Betza and Hoffman receive highest Alumni Association award

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Two College of Engineering alumni have been named 2017 Penn State Alumni Fellows. Steven J. Betza, a 1982 electrical engineering graduate, and Dale T. Hoffman, a 1972 electrical engineering graduate, were among 14 alumni recognized for their outstanding professional accomplishments in their varied careers.

The alumni were honored at a ceremony on Oct. 4. They now hold the lifelong title of Alumni Fellow, the highest award given by the Penn State Alumni Association.

Betza is corporate director of the Future Enterprise Initiative at Lockheed Martin. He leads a futurist team to identify emerging business and technology trends and high-impact capabilities in engineering, production, supply chain operations and logistics for a corporation with more than 50,000 scientists and engineers and $47 billion in annual sales. At Lockheed Martin, he has served as corporate director for advanced manufacturing, engineering director, program director, and chief information officer. Betza serves on the board of directors of the National Science Olympiad and the board of trustees for Guthrie Healthcare System in Sayre, Pennsylvania.

Hoffman retired in 2008 as technical director of the Aegis Technical Representative Command in Moorestown, New Jersey. He led a team of 34 civilians, 134 support contractors, 40 U.S. Navy sailors, foreign military liaison officers from Japan, Spain, Norway, Korea, and was responsible for technical oversight of nearly $7.4 billion in Naval Sea Systems Command contracts. The Aegis Program is the Navy’s premier surface-integrated combat and weapon system. Hoffman’s Aegis career spanned 31 years from 1977 to 2008 with the delivery of 82 ship systems. He was responsible for managing design, development, production, testing, logistics and delivery of the Aegis System to the fleet.

The Alumni Fellow program is administered by the Penn State Alumni Association in cooperation with the University’s academic colleges, campuses and the Office of the President. Alumni are nominated by a college or campus as leaders in their professional fields and accept an invitation from the president of the University to return to campus to share their expertise with students, faculty and administrators.