John Somerhalder accepts the 2016 College of Engineering Alumni of the Year Award on Oct. 28John Somerhalder, who received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Arizona in 1977, was named the 2016 College of Engineering Alumnus of the Year at this year's Homecoming celebration.

Somerhalder, a leader in the energy services industry, recently retired as chairman and CEO of AGL Resources, the nation's largest natural gas-only distributor. He serves on the board of the United Way in Atlanta, Georgia, where he is leading an effort to develop 22 miles of historic railroad.

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