The MAE Department established the Academy of Distinguished Alumni (ADA) in the Fall of 2016. The purpose of the ADA is to give special recognition to graduates of UVA who received degrees from MAE and have distinguished careers after graduation, to employ advisors for the advancement of MAE, UVA Engineering, and its students, and to increase engagement between the department and its alumni. The elected members of the ADA have demonstrated outstanding personal qualities and important contributions to their fields. These contributions may be in a broad range of categories: education, leadership, research and innovation, government or community service, industry and commerce, and private practices.
Sonya T. Smith
UVA MECH, '95 – Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Howard University
J. Philip Drummond, Sc.D., P.E.
Nuclear Engineering, ’70 – Distinguished Research Associate, NASA Langley Research Center