SMU’s School of Engineering will induct three outstanding alumni into its Hall of Leaders during ceremonies Mar. 28 at the Dallas Museum of Art. The 2008 honorees are Aart de Geus (’85), chairman, CEO and co-founder of Silicon Valley electronic design automation company Synopsys; Karen Shuford (’70), Dallas civic leader, volunteer and charitable trust consultant for the Bank of America Private Client Group; and Richard Ru-Gin Chang (’85), founder, president, CEO and executive director of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation in Shanghai.
Robert Frank, Music, was one of three composers nationwide to receive a Special Distinction citation in the 2008 ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize competition. The Nissim Prize is presented annually by The ASCAP Foundation in New York, to an ASCAP concert composer for a work requiring a conductor that has not been performed professionally. Frank was recognized for his composition Fast Falls the Eventide, a 12-minute orchestral work in one movement written for, and premiered by, the Meadows Symphony Orchestra conducted by Paul Phillips in 2004. The competition, which is judged by a jury of professional conductors, drew more than 315 entries from around the United States.