Inspiring engineers honored at 2024 Francis Crowe Society ceremony

On May 4, the Maine College of Engineering and Computing (MCEC) honored the legacy of Francis Crowe and celebrated the achievements of outstanding individuals in the field of engineering. Established in 2000, the Francis Crowe Society recognizes UMaine engineering graduates for their accomplishments and those who have significantly contributed to the profession.

The ceremony commenced with opening remarks by MCEC Dean Giovanna Guidoboni. Attendees were reminded of the society’s mission to honor exceptional contributions to engineering and uphold the values of excellence and integrity exemplified by Crowe.

Neera was inducted into the Francis Crowe Society Hall of Fame in recognition of her contributions to the telecommunications industry and her commitment to philanthropy. Singh’s pioneering work in launching LCC International and her dedication to uplifting communities are examples to engineers worldwide. As the first woman to be inducted into the hall of fame, her legacy will continue to inspire future generations of engineers. Singh also received an honorary degree during the 2024 commencement alongside her husband, Rajendra,

The ceremony additionally inducted five people as distinguished members, individuals who have made significant strides in advancing the art, science or practice of engineering. This year’s honorees were:

  • Don Ettinger (Civil & Environmental Engineering), who was recognized for his expertise in transportation engineering and his dedication to designing inclusive roadway facilities.
  • Kirk Ross (Chemical & Biomedical Engineering), who was celebrated for his leadership in chemical engineering and his contributions to enhancing Sappi’s competitiveness.
  • Barry Driscoll (Electrical & Computer Engineering), who was acknowledged for his 30 year career in information technology leadership and his commitment to community service.
  • Robert Clark (Mechanical Engineering), who was honored for his groundbreaking work in environmental sustainability through the production of biodegradable biomaterials.
  • Michael Murphy (Dean’s Distinguished), who was commended for his efforts in promoting engineering and computing education at John Bapst Memorial High School and his dedication to fostering connections between students and the engineering profession.

MCEC also celebrated the achievements of its students, including Outstanding Graduating Students to Francis J. Hovey Award recipients.

Graduating students were honored and presented with a certificate and medallion, signifying their induction into The Francis Crowe Society. With this graduating class, the society now boasts over 7,000 members, including 500 distinguished members and 49 Hall of Fame inductees.