2009 Award Winners
John Richardson Alison
B.S. in Industrial Engineering 1936
Born in Gainesville in 1912, Major General John R. Alison graduated in 1936 with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Florida and immediately joined the US Army Air Corps. He earned his wings and was commissioned at Kelly Field in 1937.
Prior to America’s entry into World War II, he trained British and Russian pilots on the P-40, A-20, and B-25 Mitchell aircraft. He saw his first military combat in Asia, earning both the Distinguished Service Cross and Silver Star. Ending his tour as commander of the 75th Fighter Squadron, General Alison left as an ace with seven confirmed victories and several probable kills. He also served later in the Korean War.
After the war, he served as an Assistant Secretary of Commerce under President Harry S. Truman. He was responsible for certifying civilian aircraft in this role. He also served as President of the Air Force Association, and as a Major General in the Air Force Reserve. He retired as Vice President of the Northrop Corporation in 1984 and was a 1994 inductee into the Air Commando Hall of Fame. In 2005, he was enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame.
B.S. in Industrial Engineering 1958
Hjalma Johnson graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering with high honors in 1958, and is a U.S. Army Veteran, having served as Counter-Intelligence Office at the U.S. Army Europe Headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany. He received a J.D. from the Birmingham School of Law in 1965 and is a 1968 graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking, Rutgers University. His business career started with Procter and Gamble, where he became plant supervisor. He then moved to a career in sales with IBM.
He was the founding chairman and CEO of East Coast Bank Corp., Ormond Beach, Florida in 1973, and concluded his active banking career as Manager of External Affairs for Regions Financial Corp., Birmingham, Alabama, in 2004. He is a past President of the Florida Bankers Association and the American Bankers Association, Washington, D.C., where he continues to serve as Membership Ambassador and on the Government Relations Council.
He served on the Board of Directors of the UF Foundation and the UF Athletic Association. He also served on the University of Florida Warrington College of Business Advisory Council, and is a past President of Gator Boosters, and serves on the College of Engineering Advisory Board. Mr. Johnson was named a University of Florida Distinguished Alumnus Entrepreneur of the Year in 2007 and received a Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2009.
John H. Dasburg
B.S. in Industrial Engineering 1966
John H. Dasburg is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and co-owner of ASTAR Air Cargo, Inc. in Miami, Florida. He previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Burger King Corporation and ten years as President and Chief Executive Officer of Northwest Airlines, the world’s fourth largest airline. He previously held positions with DHL Airways, Marriott Corporation and KPMG.
Mr. Dasburg received the 2001 Horatio Alger Award for Distinguished Americans and was a recipient of the Commercial Air Transport Laureate Award in 2001. He was named airline industry “Man of the Year” in 1994 by Travel Agent and has received numerous awards and recognitions of business distinction.
He holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering, an M.B.A. and a J.D., all from the University of Florida. He has served on the University of Florida Board of Trustees and in 1998 he received the University of Florida Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Linda Parker Hudson
B.S. in Systems Engineering 1972
Linda Hudson was recently appointed Chief Operating Officer, BAE Systems plc, and President and CEO of BAE Systems, Inc. In this role, she leads a business that employs nearly 50,000 people across more than 130 sites around the world. She previously served as President of BAE Systems’ Land & Armaments Operating Group. Prior to joining BAE, she enjoyed roles at General Dynamics, Martin Marietta, Lockheed Martin, Harris Corporation, and Ford Aerospace.
Ms. Hudson received her B.S. in Systems Engineering, with honors, in 1972. She is active in the alumni and athletic associations of the University and serves on the College of Engineering Advisory Board.
She has received numerous awards and recognition including the NDIA’s prestigious “Firepower Award“ and the National Infantry Association’s “Military Order of St. Maurice.” She has been referred to as the “first lady of defence” by the London Sunday Times and was recently named the 43rd Most Powerful Woman in Business by Newsweek. Finally, she was named a University of Florida Distinguished Alumnus Award winner in 2009.
Louis A. Martin-Vega
M.E. in Industrial and Systems Engineering 1973
Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering 1975
Louis A. Martin-Vega is the Dean of Engineering at North Carolina State University, with over 8,200 students, 900 faculty and staff and $120 million in annual research expenditures. Prior to joining NC State in 2006, he spent five years as the Dean of Engineering at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. He has also served in various capacities at NSF, including Acting Head of the Engineering Directorate and Director of the Division of Design, Manufacture and Industrial Innovation, in addition to faculty positions at Lehigh University, the Florida Institute of Technology, the University of Florida and the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. He served as the President of the Institute of Industrial Engineers in 2006-07.
He was inducted into the Pan American Academy of Engineering in 2002 and won the Hispanic Engineering National Achievement Award – Higher Education Category from HENACC. In 2007, Hispanic Business named him as one of its 100 Most Influential Hispanics.
Dr. Martin-Vega received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, an M.S. in Operations Research from New York University and M.E. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Florida.
Glenn M. Renwick
M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering 1978
Glenn M. Renwick has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Progressive Corporation, one of the largest auto insurance groups in the country, since January 2000. Under Renwick’s guidance, the company has doubled its size to more than $14 billion in net premiums. Mr. Renwick joined Progressive in 1986 as its Florida product manager.
In 1988, he assumed the role of president of Progressive’s Operating division, managing several Mid-Atlantic states before becoming president of the California division. He previously led the company’s Consumer Marketing and IT groups before being named CEO.
Mr. Renwick holds an undergraduate degree in mathematics and economics from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. He earned an M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Florida in 1978.