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Eagles on a Stellar Trajectory

2022 Alumni Award winners are excelling in their fields

Jody L. Davis (’03)
Distinguished Alumni Award

Davis has worked for NASA as an engineer since the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn and its moons. Along the way, she had roles on missions from the Mars Phoenix and Mars Science Laboratory, the Curiosity Rover, and on the optical telescope element and integrated science instrument modules of the James Webb Space Telescope. Currently, she is assigned to the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope Observatory as interface lead systems engineer.

Damon D’Agostino (’94)
Distinguished Alumni Award

D’Agostino is President and CEO of Zephyrus Aviation Capital where he is creating value in the aviation industry by focusing on in-production commercial aircraft in the young to midlife phase of their life cycles. He also was chief commercial officer for CIT Aerospace, managing a global aircraft portfolio valued at more than $11 billion in 2017. He serves on the boards of nonprofit and educational organizations and has been active with the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading since 1996.

Mineris Figueroa (’12)
Volunteer Award

Figueroa is a U.S. Army veteran who served 14 years in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. She completed missions in Germany, providing security for world leaders. She has since moved to aerospace as an uncrewed aircraft systems pilot and is now in engineering as a senior principal project manager at Northrop Grumman, where she is an IMAGE mentor, working with disadvantaged undergraduates and coaching them to prepare to enter the industry. 

Domenic A. Narducci IV (’11)
Entrepreneur Award

Narducci is a staff software engineer at Uber Freight. He was the first intern in 2010 for Uber, making him one of the company’s first software developers. He led core engineering efforts focused on the driver experience and launched strategic products such as next-day payments and Uber for Business. He and his wife, Lauren Lockliear, support sustainability research, and he mentors aspiring entrepreneurs.

Hannah Morris (’14)
Network Leader of the Year Award

Morris is a lead design engineer at Spirit AeroSystems and leads the Embry-Riddle Network in Wichita, Kansas. She designs metallic and composite aircraft structures for commercial and defense programs for Spirit AeroSystems, the world’s largest manufacturer of aerostructures for commercial airplanes, defense platforms and business and regional jets. She has served with the Society of Women Engineers and is a mentor in Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. 

Sam Morris (’16)
Young Alumni Award

Morris is a pilot and assistant training manager at Planet Nine Private Air. He has made more than 100 oceanic crossings at the company, which specializes in international charter operations and maintains a floating fleet of ultra-long-range aircraft. Morris was a leader and selections officer of the award-dominating Golden Eagles Flight Team, serving as head coach after graduation and assisting the team in winning three consecutive national championships.