2017 Case Alumni Association Awards

Profiles in Success 

Every year, the Case Alumni Association honors alumni and faculty whose talents and accomplishments have brought honor and distinction to their alma mater. These are men and women whose actions and ingenuity enhanced their industries, their community or the nation. At times, we have been able to capture their stores on videotape, which we share here. We call this archive “Profiles in Success.”

The Silver Bowl:  Robert Herbold, M.S.’66, Ph.D. ’68

The Case Institute of Technology once presented a Case Achievement Award and Silver Bowl Award too outstanding alumni who provided exemplary service to the institution at graduation. Wishing to resurrect these awards, the awards committee created a new Silver Bowl Award in 2007 for distinguished service and achievement. The first Silver Bowl was presented to Gregory ’66 and Lynn Eastwood, M.S. ’66.Barbara Snyder,president of Case Western Reserve University,received the award last in 2013.

This year, Robert Herbold, M.S.’66, Ph.D. ’68, president of the Herbold Foundation and former Microsoft chief operating officer, received the award.Herbold, who won the Gold Medal Award in 1998, honed his expertise assessing data during 26 years at Procter & Gamble, the last five as senior vice president of advertising and information services. After arriving at Microsoft in1994, he worked quickly to standardize the company’s data and processes, which dramatically increased the time liness and availability of reliable, actionable information. During his seven-year tenure at Microsoft, the company’s revenue quadrupled, and its profits increased sevenfold. Today, Herbold serves on the Silicon Valley Think Tank, a group of alumni leaders who advise the dean and electrical engineering and computer science department about the demanding and ever-changing technology and data landscape. He’s also an emeritus trustee of CWRU.

Herbold has made multiple gifts to support programs and faculty at the university. His most recent gifts include an endowed professorship of informatics and analytics at the Case School of Engineering and support for fellowships for students pursuing master’s degrees.

 


 

 

The Gold Medal: Robert Corell ’56,Ph.D. ’64

Recipients of the Gold Medal must be an alumni of Case School of Applied Science,Case Institute of Technology or CIT aspart of CWRU. Graduates of the Case School of Engineering and the sciences at CWRU also are eligible. To qualify for consideration, candidates should’ve received extraordinary distinction and made a significant contribution to the field of science, engineering or management that adds to the welfare of the United States and reflects credit on the university.

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Samuel H. Givelber '23 Award: Clyde (Skip) Walter, Ph.D. '64

The Samuel Givelber ’23 Award was established in 1988 to honor a former president of the Case Alumni Association, which Givelber called the world’s greatest fellowship. A hard-working Russian immigrant with a Case degree, Givelber founded a successful business and devoted his energies to the welfare of his family,his alma mater and mankind. At his death, family and friends established an award to go to a Case alumnus who exemplifies the spirit of fellowship and human kindness that marked Givelber’s life.

This year, Clyde (Skip)Walter, Ph.D. ’64, retired professor of supply chain management at Iowa State University, received the award.Before going to ISU, Walter taught at the University of Nebraska and Western Illinois University. A world traveler, he won the teacher of the year award from the ISU business council in 2006 and teacher of the month from the same organizationin 2001. Walter, who’s earned three advanced degrees, has been active with the Presbyterian Church, local elderly housing and arts organizations,and the Ames Senior Variety Show.In 2014, Walter received a Governor’s Volunteer Award from former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad. The avid basketball fan recovered from a sudden cardiac arrest while playing basketball in 2006.

 

 


 

 

The Meritorious Service Award

This award is bestowed on alumni for their exemplary service to the CAA, the engineering school, or the mathematics and science fields of CWRU. This includes faithful and continuing efforts to maintain class or alumni organizations; participation in alumni or college affairs; leadership in professional fields; making or obtaining contributions to the CaseFund; and assisting in expanding the usefulness, influence and prestige of the CAA. This year, three alumni received the award: Lee Huff ’61, owner and retired president of Fibre Yarns and Fillers;Carl Podwoski ’61, retired partner ofnew Falls Fine Paper and advisory board member of the Great Lakes Energy Institute; and Michael Zink ’81,co-founder of the Colorado Cider Company and former ASEAN head for Citi. 

Lee Huff ’61, spent years in industry as a manager,director and leader in business, working for companies such as Rohm and Hass,Lubrizol, Pennwalt Corp. Even though his main passion was business and marketing, he liked the idea of thinking like an engineer and applying engineering to business. In 1975, as head of acquisitions at Lubrizol, he negotiated the acquisition of R.O. Hull, an electroplating company. In 1986, at the age of 48, the former chemical engineering major mortgaged his assets to buy Fibre Yarns & Fillers, a company that twisted paper for wiring insulation and bag handles. Huff retired in 2008. 

 


 

Carl Podwoski ’61 , who has a scholarship fund in his name at CWRU, was involved in the startup of an idled paper mill,Newton Falls Fine Paper Co., and selling its excess hydroelectric power into the grid, which included business-plan information and raising $23 million in private financing and government grants. Previous to Newton Falls,Podwoski initiated and ran steam-electric projects in the United States and Brazil for Louisville Gas & Electric. He oversaw the analysis of coal and gas economics and the negotiation of power-purchase agreements. Earlier in his career,Podwoski was director of special projectsfor International Paper, structuring and executing the company’s first power purchase contracts in New York andMaine. The former electrical engineering major also arranged $100 million inoff-balance-sheet, power-project financing and entered into two energy joint ventures.  Mr. Podwoski passed away on December 16, 2017.

 

 


 

Michael Zink ’81, a Cincinnati native and first generationcollege student, retired as ASEAN head and country officer for Singapore in 2016. He spent 28 years at Citigroup, joining the firm in 1988 as a corporate relationship manager. During Zink’s long career at Citigroup, he was based with his family in 10countries on four continents. After graduating from CWRU with a degree in chemical engineering, he became a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya, where he met his wife, Betsy. Zink – who says engineers make great bankers because they’re numerate, logical thinkers, and problem solvers – says the aspect of his career at Citi that he was most proud of was that he could look around the world at the people he helped recruit and develop. 

 

 


 

Young Alumni Leadership Award
This award, the newest of them all, is presented to the most outstanding member of the Case School of Engineering graduate of thel ast decade who has demonstrated invaluable service to the CAA, the engineering school and the community through leadership, participation and support.

This year, Fulter ’02, ’03 and Rebecca (Steiner) Hong ’03 received the award. Fulter Hong is a senior manager for global customer care and operations at Google, and Rebecca Hong is a pediatric anesthesiologist at Michigan Medicine C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.At Google, Fulter has spent the past 10 years leading large teams that supports millions of customers throughout global operations. He has conducted more than 450 candidate interviews, from entry level to senior management. He’s active in the local community, serving on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley and the Ann Arbor energy commission for five years.Rebecca, who was an accomplished student-athlete (four-year varsity tennis, senior captain) at CWRU,received the Emily R. Andrews Award, which is given to an outstanding senior who makes a strong contribution to the Women’s Intercollegiate Sports Program,maintains a high level of academic achievement, exemplifies leadership,and contributes service to the athletic department and university. The Hongs, along with their three children, are very active in their church and community. 

 


 

The Case School of Engineering Lifetime Service Award: Larry Sears '69

The highest honor bestowed by the Case School of Engineering, this award recognizes an individual who has provided dedicated leadership, service and commitment to the students, faculty and staff of the school during a span of many years.

This year, Larry Sears ’69,founder of Hexagram (now ACLARA WirelessTechnologies),received the award. After a long career in the business world,Sears’ adjunct teaching in the electrical engineering and computer science department led to the creation of new labs and offices for the department. His appreciation of hands-on engineering led to the Larry Sears and Sally Zlotnick Sears think[box]. Sears, who holds or co-holds more than 20 patents, is or has been a member the CWRU Board of Trustees and director of the Case Alumni Association, as well as chairman of the CSE capital campaign committee and think[box] visiting committee. Sears also is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.


 


 

Past President Award:  Jeff Herzog '79

Jeff Herzog ’79, MBA ’86 was recognized as the past president of the CAA from 2015-2017. Herzog was instrumental in bringing the Oil and Gas Industry Energy Forum to campus in April 2017. The event provided an opportunity for students to learn from Case alumni who are business leaders in the oil and gas industry. Herzog,who moderated the forum, helped compile the panel of experts. Herzog spearheaded an internal audit of the programs, procedures and policies of the association and Case Alumni Foundation, as well as challenged leadership to create metrics and set goals that are in line with peer universities. Following the lead of Ed McHenry ’67 and Michael Diamant ’68, who were key drivers behind revising the code of regulations for the association and foundation, Herzog created an ad-hoc committee, which will present suggested updates to the executive committee and alumni council.

Recognizing the importance of the continued growth of the Case Fund,Herzog prioritized setting goals for increasing the number of donors,raising funds, retaining donors, and paying attention to lapsed donors.During his tenure, the fund grew from$1.8 million to $2.4 million.

Herzog – president and founding partner of Cleveland-based Nexus Engineering Group, a full-service independent engineering firm serving the oil and gas, chemical and manufacturing industries – relied heavily on past first vice president, Jim Sadowski ’63,M.S. ’67, to help push the organization to higher levels of engagement with and among its members.The former mechanical engineering major also was influential in bringing the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity (one of the earliest fraternities associated with Case School of Applied Science) back on campus. 

 

 


 

Previous Award Winners