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2016 KSU Alumni - Professional Progress Award Winners

The Kansas State University College of Engineering recognizes successful alumni in the midst of their professional careers and accomplishments.

Award Selection Criteria

  1. 20 years or less since receiving their last Kansas State University degree
  2. Significant success demonstrated by one or more of the following: professional accomplishments,service to society and/or profession of engineering,support of Kansas State University College of Engineering,other distinguished activities
  3. Promise of continued success

Noel EtzelNoel Etzel
Nuclear Engineering
B.S. K-State, 1999
M.S. K-State, 2002

Noel Etzel, Topeka, Kansas, is co-owner of Jetz Service Co., Inc. serving as executive vice president, having previously held positions of regional vice president, corporate pilot and systems administrator. His responsibilities include development of technology and software systems, general oversight of operations and procedures, acquisition coordination and management of the corporate flight department. As a past member of the Topeka Active 20-30 Club, Etzel held numerous board positions and was awarded “Fundraiser of the Year” and “Man of the Year” awards during his tenure. He is currently serving on the board of Junior Achievement of Kansas and is chairman of the board development committee. Flying since age 12, he continues to be active in the aviation community, and currently holds an airline transport pilot rating with type ratings in Citation business jets and DC-3 aircraft.

Toby RushToby Rush
Mechanical Engineering
B.S. K-State, 1998

Toby Rush, Roeland Park, Kansas, is the CEO and Founder of EyeVerify, a company focused on enabling mobile users to authenticate transactions and access information from their mobile devices. Prior to founding EyeVerify, Rush co-founded and was CEO of Rush Tracking Systems, a radio-frequency identification solutions venture, which he grew from two to 75 people and which was later acquired by Pharos Capital, a private equity firm. While with Pharos Capitol, he acquired two companies to consolidate the Smart Forklift sensor and software space. Prior to Rush Tracking, he had led product development and quality assurance for SAT Corp., a venture-funded mobile software company based in Houston. Rush also started and led the MobilEdge practice group for BSI consulting.