2018 alumni award winners

Silver Bowl Award Winner, Thomas Kicher ’59, MS ’62, PhD ’65

At Homecoming in October, the Case Alumni Association and the Case School of Engineering will honor nine alumni for their contributions to their fields and to the lives of others.

Some are leaders in their fields. Some are just getting started. All have exhibited an eagerness to serve and to share. Nine Case alumni will be honored October 12 at an awards presentation at Sears think[box] as part of Homecoming 2018.

The association will be presenting a Silver Bowl, an uncommon honor, to Thomas Kicher ’59, MS ’62, PhD ’65, in recognition of his lifetime of service to the Case School of Engineering.

The emeritus professor of engineering earned three degrees at Case, including a doctorate, then taught at the university for 40 years.  He was the first dean of the Case School of Engineering, which he helped to create in 1992. Today, he serves the school as an advisor, board member and elder statesman.

Kicher joins an exclusive pantheon. The Silver Bowl, which dates to the Case Institute of Technology, was resurrected in 2007 to recognize outstanding service to the institution. It was presented last year to Robert Herbold MS ‘66, PhD ’68, the former chief operating officer of Microsoft. Before Herbold, University President Barbara Snyder received a Silver Bowl in 2013.

Not to be lost in the glow of the silver bowl is the Gold Medal Award, the highest honor bestowed annually. This year’s gold medal goes to entrepreneur and technology innovator Thomas Baker ’64, MS ’66, PhD ’68.  He is the founder of Chesapeake Decision Sciences, a consulting /software company that pioneered many supply-chain management concepts, and a generous supporter of student scholarships.

Baker, Kicher and the other award winners will be honored at the Case Awards Presentation, which takes place during the Innovations ShowCASE Friday, October 12, at Sears think[box].  The showcase runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and features food and beverage stations and student demonstrations.

We extend a special invitation to all alumni of the Case School of Engineering, the applied science and math programs of the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Case Alumni Association’s predecessor schools--Case School of Applied Science and Case Institute of technology.

You’ll find information to help plan your visit at www.casealum.org/homecoming2018