serving his company, he impacts his field as a board member of the Telecommunications Industry Association. For his contribution to the development of wireless communication technologies and outstanding leadership within his industry, Steve was selected to receive this honor.

Sheryl Staub-French, Ph.D., P.E.: B.S. Civil Engineering, 1993
Since obtaining her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at Santa Clara, Sheryl Staub-French went on to earn her master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University. She is currently Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at University of British Columbia. An active proponent of the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM)—a digital process for modeling the spatial, functional, and contextual dimensions of a construction project—Sheryl researches and develops tools and techniques to better support multi-disciplinary decision processes in the increasingly complex field of construction coordination. Over the past 15 years she has contributed more than 50 papers in leading journals and conferences in BIM and topics related to the technological and organizational issues associated with its implementation. She is also the inaugural holder of the Goldcorp Professorship for Women in Engineering and Director of the eng•cite program, which develops and delivers a targeted recruitment strategy for UBC Engineering that aims to increase the number of women enrolled in its programs to 50% by 2020.  Eng•cite works with teachers, counselors, parents and high school students to promote engineering education, and provide mentorship and role models for young women who might not otherwise consider or pursue engineering careers. For her contribution to the field of civil engineering and her commitment to the education of the next generation of practitioners, Sheryl receives this award.

Congratulations to our awardees! Presentation of the awards will be made at the Senior Engineering Awards and Honors Convocation, Friday, June 12, 1 p.m., Locatelli Student Activities Center.

Alumni, Engineering