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Academy of Distinguished Alumni

ECE Distinguished Alumni in front of backdrop with awards
2022 Class of Distinguished Alumni for the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering--Left to right, Ken Schulz, Noel N. Schulz, David Roop, Greg Bottomley, Dan Sable

Whether in research and development, leadership, or service, ECE alumni are changing the world. To recognize their contributions, ECE has inducted seven of these alumni into the department's Academy of Distinguished Alumni.

We have many incredible alumni, who are making significant impacts to their fields — either in their career or by giving back to the department," said Department Head Luke Lester. "We want to honor their achievements and inspire our students.

The department has four award categories to recognize different forms of alumni excellence in the 2022 class of academy inductees:
  • A career Acheivement Award in recognition of significant contributions to the field over the course of a career.
  • Two Extraordinary Impact Awards in recognition of extraordinary accomplishments that improve people's lives.
  • Three Exemplary Giving Awards for outstanding philanthropic service to ECE.
  • Two Meritorious Service Awards for outstanding volunteer service to ECE.

Meritorious Service Award

Illustration of Ken Schulz

A Program Leader at Lockheed Martin, Schulz was one of the primary creators of the ECE Major Design Experience, when he served on the Industry Advisory Board as a member and chair. He later transitioned to an adjunct faculty role supporting the program. 


Exemplary Giving Award

Illustration of Dan Sable

DAN SABLE,  Ph.D. 1991 
For generous contributions supporting the ECE AMP lab, Space@VT, and the ECE student laboratories.


Illustration of Dan Talbert

For establishing a scholarship for electrical engineering students.


Illustration of Dan Sable

For establishing the ECE Sean M. Kelley Scholarship for U.S. Armed Forces dependents/Virginia residents. 


Extraordinary Impact Award

Illustration of Noel Schulz

A nationally recognized expert in power systems engineering, she is dedicated to recruiting and retaining women in engineering and to mentoring female engineering faculty. She serves as the Chair in Power Apparatus and Systems in the Washington State University School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.


Illustration of Greg Bottomley

An expert on sonar and wireless communications, he ritred after a career that spanned industry and academia. He worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories and Ericcson, as well as North Carolina State Unviersity. He is Fellow of the IEEE and has served as Editor in Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. 


Career Achievement Award

Illustration of David Roop

Roop enjoyed a 43-year career in the electric industry focused on electric transmission and substation operation and management. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering and the Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine. He received the 2014 Leadership in Power Award for industry-wide leadership for "changing the landscape of utility human performance and safety; reliability driven asset strategy development; novel catastrophe recovery planning; and the renaissance of power engineering research and education."