Academy inducts Class of 2016 and raises $65K for UROP

Academy of Distinguished Alumni Class of 2016
Academy of Distinguished Alumni Class of 2016
Featured Faculty: Robert Harley, Nicholas Sitar

On Oct. 6, the CEE Academy of Distinguished Alumni inducted nine members of the Class of 2016. Established in 2012, the ADA honors the professional achievements and the commitment to service of CEE alumni. 

The induction ceremony took place at the 5th annual ADA banquet. As Associate Dean for Research Jeff Bokor said in his welcoming remarks, "Civil and Environmental Engineering has won bragging rights for 'party of the year' with this event!"

Meeting atop Memorial Stadium (which is newly and beautifully retrofitted), with a breathtaking view of the bay and a stunning sunset, alumni, faculty, students and event sponsors renewed old connections and made new ones.

Throughout the evening, attendees paid tribute to Berkeley civil and environmental engineers who have made many innovations possible and who continue to have an enormous impact on the profession, society and the university. (See program.)

Class of 2016

ADA class of 2016

L-R: Howard Schirmer, Jr.; Patrick Lucia; Janiele Maffei; Jorg Imberger; James Malley; Maryann Phipps; Gregory Deierlein; Sandy Herson (wife of In Memoriam inductee, Eugene Herson) with grand-daughter, Alexis Sugarman; Chair Robert Harley; Michele Krawinkler, wife of In Memoriam inductee Helmut Krawinkler) with son, Marcus Krawinkler, and Terri Herson, daughter of Eugene Herson. Not pictured: James Roberts.

The banquet

view of golden gate bridge
This year we had 174 attendees, including alumni, faculty, students, and their families. After a reception on an upper level deck looking out over SF Bay, we moved indoors for dinner and the induction ceremony for new ADA members.
"It is one of my greatest pleasures as Chair to help recognize and celebrate the success and accomplishments of our alumni," said Chair Robert Harley, "I also appreciate the wonderful sense of community in the room, including at least three generations of Berkeley engineers."

Attendees included nine students participating in the CEE Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), which pairs individual students with faculty to work together on open-ended research projects. This program enriches the student experience in CEE and helps us recruit top students.

The reception

Memorial Stadium balcony with attendees  ADA guests on balcony with family  Rudy Bonaparte
3 students at reception  banquet appetizers  professors bray and wilson and guest
Guests with Joan Walker  Trussell and Hubbard  sunset

The dinner


McGuire Table  Wadell sponsor table

Duncan table  Academy name tags  Skanska sponsor table

Imberger table  Poster of sponsors  Lin table

Jenkins table  Nader table  Poster of list of sponsors

Honoring the Class of 2016

Jeff Bokor Rob Harley Nick Sitar

L-R: Associate Dean for Research Jeffrey Bokor and Chair Robert Harley welcomed everyone to the banquet.

Professor Nicholas Sitar thanked the many sponsors whose support makes the ADA banquet the talked-about event that it is each year.

Rudy Bonaparte David Friedman Dr. Rudolph Bonaparte and David Friedman, ADA Chair and Vice Chair respectively, highlighted the accomplishments of the inductees as they accepted their citations.

Harley and Deierlein  Harley and Imberger  Harley and Lucia

L-R: Accepting citations from Robert Harley: Gregory Deierlein, Jorg Imberger, Patrick Lucia.

Harley and Maffei  Harley and Malley  Harley and Phipps  Harley and Schirmer

L-R: Accepting citations from Robert Harley: Janiele Maffei, James Malley, Maryann Phipps, Howard Schirmer, Jr.. Not pictured: James Roberts.

Citations for In Memoriam inductees Helmut Krawinkler and Eugene Herson were accepted by their families.

Harley with Herson family  Harley with Krawinkler family

L-R: Accepting the Herson citation: Robert Harley with Sandy Herson and Terri Herson. Accepting the Krawinkler citation: Robert Harley with Michele Krawinkler and Marcus Krawinkler.

Academy members at 2016 banquet

Academy members present at the banquet. Seated L-R: Michael Duncan, Carl Monismith, Joe Rashid, Denny Parker, Rhodes Trussell, Rudolph Bonaparte. Standing L-R: Peter Yanev, Uri Eliahu, Robert Harley (CEE Chair), Jim Becker, Howard Schirmer, Jr., Jefferson Hilliard, Stephen Monismith, Susan  Hubbard, Michael Kavanaugh, David Jenkins, Adib Kanafani, Loring Wyllie, Larry Russell, Gregory Deierlein, Glenn Bell, Robin McGuire, Robert Wadell, David Friedman, James van Hoften, Janiele Maffei, Ashraf Habibullah, Jorg Imberger, Maryann Phipps, Marwan Nader, James Malley, and Patrick Lucia. See ADA members' bios.

All photos courtesy of Slava Blazer.

Sponsors (individual and corporate)

Many generous corporate and individual friends of CEE came forward to support the Academy's 2016 Class and the CEE Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program.  This year, the ADA was able to give a record-breaking $65K to UROP.

BLUE LEVEL ($6000)

Individual Blue Sponsors


Rudolph & Anna Bonaparte


David Friedman & Paulette Meyer


Robin & Rose McGuire


Corporate Blue Sponsors


Computers & Structures, Inc.

Geosyntec Consultants


GOLD LEVEL ($3000)

Individual Gold Sponsors


Uri Eliahu


Gregory L. Fenves


Robert Harley


Patrick & Sally Lucia & Family


Samer M. Madanat


The Maffei Family


Corporate Gold Sponsors


Carollo Engineers


dekenkolb logo


Forell/Elsesser Engineers


Simpson Gumpertz & Heger


skanska logo

T.Y. Lin International Group

Wadell Engineering Corporation



Individual Silver Sponsors

Paul H. Gilbert, '59
Adib & Karin Kanafani
Michael C. Kavanaugh & Carol James
Susan Leal & Susan Hirsch
Y. R. (Joe) & Janice M. Rashid
Larry L. Russell & Grace K. Livingston
Professor & Mrs. Robert L. Taylor

Corporate Silver Sponsors

black and veatch logo jafec logo
Koon and Associates logo
shimmick logo



Individual Bronze Sponsors
Ann & Mike Duncan  
Jefferson Hilliard  
James K. Mitchell  
Marwan Nader & Rula Deeb  
Corporate Bronze Sponsors
Hazen and Sawyer logo
moffatt and nichol logo Transnational Associates logo

Published 12/21/2016