Distinguished Alumni Award

The ISE Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to graduates of the department who have distinguished themselves professionally, made significant contributions to society and through their achievements, have reflected credit on Lehigh University. The ISE Distinguished Alumni Award maybe given for exceptional achievements in industry and in academia.

Recipients are selected by members of the ISE faculty and the department’s Advisory Council.


Past Award Winners

Dr. J. Robert BaumDr. J. Robert Baum ’64
2013 ISE Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievements in Industry

Dr. J. Robert Baum is chairman of the board of Highmark Inc., a position he has held since 2005. He was also acting CEO of Highmark in 2012. In that role, he leads the board review of Highmark’s performance and strategic plans.

In addition to his service to Highmark, Dr. Baum is professor of entrepreneurship in the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business. He is the former owner/president/CEO of Ivan C. Dutterer, Inc. in Hanover, Pa., and Wood Alive Woodworks in Manassas, Va. and Ithaca, N.Y.

He is a member of the board of directors of four businesses, including a lighting manufacturer, a plastics manufacturer and a beverage producer. He is a past board member of several other businesses, including television and radio broadcasting and software companies.

Dr. Baum teaches new venture creation and financing for master of business administration students, and he has won five university teaching awards since 2000. His research interests are entrepreneurship, quantitative methods and strategic decision-making. He has had numerous articles published in prestigious research journals. He is also a member of the Lehigh Healthcare Industry Leadership Council.

Dr. Baum graduated from ISE in 1964. At Lehigh, he was President of the Lehigh Chapter of the Chi Phi fraternity, Manager of the University bands, and a member of the Lehigh glee club, Beta Gamma Sigma, and the Lehigh chapter of the American Institute of Industrial Engineers. He graduated first in his class at Northwestern University with master’s degrees in finance and economics. He received a doctorate in management and organization from the University of Maryland.


Arthur VeinottArthur F. Veinott Jr. ’56
2012 ISE Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievements in Academia

Arthur "Pete" Veinott took a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and a B.A. in Arts and Science from Lehigh University in 1956 and an Eng.Sc.D. in Industrial Engineering (specializing in operations research) from Columbia University in 1960 under Cyrus Derman. He served in the USAF as a 1st Lieutenant and Operations Analyst during 1960-62. He joined Stanford University in Industrial Engineering in 1962. He became a founding member of the Operations Research Department in 1967 and served as Chair from 1975-1985. He was on leave at IBM Research-Yorktown Heights (1968-1969), Yale University (1972-73), and IBM Research-Almaden (1989-90). Stanford merged Operations Research and Engineering-Economic Systems in 1996 and then with Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management in 2000 to form Management Science and Engineering. He became Professor Emeritus on June 1, 2009.

Pete was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (1986) and awarded the John von Neumann Theory Prize by INFORMS (2007). He was selected as a Guggenheim Fellow (1978-79), an Inaugural Fellow of INFORMS (2002), and a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (1970). He was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi at Lehigh.

Pete has served as Founding Editor of Mathematics of Operations Research (1974-1980), Vice President-Publications of the Institute of Management Sciences (1973-76) and Council Member of both the Institute of Management Sciences (1971-73) and the Operations Research Society of America (1983-86). He is a member of INFORMS. His research interests span several areas of operations research and management science including optimization, stochastic systems and competitive analysis. He has been most active in dynamic programming, lattice programming, supply-chain optimization and network optimization. Six of his 27 Ph.D. students have earned major INFORMS honors, viz., 5 INFORMS Fellows, 3 Lanchester Prizes and 2 Edelman Prizes.

Pete passed away in December 2012 at the age of 78. Read "Remembering Arthur "Pete" Veinott ’56" on our news web page.


Timothy WilmottTimothy J. Wilmott ’80, ’81G
2012 ISE Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievements in Industry

Timothy Wilmott is President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Penn National Gaming, Inc., responsible for oversight and management of the firm’s North American operations. After earning Lehigh Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in ISE, Tim began his career at IBM as an industrial engineer. He left IBM in 1985 to pursue his MBA at Wharton Business School, which he earned in1987. His career in gaming began shortly thereafter at Harrah’s, Inc. He advanced through increasing levels of responsibility, and by 2003 was the firm’s COO. In 2008, he took the COO role at Penn National, and was named this year as a director of the American Gaming Association. Recently, Tim has supported ISE in several ways, including renovation in Mohler Lab and the Timothy J. Wilmott ’80 Endowed Faculty Chair in Industrial Engineering.


Irwin YoungIrwin Young ’50
2011 ISE Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievements in Industry

Irwin W. Young, Chairman of the Board of DuArt Film Laboratories, Inc. and President of Western Broadcasting Corp of Puerto Rico (WOLE-12), was voted the 15th recipient of the Gordon E. Sawyer Oscar Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2000, which is awarded to "an individual in the motion picture industry whose technological contributions have brought credit to the industry”. A pillar of the New York film community, Young helped bring numerous independent films to the screen through DuArt. As a producer himself, some of the award winning films he was responsible for are CAUGHT in 1995, AMERICAN ME in 1992, ALAMBRISTA, winner of the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1978 and, in 1964, NOTHING BUT A MAN, which was a double prizewinner at the Venice Film Festival and was selected for the National Film Registry, Library of Congress.

In 1979, the Academy honored Young, Paul Kaufman and Frederick Schlyter from DuArt with a Technical Achievement Award for the development of a computer-controlled paper tape programming system and its application in the motion picture film laboratory.

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) awarded him its Progress Medal in 1987. He also is the recipient of the New York State Governor's Arts Award, and the Independent Feature Project's First Annual Gotham Lifetime Achievement Award, the Kodak Award for Excellence, and the DGA Honors, recognizing leadership in the film and television industry.

An active member of numerous organizations, Young served as President and Board Member of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, a Board Member of the Independent Feature Project and an Associate Member of the American Society of Cinematographers. In addition, Young is a Life Fellow and past President of SMPTE, was a three time President of the Association of Cinema and Video Laboratories, Chairman and Board Member of The Moving Image, Inc, a Fellow of the British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society, and a member of the Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities and the New York State Council of the Arts.


Lee IacoccaLee Iacocca ’45
2010 ISE Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievements in Industry

Born and raised in Allentown, Lee Iacocca graduated from Lehigh in 1945. He began his professional career as an engineer at the Ford Motor company. After working with Ford, he was hired to lead the Chrysler Corporation as President and CEO. Mr. Iacocca introduced Chrysler's K-car series and the 1984 T115 minivan and ultimately saved Chrysler. As a philanthropist, Iacocca has donated millions of dollars to various institutions and charitable foundations. At Lehigh, he chaired the fundraising campaign to purchase the Mountaintop Campus from Bethlehem Steel and jointly started the Iacocca Institute. In June, 2005, Mr. Iacocca was named by CNN as the fifth most influential business leader of the past 25 years, edged out by the likes of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. In 2007, Conde Nast's Portfolio magazine named Iacocca the 18th greatest CEO of all time. According to Wharton Business School, he is among the top 25 most influential business leaders.



Dr. Paul TorgersenPaul E. Torgersen ’53
2010 ISE Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievements in Academia

Paul E. Torgersen graduated from Lehigh in 1953. After studying at Lehigh, Torgersen went on to earn his M.S. and Ph.D. from Ohio State University. Torgersen first arrived at Virginia Tech in 1967 as the Industrial Systems Department head. By 1970 he was Dean of Engineering. In 1990, Torgersen became president of Virginia Tech’s Corporate Research Center. Dr. Torgersen has served as chairman of the engineering Deans’ Council, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and has authored or co-authored five books - two translated into Japanese. In 1993, he began a seven year term as the fourteenth President of Virginia Tech. During his terms as dean and as president, 62,191 diplomas presented to Virginia Tech graduates were signed by Paul E. Torgersen. The new engineering building and bridge was named after Dr. Torgersen’s formal retirement from Virginia Tech in 2000. He has taught at least one class every semester since 1967 and continues to teach on a part-time basis.


John E. McGladeJohn E. McGlade ’76, ’80G
2009 ISE Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievements in Industry

John E. McGlade, graduated from our department in 1976 and was involved in the American Institute of Industrial Engineers, Alpha Pi Mu, Tau Beta Pi and a member of the Delta Chi Fraternity. John received his M.B.A. from Lehigh’s Business school in 1980.

He joined Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. in 1976 as a participant in the company’s Career Development Program. He subsequently held various positions within the Industrial Gases Division, including both domestic and international assignments. John was named general manager of the Chemical and Process Industries Division in 1994; vice president of the Division in 1996; and vice president and general manager, Chemical and Process Industries, and Energy Systems in 1998. He was appointed vice president and general manager of the Performance Materials Division in 2001 and vice president, Chemicals Group business divisions in early 2003. Later that year, Mr. McGlade was named group vice president, Chemicals Group, in which he had global responsibility for the company’s industrial gas and chemicals manufacturing organization, and for Environment, Health, Safety and Quality. John was appointed president and chief executive officer of Air Products in October 2007 and chairman of the board in April 2008.

John currently serves on the board of directors of the American Chemistry Council and is a member of the Society of Chemical Industry executive committee, and a member of the SteelStacks leadership team. John is a member of the Board of Trustees at Lehigh and he and his wife Brenda has generously donated to the renovations of Mohler Lab.


Dr. Gary WhithouseDr. Gary Whitehouse ’60, ’62G
2009 ISE Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievements in Academia

Gary Whitehouse graduated from our department in 1960 and has his master’s degree from the department as well in 1962. He was a member of Alpha Pi Mu, American Institute of Industrial Engineers, Newtonian Society and on the Dean’s List. He received his doctorate from Arizona State University.

Gary taught in the Industrial Engineering department from 1966 until 1978, where he then joined the University of Central Florida. He also served as Chair of UCF's Industrial Engineering and Management Systems Department and Dean of UCF's College of Engineering. During his academic tenure, he has written four books and edited six others, wrote 75 articles, edited the Industrial Engineering Mini/Micro Computer column, authored the IIE Microsoftware series and received over $2 million of federal research funding. His interests include applied operations research, simulation, and computer applications. He has received a number of awards, including recognition as a Fellow from the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) and the Florida Engineering Society (FES), Western Electric’s Engineering Professor-of-the-Year Award in the Middle Atlantic States, the H. B. Maynard Innovative Achievement in Industrial Engineering Award from the IIE, and the outstanding IIE Publication-of-the-Year Award for his book dealing with computer applications for the industrial engineering field. In 2007 he received IIE’s Albert G. Holzman Distinguished Educator Award for career achievement.

He had served UCF as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs from 1993 to 2003. In August 2003, Gary was named Provost Emeritus and University Distinguished Professor by the University of Central Florida. He returned to the Industrial Engineering and Management Systems Department and retired in 2005 as Professor Emeritus.

Gary has served in a number of leadership roles for the IIE, the FES, INFORMS, and the American Society of Engineering Educators. He was president of the Lehigh Valley IIE chapter and Regional IIE Vice President. In 2009, Gary and his wife, Marian Greenhalgh Whitehouse, generously donated the first floor graduate student office for the department. Their donation is part of the renovation efforts to Mohler Lab. Gary is also a member of the ISE Advisory Board.