Engineering Technology Distinguished Alumnus Award
William K. Flemming
ASC Architectural Technology 1977; BS Construction Management 1979
Bill Flemming is president of Skanska USA Building Inc. Under his leadership, Skanska has achieved earnings that have exceeded corporate goals and has developed a culture of teamwork, transparency and performance excellence. To capitalize on Skanska’s core markets and expertise, Bill established Skanska’s Centers of Excellence for sports, healthcare, aviation, mission critical and design-build. He is also the sponsor of Skanska’s National Green Council, which promotes environmentally responsible construction. Bill holds bachelor of science degrees in both construction management and architectural engineering technology from the University of Cincinnati in addition to an MBA from Golden Gate University.
Herman Schneider Distinguished Alumnus Award
Michael D. Valentine
BS Electrical Engineering 1973
More than 40 years ago, Michael Valentine left the University of Cincinnati as a new graduate in Electrical Engineering. He forged a path as an innovator and entrepreneur, a successful businessman, and a proud supporter of his alma mater.He became one of the founders of Cincinnati Microwave, as well as its first President. Cincinnati Microwave was the maker of both the Escort and Passport radar detectors among other products — and Mike leveraged this success when building his current business, Valentine Research, Inc. Today, his company makes the Valentine One Radar Locator, a popular radar-warning system that is top-rated by “Car and Driver Magazine.” Mike has stayed close to his alma mater, serving in a variety of ways and giving back so that others can achieve their dreams. For his outstanding career and history of personal support, Mike received the UC President’s Award for Excellence Medal last year.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Jason "Jack" R. Lemon, Ph.D.
BS Mechanical Engineering 1958
Jason “Jack” Lemon was a pioneer who changed engineering through the companies he created and the work he did. Dr. Lemon was one of the first to use the term “computer-aided engineering” and to apply its principles and methods in his work. Out of his work in the Structural Dynamics Research Laboratory at the University of Cincinnati, Jack founded Structural Dynamics Research Corporation (SDRC) and later International TechneGroup Inc. (ITI). SDRC at one time or another employed hundreds of College of Engineering and Applied Science alumni and spawned the creation of dozens of engineering-related software companies.
Jack grew up in Owensville in Clermont County, the son of the town’s high school principal. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1958 and went on to Ohio State where he received a master’s degree in mathematics in 1960 and a doctorate in mechanical engineering in 1962. Jack returned to UC as a faculty member in 1963, but left in 1967 to start the company that was an outgrowth of the work he was doing in the lab. SDRC began as a consulting company, working with companies to predict and simulate vibration in mechanical parts. As part of its consulting, the company wrote software to simulate and predict vibration. Companies began asking for rights to use this software, and thus SDRC entered the software market. Dr. Lemon left SDRC in 1982 to form a new start-up in 1983, International TechneGroup Incorporated; focused on applying CAE early in product development to lead design, a methodology known as CP/PD (Concurrent Product and Process Development).