2012 Alumni Award Winners

    Congratulations to the 2012 recipients of three of Washington & Jefferson College's highest honors.

    Alumni Award for Achievement



    Larry Sumney '62
    President and CEO,
    Semiconductor Research Corporation
    Learn more about Sumney.
    Distinguished Service Award



    Guy DuBois '70
    Retired Vice President,
    Intelligence and Information Systems, Raytheon
    Learn more about DuBois.
    Outstanding Young Alumni Award



    Amanda Boehm '02
    Senior Editor,
    Journal of the National Cancer Institute
    Learn more about Boehm.

    The Alumni Executive Council annually chooses recipients of the Distinguished Service Award, Alumni Achievement Award, and Outstanding Young Alumni Award from a slate of many outstanding nominees. The AEC is pleased to announce this year's alumni award recipients. Recipients receive formal recognition at the annual Homecoming Dinner Friday, October 19, 2012. Visit the Homecoming website for more information on the weekend's events. To nominate an alumnus/a or friend of the College for an award, please complete a brief nomination survey.


    Alumni Award for Achievement

    The Alumni Award for Achievement is given to an alumnus/a who has reached the pinnacle of his or her chosen field and through this achievement, has brought recognition to the College.

    The 2012 recipient of the Alumni Award for Achievement is Larry Sumney '62. Sumney is the president and chief executive officer of the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), a leading technology research consortium.

    After receiving his Bachelors of Arts in physics from W&J, Sumney began his career as a research physicist at the Naval Research Laboratory. Sumney was named the Research Director of the Naval Electronics Systems Command, and then, as Director of the Tri-Service Charge Coupled Device Technology Development Program by the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense.

    He next joined the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense Research and Engineering where he had overall responsibility for the creation, implementation and management of the Very High Speed Integrated Circuits (VHSIC) Program, the largest technology development program in the Department of Defense. He was named a "VHSIC Pioneer" in 1987.

    Sumney joined Semiconductor Industry Association in 1982 to head the industry's new research consortium, the SRC. In 1984, Sumney was named President and CEO. In 1997, he became Chairman of the Board, MARCO, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SRC, which manages the Focus Center Research Program. In 2005, he became Chairman of the Board, NERC, another wholly-owned subsidiary of SRC, which manages the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative. Since the SRC Education Alliance was established, he has held the position of Board Chairman. The SRC Education Alliance is also a wholly-owned subsidiary of SRC.

    Sumney has served on the EECS Department Advisory Board of the University of California, Berkeley, on the University of Illinois College of Engineering Advisory Board and the North Carolina State University Engineering Advisory Board. He is Chairman of the SIA University Research Award Selection Committee. He is a participant in the SIA's Focus Center Research Program Governing Council. He has served on the Director's Advisory Board of the National Security Agency.
     
    Sumney received his master's in engineering administration from George Washington University (GWU) and completed the course work toward a doctorate of science in systems engineering and mathematics at GWU.

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    Distinguished Service Award


    The Distinguished Service Award is awarded in recognition of alumni or friends of the College who have distinguished themselves through unparalleled loyalty and service to the College.

    The 2012 Distinguished Service
    Award winner is McClellan “Guy” DuBois '70. A member of the W&J Board of Trustees, DuBois has volunteered his time, talents and treasures for more than 30 years.

    After regularly attending alumni events, DuBois volunteered as an annual fund agent in the Washington, DC area and would call fellow alumni to encourage annual fund participation.

    DuBois has served on presidential search committees, played an active role in the development of the information technology leadership program, and has served as a liaison between the College and alumni.

    Throughout his career, DuBois has hired W&J students as interns and full-time employees. Always willing to answer questions or offer guidance, DuBois has unofficially mentored dozens of W&J students. He currently serves as a mentor in the Alumni Mentor Program.

    Dedicated to seeing the College succeed into the future, DuBois is a generous financial supporter. Recently, he and his wife established a charitable gift annuity at W&J.

    DuBois is the General Partner of The DuBois Group, a consulting organization focused on economic and national security issues. Prior to this position, Mr. DuBois was Vice President of Operational Technologies and Solutions (OTS) at Raytheon Corporation and the CEO of Raytheon UTD, a fully-owned subsidiary. He led the Raytheon team that acquired UTD. OTS and Raytheon UTD specialized in on-site engineering and operations as well as the design, development and deployment of systems for high-volume information collection, production, storage, management, and dissemination.

    DuBois is the author of several articles and speeches on international exchange rates, the Japanese economy, industrial espionage, the craft of intelligence, the policy and technology behind imagery support, and the history and structure of the US Intelligence Community.

    He received a Master's of Arts in Economics from Ohio State University and is a graduate of the Harvard University Seminar on National Security Policy. His daughter, Megan, is a member of the class of 2009 and his son, David, a member of the class of 2011.

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    Outstanding Young Alumni Award

    The Outstanding Young Alumni Award is presented to an alumnus or alumna who is within 15 years of his or her graduating class and who has made a significant contribution to his or her chosen field, community and/or the College.

    The 2012 Outstanding Young Alumni Award recipient is Amanda Boehm, Ph.D. '02, senior editor at the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI). An Oxford University Press, Inc., JNCI is a peer reviewed journal that publishes original research from around the world and is internationally acclaimed as the source for the most up-to-date news and information from rapidly changing fields of cancer research and treatment.

    As a senior editor, Boehm works with authors to guide them through the peer review process and prepare their manuscripts for publication. She deals personally with experts in the field who serve as associate editors or peer reviewers, solicits manuscripts, and attends scientific conferences as a JNCI representative. For the past several years, the JNCI has been ranked as one of the most-cited original research cancer journals.
     
    After graduating with a double major in biology and English, Boehm earned her Ph.D. in cellular and molecular pathology from the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. She published four articles in peer reviewed journals on her dissertation project investigating novel therapeutic strategies for head and neck cancer.

    Boehm completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Laboratory of Tumor Immunology and Biology at the Center for Cancer Research which is part of the National Cancer Institute. Her work on therapeutic cancer vaccines was published in Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy and Clinical Cancer Research. During this time, she also served as an ad hoc peer reviewer for two journals and as an editor on the National Institutes of Health Fellows’ Editorial Board.

    Boehm is a member of the W&J Alumni Mentor Program. During graduate school, she was a member of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate Council, the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Recruitment Committee, and President of the Biomedical Graduate Student Association. She served as an advisor of the W&J chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta and is now the secretary of the Facility Corporation Board for the University of Maryland.

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