Citigroup Ceo Vikram Pandit, Nasa Astronaut Mike Massimino, and NSF Director of Polymers Andrew Lovinger to be Honored by Columbia Engineering Alumni Association on June 2

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New York — May 11, 2011 — On June 2, the Columbia Engineering Alumni Association (CEAA) will honor this year’s distinguished Engineering Medalists — Vikram Pandit BS’76, MS’77, PhD’86, University Trustee, and Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup; Michael Massimino BS‘84, NASA Astronaut; and Andrew Lovinger BS’70, MS’71, EngScD’76, Director of Polymers, the National Science Foundation, at Columbia Engineering’s Alumni Welcome Dinner in Low Library.
Vikram Pandit will receive the 2011 Samuel Johnson Medal for Distinguished Achievement, in recognition of his contribution to the efficient functioning of markets and allocation of resources. “Dr. Pandit’s leadership of one of the most systemically important global financial institutions at a time of unprecedented transitions and challenges has been extraordinary,” said CEAA President Dan Schiavello BS’75, MS’76, President and Chief Executive Officer of Minerva Health Technologies, Inc. “We laud him for his vision of the role of market participants to practice responsible finance to the highest standards of ethics for the common good. As a true son of Columbia, he has uniquely utilized the rigorous education and intellectual training he received as a student at the School of Engineering and Applied Science in far-ranging applications that have truly had a global impact.” 
Michael Massimino will be presented with the 2011 Egleston Medal for Distinguished Engineering Achievement for his pioneering work and contributions in furthering the fields of astronautics and aeronautics. “Dr. Massimino is an astronaut, mission specialist, and a spacewalker,” said Schiavello, “but first and foremost, he is an engineer. He is an expert in space robotics, he has worked as a space mechanic on the Hubble Space Telescope, and, through his work as a spokesman for NASA, he has also inspired millions of children to pursue the study of engineering and science. We are proud to honor him with the 2011 Egleston Medal.”
Andrew Lovinger will be awarded the 2010 Egleston Medal for Distinguished Engineering Achievement for his pioneering work in furthering the understanding and performance of polymers. Schiavello noted that Dr. Lovinger has spent more than 40 years studying polymers and discovering many new and exciting properties. “Dr. Lovinger has brought polymers to life in ways no one had previously conceived — they conduct electricity, they glow, they compute, they measure and react to stimuli. His research has helped make possible new, flexible, wearable, lightweight displays, computers, and other devices. And, as head of the NSF’s Polymers Program, Dr. Lovinger leads our nation’s efforts to keep the U.S. the world leader in this important technology.”
Samuel Johnson Medal
The Samuel Johnson Medal, established in 2007, is awarded in recognition of distinguished achievement outside the realm of engineering or applied science. The candidate must have significantly advanced his or her chosen field of endeavor, demonstrated exceptional leadership in that field or have contributed in an enduring way to the public good.
Egleston Medal
Established in 1939, the Egleston Medal is awarded in recognition of distinguished achievement in engineering or applied science. The candidate must have significantly advanced his or her branch of the profession or the practice or management of engineering activities in general. The candidate's contribution may be in the form of the development of important processes or techniques, in the noteworthy application of engineering principles, or in the demonstration of exceptional leadership of engineering endeavors.
Columbia Engineering
Columbia University's Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, founded in 1864, offers programs in nine departments to both undergraduate and graduate students. With facilities specifically designed and equipped to meet the laboratory and research needs of faculty and students, Columbia Engineering is home to NSF-NIH funded centers in genomic science, molecular nanostructures, materials science, and energy, as well as one of the world’s leading programs in financial engineering. These interdisciplinary centers are leading the way in their respective fields while individual groups of engineers and scientists collaborate to solve some of society’s more vexing challenges.
Columbia Engineering Alumni Association
The Columbia Engineering Alumni Association (CEAA) was founded in 1882 to foster and deepen the bonds of fellowship between the alumni, faculty, and students of the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science. Every graduate of the School is automatically a member, and the Association currently has more than 23,000 members around the world. CEAA awards scholarships, provides mentoring and professional guidance to undergraduates, promotes excellence in teaching, and sponsors a wide range of social and professional events throughout the year. Through awards and endowments, CEAA also perpetuates the memory and advances the ideals of those who have played an important role in CEAA and/or the engineering profession. 


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