Outstanding Engineering Alumni

The Outstanding Engineering Alumni (OEA) Award is the highest honor bestowed by the College of Engineering and recognizes graduates who have reached exceptional levels of professional achievement. The following are the OEA Award honorees from the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering.


Allen (Al) Soyster ('65 IE)
After earning M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial Engineering from Cornell and Carnegie Mellon, Soyster began his career in academia as an assistant professr at Penn State. After stints at Temple and Virginia Tech, he returned "home" and served as the department head of the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering from 1981-1996. During that time, he was integral in the establishment of the 1992 National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project that is now the Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory. In 1997, Soyster left Penn State to become the dean of engineering at Northeastern University. There he served the college from 1997 until 2014, during which time he saw the University rise from a U.S. News & World Report tier 3 school to a top-100 program among national research universities. In 2006, Soyster was appointed NSF’s director of engineering education and research centers, and he retired in 2014 as an emeritus professor at Northeastern.


Gary Bello ('69 IE)
Since 1993, Bello has been a private equity investor and has taken ownership of more than 20 business enterprises. Prior to working on his own, he was the vice president of Clark Equipment Company and president of the company’s North American forklift subsidiary from 1983-1989. In 1989, he was named president and CEO of Clark’s worldwide forklift subsidiary and was instrumental in the financial turnaround of the operation. Bello also spent 15 years at General Motors, where he became the youngest senior executive in the company at the age of 30. He was named an Alumni Fellow by the Penn State Alumni Association, the highest award given by the association, in 2010. He received a master’s degree in management science from Stanford School of Business in 1982, where he was also a Sloan Fellow. Bello and his wife of 50 years, Sheila, established the Gary and Sheila Bello endowed chair within the Marcus department in 2013.


Miranda Keeney (’91 M.S. I E and O R, ’96 Ph.D.)
Keeney is a senior government consultant at LMI, a nonprofit that brings together experts from a variety of professional and technical fields to solve the government management issues. She has more than 35 years of experience in a variety of engineering and senior management positions. Keeney served as the chief of the Logistics Domain Division and as a senior policy advisor to the director of the U.S. Army Logistics Innovation Agency, a Field Operating Agency of the Army G-4 and she spent the first 10 years of her career at the Navy Fleet Material Support Office. Keeney has been honored with numerous DOD civilian service awards, including the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service in 2008, the highest Department of the Army civilian employee award presented by the Secretary of the Army (SA); Meritorious Civilian Service Awards in 2003 and 2010, the second highest award given by the SA; and the Navy Fleet Material Support Office Woman of the Year Award in 1985.


Tim Dickson (’92 I E)
Dickson is the vice president of front office information technology (IT) at Motorola Solutions. Prior to his appointment at Motorola, Dickson was the executive director and chief information officer (CIO) for emerging technologies and user experience at Dell, Inc. In this role, he was responsible for the strategic adoption of emerging technologies and improving the IT experience of Dell employees. Dickson also created and led the Channel IT and IT mergers and acquisitions integration teams at Dell before being promoted to CIO. He has over 20 years of software industry and leadership experience including a combined 10 years of service at IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and i2 Technologies in various software development and IT leadership roles.


Mark Carbeau (’82 I E)
Carbeau is the CEO of Diagnostyx, a company that empowers patients and caregivers with real-time visibility to health status and drug compliance. Prior to Diagnostyx, he served as CEO and chairman of PolyRemedy, president and CEO of HyperMed, Inc., and president of Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (KCI). At KCI, Carbeau reinvigorated the advanced wound care business by growing revenues from $650 million to $950 million and expanding company profits by 62 percent over 20 months. He began his career in the manufacturing and marketing areas with Eli Lilly and The Boston Consulting Group, where he served as founder and managing director of CM Partners, a corporate development and strategy firm.


Gregory Lucier (’86 I E)
Lucier is the chief CEO of Life Technologies Corporation, a global biotechnology tools company dedicated to improving the human condition with innovative life science products. In 2003, he was appointed CEO of Invitrogen Corporation and five years later Invitrogen merged with Applied Biosystems, a manufacturer of research laboratory reagents and genetic sequencing instruments, to form Life Technologies Corporation. The firm’s systems, consumables, and services enable researchers to accelerate scientific and medical advancements that make life better.


Leslie D. Shuman (’85 I E)
Shuman is the director of strategy and planning for the Global Aerospace, Industrial, and Ground Transportation of Alcoa. She joined Alcoa in 1985 as a sales representative and has worked in nearly all aspects of the business during her tenure with the company. She has held leadership positions in customer service, production planning, operations, ABS, and scrap procurement.


William Seibel (’73 I E)

Seibel is founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Mobiquity, a professional services firm focused on delivering mobile Internet solutions to major enterprises. He is also CEO of Gumball LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in helping executives grow their companies rapidly and effectively. Additionally, he is executive chairman of LogMatrix and currently serves on the boards of Cardinal Resources, OnPlane, CAC, Profitect, Aprigo, and Concordant.


Tom Lucas (’76 IE)
Lucas is the vice president of Alliance Medical Products, a company he started with business partner Juan Valdes. Prior to the creation of Alliance Medical Products, Lucas worked for IOLAB, a division of Johnson and Johnson, was plant manager for Goody Products, and site manager for Bausch and Lomb.


Susan O. Schall B.S. (’82 I E, ’86 M.S., ’88 Ph.D.)
Schall is president of SOS Consulting. She has over 20 years of experience delivering improved performance through strategic process improvement. She has broad experience in engineering, statistical, and business process improvement methodologies including Six Sigma, team-based problem solving, lean manufacturing, quality management systems, operations assessment, and strategic planning.


Paul M. McConnaughey (’60 I E)


Jerry Goldress B.S. (’53 I E, ’54 M.S.)


Susan Sinclair (’93 I E)


Edward M. Kasody (’60 I E) 


John J. Mikita (’67 I E) 


Peter R. Dal Pezzo (’68 I E)


John M. Bergey (’56 I E)


Harold W. Gehman, Jr. (’65 I E)


Norbert P. Gaelen (’47 I E)


David W. Grzelak (’71 I E) 


Harold J. Marcus (’49 IE)


William R. Bastian (’47 IE) 


W. Ronald Hoopes (’55 I E)


Kenneth S. Moffit (’55 I E)

William M. Ramsey (’78 I E)


William B. Korb (’62 I E)

William C. Wehmer (’59 I E) 


John M. Samuels, Jr. (’68 M.S., ’72 Ph.D.)

Thomas P. Woolaway (’54 I E)


Edwin R. Kohn, Jr. (’54 IE)

John W. Smidansky (’51 IE) 


Herbert Graves (’50 I E)

Fred Breidenbach (’68 I E)


Michael Brunner (’55 IE)

Edward B. Bryant (’63 IE)

John J. Yeosock (’59 IE)


Fred Montanari (’56 I E)

Benjamin W. Niebel (’39 I E, ’49 M.S.)


James H. Lewis (’55 I E)

T.C. McDermott (’51 I E)


Thomas B. Derr (’60 I E, ’61 M.S.)

Howard Hagler (’49 I E)


R. William Happel (’69 I E)


Theodore Jackson (’54 I E)

William Weiss (’51 IE)


Charles L. Miller ('53 I E)


Daniel G. Meckley (’45 I E)


Robert S. Bogar (’39 I E)

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