WAA Forward under 40 recipients

Posted on 22. Jun, 2011 by in Academic Departments, Alumni, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Engineering Professional Development, Issues, Magazine, Mechanical Engineering, People

Three engineers are among 13 young Badgers to receive prestigious Wisconsin Alumni Association Forward under 40 awards.

Anthony Eggert (ME ’96) serves America’s most populous state by looking for solutions to climate change, energy security and clean, renewable sources of energy. Eggert is the deputy secretary for energy policy at the California EPA, where he works on clean-energy policy, including energy efficiency, renewable energy and low-carbon fuels and vehicles.

Amidst the chaos of war, Major Rudy Quiles (MEPP ’09) worked to bring stability, opportunity and purpose to civilians in some of the most dangerous parts of Iraq and Afghanistan. A highly competent engineer and manager in the civilian world, Quiles took his skills overseas on two tours of duty as a civilian affairs officer with the U.S. Marine Corps to lead reconstruction and economic development projects in both Fallujah, Iraq, and Afghanistan’s war-torn Nawa District of the Helmand Province.

Dalia Mogahed (CBE ’97) is a senior analyst and executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, where she leads the analysis of an unprecedented survey of Muslims worldwide, including in the United States and Europe. She is also the founding director of the newly established Abu Dhabi Gallup Center. With John L. Esposito, she co-authored the groundbreaking book Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think. In 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama appointed Mogahed to the White House Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, making her the first Muslim American woman to hold a position of this seniority.

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