On Friday, April 20, 2012, the University of Kentucky College of Engineering inducted four new members into its Hall of Distinction—the highest level of alumni recognition granted by the College. The newest members were: Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch (electrical engineering, 1988), D.L. Lobb (civil engineering, 1979), James W. McCurry (mechanical engineering, 1953) and Larry E. Whaley (civil engineering, 1968). During the ceremony, Dean Thomas Lester announced that since its inception in 1992, the Hall of Distinction has inducted exactly 100 members.
After opening remarks from Dean Lester, chemical engineering senior Kirsten Graves welcomed the inductees on behalf of the engineering students. Each new member was escorted to the podium by their respective department’s current chair, where they received a plaque and delivered a short speech expressing gratitude to their families, friends and mentors—many of whom were in attendance.
Following concluding comments by Dean Lester, a reception was held in the atrium of the Ralph G. Anderson Building. The south wall of the atrium is lined with the commemorative plaques featuring the images of each Hall of Distinction member.