The Honored Alumni Award honors those Cal Poly graduates who have made significant contributions to society, and whose accomplishments, affiliations and careers have honored the legacy of Cal Poly.
The Honored Alumni Award, established more than 50 years ago, is the highest honor bestowed upon Cal Poly alumni by the university’s Alumni Association. The award recognizes alumni from the university’s six academic colleges. The Alumni Association also recognizes alumni through three distinguished awards, as well: The CPAA Distinguished Service Award, the Cal Poly Alumni Excellence Award and the Sandra Gardebring Ogren Leadership Award.
We are pleased to share the following esteemed Cal Poly Engineering alumni who are recipients of these prestigious awards.
2018 Honored Alumni
Tory Bruno – 2018
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1985
Tory Bruno graduated in 1985 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He is the president and chief executive officer for United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Boeing to provide reliable and cost-efficient access to space travel. Prior to joining ULA, Bruno served as the vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin Strategic and Missile Defense Systems. After joining Lockheed Martin in 1984 he served as vice president and general manager of the Navy’s Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM); the Air Force’s Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Reentry Systems and vice president of the Missile Defense Agency’s Terminal High Area Altitude Defense (THAAD). In addition to his leadership roles, Bruno worked in engineering positions involving design and analysis for control systems of rockets and hypersonic re-entry vehicles and holds several patents. Bruno is an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Fellow, a companion of the Naval Order of the United States, a member of the Navy League and former member of the board of directors of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. He served on the National Blue Ribbon Panel for Bettering Engineering and Science Education and as chairman of the Diversity Council of Lockheed Martin Space Systems. On a recent visit to campus, Bruno spoke to a standing-room only crowd of students on the “Future of Space” and helped kick off the College of Engineering’s series of “Listening Sessions” as host of the first event.
Victor J. Glover, Jr. – 2018
B.S., General Engineering, 1999
Victor J. Glover, Jr. graduated with a degree in general engineering in 1999. He was selected as a NASA astronaut in 2013 while serving as a legislative fellow in the United States Senate. He is currently training for Crew-1, the first post-certification mission of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft and a long duration mission aboard the International Space Station. Glover and his crewmates are working to develop their new spacecraft systems, which will provide round trip crew transportation services to the International Space Station and return the ability to launch humans into space from United States soil. The California native holds a Master of Science in flight test engineering, a Master of Science in systems engineering and a Master of Military Operational Art and Science. Glover is a Naval Aviator and was a test pilot in the F/A-18 Hornet, Super Hornet and EA‐18G Growler. He and his family have been stationed in many locations in the United States and Japan and he has deployed in combat and peacetime. Glover currently serves on the Cal Poly College of Engineering Advancement and Advisory Board and the Cal Poly Athletic Directors Council.