Alumni Awards

ECE annually recognizes outstanding alumni with the Young Alumni Achievement Award and the Distinguished Alumni Award. Former board members, dedicated alumni, former faculty and former staff are honored with the Marcia Peterman ECE Award.

For more information on each award and to see past recipients, click below.

To nominate one of our ECE alumni for any of these awards, complete a nomination form. Nomination deadline is January 20 for the Distinguished Alumni Awards and Young Alumni Achievement Awards. However, we accept ECE alumni award nominations all year, so please feel free to submit materials at any time. If you would like to update or send new information to an existing nomination, you may also do so at any time.

For more information, please contact Nikki Slack, Alumni and Donor Relations Coordinator, at or (217) 265-4317.

The Grainger College of Engineering and University of Illinois Alumni Association also administer alumni awards.

Distinguished Alumni Award

The ECE Distinguished Alumni Award honors Illinois ECE graduates who have made professional and technical contributions that bring distinction to themselves, the department, and the University. The award is presented each year at the Fall Alumni Awards Banquet.

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Young Alumni Achievement Award

Established in 1999, the ECE Young Alumni Achievement Award recognizes alumni who have made outstanding professional and or technical contributions to their fields early in their careers. One or two Young Alumni Achievement Awards are presented each year at the Fall Alumni Awards Banquet.

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Marcia Peterman ECE Award

Marcia Peterman began her career at Illinois in 1930 as ECE's (then known as the Electrical Engineering Department) first clerk-stenographer. She later served as supervisor of clerical staff and as secretary and adviser to four department heads. Marcia provided help and guidance to generations of students and alumni. She retired from ECE in 1983.

To recognize Marcia's devotion to the department, the ECE Alumni Board annually presents the Marcia Peterman ECE Award to a deserving alumnus, faculty or staff member in recognition of outstanding service to the department and its students, faculty, and alumni.

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Contact Us

Nikki Slack

Nikki Slack
Alumni & Donor Relations Coordinator
1070 ECE Building
(217) 265-4317