Published: May 15, 2017

College of Engineering honors distinguished alumni

Contact(s): Patricia Mroczek College of Engineering office: (517) 432-1303

The annual Michigan State University College of Engineering Alumni Awards Banquet recently honored eight distinguished alumni, including the 2017 Claud R. Erickson Distinguished Alumni Award winner, Steven Noll.

The award is the highest honor presented to an alumnus by the college. It recognizes professional accomplishment, volunteer service and distinguished service to the college and the engineering profession.

Noll is a guest lecturer each semester in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering capstone class, and also serves as a Design Day judge for that class each semester.

He served two eight-year terms on the College of Engineering Alumni Board, including two years as the board chair. He also served on the most recent search committee for the dean of the College of Engineering.

Noll graduated from MSU with honors in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He is also a graduate of the Honors College. While at MSU, he was a member of the Spartan Marching Band.

He has practiced law in the field of intellectual property, specializing in patent law, and is currently a partner in the firm of Schiff Hardin LLP in Chicago.

In his estate, he has bequeathed funds to the College of Engineering for an endowed chair.

He is a member of the National Leadership Council of the College of Music, and served on the Advisory Committee for the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.

A teacher from Rockford Public Schools was also honored at the annual ceremony.

Read more about the accomplishments of this year’s distinguished winners.

Eight alumni received the college's top alumni awards on May 6 during a banquet at the Kellogg Center. Pictured are (l to r, back row) Dean Leo Kempel, Raymond LaFrey, Scott Morris, Yunhao Liu, Thomas Maleck, and Fred Reusch and (front) Larry Walker, Steven Noll, Renee Jennings Collins, and Joe Lin.

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