Alumni award winners named for 2016

Posted October 19, 2015

The ACU Alumni Advisory Board has announced the 2016 Outstanding and Young Alumnus of the Year award winners: Dr. Jeff Kimble ('71) and Gilbert Tuhabonye ('01), respectively.

Outstanding Alumnus of the Year is awarded as timely recognition of lifetime achievement that brings honor to the university through personal and professional excellence and service to the university, church or community. Outstanding Young Alumnus of the Year recognizes professional achievement and/or distinguished service to Abilene Christian University by individuals no more than 40 years of age at the time of selection.

The William L. Valentine professor of physics and founding director of the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter at Caltech, Dr. Kimble is known for his pioneering research in quantum optics, including one of the first demonstrations of teleportation of a quantum state. His discoveries related to quantum measurement and quantum information science have garnered him numerous accolades, such as the prestigious Herbert Walther Award in 2013 from the German Physical Society and the Optical Society of America.

Tuhabonye was a national champion runner while at ACU and is the co-founder The Gazelle Foundation, which funds and builds clean water projects in his native country Burundi, Africa. Tuhabonye survived the Hutu-Tutsi genocide there, including a brutal attack on his school in which he was almost burned to death, in the early 1990s. Now he lives is Austin and is a motivational speaker, philanthropist and author. He also founded Gilbert's Gazelles, a popular training group for runners.

The two will be honored at an Alumni Day luncheon Feb. 21.

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