Three Outstanding Alumni Honored

April 9, 2015

On April 9, 2015, three alumni were honored for their contributions to science and engineering and the university at the seventh annual School of Science and Engineering Alumni Awards.

2015 Alumni Award Winners

“Our alumni are truly the lifeblood of the school,” says Nicholas Altiero, dean of the School of Science and Engineering. “We would not be where we are today without their contributions and commitment.”

Acclaimed marine scientist, Donald F. Boesch (BS Biology ’67), has spent his life’s work studying coastal and continental shelf environments throughout the world. As a professor of marine science and the president of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, he is an internationally recognized expert on solutions to address the impacts of land-based pollution, oil and gas development, coastal wetland loss and climate change.

For his contributions to his field, Boesch was named the 2015 Outstanding Alumnus. He currently serves as a member of the governor of Maryland’s environmental subcabinet and was appointed by President Obama in 2010 as one of seven members of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

Honored as the Outstanding Young Alumnus, Alexander I. Evins (BS Neuroscience ’11) boasts an impressive resume as chief research fellow in the Department of Neurological Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University.

Currently a doctoral candidate, Evins works with neurosurgery fellows from around the world to expand the boundaries of neurosurgical practice through the development of novel technologies, techniques and procedures. He has been involved in publishing numerous peer-reviewed studies and is regularly invited to speak at neurosurgical conferences around the world.

For her service to the School of Science and Engineering, Annette Oertling (BSE Mechanical Engineering ’78, MS Mechanical Engineering ’93, PhD Mechanical Engineering ‘01) was honored with the Outstanding Service Award. Oertling has been instrumental in promoting K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education throughout Louisiana. She is the president and a founding member of Building Louisiana Science and Technology, Inc. a non-profit organization responsible for bringing FIRST LEGO League to Louisiana in 2003 and FIRST Robotics to Louisiana and Mississippi in 2007. Recently retired from Tulane, she continues her work to promote STEM education and now serves as an adjunct faculty member assisting with the K-12 education programs at Tulane.

“These three notable alumni embody all that it means to be a Tulanian,” says Altiero. “Our students should be proud to know the caliber of researchers, engineers, educators, and scientists that have gone before them.”

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