Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Distinguished Alumni Awards are the highest honor bestowed by the Wisconsin Alumni Association. Since 1936, WAA has been presenting the awards to the most prestigious graduates of UW-Madison for their professional achievements, contributions to society and support of the university.

John Bollinger ’57, PhD’61

As dean of the College of Engineering (COE) from 1981 to 1999, John Bollinger presided over the creation of a familiar college landmark — the Maquina sculpture and fountain on Engineering Mall. It was just one element of the 1993 $16 million COE expansion to Engineering Hall. Bollinger’s 18-year tenure as dean also saw many […]

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Carol Edler Baumann ’54

As a former U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state and board member for numerous diplomatic organizations, Carol Baumann built a network of professional relationships “that helped bring the world to Milwaukee,” according to a longtime colleague.

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George F. Hamel Jr. ’80

When the California wildfires swept through wine country last fall, George and Pamela Hamel, co-owners of Hamel Family Wines in the Sonoma Valley, sprang into action.

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Ann McKee ’75

Ann McKee has studied hundreds of individuals diagnosed with the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and is the leading researcher on the disease.

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Allan Chi Yun Wong MS’73

Allan Chi Yun Wong is the founder, chair, and group chief executive officer of VTech. After a brief stint at National Cash Register Company, he started VTech in 1976 as an electronics company designing and manufacturing home-gaming consoles, including Pong (an early video game based on table tennis).

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