Rutgers University–New Brunswick’s School of Engineering honored six distinguished graduates of the school at a gala event on Thursday, October 13, recognizing alumni achievement in surgical technology, infrastructure innovation, space exploration, education, and the petroleum industry. Of those honored, two were chemical and biochemical graduates.
Vijay Swarup, Ph.D., vice president for research and development for ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, was honored for his distinction in industry and recognized his achievements in creating more efficient or cleaner fuels and other innovative technologies. Part of his research includes the use of algae to produce biofuels, rather than the more traditional ethanol fuels. He is currently working with Lockheed Martin to form a partnership between the two companies' development wings to facilitate the production of new technologies used in industry. Swarup earned masters and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from the School of Engineering.
Marvin O. Schlanger was the recipient of the Medal of Excellence, the school’s highest honor awarded to an alumnus for superior, lifetime achievements that honorably reflect the school. As a leader in the petroleum and utility industries, Schlanger has had a distinguished career with ARCO Chemical Company where he held a number of manufacturing and business positions before advancing to chief financial officer in 1989, chief operating officer in 1994, and president and CEO in 1998. He is currently chairman of the board of UGI Corporation and UGI Utilities, which operates natural gas and electric utilities in Pennsylvania, distributes propane domestically and internationally, manages midstream assets and engages in energy marketing. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the School of Engineering in 1969.
More than 250 alumni, industry partners, faculty, and students attended the 2016 Medal of Excellence and Distinguished Alumni event which also celebrated the accomplishments of Dorin I. Comaniciu, Andrew J. Foden, John McAllen, and Jackelynne Silva-Martinez.
This year’s event, which supports engineering scholarships, generated more than $190,000 through sponsorships and ticket sales. The Medal of Excellence event was presented by lead sponsor Raytheon Company, along with platinum sponsors AECOM, Apollo Global Management, PSEG, UGI Corporation, and Weeks Marine, along with gold sponsors BlackRock, Inc., Constellation Energy, and Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.