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The Distinguished Engineering Service Award - DESA

One of the first acts undertaken by the School of Engineering Advisory Board was to establish the annual Distinguished Engineering Service Award (DESA).

The awards honor KU engineering alumni or engineers who have maintained a close association with the university for outstanding contributions to the profession of engineering and to society. The Distinguished Engineering Service Award is the highest honor bestowed by the School of Engineering. Awards are made on the basis of an individual's contribution to the theories and practices of engineering, research and development in new fields of engineering, or direction of an organization that has made exceptional contributions in design, production and development. 

The recognition of engineers who have made such important contributions to their profession inspires young engineering students to excel and provides sterling examples of the achievements they can aspire to in their careers. 

Distinguished Engineering Service Award trophy of the KU School of EngineeringNominations for the Distinguished Engineering Service Award are solicited each year from alumni and friends of the School of Engineering and are considered by a subcommittee of the Advisory Board. Click here to learn more about the DESA nomination process. Recipients receive a distinctive trophy and have their likeness and achievements added to the DESA wall of honor in Eaton Hall. 

The University of Kansas and the School of Engineering are proud of the remarkable contributions made by each of the DESA recipients. The school and university are pleased to recognize their commitments to excellence and are honored to be associated with them. 

See the complete list of DESA winners.

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