Among the honorees were Jorge Nocedal ‘78 and James A. Kahle '83, who each received the Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award.
Nocedal earned his Ph.D. in mathematical sciences in 1978. He is the Walter P. Murphy Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences at Northwestern University and director of the Center for Optimization and Statistical Learning.
Kahle graduated with a B.S. in mathematical sciences, computer science and electrical engineering in 1983. He has worked for more than 35 years at IBM, holding many managerial and technical positions, and is an IBM Fellow and CTO and chief architect for converged cognitive systems.
This Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award was first presented by the Rice Engineering Alumni in 1974, with George R. Brown ’20 being the initial recipient. It recognizes Rice engineering alumni for outstanding professional achievement and service to society.