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Medal of Excellence 2023 Presented by Corning Incorporated

Date & Time

Thursday, September 28, 2023, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.




Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering

500 Bartholomew Road, Piscataway, NJ, 08854

Rutgers School of Engineering Medal of Excellence Dinner

The Medal of Excellence Awards, established in 2006, recognize graduates of Rutgers University School of Engineering who have distinguished themselves professionally since graduation in industry, academia, government, research, and business, while raising scholarship funds to support success. 

Honorees are celebrated at a networking dinner event that is attended by alumni and SoE faculty and students, as well as an impressive representation of local industry members and other distinguished guests. In addition, the Rutgers Engineering Society (RES) presents its Distinguished Engineer Award at this event. Read the honoree bios>>

Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering
500 Bartholomew Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854

6 p.m. to 7 p.m. |  Cocktail Reception
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. |  Dinner and Award Presentations 

Tickets and Sponsorships

Medal of Excellence 2023 Honorees

Medal of Excellence Award
John Sharkey (BS’79, MS’90 Industrial Engineering)
Vice President, Chief of Staff to the CEO
Corning Incorporated (Retired)

Distinguished Achievement in Research
Heidi Taboada, Ph.D. (MS’05, PhD’07 Industrial Engineering)
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies 
Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering
University of Texas at El Paso

Distinguished Achievement in Industry 
Rina Parikh (BS’88 Electrical & Computer Engineering)
Executive Vice President
MAG Aerospace

Bharat Parikh (BS’87  Electrical & Computer Engineering)
Board Director, Strategic Advisor Army C51SR
MAG Aerospace

Distinguished Young Alumna
Nicole Di Stefano Gonzalez (BS’13, ME’17 Biomedical Engineering)
Principal Manager, Customer Success for Health and Life Sciences

Dean’s Award for Service
Peter Cherasia (BS’84 Electrical & Computer Engineering)  
Chairman of the Board 
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