2010 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.

2010 Distinguished Alumnus award winner

Shirish Patil

Shirish Patil '87, '95, '07

Shirish, the oldest of three children, was born and raised in Pune, India in 1960. Shirish graduated in 1981 from the College of Engineering in Pune. In the same year he moved to the U.S. and received master’s degrees in mechanical engineering, petroleum engineering and engineering management in 1983, '87 and '95 from the University of Pittsburgh and UAF. He also received his Ph.D. in 2007 in mineral resource engineering from UAF.

Shirish embodies the tripartite mission at UAF for a faculty member: to excel in teaching, research and professional/public service. As an instructor, professor and department chairperson in the Petroleum Engineering department for over 20 years, he has taught 15 different courses from undergraduate fundamentals of petroleum to graduate petroleum evaluation and economic decisions. He has authored over 75 technical papers and reports, edited two proceedings and garnered over $14 million dollars in research grants. On campus he served as the Society of Petroleum Engineers faculty advisor, UAF Faculty Senate president, and as chair of the University of Alaska Faculty Alliance. In the community he was appointed to two Fairbanks North Star Borough commissions, and was appointed to represent the state of Alaska on the Energy Resources Research and Technology Committee of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. He also served on the International Society of Petroleum Engineers Distinguished Lecturer selection committee. Currently he is the program evaluator for the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technologies (ABET), a national engineering accreditation board.

Shirish's abilities have not gone unnoticed. He was recognized by UAF in 2007 as the Emil Usibelli Distinguished Service Award winner. In 2006, he was presented with the Society of Petroleum Engineers Western North America Regional Service Award. In 2005 Shirish not only became UAF Petroleum Engineering faculty of the year, but was also named engineer of the year by two other organizations: Alaska Engineering Societies and the Society of Petroleum Engineers Alaska Section. During 2004-05 he was distinguished as the Outstanding Faculty Senator of the Year. Moreover, Shirish has been recognized by the students in his department seven times for his outstanding service.

To the Patils UAF is a family affair. His wife of 26 years, Anjali, '03, and his children Samir, '07, '10 and Mitali, '08, are also UAF alumni.

It is with great pleasure that the UAF Alumni Association awards the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award to Shirish Patil.

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