Honoring Achievement

From left to right: Martin Keen, Peter Michalidis, Anna Barker, Dean David Manderscheid, Charles Csuri, and Gary Booth

From left to right: Martin Keen, Peter Michalidis, Anna Barker, Dean David Manderscheid, Charles Csuri, and Gary Booth.

The Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize and honor some of our outstanding alumni whose accomplishments are tangible evidence of the growing distinction of arts and sciences alumni.

New this year, the Young Alumni Achievement Award celebrates the amazing work our young alumni are doing out in the world. The award recognizes an alumnus/a, 35 years old and younger, who has demonstrated distinctive achievement in a career or civic involvement or both.

Distinguished Achievement Award

Ann BarkerAnna Barker

(MA, education, 1967 and PhD microbiology, 1971)
Professor and director of Transformative Healthcare Networks and co-director of the Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) Initiative at Arizona State University.

Barker has a long history in research and the leadership and management of advanced research and development in the academic, nonprofit and private sectors. She served as a senior scientist and subsequently as a senior executive at Battelle Memorial Institute for 18 years; and co-founded and served as the CEO of a public biotechnology drug development company. Prior to joining Arizona State, Barker served as the deputy director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and as the NCI’s deputy director for Strategic Scientific Initiatives from 2002 until her retirement in 2010.

Distinguished Achievement Award

Martin KeenMartin Keen

(BS, product design, 1989)
Founder, KEEN® Footwear and founder of Focal™ Upright furniture came to Ohio State to study engineering but shifted his focus to product design, one of the top industrial design programs in the country. There, he learned the design philosophy he has adhered to since: form follows function.

In 2003, Keen launched KEEN® Footwear, with the focus on innovative design and unique corporate philosophy of consciousness and sustainability, KEEN® quickly became the fastest-growing outdoor brand in the world.
In early 2012, he sold his remaining stake in KEEN® and launched Focal™ Upright furniture with the aim of transforming the way we work.

Distinguished Achievement Award

Charles CsuriCharles Csuri

(BS, education, 1947 and MA, fine art, 1948)
Is best known for pioneering the field of computer graphics, computer animation and digital fine art. Recognized by Smithsonian magazine as the “father of digital art and computer animation,” Csuri established the Advanced Computing Center for Arts and Design (ACCAD), one of the world’s first computer art, animation teaching and research programs.

Csuri began his work intertwining art and computer science in the 1960s. With support from the National Science Foundation, the Navy and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, he directed basic research in computer graphics for more than 22 years. A decorated World War II veteran, Csuri was named MVP by his teammates of Ohio State’s first national championship football team in 1942.

Distinguished Service Award

Gary BoothGary Booth

(PhD, chemistry, 1965)
Retired vice president of research and development, Procter & Gamble (P&G).

After retirement from P&G, he began thinking about his career and the success that was made possible because of his education and a grant from Ohio State; during his second year, he received a research fellowship.

In 2007, Booth, along with his wife Jane, established several scholarships to provide support for undergraduates in chemistry and biochemistry. For Booth, it’s as much about mentoring as it is about the monetary support. He recently took 18 chemistry students to P&G to expose them to science beyond the academic walls.

Booth is the committee chairman for Ohio State’s CBEC Chemistry and Biochemistry National Committee and is leading the committee’s efforts to raise $8 million for the new facility.

Distinguished Young Achievement Award

Peter MichailidisPeter Michailidis

(BS, biochemistry, 2007)
Created Pushpins, Inc. during his first semester at Harvard Business School with partner Jason Gurwin.

A Columbus-born and raised entrepreneur, Michailidis started working on his first company, Substruct Systems, specializing in retail point of sale and inventory management software, while in high school.

In 2009, Michailidis created Pushpins, a free mobile shopping app that provides digital manufacturers’ coupons and rewards to shoppers when they scan UPC bar codes at the grocery store. In addition to discounts at the checkout counter, it provides shoppers access to digital shopping lists, nutritional information and shopping history.

In 2013, Pushpins was sold to retail giant, Performance Marketing Brands, parent of Ebates.com and Fatwallet.com for $10-15 million.