Awards, honors and leadership
Jeff Bezos '86, the founder and CEO of Amazon.com, joined cyclist Lance Armstrong, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and filmmaker Steven Spielberg on the 2008 list of America’s Best Leaders released by U.S. News Media Group and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School. Bezos was chosen for his pioneering efforts to use the Internet as a new type of retail marketplace. "My own view is that every company requires a long-term view," Bezos told U.S. News. "If you don't have a willingness to be misunderstood for a long period of time, then you can't have a long-term orientation."
John Brown '67 was appointed president of Bausch and Lomb’s regional business operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and its corporate vice president. He was previously president of North America for the France-based pharmaceutical firm Stedim.
Jason Cummings *07 received the 2008 Professional of the Year award from the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. Cummings is a member of the Lumbee and Coharie tribes of North Carolina and works for IBM as a semiconductor development engineer.
Ted Hall '70 joined the board of directors of Peet’s Coffee and Tea, a California-based specialty tea and coffee retailer. He is a general partner of Long Meadow Ranch, an organic farm in Napa Valley.
Florence Hudson '80, IBM's energy and environment executive for corporate strategy, received the 2008 Society of Women Engineers' Upward Mobility Award. The award recognizes Hudson's exemplary business and technical leadership and her service as an outstanding mentor and model for women. "Florence Hudson is the consummate leader – she is direct, honest, upbeat and capable of tackling the most difficult tasks with ease… She is [also] dedicated to reaching out to the next generation of leaders. Florence is a true role model," said Lisa Gable, Global Women's Initiative program manager at IBM.
Yi Ming *03, a researcher at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the nation's highest honor for researchers beginning their independent scientific careers.
John Ochsendorf *98, a structural engineer and architectural historian, was named as a 2008 MacArthur Fellow, a prestigious prize often referred to as a “Genius Award.” The program awards each recipient $500,000 over five years. "In a discipline whose practitioners rarely venture into comparative cultural and historical studies, Ochsendorf is a pioneer in exploring alternative engineering traditions," the MacArthur Foundation wrote. Ochsendorf is an associate professor of architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ted Rockwell ’43 *45 received the Pioneer Award at the 33rd World Nuclear Association Symposium, which recognized his contributions early in the development of nuclear technology and his continuing support for the peaceful and safe worldwide use of nuclear energy.
Kevin Toner '74 joined Patton Boggs LLP, one of the nation’s leading public policy law firms, as a partner and litigator in the firm’s New York office. He was previously a partner at Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe in New York.
Clay Williams '85 was named to the board of directors of Benchmark Electronics, Inc., a Texas-based company that provides electronics and services to manufacturers of telecommunication equipment, computers, medical devices and other related products. He is senior vice president and chief financial officer of National Oilwell Varco, a company that provides technology to the oil and gas drilling industry.