Distinguished Alumni Award

Distinguished Alumni Award

For National or International Achievements

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor accorded by the Alumni Association and recognizes a graduate of the University of Dayton who has earned special distinction, thereby reflecting great honor on the University of Dayton and its alumni.

The award is given to a person who has sustained a record of accomplishment and whose reputation is widespread.

In selecting the distinguished alumni, special attention shall be given to the accomplishments that embody the University’s goal to participate effectively in the quest for a more perfect human society. To be eligible, a person must be a graduate of the University of Dayton with an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree, and must have received the degree at least 25 years prior to being nominated for the award.  Unless there is a compelling reason to merit an exception, only one award will be given each year.

Lourdes Maurice, Ph.D. ’83, ’86

Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering
Master of Science, Aerospace Engineering

It might possibly be Lourdes Quintana Maurice’s challenging beginnings that put her on the path to excel in academics and her career.

Fleeing Cuba and the Castro regime at 8 years old with her mother, sister and grandparents, the family eventually ended up in Dayton when she was 11. They had literally nothing, as the Castro regime had nationalized everything her family owned. Her mother insisted on a strong education for her daughters. A Catholic, Marianist education from grade school all the way to the University of Dayton included studies in chemical and aerospace engineering.

Maurice earned a doctorate in mechanical engineering from University of London, Imperial College. All along the way, her interest and passion for engineering kept her motivated.

“Engineering makes the impossible, possible,” she said. “Everything we have, it takes an engineer to make. It’s been fun.”

During her career, Maurice rose through the ranks of the Air Force research enterprise and became a leader at the Federal Aviation Administration. In her role, she was an influential international leader in setting aviation noise, emissions and energy policy for the United States and the world. She went on to become executive director for environment and energy at the FAA. In 2003, she was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Maurice served as a lead author for the Nobel Peace Prize-winning U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and was presented in 2007 with a full-size duplicate award to acknowledge her contribution.

Since retiring in 2017, she has stayed active in her field by continuing to serve on the startup company Boom Supersonic’s advisory board and is currently an associate editor for the AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power.

Past Recipients

Katherine Schipper '71
Richard A. Abdoo '65
John B. Alexander '25
Paul W. Armstrong '67
Edwin G. Becker '14
Erma F. Bombeck '49
David Bradley '71
Ricardo Bressani, Ph.D. '48
Edward L. Buescher '45
Simon Burick '30
Doris I. Charles '52
Ronald W. Collins '57
John E. Condon '51
Carl J. Crane '24
Richard P. Davis '72
Ralph D. Delaney '55
Joseph Desch '29 (posthumously awarded)
Eileen Dolan '79
Dr. Sean Donahue '84
F. Thomas Eggemeier '67
Richard H. Finan '54
Brother Raymond L. Fitz, S.M. '64
George E. Freitas '29
Thomas J. Frericks '53
Donald R. Geiger, S.M. '55
William E. Hammer, Jr. '62
James C. Herbert '63
Martin J. Hillenbrand '37
Carroll A. Hochwalt '20
George K. Houghtailing '29
Howard L. Hughes, S.M. '51
Cordell W. Hull '56
Clement G. Jauch '08
Soichi Kawazoe '30
Joseph E. Keller '29
Thomas C. Kennedy '59
Donald M. Knowlan '51
John L. Lahey '68, '70
Frank F. Ledford, Jr. '55
John A. Lombardo '71
John J. Lucier, S.M. '37
Peter A. Luongo '65
John T. Makley '57
Torrence A. Makley, Jr. '40
Al H. Mahrt '12
M. Michele Mariscalco, M.D. '77
Paul V. McEnroe '59
John F. McHale '78
Theodore Q. Miller '68
Simon Nathan '42
Colombe Nicholas '64
Charles H. Noll '53
John L. O'Grady '68
Joseph D. Park '29
Charles J. Pedersen '26
David Phillips '62
Shirley A. Pohl '57
Rita M. Rapp '50
Irmengard Raush '55
Raymond A. Roesch, S.M. '36
Col. Gordon R. Roberts '74
Dr. Richard M. Schoen '72
Sanford M. Shapero '50
Katherine Schipper '71
Barry J. Shillito '49
James R. Spotila '66
Eugene Steuerle '68
George E. Thoma '43
Fred Tenover, Ph.D. '76
Charles L. Weber '58
John R. Westerheide '47
Charles W. Whalen, Jr. '42
Bernard L. Whelan '09
Donald W. Wigal '55
Charles R. Wilke '40


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