Honoring CPP’s alumni engineers

By Jocelyn Oceguera

The College of Engineering is hosting its Hall of Fame Unveiling Ceremony honoring alumni engineers Thursday, Feb. 16 during U-hour at the Engineering Building.

With more than 25,000 alumni, the college’s Hall of Fame aims to recognize these alumni engineers and their achievements to inspire future generations of engineers. Some of the inductees include the senior vice president of Aecom, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense of the U.S Department of Defense and the CEO of the Southern California Gas Company. A full list of the inductees is featured on the College of Engineering website.

Those chosen have distinguished themselves in the engineering and academic community through their leadership skills and professional achievements, which include projects from conducting in the era of digital television to guiding the development of some of California’s most recognizable structures.

“Collectively, over the course of my adventures, I’ve spearheaded over 15 product designs that have shipped in the millions,” said Kevin Grundy, one of the 2017 inductees. “One of them, the NeXT Computer, led to the creation of the World Wide Web.”

Grundy serves as the chief operating officer and vice president of operation at Sarcos. Sarcos is a leader in dexterous, tele-operated robotic systems for use in unpredictable, unstructured environments to keep humans safe and out of harm’s way.

Engineering came naturally to Grundy since his grandfather worked for an electric company, and his father earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He stated his predisposition was always one of tinkering, experimenting and building. He first learned the news about becoming an inductee from Dean Cordelia Ontiveros, who attended Cal Poly Pomona at the same time as Grundy.

Engineers impact lives and communities. Everything that has been man made and created has been designed by someone, an inventor or engineer has been the driving force behind make things better.

“Don’t forget that engineering is a tool, not an end point. Find something that will make a difference, and then apply yourself with your skills,” said Grundy.

All Hall of Fame inductees are selected from the 27,000 College of Engineering alumni body. Inductees are nominated by the Hall of Fame committee, and they selected nine individuals to be inducted in this year’s Hall of Fame. Nominations are decided on the basis of their professional success and accomplishments.

Several inductees are also highly involved with the Dean’s Leadership Board, a selection of members who play a key role in refining and implementing the strategic plan for the college.

It is the College of Engineering’s hope this effort will work to inspire current and future students in the engineering field and strengthen their connections with Cal Poly alumni. All faculty, staff and students from across campus who participate in the Engineering Hall of Fame event will learn about the achievements and the campus community as well as the diversity within engineering, states the Hall of Fame site.

“An undertaking such as the College of Engineering Hall of Fame events require months of preparation and hard work from many individuals,” said Ontiveros.

It takes a lot of work to prepare for an event that is meant to inspire individuals in a way that makes them want to be a part of the engineering community. Great engineers believe everything can be improved. Instead of complaining, they find ways to make things better.

Ontiveros added the 2014 and 2015 unveiling ceremonies attracted great turnouts, with over 100 attendees in both years. Both the campus community and general public attended, and they expect the same interest for this year’s unveiling ceremony.

Shown in the photo: Hall of Fame class of 2015 unveiling ceremony

Courtesy of Christopher Park

Shown in the photo: Hall of Fame class of 2015 unveiling ceremony

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