All Honorees (Alphabetically)

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Each person who has been honored by any one of the six awarding institutions is listed here alphabetically by last name.

The McDonald Mentoring Award program is designed, however, to celebrate annually diverse professionals in engineering and the applied sciences who, as exemplary mentors and advisors, have significantly and consistently supported the personal and professional development of others.

Aside from simply learning more about each of these outstanding individuals, there are many reasons to contact our honorees. You may wish to add your own congratulations! You may want to renew a former acquaintance. Or, you may want to learn more and become a better mentor or advisor yourself.

A sincere effort is maintained to keep this information up to date. However, the individual’s or institutions’ own web sites and directory listings should also prove helpful.

Titles and affiliations are listed as at the time of each award.


Samuel M. Allen, Ph.D. 2008
Professor of Physical Metallurgy, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Engineering, MIT; Cambridge, Massachusetts


Soraya Bailey, M.S. 2014
Support Engineer, Senior Design Course, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University;
Baltimore, Maryland


William P. Ball, Ph.D. 2008
Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University; Baltimore, Maryland


Nael Barakat, Ph.D., P.Eng. 2014
Professor and Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan;
Member, European Society for Engineering Education, and International Society for Engineering Education


Sujata K. Bhatia, M.D., Ph.D. 2013
Assistant Director for Undergraduate Studies in Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS);
Assistant Dean, Harvard Summer School, Harvard University; Cambridge, Massachusetts


Robert Birkmyre, EUR ING, CEng. 2011
Professional European Engineer (EUR ING), European Federation of National Engineering Associations (FEANI); Chartered Engineer (U.K.);
BTech in Automotive Engineering, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, U.K.


Daniel Blankschtein, Ph.D. 2015
Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, School of Engineering, MIT; Cambridge, Massachusetts


Duane Boning, Ph.D. 2016
Professor of Electrical Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, School of Engineering, MIT; Cambridge, Massachusetts


Michael P. Brenner, Ph.D. – First Harvard Honoree 2008-09
Professor of Applied Mathematics and Applied Physics, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), Harvard University; Cambridge, Massachusetts


Roger W. Brockett, Ph.D. 2011
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, founder of Harvard Robotics Laboratory, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), Harvard University; Cambridge, Massachusetts


Robert C. Cammarata, Ph.D. 2010
Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University; Baltimore, Maryland


Luciano Castillo, Ph.D. 2016
Professor and Chair in Wind Energy, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


Krishnandu Chakrabarty, Ph.D. 2010
Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University; Durham, North Carolina


Gang Chen, Ph.D. 2011
Professor of Power Engineering; Director, Pappalardo Micro and Nano Engineering Laboratories, Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, MIT; Cambridge, Massachusetts


Robert E. Cohen, Ph.D. – First MIT Honoree 2006
Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, School of Engineering, MIT; Cambridge, Massachusetts


Steven M. Cramer, Ph.D. 2008
Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin; Madison, Wisconsin


Lise Dahuron, Ph.D. 2012
Lecturer, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University; Baltimore, Maryland


Olivier L. de Weck, Ph.D. 2010
Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, School of Engineering, MIT; Cambridge, Massachusetts


Gabor Fichtinger, Ph.D. 2006
Director of Engineering, Engineering Research Center for Computer-Integrated Surgical Systems and Technologies, Whiting School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University; Baltimore, Maryland


Timothy S. Fisher, Ph.D. 2012
Adjunct Professor, International Center for Materials Science (ICMS), Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Jakkur, Bangalore, India. Professor of Mechanical Engineering, School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.


Bridget Fletcher, M.A. 2012
Assistant Director of Student Services, Master of Engineering Management Program, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University; Durham, North Carolina


Linda P. Franzoni, Ph.D. 2006
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University; Durham, North Carolina


Devendra P. Garg, Ph.D. 2011
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science; Director, Robotics and Manufacturing Automation Laboratory;
Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University; Durham, North Carolina


William R. Goodin, Ph.D. 2011
Director, Short Course Program and Technical Management Program, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension, Los Angeles, California


Claudia K. Gunsch, Ph.D. 2016
Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University; Durham, North Carolina


Michael R. Gustafson II, Ph.D. – First Duke Honoree 2005
Assistant Professor of the Practice, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University;
Durham, North Carolina


Abel Hernández-Guerrero, Ph.D. 2013
Professor, Departamento Ingenería Mechánica [Mechanical Engineering Department], División de Ingenierías [Division of Engineering],
Universidad de Guanajuato, Salamanca, Mexico


Todd C. Hufnagel, Ph.D. – First Johns Hopkins Honoree 2005
Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University; Baltimore, Maryland


Joseph A. Izatt, Ph.D. 2008
Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University; Durham, North Carolina


Jenny Sloop Johnson, M.Ed. 2015
Associate Director, Career Services, Engineering Professional Masters Programs, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University; Durham, North Carolina


Carter J. Kerk, Ph.D., P.E. – First Tau Beta Pi Honoree 2006
Associate Professor, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology; Rapid City, South Dakota


Leslie A. Kolodziejski, Ph.D. 2009
Professor of Electrical Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, School of Engineering, MIT; Cambridge, Massachusetts


Carlos L. Lasarte V, M.S. 2015
Director Gerente y Asesor Técnico [Managing Director and Technical Advisor]; Combustión, Energía y Ambiente, C.A. [Company], República de Panamá


Antonette M. Logar, J.D., Ph.D. 2016
Professor, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology; Rapid City, South Dakota


Steven P. Marra, Ph.D., P.E. 2016
Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University; Baltimore, Maryland


Michael I. Miller, Ph.D. 2013
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering; Director, Center for Imaging Science;
Whiting School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University; Baltimore, Maryland


David J. Mooney, Ph.D. 2014
Professor of Bioengineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), Harvard University; Cambridge, Massachusetts


La Tondra A. Murray, Ph.D. 2013
Adjunct Professor of the Practice, Associate Director, Professional Masters Programs, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University; Durham, North Carolina


Radhika Nagpal, Ph.D. 2015
Professor of Computer Science, Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University; Cambridge, Massachusetts


Amedeo R. Odoni, Ph.D. 2007
Professor, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, MIT; Cambridge, Massachusetts


Allan V. Oppenheim, Sc.D. 2013
Professor of Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Principal Investigator, Research Laboratory of Electronics,
School of Engineering, MIT; Cambridge, Massachusetts


Terry P. Orlando, Ph.D. 2012
Professor of Electrical Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Principal Investigator, Research Laboratory of Electronics, School of Engineering, MIT; Cambridge, Massachusetts


Brendan J. O’Toole, Ph.D. 2014
Professor of Mechanical Engineering,Director, Mendenhall Innovation Program and Center for Materials and Structures,
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Hughes College of Engineering, University of Nevada; Las Vegas, Nevada


Charles B. Parker, Ph.D. 2014
Director, Nanomaterials and Thin Films Laboratory, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University; Durham, North Carolina


David C. Parkes, Ph.D. 2012
Professor of Computer Science, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), Harvard University; Cambridge, Massachusetts


Lt. Col. Orval A. Powell, Ph.D., P.E. 2015
Associate Professor of Engineering Mechanics, Deputy for Curriculum and Assessment, United States Air Force Academy; Colorado Springs, Colorado


Carey E. Priebe, Ph.D. 2011
Professor, Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Whiting School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University; Baltimore, Maryland


Donna S. Reese, Ph.D. 2010
Professor and Associate Dean for Academics, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Bagley College of Engineering, Mississippi State University; Mississippi State, Mississippi


Lt. Col. Donald W. Rhymer, Ph.D. 2013
Professor and Head of Engineering Mechanics, United States Air Force Academy; Colorado Springs, Colorado


Derrick K. Rollins, Sr., Ph.D. 2012
Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, College of Engineering, Iowa State University; Ames, Iowa


David Schaad, Ph.D. 2006
Adjunct Assistant Professor and Assistant Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University;
Durham, North Carolina


Margo I. Seltzer, Ph.D. 2010
Professor of Computer Science, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), Harvard University; Cambridge, Massachusetts


Thomas C. Sheahan, Sc.D., P.E. 2007
Professor and Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering, Northeastern University; Boston, Massachusetts


Dario Solís, Ph.D. – First ASME Honoree 2010
Dirección de Investigación [Director of Research], Universidad Technológica de Panamá, República de Panamá


Lester K. Su, Ph.D. 2007
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University; Baltimore, Maryland


Trac D. Tran, Ph.D. 2009
Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University; Baltimore, Maryland


George A. Truskey, Ph.D. 2007
Professor and Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University; Durham, North Carolina


Thomas E. Wade, Ph.D. 2009
Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Department of Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering, University of South Florida; Tampa, Florida


Robert J. Wood, Ph.D. 2016
Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University; Cambridge, Massachusetts


Maria C. Yang, Ph.D. 2014
Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, School of Engineering, MIT; Cambridge, Massachusetts


David T. Yue, M.D., Ph.D. 2015
Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience, Co-Director, Doctoral Program in Biomedical Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Whiting School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University; Baltimore, Maryland


Pei Zhong, Ph.D. 2009
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University; Durham, North Carolina


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Award Program Institutions

The program is endowed to operate through six supporting institutions.

An international recognition is part of the annual society-level award programs of ASME. U. S. national honorees are recognized through the engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi. Other outstanding mentors are selected annually through similarly-endowed institutional programs at Duke University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology – universities where sponsor Capers McDonald has been privileged to have been engaged as a learner, either as a student or faculty member.

Aside from simply learning more about each of these organizations, there are many reasons to contact our award program institutions! You may want to learn more and become a better mentor or advisor. You may wish to know the procedure for nominating an excellent mentor for one of the awards. Or, you may have some interest in contributing to the celebration by volunteering some of your time or funds to enhance the recognitions. All are welcomed!

A sincere effort is maintained to keep this information, including contacts, up to date. However, the institutions’ own web sites and directory listings should also prove helpful.

Connections Among the Six Institutions

In addition to their individual dedication to excellence in engineering and the applied sciences; to innovation, creativity and leadership; and to a broad social perspective on the role of engineers, these six institutions are prominent among those Capers McDonald has enjoyed working and learning in throughout his life – either as a student, faculty member or volunteer.

In the School of Engineering at Duke University, Capers earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) degree with majors in Biomedical Engineering and Zoology in 1974. He completed a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) degree at MIT in 1976, conducting his thesis work with fellow engineers at MIT and orthopedic surgeons at Children’s Hospital Boston. Following five years of employment, Capers concluded his formal education – to date – with a Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree from Harvard Business School in 1983.

Immediately following 12 years as President and CEO of BioReliance Corporation in 2004, Capers became an Executive in Residence and faculty member with Johns Hopkins University, teaching in graduate programs that in 2007 became parts of the newly-chartered Carey Business School.

Capers was inducted into Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honorary, following his third undergraduate year at Duke and served as the student Chapter President during 1973-74. He is a Life Member of ASME, which for many years was known as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.