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Outstanding Alumni Awards

Each November, the CALS Alumni Association and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences honor alumni who have achieved recognized success in their businesses, professions, or other endeavors; have been actively involved in, worked for, and demonstrated leadership on behalf of the college and Cornell University; and have made significant contributions to the betterment of society through humanitarian and charitable efforts.

Outstanding faculty and staff are also recognized for significant contributions in teaching, research, extension, or administration.


David R. Atkinson

David R. Atkinson ’60

David R. Atkinson is a successful businessman, a good university citizen, and a visionary philanthropist. An accomplished CALS alumnus, he is deeply committed to Cornell University and its land-grant mission. A prolific investor with both a professional and intellectual interest in energy, the environment, and economic development, Atkinson has been an important advisor to the university.

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Yongkeun and Sunny Joh

Yongkeun MS ’78 and Sun Paik Joh, MS ‘77

Since graduating from Cornell, Yongkeun and Sunny Joh have used science to help food manufacturers create healthier, tastier, more stable, and more appealing prepared food. Their company, Advanced Food Systems, Inc., develops and manufactures customized ingredient systems for food products that can be found in many chain restaurants, fast-food products, and pre-packaged foods throughout the United States, Canada and other countries.

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Thomas N. Marino

Thomas N. Marino ’78

Through professional, volunteer, and athletic leadership, Thomas N. Marino is recognized by colleagues, former classmates and teammates, and others as a lifelong dedicated Cornellian. Currently, Marino is a Managing Director and Senior Relationship Manager at Barclays Capital, a role that makes him responsible for many of the firm’s most strategic global clients.

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Laurey G. Mogil

Laurey G. Mogil ’76

Whether through her roles with the CALS Alumni Association, the CALS Advisory Council, the President’s Council of Cornell Women, as a current parent of a CALS student, or as an alum more generally involved in events and outreach, Laurey G. Mogil is a tireless advocate for the University, and her remarkable enthusiasm motivates others to become informed and involved in the Cornell community.

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Kennety Pollard

Kenneth E. Pollard ’58

Kenneth Pollard exemplifies the commitment to lifelong community service and involvement. Since graduating from Cornell, he has been one of the most effective and widely respected advocates for New York state agriculture. Pollard’s key role in new marketing opportunities for New York’s cherry and apple production allowed state growers to realize improved profitability through diversification from processing towards fresh market supply.

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Andrew Sorkin

Andrew Ross Sorkin ’99

Andrew Ross Sorkin is one of the most well-respected journalists in the United States. He is the author of Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System—and Themselves, which chronicles the events of the 2008 financial crisis.

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Dennis Miller

Dennis D. Miller Ph.D. ’78

As a professor in the Department of Food Science, Dennis Miller’s research on iron is dedicated to improving the nutritional status of people around the globe. His programs explore the relationships between nutrition, food science, and agriculture. For Miller, the greatest challenge to humankind in the 21st century is providing a sustainable, nutritionally balanced, and safe food supply for every one on earth, while also considering the future needs of an expanding world population.

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Norman Scott

Norman R. Scott, Ph.D. ’62

Arguably the nation’s preeminent biological and agricultural engineer, Norman Scott has shaped the University’s biology-based engineering curriculum for more than a generation. This approach, currently taught at Cornell, had its genesis with several of Scott’s courses in the 1960s and 1970s.

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