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. Alumni are selected for the award based on meritorious service on behalf of UAF, distinguished accomplishments in business and professional life, 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.

View past award recipients.


2018 Distinguished Alumnus Award winner

Eric Toskey `86, `90

Eric Toskey

Eric’s story shows that a UAF degree can take you anywhere. Eric is a 1982 graduate of Lathrop High School in Fairbanks, and earned his bachelor of science in petroleum engineering in 1986 and his master’s degree in petroleum engineering in 1990. During his 20 years with Schlumberger, Eric visited or lived in 40 different countries around the globe, including in the former USSR.

In 2009, Eric and his family decided to come back to the states where he went to work at Letton Hall Group in Houston, an engineering firm that specializes in oil and gas flow. At Letton Hall Group there are at least three UAF alumni that Eric has hired. In addition to running the company, Eric continues to focus on technical innovation.

Eric has contributed much to the global oil and gas industry having been involved in logging and testing oil and gas wells, production systems research, running jack-up rig operations offshore, and connecting field operations to global information databases. He’s led production systems research and development, and multiphase flow measurement.

Dr. Shirish Patil, a professor of petroleum engineering, wrote in his nomination letter: “Eric Toskey has made outstanding contributions to the oil and gas industry through research and development, administration, and support of University of Alaska Fairbanks students. In all these, he has exhibited tremendous originality, creativity, dedication and leadership. In my view, he represents the best characteristics of a true leader.

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