UAH Alumni Association
Roderick Duke recently received the Alumni of Achievement Award. This award is the highest honor bestowed by the UAH Alumni Association. The award recognizes graduates who have distinguished themselves professionally and personally and who exemplify the high standards of UAHuntsville. Winners are selected by a committee from nominations made by alumni, faculty, and friends.
Dr. Robert Altenkirch, president of UAH, gave opening remarks. Dr. Deborah Barnhart, CEO and executive director of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, and previous winner of the UAH Alumni of Achievement award, presented the award to Mr. Duke.
Roderick "Rod" Duke is Chief Operating Officer of MCR, LLC, a project management consultant company. He has worldwide responsibility for all of MCR's business operations. In this role, he oversees and directs the technical performance and growth of all MCR's Business Units, ensuring stakeholders, clients, and employee expectations are met or exceeded. Prior to joining MCR, Rod held the position of Chief Operating Officer at Analytical Services, Inc., and Vice President of BAE Systems Analytical Solutions (formerly MEVATEC Corporation) in Huntsville where he earned the 2004 BAE Systems Chairman's Award for Innovation and the CEO's Award for Outstanding Service (MEVATEC Corporation) in 1998.
After graduating from UA-Huntsville, he obtained a master of science degree in systems engineering from the Southeastern Institute of Technology, and training from the MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Mass., and the Henley Management College in Oxfordshire, England.
Rod has published articles in refereed journals and has made conference presentations to national and international audiences including the International Society of Parametric Analysis International Conference. Additionally, he has authored a number of "in-house" publications, books, articles, and training packages that are still in use today.
As an alumnus of UA-Huntsville and a tireless supporter of the school, Rod has consistently proven his dedication and commitment to his alma mater in numerous ways. His generosity and contributions have led to the construction of the Roderick and Rebecca Duke Athlete Academic Center in the university's Spragins Gymnasium. Rod is a lifetime member of the UA-Huntsville Alumni Association, current member of the UA-Huntsville President's Council and UAH Chargers Booster Club, past member of the UA-Huntsville Alumni Association Board of Directors, and past president of the university's Athletic Association. One may recognize Rod as the "voice of the Chargers" for eight seasons serving as the primary announcer at men's and women's basketball games and back-up announcer for hockey, baseball, and softball. Rod was inducted into the UA-Huntsville Athletic Hall of Honor in 1989.
In addition to his professional activities, Rod is actively involved in civic affairs. He is a member of Rotary International where he is a "Paul Harris Fellow." In 1985, he received the "Alabama Governor's Award" for outstanding service and civic duties. Rod was selected as a torchbearer to carry the Olympic Torch in 1996, and he is a graduate of Leadership Huntsville/Madison County Focus Class 17.