2018 Chicagoans for Cincy! Alumni Awards

For the 5th year, the Chicagoans for Cincy! and Chicago Alumni Network will host Chicago alumni to recognize and celebrate the many contributions and overall excellence of UC alumni in Chicagoland.

Outstanding Achievement Award

This award is given to an alumnus of the University of Cincinnati solely on the basis of notable achievement in his or her field. This award differs from the Distinguished Service Award in that it is not restricted to service to the university.

kingSusan King, DAAP ’87

Susan graduated from the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) in 1987 with a Bachelor of Architecture. As a Principal with Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED), she has two key leadership roles: the firm's National Sustainable Practice Leader, developing and implementing nationwide sustainable design policies, and she is the Studio Leader for Housing in the Midwest region. Crafting buildings that integrate social and environmental responsibilities has become a central theme of her career. Susan is a past President of Chicago Women in Architecture and has been a mentor for many women in the profession.

BehringerTom Behringer, CEAS ’82

Tom graduated from the College of Engineering in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE), and continued on at UC for his MSCE that he completed at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and is a registered PE and SE in several states. He started working for Sargent & Lundy in Chicago as a co-op in 1981, and continues his career today with S&L as a Senior Vice President and Project Director. He has been involved in the design, construction and operations support for multiple Electric Power Projects including coal, natural gas and nuclear, supporting both domestic and international projects and clients. He is actively involved on the Professional Advisory Boards for the UC Department of Civil & Architectural Engineering & Construction Management (CAECM) and the UIC Department of Civil & Materials Engineering. Together with fellow university alumni, he supports scholarships for engineering students at both universities. He is active in his community and spends his leisure time involved in all types of outdoor activities.

Distinguished Service Award

Dedicated alumni who, through their service, make an outstanding contribution to their university are usually over-modest, always unpaid, and unthinking of reward. Nonetheless, recognition is important, for an action that begins by aiding the advancement of a university ends in the improvements of the social structure in which we live. The Chicagoans for Cincy! and Chicago Alumni Network issues the Distinguished Service Award to provide that recognition for those who have faithfully rendered outstanding service to the University of Cincinnati.

wagnerMatt Wagner, CEAS ’99

Matt graduated from the College of Engineering in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE). Continuing his education, he enrolled in the Civil Engineering Graduate Program at Georgia Institute of Technology with a full scholarship. Graduating in 2001 with a Master of Science in Structural Engineering, he moved to Dallas, TX, where he was active with the local UC Alumni Network helping with the yearly picnic and game watches. After 12 years in Dallas, Matt accepted a management position at a Chicago architectural and engineering firm. Matt began attending game watches and was invited by Dave Watkins to attend the inaugural Chicagoans for Cincy! Gala in 2014. Since then, Matt has assisted with galas, game watches, road trips, the creation of scholarship fund, and is current acting UCAA Chicagoland Network Co-Chair. Matt is a licensed Structural Engineer in the State of IL, and is working for Raths, Raths, and Johnson, a national engineering, architecture, and forensics consulting firm.

The Rising Star Award

This award is given to a UC graduate, on the basis of significant professional achievement in his or her field of endeavor, and continued service and involvement with the university and community

taylorAnn Taylor, Law ’92

After graduating from UC Law in 1992, Ann began practicing at the law firm where she is now a partner, Locke Lord, at which she defends clients facing mass disasters and high stakes insurance contract disputes. Two highlights in her career were defending a target defendant in litigations arising out of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and defending the world’s aviation insurers in litigation arising out of liability for exposure to herbicides sprayed in South America as part of the U.S. War on Drugs.

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