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Distinguished Alumni


SDSU's Montys Award honors alumni who have made significant contributions to San Diego State University, the San Diego community or California, nationally or internationally, and is presented to one distinguished alumnus/alumna from each college annually.

We are proud to again honor the College of Engineering's Distinguished Monty Award Winners!

Monty statue award

2009 Monty Awardee  Michael R. Niggli ('74)

Michael R. Niggli (’74 Electrical Engineering) is widely acclaimed in the power engineering field as a leader and expert in the electric and gas industries. As Chief Operating Officer at San Diego Gas & Electric, he develops and implements energy policies that will ensure continuous and adequate power for San Diego and the surrounding region well into the future.

<ichael R Nigli

2005 Monty Awardee  Joe Kiani ('84 & '88)

Joe E. Kiani (’84 B.S. and ’88 M.S. Electrical Engineering) is the founder, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Masimo Corporation, a publicly held (since 2007) global medical technology company.  Under Mr. Kiani’s leadership, Masimo has grown from a “garage start up” to an international medical technology innovator and device manufacturer. A board member of Saba, the Orange County section of March of Dimes, and the Medical Device Manufacturer’s Association (MDMA), Mr. Kiani is also an inventor on over 50 patents related to signal processing, sensors, and patient monitoring. 

Joe Kiani

2004 Monty Awardee  Peggy L. Johnson ('83)

Margaret “Peggy” L. Johnson (’85 Electrical Engineering) is Executive Vice President of the Americas and India for QUALCOMM. A former President of QUALCOMM Internet Services (QIS) and MediaFLO Technologies, she was integral in establishing the foundation for QIS and leading the development of next-generation wireless technology. Ms. Johnson is now responsible for global development at QUALCOMM and is a member of the company’s executive committee. 

Peggy L. Johnson