Raytheon Missile Systems engineer and program manager and UA alumna Cindy Klingberg was recognized with the 2017 Alumni of the Year Award at a pre-commencement ceremony in May.
Klingberg earned her UA bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering in 1988, and is the second alumnus to receive the award, preceded by Herb Burton -- a 1960 graduate in engineering mathematics and retired executive at AT&T Bell Laboratories -- who introduced Klingberg at this year's ceremony.
“As grateful as I am for this award,” Klingberg said, “the greatest reward I’ve ever been given is the simple opportunity to help generations of students learn how to think critically about the world around them.”
Klingberg is a member of Raytheon’s Asian Pacific Association and its Women’s Network and has served on the boards of the UA President’s Diversity Advisory Council and the UA Asian American Faculty, Staff and Alumni Association. Her honors have included Raytheon’s Woman on the Move Award and the Tucson Pan Asian Community Alliance Woman of the Year Award.
She has spent countless more hours for her alma mater as a member of the UA Alumni Association Wildcat for Life Leadership Council and UA Foundation National Leadership Council.