Distinguished Alumnus award
The Distinguished Alumnus award is the association's most prestigious award. It was first awarded in 1962 and continues to annually recognize living graduates of UAF. Alumnus/alumna are selected for the award based on specific meritorious service on behalf of the quality and advancement of UAF; distinguished accomplishments in business and professional life; and/or distinguished human service in community affairs.
All alumni are encouraged to nominate individuals for the Distinguished Alumnus award. There must be three letters of support for the nomination, all from UAF graduates or former students. The nomination should include information on the candidate's life achievements.
2014 Distinguished Alumnus award winner
Frank Paskvan, '85
Frank Paskvan, a third-generation Alaskan, followed his father’s footsteps to the UAF College of Engineering and Mines. He received a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering in 1985. Frank has worked for BP and ARCO for 26 years in Alaska and Jakarta, Indonesia, as a reservoir engineer, mentor-coach and team manager. Frank has worked on a wide variety of oil and gas fields from discovery through project approval and operation. Frank led BP’s research into Alaska’s viscous and heavy oil developments and now leads development planning for the Prudhoe Bay area.
Frank is BP’s University of Alaska champion, actively supporting college recruiting, research and development, and continuing education at the UA Process Technology program. Frank serves on the UAF College of Engineering and Mines Advisory and Development Council, the United Way of Anchorage's Board of Directors and the UA Foundation’s Board of Trustees.
It is with great pleasure that the UAF Alumni Association Fairbanks Chapter awards Frank Paskvanl with the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award.