Alumni Honors

 

THE EGLESTON MEDAL

The Thomas Egleston Medal for Distinguished Engineering Achievement is given in honor of Thomas Egleston, who founded the School of Mines of Columbia College in 1864, the first of its kind in the United States. Subsequently, the School of Mines became the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science. Thomas Egleston continued his association with the School of Mines as its dean and a professor until 1900. The Medal was first awarded in 1939.

The Medal is in recognition of distinguished achievement in engineering or applied science. The recipient must have significantly advanced his or her field of the engineering profession or the management of engineering activities.

This Medal is awarded annually by the Board of Managers of the Columbia Engineering Alumni Association (CEAA) with the concurrence of the Dean of the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. The recipient must be a graduate of the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

List of past recipients

 

THE PUPIN MEDAL

The Michael Pupin Medal for Service to the Nation in Engineering, Science, or Technology is given in honor of Michael I. Pupin, who was a legendary teacher, inventor, and engineer. He was a graduate of Columbia College in the Class of 1883 and was subsequently a faculty member at Columbia from 1890 to 1931. Michael Pupin was a physicist and chemist well known for numerous important patents and for having been a founding member of the precursor to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The Medal was first awarded in 1958.

The Medal is in recognition of service to the nation in engineering, science, or technology, of lasting and broad significance to society as a whole. The impact of the contribution must reach beyond the candidate’s professional field.

This Medal is awarded periodically by the Board of Managers of the Columbia Engineering Alumni Association (CEAA) with the concurrence of both the Dean of the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science and the President of Columbia University. The recipient must be either a graduate of the School of Engineering and Applied Science or must have otherwise been affiliated with Columbia University in some capacity such as a student, fellow, resident, faculty member, or visiting faculty member for at least one academic year.

List of past recipients

 

THE JOHNSON MEDAL

The Samuel Johnson Medal for Distinguished Achievement in a Field Other Than Engineering is given in honor of Samuel Johnson, who served as the first president of King’s College, the predecessor of Columbia University, from 1754 to 1762. Samuel Johnson’s vision for King’s College was for it to provide an exceptional, well-rounded education that included both the liberal arts as well as the applied sciences as understood in his time. The Medal was first awarded in 2007.

The Medal is in recognition of distinguished achievement in fields other than engineering and applied science. Examples of these fields may include education, law, public affairs, business, social sciences, architecture, and the arts. The recipient must have significantly advanced his or her chosen field of endeavor or demonstrated exceptional leadership.

This Medal is awarded periodically by the Board of Managers of the Columbia Engineering Alumni Association (CEAA) with the concurrence of the Dean of the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. The recipient must be a graduate of the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

List of past recipients

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