Alumni Awards 2015: Andre Gudger ’99, Information Systems

In the weeks leading up to the Alumni Awards Ceremony, we’ll be profiling each of this year’s honorees in detail here on the blog. Today we introduce our Engineering and Information Technology award winner, Andre Gudger ’99, information systems.

Gudger,AndreAndre Gudger serves in the Obama administration as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy at the Department of Defense. In his current role, he provides analysis and advice to the government on the workings of the industrial supply chain as it relates to our national defense. He is also the DoD lead for President Obama’s National Network of Manufacturing Innovation, and has spearheaded several initiatives to study new defense manufacturing technologies. He previously headed the Office of Small Business Programs at the DoD, where he advised the Secretary of Defense on matters related to small businesses and helped the department meet both its small business prime contracting and Service Disabled Veteran Owned goals for the first time in history. Mr. Gudger came to the DoD with a lengthy resume in the defense, intelligence, and investment banking industries, the most notable entry being his tenure as Chairman and CEO of Solvern Innovations. In eight years, he grew the company’s ranks to 1,300, and worked with the University of Maryland’s Human Computer Interaction Lab to develop data visualization and executive dashboard technologies. After the company was acquired by TeleCommunication Systems in 2009, he served as the Senior Vice President of that company’s Cyber Security Group. In addition to his bachelor’s from UMBC, Mr. Gudger holds an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has studied in Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Mexico, Brazil, and Poland. He counts UMBC’s President’s Advisory Council as one of many boards he has served on, and continues to drive for innovation as a leader within the federal government.

The Alumni Awards Ceremony is this Thursday, October 8. Don’t forget to register!

Congratulations to Our 2015 Alumni Award Winners!

12662632914_2f93612cac_zEach year, the UMBC Alumni Association celebrates those people who have made outstanding contributions to the University, their fields, and their communities. This year, we extend that honor to the following distinguished alumni and faculty:

Engineering and Information Technology:
Andre Gudger ’99, Information Systems
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Manufacturing, and Industrial Base Policy, U.S. Department of Defense

Natural and Mathematical Sciences:
Dr. Yoon-Ho Kim ’01 Ph.D., Applied Physics
Professor, Pohang University of Science and Technology

Social and Behavioral Sciences:
Bryan Kelly ’92, Economics
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, The Kelly Group

Visual and Performing Arts:
Dr. Lisa Urkevich ’86, Music
Professor and Chair of Music and Drama, American University of Kuwait

Distinguished Service:
The Honorable Allan Kittleman ’81, Political Science
County Executive, Howard County Government

Rising Star:
Nicole DeBlase, ’06, Financial Economics
Executive Director, Equity Research, Morgan Stanley

Outstanding Faculty:
Dr. Tara Carpenter, Senior Lecturer, Chemistry and Biochemistry
College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

Join us as we celebrate at the Alumni Awards Ceremony on Thursday, October 8!

Learn more about our past award winners.

2014 Award Winners

2013 Award Winners

2012 Award Winners

2011 Award Winners

2010 Award Winners

2009 Award Winners

2008 Award Winners

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2005 Award Winners

Past UMBC Alumni Award Winners

UMBC Athletic Hall of Fame

Center of Attention: Andre Gudger ’99

Ask Andre Gudger ’99, information systems management, how he recalls his undergraduate years at UMBC, and he sums it up in a single word: “intense.”

Gudger remembers a swirl of study and ambition at the core of his college experience.

Read more in the Fall 2009 issue of UMBC Magazine