Viterbi Awards



Please mark your calendars to join us next year on

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

for our 43rd Annual USC Viterbi Awards.

More information to come.


Thank you to all who joined us for the 42nd Annual USC Viterbi Awards, held online on Thursday, April 8, 2021. It was a special evening.

The event itself can be viewed here.


Since its first incarnation in 1978, the Viterbi Awards has been a significant annual event for the School. It has become our forum for recognizing outstanding members of the engineering community and those of our own alumni who have made lasting contributions to science and engineering in all its manifestations. For more information and to be included on our mailing list, please call 213-740-4880.

2022 Awardees

Award History

Daniel J. Epstein Engineering Management Award

Daniel J. Epstein

The Engineering Management Award was founded in 1978 in tandem with the creation of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Awards.  In 2002, the award was named in honor of a distinguished leader in industry management and USC engineering alumnus, Daniel J. Epstein.  The Daniel J. Epstein Engineering Management Award is presented to an industry leader in recognition of his or her exemplary professional accomplishments and in acknowledgement of his exceptional contributions to the field of engineering management.

Past Recipients

2020/21 General Ellen Pawlikowski, Retired,
United States Air Force
2019 Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX
2018 Darlene Solomon, Ph.D., Agilent Technologies
2017 Harel Kodesh, GE Digital
2016 Thomas E. Vice, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
2015 Andrew Liveris, The Dow Chemical Company
2014 Al Dorman, AECOM
2013 Elon Musk, Tesla Motors and Space Exploration Technologies
2012 John C. Martin, Gilead Sciences
2011 Ronald N. Tutor, Tutor Perini Corporation
2010 John Dionisio, AECOM
2009 Narayana Murthy, Infosys
2008 Patrick Soon-Shiong, M.D., Abraxis Bioscience
2007 Carol Bartz, Autodesk
2006 David J. O'Reilly, Chevron
2005 Yang Ho Cho, Korean Air
2004 Philip M. Condit, The Boeing Company
2003 Ronald Sugar, Northrop Grumman
2002 Jen-Hsun Huang, NVIDIA
2001 Jozef Straus JDS Uniphase
2000 Irwin M. Jacobs, Qualcomm
1999 Alfred E. Mann, MannKind Corporation
1998 Craig R. Barrett, Intel
1997 Daniel S. Goldin, NASA
1996 Kent Kresa, Northrop Grumman
1995 Joseph Jacobs, Jacobs Engineering Group
1994 Daniel Tellep, Lockheed Corporation
1993 Edsel Dunford, TRW
1992 Richard Stegemeier, Unocal Corporation
1991 Frank A. Shrontz, The Boeing Company
1990 Ruben F. Mettler, TRW
1989 Lawrence O. Kitchen, Lockheed Corporation
1988 George Keller, Chevron Corporation
1987 John A. Young, Hewlett-Packard
1986 W.J. Sanders, Advanced Micro Devices
1985 Donald A. Hicks, Northrop Grunman
1984 Malcom R. Currie, TRW
1983 William R. Gould, Southern California Edison
1982 Fred O'Green
, Litton Industries
1981 Fred Hartley, Unocal Corporation
1979 Simon Ramo, TRW
1978 Allen E. Puckett, Hughes Aircraft

Mark A. Stevens Distinguished Alumni Award

Mark A. Stevens

The Distinguished Alumni Award was founded in 1978 in tandem with the creation of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Awards.  In 2004, the award was named in honor of a distinguished engineer, entrepreneur, venture capitalist and USC engineering alumnus, Mark A. Stevens.  The Mark A. Stevens Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to a Viterbi Alumnus or Alumna in recognition of their exemplary professional accomplishments and in acknowledgement of his exceptional contributions to the field of engineering.

Past Recipients
2020/21 Juan Perez
2019 Linnie Haynesworth
2018 Terry Adams
2017 Lt. Gen. Stayce D. Harris
2016 Bryan B. Min
2015  Feng Deng
2014  Wanda Austin
2013  Debra L. Reed
2012  Alan J. Fohrer
2011  Orna Berry, Ph.D.
2010  Charles F. Bolden Jr.
2009  Tom Reed
2008  Kathy Crothall
2007  Sonny Astani
2006  Ming Hsieh
2005  Kenneth C. Dahlberg
2004  Kenneth Klein
2003  John Mork
2002  Xiaofan "Simon" Cao
2001  James J. Keenan
2000  Cyrus Y. Tsui
1999  Mark A. Stevens
1998  Gordon M. Anderson
1997  D. Kenneth Richardson
1996  Marvin S. Stone
1995  Marie (La Fond) Knowles
1994  Daniel J. Epstein
1993  Stephen C. Lipman
1992  John F. Shea
1991  James W. Colachis
1990  Gregg E. Brandow
1989  Edgar S. Brower
1988  M.C. Gill
1987  Richard S. Farr
1986  Andrew J. Viterbi
1985  Harold W. Dornsife
1984  Robert D. Eaglet
1983  A.C. Markkula, Jr.
1982  George Brandow and Roy Johnson
1981  Robert F. Bauer
1979  William Atteberry
1978  Edward Fox

Global Leadership in Engineering Award

The Global Leadership in Engineering Award was established in 2011. The standard of accomplishment and excellence required to receive this award is reserved for only the most distinguished of individuals who have made noteworthy and worldwide impacts. The selection criteria is consistent and outstanding professional achievement and contributions to the field of engineering on a global scale.

Past Recipients
2017 William Wang
2016 Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
2015 Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al-Jaber
2014 Kenneth Koo
2011 Chengyu Fu

Engineering Influencer Award
2020/21 Geena Davis
Distinguished Service Award

2009 Donald Paul
2007 Karl Weiss
1991 Ronald Tutor
1988 Anthony Lazzaro

Distinguished Alumni Award in Academia

2007  Steven DenBaars 
2006  Nan Marie Jokerst
2005  Michael Pursley
2004  A.V. “Bal” Balakrishnan
2003  Robert Gray 
2002  Alice Gast

Centennial Medallion
2006 Steven B. Sample
Lifetime Achievement Award

2019 C.D. "Dan" Mote, Jr.
2018 A.C. “Mike” Markkula
2012 Alfred Mann
2010 Steven B. Sample
2008 Simon Ramo

Exceptional Academic Achievement Award
2012 Sol Golomb
Entrepreneurship in Engineering Award
2013 Fariborz Maseeh