Celebrating excellence

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Hall of Fame

This prestigious honor is awarded to select ASU Engineering alumni and champions who have demonstrated the Fulton Schools’ vision of access, excellence and innovation within their professions and communities and who have made significant advancements in their respective fields.

This celebration recognizes the achievements of these visionary individuals who have left an indelible mark on the world.

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4 inducted into Fulton Schools Hall of Fame
Nov. 17, 2023

Dean Kyle Squires with the 2023 Fulton Schools Hall of Fame awardees.
Kyle Squires (center), dean of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, poses with 2023 inductees into the Fulton Schools Hall of Fame — (left to right) Jon Bayless, Katrien Neukermans (accepting the award of behalf of her father Armand Neukermans), George Beakley III (accepting the award on behalf of his father George Beakley Jr.), and Margaret Woodward.

2023 inductees

Portrait of Jon Bayless, FSE Hall of Fame awardee.

Jon Bayless '67

After starting out working on the Apollo S-Band communication system at Motorola in Scottsdale, Jon Bayless career has taken him from teaching electrical engineering to transitioning a Dallas telecommunications network from analog to digital technology. He then joined venture capital fund Sevin Rosen Management Company to focus on early stage investing in technology based businesses and companies that strive to transform the workplace. Bayless has served as chairman and been involved with several successful startups that have been acquired by major corporations. He recently formed Bayless Capital with his daughter to focus on seed investments in emerging businesses. Bayless also served with SkySong Innovations, formerly Az Technology Enterprises (AZTE), on the advisory board to enhance the technology transfer portfolio at ASU.

Portrait of Margaret Woodward, FSE Hall of Fame awardee.

Margaret Woodward '82

After graduating from ASU in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering, Margaret “Maggie” Woodward served more than 32 remarkable years in the U.S. Air Force. Her service led to many achievements, including flying more than 3,800 hours, leading during world conflicts and becoming the first woman to command a combat air campaign. She was recognized by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of 2011. After retiring in the grade of Major General, Woodward is now an Air Force senior mentor responsible for building and educating the next generation of Air Force senior leaders. Woodward also served on ASU’s Flag Officer Advisory Council.

Portrait of Armand Neukermans, FSE Hall of Fame awardee.

Armand Neukermans '67

Armand Neukermans has led a prolific research, management and entrepreneurial career. Neukermans has held various research and management positions within the organizations of Hewlett-Packard, Xerox and General Electric. At Hewlett-Packard he worked on the team that invented the inkjet printer. He founded Xros, an optical switch company that was acquired by Nortel Networks in 2000, and is the inventor of more than 80 patents in diverse fields. In addition to other prestigious awards, Neukermans was named Silicon Valley Inventor of the Year in 2001, and was knighted as an “Officer in the Order of Leopold” by the Belgian Crown. Since his retirement, Neukermans has supported numerous environmental and social entrepreneurial projects, including a widely acclaimed knee prosthesis and a landmark model for community buying of solar power, which helped launch SolarCity.

George Beakley Jr.

George Beakley Jr.

In 1956, U.S. Army veteran George Beakley Jr. took a high-risk but high-potential job in Arizona at a startup engineering program inside a small teachers college in Tempe, Arizona. In his first year, he and Dean Lee Thompson invented and implemented a new method of engineering education which provided a bridge between mathematics, basic sciences and engineering practices. This revolutionary improvement to engineering education has played a fundamental role in the success of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Well over a million students have benefited from Beakley’s many contributions to engineering excellence.