Valparaiso University Bestows Roger Brauer as Distinguished Alumnus

Roger Brauer, Ph.D., P.E., CSP, was honored Sept. 25, 2016, with Valparaiso University Alumni Association’s highest distinction, Distinguished Alumnus. Brauer is a member of ASSE’s Central Illinois Chapter and the Engineering Practice Specialty.

Left to right: Roger Brauer (center) stands in the Valparaiso Chapel Sept. 25 holding the Distinguished Alumnus award, the University's Alumni Association's highest bestowed award. From left: Brauer's grandaughter Michaela, daughter Michelle Pinciaro, Roger Brauer, wife Charlotte Brauer and grandson Matthew.

From left: Brauer’s granddaughter Michaela; daughter Michelle Pinciaro; Roger Brauer; wife Charlotte Brauer; and grandson Matthew.

The award honors alumni who, as the university says, have enhanced the prestige of the university by virtue of their character, integrity and nationally recognized personal accomplishments. 

“It was a very special honor,” Brauer says. “I didn’t think I was qualified.” Brauer humbly added that he was not the only Distinguished Alumni Award recipient this year. Engineer Donald Feucht, class of 1955, also received the award. 

“On the lighter side,” Brauer says, “the award shows that even an average student can make contributions that others appreciate and recognize.”

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Roger Brauer (center) with Valpraiso University President Mark Hecker (left) and Valparaiso University Alumni Association President Lorraine Dorough in the Valparaiso Chapel.

Brauer also holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

“Over the years, I enjoyed making those contributions, but never looked for recognition for them,” he says. “It was fun contributing for the benefit of others and meeting many great people along the way.”

Brauer graduated from Valparaiso in 1965 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.A. in Psychology. During his career, Brauer received U.S. patents for the inventions of a prefabricated vehicle maintenance apparatus and a facility space data logging device. He authored nine books and served as an expert witness in more than 80 legal cases.

This was not the first time an organization honored Brauer with high praise. Among several awards, Brauer is an ASSE Fellow, an inductee in the Safety and Health Hall of Fame International, and was the first person to receive the Roger Brauer Lifetime Achievement Award.