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Industry Leaders and Students Honored By The
UConn School of Engineering (Released: 05/09/01)

By Janice Palmer, Office of University Communications

STORRS, Conn. -- The School of Engineering at the University of Connecticut honored four industry leaders and awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships during its recent awards banquet.

During the ceremony, held at the Lewis Rome Ballroom on the Storrs campus, 137 top undergraduates were presented with scholarships based on their academic achievements.

The School of Engineering also feted key alumni and friends for their service and career achievements. This year's Distinguished Engineering Service Awards went to John Cassidy and Michael Morris for their leadership roles in helping forge strong industry-academic partnerships with the School.

Cassidy is senior vice president for science & technology at United Technologies Corporation (UTC) and vice president of the United Technologies Research Center. He is responsible for all of UTC's research and engineering efforts.

Morris is chairman, president and CEO of Northeast Utilities System, New England's leading supplier of energy products and services.

Samuel D. Ewing Jr. and Arthur Kaufman, two engineering alumni, were lauded at the ceremony for exemplary career achievements.

Ewing is president and founder of Ewing Capital Inc. of Washington, D.C., one of the nation's largest and most prestigious minority-owned brokerage and research firms. He is also a member of the University of Connecticut Foundation Inc. Board of Directors. He earned his Master's degree in electrical engineering from UConn in 1964 and an MBA from Harvard University.

Kaufman is the chief technology officer for H Power Corp. in Clifton, N.J. During his 40-year career, Kaufman has contributed significantly toward the development of leading-edge fuel cell research and applications. He has held a variety of top executive positions since joining H Power in 1989. He earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at UConn in 1973.

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