Of our more than 50,000 living alumni, untold thousands have left a lasting mark on the world.  They are creators and innovators, explorers, leaders, teachers and entrepreneurs.

But only a select few qualify as those whose work, leadership and contributions have made a lasting impact on our world and campus. These are the alumni whose accomplishments and contributions are truly remarkable. These are the Alumni of Influence.

2016 Honorees

Join us, Saturday, Nov. 5, for a celebration of innovation, exploration, leadership and impact as we honor 10 Miners for their lasting contributions to our university and the wider world. Congratulations to our 2016 honorees:

Joe Ballard, MS EMgt’72

A retired U.S. Army lieutenant general and CEO of the Ravens Group Inc.

Bob Brackbill, MinE'42

An oil industry leader recognized for his contributions to offshore exploration, in particular the discovery of gas reserves in Thailand.

Bob Brinkmann, CE'71

Founder and CEO of Brinkmann Constructors.

Matt Coco, CE'66

Retired vice president of Alberici Corp.’s building division.

Roger Dorf, ME'65

Retired general manager and vice president of the Broadband Wireless Group for Cisco Systems.

Bipin Doshi, ChE'62, MS ChE'63

President and CEO of Schafer Industries.

Don Gunther, CE'60

Retired vice chairman and director of the Bechtel Group.

Sandra Magnus, Phys’86, MS EE’90

Executive director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a former NASA astronaut.

Dick Vitek, MS Chem’58

Founder and retired CEO of Fotodyne Inc.

Roy Wilkens, EE’66

Retired CEO of WilTel and McLeodUSA, and chairman and co-founder of Adaption Technologies.