Joe Belle Memorial Award 2011

For volunteer service to students and early career achievement

Joe Belle made significant contributions to the University of Dayton's Catholic and Marianist character through his exceptional caring about people.

The Joe Belle Memorial Award is designed to recognize young alumni who carry that same spirit and have shown great promise and accomplishment in their chosen profession and/or service to their community or to the University of Dayton and its mission. To be eligible, candidates must have graduated from the University of Dayton within the past 10 years.

James "Scott" Murphy '01
Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering
School of Engineering

In the engineering profession, Scott Murphy is known for his work at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton. He is the title of chief engineer for the flight test program of the X-51A, which in 2010 made the longest-ever supersonic combustion ramjet-powered hypersonic flight, reaching a speed of Mach 5.

In the Dayton community, Murphy is known as the founder and chair of updayton, a volunteer project to help the region better attract and retain young talent. Combining the analytical mind of his profession with a flair for public speaking, he has won community support, enabled volunteers and brought together “young creatives” — artists, engineers, teachers, architects and others, including some people not-so-young but dedicated to Dayton.

Although the transition from a manufacturing-oriented economy might seem to attract fewer young people to the Dayton region, Census Bureau numbers for 2008 showed an increase of 18- to 34-year-olds in the area — a trend updayton is dedicated to continue.

The Dayton Business Journal named Murphy to its list of the Top 10 Most Influential People of 2010 in the Dayton Region.

Scott's Story


Scott's Acceptance Speech