Opus College of Engineering Award Recipients

Distinguished Alumnus of the Year

John P. McDermottJOHN P. McDERMOTT, ENG '80
Brookfield, Wis.

In his 30-plus years at Rockwell Automation, John has been focused on his customers’ success. As senior vice president of global sales and marketing, his team spans more than 80 countries and works with customers to deliver automation solutions that help them drive productivity and stay competitive in today’s marketplace.

Entrepreneurial Award

Paul WeinewuthPAUL D. WEINEWUTH, ENG '86
Naperville, Ill.

For Paul, being out of his comfort zone is part of his formula for success. He co-founded Avionos, a digital consulting firm that specializes in the customer experience, one of four companies he has helped bring to life.

Service Award

Billie Jean Shukle SmithBILLIE JEAN SHUKLE SMITH, ENG '89
River Hills, Wis.

As dreams become realities and the innovators, designers and inventors of the world go to work, Billie Jean of Michael Best & Friedrich works with her clients to protect the things that make those ideas unique.

Young Alumnus of the Year Award

Jake StefanJAKE M. STEFAN, ENG '99
Marietta, Ga.

On any given day, Jake Stefan could be volunteering as a clown, fundraising or working as vice president of ARCO Design/Build, a national industrial construction firm. One thing ties it all together: Jake focuses on taking care of people.