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People 289 Award winners

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Daniel Oerther

President-elect, American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists

Professor of environmental health engineering, Missouri University of Science & Technology

Michael Harmata

Norman Rabjohn Distinguished Professor of Chemistry

​University of Missouri​

Jennifer Lewis

Hansjörg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering

Harvard University

Chathapuram ‘Ram’ Ramanathan

2020-21 Community Achievement Award, UI School of Social Work

Associate Professor,University of West Florida

James Blachly

Grammy-nominated conductor

Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, Experiential Orchestra

Karle Flanagan

UI senior instructor of statistics

2019 recipient of Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Bob Liebeck

Pioneering Boeing aerodynamicist, aerospace engineer

Grainger College of Engineering Hall of Famer

Dr. Julie Morita

Executive VP, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Commissioner, Chicago Department of Public Health (2015-19)

Carol Marin

Peabody Award-winning Chicago broadcast journalist

1997 Chicago Illini of Year

Safiya Noble

2020 iSchool Distinguished Alumna Award

UCLA Associate Professor, Information Studies and African American Studies

Dr. Joel Geiderman

Co-chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Cedar-Sinai Medical Center

2020 LAS Alumni Humanitarian Award

Craig Hella Johnson

Grammy-winning conductor, composer​

Artistic director, Conspirare​

Dr. Erik Antonsen

Assistant Director, Human Systems Risk Management

NASA

Jay Rosenstein

Peabody and Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker

UI Professor, Media and Cinema Studies

Diane Wolfe Marlin

Urbana mayor since 2017

Coordinator, UI Family Resiliency Program (2000-10)

Markita Landry

2020 UI Young Alumni Award winner

Assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, Cal-Berkeley

Ross Cavitt

Former Emmy-winning Atlanta TV reporter

Cobb (Ga,) County communications director

Myles Gage

COO and co-founder

Rapunzl Investments

Angela Sinickas

2020 Alumni Achievement Award

International corporate communication researcher

Ann McBrien

First woman to serve as VP/sales at Procter & Gamble

Started UIAA Comeback program, Illini Pride founding board member

Craig Virgin

1975 NCAA Cross-Country champion

Illinois Athletics Hall of Famer

Avis (Sampson) LaVelle

Former press secretary to Chicago Mayor Richard Daly

Executive director, Business Leadership Council

Art Kramer

Beckman Institute director, 2010-16

Professor/center director, Northeastern University

Meg Bates

U of Chicago senior research and evaluation scientist

Director of digital teacher learning research