John Wesley Gunn, Class of 1890, earned the first engineering degree awarded by what eventually became the University of Kentucky. Since that modest beginning over 115 years ago, over 21,000 individuals have followed his example and received degrees in engineering and computer science. Through their extraordinary achievements, our alumni have established a lasting legacy of excellence.
Initiated in 1992, the Hall of Distinction recognizes and honors those alumni who have demonstrated distinguished engineering professional accomplishments, outstanding character and commitment to community service. This recognition serves to encourage exemplary achievements by current students and others. It is a symbol of the respect and admiration held by the University of Kentucky College of Engineering for these esteemed individuals.
This year’s inductees are:
- Paul F. Boulos, BSCE 1985, MSCE 1986, Ph.D. 1989
- From water quality principles to hydraulics, he is a global authority on drinking water distribution engineering.
- Respected by his peers, Dr. Boulos is one of only sixteen distinguished engineering professionals worldwide to be awarded Honorary Diplomat status by the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers, the academy’s highest honor.
- John R. (Dick) Lyon, BSME 1958
- Upon graduation, Lyon began his aerospace career in North Carolina and then moved to Florida where he spent 34 years at the Kennedy Space Center. Upon retirement he continued serving NASA as a contractor with Dynacs Engineering Corp.
- Currently, Lyon works as vice president and leader of ASRC Aerospace, supporting NASA in the design and development of KSC checkout and servicing systems and is an agency leader in the development of new technologies.
- Lyon is the recipient of numerous awards including the Exceptional Service Medal, the Outstanding Leadership Medal, the Equal Opportunity Medal, the Atomic Energy Commission Certificate of Commendation, and the prestigious Debus Award in recognition of his significant contributions to our nation’s space program.
- Fred T. May,BSEE 1958
- After 26 years of service, Mr. May retired from IBM in 1987 at the age of 50. He spent the next 12 years as a management consultant, working on projects large and small, covering a variety of computer technologies and products. During this period, he also worked six years as a research associate in the electrical and computer engineering department at the University of Texas and served eight years as a board member of Ross Technology.
- Roosevelt (Red) Maynard, Jr.,BSME 1958
- Over the course of 37 years, Mr. Maynard helped drive the success of Ford Motor with his relentless pursuit of the perfect powertrain, design, development and manufacturing productivity.
- After retiring from Ford in 1995, Mr. Maynard founded Maynard Performance Management Company, supplying businesses with consulting services in management and leadership training, empowerment, motivation, interpersonal relations, conflict resolution, and corporate change.
Graduates Recognized by UK Alumni Association
Five graduates from the College of Engineering were among 20 new inductees into the University of Kentucky Alumni Association’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni at a recognition dinner April 16 at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington.
Deane B. Blazie
B.S. ’68 – Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering
Deane Blazie founded two companies, Maryland Computer Services and Blazie Engineering, that became world leaders in producing low-cost computing devices for the blind.
In 1990 he was named Humanitarian Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, Merrill Lynch and Inc. magazine.
Lt. Gen. John H. Campbell, USAF (Ret.)
B.S. ’69 – Computer Science, College of Engineering
M.B.A. ’71 – Gatton College of Business & Economics
Lt. Gen. John H. Campbell, U.S. Air Force (retired), is executive vice president, government programs, at Iridium Communications in Bethesda, Md.
He is the recipient of numerous military and intelligence community awards, including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Air Medal, the CIA Donovan Award, the National Imagery and Mapping Agency Award, the National Reconnaissance Distinguished Medal, and the National Security Agency Award.
A native of Henderson, Campbell is a member of the UK College of Engineering Hall of Distinction.
Mark E. Davis
B.S. ’77 – Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering
M.S. ’78 – Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering
Ph.D. ’81 – Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering
Mark E. Davis is the Warren and Katharine Schlinger Professor of Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, and a member of the Experimental Therapeutics Program of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at the City of Hope.
Davis also is the founder of two companies, Insert Therapeutics Inc. and Calando Pharmaceuticals Inc. A major focus of his research efforts involves the invention of new treatments for cancer.
Davis also is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences. In 2009, he received an Honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from UK
Paul E. Patton
B.S. ’59 – Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering
Paul E. Patton was the 59th governor of Kentucky and is currently president of Pikeville College in Pikeville.
After graduation from UK in 1959 he began his professional career in the mining industry in Floyd County. Throughout 20 years he built a successful coal business and was a leader in the industry.
Patton was elected governor in 1995. An advocate for higher education, he led the Higher Education Reform Act and Bucks for Brains funding for endowed chairs and professorships. He helped the state make progress on many fronts including worker’s compensation, juvenile justice, domestic violence and child abuse prevention, historic preservation and infrastructure construction.
Patton is a member of the UK College of Engineering Hall of Distinction.
Reese S. Terry Jr.
B.S. ’64 – Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering
M.S. ’66 – Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering
Reese S. Terry Jr. is recognized internationally for his work in biomedical engineering. He co-developed the first programmable heart pacer in 1973 and co-developed the first programmable dual chamber pacer in 1980.
Terry is a UK Fellow, funded the Reese Terry Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering for Stephen D. Gedney, and is a member of the UK Gill Heart Foundation Advisory Board. He is currently on the Board of IDEV, a cardiovascular device company.
The UK Alumni Association Hall of Distinguished Alumni was established in 1965 in celebration of the university’s centennial year. Every five years the UK Alumni Association recognizes a select group of outstanding alumni and honors them with induction into the Hall of Distinguished Alumni. This honor acknowledges UK alumni who deserve recognition for personal and professional endeavors and community leadership. A complete list of past Hall of Distinguished Alumni recipients can be found at www.ukalumni.net/hoda