Since 1963, the University of Iowa has annually recognized accomplished alumni and friends with Distinguished Alumni Awards. Awards are presented in seven categories: Achievement, Service, Hickerson Recognition, Faculty, Staff, Recent Graduate, and Friend of the University.
2018 Award recipients

Michael Nelson, 71MD
2018 Distinguished Alumni Service Award

Michael Nelson, 71MD, a globally minded radiologist and professor at the University of Minnesota, Nelson has dedicated his career to advancing the worldwide teaching, research, and development of breast imaging to improve breast cancer detection. Much of his outreach focuses on northern Tanzania, where he regularly mentors and trains hospital workers, deploys much-needed medical equipment, and has established a foundation to develop an extensive cancer care system, serving 16 million patients across the region.

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Nicholas Colangelo
2018 Distinguished Faculty/Staff Award

Nicholas Colangelo, Dean Emeritus of the College of Education. For more than four decades, Colangelo has advanced teaching through his service to the university, most notably as the founding director of the Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Development (1988-2012) and as a dean of the College of Education (2012-16). Through his research as one of the state’s leading pioneers in the field of gifted education, Colangelo established the UI as a premier center for addressing the needs of bright students and their instructors.

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Jay Daniliuk, 99BBA
2018 Distinguished Recent Graduate Award

Jay Daniliuk, 99BBA. Daniliuk’s position as private sector advisor in the Bureau for Food Security at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) places him at the forefront of the government’s efforts to fight poverty and hunger. Since 2010, he has traveled the world to help build U.S. Government partnerships with multinational corporations that support agricultural development, food production, and food security in developing countries.

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Kelly Ortberg, 82BSME
2018 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

Kelly Ortberg, 82BSME. Ortberg has served as chairman, president, and CEO of Rockwell Collins since 2013, accelerating the global aviation company's growth and transforming the industry through new information management services. In addition to leading the Fortune 500 company, Ortberg gives his time and talent in support of many UI College of Engineering and STEM initiatives throughout Iowa.

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