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Alumni Awards

The UMBC Alumni Association presents annual awards to honor alumni for their professional and personal achievements and service to the University.  The board also honors a faculty member for extraordinary teaching and overall impact on students and  alumni. Four types of awards are given:Outstanding Alumnus/Alumna of the Year Awards, a Distinguished Service Award, the Young Alumni Rising Star Award and the Outstanding Faculty Award.

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Congratulations to the  2014 Alumni of the Year Award Winners!

The 2014 awards were presented on Thursday, October 9, 2014, on the UMBC campus. The UMBC Alumni Association proudly honored these distinguished alumni for their accomplishments and dedication to UMBC:

Engineering and Information Technology
Dr. Claudia Pearce '89 M.S., '94 Ph.D., computer science
Senior Computer Science Authority, NSA


Donna Lewis '86, English

Unit Chief, Office of Professional Responsibility, Transportation Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security;
Cartoonist, Washington Post News Service and Syndicate

Natural and Mathematical Sciences

Michael Adelstein '96, biochemistry and molecular biology

CEO, Potomac Photonics, Inc.

Social and Behavioral Sciences
Kaliope Parthemos '93, psychology
Chief of Staff, Office of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Visual and Performing Arts

Hadieh Shafie '04 M.F.A., imaging and digital arts

Independent Artist

Distinguished Service

Gib Mason '95, economics

Chief Operating Officer & Director of the Center for Leadership and Innovation, UMBC Training Centers

Rising Star

Isaac Kinde '05, biological sciences

M.D./Ph.D. Candidate, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Outstanding Faculty

Dr. Anne Spence

Professor of the Practice, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Congratulations to the 2014 winners!

Read more about the winners here!