Winners, who have graduated no fewer than five years ago, have demonstrated loyalty to the University and achievements in career and or community.
After her death in 2007, the award was dedicated to Brig. Gen. Elizabeth P. Hoisington ’40, who served our nation with leadership and vision—particularly as one of the first women to attain the rank of U.S. Army general. The 2008 award was the first given under the new name.
La Vida D. Cooper '03
For nearly 20 years La Vida Cooper has been a noteworthy leader in the civil aerospace technologies and capabilities arena. Cooper is driven by curiosity and a passion to help solve some of the nation’s biggest challenges via creativity, innovation and intrapreneurial practices.
Throughout her career she has managed the development of a diverse portfolio of cutting-edge technologies and overseen their maturation, demonstration and infusion for space-flight and ground applications to enable space science and space exploration endeavors.
Cooper’s primary areas of technology development include extreme- environment electronics design, applied physics, telecommunications and navigation for space-based and terrestrial applications.
She is presently the Associate Program Manager for a robust civil communications and navigation portfolio, leading the definition and implementation of present and future capabilities. Beginning October 1st 2022, Cooper will take on a new cross- government initiative serving as the Executive Director of a newly formed Federal Consortium for Quantum technology, research and demonstration.
Cooper holds a bachelor’s degree in Physics (Math minor) from the Notre Dame of Maryland University, an additional bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, having completed an undergraduate dual-degree program in 2003. Cooper also holds a master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, received in 2005.
|1991||Patricia Ann Denny Bathon ’49|
|1992||Veronica Walker Hackett ’67|
|1993||Mildred Buzek Otenasek ’36, Ph.D.|
|1994||Margaret Dempsey McManus ’41|
|1995||School Sisters of Notre Dame|
|1996||Margaret Dougherty ’41|
|1997||Dorothy Brown, Ph.D. ’54|
|1998||Donna Ringger Easton ’70|
|1999||Suzanne Janes Peck ’64|
|2000||Alice El Koury ’39|
|2001||Margaret J. Steinhagen’54, Ph.D.|
|2002||Anne Bruggy Deming ’61, Ph.D.|
|2003||Mary Lu Schroeder McNeal ’50|
|2004||Regina McKeowne Hubbard ’43|
|2005||Candee Morici Swenson ’69, Ph.D.|
|2006||Dr. Doris Ann Trauner ’66, M.D.|
|2007||Kathleen Carney Buetow ’50, Ph.D.|
|2008||Dolores Warwick Frese ’58, Ph.D.|
|2009||Jo Trueschler '49|
|2010||Edith McParland Donohue '60|
|2011||Patricia Knott Smyth '51|
|2012||Kathleen O'Ferrall Friedman '62|
|2013||Margaret Haskell Farnham '92|
|2014||Mary Kay Shartle Galotto '64, Ph.D.|
|2015||Frances Hanna Flanigan '65
The Hon. Irene Murphy Keeley '65
|2016||The Hon. Audrey J.S. Carrion '81|
|2017||Christina Bolmarcich, Esq. '97|
|2018||Joan B. Davidson '93|
Victoria M. Genco Bell '69
|2020||Mary Beth Lennon '89|
|2021||Grace Solimando Zaczek ’70|
|2022||La Vida D. Cooper '03|