In tribute to their exceptional commitment to the Institute and their fellow alumni, the Rensselaer Alumni Association (RAA) and the Office of Alumni Relations have recognized an outstanding group of volunteers with the 2015 RAA Awards. The awards will be presented at the 29th annual RAA Awards Dinner on Thursday, October 1, during Reunion & Homecoming weekend.

Richard Bollam ’66 was chosen to receive the Distinguished Service Award (DSA), the highest award presented by the RAA. The DSA recognizes “distinguished service by alumni or friends to Rensselaer, to a profession, to the nation, or to humanity.” Bollam was selected in part for being the visionary force behind the creation of the Rensselaer Alumni Association Endowment Fund. The fund is designed to encourage engagement and philanthropic support among students and alumni/ae around the world.

“The RAA Awards program allows us to publicly recognize our most valuable alumni partners—our amazing volunteers,” said Jeff Schanz, RAA executive director and assistant vice president for alumni relations. “We thank all of our award recipients for their many contributions to Rensselaer.”

Distinguished Service Award
Richard O. Bollam ’66

Albert Fox Demers Award
Wanda K. Denson-Low ’78
Diane Ozovek Howard ’82
Roger E. Mike ’70
Theodore J. Wojnar Jr. ’80

Alumni Key Award
Albert W. Bromberg ’59
Robert C. Eckart  ’73
John G. Lonski ’73
Douglas A. Mercer ’77
Josef C. Mueller III ’86

RAA Teaching Award
Thomas C. Sharkey
Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering

RAA Red & White Emerging Leader Award
Whitney T. Gervais ’16
Gavin M. Noritsky ’16

Director’s Award
Terence Barton ’92, ’01G
Donald A. Burgio ’89
Brian F. Nock ’13, ’13G
Mechelle A. Norton ’78G
Karl P. Oestreich ’79
Norris A. Pearson

Alumni Admissions Recognition of Excellence Award
Kenneth A. DeGhetto ’50

Craig W. Angell ’35 Chapter of the Year Award
The Rensselaer Alumni Chapter of Boston
Ashley B. Brandin ’06, President

For more information on the RAA Awards program, visit