College of Engineering alumni raised more than $100,000 for college programs at the 11th College of Engineering banquet. More than 600 alumni and friends gathered at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom for the April 14, 2011 gala.
Guests were treated on arrival to a record number of student project displays in the lobby and a spirited talk on renewable energy in Hawaiʻi by video game entrepreneur and sustainability advocate Henk Rogers, president and CEO of Blue Planet Software and chair of Blue Planet Foundation.
Following dinner, guests were entertained by the popular question-and-answer session with students and a special presentation on the Team Hawaiʻi entry in the national Solar Decathlon competition to build a solar powered house. (Editor’s note: the team later withdrew from competition due to financial concerns.)
The evening highlight was a presentation of two special awards to engineering alumni. Michael J. Chun (MS in civil engineering ’68), president of Kamehameha Schools–Kapalama, received the Distinguished Alumni Award.
Two alumni shared the Outstanding Service Award—Diane Y. Kodama (BS in civil engineering ’91) and Derek K. Mukai (BS in mechanical engineering ’89). Kodama is a senior project manager at technical and management support firm AECOM; Mukai is principal engineer at Community Planning and Engineering. Both have played key roles in the Engineering Alumni Association of the University of Hawaiʻi and the UH Alumni Association.