University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering


Alumni to be Honored at Annual Dinner


Erin D. McKenzie

Four University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering alumni will be recognized next month at the 2009 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Awards Dinner.

Established in 1987, the awards dinner recognizes alumni, faculty and friends of the college and the Engineering Alumni Association. At this year’s event, four alumni will be honored not only for their contributions within the community, but also to the engineering profession.

It is slated for 6 p.m. June 5 at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Houston. John Lienhard, professor emeritus of mechanical engineering and history at the University of Houston, will deliver the keynote address. Lienhard is the author and voice of The Engines of Our Ingenuity, a nationally-recognized radio program.

Honored will be:

Gabriel W. Cuadra
Gabriel (1988 BSChE) is manager of compliance, work processes and management systems for BP America’s Texas City Refinery. He assumed his current role last September after having led BP’s retail operations in Latin American since 2004. One of two who will receive a Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, the honor recognizes alumni who have made significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments and careers have brought credit to the college.

Daniel O. Wong
Daniel (1983 BSCE, 1985 MSCE, 1988 Ph.D. CE) is the CEO for Tolunay-Wong Engineers Inc., a company he co-founded in 1993. His firm—providing engineering consultation, detailed geotechnical studies, foundation design, environmental engineering and construction materials testing—currently operates three offices in Texas and one in both Louisiana and Florida. He will be presented with the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award.

Duane Germenis
Duane (1983 BSME) is vice president of sales and marketing for the upstream oil and gas market where he promotes oil and water monitors for Turner Designs Hydrocarbon Instruments Inc. A member of the UH Engineering Alumni Golf Committee for the last 18 years, Germanis will be honored with the Roger Eichhorn Leadership Service Award, which recognizes an individual who has consistently volunteered their support to the college.

Michael P. Harold
Michael (1985 Ph.D. ChE) is a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Houston. He will be presented the Abraham E. Dukler Distinguished Engineering Faculty Award, honoring college faculty who have made significant contributions to society and through their careers have brought credit to the college. The award is named after a former dean of the college, who helped establish the department of chemical and biomolecular engineering.

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