Kansas University's School of Engineering will honor three alumni tonight with distinguished service awards for their contributions to the profession.
The Distinguished Engineering Service Award is the highest honor bestowed by the engineering school. The awards will be presented at a banquet at Adams Alumni Center.
This year's recipients are:
Clarence Beck, retired project manager of Combustion Engineering Inc. He received a metallurgical engineering degree from KU in 1943 and was a pioneer in the nuclear power industry.
Forrest Hoglund, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Enron Oil and Gas Co., one of the largest independent oil and gas companies in the country. He graduated from KU in 1956 with a degree in mechanical engineering.
Milton Sills, vice president for engineering at Cessna Aircraft Co. He received a mechanical engineering degree from KU in 1955. He has been responsible for development of the Cessna Citation business aircraft fleet.
Thirty people have received the award since it was created in 1980. The award is administered by a subcommittee of the engineering school's advisory board.