The evening's top honoree was Wanda Gass, who received the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award.
Gass earned a B.S. in electrical engineering in 1978 and went on to earn a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from Duke University in 1980. That same year she went to work for Texas Instruments where she helped develop the first marketable digital signal processor. She was promoted to the position of technical fellow, the equivalent of a vice president at the company and retired from Texas Instruments in 2012.
Currently, she serves as president of Design Connect Create, a non-profit encouraging young women’s participation in STEM fields.
Among the honorees was James A. Kahle and Clement Pang.
Kahle, who graduated with a B.S. in mathematical sciences, computer science and electrical engineering in 1983, received the Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award. He has worked for more than 35 years at IBM, holding many managerial and technical positions, and is an IBM Fellow and CTO and chief architect for converged cognitive systems.
Pang received Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni Award, which recognizes the achievements of Rice engineering alumni under the age of 40. He earned a B.S. in computer science and in electrical and computer engineering in 2007. Since 2013 he has been chief architect and co-founder of Wavefront Inc. in Palo Alto, Calif.
The event is sponsored by Rice Engineering and the Rice Engineering Alumni (REA), the oldest alumni affinity group at Rice University. The REA supports the school, alumni and students.