Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Engineering has officially inducted 22 outstanding members of its alumni into its inaugural Hall of Fame.
Selected from a pool of 25,000 alumni, Hall of Fame members were chosen based on the distinction they have brought to the college’s programs and their personal accomplishments. From guiding the transition to digital television to overseeing the construction of the Gibson Amphitheatre, each inductee’s achievements were deemed significant to highlight in the hopes of inspiring the next generation of engineers.
The induction ceremony took place at a black-tie event on Feb 19. While it was a night of recognition and honors, Engineering Dean Mahyar Amouzegar also spoke on behalf of future generations of engineers.
“No matter where you look, you will see the positive impact of Cal Poly Pomona’s engineers in our society. And yet we are at a crossroads,” said Dean Amouzegar. “I believe everyone in this room knows the era of taxpayer subsidy for public education is coming to an end, and if we want to keep the doors of opportunity open for the next generation of engineering students, we must begin to foster a deeper sense of community now.”
Following the black-tie ceremony, the Hall of Fame concluded with a public unveiling on campus. All 22 inductees and hundreds of attendees took part in the unveiling. Large framed photos and biographical information of the inductees were prominently displayed throughout the halls of engineering buildings 9 and 17.
Those honored this year are:
Richard A. Croxall (Mechanical Engineering ’63) – Vice President & Chief Engineer (Ret.), Northrop Grumman
Eddy W. Hartenstein (Aerospace Engineering and Mathematics, ’72) – CEO and publisher, Los Angeles Times
James R. Williamson (Electrical Engineering, ’82) – Vice President, Technology Standards (Ret.)
Ahmad Adel Al-Khatib (Electrical Engineering ’83) – Founder & CEO, SIGMAnet
Daniel Man-Chung Cheng (Industrial Engineering ’81) – Managing Director, Dunwell Enviro-Tech (Holdings) Limited
Martin J. Colombatto (Engineering Technology ’82) – Director of the Board for ClariPhy Communications & Luxtera Corp.
Nato Flores (Mechanical Engineering ’79) – President and Majority Owner, Tower General Contractors
Lawrence M. Gates (Civil Engineering ’87) – President, DRC Engineering Inc.
Virginia Grebbien (Civil Engineering ’86) – President, Parsons Environment & Infrastructure
Peter Hadinger (Electrical Engineering ’81) – President, Inmarsat Global Services Inc.
Darcel L. Hulse (Mechanical Engineering ’70) – President & CEO (Ret.), Sempra LNG
Brian Jaramillo (Engineering Technology ’87) – President, Tilden-Coil Constructors
Bob Kallenbaugh (Civil Engineering ’74) – CEO, RBF Consulting
Jack H. Kulp (Mechanical Engineering ’63) – President, Traffix Devices Inc.
Lynne Lachenmyer (Chemical Engineering ’80) – Senior Vice President , ExxonMobil Chemical Company
Rick Morrow (Chemical Engineering ’72) – Vice President, Engineering & Operations Staff, Southern California Gas Company
Cordelia Ontiveros (Chemical Engineering ’78) – Associate Dean for Academic Programs & Student Services, Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Engineering
Rebecca Ritt Rhoads (Electrical Engineering ’80 & Master’s in Engineering Technology ’86) – Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Raytheon Company
Joseph M. Rivera (Civil Engineering ’73) – Director, Gas Engineering, Southern California Gas Company
Gerry Salontai (Civil Engineering ’77) – President & CEO (Ret.), Kleinfelder Inc.
Mark A. Stevens (Mechanical Engineering ’75) – Senior Vice President, Corporate Risk, Fluor Corporation
Thomas Vos (Electrical Engineering ’64) – Vice President & General Manager (Ret.), Hewlett-Packard
The College of Engineering’s Hall of Fame is one of four anniversary initiatives celebrating the college’s 55th anniversary and Cal Poly Pomona’s 75th. Earlier this year, the college began its initiatives with its first distinguished lectureship series. The remaining initiatives will focus on leadership promotion and training initiatives and student diversity and retention.