Honoring Three Outstanding Alumni

April 10, 2014 | Article By Kirby Messinger

Honoring Three Outstanding AlumniA longtime faculty member, a local physician and an engineer-turned-lawyer all received honors at the sixth-annual School of Science and Engineering Alumni Awards celebration. They were recognized for their contributions to their fields and the university.

When introducing the scholar who was named Outstanding Alumnus, it was noted that his accomplishments were so numerous that the type needed to be very small to include them all.

Victor Law (Chemical Engineering ’60, G’62, G‘63) can indeed boast of many outstanding accomplishments.

In the fall of 2014, Law will celebrate his 52nd year on Tulane’s faculty. Early in his academic career, Law became fascinated with computers. His research focused on the use of those computers for process control and simulation. He discovered several breakthrough applications and authored several textbooks about computers and chemical engineering.

When he accepted the honor, Law recognized how important Tulane has been to his life and work.

“To say that Tulane has been my life would be an understatement,” says Law. “I used to usher at Tulane stadium and eventually met the love of my life at Tulane. Outside of my wife and family, Tulane is my love.”

As a young boy growing up in New Orleans, Dr. Marc Matrana (Psychology- BS ’01, Human Genetics - G’02) counted the days until he could attend Tulane University. Recognized as the Outstanding Young Alumnus, Matrana received a medical degree from LSU School of Medicine at New Orleans in 2006 and went on to complete his medical training in hematology and oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

Matrana has conducted groundbreaking research and authored numerous peer-reviewed articles, chapters and other publications. He is currently on staff at Ochsner Medical Center and is an active researcher. He credits his love of research to Tulane and the important mentors and opportunity to work with important faculty mentors at the school.

It was a scholarship that changed the life of Rusty Pickering (Biomedical Engineering- BS ’91) and inspired him to give back to Tulane. Pickering was honored as the 2014 Outstanding Service Alumnus. He has served as president, officer, director and committee chair for the Tulane Alumni Association and as a member of its Board of Directors for the past nine years. He also serves as a mentor for former Tulane biomedical engineering students. Although Pickering was honored to receive the award, he says that he feels that he has a lot more to give Tulane before he’s truly earned an award for service.

“I have in no way earned this award yet,” says Pickering. “But I will take it as encouragement. I thank you for this and everything Tulane has done for me.”

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