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Two AE alumni recognized by The Grainger College of Engineering


Debra Levey Larson

Grainger quad and Engineering HallEach year, The Grainger College of Engineering selects exceptional alumni to receive the Alumni Award for Distinguished Service for professional distinction through outstanding leadership, contributions to the field of engineering, creativity, and entrepreneurship, as well as service to society, the professional community, and to the department, college, or university.

This year, two of the eight alumni being honored are from the Department of Aerospace Engineering.

Stanley A. Deal
Stanley A. Deal

President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Stanley A. Deal, earned his B.S. in 1986. He was selected for his successful and influential career in the aviation industry, along with his active alumni engagement at both the department and college level.

For more, see the story about Deal on The Grainger College of Engineering website.

Michael S. Hopkins
Michael S. Hopkins

NASA astronaut, Michael S. Hopkins, received his B.S. in 1991. He is commander on the Crew-1 SpaceX Crew Dragon Resilience, which launched on November 15, 2020.  He was selected as an engineer, test pilot, and astronaut, for his decorated service in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force, his contributions to the NASA space program, and his continued dedication to the University of Illinois.

For more, see the story about Hopkins on The Grainger College of Engineering website.

This year’s recipients will be recognized in a Zoom virtual chat on Friday, March 26 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Central Time. Pre-register to attend this event.