David G. Long (MS ’82), professor of electrical and computer engineering, received the Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award, the university’s premier faculty honor, at this year’s Annual University Conference. Accepting other top honors were James C. Kasen (BA ’86), associate director of Public Affairs and Guest Relations, and Craig V. Child, a carpenter in the university carpenter shop. More than 50 faculty, staff, and administrators were also honored at the conference.
Long is known internationally for his global climate research. Many of the tools Long has developed are used by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Currently, he and 15 students are developing advanced satellite radar cameras to study everything from hurricanes to icebergs.
Kasen received the Ben E. Lewis Management Award for leadership in public affairs. His work ethic and his enthusiasm are evident in the numerous events he generates on the university’s behalf. Kasen is also a gifted composer and organist who has, among other accomplishments, given 75 recitals in the Salt Lake Tabernacle and written numerous arrangements for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Child received the Fred A. Schwendiman Performance Award for the distinct wood pieces he produces for the university. The custom cabinetry, desks, and podiums Child has built exemplify his quality craftsmanship and the care he takes on each piece. Child has also mentored many students in cabinetry apprenticeships.