College of Engineering's Distinguished Alumni
SDSU's Montys Award honors alumni who have made significant contributions to San Diego State University, the San Diego community or California, nationally or internationally, and is presented to one distinguished alumnus/alumna from each college annually.
We are proud to again honor the College of Engineering's Distinguished Monty Award Winners!
2010 Monty Awardee
Pedro Orso-Delgado ('83)
Pedro Orso-Delgado (’83 civil engineering) is Deputy City Manager/Director of Development for the City of Santee. A former district director at CALTRANS, he is credited with significant contributions to the field of civil engineering through innovations in his district that received world-wide recognition. He also serves on several SDSU boards and committees.
2009 Monty Awardee
Michael R. Nigli ('74)
Michael R. Niggli (’74 electrical engineering) is widely acclaimed in the power engineering field as a leader and expert in the electric and gas industries. As Chief Operating Officer at San Diego Gas & Electric, he develops and implements energy policies that will ensure continuous and adequate power for San Diego and the surrounding region well into the future.
2008 Monty Awardee
Stephen Doyle ('80)
Stephen Doyle (’80 civil engineering), president of Brookfield Homes’ San Diego-Riverside Division, has served as president of both the California Building Industry and the Building Industry Association of San Diego. He was 2007 chairman of the Pacific Coast Builders Conference and is a recent inductee to the California Building Industry Foundation’s Hall of Fame. A member of the City of San Diego’s Affordable Housing Task Force, he is also a contributor to many civic, social and philanthropic organizations.
2007 Monty Awardee
Ivan Fox ('85)
Ivan Fox, P.E. ('85 civil engineering) is president of AirX Utility Surveyors, Inc., president of San Dieguito Engineering, Inc. and founder of Clearwater Solutions, Inc. A former member of the SDSU Alumni Association Board of Directors, he is strong supporter of San Diego State University's Civil and Environmental Engineering program, serving as a role model for graduates aspiring to develop their own companies.
2006 Monty Awardee
Douglas Fronius ('75 & '85)
Douglas Fronius ('75, music; '85 aeronautical engineering) directs the the Fire Scout Program as Deputy Director of Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Northrup-Grumman. Considered a leader in aviation's newest and most innovative field (UAV development), he is also a teacher, accomplished musician and pilot who restores and flies vintage planes.
2005 Monty Awardee
Joe Kiani ('84 & '88)
Joe E. Kiani (’84 B.S. and ’88 M.S. electrical engineering) is the founder, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Masimo Corporation, a publicly held (since 2007) global medical technology company. Under Mr. Kiani’s leadership, Masimo has grown from a “garage start up” to an international medical technology innovator and device manufacturer. A board member of Saba, the Orange County section of March of Dimes, and the Medical Device Manufacturer’s Association (MDMA), Mr. Kiani is also an inventor on over 50 patents related to signal processing, sensors, and patient monitoring.
2004 Monty Awardee
Peggy L. Johnson ('83)
Margaret “Peggy” L. Johnson (’85 electrical engineering) is Executive Vice President of the Americas and India for QUALCOMM. A former President of QUALCOMM Internet Services (QIS) and MediaFLO Technologies, she was integral in establishing the foundation for QIS and leading the development of next-generation wireless technology. Ms. Johnson is now responsible for global development at QUALCOMM and is a member of the company’s executive committee.