2017 Awardees

Environmental Improvement

Frances H. Arnold, Ph.D.   Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology and the Director of the Donna and Benjamin M. Rosen Bioengineering Center. 

Lifetime Achievement Award

William “Bill” Patzert; Ph.D.  research scientist in Oceanography at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. 



Health and Medical

Dr. Kimberly A. Shiner, M.D., F.A.C.P.   Director and Founder of the Phil Simon Clinic, comprehensive care for persons infected with HIV. 


Knowledge Sharing

Denise McCain-Tharnstrom, Ph.D  → Executive Director of Our Children Los Angeles and developer of a resource directory WIN (What I Need) for homeless and vulnerable youth.

Disaster Relief 

Sam Bloch   Founder and Executive Director of Communitere International.





Jim Lux → Telecommunications Specialist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and designer of FINDER (Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response).