In recent years, Dean Abernathy has asked notable alumni of the College to discuss leadership development and their ideas relating to challenges, globalization and methods of leadership. Some of these alumni have even been recognized at the University level with Distinguished Alumni Awards, which are presented during Commencement exercises. Click on the names below to watch their interviews and hear the advice they have to offer future leaders.
Dr. Sachio Semmoto – M.S. ECE ‘ 68, Ph.D. ECE ’71
Distinguished Alumnus – Executive Chairman, Renova, Inc.
Dr. Herbert Wertheim – O.D., Sc.D., M.D. (hc), Doctorate of Technology
Honorary Chairman, UF Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering
Dr. Walden “Wally” Rhines –
Honorary Doctorate Recipient – Chairman & CEO, Mentor Graphics
George Kirkland – B.S. CE ’72, ME ’74
Distinguished Alumnus – Vice Chairman of the Board, Chevron & Executive Vice President, Upstream
Anil Rajvanshi – Ph.D. MECH ’79
Distinguished Alumnus – Director, Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute
Honorary Doctorate Recipient – Retired Chairman & CEO, Lockheed Martin
Paul Brown – B.S. ISE ’84
Distinguished Alumnus – Vice President & Corporate Officer, International Paper
Carlos del Sol – B.S. ISE ’72
Distinguished Alumnus – Retired Vice President of Global Engineering Systems, Campbell’s Soup Company
Michael Durham – M.E. ENV ’75, Ph.D. ENV ’78
Distinguished Alumnus – President & CEO, Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc.
Andy Crawford, III – B.S. IE ’61
Distinguished Alumnus – President & Owner of CAVCO, Inc.
Lawrence Ramaekers – B.S. CHE ’59
Principal, The Ramaekers Group, Inc.
Erin J. Wallace – B.S. ISE ’82
Distinguished Alumnus – Executive Vice President of Operations Integration, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts
William Cirioli – B.S. CHE ’80
Distinguished Alumnus – Vice President, Global Technology, ExxonMobil Chemical
Chris Malachowsky – B.S. EE ’80
Distinguished Alumnus – Co-Founder, NVIDIA
Glenn Renwick – M.S. ISE ’78
Distinguished Alumnus – President/CEO, Progressive Insurance
Linda Hudson – B.S. SE ’72
Distinguished Alumnus – President/CEO, BAE Systems, Inc.
David Nelms – B.S. ME ’83
Distinguished Alumnus – CEO, Discover Financial