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Our alumni are changing the world.

Each year, we recognize alumni for their highly significant contributions to addressing today’s sustainability challenges and celebrate their long-lasting impact on the Stanford community and on the world.


2022 Recipients

Distinguished Alumni Award

Mary Lou Zoback, '74, MS '75, PhD '78

A geophysicist and seismologist, Mary Lou Zoback has significantly influenced the field of Earth sciences through a career investigating active tectonics. An affiliated professor at Stanford, Mary Lou’s research has focused on the Great Basin and the San Andreas fault system, helping inform community mitigation and resilience planning for future earthquakes. Mary Lou led the World Stress Map project of the International Lithosphere Program, was appointed by President Obama as a member of the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board and spent most of her career as a Senior Research Scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey. 

Early- to Mid-Career Alumni Award

Robert Kabera, '11

Robert Kabera is a refugee, an engineer, and an entrepreneur. His background has allowed transformative breakthroughs, from bringing credit scoring to unbanked farmers to designing power systems to prepare humanity for natural disasters. Since his time at Stanford, Robert has focused his work on using artificial intelligence to predict risk across energy, climate, agriculture, and financial services. Robert was named in the 2018 Forbes Energy Sector 30 Under 30 list. He is also a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Past Recipients