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Alumni Awards

The UMBC Alumni Association presents annual awards to honor alumni for their professional and personal achievements and service to the University.  The board also honors a faculty member for extraordinary teaching and overall impact on students and  alumni. Four types of awards are given: Outstanding Alumnus/Alumna of the Year Awards, a Distinguished Service Award, the Young Alumni Rising Star Award and the Outstanding Faculty Award. Learn more about the different types of awards.

Register for the 2014 Alumni Awards!

Congratulations to the  2014 Alumni of the Year Award Winners!

The 2014 awards will be presented on Thursday, October 9, 2014, on the UMBC campus. The UMBC Alumni Association proudly honors these distinguished alumni for their accomplishments and dedication to UMBC:

Engineering and Information Technology
Dr. Claudia Pearce '89 M.S., '94 Ph.D., computer science
Senior Computer Science Authority, NSA

Donna Lewis '86, English
Unit Chief, Office of Professional Responsibility, Transportation Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security;
Cartoonist, Washington Post News Service and Syndicate

Natural and Mathematical Sciences
Michael Adelstein '96, biochemistry and molecular biology
CEO, Potomac Photonics, Inc.

Social and Behavioral Sciences
Kaliope Parthemos '93, psychology
Chief of Staff, Office of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Visual and Performing Arts
Hadieh Shafie '04 M.F.A., imaging and digital arts
Independent Artist

Distinguished Service
Gib Mason '95, economics
Chief Operating Officer & Director of the Center for Leadership and Innovation, UMBC Training Centers

Rising Star
Isaac Kinde '05, biological sciences
M.D./Ph.D. Candidate, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Outstanding Faculty
Dr. Anne Spence
Professor of the Practice, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Congratulations to the 2014 winners!

Read more about the winners here!

Thank you to our Sponsors!


True  Grit Sponsors:



Kara Freeman '91


Black & Gold Sponsors:



Miriam & Bob Adelstein


Retriever Sponsors:


The Pittman Family

Colin Wilson '05 &
Heather Wilson '08

Dwayne & Lisa
Price '87


Jeehye Yun '97

Please Note: Alumni event tickets for paid events are non-refundable. Additionally, all funds raised will be administered by the UMBC foundation for the benefit of the University