Published on Monday June 14, 2004
Patrick J. McGeehan, Drexel alumnus and current Senior Vice President at Hoeganaes Corporation, was honored as this year's recipient of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award.
McGeehan received his B.S. in 1977 and M.S. in 1985, both from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. After initial work assignments with Westinghouse Electric and Phoenix Steel, McGeehan has been employed for the last 20 years at Hoeganaes Corporation in Cinnaminson, N.J. Since 2002, he has been Senior Vice President, Technology responsible for corporate technology and business development activities. Hoeganaes Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of GKN plc, a $6 Billion company, and maintains operations in Europe and the United States.
The award ceremony took place on Saturday, June 12, 2004 at the department's annual Commencement Brunch. Graduating students and their families are invited by the department to a brunch prior to the commencement ceremonies. Brunch is then followed by a faculty roast presented by the seniors. McGeehan began a new tradition by being the first alumnus to receive the award at the annual brunch. The award was presented to McGeehan by emeritus faculty member Alan Lawley, who has close ties with Hoeganaes. Following, McGeehan gave a speech and spoke highly of Drexel and of the department. He also provided the graduating class with some words of advice.
Past recipients of the award include Anne Stevens (2003), Diran Apelian (2000), Harry Antes (1991), John J. DeLuccia (1987), and George E. Dieter, Jr. (1985). The award is given to alumni for outstanding contributions to materials science and engineering, engineering education, and administration and management in materials and related industries.
The text of the award reads as follows:
DEPARTMENT OF MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS AWARD
FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE SCIENCE AND
PRACTICE OF MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING AND
TO ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT IN MATERIALS AND