At the recent Spring awards ceremony conducted at the University of Florida in Gainesville (Home of the Gator Nation), Dr. Mark L. Swinson, Chief Scientist for the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, received the "Outstanding Alumnus Award - 2009 - Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering." The award citation read, in part, "For outstanding leadership and management excellence in the fields of engineering and information technology for national security applications." Awards like this one are presented in several categories each year.
Swinson, who was nominated for this award by the current university faculty, was presented the award by Professor S. Balachandar, chairman of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. "I am humbled to be recognized by my colleagues from my doctoral alma mater," Swinson said. In addition to having earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida (Gainesville), the native of Rockford, Ill., also earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin (Madison).